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.


ASM S-Special


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
ASM IsDesign Silencer Kit 1

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.

ASM ISDesign Silencer Kit 2


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!

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.

ASM front strut Bar
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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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.

Life: The Chronicles Year 8

Hey all,

I’m finally finishing catching up the events I went to a few months ago.  This should be the last of the posts for now…..I wanted to go to the Chronicles Year 8 meet for awhile now.  Reading about them on Joey’s blog when I was living on the East coast, it always painted me a good picture of the SoCal car scene.  I knew I couldn’t miss out this year, it helps to have car friends to go with too.


This meet just so happens to be when I was in the process of moving to my new place.  I had a bunch of stuff to move and only a few days to do it….. My wife was exciting to hear I was going to a car meet instead 🙂


I met up with a few friends in Pasadena before heading out to year 8.  Chilling in front of the infamous rival machine.

Gabe’s car just came out of the paint a few days prior…. The car is looking minty fresh with the battlecraft hood.


Joe was ready to lead the way.  Those MF10s are looking dangerously close to the curb in this picture… You can remember Joe’s car from this post

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Following Joe to the meet.

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My buddy Alvin snapped some shots on the road…..Endless brakes look so good with the Bronze Mugen MF10 rims.


Mugen hood, CR lip, works surprisingly well.

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Some shots of the Rival Machine.

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Alvin took a shot of me in traffic…..

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We’re almost there…..


Of course, this being S2kandTheAnt….I met up with Areen and Chris….. they don’t need any introductions.


interesting pinstriping on the Enkei NT03 on the Rival Machine


626 Squad.


another angle of the 626 squad.


Spoon’s newly converted center-drive FD2 Honda Civic Type R was in attendance.  I even got to sit in it! In another life, this used to be 5Zigen’s FD2R in Japan.

S2k squad represent.

It was a hot hot hot day, I think it was close to 100 degrees this day, the crazy heat forced me to buy a spoon umbrella……yeah forced……


I thought these 24k gold engine bays have gone out of style, but it looks like it is still around.


Can’t get enough of this lineup…..


Cool styled NSX.


I loved this mugen kited DC2 Type R.


the Bronze Mugen MF10 looks great against the white.


The same Spoon Civic EG that was in my Spoon sports post.  Clean as always, rocking almost the catalog of spoon parts, but that damn Mishimoto radiator always gets me!  Link for the owner if he ever reads this.


I haven’t seen this in years, an Ap1 veilside lip.


Another picture of the S2000 Veilside lip.


This Mugen themed FD2 converted Civic looked great.


the only Evo ix at the show and it was a great example of one.


Rare Mugen FA5.  True story, I remember going to a dealership in 2009 and the salesman tried to sell me this car instead of the 2009 s2k I was looking at, he was working really hard at it, these cars must have been a hard sale at the time, no real power improvements that make a car cost $6k more….but now in hindsight, it might of been a good decision….


CDM as in Canadian Domestic Market Acura CSX…. with a supercharger and Itasha livery.


PY Integra Type R.


Hector Lavario‘s Voltex Theme S2k was looking good!


Either this in an imported car or a very authentic representation of an early D1 drift car.  I love the look, very nostalgic.


Chris popped his hood, and I couldn’t help  but to snap a picture.  Mugen intakes are my favorite…..


behind me was this swan-necked Suzuka blue s2k.


Rocking Voltex Styled Aero!  Overall this was well executed.  The red car next to this car was actually K swapped using Hasport mounts…. Update 4-10-2017….. this car was on a Smoking Tire One Take


A few Porches were in attendance.


ASM styled car with M racing mirrors.

And this closes it, from the garage, back to the garage…

Life: JCCS Neo Classics 2016

Super Picture heavy post! I finally had some time to go through the pictures. I’m a big fan of JCCS Neo Classics, it’s the first real show I went to when after I moved to SoCal. Last year was a treat, this year was just as good.  I missed out on the normal JCCS this year because I was invited by my friend to the filming of The Grand Tour, I was in the crowd in the opening scene in the first episode.


I rolled with my buddy Chris with his Speedhunters famous k20R Swapped Lotus Elise/Exige.  Speedhunters story here.


Japanese cars from the 90s are finally eligible for importation, we can expect to see more and more cool jdm cars stateside.  This yellow car has a liter bike engine…. I can’t remember which one…


Looking good on these TE37


They were a few NSX in attendance, they were all mildly modded.


My friend EJ brought out his Type-R themed Ap1 with a SOS Supercharger


Datsun 240z were properly represented.


Particularly from this group, M’s Factory.


Next to this rad Toyota Crown, they were giving out free PRETZ! I may of took a box…. or two…. or three?


