Future Proof: Good Taste Is Always In Style

Time has a funny way of taking its toll on things. Much like the changing of the tides, trends seem to come and go with time. What is now popular will likely become old hat in coming months, only to be resurrected some years from now. Of course there are exceptions to every rule and some styles are timeless, staples if you will, like Converse’s legendary Chuck Taylor.

It’s a look that isn’t difficult to achieve, yet has unquestionable head-turning capabilities. The formula around which this car was constructed is one I grew up admiring in print magazines like Sport Compact Car, Turbo and Super Street. You start with a reasonably sporty car like the Integra and apply a handful of top-notch and properly executed modifications.

When Parnell Navarro bought this, his first car, second-hand back in 1997, cars like this could be found all over LA. The key ingredients back then were a lowered ride and expensive wheels, with SSR and Mugen being the cream of the crop. Those that were particularly keen to stand out from the crowd would add additional bits like JDM components and lip kits.

If you really wanted to take it to the next level a full color change was the grand finale. By today’s standards this stuff is all quite mild, but back in the ’90s before wire tucks and shaved engine bays and all the other trends, this was how people built their cars and to be honest, I wish more people would go back to it.

Now don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of respect for what people are currently doing in the Honda scene, but you’d be hard pressed to find a car from the current crop that will look as good in ten years as this Integra does today. If there’s something to be learned it’s that simplicity will always stand the test of time.

There’s an old adage we’ve all heard that says “you get what you pay for” and there are two schools of thought: quality and quantity. Of course there’s no right or wrong way to build a car or spend money, but I’ve always felt more compelled to own a smaller number of well-made things – be it camera lenses or car wheels – than a massive amount of mediocre stuff.

Perhaps that’s why I’ve always been attracted to this style, rather than throwing hundreds of shiny anodized do-hickeys and sticker-bombed add-ons there are just a few nicely placed items. While the Mugen MF8 wheels might not be “hellaflush” with deep barrels and chrome lips, they do look rather nice and considering that these were forged by Rays in specs designed for a Honda, you know they work.

There’s no mickey-mouse-shiny-look-at-me-bolt-in-cage in the interior, nor is there some ill-mounted second hand bucket seats with a death-trap expired harness setup either. Just a well kept original interior which suits a clean street car perfectly. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

Of course there are some modifications, like the highly sought after Mugen FG360 steering wheel. It’s become one of the hottest Honda accessories of all time and this very steering wheel commands anywhere from $600-1200 on today’s market depending on condition and accessories.

The only acceptable shift knob to use in unison would be a same-era piece also by Mugen. Anything else would be uncivilized.

Elsewhere are more little details that only a trained enthusiast’s eye would pick up on, like the optional Japanese “Personal Box” which is of course “For No Smokers”. The interior of the box is felt lined and most owners seldom place anything inside, but just knowing it’s there is worth the cost of entry.

The engine compartment follows suit and places emphasis on the effectiveness of the mods rather than the sheer volume of bolt-ons. With the exception of a few polished and chromed pieces, the engine bay looks shockingly standard compared to many of today’s Honda engine bays.

Using a tried-and-true LS/VTEC Frankenstein engine as a base, the block has been sleeved, punched out and stuffed with aftermarket internals. The head has been sourced from a B16A and received some massaging before being bolted to the block. For good measure a period-correct Rev Hard turbo kit has been attached for even more oomph.

It’s a look that says the owner cares enough about presentation to show it off, but still desires the reliability of a car that’s actually driven. What it lacks in tucked wires, shaved holes and fancy nuts, bolts and washers it makes up for in driveablilty.

While it may not be the fastest, most expensive or immaculate car I’ve ever shot, there’s something about it that excites me as much today as it did the first time I saw it nearly a decade ago. If anything, the current hyper builds make this kind of car even more special and reaffirms the less-is-more approach to car building.

As time moves forward I’m sure there will be lots of fads we look back on in shame, like the haircut on our driver’s license. But there’s one thing that we can be sure of; quality never goes out of style. Along that token that I’d think Parnell has built a car that could be considered an automotive staple – the timeless SoCal street import.

