This identification guide has been written for the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) Integra Type R, including the DC2 coupe, the Type Rx coupe and the DB8 sedan (but excludes the Mugen edition car). The Integra Type R has a large global following and was available in many markets from new, however, the JDM model is seen as particularly desirable due to several differences, including superior performance.  

Although the Integra Type R is a significantly different car to its standard Integra counterpart, it is very similar in appearance, and often standard cars can easily be misrepresented as Type R models. This guide aims to provide a good summary of information confirming what a prospective buyer or restorer should be looking for, to confirm whether a car is a genuine Type R JDM Integra. This guide includes information relating to the external features, interior features, paint colours, mechanical features and of course the engine and chassis numbers applicable to the DC2/DB8 JDM Integra Type R.

Period of manufacture:

1995 – 2000 (like most vehicles, Integra’s were badged as the year following that of their manufacture). The sedan Type R was introduced in 1997, and the Rx was introduced in December 1999.

Number produced:

A total of approximately 29,995 Integra Type R JDM cars were produced.

Please note, this guide has been written based on a variety of online sources and enthusiast input. You should not rely on this guide to make any purchasing decision and we make no representation that all information is accurate. You should always seek independent professional advice when looking to purchase a unique car. If you have additional information, photographs or corrections you believe need to be made to this page, please contact us by clicking the button at the top of this page, or comment below. 

1. External Features - JDM Honda Integra Type R (DC2/DB8)

The JDM Integra Type R had the following exterior features, which make a good starting point for identification of a genuine car:

  • The JDM Type R Integra was available in both 4 door sedan and 2 door lift-back coupe.
  • 1996 – 1997 spec JDM cars had 4 stud 15” x 6” aluminium 8 spoke championship white wheels, originally fitted with Bridgestone Potenza RE010 195/55R15 tyres.
  • 1998 - 2000 spec JDM cars had 5 stud 16 x 6” alloy 10 spoke wheels (in either championship white or gunmetal grey) originally fitted with Bridgestone 215/45/ZR16 tyres.
  • The JDM Type R had long single unit HID headlights (as opposed to other markets which received the pre-facelift double-round lights).
  • 1996 - 1997 spec cars had a different rear bumper design to the 1998 - 2000 spec. 1998 spec onward cars had a diffuser style moulding under the number plate (see images for a better description of the difference).
  • Type R Honda badges front and rear (red emblems as opposed to black).
  • “Integra Type-R” decal emblems located under the right side tail light, and in front of the rear wheels on the lower mudguard sill panels (or on the rear lower doors in the case of a sedan).
  • Body kit including side skirts and a unique front splitter.
  • Unique Type R rear spoiler.
  • JDM cars have amber rear indicator lenses (as opposed to the U.S. spec all-red lenses).
  • The Type Rx introduced in 2000 had a factory tinted rear window and rear side windows (example provided in the images), electric retractable mirrors and automatic antenna. The type Rx should also have a small dimple on the drivers door handle for the central locking (see image).
2. Interior Features - JDM Honda Integra Type R (DC2/DB8)

The JDM Integra Type R DC2/DB8 had the following interior features:

  • 180 kph speedometer (per Japanese regulation), 10,000 rpm tachometer (with 8,400 redline).
  • The 96 spec Type R came with the choice of red or dark grey Recaro cloth front bucket seats and grey rear cloth seats (with red seat stitching).
  • The 98 Spec R came with the choice of red, yellow (see below) or dark grey Recaro cloth front bucket seats and grey rear cloth seats (with red seat stitching).
  • The Sunlight/Phoneix yellow Type R's offered from July 1999 through to the end of production (including Type-RX) featured yellow Recaro’s, rear yellow stitched seats, and yellow stitched shift gator boot.
  • The 96 and 98 spec cars had different styles of steering wheel, as shown in the images.
  • Titanium gear shift knob.
  • Dual airbags standard on 98 spec cars, optional on 96 spec cars.
  • Optional air conditioning (standard on Type Rx as outlined below).
  • Carbon style dashboard and accessory fascia panels (note the difference with the Rx model as explained below).
  • Type R badged floor mats.
  • 1998 spec cars had a plaque in the centre console that said “Type R 98-Spec”, however, did not have a unique badge number.

