SuperStreet 2009 – Rywired 1988 Honda CRX K20
Rywired 1988 Honda CRX K20
The King Of Wiring Brings You His Own Personal Masterpiece
Ryan Basseri, better known simply as “Rywire”, is probably one of, if not the most well-known custom harness creator within the Honda community. He’s responsible for creating some of the best engine harnesses around. The guy is a wiring genius and can wire basically anything. In fact, he’s even done a full mil-spec Honda Ruckus! We’re almost curious to see what his house is like in hopes of finding a mil-spec blow dryer or PC harness. When word got out that he was building a Honda for himself, all eyes were on his build to see what type of custom one-off modifications he would introduce to the rest of the Honda community. He surely did not disappoint.
“I decided to build a CR-X because I’ve always been a big fan of them,” Ryan explains. “They have a bit of a cult-following and I just can’t seem to stay away from them. The second generation CR-X is my favorite Honda of all time and I’ve actually owned about seven of them in my lifetime. I just decided to do up a really nice one this time around.” We sense a bit of modesty in those words. Only because the CR-X he had built before this current project was definitely no slouch. This one just happens to be better in every way. If you somehow think that you’re a bigger fan of EF-chassis CR-Xs than Ryan, take this into account; his CR-X is his weekend cruiser and his daily beater, which he uses to drive from NorCal to SoCal and back almost on a weekly basis, is an Acura NSX. Now that’s love.
“I really wanted to challenge myself with this build,” Ryan states. “I wanted to learn how to build a Honda the right way. No short-cuts, just quality parts, quality work, maximum effort. Just do it right the first time you know?” The main problem however, was trying to find quality time. Being a self-made businessman assembling something as time-consuming as custom engine harnesses doesn’t leave much personal time to do anything, let alone build a car. “It definitely took a lot longer than I anticipated.”
Everyone knows building anything worthwhile takes time but what might have seemed long to Ryan was only a span of five months. It was just a matter of finding time to get all the custom work done. The chassis started out as somewhat of a crusty red shell. Matt Woodworth at Hoodfab was responsible for stripping and re-spraying the entire body in a Desert Sage Metallic tone.
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