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1997 Acura Integra Type R and 1992 NSX - Collector's Addiction

Eric Dickerson's '97 ITR And '92 NSX

Joey Lee
Mar 1, 2009
Photographer: Rodrez
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Eric Dickerson Owns All Your Mugen
We've all spent portions of our lives collecting things we love. Some collections range from baseball cards to stamps, even to creepy items like belly-button lint. Many enthusiasts have taken up the hobby of collecting rare JDM wheels. Such collectors earn themselves the nickname "wheel whore." Those with expendable incomes often spend it on stuff they just can't get enough of. Theoretically speaking, if the wheel collector is a wheel whore and the adult video aficionado "happy-handed," what might the Honda collector be labeled? Whatever that moniker may be, it applies to Eric Dickerson. The Corona, California, local has at one time or another owned more than 20 Hondas. It may sound outrageous but Eric has an unyielding passion for the brand-the Integra in particular. Of the two handfuls that he's amassed, only one stands out as his favorite. "Mandy," as he calls her, earns her spot above the rest of his harem because it is a genuine Honda Integra Type R-straight from the land of the rising sun.

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Close followers of Mandy will note that this Type R has graced the pages of Honda Tuning once before. At the time, it was assuming a more subtle appearance. The Backyard Special front end and Spoon Sports wheels are long gone. In their place is a complete Mugen makeover. "I've always been a fan of the Mugen kit since it first came out but, at the time, spending that type of money just wasn't in my budget," Eric says. "Considering I've owned this car for over four years and have done whatever I wanted to it, I figured this was the way to close the build, to finalize the way Mandy would sit for years to come."

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The makeover includes all original Mugen aero pieces: The front bumper, sideskirts, rear wing, and the piece that would ultimately throw Eric into a fit-the authentic Mugen hood. "I was about to get rid of all the Mugen items because of the hood situation," Eric says. "Luckily, my good buddy Chris gave me dibs on his Mugen stuff and I was able to complete my Mugen build." Anyone who thinks that building a Mugen Integra is easy better think again. "It took me over two years and loads of frustration," Eric warns. "I offered insane money for parts I couldn't buy. I don't think I'll ever attempt something like this again." Once the pieces were collected, Eric enlisted the services of M.O.B. Works in Orange, California, to color-match everything with DuPont Chromabase Championship White paint.

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To accomplish the total Mugen changeover, Eric knew that obtaining a set of Mugen wheels was paramount. With that in mind, a set of 16x7 Mugen MF10s were sourced and mounted on 225/45-16 Yokohama Advan A048 rubber. Resting behind the bronze MF10 wheels is another rare piece of the Mugen puzzle: Mugen's Active Gate brake system. The system includes lightened rotors, calipers, and pads, as well as steel-braided lines. More active than the brakes is Eric at his job over at Eibach Springs. Being the marketing guru over there means that Eric has access to all things Eibach. This presented him with the opportunity to run Eibach's Pro-Street-S coilover system as well as its antiroll bar and alignment kits.

The complete Mugen look would not be accomplished if the interior were left untouched. Mugen S1 buckets sit in place of the stock Type R Recaros, and the stock wheel is replaced by a super-baller Mugen FG360 piece. Other intricate details include a Mugen pedal set and shift knob.

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Many would have skimped a bit on the remainder of the build what with all of the money spent on all the Mugen goodies. Oftentimes, those things that appear spectacular turn out not to be once it comes time to look at the engine bay; for the record, this bay isn't lacking. Eric prides himself on having a thorough build, so the heart of this Type R was totally redone. A newer, healthier B18C currently sits in place of the aged unit that came with it along with headwork in the form of Skunk2 camshafts, valvesprings, and retainers. The upgraded cylinder head allows the A-Sport 48mm individual throttle bodies to operate at optimum efficiency. The Mugen theme is carried over to the engine with a Mugen valve cover as well as its twin-loop exhaust system. Running on an AEM EMS and tuned by Autotech of Huntington Beach, California, Mandy was able to produce 204 whp and 152 lb-ft of torque.

