Hidden Gem Of The Big Island

- March 25, 2013 - 1

If I say “Hawaii” what do you think of? Palm trees, sand, beach and the sun, but surely you are not thinking of a crazy Civic. Well, now you are. My visit to Hawaii took me to Kona, but after finding out that in Hilo there was an interesting Honda that someone wanted me to take a look at, I packed my camera and was on my way.

Hilo is a town located on the eastern side of Hawaii’s biggest island (The Big Island) with a population of about 45,000 inhabitants. Driving through the streets of this small town is very interesting, but as an automotive enthusiast and just coming back from Japan where I could find a modded car on a farm, I had to ask myself, “where are the hidden gems? I mean there must be something here.” Well here it is, the hidden gem of Hawaii’s Big Island, Clint’s 1996 Honda Civic CX.

I have always been a fan of small and light cars and there is something about a front wheel drive car that has interested me, when they are done correctly. The fact that this Civic is a non­turbo is great and has pushed Clint to make sure that the vehicle is better in other places than just power.

With a K24a4 block and bored to 87.5mm this little rocket puts out 260hp and 187tq and said to have done an 11 second run. After giving me a taste of the “power within” I believe that it might just pull it of.

Sitting on 16×7 gold Advan RG’s gives this Civic a great and clean look. I am very impressed at how well the details are addressed and work together to make it look finished. Not having a hood and showing off all of the guts gives this ride a character and really does not make me feel of ever wanting the hood back on.

The side profile really shows the great proportions that this vehicle has. Even by being small it does not show weakness and looks tough. The wing on the back helps to proportion it even better and is a great element.

The interior is unsurprisingly simple and is all function. I mean it’s a Honda not a Bentley.

Hawaii is a great place and I would suggest you all visit and enjoy the perfect weather and water all year round. So if one day you find yourself in Hilo and see this face in your rear view mirror, I suggest getting out of the way.

Thank you guys for reading and come back for more stories here on Farm of Minds.


Stanislav Kochil

Mod list as provided by Mr. Clint

2003 K24a4 block
Milled head
Bored to 87.5mm
Decked block
Wiseco 12.5:1 pistons
BluePrint Racing I beam rods
Modified K20 Type S oil pump
Hybrid Racing chain tensioner
Karcepts A/C & p/s removal kit
2002 K20a2 Type S head
BluePrint Racing stage 3 cams
BluePrint Racing dual valve springs an retainers
BluePrint Racing head studs
TSX 25* VTC exhaust cam gear
Advance Street Performance 2­1 header with megaphone/reverse cone and V band
RBC intake manifold port matched to a Skunk2 70mm throttle body welded with a V band flange to a
custom cold air intake with 6″ stack and Blox air filter
Hondata intake manifold gasket
Karcepts throttle body adaptor
Karcepts throttle body gasket
Hybrid Racing fuel rail
Injector Dynamics 1000cc injectors
AEM fuel regulator
Custom black braided Russell fuel line setup with Russell fittings
Russell fuel filter
Russell fuel pressure gauge
Adam West(WestSpec) custom braided tucked wire harness with Mil­Spec quick disconnect plug
Hybrid Racing conversion harness
Hondata KProTransmission:
2002 K20a2 Type S 6speed transmission
Competition Clutch stage 4 clutch
K20a2 flywheel
Hybrid Racing heavy duty racing shifter cables
Hybrid Racing bolt in short shifter
Hurst pistol grip shift knob
OEM Honda S2000 clutch master


2000 Civic front end
Si front lip
Type R replica rear lip
2000 civic taillights
Custom grey PPG Deltron paint
JDM Type R thin side moldings
JDM Type R window visors
JDM SiR non power folding mirrors
JDM antenna block off
Spoon replica carbon fiber wing


All interior panels (dash, door panels, center console, glove box) painted black with PPG Deltron interior
Custom camouflage print door inserts
Power window and lock conversion
JDM Type R climate control
Canadian SiR gauge cluster
NRG version 1 quick release hub
Personal Neo Grinta steering wheel
Gutted interior
Rear seat brackets were drilled out and all holes were welded shut then body worked and painted.
All sound deadening was removed from car
A/C evaporator core was removed and header deleted


16×7 gold Advan RG’s
2000 Civic Si front hubs
2000 Civic Si rear disc conversion
Goodyear stainless steel brake lines
Chase Bays brake line tuck kitSuspension:
Function and Form Type 1 coilovers
Skunk2 gold rear lower control arms
Black ASR subframe brace
ASR 22mm rear sway bar
Beaks gold lower tie bar


Chase Bays RayChem engine ground kit
Odyssey battery relocated under passenger headlight
Moroso battery terminals on firewall
DownStar/BoltBoys fender hardware kit
Custom tucked headlight harness
6000k Bi Xenon HID kit

Car dynoed with a base run of 260hp/187tq.

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