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1998 Acura Integra GSR - The Spice Of Life

Getting The Best Of Both Worlds

Brian McGurk
Sep 1, 2008
Photographer: LPS Studios

Mike Puma's '98 Integra GSR
Wesley Chapel, Fla.'s, Mike Puma had a clear vision for his '98 GSR: It had to be daily driveable, JDM fronted, and able to showcase a mix of Japan's top tuners. Mike's vision became reality when he picked up his virgin DC2 with less than 20,000 miles from a little old lady. Like everyone, Mike wanted his Integra to stand apart from the rest, so sourcing a discontinued set of 17-inch Racing Hart CP8s was top on the mod list. Four corners of five-way adjustable Tokico shocks and springs keep the car sitting pretty, while an ITR rear antiroll bar helps keep everything grounded around the twisties. Mike lucked out when he found a matching set of rare Rigid shock tower braces for sale along with Type 2 triangulated front and Type 1 rear shock tower braces. Installing these, along with a J's racing C-pillar bar, reduced chassis flex considerably.

Mike's daily could now handle the turns but needed the power to get it in and out of them faster. To push the DC2 a bit quicker than Honda intended, a GReddy turbo kit was bolted on complete with a GReddy front-mount intercooler. A Spoon Sports N1 exhaust and an Omni-Power high-flow testpipe assist in exhaust flow, and a K&N intake system pulls more air into the engine than what would otherwise be possible. Mike tackled the fuel system with the help of a Walbro 255lph high-flow pump that pushes the petrol through a B&M pressure regulator, and ultimately past RC 440cc injectors. A Hondata S200, complete with the boost control option and a GReddy Profec B boost controller, keep all of Mike's hard work controlled. A Spoon Sports pressure plate and Street Friction disc mated to a Spoon Sports flywheel get the 265 whp and 240 lb-ft of torque to the pavement and keep it there.

After driving the GSR for nearly a year, Mike once again got the mod bug. With the engine and suspension modified, Mike set to refining what was an already well-rounded machine with even more. He started with a pair of F1Spec reclining carbon-Kevlar seats and Crow harnesses to assist in keeping himself and his passenger firmly planted. Like the seats, a one-of-a-kind set of Composite Fab carbon-Kevlar door panels also help with weight reduction. MOMO's Monte Carlo steering wheel and hub replace the stock wheel and a TWM weighted shift knob and short shifter keep the shifts crisp, just the way Mike wants them. Mugen pedals help Mike push fluid toward the Spoon Sports brake pads to put it all to a stop. Mike also dressed up the engine with a Spoon Sports valve cover trimmed in the company's traditional yellow, a Spoon carbon-Kevlar spark plug cover, and Spoon radiator stays. To finish the car off Mike had nearby Street Dreams Customs install the JDM frontend conversion, which includes the OEM lip, rear valance, and a Spoon carbon-fiber hood. Only then was the fresh coat of white frost paint laid on.

Mike caught a lucky break when he found the elusive low-mile chassis many dream about. He's quite sure that the old lady he bought it from wouldn't recognize the DC2 by now, but Mike's also pretty sure that, after a ride in it, she'd like it a whole lot better.

Bolts & Washers
Propulsion:
B18C1
GReddy 18G turbo kit
GReddy FMIC
GReddy Type S blow-off valve
K&N intake
Spoon N1 exhaust
Omni-Power testpipe
Walbro 255lph fuel pump
RC 440cc fuel injectors
B&M fuel rail
B&M fuel pressure regulator
Denso Iridium spark plugs
NGK spark plug wires
Spoon Sports heat barrier tape
AEM pulley kit
Hondata S200
GReddy Profec B
Spoon Sports flywheel
Spoon Sports pressure plate
Street Friction clutch disc

Stance:
Tokico Illumina shocks
Tokico springs
Rigid Type 2 front shock tower brace
Rigid Type 1 rear shock tower brace
ITR rear antiroll bar
BSQ antiroll bar mount kit
J's racing C-pillar bar

Resistance:
Spoon Sports brake pads

Rims & Rubber:
17x7 Racing Hart CP8 (+42 offset)205/40-17 Falken AzenisWork lug nuts

Outside:
JDM front end
JDM ITR side skirts
JDM ITR real valance
Spoon Sports carbon-fiber hood

Inside:
F1Spec carbon-Kevlar seats
Crow Enterprises harnesses
MOMO Monte Carlo steering wheel
MOMO hub
Mugen pedals
TWM weighted shift knob
TWM short shifter
Composite Fab carbon-fiber door inserts
GReddy EGT and boost gauges

Props:
My wife, Courtney;My family,Six Feet Deep clothing;S&R performance,Hungpham214;Brad Randall,www.jdmups.com;www.f1spec.com,www.hondamike.com;www.revvwear.com,www.tamparacing.com;www.jlbmotorsports.com,www.teamssp.com;www.lpstudios.com

Owner Specs
Hometown:
Wesley Chapel, Fla.

Most Played in the iPod:
50 Cent's "Patiently Waiting"

favorite kicks:
Nike Shox

Recent DVD:
Borat

Bogus traffic ticket:
Exhaust too loud

Mac or PC:
PC

Favorite Non-Honda:
Mercedes CL600

Porn Star Pick:
Jenna Jameson

Hottest model:
Only know them by looks

Sources

Hondata
Torrance, CA 90503
310-782-8278
http://www.hondata.com
GReddy
Irvine, CA 92618
949-588-8300
http://www.greddy.com
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