Fakespotting: Mugen Reservoir Covers

Why does it matter?

Genuine Mugen covers are flame retardant (aka "fire proof"). This is a safety feature that the fakes do not have.

How do I spot fakes?

1. Photo shows no packaging, but seller says they are new. And seller also offers unpackaged, brand new reservoir covers from other manufacturers.

2. Picture shows packaging, but item is being sold by a store that is not known to sell other genuine Mugen items. Fakes can have basic packaging, but can be missing the rubber retaining ring or the printed instructions on the back of the card.

3. Price seems too low to be true.

4. Mugen part number is missing from the package.

5. Seller has many reservoir covers for sale, but this is one of the only Mugen products they sell. Beware of sellers that only sell some combination of reservoir covers, pedals, oil caps, shift knobs and radiator caps -- the most commonly produced fakes.

How do I buy genuine?

Obviously we recommend that you to buy from King Motorsports, where you can rest assured that your Mugen products are genuine and made with the correct materials and quality control that Mugen intended. If you are buying an item second hard, follow the same caution you would with any other purchase. Ask to see photos of packaging, if they have it. Ask if they have an original invoice -- many private sellers of second-hand items within the USA often have
boxes (applies to larger parts boxed up in cardboard with original Mugen stickers) and invoices that are printed with KING MOTORSPORTS on them.

Pics of genuine Mugen reservoir covers courtesy of H-T member EFcivicJDM:

Mugen Sports Collection: Apparel

Here are Mugen catalog pages for the MUGEN SPORTS COLLECTION apparel circa-- well, do we really need to tell you? Shiny fabrics, disco-inspired logo variations...it's the 80's! These classic Mugen wares hit the streets in 1986-87.

Right-click a catalog page to see a larger version.

+10 STYLE POINTS if you show up to our next Dyno Day wearing this sleeveless tee!



Mugen Variable & Showa Winning Suspension

If you've ever popped your hood, climbed into your trunk, or crawled under your car to adjust your dampener settings (was that 4 clicks or 5?), you'll appreciate these electronically-controlled variable suspension kits. Mugen released these quality suspension kits circa 1987 and they allow for convenient SOFT, MEDIUM, and HARD adjustment within the cockpit courtesy of OEM fit-and-finish, dash-mounted switches.

Right-click a catalog page to see a larger version.

Thanks to Ronald W. for sharing this pic of his set in the original Mugen boxes:

1984 Mugen Winning Sus Kit advertisement. Check out the application and specs- some cool info there!

Mugen NSX Catalog & Parts Brochure

First released in 1990, the NSX pretty much fell into the "unobtainable" territory. Some 30-odd years later, this stunning model of Honda's racing heritage is enjoying a resurgence in interest and a climb from the relatively bargain second-hand prices that have reached as low as the mid-20-large category. Fully loaded 2014 Civic or used NSX?-- decisions, decisions!

We found a wonderful catalog for the Mugen NSX, circa 1992. Enjoy!

Front Winker Lens Cover Set, Front Bumper Kit, Door Panel Kit, Spring Set, Sports Damper Kit, Exhaust Manifold Kit, Sports Exhaust System. Right-click for a larger version.

Rear Hatch & Duct Kit, Rear Wing Kit, Rear Bumper Spoiler & Under Wing Kit, LSD, Bushings Set, M-7 Road Wheel, Stainless Mesh Brake Hoses, DOT5.1 Brake Fluid. Right-click for a larger version.

From the NSX Parts Brochure: Exhaust Manifold & ECU:

Check out this GT-NSX Racing Exhaust! Right-click for a larger version.

From the NSX Parts Brochure: Interior Goodies!

The FG-360 & Sports Steering Wheels, Steering Boss Kit, Sports Pedal Kit, and Special Tool Set complete the NSX interior! Right-click for a larger version.



Mugen Brochure Roundup!

Who doesn't love to admire Mugen's Honda creations from the 80's and 90's? Here are a few of the more obscure brochure covers from Mugen that you may have missed!

Mugen Accord Coupe

Mugen Accord Sedan

Mugen Accord Wagon

Mugen Prelude Spec II (3rd gen), circa 1988

Mugen E-AB Prelude and a rare color shot!

The Mugen CR-X PRO. circa late 1985. This car was equipped with a Mugen roll bar for track demonstrations.

Mugen CR-X PRO.2 from an early 1988 Mugen promo brochure

Mugen Sports Civic Special-circa 1986! Beautiful white CF-48 wheels on red!

Mugen Civic Si N1 Class Racer Parts Catalog

Here are all the parts you need to build your own Civic Si N1 racer! This awesome brochure is circa 1985.

Right-click any image to see the full-size version.

Bonus pic: The Mugen Civic Si demo car circa 1986. Mugen Sports exhaust, CF48 wheels, Sports Suspension kit and a set of Yokohama A001R tires. This was and very potent autocrosser and a blast to drive on the street!

Mugen CF-48: BEET-29.3rps

From the archives: A brochure page for the Mugen CF-48 wheels, circa mid 1980's. The finishes include white, polished, silver, white with polished lip, and silver with polished lip.

"BEET-29.3rps -- MUGEN aluminum footwork was born in a circuit. The revolution of MUGEN CF-48 is 29.3rev/sec at 195.8km/h."

Available sizes range from 12" x 4.5" to 15" x 6".

Available sizes range from 12" x 4.5" to 15" x 6".

Mugen Prelude Sports Goods - Product Lineup Circa 1984

From the archives: The Mugen Prelude Sports Goods product lineup, circa 1984. Check out the non CVCC cylinder head conversion. Back in the day the Canadian spec Preludes came from the factory with non CVCC cylinder heads which were highly sought after....

Right-click a brochure page to see the full size version.

Check out this slick electronically controlled variable suspension system:

CF-48 wheels, Sports Muffler Kit, Special Conventional Head Kit, Exhaust Manifold: