Life: The Chronicles Year 8

Hey all,

I’m finally finishing catching up the events I went to a few months ago.  This should be the last of the posts for now…..I wanted to go to the Chronicles Year 8 meet for awhile now.  Reading about them on Joey’s blog when I was living on the East coast, it always painted me a good picture of the SoCal car scene.  I knew I couldn’t miss out this year, it helps to have car friends to go with too.


This meet just so happens to be when I was in the process of moving to my new place.  I had a bunch of stuff to move and only a few days to do it….. My wife was exciting to hear I was going to a car meet instead 🙂


I met up with a few friends in Pasadena before heading out to year 8.  Chilling in front of the infamous rival machine.

Gabe’s car just came out of the paint a few days prior…. The car is looking minty fresh with the battlecraft hood.


Joe was ready to lead the way.  Those MF10s are looking dangerously close to the curb in this picture… You can remember Joe’s car from this post

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Following Joe to the meet.

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My buddy Alvin snapped some shots on the road…..Endless brakes look so good with the Bronze Mugen MF10 rims.


Mugen hood, CR lip, works surprisingly well.

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Some shots of the Rival Machine.

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Alvin took a shot of me in traffic…..

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We’re almost there…..


Of course, this being S2kandTheAnt….I met up with Areen and Chris….. they don’t need any introductions.


interesting pinstriping on the Enkei NT03 on the Rival Machine


626 Squad.


another angle of the 626 squad.


Spoon’s newly converted center-drive FD2 Honda Civic Type R was in attendance.  I even got to sit in it! In another life, this used to be 5Zigen’s FD2R in Japan.

S2k squad represent.

It was a hot hot hot day, I think it was close to 100 degrees this day, the crazy heat forced me to buy a spoon umbrella……yeah forced……


I thought these 24k gold engine bays have gone out of style, but it looks like it is still around.


Can’t get enough of this lineup…..


Cool styled NSX.


I loved this mugen kited DC2 Type R.


the Bronze Mugen MF10 looks great against the white.


The same Spoon Civic EG that was in my Spoon sports post.  Clean as always, rocking almost the catalog of spoon parts, but that damn Mishimoto radiator always gets me!  Link for the owner if he ever reads this.


I haven’t seen this in years, an Ap1 veilside lip.


Another picture of the S2000 Veilside lip.


This Mugen themed FD2 converted Civic looked great.


the only Evo ix at the show and it was a great example of one.


Rare Mugen FA5.  True story, I remember going to a dealership in 2009 and the salesman tried to sell me this car instead of the 2009 s2k I was looking at, he was working really hard at it, these cars must have been a hard sale at the time, no real power improvements that make a car cost $6k more….but now in hindsight, it might of been a good decision….


CDM as in Canadian Domestic Market Acura CSX…. with a supercharger and Itasha livery.


PY Integra Type R.


Hector Lavario‘s Voltex Theme S2k was looking good!


Either this in an imported car or a very authentic representation of an early D1 drift car.  I love the look, very nostalgic.


Chris popped his hood, and I couldn’t help  but to snap a picture.  Mugen intakes are my favorite…..


behind me was this swan-necked Suzuka blue s2k.


Rocking Voltex Styled Aero!  Overall this was well executed.  The red car next to this car was actually K swapped using Hasport mounts….


A few Porches were in attendance.


ASM styled car with M racing mirrors.

And this closes it, from the garage, back to the garage…

Life: JCCS Neo Classics 2016

Super Picture heavy post! I finally had some time to go through the pictures. I’m a big fan of JCCS Neo Classics, it’s the first real show I went to when after I moved to SoCal. Last year was a treat, this year was just as good.  I missed out on the normal JCCS this year because I was invited by my friend to the filming of The Grand Tour, I was in the crowd in the opening scene in the first episode.


I rolled with my buddy Chris with his Speedhunters famous k20R Swapped Lotus Elise/Exige.  Speedhunters story here.


Japanese cars from the 90s are finally eligible for importation, we can expect to see more and more cool jdm cars stateside.  This yellow car has a liter bike engine…. I can’t remember which one…


Looking good on these TE37


They were a few NSX in attendance, they were all mildly modded.


