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02-06-2005, 11:44 PM
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Brief Specs

Owner: Owen
Car Model: 1992 EG Si hybrid hatch
Engine: B18C2/B16A2 Hybrid DOHC VTEC
ECU: Hondata S200
Exhaust:: 4-1 header with 2.5 inch collector, Buddy Club 2 mated to a xforce twin loop
Transmission: OEM 5 speed manual gearbox
Suspension / Handling: Koni Yellow fully adjustable dampers, Eibach Sportsline springs
Brakes: DBA 282mm slotted rotors / CRV calipers (front), Integra Vti-R disks / calipers (rear)
Audio/Video: Pioneer Deck, stock front speakers, rears removed
Misc: OEM front lip, de-badging, 15x6.5 Bronze Rota Slipstream, weight reduction

Owen’s 1992 hybrid hatch is not something you would expect to fly past you on the streets of Sydney given its simple cosmetic modifications, low ride height and humble appearance. In fact pulling up next to it at a set of lights, you would merely pass it off as just another dumped civic riding on some pretty rims. Look carefully though and the only thing giving away what lurks beneath is the oversized stopping hardware sitting snugly inside those 15 inch rims. So snug that you could barely fit your hand between the rim and the large 282mm Type R spec DBA disks and CRV calipers. The stoppers were sourced to complement the increased output of the car and some custom work was involved including having to shave a bit off the caliper and the use of a Vti-R parts to complete the fit onto the EG. This is probably the only give away to what lurks beneath this dirty monster. Why dirty? Well because that’s the way the owner likes her and that’s exactly how she turned up for the photo shoot! Lots of dust, dirt and fingerprints…….so much that even I had doubts as to whether we had the right car or stumbled across a lost black EG! Powered by a b18C2 Integra Vti-r block and bottom end, the owner decided to go for the better flowing head of the b16a2 which has flow patterns similar to the hand machined Integra Type R unit. There is a resulting loss in compression but this was to be dealt with later down the track. Humble is a good way to describe both car and owner although when unleashed humble is far from the truth. The EG has to it a weight advantage over most other cars including the Integra type R which is around 40Kgs heaver despite all its weight reduction.

After getting some quick photos in before we lost too much light I had the chance to speak to the owner about what his approach was towards the car and what he had planned for her.

What made you choose Honda, in particular your model?
Love the EG shape, this is my 4th EG in a row, and the fact that it’s a light chassis for a simple B series transplant, appealed to me. This was the main reason with the intention of an engine transplant.

What made you join Ozhonda and what part of it keeps you coming back?
Hondas and to be able to share my interest in Hondas with other enthusiast made it an appealing forum to be part of.

What made you say 'yes' to the Ozhonda feature car?
Share my ride with other Honda enthusiasts!

What made you choose the b16a/b18c combination?
Well at the time, 18months ago, there weren’t too many hybrids around, and the price of a Type R motor, if you could source one, was “expensive”. I had read up on the “poor mans” Type R and was sold on the idea as it had a lot of potential, both down the N/A path and boosted so it also left the door open for me with regards to the type of mods I could do down the track.

The b16a head on the b18c block leads to a loss in compression. Are there any plans for high compression pistons or a comparison of say a stock B18C versus your hybrid?
Yes there were plans for internal mods, NA related, but unfortunately time was and is not on my side, as she is my daily driver I can’t afford to have her off the road for long periods of time. Having said that, I had been sourcing parts with this in mind, TODA Pistons, TODA Spec B cams and springs have been purchased.

Why not just a B16A or B18C swap?
I’ve owned a B16A EG before, so I was after a more powerful platform and something different with potential. I’m not saying that a standard B18C2 doesn’t have potential but the appeal of a better flowing head on a larger capacity block sold me.

Is your EG what some call a "Poor mans Type R"? How does it compare with the genuine article?
Yes. Well compared in what sense? Just straight power @ the wheels… or another EG with a genuine ITR motor running head to head on track or down the quarter? Unfortunately I haven’t been able to compare it too another ITR equipped EG as much as I’d love too.
When getting my Hondata tuned @ Dyno Dave’s there were a batch of cars there also being tuned, ranging from other hybrid EGs to a JDM type R track car, and a variety of DC5’s.
Comparing it to the JDM Type R track car with similar mods (I/H/E) he pulled 119fwkw, and my EG hybrid managed to squeeze out 113fwkw, same dyno, same day. Now whether he was being tuned for a specific track/circuit, or race etc is another story!
Every motor is different with so many variables adding to its potential or lack of, but she does hold her own with an ITR down the quarter, quicker than some and slower than some. But I do believe that with the correct choice of mods the B18C/B16A hybrid can be a potent NA motor. She is a comparable, and I guess a cheaper option to an extent, to the genuine thing.

I noticed the addition of an aftermarket ECU to your setup complimented by an Intake/Header Exhaust system that saw a very impressive increase. Were you expecting such gains?
Yes, with Hondata I was expecting gains, but not as big an increase as I got, I was very pleased. Not only did she make more power on paper, but her drivability had changed, she was more responsive, a lot more pull down low, and awesome rev-ability. A punchy, high revving motor. I was very happy!

You had some bad luck with your last EG. Could you fill us in on that?
Yes, owned a 95 model breeze, and performed a back yard engine conversion with an EG6 front cut, which took me 3 months. Had her on the road for only 4-5months, she was taken literally from my door step, and found burnt out. This was devastating to me… I wouldn’t have felt as bad if I hadn’t poured my own blood sweat and tears into this project but it was a good learning curve for me!

