Infinite Power Fanfare: A Full Mugen Showcase In One EG Hatch
We have to admit: The reason why there’s not many Hondas on Street63 is mainly because the team is somewhat alien to the rather popular front-wheel drive hatchback. We understand the popularity of these things, but it’s impossible to talk about them with experience considering we haven’t actually had the chance to get into the thick of VTEC ownership. Still the ubiquitous Honda Civic is a pillar and lifeblood of the local aftermarket, and we’ll take any opportunity to learn about these vehicles in-depth – especially from the people who walk the talk for their builds.
Errol Bueno has been in the Honda game for quite awhile, having been operating Kaizen Japanese Parts and Accessories since 1997 and having background in sourcing automotive parts from japan going earlier than that. His experience with ever-popular Honda platforms has since grown to a point where their shop has become known as a legitimate authority when it comes to sourcing, identifying, and fitting rare Honda aftermarket pieces. The proliferation of counterfeit pieces these days have made their knowledge somewhat of a highly useful resource for the local Honda community, and Errol has set out to inform aspiring Honda builders about all the rare pieces for these vehicles.
This Civic EG6 SiR is a clear showcase of Errol’s expertise in the field, as the trained eye will be able to identify all the rare Mugen pieces smattered around the whole car. Dressed in Carnival Yellow paint and signature Mugen stripes to match the original demo car, the EG actually has a fair amount of Honda Access pieces around the exterior to compliment the Mugen front lip and side steps. Items like the Stanley Projector Fog Lights, parking bumper pole, wind visors, and retractable side mirrors all come as Honda Access options for the EG back in the day. All small details, yet all sought-after 30 years after their production.
The exterior party piece is this unique set of Mugen NR10 wheels. These are effectively the holy grail of 4x100 Mugen wheels, and were originally used as lightweight options for racing specification EFs and EGs back in the day. These wheels were so important to Mugen’s lineup back in the day that they even had a whole catalog dedicated to this very wheel – a piece of literature Errol conveniently has to show us for proof. To bring further emphasis for these rare wheels, a set of Mugen Showa N-One Coilovers give the EG a proper lowering to bring its stance closer towards the old EG racecars in the 90’s. Covered by the unique clutch disk-like NR10s are a Mugen 300mm Brake Kit up front and a rear Spoon 262mm brake kit.
Originally this EG was built with what could possibly be the best attainable B-series motor from any production Honda: The DC2 Integra Type R’s B18C5. Now you’ll wonder why that coveted motor was ditched for a humble B16A – a motor that is found stock on the EG6 SiR. That’s because this particular motor is an N1 race-spec B16A, and was procured with only 5000kms on the clock. Again a small detail that would be overlooked by an untrained eye, but is actually another grail piece for the true Honda nerds. The motorsport-oriented B16 was then treated to a host of Mugen goodies like a Formula Valve Cover, an air intake system, a 5-point reinforced engine mount set, as well as a 4-2-1 gymkhana N1 stainless steel exhaust manifold. B16B Type R Camshafts bump up the profile and lift of the cams as VTEC engages, while an equivalent P30 N1-Spec ECU keeps things in check for the rest of the motor. A Type R 4.4 final drive OEM transmission with LSD further keeps track of laying down proper traction to the pavement. Exhaust gasses flow from the Mugen header all the way back to the signature Mugen Twin-Loop chambered exhaust.
Peeking through the brown glass wrapped around the EG will drive the astute Honda fan nuts with all the rare items laid out in the interior. This EG6’s yellow exterior is flanked with the complete zenki EG Yellow Gathers interior trim set. The cool bit here is Errol took the time and effort to make bespoke clear covers for all the trim pieces to protect them from the elements. True show car moves right there.
The yellow cherry on top is a set of yellow Recaro SR3s sourced from a kouki DC2 Type RX Final Edition, these grail seats round out the full yellow theme. A USDM LHD Gray dashboard also matches the grey contrast trim of the Gathers interior for good measure. Again another small detail that would be overlooked by the rookie builder – this is all the result of decades of being in the Honda game after all.
No Mugen setup is complete without the iconic FG360 “Mickey Mouse” Steering Wheel. This steering wheel has since skyrocketed in price and is now a piece that can command hundreds of thousands of pesos in good condition. Errol’s set comes complete with the equally rare (and expensive) leather center pad to give the wheel an optional ‘premium’ feel – and there’s more surprises in store later on.
