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Monday, November 17, 2008


If you haven't seen it before, it is a Jdm License plates. You can put it in the car on the top of the dash or really where ever you want. If living in Jersey you can pick it up from Jersey Garden Mall, or call around to your favorite Auto performance store. They should run you under 30 bucks

Final Events

For those of you drag and racing fanatics. Raceway Park in NJ is having there final events this week, and I believe the next also. They are closing down for the winter and will be missed. Even though
November 21,* Friday Night
Street Night Time Trials + $20 Gamblers. Open 5PM. Street muffled vehicles only.
Go check it out if interested.

Also check out the Winter issue of Honda Tunning Mag. Cover story CRX.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Auto Bacs Part 2

The Car Lovers Paradise or should I say Heaven.

Okay we already went over the location in Ca. But there is also another location in Japan that is bigger. You can visit that site at Autobacs.com You can not beat the prices expecially since everyone can agree money is tight right now. So Check it out.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Super Autobacs

There is a place were the average car lover will loose there mind. I'm talking about Super Autobacs. Okay if you are a frequent grocery shopper and maybe occasionally visited Costco, well picture that but filled with discounted car parts. Meaning everything is Car Parts and Accessories.

They are located in CA. For those of you who are unable to visit they do have an online store, e-bacs.com. So with a huge selection of after market accessories, performance parts, and a large service and installation center you better believe that they hired nothing but the best professional s to assist with your purchases. They even have on duty mechanics.

So if you get a chance check it out..

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Raceway Park, NJ

Today was the 10th Annual Fall Nationals at Raceway Park, in Old Bridge, NJ. (Englishtown) Even though the EF's were not as deep. maybe seen 3 0r 4 if not mistaken, the event was great. Unlike Honda Day there were a variety of different vehicles from all over. NY, Maryland, Connecticut, and of course Jersey. Some ran 24secs due to minor slip ups when racing down the 1/4mile; and others ran up to 8.9secs.

There was a variety of vendors there. selling everything from Hids, clutches, turbo parts, and clothing.
Speedlounge, Urban Racer, Wired, Skunk2, and etc. Even Eat Sleep Race was there and I came across a little sticker to add to your collection.
$3.49 ONLINE

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Car Thief

This post might not apply to all readers depending on where you live based on car theft percentage.
But this post is really just to clear up some ideas on car security..

The reality is the safest your car can be is in a well locked garage.
While most of us don't have that luxury there are many other options, but remember the more the better..
the most original device would be the club, but the material the club is made of is much more durable than the steering wheel so car thieves can easily bend back the wheel with a bar to get
off the club some saw through the wheel ,if you have a racing steering wheel they can pop off the horn button remove your wheel with one bolt and put on theres. More enthusiast are starting to invest in removable steering wheel hubs with a replaceable lock,many company sale these in all applications.

Another security device in the form of the club is the auto lock a device that can be placed around your clutch(in manual cars) or the brake (in automatics). Many skilled cars thieves have mastered the art of using blank master keys for just about everything from removing clubs to opening your car door and even starting your ignition ( in cars without incripted keys).
on older models of the auto lock a thief could use a pry bar and bend back the actual metal bar the locks behind the pedal making this device easily removable in seconds. Also if your car is a stick shift if the thief places the car in neutral and drops the emergency brake they can try to push your car some where local to take there time and get the club off.
One of the most popular locks on the market today would be the alpha lock style which locks onto the actual wheel of the car like a boot used by police .One of the biggest mistakes people do is use an alpha lock but not put wheel lug locks on there rims ( now you do the math how long does it take to change a tire) over $100 buck down the drain.. Some car thieves are able to bang the lock dead center with a strong hammer allowing the lock to release, and of course some thieves walk around with blank style master keys. But once again folks the more security devices the better, being that it will deter the beginner or slow down the advanced.

Now lets move on to alarms.
I have found the best style to be 2way pager alarms with come with a remote that can notify exactly when the alarm is sounded better units have a lcd display which can show you the actual part of the car that was tampered with.
now the real problem with most alarms as well as factory is the common locations of
of which the components are placed, example.
Most kill switches are placed under the driver side carpet near the pedals an easy target for thieves, also the alarms brain can be found not far from in the same area just further up
even with pager alarms the antenna for the pager is usually placed along the windshield which can easily be cut once the door is open and bye bye 2way signal.
The alarms siren is usually placed at the back wall of the engine bay when you open the hood, a quick slick thief can open the door pop the hood snip the power wire to the siren and you'll
never hear your alarm going off.
A nice hint would be to try to hide theses components a little better than the installer did just to stay a step ahead of a skilled thief.
One great tip would be to extend the alarms wiring and hide the alarms brain inside your car fender.This would drive almost any car thief crazy, how can he disarm your alarm if he can find it.
Also it is a great idea to add air horns to the alarms siren and hide the wires more discretely,
this will not only startle the thief but also everyone will hear it that much quicker.

