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1994 Honda Accord - Island Fusion

Cruisin’ through paradise in an H-swapped Accord on air.

Joey Lee
Jun 29, 2011

Within the Accord community, there always seems to be a weird vibe whenever magazines like Honda Tuning are brought into the conversation. It usually happens just on the Internet, but if these online conversations were held real time, in a real life environment, there would definitely be an “elephant in the room,” so to speak. We have heard it all on more than one occasion. Many of you want to see more Accords featured and want magazine publications to shine some light on the Accord community far more often. We get it. It’s well understood, yet the problem we encounter often is the lack of high-quality Accord builds—at least ones that we know of. On automotive forums and social network sites like Facebook, we have seen your cries for change and have heeded your demands for more Accords by simply asking that you show us all these amazing Accords you feel should be featured. While we do our best to keep our eyes on the entire Honda spectrum, there are moments when we miss some great cars. After all, we are only human. With your help we can discover and share these cars that you rave about. It doesn’t really help when someone goes online and demands that we feature an Accord from some guy from some area we don’t know, whose online user name we have never heard of. There are also times when an Accord is presented to our staff and it’s either missing something or just doesn’t cover the criteria of what we look for in a feature vehicle. Accords are Hondas just like any Civic, Integra, or anything that Accord guys deem to be “more popular” than their chassis of choice. The reality is that we must hold the Accords to the same standard as “the popular kids.” Many of your favorite magazine publications just want to spotlight well-rounded builds, no matter what model it is.

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With that said, the ’94 Honda Accord you see laid out before you is a prime example of what a comprehensive Honda build is. Attention has been paid to not only the exterior, but also under the hood, where an H22A4 lurks. The interior has also seen some modifications, and aggressively sized wheels fill the wheelwells. This Accord does have something that we don’t see very often, though, whether on this particular chassis or any other Honda for that matter. This sedan sits on the floor of the Hawaiian Islands courtesy of a rare, Japanese Air Runner air-suspension system. You don’t see very many Honda fiends utilizing air-suspension setups because they feel that coilovers are the less expensive, more functional choice. That, and those who do want air setups usually don’t have the knowledge to piece together their own kit. Air Runner sells a kit for Accords—they’re just a bit on the pricey side. Many would pass on it based on the price alone, but there are a dedicated few who go all-out and opt for the high-quality air kit. Air suspensions are predominately found in Japan on VIP-themed Accord wagon builds, but in places like Hawaii, it’s more common to see them on both wagon and sedan variations. The ability to raise and lower the chassis with the flip of a switch gives Scott Miyata the ability to fit aggressive 18-inch staggered SSR VF1 wheels with little to worry about.

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“When I first ordered the wheels, I was very excited because it was a brand-new design,” Scott explains. “To my knowledge, this is still the only set of 4x114 SSR VF1 wheels in their Super Black Coat finish.”

Wheel choice has always been a major factor in Miyata’s build, and it also shows how his style has evolved over the years. He had 17-inch Giovanni 24-spoke wheels when he first started driving the once-Bordeaux Red Accord, then switched to some Racing Hart C5 replicas, then to some Rota Slipstreams, and finally to a set of Work Meister S1s in 2007 before he eventually settled on his current setup. You can see that he’s developed some expensive tastes as he’s gotten older, yet he’s always stuck with his tried-and-true four-door.

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Scott’s Accord has been a part of his family since his dad bought it brand new. In 1994, it was just an automatic F-series on OEM Honda alloys, so it’s quite a stark contrast to see it now, 17 years later with a five-speed/H22A4 swap and a whole new attitude thanks to the aggressive stance. The body has been refreshed with a fresh Dark Otter Metallic coat and aero in the form of a GReddy front lip, Wings West sides/rear, and Mugen grille and trunk spoiler. He’s also installed a VIP-style roof spoiler for that added touch of class. Many within the Accord community would have stopped at that point, but Scott wanted a complete street/show build, so he upgraded the interior with JDM Accord CL1 seats, Takata safety harnesses, and a few more Mugen goodies for added detail.

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“I told myself that if I was going to build a show car, just go all-out,” Scott says. “It helped that I was able to go to Japan and see all the parts and all the VIP cars around. It was truly inspirational. I’ve been doing shows now every year with Team Revision and the HAOC (Honda Accord Owners Club), so it’s cool to be recognized for all my hard work.”

