2003 Acura RSX Type-S – Local Hero


Public perception can be quite misleading at times. It has also helped to spread plenty of ignorance, while the Internet and its particular social media outlets have helped the growth from the tuner segment immensely. In the earlier times of the import community, things weren’t so widespread. Should you discovered something or saw a build that you hadn’t seen before, you dug deeper to discover information about it. Any information you found could be helpful and, hell, who knows, you might even take the time to talk with the owner with regards to their project. The Interwebs changed all of that. Individuals have grown increasingly impatient and instead of in search of information on things they know nothing about, they choose to make assumptions. We’ve become so consumed using the complexities the world wide web has provided, we’ve become a society simply skimming over everything and moving right along. Whenever people come upon something that they know very little about, they pretend that they’re knowledgeable, and pass along some false information. In turn, whoever hears that will spread the phrase to the next person, that person will interpret the info another way, and the end result is a bunch of inaccuracies.

There are those that will tell you which they believe that print is dying and that the period of print magazines are numbered. When there is any truth to that, then our automotive community is at terrible trouble. Why? Because magazines like Honda Tuning have always been the outlets for enthusiasts to tell their story well. When someone gets their shot at getting their vehicle build featured in print, it is their opportunity to cast all assumptions and predetermined notions aside. These postulations aren’t always a bad thing; they simply aren’t the reality. When given the chance, who wouldn’t want to tell their side of yourWith all that said, let’s play along. Stop right just and here scan through the next couple of pages. Go on a quick consider this DC5 and try to come up with a number of assumptions relating to this build. Okay, first off, it’s white. White RSXs are fairly common and everybody seems to develop a white version. Secondly, what type-S model offers the best motor of this particular generation so there was no need to do a swap. The owner just added some bolt-ons and cleaned-up the engine bay. Third, this RSX has a Mugen body kit so the owner must be rich, especially since he has Volk Racing wheels to go as well as it. That, or all things are fake which is Mugen-styled. Oh, and since the car is so clean, it’s probably a trailer queen and it is garaged for 95 percent of its life. We can’t give it props because it’s a hard parker.

The existing saying tells us that we should never assume, because when you do … well, you understand the rest. You will be wrong on all accounts if you believed any or all of the statements above. The property owner, Danny Avina, has actually been on quite the tumultuous journey in the process of making what you see today. He’s not only on his second motor, but he’s also had to repaint his DC5 and his Mugen aero kit and CE28s are 100 percent real. Furthermore, Avina is by no means ballin’. He actually finished the Police Academy not too long ago and is waiting to start a profession in police force.

I bought my ’03 RSX back in 2009 for $10k. Danny says. It absolutely was bone stock except for a set of wheels. And, the car originally came in Premium White Pearl. The owner didn’t take care of it very well mainly because it was about four different shades of white. The day I drove the vehicle home from purchasing it, the ‘check engine’ light had already come on. Before, the car ended up developing a bad cylinder because the owner had turbocharged it. He wouldn’t even help me because they said that it absolutely was my fault, when I contacted the owner! It absolutely was the only car I had, and that i didn’t have money to correct it, thus i just drove it around for a year with the bad cylinder. In the event that weren’t bad enough, things got worse. He adds, I eventually killed the motor after sucking up water into my cold-air intake and hydro-locking it. Afterward happened, I made a decision to completely rebuild the car.

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Avina started saving all the money he could from working a 9-5 and eventually acquired a K24A2 motor. Through the RSX’s downtime, he also obtained a used Mugen front bumper, wing, and hood from your friend that was parting out his own DC5. The authentic Mugen sideskirts and rear lip eluded him for quite a while until after he managed to get the car back on the highway again. Once he completed the Mugen exterior, he couldn’t stand his ride being multiple shades of white anymore, so he had the entire car painted in Lexus’ Starfire White pearl.

I kind of just learned the way to do everything through trial and error. I live in an extremely small town that nobody has really ever heard of, so locating help was difficult. There aren’t too many locals that can correspond with my hobby, though obviously, I’ve met a ton of great people after a while just from attending events and what not. Basically all the installation and work of parts have been performed within my garage by me. I’ve always been a believer in making use of top quality parts as well, so I’ve slowly just collected parts that I’ve saved up for.

That hasn’t stopped him from stepping outside of his comfort zone to create a custom engine bay utilizing components from Hybrid Racing and another-off creations from All-In Fabrications, though mugen certainly is the reoccurring theme in this build. The result is a mix of classic Mugen style with a minimalist’s approach underneath the hood, as only the bare necessities stay in a bay that has been completely shaved smooth. Guardians of the anti-trailer queens need not fuss because you’ll be happy to hear that Avina continues to drive his DC5 daily. We don’t recommend cruising across the streets having a screaming Buddy Club Spec 2 exhaust like Danny’s, or possibly cracking that shaved engine bay, but he apparently has no fear-commuting a whole year with only three cylinders will do that to a guy. His plans don’t end here either; a custom turbo kit from All-In Fab is definitely in the works and should be on once this hits the press.