Dyno Day 2014: Recap

This year's annual event brought together people and cars for another great celebration of Honda automobiles! We put a lot of effort into putting together a fun and safe event and were happy to see this year bring in a great caliber of cars to show off. And a great caliber of people too!

In this recap we've assembled some voices and photos from Dyno Day 2014!


First up, a message from Scott Z (President of King Motorsports Unlimited):

Dyno Day 2014 was a huge success! Our biggest yet! Amazing cars from all over the country, an impressive turn out of ITR's with an estimated 700+ in attendance! Wow!!

We would like to give a shout out to the staff at King Motorsports:
Mike S.

And our volunteers:

With special thanks to our MC, HondaPro Jason!

Without their over the top help we could not have made this event happen!

And thank YOU for all your support through the years!

Can't wait for 2015!



Next a recap from a regular Dyno Day attendee and King fan Calvin Quam:

New Berlin, WI was the place to be on June 29th, 2014!

With the weather working in everybody's favor after some early morning drizzle, the sun came out as the cars and spectators rolled in to the largest "Honda" gathering for Wisconsin. With more cars than parking, people came from all over to be apart of it all. License plates from over 16 states could be found on several Honda platforms, not including a few from Ontario. Many of these out of state plates came on one of the most lusted after chassis, the Integra Type R. Thanks to ITR Expo 2014 being held the following Monday and Tuesday at Road America(Elkhart Lake, Wi), many of the participants to that event came a day early to check out Dyno Day '14.

One unlucky ITR owner who drove from Florida had an unfortunate mishap, bending several valves on the way to the show. To the amazement of many onlookers, the head was removed for a parking lot valve replacement during the show. The smiles and cheers of joy when it fired to life were priceless, making you proud to be part of such a great car community with enthusiasts helping each other.

High revving dyno pulls, well-built show cars and great food provided by local Boy Scout Troop 93 are just a few things that make this show put on by King Motorsports so memorable. Events like these show any automobile enthusiast what its all about and grows us as a community. Put this show on your list of events to attend next year, I promise you won't regret it!


This black NSX was the winner of the STAFF PICK award, selected by the King staff and Hondapro Jason:

Here is a pic with the winners of the coveted King Motorsports Unlimited Dyno Day 2014 lowest horsepower award -Tracy and Dan Geiger and their awesome original paint Z600. They took home the "Turbonator" for extra hp!


Recap from Honda celebrity and this year's event emcee, Hondapro Jason:

I like to help and volunteer when I can, so I asked Scott at King Motorsports if he would like some help on Dyno Day 2014. His response was "Yes! Would you like to emcee the event?" I agreed and at 8:15am I arrived after a 2 hour trip to King. I got all my 'gear on' then went to 'work'!

We wanted to bring a more personal feel to this year's Dyno Day. So armed with a microphone and loudspeakers, I interviewed the owners of some cars while standing next to their rides. This brought crowds around and really showcased some of the cars that would normally just get pictures taken and walked by.

The show this year had so much energy and love from the community. Scott and I were thanked about 500 times from various people. I enjoyed the show because you can see everything from a modded NSX to a showroom condition 1971 Z600.

While there were many highlights from the show, one thing stood out: An unfortunate event that happened to a guy named Craig. His timing belt broke on his B18 motor 40 miles from the King. This lead to everyone watching him rebuild the head and replace the valves; while working in the parking lot on a lunch cooler. "I couldn't of picked a better place to break down. They (King Motorsports) had all the parts I needed," said Craig.

That is a story I will be telling for a while!


Thanks and see you next year!

Many thanks to our official 2014 event photographer, Nick Hanson!

Check out more pictures of the event at Noggs Photography too! (Thanks Andy!):

Noggs has a couple photos of Craig's parking lot repairs!

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1989 Civic Si USDM Restoration: Travis Weaver's EF Time Machine

We always enjoy sharing the passion that goes into our customer builds. A typical product of that passion? Countless hours of wrenching. But the lesser-celebrated outpouring of skill, perserverance and resourcefulness? That comes in the form of the hunt for parts. In the case of Travis Weaver of the Pacific Northwest, a hunt for 20-year-old OEM and Mugen parts took him around the USA, then internationally. He became so good at it, he even made a living at it for a time.

