This Accord of the Month is truly one of a kind. Having been in the Accord communities for quite some time, many people will probably recognize this name and car. This was the first, and as far as we’re aware only, turbo charged and tuned 8th generation 4 cylinder Accord in the United States. Our Accord of the Month for September is TommyT’s turbocharged 2011 LX-S I4 coupe. Because of this, Tommy (better known as Mobil Hitam on Facebook) gets quite a bit of attention for his Accord. It’s unfortunate that he recently sold the car in August, but at least the new owner is an Our8thGens member too!
Tommy has been through more wheel setups than the average Accord owner. Not only has he had a lot of wheel setups, but most of them have been legitimate, name-brand wheels. When I first met Tommy he was running the Volk TE37s pictured above: truly gorgeous wheels. He’s most recently been running the 5zigen FN01R-C with a super beefy tire setup for the extra grip. He’s also been seen on the Enkei NT03, Volk CE28 replicas (the only replica set I’m aware that he’s ever had), 19″ Rays off the Infiniti G35, the 19″ Rays off of the Nissan 370z, 18″ and 19″ Hyundai Genesis wheels, and all of the OEM accord wheels (including steelies). I think it’s fair to say that Tommy can be classified as a wheel head!
Most people know Tommy’s Accord because it was boosted. Not very many people, Tommy included at times, have had very much luck going forced induction on this platform yet. Most of the difficulty of this platform is tuning the factory ECU. By the time it was all said and done, Tommy had swapped the factory K24Z3 for the K24Z3 out of a 2009 Acura TSX. With this engine he was able to use and tune the TSX ECU with a Hondata FlashPro for the TSX. He then took the Garrett Turbo off of a Nissan SR20 motor, paired it with a 38mm Tial wastegate and GReddy Type RZ blow off valve. All piping and mounting the intercooler were completely custom. He had also added an upgraded clutch and flywheel, an intake manifold meant for a Civic Si, 1000cc injectors, an upgraded fuel rail, and loads of sensors and gauges. This gave him a coupe making 327 wheel horsepower and 337 wheel lbs/ft of torque on 10 pounds of boost from the factory rated 190 base horsepower and 162 base lbs/ft of torque.
Tommy’s lowered his coupe on AMR coilovers with a JPower rear camber kit and TLX rear sway bar for some added rigidity. To aid in stopping with the added horsepower, he upgraded the front brakes to the Brembo calipers from the Acura TL Type-S using Honda S2000 rotors. This caliper setup in red looks great behind his gold 5zigens!
There were also a few other nice subtle mods Tommy had done on this car. One mod that you still do not see too often in this car is a red Bride racing seat. He also had some of the more common body mods you see on the coupe: the HFP front lip, the trunk deck spoiler, and a roof spoiler. Another more subtle mod that really pops in person is the TSX-R clear lens swap and the chameleon painted headlight housings.
Tommy’s Accord is probably one of the most recognizable coupes. Unfortunately, he sold the car back in August as it was, and upgraded to a 2012 6 speed V6 Accord coupe pictured below. You can follow Aaron, the new owner of the boosted 4 cylinder, on Instagram! Would you believe me if I told you Tommy already got a new set of wheels for the 6-6? With all the work he put into the 4 cylinder, we can’t wait to see what he cooks up for the 6-6! Make sure to follow Tommy on Instagram and go see what he’s talking about on the forum!