Don’t Call It A Comeback: Brandon Rendon 1998 Acura Integra LS

Don’t Call It A Comeback: Brandon Rendon 1998 Acura Integra LS

Building something from the ground up yourself can bring you the highest highs in terms of satisfaction, but losing it all in one fell swoop can put you in the deepest despair possible. Unfortunately, this is how Brandon Rendon’s story starts.

In the early 2000s, Rendon was the proud owner of a ‘98 Saturn SC2, which he had worked over extensively - custom interior, trunk install, and even a turbo setup - all by himself. Growing up with not much in the bank, Rendon would volunteer at a local custom car shop and absorb whatever he could in order to be able to build his car the way he wanted to in the most cost efficient way possible. In 2011, a wildfire tore through parts of Texas, and during the blaze, Rendon lost his home and his car. All of that knowledge and effort was gone and he couldn’t bring himself to do it all over.

While Rendon would continue to wrench on cars, he wouldn’t put much focus into anything in particular until he received a call from a friend. His buddy had a cool Acura for sale and wanted to know if Rendon would want it. The Integra was already coated in a candy metallic purple and had the headache of converting the B20 engine swap to VTEC complete. While going over the car, something flicked back on in Rendon. He had found his next passion project.

First thing’s first: new shoes. With 15-inch RPF1s in Super Black Chrome finish on all four corners, it was time for Rendon to flex his DIY muscles. Splitters for the front and sides were fabricated and mounted to the Integra, followed by a rear diffuser. Then came something truly challenging: throwing a turbo into the mix, while keeping the creature comforts.

When all was said and done, Rendon had wrangled charge piping and manifolds around the AC and power steering gear, all while also keeping a full-sized radiator. The resulting combination of a B20V and forced induction isn’t only a Honda B-series lover’s dream, it also cranks out almost 300 horsepower.

“I never planned on building or even owning an Integra,” Rendon laughs. “It just kind of happened and I instantly fell in love with it. I made this build to be different. I didn't try and make a Type R clone, I didn't put a jdm front end on it, I didn't do the crazy stance - I just went with what I liked and made it all work together.” This is only the beginning. Rendon has so much more planned for his Integra, but most exciting of all would be the widebody he’s putting together himself. He used the word “carbon fiber” a lot, which is super exciting. With that spark back inside him, we’re all waiting to see what Rendon gets up to next.

Brandon Rendon is the winner of the PASMAG Tuner Battlegrounds #TBGLIVE competition at Hot Import Nights: Houston. Click here for more info

Brandon Rendon's 1998 Acura Integra RS is featured in PASMAG #167. Click here to order

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY Adam Delgadillo (@oadam7)

ESSENTIALS

Owner: Brandon Rendon
Location: Aransas Pass, Texas, USA
Vehicle: 1998 Acura Integra
Horsepower: 297 WHP
Club: Street Celebrities

SOCIAL

Facebook: /brandon.rendon1
Instagram: @lbc.customs

ENGINE

  • Honda B20 engine swap with VTEC conversion
  • Garrett turbocharger
  • Tial wastegate
  • HKS blow-off valve
  • Mishimoto (intercooler, radiator)
  • Custom charge piping
  • RC fuel injectors
  • AEM (fuel rail)
  • ARP head studs
  • CXRacing “AC friendly” turbo manifold
  • Innovative motor mounts
  • Blox Racing intake manifold
  • Walbro 255 fuel pump
  • Hondata S300 V3
  • AEM Electronics wideband O2 sensor

EXHAUST

  • Tanabe Medallion 2.5-inch exhaust system

WHEELS / TIRES / BRAKES

  • Enkei RPF1 wheels (Super Black Chrome) - 15x8 (f/r)
  • Toyo R888R tires - 225/50 R15 (f)
  • Falken tires - 205/50 R15 (r)
  • Custom tire stickers
  • Drilled & slotted brake rotors

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION

  • Skunk2 (Pro ST coilovers, Pro ST upper control arms, lower control arms, Pro rear camber arms)

EXTERIOR

  • Candy metallic purple paint job
  • Mugen front lip
  • Custom aero (front splitter, side splitters, rear diffuser)
  • APR GT3 carbon fiber side mirrors
  • Tanaka front tow strap
  • Tinted headlights
  • Carbon fiber (Type R wing, gas cap)

INTERIOR

  • NRG (Matsuri steering wheel, boss hub, quick release)
  • Skunk2 weighted shift knob
  • K-Tuned extended shifter
  • GlowShift gauges - boost, oil temp

MOBILE ELECTRONICS

  • Clarion double-DIN head unit
  • Kenwood 6.5-inch speakers
 

PHOTO GALLERY

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