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Edited this in a way that looks like it came out of a Haynes Manual.


Interesting upholstered Dash in this MR2


Most of these old Toyotas were rocking a 1JZ or 2JZ.


Shakotan Style Hakosuka.


Hand Crank?


This dog was sitting in the car all day.


Best kids car ever….. Calsonic R34 GTR.


I was really feeling this Cressida.  It had me checking craigslist for a few days for a cheap example.


I love the Nismo Rims and Nissan calipers on it….


The pink one next to it was equally rad


I love how boxy these cars are…..Work CR Kai are a nice touch.


2JZGTE swapped!


Some clean RA1 Honda Odysseys showed up.


looks like an H23 Vtec Swap


checked out a few Hondas…..


the showing of the Hondas were Okay…. I would come here for the non H badge cars……


The Parking lot was another show.  Like the row of Skylines, including this R33.


R32 GTR on dealer tags, only of the few ways to get them CA legal…..


I’ve seen this R33 GTR at a few meets now.


Row of Skylines GTR, it is missing the Nissan Stagea that I saw roll out…… Is this really the parking lot?


R34 Skyline GTR in Midnight Purple, a damn rare color.


Family shot


Clean NSX with ZE40s up front and TE37 in the rear.


Nice seeing this roundie BMW 2002


I always loved the styling of these cars.


Some guy showing off his bosozoku style bike on the bed of his truck…..


some Rotary machines and S chassis action


I’ve seen this Itasha 240sx around Torrance…..


Soarer with interesting automated folding roof.


Patina


G Nose 240z


Super clean engine bay of this white 240z.


Probably the cleanest  Datsun 240z at the show and on Watanabes!


The interior was redone in blue!


Another 240z with an interesting exhaust.


Lancer Turbo with the Tuned by AMG spark plug cover


Mitsubishi Lancer turbo!


Famous Toyota Supra with ITBs


We decided to check out the Toyota Museum


Factory Fresh Lexus ISF


Is430.  A project between Stillen and Chip Foose made for SEMA,  you can check out the youtube video here


a 3UZ-FE stuffed into an IS300 with Tein Coilovers with EDFC.



Two tone black and red paint job….


They had a few concept cars laying around. I think these are concept cars for the Lexus SC300.


TRD supercharger!


Crazy turbo setup on this Toyota Celica


Factory Fresh Is300


They had a few Toyota 2000gt on display.


This is a super rare LHD model.  Crazy how this is not roped off.


They even had an engine on display


Factory Fresh AE86 Corolla GTS


I’ve never seen one so mint up close


Minty stock Supra


AW11 with plates.  this must be an employee car


The FRS prototype from a few years back.

Life/Pick Ups: CraftSquare Mirrors with Blue Tint + Random Toda Pulleys! + More!

Woah, I haven’t updated this blog in awhile. Life is kicking into high gear again. I’ve been studying to do a possible career change. Working in infrastructure IT is kicking my ass and is starting to feel like a burden on my soul….

Luckily for my birthday, my most beautiful and caring wife bought me an item I’ve been eyeing for a long time now, something I imagined that would be part of my build years ago….Craftsquare mirrors…… Not any Craftsquare mirrors, but the spec with the anti-glare blue tint.   My birthday was in May, and these have been on order since then!  They arrived from Japan late July to my surprise. I finally got around to installing them during a tech day my first hosted a few weeks ago…..


 Areen was present and was installing some ricey parts, like this Billion coolant adapter to run a coolant temp sensor and this ASM Oil stopper bracket to make sure his oil filter doesn’t come off when he’s bombing up and down the TOUGE to deliver tofu.


Why did he need to install the coolant adapter?  because he was installing the Defi Link Meter Advance ZD to keep an eye on his car’s vitals….


My mirrors out of the packaging…. I love getting new parts from Japan.  I love even more when they are gifts from my wife…..



Areen getting his car on the lift.

After a few minutes of cursing, we finally got one side on!  It was in the 90’s this day, I was sweating my ass off…..  You can see how the Craft Square Mirrors look compared to the stock elephant mirrors.  I’ve never liked the look of the OEM mirrors, they always seemed so bulky.  I do miss my power mirrors though…..

Both Mirrors on…. My car has been repainted on the driver’s side… the shitty shop that repainted my car on that side didn’t take my mirror off…..so I have a big ass circle where the mirror used to be..

Areen got got his Trust Oil filter adapter installed with his ASM Oil Filter stopper…..


🙂  I feel like I need a single exit exhaust cap for this car….

Must be nice to be rich and cut into $200 Spoon hoses to install an adapter….