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If you didn't know Eric, you would probably suspect him of being a little crazy, maybe even a fanatic. Realistically, who owns that many vehicles? The guy has owned more Hondas than most will own cars over the course of a lifetime. He has a four-car garage and yet still runs out of room. It's crazy when you think about it. The truth though is that Eric is a Honda enthusiast in every sense of the word. He's no different than any other person who has a hobby and collects the things that he loves. Eric just happens to do it on alarger scale.

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Bolts & WashersPropulsion:
JDM B18C
Hasport engine mounts
Skunk2 camshafts
Skunk2 valvesprings
Skunk2 retainers
Mugen headgasket
A-Sport 48mm ITBs
Mugen Twin-Loop exhaust
Vision test-pipe
Walbro 255-lph fuel pump
Vortech fuel pressure regulator
Golden Eagle fuel rail
Earl's inline fuel filter
Prelude fuel injectors
C&R radiator
Spoon thermostat
Mugen valve cover

Stance:
Eibach Pro-Street-S coilovers
Eibach ERS springs
Eibach antiroll bars
Eibach alignment kit

Resistance:
Mugen Active-Gate brake system

Rims & Rubber:
16x7 Mugen MF10 (+43 offset)
225/45-16 Yokohama Advan A048

Outside:
Mugen aero kit
Championship White paint

Inside:
Mugen S1 bucket seats
Mugen FG360 steering wheel
Mugen pedals
Mugen shift knob
AEM EMS

Props:
www.nwp4life.com
Eibach Springs
My wife Lorelissa
My family (Ayjay, Alan, Kitt, Lianna)
Les New
Andy Freeman
James Jimenez
Pete and Cody at Love Fab
Garrett Turbo
My dad, Randy Dickerson
M.O.B. Works
Yokohama Tire
Rodrez
Katman
Jerry Smith
Falken Tire
King Motorsports
Old Skool Shaun
Mugenized DC2
Hung Pham
Riverside Acura
ICB Motorsport
JHPUSA
Password: JDM
Inline Four

Owner Specs
Owner specs:
Eric "e.dick" Dickerson

Hometown:
Corona, California

Daily grind:
Eibach Springs marketing
www.nwp4life.com admin

Favorite Website:
www.nwp4life.com

Building Cars:
Forever

Favorite Kicks:
Whatever matches a black tank-top and camo shorts

Dream Car:
Own it

Build Inspiration:
Randy Dickerson

Can't Miss TV:
No time for TV

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The '92 NSX
You're probably thinking to yourself: Wow, this guy has owned so many Hondas he probably could have had a supercar by now. Well, he's got one of those too. Besides the 10 Integras he's owned, all of the Civics, the S2000, the first A.S.I.M.O prototype, and even that Accord, he's also got an '02 Grand Prix White NSX that's sitting in his garage right now. Believe it or not, Eric and his buddy Andy Freeman took off on a 24-hour trip to Texas just to pick up this NSX. Now that's dedication. The moment it arrived in California, Eric dropped it off at M.O.B. Works for a full 2002 NSX facelift. The upgrade includes a new 2002-spec front-end, sideskirts, rear valance, and taillights. Eric then ditched the stock exhaust for an ARK DT unit. As with his usual innate ability to come up on rare parts, Eric sourced himself an 18/19-inch staggered set of gold BBS LM wheels. "I never thought I'd have a chance to own these wheels in my lifetime, let alone on an NSX," Eric says. "In my opinion, this is the way Honda's most elite vehicle should look." Want even more reason to drool? How about a newly acquired Love Fab turbo kit running a GT35R Garrett turbo that's on its way to being installed. Stop it already!

Bolts & Washers
Propulsion:
Ark DT-S single-tip exhaust system

Stance:
Custom Eibach coilovers
Custom ERS Eibach springs
External reservoirs

Rims & Rubber:
18x9 BBS LM (front: +32mm offset)
19x10 BBS LM (rear: +40mm offset)
Front: 225/40-18 Yokohama S-Drive
Rear: 285/35-19 Yokohama S-Drive

Outside:
2002 OEM NSX facelift

Sources

Skunk2 Racing
Norco, CA 92860
951-808-9888
http://www.skunk2.com
Eibach Springs
Corona, CA 92879
800-507-2338
www.eibach.com
HaSport
Phoenix, AZ 85040
602-470-0065
http://www.hasport.com
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