Videos: Toda ITB Insight

Made a quick video again giving an overview of the Toda ITBs.  It was quick and dirty, so excuse the shaky camera….

 

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Finds: 2018 TAS Spoon S2k for Auction!

Hi all,

Long time no post… It is 2018 and I’m still unemployed, so things are a bit slow for the s2k on my end! Don’t worry me and the S2k are in this till the end! I still gotta post up a picture of what I have left of the S2k….. In other news, my daughter was born this year, oh yeah! I don’t like to post too much non-original content, but I gotta archive this for the future. Links to stuff like this tend to die out.  If you like this non-original content, I do love posting S2k news….

This year during Tokyo Auto Salon, TAS for short, in parallel with the normal TAS activities, a car auction was held. Many classic JDM cars were presented and sold, such as a Mint Low mileage R34 GTR Nur, or the Spoon NSX, that Ichishima san famously crashed at the Macau street Circuit! But this is S2kandtheAnt! Even though I seem to feature non-S2k material from time to time, my priority is on this 2 door convertible with a 9k redline (sometimes 8200) that we all know and love!

At this years TAS, the Spoon Sports S2000 Racecar was auctioned off. Spoiler Alert, the car did not sell, it did not met the reserved set….. They did however release some juicy images of the spoon racecar. All these people building spoon tribute cars, nothing beats the real deal, nothing! This is a real treat, because it’s damn rare to see up close and super detailed photos of the car. For some reason most JDM tuners tend not to post pictures of their car like this.

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Vin # of the racecar shell.  Looks like it’s an Ap1, 130 model.  This is the 2003 year of the S2k in Japan, which is pretty much like a USDM AP2 minus the f22c engine.   With that being said, the designation of Ap2 vs Ap1 in Japan is only relevant with the later years that have a f22c and dbw, kind of like our 06+.

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This car was raced in the ST4 class of Super Taikyu (Super Endurance).  The rules for the class is basically showroom stock powered cars with minimal mods.  The engine bay of the car looks relatively stock with a few bit of spoon dress up items, brake sock, valve cover, radiator hose, radiator, snorkel duck thing.  The engine in this car is blue printed and built from spoon.  I believe spoon uses OEM parts when they rebuild their engines, but choose parts that are closer in weight to achieve total balance.  All of this is controlled by a Motec ECU.

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Interior is all racing business, spoon bucket, cool suit, and what’s a JDM car without Takata harnesses.

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Aero is allowed in the ST4 class. Version 2 of the Spoon Sports S2000 Rear bumper with an interesting quad Spoon N1 Exhaust looking muffler tips.

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Spoon Wing, with the famous mooncraft Spoon hardtop.  The rear holes in the trunk are the fuel filler, so racecar!

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Under the trunk action.  Really made use of the area where the emergency tools are located for a fuel tank!

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Side profile showing off the Spoon S2000 widebody kit, but not really wide body kit because it is not running spoon fenders or rear over fenders!

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Dunno if it’s just me, but this version 2 kit only works on full liveried out racecars, when it’s on a car with a single color, it looks a bit odd.

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Peaking under the Advan TCIII? rims you can see the signature Spoon Calipers.  These particular calipers might be a special prototype or the 355 version.  The picture is not clear enough to identify.

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Maybe not now, but in the future this will be worth something to a generation of enthusiasts.

Tech/Tool life how to do a leak down test on your S2000

First and foremost…..still working on video skills. I just made a short and sweet video!

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I didn’t take too many pictures of the actually process since I was also shooting video…. I put to the test my new OTC LeakDown Tester from amazon. I’ve used a few OTC products in the past and have always liked them!

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Don’t forget to set your Air Compressor to 90PSI

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Another shot of the OTC kit…

I will update this post one day when I do another leak down! in the meantime watch the video!

Tech/Tool life: Easiest way to remove a S2000 Crank Pulley Bolt

I’m still here! Been looking for a new job for a bit so that takes all my energy away from S2ks.  I recently got a spare F20C from a friend that money shifted at the track and dropped some valves….

Below are some pictures of the carnage:Lisle 77080 19mm-4

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Luckily some of the parts I can reuse, like the Cam Holders, Cams, Rockers, and Crankshaft…..

I broke the engine down and got to the dreaded crankshaft bolt. I’ve taken this bolt off of numerous s2ks over the years, and I always end up using my Special Honda Crank pulley holder on a breaker bar with a cheater bar and another breaker bar with a cheater with a normal 19mm socket with another person. Even then it still requires a ton of muscle and the bolt always seem to break loose after I feel like the breaker bar is gonna snap in half.

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Picture of the Lisle unit next to a normal 19mm deep socket….

I thought to myself, there has to be an easier way…. so eventually I found this socket on amazon, the Lisle 77080. It’s basically a super thick 19mm socket. Using this socket is like using a bigger hammer! It’s so big it doesn’t fit into the Honda Crank Holder tool.

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With a normal 19mm socket, bluepoint 400ft/lb airgun and my air compressor maxed out to 150psi, the crank pulley bolt would not budge at all. But with this socket it came off like nothing. See my video above for a better explanation… I’m not sponsored, but I can’t recommend this enough, it will really make your life easier.

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The dreaded bolt…..

Final thoughts, this socket is rad, I will buy another one for my LS430 when I do my timing belt which requires a 22mm version and maybe a 17mm version if I start working on older hondas. This would of worked with my Subaru STi too…. If you are an Honda S2000 owner, I can’t recommend you enough adding this into your tool collection.

10/10 would recommend for S2k Owner

Finds: Eagle Shop Urawa S2000

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finds: Turbo F20c Swapped Mercedes C200 W202

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

Specs (translated by me from a jpeg):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Jenveys waiting to be installed

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


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

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


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

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


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


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



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


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


Same TPS as the Toyota AE101.


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

Closer look of the linkage between throttles.


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


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


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


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

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

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

Finds: ASM Exhaust differences

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


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

In my personal opinion the 70mm ASM Titanium Exhaust is the best sounding exhaust ever created for the S2000.  My 2nd personal favorite would probably be the AMUSE R1 TITAN EURO S SINGLE TITANIUM EXHAUST…. I got a thing for Titanium Exhausts
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The next ASM exhaust is produced by SACLAM (quick note, SACLAM is a company started by an ex-Mugen Engineer).  We all know this as the ASM Siren Exhaust, according to the blog, they achieved a more quiet exhaust, with a good flow, and a relatively straight through design.  This exhaust does not use any wool packed mufflers or resonators, so overtime this exhaust does not become louder nor degrade internally as with the S-Special.  Check out here for a more in depth description.

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

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

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If you see any false information, let me know!

Life: 2017 Honda Civic Type R at Raceline USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inside Clements Civic Type-R…….


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


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


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


Strapping the car on the dyno.


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


A quick peak under the triple exhaust


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

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


Volk TE37SL and missing Over Fenders.


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

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


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


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


Timeless looks…..

Parts Review: ASM Front Tower Bar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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