EM1, SOHC, Turbo! Is This The Best Combo For Cheap Fun?

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honda-tech.com EM1 SOHC turbo civic

Sometimes a simple and clean setup can be a lot of fun. this single cam EM1 proves that point.

It’s really easy to over-do things when it comes to builds. There are exceptions to this rule, however. YouTube vlogger ThatDudeinBlue explains it perfectly with this very clean EM1. It’s not an Si, it only has one camshaft, and it even has drum brakes out back. But it does have a little turbo, and that turns this economy car into a fun Civic on a budget.

Starting with a clean EM1 shell, this Civic was built with cleanliness and practicality in mind. It has a D16 single-cam engine with a tiny T28 turbo. Smaller turbo diameters have an upper-hand when it comes to shorter lag, so you’re into boost rather quickly. Power output is about 160 wheel horsepower, which for an EM1 is still plenty of power to have fun with.

Simplicity adds to the experience with Tein coil overs on RPF1 rims and 205 with tires. Keeping it simple means the car stays planted, and becomes enjoyable to drive.

Turbochargers are growing ever larger in size year over year, so it is nice to see a small turbo being put to good use. This EM1 is a car that is greater than the sum of its parts (some sourced from eBay), but that’s the point. Fun and inexpensive were two requirements of the build, and it looks like they nailed it.

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites for Internet Brands, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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