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Kamil Kaluski March 5, 2014 For Sale 57 Comments

Civic sleeper

At one point I’ve owned the following vehicles: ’99 Honda CR-V EX AWD 5-speed, ’97 Honda Civic Hatchback, ‘94 Acura Integra GS-R. There were times when I would go into a daydream and configure the perfect little Honda. I would have Integra’s engine, CR-V’s driveline, all in the Civic body. Aside from some stock 15″ wheels it would like a dime-a-dozen Civic EX of the era.

Another version of my dream would have been an E46 BWM wagon in ZHP trim, and an M3 engine. Chances are that many of us had similar dreams for whatever cars we like best. Where some of us dream, others make things happen, such as the owner of this here Civic. Turbo charged B18C motor, crazy AWD setup, factory stock looks. Bravo, sir.

[Source: | Thanks for the tip, Leo!]

sleeper civic engine

From the ad:

I am ready to sell my AWD 2000 honda civic… this is a very meticulous build, and no expense has been spared… please do not bother me with low ball offers or trades… i am very financially stable and do not need to sell… i really want someone that will appreciate this car for what it is, i feel like ive thought of every detail… with all of that said, lets get to the details… i bought the car wrecked, it was minor, but does have a GA rebuilt title… i literally put an upper radiator support, a/c condenser, hood, left fender, and front bumper cover on the car… everything was replaced with genuine honda parts, no aftermarket parts on the car at all… the front fenders, hood, front bumper and driver door were painted with dupont paint, and all painted off the car… no one ever expects the car was in a wreck, all body lines are perfect, the hood closes perfectly and the paint matches spot on, i even replaced the pin stripe…

this is a perfect sleeper, mildly lowered with full tokico suspension, 1.25” lowered springs and white adjustable struts… every bushing is energy suspension, S2 rear camber kit, custom traction bars with heims… si rims with toyo proxes 4 tires, stock brakes up front with larger CRV drums in the rear… manual steering rack…

engine specs… 440 WHP, tuned by scotty at mainstream performance, GSR block with type r head… the short block has been line honed, decked, and balanced the crank was turned 10/10, eagle rods, CP pistons, ACL bearings, ARP everything and moroso oil pan… all the seals, timing belt, head gasket, water pump are OEM honda… the head has stock valves, S2 valve springs and retainers, S2 cam gears, ITR cams, S2 intake with 70mm throttle body RC 700 injectors, AEM fuel rail and FPR… all ignition parts are recently replaced with all new OEM honda igniter, coil, cap, rotor and NGK plugs and wires… it has only ever had synthetic oil in it, and ive never had the valve cover off of it since installing it… there are about 14k miles on the engine… urethane inserts with billet torque mounts…

turbo specs… it has a full stainless top mount manifold with precision 6031 turbo, 59mm, tial 38mm wastegate that recirculates back into the exhaust system… custom backdoor intercooler with 2.5” piping, greddy BOV recirculates into the intake tube with a KN filter, all 3 layer silicone boots with premium clamps… the 3” downpipe, manifold and exhaust housing have all been ceramic coated inside and out… the exhaust is full 3” aluminum, mandrel bent, tig welded, with V-band clamps throughout… it has a magnaflow resonator and muffler on it… the downpipe is all stainless with a 3” flexpipe…

transmission specs… CRV transmission with LS 5th gear set… 3rd, 4th, 5th gears have syncrotech carbon synchos, 1st and 2nd are face plated by liberty transmission… there is a one off mfactory helical LSD in it… shift cables, shifter and shift box are all CRV modified parts, shorter height, shorter throw… the down side to the face plating is it requires double clutching when normal driving… under full throttle, you will NEVER miss 2nd gear or destroy synchos… stage 4 Competition Clutch set… DSS 3.9 axles with larger hubs and ARP wheel studs…

