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Acura Integra - Dialed And Styled

John Tran's Quarter-Mile Bruiser Looks Like A Main-Street Cruiser

Evan Griffey
Jan 1, 2008
Photographer: Henry Z. DeKuyper
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Some cars excel on many fronts; others aim at more precise targets. John Tran's DC2 Integra falls into the latter category, and the bull's-eye is the venerable quarter-mile dragstrip. The strip is a familiar landscape for John who has an all-motor EF9 that went 13.52 seconds between 1996 and 1997, and an EG6 that posted a best of 12.05 seconds also in all-natural trim. He owned the Civic until 2006 when he graduated to life under boost in this Integra.

In his Las Vegas hometown, John is a tech at LDL Speed Shop. He wasted little time yanking out the B18B in his personal car and sending the raw block to RS Machine in Norwalk, Calif., for closed-deck sleeving and prep for a Frankenstein transformation. Back at LDL the freshened and fortified block was filled with Arias forged, dish-style pistons that drop compression from 10.5:1 to a boost-friendly 9.3:1 and Eagle chromoly connecting rods. The lightweight rotating assembly was balanced and assembled in the LDL clean room, where most of the wrenching action went down.

For the Frankenstein effect, a VTEC head was filled with high-speed hardware and positioned atop the B18B shortblock. To spin high under boost John installed Ferrea stainless valves, Portflow double valvesprings, Portflow retainers and added Integra Type R cams to run the show. LDL performed a full port and polish, a race-spec valve job as well as other conversion mods to the B18C VTEC head prior to adding bronze valve guides and securing it to the B18B block with ARP fasteners.

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As the fully prepped 1.8-liter was built for boost, John selected a Precision Turbo 67PDRB turbo as his trailblazer. The T4-based unit, which features a 67-trim compressor wheel, is secured on a custom turbo manifold fabricated by Virtual Works Racing. John kept the sparks flying at Virtual Works' welding stations, as a 4-inch downpipe and 4-inch exhaust were fabbed up to expel spent gasses from his B-Series hybrid. On the intake side Virtual crafted an artistic intake manifold that houses a 72mm RPM Service throttle body. A Spearco bar-and-plate FMIC, GReddy Type-R blow-off valve and custom LDL piping complete the turbo system between the compressor nozzle and throttle body.

On the fuel side the prerequisite Walbro 255lph fuel pump gets the juices flowing. The pump feeds 1,000cc RC Engineering injectors via an AEM rail while an Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator re-directs unused fuel back into the tank.

A Hondata S300 plug-and-play module handles tuning of the fuel and stock ignition systems. The S300 transforms the Honda ECU into a fully tunable entity that can run a positive pressure forced induction system, make quick changes to accommodate larger injectors, tune in real time, incorporate datalogging and can be ordered pre-programmed for some basic setups. Forced induction, however, due to its wide range of variables, demands a custom tune but the S300s use of many stock Honda maps in more docile driving situations translates into less time on the dyno that saves money and results in more precise off-boost performance, which means excellent overall driveability. Using Hondata's proprietary SManager Windows-based software and the S300's quick USB connectivity, LDL Speed Shop's Dennis Liongson pulled a stampeding 607 horses from the hybrid B-Series powerplant. Dennis related that the tuning session on LDL's Mustang chassis dyno was smooth and the big pull was made at 25 psi using 100-octane pump gas.

Hurtling down the track in pursuit of 10-second timeslips, the B18B/B18C puts the big twist on a 12-pound chromoly ATC flywheel and an ATC six-puck Extreme series clutch set. The drive axles are stock, which makes us wonder how hard John is shifting the car's B16 Y21 (LSD) gearbox. Tanabe Sustec Pro suspension, a DC Sports lower tie bar and a Virtual Works traction bar complete the package. The Acura rolls on old-school classic 15-inch Mugen RNR wheels wrapped with Yokohama ES-100 rubber.

