Eibach Honda Meet Philadelphia 2018 Coverage… Part 1 of 2…

If you lived out on the east-side of the country and are a lover of all-things Honda, this past weekend was the one for you. Not only was there a Wekfest event going on out in New Jersey, but the day before that was the first-ever Eibach Honda Meet in Philadelphia, PA. Philly isn’t very far from New York and New Jersey so many took advantage of the opportunity to attend both events. I mean, if you’re willing to make the drive to and from, why wouldn’t you go to both? It makes perfect sense really. Some guys who were showing their cars even made the drive from Pennsylvania to New Jersey to display their builds at both events. For a Honda enthusiast, this was a can’t-miss weekend because it was unlikely to ever happen again. You had a very grassroots all-Honda gathering followed by a major car show with not only Hondas, but also a very diverse group of builds of all makes and models…

I remember getting a message earlier in the year where Ryan Hoenger, one of the creators of the Eibach Honda Meet, asked me if there would be any conflict of interests if he decided to host an event during the same weekend as the schedule Wekfest show in NJ. I was thinking to myself that this would be a great idea because then I could get content from both events and maximize my time out in the East. I told him that I highly doubt there would be any issues on our side but to be sure, I asked Ken from Wekfest and he was all for it. Usually with stuff like this, many people will attempt to go to both shows because there just isn’t a whole lot of great events going on out on that side of the country. They don’t get nearly as many shows and meets as we do out here and more importantly, it seems like enthusiasts on that side or more willing to make the drive all over. I guess you can thank other events in the past for making things so accessible for everyone and really pushing people to drive out to massive events where people from smaller states can gather. I always push people to come out to the West to experience car culture but I’m glad that so many are down to just drive everywhere. For my Year10 anniversary event, I am actually surprised by how many people have already contacted me about coming from as far as Toronto, Canada and states like New York just to showcase their cars in the West. That’s pretty cool…

On this particular weekend, I already knew that I was going to try to go to the Eibach Meet in Philly. We even stayed a few extra days this year so all I had to do was convince some of the guys to come along with me. Luckily DPK David was down to not only go, but also to drive. I seriously am not a fan of driving in the hectic Tri-State area so I’m glad he came along for the trek. Some of our friends on that side were already going anyway so it didn’t really take a whole lot of convincing. It was more of a time management issue in the end because we’d be taking one of the rental cars for most of the day and we have a pretty big group of guys who work the Wekfest show that also fly out from California. We ended-up staying for just a few hours but it was enough time for me to shoot quite a bit and I was able to collect a pretty good batch of photos. This was the first time the Eibach Honda Meet would hit this city so I wasn’t surprised that it wasn’t terribly busy, but it was still a good time. There was a collection of really nice Honda builds and everyone seemed to be chatting with one another, which is a great thing. There seems to be a good community of car guys/gals over here and from what everyone was telling me, it appeared as if they all had a great time. It was one of those instances where the quality out-matched the quantity of cars/people and that is never a bad thing…

Here are the first batch of photos below. I think we ended-up staying for about 3 hours and then headed back to New Jersey, then New York to meet up with everyone else from the Wekfest crew. Check it out…

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One of the first Hondas that I stopped by to look at was Will Wang’s del Sol. If you guys remember, he was previously on one of The Chronicles old Top Ten Hondas list back when I used to do them annually and even in 2018, it still exists as one of the better Honda builds I’ve ever seen in person. I haven’t seen it in quite some time but I’m glad he was down to bring the car out of hiding to display at both the Eibach Honda Meet and the New Jersey Wekfest event. On this weekend, Will put his Mugen front bumper back on and a clean set of Spoon SW388 wheels…

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The engine bay of the del Sol is about as perfect as can be. There’s a 2.4L K24 inside the engine bay now, which has been shaved and cleaned-up, hosting some Mugen accessories and a radiator which is tucked nicely under the core support…

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The execution is just so good. Everything flows so naturally and just has this timeless appeal to it…

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Every nut and bolt looks like it’s fresh out of its packaging…

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The interior of Will’s del Sol with Mugen steering wheel, Mugen MS-Z seats, Mugen shift knob, Mugen gauges, and an AEM wideband O2 retrofitted into one of his A/C vents…

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Jason Schmuck’s J32-swapped S2000 was pretty impressive and great to finally see in person. Just imagine with the hood on this AP2, you wouldn’t think much of it other than the Regamaster wheels and the addition of a fender-exit exhaust…

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Once you dig a little deeper and look inside, you’ll notice that this S2000 is anything but “simple”. Inside is a Honda 3.2L engine with twin-turbochargers and a ton of custom fabrication work by Jason who is a fabricator by trade…

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The engine bay has been smoothed, filled, and shaved and most wouldn’t even know it was a J-swap unless they had a little bit of knowledge about Honda V6 engines. I’d imagine people would just automatically assumed it was a LS-swap until they noticed it only had 6-cylinders….

