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Classic Mugen Wheels: CF-48, MR-5, M7 (Updated)


Time for an "image tribute" to some classic Mugen wheels over the years. Let's start with the radiating-heat goodness of the CF-48. These are the uber rare black versions with black center caps. The black CRX ain't too bad either!



You have to have the black aero discs (and gold-colored logo / lettering) to go along with them! If you've ever owned CF-48 wheels you know there aren't many aero discs in circulation today...





The MR-5 was easily the most popular wheel of that era. The black-center version with polished lip is hard to beat!



Mugen CR-X Circuit Racer with Mugen MR-5 wheels.....



The M7 wheel is quite rare as very few were sold back in the day. It's all about the SUPER FACTORS!

1. SUPER PRECISION

2. SUPER DYNAMIC-BALANCED

3. SUPER DURABILITY

4. SUPER STRONG

5. SUPER LIGHT



*Update*

Here are a few more additions to our classic Mugen wheel tribute!


Mugen CF-48 wheels with the aero disks. American Honda provided the entire SCCA SSC class field with these wheels at the Runoff in 1985. Quite a sight! This brochure showed them available in GUN METALLIC, CHROME CUT SILVER and CHROME CUT BLACK.



A closer look:





From our image library. Old school shot of a Mugen-equipped EF with Mugen CF-48 wheels.



Update 2/14/2013:


Check out this Mugen 1985 Accord with CF-48 wheels! Brings back memories. Check out all the color and style variations, including a metallic aero disc version!



 

Mugen Racing History: Circa 2003

Today we have a Mugen history brochure from 2003. It includes a storied racing timeline that starts in 1973 and covers Mugen's major racing contributions, engines and accomplishments up to 2003.

 

Right-click to see the images at full size.




We are proud to have the King Motorsports / Mugen GT3 CRX included as part of Mugen history!


Mugen Legend Max Concept Car: 500+ HP, 4.0L


Ladies and Gents, may we present the Mugen Legend Max Concept Car, unveiled at the 2005 Tokyo Auto Salon. This V8 beast was created to be a world class sports sedan-- designed to go toe to toe with AMG and Alpina.


Here are specs for the Study Concept Model "LM (Legend Max)"


ENGINE

> Engine name: Mugen MF408S

> Engine type: V8 Naturally Aspirated

> Displacement: 4.0 Liters

> Horsepower: over 500ps

> Valvetrain: 32 valves, DOHC


DIMENSIONS

> Overall Length: 4980mm

> Overall Width: 1905mm

> Wheelbase: 2800mm


WHEELS & TIRES

> Wheel: 18" Alloy (18x9.5JJ)

> Tire: 275/35R18


BRAKES

> Rotor: 5 slit

> Pad: Type Competition

> Hose: Micro Mesh Brake Lines


AERO

> Exterior: "Increased Advance Body"


INTERIOR

> Seat: Bucket Type (Front)


COLOR

> Exterior: Firecracker Red

> Interior: Black & Blue


Specs for the MF408S in the VEMAC RD408R

> Layout: 90 degree V8 Naturally Aspirated

> Displacement: 4000cc

> Horsepower: 590hp / 9500rpm

> Torque: 383lb/ft / 7500rpm

> Restrictor: 33.4mm x2 or 46.8mm x1

> Clutch: Carbon 4 plate

> Length: 559mm

> Width: 720mm

> Height: 577mm

> Weight: 131kg



** Thanks to vtec.net for the specs -- head over there to see pics from TAS 2005 **

Mugen MF10L - Best of the Pack (Updated)


If wheels were animals, the Mugen wheels would be the ruthless carnivores at the top of the food chain. In that elite pack, the forged MF10 wheels are the dominant males.


Of the MF10 wheels, the best of the pack was the MF10L. The "L" suffix tells the world these are the ultra-lightweight versions of the MF10, specifically made for the race track and only available in white. These are the only version of the MF10 to come in white rather than the standard bronze or silver. Completing the package are unique red and gray graphics sweeping opposing sides of the rim (these graphics are also exclusive to the MF10L).