AWD specs… PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT ME ASKING HOW TO MAKE YOUR CAR AWD… the transfer case is bone stock, the drive shafts are from a suzuki samurai, using the same u joints as DSMs run and custom adapter flanges to mate the two together… there is a custom carrier bearing and everything bolts in as if were stock… the rear diff has had all of the oil actuating components removed and replaced with an ARB selectable air pump… basically, you can turn the AWD on when you want and otherwise its off… the rear axles are stock, the rear trailing arms are custom and the CRV hubs have been redrilled to 4×100…

electronics… pretty typical, S300 hondata, PWM boost solenoid, tunerveiw, pioneer radio, stock speakers… AEM methanol kit, warning lights wired into the stock dash cluster…

interior is absolutely mint, slight fading on the upper portion of the rear seats, but thats getting picky… stock floor mats… door panels, seats and visors are in near mint shape… dynamat silver stick down as well as S class mercedes padding under the rear seat… the rear diff is mounted in urethane and it was a little noticeable… the aluminum fuel cell has been relocated to the trunk, it still fills with the stock filler neck, there is no fuel smell in the car at all… the tank vents to the outside of the car… there is a walbro 255 in the tank and the sending unit still works fine… its slow to fill up, holds about 10 gallons… the car gets a solid 28mpg daily driving… overall, 9/10

exterior… overall its in excellent shape, there are two or three minor dings on the car… typical chips and scratches, but overall i would say 9/10

this is truly a unique car… no one expects it because it is full blown sleeper status… it runs consistent 7.60s in the ⅛ mile on hard street tires, just like i daily drive it… i only adjust the struts to full stiff, scuff the tires off in FWD and run it… the a/c works, power everything, 176,xxx miles, all warning lights operate and none are on… the engine harness has been converted to obd1 while the rest of the cars systems still function with the obd2 port… the engine bay has been smoothed and tucked, the battery is under the front bumper…

my build thread is here, it is very detailed and TONS of questions have been asked and answered there, please read through this thread first… the pics below are as the car sits today… it really frustrates me when people post for sale pics of a car when it was new or fresh… i have nothing to hide, the car is very fast and built to the highest standards… no cheap parts were used, i even bought nuts and bolts from honda… again, i dont mean to sound harsh, but i am not posting my number as a personal tech line for your AWD build… there is a reason you dont see many of these, much less ones that have stood the test of time… never smoked in, no pets ever ride in it…

$12,500 obo… no trades EXCEPT ONE… 2003-2006 E55 mercedes, black interior… i will put cash up for the right car… nothing else, an E55 will be my next car whether i sell this car or not… please dont embarrass yourself by lowballing me… there are 100s if not 1000s of very well thought out professional hours in this car… located in Columbus Ga… call only, no texts 706-681-XXXX, jimmy… I am on the east coast, please be respectful of the time when you call…

sleeper civic rear

This, to me, defines what a sleeper should be, there is a crappy dealer installed pin stripe on it. The owner even kept the EX badge and rear drum brakes. But even the drum brakes have been upgraded to larger CR-V units. Save for a radio and digital display, the interior is factory in EX trim. He even saved the air conditioning, which is usually the first thing to go in such swap. He did get rid of the power steering though.

sleeper civic interior

$12,500 is the asking price. Chances are that someone who would really want this car does not have that much money, which is a damn shame. I hope he manages to sell it without having to part it out, as is common with these types of sales. Yes, for that same money you could find a modified WRX that is similar in terms of performance, but what fun would that be? The buyer of this car will get his money worth in the satisfaction he’ll get in winning that first street race*.



*Street racing is bad, mkey?

  • Synchromesh

    That's insane! Most of this drivetrain wasn't made to cope with 440hp meaning that unless you always feather the throttle it won't last too long. And they're stuck replacing some custom parts.

    Still, a very cool build. Although I was under the impression that Civic EX of that era came with rear discs.

    • Wasn't until the next generation of Civc that disc brakes came standard. He's using CR-V drums which are slightly larger, though

      • Ate Up With Motor

        The previous-generation U.S.-market Civic EX sedan, EX coupe with ABS, and Si hatch also had four-wheel discs, but Honda dumped them on U.S. cars of this generation (excepting the Si coupe) in an effort to keep costs down. European Civic coupes still had rear discs, as did the JDM Type R and I assume the Si/SiR as well.

    • No, only the Si model did.

