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2006 Acura RSX Type-S - Patience Personified

Sometimes a little self-control can make all the difference.

Matt “Rodrez” Rodriguez
Mar 16, 2012
Photographer: Faiz Rahman
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If you’re anything like the average gearhead, you’re most likely lacking one of the most basic of human attributes: patience. Some refer to it as an acquired skill, spouting off virtuous phrases tied to old adages and life lessons, while others shrug it off as nothing more than a waste of precious time. For those of us who fall into the “lacking” category, things are only getting worse. Limitless access to aftermarket parts via the web, combined with America’s ever growing “buy now, pay later” attitude can wreak havoc on a person’s financial standing. The very thought of instant satisfaction is tough to resist, even if your credit score insists that you avoid temptation. On the flip side, there are those few who are blessed with the ability to resist, all the while knowing that the best is yet to come. Take Brian Berger of Virginia for example. Rather than nickel-and-dime his way through a subpar project car on a starving student’s budget, he decided to focus his attention on school, with plans to build something remarkable once his scholastic obligations became a thing of the past.

Htup 1204 02+2006 acura rsx type s+interior Photo 2/8   |   No frills interior features a pair of Bride buckets and a carbon-fiber plate rather than an audio source.

Inconspicuously parked on a BMW sales lot with just over 29,000 miles on its completely unmolested chassis, this 2006 Type-S was indeed a great find. Brian adds “I bought this car right after graduating college with intentions of finally making a Honda track car now that I had the money to do it right. One owner and zero modifications—it was perfect.” To get a feel for the car and determine exactly which route he’d be taking, Brian added the usual basic engine upgrades along with a set of wheels and coilovers, but thoughts of a purpose-built RSX were still marinating, and with boredom slowly creeping in, it was time to get serious.

Suspension was the first area of attack, and after going through two sets of coilovers in search of the perfect setup, Brian contacted Progress Group for a set of competition-proven antisway bars and coilovers and hasn’t looked back since. A supporting cast of bars, arms, and adjustable bits add additional support to the already stout handling of the Type-S.

The power department is an area that far too many haphazardly rush into with guns blazing. The majority, raised on a “bigger is better” mentality, are more concerned with huge peak numbers rather than usable power. Brian never subscribed to that type of thinking, and after some research, opted for a Jackson Racing supercharger. Not known for making outrageous power claims, what the JRSC lacks in bragging rights it more than makes up for in torque-filled midrange grunt. A DC Sports exhaust manifold and A’PEXi Noir exhaust system help free up the path traveled by spent gases, but the real power player in this equation isn’t part of the combustion factor at all. An MFactory helical LSD was installed, along with a 5.46 final drive, a massive departure from the stock transmission. Brian adds, “It’s literally a beast to drive! It absolutely pulls like crazy with the 5.46 final drive, not to mention the instant gratification of the supercharger whining at your ears. Oh yeah, and a little lesson for anyone interested in doing a similar setup: If you plan to do a new clutch, you’ll have to remove part of the supercharger. It’s best to do the clutch first, and well, I found out the hard way.” Tough lessons were nothing new to this enthusiast, especially since 95 percent of the work on this sinister black-on-black Type-S was done by Brian and a few friends at Quantico Hobby Shop. “Other than the final drive and the tuning, we did everything ourselves. No sponsors, no outside shops doing any of the work.”

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The additional power and dramatically improved handling would no doubt transform the car into a whole new animal, but there was plenty left to do. Not wanting to rely on the stock brakes to maintain control of the missile, Brian installed a Rotora big brake kit with Motul RBF 600 fluid pumping through its stainless steel veins. Power and braking were then maximized by way of performance rollers and aero enhancements. A J’s Racing rear wing is aggressively perched upon the rear deck lid, while the front fascia is armed with a splitter, canards, and winglets to assist with additional downforce and improved stability at speed. Ditching the anemic factory donuts, Brian picked up a set of 17x9 BBS RX wheels with Toyo Proxes R1R rubber. Beyond the obvious performance aspect of wider wheels and stickier tires, the matte black BBSs add a menacing touch to the dark chassis. His sights set strictly on track days and only an occasional street trip, Brian opted for an Autopower four-point rollbar, a set of Bride bucket seats, and not much else in the cabin. The radio and any unneeded controls on the dash were removed and meticulously covered with hand-trimmed carbon-fiber pieces that the owner battled with personally.

