Life: 2017 Honda Civic Type R at Raceline USA

Recently a friend of mine, pro-racer clement, took delivery of his 2017 Honda Civic Type R. It is pretty amazing that Honda brought their Civic Type R to the US shores…. although we all wish they did it years earlier! Maybe because all the enthusiasts that wanted an EK9 CTR back in the day when they were new are actually old enough and at a point where they can afford a 2017 model. I might be in the minority here, but I think the car actually looks good….. It’s 2017, so it has to have 2017 type styling.  Everything nowadays is derived from aerodynamics, so modern cars do tend to have similar lines.

We put the car on the dyno at Raceline USA to see what numbers it puts out…. This is the first time I made a video really, so check it out!

Final results, 280Whp when the engine is cold! and 282Tq!!!! crazy numbers, this puts it over factory rating. But after the engine warmed up, the whp was around 267. There is power to be made with some tuning, as with all turbo’ed cars. Clement gave me a ride in this car around the block, and it feels pretty quick, power is very linear, reminds me power wise like a tuned twin scroll turbo WRX. The car felt like it handled well, probably because Clement is a super pro racer haha..

I can’t mention Raceline without this car.  Another Type R, the Integra Type R.  This car was actually in Hot Version American Touge 2.  I used to watch all of the Best Motoring International Videos growing up, American Touge was one of my favorite series, because it showed that American tuners can hang on with the JDM greats.

Haven’t taken car pictures in awhile….. so I forgot all about the polarizer.  I like the red stripe on the rim, reminds me of “Time attack Volks” from back in the day with red rings.  I love the massive Brembo calipers and LED headlights.  The car looks great in black.

No the lip is not real Carbon Fiber…..”It’s a Honda not a Mclaren” as Elton said to me.  I wonder what Mugen will do when they come out with a Kit, maybe make all these fake honeycomb grills real!?!?

Inside Clements Civic Type-R…….


Carbon fiber backed bucket seats!!! Although I heard this is faux Carbon Fiber also.  The buckets were thick and supportive.


True Asian style, he kept the plastic on the seats.


The Cluster is an LCD display.  I wonder how this will look 10-15 years later?  I prefer analog needles myself…. I even dislike the S2k cluster….. But having a single LCD display does make sense for packaging reasons, you can jam a lot more information on the screen.


Strapping the car on the dyno.


more faux grills


Dual exhaust tips with a 3rd tip for the wastegate dump!  Most likely taking inspiration from the Ferrari F40.


A quick peak under the triple exhaust


Amazes me how Elton has all this random JDM stuff all over. Like this ARC radiator! It looks S2k sized too!

I took a look outside…. This S2k Elton was working on caught my eye.  First thing I noticed were the J’s Racing exhausts that were mounted high.  Clement said this car has a J’s Kit on it usually.


Volk TE37SL and missing Over Fenders.


I couldn’t help to notice the crazy Twin Scroll Turbo setup.  I was told this car has a f24 stroker in it.

Twin Scroll Turbo setup with dump tubes probably sticking through the hood.


It looks like this is rocking a Full Race manifold and Fullblown intake manifold.  I don’t know too much about Turbo setups unfortunately…


Another interesting car I saw in the parking lot was this 240z….


Timeless looks…..

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Life: The day I meet Ichishima San! at Spoon Sports USA

Being in Southern California and being a car enthusiast is awesome! I can’t say that enough, I can see how you can eventually become jaded from the car overload…. I’ve been cutting down on car events to keep things fresh and we just bought a house, so we’ve been busy fixing it up. When I heard Ichishima san, the SPOON Sports CEO was going to be at GoTuning, aka Spoon Sports USA, I knew I couldn’t miss it. I’m not the biggest spoon fan, but I respect their philosophy, a minimal approach to car tuning, just slightly augmenting the factory fundamentals to retain total balance over outright power…..


The event was posted all over social media, Upon arrival at GoTuning, Ichishima was not there yet, but people were still rolling in, like this EK.  I’ve always like the body style of the EK. I remember a few years ago, my dad had an EG, EK, and EF at the same time, all hatchbacks.  He let me choose one for a daily driver, in the end I picked the EG since it was the most raw with a stick shift, hand crank windows, and no moonroof, and the EF was auto 😦


This brought out a lot of Spoon fans.  Like this beautiful Spoon’ed out EG.  He had almost the entire spoon catalogue on his car, but the damn Mishimoto radiator keep bothering me…….I love the blue and black theme.


Beautifully executed.


More cool cars were rolling in, like this Mugen themed EP3 with MF10s…. funny thing about MF10s, KingMotorsports just released a re-run of Mugen MF10 yesterday, everyone and their mother has been trying to sell their used set, probably hoping to buy a brand new in box set.  King lets you buy per wheels so those guys that bought 2 sets of NSX fitment wheels for the rear wheels for over $7k+ definitely got screwed!  I think the group buy is over now……..too rich for my blood.


Hector Lavario’s Voltex themed S2k with quality authentic parts.  I really like the Volk TE37s, beats the NT03s he had before!


Took a closer look at the EP3 running the Mugen kit.  Bronze MF10s on a silver car looks so right.


I like seeing properly modded EP3s, this chassis hasn’t seen too much love over the years compared to the other models.


MF10s with EP3 Type R Calipers.


My S2k…. got all sorts of cracks on my bumper and my hardtop is in horrible shape………Anyone want to sell me a daily?


Beautifully restored EG Civic.  I love color and the red anodizing on the CE28Ns.  I overheard heard the owner talk how almost every piece on the car is new….. like a modern day restomod.


