The Rywire ITR Build…Part 9…

I know everyone has been waiting for this next update on Rywire’s Integra Type R so I’ll just go ahead and dive right into it. Ryan sent me a text over the weekend asking if I was down to make a trip down to ASC Speed Metal on Monday to check out what’s new with the ITR build. Mondays are usually the best times for me to make the trip down there with him so I said I would go without hesitation. Dana and the guys down there have been sending Ryan photos every now and then with updates so he had a pretty good idea how far along the car was, but I hadn’t been over to the Rywire facility in about a week so I really had no idea what to expect. The last time we went down there, we spent a majority of the day there trying to figure out Ryan’s seating position with the floor-mounted pedal set-up. It was quite a process because no one anticipated that the pedals would have to be mounted essentially where the floor was. The angle of the firewall was a problem and being that the pedal assembly was quite large in size, due to the brake reservoirs, there was no way to properly mount them without moving the driving position back. The weeks after we made the trip down to San Diego, Ryan did a lot of thinking and just decided to ditch the idea of having the floor-mounted Tilton brake set-up and acquired a set of hanging pedals to replace them. Ryan notified the guys down at ASC and so they set up a meeting once again to remeasure everything to now suit the hanging pedals. They had a bunch of other cool stuff completed so it would make for a worthwhile trip. Plus, Ryan had a bunch of parts that he wanted to bring down there so that he could get them mounted and the crew down there could move on with the fabrication….

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Before we officially get to the build update today, I’m going to post the links to the previous posts on the build so that many of you who are new can catch up. I posted some photos of the build yesterday on Instagram while I was at ASC and noticed that there were more than a couple of people that just had no idea what this build was or what Ryan was working on. It would be a shame if you didn’t catch up with the previous sections covering the build before you read the one below so, please, I invite you to read the links below. If you are already caught up and have been waiting for this update, please proceed to the post below after the links. I may work on a page where I can just consolidate everything into one post but there are just so many photos that it would almost be impossible to get them all loaded in time for you guys to want to wait to read it. I may just add a separate page above with the links in the future but I haven’t decided yet…

PLEASE READ THESE LINKS BELOW IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE SITE AND DO NOT KNOW OF THIS BUILD…

The Rywire ITR Build…Introduction…

The Rywire ITR Build…Part 1…

The Rywire ITR Build…Part 2…

The Rywire ITR Build…Part 3…

The Rywire ITR Build…Part 4…

The Rywire ITR Build…Part 5…

The Rywire ITR Build…Part 6…

The Rywire ITR Build…Part 7…

The Rywire ITR Build…Part 8…

Now, on with the updates…

There were some pretty significant progress the last time we went down to ASC and this trip was no different…

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As you in our last update, ASC had completed the majority of the bead-rolled sheet metal panels along the inside of the chassis, including the door panels. When we arrived we were greeted with more additional panels that completed the rear trunk section. The panels continue to flow with the design of the rest of the trunk panels and fill out the spare tire area of the Integra Type R’s trunk…It is kind of hard to see but if you take a closer look, you can see that they are in the process of mounting the FCS fuel cell…

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There is still much to be done in this area and in the near future, you will see two Bosch fuel pumps mounted to the floor panel along with the two filters (as seen mocked-up in this photo), as well as a custom made surge tank. Dana also mentioned that he planned to cut down the filter mounts because they felt that it was too bulky…

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A shot of how the panels are mounted in place within the trunk. Once everything is completed, Ryan will have to add some backing to line the underside of the panels to prevent them from rattling…

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Another significant addition is the custom made center console. When you think of custom made dashes and center consoles, you usually expect it to be pretty boxy and simple. Well I do anyways, so Ryan and I were both pretty excited when we saw what Gabe from ASC came up with… He said he was sitting down one night trying to think of what to do for the center console piece and thought of a motor cycle gas tank. He said that he liked how the lines of the gas tanks looked and went to work which resulted in the console you see above… pretty cool stuff. I love how it is anything but simple and how it flows right into the floor bar of the roll cage…

