Have you ever been to a concert and had the misfortune of standing right next to a 6ft. tall speaker? I was stuck next to the speaker at a Sugar Ray concert a long time ago so I know exactly what that is like. Running around with Chris and his RSX felt like the same experience. This beautiful RSX was fairly quiet while it idled, but, press down on the fun pedal and the volume hits max real quick. What? Oh, I thought you said something, sorry (lol).
The top end of the motor in Chris’ RSX consists of a Jackson Racing Supercharger running at 11psi. This is fed by a Mugen intake and controlled by a Hondata K-Pro. RC Engineering 650cc fuel injectors and a Walbro 255lph fuel pump supply the motor with the extra fuel to compensate for all that beautiful compressed air. Chris found a way to quickly and efficiently expel the exhaust through a Buddy Club race header and matching Buddy Club Spec 2 exhaust. A Competition Clutch Stage 4 clutch and lightweight flywheel were installed to help put the power to the ground. Keep poking around under the hood and you will find a plethora of aftermarket parts and accessories to make all the go fast parts work in harmony and keep things looking pretty.
Once the hood gets closed and you begin giving the rest of the car a “once over” you will quickly notice that it all follows right along. Mugen was the company of choice when it came to the front bumper, side skirts, canards, hood, and rear spoiler. M&M (no not the candy company) provided Chris with the carbon fiber rear diffuser. Lighting comes via Integra Type-R headlights and a 6000K HID kit. This RSX is no slouch at holding the road day or night.
Keeping the car attached to the ground was Chris’ next focus. A set of Yokahama S-Drive tires were installed over 17×9 Volk CE28N wheels. This is kept in check by Tein HA Coilovers, Function 7 lower control arms, Mugen strut bars, a Progress rear sway bar, and a Today 25mm front sway bar. Chris installed a Wilwood Dynalite big brake kit to compliment the car’s speed and turning capabilities. What’s the point of going fast if you can’t stop right?
The interior of this RSX holds a myriad of Mugen and Type-R accessories. Mugen S1R bucket seats and those beautiful green Takata harnesses jump right out at you as if they are inviting you to come and take a ride. Couple those with the T1R titanium shift knob, B&M short shifter, AEM gauges, and Type-R pedals to make for one well-rounded and versatile interior. It doesn’t matter if you want to hit the twisties in the Texas hill country or just hit the local Starbucks, this RSX is ready for anything.
A few years ago Chris was faced with a choice. He used to play paintball all of the time and was very competitive and good. The big decision came when he figured out that he needed to move on from paintball and find a hobby that was a little more stable. The progression to the automotive culture was almost natural as Chris really enjoys his cars.
Chris has had a few modified cars that include a 1995 Mazda 626, a 2000 Ford Ranger, and a 2004 Mazda RX8. The RX8 was his first real shot at modifying cars. It had all of the usual bolt-ons and suspension goodies. The one thing he loves the most about his current RSX is just driving it. He bought the car in 2004 with 30,000 miles on the odometer and has added 50,000 more miles to that. Although if he had his druthers he would be rolling around in a Skyline GT-R V-Spec II Nur.
When Chris isn’t turning wrenches on his RSX you can usually find him at work as a geoscience technician or hanging out with his friends and family. Looking into the near future Chris will be changing up his RSX a little bit and the only thing he would tell me was “J’s Racing.” Ok, I’m hooked (lol). Big thanks to Chris for coming to hang out with me for a couple of hours in this ridiculous heat. I had a blast shooting this car as it has always held a special place in my heart…and my eardrums.