The FG360 wheel would usually be matched with a Mugen cluster on EKs, but unfortunately Mugen never made one for the EG. That said, a Spoon 240 km/h cluster signed by Ichishima-san himself is more than appropriate to fit instead. Other than that pieces like the shift knob, leather boot, pedal set, and rear view mirror cover are all from Mugen as well.
We would normally conclude here with a paragraph that rounds out how awesome this full Mugen EG6 Civic is despite its humble roots, but you see Errol had other plans for us during the evening of this shoot. Popping the trunk and its Honda Access Tonneau Cover unravels an almost literal treasure chest full of rare Honda Memorabilia. Here we were treated to a proper history lesson from what is effectively a Honda museum on wheels.
Perhaps the most prominent artifacts in this collection are the FOUR OTHER Mugen FG360 steering wheels bundled up, some with leather pads and some in standard trim. Biggest parts flex we’ve seen by far for sure. Aside from that though, we were treated to a bunch of random memorabilia from Honda Access and Mugen including mint catalogs, and the most random optional accessories for the 90’s Japanese Honda consumer.
Did you know Honda Access made shampoo? Nope, neither did we.
Honda used to spoil their clients with a variety of tools and items that further enhance the car ownership experience. Everything from a compact vacuum, Honda-branded tool sets, waxes, and even Honda Access ETC cards for the expressways. The variety of products available before may sound quirky by today’s standards, but back in the day these were all available in japanese dealerships – and Errol took the effort to complete all these period-correct relics and literature for diehard Honda fans to go back to.
Beyond building what is effectively a complete Mugen catalog EG Hatch with more parts in tow, it’s admirable to see the dedication and in-depth knowledge behind much beloved platforms like the Honda Civic. This is the kind of quality we want to see out of more Honda owners out there – to do the car justice by living up to its rich history and pedigree.
And yes, of course we’ll be looking at that CR-X next. Watch out for that!
Mugen Honda Civic 5th gen EG6 SiR
B16A Second Gen SiR N1 Race Factory Tuned P30 Engine
Mugen Formula Head Cover 12310-XF0-KIS0
Mugen Gen 2.5 Gold Oil Cap Filler
Mugen DC2 5-point Reinforced Engine Mount Set 50800-XH4-S0N0
Mugen High Pressure Radiator Cap 19045-XGER-0000
B16B CTR Cam Shaft
N1 Japan-tuned P30 ECU
Spoon Sports Gen 1 Coil Plugs
Spoon Sports VTEC Controller
Sard Fuel Regulator
DC2 ITR OEM Full Line Radiator Enhance
Billion Radiator Hose
CTR EK9 S4C 4.4 Final Drive OEM LSD Transmission
CTR/ITR Dual Arc Shifter and Linkage with Mugen Reinforced Bushing 54300-XG5-S0N0
Mugen High Performance Air Intake System 17200-XG9R-K1S0
Mugen Front Tower 74300-XGER-K1S0
Spoon Sports Front Tiebar
Spoon Sports Rear Tiebar
Cusco Brake Cylinder Bracket/Stopper
Mugen Showa N-One Coilover Damper Kit Front 50000-XJ1-K0N0-B1, Rear 50000-XJ1-K0N0-B2
Mugen 24mm Rear Anti-sway Stabilizer Bar 52300-XJ1-S0N0-B3
ITR DC2 Front Anti-sway Stabilizer Bar
J’s Racing Rear Toe Adjustable Camber Rod Kit
Spoon Sports Front Tie Bar or EG6 Front Lower Tie Bar
EJ USDM Fork-type LCA
Front Mugen 300mm Active Gate Brakes Set 45000-XGER-S200
Rear Spoon Sports 9cl 262mm Brake Set
Mugen Micro Mesh Braided Brake Lines 46400-XG9-K0S0
Mugen Nr10 15x6 4x100 +45 42700-NR10-1560
Mugen Wheel nut&lock Chrome Set Short Type 08181-M07-K0S0-S
Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 195/55/15
Mugen Gen 1 421 Gymkhana N1 Edition with Heat Shield Exhaust Manifold 18100-XG7-K1S0
Mugen JASMA Certified Twin Loop Sports Layout Chambered Catback and B pipe 18000-XGER-K1S0 or N1 Spec Full Titanium B Pipe and Catback Exhaust 2.5 inlet
Full Stainless Catalytic Eliminator.