In most newer Honda vehicles the car can not be stolen without the actual key which is mated to the cars ecu. Newsflash folks if a thief hooks up a stand alone computer such as a Honda takpro unit they can start your car the same ways they would steal an older civic or Integra(sorry to break it to you).
Some people wire kill switches in there car such as fuel cut off relays and spark cut off switches but if a skilled thief can have enough time under the hood many of these switches can be bypassed especially like running speaker wire from the battery to your cars starter
and starting the car.

One of the most expensive options in car security is installing a lo jack unit which usually run over $1000 dollars. This system comes with a remote sensor you keep on your key chain and if your car is started while your your not withing fifty feet of the car the police will notify you.
Sophisticated unit can actually be tracked and controlled by the police, from the station the can actually send a signal to make all of the windows roll up, lock the doors, and shut off the cars engine.
While the lo jack is definitely a brilliant unit it does have some flaws
If a thief knew your car was equipped with a lo jack unit (hint the stickers placed on the windows), the lo jack actually works off of the same frequencies as police radios and also nextel direct connect phones so if a thief was to walk around the car with a Nextel chirp walkie talkie phone, when they near the actual unit they will hear static through the phone which is ofcourse a radio interference. Now they know where to try to snatch the unit from when they enter the car before they start it, also if not equipped with a battery backup they disconnect the cars baterry for a few seconds and bye bye lo jack.
Believe it or not factory equipped on star vehicles sometimes help more than lo jack.

believe me folks this post was not intended to scare anyone, but really just to give some people a reality check.
its a doggy dog world out there.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Carbon Fiber - 1

Carbon fiber is a huge design when it comes to civics. You can basically have anything in this design from your pedals, fuel door, and your hood. But even though it looks amazing it can be expensive if ordering from a company or manufacturer. So some get away with painting there hoods or other parts of the car black. and from a distance it looks great.

But if you don't want to get drastic, you can do little small touches:

Saturday, September 27, 2008

88-91 Honda Civic

Turn Your Civic into Art

Racing Seats (Part 2)

Okay, a little reminder what ever seats you decieded to put in remember they are not going to fit perfectly. So you are going to have to drill a whole so they could bolt right in. It's easy and something you can do on your own

Friday, September 26, 2008


Okay, it is almost forgotten and raley talked about. The Civic Wagon.

The wagon came in 2wd that had d15b2 motor, and 4wd that had d16a6 motor. The 4wd motor was used in the crx and civic si. It used a cable linkage and a PM6 ECU. They came in white, light blue, grey, red and black. Like your commenly driven crx and hatchback you can swap motors but if you want to keep 4wd, keep it simple.

So the next time you see a wagon give them a thumbs up. If you needed a little more space in the backseat and maybe a little more trunk room this should be your choice.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008









Monday, September 22, 2008


Another option you have is changing your seats. So I took the time and looked into some options you can order right online from yes you know were Ebay and also other sites.

Sir Front Seats
black/dark gray with red stripes and large headrest

Mugen Seat
Bucket Seat Black Grey

Between $320 - $820


Priced between $1000-$2500

Yes they have leather.

Sunday, September 21, 2008



If you've been a Honda fan for a while, than you'll know that we here in the states have been cheated out of quite a bit of jdm options as well as models that Honda decided to keep in the motherland; japan. Example, the civic type r dc2 front ends, factory turbocharged models and for the ef lover the original SIR...for many reasons such as passing strict American DMV inspections smog laws and safety issues, they always seemed to dummy down the American models (no offense si).

this article is just to show some of the differences between lets say a crx si(us) and a crx sir (jdm)

in japen the first gen sir civic and crx was offer with dohc zc motors or the infamous first gen b16a dohc vtec motor.. a different front end, fog lights, better suspension, rear seats with seatbelts (unheard of in the states) optional power windows and door locks, also a tachometer that read to 9500 rpm and 220 kilometers , and very rare the crx had what we call the og glass roof, wher the entire roof was a dark tinted glass (not so safe in a crash but sooo cool).

if you look out there hard enough you can actually find some sir models that have been shipped into the states , mostly on the west coast but some have even been through all of the slow paper work and registered to be driven on the streets. Now if finding an actual right hand drive car may be out of your budget you can always start searching for those rare jdm pieces that will certainly set your car apart from the others.Remember the most important thing is knowing the difference. Well get a little
more in to jdm front end conversions, amber lights, gage cluster and whatever else that sets us apart from or coveted jdm models......

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Clear Corners

Since we are in the direction of exterior redo, and all ready talked about fog lights we are going to now think about clear corner.

This is 1 of the options that you may be able to select. They are not expensive and on-line start at $20 but you also have to take in mind the shipping. Since they are inexpensive I would recommend getting them from a performance store in your area.

Thursday, September 18, 2008


The EF has been around for 20years and through out the course, it gets more popular. In the beginning you would see more older people driving them but now they are turning out to be a young persons new ride. They are reliable, good on gas, and also unique.

The next time you are driving, stop and notice how many you see and yet they are all different. One with JDM conversions, rims, fog lights, amber or clear corners; moon roof, SI seats, or even custom paint jobs but most stick to the original color.

