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1998 Integra Type R - Re-Imported

From the U.S. to Japan and back piece by piece

Brian McGurk
Apr 6, 2011

Type R. Just saying it makes you tingle a bit, right? Well, it should since the Type R is arguably one of the most sought-after and coveted FWD platforms ever available in North Americawhich is why Yasu Fukui, owner of ATS USA out of Torrance, CA, chose a ’98 ITR when he went looking for a track car. The car was purchased for SCCA and the mods were initially limited, but as competition became stiffer, I knew I had to do something, Yasu states. Most would’ve opted for a few minor bolts-ons or perhaps an engine rebuild or maybe an upgraded suspension. But being the owner of a well-known tuner company affords some advantages that the average Joe just can’t muster on their own. Yasu opted to ship the entire car, from headlights to exhaust tip, over to the world-renowned J’s Racing of Japan for a complete overhaul.

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The J’s team started by stripping the car to its bare chassis and acid-bathing the body to strip it of any and all unnecessary paint, filler, sound deadening, and sealant in the quest to shave weight. After its bath, the R was treated to some expert full-body seam welding and a custom rollcage. Yasu opted to keep the stock B-series block, although he admits the K cars were the reason for the overhaul. After having the engine balanced to optimize efficiency, J’s replaced the pistons with a CTR derivative (0.25 oversized) mated to a Full Flow modified crank and matching connecting rods. The head of the B18C5 was treated to a precise port match in order to increase airflow, while a full valvetrain replacement was swapped in courtesy of Toda. Complementing the new port matched head is the world famous J’s Racing carbon-fiber tsuchinoko intake chamber with a custom heat shield. The hot side of the engine features a Spoon 4-2-1 exhaust manifold mated to an exclusive J’s center-run exhaust system. Yasu adds: The exhaust used on my car is the same one used on the J’s Racing race cars. It’s literally straight back, with no bends. Bridging the gap between motor and tranny is an ATS close-ratio gearset and D20 limited-slip differential with an ATS Pro Spec single-carbon clutch. The high-quality parts paired with the tuning specialists at J’s Racing pushed the Type R to a healthy 200 whp consistently.

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While J’s had already stripped the chassis completely, they performed a JDM-spec Type R front end conversion and proceeded to swap all of the associated components with FRP (fiber reinforced plastic) counterparts to drop even more weight. To match the new FRP front, the doors and hatch were replaced with FRP components as well. For track safety, and of course to lose a little more weight, all of the factory glass was swapped out with a plexus glass alternative, and the interior was kept as utilitarian as possible. Sporting only a Bride carbon-fiber racing seat, an OMP steering wheel, and a Max Racing digital display wrapped in completely custom J’s Racing FRP dashboard, the ITR’s cabin is all business. With the engine installed, a set of Crux Racing shocks with Craft Racing springs and Volk CE28s made their way to the DC2’s four corners. With all of the weight savings, Yasu’s track terror tipped the scales at a svelte 1,880 pounds; that’s a power to weight ratio of 1:9.4!

Htup 1106 05+re imported 1998 integra+interior.JPG Photo 4/12   |   Not only do the deleted plastic panels and seat removal shave weight, but a custom J’s Racing dash, FRP doors, and Plexus window replacements bring Yasu’s ITR down to starvation level.

With the car essentially completed, Yasu jumped on a plane to test out his new toy at the famous Suzuka circuit! He recalls: It was great driving on Suzuka. I absolutely loved it! Unfortunately that was the last time I drove the car. The reason for Suzuka being its last time with Yasu behind the wheel is the U..S import agency had become somewhat of a stickler when people try to import any car from Japan, even one originally from the U.S. That’s where Johnny Ngo and Andrew Eng of N1 Concepts in Hayward, CA, came in. Andrew states: We had a lot of experience importing from Japan, so when Yasu contacted us, we got the gears turning on getting his R back home. After a little back and forth between J’s Racing and N1 Concepts, the guys concluded that they’d definitely be getting the ITR back on U.S. soil in pieces. That’s right, legally, the car had to come back fully disassembled, and the guys at N1 volunteered to completely rebuild it for the second time. According to Andrew, Getting the car to Japan was easy, getting it sent back to the USA was a big problem.

