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Chief’s 2005 Honda Element EX “Darth Raider”

After a myriad of sneaks on our social platforms, it was about time to post up the photoset of Darth Raider. Currently, it’s being transmitted to an overseas publication for print, we are excited for that.

Darth Raider is a creation from a passionate automotive individual, Phillip DeMarks, a,k.a. as Chief. Chief is also a contributor to DaYUUM from the early days and his 2005 Honda Element EX has been meticulous executed with every detail planned accordingly, from the ARC air box to JDM seats, it’s an Element to not overlook.

We bring you, Darth Raider:
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EXTERIOR:

• Three-tone custom paint, Mercedes Black overlaid in a Blue Pearl, Mercedes Arabian Gray center section, and Porsche Pearl Platinum Silver bottom section
• Webasto Hollandia 700 fully automatic moon roof system
• Genuine Honda JDM factory HID head lights and yellow JDM Honda Fog Lights
• SCA Aluminum Fog Light Tunnel Sleeves
• Billet Chromed Upper and Lower Front Grills with JDM Honda emblem
• Element SC Roof Cladding
• Element SC Tail Lights (with 5 Star LED’s), and SC Rear Bumper with body toned SC Rear Splash Guards
• Honda JDM Front Fenders with JDM (LED) Side Marker Lights (blink sequentially with the turn signals)
• Weathertech Full Channel Side Window Visors
• Body toned OEM Side Steps.
• OEM Front Bumper Trim, Rocker Panel Trim, OEM Rear Spoiler, 55 Watt PIAA Custom Fog Lights
• OEM Bug Deflector
• Custom Tinted Glass
• Custom 3M 8mm Invisible Bra, Honda Element lettering in Japanese script.
• Custom Decals.
• Custom designed Two-Toned Pin Striping

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WHEELS and TIRES:
• Chromed ‘two-piece forged 20X9.5” DPE’s (Dynamic Performance Engineering) with a custom 38.9mm off-sets, and DPE Limited Edition Red Crested Center Caps, with matching Red Lug Nuts. Wheels are wrapped in Toyo Proxes 4’s (225X35X20) front and rear.

BRAKES:
• Rotara 13” Two-Piece Drilled and Slotted Rotors
• Rotara 4-Piston (two-piece) Calipers
• H2 High Ceramic Carbon Brake Pads
• Steel Braided Brake Lines
• Carbon Steel Mounting Brackets

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ENGINE and DRIVETRAIN:
• 2.4 liter K24 A4 engine
• Bore 83mm/ Stroke 87mm
• TSX RL 5 pistons and rings with a 10.1 compression ratio
• RSX Type S Oil Pump.
• Eagle “ESP” Connecting Rods; ‘One-off’ ARC Polished Aluminum Super Air Intake Box and custom ARC Polished Aluminum Cooling Plate
• ARC Aluminum Radiator
• ARC High Pressure Radiator Cap
• Spoon Sports Oil Filler Cap
• ARC Titanium Spark Plug Wire Cover
• Okada Projects Plasma Direct Ignition Coils.
• Spoon Sports DC5 K-20 Valve Cover
• SAMCO Silicone Hoses
• JDM Oil Dip Stick
• NRG Innovations Carbon Fiber Hood Dampers
• Optima Yellow Top Battery with Kicker Bass Capacitors
• TSX Z3 Ported and Polished Cylinder Head
• Skunk2, StageII Camshafts
• Skunk2 Tuner Series Valve Springs
• Skunk2 TI Retainers
• “Series K” Keepers
• Beck Arnley Rocker Arms
• Hybrid Racing Timing Chain Tensioner
• DC Sports RSX 4-2- 1 Type S Header System
• TSX Ported RBB Intake Manifold
• TSX Ported Throttle Body
• K-Tuned Fuel Rail with Fuel Pressure Gauge
• Ignalls Engine Torque Damper

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SUSPENSION:
• A completely custom designed air suspension system by ICE BOXX CUSTOMS featuring the Bluetooth 3P Air Management System from Air Lift Performance Suspension
• Techniques Anti Sway Bars
• Skunk2 Lower Control Arms, Eibach Rear Camber Kit, Ingalls Front Camber Bolts
• Moog Front End Steering Pack and inverted tie rods
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INTERIOR:
• Backyard Custom Interiors leather interior with JDM Rear Seats
• South Coast Accessories Deluxe Full Carpet Kit
• Custom Brushed Aluminum Center Panel, Meter Panel, and Switch Panel Plates
• Element SC Leather Shift Knob
• NRG Brushed Aluminum Hand E-Brake Handle
• Nardi Leather Steering Wheel, with custom made “Honda” Center Cap
• NRG black Carbon Fiber Quick Release
• OEM Cargo Cover and Cargo Mat
• Razo Aluminum and Carbon Fiber Gas Pedal, Brake Pedal and Dead Pedal Plate; Ursa Minor Dead Pedal
• JDM Center Console Face Plate with OEM Honda S2000 Start Button; Red JDM Emergency Flasher Button
• Custom fabricated Mugen billet aluminum door sills
• Custom Billet Aluminum Emergency Brake Handle ; Custom Emergency Brake Handle Leather Boot
• OEM Black Storage Arm Rest; “Raiders” Carpeted Floor Mats & Elemental Motorsports Carpeted Cargo Mat
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FUEL and EXHAUST:
• NRG Innovations Oil Catch Can; CT Engineering High Flow Injectors
Random Technology High Flow Catalytic Converter; NGK Oxygen Sensor; Denso Iridium Power Performance Plugs; Ingen Technology Cat Back Exhaust System; ‘Sebring Tubing’ Double Wall
• Stainless Steel Exhaust Tip.
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TRANSMISSION:
• 2007 Element 5-speed AT swap. Plus, modified and replaced the reverse gear, fourth gear, and the reverse selector on the counter shaft
• Control Valve Assemblies were custom calibrated and new ‘sintered bronze’ aftermarket bushings were put in
• Installed a hardened differential cross shaft and replaced the reverse fork
• New One-Way Clutches were installed
• The main shaft, the counter shaft, and the secondary shaft were tested for stress with ultra sonic sound, as well as, the Transfer Gears and the Differential Ring Gear to reduce fracturing

