We recently came across an OG customer who had all three catalogs that King created in the late 80s / early 90s. Each of these hand-assembled catalogs was called a Volume and included a carefully curated collection of Mugen parts, King parts, information about Mugen, and information about King's racecars and services. Each include thoughtful introductory letters written by King's CEO Scott and are a terrific snapshot of Honda/Acura performance culture at the time.
Because we don't spend much time looking in the rear view, we actually didn't have these Volumes anymore in our own library of literature. In fact we only printed about 1000 of each Volume. So Bill Yoon generously loaned the Volumes to us (including the price list inserts) for us to scan and make available to share with our friends!
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KMS Volume 1.pdf (4.43 mb), Circa 1989
KMS Volume 1 Price List.pdf (1.11 mb)
KMS Volume 2.pdf (5.24 mb), Circa 1991
KMS Volume 2 Price List.pdf (909.23 kb)
KMS Volume 3.pdf (3.79 mb), Circa 1993
KMS Volume 3 Price List.pdf (2.24 mb)
Back in the 80's, a Mugen limited slip diff turned any CRX/Civic or Integra into an auto-x or road race terror. It simply revolutionized what we thought possible in a FWD setup! This basic design is still winning championships worldwide....
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It's 1984 and first Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Police Academy and Beverly Hills Cop are in theaters. And these amazing exhausts are in Mugen's lineup for Prelude, CRX and Civic!
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Check out this radical design on the City exhaust:
Here is a classic from the archives. These humble and concise paragraphs summarize Mugen's origins (and is even written in first-person). The MF-318 was the first true Mugen engine. Designed in 1973 and based on the Civic 1200 block, this engine was extremely successful in both open and closed wheel catagories.
Here is the transcribed text:
In 1973 Hirotoshi Honda decided to start his own race engine manufacturing company with Masao Kimura. This sparked an interest in racing from a few people in Honda's Research & Development group. Working with Hirotoshi and without pay, we formed Mugen. We all had one thought in mind; to be involved in racing and to manufacture the best race car engines. Our first project was an engine based on a Honda 1200cc Civic engine. We either modified or completely remade everything on the engine, including casting the main bearing caps on the oilpan, in order to add stiffness to the engine, which is required for a Formula race car engine.
The engine was bored out to 1300cc and was entered in the Formula FJ 1300 Racing Series. The engine was very successful, the car won its first race. The success also sparked Honda to return to racing and new Mugen and Honda work side-by-side in many racing projects. Mugen has grown and is involved in manufacturing the highest quality racing and performance parts.
Engine Design Specifications:
Name: Mugen MF-318
Type of Engine: In-line 4 OHC 8-Valve
Bore x Stroke: 73 x 76 mm
Compression Ratio: 11.0 : 1
Horsepower: 135 ps/8000rpm
Carburetion: Keihin CR-35mm Carb
Ignition: From Honda Motorcycle
Here's your chance to get a Mugen exhaust for your 8th Gen Civic coupe or sedan!
As with all Mugen systems, the 8th Gen Coupe setup is perfect in fit, finish, sound and performance. This amazing system features all-stainless steel construction, perfect mandrel bends -- finished with a polished tip with the Mugen logo laser etched into it. The piping is 60mm and both the front silencer and unique 3-sided rear muffler are perfectly constructed from stainless steel.
And the sound is all Mugen - deep and throaty when you're on the throttle, mellow at cruising speed. No droning or rasping, just that signature Mugen tone. Listen to a sound clip on YouTube.
Here are pictures we took recently of the system installed on a customer's 8th Gen Civic Si sedan!