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Lisa Herve: 1998 Acura 1.6 EL

Lisa Herve has always been into cars ever since she was a kid. Growing up around classics, her dad took her to the shows at Pier 4 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. "I met my husband and he shares the same love," mentions Herve, "he took me to my first carshow when I was 22 - Importfest." That is where Herve fell in love with tuners and the car scene, "we both made it a goal to one day have a car good enough for that show."

A few years later, Herve needed a car to get back and forth to college. "I wanted a 96-00 Honda Civic but I also wanted all the options: 4 door, sunroof, leather seats, VTEC single cam," states Herve. So she opted for a 1998 Acura 1.6 EL, which she bought completely stock off a friend. "I hadn't planned for it to be where it is today. That's for sure!" she express.

Herve and her husband slowly started modifying the EL, changing the look many times, "including plasti-dipping it an ugly brown," she remembers, "which did not turn out how I had imagined."

Now, 7 years later, both husband and wife have transformed the EL to much more. "I shaved and painted the bay myself," mentions Herve, "as well as retroffited my headlights." Herve's husband was the muscle for the duo - swaps and wherever else she needed help. The entire car has been built by them, with the help of their friend, Scott, for wrapping it.

Owner: Lisa Herve
Location: Hamilton, ON
Vehicle: 1998 Acura 1.6 EL
Horsepower: 143 whp (estimated)
Club: Team Defiance


Facebook: /lisa.j.herve
Instagram: @defiant_el

Photography Lisa Herve, @spokephotos.

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  • Shaved and painted bay
  • JDM high comp B20B 
  • Exedy Stage 2 clutch 
  • Brake line tuck 
  • Wire tuck 
  • Fuel line tuck 
  • KTuned inline filter 
  • Garage16 fuel rail and gauge 
  • Garage16 oil cap 
  • Garage16 fender washers 
  • S2000 CMC 
  • Braided clutch line 
  • Exedy slave cyl. 
  • Energy shifter bushings 
  • Downstar firewall delete plates 
  • Downstar grill dress up kit 
  • Downstar spikes 
  • Downstar strut tower bolts 
  • KTuned quick release hood hinges 
  • Sickspeed wire cover 
  • Aftermarket VC washers 
  • Billet motor mounts 
  • BWR rad hoses 
  • NGK wires 
  • Ram air intake 
  • Aftermarket coolant reservoir 
  • Mishimoto radiator
  • Mishomoto radiator cap 
  • Password:JDM radiator stay 
  • Password:JDM cooling plate 
  • 1320 Toda style header

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  • 2.5" stainless steel exhaust
  • Magnaflow highflow cat
  • KTuned turn down muffler

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  • Chipped/tuned P75


  • B18C LSD transmission

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  • JNC 049 wheels, powder-coated transparent candy raspberry - 16x9 +10


  • Front OE big brake upgrade
  • Mini Cooper drilled and slotted rotors
  • Red powder-coated ITR calipers
  • TSX Hawk Performance pads
  • SIR rear disc conversion with cross drilled rotors and red powder-coated calipers


  • Neo Motorsport dynamic purple fully adjustable coilovers
  • BWR rear subframe brace,tie bar and lowercontrol arms
  • Blox rear sway bar with Energy Suspension bushings
  • Hardrace rear camber arms
  • Skunk2 front upper control arms
  • BWR 3-point strut bar
  • DC Racing rear strut bar

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  • Hexis chameleon grey gloss wrap with sponsor logo embossing
  • Honda 1st gen fit front lip
  • 99-00 Civic rear bumper and lip
  • Custom grill
  • Custom hood bra
  • Carbon fiber mirrors
  • JDM Honda Domani bumper signals
  • Honda Domani headlights with retrofit projectors and color change XBT demon eyes
  • Rare clear tail lights
  • Domani fender markers
  • Integra fog lights


  • LED

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  • S2000 seats with pink stitching and fierce fuschia-wrapped headrests
  • 07 Accord rear top seats with pink stitching
  • Pink suede headliner
  • KTuned short shifter
  • CTR cluster
  • Custom painted Avenue steering wheel
  • NRG quick release and slim hub

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  • DB Drive front speakers with crossovers
  • Rockford Fosgate rear 6x9's
  • JVC head-unit

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"My engine bay - it took the most time." 


  • 96-00 Civic Sedan flares, lip spoiler
  • Trunk setup
  • Miracle bars
  • VTEC head

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  • 9livery
  • Password:JDM
  • JDM Fresh
  • Alchemy Vinyl
  • Spec-D Tuning
  • Sickspeed
  • K2motor
  • Japanesemuscle
  • JP Customs LLC
  • Custom Euro Plates
  • Rev Auto Supply


  • Auto FX
  • Spotless Detailing
  • 456 Wrap
  • Garage16

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