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Sol Sinner - Streetlevel: 1993 Del Sol

Streetlevel: 1993 Del Sol

Jeff Creech
Jul 18, 2007
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Envy, gluttony, sloth, lust, greed, pride, and wrath are the "Seven Capital Sins." Although not evident simply from its appearance, all seven sins are represented in one form or another in this '93 del Sol.

Envy: For many of us, the first associations we learned of the color green and envy were through early morning Sunday reruns of Tom and Jerry. Interestingly enough, not all shades of green denote the same intensity of jealousy. In fact, the specific tinge of Samba Green appears to induce the most jealousy in fellow Honda owners, which is exactly why Mike Kaufman, a 15-year show car veteran and owner of this precious emerald, decided to keep the stock color when opting to go the show car route.

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Gluttony: The del Sol is by no means a glutton; at a mere 2500 pounds, the del Sol is a great base for a high power-to-weight ratio. As if anorexic, this already light car shaved off further poundage with Mike's addition of a Sunny Styling carbon-fiber hood. Wanting to keep the styling modest and simple, a '99-00 Honda Civic Si lip was slapped on the front along with JDM amber corners. Luminics yellow headlights, which give the car an almost possessed disposition, top off the clean look.

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Sloth: Even though Mike's Sol was the hottest thing on the block since Jenny, it was sinning badly in the sloth department. Hoping to repent the sins, he quickly snatched up a Garrett T3 Super 60 turbo, JRC front mount intercooler and a Turbo XS BOV to couple with the single-cam D16 engine. Hondata S200 engine management software and a Hallman boost controller regulate the D16's electronics, while a 2KK Holley fuel pump and Tuner Toys 450cc injectors are responsible for misting the fuel into the cylinders. To make sure everything remains ice cool, Mike looked to the best. Fluidyne sent over one of its performance radiators and Flex-A-Lite hooked him up with one of its slim line fans. Even after all of the changes, Mike knew an engine is only as good as its transmission. Luckily, Mike had contacts at Competition Clutch and they were able to send over their Stage 2 clutch and ultra light flywheel. Finishing up the performance mods as well as the combustion process is a Skunk 2 cat-back exhaust. In the show car world, there's usually one thing that separates a show car's engine bay from a weekend racer's, and that is the abundance of polished accessories. Polished from head to toe, Mike's engine is sporting a shiny valve cover, fuel rail, intake manifold, distributor, intercooler piping and charge pipes. An accomplishment I believe even Paul Wall would be proud of.

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Lust: When it came time for wheel selection, something happened that could only be described as "lust at first sight." Mike called up Greg Baker at Injected Performance in Lexington, Ky., for the hook-up on the Gold 16x7 Volk Racing 57C Gramlights. Wrapped in ZR16 Kelly Chargers, this wheel/tire combo is enough for any car enthusiast to get starry eyed over. Most show cars never see the open road. In fact, the biggest bump most show cars could encounter is running over an import model on the way to the podium, but since Mike sometimes cruises the pothole-ridden streets of the U.S. on his ventures to car shows around the country, he needs a drop that is aggressive, yet still maintains the practicality of a street car. Tokico HP shocks and Skunk 2 adjustable coilovers provide Mike with the versatility for both his street and show setups. Skunk 2 front and rear upper strut bars round out the package, making the suspension as rigid as Pinocchio with a Viagra addiction. Finally, bringing the car to a halt are XRC brake calipers and Powerslot slotted rotors.

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Greed: Mike's desire for car show trophy gold swiftly turned to greed. With a Machiavellian-like approach, Mike pulled out every stop constructing the interior. The familiar red hue of Corbeau CR1 racing buckets glows from inside the cabin, contrasting with the high-gloss sheen of the 17-piece carbon-fiber dash kit. Continuing with the theme are FAB carbon-fiber door panels and a FAB carbon-fiber headliner. Always a nice touch, Takata harnesses secure both passengers firmly to their seats. Lastly, an APEXi RSM meter is front and center, and a trio of Auto Meter gauges line the A-pillar

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Pride: And who wouldn't be proud of having your 2500 pound car stuffed with over 50 pounds of JL Audio paraphernalia. Mike called up Tony Zagata and John Lanning of Extreme Autosound in Louisville, Ky., to help solve the initial audio ambiguity. JL 6.5-inch components and 6.5-inch midrange speakers line the interior and a JL Stealthbox sits secretly in the trunk. Pioneer's dash DVD/CD combo extends out from the center console, presenting entertainment while sitting in traffic.

Wrath: Luckily, in the six years as owner of this car, no one has had to endure Mike's rage due to a fender bender in traffic, but I pity the poor fool who one day may have to suffer the wrath of the 5' 10", 195-pound frame this Sol's owner totes.

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Always one to be sincere, Mike was quick to point out that the current state of the car would not have been possible with out the help and support of his family and friends, including his girlfriend Sarah, Josh at Valvoline, and Melissa at Competition Clutch. He would also like to thank his sponsors, Powerslot, Rockstar, Eagle One, Optima, Kelly Tires, Goodridge, Fluidyne, Luminics and Flex-a-Lite for their continued support.

All sins aside, this automobile indulgence has proved to be one bad car.

Bolts & Washers
Mike Kaufman's 1993 Honda Del Sol
Propulsion
Garrett T3 Super 60 Turbo, Turbo XS BOV, Hallman boost controller, CCFAB turbo manifold, GOODRIDGE oil lines, HONDATA S200 engine mgmt, JRC front mount, Tuner Toys 450 injectors, Polished intercooler piping, Polished charge pipes, Competition Clutch stg. 2 clutch, Competition Clutch ultra light flywheel, MSD balster coil, 2KK Holley fuel pump, Golden Eagle sandwich plate, ARP headstuds, MSD dist. cap, Goodridge fittings, Skunk 2 stainless cat-back exhaust, Skunk 2 battery tie down, Mugen oil cap, Polilshed valve cover, Polished fuel rail, Polished intake manifold, Polished distributor, NGK performance wires, OPTIMA yellow top 51R battery, Fluidyne performance radiator, Flex-a-Lite slim line fan

Stance
Skunk 2 adj. coilover suspension, Skunk 2 rear upper strut bar, Skunk 2 front upper strut bar, Tokico HP shocks, Ingalls camber kit (F&R).

Rims & Rubber
16X7 gold Volk Racing 57C Gramlights, 205/40 ZR16 Kelly Chargers

Resistance
XRC brake calipers, Powerslot slotted rotors, Goodridge stainless brake lines

Fashion
Exterior
Sunny Styling carbon-fiber hood w/ Sparco hood pins, custom painted side skirts, Shaved emblems, 2000 Civic Si front lip, JDM style amber corners and Luminics JDM yellow headlights.

Interior
Corbeau CR1 reclinable racing seats, (2) 340mph Takata harness, 17-piece carbon-fiber dash kit, Custom triple gauge pillar w/ Auto Meter gauges, APEXi RSM meter, custom polished harness bar, Composites Fab carbon-fiber door panels, Composites Fab carbon-fiber headliner

Ice
Pioneer AVH-P7480DVD in-dash DVD/TV/CD player, JL Audio 6.5 component set, JL Audio 6.5 midrange, JL Audio stealthbox, JL Audio E6450 6-channel amp

By Jeff Creech
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