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Reader's Rides - May 2007 Grassroots

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Apr 12, 2007
0705_ht_03_z+1994_acura_legend_ls+front_view Photo 1/11   |   Reader's Rides - May 2007 Grassroots

1994 Acura Legend Ls
Driver: Tyson Hugie
TURF: Glendale, Ariz.
How I Spent The $$$: Katzkin two-tone custom leather interior, Pioneer DVD system, McCulloch 6000k HID kit, EDM clear corner lenses, JDM door sill plates, Sarona rear lip spoiler, Catz XLO foglights, Optima red-top battery, tint all around, 2nd generation TL 17-inch wheels and personalized plates.
We Like: Watch out, Dru. This one's looking for your RL.

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1995 Civic Dx
Driver: Michael DiCioccio
TURF: Youngstown, Ohio
How I Spent The $$$: A rebuilt D15B7, EX gauge cluster, Apexi Rev/Speed meter, Apexi GT Spec header, CarSound cat, Apexi N1 cat back exhaust, Spoon front and rear upper strut braces, Cusco front lower arm bar, Spoon Rear lower arm bar, TEIN Basic dampers, AEM short ram intake, Spoon Sports oil cap, Spoon Sports radiator cap, Spoon Sports titanium shift knob, Spoon Sports clutch reservior socks, TEIN Dampa-chi doll.
We Like: It's good start and has lots of potential (I'd throw wheels on it and call it a day).

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2001 Integra GSR
Driver: Michael D'Ambrosio
TURF: Mt. Vernon, N.Y.
How I Spent The $$$: Jackson Racing supercharger, AEM cold-air intake, Comptech header, Greddy SP2 exhaust, RC 370cc injectors, Walbro 255 fuel pump, A'pexi V-AFC2, AEM power steering pulley, JR theromostat, MSD 8.5mm wires, NGK spark plugs, Neuspeed Sport springs, KYB AGX adjustable shocks, Neuspeed front strut tower bar, DC Sports rear trunk bar and lower tie bar, OEM Type R rear swaybar, Powerslot slotted rotors, Hawk HP Plus pads, OEM Type R front chin spoiler, Keida 8000k HID system, stock rims, Falken tires, RSX shift knob, OEM Type R shift boot and an Autometer boost gauge.
We Like: The epitome of East-Coast Hondas. Kept the outside stock and put the money in the motor.

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2000 Accord
Driver: Rob Galles
TURF: PSL, Fla.
How I Spent The $$$: AEM cold-air intake, 3-inch custom exhaust, Magnaflow muffler, Neuspeed springs, 18x7.5 Falken Torque 5's w/ Ultra HPR tires, Anzo USA Projectors w/ eyelids and Altezza tails, Type R upper grille, Mugen lip, BW2 side skirts, Bazooka 750W amp, Infinity 12-inch DVC Mono woofer, motorized headunit and EL Glow gauges.
We Like: We were scared there for a while. The only thing we've seen come out of Florida are Donks.

0705_ht_07_z+1998_honda_prelude+rear_view Photo 5/11   |   Reader's Rides - May 2007 Grassroots

1998 Prelude
Driver: Mike Lake
TURF: Austin, Texas
How I Spent The $$$: AEM V2 intake, DC Sports 4-2-1 ceramic header, Greddy Evo exhaust, Fidanza flywheel, Nology Hotwires, Hondata S300, AEM pulleys, MSD ignition, Exedy organic racing clutch, Brembo rotors, PBR Axxis pads, Goodridge brake lines, KYB AGX adjustable shocks, Skunk2 coilovers, short throw kit, carbon-fiber Altezza taillights, HID headlights, 18-inch TenzoR GF7 wheels and Nitto NeoGen tires, 12-inch Boston Acoustics Pro 1200, 400.2 PG Tantrum Amp, PCE 213 MB Quart components and 550MP Pioneer Premier deck.
We Like: Beats riding a horse to work

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7th Gen Civic
Driver: Jason Su
TURF: Miami, Fla.
How I Spent The $$$: Blacked-out OEM headlights, Type R grille, OEM fog lights, 2000 Civic SI rims, Top Speed seats, Mugen shift boot, Civic SI shift knob, Revo short shifter, Injen short ram intake, DC Sports header, Greddy Evo2 exhaust, tuned with VAFC II, Neuspeed Sport springs and SPC camber kit.
We Like: We're diggin' the OEM flavor. It's like vanilla, boring but it works.