My friend EJ brought out his Type-R themed Ap1 with a SOS Supercharger


Datsun 240z were properly represented.


Particularly from this group, M’s Factory.


Next to this rad Toyota Crown, they were giving out free PRETZ! I may of took a box…. or two…. or three?


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Edited this in a way that looks like it came out of a Haynes Manual.


Interesting upholstered Dash in this MR2


Most of these old Toyotas were rocking a 1JZ or 2JZ.


Shakotan Style Hakosuka.


Hand Crank?


This dog was sitting in the car all day.


Best kids car ever….. Calsonic R34 GTR.


I was really feeling this Cressida.  It had me checking craigslist for a few days for a cheap example.


I love the Nismo Rims and Nissan calipers on it….


The pink one next to it was equally rad


I love how boxy these cars are…..Work CR Kai are a nice touch.


2JZGTE swapped!


Some clean RA1 Honda Odysseys showed up.


looks like an H23 Vtec Swap


checked out a few Hondas…..


the showing of the Hondas were Okay…. I would come here for the non H badge cars……


The Parking lot was another show.  Like the row of Skylines, including this R33.


R32 GTR on dealer tags, only of the few ways to get them CA legal…..


I’ve seen this R33 GTR at a few meets now.


Row of Skylines GTR, it is missing the Nissan Stagea that I saw roll out…… Is this really the parking lot?


R34 Skyline GTR in Midnight Purple, a damn rare color.


Family shot


Clean NSX with ZE40s up front and TE37 in the rear.


Nice seeing this roundie BMW 2002


I always loved the styling of these cars.


Some guy showing off his bosozoku style bike on the bed of his truck…..


some Rotary machines and S chassis action


I’ve seen this Itasha 240sx around Torrance…..


Soarer with interesting automated folding roof.


Patina


G Nose 240z


Super clean engine bay of this white 240z.


Probably the cleanest  Datsun 240z at the show and on Watanabes!


The interior was redone in blue!


Another 240z with an interesting exhaust.


Lancer Turbo with the Tuned by AMG spark plug cover


Mitsubishi Lancer turbo!


Famous Toyota Supra with ITBs


We decided to check out the Toyota Museum


Factory Fresh Lexus ISF


Is430.  A project between Stillen and Chip Foose made for SEMA,  you can check out the youtube video here


a 3UZ-FE stuffed into an IS300 with Tein Coilovers with EDFC.



Two tone black and red paint job….


They had a few concept cars laying around. I think these are concept cars for the Lexus SC300.


TRD supercharger!


Crazy turbo setup on this Toyota Celica


Factory Fresh Is300


They had a few Toyota 2000gt on display.


This is a super rare LHD model.  Crazy how this is not roped off.


They even had an engine on display


Factory Fresh AE86 Corolla GTS


I’ve never seen one so mint up close


Minty stock Supra


AW11 with plates.  this must be an employee car


The FRS prototype from a few years back.

Life: The day I meet Ichishima San! at Spoon Sports USA

Being in Southern California and being a car enthusiast is awesome! I can’t say that enough, I can see how you can eventually become jaded from the car overload…. I’ve been cutting down on car events to keep things fresh and we just bought a house, so we’ve been busy fixing it up. When I heard Ichishima san, the SPOON Sports CEO was going to be at GoTuning, aka Spoon Sports USA, I knew I couldn’t miss it. I’m not the biggest spoon fan, but I respect their philosophy, a minimal approach to car tuning, just slightly augmenting the factory fundamentals to retain total balance over outright power…..


The event was posted all over social media, Upon arrival at GoTuning, Ichishima was not there yet, but people were still rolling in, like this EK.  I’ve always like the body style of the EK. I remember a few years ago, my dad had an EG, EK, and EF at the same time, all hatchbacks.  He let me choose one for a daily driver, in the end I picked the EG since it was the most raw with a stick shift, hand crank windows, and no moonroof, and the EF was auto 😦


This brought out a lot of Spoon fans.  Like this beautiful Spoon’ed out EG.  He had almost the entire spoon catalogue on his car, but the damn Mishimoto radiator keep bothering me…….I love the blue and black theme.


