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Old 02-27-2019, 07:51 PM
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Pho The Nguyen's 2007 NHBP Type-S progress

Sup y'all! I've been lurking on here for a while, figured I would introduce myself properly. Story time!

The car that started it all. 1993 Acura Integra GS. We all have to start somewhere.



She then died @ 298K miles. R.I.P.


Had to take the next day off to find a car to go to work. I originally wanted an Integra, but they were hard to find in decent condition and my credit union wouldn't finance me for a car that old. Found this at a dealership with really low miles so I bought it. 2003 Acura RSX Base.


The oil and gas industry was booming and it brought me out to California. I started feeling a little cramped in my little 2 door so I decided to get a 4 door.


I was really getting tired of my 2 door, so I decided to trade it in for a 4 door. I told the salesman that I would buy it if I didn't have to put down any money down, and I trade in my RSX. He agreed so I went home with it. In the middle of the week he calls me and says that he's going to need a down payment, so I told him that I was just going to return it and take my RSX back. I never had a good feeling about it anyways. The Type S wheels were chrome, the interior was taupe, and it had dings in the front and back from LA parking.


My contracted ended so it was time to move back to Texas.


Started my new job. Waited a few months. Found a TL Type S with high miles, but in decent condition. Finally traded in my RSX. I was a little sad, because I hit 100K miles in my RSX in California.



Texas weather has always been crazy. I was stuck at work, because the bridge by my office flooded over and I was in my TL while my Tundra was high and dry at home.


I worked overtime for a month to save up for a lift kit, wheels, and tires. My hard work finally paid off. I was never going to get stuck again because of flooding.



A few years pass. I've been looking at A-Spec kits for a while, but never pulled the trigger. I get a Christmas bonus so I decided to look for A-Spec kits again. Saw some websites say they're discontinued so I had to pull the trigger soon. The A-Spec kit for the RSX was discontinued and I didn't want the same thing to happen to my TL. I fell in love with the TL Type S with the A-Spec kit after lurking on here for years. I bought the TL Type S specifically for this kit.





I hope to make some friends on here and see some of y'all at meets!
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Awesome Tundra, the TL looks like its coming along nicely.
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Old 02-27-2019, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by 24boosted View Post
Awesome Tundra, the TL looks like its coming along nicely.
Thanks! I appreciate it!
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Good looking type s, Auto or manual? Truck looks great also
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great progress, the kit looks best on black IMO.
keep posting updates here would love to see more as this forum has really died down in the last 4-5 years (i've been on here since 2008 and still have my type s)
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Originally Posted by 90foxnotch View Post
Good looking type s, Auto or manual? Truck looks great also
Thanks! Itís an AT, but I like having the paddle shifters haha
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Originally Posted by sockr1 View Post
great progress, the kit looks best on black IMO.
keep posting updates here would love to see more as this forum has really died down in the last 4-5 years (i've been on here since 2008 and still have my type s)
I agree with you on the black. Some people thought I bought a new car, when I was driving the same car last week. Iíve neglected my TL-S when I lifted my truck. I was starting to get bored of my TL-S and even thought about trading it in. Taking on another big car payment isnít what I want. My TL-S will be paid off in August so that means more money for parts. I just had to buy the A-Spec kit before they discontinued it.
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welcome lurker, and from the picture looks like you are from Htown. Honk whenever you see me in one of these TL lmao.



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welcome lurker, and from the picture looks like you are from Htown. Honk whenever you see me in one of these TL lmao.



Goals! Will do! You make me want a WDP TL-S now haha
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Welcome. Nice Type S, any plans for it? I must say I find your Tundra rather dashing as well... used to have one for work and it had the 5.7. That thing moved out.

Hope to see more posts!
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Welcome. Nice Type S, any plans for it? I must say I find your Tundra rather dashing as well... used to have one for work and it had the 5.7. That thing moved out.

