My B series Civic EJ9

My B series Civic EJ9

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Jelfy

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6 posts

1 month

Saturday 14th May
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So for as long as I can remember I've always wanted an EK Civic. Ever since playing the Gran Turismo as a child I've always had a soft spot for 80's and 90's Japanese cars. Into my teens I spent hours reading Speedhunters articles, watching old best motoring videos and reading up about the Kanjo and Wangan racers.

The EK Civic has always stood out to me. The shape, the engineering behind the engine and chassis etc etc. To me no other FWD car comes close to the EK. It's the pinnacle of FWD hatches before things began to go down hill with safety, cost cutting and emissions regulations. I'd put myself off buying one for years because of how difficult it is to find a clean one. Id just dabbled with Fiesta's instead as they're cheaper in ever way really. But after putting it off for years, driving a few of my friends B18 powered Civic's and mainly seeing the prices of them begin to sky rocket I figured it was finally time to bite the bullet and buy my dream car (Yes my dream car is a 90's Civic I know laugh )

I initially searched for a genuine EK4 VTI as these come with the B16A2 engine, rear disc brakes and other bits and bobs over the lower spec models but trying to find one that hasn't spent it's entire life being bounced off the rev limiter by someone in Bradford seemed impossible at least within my budget so I figured I'll buy a lower spec model and build my own "VTI"



I ended up with this, a 1998 EJ9 1.4. My main criteria was essential to find one with zero rust and even though Ideally I'd have preferred a tin top with windy windows this car fit the bill.

it was quite fun in standard form really. You can feel it has so much more mechanical grip than other shopping trollies even on mis matched 185 section tires. But regardless it didn't stay standard for long. My goal at first was to get the chassis set up ready for the eventual engine swap. This meant BC racing coilovers, hardrace adjustable camber and toe arms, skunk 2 LCA's, braided brake lines and rear discbrake conversion. I also replaced all of the bushings, ball joints and wheel bearings while I was at it. I've since replaced all 4 brake callipers with reconditioned units.





I bought some RPF-1's from a friend, fitted a front lip and a Spoon N1 style back box to get rid of the awful looking standard one.




I then chucked in a Bride bucket seat and my Personal steering wheel. Sitting low in a car with the steering wheel in the right place makes the world of difference in my eyes. Feeling like your sat in the car with the controls in the right place really helps me push on and feel exactly what the car is doing rather than gripping the wheel to tight and sliding off your seat laugh




Once I'd put a few miles on all of the new parts and checked everything was tight I took the car to my local alignment place and had them set the geometry up for fast road driving and fit a set of 205/50's instead of the awful 195/45's T1R's that were on it before. unlike my last car this was meant to more usable on the road hence why I've kept all the interior in and been a bit more tame with the alignment.



it then essentially stayed like this for a few months while I saved up for a B series engine. I used it as a daily for a while until I bought the Focus and I tried my best to blow the little D14 engine up laugh Oh and I managed to squeeze in a track day at a very wet Donington.



Believe it or not I overtook every car in that Picture. Who would've guessed that RWD cars and semi slicks in the wet don't mix laugh But anyway the dream was to have B series in my car so I picked up this B16A2 and S4C gearbox. whilst piecing the rest of the engine swap together I re-sealed the entire engine and replaced the belt, tensioner, water pump, baffled sump, new clutch, lightened flywheel etc etc. The last thing I wanted to do was have to replace a main seal when I could've done it out of the car.



Once it was all good to go I borrowed my friends unit for a week. With the help from a few friends we managed to get the swap done in 2 days. it's quite daunting seeing your car without an engine in for the first time laugh



But we got the engine in and running. It looks a bit rough but my current focus is tidying up the bay and sorting out the small teething issues it's got. But it's in and it goes like s*** of a shovel now laugh The powerband is addictive and it feels like it never wants to stop revving.



That's the car essentially as it sits today. Like all project cars it's never really over. Once the engine bay is tidied up and all the teething issues are sorted I'd like to tidy up the rest of the car, mainly the small dinks and dents it's picked up over the years. get a different front lip and ideally a Bride zeta 2 or Recaro SPG seat. But for now I'm just enjoying the car I've wanted to own for all these years and patiently waiting to get it out on track with some better rubber first of course.

I'll keep this updated as and when I do anything interesting with the car smile



MightyBadger

877 posts

27 months

Saturday 14th May
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Great little cars, that looks ace.