1993 Acura Integra

ENGINE

2.0L Turbocharged LS/VTEC; Darton sleeves; 84.5mm CP pistons; 11.5:1 compression; Eagle rods; knife edged crank; JDM B16A cylinder head ported and polished by Sparton Performance; Type-R valve springs, retainers and intake manifold; Buddyclub Spec 3 cams; Skunk2 cam gears; chrome valve cover; polished intake; Fluidyne radiator; Rev Hard turbo kit (manifold, intercooler, charge piping); Spoon oil and radiator caps

ENGINE MANAGEMENT / ELECTRONICS

Hondata S300 ECU

DRIVELINE

JDM XSi Integra Y1 transmission w/ factory LSD; Kaiten Karui flywheel; ACT clutch kit; DC Sports short shifter

SUSPENSION / CHASSIS

Skunk2 coilover sleeves; Tokico HP shocks; ST sway bars f/r; Spoon front strut bar; custom cross member by Dirty Cambodian; EM Racing c-pillar bar

WHEELS / TIRES

16×7 Mugen MF8 wheels; 205/45R16 Yokohama AVS ES100 tires

CABIN

Mugen pedal covers, FG360 steering wheel, shiftknob; Autometer gauges; JDM XSi gauge cluster, seat belts, personal box

BODY

NSX Imola Orange Mica paint; Mugen lip kit (front half-bumper, side skirts, rear half-bumper); JDM DA headlights, side markers, taillights, side moldings, window visors

THANKS

Reggie Q, Allen at Rev Hard, Chuckie and Rocky from Showstoppers, Robbie, Brandon, E-jay, Sam, Sean K and my family

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1

tastefully done...not very often we see tegs like this...most have been of the "slammed" type.

2

b and h series engines have much less wiring, also remove the ac, ps, and if it was equipped abs, wiring is much simpler.
 
with k-series and people keeping some luxuries (a/c, ps, etc) a wire tuck or partial wire tuck helps keep the bay clean.

3

Very very nice, cool pictures too!!
I don't like every item on this car, but it's all put together so tastefully that the final effect is almost perfect, wish there were more owners like this :)

4

the car is WHATEVER!!!!, Just another POS that beaners want to fix up.  wannabee JDM.... infuenced by peeps that already made the sceen.  needs to find out what JDM is but is trying to hard,.... go back to school man!!!

5

Not a fan of 90's hard parkers. GB2 Chronicles.

6

Not sure what the haters are getting at... As a domestic guy who despises ricey stuff, THIS is the kind of import I could see myself owning.  Clean, simple, smooth, and not obnoxious.

7

Perfect! Awesome car! Its original yet doesnt try to be some attention whore. It's not a trend whore either. Just a well done fine tuned drivers car than can be well enjoyed! Not just looked at.

8

Converse shoes pinch my toes and Integras look like they were designed by Frigidare.  They are a soulless transportation appliance, and nothing more.  This excludes them from ever being considered a classic.  SCC, Turbo, and SS catered to the lowest common denominator and featured whatever the brands of cars that the advertisers were paying ad space for.  Popularity does not indicate style or worth, just dollars spent.

9

Such a beauty

10

Haters gonna hate either way you go.
Perfect example of simple and clean build, all the basics for an Integra. I tip my hat to the owner.

11

Wow. Hate Imports that badly? Or just Hondas? And then to insult three Import-themed magazines? I don't know about you, but I guarantee you that the former Editor of Turbo magazine, especially the one that ran Turbo back when the style of this car first became popular could not only physically kick your ass, but also blow your mind with his intellect. Not to mention the minds of Mike Kojima, Dave Coleman, Eric Hsu... All of whom have ties to those magazines as writers, editors and contributors that had a GIANT impact on the import tuning world in general. It's not about popularity, it's about passion, self expression, engineering and so much more. Apparently you missed the boat on entire reason why people modify their cars. 
 
