Youtube | Spoon Sports Engine and Transmission Mount install

Hi All,

Made a video of the Spoon Sports engine and transmission mount install to compliment the write up I made awhile back.

Still working on my video skills.  Would love feedback!

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.

Parts Review: OEM Blue S2000 Soft top

It always amazes me when I think I know a ton about the S2000, but then I find new information that blows my tiny S2k centric brain. For example, did you know that from the USDM factory that Honda offered an OEM blue soft top as an option? Well I didn’t and when I found out I had to see this on a car myself, or at least the soft top in person. I paid a visit to my friend Alan Lee, who installs soft tops in the Socal area and is a master of said process. Search for his name on any Facebook S2k group if you wanna contact him :p

On with the pictures!


Brand new OEM blue soft top in the OEM Honda box.  The box was massive.  It’s such an interesting shade of blue, not too dark, and not too light.  Of course this is an glass window model, I used to have a plastic window on my S2k and it was always so damn cloudy out the rear!  If you have an 00-01 S2k, upgrade to the glass window, trust me.


Since Alan Lee does so many S2k Soft tops in the SoCal area, he happened to have a blue swatch of a Robbins brand soft top.  You can see how much darker the blue Robbins soft top is, and you can see the difference in texture compared to the OEM one.  The OEM soft top looks like it’s much much more flexible.


Alan informed me that he really takes his time and sands down the areas that the OEM soft top rubs against to minimize tearing that is such a common occurance on our S2ks.  Alan even built a special table for doing these soft tops, talk about dedication!


He recently picked up a CR that he’s gonna turn into his new track car.  Previously he was just using his red Ap2 to track.  What a crazy guy, tracking a CR!  These S2000 CR are climbing in value recently selling for outrageous prices.


Some S2000 CR Goodness. The front bumper was off for some track prep.

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He is on temp prodrive wheels right now on Michelin Cup tires!  Not many S2000s are running Michelin Cup tires out there! He has center caps for these wheels too, eventually he will put it on.


His old track car that is slowly becoming a “show” car and street cruiser.  Pretty clean build, his most recent edition to this car was the removal of the Amuse bumper and the addition of the J’s Racing half lip with canards.  It looks great on red! especially with those Volk Racing ZE40.


You can really see how tight the J’s Racing half lip sits.  Not too many cars are rocking these nowadays.

And BAM! final product on a Suzuka blue S2k.  Blue interior + Blue top…. craziness.

Parts Review: Toda High Power Clutch

I haven’t really seen any good insights on the Toda High Power Clutch while I was searching for info regarding this clutch, so I thought I would write a quick review about it.

These are pictures of my Toda High Power clutch before I sold it…..

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Front clutch cover shot of the Toda High Power Clutch.

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Does the front clutch cover look surprisingly simliar to the Exedy Hyper Single clutch? Or maybe they aren’t many ways to design a clutch cover.

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The Flywheel cover is held on by allen bolts

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The actual clutch disk is a Exedy unit that you can buy replacements via Exedy.  The part number is TA095.  This one is obviously worn after years of use.

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The flywheel is the standard Toda chromoly flywheel.  I inquired with toda if it is okay to resurface this flywheel and there response is as follows: ”

The TODA Chrome-moly steel flywheels cannot be re-surfaced – this is inherent to this type of flywheel design (Chrome-Moly, whether it’s from Toda, Mugen, Jun, etc). 

The metal gains its strength from the surface treatment process.   But when a flywheel is resurfaced, all the surface metal which is heat treated for strength, is removed, exposing untreated metal.  “
So basically it is not wise to resurface your toda flywheel.

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How does it feel?  The high power clutch disk feels like an Exedy Hyper Single.  A bit heavy for the street due to it’s 6 puck clutch and requires a good amount of effort to get the car to move.  The Toda flywheel on the clutch kit does allow the engine to rev faster.  On the race track or with upgraded power, this clutch would provide the clamping forces you would need, but for the street I believe it is overkill.  This is probably why Toda released their Ojisama Spec Toda clutch, aka old man special.  I am curious if Exedy is the white label that produces the clutch cover for Toda and all toda did was provide their flywheel with this kit. Since we know Exedy makes the clutch disk and the clutch cover looks identical to the Exedy Hyper Single besides the color difference and the small grooves on the cover.

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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.

S2000 Diaries: Broken Diff. Deciding what to do.

This past week my friend Nick was getting his Ap1 differential replaced with an Ap2 unit.  As the S2k vulture I am, I asked for this old broken diff since he has no use/space for it…  I took the diff home and immediately tore it apart.

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Yep I found the problem. The Pinion Gear sheared off..

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My garaged smelled like diff fluid for a week after this.

So now. I am trying to figure out what to do. If I should go with a 4.44 from a Mazda speed miata or a 4.77 rear from a Kia Sportage.

4.77 is super aggressive though….

