If Mad Max drove a Kenmeri instead of a Falcon
For me, watching old skool N1 Civic races is like channeling ancient Gods and deities. Summon them correctly and they will return… the cars of those races didn’t have large amounts of horsepower, but they can still give a modern high performance street car a good run for their money, so don’t get it twisted.
What exactly is N1 specifications?
Engine and Transmission: the engine and transmission internals must remain OE spec. No dog box and sequential shifters. Baffles are allowed to be installed in the oil pan.
ECU: a lot of teams used various aftermarket/custom ECU’s. They are inspected by the FIA and then sealed with a tamper proof label. Some used the Mugen ECU. Injectors may not be changed. *Thought: I feel the “Mugen chips” floating around stateside aren’t real Mugen specs. Only a few shops in Japan have the exact copy (and legit Mugen ECU’s which they hold on to) of the maps and sell them.
Exhaust: teams are not allowed to change the exhaust manifold. Since the B series came out with a 2-piece header, teams are allowed to change the lower part of the manifold and back. Thus having a exhaust pipe as straight as possible with minimal bends.
Intake and Cooling: teams are not allowed to change the intake manifold, throttle body size nor the filter style. Some rumors say teams developed a higher flow drop in filter or ran with no filter, but don’t quote me on that. Cooling: a full size radiator is allowed.
Suspension and Brakes: the race car cannot change the suspension geometry. Teams are allowed to use coil-overs with any spring rates they want. If the car came equipped with front and rear sway bars from factory, then they are allowed to use them on the car. Brakes: must retain OEM brake calipers. Upgraded pads, heavy duty rotors and braided lines are allowed along with brake ducts. *Fun Fact: A lot of engineers used data from all the races to develop suspension set ups and other parts to specific tracks. Example; Eikoh! Didn’t just make mufflers, but also coilovers that were designed for Nakayama and Suzuka circuit.
Exterior: no aero is allowed in N1. Depending on the rules in an event, light weight hoods are free to use. In the Honda One Make race, light weight parts are allowed.
Interior: Dashboard and front door OE panels must remain intact. Roll cage required.
N1 spec example:
The kanjozokus pretty much run the same set ups at the N1 cars, more or less. However not all have aftermarket ECU’s. The veterans (& ones who know they can get away) use performance ECU’s or a stand alone and even aftermarket camshafts. While the younger generation might only be using the OEM ones.
The spirit is still there. The deities are floating around it. Can you see it? Summoned from tantric mantras and Ngakpa’s, I bring you N1 Magic. This is the brand name of all my one-off parts I have made and designed for my chassis(s) and much more. Just like the Private Runners stickers, they won’t be sold to the public. Personal use only. They are sat with sage and blessed using Ancient rituals and chants. Long live N1!
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This one isn’t as “friendly” as my last story, but indeed it was a good run. This takes place some time after 4/24/2012, cuz that was the date I dyno’d my car. I remember as soon as I pulled off the dyno I went to test it out. My first victim was a first gen Porsche Boxster, then a third gen 7 series BMW that was stupid loud. I was and still am very content with the power I have from the tune, and there’s plenty room for more power (I made that power on a JDM ITR header with ITR piping to a del Sol muffler! 🤯). There’s nights where I would rock the PVT exhaust for better flow, but that’s on late empty nights. I was on my “stock” set up this day. I had no intentions of running. But it just so happens that people see a cute lil red EG and want to fuck with it.
I was coming from Tougel’s crib going home. The junction from I5 south to 99/50 has a nice left sweeper turn which I go balls out on every time I hit it. Before the junction this Charger was tailgating me. Whenever this happens I just go slower and make them go around, mind you, I’m already in the slow lane. I don’t go slow in the faster lanes. This fool speeds past and I happen to look over, he’s smirking at me like I’m afraid, so I chase him. I’m keeping up and then the junction comes, this guy rides the brakes; he’s that type of driver. The turn is two lanes, I take him from the outside and exit the turn at full blast. Before all of this, when he sped by me I heard that it’s a V8. So I made sure that after I took him on the turn I was balls to the walls, cuz after that junction it’s a straight shot.
