Life: Chronicles Year 10

Hey all,

I am still alive…. Life has been busy, my daughter, new job in a new field, house stuff, etc…. adulting really takes a toll on you.  It’s funny when I tell my friends from highschool/college and mention I still have my s2k(partially) and I’m still into it, going to meets, writing blog posts, etc, they look at me like I’m a 30 year old going on 18.

I can’t shake this car thing, especially Honda S2000s, even though the scene is drastically different than when I first started.  Before I couldn’t fathom why the OG S2ks guys sold their cars and went on to different things, I would think why would you leave the greatest car god has ever created (JK not JK), but now as a fully grown man guy (I think), I finally understand, life changes and sometimes you don’t got time to drink boba and smoke cigarettes till 2am in the morning.  This younger crowd does make me think about the s2k as a platform….but I am in this for the long run…. we’ll see if this turns into 911 and the Ant.

Sorry for the long tangent…. I finally had time and approval from my boss, aka wife, to make it down to the Chronicles year 10 meet. In fact we just got off a cruise from Mexico that morning, I even made my wife, daughter, mother-in-law rush off the boat at 7am with all our luggage instead of having it delivered to the dock for us so I could make this meet. Which means our continuously screaming child was under her care for the day, while I bare the heat of beautiful Corona California…..  It was a hot one for sure, in fact every year is hot as fuck, so this year was no different.

Excuse the sensor dust… I tried my best to remove it.


Upon entering the meet, I had to say what’s up to Joe, lowkey one of the best builds out there.  He’s a super humble guy that doesn’t live for the gram like 75% of these owners nowadays.  His Mugen S2k CR is a thing of beauty and has been featured before.  I definitely look up to him, since he’s a great father and has this sick S2k, #lifegoals.


Next to Joe’s Mugen CR is Carlos’s ASM bumper S2000 CR, another S2k CR that has been “ruined” with Voltex rear over fenders and Mugen rims.


Sara Choi’s Voltex’ed S2000 CR.


EK with J’s Fenders


EG Civic with a rad Pocari Sweat livery, Osaka JDM wing, J’s racing fenders, and super jdm mismatching rims.


Jackie made it all the way from Vancouver Canada to make the meet. I’ve been following this build for years, before instagram when he just had a build thread on S2ki.  In fact I remember his car in this video back in the day. He had an 04 ASM bumper before.  Now he’s rocking a Voltex race front bumper, Voltex rear diffuser, spoon hood, craftsquare mirrors, and Voltex wing…. When he was rocking the ASM front bumper, the Voltex kit wasn’t even out yet, that’s how OG this guy is!


I love the Te37 wheels in this color.


Interior shot that shows the stack cluster.  I love the stack cluster, I actually prefer it over the S2k speedo.  Iconic Cusco blue rollcage and momo wheel with NSX-R horn button.


Another guy from Canada came down in this super clean styled Toyota Century.


I don’t even want to say VIP style, because this is the VIP.  When I think of VIP style, I think VIP cars are trying to make their car look and feel like this.


ITRs were plenty.


Sang ‘s  J’s Racing widebody turbo s2k looking good…. car for is for sale btw!


Gotuning tommy, representing Gotuning with his crazy ASM S2000 CR…. the 4th “ruined” S2000 CR at the meet.


For this event, Spoon USA brought out their Super Taikyu S2000 all the way from Japan.


Yep looks race car.


The Spoon Super Taikyu car rocking some Titan7 wheels with some 6 pot Spoon calipers.


Of course this isn’t s2kandtheant without talking about Areen’s S2k….. This is for sale too… My S2k friends’ s2ks are slowly disappearing.


Great deal if you buy it!


Since I am currently working on an EG civic, I was taking notes of all the EG civics there.


EG civic with Mugen lip, Mugen strut bar, and some green TE37.


What amazes me are these small details, like how clean this hood support is!


It is amazing how some of these cars were at wekfest in the bay area a bit prior to this event, and they all made it down to this meet.


Another shot of Jackie’s S2k.


This del sol was exceptionally done.  Mugen front bumper, Te37, K swap with Kinsler ITBs, and S2000 Spoon mirrors.


What impressed me the most are these recently discontinued crazy $$$ Mugen x Recaro MS-R seats.  You could buy many del sols for these price of these two seats.


Simple Amuse R1 front bumper S2000 with CE28n


Modest AP racing big brake kit on the s2k.


This Spoon civic that pops up at every big meet.  Pretty much everything from the Spoon catalogue except the mishimoto radiator.  I think I last saw it at Eibach in 2018.


My buddy Gabe with his Ap2 with an Ap1 front bumper.


Mugen MF10s up front and TE37 in the rear.


Joe popped his hood revealing the Mugen intake, super rare mugen spark plug cover, and ASM strut bar.


ITR with Mugen kit on some TE37.


