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Honda Fit - Fit For Two - Street Level

Marie Lowe And B.J. Jaraba's GD3 Fit

Joey Lee
May 1, 2008
Photographer: Rodrez
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No one can deny the subcompact scene's popularity explosion as of late. The carmakers surely recognized this. Look at Nissan with its Versa, Toyota with the Yaris and its Scion brand and, at the forefront of the subcompact scene, the Honda Fit. Fits are popping up everywhere, many of which are being modified. Some go so far as to dub the Fit the next generation tuners' new Civic. Despite all of this, there are still those die-hard Honda heads who would doubt Honda's newest child's success, excluding it from their tuner fraternities. Such die-hards have deemed the Fit "girly cars," deriving clever acronyms conveying as much-"Female In Transit" comes to mind. The fact that its overseas counterpart is named the Jazz doesn't help much either. In the naysayers' eyes, the words Fit and Jazz just don't seem to represent that masculine persona. Perhaps it's ignorance but it should seem somewhat obvious that there's more to the Fit than simply a name. But alas, the small percentage of haters has not deterred major tuners such as J's Racing and HKS from extending their support unto the GD3 chassis. It has also not discouraged Marie Lowe and B.J. Jaraba from embarking on their very own project Fit.

The Fit was purchased as a daily for Marie since B.J. had his hands full finishing up his righthand drive BB4 Prelude. Like many new car owners, the first thing this couple did upon returning from the dealership was research parts availability in order to make their Fit their own. In today's day and age individuality is paramount, whether it's a race car buildup or just a simple sticker install. B.J., who was once an owner of an award winning 240SX show car, searched the web forums, saw what his peers were doing and realized just how much potential the GD3 chassis had. It certainly doesn't hurt to work at one of San Diego's biggest tuner shops either. "I've been over at Pann Auto for a couple years now," B.J. says, "so I had the inside track on getting exactly what we wanted for our Fit."

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Before the car even had its Cali plates, the couple began work by installing a pair of gray Sparco Torino seats and 16x7 SSR competition wheels. The two knew how trifling it was to roll on stock suspension so B.J. made a call to Design Motorsports Engineering (DME) in nearby City of Industry and offered up the Fit for suspension prototyping duties. The meeting of minds resulted in DME's 24-way adjustable coilover suspension. Marie and B.J.'s Fit is currently the only one with this suspension and plans to release the coilovers are yet to be determined. Anyone from San Diego knows that the only way to roll down south is to roll slammed and that's exactly how this Fit sits. A DME front strut bar and Progress front antiroll bar help further the Fit's rigidity. The Fit's exterior was next on the list to receive attention.

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"I absolutely love the J's Racing front lip," B.J. says. "It has got to be my favorite aftermarket front lip for the USDM front bumpers." A&J Racing, in neighboring Canada, was contacted and currency was exchanged before the lip finally made its way onto the Fit. A Mugen rear wing also finds a home on the car as well as other assorted goodies purchased from Pann Auto, including JDM taillights, window visors and a Seibon carbon-fiber OEM-style hood. The couple then handed each piece over to their longtime friend Warren at Blur Motorworks for paint-matching and installation duties.

Marie and B.J. understand that no build can be called complete without interior work. At first glance, the first thing onlookers notice is the red interior popping against the Storm Silver Metallic outside. Upon further inspection, one would see that the rear seats have been reupholstered to match the red Bride Ergo buckets up front. "We love it," B.J. says. "A couple other Fit owners say it's a little much but you can't please everyone. Like the saying goes, 'those who can, will do.'"

Indeed, the cabin houses more exquisite pieces than the outside. It's all there-Mugen doorsills, Mugen pedals, even a Mugen rearview mirror cover. Attached to the Works Bell hub and quick release is the coup de grce of steering wheels-a Mugen FG360 piece. The quick release is definitely a good call in this case; call it an investment that steers. Making sure that the FG360 gets pointed in the right direction is a Panasonic Strada 7-inch touchscreen navigation unit. Hip-hop blares throughout the cabin with help from Audiobahn amplifiers and 12-inch woofers.

Powering this 1.5-liter gas saver is an HKS turbo kit that, at the time of installation, had yet to be distributed on U.S. shores. This is where working for an official HKS distributor like Pann paid off. "I made a call to one of their reps in Japan and they sent me their kit. It actually took a while to get and I was getting impatient but that was probably due to the modifications that had to be made to fit USDM Fits," B.J. says.