CoolHands

15,026 posts

172 months

Saturday 14th May
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Nice!

Can you believe someone stole mine? I still can’t believe it, I never saw it as high risk frown it was a 96 P-reg. I really liked the soft suspension.




Kswap

90 posts

18 months

Saturday 14th May
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Nice. I’ve a K24 EG. I love it. Fast, cheap and easy to work on.
Attracts the most positive attention of any car I’ve owned including cosworths, Focus RS, STI etc. Always a conversation starter when people see it at shows and trackdays.

The Rotrex Kid

26,712 posts

137 months

Saturday 14th May
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Great work. Good to see people still doing B swaps in EJ9’s! I did mine nearly 20 years ago!!!

My first Honda was a B swapped EJ9, had 14 Hondas in total and now have a supercharged EP3. Welcome along!

d_a_n1979

4,258 posts

49 months

Saturday 14th May
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Agreeing with all the above... Great work thumbup

I've had a few B16s (EG6 SiR-S, EK9) as well the K20 in a DC5; fantastic engines and great cars

Will watch this thread cool

Edited by d_a_n1979 on Sunday 15th May 08:57

KarlMac

3,197 posts

118 months

Saturday 14th May
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I’m in.

I’ve wanted a white Type R or the Jordan for best part of 20 years.

Yours looks like a great project and I’m glad you’ve gone down the B series route rather than another K swap. Any reason you didn’t go B18?

MightyBadger

877 posts

27 months

Sunday 15th May
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Would a h22 from a Prelude fit into one of these?

The Rotrex Kid

26,712 posts

137 months

Sunday 15th May
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MightyBadger said:
Would a h22 from a Prelude fit into one of these?
Short answer: yes

Long answer: yes, but with lots of messing about. B series is dead easy as it’s virtually bolt in and plug and play. The H22 never came in a civic chassis so will go in but with custom mounts etc. IIRC they use an OBD1 style wiring harness rather than the OBD2 system in EK chassis cars so it’s a custom wiring loom. A K20 swap is arguably easier and possible cheaper now, A H22 engine is a rare beast these days (especially as you really want the H22A7 to make it at all worthwhile, a H22A5 from a 5th Gen Lude is ‘only’ 185bhp)

CKR83

52 posts

52 months

Sunday 15th May
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Im all over this build, really looking forward to seeing its progress.

I wish I’d snapped up a little EK / EJ Civic before they all shot up in price. I owned the H22a8 Prelude, currently own a Prem’ EP3 / K20, but think I’ve missed a trick not experiencing a B series motor and now can’t see me affording a decent one. Would love to do like you and create my own. Keep the updates coming!

Jelfy

Original Poster:

6 posts

1 month

The Rotrex Kid said:
Great work. Good to see people still doing B swaps in EJ9’s! I did mine nearly 20 years ago!!!

My first Honda was a B swapped EJ9, had 14 Hondas in total and now have a supercharged EP3. Welcome along!
Thanks man, I've always loved the B series, K is definitely king but I'll always prefer a plucky B series

Jelfy

Original Poster:

6 posts

1 month

CKR83 said:
Im all over this build, really looking forward to seeing its progress.

I wish I’d snapped up a little EK / EJ Civic before they all shot up in price. I owned the H22a8 Prelude, currently own a Prem’ EP3 / K20, but think I’ve missed a trick not experiencing a B series motor and now can’t see me affording a decent one. Would love to do like you and create my own. Keep the updates coming!
Yeah I think I managed to get in just before things really started going crazy! Still I cant knock an EP3 bang for buck they're brilliant cars and the K20 is a great engine!

Jelfy

Original Poster:

6 posts

1 month

There isn't really much to update, I'm still trying to sort out a weird idle issue (suspect its the current lack of a IAT sensor) and just buttoning up a few more little issues but here's a few other pictures. I didn't really expect anyone to be interested in it as it's just a B series Civic but I'll do my best to keep the thread updated smile




Jelfy

Original Poster:

6 posts

1 month

CoolHands said:
Nice!

Can you believe someone stole mine? I still can’t believe it, I never saw it as high risk frown it was a 96 P-reg. I really liked the soft suspension.



That's such a shame! Yeah I really enjoyed mine when I daily'd it completely standard for a few weeks, It was so comfy!

Cambs_Stuart

1,706 posts

61 months

That's fantastic. Good work!