After I blasted out, I was redlining every gear from there; hitting rev limiter. I wanted to make sure that the V8 didn’t catch up. I’m not the type that “smokes a V8 like I smoke marijuana” I am well aware how powerful those engines are (before Honda’s I was into low riders. A Caprice Classic was almost my first car!). Once I made it onto the straight, I see him in the rear view hauling ass! This is where the run takes place.
From there I stopped looking at my mirror and focus on the road (of course!). We ran it to where the pin in dropped in the image above. He never caught up to me. He ended up getting all the way over to the right lane to either go on the 99 South or Business 80. We both disappear. But that’s not the end. It’s as if another car saw the action and since the Charger already left I was his target. It was an older BMW, perhaps a 3 series from the late 80’s (I only saw it from the side). This dude can drive! And there was surprisingly a lot of cars on the road still. I had to perform some straight up kanjozoku shit, and dip into the emergency lane/“parking” at one point. I can’t post pictures of where I did it, but if I got caught in traffic he would of smoked my ass!
The Hwy runs through an underpass. CHP hides under there sometimes and lucky they weren’t there. So I used that as a sort of “gutter technique” to zip around the pack of cars that was blocking us. And that’s where I left his ass, hitting rev limiter again in every gear. Talk about an adrenaline rush. If you’re a Runner at heart, you know how to use traffic to your advantage, and no one is immune to that. Not even me. I ended up exiting after I lost him and took the back roads home, I was super paranoid cuz this was around 9pm-ish on a weekday! There were still a lot of cars on the road! Perfect opportunity for the law to get someone.
I’m glad I don’t do shit like that anymore. I have a lot to lose. I’m glad I can sit here and tell my stories. I never “picked fights” on the road, when ever I ran against someone it’s because they chose to fuck with me, and that only happened a few times. Remember us PVT RUNNERS don’t care about winning or losing. Matter of fact, most of the time when me and Tougel ran our loop, we weren’t running against anyone. We would pretty much play Hwy tag and/or test our abilities. I only ran against a few people on the Hwy. We are not street racers. Though, it is one of my favorite Motorsports. ✌️
So shortly after making the Super Egg post, my shocks started leaking. I went ahead and purchased all the parts I need and also did research on a RA1 “forum” on a social media platform. That shit is wack yo. But it shows not a lot of people know anything when it comes to this chassis. Everyone just wants to slam it, and that’s coo cuz it looks good; there’s research on that. But no real info if you don’t wanna ride so low. Everyone throws in China made coil-overs and calls it a day, but nah I’m good off of that. But anyway, here is the before and after pics.
Here is an interesting find I came across:
I also went ahead and installed the new steering wheel combo:
Then I threw on the Mcleans and fender stripe!
Ivan drives way better now, so smooth and can still take an impact on bumpy roads. I’m really happy with a shock and spring combo and not following the trend. Don’t follow what everyone else is doing, that’s wack lyrics. Shout out to the ones who test different suspension combos even if it’s from another car. Be lyrical and drive in your own lane. ✌️
Ever hit 130mph with a wheel this size?
92-95 Civic VX wheel. 13×5 OEM Wheel made by Enkei. Light as fuck. Well of course, you already know that, and you know this. I rocked that set up for the majority of the time I owned my car! T speed rating. 😅
But yea , anyway. I wanna say I was around this area so you tell me what speed I was at.
Imagine, some people are used to that speed, plus some; and they stay up there too! Wangan Runners, Canon Ball Runners, Hardcore Street Runners, etc. I hit around there a few times only. Even back in the day when me and Tougel ran our Loop; I hit 110ish, and even that was rare. What’s the fastest you hit and how long have you stayed there? Whole different world isn’t it? That was the last time I ever went that fast, and I plan on keeping it that way.
As much as this looks good:
I enjoy being at stock height. The fact that I can hit a pot hole and still be ok gives me a peace of mind. But for sure sometime in the future I will prob change out the springs.
I have some well needed parts coming in for Ivan. Stay tuned!
Let’s have a prosperous year.
We going back to that lifestyle…!