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Seek And You Shall Find – Interview

23 Jan

An inside look at the very elusive Seeker of Japan.
From the January, 2012 issue of Honda Tuning
By Micah Wright
Photography by Henry Z. DeKuyper

There are three prominent Honda shops in the Miyamae ward, and they all sit within a stone’s throw of one another. Automotive giants Spoon Sports and Honda Twincam (Feel’s) can be found here; but those guys have been covered so many times my visitation would yield you nothing more than the regurgitation of information you are probably already privy to as an enthusiast. I am searching for the most elusive of the three tuners, in the hopes of getting you, the reader, an inside look at another JDM powerhouse that is changing the face of Hondas. I want the shop no one has talked to yet. But first, I have to seek it out.

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Hands-on research with the F2K swap

5 Jan

From the December, 2011 issue of Honda Tuning
By Jonathan Thompson
Photography by Henry Z. DeKuyper

Fast. Jake Gavio’s naturally aspirated ’95 coupe, powered by a fully built F20C motor combined with a K-series PPG Dog Box outfitted tranny, is really fast. Casual YouTube browsers are threatened with visual whiplash, and according to Jake, he’s the only enthusiast in the country rocking an F2K setup in competitive drag racing. With 372 whp and 245 lb-ft squeezed out of this naturally aspirated coupe, as of this writing, his best quarter-mile time is 10.32 at 130.7. Weighing in at 2,160 pounds, this car sports some revolutionary parts and undeniably garners attention from the masses—not only for its impressive time slips, but also for its interesting powerplant.

Residing in Laurel Springs, New Jersey, Jake grew up in a racing family. “Eat, Sleep, Race” wasn’t just a catchy phrase on a T-shirt in the Gavio home, it was a way of life. His dad raced NHRA Super Comp and Comp Eliminator cars. Jake became a Honda aficionado at an unlikely place—a mini-truck show. There happened to be a Honda Civic in attendance, and from the initial sighting, he was hooked. To drive the point home even further, his bro built and then rebuilt a ’92 Civic over a three-year period. Family DNA, the mini-truck show encounter, and his brother’s raced-out hatchback combined to influence Jake more than he could possibly deny.

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The Legacy Of The’88-’91 Honda Civic/CRX

5 Jan

Consider the foundation for Honda performance officially laid.
From the January, 2012 issue of Honda Tuning
By Aaron Bonk

In 1987, Honda Motor Company did something terribly right, something that would forever change the way the automotive performance rank and file would view the brand. On the heels of a global car market that had shifted from thrilling albeit environmentally careless domestics to more Earth-loving yet characterless subcompacts, Honda introduced the world to the greatest trade-off yet: the fourth-generation Civic. Consider the foundation for Honda performance officially laid.

The 1988 model year Civic was Honda’s sleekest to date—its hood line lowered, its glass expanse increased, its wheelbase longer. This new Civic’s aerodynamic adeptness and no-nonsense rigid structure yet light weight was something special, typically uncharacteristic of cars of its class. Fuel injection was now standard for all U.S.-bound trims, and a new-for-’88 sedan was introduced, accompanying revived hatchback, wagon, and CRX models. But if it wasn’t for Honda’s thoroughly reinvented double-wishbone suspension and all-new four-cylinder D16A6 engine, it’s unlikely any of us would be babbling on about the Japanese auto firm’s fourth-term Civic some quarter of a century later.

To this day, few suspension configurations are as tidy, as well packaged, and as formidable as Honda’s unequal-length A-arm arrangement, also known as its “double-wishbone” suspension. The now-historically validated layout features single upper and lower A-arms (wishbones) for each front corner and a multi-link trailing-arm rear suspension that each pivot against the chassis as well as their suspension members. Compared to older Civics’ timeworn front torsion bar suspensions, double-wishbone layouts allowed for improved handling and better stiffening in factory form and yield far more options in terms of performance improvements. Honda employed its famed double-wishbone suspension on its Civic line for 13 model years until adopting its current MacPherson strut layout.

Club racers immediately latched onto this alternative race car, not just because of its forward-thinking suspension, but also because of the Civic Si hatchback’s and CRX Si’s D16A6 powerplant that set the pace for more performance-minded engines that would be developed later. Honda’s most powerful, most durable single-overhead-camshaft Civic engine yet, the D16A6 was also its largest, pushing a class-leading 106hp thanks to more cubic inches, a 9.1:1 compression ratio, and a 7,100-rpm redline that was made possible from a thoughtfully configured 1.52:1 rod/stroke ratio. The Si’s 16-valve cylinder head with its redesigned water jackets provided more predicable cooling for racers and featured one of Honda’s most optimally designed intake and exhaust ports—ones that were straighter and arguably capable of flowing better than even later VTEC heads. And all of this was for the Si—a no-nonsense sporty sort of car that didn’t waste itself on accoutrements like power steering or an automatic transmission.

