In part one of Lowered2Perfection of Japan's group spotlight, we highlighted four of their cars ranging from old school to new. This time around the remaining five members step up, and we take you to Japan for a closer look.
Masaki Fukuda's '94 SiR II might, in your eyes, look more like a U.S. CX model, and that's no accident; that's by design. Fukuda set out to build something with USDM flair and removed the factory side moldings and side markers before a fresh coat of white was applied. The original bronze glass remains, but details like the headlights, taillights, and tailgate come from the states. Don't think that OEM is the only option Fukuda chose, as Vision Type DC mirrors, Type MC standard, and MC carbon mirrors are all part of his collection. When he wants to change the look further, he has a whole list of front lips to bolt on to his Sergent front bumper, including OEM, Vision, Mugen, Spoon, Backyard Special, and First Molding. Not enough options? His current wheel collection includes Mugen MF10L, Spoon SW388, Sprint Hart CP in blue, Sprint Hart CP in white, Work RSZ-R, and Volk SE37! To put it simply, he never gets bored.
The car's B16 has been mildly massaged with an ARC intake, ITR cams, and CTR valve springs, and a Buddy Club exhaust system. Inside the cabin, ITR bits, like the Recaro seats, floor mats, steering wheel, and shift boot were added, while in the hatch area a Miracle X Bar ties things up. The overall look is a solid mix of JDM and OEM USDM goods, and with so many parts options on hand, Fukuda can mix and match on a whim.
Edit: While there isn't much info on it, Fukuda recently picked up an EJ1, which he's re-sprayed and has already outfitted with some of his parts stockpile.
It wasn't a Honda that sparked Kehei Taguchi's interest in the sport compact market, rather a Peugeot 106GTi he'd owned. Though he loved driving it, an unfortunate turn of events left him searching for a new car. He admits he'd had thoughts of trying something VTEC-powered and, as fate would have it, a bone-stock '96-spec ITR popped up for sale during his car search and he jumped at the deal.
The car's highly touted B18C engine was enhanced with an ARC intake, Mugen 4-1 header and Gen 1 exhaust. To update the outside, a Backyard Special front bumper, Spoon mirrors, and a Mugen rear wing were added, and after a five-lug conversion to replace the original '96-spec set up was complete, better-than-new condition Sprint Hart CP-Rs were bolted on. The handling is overseen by Kazu Imai-spec coilovers, Function 7 rear LCAs, M&M Honda rear lower tie bar, and inside the cargo space a Next Miracle X-bar.
Inside, Recaro SR-2 seats rely on Vision Technica lowdown seat rails and select U.S.-spec interior pieces were brought on board for a unique touch.
Daisuke Ito's incredibly clean Integra Type R would be sought after in Japan and the U.S., or any other region on earth for that matter. Get past the fact that it's a genuine DC5 Type R and realize he's only opted for the very best upgrades. A set of classic bronze Mugen MF10 wheels complement a complete Mugen aero kit, including rear wing, sprayed in matching Monza Red Pearl. Tein Mono-Flex coilovers have allowed Ito to dial in an aggressive ride height.
Other exterior updates include a First Molding rear diffuser, carbon fiber mirrors, and shaved badges. Inside, a pair of Vision Imus bucket seats has replaced the factory Recaros while the original steering wheel was pulled to make room for a Mugen suede version.
The K20 that powers this DC5 is outfitted with a Mugen intake and an exhaust that consists of a J's Racing header, Sard cat, Vision piping, and 3Q Cars exit race pipe.
Back in 1989, DJ Hatta's father picked up this XSi sedan as a family car. Loaded with options for that era, the four-door included a sunroof and other amenities not offered by the lower tier RSi model. About three years after purchase, Hatta's father handed over the keys to the family sedan and it's been with him ever since.
Even after so many years, the car's appearance remains immaculate. The paint and body are pristine, the moldings and plastics are like new, and if you didn't know anything about cars you'd never suspect that this car has almost 30 years on its shoulders. The modifications remain mild but were carefully chosen to remain timeless, like the DA chassis itself. Hatta chose 16-inch Volk SE37s wrapped in Falken Azenis to fill the arches, while up front he added a carbon fiber JDP Engineering lip and three-piece headlights. Beyond the painfully well-maintained finish, that's all you'll find on this DA's ultra clean and simple exterior.
Since he was 20 years old, Kuzuo Aizawa has had a thing for Integras, so much so that not long ago, he had four at the same time. He's narrowed that down to two and this '96 SiR is one of them. On the outside, the USDM influence is seen in the bumpers, head-, and corner lights and the Citrus Silver hue, while Japan was the source for the 15-inch Work Meister wheels.
Being an audio junkie, Aizawa's cargo area houses a complete Alpine F-1 audio package, while up front a Momo shift knob, steering wheel, and hand brake lever were added, along with a few choice U.S.-spec pieces.
The factory B-series relies on a Mugen intake and Spoon Sports throttle body on the intake side and a Buddy Club exhaust setup on the hot end.