Kyle Sharp’s 1997 Honda Civic EX At one point or another, we all need some sort of direction in life. Whether we like to admit it or not, there’s always been someone offering words of wisdom that have shaped our lives in some way. It may not even be obvious to us at the moment. You might catch a word here or there, or may have even overheard something during another conversation. The fact of the matter is that it will always stick in your mind. When it comes to cars, this idea is very apparent. You might be glancing at pictures online and see something that inspires you, or someone at a local meet might pass along some information that changes your whole perspective on the way you build your car. The enthusiast in us needs that motivation. None of us would be here today if we didn’t have the support of others. Kyle Sharp had no idea that he would end up with the car that graces these pages when his journey began. “I bought my Civic from a Honda dealership back in 1999 with no real intentions to do anything to it,” Sharp recalls. “All I really wanted were some wheels, a head unit, and maybe some nice speakers.” Of course everyone in this community has heard that once, or maybe a few thousand times. Everybody goes into it thinking they’re going to do a little something here and there—then the tuning bug gets them. “Once I got the wheels, I knew I had to lower it like everyone else.” If you’re not familiar with the trends that were popular during the early 2000s, once you had the wheels and a drop, you had to get the body kit. The term “JDM” was seldom uttered during those days out west, and was mostly unheard of in parts of the east, especially in Kyle’s hometown of Morgantown, PA. Fiberglass body kits were the weapon of choice and the bigger they were, the better. Kyle knew he had to come correct after the drop, so he went out and purchased a Tsunami T2000 kit. One would assume that having a kit named after a natural disaster and a robot would be enough for anyone’s build, but a chance meeting with Burke Meyers of Meyer’s Motorsports would change Kyle’s view of modifying Hondas forever. “Meyers was the one who introduced me to all things JDM when it was still underground on the east coast,” he says. “He showed me what Mugen was, and I’ve been collecting everything Mugen for my ride ever since.” Becoming the owner of a large chunk of the Mugen catalog is no small feat. It actually took Kyle over six years to collect everything for his EJ8. Luckily for him, King Motorsports was around and supplied him with all that he needed to satisfy his appetite for all things Mugen. The first step in his Civic’s transformation was to get rid of the existing Tsunami kit. “The main reason I chose the Mugen aero kit was because it was bred from, and for, racing. From an aerodynamic standpoint, it was the obvious choice for me.” Japanese-market aero just wouldn’t look right on the US-spec bumpers so instead of going back to stock, Kyle opted to acquire JDM Civic Si bumpers and other JDM body parts, including Civic Type R headlights and thin side moldings. To complete the Mugen look, Sharp ditched the generic brand wheels and replaced them with 15x6.5 black and red RnR’s. Being a true Mugen aficionado meant owning all the interior pieces as well. A Mugen gauge cluster lurks behind the Mugen Racing II steering wheel, and the pedals and shift knob are also of the Mugen variety. The only thing missing from the repertoire are the bucket seats. However, Kyle assures us that those are on their way. 1 | 2 | » | View Full Article By Joey Lee Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!