In 1985 American Honda mailed this postcard to enthusiasts all over the US to help introduce them to Mugen competition parts.
Note the spelling of CRX for the US versus CR-X for Japan. How would you like to see these guys coming up behind you in your rear view mirror?
A Mugen CRX prototype in a full scale wind tunnel back in 1984- Validating all aero mods.
See also our pic of wind tunnel testing for the Mugen DC2 Type-R.
Here is a nice tidbit from our archives for you CR-X fans. This is a visual timeline of Mugen's second-gen CR-X models.
1987: CR-X PRO.2 F1 Marshal model
(Includes bonus "CYBER SPORTS" graphics!)
1988: CR-X PRO.2 Products model [EF7/8]
1989: CR-X PRO.2 VTEC [EF9]
See all our current performance parts for the second-gen CR-X at the King Motorsports online store.
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!
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!
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!!!
Today we're taking you on a short tour of the Mugen exhaust/header fabrication shop. Located behind the main showroom in Tokyo, this ultra clean and efficient facility is where all the Mugen headers and exhausts are fabricated.
All Mugen exhausts and headers are constructed from polished T304 stainless steel, including all attachment points. T304 is considered the best steel available for corrosion resistance and all-around toughness. The flanges are cast stainless steel and use OEM gaskets and hardware for a precision fit.
Each exhaust and header is TIG welded on an extremely robust jig to ensure absolute perfect fitment.
Here a center resonator is packed with sound deadening material before being welded to the B pipe:
The finished product is racked before being packed up for shipping. This represents a typical production run of B Series headers.
You can check out the currently available Mugen exhaust components in our online store. You can also order a custom header made by King Motorsports. In the tradition of the Mugen headers, the dyno-proven King headers are hand-fabricated with T304 steel for any H, B or K Series and built for perfect fit and maximum horsepower gains.