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1996 Honda Integra Type R - Restomod Heat Seeker

Targets locked on all super cars.

Brian McGurk
May 31, 2012
Photographer: Josh Mackey
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Restomodding is a term used by the old-school crowd as they work toward bringing their clapped-out, sixty-something muscle cars back from the dead. Jerad Kupietz of Auburn, Washington, has taken the same dedication and passion usually reserved for the classics and applied it to his legit ’96 Type R.

Jerad has his hands in the classics everyday; he’s a restoration specialist by trade, so when he wanted to build a Honda, he knew that rarity and real parts were everything.

Htup 1206 02 o+1996 honda integra type r+K20A engine Photo 2/7   |   Golden Eagle sleeves, Precision Turbo, and SpeedFactory Racing helped Jerad pound out 525 whp.

“I’d always wanted a real Type R, and the ’96 isn’t very common. When I was old enough I went searching and found one in Phoenix,” he adds. Without hesitation, Jerad bought a one-way plane ticket to Arizona and saw his new project in a rough way. He recalls, “It was in bad shape, but it was real, and it was registered with the correct Japanese VIN, and I knew I wanted it.” Just two weeks later the car was parked safely in Jerad’s garage, and piece by piece, the buildup began.

A Mugen first-gen rear spoiler was fitted, and a fresh coat of Championship white was laid down before Jerad reapplied all of the undercoating. “I wanted it as fresh and new as possible, I wanted the underside of the car as clean as the top.” The body was finished with a set of ARC front canards and a Seibon carbon-fiber hood, but this restomod was nowhere near finished. Jerad prepped the bay for its new heart, which consisted of a fresh K20A sourced from the Japanese DC5 Type R, a first of its kind at the time. “This was like seven years ago, so K swaps were rare, and I wanted to be one of the first.” Stock rolling gear wouldn’t do for such an impressive drivetrain and clean body, so a five-lug conversion from the newer-generation Type R was installed while the tired suspension was relieved by a set of TEIN Flex coilovers paired with its EDFC controller. Some 16x7 bronze Mugen MF10s wrapped in Toyo rubber replaced the stock wheels and gave the car that “edgy yet subtle look” Jerad was going for. Fresh glass, grommets, and nuts and bolts from Acura finished off the “new” Integra, and this ITR restoration was complete…or so it seemed.

Out on a highway cruise one day, Jerad ran across a midlife crisis in a Lamborghini and decided to put the hammer down. The 220ish naturally aspirated horsepower the Integra was packing was no match for the Italian super car, and Jerad was not happy seeing taillights. He states, “I was tired of getting beat by bigger-horsepower cars, so a new engine setup was in order.” Living in Washington and wanting a properly built turbo car meant only one shop would suffice: SpeedFactory. With a track record for building some of the quickest turbo cars in the west, Jerad didn’t hesitate to reach out to the famed speed shop. The SpeedFactory crew started by tearing down the K20 and stuffing it with Arias pistons, Eagle rods, and bulletproof sleeves courtesy of Golden Eagle. Supertech valves and retainers replaced the stock metal, and the fuel system was upgraded with Precision 1,000cc injectors and a Golden Eagle fuel rail.

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Jerad’s goals were no doubt lofty, with 500 whp in mind. To get him to his target number, a Precision sc6262sp turbocharger mated to a SpeedFactory exhaust manifold was in order. The 3-inch exhaust system helps evacuate the gases. Up front, a Precision intercooler with one-off SpeedFactory piping helps send chilled air to the RBC intake manifold. With a new heart now pumping, the stock Type R interior became bland in Jerad’s eyes. A set of Bride Kevlar Lo Max seats with Takata harnesses help to keep the pilot and navigator firmly in place. In the rear are ultra-rare Canadian-spec suede Type R seats flanked by a Cusco rollcage.

Htup 1206 04 o+1996 honda integra type r+mugen MF10 Photo 4/7   |   This classic ITR relies on sticky Toyo R888s up front for traction.

When the newly finished ITR was strapped to the dyno it made a stellar 525hp to the wheels with just a bit under 350 lb-ft of torque, effectively blowing his 500 whp goal away! Jerad already has an 8-second hatch and a few awesome examples of American Iron, stating that his Integra is simply a sunny day cruiser. When asked about his cool projects and any future plans, he said, “I might add more power, but I’m pretty happy with it right now. I just want to live on my farm with my Hondas and my hot rods.” If you’re cruising around the Pacific Northwest, keep your eyes peeled for Jerad, but we wouldn’t suggest trying to challenge his ITR!”

