There is never a single ‘correct’ way to build a car. If you think there is… then you’re probably in over your head. Seriously. In my time conglomerating within the automotive scene, I have learnt to understand the WHYs and HOWs of a certain build; everyone has their own preference. But one thing that is for sure though – the way a car is built, follows through as an extension of the builder himself.
It’s never easy setting a benchmark. As the worldwide automotive scene goes, Malaysia stands only as a small little speck far away in south east asia and we are overshadowed by the automotive greats in Japan.
As a matter of fact, let’s just not deny that the Malaysian automotive scene is heavily influenced by the land of the rising sun. Most of the world are anyways.
Some builds are just developed from ground up to make a statement, and some are just simple additions over time to transform one into The One.
To be honest, it’s not everyday that you get to meet someone who is just utterly passionate about their build. Yeah… everyone loves their build, but not everyone is passionate.
As difficult as that fact may be to digest, you can surely understand what I’m talking about. Meor here is just like any other car enthusiasts. A simple, blue collar 9 to 5 man who loves anything on four wheels and devour the upmost passion for builds and mods.
However, he has a deep and dark secret. Whilst in the light of day, he seems calm and modest like any other average Joe; when night falls… his absolute fetish for the high-revving, 9000RPM red-lining VTEC comes alive! Oh – and his partner in crime?
It’s The One sinister looking Honda Integra DC5 Type-R coverted in Grigio Telesto camo.
Let’s begin with the aesthetics. First seen on the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, the sinister look brought upon by the military grade Grey codenamed, Grigrio Telesto has since diffused into many project builds, from JDMs to Euros to Muscles.
Meor’s choice of Grigio Telesto has pioneered the ITR DC5 scene worldwide – being the original Mugen Integra Type R DC5 to spec this shade.
His fetish continues all over his build – going through absolute attention to detail to build the perfect example of a DC5R and the decision was to go with the full Mugen DC5 exterior upgrades to match his build’s philosophy.
From front to back, top to bottom; the kit was shipped, fitted and installed to perfection. Whilst this kit has been fitted to many DC5s around, none was ever going to be as perfect as this. And to compliment the Mugen kit, Meor picked up the Ings+1 wide fenders to give his ride an even angrier stance.
Of course – no build is complete without the right shoes. Chassing after the retro classic outlook, Meor chose to go for non other than the evergreen, lightweight Volk Racing CE28 in 17 x 8.5j to ensure no compromise on the philosophy of beauty yet not disregarding performance.
It’s no surprise that a beautiful example like this would catch attention, however this particular one has gone on to influence many enthusiasts and owners alike around the globe. We’ve been eyeing this particular DC5R to feature for a long while, but due to non-stop additions on the build and constant travelling of the owner himself, we’ve not been able to steal some time away with it.
Words: Qhalis Najmi Pix: Zahid Kassim
Tech Spec: Meor’s Daily Driven JDM Integra Type R 2005
Engine: Hondata tuned by Pentagon Enterprise, Civic Type R RRC intake manifold, Skunk2 70mm throttle body with adapter, Hondata intake manifold shield, K-Tuned TPS, TedcoSport custom header, Skunk2 Megapower 70mm catback system with custom 3″ s/s straight muffler, Hasport 62A billet mounts, Mugen air box, Mugen fan switch, Mugen thermostat, Mugen dry carbon ignition cover, Mugen 2012 oil cap, Mugen radiator cap, Mugen reservoir socks, Mugen bolts, Password:JDM battery tie bar, Skunk2 low profile engine washers, CCI super single clutch, Civic Type R 5.062 final drive, Goodridge steel braided clutch hose, Hybrid Racing shifter bushings, MTEC Industries shift springs
Rolling Stocks: Brembo NASCAR race calipers with Project Mu 330mm rotors, Pagid brake pads, Goodridge steel braided brake hoses, 3Qcars master cylinder brace, Volk Racing CE28 17 x 8.5jj +30 front, +47 rear, Project Mu lock nuts, Dunlop Direzza Z2 Star Spec 235/45/17
Exterior: Mugen front bumper with canard, Mugen side step, Mugen carbon hood, Mugen rear bumper lip, Mugen carbon wing, Mugen titanium emblem, Ings+1 wide fender, Ganador carbon mirrors, Sparco hood locks, Custom Lamborghini paintwork
Suspension set-up: D2 Japan adjustable suspension, Skunk2 rear camber kit, Buddy Club roll center adjuster, Spoon Sports subframe rigid collar, Cusco 25mm anti roll bar, Function7 billet lower control arm, Function7 billet subframe brace, Mugen front tower bar, Mugen rear mid bar, Cusco rear strut bar, J Speed 3 point fender braces, J’s Racing C-pillar bar, J’s Racing rear gate bars
Interior: Bride Zeta III Japan Edition carbon fiber bucket seat, Bride Type FO seat rail, CROW 5 point cam-lock harness with complete eye bolts, Password:JDM dry carbon fuel pump cover, K-Tuned billet shifter box, Circuit Hero Type III “teardrop” shift knob, Mugen boss kit, Mugen Racing 3 suede steering wheel, Ecliptech progressive shift light, Defi Advance BF gauges, Spoon Sports wide view mirror
Personal Thanks to:
1. Andrew Khoo & Hazry Haxdy for the progressive ideas with the build
2. Chris Tan from Pentagon Enterprise
3. Rueben Wong from TedcoSport
4. John from HiperRacing
5. My Kuantan-R crew for keeping it real
6. Malaysia Honda Integra Club for the Integra love!