Htup 1107 04+1994 honda accord+engine Photo 6/10   |   All show and no go is a big no-no. Scott opted for a 5-speed H22A4 swap to cover all his bases.

Air Runner sells a kit for Accords—they’re just a bit on the pricey side. Many would pass on it based on the price alone, but there are a dedicated few who go all-out and opt for the high-quality air kit. Air suspensions are predominately found in Japan.

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VIP Style
Scott’s Accord carries a mild VIP style of tuning and is inspired by the popular VIP-themed Accord wagons in Japan. Though the wagon lives a very mundane existence here in the States, in Japan the Accord wagon has a huge following with the VIP crowd. It’s not huge compared to the more popular Nissan, Toyota/Lexus VIP scene, but in terms of Honda styling, luxury-themed wagons have quite the following. Many of the most popular aftermarket companies in Japan, whose demographic is within the VIP crowd, have a plethora of aero parts and accessories for the Accord. Japanese VIP enthusiasts aren’t very big on engine swaps, especially in Accords, so when guys Stateside look to do engine modifications that coincide with a luxury theme, it creates a nice fusion of styles.

Connect

Air Runner Systems Air Suspension
www.airrunnersystems.com
SSR Wheels
www.ssr-wheels.com
Takata Racing Products
www.takataracingproducts.com
Revision Audio
www.revisionaudio.com

Bolts & Washers

Propulsion
H22A4
Injen intake
K&N air filter
Megan Racing header
APEX’i World Sport 2 exhaust
MSD 10.2mm spark plug wires
DeM2Y4 5-speed transmission
Exedy Stage 1 clutch
Stance
Air Runner sleeved shocks
Air Runner air tank
Air Runner air pressure switch
Air Runner wiring and plumbing kit
Viair 380cc compressor
Resistance
Powerslot cross-drilled/slotted front brake rotors
Powerslot cross-drilled/slotted rear brake rotors
Hawk ceramic brake pads
Wheels & Tires
SSR VF1 18x9 +37 LO-disc front, 18x10 +11 LO-disc rear
Yokohama S-Drive 215/35-18 front, 225/35-18 rear
Exterior
Dark Otter Metallic paint
GReddy front lip
Wings West side skirts
Wings West rear lip
Mugen front grille
Mugen trunk spoiler
VIP-style roof spoiler
Interior
JDM CL1 Accord Recaro seats
Takata 4-point safety harnesses
Mugen pedal set
Mugen shift knob
APEX’i harness bar
Electronics
Alpine IVA300 head unit
Alpine Type S speakers
8-inch DD subwoofer
DEI back-up camera
Custom red LED strips on top of all doors, front, and rear glass
Custom white LED strips on bottom of all doors
Props
Mom, Dad, and family for their support
My G/F Megan
Samson at Revision Audio for everything, including going to Japan with his wife, Lori
John, Lester, and Sean at LS Automotive for doing my timing, clutch job, and rear disc conversion
Josh Works for the photo shoot
Kris for the most secluded spot on the west side
Katsu, Todd, Spam (Justin), McJon, Darren, Drew, Keid, Humphrey, Kyle, Lance, George, Kris, Alden, Sonny, Chris, Kevin A., Dustin, Kevin K., Colin, Sean, Marc, Ryan, Brendon, Brandon, Aaron, Will, Jeff, Jerms, Kalei, Jodi, Joann, Elayne, Joanna, Noelani, Halle, Paula
If I missed anyone, and I know I did, shout out to the rest of my friends and family!

Owner Specs

Favorite Websites
postjunky.com, revisionaudio.com, dohcresearch.com, NWP4Life.com, Hondasociety.com
Screen Name Or Nickname
EwaBoundBoi
Building Hondas For How Long
16 years
Your Dream Car
’94 TT 6-speed Toyota Supra
Build Inspiration
Japan!
Current Stable
’00 Lincoln Towncar Executive Series
What’s Playing In Your iPod/CD/MP3 Player Right Now
Nate Dogg – “Never Leave Me Alone”
Greatest Movie Of All Time
All the Friday movies; First Sunday; all the Rush Hour movies; and Ninja Assassin

Sources

SSR Wheels
Torrance, CA 90501
310-783-0200
http://www.ssr-wheels.com
Takata Racing Products
Greensboro, NC 27408
http://www.takataracingproducts.com
Air Runner Suspension
Anaheim, CA 92806
714-978-2446
http://www.airrunnersystems.com
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