Beautifully executed.


More cool cars were rolling in, like this Mugen themed EP3 with MF10s…. funny thing about MF10s, KingMotorsports just released a re-run of Mugen MF10 yesterday, everyone and their mother has been trying to sell their used set, probably hoping to buy a brand new in box set.  King lets you buy per wheels so those guys that bought 2 sets of NSX fitment wheels for the rear wheels for over $7k+ definitely got screwed!  I think the group buy is over now……..too rich for my blood.


Hector Lavario’s Voltex themed S2k with quality authentic parts.  I really like the Volk TE37s, beats the NT03s he had before!


Took a closer look at the EP3 running the Mugen kit.  Bronze MF10s on a silver car looks so right.


I like seeing properly modded EP3s, this chassis hasn’t seen too much love over the years compared to the other models.


MF10s with EP3 Type R Calipers.


My S2k…. got all sorts of cracks on my bumper and my hardtop is in horrible shape………Anyone want to sell me a daily?


Beautifully restored EG Civic.  I love color and the red anodizing on the CE28Ns.  I overheard heard the owner talk how almost every piece on the car is new….. like a modern day restomod.


Same ITR I shot at Tech Day awhile back….. He has an instagram too, I can’t remember it off the top of my head right now…….


Some of the GoTuning Featured line up.  Their famous center-drive Super lap battle FD2, full Spoon Ver.2 demo car with prototype Spoon open air concept hardtop, GoTuning Tommy’s ASM s2k, and of course Chris Lum’s famous Mugen Ap2.


Not in the same parking lot in front of GoTuning, I found this BB6 Prelude in the same complex.  The driver’s side door was bashed in.  This car definitely has some goodies though.  JDM full red interior, HID retrofits, JDM fogs, OEM lip kit, and running TL rims!  I used to have a 5th Gen BB6 back in the day.


The Calipers look like they’re off of another model, possibly late gen Accord?


Another angle of the featured GoTuning Lineup.


I know this has been around, but it was my first time seeing this in person. What is insane about the Spoon prototype hardtop is that the entire metal piece is CNC machined out of a single block.


Areen living up the Spoon life.


At this point Ichishima san rolled up in this BMW M5, Areen is hard at work assisting Ichishima San.


Not only does he have a sick Spoon/ASM themed S2k, he’s also really good at carrying stuff.


Ichishima San arrived and got to work.  Here he is signing Hector’s car.


Checking out the Spoon themed EG Civic.


Here is when he shook the steering wheel of the Spoon themed EG civic.  He remarked how loose the steering wheel is!  He mentioned that this is incredibly unsafe.  He went around that entire day shaking everyone’s steering wheel, including mine 🙂

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Chris getting his Spoon Steering wheel signed.

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Checking out the EG civic and showing the owner of pictures of his own personal cars…… Nice Jordan IIIs btw….


People were trying to get everything signed this day.  I saw the most Spoon clusters Brand new in Box I’ve ever seen in my entire life getting signed, it’s crazy how much they go for nowadays…..

Next four pictures are shot by my buddy and talented photographer Nick aka NH512

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Myself, Ichishima, and Areen.

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I requested to sign my Spoon rear view mirror, inside of my hardtop, and an S2k Spoon Spark Plug cover.

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Ichishima san and I…. I didn’t know what to do with my arm here…..

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Closing it out with this picture….here I was getting ready to yell at Ichishima san for leaning on my friend’s car…..

Pick Ups: Recaro SR-7 ASM IS-11 with Recaro Japan Rail

It’s crazy how things can change over time. If you were to talk to me about my S2k 4-5 years ago, I would have told you, “Race Car Bro.” Now I have come to the conclusion that I’m a shitty driver, and I would like a  well-rounded car. Not only can I play pretend racecar driver, by running track days with 34234340 other people on the field, spinning out, and pretend I’m going fast, but I would also like something that I wouldn’t mind cruising to the meet to school noobs on how not JDM TYTE their car is….. Kidding not Kidding.

