Exclusive Content: A Closer Look At Kawashima’s EG Ferio Build From Tactical Art…

I was packing up some stickers and shirts for the Tactical Art guys this week when I remembered that I had some photos that Yasutaka from Tactical Art sent me awhile back. He always sends me a huge bundle of photos at once and it takes me some time to go through them all and edit them for the site. With so many events going on lately, I just hadn’t had the time to go through them and just plain forgot about them. Now that we have a couple weeks free of event coverage content, I can finally put these up on the site for you guys to see. If you follow The Chronicles, then you probably know about our good friends from Tactical Art based out of Osaka, Japan. I’ve come to know these guys well and after visiting them last January while on my trip to Japan for Tokyo Auto Salon, I wanted to make sure that I got to see the finished product of their builds. Back in January, their shop was filled to the brim with cars and car parts as they were getting ready to rebuild their entire fleet of Hondas. The only Hondas that were in a completed state at that time for Taku Kusugami’s EK and Toshiyuki Yanagi’s Integra Type R, both of which were featured in Super Street magazine the past two years. Yasutaka Shimomukai, the one responsible for documenting all these builds with his camera, has a EG6 build in progress too but his was the last on the list as they still had to finish Atuki’s EG6, Sasaki’s Civic Ferio, and the car you’re looking at today, Kazuya Kawashima’s EG9 Ferio. Kawashima’s was particularly interesting because at the time I was visiting, it was the only 4-door there that was being built and it had a full roll cage. I had no idea Kawashima even had this car since I’ve always remembered him having a Honda Stepwgn. I guess he wanted to join in on the fun too and have a Civic of his own and picked up this Ferio. Atuki is the mastermind behind all their builds and not only does the engine work, but all the cage/metal work, as well as most of the paint work. The guy does it all and he is definitely talented in many aspects…

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Today, we are going to be looking exclusively at Kawashima’s Civic build. It may seem a bit confusing since you saw his car previously on this site in a randomly assembled state but this photo set will cover most of the build from start to finish. There was nothing really crazy about this Civic before, unlike the others that were previously built already. It was just a stock Civic Ferio basically and just had some Mugen wheels on it. Atuki tore the whole car down and began the rebuild process. I know many of you will not like the whole “stance” approach that he has taken but it’s a popular look overseas and I understand why they decided to go with this style. The Tactical Art guys are also very big fans of American tuning culture and while some of them have taken to the whole custom engine bay/full track car style, some are also into the aggressive wheel fitment/stance look. I myself prefer the track car style but hey, to each their own. These guys are cool dudes and I appreciate the work that they put in. That above all else is more important than any specific genre or style of building. Enjoy the photos below, if not, I don’t mind that either…

You’ve seen Kawashima’s Civic lurking in some of the photos from some prior posts from earlier this year. The posts I’ve linked below show Kawashima’s Civic at the time when I saw them personally during my TAS trip, while the last post covers Atuki’s EG6 build where I spend a little bit of time discussing Kawashima’s Ferio. If you missed it, go back and check it out…

The Chronicles 2013 Japan Trip…Part 9: Our Visit To Tactical Art…

The Chronicles 2013 Japan Trip…Part 10: More From Our Visit To Tactical Art…

Exclusive Content: A Look At Atuki’s EG6 Build From Tactical Art…

There aren’t too many photos as his build is pretty simple. It was basically stripped down, a custom cage was created, the entire chassis repainted, and then they swapped in a B16B motor. Everything else is your run of the mill stuff mixed with some custom metal work by Atuki from Tactical Art….

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Atuki doing some valvetrain work on the B16B Civic Type R motor…

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You saw Atuki’s craftsmanship in the other posts above so I’ll save you the repeat images. Above is Kawashima’s cage completed in raw form…

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Atuki disassembling the steering rack and front cross member in preparation for paint…

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Steering components out of the car and ready for a refresher…

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A look at the back half of the cage prior to paint. It’s safe to say that Kawashima won’t be having passengers in the back of his Ferio any time soon…

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I don’t recommend any one doing this out in the open because it’s generally bad for the environment but here Atuki is re-spraying the engine bay in a custom “Tactical Art Grey” tone which is inspired by the classic battleship grey look….

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Engine bay with paint laid down. Now all that is left is to do the interior and cage…

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Trunk primed and the front half of the cage set for paint…

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While that was going on, Atuki also found time to paint the B-series valve cover and re-install it onto Kawashima’s B16B….

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Old factory engine mounts will be replaced with Hasport mounts…

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A host of parts laying on the floor in front of the trio of Civics at Tactical Art. If you were to timeline all of these photos and put them in sequence, this post would go first in front of Atuki’s EG6 build as well as Sasaki’s build. You can tell because you can clearly see here that the cage has yet to go onto Atuki’s EG6 (Civic to the right)….

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After the paint in the engine bay settled, the steering rack and cross member were re-installed…

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The CTR motor was then dropped into the freshly-sprayed bay…

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Fuel system assembled with a Golden Eagle rail and AEM FPR…

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Paint is laid down on the custom cage…

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Only thing left to do before the chassis is sent off to a bodyshop for an exterior re-spray is to coat the floor of the Ferio…

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Atuki does most of his work like this confined to tight spaces in the shop since his shop isn’t too big…

The next set of photos comes after the chassis is returned from paint. Unlike the interior and engine bay, the exterior paint is not done in-house and is sent off to a bodyshop where they adequately prep and paint the chassis….

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The Civic as it looked the day it was unloaded off the trailer and returned after it’s brand new paint job. Kawashima decided to really change things up and had the car redone in a rich candy red paint…

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It was then pushed back into the shop where re-assembly began…

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The B16B Type R motor looks right at home inside the Civic Ferio…

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Custom cold-air intake fabricated by Atuki…

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The Tactical Art guys love CCW wheels so Kawashima opted for an aggressive set of CCW Classics…

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He went with a brushed metal face with a high-polished step-lip…

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Love the gold ARP hardware that they use on the CCWs…

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Underneath the car, Yasutaka shows us the Function7 Engineering suspension components and custom straight-pipe exhaust, created by Atuki…

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The exhaust probably screams being that it is straight through all the way to the header…

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You can see here the amount of time and work that Atuki put into the exhaust alone…

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Another view of the exhaust exit section…

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Fresh interior also means that its time to put a brand new Bride bucket seat in there as well…

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Everything else consists mainly of re-assembly but since the interior is completely gutted, there isn’t a whole lot to put back in other than the dashboard and plugging in all the electrical stuff…

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A view of the rear with the aftermarket taillights, Function7 components, and custom exhaust…

The car was completed a couple months back but there aren’t too many finished photos of it floating around. I’ll have to get some more from Yasutaka when he has time. They seem pretty busy over there between the business side and attending events and what not…

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Here’s one in its completed state. Not the best photo but you get the idea…

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…and a photo from not too long ago of Kawashima giving his Civic a fresh bath….

That’s a wrap on Kawashima’s post. Hope you guys enjoyed it. I still have some more Tactical Art stuff to go through but I’ll put it up whenever I get the chance to. Thanks for looking…

12 thoughts

  1. I still remember not too long ago seeing this car in instagram. I admire this Civic Eg for the amount of hard work and detail. Its so sad now my ef ferio get stolen 2 weeks ago. sighh~~

  2. in the picture where atuki is disassembling the crossmember on the fiero, what are the wheels on the green civic next to it? i NEED to know… is the same ones i have on my car. currently unknown brand to me. only the offset and weight limit and “made in japan” are stamped in the back, minus a couple groups of numbers.can somebody please tell me.

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