These wheels are the king of the hill. The MF10L were specifically made for DC2, EK, EG and CRX fitments and were available only in 15" diameter. These are a super light version of the MF10 wheel. Put in perspective, each wheel is only about the weight of 2 of your mom's laptop computers. They are forged wheels so they are super strong and great for racing, which is what they were designed for. Ideal for reducing un-sprung weight -- which translates into faster acceleration and better transient response.


Here are specs for the 2 sizes the MF10L were available in:


Size: 15x6.5

Offset: +45mm 

Bolt pattern: 4x100 

Color: Racing White

Weight: Approx. 10.5 pounds each


Size: 15x7

Offset: +40mm 

Bolt pattern: 4x100 

Color: Racing White

Weight: Approx. 11 pounds each




What if we told you that an extremely limited quantity of the 15x6.5 MF10L wheels were recently found in a dark corner of Mugen's warehouse? And that those sets were on their way to King Motorsports for sale in late January 2013? Follow us on Facebook to be the first to hear the official announcement!





Here's the sticker on the inner barrel of the rim:



Close up of the Mugen MF10L sizing from the brochure:



We'll leave you with this drool-worthy K20A-powered EK4 on Mugen MF10L wheels from HT '07:



Update 1/2/2013:


We are happy to announce that a very limited quantity of the MF10L 15x6.5 wheels are on their way to us now and are due to arrive in our Wisconsin facility the week of January 28, 2013. Then we'll ship 'em out to a few lucky folks. The wheels are up for pre-order now on the King Motorsports site at a special price! Priced as a set of four wheels.

http://www.kingmotorsports.com/p-4335-mugen-mf10l-wheels-15x65-45mm-offset-4x100.aspx


When they are gone, THEY ARE GONE!


Update 2/4/2013:


Mugen shipment MK 13-01 has arrived at our loading dock. 95 boxes of Mugen goodies, including the very last of the Mugen MF10L wheels! Most have been sold by this point, so those who acted quickly were wise to do so. :)



We inspect one of the sets. Gorgeous!



Micro-Hauler: 2000 Mugen S-MX


The 2000 Mugen S-MX. A seriously cool micro hauler!


The S-MX is similar in appearance to the larger Honda Stepwgn, shortened substantially in length and height. Whereas the Stepwgn had three rows of seating to accommodate eight passengers, the smaller S-MX has two rows of seating for four or five passengers.


In order to maximize space for passengers, the S-MX uses a front bench seat and a column shifter for the four-speed automatic transmission (the only available transmission). The S-MX was powered by a 2.0 L version of Honda's B-series engine featuring double overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder; it did not use Honda's VTEC system. Peak power output was 128 hp (130 PS; 96 kW) @ 5,500 rpm and peak torque was 135 lb·ft (18.7 kgf·m; 183 N·m) @ 4,200 rpm.


This engine was shared with the Honda CR-V compact crossover. Similar to the CR-V, the S-MX was available with front-wheel-drive or optional four-wheel-drive.


We like the Mugen logo molded into the side skirt. This is something rarely seen on Mugen aero kits.


EBBRO Die-Cast 1/43 Mugen Collection


Let's face it, you can't build every amazing Mugen car out there. So we resort to the next best thing -- building out your collection with scale models. Ebbro has made amazingly detailed die-cast models for Honda and the Mugen variants for many years in the tidy 1/43 scale (about 3-4" long). I've only ever seen them sold in stores in Asia. You can see a few at the King Motorsports showroom, where King's CEO displays a part of his collection.


In the early 2000's, Mugen worked closely with Ebbro to produce this collection of Mugen models. The details are truly stunning, right down to the precise livery placement and colors on the race cars. As with all Ebbro models, they feature complete interiors and include details like exhaust pipes, radio antennas, cannards, Honda/Mugen badging, clear headlight/taillight housings, window vents and windshield wipers. Ebbro does not cut corners when they make these things. They even have Mugen part numbers!


MUGEN S2000. The colors are faithful to the gray Mugen prototype we showcased on our blog and even includes the Mugen logo in the quarter window of the hardtop.




