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Old 04-15-2008, 10:26 PM   #1
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Default 1996-1998 / 1999-2000 Civic Body Differences and Front and Rear Conversion

Since I see these question are asked often, I figured we might as well have one thread to direct people to that hopefully has all the answers.


What are the differences between the 1996-1998 (6G-1) front end and the 1999-2000 (6G-2) front end?

The following are the differences between the US 1996-1998 (6th gen - first front) front end and the US 1999-2000 (6th gen - second front) front end.

- Headlights are shaped different in the corners ('96-'98 rounder; '99-'00 more pointed - this affects the hood and fenders too).
- Headlights are different lengths ('99-'00 is longer than '96-'98 - this affects the hood and bumper).
- Headlights' inner corners are shaped differently ('99-'00 is more pointed - this affects the bumper).
- Headlights are different in internal design ('96-'98 has long amber reflector and amber bulb cap in the turn signal; '99-'00 has small amber reflector in between headlight and turn signal housings).
- Grilles are different (SEE NEXT EXPLANATION).
- Space between headlights and grille is different ('96-'98 has more space - this affects the front of the hood too).

Regarding front lips, the Si comes standard with a front lip, but all other '99-'00 trims had this as an option too. '98 coupes had an option for a full lip kit too and '97-'98 models had the option for a black front under spoiler IIRC (have to verify in parts catalog).

Sedans for all model years have a chrome shell around the grille. Coupes and hatches have paint matched grille shells. The Si has a mesh insert, but the number of holes in the mesh is different than the number of holes on a CTR grille. The Si also has a removable center emblem in the grille.

1996-1998 USDM Front



1999-2000 USDM Front



What are the differences between the 1996-1998 upper grilles and the 1999-2000 upper grilles?

- Grilles are different widths ('96-'98 is shorter - this affects the bumper and the hood).
- Grilles are different heights ('96-'98 is taller - this affects the bumper and the hood).
- Coupes and hatches have color matched shells.
- Sedans have chrome shells.
- Different number of grille fins (coupes (except the EM1 Si) and hatches have one fin through the middle; '96-'98 sedans have three fins; '99-'00 sedans have two fins).
- Different grille body (EM1 Si has mesh body, unlike other trim levels).
- Emblems are different (EM1 Si has a removable emblem).

1996-1998 Coupe and Hatch Upper Grille



1999-2000 Coupe and Hatch Upper Grille



1999-2000 EM1 Si Coupe Upper Grille

(WITH EMBLEM)


(WITH EMBLEM REMOVED)


1996-1998 Sedan Upper Grille



1999-2000 Sedan Upper Grille




What are the differences between the 1996-1998 rear end and the 1999-2000 rear end?

COUPE

The following are the differences between the US 1996-1998 coupe rear end and the US 1999-2000 coupe rear end.

- Taillights coloring is different ('96-'98 have amber along the bottom; '99-'00 are clear/white in this area).
- Spoiler height is different ('96-'98 is short; '99-'00 is tall and says CIVIC on the underside).
- Spoiler LED light size is different ('96-'98 is long; '99-'00 is short).
- Bumper design is different ('96-'98 curls under; '99-'00 curls under and then out).

1996-1998 USDM Coupe Rear



1999-2000 USDM Coupe Rear



HATCH

The following are the differences between the US 1996-1998 hatch rear end and the US 1999-2000 hatch rear end.

- Taillights coloring is different ('96-'98 have amber in the middle; '99-'00 are clear/white in this area).

The following differences are because of trim level, not model year: rear wiper or lack of; short black unpainted plastic roof spoiler or longer paint-matched metal and plastic roof spoiler. The midwing hatch spoiler was an accessory option.

1996-1998 USDM Hatch Rear



1999-2000 USDM Hatch Rear



SEDAN

The following are the differences between the US 1996-1998 sedan rear end and the US 1999-2000 sedan rear end.

- Taillights coloring is different ('96-'98 have amber along the bottom; '99-'00 have amber along the top).
- Taillight shape is different for inner sections ('96-'98 has smaller, more square inner sections; '99-'00 has larger, more pointed inner sections).
- Spoiler design is different ('96-'98 has three mounts; '99-'00 has two mounts (more pointed edges than '96-'98 coupe spoiler)).
- License plate garnish shape is different ('96-'98 is more square; '99-'00 is more pointed on top corners).
- Bumper design is different ('96-'98 curls under; '99-'00 curls under and then out).

1996-1998 USDM Sedan Rear



1999-2000 USDM Sedan Rear




So what are all the different stock front ends used on '96-'98 Civics?

For ease, I will just go over the US models. Overseas models use some different parts (headlights, grilles, fenders, bumpers), but the parts are interchangeable with the US parts.

The headlights, front bumper, fenders and hood are all the same on USDM '96-'98 Civic trims.

USDM '96-'98 Coupe / Hatch Front End


USDM '96-'98 Sedan Front End
This is the same as the above front except for the grille.



So what are all the different stock front ends used on ''99-'00 Civics?

For ease, I will just go over the US models. Overseas models use some different parts (headlights, grilles, fenders), but the parts are interchangeable with the US parts.

The headlights, front bumper, fenders and hood are all the same on USDM '99-'00 Civic trims.