Also, are your feet hooves? Or are they full of cists and twisted bones? No one's feet are pinched by Chuck Taylor's if they've got the right size on. Go hate somewhere else.

12

I don't know about SCC, and Turbo. But SS is the bottom of the barrel, I used to read them in my younger days, but now their material is crap. I have not found one issue that does not have typo. Not with spelling but with power numbers and specs. And they always put themselves on the pedestal on the reader rides section. 

13

Excellent build! A super clean car can never be wrong. Good work!!

14

ignore social standards and what you have here is a clean build plain and simple. yes it's old and out of date but that's not the point, it's about attention to detail.

15

Magazines feature cars people are building and want to pay money to read about, not what cars are paying for advertisements. Sure that logic might work for buff books like Motor Trend or Car and Driver where they're writing about current model standard vehicles, but when it comes to finding modified examples people have to first, you know, modify them. Unless you're suggesting that every Integra ever built was paid for by Acura as some type of guerrilla marketing scheme.

16

These types of cars just draw in all kinds of negative attention for whatever reason. I write over a dozen articles each month about all types of cars yet every time I touch something from Honda there are guys that come out of the rafters just to speak negatively about the cars, then they disappear for weeks until another Honda pops up. I don't get it either.

17

 @Fede I appreciate the compliment, but the car made taking decent photos pretty easy!

18

 @Nikhil_P Cars like this are becoming a bit of a lost art sadly.

19

Although I suppose they really shouldn't anymore, the comments that pop up when Hondas are covered continue to blow my mind. The entertainment factor is a positive, though, as one cannot help but smile at the biased, shallow, narrow-minded ignorance that seems to flow so freely and naturally from some of these people. It's amazing - in good and bad way.

20

This is one of my favourite integras of all time, nice write up. I always get a little tingly when I see Honda coverage on Speedhunters that isn't one of those "contemporary" builds with a "bit too much going on".

21

Really like this. Love how drivable and simple it is. Does any one know how much bhp it produces? 220? 250?

23

 @HLB Glad to hear you can appreciate a more simple build, there will be more in this vein in the coming months.

24

DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY DO-HICKEY
 
Anyways, this has to be on of my favorite posts on Speedhunters for a couple of reasons. My uncle jumped on the DA bandwagon in his early 20's and purchased a white version when I was a mere 3 years-old in the year 1995(I think) before he got married. We lived in the San Gabriel Valley, which was heavily influenced by the JDM car scene. It was a mere 5 minutes from Downtown, Los Angeles(if you drove fast enough) so the Downtown skyline was seen almost everyday(with the right vantage point). He always took me to go hiking all throughout my childhood which meant driving on GMR, Chantry Flats, Mulholland, etc. He wasn't the type to modify his car with aftermarket stuff. He was the type who kept it in an immaculate condition with oem parts. When it came time for me to learn how to drive a stick shift when I was 15, I learned in my uncle's DA Integra. Good memories.
 
All good things come to an end though..... When My uncle got married and had a kid a few years ago, he had to sacrifice his Integra for a 4-door Civic. FFFUUU****!!!! Now he lives in Riverside, a million miles away from Topanga Canyon, Glendora Mountains, San Gabriel Mountains, and all the good shtuff*. No more hiking. No more mountain roads. No more Integra.
 
The fact that this car was shot in Socal with the Downtown skyline right behind it makes it my favorite. It brings back old memories of the late 90's and early 2000's when things were good.

25

@sean klingelhoefer Also what are the two red buttons on that awesome mugen steering wheel? Horn? Nos?

26

Great work and fantastic car! Since this is a CA car, my question is this: how hard is it to get all that after-market intake and exhaust piping to pass the visual inspection in a SMOG test? I only ask because I had to remove my RS•R header from my 'Teg and slap my stock header back on after it failed the inspection (no CARB #).

27

I've never been a huge Honda guy (although I would like to own a DC2 Type R at some stage in my life) but I can really appreciate this. There are just so many mega-earth-shattering builds out there at the moment that it's starting to get a little bit out of control. This shows that the simplest of builds can still inspire and influence people. Great shoot Sean.

