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1994 Acura Integra LS and 1998 Honda Civic CX - Covering All The Bases

Two quality builds done the Boricua way

Aug 1, 2011

The era of the information superhighway… For all of its faults, including critical security breaches and often unabashedly harsh content, the Internet carries a long list of positive attributes that simply can’t be denied. That goes double for the dedicated car fanatics. It has granted us the power to pick and choose parts from anywhere in the world with just a few keystrokes and an imaginary card swipe, and the ability to hunt down the latest trends and power-producing formulas, or to meet with like-minded enthusiasts to chat. In the case of cousins Jose Colon and Omar De Jesus, the Internet was a window of opportunity that delivered these two right to our door.

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As they live somewhat off of the grid, with well over 1,000 miles separating the continental U.S. from their homes in beautiful Puerto Rico, it’s safe to assume that we don’t get the opportunity to travel to their island very often. Actually, we’ve never even been there. But with 3.8 million current residents, it came as no surprise that Puerto Rico has a solid number of Honda aficionados spread across its 3,400 square miles. This is where the Internet part comes in. Looking to make a mark in the Honda community that they’ve quietly been a part of for a number of years, Jose and Omar began showing their project cars online, and eventually they contacted Honda Tuning magazine. The build quality, parts used and overall results speak for themselves, and we knew we had to get these cars into the magazine ASAP.

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The owner and builder of the fire-red Integra you see pictured, Omar De Jesus, is no Honda noobie. In fact, about 10 years ago he went through a number of different Honda builds. The most recent, prior to his current obsession, was a white DA he’d been pouring all of his efforts into. The problem he ran into was a lack of aftermarket support and OEM replacement parts. He made the tough decision to ditch the second-gen chassis in favor of a slightly more modern ’94 LS model that his friend just so happened to be selling. He states, “From the very beginning, I tried to maintain a high standard of aftermarket goods. Only the best.” Rather than attack one part of the build, leaving other aspects to suffer, De Jesus spread his upgrades over a number of areas in search of a properly balanced build. “I didn’t want to concentrate on one brand or one style. I also didn’t want just another JDM Type R ‘style’ Integra, or a monster engine without any style. I went after a reliable car that I could use any time I wanted: on the street, at a show and on the track. And of course, I wanted it to look good at the same time. Yeah, I wanted it all!”

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The first thing most will notice when they lock eyes with this Integra is the classic OEM JDM front-end conversion. To complement the updated look, De Jesus bolted on a J’s Racing carbon-fiber intake duct and ARC winglets. Out back, Mugen aficionados will no doubt recognize the stout profile of an authentic first-gen rear wing. In the middle of the exterior modification sandwich is a set of Honda Access side skirts and rear valance pieces to add just a slight tweak to the factory lines without overdoing it.

To power the project, the always reliable and widely respected B18C5 was outfitted with the requisite bolt-ons that included a Skunk2 valvetrain, Edelbrock intake manifold and the coveted Mugen intake system. Wanting to pop his hood and see more red paint than useless brackets and wiring, De Jesus stripped the bay of any unused extras and carefully rerouted the factory wiring harness. To help keep the extra horses in check, a five-lug ITR conversion was completed, followed by the addition of Spoon Sports brake calipers that squeeze Project Mu brake pads behind Mugen MF10 rollers.

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From the very beginning this was a well-thought-out build, and De Jesus has created exactly what he intended: a well-balanced car that can literally do it all. But the question is, what’s next? “I have a lot of room for improvement. I plan to pick up a set of race buckets and new wheels, and upgrade the suspension further. Also, I need to decide if I want to build this motor or move on to a K swap. Basically, this project is far from being done!”

Bolts & Washers

Skunk2 valvesprings
Skunk2 retainers
Edelbrock intake manifold
Password:JDM test pipe
Tanabe Hyper Medallion exhaust
Mugen Intake
Spoon Sports High Tension plug wires
Walbro 255lph fuel pump
Earl’s inline fuel filter
AEM fuel regulator
Nylon braided AN lines
XRP fittings
HaSport mounts
Benen fuel rail
Koyo radiator
FAL radiator fan
Samco Sport radiator hoses
J’s Racing valve cover
Spoon Sports spark plug cover
ARC oil cap
Spoon Sports radiator cap
Circuit Hero shift extender
ACT HD 4-puck clutch, sprung
S2000 clutch master cylinder
Crome engine management
Custom engine harness by Joel EK
’98-spec suspension swap
Function & Form Type I coilovers
ASR rear subframe brace with 24mm antisway bar
Buddy Club front/rear camber kit
Mugen shock tower bar
Miracle Type II X-brace
Kamikaze C-pillar bar
Beaks lower tie-bar
Function7 LCAs
ITR 5-lug conversion
Spoon Sports front brake calipers
Project MU HC+ pads
Project MU brake fluid
Chase Bays booster delete kit
Goodridge brake lines
Wheels And Tires
Mugen MF10 16x7 +43
Falken Azenis RT615 215/45-16
Kics Caliber Titanium
’98-spec JDM front end
Honda Access side skirts
Honda Access rear valences
Mugen Gen I rear wing
Password:JDM carbon-fiber duct
ARC front winglets
JDM power folding mirrors
S2000 gauge cluster
Recaro SRD bucket seats
Spoon Sports steering wheel
Spoon Sports shift knob
ITR center console
ITR armrest delete
ITR shift boot/clock/airbag delete
Spoon Sports rearview mirror
Mugen rearview mirror cover
My wife Jessica, my son Dhyan, Mom and Dad, and to all of the haters who’ve motivated me in one way or another

