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1995 Acura Integra LS - Rice Be Gone

Going From Rice To Nice Requires Time, Knowledge, Elbow Grease, And A Fair Amount Of Malt Liquor.

Dec 1, 2005
Photographer: Henry Z. De Kuyper

"I'd love to put a roll bar in it, maybe some Takata harnesses. I'd also love to go turbo in the future, but I need more time."

Htup_0512_01_o+1995_acura_integra_ls+front_left Photo 2/12   |   1995 Acura Integra LS - Rice Be Gone

Time really is the issue and Allan gets upset that he doesn't spend as much time with the Integra as he used to. It possesses a lot of sentimental value and can still hold its own on the street. But he's got more patience than he gives himself credit for, as he's been working on this project for eight years now.

"It's almost where it needs to be," he adds, half joking. "I just want to keep adding little things."

Bolts & Washers

Dave Allan's 1995 Integra LS

Propulsion:
Go: Allan built and transplanted a 1.8-liter Integra Type R power unit to replace the unimpressive B-series motor that originally came in the LS. The all-motor B18C5 retains its stock geometry and rotating assembly, with the exception of Japanese market 12:1 Civic Type-R pistons from the B16B and ARP rod bolts. Scotty's Machine Shop in East Brunswick, N.J., gave the VTEC head a full port and polish, five-angle valve job, and installed Toda Racing springs, Port Flow Design titanium retainers, and oversized Endyn valves, a measure for making even more compression. Allan finished the top end with Toda Spec C bumpsticks and cam sprockets.

Htup_0512_06_o+1995_acura_integra_ls+b18c5_engine Photo 3/12   |   1995 Acura Integra LS - Rice Be Gone

The engine breathes in through a Spoon Sports air box and out a custom Header Tech four-into-one exhaust manifold with three-inch collector to an A'PEXi N1 cat-back exhaust. A Holley 255-lph in-tank pump furnishes the fuel system with gasoline, Spoon ignition wires deliver juice to the plugs from the Optima Yellow Top battery, and a Hondata S200-outfitted ECU governs the interplay between ignition and fuel.

The engine spins a Clutch Masters billet flywheel and Stage III clutch that drives the five-speed ITR gearbox with limited-slip diff, refurbished with ATS gears good for a final drive ratio of 4.929:1.

Evidence:
The naturally aspirated ITR motor delivers 208 horses and 131 lb-ft of torque to the wheels.

Stance:
Keeping the DC2 chassis steady in transit are five-way adjustable Koni yellow shocks, Skunk2 coil-over springs, and a Mugen 26mm rear anti-roll bar. Rigidity is achieved with Spoon front and rear strut tower bars and a Mr. Alex C-pillar bar.

Htup_0512_05_o+1995_acura_integra_ls+left_rear Photo 4/12   |   1995 Acura Integra LS - Rice Be Gone

Resistance:
Bolted to the transplanted Type R five-lug hubs are Brembo rotors, which are slowed by stock ITR calipers and pads.

Rims & Rubber:
Spoon SW388 16x7-inch wheels, weighing 12 pounds each, roll on 215/45ZR-16 Bridgestone Potenza RE 010's.

Fashion:
Outside: Allan installed a Bodykits Northwest carbon-fiber hood, VIS Racing carbon hatch and front spoiler, and Vision CF mirrors. JS Automotive in South Orange re-sprayed the coupe in OEM vogue silver metallic and then painted the roof viper black. Other minutiae includes the Hanabi 7000K HID headlight conversion and an FAL Flexite molded rear window.

Inside: A cabin free of factory insulation is the foundation for custom rear carpeting, stock ITR floor mats, and JDM Recaro SRD front seats. Directly in front of the driver is a JDM non-airbag steering wheel, an ITR gauge cluster, and Autometer oil pressure and air/fuel gauges. Filling out the interior is a JDM center console armrest eliminator, JDM passenger airbag tray, and a Spoon shift knob.

It's hard not to notice Allan's preference for Spoon Sports, a company that he says stands behind its product and has a deeper commitment to performance. He cites Type One, Spoon's speed shop, as evidence. Using solely Spoon parts, Type One enhances new Hondas exclusively, building on strengths from the factory, correcting shortcomings, and basically making kick-ass stock cars.