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This DC2 gets it done when the boost hits but it operates under a sleek, show-inspired camouflage. The Integra's front fascia was converted to JDM Type R specs by California Auto Body (of Las Vegas). They also shaved the door handles, installed a VIS front lip, Seibon carbon-fiber hood and trunk, and JDM Type R doors before applying a retina-popping three-stage PPG Blaze Red Crystal Pearl paint job. The hood, trunk and spoiler were left in their native carbon-fiber finish to drive home the car's JDM appeal.

For the cockpit, John has added S2000 seats wrapped in leather, a Mugen shifter, Type R floormats and a trick Mugen FG360 steering wheel. The gauge cluster is flanked by Auto Meter boost and Sunpro A/F ratio readouts, while the center console is home to an HKS turbo timer and Sony Xplod head unit. The Sony deck features big bass from two 12-inch Kicker Competition woofers powered by a Kenwood Exelon amplifier.

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After back-to-back bracket championships in 2000 and 2001 at the Virginia Battle of the Imports, a Street Stock win at the 2006 NHRA Sport Compact race in Vegas with his all-motor creations and Best Appearing Car accolades in the Sport FWD class at the 2007 NHRA Vegas event in his Integra, John has high hopes for his Acura but plans to keep it "street oriented" for the near future.

John's DC2, nicknamed Chennah, is one of those "never knew what hit you" propositions whose show car aura lulls a false security then quickly gives way to the profound realism of 607 whp. One has to wonder how many unsuspecting V-8s John has left in his wake, utterly embarrassed; the number has to be staggering.

Acura Integra
607 Whp @ 25 Psi & 367 Lb-Ft Of Torque

Engine
B18B/B18C Frankenstein
B18B Block
RS Machine Machining
Arias Pistons
Eagle Rods
Precision Turbo 67PDRB turbo
Virtual Works Racing Turbo Manifold
Virtual Works Racing Downpipe
Virtual Works Racing Exhaust System
Virtual Works Racing Intake Manifold
RPM Service Throttle Body
Spearco FMIC
LDL Speed Shop Piping
GReddy Type-R BOV
TiAL Sport Wastegate
Walbro Fuel Pump
AEM Fuel Rail
Aeromotive Regulator
RC Engineering Injectors
B18C VTEC Cylinder Head
ITR Cams
Ferrea Valves
Portflow Valve Springs
Portflow Retainers
ARP Fasteners
Koyo Radiator
Flex-A-Lite Fans
Hondata S300

Drivetrain
ACT Flywheel
ACT Clutch Set

Suspension
Tanabe Sustec Pro Suspension
DC Sports Lower Tie Bar
Virtual Works Racing Traction Bar

Exterior
Integra Type-R Front Fascia
Seibon Hood
Seibon Trunk
VIS CF Front Lip

InteriorHonda S2000 SeatsAuto Meter Gauges
Sunpro Gauges
Mugen FG360 Steering Wheel
Mugen Shifter
Type R Shift Knob
Sony Xplod Head Unit
Kenwood Amps
Kicker Speakers

Wheels & Tires
Mugen RNR Wheels
Yokohama ES-100 Tires

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Flex-A-Lite
Fife, WA 98424
253-922-2700
http://www.flex-a-lite.com
AEM
Hawthorne, CA 90250
800-992-3000
http://www.aempower.com
GReddy Performance Products
Irvine, CA 92618
949-588-8300
http://www.greddy.com
Hondata
Torrance, CA 90503
310-782-8278
http://www.hondata.com
Ferrea Racing Components
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
888-733-2505
http://www.ferrea.com
HKS USA
Los Angeles, CA 90061
310-491-3300
http://www.hksusa.com
Advanced Clutch Technology
Lancaster, CA 93535
661-940-7555
http://www.advancedclutch.com
Arias Pistons
Gardena, CA 90249
310-532-9737
http://www.ariaspistons.com
RC Engineering
Torrance, CA 90501
310-320-2273
http://www.rceng.com
Walbro
Cass City, MI 48726
989-872-2131
http://www.walbro.com
Virtual Works Racing
Las Vegas, NV 89118
702-891-5220
Seibon
626-968-2010
www.seiboncarbon.com
Precision Turbo
219/996-7832
www.precisionturbo.net
Spearco
Panorama City, CA 90401
(818) 901-7851
www.spearcointercoolers.com
By Evan Griffey
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