I consider myself an engineer at heart. Unfortunately I’m an idiot at hand, which is why I took my car to Howard Watanabe at Technosquare to install the Spec Stage 2+ clutch. In addition to the fact that driving something I’ve wrenched on myself doesn’t give me any satisfaction – more like anxiety – it feels good to know that my lowly Civic has been on the same lift as many of our most coveted MIQ project cars.
Speaking of a lift, you are going to need one, and more of the same at your disposal to install a clutch on a Civic. I understand all the wrong wheel drive hatred both online and off as the inherent nature of both powering and turning the car with the same set of wheels does not lend itself to the ideal performance formula. Aside from the whole understeer part and the inability to powerslide (or drift, as you kids like to call it) I have no qualms with my FWD. That is, until we installed the clutch. With a RWD, you remove the transmission, install the clutch and then celebrate with a smoky burnout. With a FWD, the process is much more complicated. Read on.