These seats are the embodiment of that. Coming from Recaro SPG seats, I figured I should at least make my car more comfortable for people that ride in the passenger side, especially my wife who hated my Recaro SPG seat, and actually hates this seat, but hates this less…. which is the key…..

I’ve been looking for this specific seat for awhile now.  Since my driver’s side is a RECARO RS-G ASM LIMITED IS-11, I wanted a seat that would compliment this on the passenger side.  The Recaro SR-7 ASM IS-11 have been discontinued for awhile now, they have an updated seat out now, the RECARO SR-7F ASM LIMITED IS-11 GK.  It took awhile, but paitence paid off and I found a mint example of this seat.


With the seats. you also need rails.  After extensive extensive research,  I decided on Recaro Japan Rails for the Ap1 S2000, I do not believe they make a seat rails for the 06+ s2000 passenger side.  The Recaro Japan rails are bottom mount rails for Recaro seats, and can be side mounted if you attach the Recaro Side Mount adapters.  Like the name implies, these are Japanese Market Recaro rails, they do not officially sell these in the USA. I initially was going to run Bride RO rails, but after asking around and talking to people that ran Bride RO seat rails on bottom mount Recaros such as SR6 or SR7, the conclusion is that the seats sit too high on Bride rails, higher than stock!  I picked these up used from Yahoo auctions with my seat.


The Recaro Japan Seat Rail bolted onto my seat PERFECTLY.  You can tell Recaro did their research for the S2000, since on the passenger side, the adjustment lever is short and bent on the right-hand side to accommodate the hump in the floor pan.


The Rail fit perfectly, even the adjustment is OEM like.  I’m pretty sure Recaro makes the OEM seat rails.  I know they make the OEM S2000 seats.


This seat was made in 2014 🙂


I like to give a detailed review of these products, because when I did research, I found out that there is very little information out there on this setup.  Finding out the correct rail to buy was half guess work, half logic.  I was looking for specific bottom mount Recaro rails, but I saw there are only two types Recaro Japan rails out there, and the other one is the Ultra Low edition that is side mount only. This is the clearance between my center tunnel and the side Bolster.  The clearance is just millimeters, it touches, but it doesn’t push up against the center tunnel hard.


Between the door panel and the seat.


The side bolster and the door panel. Plenty of clearance.


Door side Bolster, taken with my DSLR.


Side bolster to center tunnel again. I know I gotta upgrade that carpet center console cover, it looks really bad…..

I love how the Red stitching matches with my Red/Black theme I have going on in my car.  I actually think that the Recaro SR7 is the same seat as the Mugen CRZ seats, the Mugen MS-Z….. I could be wrong


Full money shot of the seat next to my driver’s side seat.  I want to replace the center console cover and armrest to really clean things up.  Oh yeah, I sold my rollbar and put my interior back in…… things are coming to change that soon.  If there is any knock on this seat, I do feel like the head rest area is too hard, not soft and bouncy like my RS-G.

Pick Ups: FEEL’S Radiator + Billion Hoses + Mugen Fan Switch

Sup internet! Things have been slow recently on the site… We just purchased a house and we’re in the process of getting things finalized. As you know houses in Southern California are crazy expensive! My only requirement is a garage, luckily the house we are looking at has enough room for 3 cars! No more wrenching in my apartment parking garage getting strange looks from my elderly asian neighbors.  This also leaves an empty space for a future daily/project 🙂

I noticed recently that there was a pool of coolant on the ground wherever I parked….. I decided to replace the radiator since I knew the plastic one will end up cracking sooner or later, this has happened to me on numerous cars I’ve owned.


Since the radiator was out, I had to pair my existing Mugen thermostat with this new Mugen fan switch I ordered:)  Overkill, and probably not good for my car since I’m not tracking my car like crazy, and I may be running too cool…… but it says Mugen!


I was holding on to these Billion Hoses for awhile now, waiting for the day I would have to change the radiator.  Billion hoses are extremely popular in Japan, even ASM runs them on their cars.  You don’t see too many of these hoses on S2ks in the USA.