    • draggbody

      i am the owner of this car… the drivetrain is perfectly capable of holding this power… the only weak link is the rear diff, but i retained the clutch pack in it… all of the shock load is absorbed by the clutches… the rear diff and axles are used OEM parts with new seals and boots… i used an air compressor to actuate the rear diff clutch pack… everything in the front has been upgraded with DSS 3.9s, along with mfactory lsd, liberty face plated 1-2 gears and synchrotech synchros everywhere else… at the track i launch it at 7000 rpm's on the launch control… netting a 1.6x 60ft time on hard street tires…

  • This is so sleepy, I had to shake it to make sure it wasn't dead. Daaaaaamn!

  • This is unbelievable. The drum rear brakes add to the sleeper look nicely.

    Too bad he doesn't have any video of it in action.

    • There is a link to a FB video in the original thread, but it wasn't working for me.

  • That's extremely cool.

    My other half has a '95 Peugeot 306 sleeper, it started out life as a 1.4 XN, and we've kept it looking absolutely bone stock on the outside.

    To add to the stealthiness, when I race people I always go slow and let them win to make it look like I'm not even trying. I've even kept the stock 1.4 litre engine so the exhaust note sounds right.

  • The day you park this next to a WRX, and come back to find the WRX owner weeping because someone stole his precious, you'll know why you bought the sleeper. And while you're sleeping that night, you'll dream of saying,"Hop in, we'll go find your car.." and initiating what might be a rather satisfying chase sequence.

    (What? He said no low-ballers, not 'no dreamers'.)

    • rennsport964

      Sadly, this car won't go anywhere either because the thieves will have put those wheels into the back of the WRX as well. Ask me how I know this.

      • schigleymischke

        How do you know this?

        • rennsport964

          Those are the OEM wheels for both the EX and the Si for that model. They are highly desirable with the (ahem) less than honest import tuner crowd.

          My dad had a 1999 Electron Blue Si that he parked in the driveway of a suburban development in the Seattle area not known for a lot of crime. One day I stayed overnight at the parents' house. At that time I was driving the RS America pretty regularly and I parked it adjacent to the Civic. As I got up to go to work the following morning, I discovered that while my vehicle was untouched, the Civic was essentially up on blocks. Hey, at least they left a steelie.

          Although the wheels were replaced under insurance, it would be stolen a couple years later at his place of business. It would be recovered a week later in Tacoma, missing the engine, transmission, other cosmetic bits… and the wheels.

          Man, that car was cursed.

          • hence why my Si has the steelies and hubcaps… and no Si badging.


    I had this exact thought years and years ago, but a very quick examination of what would be involved with the changes to the floor pan alone dissuaded me. SO glad someone actually made this happen, and it looks to be everything I imagined it might be. That is ridiculously awesome, even more so because it's so sleeper. Man oh man, I want this SO bad.

    • draggbody

      100% uncut body…


        Not so much the cutting (because it excited the hell out of me that the EK floor pan already had a tunnel and space in the back for a diff), but all the custom mounting brackets and such. I wouldn't think much of tackling something like that now that I've been fabricating things for a few years, but years ago when I was a Honda kid and had this thought it seemed daunting.

  • I Think Not

    I'll be in Columbus in two weeks. I need to track this guy down for an interview, more photos, a ride… something!

    • Sjalabais

      Please do! This grandma's racer is a great execution of a variation of an idea that too often leads to nothing.

    • BobWellington

      What are you coming to Columbus for?

      • I Think Not

        Hometown. My folks and my wife's still live there. Just a family visit over spring break. We'll also be going to some suit-and-tie event at the Infantry Museum, which the missus' father had a hand in building.

        If I'm lucky, I'll be able to get out on my FIL's 1974 R90 a time or two for some lovely spring riding.

        • draggbody

          LMK, im 5 minutes from the museum…

        • BobWellington

          Nice. I never thought I'd see another Columbus native on here. Do you have any favorite roads here? There's some good stuff in Pine Mountain, but that's about 35-45 minutes away.

          • I Think Not

            There really isn't anything I could think of. I'm actually a native of Harris County, but I claim Columbus because it's the last place I lived before I moved away from GA (and who claims a county, honestly?).

