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1990 Acura Nsx and 1990 Nissan 240sx S13 - Our Garage

Taking Tech To A New Low

Ricky Chu
Apr 18, 2007
Photographer: Manufacturers
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One More For The Stable

There have been a lot of requests for updates on Rik's NSX so here they are. Also, we have another addition to our fleet: a '90 Nissan 240SX. Rik picked this one up to build for Project Car magazine and we decided to take it even further in Super Street. That way he can switch between a car he can source out inexpensive parts for and a car with no inexpensive parts at all. Of course, he'll be eating canned soup for another couple years, but it's all worth it in the end.

DC Sports Headers

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Increased exhaust flow is always important when trying to maximize your car's power. But it doesn't stop at just a bolt-on exhaust system. Aftermarket headers make power if they're designed correctly. With the history behind DC Sports, there's no doubt in our minds that they did all the necessary R&D to extract the maximum amount of power in the 3.0L (and 3.2L) V6 engine. It's amazing what a few bent stainless steel pipes can do, though installing them on this car is a bitch. In fact, the techs at DC Sports recommend 12 hours for the install. With that kind of time you could watch a season of Entourage three times. Rik is more than likely not going to turbocharge his NSX, so the DC Sports headers don't have a chance of being swapped out for a pair of turbo manifolds. If he does decide to add boost with a supercharger, the blower will love the extra breathing room the headers provide.

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Rotora Four-Piston Big Brakes

Whether or not Rik decides to slap some boost onto his NSX, he's going to need extra stopping power. Having a proper braking system is essential in all aspects of driving. The stock NSX brakes are good, but not great. Thinking back to our giveaway NSX a couple years back, we used a set of Rotora big brakes. We've known Rotora's owner, Loren Ho, for a while and have seen his brakes on several racecars, so they will work well. Rotora designs their kits to provide maximum clamping force and stiff pedal feel while keeping the stock master cylinder. Because Ricky plans to run 17-inch wheels on the front, he went with the four-piston calipers in metallic blue finish. In addition to the heavy duty calipers, the Rotora kit comes with 330mm by 30mm two-piece slotted (or drilled) rotors, all brackets, hardware, stainless steel lines and H2 ceramic pads for under $2,000.

Project Car 240SX

If you haven't picked up the first issue of Project Car magazine then you better run out and get one while there's still some left on the newsstands. One of the three cars built for the magazine was this '90 240SX, which was a heap and a half until Ricky blew through it with his $7,500 budget, an engine swap, bolt-ons, suspension and all that fun stuff. The end result was a car we'd actually want to take to the track. The build budgets in Project Car kept us from doing more to it so we decided to elevate it to a Super Street guinea pig and continue the build up for your viewing pleasure-fortunately, the only budgets that Super Street is tight on are our salaries, raises, invoices and expense accounts. Since this car started life as a budget build-up it will continue so, as we try to maximize our (and your) money with the most-bang-for-your-buck parts. In short, another parking space is taken up and there's another 240 we need parts for.

Sources

DC Sports
City of Industry, CA 91746
800-237-7560
http://www.dcsports.com
Rotora
Chino, CA 91710
909-590-1712
http://www.rotora.com
Project Car magazine
www.projectcarmag.com
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