Before he was a household name inside the Honda community and well before he continued a tear producing probably the most highly regarded and recognized builds the magazine has ever featured, RC Chacon of RC’s Garage fame started off with this 1992 Civic CX hatchback.
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I’d spotted the car at Eibach’s Corona, Calif., facility back in 2010 during a meet and instantly gravitated toward it. White B-series powered EH hatchbacks aren’t exactly uncommon, specifically in SoCal, but this one warranted a closer look. Engine bay boosted and tucking Bs were very popular and RC had those taken care of. Stripped and nicely painted interiors were almost expected, as were nice wheels, and again the 1992 Civic CX checked those off of thethe interest to detail and the way everything came together. It just made perfect sense both aesthetically and mechanically.
From the looks department, the Championship White paint that covered the exterior and interior in the 1992 Civic CX was immaculate. Beneath the hood however, is where many paint jobs fall lacking perfection. Or even better than the exterior, in RC’s case the bay looked as good. A Darton sleeved B18A block was fitted with a B16A head and a top-mount turbo kit from JDL Auto Design was attached. Vibrant Vanjen clamps, a custom intake manifold and hood exit/dump tube finished off of the look and gratificationfront and rear brake conversion. Rather than choosing some of the most popular wheels being used at the time, RC chose a set of pristine SSR Dori Dori rollers. Looking to focus all eyes toward the engine bay, he’d taken the minimalist procedure for the exterior additions with a Mugen EG6 front lip, carbon fiber rear wing and single Vision Type DC side mirror.
In 2010, RC’s 1992 Civic CX graced the cover of Honda Tuning having a Back To Basics main blurb that I chose as a nod to cars like this that seemed to be fading away from the Honda community. In every honesty, I felt similar to this car will help light a fire. A highly-built, clean hatch with an engine that makes solid power along with a look that won’t seem comedic in 10 years – that’s what grabbed my attention inside the very beginning.
After his story ran, RC kept plugging away and ultimately opened RC’s Garage, then built another car that caught national attention, then another, along with the rest as we say is history. Busier than ever, the Arizona native has afittings and lines; Trick Flow 10 micron fuel filter; Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator; custom -16AN radiator hoses; Y80 transmission w/LSD; 6-puck sprung clutch kit; 11-lbs flywheel; Drive Shaft Shop 5.9 axles; pearl orange powder-coated valve cover, subframe, and battery tray; Locash Racing prototype breather tank w/-10AN hoses and fittingsfront and rear anti-sway bars; NEXT Miracle X bar; Function 7 subframe brace, lower control arms
Braking 4×114 OEM ITR front/rear disc brake conversion; Fast Brakes front rotors, rear rotors; Hawk pads; Wilwood master cylinder; RCG booster-delete plate, custom lines
Wheels/Tires 15×7 SSR Dori Dori 23; Toyo Proxes 194/45-15; ARP extended wheel studs; Project KICS lug nuts
Exterior Championship White paint; Mugen front lip; Vision driver’s side mirror
Interior Buddy Club bucket seats rewrapped w/orange stitching, shift knob; Nardi wood grain steering wheel; OEM Honda black interior swap, optional audio console, optional armrest