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2001 Integra Typer R - Creating A Monster

An innocent ride-along results in nothing less than pure obsession

Rodrez
Jun 9, 2011
Photographer: Jordan Shiraki

Few Honda models carry as much weight, respect, and admiration as the infamous Integra Type R. A godsend to enthusiasts in the late ’90’s, the ITR was exactly what the ever-progressing Honda performance market was itching for. Possessing noticeable improvements in handling, braking, horsepower, and overall rigidity, the Type R was a breath of fresh air to U.S. Honda fiends, who had often felt like unloved orphans, unable to get their hands on the more performancesavvy models that littered the foreign landscape. The spirit of the R could only be described as raw, and more than willing to take whatever track-infused abuse its owner could possibly throw at it. Though short-lived, the legend of the Integra Type R continues even to this day, almost 15 years after its introduction to U.S. shores.

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Tormented by the constant threat of theft, not to mention a nation of LS and GS-R models dressed in ITR costumes that have all but completely bastardized the purity of the ITR, it’s safe to say that owning this limited chassis, for some, can be more trouble than it’s worth. With over a decade tacked on to its illustrious rsum, finding a legitimate Type R is toughfinding a legitimate Type R at a reasonable price without a salvage title is even tougher. Cory Williams of Las Vegas, is already well aware of everything you’ve just read, and he’s no stranger to the Honda community. In fact, he has over 17 years of build experience under his belt. He’s managed to keep his pristine Phoenix Yellow version out of harm’s way since November 2001, the month he actually purchased the vehicle brand new, with zero miles on the clock. Right out of the gate, Cory swapped out the factory shocks and springs for a set of Apexi coilovers and ditched the highly sought-after OEM rollers for a set of Volk TE37s. The first few mods seemed almost mandatory and, for the most part, Cory was content. Honestly, back then I didn’t really even know what I wanted to do with the car. I swapped out the suspension and wheels, and I guess I just wanted to drive it around and have fun with it. But as is the story with almost every Honda-fanatic, a few simple mods weren’t going to be enough to keep him happy forever. Unlike many others however, it wasn’t a magazine article, a meet, or a group of lifelong friends that pushed him to go all out on his Integra; instead, it was a few heated laps in someone else’s car. In 2005, I went on a ride-along in some pretty fast ITRs at the Type R Expo event, and things just changed for me. I knew right then and there that I wanted to build my car to be fast on track, and nothing else. No doubt a life-changing experience, Cory began researching go-fast suspension and aero upgrades that would allow him to build a functional track car that would still be completely street capable; a tough combination for any competitive project car. Under the hood, a bump in compression via Arias 12.5:1 pistons was in order to accompany a slew of Jun hard parts, including their 4-1 exhaust manifold, dual valvesprings, titanium retainers, and the often duplicated Jun Stage III cams. A custom test pipe and Jun medium MM exhaust system rid Cory’s B18C5 of any spent gases. Suspension changes started with PIC Select R3 coilovers to replace the original suspension swap Cory had performed, along with ASR rear/Mugen front antisway bars, Skunk2 front/King Motorsports rear camber kits, and Mugen front/rear shock tower bars. To help bridge the gap between the newly upgraded B18C5 and the high-performance suspension, a JDM 4.9 final drive and Jun lightweight flywheel were installed.

Htup 1106 07+creating a monster integra type r+engine bay.JPG Photo 3/9   |   With only track days on his mind, Cory turned his attention toward improving engine performance rather than bothering with shaved holes and wire tucks.

Knowing that a track car is only as efficient as its brakes, Cory sourced a Mugen Active Gate Brake system that included calipers and slotted rotors, then topped them off with Cobalt race pads. Keeping things cool is a set of carbon-fiber brake ducts to bring fresh air to the binders.

Htup 1106 04+creating a monster integra type r+interior.JPG Photo 4/9   |   Left: Mugen S1R bucket seats replace the stockers. Right: A Jun 4-1 header, Stage III cams, and valvetrain highlight Cory’s B18C5.