If I am rebuilding it I might go all out with the J’s Racing collar, Cyro treat gears, WPC treatment, and maybe a Comptech reinforced case, Spoon Sports High Capacity Differential Case …… decisions decision….

Spotted: Authentic Parts J’s Racing S2000

Had sometime this week so I hung out at my buddy’s garage. A sweet Authentic parts J’s Racing build stopped by that is heavily tracked! Super refreshing to see a car with authentic parts get tracked here in the USA, something that is much more common place in Japan.

I had a sweet side shot, but I had my friend take the picture for me since I was holding my baby…. unfortunately it was out of focus haha……

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What I saw when I rolled up. Those Takata Green CE28n are amazing on a white car. I think only white or yellow cars can pull of these wheels, but they definitely require an aggressive body to match.

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Classic J’s kit. This is known as the “street version” not the crazy GT version that is even wider. In my mind, J’s Racing has three distinct bumpers, this one, the street version, the Ap1 half lip, and the crazy GT version that looks closer to the Amuse GT wide body. All the right parts here that I would imagine on an early J’s Touge monster clone. Waza sticker Check! J’s Hood Check! Craftsquare mirrors Check! The rock chips really show how this car is tracked and quite heavily.

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The rear end, love how he put the stickers in the correct places to play homage to the JDM legend. Of course this wouldn’t be complete without the J’s wing! I am curious what type of trunk the car is running. The exhaust to me looks like one very dirty Amuse Exhaust!

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Body is one thing, but details like this dry CF mugen hardtop really set this build apart in my head. Seriously, what type of person takes a $5k+ USD hardtop and tracks the hell out of it, especially with this SoCal Sun constantly beating down on it. I really think SoCal has the most Authentic Dry CF Mugen Hardtops of any region. I can think of 5 cars off of top of my head right now.

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What you can’t see is the single Bride Zeta III Seat. Classic combo, the Momo Tuner wheel with an NSX-R horn button.t Interesting stack gauges! No carpet is so right, sometimes people just rip shit out and say ohhh “track car”, but I think it is just an excuse for a crappy build, this guy can legit say it since he has this super rad and authentic exterior to back it up.

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Endless Calipers peeking out under those Takata Green CE28N! Do I have to say it again, I love authentic parts beaten to death! I know it seems counterintuitive, but it’s my kinda style somehow…. look I bought some super expensive stuff, now I’m gonna treat it like crap and let it wear!

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At this point my friends were about to start working on the car. My baby was acting up, so I took my exit. Before I left I took a quick shot of the JRZ coilovers on the car, some $$$ stuff that is definitely used to their potential! Hopefully the owner can continue tearing up SoCal race tracks in this awesome car. Builds like this really bring me back to 2007ish when people bought these cars new and spent real $$$ on it and still tracked them. It’s rare to see builds like this nowadays.

Parts Review: SPOON SPORTS MUFFLER KIT

If you guys know me, I’ve been selling off a bunch of my S2k parts collection I’ve amassed (hoarded) over the years…. One of the items I’ve had is this super duper rare “SPOON SPORTS MUFFLER KIT” for the S2000.  Here is the link on Gotuning.  They sold it back in the day for around $1800.  I believe not too many were sold.  I know of one other exhaust in the USA that was recently sold by Hmotors for $1300ish……

I’ve had this for a bit but I never got the chance to really mount this on a car.  Recently a friend came into town and let me borrow the car for 2 weeks while he was in Japan on vacation.  So me being me, I did a bunch of random maintenance to his car, oil change *OEM filter only people!*, diff fluid change, changed out burnt out bulbs behind the cluster, install LED interior lights, valve adjustment…. which was sorely needed since it was an 06+ that was a bit tight on the exhaust side, which is also a typical 06+ S2k problem!

Oh yeah, I installed this exhaust on his car and made a video!  But first let’s look at some pictures.

Official description from Gotuning “Spoon introduces a sports muffler for a more subtle tone than the N1 muffler. Has a better sound than titanium by using SUS304 Stainless Steel. Designed for a quiet cruising and idling volume with a sporty tone upon acceleration. Does not drone for a clean and well-balance sound. Uses hollow hangers for increased weight savings.

Fits all S2000 model years.
Stainless Steel construction.
Made in Japan.

– 60mm piping at the cat to 70mm main piping.
– Tip size is 70mm.
– Weighs 8.72kg (19.22 lbs)

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I just realized I never shot a picture of this exhaust in its entirety.  Borrowed this from Gotuning. Now onto the shots I took!

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Classic Spoon muffler tips.  You can’t see it very well, but I have the Spoon silencer installed.

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This exhaust features hollow hangers which reduce weight! 
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Spoon Sports Exhaust-5I love how high quality this exhaust is.  The brackets welded on are perfection.

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weldporn/ resonator action. I wonder if this is the same resonator as the Spoon N1 exhaust?

Spoon Sports Exhaust-3This exhaust features a helmholtz resonator with a bracket welded onto it for extra support.

