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2000 Acura Integra Type R - Brand Loyalty

Honda fanatic Chuy Navarro holds on to one of the scene's most sought-after sport compacts

Jun 5, 2017
Photographer: Jofel Tolosa

Finding a clean and affordable Acura Integra Type R today isn't easy. Most folks who own one don't want to part ways, while the ones who do are charging an arm and a leg. We've seen mint-condition ITRs skyrocket into the $30-40k range, while slightly battered ones can still pull a $20k premium. To many people these prices seem outrageous, especially when there's a long list of cars out there that can offer more power for a fraction of the cost. Still, there's something special about owning a piece of sport compact history. Just ask any Honda lifer, like Chuy Navarro.

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With less than 4,000 DC2 Integra Type Rs sold in North America from '97 to '01, Chuy is the man behind the wheel of this Phoenix Yellow example. "I've owned this car for almost three years, basically bought it to start road racing," Chuy told us. "It was also my high school dream car that I couldn't afford back then." Back then meaning '97, when Chuy first dipped his head into the scene, frequenting the now legendary Compton street races. Chuy used to borrow his uncle's '87 Mazda RX-7 Turbo II to bring to the races, until he became a true Honda loyalist and known throughout Southern California's Honda community. Since high school, he's worked on and driven eight different Honda project cars that include a 753hp turbocharged Integra and a '98 JDM-spec Integra Type R that is still a work in progress today. However, this yellow Type R isn't just another car in his portfolio; it just so happens to be one of his favorite cars to date, fulfilling his teenage dreams and also being a car he can enjoy seven days a week.

It's not geared to be all go or all show, but has just enough done to make it well tuned for weekend track days, while also being able to commute to work with it whenever he pleases. Things like a built valvetrain, full V-band exhaust fabricated by his buddy Nhan Vo, and a 5-Axis CNC-ported Type R head done by his late friend Saul Salceda, help the 1.8L inline-four reach 230 hp. The chassis has also been developed with the essentials for sharper handling and better braking, such as suspension from Exceed Japan and larger Wilwood calipers and rotors up front. Styling cues weren't ignored, either, with Mag blue Volk Racing CE28 wheels and LED tails—subtle mods, yet just enough to set Chuy's Type R apart from every other Phoenix Yellow Integra.

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Overall, Chuy isn't looking to take home car show trophies or break FF Battle lap records. He not only proudly owns, but enjoys a piece of Honda history. "My Type R has discontinued parts, custom-fabricated parts, I take it to the track, meets, shows, and also to certain dinner spots with my girlfriend. So my car does a lot besides sitting in my garage."

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2000 Acura Integra Type R - Brand Loyalty
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Owner: Chuy Navarro
Hometown: Hawaiian Gardens, CA
Occupation: Ready-mix plant batch operator; U.S. Army reservist
Power: 230 hp
Engine: B18C5 bottom end; UKDM Type R head and JDM intake manifold CNC ported by Mission Critical Performance; Portflow design valvesprings and retainers; Supertech intake and exhaust valves; Power Pros Race V-band exhaust manifold; Phenomenhan Fab V-band aluminum exhaust, catch can, battery holder; Rywire Mil-spec coil harness, coil-on-plug adapter, throttle body, coolant overflow bottle, C.O.P. adapter plate; CT Engineering intake; RC 310cc injectors; BDL Industries fuel rail; AEM fuel regulator; Skunk 2 radiator; custom Mishimoto fan and shroud; HPS radiator hoses; Mugen Gen 1.5 oil cap, B2 radiator cap; Odyssey PC680 battery; Hondata coil pack retrofit; OEM S2000 coil plugs; Locash Racing billet distributor cover; B&M fuel gauge; PLX air/fuel meter and O2 sensor
Drivetrain: Dimes Performance solid shifter bushings; Exedy clutch; Skunk2 stage 2 cams and cam gears
Engine Management: Hondata S300/P28 ECU package
Footwork & Chassis: Exceed Japan SSD coilovers; Skunk2 front and rear camber kits; Mugen front and rear strut bars
Brakes: Wilwood six-piston front big brake kit with two-piece rotors, steel braided lines; Hawk HP Plus pads
Wheels: 16x8" +28 Volk Racing CE28 wheels; RAYS lug nuts
Tires: 215/45R16 Falken RT615k tires
Exterior: Exceed Japan '98 JDM-spec LED taillights; Vision Technica x ICB Motorsport mirror base plates; Magical Racing Racer RR carbon-fiber mirrors
Interior: Bride Zeta III seats; PCI seat mounts; MOMO Monte Carlo 350mm steering wheel with NSX-R horn button; ASR steering hub; K-Tuned Pro Circuit shifter; OEM NSX Type S titanium shift knob; airbag delete tray

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