            When I was a kid, there were plenty of good dirt roads to bomb down in the County, if you have a beater you don't mind getting rock chips all over while doing your best Bo and Luke impression.

            Macedonia Church Road, Grantham Road, and Graddick Road all go between Lower Blue Springs Road and 116 just north of Fortson. They've all been paved now, so they're probably substantially less interesting. Heading up to Pine Mtn. is worthwhile for a day trip on the weekends. Go to FDR and picnic, make a day of it.

            My favorite one ever used to be Whitesville Road between 315 and Smith Road. Last time I drove it, though, it had been partially paved. It's still nice and curvy, though. The best dirt road hoonage car I ever owned was a 1996 Volvo 960. That straight 6 had a nice wave of midrange torque and would hang it's rear out for days while rooster-tailing that gravel and clay mixture into the ditch.

            If you're really looking for good roads, though, you've got to make a weekend of it and head up north of Atlanta. IIRC the roads around Helen are glorious, and if you go the right time of year, the tourists don't get in your way (same thing I'd say to anyone who ever had a bad time at Deal's Gap because of the crowds — do your homework and go when it isn't busy).

            • BobWellington

              I'm actually in Harris County (Fortson to be more specific) as well, and I always tell people that I'm from Columbus.

              I've driven Whitesville between Smith and 315 with my Explorer a good number of times since it's mostly dirt/gravel, and it's good fun. Though, unfortunately, I can't completely turn off stability control, which really limits the fun.

              We hike at Pine Mtn. with the dogs sometimes, and I always enjoy going up 190, even in an Explorer. My dad just got a Cayman S yesterday, so that should make things a bit more interesting. 😛

              We'll definitely have to get up to North GA sometime. I've also driven some really fun roads going to Brevard, NC to mountain bike with a friend. This road is awesome:

              Where do you reside now?

              • I Think Not

                Damn. My folks still live in Fortson, about a mile from Mtn Hill Elementary, where my mom taught for 30 years. I'm betting we know some of the same people.

                Pick any 2-lane mountain road in the west NC Appalachians. It's probably awesome.

                I moved to the KC area a few years back to work for Garmin after a life-sucking 5-year sentence at TSYS.

                • BobWellington

                  I had a feeling I asked you about why you moved before so I went through my comments and found the convo we had back in August, though it was much shorter. haha

                  Anyway, I went to New Mountain Hill from '98 to '03 or so. When did your mom quit teaching?

                  • I Think Not

                    Yep, she was there at the time. I can't remember if she was teaching 4th or 5th grade during that era. I don't want to put her name on here for the sake of anonymity, though 🙂

                    For the sake of comparison, I graduated from HCHS in 2001, so I've got a few years on you. I even went to the old school in Kindergarten, because NMH wasn't finished yet.

                    • BobWellington

                      I can understand about the name. Anyway, it sure is a small world on this internet thing. 😛

    • draggbody

      pm me, im down…

      • shane

        Hey buddy u still have the awd civic? If so call me 334-435-4074. I want it

  • schigleymischke

    Is it really a sleeper if it snores so loud and tosses so much that it almost wakes itself and the neighborhood up?

    • draggbody

      its very quiet, like a mouse… lol…

  • Preludacris

    It takes incredible restraint to build a car this fast and not add any external indication that it's something special. My respect to the builder.

    • wisc47

      Not even aftermarket wheels, you can color me impressed as well.

    • draggbody

      thank you… i like when people cant see all the hard work i put into this car…

  • Rover1

    A pretty good contender for the next Redusernab Car of The Year. It has my vote so far.

    • draggbody

      thank you, im flattered…

  • IronBallsMcG

    Should have used race paint.

  • BobWellington

    Guys, I live in Columbus, GA! Don't count on me asking this lad any questions, though. 😛

  • racer139

    Ummmmmmm, double clutch…..everywhere.

    • draggbody

      just first to second… i find myself doing it in everything i drive, lol…

  • pavel

    My immediate reaction was wrong wheel drive, but damn was I wrong. Beyond impressive amount of works and i absolutely love the stock look. Redusernab car of the year for sure.

