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Bring a Jacket– 2016+ Honda Civic 1.5T Performance Intercooler R&D Part 3 – Production Sample

It’s autumn and, more importantly, it’s the start of prime boosting season.  The cool, dense air that’s characteristic of the changing seasons is much easier to compress and cram into the cylinders, while the lower ambient temperatures help the intercooler. Even with the stock set up, your tenth generation Civic has a little extra pep in its step. But there’s no reason to settle for just a little pep when you can get more. Dan's new intercooler design brought to life, and fresh our of the box from our factory. Continue Reading ››

Heavy Breathing – 2017+ Honda Civic Type R Performance Intake R&D, Part 2 – Design and Prototype Fabrication

Intakes are typically the first modification that any automotive enthusiast would recommend in the name of quick power gains. It’s really no surprise either. If you take a look at any modern vehicle on the road today, including the Civic Type R, stock intakes are full of silencers, restriction points, and accordion-style hoses. Those are three things that I know every gearhead doesn’t want, and in fact it’s quite the opposite when looking to add some power, so we’ve been researching solutions to get rid of them. The top view of the airbox once it’s removed from … <a href=Continue Reading ››

Prototype Fitment – Catch Can R&D, Part 2

We are moving fast with this project! We have now talked about the differences and significance between two types of fuel injection, evaluated the stock system and began designing a bracket with our neat waterjet. We have also dived into the specifics of how our catch can works. Now, we have a working prototype that we have mounted onto our loaner Civic. We decided to go ahead and use the open space right behind passenger side of the motor that would conveniently place our catch can around the PCV ports. This will lighten any complexities in … Continue Reading ››

Design and Fabrication – Catch Can R&D, Part 1

We have been searching long and hard to get our hands on the new Honda Civic, and the search is now over! A brand new 2016+ Honda Civic equipped with the 1.5L Turbo engine has finally reached our R&D facility, thanks to a very generous owner. One of our first targeted projects is an oil catch can. There are many benefits to equipping a vehicle with a catch can. Modern fuel injection is accomplished by either port or direct injection, the latter used by this Civic. Let’s briefly talk about the differences between the two.

Port vs. Direct Injection

With port injection, … Continue Reading ››