** We just got this note and review from John Hinrichs for the Mugen High Performance Air Intake System (Carbon Fiber) for CR-Z - Thanks John! **
Just got back from making the holiday rounds. Driving through five states visiting friends and family (and showing off my car, of course).
Some of the people I visited are car guys, some just thought it was pretty, most loved the way it sounds (thanks, by the way) (Mugen Exhaust, ed.) , but everyone had something to say once the hood went up. Even with all that's going on under the bonnet of a CR-Z, with the normal engine stuff and all the extra IMA wiring, the first thing everyone locked on to was the Mugen intake. That smooth expanse of carbon fiber had everyone interested, and I can't blame 'em, it is gorgeous.
Not only does it look great, but under load the intake provides just enough extra sound to balance the tone of the Mugen exhaust. Its obvious these two pieces were designed for each other: Subtle with a hint of badass.
Special thanks to Mike for doing such a great job on the install.
Thanks to Bob and Joe Moser for these amazing pics!
Click the buttons in the lower corners of the picture below to see the slideshow.
Our President/CEO Scott Z travelled to Atlanta for the SCCA American Road Race Championship this past wekeend. Scott was there to support and perform Crew Chief duties for long-time King race customers Bob & Joe Moser.
Scott decided to keep everyone updated with pics and tweets from his Android smartphone. Here are his travelogue pics!
Trip off to a slow start - flight to Atlanta delayed in Milwaukee.
The laptop faithfully doling out ARRC info while waiting for the flight to board.
First stop on every Road Atlanta excursion.
Welcome to Road Atlanta.
Hurry up and wait...
Wet and cold @ Road Atlanta
All calm before the first session.
On the false grid. The Miatas are favored to win. We'll see about that...
Night falls at the track.
Joe does his post-race interview.
2010 ARRC ITA Podium Finishers.
A jubilant Joe Moser after his hard-fought win.
** Many thanks to Brain Dopp for sending this in! **
Hey guys, I just wanted to say thank you for all of your help and support. Here are some recent photos of the car and all of the parts at work at Road America and Autobahn Country Club!
Upon its release in 1997, I knew that I had to own a 5th generation Prelude. From the factory, the car was a lot of fun but as I started attending track days, I quickly began to realize the potential of the car. Having been a long-time fan of sports car racing, I already knew the King Motorsports name and upon many recommendations and days on the race track with King prepared cars, I knew who I was going to trust with my car.
The very first modification I made was the Mugen Header and Exhaust combination. It really cleaned up the mid-range power making the car transition into VTEC more smoothly than ever. The additional power and torque not only helped straight-a-way speeds, but also exit speed out of corners. Construction of any Mugen part is un-surpassed, so there were more parts to be ordered from King. To keep things cool under such conditions, a Mugen fan switch and Mugen radiator cap were added. Next was a Honda Prelude Type-S (JDM) airbox to further build mid-range power. Another little tweak was a machined and lightened flywheel that was recommended and done by King. To make my driving experience even better, a set of Mugen sport driving pedals were added.
Over the last few years, most of my work has been focused on the suspension. Working with King, I added a set of Koni Sport dampers with SPS3 race valving along with Koni coilover sleeves. To accompany the Koni dampers, are Swift Racing Springs at each corner. To balance out the handling further, a Progress adjustable rear anti-roll bar was installed. Another easy way to make the car corner better is to reduce weight. I added an Odyssey 680 MJT battery (30lbs savings!) a carbon hood and some other miscellaneous weight savings equaling a loss of nearly 100lbs! To slow things down at the end of the straights, I added a rebuilt set of NSX calipers along with Legend rotors which are 28mm thick. To maximize the clamping power of the brakes, I use Hawk Blue racing pads at the track and Hawk HPS pads on the street. To increase feel and reliability, Techna-Fit brake lines were installed at all four corners.
And there is much more to come ranging from more suspension tweaks to additional power from an H23 VTEC!
Engine Performance Modifications:
- Mugen Header
- Mugen Exhaust
- King Motorsports custom race pipe
- Mugen Fan Switch
- Mugen Radiator Cap
- Honda JDM Type-S AirBox/intake
- King Motorsports Lightened Flywheel
- Exedy Stage II Clutch
- Honda OEM Body Kit
- Honda JDM Fog Lights
- King Motorsports Exhaust Heat Shield
- VIS Carbon Hood
- Mugen Sport Driving Pedals
- Honda JDM Si-R carpet
- Honda OEM Carbon Trim
- Honda JDM Type-S Carbon Bezel
- Honda/Acura OEM RSX Shift Knob
- Koni Sport SPS3 Race valved dampers and coilover sleeves
- Swift Racing Springs 10k front/12k rear
- Spoon Strut Tower Bars f/r
- Progress Technology Rear Swaybar
- Energy Suspension Bushings
- SSR Integral Wheels 17 x 7
- Dunlop Direzza Sport Star Spec Tires 215x45x17
- NSX Brake Upgrade w/Legend Rotors
- Techna-Fit Stainless Brake Lines
- Hawk HPS/Blue Brake Pads
- Ate Super Blue Brake Fluid
- Odyssey 680 MJT battery (15.5 lbs!)
** Thanks to Brian Lang for sending this in! **
Just wanted to share some photos of my TSX -- now Accord Euro -- thanks to you guys.
The car looks amazing in person. I'm planning on getting some CCW LM 20's for it but right now I'm dropped on Tein springs and Axis Mod's 19x8 +35. I installed bolt on/off CF panels on the bottom corners of the front bumper but it barely scrapes if driven right.