View Full Version : Function is the Form: ATL Si's EFR FA5 Build

11-23-2013, 01:38 PM
So I've been a lurker on here for a while, but since someone on 8thcivic suggested I post my build thread here I figured why not! So here is my work in progress:

I have been through so much with this car (see my first round with it --> http://www.8thcivic.com/forums/car-builds/278724-when-life-gives-you-lemons-go-k24-atl-sis-build.html) it's not even funny. But this build right here is the manifestation of countless hours spent reading and emailing and doing anything I could to gather information about what I could do to my Si.

My goal was to turn this Civic into something that is a blast to drive and is punishingly fast, while still maintaining a stock motor. More importantly, I want to use parts that are made with both quality and performance in mind. Because if there is one thing I have learned over the 4 years I have had this car, it's that doing it right the first time (or at least trying to lol) pays off in the end.

This build would have been DOOMED without the incredible amounts of help from Mark Abernathy, aka Origin Fabrication (https://www.facebook.com/Originfabrication) and would have been a lot more painful without the help of Geoff at Full-Race and a certain secret squirrel ;) I owe more thanks to you guys than you know!

Current Mods/How It Sits

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3757/10060242494_6108a2a039_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/10060242494/)
Turbo Bay (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/10060242494/) by whitacre.alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/101672776@N03/), on Flickr

- Supertech Dual Springs
- Supertech Ti Retainers
- Supertech Seats
- OEM Pre-'04 Keepers
- Ferrea Competition Valves
- Ferrea Bronze Valve Guides
- ARP Head Studs
- Borg Warner EFR 7670 .83 A/R IWG
- Full-Race T3 Tubular Ramhorn Manifold, Ceramic Coated & Heat Wrapped
- Full-Race EFR Downpipe, V-Band Exit, Ceramic Coated & Heat Wrapped
- Full-Race Intercooler and Bumper Beam
- Full-Race 2.5" EFR Charge Piping
- Origin Fabrication 3" V-Band Titanium Straight Pipe
- DEI Gold Foil (on everything!)
- Hasport 70a Full Mounts
- Omni 4 Bar MAP Sensor
- P2R Thermal IMG

- FIC 1050cc SP Injectors
- DW 320 Pump
- Crushed FPR
- Hondata Flashpro
- Tune By A Good Tuner

- Competition Clutch Twin Disc 'A'
- Jotech Stage 2 transmission
- Hybrid Racing Short Shifter
- Hybrid Racing EM1 CMC Kit
- Hybrid Racing Cable Bushings

- Full-Race Traction Balls
- Enkei Evo VIII Whels
- Continental DW 245/40/17 tires
- Koni Yellows
- Neuspeed Sport Springs
- Ingalls Camber Bolts/Sliders

- Acura TL-S Brembos
- Acura TL-S BMC
- Brembo Blanks (F) Centric Blanks (R)
- StopTech Pads
- Goodridge Stainless Lines
- ATE SuperBlue Fluid

- Origin Fabrication Battery Box
- Odyssey PC680 Battery
- Excelerate Gauge Pod V1
- AEM Digital Wideband/Boost Gauges
- Full-Race Vaccuum Block
- Hybrid Racing Fuel Rail
- Hybrid Racing Oil Cap
- Seeker Radiator Cap
- K-Tuned Coil Pack Cover

So this past summer I decided to sell my K20/24 with the intents of doing what I consider the 'holy grail' of Si performance mods, going turbo. I was able to sell my entire setup for a stock K20 and cash on top. I decided on purchasing a Full-Race EFR kit with the 7670, as I admire Full-Race's quality and the EFR is definitely a unique turbo. If you want to see pics of the actual install or are interested in going turbo, I highly suggest you read this: http://www.8thcivic.com/forums/turbocharging/378785-how-install-full-race-efr-turbo-kit-your-stock-si-boost-properly.html#post12760257

http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab7/ATLSI/DSC_0075_zpseccc6383.jpg (http://s844.photobucket.com/user/ATLSI/media/DSC_0075_zpseccc6383.jpg.html)

http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab7/ATLSI/DSC_0089_zpsf4c711cd.jpg (http://s844.photobucket.com/user/ATLSI/media/DSC_0089_zpsf4c711cd.jpg.html)

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Some Pics of my Manifold and Intercooler :usa::turbospin:

http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab7/ATLSI/DSC_0008_zps153e8c41.jpg (http://s844.photobucket.com/user/ATLSI/media/DSC_0008_zps153e8c41.jpg.html)
http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab7/ATLSI/DSC_0009_zps3871b753.jpg (http://s844.photobucket.com/user/ATLSI/media/DSC_0009_zps3871b753.jpg.html)
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I chose the twin disc because I knew it would never slip, and if I decide to really go nuts with the power I will not need to upgrade again.

