Finds: Eagle Shop Urawa S2000

It’s one of those nights were I can’t sleep…..  Lately I’ve been transition from one industry to another, so I’m trying to find a job in a different field than what I’ve been working on for the past 6 years.  I need to get my mind off of it, when my mind wanders, sometimes I look back to the early days of the s2000, when many things were new, and Japan was a bit further away since we didn’t have sites like speedhunters, or bloggers like Noriyaro (like bringing dajiban knowledge to the mainstream….), or even countless countless youtube videos of people visiting famed S2000 tuning shops while on vacation in Japan now.  The world really feels like a smaller place, globalization is real.  Back when the S2000 was released and your only glimpse of JDM culture was through Best Motoring Videos you had to buy (cough cough) or though magazines like Option, or my favorite, HyperREV!

Eagle Shop Urawa is just a typical Japanese tuning shop based out of the Saitama prefecture, right outside Tokyo, they specializing in Hondas.  They don’t produce their own parts, and seem more into the setup for cars for people that enjoy track days, which is why I’m sure the Eagle Shop Urawa Spec Road & Track Ohlins Dampers are available.  Eagle Shop Urawa generally use parts from the typical JDM s2k tuners, like Mugen, Spoon, Powerhouse Amuse, Endless, Voltex, you know the good stuff.  What really stood out to me is when I saw their blurb in the first HyperRev magazine they were featured in, the super rad speedster style S2000 caught my eye. The chopped off the windshield, gives the car a super raw look, almost retro-esque of some German or British stuff. No one else had such a crazy S2k at the time, the execution was spot on…. it could of gone bad, like really bad.

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I love how it’s a single seater, the passenger side is blocked off.  Rocking some Enkei RPF1s, Powerhouse Amuse R1 front Bumper, Mugen hood, Bride racing Bucket seat, custom looking side skirts and APR mirrors

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The car attacking the track with a big ass voltex wing….

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The car is insane. The exhaust looks like an Amuse r1 Exhaust and the front bumpers it looks like they added some canards.  This car is really built for the track!

That’s it….. I know these pictures have been floating around the net for awhile now.  But I really wanted to spotlight one of my favorite JDM S2k builds.  If you have any more pictures of this car, please send them my way! I would definitely enjoy it.

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Finds: Turbo F20c Swapped Mercedes C200 W202

I had to share this car… it’s too awesome not too.  I have a soft spot for 80s-90s Mercedes Benz for whatever reason….. a dream build would be a f20c Swapped 190e Cosworth with some ITBs, but anything F20c swapped is super rad to me (BMW 2002s are also in this camp)…. I was browsing the net and I stumbled upon this Mercedes C200 with a TURBO F20c SWAP for sale on Yahoo Auctions Japan! how cool is that, what makes it even more cool is that the car looks pretty damn clean dropped on some super clean BBS rims!  Excuse me if I drop some incorrect Mercedes knowledge, I will admit I’m not too knowledgeable with non S2000s, I think we never got the C200 in the USA, but the body style looks similar to the C230 we got in the mid to late 90s.

Specs (translated by me from a jpeg):

JZZ30 Soarer TRUST Intercooler
Koyo Radiator
Gluck Original Muffler
Exedy Carbon Clutch
OS Giken LSD 2 way
Electronic Power steering
Full-Type springs? F16kg/mm R:12kg/mm
Original Shocks
BNR34 Brembo Calipers
BNR34 Brake Rotors
JZZ30 Soarer E-brake
BBS RG-R 18″
Defi Racing Meter
Carbon Fiber Hood
AMG type front aero
Carbon fiber Piller Cover
Projector Headlights
LED tail lights
LED side Markers
Widened Fenders
Recaro Seats with Power adjustment
Silver carbon fiber interior trim
interior LEDs
AVIC-HRZ09 HDD with Parking Camera

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Pretty clean right? You can tell it’s been lowered with some rims, maybe an aftermarket bumper, headlights, and if you look closely you can see the intercooler peaking out, foreshadowing things to come…..

