Limited Edition: Chris’s Boosted J-Swapped EG

At long last! The first of my two photo shoots from my visit to Victoria, and the first one up is Chris’s boosted J-swapped Civic… It’s quite different from the everyday K-swaps that are ever-so-popular in the Honda community. How could I have passed up the opportunity to shoot one of the island’s cleanest and most unique builds? I couldn’t – and the best thing about Chris’s car is that it’s a car that you’ve probably never even heard of unless you’re close to him or his friends.

I’ve seen Chris’s cars through pictures that Jackie has sent in some of our chats and could really only admire through those pictures. It’s one thing to appreciate a well-built car through iPhone pictures, but it’s a totally different feeling to see it up close and admire the work that has been put into it. My trip to Victoria was well worth it and the two cars alone show that the island literally at the end of Western Canada does have something to show, and they aren’t any half-assed builds either.

Chris hasn’t really had a true photoshoot that has been shared on social media or anywhere for that matter, and it’s surprising because a build like this deserves recognition. Chris is a super low-key guy and I get the sense that he really just does what he does because he enjoys it and nothing more. Him and his wife, Tiffany, were super friendly and accommodating while I was there – I’m looking forward to coming back during the summer!

Enough of my chatter… I’m sure you guys are dying to see this as much as I am dying to show you!

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We’ll start off with a roller to get this going like always.

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The best thing I found out about this build was that it was Chris’s first car that he purchased back in 1997. Great builds take time and patience and this is another great example of exactly that…

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The biggest head turner of Chris’s Civic is the massive J-series engine from a TL Type-S bulging from the center of the hood and a Vortech charger connected right beside it…

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Part of the LEVEL one family.

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Password JDM canards on the front bumper to help make the front end aggressive.

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Chargespeed wide fenders

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Even from the side, Chris’s EG is mean as hell. You can see the piping from the hood, the canards and First Molding lip flow to the Chargespeed fenders and the lines flow all the way to the rear Spoon wing.

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With the hood opened, Chris replaced all of the stock plastic bolts for some better hardware…

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And the custom Vortech power plant in all it’s glory.

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The J-series straight from the 2003 6-speed Acura TL Type-S.

Another cool tidbit about Chris’s car is that this obviously hasn’t always been the only engine Chris has ran… This is actually his fourth engine. His first engine was a D-series, the second one was an turbo LS, his third was a built B16 turbo, and now a boosted J-series. Quite the progression, if you ask me!

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The back has been gutted for room for his Auto Power drag cage.

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For you diehard Civic fans out there, you might have noticed by looking at his front bumper that it’s not a typical EG front bumper… Any guesses? Look carefully – if you scroll down, you can confirm your guess or find out if you’re stumped…

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The answer is – the vents are from a 99-00 EK bumper. Chris actually does body work and molded those in himself and they look seamless as you can see from the above two pictures. You’ll also probably notice the Vision type DC mirrors swapped in too.

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Another look at how aggressive and beastly this car looks from afar…

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Jackie and Chris swapped cars to get to the next spot so he could give me a ride in it. The car is currently pushing about 400whp and in a light and small chassis like the EG, that’s no joke. Jackie mentioned that it was difficult to get traction in the lower gears but once it gets going, it goes…

Side note – you can see the JDM EG6 cluster as well.

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The Spoon SW388 wheels suit any classic Honda perfectly and this is no exception.

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Here you can see a perfect shot of how massive this engine is in the EG chassis.

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We ended up finding a nice spot near the entrance to the area after the Ferry that made for good spot lighting.

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Some behind the scenes shots… The group is trying to find the best dual lane road to take rolling shots on. Turns out Victoria doesn’t have many dual lanes but we ended up finding some good stretches of road! Sneak peak at my next subject… πŸ™‚

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The chariot for the day was Jackie’s lowered TL on some spacers that even rubbed! LOL… Jackie is notorious for just dumping everything.

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A pit stop and another preview shot of the second photo shoot to come…

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These rolling shots were next to a nice and peaceful lake. Suited these shoots perfectly.

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One last shot to end it for Chris’s car. I will admit that I do have a few more, but I will have to revisit those later and repost them up when I get the chance. I know Chris and Ben have been itching to see the shots… The other shots will serve as a good refresher later!

LRD VDR: Trung Nguyen’s Track-Prepped Honda S2000

One of the craziest cars that attended the illmotion Sunday School Show & Shine was Trung Nguyen’s Voltex-equipped, HKS-powered Honda S2000. Around this city, it’s quite rare to see an S2000 anymore – unless of course you’re hanging out with the YYC S2000 crew, but if they aren’t around, an S2000 is not so common. On top of that, just seeing a fully track-prepped S2000 with really good quality parts (and money) paired with it is almost like looking for a Unicorn. There used to be a couple around town – Jackie Law’s S2000, which is now in BC and Nick Chow’s S2000, which has been sold and in another city to name a few… But to be fair, the S2000 is an impractical car – they were made to be at the track… That’s how they were bred and how they were meant to be used. If I do ever see one, it’s always an older guy that looks like he’s going through a mid-life crisis, but you just know that deep down he doesn’t really understand what the S2000 is capable of or what it was meant for. But I digress… That is a whole other story in and of itself for another time.

