The short attention span, fast-paced lifestyle that's affected you, me, and even your parents spreads far beyond just lightning-fast Starbucks stops and binge watching sessions that often gobble up a complete series in a matter of hours. In the automotive circle, builders seem to be going through cars faster than ever. The recipe, in many cases, is derived from careful planning, execution, a debut, and oftentimes quickly moving onto the next project in rapid succession. Of course, there are always a few who choose to slow things down and aren't nearly as quick to jump from one car to the next. Instead, they choose to tackle just one project and they keep building, and then they build some more. Take Jared Reyes, owner of this '93 Si, for example. He's changed direction a number of times but always stuck it out and at this point, after more than 15 years of ownership, he's more focused than ever.
Back in spring of '02, Reyes chose this hatchback for daily duties and soon after, subjected it to the type of modifications that these cars are famous for, including a slew of engine swaps, multiple wheels, and other parts. With a few years under its belt, the car was eventually put to the side for a potential makeover, but with no plan of attack or sense of urgency, it sat lifeless for a few years. In '08, Jared picked up an Integra Type R and headed out to Buttonwillow Raceway for a track day—a track day that essentially lit the fire and he was immediately convinced, perhaps to an obsessive level, that the little red hatch in his garage was destined to be a full-time track car. To get that process started, he took to the classifieds section of his favorite Honda forums.
Jared's for sale threads didn't go unanswered as he let go of a number of gems like an SiR interior, a few wheel sets, and a coveted Mugen FG360 steering wheel to fund some track-related parts that included a KG Engineering-built B16. In search of additional funds, he began designing, building and marketing composite pieces that he created in his dad's garage, like the bumper ducting and air dam you see pictured.
With a few years of experience behind him, Jared was presented with an opportunity to help establish a Honda FWD-only track event called HFF Challenge, to which he jumped at. By the time '16 rolled around, he was ready to get serious and planned a complete revamp that brought the car up to its current status. He adds, "This current version of the car is by far my favorite. I finally feel like it's made the conversion from street car to full race-ready track car and is very close to being in full NASA Honda Challenge trim."
The first major change was the zero miles ITR block that sort of fell into his lap. "A friend of mine found a brand-new JDM ITR long-block for sale. We split the cost—he took the top end and I took the bottom end, and I'm using my '96-spec ITR head." With endurance and reliability being two major factors to Jared's success on race day, you won't find a sky-high compression ratio or radical cams on board. Instead, much of the original factory ITR is still in place with a slight bump in power coming by way of bolt-ons, like the Mugen ITR airbox that had avoided being sold years prior, the beautifully crafted Blox titanium header, and a set of AEM adjustable cam gears, to name a few. Helping to put the power to the ground is a GS-R transmission complete with Exedy Hyper Single clutch/flywheel combo, MFactory LSD, Gear X 4.9FD, and Insane Shaft axles. Not surprisingly, that formula has proven to be extremely faithful, and for the numbers crunchers, the B18 now checks in at a hair above 200 hp.
You might think that being the assistant sales manager at Eibach means you've got the ultimate suspension setup and, well, you'd be right. Jared raided the parts bin for Eibach's highly regarded MULTI-PRO R2 double-adjustable dampers with ERS main and helper springs, and if you take a look at his suspension specs, you'll see that the list of upgrades runs deep, with each part chosen for a specific reason and the end result far exceeding anything Honda's engineers could have possibly imagined. To keep things under control, Spoon calipers up front replaced the stock units and in the midst, shaved 12 pounds. And because weight is always a factor, a set of feather-light 15" TE37 Sonic wheels were added and are one of the only sets in the U.S.
You've always heard the term "safety first" and probably ignored it in most cases, however, Jared took heed. That's why you'll find a Cobra Evolution bucket with a heavy-duty PCI bracket and Crow harness to hold him in place, and the entire car is laced and ready to defend with a Lifeline four-liter fire suppression system in case of the unthinkable.
Fifteen years is a long time in our world. That's 15 years of wrenching, swapping, and upgrading. Fifteen years packed with moments of absolute frustration and setbacks. Fifteen years of learning, progressing, and maturing. And, most importantly, 15 years spent finding the perfect combination of parts and experience that we have no doubt will bring Jared Reyes to the next level in his competitive racing endeavors.
We asked Jared to tell us what his favorite part of his build is currently, other than the Eibach coilovers (c'mon, we had to take that out of the equation!).
"The IQ3 is the star of the car in my eyes. It connects to the Hondata S300 via a single wire and feeds data directly to the dash. There are no additional sensors needed to monitor water temp, air intake temp, throttle position, voltage, or anything that the OEM ECU reads. That info is then logged so it can be reviewed after a session at the track. For things not logged through the ECU, like oil temp, oil pressure, and transmission temp, additional sensors can be added. The Racepak sensors use a proprietary V-net harness, which eliminates the need to run a power and ground wire for each sensor. You simply plug the daisy chain connectors into each other, the dash automatically recognizes the sensor, and info shows up on the dash. The best part is, Racepak has dozens of sensors available, even one that will monitor a driver's heart rate and log it through the dash."