30

 @Curlytop  @sean Haha those are horn buttons, but I suppose you could technically wire them to do anything you want.

31

 @LouisYio Cool story bro, no seriously lol. Given the car and where it was built and what it represents I felt it was only right to shoot it with the LA skyline. Glad it could bring up some memories!

32

 @LouisYio Cool story bro, no seriously lol. Given the car and where it was built and what it represents I felt it was only right to shoot it with the LA skyline. Glad it could bring up some memories!

33

 @LouisYio Cool story bro, no seriously lol. Given the car and where it was built and what it represents I felt it was only right to shoot it with the LA skyline. Glad it could bring up some memories!

34

 @MattAtDoyle Pretty sure nothing about the engine setup would pass Smog. Although there are some headers and intakes with CARB EOs like AEM / DC Sports etc, but pretty much any JDM stuff won't be on the list and an aftermarket turbo setup definitely won't pass visual.

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 @MattAtDoyle Pretty sure nothing about the engine setup would pass Smog. Although there are some headers and intakes with CARB EOs like AEM / DC Sports etc, but pretty much any JDM stuff won't be on the list and an aftermarket turbo setup definitely won't pass visual.

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 @MattAtDoyle Pretty sure nothing about the engine setup would pass Smog. Although there are some headers and intakes with CARB EOs like AEM / DC Sports etc, but pretty much any JDM stuff won't be on the list and an aftermarket turbo setup definitely won't pass visual.

37

 @PaddyMcGrathSH Greater than the sum of all parts, that's the goal. No matter how many parts you have, you should think about whether or not you're actually improving anything... Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best!

38

 @PaddyMcGrathSH Greater than the sum of all parts, that's the goal. No matter how many parts you have, you should think about whether or not you're actually improving anything... Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best!

39

 @PaddyMcGrathSH Greater than the sum of all parts, that's the goal. No matter how many parts you have, you should think about whether or not you're actually improving anything... Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best!

40

FORMER Editor of Turbo?
Kip Kington?  That fat **ck looked like he was going to have a heart attack just trying to breath in the 1990's, even if he were still alive, he's in no shape to kick anyone's ass.
Evan Griffey?  Couldn't find his ass with both hands.
Mike Kojima?  Still doesn't know which end of a spark plug is which, and never wrote anything that was not an exact, verbatim regurgitation of an advertiser's press release.
And the operative word in that sentence is FORMER, there isn't a CURRENT editor, because they wrote such a good magazine that they went out of business, closed their doors, and no longer publish a magazine.

41

FORMER Editor of Turbo?
Kip Kington?  That fat **ck looked like he was going to have a heart attack just trying to breath in the 1990's, even if he were still alive, he's in no shape to kick anyone's ass.
Evan Griffey?  Couldn't find his ass with both hands.
Mike Kojima?  Still doesn't know which end of a spark plug is which, and never wrote anything that was not an exact, verbatim regurgitation of an advertiser's press release.
And the operative word in that sentence is FORMER, there isn't a CURRENT editor, because they wrote such a good magazine that they went out of business, closed their doors, and no longer publish a magazine.

42

 @try JDM MANG hey speedhunters, aren't you going to delete this racist fuck's comment|?

43

@tenpennyjimmy @try JDM MANG Done

44

Fuckin beautiful. Pics look amazing Sean. Parnell's DA is classy...

45

Im not really a fan of Honda's, but nice examples like this make me re evaluate how i look at them...

46

Nah that stupid trend-following "illest" sticker will forever date this car, as it is in these photos to the 2008-2013(?) era. Just like similarly retarded fast and furious style door graphics would date it to the early 2000s. Nice car otherwise, too bad about the douchey sticker.

