In 2001 when the import scene was hitting its stride I was out there purchasing products and dealing with shops as a customer just like you.
My first build was an 89 white CRX with a turbo ZC motor, full paint- the entire works. I spent every night and every dollar on this car, eating at Taco Bell and off of the 99 cent menu at Wendy’s to save cash to get the parts I wanted. I had to deal with guys on eBay and message boards and local shops that just wanted to make a buck off of me. I got tired of getting scammed and even more sick of getting parts that were of low quality, didn’t fit and had no thought put into them. So together with a few close friends, we started to take things into our own hands.
We began working on our cars and doing side jobs all the while throwing around ideas for how we would make current products better and how we could get our cars to go faster. After many B-series swaps, we decided to do something unheard of at the time (2002) a Kswap. We figured if Honda took the time to develop an entirely new engine (K-series) we should take the time to check it out. We liked what we saw. Realizing that there were no parts to make this swap happen and no shops that we could call we decided to start developing parts for K-series swaps.