The complete RCREW K Swap Header story and its version history…

Updated on Oct. 15th 2016
Written on Nov. 12th, 2015

HASPORT the originator of billet engine mounts for Honda’s created the engine mount kit to allow the more powerful K series engines to be swapped into the DC/EG chassis back in 2003.  By 2004 Dan Phan at RCREW Racing was among the early adopters of this new swap at the time and also development several parts to aid in perform the swap.  One of the much needed piece was the swap header.  At the time I was working in Asia and assisted in setting up the production of the RCREW headers.

People with keen eyes have noted that the 4-2-1 section appears similar to the Hytech B Series large tube header.  That is because to speed up development Dan took an existing big tube Hytech B header’s rear section and use it to mock up as the rear section of the K Swap header.  He made a header flange and crudely welded short pieces of tubes to simulate the primary piece.  It was made to “locate” the second piece and clear the mid-shaft and the rear engine mount.  We were able to correctly make a first article prototype that seemed to fit okay, but adjustments needed to be made for sure.  Then go-head was given to run a production without another a “second” article to confirm the correction is accurate…  that caused the first batch to have fitment issues that was a bit of a headache to correct but Dan and I was able to make it work just fine, just extra work.  It involved some machining of the header flange.

Version 1.0 released around mid-late 2004 – a batch of 50 headers was made.  This first batch is easily identified by the fact that the header flange needed to be machined to correct the angle so that the second piece (4-2-1 section) is parallel with the chassis instead of hanging below slightly.  This happened because of the crude prototype piece received.

Version 2.0 release around end of 2005 – this version correctly fixes the angle but the collector flange is quite close to the tunnel on the passenger side.

Version 3.0 release around 2007 – this version has the 4-2-1 section angled towards the driver’s side locate the collector flange more inline with factory exhaust location.

There was about 4-5 year gap (2008-2013) where no new authentic RCREW headers were available.  For some time a shady sales person sold identical headers to both BWR and BLOX.  Since they are from the same place, quality is obviously identical.  However there was also inferior knock off’s being made from China.  Both the quality of stainless and craftsmanship is considerably lower than the original.  Knockoffs including PLM and a few others.  China made ones are pretty easy to tell…

Then came 2014 we decided to update the header and make the original available once again.

Version 4.0 release in early 2014 – We (AKMEE Engineering) updated the v3 header and made a batch as well as titanium prototypes of both B series and K swap header – see the blog entry in 2014.

The difference from v3.0 and 4.0 is not huge.  The primary length is shortened by 2″ to improve the top end as the K series is known to have no shortage of low and mid-range.  The extra length is given to the secondaries.  Now there is extra o2 sensor bung, as well as the more durable updated beehive spring hooks.

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weird surreal dream about the EF Civic…

Written 11/25/2014 11:27 am – didn’t sleep until 6:15 am, woke up 11:28 am.  quality of sleep has been very bad lately (it’s been going on for months, since around July) as i struggle to find joy in life.  nothing seems the same anymore, things i used to enjoy and care about, things i used to love and be passionate about just don’t seem the same anymore.  especially after the loss of my mom earlier this year in April.  what i used to love?  pretty simple – cars, motorsports, basketball, yoga, hanging around friends and family.  i used to appreciate the simple pleasures in life however i feel a bit disillusioned lately.  anyways this post is about the dream itself.

the dream was a mixture of real facts from life and a bit of total fiction.  some real facts- was about a red EF my friend used to own, i sort of live in a house on th El Cerrito hills, in kind of a barn house, it was about tuning the 105 bhp SOHC engine, about how little hp the EF Civic had but it was a great handling little car.  in the dream it was weird, like the guy and his wife had a daughter, i can’t remember exactly how but in the dream the young girl is dead or missing and the guy blames his wife.

then he talks about how fast the Civic was but I was trying to explain to him no way his Civic was fast because all it had was a header.  funny thing was in this dream there a image of him popping the hood of his EF Civic and the image felt surreal as it was a stock EF Civic with only a DC Ceramic header installed.