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What a menacing sight this is. I didn’t get a chance to see or hear it run but this thing probably rips…

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Yoel made the journey all the way from Florida with his Integra Type R just so he could check-out both events happening that weekend. I was honestly surprised to see him but then I remembered in the past that he’s always been down to travel. His ITR looked great as usual with high-polished Mugen M7 wheels, Mugen Gen. II wing, and EC Works side mirrors…

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The Mugen catalog is continued within the cockpit which hosts a Mugen steering wheel, Mugen knob, and Mugen S1 bucket seats…

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16-inch Mugen M7 wrapped in Falken Azenis RT615K…

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I see Shyam every year when I go out East so I definitely expected to see his Integra Type R at the Eibach Honda Meet. His ITR fuses both Spoon Sports and Mugen together, with a bulk of the engine bay still very Spoon-heavy, while the exterior wore complete Mugen aero…

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No crazy shaved bay or tuck here. Just a very traditional Spoon Sports-themed bay, complete with a Spoon valve cover signed by Tatsuru Ichishima…

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I like the titanium intake pipe with the GruppeM velocity stack and the new Rywire titanium wire cover to match…

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Anil’s AP1 S2000 with Spoon Sports side mirrors, Spoon brakes, a Cusco cage, and Mugen MF10 wheels…

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Ferdi Rivera’s RHD Honda Integra Type R was looking pretty great with a J’s Racing air duct and Spoon Sports front lip that has been color-matched…

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You don’t see Spoon lips painted very often and I wondered if it had been repaired or something, hence the paint-matching, but as it turns out, Ferdi just always liked the idea of a painted Spoon lip and so he did it. Looks pretty cool to be honest, and still holds true with the Type One decal to remind people that this isn’t some painted replica lip…

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Dee’s clean stock-bodied ’98-spec Integra Type R sitting on bronze Mugen MF10…

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Here’s one ore of Ferdi’s ITR. The cage inside is also color-matched to the body and the car sits nice and low on bronze Volk CEs…

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I’m a huge fan of Cristian from Canibeat’s Mugen TSX build. I love it even more now that it is on bronze Volk CE28 wheels. It’s a huge car but it just looks so good with Mugen aero and Mugen seats…

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Gotta love that vented hood too. Here’s another angle with some more light…

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Cristian’s brother Chris’ RHD-converted EM1 Civic SI coupe with Mugen Ferio rear wing and some Mag Blue Volk CEs…

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ITR-faced Integra running 15-inch Desmond wheels with a Spoon Sports carbon lip and J’s Racing air duct in the front bumper…

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I think I saw more FK8 CTRs at the Eibach Philly meet than I did at the massive Eibach event back home in SoCal. CE28s also seem to be the wheel of choice out in this area…

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One of the more unique builds that appeared at the event was this Honda CR-V sitting on white Work RSZ-R wheels…

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Nothing too crazy in the bay, just a B-series as you’d expect with a Spoon Sports filter and painted red valve cover…

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Kyle Crawford’s S2000 track toy on, you guessed it, Volk CE28…

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Black EH Civic hatchback hosting a rare Vision front lip, JDM corners, Vision mirrors, and Sprint Hart CP-F wheels…

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Engine bay is nicely executed with a B-series set-up and Skunk2 intake manifold…

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Teal-colored Civic running Spoon Sports brakes, SW388 wheels, a carbon fiber Tactical Art front lip, and side mirrors…

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Spoon Sports-themed set-up in the bay with the kevlar intake arm addition, valve cover, wire cover, oil cap, and spark plug wires. You don’t see Spoon Sports cooling hoses because the owner has opted for a tucked radiator set-up which uses black braided hoses with -AN fittings…

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This gray Civic coupe looks familiar to me, I believe I’ve seen it before at another event, but it is equipped with a Chargespeed front lip, J’s Racing front fenders, Spoon Sports mirrors, and gray Volk CEs…

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Inside is a B-series set-up also running a tucked radiator set-up, as well as a coil-over-plug conversion, Skunk2 Ultra manifold, and an oil catch system with the breather mounted to the firewall…

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One of the more notable debuts of that weekend was Adam’s EK9 Civic Type R, which he spent the past year basically tearing down to its bare chassis and reassembling with new paint and parts. The entire shell was painted Phoenix Yellow inside and out, and he completed the refresh just in time to bring it out to both events. Adam loves his Spoon Sports so the car is filled with a catalog of parts from the popular tuning company throughout….

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The B16B remains, still complete with A/C and all. Everything you can get from Spoon can be found inside this engine bay…

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I like that he cleaned-up the engine bay without over doing it and shaving it too smooth. It seems more appropriate for a Spoon Sports-styled engine bay to retain that OEM look and feel…

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The interior of the EK9 is not only Spoon-themed, many of the parts have also been signed by Tatsuru Ichishima. The Spoon steering wheel bears his signature…

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As well as the cluster glass and the Spoon cluster itself…

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I’m sure if there was a way to have these Spoon seats signed, he would have gotten them on there as well, but it’s probably a little awkward waiting with massive seats in hand. I think Adam actually had all this gear signed during his last trip to Japan when he visited Spoon/TYPE ONE.

Very well done and I’m glad he decided to go with the refresh to keep his EK9 pristine because these are going to be harder and harder to find in the next few years.

On that note, this wraps Part 1. Make sure to come back for more Eibach Philly coverage which will be followed by Wekfest East stuff right after! Thanks for looking…

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  1. Nice Coverage . . The Black EH has a Vision Front Lip not Wings west and the Blue/Teal Colored EJ6 Does have a Legit Tactical Art Lip . . Thanks 🙏

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