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Like this Turbo-ed F20c out of our beloved Honda S2000! I will admit I’m not a purist when it comes to engine swaps, f20c-all-things sounds great to me…. The engine looks almost factory to me, if you don’t mind the big ass turbo hanging off of it, interesting coolant swirl pot setup, I’m sure this thing goes!

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Classic 90s Benz boxy shape, the stance is so right, this car looks like it is the perfect car to go out on a date and hit the track later on.  The taillights looked as they have been blessed by the LED gods.

4500Some interior goodness.  The Defi super sports cluser is oh-so JDM on a build like this.  I love how the interior isn’t all race-car, the full interior is kept.  I can smell that classic old Mercedes Benz Leather smell already….

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Of course Brembo calipers, which are borrowed off of another car, being an Nissan R34 GTR and BBS RG-R wheels work so well together.

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So how much for all this are you asking? You can own all of this for 1800000yen! around 18k USD.

Parts Review/Pick Ups: Toda S2000 ITBs / Sports Injection

Hey guys.  I’ve had this part for a while now, holding onto it hoping that one day I can resume my build…..  If you guys know me, you guys would also know I’ve done the ITBs thing before.  In a previous life I had Jenvey ITBS. You can check it out here, jesus it’s crazy to think I was only 23 when I made the first post on this blog.  I regret not taking more pictures….

Here are a few pictures off of my flickr of the jenvey units:

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When you receive the Jenvey Kit, it’s unassembled, so you have to go about assembling the kit yourself.  The coolant temp sensor port to the right, you have to drill and tap that in yourself.  The coolant line to the left, that is not standard, I had to cut and weld from an intake manifold I had laying around.  Take note of the flange of the coolant exit, the bolt behind that flange is a pain in the ass to get once it is on the car.  I had to use an allen bolt and cut off the head of an allen key to reach it.

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You can see how I welded the factory coolant line here, so I can retain the bleed functionality.  I later cut this off since it wasn’t flush with the head…. dummy me, I should of checked beforehand.  Those vacuum ports you see, I had to drill, tap, and screw in each of those nipples…. (Stalker photography was a logo I was working with for awhile… I wonder what happened to that adobe file.)

My Jenveys waiting to be installed

All assembled and glorious looking.  Unfortunately, I was never happy with the fit and finish of these units.  I had to source my own injectors, I went with Ford Racing Injectors 440cc Injectors.


For the TPS, jenvey made an OEM s2k TPS adapter which I had to buy later on….

The problem I have with the Jenvey ITBs, that I’ve always repeated, is that the Jenvey ITBs were not created with the S2000 in mind.  They were created for F20/F22c kit cars.  The lack of thought, i.e the missing coolant bleed port, bad coolant flange design.  Hayward performance remedied this issue by creating their own ITB flange, and still utilize the Jenvey throttle bodies.


I’ve always wanted the Toda Racing ITBs.  I wish I went with this setup from the get-go. The Toda ITBs comes with a Toyota based TPS system and in the instructions how to wire this up to my current setup.

The fuel rail it comes with is beautiful.  Super heavy duty, it’s a billet piece.  The jenvey fuel rail feels like a cheap aluminum tube compared to this.


I love how these are compatible with the OEM s2000 injectors, so that cuts cost of sourcing different injectors and allows you the option of upgrading injectors later on.


For the Jenvey ITBs, I had to convert my fuel system to an -6 AN system.  For the Toda units, all you have to do is bolt the OEM Banjo bolt system to this fuel rail.  Little things like this is what I really like about the Toda system and JDM products in general.  The level is meticulousness is unrivaled by any other manufacture.



The TODA ITB units come pre-assembled.  They are based off of the Toyota AE101 ITBs.  The one I have is the 88mm units.


As you can see the whole is already tapped for the coolant temperature sensor and the flange for the coolant exit, is where the OEM intake manifold is, so it is much more accessible to bolt this to the head…


Same TPS as the Toyota AE101.


You can see how some of the vacuum ports work, there is 2 per runner.

Closer look of the linkage between throttles.


Of course this will plug and play with the OEM throttle cable, while the Jenvey units you have to come up with something yourself.


One port with a barbed nipple already.  Probably for brake booster.