USDM '99-'00 Coupe / Hatch Front End


USDM '99-'00 Si (EM1) Coupe
This is the same as other USDM '99-'00 front ends except the Si gets a different grille (with mesh and a removeable emblem) and it gets a standard front lip which in the US was also listed as an optional part for coupes.


USDM '99-'00 Sedan Front End
This is the same as the above fronts except for the grille (and the Si gets the optional front lip as a standard part).



How can I do a front end conversion from either the '96-'98 to '99-'00 or from the '99-'00 to '96-'98?"

In order to do a front end conversion, you will need the following parts from the other year span model:
- Headlights
- Bumper
- Hood
- Grille
- Fenders
- Core/Radiator Support (OR modification of the stock part)

View the following link(s) for help on the conversion.

96-98 to 99-00 Civic front end conversion.
96-98 to 99-00 EK Front End Conversion
DIY, How to Convert 96-98 Civics to 99-00 Frontend


How can I do a rear end conversion from either the '96-'98 to '99-'00 or from the '99-'00 to '96-'98?"

Coupes and sedans all can wear the same rear bumpers. It does not matter what year the bumper is, as long as it's another 1996-2000 coupe OR sedan rear bumper.

Hatch rear bumpers are all the exact same design, and are also fully interchangeable no matter what the year between 1996-2000.

Coupe taillights are also all interchangeable, though the outer wire harnesses are different because the turn signal bulbs are different. For '96-'98 coupes, the turn signal is a clear 7440 bulb. For '99-'00 coupes, the turn signal is an amber 1157 (aka 1157A or 1157NA) bulb.

Sedan taillights are interchangeable on the outer sections (though the wire harnesses are different). The inner sections require a trunk lid swap if you wish to change the inner taillight sections. This also requires splicing of wires for the taillight wiring into the trunk lid.


US USDM JDM EDM UKDM front rear hood hoods bumper bumpers grill grills grille grilles headlight headlights head light lights fender fenders amber clear radiator core support supports duct ducts emblem emblems tailight tailights taillight taillights inner outer license plate garnish frame panel conversion spoiler wing trunk hatch lens lenses conversion convertion convert change swap different diffrent difrent 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000

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is there a way you can show how to do the outer tail light wiring because i wired mine up and everytime i push the brake pedal my accessory lights turn on.

this is on the sedan rear trunk conversion for 96 to 99-00 rear trunk
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is there a way you can show how to do the outer tail light wiring because i wired mine up and everytime i push the brake pedal my accessory lights turn on.

this is on the sedan rear trunk conversion for 96 to 99-00 rear trunk
I've never done a trunk swap on a sedan before. I've never seen a DIY thread on it, thus it's not linked here. I just got tired of seeing these threads everywhere.

If there is a thread that shows how to do it, I'll link it here. I've only heard of it before.
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*Bump.*

I want to make sure others see this is out here.
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Great Job Hopefully this stops annoying questions on whats the difference and what do i need for a 2000 front
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You chose a poor picture for the USDM 99-00 front end. That bumper has been replaced and painted incorrectly. The grills should be black not silver
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You chose a poor picture for the USDM 99-00 front end. That bumper has been replaced and painted incorrectly. The grills should be black not silver
Honestly, I didn't care about the color. I was looking for a decent angle from the front (most are from too high up).

I hadn't even noticed the bumper was repainted.

This was more about shape, not paint style.

But yes, stock the "ducts" and lower grille should be unpainted and black.
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I have a 98 sedan, and my grille has like 3-4 black stripes, instead of the one in your picture.
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I think i was the cause of this thread. Nice write up tho
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I have a 98 sedan, and my grille has like 3-4 black stripes, instead of the one in your picture.
Coupes/hatches and sedans have different grilles.
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You chose a poor picture for the USDM 99-00 front end. That bumper has been replaced and painted incorrectly. The grills should be black not silver
I had just editted the '99-'00 front end photo to be this image.

But that one has one duct that's painted too. Plus the image isn't as clear and doesn't look as good as the old one. So I'm going back to the old one. I looked through tons of my photos and even looked up some new photos to post this thread.

If you can find a photo that you think might be good enough, send it to me in PM.

The photo must be of a similar angle, front end shot that I already have. It can't be a shot taken inside a building (makes the lighting odd, hard to see the front). It can't have a shadow on the front of the car. It can't be modified (NO LIPS, NO FOGLIGHTS). The shot can't be too small, it can't be too big. I don't want a lot of dead space around the car in the photo. The shot must be low enough to show the car head on, not all hood.
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wtf only 1 grill is painted? lol who does that?
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*BUMP* for NOFX is a good band and this is a good thread thanks i needed this
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Bottles to the ground and this thread to the top!
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Glad to help. Just remember this thread if you see one of those questions.
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bump!!! lots of posts aking about 6g civic body differences
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wow you have way too much time on your hands lol, good write up though
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thanks so much, def a good read. after lookin' at my cousins 99, i knew there was more to it then just swapping bumpers..thanks again!
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Too many people ask about it.
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Oufff thank you very much for this post. I was going to change my 97 front bumper for a 2000 one. Hopfully, i didn't do it
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