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
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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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: NSX & S2k Meet at NWP

Hi all, 新年快樂! or happy Chinese new year. I’m writing this all the way from Beijing China where I will be for a couple of days for the lunar new year….

In January my friend hosted a S2k and NSX meet at NWP. NWP is Northwood Pizza, a popular spot car enthusiasts used to meet up frequently in the Irvine area. This is the NWP in NWP4life…. This meet was on a Saturday and unfortunately I work some Saturdays, so I showed up a bit late to this meet after my stint at work, probably around 1pm in the afternoon.  By the time I got there, things were already in full swing and some people started  to roll out.

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S2k and NSX were both properly represented. In the past few years the price gap between the S2ks and NSXs have been increasing drastically. The s2000 has remained relatively at the same price, while the price of the NSX has been on the rise. Since the NSX is a more expensive car, I feel like they bring a more mature crowd and the majority of S2k owners nowadays are younger due to their low cost of entry…. I can understand that most NSX owners do not want to associate themselves with a younger crowd….which is why I’m so stoked that this meet happened and had a great NSX turnout. The NSX owners that come out to these are usually older guys, who cut their teeth modifying Hondas and “Upgraded” to the NSX while still sticking true to their roots.

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New Formula Red NA2 front end, HRE Wheels, and type-r style hood make this NSX yummy

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Another shot of the NFR NSX. You can see the painted stock NSX Calipers peek through. I remember the days when getting NSX calipers was hot shit to put on older Hondas, I.E Civic, Integra, my old BB6 Prelude……

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My crap framing, but this Berlina Black S looks great with a Voltex Front bumper, Bronze Ce28N, Mugen Hardtop, and Spoon Calipers.

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Blue S2k with ASM or ASM styled front bumper and Hood.

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I checked out this Black S2k with an ARC Cooling plate and the HKS Supercharger. This is my first time seeing the HKS system in person. I am impressed how clean it looks compared to the other SuperCharger systems such as Science of Speed or the Vortech unit. The Oil Catch can setup and Coolant reservoir looks clean too, you don’t really notice it unless you look at it very hard.

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Close up shot of the HKS SuperCharger.

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The squad posted up. Areen’s Spoon AP1, Chris Lum’s Mugen AP2, and Sung’s Mugen front Ap1.  Areen is rocking his limited official Spoon team jacket, you can’t buy this jacket unfortunately….

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Clean Ap2 on Volk Racing RE30 and OEM hardtop.

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NFR NA1 NSX next to an Ap2 with Spoon calipers under the ap2v3 rims!

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Michael Mao’s internet famous NSX. Vortex wing, fancy burnt exhaust tips and all…..

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Signature Longreach Valve cover…with a one off Twin Turbo Kit….

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Some people started to roll out, like this black NA1 NSX on Regamasters and a Voltex wing.

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This very clean GPW S2k with an ASM front, 04 ASM rear (not pictured, I’m bad at taking pictures of the whole car, but trust me it’s there), and a host of Mugen goodies.

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Mugen Spark plug cover…. which was recently discontinued, Mugen Intake and Orgin Fabrications intake arm and enough Mugen bolts to blow himself up…..

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Man I want that damn spark plug cover!

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Nick doing work!

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Sung giving the bumper a good look over probably comparing it to his Mugen half lip for his bumper…..

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CWEST Mirrors! you can see his ASM front fenders here too.

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After the meet I stopped by one of my favorite spots in Costa Mesa, Period Correct. Period Correct is a clothing store that sells vintage racer inspired clothing. I love the layout of their store, the interior of the store feels like a petrolicious video. My car and the owner’s Mercedes Benz 190e 2.3-16v. The 190E is one of my all time favorite Benz, I hope this picture if a preview of things to come in my personal garage….

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Looks so good in black, I love how boxy the car looks….

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I love the vintage automotive artwork, the owner is a definite petrol head!

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The showroom has this beautiful Porsche 356, absolutely mint…..

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Also has this beautiful Martini Livery Lancia race car.

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I love how raw this race car looks, especially inside the store.

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I wonder if this even runs…

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Of course being Italian Pininfarina designed this beauty…..

Thanks for reading, I’ll have more events to cover when I get back.