Hope to see more posts!
Thanks! I eventually want to get Tein coilovers and ATLP exhaust. I also want to get a supercharger for some spirited driving fun. I love my Tundra, but I donít think itís high enough. I wonít be happy until I get a 12Ē lift on 40Ē tires.
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Just ordered some Tein S.Techs!
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If all your looking for is spirited driving, ditch the idea of a supercharger and go with a ecu tune! That's my next mod
Good looking NBP!
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Originally Posted by MyGuti View Post
If all your looking for is spirited driving, ditch the idea of a supercharger and go with a ecu tune! That's my next mod
Good looking NBP!
I donít see that much hp gains from just an ECU tune. Since I missed the chance to have Toyota install a TRD supercharger on my Tundra by a few months, I figured would do it to my TL-S instead. Doesnít look like you can turbo a TL without modifying the bumper. I like the look of my A-Spec bumper and I can supercharge it without modifying the bumper.
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I donít see that much hp gains from just an ECU tune. Since I missed the chance to have Toyota install a TRD supercharger on my Tundra by a few months, I figured would do it to my TL-S instead. Doesnít look like you can turbo a TL without modifying the bumper. I like the look of my A-Spec bumper and I can supercharge it without modifying the bumper.
ECU tune only adds about 10 hp but you gain much more in other aspects! you lose the vtec dip, better driveability, better response, and overall car feels great! but you're right it won't give the 60 hp gains that audis get on tunes haha
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I've never understood the thinking behind adding a supercharger or turbo kit to these cars...sure it will be fast and put down serious power, but look at how much you pay and what your driving.....unless your planning on tracking the car....I don't understand how one can justify the money needed for such a mod.
I would rather wait, save and then use that money to pull the trigger on a more powerful car (preferably not a luxury sedan like the TL) that comes with 300+ horses stock (with a manual gearbox of course)
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Originally Posted by MyGuti View Post
I've never understood the thinking behind adding a supercharger or turbo kit to these cars...sure it will be fast and put down serious power, but look at how much you pay and what your driving.....unless your planning on tracking the car....I don't understand how one can justify the money needed for such a mod.
I would rather wait, save and then use that money to pull the trigger on a more powerful car (preferably not a luxury sedan like the TL) that comes with 300+ horses stock (with a manual gearbox of course)


CTS-V Wagon with 6spd MT is your best friend then... boost from the factory and have enough room for small furniture, luxury interior and yet it haul ass.
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ECU tune only adds about 10 hp but you gain much more in other aspects! you lose the vtec dip, better driveability, better response, and overall car feels great! but you're right it won't give the 60 hp gains that audis get on tunes haha
I just want to be able to keep up with the newer vehicles out there haha

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I've never understood the thinking behind adding a supercharger or turbo kit to these cars...sure it will be fast and put down serious power, but look at how much you pay and what your driving.....unless your planning on tracking the car....I don't understand how one can justify the money needed for such a mod.
I would rather wait, save and then use that money to pull the trigger on a more powerful car (preferably not a luxury sedan like the TL) that comes with 300+ horses stock (with a manual gearbox of course)
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CTS-V Wagon with 6spd MT is your best friend then... boost from the factory and have enough room for small furniture, luxury interior and yet it haul ass.
Also thought about picking up a Lexus GS350 F-Sport, BMW M3, and even a GT-R, but I really donít like having a car note and a truck note. Iíll pay off my car this year and I have a few more years left on my truck to pay, then Iíll be looking for another project car.
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Also thought about picking up a Lexus GS350 F-Sport, BMW M3, and even a GT-R, but I really donít like having a car note and a truck note. Iíll pay off my car this year and I have a few more years left on my truck to pay, then Iíll be looking for another project car.

Nah I am all good, I would rather pay off the house rather getting myself into $700+ car payment. Beside after 5 years most vehicle depreciate like 60% from the original price, meanwhile housing price in Htown is steady going up. Thank god I have no car payments lol.
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Nah I am all good, I would rather pay off the house rather getting myself into $700+ car payment. Beside after 5 years most vehicle depreciate like 60% from the original price, meanwhile housing price in Htown is steady going up. Thank god I have no car payments lol.
Yeah, Iím in the same boat. I want to buy some land outside of the city so I can have a lot big enough to build a garage to expand my car collection.
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Just lowered it last Friday. Ordered the wrong Ichiba V2 wheel spacers (they were for a Mitsubishi), so I returned them. I ordered them from a different website and they told me my estimated shipping date was 5/6/19, so I canceled that order. Read some horror stories about Ichiba wheel spacers having weak wheel studs so I decided on H&R. Found them on sale on ECS Tuning's website so I ordered them. I'll take more pictures once I install them.
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