Bolts & Washers

Propulsion
K20A
Hondata K-Pro
HaSport engine mounts
Arias pistons
Eagle connecting rods
Golden Eagle oil squirter plugs
Golden Eagle sleeves
Golden Eagle fuel rail
PWR aluminum radiator
SpeedFactory custom 13-inch SPAL puller fan
SpeedFactory oil block adapter
SpeedFactory custom intercooler piping
SpeedFactory oil catch can
SpeedFactory 3-inch down pipe
SpeedFactory K-series turbo manifold
SpeedFactory custom 3-inch exhaust
SpeedFactory custom radiator hoses
Carbing overflow tank
HaSport K-swap harness adapter
Supertech valvesprings
Supertech retainers
Walbro 255lph fuel pump
Precision 1,000cc injectors
Precision sc6262sp billet turbocharger
Precision 750hp intercooler
Precision 46mm wastegate
Canton fuel filter
Aeromotive FPR
RBC intake manifold
Hondata intake manifold
Ported throttle body
TiAL Q blow-off valve
Pegasus 2.5-inch clamps
HKS universal muffler
NGK spark plugs
Karcepts shifter kit
Competition twin disc clutch
HaSport 500hp axles

Htup 1206 05 o+1996 honda integra type r+mugen gen 1 rear spoiler Photo 5/7   |   1996 Honda Integra Type R - Restomod Heat Seeker

Power
525 whp and 350 lb-ft of torque

Suspension
TEIN Type Flex coilovers
TEIN EDFC
SPC front upper control arms
Carbing front strut tower bar
Function7 rear lower control arms
Fullrace traction control bar

Htup 1206 03 o+1996 honda integra type r+K20A engine Photo 6/7   |   1996 Honda Integra Type R - Restomod Heat Seeker

Resistance
Power Slot brake rotors
Spoon Sports brake calipers

Wheels and Tires
Front: Mugen MF10 16x7 +43, Toyo R888 225/50-16
Rear: Mugen MF10 16x7 +43, Toyo Proxes t1r 205/50-16
Mugen lug nuts

Exterior
Cusco rollcage
Miracle X bar
OEM Honda front lip
OEM Honda rear lip
OEM Honda side skirts
ARC front canards
Mugen Gen 1 rear spoiler
Seibon carbon-fiber hood

Interior
Bride Lo Max Kevlar seats
Pioneer TV/DVD/nav
Takata 4-pt harnesses
Mugen steering wheel
Mugen pedals
Spoon Sports titanium shift knob
Spoon Sports gauge cluster
Canadian OEM Type R suede rear seat
OEM JDM personal box
OEM JDM roof sunglasses holder

Props
Chris for taking it apart and putting it together
Taylor for the paintjob
All of the guys at SpeedFactory

Htup 1206 07 o+1996 honda integra type r+mugen steering wheel Photo 7/7   |   1996 Honda Integra Type R - Restomod Heat Seeker

Owner Specs

Daily grind
Restoration specialist

Favorite website
I don’t use the Internet!

Screen name
None!

Building Hondas
10 years

Dream car
’34 Ford three-window coupe

Inspiration for this build
To have the ultimate JDM ITR

Future builds
’62 Impala SS restomod

SpeedFactory Family

A lot of tuners and shops have a strictly business-oriented relationship. Drop the car off, wait, pay, pick your car up, leave. The SpeedFactory guys are a business at the end of the day, but they’re a family as well. They’ve earned a reputation as the “go-to” guys for forced-induction setups in the Northwest, and even helped out their cross-town naturally aspirated rivals, the Sipes brothers, with their budding drag racing career. When asked how he hooked up with the reputable Northwest tuner crew, Jerad says, “I knew a bunch of guys who went to school with them, and I just started hanging out at the shop. They’re just a cool bunch of guys who know their stuff.” Jerad managed his K swap solo, but admits the SpeedFactory guys were a big help when he went forced induction. If it wasn’t for them, shattering that 500hp goal might not have been possible!

Sources

Hondata
Torrance, CA 90503
310-782-8278
http://www.hondata.com
Precision Turbo & Engine
Hebron, IN 46341
219-996-7832
www.precisionturbo.net
Golden Eagle Manufacturing
San Dimas, CA 91773
909-592-4311
http://www.goldeneaglemfg.com
SpeedFactory Racing
University Place, WA 98466
253-566-4331
http://www.speedfactoryracing.net
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