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K20 Acura Integra GS-R - The Stuff of Dreams

Tuan Chau's JDM conversion

Matt Rodriguez
Aug 4, 2014
Photographer: Chad Burdette

In late 1993, when Acura announced the third generation Integra, it was met with mixed reviews. Aesthetically, the four circular lights up front were so far removed from the second gen's sleek, streamlined lamps that many had no interest in the car. Others, however, after having experienced the new Integra's user-friendly cabin, excellent handling and new B18C power plant, were far more interested in how the car drove rather than how it looked.

Spoon mirror Photo 2/16   |   Spoon Mirror

As with most anything Honda-related, the folks overseas in Japan, Europe and other markets were treated to better performing and better looking options. Tuan Chau, owner of this 1995 Acura Integra GS-R, was well aware of the JDM frontend that avoided the quad headlight setup completely and instead relied upon attractive one-piece lamps and a more aggressive front bumper right from the factory. Many in the past had already done the conversion, but ever since he was 15 Chau had envisioned having one of his own. He found a car for sale in Seattle, went through with the purchase and had the car shipped to him in South Carolina.

Jackson racing supercharger Photo 3/16   |   Jackson Racing Supercharger

Being that the newly purchased 1995 Integra GS-R was powered by a K20 swap that the previous owner had done, Chau took the car out for a few blasts to make sure it was up to par. Unfortunately, it wasn't and a nasty rod knock showed up almost immediately - a result of a spun rod bearing. Out came the engine, and the rest of the car was torn down for a complete rebuild.

CE28N wheels Photo 4/16   |   CE28N Wheels

Chau's paint shop took care of the Quicksilver color change, and knowing that he wanted the car to look factory fresh, he headed to his local Honda parts counter for new seals, moldings, trim and more bolts and clips than he can possibly remember. An Integra Type R five-lug conversion and Spoon calipers were added, and once the paint dried the chassis was ready for a new heart.

Spoon shift knob Photo 5/16   |   Spoon Shift Knob

With plans to swap a K24/K20 combo into his Civic hatchback, Chau took that K20 and installed it into the 1995 Integra GS-R. To add a little more kick to the 2.0L lump, a Jackson Racing supercharger was bolted on up front, while an R*Crew header made its way to the rear of the newly painted engine bay.

Recaro driver seat profile interior Photo 6/16   |   Recaro Driver Seat Profile Interior

Though Chau and his 1995 Acura Integra GS-R started off on the wrong foot, in the end, a complete restoration, supercharged heart and of course that JDM frontend conversion that he'd always dreamed about made up for everything.

Behind the Build

Tuan Chau's 1995 Acura Integra GS-R

Engine K20A engine swap; Jackson Racing supercharger; custom intake; R Crew header; Apexi exhaust piping; Vibrant muffler; Magna fuel pressure regulator; Hasport EGK1 billet mounts; C&R radiator; Exedy Stage I clutch; Hondata K Pro engine management; Hybrid Racing A/C kit

Engine bay Photo 7/16   |   Engine Bay

Suspension Buddy Club +N coilovers; Skunk2 front camber kit, rear shock tower brace; SPC rear camber kit; Mugen front shock tower brace; ASR sub-frame brace; Beaks lower tie bar; OEM ITR lower control arms, rear anti-sway bar

Braking Spoon Sports front calipers; EBC front rotors; OEM ITR pads; Russel stainless lines

Wheels/Tires 1998-spec OEM ITR 5-lug conversion; Volk Racing CE28N 16x7 +42; Falken Azenis 615K 215/45-16

Spoon caliper Photo 8/16   |   Spoon Caliper

Exterior Toyota "Quicksilver" paint; JDM OEM frontend conversion (with HID); Spoon Sports carbon fiber front lip, side mirrors; EDM OEM ITR taillights; OEM Integra sedan keyless rear door handles

Interior OEM DC5 Integra Recaro front seats; Nardi "deep corn" 350mm steering wheel; NRG short hub, 2.5 quick release; Spoon Sports shift knob, wide rearview mirror, OEM ITR shift boot, floor mats, climate control/cup holder/ash tray/vents/shift bezel; CDM OEM airbag tray

Aluminum wall Photo 9/16   |   Aluminum Wall
Rear Photo 16/16   |   Rear
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