Now… I’ll just put it out there that I have not personally met Trung since he lives in Edmonton but I have spoke with him on numerous occasions about his car, my car, parts, and whatever might come up. He had been working hard to get the car ready for the show & shine, drove it down and then flew back out, leaving the car in Nick’s hands. We ran out of time with the shoot so regretfully, I didn’t get a chance to take as many shots as I had originally wanted. However, I do know that Trung has some significant plans for the S2000 and I’ve already called dibs on shooting it as soon as he’s done for next year – and I promise I’ll have a whole boatload of shots that we can all ogle over.

Whenever I shoot cars like Trung’s, it sounds odd but I get inspired to get great shots. A well-built car with every aspect in mind and no corners cut deserves every bit of my being to showcase it. Trung, with the help of Nick, built the car so meticulously and so carefully that I’m sure any of us can appreciate every inch of this S2000. I will let the pictures speak for themselves, but you’ll see pretty quickly why this car demands the attention that I speak of.

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Early morning and we met up at Nick’s house. Could you imagine waking up to a garage like this? I would probably wake up 30 minutes earlier just so that I could give myself an extra 30 minutes to stand in the garage and battle myself on which car to take that day.

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Nick’s GTR

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And Trung’s S2000 right beside it. I’m sure for the few days that it was sitting there, Nick had to have been reminded of his J’s Racing S2000 and perhaps wanted it back for a bit…

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We quickly left and went en route to a location as per Nick’s suggestion…

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And boom – let’s get it started. Trung’s build is literally black on black on black. Black Advan GT’s, Black body, full carbon sticker-less Voltex Type 7 GT wing Voltex diffuser… All of that with greenery behind it made it work perfectly.

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Close up shot of the Voltex front bumper carbon lip with amazing quality weave.

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One of the photos I had posted on Instagram – LRD VDR LURKING.

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These next shots were Nick’s idea as this couple was walking by with their dogs. Nice candid…

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Worked out well for National Dog Day last Monday too! haha

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Close up of the rear of Trung’s set up with the Advan GT’s in matte black which I am beginning to grow quite fond of lately. I was having a first world problem moment after the photoshoot with Nick and JC about what wheels I want for the FRS. The GT’s look amazing on cars with aggressive aero and if the wheels themselves are in an aggressive size, but not so sure how they would look on a lowered, stock-bodied FRS… The debate continues…

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Close up shot of Lord Vader. Beastly.

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Trung very quickly made his way into the level ONE fam. One thing I never got a shot of, and perhaps you can make it out if you stare long enough is the set of rare Mugen MS-R buckets in the cockpit…

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A front quarter shot of his car shows a closer look at a lot of very expensive aero – perfect for his track days.

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Another perspective on the wheels and fitment

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Shot of the rear again. Side note: The span and base of the Type 7 wing is MASSIVE compared to my old Type 5 double decker if you’ve ever had the chance to compare or see it in person, it’s crazy.

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A shot of the beautiful rear that made JC and I hate our cars exponentially more as we drove behind it that day.

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A closer shot of his rear J’s Racing fenders

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Another of the front – which is now my iPhone wallpaper…

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A closer shot of the front fenders and some custom work. They are Challenge fenders that have been widened and re-radiused to +30mm by Circuit Garage. The extension piece on the front bumper was custom and fit on there to finish it off.

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More black on black action (no racist) – a charcoal colored Endless BBK behind the GT’s and AST 4150 Coilovers to bring it all together.

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Did a closed hood/engine shot that I thought worked well since Trung’s engine was not overlooked either… I don’t think I’ve ever used this technique cause I thought it was always cheesy, but it worked in this case lol.

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Inside sits the powerplant backed by the HKS GT Supercharger – which at this point in time has made the most power known globally at 372WHP.

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A closer shot and you can just barely see the T1R header which flows out of a Berk exhaust out back.

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Placing this as the last shot you’ll see until I get the chance to shoot it again – most likely some time next year, but it’s in the books now. I wish we had time to do the rollers but I’ll make sure it’s an epic shoot the next time we go out with Trung’s S2000!

Hope you enjoyed!

Applying and Leveling a level ONE Decal

Prior to the photoshoot today, Diana and I went over to JC’s house to meet up and head out in one car since it’s a pain to drive both around when we get to certain locations. Drove up and saw Derrick chillaxin…

He recently got a level ONE decal and about a week or so ago he had carelessly applied it crooked – I never saw it but I’ll just take his word for it. Turns out he wanted a new one and a second chance at doing it properly. Ironically, the level ONE decal is quite a difficult decal to get “level”…

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Derrick came up with a better way of doing it and brought tape and everything lol

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JC cleaning his car getting ready for the shoot. It’s funny because “most” of the time, JC’s car is always cleaner than the car we’re actually shooting with the exception of his side mirrors sometimes… haha!

IMG_4110 copyApplying this decal is usually a three-man job… Sadly.

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Taped up and centered properly this time

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Voila! Derrick got the chrome/black decal and it goes perfectly with his car.

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Lookin’ good. Been a while since I’ve seen his car…

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Random.

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Group shot with my lame stock car… Slowly starting to order parts now so I should have my first part next week sometime. FINALLY. By next year it should look decent enough to finally run with the boys.