Kelvin Bulda is a reserved individual who doesn’t have a lot of an online alter ego. He generally keeps to himself, however within the Honda community are familiar with his and him car. Kelvin prefers to stay away in the hype and the madness that exists inside the ever-growing import scene. His 2000 Honda Civic mimics his personality; it isn’t overly flashy and doesn’t have any parts on it that might attract too much attention. For himself, although only the true Honda enthusiasts would appreciate what Kelvin has understand and done that he truly builds his car not for other people. One important tidbit worth mentioning is the fact he’s been on this journey with his Civic since he acquired it brand new 14 years ago.
I’ve always loved how the [EK] Civic looked and that i purchased that one back in 2000 when I was still a Junior in high school. Kelvin says. This is my first car as well as theseem like it’s straight outta Japan!
Guys like Kelvin are just wired differently, while it is almost unfathomable to think that you guy would stick to one car for this length of time. Through all the technological, changes and trends advancements that our community has seen in the past decade, he has remained loyal to his Honda. Similar to a long-term relationship, the key to keeping things fresh was to constantly evolve and to try new things. When you ask him, he’ll never tell you that he or she is done with this Civic while he is always trying to find new things to enhance it, whether it’s changing the wheels or simply adding something small to the engine.The most recent incarnation of his hatch is perhaps its most timeless look. He grew up loving the Japanese Civic Type R, along with his build represents his vision of an American adaption of your famed CTR. At first glance, you might think that his Civic was a Type R model because the entire exterior has been transformed with all JDM EK9 Type R components. The only aftermarket, non-CTR parts that are visible are a collection of Spoon Sports side mirrors and a pair of ARC splitters up front. Adding to the classic styling elements of his EK9-themed build are 16-inch Advan RGs that look like they came straight out of your box brand new. Behind the wheels are Endless brakes, which were only a pipe dream during his tenure in secondary schoolCheck out the rear with matching Bride fabric, even though bride Brix seats!
Inside the cockpit of Kelvin’s Civic is everything that you would find in an EK9 CTR, except the steering wheel remains to be on the left-hand side. Everything else is OEM Type R, although he has tailored it to his own liking by adding Bride seats and re-wrapping the rear CTR seats in Bride material to match. It provides the signature Type R red floorcarpet and mats, door panels and headliner.
As stated, Bulda is continually adding new trinkets to his motor, although he’s taken some liberties under the hood of his Civic. There is a plethora of parts from different manufacturers that can be found, but the heart of his build stays true to the Type R theme with a B16B engine from a J-spec EK9. By taking a look at some of the parts because certain pieces that he uses just aren’t common nowadays, you can tell just how long he has had this project just. Sure, you’ll recognize all the Spoon Sports products, but when was the last time you saw a 5Zigen header, SARD fuel pressure regulator or GAB Sports oil cap?through the mid-2000s in the event it had an Air Walker front bumper, GAB Sport wheels and black side moldings. Back then, he was one of the primary guys to run an Air Walker front and it was easily recognizable. Many West Coast guys didn’t even know this car still existed at one point while he actually got into a pretty bad wreck in 2008 after leaving a meet. Someone clipped him on the highway and the car spun-out of control, hitting another car in the process. his, Luckily and he passenger escaped without injuries. For most, that could have been it for the particular car and they could have moved on-but not Kelvin. He loved his Civic so much that he or she kept it and slowly rebuilt it from the ground-up. If anything, the accident only helped to reaffirm his love for his first car. Who knows, another decade from now, when we’re all old and also have a big gathering of Honda owners from years past, maybe we’ll see Kelvin pull up in the Civic. It’ll probably still look just about the same and none individuals will be surprised that he still hasmounts and exhaustwith a few rare goodies like the 5Zigen header.
Drivetrain Spoon Sports lightened flywheel; Exedy clutch;
Footwork & Chassis TEIN HA coilovers with pillow mounts; NEXT Miracle X-bar; OEM CTR front sway bar; SRR rear lower control arms, rear lower tie/sway bars; Cusco lower tie bars; J’s Racing pillar bar; Rigid rear upper strut bar; Carbing 3-point front upper strut bar
Brakes OEM Honda CTR five-lug conversion; Endless front big brake kit; Project Mu brake pads; Goodridge stainless brake lines
Wheels & Tires 16×7 Advan Racing RG wheels; 205/45R16 Dunlop FM901 tires
Exterior OEM CTR rear lip, side moldings, front grille, front lip, side headlights, taillights and markersMy spouse Tiffany Bulda, my daughter Kelani Eulalia Bulda, Mom and Dad, Deguzman family, Kerwin Bulda, Chris Lopez, Adam Schubert and also be from BG Motors, Gary G&S Auto, Nate from CT Engineering, Henry Chung and the Motorsport Dynamics crew, Geoff Gabriel from JDM theory, Thomas Pinai and Speed Addicts, Adam Luong, Steve at Hmotorsonline, Mike Estebar and ATS Garage crew.