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1995 Honda del Sol - All Or Nothing

Is this the best del Sol build ever?

Joey Lee
Mar 27, 2013
Photographer: Eric Tong
Htup 1303 12+1995 honda del sol+mugen CRX del Sol pro 3 front bumper Photo 1/12   |   1995 Honda del Sol - All Or Nothing

Being in the position that we are has provided us with the opportunity to meet a large number of different people over the years. Most experiences with our fellow Honda enthusiasts have been amazing, while others have been, well, "interesting" to say the least. If there's one thing that we've come to realize over the years, it's that there are just certain individuals who possess an uncanny ability to assemble a car in way that demands attention. It's not as if others don't have the means to do something similar, but for whatever reason, this particular group, whether by chance or by design, has that "it" factor that can't be denied.

William Wang, owner of this immaculate white-on-white, "Mugen-everything" del Sol, has "it." When we first spotted his EG2 build, we knew immediately there was something special about it. While the del Sol isn't the most popular Honda to modify, William's stole the spotlight at an event filled with neck breakers. Interestingly enough, it wasn't until we actually had a chance to dig into the mind of the builder that we realized William is a special type of enthusiast. You'll realize by the end of this that he has an almost "might as well" sort of attitude about doing things. It's an aura that makes him seem very nonchalant, almost as if he isn't trying to build one of the sickest del Sols we've ever witnessed.

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To be quite honest, William's del Sol had crossed our paths previously. In fact, the car was shot for a feature some three years ago, but he asked that the story not run at all. He claimed he had more in store for the car and wanted to add more to the build before it was immortalized in print. While we expected more, we didn't expect the masterpiece you see pictured.

"I've been exposed to Hondas for as long as I can remember," William recalls. "My father had his own performance shop that specialized in Honda and Acura, so that was all I knew. I can easily say that if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't have been able to build my car to the level I have reached today. Not only did I have access to a lift, a dyno, and every tool I can possibly imagine, my dad was always there to inspire and motivate me to push the limits of what I was capable of." Unlike most, William started out early in an advantageous position. What better way to become a well-versed Honda enthusiast then by watching your father and having all the tools of the trade? Rather than taking the easier route, he chose to challenge himself by building a del Sol, a platform less common than the more popular Honda models. "The del Sol appealed to me because it was a two-seater with a removable Targa top. It had that sports car element to it and was much more affordable than an S2000 at the time. Sure, it was a little unconventional to build, but I used it as motivation to try and change the mind-set about this chassis. If I could get one detractor to say that he liked my car, I would have succeeded in my goal."

William began his search at age 15 for a del Sol that would inevitably be his project car for the next decade. He perused a local junkyard that his father often frequented and found a white del Sol shell for just $100. By the time he got his driver's license, he had already put together a pretty decent car with an LS motor, which he later boosted. Knowledge back then was as limited as quality parts availability. Even worse were limited tuning options, so he blew a couple of motors through trial and error. After a run down the 1320 at a Honda Day event in New Jersey resulted in a freshly built motor blowing sky high, William and his father decided it was time to go in a different direction. With some careful thought, they made the choice to attempt a K swap. Reliable power and better technology took precedence over the "cool" factor of being turbocharged and out came the blown B series. What started out as a simple K swap quickly escalated into a much bigger project. William's "might as well" mentality got the best of him, so he took the opportunity to do a complete wire and brake tuck. He rocked his K24 for a couple of years, but the worn-down exterior was becoming a major issue. Almost nonchalantly, he and a friend pulled the motor to shave the engine bay before the car was resprayed.

To say that William was a "Mugen-whore" is a blatant understatement. He's collected nearly every product Mugen has ever produced for this chassis so that he could create his own version of the Japanese Mugen CRX del Sol Pro.3. It took him, with expert help from Matt from ICB Motorsport, a number of years to gather all the parts. Reasoning that if he was going to get one Mugen piece, he "might as well" collect everything else Mugen-related for the car. From the aero to the interior accessories, all the way down to the wheels and brakes, it was all or nothing for William.

Htup 1303 03+1995 honda del sol+mugen s1 buckets Photo 6/12   |   The Mugen theme continues inside the cabin: S1 buckets and FG360.

And before you assume it's just a pretty face, he didn't just drop his stock K series back in. Instead, he and his father built an entirely new setup, consisting of a built, 12.5:1 compression K24 block and K20Z3 head with Brian Crower Stage 2 cams. To bring his engine bay together, the final touch is a custom mil-spec harness from master wiring guru, Rywire.

While it may seem like Wang's build was completely effortless, that definitely isn't the case. It's been a 10-year journey leading up to this as the final product, and the amount of work involved in getting it to this stage is immeasurable-he just made it look easy. That's due in part to not harboring unattainable expectations, but also because of his execution and willingness to work-a direct result of his knowledge-filled upbringing. William Wang's del Sol is a perfect representation of himself; both are a little unconventional and unassuming, but if you take the time to get a closer look, you'll soon realize that both were brought up with quality and a rich work ethic.