I was able to pick up a FEEL’S Radiator for the S2000 for a good price used….. I wanted to give the radiator a nice polish to freshen it up, but I was in a pinch and driving my friend’s WRX around and wanted to give it back to him ASAP!  I’m not a big fan of driving other’s peoples cars around in case something happens.


First things first, I bolted on the Mugen Fan Switch.  *Pro-tip, if you have a standalone EMS, you can set the temperature when to have the fan kick on.  I knew I was able to do this in the Hondata software when I had KPRO, you can save a few bucks…..


Next, I swapped over the Fans from my stock Radiator.  It was a simple bolt-on affair.  Everything fit perfectly of course being FEEL’s!


My FEEL’S radiator came with a FEEL’S radiator cap.  This is actually a Gen 1 cap since it is green in color and the lettering is Gold.  According to instagram user @all.inclusive.honda
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I reused most of my OEM radiator hose clamps except the bottom one.  It was a bit corroded from years of use, so I swapped the top OEM clamp to the bottom and used a new worm gear unit that was included with my Billion Hoses.

I’m liking the blue accents in my engine bay with the blue Valve cover and Billion hoses.  I promise you I’ll polish up the radiator so it’s more bling bling, I would prefer taking it off again, giving it a quick sand and polish….It looks like my Cusco oil catch can needs some love too.  Unfortunately the coolant problem wasn’t my radiator, it was actually a rubber cap I had on my thermostat housing since I deleted the coolant line that runs through the throttle body and into the IACV…. The caps I use are typically used as vacuum caps, so they’re not exactly rated for coolant, it’s quite difficult to find caps in this size made for coolant.  The cap on the coolant hose on the firewall is about the same size, so I ordered another one and installed it on my thermostat housing, hopefully this will hold up better.

I was able to register for the Chronicles Year 8 meet, my car is definitely not at the same level as those guys, but I was able to buy an early bird ticket.  I will be seeing you guys out there, don’t be afraid to say hi!

Tech: S2000 Variable Intermittent Wipers

Tech: S2000 Variable Intermittent Wipers

One thing that has always irritated me about the S2000 is that the wipers only work in three settings. A predefined INT, Low, and High, but sometimes that INT setting isn’t enough, especially when you are stuck in that awkward area where it is raining, but is raining too little for Low setting and too much for the INT setting….. Most cars come with a variable INT setting from the factory , my Subaru has it, my Lexus has it, heck even most Hondas have it. I will have to admit, this mod is pretty much useless for me since I live in Southern California now, where it rarely rains, and even when it does rain it lasts around 30 minutes, yep, 30 whole minutes….. this is no Florida.


Being the S2000 Otaku I am, I feel like there is nothing new about the S2000 I could possibly learn, but I was sadly mistaken after I read this FINAL SPEC magazine from Japan. FINAL SPEC is a badass magazine, it is different than Hyperrev because this issue focuses more on restoring S2000 than outright Modifications and in detail!


In the magazine, Spoon featured an article detailing what to look out for with S2ks as they age and what can be done to an AP1 model to modernize it.  I have personally done most of what they recommended in this red box, AP2 headlights, Ap2 Tailights, Ap2 Center console, but what is this?! Honda Access Variable wipers?  I never knew these even existed.  At first, I thought they came standard on Ap2s in Japan, but after looking through a few websites and photos, this was not the case….


After some intense searching, I found out that they are in fact a Honda Optional item, from their Honda Access line.  Intrigued, I found a part number and put an order in…..


A few weeks later this item arrived at my doorstep. The box came with the wipers, a harness plug, and a sheet of black stickers….. I’ll explain more on that towards the end of the post.


Obviously, there is one major hurdle preventing me from using this out of the box.  The Wipers in Japan are on the left-hand side, while in the USA our cars have the wiper on the right side.  The pinout looks the same but mirrored compared to the US version, I verified this with my Multimeter using the US factory service manual tests.  So what made the Variable Intermittent function tick?


