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LIVE FROM JAPAN 2: Innocent Beginnings

September 27, 2017 3 min read

It started innocently enough, a perfectly stock JDM Type R. I consider this a blank canvas, but since it is a Type R, even from day one it was an incredibly solid, very quick little Honda.

Here is where it started…

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This is what I saw at the dealer (for some reason I didn’t take any photos of the exterior)
Super clean

The factory recaro’s were is perfect condition, without even the seatbelt wear on the shoulders!

Factory Recaro's

The factory momo wheel looked great too

Momo

Red lettering Type R shift knob

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And a very clean K20A
K20A

I picked up the car and drove it straight to a Dyno. This is what came back:
Dyno Graph
A 10 year old Type R with 65,000kms on the clock that has lost an estimated 15PS!?! (without even factoring that it was a hot summers day)

It was clear then that things were going to get interesting…

For reference, the specs of the Japanese Type R are below. Mine does not have the C-package.

Technical Specifications

Type 2.0L
DOHC i-VTEC+PGM-FI
Car
name
Honda
LA-DC5
Transmission 6
Speed manual gearbox, FWD
Dimensions(LxWxH)(mm) 4385 x 1725
x 1385
Wheelbase
(m)
2.570
Tread front/rear (m) 1.490/1.490
Ground
Clearance (m)
0.130
Vehicles weight(kg)
without
Air-conditioner
1,170
with
Air-conditioner
1,180
Seating
Capacity
4
Interior(LxWxH)
(mm)
1770 x 1430
x 1135
Engine
Engine
Type
K20A
Cylinders/valves Watercooled
IL-4
Fuel
type
Unleaded
premium gasoline
Piston displacement
(cc)
1998
Bore
and Stroke (mm)
86.0
x 86.0
Compression ratio 11.5
Fuel
system
Honda
PGM-F1

(Electronic Fuel Injection System)

Fuel pump Electromotive
Fuel
Type
100
RON
Fuel Tank capacity (L) 50
Performance
Horsepower
output
220ps(162kw)/8,000rpm
The
maximum torque
21.0kgm(206Nm)/7,000rpm
Min.
Turning Radius (m)
5.7
Max
speed
146mph
(235kmh)
VTEC interfere
point
6000rpm
Redline 8400rpm
Acceleration
(0-60mph)
-
0-400m 14.3
secs
Power Transfer
Clutch Dry
type Single plate
Gearbox Gear
type
Gearbox
operation system
Floor
change type
Gear
ratio 1st
3.266
(39.5 mph)
2nd 2.130
(60.6 mph)
3rd 1.517
(85 mph)
4th 1.212
(106.4 mph)
5th 0.972
(132.7 mph)
6th 0.780
(157.5 mph, at the time of 8000rpm)
Reverse 3.583
Final gear ratio 4.764
Steering Rack & pinion
Tire
(F/R)
215/45Z
R17 (Bridgestone Potenza RE040 or Yokohama A046)
Brake
(F/R)
Oil
pressure discs
Suspension
System
Macpherson
style / double wish bone
Stabilizer
(F/R)
Torsion
(23mmx2.8mm)/bar
Wheel size 17
x 7JJ
Wheel
offset
60mm
Wheel pitch
circle diameter (PCD)
114.3mm
Wheel
weight (per each)
8.65kg
Springs
rate (Front/Rear)
2.8
~ 4.6 / 3.0 ~ 8.0kgf/mm
Damper
attenuation power (0.3m/sec)  [Front/Rear]
(Growth)
161 / (Shrinkage) 73kgf

190 / 108kgf

Stabilizer
size [Front/Rear]
23.8×2.8mm
(Hollow) / 22mm (Solid)
Damper
mount Bush (Direction of axis) [Front/Rear]
100
/ 370kgf/mm

Main Equipment

Tranmission 6
Speed Close gear ratio
Safety Equipment
SRS
airbag system for driver’s and passenger seat
*
ABS
(four wheel anti-lock brake system)
*
Center
high-

mount
brakelight

*
Side-impact
door beams & Side-impact floor beam
*
3-point
seat belts with load limiters
*
3-point
rear seat belts (child-seat mounting system)
*
Comfortable Equipment
Auto
air-conditioner
*
Power
steering
*
Power
window (driver’s seat side with prevention mechanism)
*
Central door lock
(hatch lock linkage)
*
Electric
wave entry system (with welcome lamp function)
Exclusive
use
MD with AM/FM tuner /
CD player
Optional
Honda
navigation system (6 inch wide monitor)
Optional
Interior Design
The
Recaro front seats
*
3 spoke MOMO leather
steering wheel (360mm)
*
Aluminum
shift knob/pedal pad/footrest
*

4 metallic Sport
gauges (with illuminations control)

Exclusive
use
Beverage
holder (front & rear)
*
Aluminun Side
step
Exclusive
use
5:5 split fold-down rear seat *
ExteriorDesign
HID
headlight
*
Under rear
spoiler
*
Wing
type rear spoiler
*
Body-coloured
side sills
Exclusive
use
High
temperature absorption UV glass
*
Privacy glass
(rear & rear windshield)
Optional
(C package)
Honda
Type R emblem (front & rear)
*
Red engine head
cover
Exclusive
use

Speed-sensing, variable intermittent windshield wipers and intermittent rear
windshield wiper
*
Rear wiper Optional
(C package)
Large
diameter exhaust pipe
*
Electric
remote control door mirrors
*
Remote
control foldable mirrors
Optional
(C package)
Run Related mechanism
Hard
suspension setting
Exclusive
use
Front aluminum
lower arm
*
Aluminum
flywheel
*
Helical LSD
reacting torque
*
Front
‘Brembo’ brakes (300mm ventilated disc & aluminum 4pot caliper)
*
Brake cooling
air duct
*
Front
strut tower bar
*
Tire/wheel
High
grip tire
215/45ZR17
Tim
Tim


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