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There’s certainly no shame in slowly working on a project car over the course of many years. Enjoying each upgrade individually as your bank account allows is somewhat of a tradition amongst hot rodders both young and old. But in the case of Brian Berger, his destiny premapped, education came first, and his automotive obsession benefitted as a result. He was able to build exactly what he wanted in a relatively short period of time. “It’s great. I’ve brought it out to Summit Point and headed to VIR for some track days. I would have been there in the RSX more, but toward the end of the summer, I picked up a Ducati 1098 and I’ve been trying to learn how to properly track a motorcycle.” Brian is enjoying his career and has a dedicated track car along with a new Ducati sitting in his garage. Stay in school kids…

Why An RSX?
The real question should be: “Why not an RSX?” When asked what prompted his choice for this particular chassis to build, rather than more popular platforms, Brian states, “Mainly because the K series is an awesome motor, and you just don’t see that many RSX builds, especially ’05–’06 models set up for the track. I wanted to do something that not everyone else had already done.”

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As with most Honda models, it can take years before the community warms up to a particular chassis, and Honda’s Integra replacement is certainly placed within that category. Early RSX models are inching ever closer to their 10th birthday, and as such, their prices have dropped dramatically, prompting many to opt for the sporty coupe as their next build. Armed with the potent K20 powerplant, plenty of factory amenities, and warehouses full of aftermarket goods, the RSX is poised to make an indelible mark upon the Honda community.

Bolts & Washers
Propulsion
K20Z1
Hondata K-Pro
Innovative billet 70A motor mounts
Jackson Racing supercharger
A’PEXi exhaust
DC Sports header
RC 550cc injectors
Password:JDM intake
Password:JDM battery relocator
Odyssey PC680 battery
Competition Clutch Stage 4
Competition Clutch flywheel
MFactory helical LSD
MFactory 5.46 final drive
Driveshaft Shop 2.9 axles
Samco hoses
Password:JDM hardware
Password:JDM Kevlar plug cover
T1R oil cap
Suspension
Progress Competition coilovers
Progress front/rear antisway bars
Hotchkis front/rear end-links
Buddy Club roll center adjuster
K Sport rear LCAs
SPC front camber kit
ESMM front mount insert
Autopower 4-pt rollbar
Progress rear subframe bar
Tanabe Sustec front subframe bar
Beaks rear tie-bar
Beatrush front shock tower bar
EM Racing rear shock tower bar
EM Racing trunk bars
Cusco B-pillar bars
Resistance
Rotora 4-piston brake kit
Goodridge stainless steel lines
Motul RBF 600 fluid
Wheels and Tires
BBS RX 17x9 +28 rear/+23 front
Toyo Proxes R1R 245/35-17
Exterior
APR carbon-fiber mirrors
Top One front splitter
APR adjustment rods
Top One winglets
J’s Racing carbon-fiber canards
J’s Racing 3D GT wing
OEM optional window visors
Benen front/rear towhooks
Password:JDM quick-release fasteners
Interior
AiM MXL Strada cluster
Bride Zeta II Kevlar seat, driver
Bride Zeta III Gradation seat, passenger
Personal steering wheel
Mugen pedals
Password:JDM shift knob
Revo short shifter
Props
Quantico MCB Hobby Shop for helping through everything, and Jonathon Quinton for helping with everything else

Owner Specs

Daily Grind
Systems Engineer
Favorite Site
fatlace.com
Screen Name
None
Building Hondas
6+ years
Dream Car
Ferrari F40
Inspiration for This Build
Track days
Future Build
Lotus Exige

Sources

Password:JDM
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
888-795-3601
http://www.passwordjdm.com
Hondata
Torrance, CA 90503
310-782-8278
http://www.hondata.com
APR Performance. Inc
Walnut, CA 91789
909-594-3796
http://www.aprperformance.com
Progress Technology
Anaheim, CA 92806
800-905-6687
http://www.progressauto.com
By Matt “Rodrez” Rodriguez
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