MUGEN INTEGRA TYPE R. See our blog post for the Mugen DC2R to see how faithful this model is to its full-size counterpart!




MUGEN STREAM




MUGEN FIT




MUGEN NSX JGTC 2002




CASTROL MUGEN NSX JGTC 1999




CASTROL MUGEN NSX JGTC 1999




LOCTITE MUGEN NSX/JGTC 2001



Mugen have continued to partner with top-quality manufacturers like Tamiya, Ebbro and Autoart to create 1/24 scale plastic model kits, 1/10 scale R/C kits, 1/43 scale die-cast and 1/18 scale die-cast replicas. If you love Mugen cars and have more shelf space than garage space, these models are a great place to start a collection!


See the current catalog of Honda/Mugen models from Ebbro on their website. Scroll to the bottom to drool over the discontinued models. Check out Ebbro.net for more pics and 360-degree views!



Back to Stock: John Hinrichs' Mugen CR-Z

 

There are many reasons to downgrade your car back to stock form. Most of the time, it's because life has struck. Maybe the car was munched up beyond repair, or finances are forcing some hard choices.

 

But sometimes the reasons are happy ones -- like upgrading to a newer model!


That's what's happening to our old friend John Hinrichs. John was one of the first to Mugen-equip his 2010 CR-Z. We documented his impressions of the Mugen carbon fiber air box, Mugen 17x7 GP wheels, Mugen cat-back exhaust and Mugen 5-way sport suspension for our blog. And now he's trading in his 2010 CR-Z for a fresh new 2013 model.


We asked him to send his thoughts on going back to stock form after enjoying his Mugen parts for the last 40k miles:


>> With 40k of the 41k miles on my CR-Z having used the Mugen suspension, I didn't remember how the OEM setup felt. Now that its back on, I can tell you I'll be in a hurry to get the Mugen gear onto my 2013.


>> There is little difference in comfort between the two. On the highway, or even a lumpy backroad (if it doesn't have any curves in it), I have to pay fairly close attention to notice the change. Large bumps do take the OEM suspension a bit longer to sort out, so if anything the Mugen setup is more comfortable by being less bouncy. But then there is the cornering. While the Mugen suspension did leave some body roll (it is a comfortable street setup, after all) turn in was immediate, and the way the car's weight would shift was linear and predictable. Not so much with OEM suspension. Not only is the body roll worse, but turn into a corner with any vigor and it takes two or three tries (read: bounces) before the suspension settles in. And it has to figure it out all over again if I try to change my line mid-turn. The OEM setup is best described as vague, if not a little bit unsettling.


>> Oh, and the fender gap is back to barely acceptable with my 16" winter wheels. Would look downright awkward with 17"s.


Thanks John for the report and we're looking forward to your future mods!

 

Check out all our CR-Z performance parts at the King Motorsports online store!


2013 Tokyo Auto Salon: Mugen / Honda Booth (Updated)


The 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon just wrapped up yesterday. Since most of us find it a tad difficult to drop everything to hop on a plane and attend this annual JDM lovefest, we are doing you the favor of letting you live vicariously through a few choice smartphone pictures.


This year's Mugen / Honda display emphasized heritage and cutting-edge technology.



One of the Mugen concept cars that got our attention is the Mugen CR-V concept vehicle. Definitely gives the CR-V a bit of attitude!



The Mugen N-One Premium: Mugen aero kit, sports suspension, wheels and exhaust. Should this car come to the US? We think so!



The Mugen N-One Racing concept car is our favorite. Just imagine a race grid full of 20-30 of these cars, much like the old City Turbo race series in the 80's! That would be too cool! We love the No. 16 -- a shout out to all the great Honda race cars that shared the same number.



This is one of the 300 limited edition Mugen CR-Z RZ cars. A supercharged hybrid is hard not to like. With close to 200 hp, the Mugen CR-Z RZ punches well above its weight.



This booth shot features the Mugen CR-Z GT race car. Thanks to 歐陽明曦 for posting this on our Facebook page!