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The view of the front half of it on the driver side… The panel that you see next to the Hybrid Racing shifter is the MoTeC PDM16 switch panel that you first saw in Part 8 of this build. It is just laying on top of the console in the shot but room will be made for it so that it is mounted directly into the console…

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A view from up top…

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A shot of the door panels with the cage and how it looks with the console in place…

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Everything that needs to be fabricated in the engine bay will probably be the last task that ASC will be tackling. They did finish the hood cowl though and its design also reflects the rest of the panels inside the car. Careful steps were made so that it also flows with the original lines of the body so it is notched in all the right places…

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Golden Eagle recently finished Ryan’s custom intake manifold for the ITR so he brought it down so it could also be mocked-up. With the manifold in place, ASC can eventually get to making the intercooler piping for the turbo system…

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Ryan hasn’t made a final decision on which fuel rails to run but your eyes do not deceive you, it is a dual-fuel rail intake manifold… It’s not a matter of what brand because it will probably be a K-Tuned rail, it’s more of a matter of color choice…Here you see Ryan adding the intake manifold gasket…

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Our buddy Rom made the trip down with us this time around and Ryan made sure to put him to work…

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All mounted-up…

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A new problem that we have run into after the manifold install is the lack of hood clearance with the second fuel rail… The manifold is completely one-off so Golden Eagle had no idea that this would be a problem either. The second rail actually sits pretty high because of the angle of the motor so the manifold now will probably have to go back to get re-adjusted. It wasn’t even a matter of it possibly being a tight fit. Just from eyeing it you can easily tell that it would not clear the hood…

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Ryan also brought the drive-by-wire throttle body down to mount it to the Golden Eagle intake manifold…

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As I stated in Part 8, the battery box that Ryan had fabricated before he had the car painted was chopped off. It was kind of an eye sore where it was mounted and it being a giant box just didn’t flow very well with the car. ASC instead came up with this cool, one-off battery mount to replace it. I personally really like how this came out because it isn’t like anything else you have seen before….It’s still large enough to hold an OEM Honda battery and isn’t as bulky as the old box was…

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Dana, Gabe, and Ryan working on various parts of the ITR…

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A closer look at the bead-rolled hood cowl…

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Dana trying to figure out how the hanging pedal set will be mounted and how it will sit in comparison to the old floor-mounted unit…

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A welcome surprise from Dana at ASC were these custom made, spherical lower control arms that he was making for Ryan’s ITR. It wasn’t in the plans for them to create these for Ryan so it was really cool to see. They have made a couple other sets for guys like ATS Anh and Gil from Circuit Hero but they are all made in-house and not mass-produced units…

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Another angle…

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Dana going over some other suspension components with Ryan… These look like what may end up being front control arms in the future…

While they were going over that stuff, I walked around to capture whatever else I saw…

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Another shot of the battery tray…

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This is how the interior looks as of now through the rear hatch…

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The Golden Eagle intake manifold with fuel rails that have now been masked off so no debris falls inside them…

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Around 2:30pm or so, the sun was starting to beat down through the ceiling window at ASC so we took a break to grab a drink… It would be amazing if Red Bull sponsored The Chronicles, haha…

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If there is one major portion of this build that people may just love or absolutely hate, it would be the custom made dashboard. I’ll admit, I was a little surprised at first how it looked but it grew on me right away. Ryan wanted the MoTeC display to be mounted off to the center of the dash but he did not expect for them to create it in such a way where it curved out towards the center that aggressively… The dash is going to be two-pieces, but this is how it looks so far…

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The driver side of the dash will remain completely empty and the display will be in the center and turned towards the driver. Along the side where it curves downward, the bulk heads for the MoTeC PDM16 unit will be mounted along with the AEM Infinity engine management system… That section will be cut out of course to house these components and everything should be pretty streamlined. The second part of the dash (passenger side) wasn’t completed yet so I can’t really show you how it look all mounted up inside the car…

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A view of the center console through the window-less front windshield….