Shout OUTs:I want to give grateful shout outs to Liza & Regi at Island Motorsports, and my son PJ for always being there for me; Eddie Hernandez at New Era Customs; also to my Element brothers Jeff Smith and Joe Dixon; and my good buddy Jerry Kimmel over at South Coast Accessories. My license plate reads “YOKOKE” which is “Thankful” in Choctaw, and I truly am to everyone who helped make my dream a reality!

A CR-X Ensemble

Marketed as an economical Japanese sport fastback, the Honda CR-X is a front wheel-drive sports compact that was introduced between 1983 and 1991.  In its 2+2 seating classification, the “little Honda that could” was popular for its responsive handling, substantial performance and the sought after good fuel economy.  During its 8 year stint in the automotive market, the CR-X had 3 generations where the third gen was dubbed as the targa top “del Sol”. In some markets, the third gen was also known as the CR-X del Sol although the design queue was totally different from the first and the second gen models.   The CR-X was the second car to receive a VTEC engine shortly after the Integra.  The engine used Variable Valve Timing that provided increased power at its high rev range, while still allowing low fuel consumption and better idling at low RPMs.  The desirable characteristics of the CR-X lured Leon Casino, an enthusiast and a recognized Honda connoisseur, to not one but a tandem of CR-Xs.

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Leon built two CR-Xs that pays tribute to two of the most respected engine tuner and parts manufacturer in the Honda realm- Mugen and Spoon Sports.  His vision of keeping these CR-Xs with an enhance OEM look, non-knock-off parts philosophy and attention to detail makes these two vehicles stand out more from the many Honda builds that we see today.  Enthusiasts and tuners that “live and breathe” Honda lust what Leon had accomplished by locating a real right-hand drive from Japan with the desired glass roof and a USDM version with time-attack theme written all over it.

Let’s start off with the Mugen CR-X.  With a pristine exterior and intact interior – this canvas was set.  It will be a disgrace to let this right-hander be just a parts vehicle for the USDM version.  Leon felt that it needed to be saved from getting axed down to pieces. He also wanted to keep the build simple and staying true to the roots of the CR-X.  He chose to address the center piece of this Mugen version by bolting down a D16A6 under the bonnet.  Before securing the D16, the internals and compression were taken care of by Exospeed in Glendale, Ca; while top end was serviced by Industrial Performance in Carson, Ca.  The paring of the 45mm Weber carburetor and polished velocity stacks will not be missed if you peeked under the hood. Of course, with the Mugen theme in mind, all the exterior and interior enhancements were either authentic Mugen or Honda parts.

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Aside from exterior and interior Mugen parts, Leon was also able to source front and rear sway bars as well as a Mugen master bushing kit.  Dialing in the height of the vehicle were Mugen N1 race-coilovers.  Falken 205/50/15 was the tire of choice.  Fitted in them were 15 x 6.5 inch Anniversary Edition Mugen MR5 wheels which completed the overall theme for this CR-X.  Functional accent to the front end of the CR-X is an Aero Duo carbon fiber hood. Factory Honda paint code from Japan was also obtained to complete this canvas.

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Deviating from subtleties of the Mugen CR-X, the Spoon Sports themed CR-X is bold and aggressive.  The body lines of this vehicle are well defined and seemed ready for any track action.  The exterior was enhanced with Password:JDM front lip, OEM rear wing, Zenon side skirts and Golden Eagle rear bumper diffuser.  The widened stance which consisted of the 16-inch Spoon SW388s shoved into Falken Azenis tires and custom fender flares were clear give-a-ways that this sport compact meant business.  Coilovers, camber kits and rear lower control arms were provided by Function and Form.  Complete bushing kits replaced the tired factory rubber  provided by Energy Suspension. With the exterior components already in-line, Spoon Sports calipers were paired with 11.1 inch rotors up front and a complete disc conversion on the rear puts this junkie to a stop.

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Every build will not be complete without the huff and puff of the engine. Leon’s poison for the Spoon build was a B16A engine.  This was also dressed with cams, intake and exhaust manifolds from ITR.  Engine timing was dialed in by Toda cam gears and belt. The carbon kevlar spark plug cover and bright yellow engine cover highlights just solidifies that this CR-X screams Spoon all the way through.

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Both of Leon’s vehicles have its own unique character.  Looking at them side by side you’ll know these builds were well planned – as the Mugen was more for cruise and very refined while the Spoon provided an antagonistic facade.  Nothing will stop one’s creativity when a vision and execution comes together effectively.  The ensemble of CR-Xs that Leon Casino shared are examples of what to expect from a true Honda aficionado… and you shouldn’t expect anything less…

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Until the next one… Peace!

-jayson

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