The trumpets feel incredibly solid, as if they are machined out of a block of aluminum.  The Jenvey throttle trumpets felt really cheap to me, you can even bend the Jenvey trumpets by hand.


The capped off vacuum ports on the flange, and on the flange of the runners.

The knob you see in the middle if the main throttle idle adjustment… Not pictured is the coolant bleed port on the other side of the ITBs.

Overall, I’m really excited for the Toda ITBs, I mean it’s the same system that the ASM race car uses!

Finds: ASM Exhaust differences

I generally try to produce my own content nowadays, but sometimes I find some awesome content I can’t help but to share.  I’ve been following the ASM blog for years, probably ever since I got my S2k in 2008.  I love how they keep updating it frequently through the years.  This post about the differences between the ASM exhausts throughout the years is pretty rad. So with my shitty Japanese and google translate….. This is what I figured out + some of my own personal input.


ASM S-Special


This is the first ASM exhaust for the S2000. This came in 60mm and 70mm diameters, and made with stainless steel and Titanium.  The Titanium version only came in the 70mm diameter size. According to ASM blog they went for maximum sound quality, but did not invest too much into material research, so overtime these tend to break down, specifically the the resonator.  Around 2010 they did re-release refurbished versions of these exhausts with fixed resonators. Due to the reliability issues with these exhausts, ASM urged the SACLAM President Uno-san to come up with a new exhaust from Scratch…

In my personal opinion the 70mm ASM Titanium Exhaust is the best sounding exhaust ever created for the S2000.  My 2nd personal favorite would probably be the AMUSE R1 TITAN EURO S SINGLE TITANIUM EXHAUST…. I got a thing for Titanium Exhausts
ASM IsDesign Silencer Kit 1

The next ASM exhaust is produced by SACLAM (quick note, SACLAM is a company started by an ex-Mugen Engineer).  We all know this as the ASM Siren Exhaust, according to the blog, they achieved a more quiet exhaust, with a good flow, and a relatively straight through design.  This exhaust does not use any wool packed mufflers or resonators, so overtime this exhaust does not become louder nor degrade internally as with the S-Special.  Check out here for a more in depth description.

ASM ISDesign Silencer Kit 2


Due to the success of the ASM ISDesign Silencer Kit 1 (in Japan probably), aka the ASM Siren exhaust. There was a huge demand for a dual muffler version.  The ASM ISDesign Silencer Kit 2 was born, designed to be paired with the ASM07 Exhaust manifold. This exhaust according to the ASM blog, was incorporated with the signature SACLAM Muffler tips whether you like it or not! (note how the SACLAM Muffler tips look and then look at a Mugen exhaust for an EF Honda Civic).  This exhaust is even more durable than the Silencer Kit 1.  This exhaust even comes in Titanium with a slightly different design.   You can read more about this on the GoTuning website and the Ti One here.

This exhaust is actually cheaper than the previous version since they have improved the manufacturing process.

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If you see any false information, let me know!

Life: 2017 Honda Civic Type R at Raceline USA

Recently a friend of mine, pro-racer clement, took delivery of his 2017 Honda Civic Type R. It is pretty amazing that Honda brought their Civic Type R to the US shores…. although we all wish they did it years earlier! Maybe because all the enthusiasts that wanted an EK9 CTR back in the day when they were new are actually old enough and at a point where they can afford a 2017 model. I might be in the minority here, but I think the car actually looks good….. It’s 2017, so it has to have 2017 type styling.  Everything nowadays is derived from aerodynamics, so modern cars do tend to have similar lines.

We put the car on the dyno at Raceline USA to see what numbers it puts out…. This is the first time I made a video really, so check it out!

Final results, 280Whp when the engine is cold! and 282Tq!!!! crazy numbers, this puts it over factory rating. But after the engine warmed up, the whp was around 267. There is power to be made with some tuning, as with all turbo’ed cars. Clement gave me a ride in this car around the block, and it feels pretty quick, power is very linear, reminds me power wise like a tuned twin scroll turbo WRX. The car felt like it handled well, probably because Clement is a super pro racer haha..

I can’t mention Raceline without this car.  Another Type R, the Integra Type R.  This car was actually in Hot Version American Touge 2.  I used to watch all of the Best Motoring International Videos growing up, American Touge was one of my favorite series, because it showed that American tuners can hang on with the JDM greats.

