When it comes to cars there are two types of people: those who see a car as a convenient mode of transportation from point A to point B, and the rest of us who are reading this article. We spend a majority of our time (and money) trying to decide how to get from point A to point B faster, more stylishly and a little differently than the next guy. Unfortunately for those of us that fall into the second category, that puts us into a bit of a dilemma. We are the ones who sit and daydream of all the cars and modifications we could have if we just happened to hit the Powerball jackpot. However, there are a few people who find the means to compromise and still come up with a neck-breaking vehicle that even Fortune 500 CEOs can admire.
This is exactly what Brian Nguyen has done with his '05 RSX Type-S. For a lot of us, a newer vehicle is usually accompanied by a price tag that is beyond our checkbooks, and his case was no exception. Fortunately for Brian, his family owns a wrecking yard, which was just waiting for the day that the perfect car would come along for his picking. "We auction cars back and I picked mine up for next to nothing. I decided on the RSX because it was a price I couldn't refuse. I had my 2000 Civic Si that I loved, but I saw an opportunity for this car so I just had to take it." The day he was waiting for finally came and Brian snagged this gorgeous Jade Green Type-S from the auction block for a nominal fee. "The car was passed down from my uncle. I drove it for the first time, and just fell in love with it." Once the chassis had been selected Brian made short work of fixing the very minor front end damage and started envisioning what the car could look like.
With a vast amount of money saved from the low initial cost of the vehicle, Brian figured that rather than simply restoring the car, he could style it the way he desired with his savings. Once he got the DC5 home, the first pieces of the puzzle came into play as his girlfriend assisted with the installation of some Function Form Type 2 coilovers to aid the 17" Regamaster Evos into their new habitat, tucked up in the car's fender wells. "If I were to choose something memorable (about the build) it would be putting in the suspension for the first time with my girlfriend. We started out good and ended up running into trouble... but we ended up figuring it out." Brian got over the ever familiar "I'm going to keep it mostly stock" phase in a flash. "At first my whole intention of building my car was just a simple drop, lip and rims. Then once I had that done, I just couldn't stop buying more mods."
Wasting no time, Brian got down to business searching the Club RSX forums for all of his aftermarket needs. If you have expensive taste, it often pays off in large dividends to buy used goods from trusted sellers on Internet forums, but you have to be selective about your purchases. After several agreements were made, Brian now had a plethora of Mugen aero pieces including a front lip, side skirts, rear lip and eventually a full front bumper. To help fill out and balance the rear end of the car, an A-Spec spoiler was thrown into the mix. After installing the new gear, Brian took the car in for a paint job that was completed by "Pilo." Adorning its rejuvenated pearlescent green coat, the car was then ready for some final JDM knickknacks-like window visors, taillights and badges-to complete the theme. The appearance of the vehicle was better than anything Brian had previously imagined. The bug had now bitten and Brian wasn't ready to stop investing in his rolling masterpiece.