Sep 29, 2011

SHG_Spotlight: Evan's 1995 Jet Black Honda Civic CX

The one that started it all, this is the car that put SoHondaGarage on the map. What originally began as a mild build up eventually snowballed into a full ground up restoration SHG style and well, if you're not familiar with what that means, then read on!

Sep 12, 2011

Just a Couple of Throwbacks!

Evan's EG and Riley's EJ posted up at the now iconic James Baird Park. 

Mike's EK getting a little sun tan.

Sep 10, 2011

Yet another wet Tsukuba 5 lap battle!

JGTC drivers racing tuned S2Ks, NSXs and even a CRX at Tsukuba circuit in wet condition. These guys are wild to say the least. Singing while driving, going off the track, driving without wipers and even drifting for good measure!

Sep 8, 2011

Tsukuba 5 lap battle

Type Rs proving once again their potential on the race track. Its a shame that they were never offered in the US, even if the demand isn't quite there, I'm sure it could have sold well enough for a limited production run.

Sep 7, 2011

Tuned DC2 Battle

Nothing like a little 2nd gear chirp after 1st gear VTEC!

Sep 6, 2011

Spoon shop

Just a few random shop pictures from the Spoon building.

Sep 5, 2011

Civic Type R Returns

A good look at the performance level of the now discontinued FD2 Civic Type R. Not bad for a 2 liter naturally aspirated front wheel drive huh?

Certainly impressive when everyone else does similar but with bigger engines that are turbocharged and typically rear wheel drive or 4wd.

Sep 4, 2011

Sep 2, 2011

11,000rpm FD2 vs AP1 vs DC2!

Tuned B16Bs can rev incredibly high as seen below but they are not alone; K20A/F20C hybrids can too.

Combining parts from both motors has been proven to be an effective way of tuning, most likely from the fact that K20A heads flow really well and F20C bottom ends are built to rev to 9,000rpms from the factory so with a little blueprinting and some aftermarket internals it all starts to seem doable.

Sep 1, 2011

11,000rpm B16B!

Who other than Spoon Sports would create such a high revving engine?

A redline of 11,000rpm is no easy task and requires every component to be in harmony with one another. The crankshaft must be finely balanced to avoid vibrations, the valvetrain needs to be very strong to avoid floating valves from the camshafts spinning so fast, the oiling must be adequate to decrease friction and protect the engine, the connecting rods have to be light yet strong, the engine clearances must be as aggressive as possible and so on.

Quite the engineering marvel Mr. Ichishima is. The engine note is ever so pleasing to the ears, as if they didn't sound great at 8,500 in the first place!

The block brace that is featured here to get rid of vibrations also requires the use of their oil pan. Good luck finding those parts, there were only a few made and it was a prototype that was never sold. It is said that they would go for around $5,000 for the brace or oil pan but it is one of the rarest Spoon parts without a doubt and would probably fetch even more than that.

This technology was also applied in the EK9 used for N1 endurance racing as the regulation allowed such mod and it revved even higher than this one, an astounding 12,000rpm!