Mugen and Spoon Sports. The mere mention of these aftermarket brands in any discussion about modded Hondas is a surefire way of getting everyone’s attention. This can be attributed to the fact that each company brings forth a vast experience and know-how about making Hondas perform and look even better with their sought-after aftermarket parts. Parts that were developed using their specially built, demo cars/racecars ranging from the Civic to the Fit/Jazz and more that's used for competition. Aside from catering only to Hondas, what these tuning greats both have in common is that they each have their own modded version of the 8th gen, Civic Type-R.
Despite being well known for the iconic 1st gen Civic EK9, Spoon Sports is currently campaigning a Civic FD2 Type-R that’s used for track and endurance racing. As far as Mugen is concerned, they too have their own special version known as the Mugen RR. Aside from the performance parts, both companies produce body kits and other specially made parts that are highly desirable among Honda enthusiasts. What’s sad, though, is that both cars were never meant to be available outside of Japan. In fact, the Mugen RR instantly sold out, mere minutes after its initial release, while the Spoon Sports FD2 racecar is just 1 of 1. This explains why these two limited edition models based on the Civic FD platform are considered as the ones to have. Something that Honda enthusiast Timothy John Tan wanted to have, but understood how impossible it was. A fact that strongly convinced him to build his own version of not just one, but both vehicles and make them even faster. Why? Because he wants to experience the best of both worlds offered by each of his fully built and modded FD’s. Oh and also because having two modded Civics makes it twice the fun.
Spoon Sports FD2 Civic Type-R
Tasked to handle all engine work including almost everything else was Wahlen “Doc” Paginlinan of Cabspeed. He wasted no time in taking on this lengthy project, which starts off where else but under the hood. Just like the Spoon FD2R, they also used a K20 Type-R engine for motivation. However, they ditched the 2.0-liter engine block and swapped in a bigger 2.4-liter K24A block, as the owner didn't want to cut corners and maximize the build according to Wahlen. “The Honda engines are built with high compressions in stock guise, so in order to handle forced induction duties, the stock internals were swapped for beefier parts like Eagle Connecting rods, Wiseco low compression pistons and stronger ACL bearings which have been fitted and fully balanced by Edmel machine shop,” Wahlen notes. Setting it apart is a literally huge power adder in the form of a Precision 6266 turbo that's rated up to 800 hp. This is mounted on a custom sidewinder exhaust manifold, common among turbocharged K-series engine swaps due to the tight confines of the engine bay. Apart from the race-spec internals, the engine was also stuffed with every Spoon-made part available to make sure it closely adheres with the main theme of the build. An integral part of the build that really makes it a stand out along with the attention to a gazillion details. After doing what they do best on a Hondata Flashpro, the guys at Speedwerks were able to generate close to 400 horses at 10 psi on pump gas. But Wahlen notes that the engine could make as much as 600 horses under full boost.
Even though the modded engine generates more than enough power, the build still had to be streetable and capable of handling track duties. As such, it comes equipped with adjustable Super Street TEIN coilovers, which lowers the Civic and gives it just the right attitude. The owner had difficulty deciding on what wheels to use, so he opted for several sets instead. There’s the familiar CE28 Volk Racing wheel on one side, while a set of Spoon wheels in silver adorns the other side. Not much of a problem, is it? Peering through the spokes is one of the most sought-after Spoon parts worldwide. These are the iconic blue brake calipers that they produce for the Civic (EG/K) and Integra (DC) platform. But in this case, they were super fortunate to get hold of a Spoon N1 brake caliper made for the Civic FD that they claim to be only one of three that were made.
As far as the exterior and interior goes, the comprehensive use of Spoon parts reads like a laundry list. And these are not just off the shelf catalog parts as some of them are limited edition pieces making them very rare indeed. To illustrate, it has a carbon fiber roof by Spoon along with a carbon fiber hood and trunk that’s been color matched white with the rest of the Spoon body kit. Inside, the Spoon theme continues on with goodies such as Spoon carbon fiber racing seats, steering wheel and shift knob that complete the look and feel of the interior. Since the Spoon FD is based off a Type-r variant, the interior also features Type-R interior pieces from the inner door panels down to the floor mats that shows the extent of the work they did just to present a build that’s close to an authentic Spoon FD2 Type-R as it could possibly be.