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Another shot of the soon-to-be completed control arm…

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Precision turbocharger…

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Only the best in this bay… Wiggins clamps everywhere…

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Ryan looking on as they work on the driver’s side seat brackets…

While they were working on the seat positioning, I took the liberty of taking some quick snaps of Jimmy aka Agesone’s EF project… I don’t want to reveal too much on the car but there was some pretty cool stuff that I thought you guys would like…

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Custom made front shock tower bar…

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Wild sheet metal headlight cover for the backside of the light…

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Dimple-died gusset plates everywhere…

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Really liked this shot of the battery tray….

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The new hanging pedals sitting on the driver’s floor… Once these are mounted, room will have to be made in the custom dash for the remote brake resevoirs…

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Bride bucket seat that is still sitting too far to the right…

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Gabe from ASC unbolting the seat

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The culprit behind that was the PCI seat bracket which is actually a U.S. passenger side seat bracket. As stated in Part 8 of the build, no one knew that there was any difference in position until the seat was mounted-up…

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Can’t wait to see that MoTeC PDM16 mounted in the console and functioning…

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Gabe flipping the mounting brackets over to shift the seat back slightly to the left…

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With the seat re-installed, Gabe was able to have Ryan seated so they could figure out the driving position once again. Now that the problem with the pedals has been corrected, it will be much easier to move forward with finishing the interior. Here in this shot, Gabe is making note of the exact angle where Ryan wants the steering wheel so that they can fix the custom steering column in place…

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Here is a glimpse of how the dash will look when it is mounted… The dash actually curves upwards towards the center but not as high as you see it in the photo. You can see now how close the MoTeC display will be in relation to Ryan’s seating position… I said in Part 8 that the custom steering column would be hidden from view but the way the dash came out, it looks like everything will be pretty visible, which is a good thing since it’s a pretty cool looking column. I know for some of you the dash may be too much or a little too futuristic for your tastes, but it would be great if you held judgement until you saw it in a more completed state with the second half of it…

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Ryan discussing with Gabe how the electronics will be laid out in the future and where the brake reservoirs will go. Another essential part of the build that hasn’t been completed yet is the dry-sump oiling system. The dry sump oil tank will end up most likely under the passenger side of the dash but that remains to be seen…

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One final shot of the custom fabricated dashboard…

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One final thing that Ryan had to do before we left was to take the intercooler off the ITR. He wants a smaller more efficient core and one where the outlets run out the backside of the intercooler instead of how it is now with it running out of the sides. There isn’t really a good way to have this intercooler work because the piping would interfere with the dry sump pump so it has to go…With the intercooler he plans to get later, the piping would not only be out of the way of the dry sump, it would also be a shorter distance to the turbo and intake manifold…

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Now the face of the ITR looks as bare as ever…

That concluded our portion of the day at ASC. We spent the majority of the afternoon there but it was time to head back because of the rush hour traffic…

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When we got back to Rywire, Ryan wanted me to get a shot of his AP Racing rear brakes…yes, these are the rears…

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Supertwinz John’s EA-T is almost ready to go as well…the motor is in and basically just needs to be tuned to run. He had some issues with fuel leaks here and there which kind of stunk up the shop, but it’s fine since everyone is excited to see this thing on the road again…

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Another car that I wanted to show you guys that is currently over at Rywire is Rodrez’s S2000. We don’t get to see his S2000 too often so it was nice to see it at the shop with all the new additions…He recently had his Downforce fenders installed and painted and put on his SSR Type-F wheels with some meaty Falken Azenis tires…

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The rear wing and front lip are both from JDP Engineering…. He has a hard top usually as well but since it’s summer time, why not cruise around with the top down?…

That pretty much sums it up for Part 9. I hope you guys enjoyed the ongoing coverage of the Rywire ITR build. It’s still crazy to think that even with all this progress, there is still so much more to do… stay tuned…

 

17 thoughts

  1. Nice write up. Rywire’s build is nuts. He must have some deep pockets with all changes he’s making. So sad to see that huge intercooler and piping go to waste.

  2. i don’t remember the last time a build has made my jaw drop and my eyes bulge out my head. now THIS is a build i am no shit excited for. amazingly creative

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