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It took the guys at N1 some time to get the car back together and now it’s in one piece in their showroom. Yasu’s ITR went through hell and back during its overseas rebuild mission, and as a result, the car hasn’t been tracked nearly as much as Yasu would have liked. Now with the hardships behind him, keep your eyes peeled this season for this deported and re-imported modern-day classic.

The guys concluded that they’d definitely be getting the ITR back on U.S. soil in pieces. That’s right, legally, the car had to come back fully disassembled, and the guys at N1 volunteered to completely rebuild it for the second time

Htup 1106 11+re imported 1998 integra+rear view.JPG Photo 6/12   |   Getting the car to Japan was easy, getting it sent back to the USA was a big problem. It took the guys at N1 some time to get the car back together and now it’s in one piece in their showroom.

Bolts & Washers

J’s Racing custom racing exhaust
Spoon 4-2-1 exhaust manifold
OEM JDM CTR pistons, 0.25 over
Full Flow modified connecting rods
Full Flow modified crankshaft
Toda retainers
Toda valvesprings
Toda Type B camshafts
Toda cam gears
Toda oil pump
Port matched cylinder head
ATS close-ratio gearset
ATS limited-slip differential
ATS Pro Spec single-carbon clutch
J’s Racing carbon tsuchinoko intake chamber
J’s Racing computer
J’s Racing fuel delivery system
Feels radiator

Crux Racing shocks (J’s Racing special)
Craft springs 18k (front), 16k (rear)
Camber adjustment kit
Vision circuit link kit
J’s Racing front strut tower bar

SS Works brake kit
Seidoya racing pads

Wheels & Tires
Volk CE28 16x8 (front), 15x7 (rear)
Yokohama A048 S 225/50-16 (front), 205/50-15 (rear)

J’s Racing front over-fenders
J’s Racing FRP doors
J’s Racing FRP rear hatch
J’s Racing Carbon FRP hood
J’s Racing Carbon canard
J’s Racing Carbon 3D GT wing
C-West aero kit
Plexus glass

J’s Racing custom FRP dash
J’s Racing custom rollcage
J’s Racing seam welded chassis
J’s Racing ultra-light battery
Bride carbon-fiber racing seat
5-point harness
OMP removable steering wheel

MAX Racing digital display

J’s Racing
Johnny Ngo at N1 Concepts
Andrew Eng at N1 Concepts

Owner Specs

Favorite Website
Screen name or nickname
Building Honda’s For How Long
Since 1998
Your Dream Car
Build Inspiration
Finding the limit of the car
What’s Playing In Your iPod/CD/ MP3 Player Right Now
Current Stable
Toyota Matrix, lol
Greatest Movie Of All Time
Die Hard

J’s Racing and the B-series legacy
Not as well known, yet just as influential as big-time tuners Mugen and Spoon Sports, J’s Racing has just as rich a racing heritage in their history books. Founded in 1988 as a Honda tuning shop, they’ve grown into a full R&D specialist, offering performance parts and complete tuning, while still taking part in race competition. Having always had a soft spot for the B-series motor, J’s Racing was an obvious choice for Yasu when deciding where to send his Type R. In Yasu’s own words, K-series cars are arguably quicker and have more torque, but the B-series revs faster and is just more fun all around. While just about every facet of the Honda community seems to have its sights set on the K-series powerplant, the B-series legacy, after over 20 years of faithful service, doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.


J’s Racing
N1 Concepts
Toda USA


J's Racing USA (Performance Partners International)
Torrance , CA 90501
N1 Concepts
Hayward, CA 94544
Toda Racing
Irvine, CA 92618
C-West USA
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Torrance, CA 90501
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