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I always liked Honda reliability and wanted a CRX back in the day, but never liked the look of the newer designs. In 2002, Honda unveiled the new DC5 Integra which takes some design elements from a Civic EP3 hatch and former DC2 Integra, but with a very attractive fastback and sportier head/tail light design. After seeing this car at my local auto show, I planned on buying one new. Soon after, I purchased a "nighthawk black" 2004 Acura RSX Type-S in 2004. This was the first new car I ever purchased, having only driven used cars before. Paid off the car in 2009 and have been upgrading "tuning" ever since. The Acura badges were replaced with Honda "racing" red JDM badges. Other fun facts about the parts: Replaced headlights with JDM Honda Integra "black" ones. The car also currently has an intake manifold and front sway bar from a Civic S. The car was first "tracked" at Talledega Grand Prix in December of 2013. Since then its been taken to 1 autocross, Road Atlanta, and Barber Motorsports Park. Best lap @ Barber in 2015 was 1:59.12. Road Atlanta 1:52:49 in 2016. You can see track videos of some of my sessions by searching "RSX at TGPR", "RSX at Road Atlanta", or "RSX at Barber Motorsports Park" on YouTube as DC5Brandon . Recent modifications include a LSD, steel brake lines, lightweight Enkei racing wheels with Toyo R888 235/17 tires, oil cooler, and baffled oil pan for the track. In August 2016, a K24A2 short block from a 2006 TSX was installed with slightly larger bore and 11:0 pistons. The extra HP the K24 produces is nice, but the extra torque gives this chassis exactly what it was lacking from the factory. I also added 600 cc injectors to handle the extra power along with a custom ASP header and larger Invidia Q300 exhaust. My installer had to make a few modifications to make it all work together and keep the air conditioning, power steering, and cruise control. The bottleneck to getting more power is the stock throttle body, but no one is currently making a larger TB that retains cruise control. I could have increased compression, maybe gotten a bigger cam, 3 inch exhaust, but the goal is to use full throttle all day at the track and use it for my daily commute, while maintaining traditional Honda reliability. Next upgrades may include a 4 piston big brake kit and new final drive/TSX 6th gear transmission. Also looking into getting a deep red wrap instead of painting the body next time. If the RSX has an Achilles heel, it would be the lack of low-end stock torque and the move to use Macpherson Strut suspension instead of the superior wishbone design of the DC2 predecessor. Even though the RSX is under-powered compared to most modern sport cars on the road/track, it feels more connected to the road by using a hydraulic steering rack and a cable-based throttle control (compared to many manufacturers moving to drive-by-wire systems today).
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