It seems like the circuitry that controls the variable delay is on this board.  Prior to purchasing this unit, I researched day and night for other Honda models that have similar looking Wiper stalks with variable delay thinking I could possibly retrofit it for my S2k.  Most US honda models that use a direct input for the wipers, not via CANbus, have a central multiplexer that controls the variable delay……


One thing I noticed about the JDM Variable Intermittent Wipers is that the wiper stalk has a two pin wire.


After opening up the unit, you can see how there is a circuit board integrated and that the wiper contacts are on the opposite side.


Even the pins are flip-flopped upside down.


The US S2k wiper connections on the left and the JDM unit on the right.  You can see how it is different due to the orientation of where the wiper stalk sits.


After some desoldering, I was able to remove the JDM Variable Intermittent Wiper control board from the housing.


After even more research, I found that the 2003-2005 Honda Civic EX came with a Variable Intermittent Wiper stalk that looks identical to the JDM unit, but on the correct right hand side.  The pinout on this civic unit is identical to an S2k, but has 2 extra pins for the Variable intermittent wiper circuit.

I don’t have any pictures of the process of me wiring the JDM Wiper control board to the 2003 EX civic unit, but it is self-explanatory once you look the jdm unit over with a multimeter.  After days of cursing and inhaling enough solder for a lifetime, I finally merged the JDM control board with a USDM S2000 Wiper Housing using 2003 Honda Civic EX Wiper Stalk….. Did you know the windows and the wipers run on the same 20A fuse?  I found that out the hard way.


This is from a Japanese website I found online.  Remember that sheet of black sticker that came with the wipers.



According to the Japanese instructions, after installation of the JDM Variable Intermittent Wipers unit, you have to remove the 7.5A Fuse “FR WIPER AUTO STOP SIGNAL” since the control board is taking this function now.



And now it’s gone!


This is what I love about JDM tuning.  The Meticulous attention to detail, since the fuse is not in use anymore, they provide you this black tape block it out the description on the fuse panel.


No more!


This is what it looks like after I got everything buttoned up and tested.  Everything works perfectly.


The wiper sits slightly higher than the turn signal stalk.

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This is expected. In the JDM Modulo catalogue it mentions that after you install the Honda Access Variable Intermittent Wipers, the wipers will sit higher than the turn signal stalks.  I suspect that the Wiper Stalk Arm is also from the Honda Parts Bin….


With the steering wheel on…..

You guys might be wondering why I have a hole in my center console where the roof button used to be.  I recently sold my harddog roll bar and put my interior back in.  I used to have my accessory power socket here, but it has since been moved back to the glove box. …. I’ll figure out a way to fill it soon. 

 

Life/Pick Ups: CraftSquare Mirrors with Blue Tint + Random Toda Pulleys! + More!

Woah, I haven’t updated this blog in awhile. Life is kicking into high gear again. I’ve been studying to do a possible career change. Working in infrastructure IT is kicking my ass and is starting to feel like a burden on my soul….

Luckily for my birthday, my most beautiful and caring wife bought me an item I’ve been eyeing for a long time now, something I imagined that would be part of my build years ago….Craftsquare mirrors…… Not any Craftsquare mirrors, but the spec with the anti-glare blue tint.   My birthday was in May, and these have been on order since then!  They arrived from Japan late July to my surprise. I finally got around to installing them during a tech day my first hosted a few weeks ago…..


 Areen was present and was installing some ricey parts, like this Billion coolant adapter to run a coolant temp sensor and this ASM Oil stopper bracket to make sure his oil filter doesn’t come off when he’s bombing up and down the TOUGE to deliver tofu.


Why did he need to install the coolant adapter?  because he was installing the Defi Link Meter Advance ZD to keep an eye on his car’s vitals….


My mirrors out of the packaging…. I love getting new parts from Japan.  I love even more when they are gifts from my wife…..



Areen getting his car on the lift.

After a few minutes of cursing, we finally got one side on!  It was in the 90’s this day, I was sweating my ass off…..  You can see how the Craft Square Mirrors look compared to the stock elephant mirrors.  I’ve never liked the look of the OEM mirrors, they always seemed so bulky.  I do miss my power mirrors though…..