however it had appear to be wire tucked.  then the dream continued on to a bit about I was explaining his Civic wasn’t fast like my del Sol which made 180 whp.  then the scene fades and now the images is looking at the EF Civic from the rear passenger side 45 degrees (drivers side on left).  we all know the Civic has split folding rear seats that makes it supremely useful as you can carry lot of things with it.  this time the owner seems to be some Japanese guy with his wife sharing how much passion his husband has for the little Civic.  for some reason she exclaimed “yeah my husband even got the special Korean market only front fold down seats that is rare”.  the front passenger seat somehow folds down parallel to the rear seat and provides a long flat storage area.

another scene was some kind of investigator asking me if i know some silver Accord with a swap.  i was like yeah, my cousin Benjamin he has the first Accord with a 100% legal swap it was the first of its kind.  in reality my cousin never owned a Honda and lives in Canada.

as i woke up from this random dream it ignited a bit of the old passion i used to have and made me feel slightly better about life so i decided to jot this down into my blog which i haven’t updated in months…

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VOTD: I’ve been training a lot, few good videos…

Posted May 10th, 2016 4:09 am @ Tien-Mu, Taipei, Taiwan – I’ve been weight training again, more serious and consistent this time for 7 weeks already.  I’m using variation of the old school 5×5 program which is 3 times a week.  I also play basketball frequently again 3-4 times a week starting about 10 months now.  I just started going to Bikram hot yoga studio again, just over a week.  I’m working on getting my weight from ~82 kg (180 lbs) back down to ~75kg (165 lbs).  I intend to increase my muscle mass and reduce body fat.  The eventual goal is getting closer to squatting 2x my body weight hoping get back to match my vertical jump PR first then to better it by about 5″.

I’ve watched a lot of training and exercise videos are here are a few that stands out so I decided to share them here.  All three video have solid information without fluff or bullshit.

For those who are curious about my progress I have started a new log in 2016 here.  It gets updated several times a week.  Now that I’ve been squatting and deadlifting more regularly I am much more appreciative about the elite athleticism showed by world class olympic weightlifters.  Look at how effortlessly Lu Xiao-Jun squat 275kg (605 lbs).  That is 3.5x his bodyweight.  Insane.

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VOTD: Honda motorcycles – RC166, RC181, NS500, NSR250, NSR500, RC30, NR750, MC22, Motocompo

Posted 7/11/2014 2:28 am @ Swords, Dublin, Ireland – Today’s VOTD is all about 2 wheel Honda’s.  Old school Honda motorcycles are amazing.  SoichiroHonda was a very special type of guy…

Honda 250 cc 6 cylinder in the 1960’s?!  Enough said.

More classic Honda goodness.

The badasses years…

RC30, my magical dream bike.  I lusted after this bike for years and years…  someday.  25+ years after its release I still think it’s one of the best looking bike ever.  That single sided swing arm OMG I LOVE YOU.

NR750 aka RC40, too big and too expensive but the oval piston was an ingenious interpretation of the rules.  :)

MC22 aka CBR250RR with 20,000 rpm redline is another bike I also dreamed of…  boy it sounds amazing…

Bonus video: the rare Honda Motocompo portable briefcase style motorcycle.  :)  Full of win!!

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Exercise your right! Read this (lot of useful info) and fight your traffic and parking tickets!!

