All In The Details: Ira Alani Fouquette Muñoz's 2009 Acura TSX

Photography by Jonathan Pyle


Ira Alani Fouquette Muñoz grew up in Playas de Tijuana, a place known for low-riders and slammed custom classics. When he was in high school in Orange County, the late 90’s Hondas caught his attention and turned him into a genuine import fan. He quickly grew to love Japanese sedans, and it didn’t take long before he bought one of his own.

In 2009, Muñoz went down to his local Honda dealership in North Carolina and purchased a brand new Acura TSX fresh off the truck. He noticed that building a newer car was a bit of a challenge, especially with minimal aftermarket support, so he decided to take the road less traveled.

Blending his upbringing with his current passion, he decided to combine low-rider style with his new-found love for Japanese sedans and build a full blown show car that would take inspiration from both low-rider culture and JDM style.

With a handful of JDM goods from the Japanese-spec Accord transplanted, he added that low-rider feel like engraved parts, gorgeous flake paint, and classic pin striping. This is one unique TSX that blends the best of both worlds into a show-stopping work of art.

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With 56% of the Popular Vote, Ira Alani Fouquette Muñoz is the winner of the PASMAG Tuner Battlegrounds #TBGLIVE award category competition at Spocom: Anaheim on July 16, 2016!

ESSENTIALS

VEHICLE: 2009 Acura TSX
OWNER: Ira Alani Fouquette Muñoz
LOCATION: San Diego, California, USA
ENGINE: Honda K24Z3 2.4L I4
HORSEPOWER: 245 hp
TORQUE: 218 lb-ft

SOCIAL
Facebook: Ira Alani Fouquette Muñoz
Instagram: @alani_fouquette

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ENGINE

  • CT-Engineering (Supercharger kit, intake housing, 3.15-inch high performance pulley, belt tensioner)
  • Eaton M62 blower
  • 780cc injectors
  • Hondata Flashpro
  • Mugen oil filter
  • NOS (Direct port dry 35 shot w/ purge, 10-lb bottle)
  • Injen short ram intake
  • KTuned (Fuel rail, fuel gauge, fuel pressure regulator, fuel filter, 4 bar MAP sensor, upper cooland housing, dip stick, oil cap, coil pack
  • cover)
  • Alaniz Racing lower coolant adapter
  • Mishimoto radiator w/ slim fan
  • Universal overflow coolant reservoir
  • Downstar (VTEC solenoid cover, spikes, dress-up hardware)
  • Deatsch Werks DW300 fuel pump
  • RyWire mil spec connector plate
  • Mil Spec (Wiring harness, ground wire kit, coolant system, hoses)
  • Chromed (Valve cover, engine mounts, brake booster, alternator housing, transmission oil stick housing, hood hinges, radiator support braces)

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EXHAUST

  • RV6 Performance (Pre-cat delete, down-pipe, test pipe)
  • Megan Racing (Cat-back exhaust, universal oil catch can)

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WHEELS/TIRES/BRAKES

  • Work VS-XX wheels – 18x9.5 (f), 18x10.5 (r)
  • Falken Azenis FK453 tires
  • Downstar (Lug nuts, valve stem caps)
  • 2008 Acura TL Type-S Brembo 4-piston calipers (f)
  • R1 Concepts (E-line brake rotors, performance pads)
  • StopTech steel braided brake lines

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CHASSIS/SUSPENSION 

  • Airrex Air suspension (System struts, digital air management, wireless remote)
  • Viair 444C air compressors (2)
  • Custom 2-gallon air tank setup (4)
  • Megan Racing (Front camber arms, rear camber arms, rear traction arms, rear toe arms)
  • Ultra Racing (Front upper strut bar, rear lower tie bar, rear lower sway bar, rear lower brace bars)
  • Auto Power (Roll street bar, center bar)

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EXTERIOR 

  • Custom PPG Blue Pearl paint
  • Mugen (Front bumper, license plate bolts)
  • Modulo (Side skirts, rear bumper, rear spoiler)
  • JDM Honda Accord (headlights, power folding mirrors)
  • Euro rear fog light 
  • Honda trunk emblem
  • Nokya white (DRLs, fog light bulbs)
  • LED license plate light
  • Shaved roof antenna
  • Pin striping by Jonathan Mercado

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INTERIOR 

  • Bride Cuga style racing seats reupholstered in tooled leather and blue suede
  • Downstar seat hardware
  • Custom seat brackets
  • Reupholstered (Door panels, front arm rest, shift boot)
  • Dashboard painted to match roof
  • Cut and engraved door sills
  • JDM Honda Accord (airbag, sport pedals, hazard button, power folding mirror button, headlight leveling switch)
  • Euro Accord floor mats
  • RichWerks ECU mount
  • LED (Map light, dome light, door lights)
  • Broadway 300mm rear-view mirror

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AUDIO/MULTIMEDIA 

  • JL Audio (W7 12-inch subwoofer, 1000/1 Mono subwoofer amp, 400/4 amp)

SPONSORS

  • AutoFashion USA, CT-Engineering, Falken, Megan Racing, Meguiar’s, R1 Concepts, RichieWerks, RV6-Performance, South Side Customs

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Contributor: Jonathan Pyle (LIFEINTHEOTHERLANE)

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