This is by far my favorite EG Civic at the meet.  Super super clean JDM EG6 SIR.  Here you can see the super clean and rare EG6 Mugen exhaust.


This civic is perfect sitting on white Mugen MF8.


I love how pristine and stock the engine bay is. I love the OEM resonator and OEM airbox.  I find it funny how I’m coming full circle nowadays, where before I would want the most modded car, but now I want the most original car as these cars age.


Everything about this civic is perfect, sunroof visor, window visors, and yellow interior.


TSX wagon on Mugen MF10s with some more Mugen goodies.


Clean Ap1 rocking the Ap2 Mugen kit sitting on Mugen MF10.


Mugen kit goodness.


Clean r32 skyline in an interesting green color.


Pretty good turnout.


Lotus Elise on an APR kit


Front shot of the Super Taikyu Spoon S2000.


Another shot of Gotuning Tommy’s ASM s2k on Titan 7 wheels.


The Evasive booth had this Ap2 with the new Greddy Gen 2 turbo kit


Love the ASM tow hook peeking out of the Amuse R1 bumper.


shot of the Mugen ITR from earlier, The open hood reveals a K swap.


EG Tank Mike was present


Clean NA1 NSX with TE37.


Quad tipped Spoon exhaust.


Spoon prototype hardtop.  It’s amazing looking at the hardtop in detail, it is CNC’ed out of one piece of metal.


Super clean EF, I’ve been really interested in EFs lately… something about those boxy looks.


Under the hood of the Spoon Super Taikyu S2000….


Sang’s S2k again.


S2000 with wings out in full force.


Super clean ARC theme BB4 prelude.


Engine shot of the ARC theme’ed prelude.


Youtube famous LATOMMYLA TWM ITB EK civic.


shot of the TWM ITBs.


EK is on green TE37.


At the point I changed lenses that had a super scratched polarizer on it….. I didn’t realize this till later.  That’s why all the picture from here on out seem a bit hazy.


Jackie’s S2000 again showing his AP Racing pro 5000 calipers in detail.


Notched authentic Spoon hood for the turbo.


under the hood of Tommy’s car, showing off the ASM intake and Mugen Spark plug cover, and ASM dry CF hood.


Areen’s ASM hood…. looks familiar :p

Closing out this post with Phil Robles crazy Eg civic.  2019 just started, hopefully we’ll see my S2k get one step closer to a car again!

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Life: Petersen Museum Japanese Cruise-In & Super Street Meet 2018 Part 2

We’re back with part II of of my Petersen Museum X Super Street Meet coverage! Please see here for my prior coverage.

DA Integra with Speed Star Racing by SSR EX-C aero covers…. try finding these nowadays.  I would hate to lose a center cap.


Dat JDM parking sensor.


A GTR with a bunch of overtake parts on it.  For those who don’t know Overtake is an in house brand by bulletproof automotive, some of their parts are made by companies such as Power House Amuse, makes sense since they are the official US Powerhouse Amuse distributor.


R33 GTR owned by Kinganytime of Hoonigan fame? Not sure if he’s a part of them anymore.


Red Cressida also featured on Hoonigan


Evo IX from DTM autobody rocking the full Voltex kit.


Love when other makes rock ASM parts.  This is very common in Japan since ASM is the Recaro dealer and outfits many of their seats into cars, i.e Porsche 911.


DanOften’s Ap1 with voltex bumper, spoon hood, and craftsquare mirrors.


Pretty serious seat setup.  Hopefully this car actually sees track time.


First gen civic with a Honda motorcycle engine.


Not sure what motorcycle this is from, I’m sure I would of found out if I read the paper above…


The wheels look like Watanabes, could be wrong…..


CHP rollin by making sure everyone is staying CARB legal.


Super Clean Civic VTi.  The  EG Civic VTi is kinda of like the SIR model but for the UK market, it comes with a B16a.  It doesn’t have the white SIR cluster, but does have red gauge needles, and a tach that goes to 8k and reads in miles.  No idea why I didn’t take more pictures but I thought it was pretty cool… Makes sense to import cars from the UK since cars are being exported from Japan at an alarming rate.


My friend Alvin was drooling over this AW11 MR2.


We decided to go downstairs into the Petersen museum since the meet was pretty small…. Out in the parking area they had this E30 M3 on display.


Inside the Petsersen Museum, out front and center, they had this Porsche 911 993 GT1 Race car on display.


Forshadowing the Porsche exhibit in the museum.


Amazing rear end, the exhaust setup looks insane.


I really like the overall shape of this car, it is very elegant.


They also had Iconic vintage Japanese sports cars out front as part of their Japanese car exhibit.  Super Rad Honda S800, grandfather to the almighty S2000.


A Subaru 360… kinda like a jdm volkswagen beetle knock off.  To the left of the Subaru is a Toyota Sports 800, which also rocks a boxer engine.  You could say this is the grandfather to the current GT86.