Haven’t taken car pictures in awhile….. so I forgot all about the polarizer.  I like the red stripe on the rim, reminds me of “Time attack Volks” from back in the day with red rings.  I love the massive Brembo calipers and LED headlights.  The car looks great in black.

No the lip is not real Carbon Fiber…..”It’s a Honda not a Mclaren” as Elton said to me.  I wonder what Mugen will do when they come out with a Kit, maybe make all these fake honeycomb grills real!?!?

Inside Clements Civic Type-R…….


Carbon fiber backed bucket seats!!! Although I heard this is faux Carbon Fiber also.  The buckets were thick and supportive.


True Asian style, he kept the plastic on the seats.


The Cluster is an LCD display.  I wonder how this will look 10-15 years later?  I prefer analog needles myself…. I even dislike the S2k cluster….. But having a single LCD display does make sense for packaging reasons, you can jam a lot more information on the screen.


Strapping the car on the dyno.


more faux grills


Dual exhaust tips with a 3rd tip for the wastegate dump!  Most likely taking inspiration from the Ferrari F40.


A quick peak under the triple exhaust


Amazes me how Elton has all this random JDM stuff all over. Like this ARC radiator! It looks S2k sized too!

I took a look outside…. This S2k Elton was working on caught my eye.  First thing I noticed were the J’s Racing exhausts that were mounted high.  Clement said this car has a J’s Kit on it usually.


Volk TE37SL and missing Over Fenders.


I couldn’t help to notice the crazy Twin Scroll Turbo setup.  I was told this car has a f24 stroker in it.

Twin Scroll Turbo setup with dump tubes probably sticking through the hood.


It looks like this is rocking a Full Race manifold and Fullblown intake manifold.  I don’t know too much about Turbo setups unfortunately…


Another interesting car I saw in the parking lot was this 240z….


Timeless looks…..

Parts Review: ASM Front Tower Bar

I’ve recently been unloading a bunch of my S2000 parts to clear out some garage space…..
I wanted to show off the ASM front strut bar….. it’s currently on the market to be sold, it’s on facebook and under the SoCal section on S2ki right now if you are interested.

For the non-enthusiast this is just an overpriced piece of metal.  All of the cheaper options such as the NRG, Megan Racing, etc are much much cheaper.  But they are all replications of this bar.  Each ASM front tower bar is made from one guy in Japan at Succeed Sports.  Read more about it here

When I got the bar, I was surprised how light the bar is and how solid it feels, it really feels like one piece of pipe.  Unfortunately I think this will get in the way of my Toda ITBs, oooppss did I say that?  My car is still in pieces so yeah….  hopefully s2k parts will still be affordable when I can put my car back together.

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It’s the same concept as some expensive watches that are all made by one man that took years to learn his craft.  If this was a Porsche part it would be triple the price I bet!

ASM front strut Bar-3The welds are perfect, it’s amazing that this is done all by hand. You don’t get this with your Megan Racing knockoff! Those Chinese kids can’t come close.

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As quoted from Gotuning, “They’re not simply color treated for show. The entire manufacturing process of each bar takes 4 hours so only 2 can be produced per day. Many ASM GT series bars hold design patents to protect their innovative designs.”

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I’m a proud owner of this part, I hope it will go on to a good home in the near future. I wish I could tell you how this feels on a car….

Support Local Businesses Gotuning, the Only ASM distributor on the USA!

Tech/Parts Review: S2000 TRD Door Stabilizer.

I’m a big JDM fanboi, nothing new about that.  Being the JDM fanboy I am, I’m constantly searching  the web for new JDM tuning developments regarding the S2000.  I’ve looked through my HyperRev issues front to back more times than I can remember.  I couldn’t help to notice that many JDM tuners use parts that we, the USDM tuning scene, simply haven’t thought of yet.  Such as racing sized AC condensers that Stradale uses, which are half sized AC condensers so the radiator can receive better cooling while driving. A few USDM tuners take these “unheard of” JDM ideas are turn them into “original ideas” *ahem ahem *Ballade Sports *SakeBomb Garage… yeah those Ohlins lower perches or RX8 rear calipers are real original ideas dudes……

An item of tuning I noticed that a few JDM tuners are implementing is the TRD Door stabilizers retrofitted to work with the Honda S2000.  TRD, is obviously a Toyota branch (some would say the Mugen of Toyota (kidding not kidding)), so this is made for Toyota models like the BRZ/FRS/GT86.  This one in particular is the one not made for the BRZ but for every other Toyota model such as the Altezza, Celica, AE86….. model number MS304-00001. This would actually fit my Lexus LS430 daily driver.