Posted 7/10/2014 9:01 pm @ Swords, Dublin, Ireland – I came across this gem with many tips on how to deal with the bullshit system.  I highly recommend reading through it as it will give you some insights on our rights.  The system is design to get money from you, that’s all.  I agree it is our patriotic duty to always challenge the government!!  Cheers.  I’m not sure how much of this applies to outside of California but it’s still a good read regardless.  I dislike the justice system and the law a great deal, there is just too much BS associated with it.  Common sense and righteousness is my type of thinking…




Published On July 10, 2014 | By CopBlock | Articles
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This site rocks! I always surf it, and have noticed some complaints about citizens issued phone infraction and parking tickets.
I wanted to offer some expertise on some rather diabolical traffic ticket and other defense strategies that are California specific that I have used. Please couch this with the understanding that the traffic court is an utterly corrupt, criminal system specifically designed to punish you for daring to exercise any of your Constitutional and Statutory rights to defend yourself. Also, traffic judges rarely follow the law in their bloodlust zeal to shake you down and extort you for revenue.
As an example, the promise to appear date on a ticket used to be the date and time you would also have an opportunity to enter a plea of not guilty. Well, too many people were exercising their rights, so they changed the crooked system so when you initially appear, they then tell you to come back AGAIN for arraignment an average of 7 months later, with the plan that you will forget, then they will demand even more bribe money for a claimed failure to appear.
As to specific strategies, I NEVER EVER post a bribe, er, bail! It is not a crime to not have money, nor can they deny you your Constitutional rights to trial just because you have no bribe fees.
What I have done repeatedly in the past is say, “Your honor, I enter a plea of not guilty, and request an O.R. release. I met my promise to appear today, and I will do so again. I don’t believe I will be convicted, and if wrongfully convicted, I have no monies and would have to ask for community service after exhausting all appeal remedies.” Now frankly, I stopped asking for an O.R. release as it got granted once. I really don’t want them to grant it. The best way to accomplish that is to not ask for an O.R. release, so I no longer ask for it.
What happens next is with or without a ruling, they tell you to go see the cashier. Now if the commissioner actually grants an O.R. release as happened one time, the tactic no longer works. If they either deny your O.R. release request, or better yet, you don’t ask for it at all, then the cashier demands a bribe, er, bail money, and with my cell phone recorder going, I tell them I am indigent and can’t afford bail. They don’t give you a trial date but rather give this form that says something to the effect that if you fail to come up with bail money by (typically 30 days) a warrant may be issued for your arrest. Right! But it goes on to say, if you can’t come up with the bail money by the due date, you may have to see the judge again. BINGO!
On that date, I appear again, at which point they schedule ANOTHER return visit before a judge who does not have time to hold some evidentiary hearing on whether you have money or not. Off to the cashier they send me again, and this time they finally give a trial date when I still have not posted bail.
Now remember how I said at arraignment I entered a plea of not guilty? When you don’t post bail, unless an O.R. release was granted, they refuse to give you a trial date at the cashier’s window at arraignment. When you return at 30 days or whatever the form specifies you must post bail by, they just give you another court date to see the judge, ostensibly to hold a finances hearing, which has never been discussed all the times I appeared for that type of hearing.
Because of my vigorous tactics and the court/cashier imposed delays, by the time they get me to trial, an average time of 90 days elapses…which just happens to be past the 45 days speedy trial California mandatory statute. At trial, I don’t even let it commence, I move to dismiss via a Penal Code Section 1382 Motion to Dismiss on the grounds of a lack of prosecution. I keep a four page Declaration, Points and Authorities document on the computer and just change the dates and times and names.
Remember, if you plan on using this tactic, NEVER sign any papers, especially ones waiving your rights. And be careful, the Cal Vehicle Code has some sneaky, slimy hidden section that furtively claims if you plea/post bail via mail, you may be waiving your speedy trial rights. I can’t tell you how many crooked clerk have demanded I sign their forms to get a trial, and hidden within the language is a waiver of your rights. I have varied from videotaping them demanding I sign a right waiver form as a condition of trial, to just crossing off the parts I don’t agree with and not letting them know I did so.  Total waste of time based upon a lost wages to fine ratio analysis?  You bet! That’s how its deliberately rigged.
I also frequently demand the County seat at the time of the ticket being issued when I am in a city other than the main one. As an example, the City of Long Beach, Santa Monica, Manhattan beach, Redondo, etc., these are not County seats, so upon your motion at arraignment AFTER you entered your not guilty plea, they must transfer it, where it will get delayed some more, and usually past the 45 days Statutory time.
I learned the basics via a totally righteous book called Fight Your Ticket By David Brown via Nolo Press. That became the foundation for these advanced tactics not referenced in the book.
Another diabolical tactic I have used with 100% success is to ignore summonses/bench warrants, then after 12 months, filing a Serna Motion. People v Serna says that if the police fail to take you into custody and bring you before a magistrate within 12 months of the issue of a warrant, the delay is unfairly prejudicial against your ability to defend yourself, you needn’t prove prejudice, and unless your whereabouts could not be determined by a routine investigation, not only must the warrant be dismissed, but must the charges it arose from! EPIC!
These are just a few of the tactics I developed, everything from demanding a stenographer paid for at the expense of the state (In re Armstrong Motion, also see March v Muni Court, Mayer v City of Chicago), to formally subpoenaing a cop, so that when he does not appear, you can move the court to find sufficient cause to hold the cop in contempt of court for disobedience to a lawful subpoena, then demand a bench warrant be issued for his arrest. (Courts don’t formally subpoena traffic cops.) I have not lost in 10 years.
Now of course the trial lawyers will require I advise you to not rely upon any of my experiences and to tell you this is not legal advice to be relied upon, and to consult with an attorney, blah blah. Good luck, and give them hell, it’s your PATRIOTIC DUTY to ALWAYS challenge the government.
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VOTD: various Adventure Time videos