Both Mirrors on…. My car has been repainted on the driver’s side… the shitty shop that repainted my car on that side didn’t take my mirror off…..so I have a big ass circle where the mirror used to be..

Areen got got his Trust Oil filter adapter installed with his ASM Oil Filter stopper…..


🙂  I feel like I need a single exit exhaust cap for this car….

Must be nice to be rich and cut into $200 Spoon hoses to install an adapter….


Areen modeling theDefi Link Meter Advance ZD….
Oh yeah he got Toda Pulleys too…. see the end of the post for more info….


Areen giving the thumbs up!


Carlos stopped by in his CRX with brand new Volk TE37.  They look perfect on this car.


Mark stopped by with his factory fresh Mitsubishi Evo X Final Edition!


This only has a few thousand miles on it…..still has the factory Panasonic battery.

Final shot of my craft square mirror… .you can see the ring on my door in this picture….

I took a few shots of  Areen’s Toda Pulleys a month earlier…..

Of course he got the optional ASM Idler pulleys too!

Mike giving the water pump pulley a closer inspection

Can this build get any better?





I’m loving the Project Mu Rotors!

I’m closing out this post with AE86 Ron’s S2k.  This thing is mint with some choice mods…. I’m loving how his car sits with Advan Wheels and Spoon Calipers!

Pick Ups/DIY: Spoon Radiator Stays + Opera Performance Reservoir Covers + Mugen Bolts

I noticed my OEM Radiator stays were getting a bit crusty, so in went some Spoon Radiator Stays in black.  The are a generic unit from Spoon, they fit all Hondas, and fits the S2000 with no difficulties.


The old radiator stay with a bolt that probably is not the correct one.  Remove the 10mm Bolt holding the radiator stay in place.


After the stay is off, remove the rubber bushing inside the radiator stay.  I was able to push this rubber bushing out with my hand.

The Rubber Bushing removed from the old radiator stay.


Get your brand new Spoon Radiator stay and press in the rubber bushing you just removed from your old radiator stay.  I was also able to do this with my hands again.


Since I replaced the radiator stay with a new shiny part, I couldn’t bring myself to reinstall the crusty old bolts.  The solution to that? Mugen.  The answer is always Mugen.  In this case it is more Mugen bolts.


The Cusco Cooling plate has a cutout for the JDM Vin Tag.  I need to figure out what to put here, it currently looks so empty.  Now that the Radiator stays are changed out, my radiator is looking a bit beat.  Perhaps some new hoses and new a radiator are in the works for the future.


I took a better picture of the Arvou Tow Hook on my Amuse R1 bumper.  Not having a front tow hook makes me nervous at a track day….. Previously I was running a tow strap, but the strap was not long enough to clear my bumper,  so if I require a front tow I’m sure my bumper will be destroyed.  This Arvou unit is milled out of a single block of aluminum and protrudes a 2-3″ from the bumper, ensuring a safe tow.

PickUp Areen Toda Pulley I found famed S2000 tuner, Opera Performance on Instagram.  I’ve always been a fan of their tuning philosophy of making the lightest car possible.  I envy their ability to swiss cheese cut holes on an S2k to save weight and build badass roll cages.  If I was in Japan, I would bring them my S2k for a chassis makeover.  In Gran Turismo the car was very competitive for what looked like a stock bodied car because it was “solid as a rock” due to the chassis reinforcements via roll cage, and weight reduction from Carbon Fiber parts.  Their race car weights around 2000lbs…..Almost 1000lbs less than stock…..Check out this old feature on this thread

PickUp Areen Toda Pulley-2

I was able to purchase a few T-shirts and reservoir covers.  It came with a handwritten “thank you” from the owner of Opera Performance, Yasuyoshi Yamamoto.

My Mugen Sock has seen better days, perhaps I can try to throw it into the wash?  I installed my Opera Performance Reservoir cover on my clutch master cylinder and saved my extra Opera Performance cover for another day.