Same ITR I shot at Tech Day awhile back….. He has an instagram too, I can’t remember it off the top of my head right now…….


Some of the GoTuning Featured line up.  Their famous center-drive Super lap battle FD2, full Spoon Ver.2 demo car with prototype Spoon open air concept hardtop, GoTuning Tommy’s ASM s2k, and of course Chris Lum’s famous Mugen Ap2.


Not in the same parking lot in front of GoTuning, I found this BB6 Prelude in the same complex.  The driver’s side door was bashed in.  This car definitely has some goodies though.  JDM full red interior, HID retrofits, JDM fogs, OEM lip kit, and running TL rims!  I used to have a 5th Gen BB6 back in the day.


The Calipers look like they’re off of another model, possibly late gen Accord?


Another angle of the featured GoTuning Lineup.


I know this has been around, but it was my first time seeing this in person. What is insane about the Spoon prototype hardtop is that the entire metal piece is CNC machined out of a single block.


Areen living up the Spoon life.


At this point Ichishima san rolled up in this BMW M5, Areen is hard at work assisting Ichishima San.


Not only does he have a sick Spoon/ASM themed S2k, he’s also really good at carrying stuff.


Ichishima San arrived and got to work.  Here he is signing Hector’s car.


Checking out the Spoon themed EG Civic.


Here is when he shook the steering wheel of the Spoon themed EG civic.  He remarked how loose the steering wheel is!  He mentioned that this is incredibly unsafe.  He went around that entire day shaking everyone’s steering wheel, including mine 🙂

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Chris getting his Spoon Steering wheel signed.

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Checking out the EG civic and showing the owner of pictures of his own personal cars…… Nice Jordan IIIs btw….


People were trying to get everything signed this day.  I saw the most Spoon clusters Brand new in Box I’ve ever seen in my entire life getting signed, it’s crazy how much they go for nowadays…..

Next four pictures are shot by my buddy and talented photographer Nick aka NH512

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Myself, Ichishima, and Areen.

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I requested to sign my Spoon rear view mirror, inside of my hardtop, and an S2k Spoon Spark Plug cover.

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Ichishima san and I…. I didn’t know what to do with my arm here…..

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Closing it out with this picture….here I was getting ready to yell at Ichishima san for leaning on my friend’s car…..

Life: Nemo’s Garage Grand Opening Meet

Hi all.  Last week I checked out the Nemo’s Garage grand opening meet.  Nemo’s garage is located in Ontario, CA.  It was hot as hell that day, with temperatures in the upper 90s.


I rolled with my buddy Alvin in his LBP AP2

We found some parking off to the side….

There were plenty of civics there….

Like this K swapped RHD example

Of course, I was on the lookout for S2000s….. Like this Formula Red sitting on Advan RZ.

Instagram famous S2boost…. with J’s Fenders, Mugen Hardtop, J’s Racing rear quarter panel, and of course a Vortech supercharger……

Bronze TE37V and Spoon Calipers

My favorite civic there, and they were a lot of civics to choose from.  This is a clean and simple Spoon EG build with almost every spoon part thrown at it.

I don’t know much about CRXs, but this one looked like it had plenty of Mugen goodies……

I met up with my buddy Areen at the show and his Spoon’d out S2k.  He was parked next to a nicely executed Mugen theme S2000 CR in Apex Blue.

Apex blue just pops in person.  I love this entire build…..

Mugen Hood and Mugen MF10s!

He replaced the OEM hardtop with a Mugen piece.


Underneath the MF10s sits Endless Calipers…..Not many people run endless calipers, since they cost more than most of the Big Brake Kits out for the S2k

A better shot of the Mugen MF10 with Endless Calipers….

A caliper comparison, Areen’s Spoon Caliper setup with his brand new Project MU brake rotors.

My favorite cars at the meet for sure….

Areen’s Spoon Mirrors vs Mugen Blue mirror inserts.

Sleek and aerodynamic spoon mirrors…. not many S2ks can pull this off, doesn’t hurt when you have the full spoon kit.

I love how these look, they look much more blue than the spoon mirror inserts….and of course that mugen logo!

Here is Areen telling me about his 1 of 3 in the world J’s racing shiftknob and our crotches
Areen’s New ASM rear bar……Fresh off the boat from ASM.

Meet was not limited to Hondas, this mean FB RX-7 rolled by.

Or this 71′ datsun 240z

Two of Nemo Garage’s cars. their EM1 and EG….
Instagram S2k I follow, Mykeeeman.  Full J’s Racing exterior with some meaty ce28 and J’s racing 6pot calipers

The interior unfortunately was not as good as the exterior…. I’m sure he is still working on it. Looks look he has a cage with side bars, but the takata harness through the stock seats kills it for me. From a safety aspect it is unsafe and aesthetically, it looks bad.  All he really needs is seats and possibly a new center console cover.

Rear shot of the J’s racing rear bumper and J’s racing tow hook

J’s racing exhaust!

Another build I see on instragram, DPK ChuyChuy and his ITR

I love small details like this Fuji Speedway sticker on the lip….

First time really seeing a J swapped civic.  In real life it sticks out of the hood so much…..

Owner and his girl drive all the way from Vegas like this….. no hood and all….

Amazing how clean the engine fits in the engine bay

Stock bodied MKIV Supra rolling by..


I was suprised on the number of RHD Civics in attendance.  I felt like there were more RHD civics than LHD.
I love this clean look, lowered midori on CE28s in Titanium Silver.