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2001 Acura Integra Type R – Kill Gil

5 Jan

…and then there was one…

There’s no doubt that there were a number of great Honda builds in 2011… The last two days we’ve taken a look at 9 (10 with the tie) of what I felt were the best of the best in 2011, but in the end there can only be one. One Honda build that stood above the rest of the pack, well-rounded in every way and built for purpose as well as with the owner’s idea of functionality in mind…

With the number one selection in The Chronicles Top Ten Hondas of 2011, selects….

1. Gil Salazar’s 2001 Acura Integra Type R…

This K24-Powered Type R Track Car Cuts Corners Like A Hattori Hanzo Original
From the October, 2009 issue of Honda Tuning
By Rik Daddy
Photography by Rodrez

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Bring The Ruckus – The Honda Ruckus

14 Nov

Although very popular in USA this fully customizable bike is not known in Europe.

~ gAME oVER ~

This RAT ROD Custom Honda Ruckus 49cc started out as a weekend hobby and turned into what is now RUCKSTERS Customs. It features an rPRO paint job with custom flames on black, sporting the “original” gAME changing rPRO ONE-PIECE Frame, LINEX sprayed main frame & gas tank cover, custom chin bone, and Daytona 8-hole 12″ wheels with white walls. This Honda Ruckus is loaded with JDM parts, and a hard twist of rPRO flavors. gAME oVER received a ton of attention everywhere it went, and it had the ability to captivate people’s imagination without force. It is truly a timeless looking scooter. Overall build….turned out to be “legend” in some circles and is the foundation of our portfolio.

~ GY*SIK ~

Our very first rPRO GY6 Custom Swap Kit. We were very much in the R&D stage at this point, and was still figuring out a whole lot of things. But with some help among the local community and great efforts, we managed to get this FATTY rolling on the streets of LOS ANGELES. This copper beast features a truly one-off BTX Custom Exhaust with BTX header. Also includes rPRO One-Piece Seat frame, rPRO paint job, rPRO engine & shock mounts, Mr. Shorty Carbon Fiber Chin Bone, Stage6 Carburetor, ATR hubs and dual disc brakes. Not to mention the Ostrich upholstery is OOBER sexy. Overall build….not bad for our first GY6 conversion kit. Cleaner than a brand new penny.

~ Jungle Luv ~

This clean machine rocks an ATR GY6 Fatty-Kit with 10×7 rear wheel, JDM 10×2.75 solid dish front wheel and ATR hubs. Plus dual disc brakes for ultimate stopping power. Also includes ATR Carbon Fiber bling, custom rPRO “original” shortened seat frame, rPRO Mini Z-Bars, rPRO Foot Rest, rPRO custom front fender brackets and rPRO paint job. Plus, JDM Ruckus headlights and BTX Custom Drag Exhaust for an ultra loud ride. Overall build…..”Sexy & The Beast.”

~ M70.2S ~

This slick ass Met rocks a Yamaha Zuma 70cc 2-Stroke with rPRO Custom Engine Mount, rPRO Custom Halo Projector Angel Eye Headlight, rPRO Foot Rest and rPRO 2-Tone Matte Grey paint job. Not to mention JDM front suspension & disc brake system, custom fitted handle bars, rear shock mount, shaved front fenders, and shaved rear fenders. Custom front & rear hubs designed & fabricated by Jimmy of ATR. This 100% One-Off Metropolitan, known as War Machine M70.2S is featured in Kiri2Racing SP Gallery on the world wide web and is the only Metropolitan in this all exclusive Ruckus gallery so far. Overall build….super clean, 2T fast, and stealthy to the core.

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The Great Honda Tuning Photographer Search

7 May

Think you’ve got what it takes to shoot a feature for Honda Tuning magazine? All it takes is that winning submission to Honda Tuning’s official Oh Snaps! photo contest and you could be on your way to a life of automotive fortune and fame or at least have the chance to shoot a Civic and get paid for it. Read on for contest rules and details.


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7 May

Acura TSX Project – Project TSX: FINAL
From the May, 2011 issue of Honda Tuning
By Rodrez

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