JDM Honda Civic
Many new members of the JDM car community come looking for one particular car. The JDM Honda Civic. The exposure that the Honda civic has given the JDM community is immense, the first time someone hears about JDM it’s usually because of a JDM Honda civic, or a JDM Honda civic type r. All of these are perfect JDM cars for young drivers
This article is a brief outline of some of the popular Honda Civic JDM cars, and a brief history of them. In fact this is just part one, we will be adding part two soon.
So why is the JDM Honda civic so popular?
Simple, the Honda civic has everything you could want from a JDM car. It’s a cheap to buy, cheap to run, Honda civic parts are easy to find, the JDM Honda civic type r allows race spec upgrades for lower models.. And this is just the start!
My first car was a JDM Honda civic, and I loved it – an eg4 (1.5 SOHC), and was brilliant. Cheap insurance, faster than most things my friends had at the time (we were all 17) and was the most reliable thing ever. My friends were replacing their clutches every other day with their euro cars, while my JDM Honda civic kept on going and going. (This meant while they were paying to repair their cars, I was paying to upgrade mine…)
The EF – The first JDM Honda Civic
Ok that’s a lie; the EF was not the first JDM Honda civic. But for the purposes of this article it will be – I’m not giving a Honda civic history class here. Just a taster!
The ef was a beast. It came in various varieties, one especially popular had the d16z6 engine, a dohc non VTEC with a hella huge amount of torque. In a car that weighed less than a pencil. It was a lethal combination, the styling and reliability was unheard of at the time of production. Leaving JDM Honda civic EF to be a huge success.
Obviously the EF Civic was then noticed by the JDM cars community in later years, and now you can see several STUNNING examples of EF’s with insane set ups, dominating the street and the race track.
The EG – The Next JDM Honda Civic
The EG holds a special place in my heart. I am in love with this car. Although the there was no JDM Honda civic type R available it didn’t matter. The JDM EG6 (DOHC VTEC) was an absolute monster, and original good condition ones are rare as rocking horse shit these days.
The EG again is hugely popular with the JDM cars community. The modification available for the EG6 was immense. This was due to Honda making the genius decision to make the chassis for the EG civic and the Honda Integra nearly identical. At the time the Integra was Hondas flagship race car. Meaning true full professional race spec modifications were available, not the crap you would get on the high street – genuine race pedigree upgrades. And with the chassis being almost identical. Your JDM Honda civic could be a hybrid JDM Honda civic type R (Integra) cross breed monster.
Even the engine out of the Integra dropped in with ease. Meaning that JDM Honda civics had the potential to be (and commonly are) the fastest hatchbacks on the road.
So this was a very brief introduction into the world of JDM Honda civics. There are many more that we will discuss in future articles, the EK, The EP, and beyond. Stay tuned for updates!
So what are you waiting for, go get yourself an EG JDM Honda Civic!