Chad's exquisite Integra illustrates the passion and determination it can take to reach show-and-go nirvana. We have elected to let Chad tell his story of perseverance and let the pictures show the result of his efforts.
475 WHP @ 28 PSI
After purchasing my Integra Type-R I didn't want to go in the same path as most Type-R owners go ... with simple bolt-ons. My main goal was to go turbo because at the time most modified Type-Rs were all-motor. I wanted to take it to the next level. A few months later I had a basic turbo kit installed, staying with stock internals. The car was my daily driver and after driving the car hard for a year and putting a lot of stress on the engine, it leaned out and blew two pistons.
The problem was running the stock internals, with an already high compression ratio. Which on a turbo engine means detonation and bye-bye to your engine. Most people who install turbos don't go through the research of what's needed in the install and fail to keep up with the high maintenance that's needed with a stock internals/turbo setup. They have the idea that all they need to do is install the kit and you're automatically fast without worrying about any problems.
I cleared my head and devised a game plan. I decided to upgrade to low-compression pistons and forged rods. Thinking that would be the solution to my problems. My upgrades were only a temporary fix because in a couple of months my engine blew again. The problem this time was a spun rod bearing which shot through the block and caused a big crack on the crankshaft resulting in a seized engine.
Now my engine was really gone and my car was down for the count. During that period I finally decided to do some research and to get some professional advice. I talked to Ryan Takashima from Injen Technology and he mentioned a couple of shops that were reliable but most were in the Los Angeles area. I really didn't want to have my car towed that far. That's when he mentioned a shop in San Diego county known for building top-notch engines-Advanced Engine Breathing Systems (AEBS), in nearby Miramar.
The shop setup was clean and they had some cars being worked on that were owned by some well-known tuners like R.J. de Vera. At that moment I knew my car was at the right place.
At first, my intentions were to get the engine fixed, which required a new block and crank. After a week I came to realize that instead of doing things halfway, it would be to my advantage to just go all out. AEBS owner, Ben Ma, and I discussed what I should do to the engine with the budget I had, which was no limit. He said I was going in the right direction by upgrading the pistons and rods but also advised building up the rest of the engine to balance it out. He had the engine blueprinted, started with upgrading the majority of the engine's internals.