STEVEN CRESPO

2003 ACURA RSX

Pasmag (Canada) - - Competition - BY ADAM GOR­DON | PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY VLAD SHURIGIN ( @zu­umy)

Steven Crespo first caught sight of the Acura RSX while play­ing Need for Speed Un­der­ground 2, one of the tuner world’s most in­flu­en­tial video games, but it wasn’t un­til he pur­chased his own RSX that he re­ally fell in love with the plat­form. “I first started with a ba­sic au­to­matic RSX, and after just a few years I up­graded to a Type S model,” he writes, re­mem­ber­ing the switch that started his mod­i­fi­ca­tion jour­ney.

Like many en­thu­si­asts, what starts out as a plan for sim­ple build quickly be­comes some­thing bigger after enough time. “Like many car en­thu­si­asts, my in­ten­tions were sim­ply to lower the car on D2 sus­pen­sion with some nice af­ford­able wheels. One thing led to an­other and I even­tu­ally found my­self build­ing a full-blown show car.” This is a sen­ti­ment we see time and time again.

Un­for­tu­nately for Crespo, the first mo­tor he had was blown up un­der boost, so he faced some bud­getary set­backs when he needed to build a new mo­tor ca­pa­ble of han­dling power. “After blow­ing my stock mo­tor I de­cided I wanted to build a mo­tor re­li­able enough to with­stand the abuse of a turbo, so buy­ing a stock mo­tor and in­stalling it in the car wasn’t an op­tion,” he ex­plains. “Al­though build­ing a fully built mo­tor was nec­es­sary, it was a ma­jor setback be­cause it wasn’t in the bud­get. I was lucky that at the time I had a good job, and with lit­tle time I was able to gather the money to con­tinue the process of my build.”

In com­plet­ing the build, Crespo went with a va­ri­ety of well-known and rep­utable brands to com­pli­ment his RSX. Spoon Sports, Back­yard Spe­cial and ChargeSpeed are among some of the main points of in­ter­est on the car, but Crespo says that Anointed Aero – the com­pany that de­signs the limited wide body flares on his car – is the one that stands out the most. What­ever as­pect of this build you fo­cus on, qual­ity was the name of the game, and we re­spect a job well done.

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