Areen modeling theDefi Link Meter Advance ZD….
Oh yeah he got Toda Pulleys too…. see the end of the post for more info….


Areen giving the thumbs up!


Carlos stopped by in his CRX with brand new Volk TE37.  They look perfect on this car.


Mark stopped by with his factory fresh Mitsubishi Evo X Final Edition!


This only has a few thousand miles on it…..still has the factory Panasonic battery.

Final shot of my craft square mirror… .you can see the ring on my door in this picture….

I took a few shots of  Areen’s Toda Pulleys a month earlier…..

Of course he got the optional ASM Idler pulleys too!

Mike giving the water pump pulley a closer inspection

Can this build get any better?





I’m loving the Project Mu Rotors!

I’m closing out this post with AE86 Ron’s S2k.  This thing is mint with some choice mods…. I’m loving how his car sits with Advan Wheels and Spoon Calipers!

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.

Life: Top Down Meet 10 Year Anniversary

This past Saturday we checked out the Top Down Meet 10 year anniversary meet at the La Puente Hills Mall.  The Top Down Crew are an “old school” S2k crew. Living on the East coast I was always envious of the S2k scene out in California, the east coast didn’t have too much of an S2k scene.  I remember reading about the different S2k crews in California on S2ki. Years have passed and most of the original members have moved on to newer cars or have started families, but you can tell the S2k still holds a place in their hearts.

I was planning to take a ton of pictures, but the meet ended before I had a chance to take out my tripod, everything you see here is shot handheld, so I’m sure they are plenty of cars I did not shoot that attended the meet.
A man admiring the fine machines……

Gotuning Tommy’s ASM theme Ap2 CR and a car that has been featured on this site many many many many times, Areen’s Spoon themed Ap2.

Extremely quality parts here, ASM EVERYTHING, ASM dry carbon hood, Mugen DRY CF top, ASM Prodrive wheels….. and of course we know all about Areen’s car….. Shine Everything! JK all authentic here too!

The meet was starting to look good…..Aftermarket front bumpers everywhere, like this voltex kitted car…. not too sure how many of these front bumpers were authentic though…..

A look many of the younger S2k crowd is going for nowadays…. ASM front bumper and Enkei RPF1s SBCs


As I mentioned earlier, some members have moved on…..It looks like this particular member moved on to a Datsun 510 but still rocking a TD S2k license plate.  He proudly displayed a picture of what I can assume is his prior ride.


ASM and Voltex bumpers came out in numbers that night….They were more ASM and Voltex front bumpers than stock bumpers…..

One of my favorite cars of the night.  OG S2k rocking a legit IS-11 ASM kit, CE28N, Spoon Calipers, M racing Mirrors, Mugen Hardtop, and more.

Around this time is when the cops came by and broke up the meet….about 1 hour after it got started.  They told everyone to leave or they will start writing tickets.

A few of us rolled out to another spot…. Here is Mike checking out Tommy’s ASM’ed AP2 CR.  His ASM I.S. DESIGN FRONT AERO BUMPER GT-10 is tits, I want to say this is Dry Carbon……

Warren was in town from South Korean, he brought out his awesome Amuser R1 front bumper and amuse dry carbon hood.

Chris Lum’s famous Mugen Ap2!  He’s almost been on this site many times….

Tommy popped the hood of his ASM CR and it unveiled a host of ASM goodies, the ASM CF intake, a rare piece, I think this is where passwordjdm got “inspiration” to create their intake.  Of course ASM cooling plate, ASM catch can, ASM coolant reservoir, ASM strut bar, ASM Toda throttle body, and the piece I’ve been looking around everywhere the Mugen Dry Carbon Spark Plug Cover!

The rear of Tommy’s car was all ASM too, CUSTOM Spec ASM wing, ASM 07+ rear bumper, ASM tow hook, and the ASM Siren exhaust.  It sounded so clean……
This car just happened to be in the parking lot…. FRS/BRZ? with a Voltex Swan neck wing and the best mod…..a big ass Honda badge!

Life: Nemo’s Garage Grand Opening Meet

Hi all.  Last week I checked out the Nemo’s Garage grand opening meet.  Nemo’s garage is located in Ontario, CA.  It was hot as hell that day, with temperatures in the upper 90s.


I rolled with my buddy Alvin in his LBP AP2

We found some parking off to the side….

There were plenty of civics there….

Like this K swapped RHD example

Of course, I was on the lookout for S2000s….. Like this Formula Red sitting on Advan RZ.

Instagram famous S2boost…. with J’s Fenders, Mugen Hardtop, J’s Racing rear quarter panel, and of course a Vortech supercharger……

Bronze TE37V and Spoon Calipers

My favorite civic there, and they were a lot of civics to choose from.  This is a clean and simple Spoon EG build with almost every spoon part thrown at it.