Posted 7/4/2014 11:48pm @ Seatown, Dublin, Ireland – I still love watching cartoons I have always enjoy them since I was a kid. I have never outgrew them at all. Some of my happy worry free days was enjoying the afternoon cartoon with my little sister. She is 7 years younger than I am and we spent countless hours watching all kinds of cartoons.

I enjoy watching Adventure Time with my nephew and nieces. But it would be nice to see it from the beginning. The AT world is quite elaborate and I just love many of the characters.

Ice King sings a cool song…

The Chinese version is actually pretty awesome, it’s mostly in Mandarin with a little bit of Taiwanese mixed it.

Cute song Marceline sings to the Ice King.

A pretty cute cover of the Ohh Bubblegum song.🙂

Funky song.


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VOTD: octopus trick, deepstaria, Mg battery, e-bike tricks, cycling robot, Falklands Islands war, 鄭南榕 memorical

Posted 6/29/2014 3:35 pm @ La Courneuve, Paris, France – few more great videos that I’m booking marking VOTD style.

Sooooo trick.  Remember the thermoptics camouflage suit from Ghost In The Shell’s Major Motoko Kusanagi?  Nature does it better.  I❤ nature.

Amazing mother nature.  In 2013 that weird creature found in deep oil rig is this creature according to the trusty marine biologists at Monterey Aquarium.  :-)

I saw this on Luke’s google+ and the presentation is excellent.  However Luke also cautioned that “Molten Mg can be held by just about nothing that can conduct electricity without undergoing very rapid corrosion. UNLESS! They dare to do a molten flourine based salt, and had some continous feed of sacrificial anode pellets or something that sinks in the Mg salt, conducts well, is cheap, has a oxidation product that is easy to transport out (like its so low density it floats on the molten Mg), and can serve as a stronger affinity anode to be continuously corroded as its operational. At least that’s my $0.02.”

Very cool video showing a dude riding a e-motorcycle doing tricks at an embassy.

Mini robot riding a bicycle is able to balance by himself.  How cute.  :)

I have memories of this war from childhood UK vs. Argentina…  exposing my age ha ha, but whatever.  Now as an adult it’s interesting to learn more about the conflict.  The image of the vertical take off plane left a strong impression…

Mr. SHI De-Jian, probably my favorite monk from Shao-Lin Temple.  To my untrained eyes he has put a lot of work into his kung-fu and thus, has deep understanding and mastery of it.  I’m a big fan.