 

Type Rx (available from December 1999) came factory standard fitted with motorized folding mirrors, keyless entry, power antenna, amber dashboard clock, blue tinted polished carbon fibre style dashboard accent panels (including centre console panel, electric window door panels, and front air vent surround panels), drilled alloy sports pedals, Gathers CD player with 6 speaker audio system, and a uniquely numbered centre console “Type R” badge. See images for a better description of all these features. Many of these features were options on earlier models. According to our research, the Rx was only available as a coupe.

3. Paint Colours / Codes - JDM Honda Integra Type R (DC2/DB8)

7 paint colours were available on the JDM Integra Type R, as outlined below. The original colour for the car should be confirmed on a small white square sticker in the driver or passenger door jamb (below the lock latch in the B pillar – see images).

  • Championship White (Code: NH-0).
  • Granada Black Pearl (Code: NH-503P) – has a pearlescent gold metallic flakes.
  • Nighthawk Black Pearl (Code B-92P) – has a pearlescent blue metallic flakes.
  • Flamenco Black Pearl (Code: NH-592P) – has multi coloured metallic flakes.
  • Milano Red (Code: R-81) (2 door only).
  • Vogue Silver Metallic (Code: NH-583M).
  • Phoenix/Sunlight Yellow (Code: Y-56) (Type Rx coupe only).

Certain colours were available for certain body shapes, year models, and with certain interior trim options. These are shown in the attached chart contained in the images.

An example of each of the colours has also been provided in the images. Championship White is by far the most common colour for the JDM Integra Type R, with fewer cars available in Yellow, Silver, Black and Red.

4. Chassis Number / VIN - JDM Honda Integra Type R (DC2/DB8)

The chassis number on a JDM Honda Integra Type R will appear on the blue VIN/chassis plate (riveted to the bonnet slam panel in the engine bay), with a matching number stamped into the centre of the bulkhead / firewall. These locations are described in further detail in the attached images.

The prefix at the top of the blue chassis plate should be one of the following:

E-DC2 = 2 door coupe with B18C engine (built between October 1995 and July 1999)

E-DB8 = 4 door sedan with B18C engine (built between October 1995 and July 1999)

GF-DC2 = 2 door coupe with B18C engine built in the final year (July 1999 – July 2000, including the Rx)

GF-DB8 = 4 door sedan with B18C engine built in the final year (July 1999 – July 2000)

The chassis number itself is located on the second line from the bottom on the blue chassis plate, above where it should say “Type R”. This same number should be stamped into the bulkhead. The chassis number will begin with one of the below prefixes, which confirms the vehicle’s age, followed by 4 digits being the unique chassis number for that particular car:

1996 Spec R cars:

DC2-110 or DB8-110 – built from October 1995 - August 1996.
DC2-120 or DB8-120 – built from September 1996 - December 1997.
 

1998 Spec R cars:

DC2-130 or DB8-130 – built from January 1998 - June 1999.
DC2-140 or DB8-140 – Built from July 1999 – July 2001 (including Rx).

 

Note, Rx cars can be identified by their “DC2-140” chassis number, along with their uniquely numbered plaque located under the handbrake in the centre console. No other JDM Type R’s had a numbered plaque.

 

5. Engine Number - JDM Honda Integra Type R (DC2/DB8)

Engine & Gearbox numbers:

Thee engine number for a JDM Integra Type R should have a prefix “B18C”, followed by a 7 digit engine number.

