1988 Honda Civic
My heavily modified 4th gen Civic. A little ricey but it was my first car
|Curb Weight||1933 LB|
|Drivetrain||Front Wheel Drive|
|Engine Size||1.6 L|
|MPG (City/Highway)||36 MPG|
Wheels & Tires (2)
Eagle Alloys Unknown Wheels (Rims)more info
Nitto NT450 Tiresmore info
Honda Civic 5th gen sedan Bucket Seatmore info
SunPro CP8215 Voltage gaugemore info
SunPro CP8217 Mechanical Water Temperature Gaugemore info
SunPro CP8216 Mechanical Oil Pressure Gaugemore info
Honda D16Y8 Engine Swapmore info
Honda P28, Chipped by Xenocron Tuning Engine Control Unit (ECU)more info
Rywire ECU-OBD0-OBD1 Engine Compartment Harnessmore info
Apex-i VAFC-1 Performance Monitormore info
AEM Tru-Time Cam Gearmore info
Megan Racing MR-SSH-D16 Stainless Headermore info
Yonaka Stainless 2.25" Catbackmore info
Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it?
This was my first car that I had ever owned. It was originally brought by my brother for him to use but he decided that he didn't want to learn how to drive stick shift. He was a few years older than me so it sat for a little until I could buy my own car. I ended up paying $450 for an old VW Golf for him to drive so I could have this.
Describe the modifications you've made. Where did you start, what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it?
The first mod I made was the stereo and adding rear interior pieces. Mainly because the person who had it before my brother had a huge stereo in it and ripped it all out so there was no back seat or trim pieces, no head unit, and no speakers. A trip to the junkyard and then to Walmart sorted that out. I believe the last mod I had done to the car was the three gauges and gauge pod pillar mount. I did this because my engine swap died because the oil pump went, destroying some bearings, a connecting rod, and the crank in the process. The oil pressure gauge helped me keep an eye on things.
Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck?
The tires. The Nitto tires I put on only cost me like $220 shipped for the set of 4 of them and the car just had tons of grip afterwards. I'm sure my suspension work had helped but the tires just made it all worth it.
How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share?
Most of the parts I had put on were to make this car like the Si version of the same generation. That and I wanted the most "performance" I could get for the money. Some of the suspension work and conversion stuff was pricey but well worth it in the end.
What are you planning next?
Missing it every time I see one on the road. Maybe one day I'll own another. It was just such a fun little car to drive and tinker with.
What’s been the biggest challenge with this build?
The fact that I had just about zero experience with working on cars previously. My dad was a mechanic so that helped a little but he never messed with foreign cars so most of it was all new to him too. It was a great platform to work from as most parts from other Hondas would just fit on easily and parts were super cheap. That, and it was so simple to work on. No fancy traction control or anything of that nature to go wrong.
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