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Reader's Rides - 1990 Honda CRX SIR

James Carey
Apr 6, 2007 SHARE
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Vincent Elias, Jr.Huntington Beach, Calif.1990 CRX SIROriginally received as a gift in July of 1998, Vincent's CRX-dubbed Redstorm-is an ongoing project of epic proportions and has shown up in "Reader's Rides" in a prior incarnation. Vincent wasn't completely satisfied with his 1.6-liter SOHC, 16- valve Si engine and has since scuttled it for a DOHC VTEC 1.6-liter B16A JEM-spec engine. With its prior engine, the CRX had an Akimoto Funnel Ram 2 intake system, Brospeed Ceramic Headers and a GReddy exhaust. A Bullfrog camshaft, Centerforce clutch and Neuspeed shift followed shortly thereafter. After upgrading the engine, Vincent stuck with the Akimoto intake and Greddy exhaust, adding Nology Hot Wires to the mix.

Handling is improved with a set of Eibach Pro-Kit springs as well as a set of KYB adjustable shocks. Neuspeed sway bars and strut tower braces were brought in to aid chassis stiffness. Rolling stock consists of Motorsport Rims wrapped in Falken GRB 195/50/15s. Wings West was called upon to provide the "Whail Tail" wing. The Redstorm CRX was then sent to the paint shop for a coat of "Radiant Red" and "school bus yellow" for the custom grille. Lighting is enhanced by PIAA super white bulbs covered with clear corner, bumper and side marker lenses.

Vincent plans to add a custom exhaust manifold in the near future, followed closely by boost and some major engine work, all in hopes of obtaining a 9-second timeslip.

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Jeff S. LehmkuhlSan Bernardino, Calif.1995 Saturn SC-2 DOHCStraight out of San Bernardino, Jeff's Saturn is host to an amassment of hop-up components. A Hot Shot ceramic air intake kit with a K&N air filter, K&N crankcase vent filter and a CWC big bore throttle body handle breathing duties. Hot Shot Ceramic exhaust headers and a 2-inch Matrix exhaust system assist in the expulsion in spent gases. Nology spark plug wires and Beru Silverstone spark plugs keep the engine lit up. Stiff stuff consists of Sprint Extreme 3-inch drop springs, strut tower brace, rear wheel camber kit and a set of high-performance motor mounts. The Saturn rolls on 17-inch Enkei RS-E wheels wrapped in Yokohama rubber and stopped with the help of Power Slot slotted rotors and brake pads.

Royd AlimusaLoudoun, Va.1992 Eagle TalonRoyd's '92 Talon came along as a replacement for his '86 Ford Escort. Since then, he found Extreme Motorsports and started out with a K&N air filter, Extreme exhaust system and manual boost controller. After this, he was hooked and grabbed an Extreme ported Frankenstein level 5 turbo, as well as a Turbochargers.com front-mount intercooler with custom piping. Other Extreme merchandise includes a 3-inch cat-back exhaust, 3-inch downpipe, 3-inch race pipe and Tial wastegate. Assisting turbo spool-up is a Nitrous Gen X kit, dishing out 75-hp shots. Also in the mix is a ported head with three angle valve job and stainless-steel valves. Extreme/Ross forged pistons with an 8.5:1 compression ups the ante, while a set of Total Seal rings and ARP head studs reinforces the engine for the added boost. Other engine mods include Crower rods, Magnecor 8.5mm wires, Extreme ignition, NGK spark plugs, Extreme high-pressure fuel pump and SX adjustable fuel pressure regulator. A set of 720 cc injectors add the extra fuel necessary to keep the engine going, while an Extreme-modified fuel rail keeps it coming. The list just gets longer with an EFI PMS engine management system and upgraded mass air sensor, as well as Web Cam racing cams, Unorthodox Racing adjustable cam sprockets and crank pulley. This mean-as-hell Talon rolls on Forgeline 16x7 lightweight wheels wrapped in Nitto rubber.

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