Although personally I am against Taiwan independence because it is unrealistic, I admire Mr. Zheng a great deal for his courage and love of Taiwan.  He is a do-er not just a mere say-er.  25 years ago in 1989 he set himself on fire to make a statement advocating for 100% freedom of speech in Taiwan.  For some 40+ years Taiwan was ruled under martial law and freedom of speech was not a given right.  Many people were imprisoned and murdered for their political beliefs. I have the utmost respect for people who are willing to die for them dreams especially when the dream is not for selfish reasons but for better of others.  That is true unselfishness.  Many others have sacrificed so much for Taiwan to enjoy its current freedom.  Lets not forget…

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VOTD: R34/CRV, Smart wheelie, rally Enzo, 288 GTO, rally legends, Higgins @ Isle of Man

Posted 6/28/2014 6:14 am @ La Courneuve, Paris, France – today’s videos.  :)

So wrong and so right.  Turbo B18C AWD CRX with R34 Skyline front end.  What do you guys think?

Nice wheelie!!

Drive it like you stole it.  Uhhh…  I saw this few years but still love it.

Whoa, Ferrari 288 GTO Group-B Spec!!  This is the daddy of Ferrari F40 in case you guys didn’t know.

Historic rally cars can still do their thing!  These are some sweet old school legendary machines I love them all.

At last but not check this out. I love how it has Mark Higgin’s bio stats on screen!

Bonus video: it’s seexxxxy time!!

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VOTD: 2 for 1 today! Le Mans, R35 GTR GT3, Time Attack Italy, MotoGP, siiick kid.

Posted 6/26/2014 12:52 pm @ Palaiseau, Paris, France – Okay guys, I saw so many cool videos today that are worth sharing this is the first time I’ve done two VOTD in one day.  The first one was about random videos but this one is all about my number one passion motorsports.  :)

Battle of Le Mans, a great introduction to the 2014 race!!

Full race coverage starting at #1.  Watch all 11 if you have time to kill.  :-)  It’s epic as usual.

MotoGP’s 65 history!!

Nismo/JRM R35 GTR is pure bad ass.  I love it.

This is a very well done video covering Time Attack in Italy.  I love the variety of cars!!  Props to the two CRX in there.  The white one sounds bad ass.

NatGeo Mega Factories coverage of production Nissan Skyline GT-R R35.  Chinese subtitled too.

Bonus video: young guns, this kid is damn good.

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VOTD: .usa/.ca border facts, human trafficking, shock stem, first moon party!!

Posted 6/24/2014 9:20 am @ Palaiseau, Paris, France – As usual I’ve got a good selection of random videos that you guys might enjoy. I know I certainly laughed my ass off about the First Moon Party.

Fun facts about the border between Canada and USA!!  Silly.

Powerful, beautiful, tragic… nice poem. I’m not against prostitution by self choice but if it is against their will is pure evil. Human trafficking and slavery are worst or the worst in my book.

Cool story, the designer is a middle aged mechanical engineering guy, he had a mild stroke and hits mid-crisis a bit. He said to himself, I haven’t really contributed anything to society (all his past ME projects are weapons, missiles, optical radar… etc for the military).So he came up with a shock absorbing stem that will make cycle riding easier!! Pretty ingenious. A potential game changer check it out if you’re into cycling. I have a road bike and I know the numb feeling from the vibrations, this will help a bit I will order one to try.

OMG WTF did i just watch lol. oh well, it’s pretty funny though. addendum: Holy crap it’s a viral marketing video. Job well done I must say ha ha ha.

Girl’s first period is not an easy subject to get into for parents.  It’s nice to see the subjected gets treated in a light hearted way.  Well done.  Bravo.  I would like to see something like this for the more conservative Asia countries.  :)

Bonus video: I posted this few days ago on my FB and this video has grew on my a lot. The English is fobby but the dancing is cute and easy to learn and the song is nice. I like it a lot. I’ve been jamming to it daily. ha ha ha.

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