I don’t know much about CRXs, but this one looked like it had plenty of Mugen goodies……

I met up with my buddy Areen at the show and his Spoon’d out S2k.  He was parked next to a nicely executed Mugen theme S2000 CR in Apex Blue.

Apex blue just pops in person.  I love this entire build…..

Mugen Hood and Mugen MF10s!

He replaced the OEM hardtop with a Mugen piece.


Underneath the MF10s sits Endless Calipers…..Not many people run endless calipers, since they cost more than most of the Big Brake Kits out for the S2k

A better shot of the Mugen MF10 with Endless Calipers….

A caliper comparison, Areen’s Spoon Caliper setup with his brand new Project MU brake rotors.

My favorite cars at the meet for sure….

Areen’s Spoon Mirrors vs Mugen Blue mirror inserts.

Sleek and aerodynamic spoon mirrors…. not many S2ks can pull this off, doesn’t hurt when you have the full spoon kit.

I love how these look, they look much more blue than the spoon mirror inserts….and of course that mugen logo!

Here is Areen telling me about his 1 of 3 in the world J’s racing shiftknob and our crotches
Areen’s New ASM rear bar……Fresh off the boat from ASM.

Meet was not limited to Hondas, this mean FB RX-7 rolled by.

Or this 71′ datsun 240z

Two of Nemo Garage’s cars. their EM1 and EG….
Instagram S2k I follow, Mykeeeman.  Full J’s Racing exterior with some meaty ce28 and J’s racing 6pot calipers

The interior unfortunately was not as good as the exterior…. I’m sure he is still working on it. Looks look he has a cage with side bars, but the takata harness through the stock seats kills it for me. From a safety aspect it is unsafe and aesthetically, it looks bad.  All he really needs is seats and possibly a new center console cover.

Rear shot of the J’s racing rear bumper and J’s racing tow hook

J’s racing exhaust!

Another build I see on instragram, DPK ChuyChuy and his ITR

I love small details like this Fuji Speedway sticker on the lip….

First time really seeing a J swapped civic.  In real life it sticks out of the hood so much…..

Owner and his girl drive all the way from Vegas like this….. no hood and all….

Amazing how clean the engine fits in the engine bay

Stock bodied MKIV Supra rolling by..


I was suprised on the number of RHD Civics in attendance.  I felt like there were more RHD civics than LHD.
I love this clean look, lowered midori on CE28s in Titanium Silver.

Meet Life / Pickups: ASM bolts

I recently picked up some ASM bolts thanks to my friend Chris that brought them all the way from ASM in Japan.

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I took this picture during my visit to ASM I didn’t pick the bolts up when I visited for whatever reason. When I found out Chris was going to Japan, I jumped at the opportunity to get the ASM bolts to complete my cooling plate setup.

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Before I get too much into that, meetlife!

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I noticed that all authentic Mugen Carbon Fiber Hardtops Spot like this when there is some moisture in the air….. I’m assuming this is where they glue the hardtop together….

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Nemo’s NA2 NSX was looking mighty fine. I like the DC5 Recaro seats! The car looks OEM, but the further you look into it, the more small details you can find….such as the Stop Tech trophy big brake kit.

Or this Science of Speed SuperCharger Kit….

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I don’t know the exact numbers, but I do know that White NA2 NSX are extremely rare. Future classic for sure….

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Where there is one White NA2…..There always seems to be another nearby. This one is going for an ARC Theme and was rocking a variety of ARC products….

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I love the Comptech Strutbar. Not many of these around….

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Had a stand off with Photographer Nick Hur

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The fender extensions on Areen’s Spoon wide fenders

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It was our Buddy Colin’s birthday. We all chipped in and got them this autoart NSX model as a gift for him since he is an NSX owner himself.

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Sung checking out his new Oil pan with a Moroso baffle welded in. I feel like this is more affective than my alloy craft oil pan baffle that I have in my S2000

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Fast forward a few days….Areen with his new wheel setup…. Volk Racing G25 in Prism Silver. The Color is insane, depending on the angle you are looking at the wheel, the color is constantly changing…. all a matter of perspective

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The wheel was in the shadows, I had to bright it out of the darkness with lightroom……

Remember the picture at the top of this post…. Chris bought me back that exact bolt set…..

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ASM License plate bolts!

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And with that, this completes my cooling plate setup! I previously only had 2 Mugen bolts on my car…. the ASM bolts and the Mugen bolts look exactly the same, they are probably made at the same place.

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Thanks Chris for the bolts!