Update 1/22/2013:


One of our favorite cars at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon was the Mugen Racing N-One Concept (pictured below). We are pleased to announced this car was awarded the Grand Prix award! This prestigious "Best in Show Award" is awarded to the car that best embodies design, ingenuity and the spirit of the Tokyo Auto Salon. Congratulations to Mugen!!!

http://www.mugen-power.com/english/news/2013/20130122/index.html



Mugen Emblems: Power Collection, Mid 80's


The Mugen logo has always been to me a thing of beauty. I first saw it in the late 80's, on a white first-gen CRX that the popular kid at school owned. He had acquired a few Mugen parts and proudly showed off his Mugen badges. In those days, Robotech and Japanese anime culture were on the rise, so the Mugen logo represented a magic synergy of Japanese cool-factor and cache. The badge had it all: Power, bold kanji, simplicity and in "in the know" foreign flair; all built upon compact cars that were within reach to the average high-schooler growing up in Southern California. Come to think of it now, these elements make up a large part of the backbone of what we toss around these days as the definition of JDM car culture.


Nowadays we take it for granted that "imported from Japan" is synonomous with "high quality," "original" or "authentic" -- even if it isn't always true. But let's turn back the clock to the 80's, to a time when Japan was just starting to be seen as a country that produced high-quality, technologically-advanced goods, especially in the automotive and consumer electronics industries.



This newly-forged consumer credibility in Japanese-made goods was such a departure from decades past that "Back to the Future: Part III" pokes fun at how much things have changed. In the 1955 storyline, Doc and Marty dig up the USDM Fried-Time-Circuit-Spec DeLorean and have this memorable exchange:


Doc Brown: No wonder this circuit failed. It says, "Made in Japan."
Marty: What do you mean, Doc? All the best stuff is made in Japan.
Doc Brown: Unbelievable!


Can't blame Doc Brown for his incredulity. Let's put this in perspective for today. Right now, Chinese-made cars have the reputation of being low-quality, gaudy, inferior knock-offs hobbled together with shoddy workmanship, cheap labor and non-existent quality control standards. Whether that harsh reputation is warranted or not, when the Chinese car manufacturers show off their products at international auto shows, they make cringe-worthy appearances and somehow can't find a copywriter who helps their image instead of harming it. But you have to start somewhere, and in perhaps a decade a few stand-out Chinese auto makers will at last make a decent car, pay the big bucks for a proper ad agency to position and brand them, and they will eventually sell proper Chinese-made cars here in the USA. It sounds crazy now, but no crazier than telling 1955 Doc Brown that in just a few decades, Car and Driver Magazine would have a 10 Best Cars list that includes three cars from Japan (1985 Honda: Accord, Civic/CRX and Prelude). In my own lifetime I've seen Korean cars go from oddities to top sellers. So IMHO I'm betting the same can happen with China. Some day, your kids may want Chinese lettering on the vinyl stickers they proudly display on their super-smart, super-efficient CDM rides. Ni hao, mei guo!


All this automotive navel gazing spooled up within me this week when King Motorsports posted up a classic collection of Mugen logos and emblems from the mid 80's. This single full color catalog page reads a bit like the Rosetta Stone of the Mugen logo. The logos featured here bridge a certain visual branding language gap, capturing a precise moment of Mugen's visual identity transition from the 70's to what they would use in the 90's.


On this single page you'll find the well-established, classic kanji-focused stickers and emblems-- but you ALSO see some of their early uses of the red-gold-black stripes integrated with the logo. The san-serif version of the badge has transitioned nicely into the metal, tilted parallelogram badge they use today.



By the 90's the red-gold-black stripes were common in the printed logos, usually in the minimized dashes they still use today.



I love this terrific window banner that is properly curved to the shape of the glass and tucks the Mugen kanji into the black color bar.



Here is the full catalog page scan. Right-click to see the high res version.


 

And someday you'll have this exchange with your son:

 

You: No wonder the super e-motor volt booster you got off Taobao isn't working. It says, "Made in China."

Your kid: What do you mean, Dad? All the best stuff is made in China.

You: Dangit!

 

** Check out all of the currently available Mugen emblems and stickers at the King Motorsports online store. **