47

 @sean klingelhoefer 
At the turn of the century, when the import and compact scene was at it's peak, you were how old?  Maybe twelve.  Sit down and take notes from someone who was already an adult in the business at that time.
Acura (or Honda) did not have an advertising contract with Turbo Magazine.  Blitz, Option, Koni, DTC, Einkei, Millen, Electromotive, Apexi, Dynamic, HKS, Nopi, Kaaz, Ultra Performance, Greddy, Venom, etc., did.  Each of those companies paid $6,000+ per month per full page of advertising.  The ad reps (Lee Kelley, Mads Buck, Michael Kirby, and Niels Nelson) promised product features and promotional vehicle features in exchange for those advertising contracts.  Kelley then submitted the press releases and coverage requirements from these large advertisers to Evan Griffey, Robert Choo, Gary Castillo, Edward Eng, and Jason Mulroney, and the stories were assigned to the individual writers.  Most of those companies specialize in or have/had extensive product offerings for Honda/Acura.  So the magazine content was Honda/Acura, and whatever else the advertisers were pushing.
Skeptical?  Verify it yourself, look at the content, and see how often the vehicle's featured just happened to have the exact list of products being advertised, usually on the page directly across from the article.
The same story for SCC, SS, Import Tuner, and all the rest.  The content of every last one was dictated by the advertisers.  McMullen/Argus, McMullen/Yee, Primedia, you name the publisher, the game is always the same.  That $5.50 cover price paid for a catalog of that month's advertisers' products, nothing more.

48

dude thank you for posting this i've been wanting to see a clean DA for a while now and this is flawless.

49

 @sean klingelhoefer I don't understand why you cannot just simply appreciate the build? If you don't like it, don't click on the article. People never fail to amaze me...

50

 @RodChong  @tenpennyjimmy  :)

51

 @TylerS13 You're more than welcome!

54

Thank you sir... still want to shoot yours ;)

55

Thank you sir... still want to shoot yours ;)

56

Speechless. Honestly.

57

Speechless. Honestly.

58

I'm failing to see what this has to do with this car? Considering it doesn't have a single part from "Blitz, Option, Koni, DTC, Einkei, Millen, Electromotive, Apexi, Dynamic, HKS, Nopi, Kaaz, Ultra Performance, Greddy, Venom" on it.
 
Furthermore, you do realize you're trying to explain how magazines work to someone who actually was a magazine editor for four years right? Not someone jaded looking in from the outside. I know most of the people you named personally, and I can assure that is not how they went about selecting feature vehicles. Sure there were cars that were built using promotional budget from the brands you mentioned (more so in the "good old days", you know "when I was twelve"), but that's not WHY they were featured, they were featured because they were some of the best cars around.
 
I appreciate the fact that you seem to be quite passionate about the industry and I would suspect you likely worked/ still do work in the industry (probably at one of the aforementioned companies) but I'm not sure why you're so angry? And why is it that every time  you comment you have nothing but negative things to say? And why not use your real name, especially if you're going to put others on blast?

59

I'm failing to see what this has to do with this car? Considering it doesn't have a single part from "Blitz, Option, Koni, DTC, Einkei, Millen, Electromotive, Apexi, Dynamic, HKS, Nopi, Kaaz, Ultra Performance, Greddy, Venom" on it.
 
Furthermore, you do realize you're trying to explain how magazines work to someone who actually was a magazine editor for four years right? Not someone jaded looking in from the outside. I know most of the people you named personally, and I can assure that is not how they went about selecting feature vehicles. Sure there were cars that were built using promotional budget from the brands you mentioned (more so in the "good old days", you know "when I was twelve"), but that's not WHY they were featured, they were featured because they were some of the best cars around.
 
I appreciate the fact that you seem to be quite passionate about the industry and I would suspect you likely worked/ still do work in the industry (probably at one of the aforementioned companies) but I'm not sure why you're so angry? And why is it that every time  you comment you have nothing but negative things to say? And why not use your real name, especially if you're going to put others on blast?

60

 @sean klingelhoefer I agree. Both my cars that were featured in one of the mentioned magazines had no sponsors at all. I was asked by one of the editors if I was interested in featuring my car. I do agree that sometimes manufacturers ask magazines to feature a car to promote their products but that isn't always the case. Love this car by the way. It reminds me of my DA back then.

