Not a race car? Not a show car? No problem. Miki’s EM2 is a prime example how a car doesn’t need to be overblown to look good. This Civic sports a simple clean look that makes it stand out from it’s class. Having owned this beaut for 7 years, Miki has worked hard to support himself while gradually modifying this car.
During the ownership of this car, Miki had contemplated doing a K24 engine swap. He’s done the research and even sourced out all the parts he needed. However in the end it wasn’t in his best interest to initiate the swap.
Therefore, continuing with current powerplant, Miki added some bolt on bits to the car to give it some growl. A Megan Racing header teams up with a Tanabe Hyper Medallion exhaust to give it a mean deep tone. All of this exits through a modified BuddyClub Spec2 axleback muffler. In order to help the engine breathe better, a J’s Racing CF intake opens up the airways for the motor.
Being a daily driven car, the interior was the most important part of the car for Miki. RSX leather seats were swapped in to the cabin. He didn’t cheap out on the steering setup either, selecting a Works Bell short hub to go with the Works Bell quick release. And it doesn’t stop there, a 350mm Nardi deep corn steering wheel gives it that delicate look. Through the center console, a JVC double din bumps the tunes and just below that sits the duo of a custom extended shifter and a Spoon Duracon shift knob.
The outside of this car is tagged with OEM side skirts and rear lip. Up front Miki debadged his front grill and slapped on a HFP style front lip. A couple of unique parts form a special touch on the exterior, retrofitting E46 trunk spoiler and EG amber side markers on to the EM2 body.
Perhaps the most noticeable and aggressive area of this car is the wheel setup. Miki scored a set of Rotiform BLQ’s. 10mm spacers from Project Kics push out the wheels while Tein SS Coilovers provide that flush stance on the car. To stiffen up the chassis, ASR subframe braces with H&R front + rear sway bars get the job done.
Miki would like to give thanks to his friends and family, Glenn Lanuza at Marv Jones Honda, Chris Vallejo previously at Surrey Honda, Curtis and Alex at the Speed Syndicate, DK from City Auto, Static Captains for choosing his car. But most importantly his girlfriend Jen, for putting up with all the time and money he’s spent on this build.