Finally some more S2k content, and a very historic one in fact.  Most people remember Suki’s VeilSide S2000 from 2 Fast 2 Furious….  Did you know she is Steve Aoki’s sister?  And their father is the founder of benihana….. now you knowwwwww.  I can’t remember the last time anyone mentioned ROJA wheels… throwback.


Interior is pretty standard, mostly reupholstered and the addition of gauges in the center.


The Time Machine Delorean from Back to The Future.


One of a kind Toyota 2000GT Convertible custom made for Sean Connery in the film You Only Live Twice because he was too tall….


I saw a few of these at the old Toyota Museum, which is long gone now.


Mazda FD RX7 prototype.


Mclaren 720S entirely made out of Legos.


Jaguar XJ220


Kenmeri Skyline


Famous Super Street ex-editor JDMWong’s EF Civic painted Suzuka Blue with a Rocket Bunny Kit…. funny how those two are not things I like in my book, but work soooo good here.


SSR SuperFins.


Close up shot of the superfins.


Incredibly rare Mugen Exhaust for the EF.


Dragcartel K series engine up on display.


With a mean looking header.


A Titan Motorsports Supra.  Titan motorsports is a shop famously known for tuning Supras.


Classic and new Ford GT.


Period looking Nissan Race car.  Reminds me of speed racer.


Amazing how minimalistic this car is.


Period correct zip ties holding everything together.


Mazda Cosmos.


Another Toyota 2000gt, this one more original.

Afterwards we went downstairs to check out the Porsche exhibit…. I don’t know my Porsches too well, so excuse my lack of knowledge.  This looks like a Porsche 911 930.


Yep, the 930 is a turbo…


I haven’t seen too many of these Porsche Carrera GTs in person up close.  This front bumper is where ASM found the inspiration for their bumper design.  You can see it right?


ASM may of found inspiration from the fenders too.


To my surprise, the interior looks very dated for a car of this prestige, typical early 2000s look…. You can’t see it, but something on the door card was coming apart on the passenger side.


Never a fan of tan interiors…


Porsche 911 Targa.


Porsche 356 speedster.


A more modern Porsche….


This car is the famous Rothmans Paris – Dakar Porsche 959.  I believe the dirt is original too… This must be worth a cool million dollars+.


Slantnose 911.


This car was double roped off, if that means anything.

I am going to end off this post with this Zenki 240sx on CP Hart-R wheels, I walked back into the show and took one shot and left….

Life: Petersen Museum Japanese Cruise-In & Super Street Meet 2018 Part 1

A month ago I went with some friends to check out the Petersen Japanese Cruise in / Super Street Meet in west LA. The last time I went was 2 years ago and the complex was packed with crazy cars, check my previous post here. This time unfortunately, there was a noticeable decline in attendance compared to 2 years ago, along with the quality of cars. My theory is that the first 2 years they did not charge a fee for showing a car, while this year they did, in addition when I went the first year, they provided free validation of parking, while this year I paid the full price of parking, I think this deterred a lot of people from coming.

I am still trying to figure out if I will go next year, I am currently more inclined not to go, due to what I saw this year.


The day started cool, but man it was getting hot and one hour in I was sweating hard.

Top Rank Importers had a strong showing, there was a large representation of RHD JDM vehicles showcasing what they have to offer.  With the 25+ year rule and all sorts of vehicles are now eligible to be imported to the USA, fly by night importing companies have popped up everywhere.  I’ve heard stories of people essentially exporting a crushed up JDM salvaged title car, only to be repainted and resold in the USA….. make sure you do your research….  tangent over.


Not many S2ks in attendance at this meet.  For whatever reason, I find myself attracted to these oddball cars.  For example, this mid 90s Toyota Camera on Volk Te37 SL.


I’m not a huge wheel guy, but I hope these are authentic.  If they are authentic, then this guy gets points for buying wheels that cost five times the price of the car.  Seriously, you can buy four 1995 Toyota Camrys for the price of one set of Volk Te37 SL.


Panda Toyota Supra on Volk TE37.


Rad to see a time attack Supra, I’m just going off of the banner though.


Another interesting car that caught my eye.  This late 90s early 2000s Toyota Corolla.  If you’re like me and grew up Asian in the 90s/early 2000s, EVERYONE had this car.  Your uncle, your friend, your teacher…. you had to have known someone that drove this car.  The Volk TE37 SL wheels caught my eye with this Corolla.


Inviting me to take a look closer to the engine bay.  I believe this is the XRS version, which offered the 2ZZ engine, the same engine that came in the Celica GTS of the same era.  Pretty cool, because you don’t see many of these around.  Toyota was doing really crazy shit during this period, I remember the first Scion TC had a supercharger option you could of got from the factory.  Nuts right?


I do like that TRD strut bar, something about TRD strut bars always look so beefy and functional, I dream of getting TRD chassis bars for my Lexus LS430 and IS300.  Man Toyota was really doing something during this time period, even my personal cars are Toyotas from this era.