61

 @sean klingelhoefer I agree. Both my cars that were featured in one of the mentioned magazines had no sponsors at all. I was asked by one of the editors if I was interested in featuring my car. I do agree that sometimes manufacturers ask magazines to feature a car to promote their products but that isn't always the case. Love this car by the way. It reminds me of my DA back then.

62

 @sean klingelhoefer I agree. When two of my cars were featured in one of the mentioned magazines around that time it had no support or sponsors from any companies. An editor asked if they could write up an article about my car. Maybe there are instances where a company asks that a car to be featured but that isn't always the case. 
 
Great article by the way. Love this car. I miss my DA!

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 @sean klingelhoefer I agree. When two of my cars were featured in one of the mentioned magazines around that time it had no support or sponsors from any companies. An editor asked if they could write up an article about my car. Maybe there are instances where a company asks that a car to be featured but that isn't always the case. 
 
Great article by the way. Love this car. I miss my DA!

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 @sean klingelhoefer  I agree. When two of my cars were featured in one of the mentioned magazines around that time it had no support or sponsors from any companies. An editor asked if they could write up an article about my car. Maybe there are instances where a company asks that a car be featured but that isn't always the case. 
 
Great article by the way. Love this car. I miss my DA!

65

 @sean klingelhoefer  I agree. When two of my cars were featured in one of the mentioned magazines around that time it had no support or sponsors from any companies. An editor asked if they could write up an article about my car. Maybe there are instances where a company asks that a car be featured but that isn't always the case. 
 
Great article by the way. Love this car. I miss my DA!

66

Great article Sean, and I'm liking the car a lot. As you say, more than the sum of it's parts. Just clean and well-executed. More clean and/or functional Honda features like this please!

67

Great article Sean, and I'm liking the car a lot. As you say, more than the sum of it's parts. Just clean and well-executed. More clean and/or functional Honda features like this please!

68

 @sean klingelhoefer  @Curlytop  @sean 
Nitrous is the only acceptable use. Watch out for the manifold though, and the floorpan could fall out.

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 @sean klingelhoefer  @Curlytop  @sean 
Nitrous is the only acceptable use. Watch out for the manifold though, and the floorpan could fall out.

70

Timeless integra!!!!!!!! Nice pics sean!!!
 

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Timeless integra!!!!!!!! Nice pics sean!!!
 

72

That color looks fantastic on the car especially at dusk. All it needs are some RH Tracers!

73

That color looks fantastic on the car especially at dusk. All it needs are some RH Tracers!

74

Sick photo location. Good job Sean!!!

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Sick photo location. Good job Sean!!!

76

Hey Sean good write up. I ve notice the HONDA scene is very much like the HOT ROD scene. Im only thirty years old and i was around when the import crazyness started. I knew one day that the DA EG EK and DC would be looked at like the baby boomers look at the 64-71 mustangs,67-70 camaro's, and 69-71 dodges( dodge had a few good cars during the late sixties early 70's). Reading your story you sound like a purist that not to fond of the current trend lol. Just like the baby boomers purist need the pro touring class we need those guys with the wire tucks, chrome whatever and shit to add diversities. If everyone followed the same recipe this integra wouldn't be special.I like this purist approach and i think we will see more biulds like this because of the rarity of the cars we grew up on and the fact age is creeping up on most of us. 

77

Perfect example of the K.I.S.S. method of car building.

78

Perfect example of the K.I.S.S. method of car building.

79

This is why I wish my mother kept her da9!

80

This is why I wish my mother kept her da9!

81

This is why I wish my mother kept her da9!

82

 @hanablemoore Definitely an interesting take on it, and I can't say I disagree with what you've said. In regards to the current builds I don't have anything against them, and I even like some of them very much. I just think that when people are haphazardly bolting things to their cars without thinking it through, which seems to be a lot of the cars being built now, that's stupid... but that's just my opinion which is worth virtually nothing lol.

