One of our missions here at nw-built is to provide the Pacific Northwest with an outlet where cars and people of all different types and color can join together in one place – in essence, bringing to light the diversity of our region. Last year we took it upon ourselves to fulfill that mission by hosting an event at Golden Gardens in Seattle, WA. It was a huge success being our first big event, and welcomed over 400 cars. Most importantly it showed that people and cars of all types can get together without all of the e-thuggery/flaming, to have a great time and enjoy the Pacific Northwest automotive scene & atmosphere.
Photos and words by Vinnie Nguyen
So this beautiful car car belongs to a friend of mine named Franky. Now I met Franky through one of my bros about a month ago during the Tailored Seattle Meet. When I first saw this car, it was rocking some Mugen RNR’s and it didn’t have the carbon fiber hood. I still thought it was pretty clean but after seeing him with the car again about a week later, it was rocking OG Axis’s. I thought that these wheels definitely made the car look so much better.
You guys may have seen this car at different meets and formed your own opinion on it. I say that this is one of the cleanest DA’s I have ever seen. The stance is just right and it doesn’t hurt that this car can pull too. I’ve always been fond of DA’s and I’m happy to see this old school car amongst the S2000’s, RSX’s, or any new car nowadays.
Franky tells me that this is his 2nd car, his first being a DA as well with the same set up, but unfortunately it got stolen. I was telling him that I’ve heard that DA’s are really troublesome, like there’s always something wrong with them. But he tells me that he’s never had a problem with it except for a few cracked oil pans due to the car being low.
It’s lucky that he managed to find another one as clean as this. He told me that he bought it off this old man by just walking up to him and asking “Hey, want to sell you car?” I must say though, old people do tend to take car of their cars and Franky got lucky that this old man was willing to sell it. The carbon fiber hood goes really well with the stock factory red paint that Franky has on the car.
It’s been about a year and half since he’s had this car and he is doing well with it. He’s done a partial wire tuck, partial as in he’s finished the passenger side but hasn’t gotten to the drivers side due to it being difficult for him. He has his deck in his dash, which was really interesting to me for some reason. It was different. And as you can see, he’s gutted his car and installed the EMR racing bars.
Also, due to his MOMO detachable steering wheel, he took out the power steering along with a couple other fluid bottles, but he doesn’t seem to mind it. Some of the things he’s planning on doing is selling his OG Axis’s and getting some Sportmaxes because he’s going to have wider wheels. He’s planning on rolling his fenders and of course, go lower.
I’m excited to see the outcome of his hard work.
- Double din block off plate
- Relocated Deck into glove
- 3 EMR racing bars
- Momo steering wheel
- NRG slim hub
- NRG quick release
- P75 ECU 2 step
- Battery relocated to trunk
- Fuse box under dash
- OG Axis 15×8 all around 25 offset
- Tokico suspension with Ground Controls
- JDP CF lip
- Cf hood
- JDM 1 piece headlight
- Yokohama S Drives
- Skunk2 intake manifold
- Type R TB
- Rep Tri-Y headers
- Cold air intake
John Hong, Julian Gossage, and I got together last week to hit up Seattle and snap a few photos as the sun set. It was a beautiful day, and definitely felt like summer in the Pacific Northwest. We started out by getting a few rolling shots as we crossed I-90 and headed out to downtown Seattle.
Once we got to Seattle, we went all the way down to the water, near the ferry. At this point in time, the sun was almost on the horizon and we just had to snap a few photos.
Once we were done with that, we went to the Industrial Park and I snapped this photo of Julian’s TSX. Yeah I know it’s on stock wheels but he has plans for an upgrade real soon, and it’s already pretty low! We went and got some Krispy Kreme after the photos and we all headed home after that.
Words and Photos by Vinnie Nguyen
Name: Vernon Lim (Aka Vern)
Car: Acura RSX Type S A Spec
Location: Covington, Washington
Vinnie: I noticed that your car is low and slow or “stanced.” Why did you choose to go with this style?
Vern: To tell you the truth, I don’t know why. But I was already stanced before it got very popular. My friend, Billy Gano has a flushed black Miata and so I was inspired to make my car stanced. There wasn’t really many stanced RSX’s at the time. So I wanted to be different.
Vinnie: Is this your first car that you owned?
Vern: This is my 3rd car that I’ve owned. My first car was a 98’ Nissan Maxima. I then moved on to an 86’ Nissan 300zx. Now I have my Acura RSX.
Vinnie: So after having a couple Nissans, why did you choose to go with an Acura RSX?
Vern: I chose to go with the RSX because it had a k20a engine and plus, it was a new car so no one had really done anything to it yet.
Vinnie: What is your favorite modification that you’ve done to the car?
Vern: My favorite would have to be my rims and suspension. The rims are are Filkse forged 17” and the suspension is Tein Super Street. The rims stick out more than others. It made me kind of famous; they’re kind of like Slips but different.
Vinnie: What are the best and worst memories with this car?
Vern: My worst memory with this car is when the gas tank tore off because I was too low. I hit a dip in the road and it just cracked off. The support braces ripped and I was scraping! There were sparks flying everywhere! The best memory would have to be hitting 140mph on I5. I just dipped!
Vinnie: How do you think the car scene has changed and what do you think is the future of it?
Vern: I remember cars being just the perfect height and that there were no offset wheels or anything like that. I noticed that mostly everyone was rocking Rotas. Now, everything is stanced and flushed out. And as for the future of the car scene, no one really knows. I’ve noticed though that a lot of people are riding on bags now. So maybe that’ll be the next thing. I’ve seen it from Cali with a bunch of Hondas. They’re going VIP so it’s a bit different.
Vinnie: What’s the next thing for your car?
Vern: I want to do a backyard special which is the whole front bumper being carbon fiber and it’ll come with splitters. I’ll have it more stanced with a stanced suspension and chop the wheels in half and have them wider. I want to have a Mugen wing with a carbon fiber trunk. I’ll have straight piping, headers, and a lot more.
1000k low beam HID (Blue)
3000k high beam (yellow)
Rep Type R headlights
Yellow fog lights
Retro fit STi lip
A-spec kit all around
Competition flywheel 8 pounds
AEM cold air intake
Tein Super Street Suspension
Rear 25mm spacers
Mugen C pillar
17″ custom Filkse forged wheels
12″ p3 with 600 watts lightning audio