What really brings me pride with this S2000 blog is that I do installs/Parts Reviews of rare or expensive s2000 parts.  Parts that usually have just a small blurb written about them on minkara in Japanese and there is barely any in depth information about it anywhere else on the net.   We all know Japanese tuners really suck at internet-ing.  I’ve been lagging on the S2k since I’ve been trying to remodel my home bathroom on my own with no prior knowledge of really working on homes……it’s coming together slowly.

My buddy Princess Yow purchased the ASM throttle body and ASM throttle body spacer locally.  He’s not too much of a wrench, and installing a throttle body on an S2k is simple install so I had him swing by the Ant Garage, I love showing people how easy it is to wrench on their cars, especially S2000s, everything is super easy to work on.

So what is different with the ASM throttle body compared to an OEM one?  The ASM throttle body is a slightly larger diameter.  The entry diameter of the throttle body is 70mm while the exit is 66.5mm.   Of course since Princess Yow has a 06+ model, we have the version made for DBW cars.

The ASM throttle body is made by Toda Racing.

Princess Yow also got the ASM throttle body spacer to go with his ASM throttle body.  What this spacer does is smooth out the transition of the big throttle body to the stock intake manifold.  You can also accomplish this by porting the intake manifold, but this is much less invasive.

The ASM throttle body spacer comes with 4 bolts and 2 throttle body gaskets.  Once for each side of the throttle body.

The best feature of the throttle body spacer, this beautiful ASM logo…. If you have an Ap2, make sure you buy the AP2 version since the intake manifold opening diameter is slightly larger than an AP1.

Love anything that says TODA Racing on it…..

Princess Yow and I see eye to eye on many things…. He’s also a huge fan of quality JDM products.  His engine bay consists of a Mugen intake, ASM Tower bar, Amuse header, and ASM cooling plate….  He’s running Ohlins, a Koyo radiator, and samco hoses in case you guys were wondering.

I dived into his piping hot engine bay…..I already removed the intake arm in this picture.

The stock throttle body removed, it was quite easy.  Just remove one clip holding in the harness, and 2 hoses that run coolant through the throttle body.  Man DBW cars are easy to work on…. no need to take of the throttle cable.

I attempted to install the throttle body spacer… First gasket on.

2nd Gasket….

and ASM throttle body….Love that ASM logo up top! At this moment I realized why the throttle body spacer came with 4 long bolts….  The OEM studs that hold in the throttle body were too short.

Feels good putting more ASM parts on the car.

I’ve taken off my fair share of bolt studs in my day.  So to take off the studs off of this application, take two nuts that thread on the stud, tighten them against each other with 2 wrenches, and then with one wrench spin it counter clockwise to remove the stud it is attached to.

I didn’t use these nuts pictured, but nuts I had in my bin…. But you get the idea.  I have a video coming out soon.

Here it is all installed!  Keep in mind since you installed a spacer, this pretty much moved everything throttle body forward 1/2″.  Don’t forget to reconnect the 2 coolant lines back in and plug in the map and throttle sensor.

If you are OCD, feel free to trim out the area that the throttle body gasket protrudes.

The intake arm gave us a little resistance since everything was pushed forward 1/2 a inch… It was silicon so it wasn’t too bard.  I don’t know why Princess Yow doesn’t run clamps on some of this stuff….

The intake arm is now rubbing against the ASM strut bar.  I believe if you retain the OEM arm, it does not do this.

Since we were already wrenching…..

After we tackled the throttle body install.  We did a full fluid change, transmission, oil, and differential, and installed two new OEM remanufactured S2000 rear calipers…..

The finish alone is why this is better than autozone remanufactured calipers.  I noticed his recently installed autozone calipers were already rusting!  I believe he got these from Majestic Honda, a very popular online Honda dealership….

The rear calipers installed!

Nothing can beat new.

We were wrenching late into the night… I didn’t really take pictures of his car since I was getting pretty tired at this point.  But he is rocking some Mugen GP wheels.  Don’t see too many of these on cars nowadays.  I think we finished wrenching around 5am…. We started around 10pm.

to finish off this post, check out his Spoon calipers! I took this picture right after I helped him bleed his brake system….  For spoon calipers, we bleed the inner bleeder first and then the outside bleeder.


Parts Review/ DIY: Spoon Sports Hydro-Blue Wide Mirror Glass Set install

Hey guys,

I recently installed some Spoon mirrors for my friend’s S2000. Instead of following the instructions it came with and installing the mirrors over the mirror glass, I installed the mirrors onto the OEM plastic mirror housings. This created a very secure mount, and the mirrors do not wiggle at all. I created a youtube video on how to do it.  I didn’t take too many still pictures, so you gotta watch the youtube video to follow along!

I’m still learning about the video making process.

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

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

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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.