Integra aficionados will no doubt notice that the front end of this ’01 chassis sports older-generation headlights and front bumper, along with a ’97-spec Mugen front lower fascia. Some may disagree with the idea of stepping backwards in time so to speak, even Cory was a bit torn; I actually have a newer Mugen front bumper and hood for the car, but I just really liked the look of the ’97-spec lip. It doesn’t take long at all to swap everything out, and I’ll probably change it if and when I get bored. To accompany either front end tastefully is a set of Mugen side skirts and Mugen Gen II wing.

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After all of the tough-to-locate (not to mention expensive) Mugen and Jun parts, and getting some track days under his belt, Cory plans on making some serious changes in the very near future. He states: Most of the Mugen aero parts will be replaced with something more aggressive from the likes of Varis, Voltex, and Sportcar Motion. Also, I’m going to build a K20 with parts from Toda, R Crew, and Circuit Hero, in search of 280-300 whp. It turns out that innocent ride-along at the 2005 ITR Expo was, in actuality, a catalyst for creating a monster.

Htup 1106 03+creating a monster integra type r+side view.JPG Photo 9/9   |   2001 Integra Typer R - Creating A Monster

Bolts & Washers

Propulsion
B18C5
Arias 12.5:1 pistons
1320 Motorsports headwork
Jun Stage III cams
Jun dual valvesprings
Jun titanium retainers
Jun 4-1 exhaust manifold
Jun medium MM exhaust
Custom test pipe
Mugen intake
K&N air filter
JDM 4.9 final drive
Jun lightweight flywheel
Samco silicone hoses

Stance
PIC Select R3’s (12k (front), 14k (rear))
ASR hollow 32mm antisway bar (rear)
Mugen 26mm antisway bar (front)
Mugen front and rear shock tower bars
Benen front and rear lower tie bars
Skunk2 Pro Series camber kit
King Motorsports rear camber kit
Function 7 rear LCAs
ARP extended studs

Resistance
Mugen Active Gate Braking System calipers
Mugen slotted rotors
Cobalt track pads
Carbon-fiber brake ducts
Motul 400 fluid

Wheels & Tires
Street: Mugen MF10 17x7 (+43 offset)
Falken Azenis 615K 215/40-17
H&R 5mm spacers at all four corners
Race: Mugen MF10 16x7 (+43 offset)
Toyo R888 R Comp or Bridgestone RE-11 225/50-16
H&R 5mm spacers at all four corners

Exterior
Mugen Gen II wing
Mugen side skirts
Mugen ’94-’97 front lip
Seibon carbon-fiber hood
Sparco hoodpins
Seibon carbon-fiber rear hatch
FAL Lexan rear window
Mugen hatch fastners
HOP window visors

Interior
Mugen S1R bucket seats
Mugen seat rails
Takata 5-point harnesses
Mugen Racing III steering wheel
Mugen race pedals
Mugen 6-speed shift knob
Mugen DC5 emergency brake cover
JDM shift boot
JDM armrest delete

Props
Jarrod; Alexi; Kris; Jason from the Hondoctors; Family; Gil and Bobbi Salazar from Circuit Hero; wife, Melanie; son Damon.

Owner Specs

Favorite Website
www.nwp4life.com
Screen Name or Nickname
GR1P_0082R
Your Dream Car
NSX
Build Inspiration
Mugen
Current Stable
’06 Honda Ridgeline, ’97 Prelude
What’s Playing In Your iPod/CD/ MP3 Player Right Now
Random death metal
Greatest Movie Of All Time
Fight Club and Gone in 60 Seconds

Circuit Hero
Circuit Hero has quietly worked its way into the ultra-competitive import aftermarket, and their loyal following is growing daily. Offering unique driving enhancement goods like their (now famous) shift extender kits and weighted shift knobs, as well as performance touches like aluminum cold-air intakes and universal application velocity stacks, Circuit Hero is one of the few companies that actually practices what it preaches. That is, their products are put to the test on a regular basis by company owner, Gil Salazar, as well as a group of hand-picked Circuit Hero track enthusiast representatives throughout the country that can attest to the quality of merchandise offered by this San Diego-based upstart.

Connect

Circuit Hero
www.circuithero.com
Jun Auto
www.junauto.co.jp
Falken Tire
www.falkentire.com
Skunk2
www.skunk2.com

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