The DC2 Type R represents how cars should be made. Focused on fun, little compromise on comfort and yet well-engineered for bearable daily driving.
Carmakers can throw in wallops of horsepower, and control these power with electronics that can put NASA to shame. They can mate the engine with some fanciful gearbox that blips the throttle and does the best rev-matching that probably can only be matched by the best drivers in the world. However, at the end of all these, it just takes the fun and skills out of driving. In some cases, the immense horsepower and space-age electronics mask the inadequacies of the chassis; car buyers can perhaps ask themselves; are they really paying for more? Or they are just paying for less engineering which is covered under layers of marketing gimmicks?
The DC2 Type R has none of these. Simple naturally-aspirated power toe the line of balance, basic manual gearbox with helical LSD ensures none of the requisite skills is taken away from the driver. And that finely-tuned chassis; it's just like the girl whom we eventually want to take home as a wife; absolutely nothing to hide and springs no surprises. How many girls, or cars in this context, can fulfill a promise like that when we peel the layers off?
The DC2 Type R is still months away from the completion of the restoration project. So what exactly were Soichiro Honda-san and Shigeru Uehara-san's intentions when they conceptualised a car like the DC2 Type R? The author can't wait to find out.
830am. It was a really cool morning with raining cats and dogs. i really want to have more sleep, however I know that I got a very important mission to acomplish - to send the DC2R for restoration work
845am. Have a qik cuppa and left home for MY
900am. Exit SG Customs, really heavy rain while on my way
910am. Exit MY Customs, car began to feel underpowered and sluggish
910am. "CEL" on, duno what happen, continue to drive while all meters appear normal
920am. "Battery" lamp momentarily on, i guess could be slipped belt due to rain water
935am. Arrived at destination, all fault lamp disappeared
NO NO to black, fugly rubberised undercoat for a Type R. I appreciate how Honda runs the silicon seal and undercarriage paint so I am going to remove the rust if any, degrease properly and reseal the entire undercarraige retaining the original color.
Despite the notoriety behind such a title, it was the last comment that I can't agree more with.
"This sporty import is popular with younger men, who insurers know to be more risky drivers. Padgett points out that the Acura Integra hasn't even been sold brand-new in America since the mid-1990s.“The fact that the cars still exist, and are still getting so many citations, is a testament to its durability and its spirited performance—and more proof to Honda that it needs to go back to building more cars like this one.”
I have finalised the list of components that needs replacement. They took me about 2 hours comparing the UKDM/EUDM/JDM components that some cannot cross referencing each other, various revisions from 96, 98 and 2000 model etc
1 08P14-ST7-C10 FLOOR CARPET
1 08R04-ST7-000 DOOR VISOR
1 08P08-ST7-002 FRONT MUDGUARDS OR 08P08-ST7-600 (08P08-ST7-00001 + 08P08-ST7-00002?)
1 08P08-ST7-002 REAR MUDGUARDS OR 08P09-ST7-600 (08P09-ST7-A0001 + 08P09-ST7-A0002?)
1 84201-ST7-000ZA GARNISH, SIDE - NH167L
1 84735-ST7-000ZA LID, R. DAMPER MAINT - NH167L
1 83785-ST7-000ZA LID, L. DAMPER MAINT - NH167L
1 84640-ST7-J00ZA LINING ASSY. RR. PANEL - NH167L
1 83730-ST7-010ZA LINING R. SIDE - NH167L
1 83780-ST7-010ZA LINING L. SIDE - NH167L
1 75717-ST7-003ZB STICKER RR. (DOHC VTEC)
1 75717-ST7-941ZA STICKER RR. (LSD)
1 75717-ST7-Z01ZA STICKER RR. (TYPE R)
1 75700-ST7-Z00 EMBLEM FR. CENTRE (H)
1 75701-ST7-Z00 EMBLEM RR. CENTRE (H)
1 33113-SM4-010 LABEL, HEADLIGHT CAUTION
2 01473-SV4-000 CALIPER SET, RR
2 43227-SG0-013 SPRING, PAD
4 43244-SG0-003 RETAINER
1 83445-ST7-Z01ZA COVER, PARKING BRAKE - NH167L
2 01463-ST7-R00 CALIPER SET, FR
2 46505-SA5-000 PAD, PEDAL, STOPPER
4 51312-SD4-020 RUBBER, STABILISER END
2 51392-ST7-Z11 BUSH, FR. LOWER ARM
