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2003 Acura RSX Type-S - The Perfect Formula

Why mess with a good thing if you don't have to?

Jonathan Wong
Oct 16, 2018
Photographer: Danh Phan

Think of all the classics in the world: cooking recipes, Coca-Cola, '90s hip-hop, the list goes on and on. There is a reason why they are left untouched; you simply don't mess up a classic (unless you want the same result as New Coke—anyone remember that?) The same can be said for building a project car. Pick the right parts (of which there are many), and the result pretty much equates to awesome.

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For those of us in the Honda camp, classic formulas have been long established and rarely altered. Take any mid-'90s to early-'00s chassis, do some solid research on the Internet, and you'll see the cars follow a particular madness. Essentially, you have a shitload to choose from, whether you aim for a USDM-style build or a JDM theme-and that awesome car can be built with relative ease. Take Bryan Bui's RSX: This is a textbook example of classic Japanese style, with parts pulled from the most revered names in Japan, including Mugen (M-TEC), GReddy/TRUST, Top Secret, and Honda Japan. Add more American-bred performance, such as an RC intake manifold and Hondata KManager to fine tune the GReddy turbo kit, and suddenly you have something like Coke Zero: zero calories but with flavor on par with the original, aka an awesome car.

The styling of Bui's RSX isn't anything groundbreaking, but remember, we're dealing with a timeless look here. Custom gray paint (typically seen on a Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro) is a favorite from the JDM color palette, and the ings+1 aero combined with a Mugen wing, Top Secret hood, and JDM Integra lighting is standard par for the course, not to mention the Mugen MF10s. Inside is more of the same great flavor: more Mugen, Recaro seats from a DC5R (Integra Type R), and other OEM DC5R accessories, including a center console, rear seats, and doorsills.

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Sometimes, you don't need a lot of flash or gimmicks when you commit yourself to mastering the classics. In case you need a reminder, show someone this RSX.

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2003 acura rsx DC5r recaro seats Photo 11/19   |   2003 Acura Rsx Dc5r Recaro Seats
2003 acura rsx MF10 wheel Photo 15/19   |   2003 Acura Rsx MF10 Wheel
2003 acura rsx catch tank Photo 19/19   |   2003 Acura Rsx Catch Tank
By Jonathan Wong
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2003 Acura RSX Type-S - The Perfect Formula
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Owner: Bryan "Dante" Bui
Hometown: Houston, TX
Occupation: Police sergeant
Engine: GReddy turbo kit, sandwich block, radiator hose adapter; Mugen coil pack, oil/gas cap, reservoir cover, fender bolts; Hybrid Racing fuel rail; JDM Integra oil dipstick; Top Secret hood dampers, titanium catch tank; polished RC manifold; 650cc Bosch fuel injectors; Walbro fuel pump; Honda EP3 A/C line
Drivetrain: ACT Stage 3 clutch; Hybrid Racing shifter and shifter cables
Engine Management: GReddy e-Manage and F-Manage; Hondata KManager; Defi Version 2 controller unit
Footwork & Chassis: JIC Magic coilovers; Cusco titanium strut bar
Brakes: Brembo big brake kits
Wheels & Tires: 17x8 +45 Mugen MF10 wheels; 245/40R17 Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 tires; GReddy lug nuts
Exterior: ings+1 widebody kit, fiberglass hood; Top Secret front bumper, hood latch; Mugen wing; JDM Integra headlights; custom LED taillights; Toyota Cement Gray paint
Interior: Top Secret shift knob; Recaro DC5R seats; Takata harnesses; Mugen steering wheel, steering column, push-engine start button; JDM DC5R center console, rear seats, doorsills; Cusco six-point rollcage and carbon-fiber rollcage bar
Thanks: My beautiful and amazing wife, Cynthia, and kids, Beatrice and Carter; my broduh, Andy Q. Bui; Warren Lam; Stan the Man at RC Garage; Tom S2K; Hajime Maki at The Garage; Koshi Le at Details; Team 5-Star; Thomas at Infinity Designs; John and Denice at Anime Matsuri; Greg Lily at Underground Graphix; Kristine at Bridgestone; Asad at Champion Collision; Brian Duong at Mackin Industries; Dirty at CVT; Top Notch Collision; JTran Studios; Jack Liu at Night Fox Armory; Houston Police Department



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