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The Road To Super Lap, Part 4 — Heart Transplant

Smog-legal B18C Type-R engine swap.

Sean Klingelhoefer
Jun 26, 2012
Photographer: Neill Bachand
Sstp 1207 01+the road to super lap part 4+cover Photo 1/42   |   The Road To Super Lap, Part 4 — Heart Transplant

Up to this point, Leroy’s progress has been moving fairly slowly, but with the footwork and cabin fairly well-sorted it’s time to add some power! “Finally” I can hear you thinking. Keeping in mind this car is being built on a measly editor’s salary and the car needs to remain street-legal, a killer K-Swap was out the question, and so I opted for the next best thing—the legendary B18C from a JDM Integra Type-R.

Sstp 1207 02+the road to super lap part 4+engine Photo 2/42   |   1 This is the last time Leroy’s engine bay will be occupied by a single-cam. The motor served me well and will be going to a new loving home soon.

Putting out around 200hp at the flywheel the ITR swap should provide roughly double the power of the worn-out single cam. After doing some shopping around I eventually picked up a clean ’96-Spec swap from Moshi Moshi Motors in Gardena, CA. So without further delay, follow along as I transform the JDM motor to CA smog compliancy and stuff it in Leroy!

Sstp 1207 03+the road to super lap part 4+lift Photo 3/42   |   The Road To Super Lap, Part 4 — Heart Transplant
Sstp 1207 19+the road to super lap part 4+odds and ends Photo 19/42   |   14 With the harness in place it’s time to slap the remaining odds and ends back together and shoehorn this bad boy!
Sstp 1207 30+the road to super lap part 4+axles Photo 29/42   |   22 Although my swap came from Moshi Moshi with axles, I decided not to risk it and grabbed a set of new axles from Hasport. I opted for the road-race prep version that uses higher-temp grease than standard units.
Sstp 1207 42+the road to super lap part 4+installed engine Photo 42/42   |   31 Leroy lives! That’s all for now, next stop is the state ref for a BAR examination then it’s time to hit the dyno and the track to see what kind of gains we’ve made.

Sources

Buddy Club USA
Ontario, CA 91761
909-923-9188
http://www.buddyclub.us
HASport Performance
Phoenix, AZ 85040
602-470-0065
http://www.hasport.com
Toda Racing
Irvine, CA 92618
949-336-6299
http://www.todaracingusa.com
Honda
Torrance, CA 90501
800-999-1009
http://www.honda.com
MagnaFlow
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
800-824-8664
www.magnaflow.com
HPD
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
661-702-7777
http://www.hpd.honda.com
Koyorad
Irvine, CA 92618
949-727-7054
http://www.koyorad.com
Street Lightz
Arcadia, CA 91006
626-357-7888
http://www.streetlightz.com
Moshi Moshi Motors
310-515-7417
http://www.moshimoshimotors.com
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