Spoon Sports Exhaust-2A nice shot of the resonator with some random take-out restaurant chopsticks under it…..

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Installed on my friends GPW

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Silencer on! which needs it for daily driving…. trust me.

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Close up!!!!

My thoughts on the exhaust. The exhaust is definitely loud without the silencer. With the silencer on, it’s quiet, sounds like my ASM 70mm exhaust. When the silencer comes off, it becomes very “boomy” more of a bass tone. With the silencer on I can hear the radio fine, with it off I can’t hear anything else, just the exhaust. With the silencer, there is more of an air wooshing sound during WOT, probably because the silencer is restricting exhaust flow. On my friends 06+ Ap2 it does hit the body, like many exhausts…. this can be fixed with a hammer.

Words are one thing. Here is a video I made:

And the offical Spoon video:

And from this random dude on a SC’ed S2k:

New fastest S2000 Tsukuba Record!

Just in ASM clocked a 0’57.051, which is blazing fast, especially for an S2000 with an “old school” aero package.  No WTAC style here with a crazy wing or under tunnel section.  Amazing how years ago this car was wild, but now it’s a bit tame compared to the new HKS GT86 car or Suzuki Under’s car. Video taken from the official ASM blog  Hopefully they can attain their goal of Fastest NA in Tsukuba…. which is a crazy FD Rx7….

Finds: Korean S2ks!

Another sleepless night… it is currently 4:52am….

I remember when I started this whole S2k ownership thing, Facebook was only for college students and instagram wasn’t invented yet. Now instagram is THE destination for insta automotive e-fame. One night I was digging through all the #s2000 content on Instagram and I came across a super rad S2k from Korea of all places, South Korea, not the North of course. There seems to be a small group of S2k enthusiasts in Korea that utilize real authentic parts and take them to the track, not post pictures of their car on instagram and give bullshit inspirational quotes….

I first found tota1ba1ance who has a pretty clean yellow ap2 with some choice mods, Mugen top, Mugen lip, Mugen Wing, and ZE40s.  From him, I saw his boy manminkim who’s car blew my mind running an Amuse GT1 kit with a legit Dry Carbon Mugen hardtop and tracking the hell out of it.

I sent them a DM and they replied saying they have blogs they update frequently with their pictures… here and here

I can’t read Korean, and my google translate doesn’t seem like it wants to translate their page, but they are some awesome shots of their cars on there.  Definitely recommend browsing their blogs.  I’m going to post more pictures of manminkim since his car is crazy!!!! These are not in any chronological order.

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I’m sure this is Korea International Circuit, I don’t think they are many race tracks in Korea.

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He’s repping Bro’s R&D, a popular tuner shop in South Korea.  Side note, I think the one of the guys that runs Bro’s used to work for the late GTMotoring….

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From their instgram, I believe he’s running a Spoon create engine with Toda itbs!  Of course in the best setup running the dry carbon intake box running into a Mugen intake!

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interesting cluster

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Running spoon calipers! Dunno if it’s just me, but I think it’s funny how small spoon calipers look with stock sized rotors when you have a massive wheel like this…. I’m sure for the track it’s great since you’re just utilizing stock sized pads and rotors, keeps disposable parts cost down!

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RHD.  I wondered if it was imported from Japan mostly in this state or if this is an ex-tuner demo car?

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Under the skin, interesting not V, V mounted radiator with a custom cooling duct.

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At bros, impressive lineup at their shop.

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this is when he got his Toda ITBS! with Dry Carbon trumpets too, which only come in 88mm…. #ITBnerdFact.

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Looks like a custom tow hook!

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Toda Dry Carbon Surge Tank mounted.

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I love how the Amuse GT1 kit looks with a Mugen hardtop and Mugen hood….. I think I like it more than the Amuse Hardtop.

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ITB install going down.

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Toda ITB drycarbon Surge tank! and someone was brave enough to drill a hole into it to mount the IAT sensor.

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Looks like he is running stock injectors.

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I wonder if spoon ported the head, or if this is before he got his spoon engine…..

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Dry carbon Mugen Hardtop

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You can see the chassis has been gusseted for rigidity on the shock towers.

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The Amuse GT1 kit goes so hard.

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Interesting bracket to hold the Mugen intake since the stock cross member is gone.  Classic Ichishima-San signature on the valve cover

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I would love to pay a visit to this shop next time I’m in Korea.  Looks so small goodies in this picture, like the Spoon S-Tai front bumper to the right.

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Some shots off of Tota1Ba1ance’s S2k off of his blog.  Great clean build.  The Volk Ze40s look so right wight on Rio Yellow.

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Not many people run Mugen front lips nowadays, probably because they are incredibly easy to get destroyed.

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soo good…..

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Nice off the shelf Ohlins kit!

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Spoon axles! Like what my friend Areen is running.

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Interesting J’s front S2k.

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Hopefully I’ll have some more updates on my own car soon!