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"I like that a car can come from the dealer, get tuned mechanically and aesthetically, engineered to the owner's specs and improved right from the lot so the vehicle is more of a driving machine," Allan explains. "That is basically what I was trying to do for myself."

Now with a second car in the stable, Allan pulls out the DC2 for pure pleasure these days. He's had his fun with ostentatious body kits and wheels and seems pleased with the Integra's current JDM sleeper configuration. He's eyeing only a handful of minor changes and one big engine redirection.

"I'd love to put a roll bar in it, maybe some Takata harnesses. I'd also love to go turbo in the future, but I need more time."

Htup_0512_04_o+1995_acura_integra_ls+carbon_fiber_hatch Photo 6/12   |   1995 Acura Integra LS - Rice Be Gone

Time really is the issue and Allan gets upset that he doesn't spend as much time with the Integra as he used to. It possesses a lot of sentimental value and can still hold its own on the street. But he's got more patience than he gives himself credit for, as he's been working on this project for eight years now.

"It's almost where it needs to be," he adds, half joking. "I just want to keep adding little things."

Bolts & Washers

Dave Allan's 1995 Integra LS

Propulsion:
Go: Allan built and transplanted a 1.8-liter Integra Type R power unit to replace the unimpressive B-series motor that originally came in the LS. The all-motor B18C5 retains its stock geometry and rotating assembly, with the exception of Japanese market 12:1 Civic Type-R pistons from the B16B and ARP rod bolts. Scotty's Machine Shop in East Brunswick, N.J., gave the VTEC head a full port and polish, five-angle valve job, and installed Toda Racing springs, Port Flow Design titanium retainers, and oversized Endyn valves, a measure for making even more compression. Allan finished the top end with Toda Spec C bumpsticks and cam sprockets.

Htup_0512_09_o+1995_acura_integra_ls_custom_header Photo 7/12   |   1995 Acura Integra LS - Rice Be Gone

The engine breathes in through a Spoon Sports air box and out a custom Header Tech four-into-one exhaust manifold with three-inch collector to an A'PEXi N1 cat-back exhaust. A Holley 255-lph in-tank pump furnishes the fuel system with gasoline, Spoon ignition wires deliver juice to the plugs from the Optima Yellow Top battery, and a Hondata S200-outfitted ECU governs the interplay between ignition and fuel.

The engine spins a Clutch Masters billet flywheel and Stage III clutch that drives the five-speed ITR gearbox with limited-slip diff, refurbished with ATS gears good for a final drive ratio of 4.929:1.

Evidence:
The naturally aspirated ITR motor delivers 208 horses and 131 lb-ft of torque to the wheels.

Htup_0512_08_o+1995_acura_integra_ls+toda_cam_gears Photo 8/12   |   1995 Acura Integra LS - Rice Be Gone

Stance:
Keeping the DC2 chassis steady in transit are five-way adjustable Koni yellow shocks, Skunk2 coil-over springs, and a Mugen 26mm rear anti-roll bar. Rigidity is achieved with Spoon front and rear strut tower bars and a Mr. Alex C-pillar bar.

Resistance:
Bolted to the transplanted Type R five-lug hubs are Brembo rotors, which are slowed by stock ITR calipers and pads.

Htup_0512_11_o+1995_acura_integra_ls+rear_hatch Photo 9/12   |   1995 Acura Integra LS - Rice Be Gone

Rims & Rubber:
Spoon SW388 16x7-inch wheels, weighing 12 pounds each, roll on 215/45ZR-16 Bridgestone Potenza RE010's.

Fashion:
Outside: Allan installed a Bodykits Northwest carbon-fiber hood, VIS Racing carbon hatch and front spoiler, and Vision CF mirrors. JS Automotive in South Orange re-sprayed the coupe in OEM vogue silver metallic and then painted the roof viper black. Other minutiae includes the Hanabi 7000K HID headlight conversion and an FAL Flexite molded rear window.

Inside: A cabin free of factory insulation is the foundation for custom rear carpeting, stock ITR floor mats, and JDM Recaro SRD front seats. Directly in front of the driver is a JDM non-airbag steering wheel, an ITR gauge cluster, and Autometer oil pressure and air/fuel gauges. Filling out the interior is a JDM center console armrest eliminator, JDM passenger airbag tray, and a Spoon shift knob.

Sources

JS Automotive
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-763-2644
Bob Hernandez
764 Articles

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