You did your first conversion yourself but had someone do the second
conversion. Any reason for that?
Yes, well the first conversion as I said took me 3months, most of which was done on weekends and week nights when I felt like it and was pretty straight forward… Drop out of front cut, bolt into chassis the new one! I would’ve loved to do it again however the main reasons I didn’t were time, and sourcing the motor. There weren’t too many B18Cs around and with the decision of a “poor mans” Type R, head swapping etc the engine work was way out of my reach and the reach of my tools...or lack of!

Are you a track or drag person?
Well I can’t answer that in all fairness as I have only dragged. From what I have heard and been told, that if I enjoyed the drags, I would most certainly enjoy tracking. The thought of hammering the Hybrid through bends, and revving her @ the limits of the power band, I must say does appeal to me more than straight line runs. So I’m pretty certain, if I did lose my track virginity I would be a track person.

If Track/Drag, then have you tracked/dragged your car, how did you go? Any plans to track/drag your car?
I’ve been to 2 times to WSID street meets now with a best run of 14.4. There have been plans to track her but again… time is my main problem!

Problems are a common occurrence with engine swaps. What was the biggest hurdle for you and if you could do it again how would you do it right?
If I was to do it again, I would choose the same motor setup (B18C/B16A) but this time I would get all the internals done before the motor was put in.

So what's the next major mod?
Well as you may or may not know the car is for sale, but the next mods that were planned for it, and as I said before, have already been purchased, were Cams/Pistons.

Where do you see yourself in say the 2 years in terms of your car/interest in cars / this car?
Well hopefully in 2 years, I will be able to have another project car (definitely a Honda).

What advice would you give to others considering this conversion using the B18C/B16A combination? Would you recommend this conversion or a straight B16A or B18C swap?
Go for it, it’s a reliable, strong, high revving 1.8L with an awesome base for both NA and boost. I would definitely recommend it if you are going to go for all after market internals such as TODA. It’s an awesome base!

What's your opinion of rice?
Things that go *BLING*…

Finally, VTEC or Boost?

Just a quick update that not long after this interview was done the car was sold and now has a new owner. Good news is that the owner himself is an Ozhonda member so it’s good to know we will still be hearing about this beast from time to time so keep a look out in the forums!

I would like to thank Owen for taking time to be part of the Ozhonda feature car and for sharing his thoughts and opinions.

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03-06-2005, 12:30 AM
Wow, nice ride owen... perfect Job, cant find any room for improvement anywhere. Good work

Nice write up Win, Very well layout and good questions asked.

03-06-2005, 09:24 AM
thats one swish ride

03-06-2005, 09:30 AM
That is one tight eg!!

03-06-2005, 10:48 AM
awsome write up and unreal car
nice eg!!

Miss VTi-R
03-06-2005, 11:26 AM
awesome work hey


03-06-2005, 01:28 PM
Great post!!

03-06-2005, 02:52 PM
how much did it sell for?

03-06-2005, 03:10 PM
farkkk...great read! great car!

03-06-2005, 03:11 PM
great write up and nice car...

03-06-2005, 03:53 PM
nice work on the feature ride!

03-06-2005, 04:30 PM
very nice car:thumbsup: a great choice for feature:thumbsup: mmmm hybrid:)

03-06-2005, 04:48 PM
NICE!! Id love to have one of them for a little project car :)

03-06-2005, 04:58 PM
Oh nice interview and nice car :D

03-06-2005, 05:03 PM
awesome story, great to see those power figures :D

03-06-2005, 07:31 PM
Nice read. It things like this that keep me coming back to OZHONDA.

Keep it up Wyn. :D

03-06-2005, 11:03 PM
big ups to the angry EG :D

wats OB lookin for now?

03-06-2005, 11:13 PM
:Ddats awesome good read good car love to know how much it went 4 ??

03-06-2005, 11:38 PM
Sweet ride - congratulations to the new buyer. :thumbsup:

06-06-2005, 01:29 PM
i swear ive seen that car, does the owner live in auburn/berala

07-06-2005, 11:58 PM
just the way i like it. yummy eg4

11-06-2005, 08:50 AM
just the way i like it. yummy eg4
EG5 mate, but hey close enough :wave:

Great Work Wyn .. i like the questions imparticular :p !! Photos turned out better than you made them out to be. This car is a BEAST if i had the $$ at time of Sale i wouldn't have thought twice about buying it. Good Luck to the new owner and Owen did an awesome job on it :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

17-06-2005, 08:21 PM
That Owen car is a little rocket. I own a DC5R and have had the pleasure (or the unluckiness) to see both cars line up. My friend was driving my car at the time. 1st 2nd 3rd gear and the little civic was a few lengths ahead. The road was not long enough so we couldn't see both cars full potential. I was expecting the Type R to swallow the Civic up but it didn't- at that line up. However, I wasnt driving and my friend was wheel spinning. I know how to frive my car and stop it from spinning on take off because the car is my daily driver.

I gta say though, beware of Owens Civic :wave:

22-06-2005, 04:12 PM
thats a nery impressive car!!!

22-06-2005, 07:52 PM
love this car

22-06-2005, 07:53 PM
how many years did the project take????

22-06-2005, 07:55 PM

08-07-2005, 10:19 AM
hey, great car Owen :) job well done.... u say its for sale... how much are u asking for it?

21-07-2005, 10:07 AM

23-07-2005, 02:15 AM
man, thats the kinda stuff that inspires me... seein a clean job on a honda, look how neat the engine bay is... sleeper anyone? it'd be nice to hear from more ppl who have done similar stuff... i know there is a lot of stuff on www.honda-tech.com... but this is here in australia! woohoo! good work, and i like the photos wyn!