Hey guys, it’s been awhile. Last week I helped my buddy Edwin install Spoon Engine/Transmission mounts on his AP1 S2000.  His passenger side Engine mount was worn and he wanted to replace it with an OEM-like solution….. The Spoon mounts are an excellent option for people wanting a more rigid engine mounts with OEM Fitment. So here is my SORTA DIY…. I know I’m missing a few steps

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The best part of the Spoon engine mount set is that it comes with this reinforced Transmission mount. ASM charges over $300 for this piece alone! The Mugen set does not come with this either.

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Spoon Engine Mounts! This also comes with new transmission bushings (not pictured).

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Everything is packed up and we brought it over to the DIY Garage we use…. It’s $25 a hour, but you have access to a lift, airtools, and a transmission jack.  This is much easier than working on the floor with floor jacks and jack stands.

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His S2k is up on the lift

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Edwin using the tranny jack with a piece of wood to support the Transmission

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Transmission fully supported

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We had to unbolt the cat so the transmission support has room to move out of the way.

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As you can see the, the cat is in the way of the right side of the transmission support.

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Old and new transmission supports side by side

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In the bag is the new transmission mount bushings

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New transmission mounts and bushings are in

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Here we are looking at the best way to attack the engine mounts

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The best way to remove the Engine mounts is remove the four bolts that attach the engine mount bracket to the car… This Passenger side engine mount ripped apart on removal with minimal effort.

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New Engine mount installed

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Here is a picture of where we removed the Engine mounts

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The four bolts were removed here

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and here is the passenger side…… There was no fuss with everything going back in because Spoon is pretty much OEM….

After we bolted everything in, I took his car for a quick test ride.  The car seemed a bit more responsive and NVH was very low, higher than stock, but not enough to rattle the bolts off of the interior.  I recommend the spoon engine mounts to anyone looking to upgrade their old Engine mounts, especially AP1 since they are over 10+ years old now!


Parts Review/DIY: Recaro Pole Position on Buddy Club Low Mount Seat Rails (Not Really)

I’m going to attempt another half-ass DIY. I’m installing Recaro Pole Position seats on BuddyClub rails. First off, if you are planning to do this with buddy club rails, stop! Buy a higher quality rail such as Bride, Recaro, Taitec, Nagisa……basically something made in Japan, in my experience they just tend to fit better for the S2000. Little known fact, Buddy Club is actually a Taiwanese manufacture, which is nothing wrong with that, but most people have the perception that they are a Japanese manufacture. With that foresight I presented you, here is Alvin’s install on the Recaro Polepositions on his 2006 Laguna Blue S2000……

Here is Alvin removing the sensors on the seat. 2001-2005 S2000s only have a seatbelt sensor but 2006+ have a weight sensor in addition to the seatbelt sensor.


The Buddy club rails off the car. The seat mounts are a 2 piece design for each side…. I’m not a big fan of this, taitec seat rails are guilty of this too. I like having a one piece mount for each side, it is much more rigid.


Alvin went with Recaro Pole Positions seats in leather. The pole positions are a good option for most people since the side bolsters aren’t too high and they are wide unlike Recaro SPGs. They feel like upgraded stock seats for the S2000, even the leather feels like OEM s2000.

Common problem with the Buddy Club Seat rails is that this spot weld breaks off… like this picture from an S2ki thread here

Alvin took care of this issue by finding someone to reweld his seat rail… It looks much better now, instead of a tiny tact weld securing the mount into place, it is fully welded all the way around. We also took this time to add some additional grease to the rails so it will slide smoother.



We worked late into the night to get this bolted in….. The seating position is a bit high with the mounts that come from Buddy Club. We ended up cutting a notch off of the rear buddy club mount to get it seating a bit lower. I suspect we can cut even one more notch to get it even lower! The seat doesn’t rub against the door like my Recaro SPG on Mugen rails.

Of course in typical S2kandtheAnt fasion, I don’t have pictures of this step.

DIY: How to install DriveShaft Spacers on an S2000 (Sorta)

A few weeks ago I helped a buddy install Spoon Driveshaft Spacers on his s2000. Driveshaft spacers correct the rear suspension geometry when the car is lowered and reduce strain on the CV joints on the axles.


We went to “Your Dream Garage” in Baldwin Park, essentially it’s a shop that rents out their lifts with basic hand tools for $25 a hour. This is extremely convenient for people like me that live in an apartment and wrenching on your car in the parking garage is frowned upon. The shop is pretty good, but don’t ask the employees for an extra hand since they aren’t actual mechanics themselves and will charge you for your time….. I borrowed a guy’s leg for a brake bleed and they tried to charge me and arm and a leg for that! Tools are all harbor freight, so keep that in mind too, I usually bring my own Snap-on tools.


Here they are setting up Alvin’s Car for the lift or hoist if you’re in another country….The wood planks are for lowered cars incase you are wondering.


