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  • Posted: 11-11-2018 05:24 PM
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UPDATE FOR 3/5/2019: We have some advances and some set backs. The first handfull of TSX intakes has shipped, but we are a little held up from shipping more because we need more CARB stickers to attach to them. A couple people hit us up for them and we have been keeping them close at hand, but there is definitely not enough to fill our demand.

Meanwhile, we received parts to complete ITR/Integra drop-in filters! These will be shipping in the coming 1-2 weeks. Not too far behind those should be ITR/EM1 Iceboxes! We are waiting on some brackets for those now which will be 3-4 weeks off (early April we are expecting).

And we are in the early stages of S2000 Icebox parts collection! These will definitely need some extra work to put together for us, so we don't plan on shipping those before May at this time.

 

UPDATE FOR 1/30/2019: Real progress has been made on the TSX Iceboxes! Last weekend Marcus spent a bunch of hours fabbing and made these VERY FIRST 5 TSX icebox kits! We are still holding on for a little more hardware and boxes before we can ship but it will not be long now!

 

UPDATE FOR 1/22/2019: Good news and meh news. Meh news is that the ship dates needed to be bumped back a little. Bit the good news is that it is all in the name of quality. We received initial plastics samples and found out that they looked great, but once we looked on the inside the material was showing a really poor surface finish. See this image showing an original part on the left, and the first sample on the right:

The first sample on the right had a terrible finish inside; lumpy and bubbly. We pushed it back to the vendor and they produced the center part which we are MUCH happier with. It has a little more shine than the 18 year old sample part, which honestly could be completely natural. The important thing is, the finish is flat and smooth. So this will be the quality of the part going forward. We have a few more tooling adjustments to make and then we will be cutting TSX lids. We have the necessary brackets and are otherwise ready to move on TSX parts.

Civic & Integra Iceboxes are not far behind, we need to get some brackets in line for those. Immediately following the Iceboxes will be Integra Drop-in filter kits. Lastly we will be doing the aluminum intake tubes and those we will be processing alongside S2000 Icebox moldings.

 

 

 

UPDATE FOR 12/5/2018: We have made some updates to the lead time schedule below. Please review.

 

 

Original Post:

CT Engineering, the Honda-car aftermarket products company that rose from a split up of renowned racecar engineering company Comptech Motorsport in 2007, has closed it's doors for good as of September 2018. Credit to Heeltoe's long-standing support and relationship with the CT Engineering brand, the molds for CT's iconic line of Icebox Air Intake systems were secured and production of those parts are continuing under Heeltoe's roof. 

The news about CT Engineering closing is spreading. If a CT Supercharger was one of your dream items, then the used market is going to be your best friend if you have a K- or J-Series vehicle. With some limited success we have been able to get select replacement parts for maintenance but mostly, these items are done and out of production.

However, if you were after one of their iconic Icebox intakes then there is good news for you!

Heeltoe was chosen as the successor to the fantastic line of CT Engineering Icebox intake systems. We have acquired all the molds and tooling needed to continue production of the plastic boxes. We've been given a list of their vendors to continue purchasing filters and other brackets and things, just the way they have been for years.

Current intake production is underway now. It will take some time to finalize the kits and get them shipped. Below we'll outline the intakes we have possession of and what our plans are for shipping them:

Replacement filters: Available and shipping November 2018.

2004-08 Acura TSX Intakes:

These are being made in the first batch. Parts are in process now and we hope to ship product by around the 1st week of December 2018. middle of January 2019 late January 2019-Early February Shipping now-ish, through Feb and March and on.

1994-01 Acura Integra/1996-00 Honda Civic/1992-95 Honda Civic:

The Iceboxes and drop-in filters are being made in the first batch. Parts are in process now and we hope to ship product by around the 3rd week of December 2018 Late January 2019 Later in February 2019. The aluminum intakes are slated for production sometime in December January as well February or March 2019, although these are taking a second priority and may not be ready to ship at the same time as the Iceboxes and drop-in filters. Drop in filters to ship by end of March. Iceboxes will spill into April. Cold Air intakes are on Pause at the time.

 

 

2000-09 Honda S2000:

These are being made in a second batch. Parts are expected to ship around the end of December middle of February 2019 at the soonest, more likely in January in LATE April, May 2019

2009-14 Acura TSX, 2009-14 Acura TL:

These parts need re-tooling and are not expected to ship before Spring 2019, but a Spring release is what we are hoping for! ** We hoped for spring release but that is not probably. These are 2019 goals and we are planning to get these done no doubt about it. Very high priority, but likely won't have solid news before Summer 2019.

1998-02 Honda Accord V6/1999-03 Acura TL/2001-03 Acura CL:

We have the tools we need to make this intake although we do not have plans to produce it currently. We need demand from customers to change the outlook of this part.

2006-11 Honda Civic Si:

We have most of what we need to look at making this intake although we do not have plans to produce it currently. We need demand from customers to change the outlook of this part.

Credit MotoIq for the image.

2002-06 Acura RSX

The molds for this part were destroyed years ago, and the part can no longer be made.

 

So that is the rundown. Any other intake parts we cannot comment on at the time, but we are energized by the new opportunity to help our customers. Heeltoe will be re-evaluation wholesale of these intakes as well and will do our best to make sure they are still available through all your favorite stores. We are also working very hard to maintain pricing at the previous levels set by CT.

Thanks, and always remember that when it comes to Honda and Acura enthusiast parts, Heeltoe is in your corner!


About the Author

Marcus di Sabella Marcus is the founder of Heeltoe Automotive. He's been working with cars (mostly Honda cars) since 1996, and has been providing enthusiasts with excellent products, services, and web experiences since 2002. He's been published in Honda Tuning, and holds a degree in Engineering Technology.

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