Lest Anyone Think We've Shunned The Cult Of Del Sol, We Turn The Light On This Boosted B With JDM Stitching From The Appropriately Sunny Climes Of San Diego.
Browse the Web, read the paper or do some channel surfing and you're likely to stumble across some new study analyzing the latest American obsession or overindulgence. We either eat too many Big Macs, put in too many hours at the office or waste too much money. Americans' obsession with excess has been studied and restudied. But it got us thinking: If there were ever a study about Americans obsessed with the H-badge, we wouldn't be surprised to find Noel Hina's name at the top of that list.
The San Diego, Calif., resident is a former F-body fanatic who once daydreamed of T-tops and gas-guzzling V8s. Hina credits his friend Eddie Wallin for his initial exposure to the scene and soon made things more official by purchasing an '89 CRX Si, and then another. And another. One '95 hatchback and six CRXs later, Hina now plants himself in a '95 dual-cam Del Sol.
Initially drawn to the idea of a B16A engine swap for one of his CRX stable, Hina soon scrapped those plans in favor of hunting for a Del Sol with the B16A already underhood. Like many of us, Hina was attracted to the DOHC VTEC brawn, as well as the fact that across the Pacific the Del was tagged a CRX. He soon found himself a pristine Granada Black Pearl '95 sourced from the classifieds for just over $9,000. Cash in hand, he made a trip north with his then-girlfriend who unbelievably negotiated the price down to $5,500. Hina would later marry her.
With encouragement from Wallin and motivation from his friends at Techlogex.com and Autocannon, Hina dove into the Del Sol buildup head first, throwing the usual assortment of bolt-ons into the mix. Nearly two years later, Hina's EG2 has reached that rarely attained state of visual car guy nirvana.
Thinking JDM from the get-go, Hina selected a Mugen front bumper and rear wing. With Mugen bumpers going for nearly as much as one of his old CRXs, Hina scored a deal on one with only minor damage, which a local body shop restored and color-matched. Through Wallin's connections overseas, Hina sourced a set of one-piece headlights, fog lights and side marker-equipped fenders from an EG2 donor chassis.
Realizing all this attention to JDM detail had accomplished zilch in the performance department, Hina turned to Sportcar Motion in nearby Vista to help the original B16A3 grow some stones. Sportcar's John Rusakoff took the job of putting together a turbo kit based around a beefy 60-1 turbo bolted onto a Spark Racing short-length exhaust manifold. Onlookers get a glimpse of the Del's positive pressure status thanks to a mammoth XS Engineering intercooler glaring from beneath the Mugen bumper.
Prior to its forced-fed status, the A3's top-end received Rusakoff's full treatment of Integra Type R internals and Skunk2 camshaft. The intake and exhaust ports also received a thorough reworking.
Transferring all of that turbocharged muscle to the pavement is the factory, Y21 gearbox-only better. An Integra Type R limited-slip diff was retrofitted into the transaxle in order to rid the Del Sol of its peg-leg disability. No more one-tire burnouts here. A Competition Clutch chrome-moly flywheel and street/strip clutch ease shifting duties.
With performance cranked up, Hina came to learn what many Del owners know: When the top is off body roll becomes a predictable, but annoying, occurrence. Sportcar handled the wave-riding motion with TEIN coil-overs at the corners, Mugen strut tower bars front and back, and a Spoon Sports lower tie bar. The factory calipers bring it to all to a halt, aided by Axxis Metalmaster pads biting down on Powerstop cross-drilled rotors.
We wanted to get this car in our pages pronto, so we didn't stick around long enough for dyno testing, which Hina plans to do shortly after we go to press with this issue. He explains the B16 has received little in the block-strengthening department, so he keeps boost to a modest 8 psi. Should anything go awry, he has multiple backup B16As waiting for the call.
For any psychologists, social scientists and anthropologists interested in documenting the excess of Honda obsession, we have at least one candidate you should contact.
Bolts&WashersNoel Hina's '95 Del Sol
PropulsionHina's B16A3 retains the stock bore/stroke ratio and measures in at 1.6 liters with static compression of 10.2:1. ARP rod bolts clamp down the factory rods, but that's the extent of internal work. Inside the ported and polished (and flowbench tested at Sportcar Motion) cylinder head are Integra Type R valves, valve springs and camshafts, with Skunk2 adjustable cam gears outside regulating the bumpsticks. ARP head studs hold top and bottom together.
The 60-1 compressor wheel of the Garrett T3/T4 turbo forces air out of the compressor housing into 2.5-inch custom intercooler piping fabbed by Sportcar's Rusakoff. It then passes through the XS Engineering 24x11x3 GTR intercooler, and finally into an OEM Integra Type R throttle body. A Walbro 255-liter/hr fuel pump feeds massive GReddy 720cc injectors, delivering the charge to NGK Iridium IX spark plugs ignited through MSD plug wires. An A'PEXi Power FC standalone computer allows for detuning the GReddy injectors for "normal" driving and also puts the Del into a boost-friendly state of mind. Boost control is programmed through the Power FC and monitored with a Defi two-bar boost gauge. A B&M fuel pressure regulator helps keeps everything even.
Spent exhaust gases exit through a Spark Racing turbo manifold while a 38mm TiAL wastegate mandates boost to 8 psi. Leftover gases funnel through a Sportcar Motion-fabricated downpipe and out of a stainless-steel Espelir JGT 500 exhaust. Between shifts, an HKS Super Sequential blow-off valve relieves pressure.
Gearing in the Y21 transmission remains stock, but the powertrain does receive upgrades like Integra Type R limited-slip diff, Competition Clutch lightened flywheel and street/strip clutch. The single diaphragm clutch is comprised of an upgraded pressure plate and a six-puck disc constructed of ceramic materials.
Rims & RubberMugen RnR wheels of the black, 15-inch variety-wrapped in 205/50-15 Toyo FZ4s-constitute the rubber-to-pavement connection.
StanceTEIN Super Street dampers with the upper pillow-ball mount option are accompanied by an Ingalls camber adjustment kit. Mugen strut tower bars at both ends stiffen up the chassis. A Spoon rear lower tie bar sharpens the Del Sol's responses.
ResistancePowerstop cross-drilled rotors work in concert with Axxis MetalMaster semi-metallic pads. The lifeblood of the Del's stopping system consists of Motul DOT 4 fluid.
FashionBody: The goal was a Mugen/JDM vibe, without eliciting too much attention at the same time. Front body mods include a Mugen bumper, JDM EG2 fog lights and fenders, and side marker lights. Out back lies a Mugen wing and a JDM EG2 license plate block out.
Inside:The stock seats were ditched in favor of a pair of Recaro SRDs. Once planted, Hina navigates via a Mugen FG360 steering wheel mated to a NRG quick release hub adapter. Mugen pedals and shift knob, and an Integra Type R shift boot add the details that only JDM aficionados can truly appreciate.
Ice:A Clarion DV935 monitor/DVD player runs the audio and visuals while a Rockford Fosgate P300 amp and two 8-inch Kicker DVC subwoofers boost the low end when coupled with the JDM Gathers speakers. When he's angered his wife, Hina whiles away the hours until her contentment with a Nintendo GameCube.