2 51810-SH3-004 BUSH, SHOCK ABSORBER FORK
2 51306-ST7-Z11 BUSH, STABILISER HOLDER
1 51395-ST7-Z01 BUSH COMP., R. FR COMPLIANCE
1 51396-ST7-Z01 BUSH COMP., L. FR COMPLIANCE
2 52315-ST7-Z01 BUSH, RR. STABILIZER
2 52316-ST7-Z00 BUSH, STABILIZER END
2 52314-ST7-Z00 BUSH, STABILIZER LINKAGE
1 53534-ST0-013 DUST SEAL COMP.,TIE ROAD
1 53543-SR3-N52 DUST SEAL COMP.,TIE ROAD
4 53685-SL0-A00 BUSH, STEERING GEARBOX MOUNTING
1 53436-ST0-950 CUSHION B, POWER STEERING GEARBOX
1 53735-SR3-960 HOSE, OIL COOLER RETURN
2 54107-SA0-010 BUSH, RR. JOINT
1 54110-SH3-003 SEAT, CHANGE LEVER BALL
1 54115-SH3-000 DUST SEAL B. CHANGE
1 54303-SB2-010 RUBBER, EXTENSION END
1 54306-SH3-000 RUBBER, EXTENSION MOUNTING
4 91301-671-671 O-RING 1.9X11
1 12030-P73-000 PACKING SET, HEAD COVER
2 91213-PR3-004 OIL SEAL, 29X43X8
1 91212-PR4-A01 OIL SEAL, 38X50X7.4
1 14400-P72-014 TIMING BELT
1 11251-P30-004 PACKING, OIL PAN
1 91214-PH1-004 FLYWHEEL OIL SEAL 80X100X10
1 16010-ST5-933 STRAINER SET, FUEL
1 16722-P75-A01 HOSE COMP.,FUEL FEED
1 17723-ST7-J01 HOSE, PRESSURE REGULATOR RETURN
1 22200-P73-015 DISK COMP., FRICTION PLATE
1 22300-P73-005 DISK COMP., PRESSURE PLATE
1 91006-634-008 BEARING, CLUTCH PILOT (NTN)
1 91215-689-013 OIL SEAL, 14X25X16 (GEARBOX SHIFT)
1 50810-ST7-Z10 INSULATOR, RR. ENGINE MOUNTING RUBBER
2 74423-SP0-000 HOLDER, FUEL CAP
1 73152-ST7-003 MOULDING ASSY. R. FR. WINSHIELD SIDE
1 73162-ST7-003 MOULDING ASSY. L. FR. WINSHIELD SIDE
1 73151-ST7-003 MOULDING FR. WINDSHIELD UPPER
1 73251-ST7-305 MOULDING, RR. WINDSHIELD
1 74815-SK7-000 GROMMET, KEY CYLINDER
1 71722-ST7-Z00 PACKING, L.SPONGE
1 71712-ST7-Z00 PACKING, R.SPONGE
1 74440-ST7-000 WEATHERSTRIP, TAILGATE
2 34275-ST7-000 SEAL, BUSH, BRAKE LAMP
2 90125-ST7-000 SCREW, SPECIAL, 5MM
2 33503-ST7-A01 GASKET, BASE (TAIL LAMP)
1 06350-ST7-Z10 CYLINDER SET, KEY (SERVICE)
1 44732-SL0-J70 CAP ASSY. ALU WHEEL CENTRE (NH0)
7 91505-ST7-003ZA CLIP, COWL TOP - NH167L
6 91550-SH3-003ZG CLIP, RR. PANEL LINING - NH167L
7 91508-SR3-000 CLIP, WIPER COWL TOP (BLACK)
1 91604-SD2-013 GROMMET, HOOD STAY
1 90672-SJ4-013 HOLDER, ROD
28th May 2011 This key brings back memories of 13 years ago, when the '98 DC2R first appeared at the Honda showroom and a young college boy could only marvel at the sleek body shape and the updated 16" rims, and dream of driving one home. This feeling was soon canned, but never forgotten, when the last Type Rx left the showrooms in the year 2000. As worn as it is now, a new unit will replicate its glory of starting up one with the most melodious starters followed by the firing up of one of the best long-stroke DOHC VTEC engine.
Why the talk of restoration, you may ask. The picture below speaks a thousand words.
The picture isn't very clear, but note the putty patch job on the tyre and the cracked bumper. I am quite sure most car enthusiasts will agree that the proper way to patch a tyre is to plaster the puncture from the inside. Maybe the previous owner was thinking that since the car would be sold soon, so such shoddy attitude can be shown towards the car. Running on Nexens in the rear and Falkens in front is hardly befitting of a car this calibre as well.
The cracked bumper is just a part of the car that needs replacement. More pictures to follow. More work is guaranteed to restore this car to its former glory.
The 1998 Honda Integra DC2 Type R. Simple. Focused. Fun.
A car that followed the revered 1992 Honda NSX NA1 Type R, both in spirit and in engineering. It redefined the age-old view that front-wheel-drive machines will never be fun and will do nothing except understeer into the sand trap.
It was built in the era when Honda had a lot more focus in her R&D, and product differentiation pretty much dominated her lineup. Any discerning car enthusiast will never confuse the DC2 GSR for the DC2 Type R, nor an EK4 hatchback for the more highly-strung EK9.
This blog aims to put down in pen, a 13-year-old love story and the arduous process to bring a legend back to life; a Type R spirit, that in this author's opinion, was never seen again since the discontinuation of the NSX NA2 Type R.