0705_ht_10_z+1990_acura_integra_ls+front_view Photo 7/11   |   Reader's Rides - May 2007 Grassroots

1990 Integra LS
Driver: Tim Matters
TURF: Woodbridge, VA
How I Spent The $$$: K&N air filter, Moroso Blue-Max 8mm spark plug wires, AEM cold air intake, NGK spark plugs, Pilot Motorsports oil cap, custom 2.25-inch exhaust, Summit Racing high flow muffler, NRG EPAC3 voltage stabilizer, Competition Clutch stage 2 clutch, Volkswagon Tornado Red paint Wings West 4-piece Big Mouth urethane body kit, TCSportline OEM-style carbon-fiber hood, JDM black 1-piece projector headlights, JDM black Altezza taillights, JDM OEM Spoiler from a Honda Integra Xsi, Streetglow Xenon headlight bulbs, JDM Honda emblems, JDM Black BMW M3 style mirrors, APC racing seats, two 12-inch Kicker Comp subwoofers, two 300-watt Pioneer amps, Audiobahn 1 Farad Capacitor, four 6.5-inch Pioneer 4-way Speakers, Dual head unit, G-Tech SS Pro Meter, 17-inch Flik Bullet-C Carbon Black Rims, Kumho Ecsta 711 tires, Power Stop drilled rotors, VGX semi-metallic brake pads, Matrix Motorsports adjustable coilovers, Pilot Motorsports, front upper strut tower bar, Dynamic Motorsports 4-2-1 header and a B&M short shifter.
We Like: It looks like the cars we see in front of our favorite Pho place.

DC2 Integra
Driver: Jarrod Sibbett
TURF: Las Vegas, N.V.
How I Spent The $$$: Garrett T4/T67R Divided Turbine turbo, custom Virtual Works Racing turbo manifold, 2 38mm Tial wastegates, custom 4-inch downpipe by Virtual Works Racing, Spearco air-water intercooler, Blitz blow-off valve, 1.8L GSR engine sleeved by JG, Forged CP pistons, Eagle rods, Supertech valvetrain (Valves, Springs, Retainers), M&W ignition, Crane PS92 coil, Magnafuel 1000hp external fuel pump, and a lot more goodies. Built at my shop, Hondoctors, and tuned by Servion Tuning on E85, 85 percent ethanol 15 percent gasoline. Made 450hp to the wheels on 22lbs of boost, shooting for 600 hp with next tune in early February. Engine bay needs a little cleaning up but who cares, the car is fast as hell!!
We Like: 450 in a street car is always a good thing. Strippers love it! (CH2)

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1986 CRX
Driver: Malkolm Roth
TURF: Vsters, Sweden
How I Spent The $$$: EDM B18C4 swap with ITR S80-tranny (first CRX gen. 1 with hydroclutch!), K&N air filter, Blox intake manifold, 5Zigen 2.5-inch header, 2.5-inch de-cat pipe, 2-inch custom exhaust system, NGK 8mm Silicone spark plug wires, B&M fuel pressure regulator and liquid-filled gauge, CTR EK9 Crank pulley, ACT 6-puck race disc, Koni yellow shocks, 24mm torsion bars in front and Eibach springs in the rear, ES bushings, Cusco ST strut bar and a welded rear torsion bar.
We Like: The go-fast formula works even in Europe. (CRX + ITR motor = Sex on wheels)
Claims: 201hp (dyno), 13.7@101mph

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Second-Gen Crx
Driver: Tim Cousineau
TURF: Hinsdale, N.H.
How I Spent The $$$: Jdm B16A motor swap, 81.5mm CTR pistons, ported and polished head, Skunk2 Stage 2 camshafts, Skunk2 cat-back exhaust, JE Engine Dynamics valve springs and titanium retainers, AEBS intake manifold, Skunk2 68mm throttle body, AEM fuel rail, Moroso plug wires, NGK iridium plugs Megan Racing 4-1 header, Koyo aluminum radiator, Innovative mounts race traction kit, JDM CTR shift boot and knob, KYB AGX adjustable struts, TEIN S-Tech springs, Brembo slotted and drilled rotors, Axxis metal master pads, 16x7 Rota Slipstreams, and Yokohama Prada Spec-2 rubber, OBD-1 conversion running CHROME tuned by AMS tuning of Boston, Mass.
We Like: the pseudo-panda style with the poorman's CTR motor.

Basic Rules for the Photography Impaired

  • Wait until late afternoon/ dusk/sundown (or very early morning) to shoot your car.

  • Find a plain background (a clean wall behind your local supermarket or school, for example) and park about 20 feet away to create some depth. Make sure there are no trees, light/telephone poles or other distractions in the shot. also, avoid parking on grass, dirt or in a parking lot with painted stall lines.

  • Make sure the sun is behind you.

  • Look in your camera's viewfinder and make sure your shadow isn't in the frame. leave some room at the edges of the frame. (don't zoom in super tight on the car).

  • Digital photos need to be minimum of 300dpi and about 4x4 inches. your best bet is to shoot on your camera's highest resolution setting.

  • For best results, use a tripod. if your camera allows manual shutter settings, try shots at 1/60; 1/40; 1/30-seconds, with and without flash.

  • Send digital images to: editorial@hondatuningmagazine.com with the subject header: "Grassroots." send no more than 2-3 images and keep image sizes to 1MB.

  • Please send prints via snail mail to: Honda Tuning, Attn: Grassroots; 2400 East Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92806

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