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Loi-Spec Acura Integra Type Rs - Road Warriors

The Loi-Spec ITR Collective

By Rodrez, Photography by Jdmzipties

When the Integra Type R was first introduced to U.S. consumers in the late ’90s, the enthusiast market was already well versed in its attributes. The dreams of every Honda boy racer, the high-revving 1.8L, no-nonsense, undoubtedly race-inspired coupe made for the complete package. With so much momentum behind the wildly popular ’94-up Integra chassis, Acura was certain that a limited edition, hopped-up version of the sporty third-generation Integra was sure to be a monumental hit—and the company was right. Those lucky enough to get their hands on the illustrious “R” were blessed (or cursed) with one of the most highly-sought-after cars of the ’90s, and in our circle, that love affair still burns.

Today, you can find used ITRs still carrying their value, and if you search long enough, you might actually find a clean title chassis for sale that hasn’t been raped by theft and/or vandalism. As of late, many ITR owners fall into one of two categories: Those who keep their cars safe from harm at all costs, relishing in the fact that they own a piece of Honda history, with lingering thoughts of keeping the car forever. On the other end of the spectrum are Loi and Brian Hua and Lewis Liang of Loi-Spec Garage. They don’t mix thoughts of their ITR projects with inclinations of long-term pampered care with the possibility of turning a profit later on down the road. In fact, they have but a few basic goals with these cars; hit the track, and go faster. That’s it. However, that doesn’t mean the cars aren’t completely street-friendly, or able to park next to high-dollar show cars and fit right in if they so choose. They wear their battle scars like a proud, belligerent colonel, and make no qualms about holding hands with a sky-high redline all day in the desert heat of their favorite track. We present to you the Road Warriors, three avid enthusiasts with simple, purpose-built cars that do work on the regular. Enjoy…

Loi Hua’s ’01 Integra Type R

The name Loi-Spec has probably streamed across your computer screen at one point or another, whether it was on a forum, Facebook, or perhaps the Raceline track series coverage that we provide here in HT. While most would assume it refers to a shop or tuning firm, it’s actually just Loi Hua’s group of friends and family that started out improving their own cars for track days. Eventually, his efforts led to word-of-mouth advertising that now has Loi putting in a few extra hours as he’s started to work on other enthusiasts’ cars as well.

We first spotted Loi’s white ITR during a track event one weekend, then took note of it at the annual Eibach Meet the following weekend, and yet another track event shortly after that. He adds, “I’d built a white ITR and was thinking about selling it when I came across a black one. In the end, I bought another white ITR, but after a few months I sold it and finally picked up this black one. I got it for 12 grand and only 100K on the odometer with a clean title. It’s in excellent condition with the original engine and trans.” So clean, in fact, that Loi vowed to leave the interior intact, unlike his previous track machines. However, after removing the rear panels to avoid scratching them while transporting spare parts and tools to the track, one thing led to another and before long, most of the cabin was stripped down just like his previous builds.

Under the hood, upgrades are based solely on reliability and longevity. Basic exhaust, header, and intake changes were made, and attention was focused toward entering and exiting turns like a bat out of hell. Zeal Super Function coilovers with custom Swift springs and a rear Mugen antiroll bar help keep the shiny side up, while a Gear X 4.928 final drive and Cusco one-way limited slip do their job of transferring the power properly to the meaty 225/45 Nitto NT01s.

With so many street and show cars sporting massive rear wings and aggressive aero, Loi found himself grouped with the “race-style” crowd. He adds, “Some people thought that the Loi-Spec cars just park, but they don’t know that we’ve attended every Raceline track event since last year.” The Loi-Spec name may just represent a group of friends and avid track junkies, but Loi hinted there is a very real possibility that a garage open to the public could happen in the near future.

Bolts & Washers

Propulsion
B18C5
HaSport mounts
AEM cold-air intake
Bored-out ITR throttle body
JG Edelbrock header (modded 2.5 collector)
Mugen first-generation cat-back
Test pipe
Spoon Sports Kevlar plug cover
Samco radiator hoses
Exedy Stage I clutch
Exedy flywheel
Cusco 1-way LSD
Gear X 4.928 final drive

Suspension
Zeal Super Function coilovers
Swift springs, 18K front/13K rear
Mugen 26mm rear antiroll bar
Hardrace rear trailing arm bushings
Skunk2 front camber kit
SRR rear camber kit

Resistance
Spoon Sports twin block calipers
Project Mu rotors
Project Mu Club racer pads, front
Project Mu HC+ pads, rear
Project Mu brake fluid
Goodridge stainless lines

Wheels & Tires
Volk TE37 15x8 +32
Nitto NT01 225/45-15 front
Nitto NT01 205/50-15 rear

Exterior
JDM front-end conversion
Loi-Spec front splitter
Special Projects P1 splitter brackets
Spoon Sports front lip
Spoon Sports side mirrors
Voltex Type 1 3D GT rear wing

Interior
Recaro Profi SPG
Mugen seat rails
Mugen Type 3 steering wheel
Works Bell short hub
Works Bell Rapfix quick-release
JDM Type Rx pedals
Spoon shift knob
Spoon ’98 spec cluster

Props
Holly Ly, David Lam, Toan Nguyen, Renee Lee, J&R Auto, Raceline USA, Moshi Moshi Motors, Danny Nguyen of JDMzipties, ProvenMotorSports.com

Owner Specs

Daily grind
Sales associate at a beauty supply store by day, mechanic by night

Favorite site
NWP4life.com

Screen name
DC2rLoi

Building Hondas
8 years

Dream car
None, I don’t dream about what I can’t afford

Inspiration for this build
My friend Larry’s ITR gave me the inspiration to start building my own

Future builds
To find a Phoenix Yellow ITR with U.S. front end

By Rodrez
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