Pick Ups/DIY: Spoon Radiator Stays + Opera Performance Reservoir Covers + Mugen Bolts

Maintenance Log 2: Shift Lever Regrease + Car Garage Amis Shift Collar install

Recently I noticed that the shifting in my S2k is feeling a bit notchy compared to when I first bought the car. After a bit of reading, I read numerous threads that mention regreasing the shift for better shifting feel. The reason for this is that over time the grease that lubricates the point where the shifter pivots become contaminated and dirty, this, as a result, makes shifting not smooth.

This is a maintenance log, not a DIY, so please see this s2ki thread for a proper DIY.

What you need:
Honda Urea Grease, Honda Part Number # 8798-9002
Plastic bushing aka Change Lever Ball, Honda Part Number #54110-S2A-003
Car Garage Amis Shifter Collar (Optional)
Or OEM plastic collar, Honda Part number 54111-S2A-003

Optional Optional* You can replace the foam piece, the plastic ring that clips in the rubber cover, and even the spring that disengages the reverse lockout…. I don’t have part numbers for this… feel free to look at it on the Majestic Honda Webpage


My car is getting old and the plastic ball has seen lots of use…. I replaced it with his JDM option by tuner, Car Garage Amis.  A few other JDM tuners make shifter collars such as  ARROWS, Seeker, and Stradale.  The JDM option is made from metal opposed to the oem plastic.  Although my Mechanical engineering friend assures me that this is made from the wrong type of material, I still put my trust in the JDM tuning companies……


The jar of Honda Super Hi Temp Urea Grease.  Only the best OEM parts!

This is the “Change Lever Ball” essentially a plastic bushing that the shift lever pivots on…. I noticed it was loose on my shifter and had a fair amount of play.  This should be tight on the shift lever with no play.

You might have noticed by now that the shift collar is already on my shift lever.  The reason is, I replaced this shift collar a few months ago, but I didn’t replace the plastic piece above it.  To replace the collar, pop it off clean it up real good and liberally apply the urea grease.  It’s best to do these together at the same time.

It took some force, but with lots of patience the plastic piece came off.

Once the change lever ball was off, be sure to give it a good clean to get rid of all the dirty grease and relubricate.

Once the shifter is properly cleaned and lubricated with fresh Urea grease.  Pop on the new plastic piece.  Pro tip* Be sure to orient this in the correct direction, the shifter should be bent facing the driver, you do not want this in backwards!  I laid on some more grease and reinstalled the lever back into the transmission.

After the shift lever was reassembled and all the bolts were torqued down.  It took a few shifts to get everything settled.

Final thoughts, since I drove the car with just the shift collar installed by itself and then with the new change lever ball plastic piece installed. The upgraded metal Car Garage Amis shift collar made a small difference in shifting feel, but additionally upgrading the change lever ball was a significant increase in shifting feel.

Maintenance Log 2: Shift Lever Regrease + Car Garage Amis Shift Collar install

Photoshoot: June 2016 Photoshoot!

Happy 4th of July everyone.  Last week Warren was back in town from South Korea so we decided to get together for a quick photoshoot!  It was getting late and we were not in the mood to move our cars 100000 times….. so this is a bunch of shots in different angles.  I lost a few shots because my camera was set on auto ISO on the tripod, the pictures weren’t up to my standards so they weren’t posted.


This line up of cars  is seen plenty of times if you are a frequent visitor of this site.  From the left to right, my car, Alan’s car, Areen’s car, Chris’s car, and Warren’s car

Chris Lum’s Mugen AP2 and Warren’s AP2 with the ASM V1 rear.

Warren’s Ap2 is also rocking an Authentic Amuse Dry Carbon Hood and Amuse R1 front bumper….. The Mugen hardtop Bronze CE28N and Stoptech brakes are a nice touch…. You can see the different types of S2000 hoods in this shot.  Of course, everything is authentic!





Chris’s clean Mugen Dry CF hood and Mugen intake.

Areen’s Carbon Fiber Spoon Spark plug cover signed by Mr. Spoon himself.  The battery setup is by KcMachine
Closing this photoshoot out with Areen’s Amuse’d Ap2.

Photoshoot: June 2016 Photoshoot!