Never Lift… a Motovicity-hosted half-mile event in Coalinga, CA.
Annnnd we didn’t even have a car yet. I live my life a quarter mile at a time & all, but damn I gotta admit Dom, this was stressful. Not like ‘magazine stress’… where you could push back the deadline a few days erhrmmm weeks. Nope – this was the kinda stress that makes you pull your dreads out. Check out Episode 1 on Youtube… it’s all about the purchase & a last minute sprint up to Tennessee because the hometown Honda dealer stuck it right in our frickin’ ear.
We’re trying to source parts, get everything shipped in, and schedule installs. All the installs get more difficult & calculated when you have to film & photograph them… and your video guy lives out of state. But – by the later part of the week, we were getting shipments by the hour. On Thursdays at 5:00pm, James at K-Tuner says we can ship him the ECU, and he’ll get it turned around asap. I call UPS… they say the cutoff for next-day shipping in 5:30. I go into beast mode, tear the ECU out of the car, tell my daughter to get here shoes on I dont care if they’re on the right foot, and haul ass to UPS. Make it by deadline! James at K-Tuner gets the ECU next day (Friday), unlocks it, and next-days it back to me. It’s back in the car by Saturday morning.
Do or die. We haul all the parts over to United Speed Racing (USR) Sunday. And we bring the R over that Monday, whereby Jason Owens installs the…
- Mishimoto intercooler kit
- Mishimoto oil cooler kit
- Mishimoto intake
- Mishimoto coolant expansion tank
- Thermal turbo-back exhaust
- Whiteline lowering springs
- Redline synthetic oil w/ K&N filter
- United Speed Racing (USR) Stage-2 tune on that K-Tuner ECU
- USR turbo blanket
- Vented front/driver honeycomb grille for more airflow to oil cooler (and removed fog light)
…Not bad for 1 day’s work. USR knows their stuff, and Jason is as cool as a cucumber under pressure. The Type-R left that night making 365whp & looking lower.
Tuesday: The wheels & tires come in. Can’t do anything with ‘em until…
Wednesday: I take the car to Gran Turismo East (GTE) for wheels, tires, & alignment. We find out that the wheels are just barely hitting the front Brembo calipers, so I go home on stockies & order 3mm spacers.
Friday: Spacers come in; wheels clear & look SO sweet on that matte silver
WHEELS: Konig Freeforms v2 in 18×9.5 +35
TIRES: Toyo R1R 265/35/18
Saturday: I head back to USR to recheck bolts, make sure no fluids are leaking, and give everything a once-over. We throw a USR tow hook on the front. And Michael Hill from Charisma ceramic coats those matte silver Konigs.
Easter Sunday: Our designer, Guy, cuts the MONICA decals & sponsor decals… and I we throw ‘em on the car who everyone’s over for Easter. Leave for California Monday morning… what could go wrong.