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.

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!

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.

Travel: My Visit to ASM Yokohama

What S2000 enthusiasts hasn’t heard of ASM? It is the pinnacle of S2000 tuning. Although they make parts for other makes, they still stay true to the S2000. I don’t think any other s2000 tuner besides Mugen can come close to the quality of ASM. I’m going to contradict myself though, since ASM outsources all of their parts, i.e Karo, Sacclam, Recaro, PWR, Toda, Challenge….While Mugen makes everything in house. I’ve been to Japan over 5 times now and I can’t believe I never stopped by ASM Yokohama. Since I was in Japan last month, I thought what the hell, I have to stop by ASM and see those iconic wooden floors pictured in their blog or Toshi’s blog. We flew in from Indonesia into Haneda Airport in Tokyo, ASM is situated in Yokohama, an almost suburb outside of Tokyo proper. From Haneda, getting to Yokohama is easy, you can just take a train that goes to Yokohama. From the train stop, ASM is a quick 10min walk.

On the way walking to ASM we saw this lady pushing this Shiba Inu around in a dog stroller.  People in Japan are crazy about their Shibas

 

Crossed a bridge overlooking the water that probably runs into the bay

 

One of my favorite stores in Japan, Don Kihote.  It’s like walmart, but 400x more shit.  Great place to buy souvenirs.  I liked this one in Yokohama since it isn’t as crowded as the ones in Tokyo and it is much bigger.

 

I saw this interesting Toyota Crown on the way to ASM.  It looks like it has a nice drop with some BBS rims.

 

Pretty stock Nissan R34 GTR Vspec in a parking lot on the way to ASM

 

Future classic for sure…

 

I finally made it to the promise land and proceeded to take this shitty picture of the building with flag poles covering the logo.

 

Yes, we can!

 

Nice ASM front Ap2.  I like the color… can’t remember if it is purple or blue….

 

I love the FULLY TODA’ed OUT C32 engine on display….. I know a few NSX guys that would die for this setup.  FULL TODA INTERALS, TODA ITBS, TODA CAMS, TODA DRY SUMP, CARBON AIRBOX.  Probably a $60,000+ Engine Build

 

Interesting clutch, I wonder what car this came out of, or if it’s just a display engine they built.

 

A shot of the Toda Sport Injection kit for the NSX otherwise known as ITBs

 

The most iconic S2000 Race car, the ASM race car!  I can’t believe I got to see this in person.  This is one of the few NA powered cars that broke the 1 minute barrier at Tsukuba.

 

Interesting ASM bike

 

I’ve never seen this ASM Battery/Catch can setup before

 

More ASM goodies, like the ASM steering boss kit….

 

It’s crazy how they are selling a US Civic Shift knob here…. I like the S660 Titanium knob.

 

More shots of this engine

 

The dry sump setup is nuts!

 

ASM karo floor mats for the S2k and ASM Radiator cooling plates

 

They also sold some Mugen items here, like this Mugen intake for the S2000 and Mugen S2000 Engine mounts.

 

Assortment of ASM goodies

 

ASM suspension for a Z34 and ASM Racing Power steering tank for some car.

 

 

ASM Dry Carbon Hood for  GT86.FRS.BRZ

 

 

ASM throttle body, I’m not sure what car this is for

 

 

Toda Stroker Kit for a F20c

 

Anyone who has seen pictures of ASM should recognize this f20c on an Engine stand.

 

They were a few bikes scattered along ASM

 

ASM Dry carbon trunk for a GT86.FRS.BRZ Quality is Nuts

 

ASM Hood again, and ASM front lip for GT86.FRS.BRZ Quality is still nuts

 

Rows and rows of Super Starks and ASM Ruby seats, is this heaven?

 

They had this SUPER mint S2000 on Display there.  It looks like no one has ever sat in it.

Of course the S2000 is rocking a Mugen Carbon Fiber Hardtop

 

Incase you are wondering how much a Mugen hardtop goes for nowadays…. 581,040yen!  It’s nice to see Mugen still makes this part for the S2000.

 

It’s a shame we don’t get any of these Recaros in the USA

 

If you are reading this, you probably already know ASM is a major Recaro dealer in Japan

 

I like how the S2000 is using ASM karo floormats as pads.

 

It looks like some people were getting their car serviced here. I wonder how much their bill is

 

New ASM Saclam Exhaust for a Subaru STi

 

I must admit I thought the design looked stupid online, but in person it is so nice!  Must be the fan boy in me.

 

Moonrock S2000 getting some work done.

 

GPW also getting some work done.

 

The Previous S2000 time attack engines

 

This time attack S2000 Engine was used in 2003.  Nice ASM intake port block off plate!

 

Another shot of their latest iteration of the race car.

 

Of Course S2000 Dry Mugen Hardtop!

 

They are Running the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R on their car.  I’ve heard these tires are the best tires on the market for the S2000 right now.

 

Recaro Speedster seat with Carbon Fiber backing

 

Looks like these Recaros would go great with a BMW M car!

 

Side shot of the race car!