The interior had these TRD Sport seats that I am sure are incredibly rare.  TRD generally have a very limited run when they release parts.  It’s not like Mugen that in comparison have a much longer window, for example the Mugen intake for the S2k is still available brand new and the S2k was discontinued almost 10 years ago!


This Nissan Skyline R32 GTR had it’s hood opened and something immediately caught my attention.


This Nismo RB26DETT NISMO FINE SPEC FINAL EDITION badge certifies this RB26Dett is a Nismo crate engine assembled at their fabled Omori Factory.  A quick google search shows this Long block is over $13k USD for the long block itself and limited to only 200 units.  As a Honda guy, I am jealous of the in house factory support Nismo gives their cars.  I mean how rad would it be to see a Final Spec Mugen F20/f22c…. one can only dream.


The special Nismo engine is paired with a Nismo Intake manifold and typical jdm goodies, a la HKS and Cusco.


For the wheels, this R32 GTR Skyline had huge Endless calipers and Volk ZE40 in bronze.


The Nissan Skyline showing was strong this day.  It was the most common car out there.


Hakosuka GTX.  Another car on my dream car list.


Period car next to some period correct old men.


Once again another Nissan R32 Skyline GTR.  I love the Castrol livery on this car, a throwback to the Group A days.


Frontal of the Castrol livery R32 Skyline.


NSX on Volk TE37

With Recaro SR3 seats.


Of course this is S2kandTheAnt, you need some S2k coverage!  This is the Super Street project Ap1 S2000 they built within a week.  It features the prototype of the new Greddy Turbo Kit Gen 2 with a more modern Garrett GTX turbo, improved exhaust manifold, more power, and still smog legal!  I never really understood the plight of California residents until I became one, having a smog legal upgrade really saves you some headaches.


I previously shot some photos of this kit at Eibach this year.


This project features the new Seibon dry carbon trunk…… which is typically seibon quality.  I mean look at that gap between the tail light and the trunk!  This most definitely is not ASM quality.


The Super Street project ap1 setting on Konig wheels.


Levin with some carbs.


Ending off the post with this DA Integra with Speed Star Racing by SSR EX-C aero covers in super mint condition.  This is a great period correct build! See you guys later for part II.

Life: Eibach 2018 at AutoClub Speedway Part 1

Hey all,

Been a long time since I did a real post.  I’m still slowlyyyy working on my youtube channel.  This was my first real S2k event in a year or 2 since I quit my job.  It was great seeing friends I haven’t seen in awhile and putting faces to the Instagram screen names of people I’ve never met before.  On this particular day it was scorching hot, like really hot as hell. I had to come out, my buddy Gabe, told me that they’re gonna be a very strong S2k showing and since this is S2kandtheAnt, I know I had to come.

If you guys aren’t from SoCal, this event took place in Fontana, Fontana is a good hour + east of Los Angeles.  The thing about LA, the more east you go, the more desert it gets.  I swore it was good 90+ degrees out there.  I rolled with my buddy Peter, who has a pretty sick S2k of his own.  I’ll post up pictures of his car some day,  he has a pretty nice build in the works.

After arriving at Autoclub speedway around 10:20, 20 minutes after the event officially opens to the public, we sat in line to get in for 1 hour and 20 minutes.  Yeah, you heard that right, almost a hour and half we spent waiting in line looking at the best civics the Inland Empire had to offer (take that anyway you wanna look at it).  While waiting in Peter’s S2k, I came to the realization that my S2k will definitely retain it’s AC…. No way in hell I’m deleting that shit, it’s not worth it for scene points.  On the bright side, the Eibach organizers did allow us to get in free of charge, probably because they were trying to move the line as fast as possible, I like how they took accountability! Big ups to Eibach Organizers.

Another thing I wanna add, for some reason this day, I was wearing shorts that had the the crotch blown out, like it was coming apart at the seams…..shorts that are over 14 years old will do that. So I didn’t want to expose myself by crouching for pictures…. So you’ll notice some of the angles I shot aren’t the best…. and also did I mention it was hot as hell…. I was rocking a spoon umbrella in one hand, my camera in the other hand, and hoping that my nuts down get exposed….. tough life.


After we finally parked.  The first thing I saw was this clean PY ITR.  I’m sure the parking lot had a ton of goodies, but I didn’t want to chill in one place after sitting in line for over a hour, I wanted to get to the actual meet!


Familiar faces all around.  My buddy Chris Lum with his super mint Mugen Ap2 with JDM ap1 clear headlights and Mugen MF10.  I don’t think I’ve actually seen his car with MF10s on it in person before this.  I love how King Motorsports is re-releasing mugen goodies for non-rape prices now, like the Mugen B2 Radiator caps.  Small things like this help people like Chris and I really complete our builds without buying outrageously overpriced 2nd hand parts, seriously people were trying to sell those things for $200 a pop.  Now where is the Mugen Spark Plug cover re-release!!!!!


