Import Tuner Civic VX – Project Sipper Sheds Weight with Seibon

Import Tuner magazine introduced Project Sipper, ’92 Honda Civic VX in Part 1 of their August issue with plans on building a fuel-efficient car.  The mission is to build a “reliable daily driver that has excellent fuel economy and looks appealing without a spaceship body kit, ugly wheel covers, or teardrop-shaped nose cones”.

From Import Tuner’s 1992 Honda Civic VX – Project Sipper, Not Your Typical MPG Car: Part 2 Article

Continuing where they left off from Part 1, we gutted the interior of the car (minus the OEM driver seat) and weighed the car to the tune of 1,987 pounds, a weight difference of 132 pounds from the factory 2,119 pounds.

Import Tuner Civic VX - Project Sipper. Photo credit: Import Tuner.com

Import Tuner Civic VX – Project Sipper. Photo credit: Import Tuner.com

Shedding the Pounds

In a quest to shave additional weight, we spent a day at Seibon Carbon to undergo an exterior transformation replacing the OEM doors, hatch, and hood with some lightweight carbon-fiber components. Seibon takes pride in handcrafting their products using quality carbon and resin components for a quality finish that looks good.

OEM Doors vs. Seibon Carbon: -34.8 pounds Photo credit: Import Tuner.com.

OEM Doors vs. Seibon Carbon: -34.8 pounds Photo credit: Import Tuner.com.

Next on the list was the installation of a set of Seibon carbon-fiber doors. Upon installation, we noticed the doors were designed with provisions to install the factory accessories, which include the door handles, panels, side mirrors, and more. Don’t assume Seibon carbon-fiber doors are cheap because they’re not. These doors are lightweight and strong but intended for off-road use only and should never be used on any public highways. A quick weigh-in between the OEM and Seibon unit with guts removed showed a difference of 34.8 pounds. It was interesting to note that the weight of both carbon doors was equivalent to one OEM door. Now that’s lightweight!

Import Tuner Civic VX - Project Sipper after Seibon Carbon components installed. Photo credit: Import Tuner.com

Import Tuner Civic VX – Project Sipper after Seibon Carbon components installed. Photo credit: Import Tuner.com

Weight Loss Breakdown

Carbon-Fiber Parts
OEM Hood vs. Seibon Carbon: -10.7 pounds
OEM Doors vs. Seibon Carbon: -34.8 pounds
OEM Hatch vs. Seibon Carbon: -5.6 pounds
Carbon-Fiber Weight Savings: -51.1 pounds

Exterior Makeover/Bodywork

After our trip to Seibon Carbon, Project Sipper made its way to Chuck’s Creations Paint and Autobody who provided a fresh makeover to the Civic’s body and paint.

Chuck smoothed out years worth of dents and dings to the body panels before his son Joey prepped and painted the Civic using Mariner Blue (DU) found on the earlier-model Mazda Miata. The interior was cleaned up and resprayed using the original Honda white.

Project Sipper getting paint and body work at to Chuck's Creations Paint and Autobody. Photo credit: Import Tuner.com.

Project Sipper getting paint and body work at to Chuck’s Creations Paint and Autobody. Photo credit: Import Tuner.com.

Stay tuned for part three, as we focus on additional aero and interesting engine modifications along with some slick mods to further decrease the overall weight of our Civic.

Read Import Tuner’s complete article here: http://www.importtuner.com/tech/1310_1992_honda_civic_vx/viewall.html#ixzz2dCQRAmPI

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