Bolts & Washers

Propulsion
K20Z3 head
K24A1 block
HaSport black anodized mounts
Hondata K-Pro
CP 12.5:1 X-forged pistons
Eagle connecting rods
Brian Crower Stage 2 cams
Supertech valves
Supertech valvesprings
Supertech retainers
Karcepts alternator relocation kit
RBC intake manifold
Karcepts RBC adapter plate
BDL 72mm throttle body
Karcepts IAVC block-off plate
Karcepts billet throttle cable bracket
Vision Technica Sport intake
Hartgett Precision 3-inch QDC clamp
Mugen exhaust
Precision Fabrication intake arm
BDL 3-inch clamps
SSR 4-2-1 header
Golden Eagle Pro-Series fuel rail
Injector Dynamics 1,000cc injectors
Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator
Aeromotive 340lph fuel pump
Rywire mil-spec harness
Rywire radiator
Hybid Racing shifter cables
K-Tuned shifter cable trans bracket
K-Tuned upper coolant housing with filler neck
K-Tuned swivel neck thermostat housing
Mugen ignition coil cover
Mugen Gen 1 oil cap
Mugen radiator cap
Mugen hardware
Carbing oil catch can
Carbing coolant overflow tank
K20A2 transmission
OEM LSD
Competition Clutch Stage 4 Kit
Competition Clutch Ultra light flywheel
DSS Stage 2.9 axles

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Suspension
PIC Select coilovers (10kF/8kR)
Function7 ITR rear LCA
ASR subframe brace
ASR 24mm sway bar
Mugen Gen 1 front and rear strut bar
Full Race ProAM traction bar
Buddy Club camber kits

Resistance
Mugen Active Gate front brake calipers
Mugen Active Gate front brake rotors
Mugen Active Gate front brake pads
Mugen micromesh brake lines

Wheels & Tires
16x7 +43 Mugen MF10
205/45-16 Bridgestone Potenza RE11
Project Kics R40 Revo Neo Chro lug nuts

Exterior
Mugen CRX del Sol Pro.3 front bumper
Mugen CRX del Sol Pro.3 side skirts
Mugen CRX del Sol Pro.3 rear wing
Mugen towhook
Ameripol glass top
Aerocatch flush-mount hood pins
JDM headlights
JDM foglights
JDM taillights
JDM license plate fillers
EDM rear foglight
Spoon Sports S2000 antenna

Interior
Mugen S1 seats
Mugen seat rails
Mugen FG360 steering wheel with horn pad
Mugen ECU stay
Mugen dead pedal
Mugen pedal set
Mugen mirror cover
Mugen carbon-fiber spherical shift knob
Works Bell Rapfix GTC quick-tilt
Works Bell short-hub
FET quick-release
Takata 5-pt harnesses and safety pads
Precision Fabrication 4-pt rollbar
HR Tuning Tunerview II
AEM wideband gauge
Karcepts shifter mounting plate
K-Tuned billet shifter arm
K-Tuned fifth-gear lock-out
Hybrid Racing shifter base bushings
Buddy Club shifter box
JDM EK column light
JDM map lights
JDM sun visors
JDM Gathers door tweeters
JDM Gathers speaker grilles
JDM climate control
EDM cluster
EDM floor mats
Honda Access shift boot
S2000 start button
Spoon Sports blue wide rearview mirror

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Props
My Dad at Wang's Auto, my Mom, my friend Adam, Steve at thesignlab2k4.com and stickerguytuning.com, Bamboo at Precision Fabrication, Elmer at Massbodyworks, Jarrod at Shineworks, Rick at RJTMachine, Matt at ICB Motorsport, Ryan at Rywire, Tony at T1Racedevelopment and Injector Dynamics, Mike at Laskey Racing, Chris from Competition Clutch, Brian at Karcepts, Mike at K-Tuned, Tim at Hybrid Racing, Donovan at Vibrant Performance, Zach and Will from JDM Engine Depot

Owner Specs

Daily grind
Engineer

Favorite site
NWP4life.com

Screen name
Mugen-K

Building Hondas
10 years

Dream car
Mugen NSX RR

Inspiration for this build
Top Fuel del Sol

Future build
NSX

Real Deal Mugen

The Mugen CRX del Sol kit is definitely the most popular aero choice among del Sol owners, and youre likely to stumble upon a few of them every time you attend an event. It is indeed an eye-pleasing kit, but it should be noted that many of the Mugen kits youre seeing on EG2s, at least in the U.S., are not authentic Mugen components. In reality, the legitimate, real deal Mugen kit for the del Sol is very hard to come by and quite the rarity within the Honda community. If you talk to die-hard del Sol aficionados, they will tell you there are but a handful of genuine, complete Mugen del Sol kits in existence Stateside.

Htup 1303 02+1995 honda del sol+mugen CRX del sol pro 3 rear wing Photo 12/12   |   1995 Honda del Sol - All Or Nothing

Sources

HASport Performance
Phoenix, AZ 85040
602-470-0065
http://www.hasport.com
Supertech Performance
San Jose, CA 95136
408-448-2001
http://www.supertechperformance.com
ICB Motorsport
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-626-1927
http://www.icbmotorsport.com
K-Tuned
877-958-8633
http://www.k-tuned.com
Rywire
Garden Grove, CA 92843
240-479-9473
http://www.rywire.com
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