As far as Mugen is concerned, they’re known for coming up with a finely tuned vehicle in ways Honda never imagined possible. A perfect example would be the Mugen RR that was exclusively released in Japan. It's a very limited edition Civic FD Type-R that comes with specially developed Mugen engine and body parts. Aside from a more powerful engine, they also paid attention to the exterior with carbon composite front bumper, grille, an aluminum hood, side skirts, a carbon rear wing, rear spoiler, etc. And then refinished it in Milano Red which is a classic Honda color. Mugen also gave it adjustable suspension, 18-inch Mugen wheels, slotted rotors, stainless brake lines and carbon cooling ducts. All the other factory Type-R components, like the Brembo brakes and limited slip differential, remain as is. Inside, Mugen provided carbon Recaro reclining seats, shifter and shift knob, as well as a Mugen instrument panel and meter gauges. That kind of equipment and level of tune greatly explains why it was immediately sold out on the first day alone.
Wishing for a Mugen RR is one thing, but to build a better one is one arduous undertaking. Yet, that’s exactly what we have here. Starting with the owner’s quest for more power as he turned to Wahlen Pagilinan of Cabspeed to build a supercharged engine. “The basic concept of forced induction is using air compressors that either use exhaust gas to run the compressor (Turbocharging) or have it attached to the engine’s drive belt (Supercharging). They are the most efficient and biggest power gainers that can improve drastically the engines power output without compromising reliability,” Wahlen explains. Similar to the other build, it too makes use of a bigger bottom end courtesy of a K24 engine block that’s fully built using top shelf parts and finished off with a prepped K20 Type-R cylinder head. Even though both engines were built to handle forced induction, this one differs as it uses a Comptech supercharger kit to generate extra power. Unlike a turbo, it is driven by the crank pulley to generate moderate levels of boost that’s enough to improve the mid and top end performance. The installation is straightforward being a bolt-on kit and eliminates any issues regarding fitting. Making good use of Hondata Flashpro, the engine puts out 305-whp using pump gas.
Coilover dampers from TEIN handle the footwork with chassis reinforcement bars for days when the owner sees fit to use it on the track. To complete the Mugen RR transformation is an authentic Mugen RR optional brake kit up front that’s they say are only 1 of 3 sets made. It comes with matching rear brakes as well for effective stopping power. The 18-inch wheels are Mugen RR specific wheels that are limited to 300 pieces. Basic components they may be, but these are hard to find and source items that could make or break any themed build.
The exterior is where this particular build really shines despite the hordes of Mugen RR body kit knock-offs out there. Mainly because nothing beats the genuine Mugen RR body kit when it comes to fit and finish. Most especially after considering that not all the pieces of the body kit are made of FRP. The hood is made from aluminum while the front bumper is a dry carbon fiber that makes color matching a real challenge. Then there are also the numerous Mugen RR specific details that could’ve been omitted but were not left out. Mugen RR headlights, door moldings, hydrophilic side mirrors, right down to the gas filler cover and titanium wing emblems. Like I said, this build sums up attention detail that’s taken to the extreme. As to be expected, the interior faithfully replicates what a Mugen RR should be. From the Mugen RR gauge cluster, pedals, Recaro seats and even the step sill badges; it’s all there. Finishing it all of is an authentic Mugen RR production plate with serial number 022/300.
The individual holding the keys to both of these cars is one lucky guy because he gets to enjoy the best of both worlds. For a blast around a twisty road, there’s the Mugen RR with its instantaneous boost and response. For aggressive long distance driving, the Spoon FD2R could hold its own among supercars. Perhaps Wahlen sums it up best as quips, “Driving both these cars with different characteristics is such a joy, but one thing they have in common: they are not short of power - lots of it."
