Parts Review: CAR GARAGE AMIS MUGEN AIR CLEANER DUCT COVER – CARBON

First post of the year 2017!  So…. lots of things have happened.  Long story short, the S2k is gone, I had to sell the car whole, it wasn’t for money reasons, but I had to let it go quick.  I sold it to a friend and the car has been parted out…. I’m sure my parts are floating out there on a bunch of S2ks out there!  No worries, it’s just a car afterall….

Another life change, I quit my job and I’m studying to do a different field of work.  I’ve been doing that for the past 2 months or so….

Let’s get back on topic.  Everyone knows that the Mugen intake for the S2k requires you to cut up your Hood to fit unless you have an ASM, J’s, Mugen, or Spoon hood.  *Sidenote, I hear that the spoon hood still rubs with the Mugen intake…..

The problem is, after you cut up your hood, there is a nasty ugly hole in your hood.  JDM Tuner, Car Garage Amis rectifies this problem with their MUGEN AIR CLEANER DUCT COVER.  I haven’t seen any real pictures of this besides the stock one on the Car Garage Amis website, which happens to be the smallest picture ever!

Luckily my friend Kevin bought a Mugen intake and the Car Garage Amis MUGEN AIR CLEANER DUCT COVER from RHDjapan! I swear they should sponsor me.  He sent me a few pictures of him installing it…..


Kevin already went ahead and installed his new Mugen Intake.  I’ll post a DIY on how to do that in the future….


The most ass clenching moment of the entire install.  The Car Garage Amis instructions they send you give you a rough guideline of where to cut and is entirely in Japanese.  Luckily my friend Kevin has some Japanese colleagues that helped him translate this document to further clarify.  Kevin made a rough guideline on where to cut and made a careful incision with his dremel after blue taping it all up.

After cutting, Kevin made sure the Cover fit.  Here is a rough mockup of it on his car.


Everything is coming back together!

The next day Kevin stopped by my place so I could take a look at everything.  As expected, the fitment was spot on.  I took a couple of snaps…


It’s so beautiful, if I had to cut my hood for a Mugen intake I would definitely get this piece.  It really cleans up the engine bay.


It almost looks factory the way it contours around all the nooks and crannies.


One last look at the MUGEN AIR CLEANER DUCT COVER…


Full frontal shot.  He went with the ASM cooling plate in addition to his Mugen Intake.


Another shot of his Mugen intake…. and his dress up bolts.


One of the few people with the Gotuning/Greddy Spectrum Elite Exhaust for the S2000.  I remember when these first came out years ago…… The single version has been since discontinued.

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Maintenance Log 2: Shift Lever Regrease + Car Garage Amis Shift Collar install

Maintenance Log 2: Shift Lever Regrease + Car Garage Amis Shift Collar install

Recently I noticed that the shifting in my S2k is feeling a bit notchy compared to when I first bought the car. After a bit of reading, I read numerous threads that mention regreasing the shift for better shifting feel. The reason for this is that over time the grease that lubricates the point where the shifter pivots become contaminated and dirty, this, as a result, makes shifting not smooth.

This is a maintenance log, not a DIY, so please see this s2ki thread for a proper DIY.

What you need:
Honda Urea Grease, Honda Part Number # 8798-9002
Plastic bushing aka Change Lever Ball, Honda Part Number #54110-S2A-003
Car Garage Amis Shifter Collar (Optional)
Or OEM plastic collar, Honda Part number 54111-S2A-003

Optional Optional* You can replace the foam piece, the plastic ring that clips in the rubber cover, and even the spring that disengages the reverse lockout…. I don’t have part numbers for this… feel free to look at it on the Majestic Honda Webpage


My car is getting old and the plastic ball has seen lots of use…. I replaced it with his JDM option by tuner, Car Garage Amis.  A few other JDM tuners make shifter collars such as  ARROWS, Seeker, and Stradale.  The JDM option is made from metal opposed to the oem plastic.  Although my Mechanical engineering friend assures me that this is made from the wrong type of material, I still put my trust in the JDM tuning companies……


The jar of Honda Super Hi Temp Urea Grease.  Only the best OEM parts!

This is the “Change Lever Ball” essentially a plastic bushing that the shift lever pivots on…. I noticed it was loose on my shifter and had a fair amount of play.  This should be tight on the shift lever with no play.

You might have noticed by now that the shift collar is already on my shift lever.  The reason is, I replaced this shift collar a few months ago, but I didn’t replace the plastic piece above it.  To replace the collar, pop it off clean it up real good and liberally apply the urea grease.  It’s best to do these together at the same time.

It took some force, but with lots of patience the plastic piece came off.

Once the change lever ball was off, be sure to give it a good clean to get rid of all the dirty grease and relubricate.

Once the shifter is properly cleaned and lubricated with fresh Urea grease.  Pop on the new plastic piece.  Pro tip* Be sure to orient this in the correct direction, the shifter should be bent facing the driver, you do not want this in backwards!  I laid on some more grease and reinstalled the lever back into the transmission.

After the shift lever was reassembled and all the bolts were torqued down.  It took a few shifts to get everything settled.

Final thoughts, since I drove the car with just the shift collar installed by itself and then with the new change lever ball plastic piece installed. The upgraded metal Car Garage Amis shift collar made a small difference in shifting feel, but additionally upgrading the change lever ball was a significant increase in shifting feel.