JDM Civic Type-R EP3

26 Jan, 2012

Any Honda enthusiast knows that the Type-R is the flagship for performance in their line-up and with performance and style this EP3 Civic Type-R is no exception. We caught up with Chikao Matsuura deep in the heart of Japan to get the low down on his Civic.

The natural flow of the Championship White exterior was kept completely intact but the rest of the car received some very tasteful upgrades. The engine was worked over with the Spoon catalogue including the throttle body, exhaust manifold, torque damper and of course the yellow valve cover. The OEM ECU was also swapped out for a Spoon version which would not only re-balance the air/fuel ratio but help increase the effectiveness of the bolt-ons.

The EP3's handling was also boosted with the help of Tein Mono-Flex coilovers sitting in Function 7 lower control arms which were all tied together with a BEAKS tie bar. On the high side of the suspension we found more Spoon parts with front and rear tower bars. To help stop the vehicle the brakes were also upgraded to Spoon with 4-Piston calipers up front tucked behind a set of 18" Work Meister S1R's. This Authentic JDM Civic is one of the cleanest we've seen in a long time and look forward to everything else Japan has to offer.

Performance:
Spoon Big throttle kit
Spoon ECU
Spoon Exhaust manifold
Spoon Yellow Head Cover
Password JDM intake manifold
5zigen Exhaust muffler
Spoon Engine Torque Damper kit

Handling:
TEIN MONO FLEX
Function7 LCA
SPOON Strut Tower bar F&R
BEAKS Lower tie bar

Braking:
SPOON Caliper & Roter

Wheels:
WORK Meister S1R F.18×9J R.18×9J

Photos by Takeshi Yasumasu
Ryuji from "Defcult" (http://defcult.ocnk.net/) wearing our Mask T-Shirt available in our Shop

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3 Comments

  1. Fred
    January 27, 2012

    Omg so much win.

  2. ricebag
    April 18, 2012

    whats the offset on the wheels??? 😀

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