I go to a lot of car meets around Houston. It’s fun to meet up with old friends and shoot the shit, but more often than not, people ask, “why don’t you ever feature Hondas?” My answer is usually the same. You see, I grew up in the 90’s where import “tuning” was all about big rims, gaudy body kits, RS Akimoto intakes and custom conversions. Hondas were THE cars to modify. Nowadays, my tastes haven’t strayed too far from my VeilSide combat roots, albeit, a bit more mature and modifying Hondas have gone through a series of changes as well. For the last few years, it’s been tough for a Honda to make me say wow. Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate a shaved and tucked engine bay as much as the next kid, but most of the Hondas I see around town are lacking in some way.
You can imagine my reaction when I received a call from JohnP about doing a feature on an RSX. “What does it have?” was the obvious question I asked JohnP about the RSX.
I totally trust John’s judgement on cars, as we both have the same tastes when it comes to modded rides. So I relayed the message to Khiem about shooting the car in the bitter cold weather, and he also assured me that the car had “everything.”
As we pulled up to a gas station to meet up Tim, the owner of the RSX, I was pleasantly surprised to see a fully body kitted, big winged and turbocharged Honda staring me right in the face. It actually made me smile, as I’ve thought these cars were extinct. The car just looked all kinds of right.
The first and most obvious thing you’ll notice on Tim’s car when it’s heading towards you is the enormous 4 inch thick intercooler peering from the authentic Mugen front bumper.
But is the intercooler and turbo for show points? I ask because i’ve seen certain Hondas that are turbocharged but just for show points. Boo.
Thankfully, performance was definitely a priority for Tim. And the numbers back that up. 485.25hp at 19psi is no joke thanks to the GT35 turbo going through the custom Full Race exhaust manifold. The engine bay is packed full of chrome and polished parts, adding that little touch of classiness to an otherwise serious looking setup.
The attention to detail is staggering, and while with other cars, that’s the end of the story, but the RSX is one well round about car as the interior has undergone the same treatment. Status carbon seats, Takata harnesses, Nardi Steering wheel and a full Integra Type R interior conversion were all done with each part complimenting the other perfectly.
Another pleasant surprise to both me and Khiem was the fact that this RSX actually had ICE, a rare treat for performance oriented cars in the Honda community. The fiberglass enclosure is something you would normally see in showcars, not in daily driven cars like Tim’s.
Indeed, this car has it all. Engine, interior, ICE, suspension, exterior, wheels, brakes and it’s a straight up street car. I love it.
When I was asked what was my favorite thing about Tim’s car, it was the fact that this car is a bonafide streetcar, or “Streetwhore” as Tim puts it. He has no problems using the nearly 500hp car to use on the street.
I’ll let Tim finish the rest of this story:
“This car started its life at Jotech, where it was owned by Angel Arroyo. It had a crazy ice setup Tein suspension, and Volk le28n’s. So when i got the car it was pretty much stock. After they shot the car for Hci magazine , i wanted to have a custom turbo kit made so we took the car Sci motorsports in San Antonio. There it spent 2 years in the making , only to have a turbo kit that i did not end up keeping. I kept the 4 ” intercooler from the sci kit after getting the unfinished car home i ordered a full race manifold , down pipe, gt35 turbo, and tial wg and bov. i then took the car to Jason H to do the install and tuning. After it was all said and done the car made 485.25hp at 19psi !!”
“The road those numbers were long and painful with about 9k spent on parts for a kit i never used.”
“This is actually my second rsx. The first was silver with a complete authentic Veilside wide body kit. As well as the veilside hood veilside cf wing and teardrop exhaust. That car met an unfortunate demise which led Me to buying Angels car.”
With that being said, there is absolutely no doubt that this car has “everything.” And for that, I only have one word to say.
Tim Zak’s Official Mod List:
Mugen front bumper
Mugen side skirts
Chargespeed cf hood
Backyard cf hatch
M&M racing Rear diffuser
Jdm window visors
Jdm Type R headlights
Jdm rear wiper delete
Suspension, Brakes, Wheels
Work xd9 18×8.5
powder coated pearl white with blue pearl
Endless 6pot front brakes and rotors
Aem rear rotors
Tein ha Japanese coilovers
Comptech coaxial adj. rear sway bar
Function 7 rear lca’s
Function 7 rear lower sway bar endlinks
Spc upper rear camber kit (control arm)
Jspek.com rear lower tie bar (no longer avail)
Mugen front strut bar
Status Ring seats cf and suede
Mugen boss hub
Nardi strering wheel
Jdm type r center console
Jdm type r door sills
jdm type r brake lever
jdm type r shifter assembly
jdm type r red carpet
jdm type r sun visors
red type r door pannels
jdm type r switches
mugen seat stay kit
Alpine touch sreen cd /dvd/mp3 player
2 Alpine 2 channel amps 1 for each sub
1 Alpine 5 channel 440 wt amp
2 12″ Alpine Type r subs
MB Quart Q series compontes
Alpine 6 disc dvd changer
Full Race manifold
Full Race down pipe
3″ custom exhuast (fastlane from houston, tx)
RBC intake manifold
750cc RC injectors
Tial wg & bov
Custom 4″ thick intercooler
Koyo Alum Rad
Samco rad hoses
jdm red valve cover
Mugen oil cap
Blitz rad cap
Mugen fuel cap
Fuel pres reg
larger fuel pump & steel braded fuel lines
Jason H -(for the hard work and hp)
jesse – (there is alot of his blood in this car as well)
chad, and justin
and all my friends and family that told me to do what makes me happy
As usual, for the rest of the photos (121 pics), click HERE.
Pictures by Khiem Pham and David Do