Chris was posted in front of the ICB Motorsports tent and so was this Civic Type R FK8 with Regamasters.  ICBMotorsports dropped their new re-release of the Desmond Regamasters!  I love how people are putting in an effort to release these wheels again, I don’t care if the market becomes “saturated.” It’s helping enthusiasts get their hands on these wheels without trying to find crappy 2nd hand stuff.  Sorry for the pole haha.


ICB selling legit Desmond stickers.  Perfect for your Rotas!


Clean Silverstone Ap2 behind the ICB booth.  Rocking a Back Yard Special (BYS) wing and Spoon SW388 rims!


Better shot of the Spoon SW388 rims!


Simultaneously with the meet, there was also drag races live on the track to give this meet a great atmosphere.  Sportcar motion brought out some badass drag S2ks.  I believe that black one was on hoonigan awhile back.


These Regas are a perfect reproduction.  Spoon is also bringing back the SW388, but are slightly curved outwards for better Big Brake Kit (BBK) compatibility.


Love the Color on this EG civic in front of the ICB booth.


Great front shot of Chris’s Mugen Ap2, stunning people as they walk by.


This M&M Honda widebody DC5 caught my eye.  I don’t see too many of these kits in the USA and with the color it looks absolutely true to the JDM demo car.


Another great EG civic.  I love the Olive Color and blue TE37 contrast.


Gotuning Tommy’s immaculate ASM’ed S2000 CR.


swung by the GoTuning X Spoon USA booth to say hi to Areen


All sorts of Spoon goodies for sale.  Of course due to the intense sun, they sold out of Spoon Umbrellas this day.


Brand new Spoon support brace for the Civic Type-r FK8.  My favorite thing about Spoon is the whole OEM + feeling you get from their parts.  For example, the Spoon S2000 Upper Control arm reinforcement gusset was a piece that was actually created by Honda, or how the B16A Spoon cams feel just like the OEM B16A Cams in material texture.  With that being said, I wouldn’t be surprised if this Spoon brace for the FK8 is actually made by Honda, just look at it, if you work on enough Hondas this screams OEM.


I picked up the Kanpanchi Auto Salon T-shirt for my wife and I.  It came in a sweet Type One bag.  Hopefully I can go some day.


So much want


This is what I came here for, the row of S2ks……  Most are Instagram famous, up front is Hector Lavario’s  Ap2


My buddy Rival Gabe sick Ap2-1 sitting nice on TE37.  I like this look way better than the Mugen MF10s he had before.  This reminds me of that super expensive Pizza in New York City that has like Caviar, Truffles, goldflakes, Fois Gras, and doesn’t really taste all that great.  Each ingredient is a standout by itself, but for some reason together it doesn’t work…… Basically saying MF10s don’t work on every car, it’s about execution and TE37s work much better with the overall execution even though the Mugen MF10 is a more “rare” wheel.


And next to him was Naglas De Fierro’s S2k.  We’ve actually seen his car before here.  His car has definitely come a long way!  His car is rocking an ASM IS Design front bumper, Mugen intake, Car Garage Amis hood cover, Mugen MF10s,  and Mugen MS-Z seats (not pictured, I didn’t want to sweat all over his interior).  Personally it was my first time meeting him in person, and he’s definitely pretty rad!  Of course, I love how all the parts are authentic, that’s how I roll.


Closer look at the engine bay.   He’s rocking an Origin Fab intake arm, science of speed hood dampers,  ASM Oil Catch can, Amuse Header, and  ASM Tower bar!  lots of ASM goodies here.

Finishing off the rear, he has a Mugen SS Rear wing, ASM duckbill, painted of course!, ASM tow hook, with an ASM 04 rear bumper, and Amuse Euro S Exhaust!


This grey Ap2 next to him was pretty cool.  According to the license plate it’s a S2000 CR?! Like Naglas, he’s also rocking an ASM IS design front end, but with voltex flares.  In the world of crazy flared fenders and such, voltex flares seem almost conservative.


Out back some remnants of the CR remains, like the rear wing.  I just noticed his burnt Ti finished antenna, interesting…. I wish my ASM antenna never got stolen.  More noticeable un CR like qualities, besides the color, are the M Racing mirrors, and Mugen Hardtop.


Front ASM goodness.


My buddy Joe, aka John JingleHeimer We’ve seen his car a few times.  Like the Grey car next to him, his car is also an Honda S2000 Club Racer except done Mugen.  The Mugen Dry CF hood is looking nice here.


The Apex blue really shines in the sun.  He’s rocking some rare White MF10s, since most people that copped the re-release MF10 have Bronze wheels, so you know he’s really OG since with this white set and blue caps.  More Mugen notables like the Mugen Wing, Hardtop, and Mirrors.  Not pictured is his endless calipers!


Dry carbon glistening in the sun.


