Jeff Nguyen - 1991 Acura NSX

My goal from the start was to modernize and make it more aggressive but while keeping the easily recognizable silhouette in tack. 

Jeff Nguyen  - 1991 Acura NSX
Jeff Nguyen  - 1991 Acura NSX
Jeff Nguyen  - 1991 Acura NSX
Jeff Nguyen  - 1991 Acura NSX
Jeff Nguyen  - 1991 Acura NSX
Jeff Nguyen  - 1991 Acura NSX
Jeff Nguyen  - 1991 Acura NSX
Jeff Nguyen  - 1991 Acura NSX
Jeff Nguyen  - 1991 Acura NSX
Jeff Nguyen  - 1991 Acura NSX

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Jeff Nguyen

1991 Acura NSX

Instagram: @jvnsx

Team: Jade Motorsports

Photographer: @merrick_media

I'm 37 years old, born and raised in Las Vegas, NV.  I'm an entrepreneur and currently own and operate Dis & Dat Auto Wrecking.  My car is a 1991 Acura NSX that I have been working on for over 12 years.  The NSX has always been my dream car since I was a kid (being a Honda fan from the start, my first car was a 1993 Honda Prelude).

When I got the car, it was near stock with the exception of a 6-speed transmission (converted from a 5-Speed) and some aftermarket head unit.  My goal from the start was to modernize and make it more aggressive but while keeping the easily recognizable silhouette in tack. 

Out went the flip-up lights and swapped over the fixed headlights from 2002-2005 NSX (interior housing painted matte black).  JDM tail lights were popped open and installed ARC Lighting LED boards. Downforce supplied the front bumper, front carbon lip, carbon side skrakes, carbon side scoops, carbon rear diffuser and carbon trunk decklid spoiler.  Seibon provided the carbon hood, roof cap, trunk and rear valance.  Pride Carbon wide front and rear fenders make the wheel arches wider. Wings West side skirts, APR front carbon splitter round out the lower portions. Ronne and Lou at TCM Japan supplied Do-Luck Mirrors and Spoiler.  Everything around the exterior added just a little aggression and flair to each component.  Ray and Raul at Evolution auto body did an amazing job with the paint and we did something very unique with the hood and trunk... fading the red paint into the carbon.  Just the extra little details that help set the car apart.  Andrew from BX Built colour corrected everything and laid down the CarPro ceramic coat to make sure the paint stays clean and healthy.

I've always been a fan of Honda high-strung naturally aspirated engines and wanted to add to it but without going with any sort of forced induction.  Science of Speed's Individual Throttle Bodies system was perfect.  Continuing with my theme of keeping things close to OEM as possible but adding a little extra to it.  To top off the ITB's, Mazterpiece Automotive created custom titanium velocity stacks that are the centrepiece of the engine bay.  A PasswordJDM Integra intake tube was added to provide fresh air, Injector Dynamics Injectors feed the engine fuel, exhaust fumes tunnel through Pride Exhaust headers, custom straight pipes and out the ARC titanium muffler and AEM Series 2 ECU keeps everything in control. 

Brian at Mackin Industries suggested getting a limited set of TE37 Saga Time Attack to perfectly match the colour theme of the car.  Stan at Toyo TIres provided the sticky rubber.  Loren from Rotora provides the stopping power with their front and rear big brake kit.  Tein Flex coilovers with air cups on the front suspension help the super low car get around speed bumps and driveways.  I tried to stiffen up the already solid chassis with every bar that was made for the car: Foundry3 Titanium Rear Strut bar, Route KS front strut bar, GT Spec front and rear braces, Cedar Ridge tunnel brace, and STMPO front chassis brace.

Interior, an ongoing theme continues more carbon and titanium. Bun from @LotUSA supplied Bride Vios buckets (in the carbon of course) and Takata harnesses lock me in place.  Mugen suede wheel that's linked via Works Bell hub and quick release. Pride Carbon, NC Auto and Euroboutique give the interior more carbon treatment (carbon door panels by Pride Carbon while the Carbon headliner, centre console lid, centre radio stack, A and B pillars are by NC Auto and the Carbon glove box is by @Euroboutique). Carbon Rear Mirror by Zoom helps view what's going behind the car. Chasing J's and Mazterpiece titanium hardware can be found throughout the car and @Moddiction provided the shifting via their Titanium shift knob. For sounds, Sony head unit power MTX speakers and JL Audio Sub that is also housed in a carbon enclosure.

Engine: C30A1 (3.0l DOHC VTEC)

Horsepower: 300 to the wheels

Torque: 210 ft/lb @ 6000 rpm

Engine Management System: AEM Series 2 EMS

Transmission: 6-Speed Conversion

Clutch & Flywheel: CT Engineering Power-Grip & Lightweight Flywheel

Exhaust:

  • Pride Headers
  • Custom Stainless Steel Straight Pipes
  • ARC Titanium Exhaust

Intake:

  • Science of Speed Individual Throttle Body System
  • Titanium Velocity Stacks (Mazterpiece Automotive)
  • Downforce Air Intake Scoop
  • PasswordJDM Carbon Fiber Intake Tube
  • Injector Dynamics 725cc Fuel Injectors
  • Science of Speed Crankcase Breather Tank

Coolant Tank: 

  • Science of Speed Expansion Tank w/ Titanium Radiator Cap (Chasing Js)

Accessories:

  • KCMachine CNC Aluminum Battery Tray
  • Shorai Lithium Iron Battery – 5lbs
  • Titanium Radiator Panel (Chasing Js)
  • Carbon Fiber NSX-R Mesh Engine Cover
  • JEGS Fuel Pressure Gauge
  • NRG Carbon Fiber Torque Damper
  • SOS Oil Pressure True Gauge Kit
  • Valve Covers – Powder Coated Wrinkle Red
  • Mugen Oil Cap & Reservoir Sock Covers
  • Various Carbon Fiber Wrapped Items, 
  • Gold Foiled Heat Shields, 
  • Various Titanium Bolts & Washers & Nuts & Emblems

Exterior

2002+ Front End Conversion

  • OEM 2002 Honda NSX Headlamps – Custom Painted Matte Black
  • Downforce 2002 Front Bumper
  • Hood: Seibon Carbon Fiber NSX-R (faded paint)
  • Cowl: Downforce Carbon Fiber Windshield Wiper Cover
  • Front Lip: Downforce Carbon Fiber Sport Lip
  • Splitter: Custom APR Carbon Fiber
  • Fenders: Pride Carbon Fiber Wide Body Front & Rear Fenders
  • Mirrors: Do-Luck
  • Side Skirt: Wings West
  • Side Skirt Lip: Downforce Carbon Fiber Side Strakes
  • Rear Valence: Seibon Carbon Fiber Rear Valance
  • Diffuser: Downforce DF-R Carbon Fiber
  • Rear Spoiler: Do-Luck Carbon Fiber
  • Trunk: Seibon Carbon Fiber Trunk with Downforce Carbon Fiber Trunk Lip Spoiler (faded paint)
  • Engine Hatch Duct: Pride Carbon Fiber Hatch Duct
  • Roof: Seibon Carbon Fiber Roof with custom Carbon Fiber A and B Pillars
  • Vent: Downforce Carbon Fiber Sport Side Vents
  • Tail Lamp: JDM Tail Lights w/ custom Arc-Light LEDs
  • Accessories: SOS Radiator Shield,
  • ProCar Ceramic Coating, Tinted Headlamps, Titanium Bolts

Suspension

  • Coilovers: Tein Flex
  • Front Lift Kit: UAD Variable Ride Height Cup Kit – Stealth Setup
  • Front Strut: Route KS
  • Rear Strut: Foundry​3 ​Titanium Bar
  • Front Chassis Bar: STMPO Bar
  • Front Lower Brace: GT Spec Aluminum
  • Rear Lower Brace: GT Spec Aluminum
  • Rear Tunnel Brace: Cedar Ridge
  • Sway Bar: Comptech 0.875” Adjustable
  • Steering: SOS Steering Rack Bushing Kit

Wheels:

  • Volk Racing – TE37 Saga Time Attack
  • Front: 17 x 9 +21
  • Rear: 18 x 10.5 +15

Tires:

  • Toyo Tires – Proxes Sports
  • Front: 235/40r17
  • Rear: 265/35r18

Lug Nuts: Project Kics R40

Brakes: Rotora

  • Front: 4-Piston Calipers – Silver/ Airfoil Rotors / Red Hats – 332mm
  • Rear: 4-Piston Calipers – Silver/ Airfoil Rotors / Red Hats – 328mm
  • Stainless Brake Lines

Interior

  • Steering Wheel: Mugen w/ Titanium Bolts
  • Hub: Works Bell Short Hub with Works Bell Quick Release
  • Pedals: Autovation with Dead Pedal
  • Seats: Bride Vios III Carbon Fiber
  • Seat Brackets: Bride Type-FO
  • Harness Bar: Cedar Ridge Harness Bar
  • Seat Harness: Takata Drift III – Black
  • Headliner: NC Auto USA Carbon Fiber with  matching A-, B- and centre bulk
  • Shift Boot: NSX-R Carbon Fiber
  • Shift Knob: Moddiction Anvil 2 – Titanium
  • Shift Stalk: NSX-R Shorten Shaft with Cedar Ridge Short Shifter Kit
  • Cluster: Titanium Cluster Trim (Chasing Js)
  • Gauges: AEM Air/Fuel Ratio (Bank 1 & 2)
  • Stereo: NC Auto USA Carbon Console and Sony XAV-AX7000
  • Speakers:Doors: SOS Speaker Panels with MTX 6.5” Speakers
  • Sub: JL Audio W2 10” in custom CF Enclosure
  • Navigation: JDM Navigation Pod with Alpine Screen
  • Door Panels: Pride Carbon CF Door Panels
  • Glove Box: EuroBoutique CF Glove Box
  • Center Console Lid: NC Auto CF Lid with
  • Mazterpiece Titanium “NSX” Emblem
  • Carpet: NSX-R Red
  • Mats: NSX-R Red
  • Mirror: ZOOM Carbon Fiber Rear View Mirror

Accessories:

  • SOS Double Din Bracket
  • Red Stitching on Dash
  • Various 3M Carbon Fiber Vinyl Wrapped
  • Autovation Aluminum Hell Guard – Galaxy Black
  • Autovation Aluminum Door Sills – Galaxy Black
  • Various Titanium Bolts & Nuts

At the end of it all, a certain theme kept emerging and that's carbon and titanium details. This by far my favourite iteration of the car so far and I think I just want to enjoy it for now. I can't thank enough to everyone that helped me make this project come to the realization and also all the friends I've met at meets, shows, drives and throughout the build. 

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