http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab7/ATLSI/DSC_0019_zpsdc9cabcf.jpg (http://s844.photobucket.com/user/ATLSI/media/DSC_0019_zpsdc9cabcf.jpg.html)

JoTech Stage 2 Transmission

http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab7/ATLSI/Stage2Transmission_zps8230845b.jpg (http://s844.photobucket.com/user/ATLSI/media/Stage2Transmission_zps8230845b.jpg.html)

Downpipe, welds look great! :dancing:

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After we got the turbo kit on, I realized that I needed an exhaust since I sold my awesome Full-Race unit with my K24. I decided to do something pretty different, and got a custom Origin Fabrication 3" Titanium Straight Pipe. This is probably the most incredible thing on my car from a craft standpoint. It is quieter around town and highway cruising inside the car than the Full-Race was before (thanks to the turbo), and sounds full-on ridiculous at WOT. Not to mention the entire thing weighs 9 pounds! Mark is truly great with Ti. Since some people have asked, here is Origin Fab's facebook page for some weld porn/contact info https://www.facebook.com/Originfabrication

Some Facts:
- All 3" ID American-Made Ti
- All bends pie cut
- Entirely hand welded by Mark Abernathy, aka Origin Fabrication
- V-Band flange hand turned out of a solid block of Ti, also by Mark
- took over 25 hours for Mark to complete the exhaust
- I'm trying to decide if I like the turn-down or if a straight tip would be better

Titanium V-Band flange

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7448/9730076567_a0e59c39dd_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/9730076567/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/9730076567/) by whitacre.alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/101672776@N03/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7414/9733301334_7f1cd75a61_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/9733301334/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/9733301334/) by whitacre.alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/101672776@N03/), on Flickr

Pies Before Welding

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7430/9733302552_b021423859_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/9733302552/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/9733302552/) by whitacre.alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/101672776@N03/), on Flickr

Shots of the welds

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Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/9730074611/) by whitacre.alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/101672776@N03/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7429/9733300854_b5a1fefbb0_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/9733300854/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/9733300854/) by whitacre.alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/101672776@N03/), on Flickr

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5503/9733300362_609292155d_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/9733300362/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/9733300362/) by whitacre.alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/101672776@N03/), on Flickr

Now on the Car

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2881/9733298820_4a73887750_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/9733298820/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/9733298820/) by whitacre.alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/101672776@N03/), on Flickr

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3817/9733298326_bb52f26619_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/9733298326/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/9733298326/) by whitacre.alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/101672776@N03/), on Flickr

Turn down Tip

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Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/9730068343/) by whitacre.alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/101672776@N03/), on Flickr

After the exhaust was put on the car, we got set to really trying to work the tune. But before this happened, some bad luck hit. Possibly due to some overheating immediately after install and some curiously loose head studs, my head gasket blew. On top of this, when the head was stripped it was discovered that I was sold the motor with 8 bent exhaust valves. Awesome. So I added new valvetrain to the mod list. Here are some pics of the head when it got back from the machine shop. I think it looks great :D

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7370/10970370503_8f0f4c5d9a_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/10970370503/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/10970370503/) by whitacre.alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/101672776@N03/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7323/10970125245_b567a5c5b5_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/10970125245/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/10970125245/) by whitacre.alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/101672776@N03/), on Flickr

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2840/10970368913_5f21698693_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/10970368913/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/10970368913/) by whitacre.alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/101672776@N03/), on Flickr

I also had a cute little Origin Fab Stainless Battery Box Made. Nice and Simple.

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Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/9733311896/) by whitacre.alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/101672776@N03/), on Flickr

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3781/9733311448_7927a0430c_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/9733311448/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/9733311448/) by whitacre.alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/101672776@N03/), on Flickr

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3800/9730082397_2f55201ca0_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/9730082397/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/9730082397/) by whitacre.alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/101672776@N03/), on Flickr

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5449/9733310700_48b7db4cac_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/9733310700/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/101672776@N03/9733310700/) by whitacre.alex (http://www.flickr.com/people/101672776@N03/), on Flickr

When the motor goes back into the car we will be tuning until I'm out of fuel. Stay tuned for vids and numbers :ohsnap:

11-23-2013, 02:21 PM
Welcome buddy. What a great thread you have going on.

11-23-2013, 02:54 PM
Thanks sir. I can't wait to get the car on the road and running in a couple of weeks

11-23-2013, 03:54 PM
I know that feel.
I am looking forward to finishing mine by the end of the yr.

11-23-2013, 04:38 PM

11-23-2013, 09:43 PM
I know that feel.
I am looking forward to finishing mine by the end of the yr.

Well I hope we're both boosting problem free by January sir!


O hai there! This forum is already 1000000x better than the 8th since it has Tapatalk

11-23-2013, 10:29 PM
I'm glad to see you liking the site.

12-11-2013, 12:44 AM
1Looks great, love the exhaust fabrication! Welcome to the forum. Make sure to keep us updated with your build details! I thoroughly enjoy following builds.