Honda Civic Spoon FD2R
Engine: Honda K24A Engine Block (Acura TSX), Honda K20A Type-R Cylinder Head
Engine Mods: Wiseco forged pistons, Eagle connecting rods, ACL race bearings, Blox Titanium Valve springs & Retainers, Skunk2 Camshafts, 4-piston oil pump, Fully balanced rotating assembly, ARP Head Studs, Injector Dynamics 1000cc fuel injectors, J37 Throttle Body, Ktuned Fuel rail, (same model with the Spoon US version), Ktuned Filler neck, Ktuned Center feed Intake Manifold (same model with the Spoon US version), Precision 6266 Turbo, Tial Wastegate, HKS blow off valve, Greddy Intercooler, Golden Eagle vacuum box, Custom sidewinder exhaust manifold, Motul 300V fully synthetic engine oil
Other Stuff: Spoon thermostat, Spoon thermoswitch, Spoon Spark plug cover, Spoon Oil cap, Spoon Radiator cap, Spoon Racing Radiator, Spoon Radiator Hose, Walbro 485 (lph) fuel pump designed for E85, Spoon N1 Full Exhaust system, Electronic Exhaust Valve Control
Drivetrain: Clutch Master FX series twin plate clutch Prayoonto drag specs
Engine Management: Hondata Flashpro
Horsepower: 390 whp @ 10 psi on Blaze Fuel
Built & Tuned by: Cabspeed & Speedworks
Suspension & Brakes: TEIN SS coil over suspension, Spoon N1 355mm brake calipers (1 of 3)
Rollers: Rays Volk Racing CE28 time attack (18x8.5), Spoon Wheels (18x8.5 +45), Yokohama Advan Neova ADO8R Tires (235/40/18)
Exterior Mods: Spoon genuine bodykit, Spoon Dry S-tai Front bumper, Spoon Carbon Fiber Keyless Trunk & Carbonfiber Hood bonnet with sign, Spoon Hydrophilic Side mirrors, Spoon & Type-R Decals and emblems, Spoon Full Carbon Fiber Roof (1 of 5 production with sign), Type-R Front Fender, Moldings, Wing Spoiler, Rear Bumper
Interior Mods: Type R Cluster Gauge, Gas, Brake, Clutch & Footrest Pedals, Carpet, Type R Floor Mattings, Door Panels with Sidings, Rear Seats, Stepsill Badge, Type R Production Badge Number, Spoon 6speed Shiftknob, Spoon Full Carbon Fiber Racing Seats & Rails, Spoon Gen2 Steering Wheel, Defi ZD Advance System Gauge, Defi Turbo & Oil Temperature Gauge, HKS Turbo Timer
Body and Paint: Painted and Detailed by CleanOnes
Honda Mugen RR
Engine: Honda K24A Engine Block (Acura TSX), Mugen RR Cylinder Head
Engine Mods: Wiseco low comp pistons, Eagle forged connecting rods, ACL race bearings, Full balancing of rotating assembly, 4-piston oil pump, Mugen RR cylinder head, Mugen RR valvesprings, TODA A-2 Camshafts, Comptech Supercharger kit, Deatschewerks (1000cc) fuel injectors
Other Stuff: Mugen Short Shifter, thermostat and thermoswitch, Koyorad Radiator, Mugen Spark plug cover, Oil cap and Radiator cap, Samco radiator hose, Mugen Oil filter, Mugen VT-a fully synthetic 5w-40 engine oil, Radium Engineering Oil catch tank, K&N air filter, Mugen RR 4-2-1 Headers, Mugen RR Full Exhaust system
Drivetrain Mods: Competition Clutch Stage 4, Completion Clutch ultra lightened flywheel
Engine Management: Hondata Flashpro
Horsepower: 305-whp using Blaze Fuel
Suspension & Brakes: TEIN Flex suspension with EDFC, Cusco & UR Reinforcement Bars, Mugen RR optional brake kits 1 of 3, Mugen RR rear brakes
Rollers: Mugen RR GP Wheels 1 of 300 (18x8 offset +55), Bridgestone Potenza RE11 Tires (235/40 18)
Exterior Mods: Mugen RR genuine bodykit (fenders, flares, sideskirts), Mugen RR Dry Carbon fiber Front bumper and moldings, Mugen RR headlights, Mugen RR aluminum Hood, 4th Brake Light, Mugen RR Keyless Trunk, Wing Spoiler, Rear Diffuser, Mugen Ventilated Visor, Mugen Hydrophilic Side mirrors, Mugen Gas tank cover, Mugen Carbonfiber Plate Holder, Plate Bolts, Mugen Titanium Wing Emblems
Interior Mods: Full Mugen RR Genuine Interior (Carpet, floor mats, door panels), Mugen RR Cluster Gauge, 1-Din Gauge, Shift Knob, Steering Wheel, Mugen RR Gas, Brake, Clutch & Footrest Pedals, Stepsill Badge, Mugen RR Sp-x Recaro Racing Seats, Mugen RR Rear Seats, Mugen RR 022/300 Badge
Body & Paint: Painted and Detailed by CleanOnes
Kudos To: Clean Ones, Titan Autoparts, DZ Racing, Meikichi jdm, MT Auto Garage