Some Instagram people I met in real life….. like DimSum John.  He bought his leather Pole positions from my friend Alvin which used to be owned by a friend of Joe, the guy who he is parked next to.  Throw back to when we installed these pole positions in Alvin’s car….


Car kind reminds me of my old build a bit probably because it’s Silverstone + Amuse R1 bumper,  I believe this is his first authentic Amuse R1 bumper after owning many reps of it.  Hopefully once you go authentic you don’t go back!  Besides the bumper he’s rocking M racing mirrors on custom mounts that some guy on S2ki made awhile back and Volk RE30 wheels.  Don’t see too many RE30s these days on S2000s.


Saw my friend Russian Hammer!  He actually bought my Mugen passenger side rail awhile back and I chatted with him during the ill-fated top down meet 2 years ago.  He’s rocking an Authentic ASM front end with the ASM IS Design front bumper + ASM fenders and ASM rear fender flares.  Mugen top and voltex wing are so necessary.  He recently changed his wheels from Red to Bronze…… I know you can’t see it that well haha.


The voltex front bumper was out in full force!  I think it was the most common front bumper on the S2000s there!  This white car was parked along with the other white s2000s.  I like the look, voltex front bumper + spoon hood and ASM fenders. Loving the white CE28 and voltex wing.  Great execution with a variety of different companies.  I dig how he’s repping 7apple, great body shop, my buddy is getting some parts painted there as I write this.  I’m not sure who this car belongs too.  Man Eibach 2018 was huge, I didn’t even get to walk the entire show because it was so large.  I mainly hung out around the S2ks….

I’ll continue this post in Part II…..

Life: Noods and Spoon

I’ve been pretty MIA from the real life S2k scene in SoCal. This past Tuesday I met up with some friends at Meiji Seimen in Costa Mesa. For people that don’t live in LA. I live in the LA area…. my friends live in OC. Going to OC is like driving to a different state for me. It’s like when I lived in Northern Virginia and I had to drive to Maryland, it was like that.

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Met up with the dudes at Meiji Seimen. They are known for their Udon noodles. We were gonna meet at a Ramen shop, but that parking lot was tiny! so we moved on over to this spot.

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They had some weird special, this is some Curry Udon thing I ate…… I should of just got their normal Udon soup honestly. I was hungry as hell so I ate it all.

With S2k ownership over the years, I notice a cycle. There is a group of owners, they own the car for a bit, then they sell it and pass it on to the next generation and then the next generation does the same thing and repeats the cycle. I am now noticing around me that this generation of S2k owners are selling their cars and are moving on to other things. I am a diehard, even though currently this generation of s2k ownership is changing, and new owners don’t care about the JDM goodies I lust for, I’m still in this for the long run, even if I have the means to buy a “better” car or newer car. Even then so, it’s the people that really make a community.

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No stranger to the site, Areen’s Spoon S2k. He’s gone through a few changes since I last saw him over a year ago. That hood, looks familiar right…. He just switched back to the Spoon bumper after rocking an ASM 04 bumper for a bit.

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ASM hood + Spoon Bumper. Another look immortalized in the internet for future s2k owners to visualize!

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Another small change, Areen Painted the top half of his Super Expensive Mugen Dry CF Hardtop!!!!! crazyness.

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I think he already had his ASM dual exhaust last time I saw him. I remember he waited a good amount of time for this.

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Love how every came together in the rear. I wouldn’t change a thing….. Which brings me to another point. When people get to the pinnacle of their build and they have nothing else to do….. usually it goes a few ways. They either do a crazy overhaul, or they sell the car……. Or maybe keep it forever in this form? The later is what few do haha.

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This is car life. Parking lot + BS.

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Hope to go out to more car stuff, but life gets harder as you get older, especially when you add little human to your life.

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!

Life: Nemo’s Garage Grand Opening Meet

Hi all.  Last week I checked out the Nemo’s Garage grand opening meet.  Nemo’s garage is located in Ontario, CA.  It was hot as hell that day, with temperatures in the upper 90s.


I rolled with my buddy Alvin in his LBP AP2

We found some parking off to the side….

There were plenty of civics there….

Like this K swapped RHD example

Of course, I was on the lookout for S2000s….. Like this Formula Red sitting on Advan RZ.

Instagram famous S2boost…. with J’s Fenders, Mugen Hardtop, J’s Racing rear quarter panel, and of course a Vortech supercharger……

Bronze TE37V and Spoon Calipers

My favorite civic there, and they were a lot of civics to choose from.  This is a clean and simple Spoon EG build with almost every spoon part thrown at it.

I don’t know much about CRXs, but this one looked like it had plenty of Mugen goodies……

I met up with my buddy Areen at the show and his Spoon’d out S2k.  He was parked next to a nicely executed Mugen theme S2000 CR in Apex Blue.

Apex blue just pops in person.  I love this entire build…..

Mugen Hood and Mugen MF10s!

