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1996 Acura Integra GS-R - The Storm Trooper

What's Black And White And Sinister All Over?

Rodrez
Jan 19, 2010

A.J. Antiporda's '96 Integra GS-R
Every kid remembers the original Star Wars movie that spawned the multi-billion dollar franchise that spread worldwide. While most were overwhelmed by the courage and overall good spirit of the movie's heroes, nobody can deny the cool factor that surrounded the dark side. The evil masks, the menacing outfits, it all had a certain flare that the good guys just couldn't match, like the endless supply of white-and-black-adorned Storm Troopers that watched over the big boss. Those wicked two-toned uniforms and San Mateo, California, resident A.J. Antiporda's '96 GS-R share more than just a few similarities though. The sleek, white body paired with the proper mix of OEM and aftermarket parts perched on its sultry black rollers would be enough for most anyone, but this dark side enforcer didn't stop there.

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A.J.'s GS-R build process proved lengthy, with plenty of downtime along the way. So much downtime passed that he soon became sidetracked with other projects while the Integra sat on the backburner. Always a sucker for the old-school Civic chassis, A.J. took time to build an '89 Civic, followed by a '91, and then a retro '87 EA hatchback. Wanting to spread his wings, the busy builder stepped away from the Honda line completely at one point, and instead turned his attention toward a mid-engine Toyota. "I just wanted to try something a little different, so I picked up an MR2. Man, that was a fun car! I added a blow-off valve and TEIN suspension and called it a day," he says. The adventure was short-lived, however, as engine gremlins began to creep up and left him with a cracked exhaust manifold and a blown head gasket. "I realized mid-engine maintenance and building was more trouble than I'd thought. Luckily, someone offered to trade me for a clean EH Civic plus cash. It must have been fate, because I did a few things to the new hatchback and it got me really motivated. Ever since then I haven't had the urge to step away from a Honda at all," A.J. says.

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But back to his Integra; it didn't always look this way-it was born in Milano Red garb. After some changes and a body kit, the paint shop smothered the car in custom blue. Growing tired of the aero additions, A.J. opted for a JDM ITR front end and a fresh coat of paint yet again...blue this time. "Red was cool in the beginning, but I went with blue to stand out from the crowd a little bit. I knew I wanted to change it up again and figured Honda Grand Prix White would do the trick," he says. Finally set with a color that he could grow old with, the next decision revolved around the engine bay. Opening the hood reveals more of the black-and-white theme laid out with painstaking attention to detail. Every nut, bolt, and hose serves a distinct purpose, and all are organized with military precision. The custom heat shield and black thermal-wrap helps disguise the GReddy turbo kit and charge pipes. With a custom wire tuck and ditched power steering, ABS, and cruise control, the focus boils right down to the middle of the bay, leaving the passenger- and driver-side rails free of clutter. A.J. adds, "I wanted to concentrate on building something with a really good balance. I didn't set out to make huge power, I wanted a car that was fun all around, and could be driven safely on the street, hard on the track, and even displayed at a car show."

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Disguised within the Integra chassis is a custom-built rollcage. Designed by A.J., the crew at the now defunct Autosport Garage in South San Francisco was hired for their expert welding services, as well as to ensure that the cage met the strict tech inspection guidelines at the track. The black cage snakes from front to back with a healthy amount of gussets to add even more reinforcement.

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Well known as a long-time member of the illustrious ATS Garage crew that seems to build neck-snappers everytime they turn a wrench, A.J. says, "I'm sure it's been covered a million times, but it all started as a circle of friends. It's not just a group of guys that talk cars, cars, and more cars. It's about friends, family, and garage life. It was never about having the most expensive or rarest parts, but rather building cars that flow together well, and at the same time stand out from the crowd." By that definition, the Storm Trooper should be promoted to General.

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Bolts & Washers

Propulsion
18G GReddy turbocharger
GReddy front-mount intercooler
Wiseco 9.8:1 pistons
Probe connecting rods
ARP head studs
Skunk2 Pro Series intake manifold
A'PEXi blow-off valve
Aeromotive fuel rail
Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator
Walbro 255-lph fuel pump
Delphi 440cc fuel injectors
Fluidyne radiator
Samco Sport radiator hoses
Beatrush cooling plate
Thermo-tec graphite wrap
Custom heat shield
Custom 2.5" down-pipe
Comptech exhaust
Comptech battery tie-down
Comptech oil cap
Exedy clutch
Exedy flywheel
Spoon Sports camshaft gears
Spoon Sports radiator cap
Kenji P28 ECU
Monster cables

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Stance
A'PEXi Worldsport coilovers
JDM ITR rear antiroll bar
JDM ITR lower control arms
Cusco front and rear shock tower bars
Autosport Garage 7-point rollcage
Cusco cage supports
BLOX adjustable rear camber kit
Comptech rear subframe brace

Resistance
JDM ITR 4x114.4 conversion
Project Mu front and rear rotors
Project Mu front and rear pads
Goodridge steel-braided lines

Rims & Rubber
16x7 Buddy Club P1 (+35 offset)
205/45-16 Yokohama ES100
Kics R26 lug nuts

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Outside
Honda Grand Prix White paint
Shaved exterior
JDM ITR front end conversion
JDM ITR taillights
JDM ITR rear wing
FAL rear window
Fiber Images carbon-fiber hood
Sparco hood pins
Spoon Sports mirrors
Chargespeed front lip
Phillips 9006 HID kit

Inside
MOMO Prototipo steering wheel
MOMO steering wheel hub
FET quick release
Skunk2 shift knob
Project Mu pedals
Recaro SP-G bucket seats
RJS 5-point harnesses
JDM ITR door panels
JDM ITR shift boot
JDM ITR arm rest delete
JDM ITR climate control
JDM ITR radio block-off

Props
ATS Garage family, my immediate family, Reezy, RIP Vincent Pascua, Garage Inc. , Redzone Perfomance, Mach III, Memory Fab, MH Honda parts, JDM Theory, Fatlace, Weksos Industries, Honda Tuning

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Owner Specs

Hometown:
San Mateo, CA

Daily Grind:
Honda parts sales

Favorite Website:
www.ats-garage.com

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Building Cars For How Long:
12 years

Favorite Kicks:
Dunks

Dream Car:
Lamborghini Reventon

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Build Inspiration:
Too many to list

Favorite Movie:
Step Brothers

The Integra GS-R
The United States got its first glimpse of the GS-R nameplate in 1992 with the DB2 model. Sporting a 1.7-liter B17A engine, not unlike the venerable B16A, it put VTEC technology within the grasp of the average American consumer who couldn't afford the much pricier Acura NSX. Though the first-generation GS-R was produced in very low numbers, it was the second-generation model introduced in 1994 that became the smash hit. This was partly due to the all-new B18C engine that trumped the B17 in displacement, torque, and horsepower categories. Though the GS-R model ended with Acura no longer producing the Integra, its popularity continues on the used car market, and the engine is still considered one of the all-time best performers by enthusiasts.

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Sources

Skunk2 Racing
Norco, CA 92860
951-808-9888
http://www.skunk2.com
GReddy Performance Products
Irvine, CA 92618
949-588-8300
http://www.greddy.com
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