Carnival Uellow Y53 Paint
Mugen Front Lip Under Spoiler Kit 71110-XG5-K0SO-Y
Mugen Side Step Kit 70219-XG5-K0SO-Y
Honda Access Stanley Projector Halogen Yellow Fog Lights 08U-SR3-000
Honda Access L/R Amber Toast Wind Door Visor 08R04-SR3-000
Honda Access Amber Toast Wind Sunroof Visor with Flap Ventilation 08R01-SR3-000
Honda Access EUDM Left Side Rear Fog Light
Stanley Glass from USDM LHD Headlights Set
Honda Access Front Remote Control Bumper Parking Guide Pole 08V69-SR3-A01
Honda Access Remote Control Electric/Heated/Retract Side Mirror set 08V02-SR3-B01 with Autobahn Blue Anti-glare Lens,
EG6/EG5 Wrap-around Bronze Glass Set
EG Hatch Optional Electric Bronze Glass Sunroof
EG6 SiR Kouki Edition One Piece Construction Large Roof End Spoiler 08V32-SR3-000
EG6 SiR Limited Release Zenki Edition Yellow Interior with Gray Trimming
Recaro Yellow SR3 DC2 Kouki Type RX Final Edition Sport Front Seats
USDM Gray LHD Dashboard with Optional Passenger SRS
Mugen FG360 Steering Wheel with Pads 53110-SW7-K0S0
Mugen Formula Duraluminum Gold Shift Knob 54102-XG4-K0S0-G
Mugen Leather Shift Boot
Mugen Rear View Mirror Carbon Fiber Cover
Mugen Gen 1 Aluminum Sports Pedal Kit 4645-XG5-K0SO with DC5 Type R Footrest
Defi DIN Amber Tripod Meter (oil press, water & oil temp)
Defi Link Amber Advance ZD OLED Multi-display Meter
DEFI Heads Up Display Meter
Spoon Sports Tatsuru Ichishima-signed 240KPH Speedometer with EG6 TCS & independent door indicator gauge
Pivot 3-Step LED Rev Guide
Honda Access Optional Pillar Mount Spotlight Snake Type 08122-SH320
Honda Access Hi/Lo 2-step Switching Air Purifier with Dome Light Roof Mount 08R70-SR3-000
Honda Access Dual-DIN LHD Gray Audio Console
Honda Access Side Step Garnish 08F05-SR3-000
Honda Access Dust/Garbage Box 08U21-SR3-B00
Honda Access Luggage Room Cover 08U35-SR3-001
Honda Access Trunk Floor Net 08P11-SM4-000
Honda Access Mid-shift Console Yellow
Honda Access Rubber Mat Mud/Snow Front 08P13-EA8-B00 Rear 08P13-EA8-D00
Japan Yellow/Black Checkered Matting
Honda Access Gathers Tape Deck Creative Hybrid Processor GAII-VX498 08A01-480-101A
Honda Access Gathers 1-DIN Multi-color 5.8inch wide TV VS-598 08A20-580-300A
Honda Access Gathers CD Changer GA-DS496T
Honda Access Gathers Front Upper Trim Mount 3.5cm Tweeter Pods 08A55-SR3-000
Sony Discman with Gooseneck Anti-shock Mount
Bose Amplified Spare Tire Mount Subwoofer
Bose 6pcs 16cm 2-way Coaxial Front and Rear Mid Speakers
Pioneer Carrozzeria Side Mirror Block-off Mount Tweeter Pods
Mugen Special Tool Set 89200-XG8-00S0
Honda Access LED Night Wink Daytime Solar Charge 08E93-TA8-000
Honda Access Hands-free Communication Kit 08E00-ED0-001
Honda Access New Gear Magnet Light
Honda Access Flare
Honda Access Tow Strap
Honda Access Seatbelt Cutter/Glass Breaker
Honda Access Blanket Cushion 08R63-SR3-000
Honda Access ETC by Denso with LCD Screen
Honda Access Car Cleaner Compact Vacuum 08M58-02N-000
Honda Access Tire Inflator
Honda Access Glass Wiper 08M22-01K-000
Honda Access Handy Cross Cloth 08M22-03K-000
Honda Access Car Cloth 08M22-05Y-000
Honda Access Glove Map 08M22-02K-000
Honda Access Body Shampoo
Honda Access Wash and Wax Car Beauty Chemical 08M00-ST5-A00
Honda Access Stop Display Board EWD 08701-P9003
Honda Access Tools Screwdriver Kit
Honda Access New Gear Bulb and Fuse Maintenance Kit 08M55-01Z-000
Honda Access Feather Duster 08M22-07B-000
Honda Access Mobile First Aid Kit 08Z25-TA9-A00
Honda Access Body Cover Protector Wind/Snow 08P34-SR3-000
Honda Access Hard Car Wax 08710-A0110