Travis recently shared a pic of his Mugen EF exhaust - which he said took him nine years to find. Nine years! That got our attention, and we contacted him for his story.


My older brother first got me into Honda's back in the late 1990's when he purchased a teal colored 1992 Civic VX. He ended up swapping in a JDM B16A engine with a GSR tranny back around late ‘98. We had a lot of fun at the local street races in our early teenage years. I eventually bought my first Civic as well in 1999. It was a 1990 Civic STD 4 speed. Back in the earlier days they were largely frowned upon due to their square, boxy look.

I eventually sold my first car and purchased a 1990 Civic Si in 2002. I fell in love with that car. From when I first purchased the car, I wanted to do a complete JDM EF9 conversion on it after seeing pictures of one in California. In the earlier days if you wanted to find parts you were limited to your local importer (which typically only sold engines), eBay, or do what I did and contact a wrecker overseas and import parts yourself. I found a company in Malaysia back in 2003 with a complete EF9 front clip. With a very risky bet, I sealed the deal and five long months later had my first JDM clip complete with B16A and EF9 conversion. I ended up painting the entire car Milano Red and was the first local person to do a JDM EF back in 2003.

I eventually landed a job working for the largest indoor Honda/Acura Auto wrecker/JDM engine importer in 2005. Soon after I became their Inventory Manager and JDM parts specialist -- which was a great experience but after a few years I got tired of killing Hondas and became more focused on preserving and restoring them.

A few years later -- feeling the pressure of the economy and the unsure feeling of my own personal future -- I decided to sell my 1990 Si. It ended up going to a good home to a guy in East Coast Canada. I must say it was the biggest mistake that I made. I ended up driving a Mitsubishi 3000GT for a few months to focus on school but I got the itch again. I had so many regrets and so many things that I dreamed about doing to my old Si that I decided to start from scratch and do a full 1989 Civic Si USDM restoration. That way I can do things right the first time and go in a slightly different direction so it would not be like history repeating itself. Now I specifically chose the 1989 Civic Si because in the USA it was a one-year-only car, much like the 1997 Integra Type-R. I began to put out ads looking specifically for an ‘89 only.

Eventually I found a good clean shell with perfect seats, straight body and in overall great shape. The only problem is the engine was bad. I rented a trailer and made the three hour drive in the snow to buy the car. Upon arriving the owner informed me it still ran but made a horrible noise from the timing belt area. I towed it back and had my mechanic Thomas Strom diagnose the problem. Turned out to be a bad water pump. With a new factory pump and timing belt, mixed with a valve adjustment, I gave this 1989 Civic Si a new chance at life with 187k miles on her. I sold my 3000GT and with further inspiration from Thomas I decided to make a goal, take my time and stick to it.

My goal was to do a complete factory restoration on the car. We began tracking down rare USA accessories along with new old stock (NOS) parts from Honda. Almost all of the parts were either discontinued or no longer available. I then started contacting specific dealers to see if they had old inventory that was never reentered into the system when Honda changed its part numbers from HondaCode to what we have today. After I exhausted all of my resources here in the States, I then turned to Google Translators. I began contacting dealers all over the world. I managed to source new rare parts from Malaysia, Germany, UK, New Zealand, Spain, Japan, and even Canada – despite the challenge of different part numbers and inventory systems with many of them.

I used to have a Mugen addiction with my original 1990 Civic Si but finding parts for an EF were very hard and very expensive. I was able to source a real EF9 Mugen header along with some Mugen RNR's and a set of MR5 Final Versions. The one item I could not find was a Mugen EF exhaust. I managed to find two different ones that popped up for sale between 2006-2008 but was outbid both times on Yahoo Auctions. With my current restoration I told myself that I have to be true to both the year and the USDM theme that I am going for. It becomes a slippery slope once you diverge from your intended goal. All was fine until my good friend Moe from EFparts presented me with a USDM brochure from 1988 which showed the Mugen CF-48's as a factory option for the fourth gen. I knew that the pre 87's were offered with some Mugen goodies but this little piece of Honda literature gave me a valid excuse to go MUGEN WHORE again while still maintaining the factory look.

