#TBT: Turning a Honda CRX into a reliable, fun track car on a budget

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Mar 21, 2024 | Honda, crx, Track Car | Posted in Shop Work | From the Nov. 2008 issue | Never miss an article

Photography by David S. Wallens unless otherwise credited

[Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the November 2008 issue of Grassroots Motorsports.]

For years we have all been told that getting on track costs money—lots of it. But does that have to be true? Sure, the top race teams burn through cash with reckless abandon, but what about just getting out there and clicking off some laps? 

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
3/21/24 8:40 a.m.

I ran all those prices through an inflation calculator, and here's what I got:

I'm not so certain you could find a decent CRX for $4K nowadays...

bobzilla MegaDork
3/21/24 9:04 a.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

You could find one for $4k, but it won't be decent or have sides that you can't see through.

I'd rather we see a comparison of the newer "crx/civic" alternative compared to 2008's CRX. I'll play:

I can provide a link with price for anything on the right column. Left was from old receipts. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/21/24 9:22 a.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

Sadly, back in the day, finding a good CRX took just a few minutes on Craigslist. This was the first and only car I even called on. And then, as your reward, you had a CRX–in this case, already fitted with a B16A.

Andy Hollis
Andy Hollis
3/21/24 10:05 a.m.

Yeah, CRXs have become a semi-collectible...kinda like early Miatas.

Even more crazy is all the interior parts, as so many were stripped by kids years ago when that was the trend.  Now, those same folks scour the web for deals on those same parts to "restore" their cars. 

On the bright side, modern tech has made many of the deteriorated plastic clips and such available again through 3D printing.  This includes the oft-maligned climate control dash modules.

I've always owned at least one of these, with a max of three (fit into a two-car garage plus a riding mower).  Down to two presently.

Mr_Asa GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/21/24 10:20 a.m.
David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/21/24 10:22 a.m.

In reply to Andy Hollis :

I have a bad feeling that I might have once tossed one of the back “trunk boxes” into the trash. You’re right, back then, we thought there’d be an endless supply.

But we were lucky to have two of them. In addition to the ’88 HF fitted with the B16A, we also had a supercharged ’88 Si. (Yes, in Y49 and, no, it wasn’t cursed.)

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) UltimaDork
3/21/24 11:55 a.m.

Wonder what it would cost to do a K-swapped CR-Z ?

benjammin308 New Reader
3/21/24 2:32 p.m.

Where did you get Super Blue fluid?  I used to use it but now NLA?

stylngle2003 GRM+ Memberand Reader
3/21/24 3:43 p.m.

In reply to benjammin308 :

In 2008 it was readily available. 🥸


typ200 or super dot4 are like for like equivalents, though not blue (which I don't like)

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/21/24 9:59 p.m.

So, what happened to this very CRX? I traded it to Per for our rallycross Subaru Impreza. At the time, I felt like I could always find another CRX down the road (wrong). 

I’m 99.99% certain it eventually became this 9-second drag car campaigned by IPG Parts. 

Last I saw, it was for sale as a roller. 


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