Parts Review/ DIY: ASM THROTTLE BODY IS-09 + ASM THROTTLE BODY SPACER IS-09

 

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.

 

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PickUps/Parts Review: TODA RACING 60-70MM CATALYST ADAPTER (TestPipe)

I got some parts reviews I’ve been meaning to put up…. Since I have an ASM 70mm Titanium exhaust (Which I believe is the best S2k exhaust ever, much better than the SS version, the sound is so crisp!), I’ve always ran it with an invidia 70mm testpipe which is 70mm straight through, for what that is, the Invidia unit is a great value for what it is and fitment is spot on. This Toda Racing 60-70MM CATALYST ADAPTER, makes perfect sense to me, smooth transitions should mean higher exhaust velocities right?  I’m not an engineer, but it makes me feel better because it says Toda racing and has a sticker for RACING USE ONLY 

Toda Test Pipe-2I’m a huge fan of Toda Racing.  It seems like every Honda shop uses their products to build their engines, including the world famous KTECH….. and they run engines in Super GT…. How cool is that!

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Of course another shoutout to RHDJapan some of the beautiful benefits of globalization….

Toda Test Pipe-4Quick peek inside….

Toda Test Pipe-3A good look at the transition….

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Toda Test Pipe-7Absolutely beautiful….

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Welds for days.

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Toda Test Pipe-12I love how this comes with an OEM Quality Gasket.

Toda Test Pipe-13Bolted on the car….

Toda Test Pipe-14Mated with the ASM 70 MM Titanium Exhaust……

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The only thing that would complete this would be an ASM or Toda Exhaust Manifold….. If only…..

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After installing this on the car, the car was noticeably quieter on pulls.  I would assume this is because the air is moving faster now since it has a smoother transition, while before it was a 60mm exit on the header dumped directly into 70mm test pipe.  Honestly the car felt the same powerwise.

Photoshoot: June 2016 Photoshoot!

Photoshoot: June 2016 Photoshoot!

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


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

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

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





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

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

Pickups: Toda Racing S2000 Adjustable Campulleys

I found a killer deal on Toda Racing Adjustable cam pulleys/cam gears on an S2000 Facebook group recently. I messaged the user immediately after he posted the item for sale and paypaled him, luckily S2k owners nowadays don’t care about these parts and would rather spend their money on knock-off body kits or replica wheels……Pic for attention! I’ve always wanted Toda cam gears to go with my Toda Racing A2 Cams 🙂 This past weekend I finally got around to installing these into my S2k.


They are in great condition and came with all the little bits and pieces specific to the Toda Cam gears….  Small pieces typically get lost with used parts since they go from person to person.

Close up of the cam gears!

A buddy lent me his place to install my cam gears, I’m forever grateful since I am living in an apartment right now with no space and a strict HOA.  First thing first, I let the car cool down, working on any parts covered in hot ass oil is no fun.  This is a shot of my stock cam gears on my Toda A2 Cams.  I’ve taken my valvetrain apart too many times now, I made quick work of this install.

A comparison shot of the stock cam gears vs the toda adjustable cam pulleys.

This is one of the small pieces you should look out for if you buy these cam gears used.  The end cap on the cams is smaller with the Toda units, you can see here it has less of a lip.  The Toda unit is to the right.  Another piece, that is not pictured, is the woodruff key, the woodruff key that comes with the Toda Adjustable Cam Pulley is smaller than the stock unit.
The finished product after my installation.  I am happy now that I have adjustability with my cam pulleys for when I need to degree my cams in the future.  They look badass, too bad I can’t run these open a la Ae86 4age style!

 

 

Parts Review: Toda A2 CamShaft

First post of 2016!

There isn’t much information online regarding Toda Camshafts or camshafts for the S2000 in general. They are different schools of thoughts, some people believe the s2k engine is so finely tuned that adding aftermarket camshafts will in fact reduce performance and another school of thought where enthusiasts think camshafts will net performance gains, but no one has figured out the magical formula yet. They are a few companies that promise a revolutionary camshaft that will be out “soon” and change the game on S2k camshafts, but nothing has come to fruition so far….at least within the past 7-8 years I’ve been in the S2k game.

I’ve always had a trust in Toda Racing Products. It is a company that has the engineering resources and know-how to build Super GT engines, Formula 3 spec Honda engines, and even their own in house Engine. They are THE F20c engine parts supplier in Japan, all the top s2k tuning shops run their engines, like Arvou, ASM, Toshi from I heart s2k, and M&M racing……

After dealing with aftermarket manufactures that make products for many different makes and models i.e my Jenvey ITBs… things fit but it’s never 100% and it’s always just a bit off….I find the fit and finish of the Japanese tuning companies to be spot on. They tend not to do a one size fits all approach to manufacturing their parts, but rather make sure that the part fits and function like OEM.

A long long while back, like a whileeeeee back I bought these Toda A2 Cams in not so great condition for a great deal…..I already have Toda Valve springs installed so I thought why not…..

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As you can see, the bearing surfaces on the Camshafts have a lot to be desired…

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It looks like there was a low oil situation which caused some bearing scoring…..

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I grabbed a micrometer and made sure everything is within spec

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It took some searching, but I finally found a shop that can refurbish camshafts….
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I had these camshafts refurbished by Nikos over at SVM Camshafts….

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They look as good as new after he was done with them!

After I got the camshaft back from Nikos, I decided to have them WPC treated to further reduce friction so this doesn’t happen again.

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Here is what they look like after I got the camshafts WPC treated! The WPC treatment gives the metal a milky luster.

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Oh yeahhhhhhhh…….

I didn’t stop there. Since I had most of the valvetrain apart, I decided to WPC treat the the Cam Holders and Caps, Rocker Shafts, and vtec rocker Pins….

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Everything in my Super JDM JUN box to go to WPC in Torrance…..

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Working in an apartment ain’t easy

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A few days later I picked this up, all WPC treated.

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That Yummy Milky WPC luster…

Now that everything is WPC treated, next step is to mill down the Exhaust Camshaft Valve Rocker followers since it will interfere with the Toda cams. I noticed that most manufactures that make somewhat aggressive cams for the S2000 do this, I looked at a build inline pro did and they did the same to their exhaust rockers.

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Here is the spec sheet from Toda recommending where to mill.

It took me all day with an electric harbor freight die grinder and a carbide bit, I asked a few shops around if they could do it for me such as Evasive, Ballade, and other popular S2k shops around here, but they all wanted absurd prices, like $1000+…..

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I tried to tape off the roller bearings so materials don’t get in….

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After 8 hours of grinding, this is my finished product! I can see why they wanted so much in labor. I tried looking for a machine shop that was willing to do this for me, but they didn’t seem confident in the task.

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I installed everything, torqued it all down to spec, and did a valve adjustment. I went for a quick run, I noticed my exhaust sounds much more aggressive in the mid range, definitely has a nice Bark to it. My friend Areen with the Spoon’d out S2k noticed my exhaust sounds much deeper than his ASM 70mm….but then again my exhaust is the titanium version too….. I feel like my car has a slightly better mid range, but it could all be in my head. The Toda A2 Cams don’t require a tune and can run on the standard ECU like my car….. I’ll post a driving video if I ever get a chance to let you guys hear!