July, 2024
Randy Craig | 50 | Columbus, Ohio

From the announcement of the redesigned 11th gen Civic Type R in 2023, I knew that I wanted to own one as soon as possible. Like everyone else in the market, I had trouble finding one available in or around my state. So, I ended up purchasing an Integra Type S at launch. While the DE5 had a performance edge compared to other cars in the class, it lacked that "Street" feel of the FL5. Once a Type R became available in my area, I decided to buy and build it slightly different from our Integra Type S. While the Type R has an amazing feel stock, I wanted to build a FL5 that would give my DE5 a run for its money. So, I began planning the build by following TSP's proven track record of performance and reliability. So far, the Type R has been nothing but highlights. From the way the engine "wakes up" with the IMW ECU Unlock and initial Hondata tunes to adding the Hybrid Racing Short Throw Shifter, this car seems to come a bit more alive with each upgrade. I smile every time I get behind the wheel.


Eibach SPORTLINE Lowering Springs
Titan T-S5 19x9.5+45 in Techa Bronze
Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus 265/35/R19
Titan OWL Steel Race Nuts
Hybrid Racing Short Throw Shifter
Weighted Shift Knob
27WON Rear Motor Mount
27WON Front Strut Brace
RV6 Rear Sway Bar & Endlinks
PRL Intercooler (Black) & Charge Pipe Kit
PRL High Volume Intake
PRL Titanium Turbo Inlet Pipe
PRL Flex Fuel Kit
PRL Front Pipe
TSP High Efficiency Downpipe
27WON Kuro Turbo with RV6 Bypass Valve
Hondata FlashPro
Hondata Fuel Kit (1330cc with High Pressure/Low Pressure Fuel Pumps)
TSP x PTP K20C Turbo Blanket - Hybrid
TSP x PTP 5” Lava Downpipe Blanket
APR Carbon Fiber Dress Up Kit
DownStar Dress Up Bolts
IMW Onsite 93 and e30 Tune
Next Level Auto Boutique Wrap Military Matte Green
Lumar Window Tint
Type S Steering Wheel
Paragon P3 Pads
Brembo DOT 4 Brake Fluid 

 I was able to complete all of the bolt on modifications that did not require a lift, in my garage. The Next Level Auto Boutique wrap with the Titan Bronze wheels is my favorite modification, so far. :) This transformed the look of the car and will help it stand out on the street and at events. Stopping power and handling will be next. I am currently considering Big Brake Kit upgrades, RV6 suspension upgrades and Spoon Rigid Collar Front and Rear Kits.

Favorite memory? Pulling off the car cover to unveil the Matte Green wrap for my wife and girls was awesome. My girls are already working on a name for the Type R. Realizing just how bad the factory paint was under florescent lights was the worst memory to date. Honda can do better... just sayin'. I haven't had a setback, so far. But with just over 1,000 clicks on the odometer, I am just getting started with this new project. 
Special thanks to the entire team at Two Step Performance, Innovative MotorWorks, and Next Level Auto Boutique for supporting me through each phase of this build. I am looking forward to my first Track Day at Mid Ohio Race Track on 8/6!
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