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Right after I bought my first Honda, an 8th Gen VXI Hatchback in 2007, the Type R arrived in South Africa. In 2009, the Championship Edition arrived in Championship White, and it was time to make the swap. The car remained stock for around a year, after which I swapped the exhaust and dropped the cat. A while after that, I began attending track days, while still daily driving the car. Light mods began accumulating - FlashPro, cold air intake, throttle body, intake manifold, many variations of brakes, semi-slick tyres. Even though the car was only lightly modded, the stock car's handling and quick cornering meant it could often make short work of cars with higher engine displacements or turbos. Sadly it lacks the power to pull away on the straights, though. After many track days, drag races, hill climbs, and timed competitions, sadly, the engine spun a bearing on one fateful track day, and the engine needed to be rebuilt. It was fully blueprinted, stuffed with forged internals, compression was raised, got given a better fuel pump, cams, valve train and more. After this, the car was even more incredible. Unfortunately, it spun another bearing a while later on track again, and disintegrated some conrods and most of the bottom end. Luckily, the head was still intact, along with the aftermarket components therein, so I cheaped out and simply replaced the bottom end with a used K20a2, mated to my K20z4 head. The car has since seen several track days, but mostly, it now sits around waiting to come out on special occasions to make some noise at 8600 RPM.
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