Building a Rear Wheel Drive, K20 Turbocharged Honda Civic EK Hatchback - Reassembly
In today's episode of throtl, Mickey continues installing parts on our front-engine rear-wheel-drive K20 turbo-powered Honda Civic EK hatchback, starting with the hood scoop. We call it FREK (Front engine Rear drive EK).
Modifying EVO 8 Hood Scoop to Fit on Honda Civic
We wanted to make an EVO 8 hood scoop fit on a Honda Civic hood. That of course wasn’t a walk in the park, so we gave good thought to it and acquired M6 1.0 hardware and buffed the 10-millimeter head off of them to get a flat surface and then 3m panel bonded these M6 1.0 screws directly to the back of the scoop.
It allowed us to drill holes in the hood and slide down the M6 1.0 through the holes, and put a nut and washer on the back of the hood. It permitted the fiberglass to take the shape of our hood by applying a little heat to get it to take the form that we wanted.
The idea was for the nut to bring it down and align with our hood. It should accomplish all of those things and let us get this thing sucked down on the carbon fiber. We left the hood vent sit overnight with panel bonded screws to the back of the hood, and everything turned out very good.
It allowed us to tighten up the washer and nut on the back of these really tight and suck this thing down to the hood, which is precisely what we were trying to do. Remember, it is an EVO 8 vent for an EK hood, so they don’t line up at all, but we made them line up. Check out the video to see how we did it exactly.
Cutouts in the Rear Bumper
The next modification we did is regarding the rear bumper. Another cosmetic change, we wanted to take the design cue from the front bumper for our oil cooler and carry it throughout the build. To make it happen, Mickey transferred the same type of lines with round ends onto the rear bumper, and for this, we had to make three cuts on both sides of the bumper. We took inspiration for this from Mugen that made a rear bumper with these cuts back in the day.
These cutouts are not merely to step up the design of the car. These serve a great purpose; for such a car with no flat-paneled bottom, the air gets trapped in the rear bumper because it is basically capturing all the air coming under the car, and it has nowhere to go. By cutting these reliefs in the bumper, we let the air and the pressure built up underneath the rear end alleviate itself by exiting out the bumper holes we have cut.
It definitely adds a cool and subtle look to the car.
S1 Built Arms
The last modification we did is install the S1 built arms, camber, tow, Coilover bottom caps, etc. We appreciate the work done by the S1 team and thoroughly recommend them for all-wheel and rear-wheel drive conversions of the Honda Civic.
We have also received many products from different manufacturers that would help us complete the FREK built. We got engine harnesses, a scratch and dent firewall plate, a titanium bolt, and a chassis harness from Rywire.
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