MTX's Honda Civic



Items installed:
    Under the Hood
  • Konig strut tower bar
  • AEM adjustable fuel pressure regulator
  • AEM adjustable cam timing gear
  • AEM fuel rail
  • AEM underdrive pulley kit
  • AEM cold air intake with air bypass valve
    Wheels and Shocks
  • 18" Konig Imagine wheels
  • 18" BF Goodrich Scorcher tires
  • Suspension Techniques
    Exterior
  • Wings West lower rear wing
  • Xenon body kit
  • Ractive tail lights
    Interior
  • V-Racing Rush-style seats with 5-point seat belts
  • V-Racing pedals, shifter, and knob
  • Sparco steering wheel
  • Ractive instrument cluster
On November 16, 2002, Crutchfield had the pleasure of showing MTX's decked out 1998 Honda Civic at our booth at the Extreme AutoFest in Pomona, California. As Michael Sokolowski, the Managing Editor of Car Audio/Video for Crutchfield, noted: "In a group of perhaps the most consistently high-quality cars we've seen at an import show, the MTX Civic had the best audio, hands down." Of course, it doesn't look too shabby either.

MTX's own Jason Planck is responsible for this growling work of art. From the sub enclosure, to the customized dash, Jason was given free reign to transform a run-of-the-mill Honda Civic Hatchback into a finely-tuned bass lover's dream.

The first piece of business Jason addressed was fabricating a custom wood rack to hold the seven MTX Thunder amplifiers bound for the Civic. He stretched fleece over an MDF frame to support the 3/8"-thick amp tub in the hatch. Next, silver fiberglass, color-matched to the exterior of the Civic, was added. Finally, a color-matched vinyl trim piece was stretched around the edges of the tub, providing a bright, clean bed to showcase the amps.

A total of seven MTX Thunder amplifiers crank out a mind-numbing 3200 watts of power collectively. Five MTX Thunder6500D mono block amplifiers send power to the interior subwoofer wall. One MTX Thunder4244 four-channel amp powers the rear fill and center channel speakers, while an MTX Thunder8302 two-channel amp runs the front components.

Next, the back seat was discarded to make room for the Civic's VIPs: five MTX Thunder8000 15" subwoofers. A single-piece, 7-1/2 cubic-foot enclosure fortified with NoiseKiller noise dampening product cradles the subs. Like the trunk piece, the sub enclosure is constructed of color-matched fiberglass mounted flush with the sides of the vehicle and molded to the contours of the subwoofers. A vinyl trim panel was added again, completing a seamless integration of the sub enclosure with the interior of the vehicle.

Rear fill, center channel, and front-end sound is handled by five T6.6 6-3/4" component speakers. MTX's ingenious "convertible" design allows you to use the speakers as coaxials (with the tweeter mounted inside the woofer cone), or as separate components — Jason chose to install them as coaxial speakers. Two sets are mounted to the left and right rear walls for rear fill. Custom kick panels focus two sets of speakers up at the driver and passenger, for uncompromising imaging and and a deep, spacious soundstage.

A final component speaker was sunk into the custom center console beneath the Kenwood KVT-911DVD DVD/CD receiver. The 6-1/2" monitor features adjustable aspect ratios and touch screen controls. Crisp dialogue and explosive sound effects, courtesy of the center channel speaker, make for prime in-car movie watching. High-performance StreetWires cables and interconnects ensure clean signals get carried throughout the system.

With the A/V stuff taken care of, Jason next set to work on sprucing up the Civic's engine performance. AEM engine enhancements include a fuel rail, cold air intake, and adjustable cam timing gear. Super-sticky 18" BF Goodrich Scorcher tires keep the Konig wheels on the ground when the driver feels the need to drop the pedal. Suspension Techniques springs keep everyone comfy as they barrel down the road.

Last, but certainly not least, Jason added some cosmetic flairs to the Civic. AWings West lower rear wing and Xenon body kit add some stylish curves to the chassis. Inside the cockpit, V-Racing seats and pedals and a Sparco steering wheel add some tuner style to complement the Civic's prodigious performance upgrades.

Many thanks to MTX for their help in providing information on the installation. Thanks also to Shawn Franquero for his help in setting up the car and signing up folks for the MTX amp giveaway at the Extreme Autofest. For more information on this and other MTX showcars, click here. And don't forget to keep an eye out for the Crutchfield booth at the next car show you attend.


Not your ordinary Civic — MTX transformed a 1998 Honda Civic into a ferocious-sounding demo car.


The hatchback was turned into an amplifier trophy case.


Five, 15" Thunder8000 subs shine forth from the fiberglass rear enclosure.


The stereo image up front is crisp and vibrant, thanks to the titanium-plated 6-3/4" T6.6 component woofers and Poly-emide foam tweeters.


The custom dash is sleek and uncluttered, manifesting an installation philosophy in which style is favored over flash.


Sit down, strap in, and hold on. If the curves don't get your adrenaline rushing, the sonic firepower poised directly behind you surely will.

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