First we decided that instead of just creating high-horsepower output we should also make it more reliable by reinforcing the block. AEBS installed one of its own block sleeves and Ben suggested Ross pistons with a 9.5:1 compression because AEBS has used them on a lot of engines and found them to be quite reliable. Included were Pauter forged 4340 chrome-moly rods. The crankshaft was balanced and shot-peened as well.
For the head, Ben suggested going with an aftermarket cam and to upgrade the valve train components to accommodate the cam and increase the rev range of the engine. He suggested Crower Stage 2 turbo cams with REV titanium valves, valve springs and retainers.
Next, AEBS increased the size of my turbo and wastegate from a Garrett T3 and 35mm wastegate to a hybrid T3/T4 Garrett turbo and a TiAL 45mm wastegate. Later, Ben approached me and said AEBS was developing its own intake manifold. I was happy to be one of the first Integras to run it.
Another important element, besides reinforcing all the engine's internals, is fuel and engine management. On the hard parts side I went with Bosch 550cc injectors and a high-flow pump. On the software side I swapped my previous fuel-only piggyback computer for a Hondata system. AEBS installed and programmed a Hondata Stage 2 ECU system.
Before running the monster on the dyno an Exedy Stage 3 clutch was installed to harness all that VTEC-enhanced horsepower. After two days of dyno tuning, AEBS coaxed an amazing 475 whp at 28 psi.
Post dyno mods were aimed at reliability. A Nitrous Express N-tercooler sprayer, GReddy Type RS blow-off valve, Stage 2 axles, Fluidyne radiator and FAL cooling fans all address reliability and durability in different areas of the driving experience.
With a pristine and powerful B-series beating under the bonnet, I wanted to make my car look complete. I turned to the exterior and interior and aimed for an extreme JDM look. I added a JDM Bomex body kit because I planned to use JDM Integra Type-R headlights.
After competing at a couple of shows, I got a lot of attention but wasn't winning any trophies. I gathered all the tips given to me by the judges and took them into consideration as I planned a new set of changes. One judge told me to work on suspension and brakes and another told me to work on the interior. I respect their opinion because they know what is needed to be a show winner. The next stop was at Team Prototype who helped get the Integra to the next level with a number of custom touches and the use of a good combination of off-the-shelf stuff.
Under the car went A'PEXi coil-overs, Skunk2 camber plates and a Rotora front brake upgrade. On the inside, Team Prototype busted out a wicked carbon fiber dash, center console and a grip of other CF interior tricks. Bride bucket seats, DJ safety harnesses, a six-point Autopower roll cage, Sparco pedals and a Spoon shift knob round out the interior mods that have put me over the top.