 

Can’t resist ITB porn

 

The worker at ASM was super helpful.  He spoke perfect english.  Pro-tip if you spend more than 10,000yen here show them your passport and you can get sales tax (8%) taken off.  

 

The car is vinyl wrapped, probably for less weight.  Check out the carbon fiber weave peaking through!

 

Outside is their ASM FRS.BRZ.GT86 demo car will all the ASM Goodies.  Like this Dry Carbon ASM hood and lip.

 

ASM Dry Carbon trunk, ASM Dry Carbon side skirts, ASM Dry Carbon Wing

Closer shot of the trunk, this is SOOOOO QUALITY

 

Of course the fitment is on point as hell

 

Some shots of the cars parked outside.

 

Nice Silverstone Ap2 s2000 on Prodrive wheels, Mugen wing, and ASM v1 Rear bumper

This was that Moonrock S2000 that was being worked on in the shop earlier.  It has some Tasty Advan RZ rims, ASM V2 Rear bumper, and Mugen FRP Hardtop.

 

Better shot of this car with a ASM Front bumper.  This time with the cone out of the way.

 

No idea what this miata was doing here.  Probably getting some Recaros fitted.  You can see the front ASM bumper of the Silverstone Ap2 here.

 

ASM IS design Siren Circuit 2

 

I know a certain someone in the USA that has one of these exhaust on order right now……

 

All S2000 owners should make a pilgrimage to ASM!

Life: Tech day!

After the new years my friends decided to host a tech day. We all had various maintenance items to address on our cars or some people just took it as an opportunity to hang out.

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Having an accessible lift definitely made it easier. The red Miata was doing a clutch job.

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Black S2k with Regamasters, I don’t see too many S2000s with Regamaster wheels these days….

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Silver S2k with Black CE28RT in 17×10 +45? I love the look of the RT Edition C28, I like how the the lip is machined not painted. The machined Volk logo is also badass! No peeling stickers here! Funny not so funny conscience, I saw his car at JCCS Neo Classics a few month ago, this was before I didn’t know who owned this car.

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Voltex 1S Wing! I think the best looking “streetable” s2000 Wing on the market.

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That Carbon life yo.

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Everyone was working on various car maintenance. Andy installed some JPM Coachworks interior pieces for his BRZ. The quality is superb and it flows with the interior of the BRZ….This is the CLUSTER HOOD IN ALCANTARA

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It also helps when you have the JPM Coachworks Shiftboot….else known as the 6MT SHIFT BOOT IN ALCANTARA

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and JPM Coachworks Kneepad….KNEE PADS IN ALCANTARA

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How cool is this? Official Honda preset 80FtLbs Torque wrench for wheel lugs.

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Areen’s S2k Looking all Spoon and multicolored

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Chris Lum’s ASM duckbill

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End this off with my ASM goodie, the ASM seat rear cover 🙂

Life: Photoshoot!

Recent photoshoot with the guys this past week.

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We are posting up waiting for the rest of the guys to catch up with us. Areen’s Spoon’ed out S2k and Colin’s BB6 Prelude

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For some reason my trunk doesn’t stay flush anymore. I think I put something in the trunk that must of bent a torsion rod… It means I definitely have to get an ASM trunk now!

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A Few different perspectives.

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Areen got some new parts, he’s just waiting to get them painted.

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I shot this with my trusty 5dmkii with a wide angle lens and my Sony a7 with a 50mm……

Colin’s infamous BB6 Prelude. I remember he owned this Prelude when I used to have my 5th Gen Prelude years ago….. I can’t believe he still has it to this day

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White Hondas always look good with Red seats. Gold CE28Ns are a nice contrast to the White.
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What sets Colin’s BB6 apart from other Preludes in the USA is the Super Rare Wise Square/Behrman Front and Rear bumpers. Wise Square/Behrman is actually a JDM VIP company, it is interesting how they make parts for the 5th Gen Prelude. In the rear he is running a Mugen rear wing. My favorite part is the JDM Fog lights! Back in our day they didn’t make replica JDM fog lights….. I had the same fog lights in my old Prelude.

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Ever so timeless Volk CE28N and Spoon ITR calipers! A well executed car is absolutely timeless, it will look great 20+ years in the future as it does today. Nothing trendy on the car like stance or super wide body kits to make this car dated….

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S2k Steering wheel, like the one I used to have in my Prelude. The Red Bride seats make the interior.

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EJ’s SuperCharged OEM+ Type-r inspired ap1 build. A well executed build using OEM or oem like components, like ap2 v3 rims, CR Spoiler, Amuse R1 Front bumper, and Red DC5 ITR seats. I posted some pictures here

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His newly powder coated ap2v3 rims look great with the Stoptech calipers.

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I know I don’t post too many pictures here are some rare pictures of my current setup……

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I feel like I need Craftsquare mirrors to complete my exterior look. The OEM mirrors look too bulky for me…..

Some Pictures shot by my friend Nick at Here

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I like how my ASM 70mm Titanium Exhaust looks here.

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My One of One Mugen wheel, because the U and E is worn out at the bottom there….

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