84

 @Roberlini Tracers would look quite nice, it used to have M7s on it which I also think were a little more proper looking, but I'm not mad about the MF8s.

86

 @sean klingelhoefer There is a "fashion" for hating Honda, especially Civic. In my country it's the same, particularly among german and italian cars owners. They form some kind of "mutual appreciation society" and shitstorm is coming at every opportunity. Stickers? - they hate. Slightly bigger muffler? - they hate (even if it's a part of extensive modifications). Genuine Mugen or JDM stuff? - OMG they hate. Expensive modifications? they hate (envy?), etc. This isn't normal. I don't get it. Totally immature and pointless. But the worst thing is the fact, that others are watching and they learn to hate, just for no reason, they think it's "cool". And if you are trying to stop them or smooth things over, they call you a "hater" LOL!!! because you spoil their fun. It's just... I mean... what the f*ck is wrong with people...

87

Lose the turbo, hood prop, and trendy stickers and this car would be golden.

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 @aussieANON  @Curlytop  @sean I hate it when that happens! Danger to the manifold is the worst :p

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 @aussieANON  @Curlytop  @sean I hate it when that happens! Danger to the manifold is the worst :p

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 @aussieANON  @Curlytop  @sean I hate it when that happens! Danger to the manifold is the worst :p

91

 @aussieANON  @Curlytop  @sean I hate it when that happens! Danger to the manifold is the worst :p

92

 @staryjaponiec Yep it's stupid, I've owned Civics for as long as I've had a drivers license so I know exactly what you mean. I just ignore everyone and keep doing my thing. At the end of the day we build cars for ourselves anyway, if it makes you happy that's all that matters. I will say this though - there have been several times where I let someone drive one of my cars who had never driven a Civic and it totally changed their opinion of the cars - this coming from guys that own Evos, WRX, M3, RX7 etc.

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 @staryjaponiec Yep it's stupid, I've owned Civics for as long as I've had a drivers license so I know exactly what you mean. I just ignore everyone and keep doing my thing. At the end of the day we build cars for ourselves anyway, if it makes you happy that's all that matters. I will say this though - there have been several times where I let someone drive one of my cars who had never driven a Civic and it totally changed their opinion of the cars - this coming from guys that own Evos, WRX, M3, RX7 etc.

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 @staryjaponiec Yep it's stupid, I've owned Civics for as long as I've had a drivers license so I know exactly what you mean. I just ignore everyone and keep doing my thing. At the end of the day we build cars for ourselves anyway, if it makes you happy that's all that matters. I will say this though - there have been several times where I let someone drive one of my cars who had never driven a Civic and it totally changed their opinion of the cars - this coming from guys that own Evos, WRX, M3, RX7 etc.

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 @staryjaponiec Yep it's stupid, I've owned Civics for as long as I've had a drivers license so I know exactly what you mean. I just ignore everyone and keep doing my thing. At the end of the day we build cars for ourselves anyway, if it makes you happy that's all that matters. I will say this though - there have been several times where I let someone drive one of my cars who had never driven a Civic and it totally changed their opinion of the cars - this coming from guys that own Evos, WRX, M3, RX7 etc.

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 @sean klingelhoefer  @Curlytop  @sean 
but by far the worst thing is when you have to buy an SR20, and they've got a premium because of race wars! God damn!

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 @sean klingelhoefer  @Curlytop  @sean 
but by far the worst thing is when you have to buy an SR20, and they've got a premium because of race wars! God damn!

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 @sean klingelhoefer  @Curlytop  @sean 
but by far the worst thing is when you have to buy an SR20, and they've got a premium because of race wars! God damn!

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 @sean klingelhoefer  @Curlytop  @sean 
but by far the worst thing is when you have to buy an SR20, and they've got a premium because of race wars! God damn!

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@sean klingelhoefer Just a casual note, I wasn't 12 either around the turn of the century, not sure if that pot-shot was aimed at me or Sean.
 
Lots of haters on Speedhunters lately. Like waaaaay too many.

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@sean klingelhoefer Just a casual note, I wasn't 12 either around the turn of the century, not sure if that pot-shot was aimed at me or Sean.
 