All the way from Toyota Technocraft!


Unboxing of the TRD door stabilizers

All laid out….. On a Toyota/Lexus vehicle, all you have to do is bolt in and you’re off to the races…..

There are many ways of mounting the TRD Door Stabilizers to the S2000. I personally went with the CSOhara kit, or Creative Service Ohara. I found their products listed in my Hyper Rev Magazine and checked out their website. I used an importer to import me the kit. The Kit comes with instructions completely in Japanese. My Japanese is horrible, but it comes with pictures and you can find walkthroughs of people installing the kit on Minkara. I added links on the bottom of the page if you wanted to see how other people installed the door stabilizers not using the CSO bracket.


The instructions……

What the CSO kit comes with, two brackets, some allen head bolts, rivets, and stickers to cover the holes.  I think why there is coins taped to the paper is because my importer overpaid, and they are giving me the difference.

To prep everything, remove the OEM S2k door hinge.  Unscrew the pillips head bolts attaching the OEM bracket, use an impact screw driver since those puppies are on tight! A few whacks and I was able to get this off, it would definitely suck to strip those phillips head screws!


Close look at the TRD stabilizer kit.

The brackets….


First, you have to smash the raised portion of bolt hole on the TRD door stabilizer bracket, you want to make this as flush as possible.



Next you rivet the TRD door stabilizer bracket into the bracket from CSOhara.

After you rivet the bracket on, you have to flip it around and grind down the rivet so it is flush with the CSOhara bracket since this sits flush on your door.

Test mount!

Bolt in the CSOhara bracket to the S2000 Door with the supplied allen Head bolts…..



Attach the stickers  to cover up the bolt holes and slide on the plastic TRD door stabilizer pieces. Should look something like this when installed, I didn’t put the stickers on to cover the bolt holes.

Screw in the TRD Door stabilizer on the chassis side using the OEM honda screws.

Close the door and pray!  For some reason I was able to get the passenger side of my car to be flush, while the driver’s side intrudes a bit.  I might be because my car was involved in a hit and run on that driver’s side years ago….. After the install I notice my doors have a much louder thunk when shutting the door than before, a much more solid feeling.  As of driving dynamics wise, I feel that the car is stiffer, but it could all be in my head…..


The last picture I have of my S2k before it was parted out….. The best things about cars is that you can always come back…. maybe one day.  Sooner than later

Checkout these links of people on Mikara that installed the TRD door stabilizers on their S2000!

http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/2159608/car/1661832/3115806/note.aspx

http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/306830/car/200949/3091767/note.aspx

http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/1278993/car/942593/6990829/parts.aspx

http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/611808/car/1232388/3086656/note.aspx

 

PickUps/Parts Review: TODA RACING 60-70MM CATALYST ADAPTER (TestPipe)

I got some parts reviews I’ve been meaning to put up…. Since I have an ASM 70mm Titanium exhaust (Which I believe is the best S2k exhaust ever, much better than the SS version, the sound is so crisp!), I’ve always ran it with an invidia 70mm testpipe which is 70mm straight through, for what that is, the Invidia unit is a great value for what it is and fitment is spot on. This Toda Racing 60-70MM CATALYST ADAPTER, makes perfect sense to me, smooth transitions should mean higher exhaust velocities right?  I’m not an engineer, but it makes me feel better because it says Toda racing and has a sticker for RACING USE ONLY 

Toda Test Pipe-2I’m a huge fan of Toda Racing.  It seems like every Honda shop uses their products to build their engines, including the world famous KTECH….. and they run engines in Super GT…. How cool is that!

