The Type R has become long revered by Honda enthusiasts worldwide. Up until this very day, Honda guys young and old remain on the lookout for a clean Integra Type R chassis or pieces and bits from the legendary chassis. When we first determined that Honda produced the ITR in 1996, many of us drooled over them. Whenever we found out there was clearly an ITR destined for U.S. showrooms, we all imagined owning one. There is no denying that the original Japanese Integra Type R opened our eyes for all things JDM and what Honda was required to offer within its native land, even though the debate will go on forever among enthusiasts over which front-end is better, JDM or Usa bug-eyes. Lurking not too far in the background was the Integra Type R’s brethren, the EK9 Civic Type R. Like the DC2R, both were pinnacles to their respective platforms and previously unavailable in the United states Unlike the ITR, however, the EK9 never made the trek to our country. American Honda instead offered the EM1 Civic Si coupe. The only way to have an EK9 was to try to import one or build your own version out of whatever legit (and sometimes not so legit) EK9 parts you could find. Sixteen years following the EK9 was basically introduced, enthusiasts around the world are stillThose that took the chance of importing them into the country knew that they had a real gem in their possession-and weren’t exactly willing to just sell them or permit them to go. Legit CTRs are rare, and even when you do happen to see one, you’re probably skeptical as to whether it’s the real deal. People have become so good at replicating them that it’s oftentimes tough to identify their authenticity. If you have a white ’96-’00 Civic chassis, you at one time or another attempted to produce a faux CTR, chances are that.
The white Civic you see on these pages is undoubtedly a realistic ’98 R. It not any longer bears its high-strung 1.6L B16B engine. We don’t truly know much about its history prior to its arrival in North America over six yrs ago, but this EK9 has produced quite a brief history for itself. Because it hasn’t, not in a way where it could indicate that the car has become through multiple transformations. This Civic has looked nearly the same aesthetically since it migrated to America. The history we are referring to has more to do with a family or personal history. It would tell you all about how it’s been built collectively by three different owners if this CTR could talk. Instead we’ll let Jeff Dodson, by far the most current owner, and Lee Molina, the prior owner, tell youin 2007. I just could not afford it during those times, although it had been a car i had always aspired to own. I didn’t get to be the owner until much down the road when I purchased it from my friend Lee.
Lee Molina: I originally bought the CTR from a friend of mine back in 2010. He had the automobile for a couple of years but didn’t really do much to it aside from the ’00-spec CTR front end conversion. The chassis got to the Usa as a shell [no engine], so he had also dropped a JDM B18C ITR motor in it. I have done a majority of one other major modifications after I acquired it.
Most of the aftermarket products the truth is featured in the CTR currently are the product of Molina’s vision. He installed the Function7 LCAs and braces, Ground Control suspension, along with the Alex Racing brackets that help elevate the OEM CTR wing. The EK9 was actually a dream car of Molina’s, and he had plans to eventually do a K20 swap. A tragic event turned my whole world upside-down, Molina says, although There was a lot more i had lay out to do. My mother passed away in late 2010, and I had to sell the automobile because I needed the funds. Apart from a simple shift knob swap, the interior is factory fresh “R.”
Molina and Dodson were both friends in the same car club, Team NSU, so Dodson couldn’t think of the CTR going to a random stranger. This was a significant chassis to both of them, so Jeff chose to step in and take the EK9 off of Molina’s hands. It absolutely was a win-win situation; not simply would Jeff finally be capable of own the car he had set his sights on since 2007, he’d additionally be helping out a buddy who was inside a tough spot financially. Furthermore, the CTR would stay in the Team NSU family. I had been always round the car, and Lee was really a friend of mine, therefore i knew the Civic was very well dealt with. He had the K20A2 motor waiting to go in, so I bought the motor off of him, too, Jeff states.
With the aid of teammate Molina, Jeff pulled the ITR motor and completed the K swap at the shop where he worked at as a mechanic. The money he had produced from selling the B18C that had been once inside the EK9 went to ordering a collection of 57mm Kinsler ITBs and a host of K-Tuned engine components. To give the automobile a more personal touch, Dodson ditched the Spoon wheels Molina had in favor of wider 16×8 Enkei RPF1s.