The owner of the Shop has an S2k, although he isn’t very enthusiastic about it when you talk to him about it….It does have some quality parts on it, or so it seems. It looks like it has an ASM hood, ASM Fenders, Rear ASM Overfenders, Craftsquare mirrors, CWest N1 Ver.II front bumper…which you don’t see too many nowadays, it used to be relatively popular in 2005-2008ish…. The ASM Fenders are missing the famous Ferrari Blinkers, but for a guy that doesn’t seem to give a shit about his S2k he has a bunch of random and what seems to be authentic parts on his car…. Makes me wonder if he bought the car like that…for some reason to me, the build screams 2008….like it was built around that era. Also the interior of his car has door pull handles like a Porsche GT3 RS, which I didn’t take a picture of.


Once again more quality parts but sort of obscure parts for today’s S2k standards……RAYS 57 Motorsports G07WT Wheels with which seems to be with a Brembo GT-R Big Brake Kit….a 6piston MSRP $8,0000 BBK. It just boggles my mind the owner doesn’t give a shit about this car, maybe rich people problems?

Alvin Raising the car on the lift


Wheels are Enkei RPF1s (duh, aka ap2v4) and HKS Low Power Exhaust, oops I meant Hi-Power….


We used their airguns to pop the wheels off…Like his Apexi Coilovers?


To gain access and provide wiggle room so we can move the axle you need to unbolt the upper bolts on the upper control arms. An airgun made quick work of this.


Be sure to mark where the axle meets the diff assembly. We used the airgun with a long extension and a box wrench on the other side of the nut to remove each bolt…


Pop in the driveshaft spacers and make sure everything is aligned right and bolt everything back together…. around this time my battery on my camera died…..

Hope you guys enjoyed my Sorta DIY on how to install Driveshaft Spacers. We installed the spoon driveshaft spacers since they are higher quality than the rest of the junk out there, it is made out of steel compared to the other brands that make their spacers out of aluminum.

Parts Review: Ballade Sports Timing Chain Correction Gear

Parts Review: Ballade Sports Timing Chain Correction Gear

It’s funny how when I started this blog years ago BalladeSports wasn’t even a shop. Alex, the owner of BalladeSports, I remember his iconic spooned out black Ap2, he was one of the first people to run the full spoon kit on his s2k, now he has a pretty well known shop in SoCal and a K24 swap. I’ve had the timing chain correction gear for awhile now, but I didn’t get to install this part until I moved to SoCal. Since I live in an apartment, it’s very difficult to work on my car, I reached out on S2ki and a user lent me their place to wrench. This part has picked up a lot of traction on S2ki, one side of the camp calling this a timing advancement gear, since it allegedly advances the timing up a tad, and another side calling it a correction gear, stating that the timing chain stretches overtime.


This is pretty much all you get when you order the gear…..

Installation wasn’t too bad, the hardest part was finding a torque wrench that can torque the cam caps to a minuscule 16ftlbs!

Some installation notes:

Be prepared to have a bolt to retract the timing chain tensioner, swapping the timing chain gear does require some finesse, it will come out, putting the new gear in is the same way.

The final result:

Final thoughts about the product:

After the installation of the timing correction gear, I thought my car felt smoother, but after some extended driving I have come to the conclusion that it doesn’t feel much different. I am not too sure if I recommend this product. Alex swears up and down on the forum that produce produces results, he even offered me a full refund. I’ll keep this in my car for now and do more testing.

Some preview of another mod that I have in my hand and might install……
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DIY: Cigarette lighter relocation

Quick mod I did today. I relocated my Cigarette lighter to my center console. I removed the rear bulkhead awhile back so I just had the plug hanging around on the harness. I think it looks a lot cleaner this way and pretty much just slides right in. All I did was remove my roof switch, since I don’t have a soft top anymore, slide the plug into with a bit of force and extend the harness. Looks OEM and great!

Hondata Kpro with RSX Wideband Update

When I had my car running on ITBs, it was running super rich, this probably lead to the demise of my RSX wideband sensor which is not working anymore, but all my other sensors are working perfectly, i.e ECT, Gas, and Etc.  I’m not giving up on the rsx wideband yet!  I took apart my kpro, and found this surprise:


Just lik eon the s2ki kpro thread, the A1 is jumped to D8 to ground out the extra voltage.  Hondata denied preforming this mod, I guess when I sent my ecu in to get repaired, they went ahead and did this for me without me asking.  Hopefully my wideband still works, I’m going to go ahead and re-do my wiring, and go back to the original diagram, with all new wires, connectors, and minimal solder.


I’ll keep you guys updated!

ITB + TURBO + S2K?!??!?

This is an oldie I remember from awhile back from the old days of s2ki, pre-2.0.  If anyone wanted to do an ITB turbo s2k, it’s been done before.  It seems like he is using Jenvey Throttle bodies, a custom Plenum, Meth injection, and a Garret GT35R turbo.  According to the thread he dyno’ed at 555whp 370 ft0-lbs of torque at 18psi, not exactly the best numbers for the money spent these days, but I’m sure the response is pretty nice.