Lots of haters on Speedhunters lately. Like waaaaay too many.

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@sean klingelhoefer Just a casual note, I wasn't 12 either around the turn of the century, not sure if that pot-shot was aimed at me or Sean.
 
Lots of haters on Speedhunters lately. Like waaaaay too many.

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@sean klingelhoefer Just a casual note, I wasn't 12 either around the turn of the century, not sure if that pot-shot was aimed at me or Sean.
 
Lots of haters on Speedhunters lately. Like waaaaay too many.

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Great writeup Sean. Perfect choice of car too.
Makes modern Hondas seem gaudy.

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Great writeup Sean. Perfect choice of car too.
Makes modern Hondas seem gaudy.

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Great writeup Sean. Perfect choice of car too.
Makes modern Hondas seem gaudy.

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Great writeup Sean. Perfect choice of car too.
Makes modern Hondas seem gaudy.

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tole   [tohl]  noun enameled or lacquered metalware, usually with gilt decoration,often used, especially in the 18th century, for trays, lampshades,etc.
 
toll   [tohl]  noun 
the extent of loss, damage, suffering, etc., resulting fromsome action or calamity.:-P

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tole   [tohl]  noun enameled or lacquered metalware, usually with gilt decoration,often used, especially in the 18th century, for trays, lampshades,etc.
 
toll   [tohl]  noun 
the extent of loss, damage, suffering, etc., resulting fromsome action or calamity.:-P

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tole   [tohl]  noun enameled or lacquered metalware, usually with gilt decoration,often used, especially in the 18th century, for trays, lampshades,etc.
 
toll   [tohl]  noun 
the extent of loss, damage, suffering, etc., resulting fromsome action or calamity.:-P

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tole   [tohl]  noun enameled or lacquered metalware, usually with gilt decoration,often used, especially in the 18th century, for trays, lampshades,etc.
 
toll   [tohl]  noun 
the extent of loss, damage, suffering, etc., resulting fromsome action or calamity.:-P

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@sean klingelhoefer haha I was thinking M7's too. Man you really timed your shoot well that first shot with the sun, skyline and shadows is amazing.

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@sean klingelhoefer haha I was thinking M7's too. Man you really timed your shoot well that first shot with the sun, skyline and shadows is amazing.

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@sean klingelhoefer haha I was thinking M7's too. Man you really timed your shoot well that first shot with the sun, skyline and shadows is amazing.

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@sean klingelhoefer haha I was thinking M7's too. Man you really timed your shoot well that first shot with the sun, skyline and shadows is amazing.

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 @Nate047 damn you Hassler! Nice catch lol.

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 @bakayaru Some of them are, some of them aren't. There are still plenty of people building really nice cars, I just find that most of the newer cars are a little too much for me. Again that's just my taste though, the next Honda I shoot for SH will likely be of the k-swapped new school variety, but one I find done in a tasteful manner.

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 @Roberlini  @sean This is a pretty popular spot in LA, and certainly not the first or last time I'll sure here I'm sure. Taking into account previous experience, I knew exactly where the sun would be and thought it was the perfect setting for this car. Glad you liked it!

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 @Roberlini  @sean This is a pretty popular spot in LA, and certainly not the first or last time I'll shoot there I'm sure. Taking into account previous experience, I knew exactly where the sun would be and thought it was the perfect setting for this car. Glad you liked it!

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Perfect.

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Perfect.

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a decade ago you say? wow..very nice build

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Maybe I'm just super old school, but this reminds of RJ de Vera's car. I know it's not the same, but reminds me of it...

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 @Minhster Makes sense, as that's one of the inspirations of this car. It's also the last car to be in Kosoku, RJ's crew.

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timeless classic build!!! Grrrreat feature bro well done...i remember reading a feature on this back when parnell's integra was still NA with his 200hp LS-V setup!!! mos def one of my all time favorite DA builds, besides the great RANDY GAGAN with his equisite xsi R.I.P buddy!!!

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