He replaced the OEM hardtop with a Mugen piece.


Underneath the MF10s sits Endless Calipers…..Not many people run endless calipers, since they cost more than most of the Big Brake Kits out for the S2k

A better shot of the Mugen MF10 with Endless Calipers….

A caliper comparison, Areen’s Spoon Caliper setup with his brand new Project MU brake rotors.

My favorite cars at the meet for sure….

Areen’s Spoon Mirrors vs Mugen Blue mirror inserts.

Sleek and aerodynamic spoon mirrors…. not many S2ks can pull this off, doesn’t hurt when you have the full spoon kit.

I love how these look, they look much more blue than the spoon mirror inserts….and of course that mugen logo!

Here is Areen telling me about his 1 of 3 in the world J’s racing shiftknob and our crotches
Areen’s New ASM rear bar……Fresh off the boat from ASM.

Meet was not limited to Hondas, this mean FB RX-7 rolled by.

Or this 71′ datsun 240z

Two of Nemo Garage’s cars. their EM1 and EG….
Instagram S2k I follow, Mykeeeman.  Full J’s Racing exterior with some meaty ce28 and J’s racing 6pot calipers

The interior unfortunately was not as good as the exterior…. I’m sure he is still working on it. Looks look he has a cage with side bars, but the takata harness through the stock seats kills it for me. From a safety aspect it is unsafe and aesthetically, it looks bad.  All he really needs is seats and possibly a new center console cover.

Rear shot of the J’s racing rear bumper and J’s racing tow hook

J’s racing exhaust!

Another build I see on instragram, DPK ChuyChuy and his ITR

I love small details like this Fuji Speedway sticker on the lip….

First time really seeing a J swapped civic.  In real life it sticks out of the hood so much…..

Owner and his girl drive all the way from Vegas like this….. no hood and all….

Amazing how clean the engine fits in the engine bay

Stock bodied MKIV Supra rolling by..


I was suprised on the number of RHD Civics in attendance.  I felt like there were more RHD civics than LHD.
I love this clean look, lowered midori on CE28s in Titanium Silver.

Life: Another 626 June night

It’s getting hot in the 626… with the SoCal summer heat comes more summer meets….. I kicked it with a few friends this past week……

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My car next to clements track machine.


This shot reminded me of fast and the furious when they line up and look down the line…..


Track bro Track bro Track bro Track bro, Oscar’s S with his new splitter and wing he let me put my drink on……. Did I mention he tracks his car?

Amuse or Amuse Style? GPW S2k that showed up on BBS LMs…..

I put my Arvou tow hook on recently…. no new additions recently, just more rock chips.

Shot of different front bumpers, Mugen (style), Amuse R1 and Voltex (Style)……
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Meet Life / Pickups: ASM bolts

I recently picked up some ASM bolts thanks to my friend Chris that brought them all the way from ASM in Japan.

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I took this picture during my visit to ASM I didn’t pick the bolts up when I visited for whatever reason. When I found out Chris was going to Japan, I jumped at the opportunity to get the ASM bolts to complete my cooling plate setup.

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Before I get too much into that, meetlife!

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I noticed that all authentic Mugen Carbon Fiber Hardtops Spot like this when there is some moisture in the air….. I’m assuming this is where they glue the hardtop together….

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Nemo’s NA2 NSX was looking mighty fine. I like the DC5 Recaro seats! The car looks OEM, but the further you look into it, the more small details you can find….such as the Stop Tech trophy big brake kit.

Or this Science of Speed SuperCharger Kit….

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I don’t know the exact numbers, but I do know that White NA2 NSX are extremely rare. Future classic for sure….

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Where there is one White NA2…..There always seems to be another nearby. This one is going for an ARC Theme and was rocking a variety of ARC products….

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I love the Comptech Strutbar. Not many of these around….

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Had a stand off with Photographer Nick Hur

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The fender extensions on Areen’s Spoon wide fenders

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It was our Buddy Colin’s birthday. We all chipped in and got them this autoart NSX model as a gift for him since he is an NSX owner himself.

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Sung checking out his new Oil pan with a Moroso baffle welded in. I feel like this is more affective than my alloy craft oil pan baffle that I have in my S2000

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Fast forward a few days….Areen with his new wheel setup…. Volk Racing G25 in Prism Silver. The Color is insane, depending on the angle you are looking at the wheel, the color is constantly changing…. all a matter of perspective

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The wheel was in the shadows, I had to bright it out of the darkness with lightroom……

Remember the picture at the top of this post…. Chris bought me back that exact bolt set…..

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ASM License plate bolts!

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And with that, this completes my cooling plate setup! I previously only had 2 Mugen bolts on my car…. the ASM bolts and the Mugen bolts look exactly the same, they are probably made at the same place.

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Thanks Chris for the bolts!