The previously unreleased turbo kit includes a T25 turbine, internal wastegate, Super Sequential blow-off valve, Type S intercooler and all necessary piping. The kit is pre-tuned to 4-5 psi with an F-Con IS unit, also included with the kit. The HKS Hi-Power cat-back system expels exhaust gases and gives other drivers hints of the HKS snail underhood. The rest of the engine compartment is a moving HKS catalog with the company's Twin Power DLI to improve ignition spark and oil and radiator caps for that additional bling. Yet another unreleased product that finds its way onto this Fit is a custom carbon-fiber engine cover developed by B.J. himself. But don't call this engine cover a "B.J. Special" because apparently that's been done, again and again.

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Providing proper stopping power to this HKS force-fed Fit is Wilwood's big brake kit, which includes massive Dynalite four-piston calipers and 12.2-inch front brake rotors. ATE high-performance brake fluid helps the Hawk brake pads bite down on the Dynalite calipers up front and the Fast Brakes converted rear discs. With the larger rotors in place, the 16-inch SSR Type Cs had to go and were replaced by 17x7 Volk GT-7 wheels wrapped with 205/40-17 Daytona rubber.

So what lies in the future for this twosome's built Fit? Only time will tell. "This is where we're at right now," B.J says. "With more and more parts coming out for the Fit, we gotta keep up with the Joneses." The Joneses? You mean another couple's building a Fit?

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Bolts & Washers

Propulsion:
HKS T25 turbocharger
HKS front-mount intercooler and piping
HKS Super Sequential blow-off valve
HKS air filter
NGK iridium spark plugs
HKS Hi-Power exhaust
T1R test pipe
Ingalls Stiffy torque damper
HKS oil cap
HKS radiator cap
Custom carbon-fiber engine cover
HKS Twin Power ignition
HKS F-Con IS engine management

Stance:
DME 24-way coilovers
DME front upper strut bar
Progress front antiroll bar
Pann Auto C-pillar bar
Pann Auto front camber kit

Resistance:
Wilwood Dynalite four-piston calipers (front)
Wilwood 12.2-inch two-piece rotors (front)
Fast Brakes disc brake conversion (rear)
Hawk pads
Fast Brakes steel braided lines

Rims And Rubber:
17x7 Volk GT-7 (+36 offset)
205/40-17 Daytona

Outside:
J's Racing front lip
JDM window visors
Mugen rear wing
JDM Honda Fit emblem
JDM taillights
T1R tow hook
Zeta Products hood deflector
Zeta Products license plate bolts
Seibon carbon-fiber hood
Perrin shorty antenna
www.hidpros.com HID kit

Inside:
Bride Ergo seats
Bride reupholstered rear seats
Mugen FG360 steering wheel
Works Bell hub
Works Bell quick release
Mugen doorsills
Mugen rearview mirror cover
Top Fuel boost gauge
Mugen pedals
Zeta Products dead pedal
Zeta Products dash kit
Zeta Products gauge surround

I.C.E.:
Panasonic Strada 7-inch touchscreen head unit with navigation
Audiobahn 1,800-watt competition amplifier
Audiobahn 12-inch subwoofers
Munoz Auto Styling custom speaker floor

Props:
Thomas at Pann Auto PerformanceWarren M. at Blur MotorworksBryan at www.fastbrakes.comJoey at www.hidpros.comAngelo at Zeta ProductsFrancis at A-Spec/Works BellD.J. ClockwerkChad De Los SantosFrank VillanuevaGreenlight Autowww.fitfreak.net

Owner Specs

Hometown:
San Diego, Calif.

Most played in the iPod:
Fabulous and Twista

Favorite kicks:
Air Jordan 3s Pure Money

Recent DVD:
Balls of Fury

Bogus traffic tickets:
Speeding and running a red light

Mac or PC:
PC

Favorite non-Honda:
Black on black Murcielago

Porn star pick:
Tera Patrick

Hottest model:
Justine Jaro

Hamburger or Burrito:
Hamburrito

Sources

Design Motorsports Engineering
626-968-5147
http://www.dme-power.com
Wilwood
Camarillo, CA 93012
805-388-1188
http://www.wilwood.com
By Joey Lee
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