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Old 02 Jan 2010, 04:31 pm
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Default What Civic is a better starting platform for modifications?

I know out in the world there has to be at least 20 million civics out there, hell see one on the streets and freeway every 5 mins, and you see everyone trying to modify them from mugen to spoon parts, etc. With so many civics and so many choices of chasey which one in particular do you think is the best as a starting platform fro modifications? Are Hatchbacks better then coupes, or is the dimensions/weight/wheel base better in a EX then DX? I too want to join the club and buy a civic and modify it but I want to know what car tuners out there think is the best civic platform to start out with. I know the modifications needed to make it fast and reliable just want peoples opinions is all. Thanks for putting in your opinion =)
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Old 02 Jan 2010, 04:46 pm
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personally i would go for the 96-00 (ek/ej) shape, they have a better chassis, better interior and are mechanically improved from previous generations. generally They are the most popular shape in the tuner community in hatchback. they are lighter than the coupes and give better power/weight ratio. get the Si or VTi if possible, (or the EK9 type-r if you have the cash!) they have the 1.6 DOHC VTEC 160bhp engine (B16A2) and are hightly tuneable,

check this claimed 500 hp civic out

the fifth gen is very popular too, but its about what you like best.
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Old 02 Jan 2010, 05:01 pm
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depends on what yo like better. the eg civics are 92-95 models the hatch backs are more rare and valuable and are what alot of people like to modify. ex or dx cx it all depends on what your after once again.. if you want to race or light weight of a car the cx and dx are the lightest and base models with no ABS no power windows PS power door locks no cruise control no sun roof all that is less weight and easier to modify a car with out all that mess in the way. alot of people take all that off their cars anyways. to "clean" up the engine bay. it just depneds on what you want again what is more important. just do your own style of what you think looks good and be unique!!
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Old 02 Jan 2010, 05:16 pm
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In my personal experience the EG & EK model Civics which span from 1992 to 2000 have the strongest aftermarket (performance) support. If you can get the SiR/Si version of either generation that would be a good starting point as you would have the B16A2 at your disposal which has 160 HP, DOHC.

Most would prefer hatches over coupes (I prefer sedan).

Check out the range available for:

EG -

EK -
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Old 02 Jan 2010, 05:31 pm
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The best platform to start with is an 88-91 Civic. Why? They are cheap. LOL They are the lightest of the more popular civics, and their aftermarket support is just as great. Any engine swap will be faster in this chassis when compared to other chassis (EG, EK) with the same motor. Then that car has a strong following, so if you need any help their are online communities that are willing to bend over backwards to help such as East Coast EF Civics ( The only downfalls is some consider the car "boxy" (but fixed up they are really nice), and with age comes routine maintenance, so be prepared to fix a few thing before you start mod'n.
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