Suhail - 1999 Honda Integra Type R
I drive a 1999 Honda Integra Type R, yes it’s the JDM version! I've been around cars all my life, my old man, uncles, cousins and everyone in my life have somewhat been into cars and it definitely rubbed off on me.
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My name is Suhail and I go by many names, some people call me Khan which is my last name since it's a lot easier to remember and pronounce, some people call me Alu and the rest call me G, Bro, Cuzi and so on. I'm born and raised in New Zealand, specifically in South Auckland and my family is originally from Fiji!
I primarily work as a direct sales agent for our national airline, but I also help out in other aspects of the business too. I've recently completed my University studies but with Corona Virus it's been tough on the construction industry here. Besides that, I spend my paychecks on the cars that I post on Instagram about.
I drive a 1999 Honda Integra Type R, yes it’s the JDM version! I've been around cars all my life, my old man, uncles, cousins and everyone in my life have somewhat been into cars and it definitely rubbed off on me. There is a story to why I decided to buy a DC2R – one of my cousins had a 96 DC2R and his brother had an EF9 at the time, I was maybe 10 or 11 years old at the most. I went for a ride in the EF9 which was still fitted with the B16A and holy moly was it a rocket ship. I remember being pinned back into the bucket seat I sunk into, noises this car was making I was never used to, sounding like it was about to break the sound barrier since it was so loud!
Once we got back I saw this black DC2R roll up and I instantly fell in love with the looks It had a K20A from a DC5 Type R, which in fact at the time was one of the first K swaps in New Zealand! This was circa 2007 I think. At the time I had no idea what any of this meant, I remember the tacho needle getting pinned down in every gear and the speedo just climbing. As you can imagine my mind was set, that I wanted this car someday. Fast forward a number of years after saving up I managed to purchase my DC2 in late 2014. I love this chassis from the way it looks to the way it drives.
Being surrounded by a petrol head family, it was inevitable for me to get involved in the car scene. As I grew up I saw the amazing things that came with the car scene and the not-so-amazing things. The car scene needs a lot of work in all aspects but bit by bit it'll only get better.
To be frank, nothing makes my car stand out. The style I love and have gone for is a very well-executed look, at this moment and time the most recent version of the car is the Mugen-inspired version. I've loved the Mugen kit forever and in my opinion, it’s the best-looking kit out. In New Zealand the 16x8 TE37s are rare so I'll say that LOL.
Honda's aren't for everyone. The car community is known for hating on them and to some extent I get it, but if you're genuinely interested in a cheap car that has so much aftermarket support and engine from other models that just bolt in Honda is definitely a route to look into. The Type R is the holy grail of Honda and if you are given the opportunity to drive one, do it but be warned you will have a strong urge to have your own afterwards.
My car is a really simple set-up so far:
- 5mm Weisco Pistons
- Molnar rods
- ACL Race Bearings
- ARP Rod Bolts
- OEM Headgasket
- ARP Head studs
- Supertech Valve Springs
- Supertech retainers
- Supertech Valve Guides
- OEM Valves
- Blox Stage 2 Cams
- Buddy Club Cam Gears
- Bespoke Fabrication Big Tube Header
- Bespoke Fabrication 2.5" Exhaust
- Bespoke Fabrication 3" Intake set up
- Bespoke Fabrication Custom Catch Can
- Mugen Twinloop
- AEM Fuel Rail
- AEM 260 LPH fuel pump
- Skunk2 Ultrastreet Intake Manifold
- Speedfactory 70mm Throttle Body
- Link G4 ECU
- 217 BHP
- BC Gold Adjustable Suspension
- Hardrace Camber Arms
Wheels and Tyre:
- F: 16x8.5 +30 TE37 – 225/45 R888
- R: 16x8 + 30 TE37 – 225/45 R888
- Factory interior
Work carried out by myself and a bunch of mates along with Ajajy from Brian Payne Motors
My first car was a 1989 Toyota Corolla; it wasn't modified it only stayed around for a month before it was sold.
My car is far from finished and we have some big plans for the coming year which include panel and paint along with a big engine bay refresh and taking the car to some shows and track events. I only do it for fun and go to meet new people and the environment with the 4&Rotary and Downtime Entertainment events is amazing!
I am a part of NZFC – New Zealand Fijian Cars. You can follow us on Instagram at @nzfijiancars
My obtainable dream car is... yeah you guess it V Spec II R34 GTR.... makes me drool while thinking about it.
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