2003 ACURA RSX
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.