Building a Better Civic (2019 FK7 Sport Hatchback)

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Go with a DC front strut bar and the CTR subframe brace.
What lip are you using, Ikon motorsports?
Yup. I’m using the Ikon lip. I already have the CTR subframe brace installed.



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Got my DC Sports strut bar yesterday thanks to Kenji Garage. Be sure to hit him up because his prices are unbeatable in SoCal.

Did my install this morning and it didn’t take much time. The fit is super tight though, so my rubber mallet was needed to get it in. Looks beautiful in the engine bay.

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I decided to give it a true test and took my car out to the 330 towards Big Bear Lake, CA. Twisty doesn’t even begin to describe these roads, so any handling improvements would be obvious from the start. Any failure would also mean my death lol. My car felt phenomenal, absolutely “on rails” handling, which is exactly what I was going for. I had the biggest smile on my face.

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For now, I’m very happy with my chassis set up. Even coming downhill it was great. Shockingly the stock brakes with +20k miles of wear did fantastic too. I fully expected some fade, but nope.

Next up I’ll be tackling the resonator swap. I’m trying to find something to remove the drone and enhance the deep tone of my car without sounding like a fart can.
 
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Finally got a new resonator/muffler installed yesterday. I went with a TotalFlow muffler I picked up on Amazon hoping it would cut down the drone of the exhaust.
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While it reduced the drone overall (especially at the 1500-2000 rpm range) the exhaust has become louder in the cabin under acceleration and causes some annoying rattling. I can’t be mad because the part was literally free and the work at my local shop was so damn cheap it might as well been free. I get some nice burbles and pops here and there, but overall I think I prefer a more refined sound. I just don’t think the stock exhaust is up to snuff once you start modifying the engine. I haven’t even done much and it just shakes the whole car. I’ll roll with this set up for now, but a new catback will be in the cards down the road.
 
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Finally got a new resonator/muffler installed yesterday. I went with a TotalFlow muffler I picked up on Amazon hoping it would cut down the drone of the exhaust.
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While it reduced the drone overall (especially at the 1500-2000 rpm range) the exhaust has become louder in the cabin under acceleration and causes some annoying rattling. I can’t be mad because the part was literally free and the work at my local shop was so damn cheap it might as well been free. I get some nice burbles and pops here and there, but overall I think I prefer a more refined sound. I just don’t think the stock exhaust is up to snuff once you start modifying the engine. I haven’t even done much and it just shakes the whole car. I’ll roll with this set up for now, but a new catback will be in the cards down the road.
UPDATE: After driving around today I was weirded out that the exhaust sound has changed. It now doesn’t drone at all unless I’m just on the throttle hard at about 4000 rpm. Also turns out some of the vibrations were just from tools that got loose in my spare tire space. So the install did exactly what I was going for. Pretty stoked I spent maybe $60 total on this project and got my desired results.
 

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UPDATE: After driving around today I was weirded out that the exhaust sound has changed. It now doesn’t drone at all unless I’m just on the throttle hard at about 4000 rpm. Also turns out some of the vibrations were just from tools that got loose in my spare tire space. So the install did exactly what I was going for. Pretty stoked I spent maybe $60 total on this project and got my desired results.
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