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Readers's Rides - August 2008 Grassroots

Aug 1, 2008
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Justin Cooper; '08 S2000 CR; Warner Robins, Ga.

What more can you say about the S2000 Club Racer than that it's about as close as you can get to a Honda race car built for the street? Factory hardtop? Check. Less weight and a stiffer suspension when compared to the base S2000? Check. No air conditioning, no radio? Check, check. Race-inspired aerodynamics? Check. The Club Racer is without a doubt one of the most well-balanced chassis Honda's released to date but, of course, with such positive characteristics comes at least one negative one: It's just plain hard to improve on the CR in just about any way. Justin Cooper knows this, which explains the few modifications he's had to make to get his CR to perform exactly how he wants it to. Justin added a Spoon Sports crossbeam bar, lower arm bar, front upper strut bar, and Comptech rear lower tie-bar to add even more rigidity to the already stiff frame and then did nothing more but screw on a Spoon Sports oil cap and swap air filters for a high-flow unit, also from Spoon. The mods are few but the results are pleasing and, according to Justin, he takes pride in the fact that he's got the only Club Racer he knows of out his way.

The Club Racer epitomizes everything that's right about Honda.

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Kevin Corpstein; '94 Integra GSR; Dubuque, Iowa

Kevin picked up his GSR used from a fellow enthusiast who fortunately had good taste in mods. The original owner outfitted the chassis with KYB four-way adjustable shocks complete with Ground Control adjustable coilovers. The combo is good for what Kevin estimates to be about a 3-inch or so drop. Further chassis upgrades include an SPW rear shock tower brace along with an additional pillar brace inside. The GSR rests on 16-inch Rota Circuit 8s along with Nitto Neo Gen tires sized at 205/40-16 at each corner. Kevin sanded the wheels down and had them polished over the winter while the car sat in storage to give them the nice shiny look he was going for. He also lightened things up with a no-name carbon-fiber hood, bolted on an ITR rear spoiler, '98-spec taillights, slapped on red Honda badges, and JDM Si VTEC foglights. It was all in the name of a JDM-inspired look but without having to convert the entire front end to JDM specs. As far as power goes, Kevin fitted the GSR with a DC Sports short-ram intake and cat-back exhaust combo along with a Walbro 190lph fuel pump. Recaro seats replace the factory issued ones, and inside you'll also find a DC Sports short shifter and shift knob combo, an ITR MOMO steering wheel, and an Alpine head unit. By the time you read this Kevin will have fitted his GSR with his Mugen front lip spoiler, an entirely different coilover setup, a Skunk2 rear camber kit, Brembo brakes, and possibly a turbo setup down the road. Of course Kevin says all of this will take place after he brushes up on his turbo knowledge though.

Clean and simple, what more do you want from us?



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