View Full Version : January 2013 ROTM: tomRSX

02-01-2013, 06:55 PM
TomRSX's Fully Built Drag RSX (http://www.boostedk20.com/forums/showthread.php/624-January-2013-ROTM-tomRSX)


We decided to start 2013 off strong. And what better setup to start the year off with than tomRSX's 2002 Acura RSX type-S. When Tom first purchased the car, his primary goals were to make it look, sound, handle, and perform better. His modification process began with aftermarket wheels, lowering springs, a cold air intake, and an exhaust system. But, there was an issue: no matter what he did, he was never happy. He felt that his car just didn't stand out from others. He realized that, in order to achieve his dream, he needed to go to extremes; He needed to do something that would separate him from the rest.


He knew he needed more power. But more power was useless without traction, so he needed to reconfigure his entire suspension system. And with increased power and traction comes a dire need for increased braking power. With that said, he built his car from the ground-up, leaving no weak links. He has a fully built K20A2 motor - Pauter rods, CP pistons, Benson sleeves, IPS KT1 turbo cams, 90mm throttle body, 3" intercooler piping, Full-Race twin-scroll T4 turbo manifold, Garrett GT4094R dual ball-bearing turbo, full 3" side exit exhaust, 2000cc ID injectors, a 1000hp K-Tuned fuel rail, dual Bosch 044 external fuel pumps, Koyo Racing radiator, and much more. He also has a fully built transmission - PAR 1st through 4th gear Dog Box Gearset with an OEM 5th gear, Quaife LSD, Competition Clutch twin-disc clutch, and a K-Tuned billet shifter, nicely complimented by K-Tuned shifter cables (with heat shield) and K-Tuned shifter cable brackets. His suspension setup is very straightforward - Tein Flex coilovers, Mugen front and rear strut bars, Progress 27mm adjustable rear sway bar, and a Beaks rear tie bar. He's running a KVR Phantom Big Brake Kit with The Driveshaft Shop's Level 5.9 axles and hubs. Last, but certainly not least, he needed custom fenders to properly fit the huge slicks and wide wheels he would be running.


This was the first car he ever owned, which he purchased in August of 2001. His love for cars started at the age of 5, where he started collecting matchbox cars. As time passed, he found himself interested in more than just toy cars. He wanted a more realistic control. He began playing with remote-controlled cars. As you may have guessed, that pattern continued. Fast forward a few years - he finally purchased his 2002 DC5. Fast forward a few more years - you now have one of the most unique DC5's ever in existence.


We asked Tom about how he felt after his major build was complete. "I loved the difference of how the car performed and looked after my modifications and I was hooked ever since. I built a car that I could drive on the street, take to the dragstrip to make 10 second passes, or set it up for a circuit track. Honestly, I feel now that I have accomplished my goal. My car turns heads everywhere I go, and always sparks interest among other car fanatics."


When we asked him to tell us about his first track run with the car after his build was completed, we thoroughly enjoyed his response. "I remember having a grudge match with my friend who owns an '88 mustang. He called me out and invited me to a private event at St. Thomas Dragway. Not only was I the only import, I was the only front drive wheel car. When I first pulled in, I could see all the older guys looking at me funny and smirking. Shortly thereafter, I won my grudge match and won every race following - and beating many big V8's in the process. At the end of the event, people were gathering around me asking about the car and giving me positive feedback. At this event, I was on 94 octane fuel and only 15-20psi of boost running 10.8-11.1 @ 130-137mph. The setup you see today is better than that, running 780whp and 525ft-lbs of torque at 27psi with 144mph trap speeds. The setup I will have finished by Spring 2013 will be even better. I decided to focus on the 1/4 mile and I have made several modifications to improve my results. I am currently in the process of a full custom roll cage with 25.5" floor tubing and aerodynamic improvements. My goal is to hit low low 9's this year, and for 2014 I am aiming for 8's."


And here is Tom's 2012 Compilation Video:


02-01-2013, 09:49 PM
Good god that's one helluva car! Nice ROTM for sure. Congrats to Tom.

02-01-2013, 09:52 PM
very nice rotm setup and story line. Props..

02-02-2013, 11:12 AM
Thanks for choosing my car :)

Here is some footage from of the car in action


Special thanks to all the people that helped with the build and made all this possible!!!

John and Pit at Foreignspeed
Ronnie at Silver Line Auto
Paul and Andy from Neetronics
John from K-tuned
Kenny from Graham Race Cars

02-02-2013, 06:31 PM
yeah it's a sick sick ride... followed it forever now... makes me drool everytime

02-04-2013, 08:06 AM
Looks great! Gratz on all you hard work!