Toda Test Pipe
Of course another shoutout to RHDJapan some of the beautiful benefits of globalization….

Toda Test Pipe-4Quick peek inside….

Toda Test Pipe-3A good look at the transition….

Toda Test Pipe-6side by side shot with the harbor freight jack

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Toda Test Pipe-7Absolutely beautiful….

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Welds for days.

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Toda Test Pipe-12I love how this comes with an OEM Quality Gasket.

Toda Test Pipe-13Bolted on the car….

Toda Test Pipe-14Mated with the ASM 70 MM Titanium Exhaust……

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The only thing that would complete this would be an ASM or Toda Exhaust Manifold….. If only…..

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After installing this on the car, the car was noticeably quieter on pulls.  I would assume this is because the air is moving faster now since it has a smoother transition, while before it was a 60mm exit on the header dumped directly into 70mm test pipe.  Honestly the car felt the same powerwise.

Life: S2k Cruise in San Diego

Just because I don’t “have” an S2000 does not mean this is not S2kandTheAnt…. I lent my camera to my friend Alvin to take some pictures of an S2k cruise a few Sundays ago. The cruise was through the very scenic mountains in the San Diego area. For those not from LA, San Diego is about an 1hr+ away from where we live, sometimes longer because, you know…..LA traffic. It’s a real thing, trust me. He snapped a bunch of pictures…. of rad cars in attendance.

03-26-2017_Cruise-2Not only were S2ks on the trip, but a few NSXs decided to swing by….


This NSX looked really fresh…interesting bling bling wheels.


Clean execution of an New Formula Red S2k, Ap2 lip, ZE40, Stoptech Calipers, and an OEM hardtop.


I could do a “yo dog” joke here, but interesting s2k air freshener.


Long Beach Blue NA2 NSX.  Whenever I think of a USDM spec NA2 NSX, I think of this color… There used to be one around my neighborhood growing up, it was probably brand new then.


Some cars definitely made the hike out to the cruise, This particular car came from Utah, while the first NSX came from Arizona.


This yellow NA1 Looekd pretty cool.  It was the most modified NSX in attendance.


I’m loving the OZ superleggeras on this car.  I used to have these rims on my Wife’s GC8…. 2.5 RS yo!


The sky was incredibly clear this day


Personalized license plates were out in full force.


Another shot of the NA1 NSX with some custom LED turn signals.


Since my friend has a Laguna Blue S2k, it was interesting to see the differences of color between the Long Beach Blue and Laguna Blue. Laguna blue seems to be a bit lighter.


An Evo 8 was in attendance. I’ve always wanted an Evo…..


They stopped by Alberto’s Taco Shop…. Alvin didn’t partake, because he had a long drive home…..


These yellow flowers were everywhere. They looked like dandelions.


A closer look at the NA1 Yellow NSX. Some LED tail lights to go with the GT wing.


Comptech/CT Engineering SuperCharger.


Interesting Strut brace, must be a reason it is designed like this.


Group shot!





Alvin’s LGBTQ, I mean LBP Ap2. On some Sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sports……







Final stop was this Pie Shop.




Alvin said the Pie was awesome….



I’ll try to have more posts up before I go back into full study mode….  Shoutout to Murphy for making this all possible!

Parts Review/ Life: MyAmuse in SoCal & Amuse Lug Nuts!

Hi all,
My friend Warren came out to SoCal to attend a wedding.  You can following him on instagram here .  He stayed at my place for a few days.  Of course he showed me his awesome and expensive Amuse Lug nuts.  

His Amuse R1 Bumper, Amuse Hood S2k!  Sometimes I see my own car when I see his….. RIP old S2k 😦

 


The first glance at the Amuse Titanium lug nut.  The lug nut is insanely light, even compared to the Volk Racing Lug nut.  It’s an open ended lug not, so you can run these with extended studs!


Yep, that is Chris’s Mugen S2k!  Bronze CE28N for days…..


Apparently it takes more than one person to install the Amuse Lug nuts!


Goes well together….


So Amuse lug nuts, are they worth the money?  They’re super light and have “good fitment” haha hopefully lug nuts should have good fitment.  I would say maybe?  They sure look great.