#TBT: What makes the Honda CRX Si one of the best hot hatches

Alan
By Alan Cesar
Jan 18, 2024 | Honda, crx, CRX Si | Posted in Product Reviews | From the Aug. 2013 issue | Never miss an article

Photograph Courtesy Honda

[Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the August 2013 issue of Grassroots Motorsports.]

You develop a lot of obscure muscles in your arms from that unassisted steering with 9- or 10-inch wheels and a Mugen differential. We call ’em ‘Honda muscles.’”

Driving his old C Street Prepared Honda CRX wasn’t just another day at the gym for Bret Norgaard, though. …

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Comments
Vigo
Vigo PowerDork
12/13/13 1:34 p.m.

Front fenders "dont age like their steel counterparts". You win an award for understatement. How about "just TRY finding a 1g CRX with truly good front fenders on it". Or "in worse news, the lower door cladding is just as fragile but much harder to locate replacements for".

They're neat cars.

PubBurgers
PubBurgers SuperDork
3/15/14 2:13 p.m.

Also of note, the mounts for the panhard bar are bad for rusting out. They definitely warrant a check when looking to buy a 1G.

msterbeau
msterbeau Reader
9/7/23 10:58 a.m.
PubBurgers said:

Also of note, the mounts for the panhard bar are bad for rusting out. They definitely warrant a check when looking to buy a 1G.

Even a good one doesn't survive long under competition use.  Plan on reinforcing it or fabricating something better/stronger if you're going to use it on the track. 

msterbeau
msterbeau Reader
9/7/23 11:00 a.m.
Vigo said:

Front fenders "dont age like their steel counterparts". You win an award for understatement. How about "just TRY finding a 1g CRX with truly good front fenders on it". Or "in worse news, the lower door cladding is just as fragile but much harder to locate replacements for".

They're neat cars.

Someone starting a business making composite replacements for the front fenders and upper fascia could potentially make a killing.  I don't recall the lower door panels being problematic. 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/7/23 11:05 a.m.

Good quality fiberglass replacements for the plastic bits (door cladding, fenders, fascia) are currently available from N.Skicomposite in France. https://www.nskicomposite.fr. I have a set on the shelf for when I need them.

Driving the car is a lot like driving a classic Mini, but with lower maintenance hassles and less parts availability. 90% of the CRXs still in existence are halfway through an engine swap.

nlevine
nlevine GRM+ Memberand Reader
9/7/23 8:33 p.m.

Best race car I ever had - fun to drive, easy on consumables, easy to tow...

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