Authenticity is the key to this Kanjo-style Civic

As far as I know, the Osaka motorway loop in Japan does not extend to the Goodwood Motor Circuit in Britain.

So you can imagine my surprise when I was presented with an EF Honda Civic that looked the way it did straight from a 360p YouTube video at last weekend Retro Rides weekend bag from 2024.

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In fact, I’ll go so far as to say so Andy BoswellThe EF Honda Civic is the most authentic Kanjozoku-inspired construction I’ve ever seen in person.

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As with most highway racers, the most striking visual touch is the JTCC-inspired paint scheme that emphasizes the Civic’s sporting intentions. Team CABIN ran this livery in the 1988 season of the Japanese Touring Car Championship, and it is relatively simple compared to others from the same era.

This is complemented by the aggressive aero options that Andy chose for his EF.

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There’s a Chargespeed front lip on an EF2 front bumper, with a matching Chargespeed spoiler that complements the JDM EF9 SiR rear bumper. EC Works-style mirrors complete Honda’s racing look.

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The SSR MK-III wheels can scream Brand new more than them But, but I think they are perfect. Fitted with fat Yokohama Advan A048 tires and the styling fits so well with the rest of the car, giving Andy’s Civic more personality than many. But-inspired builds out there.

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A well-considered approach has also been chosen within the Civic. Being a UK-built car based near Edinburgh in Scotland, it made sense to use European brands where it matters.

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The Bride Zeta II box may come straight from Japan, but Willan’s harnesses run through the belt guides and a bolt-on roll cage from Safety Devices to strengthen the shell. In the back of the stripped cabin are an Odyssey dry cell battery and a fire extinguisher.

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Behind the Momo Montecarlo steering wheel lies a Honda CR-X VTi gauge cluster that can travel up to 150 mph, for reasons that will soon become clear.

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Andy wasn’t happy with a Honda watched quickly, so when the opportunity to purchase a B18C4 engine arose, he knew he had to jump on it.

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“I would have preferred a B18C or B18C6but since I was only 19 at the time and on a very tight budget, I went with what I could afford,” Andy remembers.

However, the engine has not remained stock and now breathes in through a Skunk2 Pro Series intake manifold and throttle body and out through a Tegiwa exhaust manifold. There are Type R camshafts in the mix and a Honda P28 ECU to provide the ignition commands.

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The B18C4 is mated to an S9B LSD-equipped gearbox, converting the EF Civic to a hydraulic clutch with a Girling reservoir. “I had two of the three correct engine mounts, but for the gearbox side I had to make a custom mount because the hydraulic gearbox was different,” Andy explained.

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This ‘right’ approach goes beyond the engine compartment. “I took the car back to a bare body, which had previously been restored and repainted, and reconditioned the entire suspension and made it fully poly-bushed, along with fitting a large number of custom wishbones. The underside has been treated with Waxoyl in the hope that it will stop the worst effects of the Scottish climate.”

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In addition to the partial restoration, Andy’s chassis upgrade consists of a mix of Hardrace and Skunk2 arms connected to Tein MeisterR coilovers. A small ‘big brake’ upgrade of EBC-EF9 rear discs and 262 mm front wheels in combination with EBC Yellowstuff brake pads and a CR-X VTi master cylinder ensure that the featherweight Civic comes to a stop just fine.

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I really can’t get over how good Andy’s Civic looks. There’s just something very cohesive about this car that checks boxes that others don’t.

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Small details, such as the wheels. In Andy’s own words: “I chose the MK-IIIs because I could order them brand new, which was a requirement for me as I wanted a specific specification to achieve a perfect fit and in a 4×100 PCD, rare for these types of wheels.”

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These kinds of details, combined with the authenticity of the construction and small details such as stickers of the brands of friends and his tribe mates, make this construction very ‘real’ in my eyes. It’s very impressive for a 21 year old boy.

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I’ll leave you with a passing comment from Andy, giving his approach to construction more praise than I can give it.

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“I even got compliments from some OG Kanjo guys in Japan, including Roughsmoke himself, who said it was ‘finally a Civic that looks good.’ For me this was the ultimate satisfaction.”

Need I say more?

Mario Christou
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