Terrorizing the Streets: Joe’s High Horsepower RSX-S

Being in the presence of an RSX Type S that sounds like Death coming for you is awe inspiring. Especially if you used to own an RSX Type S yourself. First time I laid eyes upon Joe’s high horsepower RSX was three years ago in the parking lot of Import Reactor. Suprising to me he wasn’t showing his car. I thought even at the time it was one of the cleanest cars there. He just so happened to have the hood popped and underneath I saw the side mount turbo kit.

Photos by: Stacey Troutman and Josh Smylie.

Words by: Josh Smylie

Here we are present day and as far as I can tell the car is complete. Starting on the outside with the authentic Mugen Lip Kit and the polished Enkei RPF1 wheels bolted over Stoptech slotted rotors to help this street car slow down from highway rolls. Towards the unbelievable interior detail. It is rare to see white RSX’s with black interior. The swap takes a lot of time to complete. Lucky for Joe he went the other way and purchased a Nighthawk Black Pearl RSX and repainted it white. The interior is fitted with Recaro seats and the rear seats are wrapped in matching Recaro material as well as the door panels.

Now we arrive at the powerhouse. Inside this K-Series block you will find Golden Eagle Godzilla Sleeves, 9:8:1 Wiseco Pistons, Manley Turbo Tuffs Rods with Custom Wrist Pins, Erl S2000 Modified Oil Pump with K24 Chain and K24 Oil pan. Inside of the ported and polished head you will find Supertech Oversized Valves, Supertech Springs and Retainers, and a Hybrid Racing Chain Tensioner. Finally the Turbo side of things. Chrome FP HTA3586 Ball Bearing Billet Turbo mounted to a T3/44 sidemount stainless steel turbo manifold, 44mm Dumptube,  three inch stainless two piece downpipe with v-band.

The build is immaculate and the numbers are incredible. There is something to be said about taking your time when building your car. Quality parts along with quality set up. The car has been properly repainted in one color and not covered in plastidip or multi-color panels. What you see before you is one of the fastest street Honda / Acura builds in Texas. Looking this car over made me want to re purchase an RSX and start building it myself. I don’t think I could ever match the power of what Joe had put together but it would be fun to try… One day.


Golden Eagle Godzilla Sleeves, 9:8:1 Wiseco Pistons, Manley Turbo Tuffs Rods with Custom Wrist Pins, Balanced and Blueprinted, Erl S2000 Modified Oil Pump with K24 Chain, K24 Oil pan, SpunTek Lower Chain Guide, Supertech Oversized Valves, Supertech Springs and Retainers, Hybrid Racing Chain Tensioner, Port and Polished Head, Rbc Polished Manifold Ported to 70mm (CNS Polishing), Hybrid Racing 74mm Throttle Body, K-Tuned 74mm Throttle Body Adapter, Adam West Engine Harness, Peakboost Turbo Kit, T3/44 Sidemount stainless steel Turbo Manifold (Coated by HPC), 44mm Dumptube (Coated by HPC), 3″ stainless two piece downpipe with v-band (Coated by HPC), Chrome FP HTA3586 ball bearing billet turbo, Tial 44mm wastegate, Tial 50mm blow off valve, PWR 6″ x 23.5″ x 3″ vertical flow intercooler core (total height is 12″), 2.5″ Aluminum charge pipe kit (Polished), Steel braided oil/feed return lines, All installation hardware, gaskets, & heat wrap, Hondata Kpro EMS, Hondata 4 Bar Map Sensor, Hondata intake manifold gasket, Hondata boost solenoid, Innovative motor mounts, Hybrid Racing fuel rail, 8an stainless fuel feed lines & -6an return lines all with Summit Racing Fittings, Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator, Aeromotive 10 micron inline fuel filter, Fuel Injector Clinic 2150 Injectors, All In One Fab Oil Catch Can, Xenon 6000k HIDs, K Tuned Throttle Cable, EP3 AC line relocation, Eps Electric Power Steering Rack, Twin Bosch pumps with Surge Tank, and K&N intake filter.


Quaife Lsd PPG 5 Speed and Insane Shaft 1000 hp Axles.


Red Jdm Front and Rear Emblems, Arc Spark Plug Cover, Mugen Lip Kit.


Mugen Shift Knob, Pioneer Avic Z2 with Navigation, Pioneer Mids All Around, Autometer Electronic gauges (Oil Pressure & boost), Autometer RSX twin gauge pod, Recaro Seats, Recaro wrapped rear seats, and Recaro wrapped door panels.

Suspension and Brakes:

BC Racing Coilovers, SPC rear camber kit, Enkei RPF1 wheels, Stoptech Street Performance Slotted and Drilled Rotors, Mugen Strut Bar, and Stoptech Street Brake Pads

Full resolution photos can be found here!

Check out Joe’s RSX on the Dyno…


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