  • Van_Sarockin

    I might have liked this a bit better with half the hp. That'd probably be better balanced for 99 percent of driving needs. But what really needs to happen is for someone to set up a production line to turn these out wholesale.

    • Ate Up With Motor

      In Japan, you could get this generation Civic with 4WD from the factory. Likewise the Integra, although both were only available with the SOHC 1.6 VTEC-E engine (basically the one from the U.S. Civic HX coupe), so they clearly weren't intended as Honda's answer to the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo.

  • fester

    the only time i've seen so many "…" 's is in final fantasy 7. learn some damn punctuation.

    • BobWellington

      Fester, you forgot to capitalize the first letter of your sentence, "Final Fantasy," and the "I" in "I've."

    • You realize that's a copy and paste from the ad, right?…

  • krazykarguy

    Any pics of the underside? I'd love to see it on a lift.

  • Rich

    hello there, Im interested in buying the car

  • car lover

    thanks for sharing 🙂
    and my recent post

  • Fred

    Do u still have the car

  • Trenton Dixon

    Wonder if this ever sold. Work of art

    • Rover 1

      Read through the links. It sold.

      I wonder if it’s still on the road?

  • DennisBechtel

    this is an awesome build ,epitomizes the term sleepercar,is this still for sale?

  • Robbie Knows

    I know there are probably a lot of people who have knocked the efforts he put into this but as for the attention to the important details…My hat goes off to you sir!!! I am in the process of doing a custom 2000 ex build. I am honestly planning to all wheel drive mine as well. As his 2000 is unique I believe I also have a similarly unique as such. Here is an​ outside look at my project: a little info to illustrate my build…..
    I did a b18b1 swap from my d16y8 5speed manual (converted). @ 298600 miles exactly I pulled the y8. Still running better than stock new. Little tuning upgrades I did with my personal touches after I bought it as the 4th owner @280000 and some change. It was very poor at best with its set up all around. Now it has h&r full adjustable coil overs, skunk2 pro racing self adjusting cast/camb w/ skunk2 pro track/street racing ball joints….Big brake upgrade front. It’s lowered 2.25 front and back 2.0 In rear. Running a set of konig 16’s with 205/50R toyo proxi4 , adjustable rear camber kit. Jdm anodized purple aluminum rear lower control arms/ sub frame braced….body is a little rough around the edges. But pretty clean pearl white white current color. Socketed and Chipped ECU obd1(hypnotic motor sports tuned) exactly to the way I Intended it to be. Motor is from a wrecked 94 I Integra LS completely rebuilt (Bartons auto, By Bradley​ Barton). Re-sleeved type R Pistons​. Head port/polished stock injectors and type R intake manifold also port/polished stock oil supply set currently. All jdm sensors and solenoids(stock) black powder coated, running y8 distributor internals with msd pro cap and rotor and external ignition coil is an msd blaster ss California smog certified. Ngk racing plugs with an in orthodoxed wire set up of 10.2mm. I am now going to stop there and hold on giving g away my personal tuning specs and just drop a bomb and tell you all motor 305 whp. I expect the disbelief so don’t bother telling me your opinions if they are negative. This platform is all in my image of the perfect daily driven unexpected Honda power house. Honestly it takes the cake over the type R for best handling front wheel drive. It has the drivability handling like a late 90 m3 and the throttle response like that of Subaru legacy 3.0 gt limited edition. If anyone is inquiring on my build please email me. I am venturing into the business of performance customs and tuning. “DirtyDs Performance” thanks for all of you who will take the time to appreciate my progress with this build it’s being g built for a very special cause. To bring AWARENESS​ and raise funds toward the research and treatment for S.M.A.S. look it up ..Please keep in touch to get updates on the next phase…..Prospected with my calculations should I be correct when completely finished and tuned I should be in the 630hp range. Then the fun begins with all the upgrades and custom all wheel drive designed and built by yours truly!!!! Hope someone​ will see the true test of my abilities and get on Board.
    Rob Anderson [email protected]
    “DirtyDs Performance” Colusa, CA

  • Victor Gabriel

    Deve ser divertido!

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