Note, however, that the JDM GSR also had the same prefix, so to confirm it is in fact a Type R motor, you have to look at the casting numbers on the engine head, just above the exhaust ports. You should see “PR3” cast into the head (as shown in the images), which should confirm it is a Type R head, and therefore likely a genuine motor. Unfortunately PR3 was also stamped into some non type R heads used on other models, so additional checks can be done if you are concerned.

If you want to check further, take the valve cover off and look at the valve springs. The Type R Integra has double valve springs on both the intake and exhaust ports. Although not easy to spot, the Type R heads also reportedly have green paint on the distributor side of the head (may have worn off significantly over time - see image example).

A not so easy way to further confirm the authenticity of the engine would be to check that the conrods and Pistons have “P73” stamped on them. This is obviously not a practical check unless you are purchasing a motor in pieces.

6. Gearbox Number - JDM Honda Integra Type R (DC2/DB8)

There are two possible gearbox types for the JDM Integra Type R. The type of gearbox will be determined by the vehicle’s year of manufacture as outlined below. Both gearboxes came standard with a limited slip differential (LSD).

 

1996 – 1997 JDM Integra Type R:

Barcode Prefix = S80 with J4D printed in black text above “LSD” on the transmission casing. This gearbox has a final drive of 4.4.

 

1998 – 2001 JDM Integra Type R

Barcode prefix = S80 with N3E printed in Black text above “LSD” on the transmission casing. This gearbox has a final drive of 4.785.

 

Examples of the barcode number and black lettering LSDJ4D and N3E are shown in the images.

7. Mechanical Features - JDM Honda Integra Type R (DC2/DB8)

The JDM Honda Integra Type R had the following mechanical features:

  • 1.8-liter DOHC VTEC in-line 4-cylinder (B18C) engine, producing 200 PS @ 8,000 rpm.
  • Engine modification included higher compression (11:1 compression ratio), larger throttle body, high lift camshafts and high-volume exhaust manifold.
  • Close-ratio 5-speed manual transmission (gears 2 - 5 were closer than the GSR model).
  • From 1996 - 1997 spec JDM Type R had a final drive ration of 4.4. In 1998, the Type R received a revised final drive ratio of 4.785.
  • Helical limited-slip differential was standard.
  • 1996 – 1997 JDM had 4 stud (pattern: 4 x 114.3) 15” x 6” aluminium white wheels fitted with Bridgestone Potenza RE010 195/55R15 tyres.
  • 1998 JDM Type R had 5 stud (pattern: 5 x 114.3) 16” x 6” alloy wheels fitted with 215/45/ZR16 tyres (in white and gunmetal grey).
  • 1998 JDM Type R received larger rotors and calipers (282mm calipers vs the previous 262mm calipers), and a revised ABS system.
  • JDM Type R’s eliminated the moon-roof (sunroof), vanity mirrors, cruise control, rear wiper, in order to eliminated weight, and also had reduced sound insulation, had a 10% thinner windscreen and lighter wheels.1996 – 1997 JDM model weighed 2,325 lbs. 1998 onward weighed 2,420 lbs.
  • The 1996 – 1998 model had the S80 4JHD gearbox, whilst 1998 onward cars had the S80 N3E gearbox. (See previous section on gearbox identification).
  • A final revision of the JDM DC2 Type R known as the '00 Spec R included a revised intake camshaft, and more finely balanced drive shafts.
  • Larger front strut tower bar, optional rear strut bar, and rear performance rods braced the rear frame, plus numerous body reinforcements, including strengthened chassis with extra spot welds and thicker metal around the rear shock towers, larger sway bars and lower sub-frame. (see image showing specific revisions and their location on the chassis).
7. References - JDM Honda Integra Type R (DC2/DB8)

The following sources, among input from many enthusiasts, have contributed to the creation of this page. If you have any further information you believe can be added, please let us know by contacting us or commenting below.

http://honda-tech.com

http://www.integratyper.org/

http://www.ozhonda.com/

http://www.superstreetonline.com/


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