Life: Petersen Tech Day

I checked out the Japanese tech day meet at the Petersen recently. I was looking forward to this event for awhile now, I knew there was going to be some quality cars appearing and I couldn’t miss it….I’m going to try not to post so many car show posts since I feel like you can find the same content all over the net…..I rolled in with a few S2k friends this day…..

I was right behind Areen’s Spoon’ed out Ap2….. He got everything painted now, including his new spoon overfenders…..

Not pictured:Myself….. A few S2ks I rolled in with including some notable ones, like Areen’s Spoon’ed out S2k, Gotuning Tommy’s ASM’ed out S2k, and SasLari’s Spooned out S2k at the end…… The first blue car belongs to my friend Chris…he recently became famous for having his Forgestar F14 wheels blow up at ButtonWillow…. you can watch it here

Absolutely mint Mazda Cosmo…this is Concors level of excellent.
4 door hakosuka
It looks so good with the early morning sun….

Next to that 4door Hakosuka is this 2 door Red Hakosuka…. my friend was trying to buy one for the longest time, but apparently they are really hard to get registered in California….
The owner has owned this car for a long time now, I believe over 10+ years.  Datsun wheel!
Period stickers

In attendance was the fully MUGEN’ed out NSX seen all over the internet.  Seriously, there is probably only a handful of cars in the whole wide world that has the full Mugen kit like this guy….. didn’t get to take too many pictures of his car…. but he can be easily found with a quick google search.  My favorite Mugen piece of his car was this super rare Mugen Hatch that you could only get with the Mugen air cleaner….

Skyline R32 GTRs were in abundance at the show…..I feel like there were more Skyline R32 GTRs at the show than S2000.  This particular r32 GTR thought it was a ferrari….
Clean BMW E30 M3 some with some light mods….
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I like the Carbon fiber plenum on this BMW S14 Engine!

Interesting how most R32 GTRs were on DLR tags or registered out of state.
Datsun 510

This 240z with a RB26 and Greddy intake Manifold.


Datsun 240Zx were well represented

I didn’t really understand show cars until I came to California and saw the level of details on their show cars.  This EM1 is a prime example.  The more I look at this car, the more I see tiny details that could be easily overlooked.  Very nice Kswap with a Supercharger….

Mugen rims with Spoon Brake Calipers and ARC splitter…. this is what defines USDM JDM-type tuning…. just a mashup of all different types of brands.  In Japan, People usually tune within one brand or two….

A closer shot here detailing the engine bay.  I am digging the jblood spark cover.

More Mugen MF10 Action!
I remember back in the day I used to see so many of these on the road. Hell, my 2nd accident I ever had in my life was with a Black EM1 rear ending my car…. Finding a stock one of these cars must be impossible to find now.

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Insanely mint Honda Z600, it’s easy to forget how small cars used to be.  This thing looked like it just rolled off the assembly line….It looks like this is a Two Cylinder engine?

IMG_9479That Spare tire location.
Mitsubishi Evo IX 4G63 swapped into a Kouki S14

Not very common swap for this 240sx.
R34 GTR….All dirty, but still Bayside Blue!
Still clean body-wise nonetheless
this BMW “M” Coupe was in attendance……which is suspiciously rocking a normal Z front bumper, not the M version.
with normal Z3 Seats….not the M version either.
I’m positive this is not an M coupe….maybe the badge is from one….
Internet famous Michael Mao’s NSX was there….
I’m liking his new Wheel setup, ZE40s are the new hotness right now…future classic like the CE28

down the line from the NSX was this Skyline R34 Vspec…..
Looks like all was done was a drop, Volk TE37 and AP Racing Brake Calipers.

Voltex kitted Evo IX from Pholife33!
I’m digging the Illest Bride seats!

Red RWB 911!

signed by the master, nakai san.

Nissan Skyline R32 and Skyline R34

Another internet favorite, the famous Hakotruck
Very clean SR20 Engine bay

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Plenty of FRS’ in attendance, pretty much all of them were supercharged……Not really into these cars…..

AW11 Toyota MR2
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Supercharged 4AGZE

I wish Toyota would come back with such creative emblems.

Pretty good turn out for this event.
Whole row of 2nd Gen Celicas came out.


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This 2nd Gen Celica was sporting a 2JZGE non VVTI engine.  It was boosted as well!
Clean EF civics.
Legit Integra Type-r and Ap2 S2000
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Phonix yellow ITR with desmond regamasters

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Spoon Theme’d engine bay with a comptech icebox as an intake


Classic combination, NSX on Gold Volk CE28N



This R32 looked to have some nice upgrades, HKS Cam Gears, and probably an upgraded twin turbo setup

I wonder if these Nissan Skyline R32 enthusiasts will hold onto their cars. I feel like a majority of them are buying the car for the shear novelty of owning a skyline in the USA and to “Stand Out”. I think it’s a bid hard to set yourself apart from the crowd when there are more r32 Skylines at this show than S2000s or even Honda Civics….

My friend Alvin was digging this jacket haha

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