Owner Specs

Favorite Websites,,
Screen Name Or Nickname
Building Hondas For How Long
10 years
Your Dream Car
Fully built Spoon S2K
Build Inspiration
Be the best DC2 in PR and get featured in Honda Tuning
Current Stable
’09 Honda Fit, ’01 Honda Accord
What’s Playing In Your Ipod/CD/MP3 Player Right Now
W&Y, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Deadmau5
Greatest Movie Of All Time
Can’t make up my mind!

Jose Colon’s story starts like so many others. Originally a Toyota fan, he spent a number of years (and plenty of cash) on restoring his ’82 Corolla to what he describes as “the very best condition.” Somewhere along the way, his concentration was snapped and attention drawn away from the Toyota brand completely. He adds, “My cousin Omar started building his Integra with a JDM front-end conversion. Once I saw what he was doing, that was it, I wanted into the Honda scene.”

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Always a fan of the shape and style of the ’96–’00 Civic chassis, Colon sold his beloved Corolla and, with a little financial help from his family, found a ’98 CX for sale. “I like to keep things really simple, so in the beginning I just installed JDM CTR parts and a set of wheels, and I thought I was pretty much done.” That was until he started pondering the idea of performing an engine swap. Giving into temptation, he enlisted his cousin’s help and the two prepped the engine bay and a B16A1 motor. CTR cams and intake manifold, along with Skunk2 valvesprings, cam gears and throttle body were bolted to the new powerplant for a little more kick. Head games aren’t much fun without a supporting cast, so a Hytech exhaust manifold and Tanabe Hyper Medallion muffler and custom piping were chosen to ease the exhaust path. With the new parts installed and everything double-checked, into the bay the motor went without a hitch. With help from a close friend, a custom wiring harness was created and a wire tuck performed, but Colon didn’t lose his head when he wrote out his “keep or delete” list. You’ll notice that even after the makeover the A/C system is still fully intact. “Why didn’t I remove the A/C? Simply because the island is way too hot— I need it!”

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The newfound power provided a level of enjoyment that his previous Corolla never could, and for the most part, Colon was quite content. However, just as his focus had been redirected previously, another bout with automotive ADD struck, this time much harder. He recalls, “I went to a Time Attack race and it completely blew me away! I went home and immediately parted out my Mugen MF8 wheels, some of my interior and various other parts. I installed a new cage, Volk TE37s, bucket seats and better suspension components so I could go race!” And just like that, a new direction was taken with the build. Not only did Colon join his cousin in the Honda community, he pieced together one of the cleanest hatchbacks on the entire island. “This project is far from finished, and I’m never going to stop modding my car and having fun with it.” Sometimes familial influence can be a very good thing.

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Bolts & Washers

Civic Type R cams
Skunk2 valvesprings
Skunk2 cam gears
Civic Type R intake manifold
Skunk2 throttle body
Hytech Tri-Y exhaust manifold
Tanabe Hyper Medallion exhaust, custom piping
Password:JDM carbon-fiber intake
Benen fuel rail
Blox fuel pressure regulator
Chase Bays fuel line kit
Koyo radiator
JHPUSA radiator hoses
Skunk2 short shift kit
ACT Extreme clutch
Civic Type R flywheel
OEM JDM 4.40 final drive
eCtune P28
Password:JDM Kevlar spark plug cover
Carbing cooling plate
Function & Form Type I coilovers
Skunk2 front and rear camber kits
Function7 LCAs
Energy Suspension bushings
Carbing 3-pt shock tower bar
ASR rear brace
Beaks lower tie-bar
EM Racing C-pillar bar
Custom X-brace
OEM discs
Project MU Club Racer pads
Project MU G-Four 335 fluid
Goodridge lines
Wheels And Tires
Volk TE37 16x7 +42
Falken Azenis 215/45-16
Kics r40 lug nuts
OEM Civic Type R front lip
OEM Civic Type R rear lip
OEM Civic Type R front grille
OEM Civic Type R side mirrors
Seibon carbon-fiber wing
EDM rear foglight
Honda Access window visors
J’s Racing rear towhook
Bride Gias carbon/Kevlar seats
OEM Civic Type R door panels, carpet, floor mats
Mugen steering wheel and boss
Mugen pedals and shift knob
Cusco rollcage
Alan at STPR, Ed and Andy at Tuned-Life, Luis Burgos, Omar Vazquez, Sonny Lleras, DK Goodies, and my family

Owner Specs

Favorite Websites
Screen Name Or Nickname
Buildings Hondas For How Long
3 years
Dream Car
Honda NSX
Build Inspiration
To build a show/track car
What’s Playing In My iPod/CD/MP3 Player Right Now
“Ghost N Stuff” by Deadmau5
Greatest Movie Of All Time
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift


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