02-05-2013, 06:30 PM
ya awesome build, congratz!

02-05-2013, 11:15 PM
Not bad

02-06-2013, 01:16 AM
Not bad

You :jelly: bro?

Yea you :jelly: bro. Lol

02-06-2013, 01:19 AM
just been up 18hrs straight so thats the easist to type.

02-08-2013, 05:24 PM
I loved this build up on CRSX. Plus it sounds amazing. Congrats and welcome to the ROTH brotherhood, lol

02-19-2013, 02:38 PM
Getting ready for 2013!




02-20-2013, 08:17 PM
i am in love.

02-21-2013, 09:57 PM
From the pictures you can see I took out my sunroof for weight reduction I am making custom plug from aluminum and finally received my carbon fiber roof :)
Looks pretty sick I can't wait to see it on the car !




Si Speed 317
02-23-2013, 07:38 PM
That's sick!! How are you going to patch the sunroof, tig weld the aluminum sheet in?

02-24-2013, 10:29 AM
You got it! Then cover everything with the carbon fiber lay over

02-25-2013, 12:44 AM
That's awesome, glad to see the updates. Estimated time of completion?

03-05-2013, 01:10 AM
Hopefully end Of march

03-06-2013, 04:48 PM
Cage is done and painted matte black




03-07-2013, 07:44 PM
New drag racing seat came in today with black cloth cover
Super light :)






03-07-2013, 11:40 PM
Nice seat. I've got the same one.

03-08-2013, 05:23 PM
Final prep work complete before I cover the roof with carbon fiber






03-08-2013, 06:51 PM
Sick man.

Si Speed 317
03-08-2013, 09:03 PM
Dope updates!! Cant wait to see more and the finished product

03-15-2013, 11:26 AM
Carbon fiber roof is done turned out pretty good
Starting to put everything back together






03-15-2013, 01:48 PM
Looks very good bro. I'm thinking of doing this to my s13 where did you get the carbon fiber from?

03-15-2013, 04:09 PM
love the cf top, ill deff would like to do this to my ep3 sometime this yr as a final stage of weight reduction

03-22-2013, 12:28 AM
Wiring everything back Found a new place for the boost controller plus my start engine button and air to fuel gauge


04-04-2013, 06:43 PM



04-05-2013, 04:51 PM
Looking to do wheelie bars?

Si Speed 317
04-05-2013, 09:28 PM
Dope chute rack! And I thought I responded last time, but interior sport looks nice man!

04-17-2013, 08:46 PM
Got my billet bell housing my dog gears will love its new home
Big thanks to Tyler for making a killer quality piece !!



Si Speed 317
04-19-2013, 10:13 PM
Wow, that looks absolutely gorgeous!

04-22-2013, 09:34 AM
That thing looks amazing, but i must ask why? can't you just use the stock trans case for your new gears?

04-23-2013, 04:13 PM
That thing looks amazing, but i must ask why? can't you just use the stock trans case for your new gears?

I believe when your making 800+ your cast aluminum case is no longer optimal. You figure when your making a power pull your gears get a lot of load on them and start to try and spread apart. Now that you have upgraded gears the teeth won't break, instead they just try and spread even further which will put even more stress on the cast aluminum casing. Hence the brace they sell to replace 5th. Since he doesn't have that brace I believe, this is the only other option.

Plus this car is just so ballin out of control, why not have a billet case?

04-27-2013, 06:55 PM
I believe when your making 800+ your cast aluminum case is no longer optimal. You figure when your making a power pull your gears get a lot of load on them and start to try and spread apart. Now that you have upgraded gears the teeth won't break, instead they just try and spread even further which will put even more stress on the cast aluminum casing. Hence the brace they sell to replace 5th. Since he doesn't have that brace I believe, this is the only other option.

Plus this car is just so ballin out of control, why not have a billet case?

Well said! Billet casing won't twist like oem

04-27-2013, 06:56 PM
Got my 3 piece front end :)
Its gonna look mean !!!

This piece is not mass produced and not available
If anyone is interested I can get one more
There are only 2 made like it




04-27-2013, 07:15 PM
tomRSX my buddy will either be interested in your fenders you have had modified or that 3pc front. I'll see if I can get him to chime in.

04-27-2013, 07:27 PM
Ok i am selling my oem modified fenders with modified Ings bumper for $1000
He will need my front bumper to work with the fenders

Bottled Morphine
04-27-2013, 07:42 PM
Very nice

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