But no matter how the same or differenet they are it depends on you, the driver to make them your own. Just know, you can have a car next to you that may have a better motor or could pull off faster off the line but if they can't drive it doesn't matter. Learn your car and decided what is best for you. In the future when we get into motor swaps, and turbo kits (etc) just remember all is optional thats why we have the best and most customizable car.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

JDM Emblems

A Variety of Jdm Emblems

Fog Lights

Fog lights are a good addition to your cars appearance and also driving visibility.

Here are a few that you can find on-line or at any performance store

Monday, September 15, 2008

Plug and Play HIDs

while many are content with stock bulbs or the ever classic hyper whites.....
lets not leave out one of the easiest and best upgrades to set off your cars looks as well as making night driving and bad weather not as bad. Some kits start at about $125 dollars on ebay
or from MB racing in Garfield NJ.you can get them in any color from yellow to pink and purple as well as hid fog lights..

Now an important thing to remember is the Kevlar rating..
contrary to popular belief the higher the K rating the more vivid the color but less visability.for instance 4000k is yellow which is actually the brightest light being closest to the sun.
purple would be more like 12,000k but you will not see as clear at night compared to maybe an extreme bluish white like 6000 or 8000k.
the most important thing to remember is that not all colors may be legal where you live so try to do whats best for your taste and drive ability.

Installation is as simple
1. Pop out the old headlight bulbs
2.Clip the factory harnesst into the HID ballast.
3.Put the new HID bulbs exactly were the old ones went,
4.Find a place to tie rap or mount the 2 ballast, one for each side.


So I have to say I think stickers are very important when hooking up your 4th gen or any car for that matter. It sets you apart from others and also shows of your own style by having the right placement and size. Here are a few I came across that I thought would be nice to began with. You can find these and more on eBay, you may be better off going to a local car store. They usually have them

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Your Ride!!!

Well for tops I have been in love with my hb since the moment I saw it. Reliable, on point, and always offers the right amount of speed. Of course do to some modifications that is possible. Since civics are the most customizable cars you can do just about anythings to change there appearance, performance, and even sound. First I recommend an exhaust with an AEM cold air intake. Not only does it sound great, you are adding horsepower and torque with a little under $300. You can find this products on eBay and any performance store. But the key to remember, in a 4th gen any thing is possible no matter what they say.

With any budget this is possible

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


D15B 1.5L SOHC (JDM)
D15B1 1.5L SOHC Dual point injection, cat.
D15B2 1.5L SOHC Dual point injection, cat.
D15B3 1.5L SOHC 1 carburetor
D15B4 1.5L SOHC 2 carburetors, cat.
D15B6 1.5L SOHC Multi point injection (8 valve)
D16A6 1.6L SOHC Multi point injection, cat.
D16A7 1.6L SOHC Multi point injection
D16Z2 1.6L SOHC Multi point injection, cat
D16Z5 1.6L DOHC Multi point injection, cat.
D16A8 1.6L DOHC Multi point injection, cat.
D16A9 1.6L DOHC Multi point injection
ZC1.6L 1.6l DOHC Multi point injection (JDM)
B16A 1.6L DOHC Multi point injection VTEC (JDM)
B16A1 1.6L DOHC Multi point injection VTEC


JDM Japanese Domestic market
EDM European Domestic market
USDM United States Domestic market
Si Sports injected
SiR Sports injected racing
DX Deluxe
SOHC Single overhead cam
DOHC Double overhead cam
VTEC Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control System

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Chassis Weight For Manual

Chassis Year Make Model Trim Tranny Weight
1988 Honda CRX Si MT 2017
1988 Honda CRX DX MT 1922
1988 Honda CRX HF MT 1819
1988 Honda Civic DX SDN MT 2039
1988 Honda Civic LX SDN MT 2138
1989 Honda CRX Si MT 2138
1989 Honda CRX DX MT 2048
1989 Honda CRX HF MT 1834
1989 Honda Civic DX SDN MT 2147
1989 Honda Civic LX SDN MT 2211
1989 Honda Civic Si HB MT 2161
1989 Honda Civic HB MT 2013
1989 Honda Civic DX HB MT 2088
1990 Honda CRX Si MT 2174
1990 Honda CRX DX MT 2103
1990 Honda CRX HF MT 1967
1990 Honda Civic DX SDN MT 2262
1990 Honda Civic LX SDN MT 2322
1990 Honda Civic EX SDN MT 2374
1990 Honda Civic Si HB MT 2291
1990 Honda Civic HB MT 2127
1990 Honda Civic DX HB MT 2165
1991 Honda Civic DX SDN MT 2262
1991 Honda Civic LX SDN MT 2322
1991 Honda Civic EX SDN MT 2374
1991 Honda Civic DX HB MT 2165
1991 Honda Civic Si HB MT 2291
EF 1991 Honda Civic HB MT 2127
I hope you find this site interesting and helpful. So stay tuned