Text and Pictures by John Moeller
Back in the day, Locash Racing was known for things like this:
and who can forget this:
But nowadays, Locash Racing is into bigger and better things! Like this:
Bigger and better being relative terms...
My first experience with the CRX Joe is now building was when I went with my friend Tony to go look at it. He finally got rid of his old truck and decided to get a CRX, mainly because they were cheap and he was impressed by the Hondata. He bought the car from a guy who owned a very modified MR2 turbo and he blew up the engine of his wife's FD-era RX-7 R1 while she was out of town, and got rid of the CRX to finance the repairs. The car was clean, and lowered, and like three days later went to the HYBRID open track event at Willow Springs.
Not long after it returned, it had a B16 swap, the Hondata, Rotas, an intercooled T3 turbo system, a custom radiator, 3" Thermal and other stuff I am forgetting. The car pulled very strong up top, even on conservative boost levels. The car was mysteriously totalled, and Joe bought it and parted it out. It sat for a long time in his shop, along with the rest of his CRXs.
But car projects have a way of getting going, even when there is no specific plan. Joe (somehow) got a B16B engine and tranny, and for some reason he decided to put it in a CRX. This CRX was the most presentable at the time, so off it went to get painted.
And that began the "nice CRX" goal. A racing motor that hasn't been touched by anyone but Honda, and a paint job (!) on a locash car. The car came with some decent interior, so the goal of a nice daily driver type CRX was on its way...
The car is using HASport's latest (prototype) B-series motor mount kit, and shift linkage. In order to retain the CTR tranny, a new HASport hydro conversion kit is being used. Its pretty trick, but its hard to tell with my blurry camera style:
The car's electronics are handled by a Locash Racing custom wiring harness (utilizing a new OEM engine harness! told ya it was nice..) to the LCR OBD2 ECU adapter harness to run the 1999 Civic Type-R ECU that came with the swap.
And then the parts started rolling in. The suspension consists of a Z10 crossmember, Tokico Illuminas, Progress "swap" springs (springs intended for cars with swapped [heavier] engines), Progress camber kit and rear sway bar and Spoon Sports front and rear strut bars.
Wheels are Rota "RNR" style, or if you're clever, like Brian, Rota "Far From Rs". He'll use Toyo Proxes RA-1s, in 205/50/15. They feature a 40 treadwear rating. Good times!
The wheels are turned by some custom axles by The Driveshaft Shop. They look especially tough in the "green army boots":
And don't forget the custom plate and CRX SiR cluster!
Also going on the car, but not pictured:
Random HASport fun:
Joe would like to thank the following manufacturers for their generous support of this project:
7/1/03 Update:Here's some more recent pictures of the CRX..
6/2/04 Update:Joe got his dyno, and dynoed his car. Here's the chart:
Pretty good for a relatively stock motor with a stock ECU. Joe believes some Hondata tuning will yield more impressive results.