I managed to secure a set of crusty 14" CF-48's with aero discs and preceded to restore them. I have been keeping in touch with a few owners of the Mugen EF exhausts over the years in the event that they may want to part ways with it. Eventually I got a taker and finally brought home my current exhaust. Soon after I decided to give Scott Zellner a call at King Motorsports to discuss the Mugen spring rates offered with the sports suspension. After chatting with him for almost an hour he informed me he had two new sets of the old Mugen suspension still in stock. I could not believe that after all these years they were still around. I quickly purchased both new sets.

I could not be happier with how everything turned out for this build. I now have a true time machine that to me represents what Honda of North America was all about.

You can also follow the car's progress on Facebook. I created a page specifically for it here:


Here are pictures Travis shared with us from his build! Thanks Travis, we can't wait to see what you do with it next!

VTEC Just Caked In Yo!

Last week King Motorsports fan Chris M. sent us the above Honda-inspired cake that he scored for his 30th birthday. That Facebook post cooked up a fantastic buffet of other Honda-themed cakes! You're in luck, we're serving up a slice of VTEC sweets!

Dustin K's 17th birthday: A faithful replica of his 94 Civic DX coupe with an EX/Si swap! Complete with grille and even wiper blades.

 Exhaust and red/clear tail lights!

 Dustin K also took a bite out of his 95 Civic DX hatchback with a 97-spec JDM ITR swap, painted EBP!

 Is that a Wisconsin license plate?

Dave B shared this EK9 wedding cake! Complete with amber side marker lights, pink trim and Type-R badging!

The cake came with its own mechanic maybe?

Back to Dustin K. Here's his S2000 which he chomped down for his 22nd birthday.

His Honda cake master has really improved over the years! Check out the red Honda badge, clean black seams and metallic blue exhaust tips!

 Stephanie M made this Bisimoto wagovan completely by hand, by herself! Nothing premade, she says!

What do you get Hondapro Jason for his birthday?

 Nathan G's wife surprised him with this beauty complete with spark plug wires!

 Here's a contribution from Simon P, who's grandma is texting her girlfriends a pic of his 30th birthday Integra. CarCake 624 is just about to cross the Finish Line!

Peter F's Honda has red wheels, a very small sunroof, plenty of roof-mounted air diverters, and is about to run over the Maytag Repairman.

Brandon C whipped this DC5 up for a friend and in true DIY fashion this was his first attempt at anything cake-related! Remember kids that a Ding Dong is never a proper substitute for jack stands!

Dustin K's Honda cake legacy also stretches back to his 18th, a milestone that included this frighteningly precise model of a Civic coupe with 5-spoke wheels and flame decals.

Joe K got himself a cake with Volk TE37s!

High school included this amazing CRX with swapped LS motor for Ryan P and Dustin K.

 Tyler K's wife crafted up this tasty valve cover for his 26th birthday!

Who you gonna call to get one of these fantastic cakes? Dustin K reaches out to the Cake Master Michael K, pictured below on the left!

Stephanie M hand-built this B series motor completely out of edible dough -- she says it tasted like a giant sugar cookie!

Alain M's 30th was powered by this amazing Honda tribute with an unusually short spark plug cover. Feast your eyes on that ornate oil fill cap!

Have a Honda-themed cake to share? Visit and contribute to the gallery on the King Motorsports Facebook thread!

Fakespotting: Mugen Oil Caps

Why does it matter?

There are many different styles, designs and colors of Mugen oil caps that are currently available for sale. Genuine Mugen oil caps are made with the best materials available and finished in color coatings that will not fade as quickly as fakes. Genuine Mugen oil caps also use a specifically-engineered, flat, grooved rubber seal for proper fit and oil containment designed for the heat generated by your motor.

How do I spot fakes?

1. Genuine Mugen oil caps will have a flat, ridged rubber seal around the threads. Fakes have a rounded seal that resemble a common o-ring. The picture below shows a genuine oil cap with the flat, grooved rubber seal.

How to spot fake Mugen oil cap

2. New, genuine Mugen oil caps ship with the self-adhesive center Mugen badge held in place with a small piece of clear tape. Mugen ships this way so owners can control the rotation of the circular badge upon installation. Oil caps with the Mugen badge pre-installed will not have a properly rotated Mugen logo upon installation.

3. Price seems too low to be true, or ships from a locale or seller that is not known to carry genuine items.

4. Mugen part number is missing from the package. Fakes can include elaborately copied packages that include the clear folded box, printed cardboard and black display foam.

5. Seller has many oil caps 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.


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!