Life: Petersen Museum Japanese Cruise-In & Super Street Meet 2018 Part 2

We’re back with part II of of my Petersen Museum X Super Street Meet coverage! Please see here for my prior coverage.

DA Integra with Speed Star Racing by SSR EX-C aero covers…. try finding these nowadays.  I would hate to lose a center cap.


Dat JDM parking sensor.


A GTR with a bunch of overtake parts on it.  For those who don’t know Overtake is an in house brand by bulletproof automotive, some of their parts are made by companies such as Power House Amuse, makes sense since they are the official US Powerhouse Amuse distributor.


R33 GTR owned by Kinganytime of Hoonigan fame? Not sure if he’s a part of them anymore.


Red Cressida also featured on Hoonigan


Evo IX from DTM autobody rocking the full Voltex kit.


Love when other makes rock ASM parts.  This is very common in Japan since ASM is the Recaro dealer and outfits many of their seats into cars, i.e Porsche 911.


DanOften’s Ap1 with voltex bumper, spoon hood, and craftsquare mirrors.


Pretty serious seat setup.  Hopefully this car actually sees track time.


First gen civic with a Honda motorcycle engine.


Not sure what motorcycle this is from, I’m sure I would of found out if I read the paper above…


The wheels look like Watanabes, could be wrong…..


CHP rollin by making sure everyone is staying CARB legal.


Super Clean Civic VTi.  The  EG Civic VTi is kinda of like the SIR model but for the UK market, it comes with a B16a.  It doesn’t have the white SIR cluster, but does have red gauge needles, and a tach that goes to 8k and reads in miles.  No idea why I didn’t take more pictures but I thought it was pretty cool… Makes sense to import cars from the UK since cars are being exported from Japan at an alarming rate.


My friend Alvin was drooling over this AW11 MR2.


We decided to go downstairs into the Petersen museum since the meet was pretty small…. Out in the parking area they had this E30 M3 on display.


Inside the Petsersen Museum, out front and center, they had this Porsche 911 993 GT1 Race car on display.


Forshadowing the Porsche exhibit in the museum.


Amazing rear end, the exhaust setup looks insane.


I really like the overall shape of this car, it is very elegant.


They also had Iconic vintage Japanese sports cars out front as part of their Japanese car exhibit.  Super Rad Honda S800, grandfather to the almighty S2000.


A Subaru 360… kinda like a jdm volkswagen beetle knock off.  To the left of the Subaru is a Toyota Sports 800, which also rocks a boxer engine.  You could say this is the grandfather to the current GT86.


Finally some more S2k content, and a very historic one in fact.  Most people remember Suki’s VeilSide S2000 from 2 Fast 2 Furious….  Did you know she is Steve Aoki’s sister?  And their father is the founder of benihana….. now you knowwwwww.  I can’t remember the last time anyone mentioned ROJA wheels… throwback.


Interior is pretty standard, mostly reupholstered and the addition of gauges in the center.


The Time Machine Delorean from Back to The Future.


One of a kind Toyota 2000GT Convertible custom made for Sean Connery in the film You Only Live Twice because he was too tall….


I saw a few of these at the old Toyota Museum, which is long gone now.


Mazda FD RX7 prototype.


Mclaren 720S entirely made out of Legos.


Jaguar XJ220


Kenmeri Skyline


Famous Super Street ex-editor JDMWong’s EF Civic painted Suzuka Blue with a Rocket Bunny Kit…. funny how those two are not things I like in my book, but work soooo good here.


SSR SuperFins.


Close up shot of the superfins.


Incredibly rare Mugen Exhaust for the EF.


Dragcartel K series engine up on display.


With a mean looking header.


A Titan Motorsports Supra.  Titan motorsports is a shop famously known for tuning Supras.


Classic and new Ford GT.


Period looking Nissan Race car.  Reminds me of speed racer.


Amazing how minimalistic this car is.


Period correct zip ties holding everything together.


Mazda Cosmos.


Another Toyota 2000gt, this one more original.

Afterwards we went downstairs to check out the Porsche exhibit…. I don’t know my Porsches too well, so excuse my lack of knowledge.  This looks like a Porsche 911 930.


Yep, the 930 is a turbo…


I haven’t seen too many of these Porsche Carrera GTs in person up close.  This front bumper is where ASM found the inspiration for their bumper design.  You can see it right?


ASM may of found inspiration from the fenders too.


To my surprise, the interior looks very dated for a car of this prestige, typical early 2000s look…. You can’t see it, but something on the door card was coming apart on the passenger side.


Never a fan of tan interiors…


Porsche 911 Targa.


Porsche 356 speedster.


A more modern Porsche….


This car is the famous Rothmans Paris – Dakar Porsche 959.  I believe the dirt is original too… This must be worth a cool million dollars+.


Slantnose 911.


This car was double roped off, if that means anything.

I am going to end off this post with this Zenki 240sx on CP Hart-R wheels, I walked back into the show and took one shot and left….

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Life: Petersen Museum Japanese Cruise-In & Super Street Meet 2018 Part 1

A month ago I went with some friends to check out the Petersen Japanese Cruise in / Super Street Meet in west LA. The last time I went was 2 years ago and the complex was packed with crazy cars, check my previous post here. This time unfortunately, there was a noticeable decline in attendance compared to 2 years ago, along with the quality of cars. My theory is that the first 2 years they did not charge a fee for showing a car, while this year they did, in addition when I went the first year, they provided free validation of parking, while this year I paid the full price of parking, I think this deterred a lot of people from coming.

I am still trying to figure out if I will go next year, I am currently more inclined not to go, due to what I saw this year.


The day started cool, but man it was getting hot and one hour in I was sweating hard.

Top Rank Importers had a strong showing, there was a large representation of RHD JDM vehicles showcasing what they have to offer.  With the 25+ year rule and all sorts of vehicles are now eligible to be imported to the USA, fly by night importing companies have popped up everywhere.  I’ve heard stories of people essentially exporting a crushed up JDM salvaged title car, only to be repainted and resold in the USA….. make sure you do your research….  tangent over.


Not many S2ks in attendance at this meet.  For whatever reason, I find myself attracted to these oddball cars.  For example, this mid 90s Toyota Camera on Volk Te37 SL.


I’m not a huge wheel guy, but I hope these are authentic.  If they are authentic, then this guy gets points for buying wheels that cost five times the price of the car.  Seriously, you can buy four 1995 Toyota Camrys for the price of one set of Volk Te37 SL.


Panda Toyota Supra on Volk TE37.


Rad to see a time attack Supra, I’m just going off of the banner though.


Another interesting car that caught my eye.  This late 90s early 2000s Toyota Corolla.  If you’re like me and grew up Asian in the 90s/early 2000s, EVERYONE had this car.  Your uncle, your friend, your teacher…. you had to have known someone that drove this car.  The Volk TE37 SL wheels caught my eye with this Corolla.


Inviting me to take a look closer to the engine bay.  I believe this is the XRS version, which offered the 2ZZ engine, the same engine that came in the Celica GTS of the same era.  Pretty cool, because you don’t see many of these around.  Toyota was doing really crazy shit during this period, I remember the first Scion TC had a supercharger option you could of got from the factory.  Nuts right?


I do like that TRD strut bar, something about TRD strut bars always look so beefy and functional, I dream of getting TRD chassis bars for my Lexus LS430 and IS300.  Man Toyota was really doing something during this time period, even my personal cars are Toyotas from this era.


The interior had these TRD Sport seats that I am sure are incredibly rare.  TRD generally have a very limited run when they release parts.  It’s not like Mugen that in comparison have a much longer window, for example the Mugen intake for the S2k is still available brand new and the S2k was discontinued almost 10 years ago!


This Nissan Skyline R32 GTR had it’s hood opened and something immediately caught my attention.


This Nismo RB26DETT NISMO FINE SPEC FINAL EDITION badge certifies this RB26Dett is a Nismo crate engine assembled at their fabled Omori Factory.  A quick google search shows this Long block is over $13k USD for the long block itself and limited to only 200 units.  As a Honda guy, I am jealous of the in house factory support Nismo gives their cars.  I mean how rad would it be to see a Final Spec Mugen F20/f22c…. one can only dream.


The special Nismo engine is paired with a Nismo Intake manifold and typical jdm goodies, a la HKS and Cusco.


For the wheels, this R32 GTR Skyline had huge Endless calipers and Volk ZE40 in bronze.


The Nissan Skyline showing was strong this day.  It was the most common car out there.


Hakosuka GTX.  Another car on my dream car list.


Period car next to some period correct old men.


Once again another Nissan R32 Skyline GTR.  I love the Castrol livery on this car, a throwback to the Group A days.


Frontal of the Castrol livery R32 Skyline.


NSX on Volk TE37

With Recaro SR3 seats.


Of course this is S2kandTheAnt, you need some S2k coverage!  This is the Super Street project Ap1 S2000 they built within a week.  It features the prototype of the new Greddy Turbo Kit Gen 2 with a more modern Garrett GTX turbo, improved exhaust manifold, more power, and still smog legal!  I never really understood the plight of California residents until I became one, having a smog legal upgrade really saves you some headaches.


I previously shot some photos of this kit at Eibach this year.


This project features the new Seibon dry carbon trunk…… which is typically seibon quality.  I mean look at that gap between the tail light and the trunk!  This most definitely is not ASM quality.


The Super Street project ap1 setting on Konig wheels.


Levin with some carbs.


Ending off the post with this DA Integra with Speed Star Racing by SSR EX-C aero covers in super mint condition.  This is a great period correct build! See you guys later for part II.

Life: Eibach 2018 at AutoClub Speedway Part 3

Final post of Eibach 2018 at autoclub speedway! I’ve noticed something with my pictures I need to take more into account when I’m going over them….  My pictures look drastically different my iPhones (yes mine and my wife) compared to what I see on both my Mac Pro Desktop and Macbook even though I thought I calibrated them….

Check out my previous post here if you pissed it.

On to the pictures!  At this point I was done checking out the cars in S2k row and started to venture out to the vendor area.  An overcast arrived that was greatly welcomed, so being not so hot AF I really took my time…


Always a classic S2k look for me, Powerhouse Amuse R1 bumper and bronze wheels, in this case Mugen MF10 (I do wish they were CE28N) and a black OEM hardtop.  This white car was also rocking spoon aero mirrors…. I still don’t know how I feel about the aero mirrors since I’ve re-fell in love with stock mirrors recently haha.  I’ll probably change my mind about that in a few weeks, as I always do.


I do miss my Amue R1 bumper…..


This new gen NSX came fresh off the drag strip.  It ran a stupid fast time….I just can’t remember what it was…. thrilling I know.  I believe it only has exhaust modifications done to the car.


Not really a looker this one…. It would be a half decent build if it wasn’t for those awful headlights.  Some mods really detract from the car, for example, for me at least, anytime people add these headlights or tail lights I really lose my S2000 boner.  OEM is perfection.


This AP1 is packing an HKS super charger.  Probably spent all of his money on the HKS Super charger so he had to go for the eBay headlights……


It was the first time seeing the Rywire Sema S2000 in person and it is glorious.  It’s amazing how much nicer it is in person compared to in pictures.  I spent a good amount of time looking over the fine details of this build since I’ve worked on a number of stock S2ks over the years and know when I see something not OEM under the hood…..


In pictures it does look strange with the really wide hips…..But in person it doesn’t look too drastic.  Who can say no to the Mugen SS Bumper… especially one that has been widened for extra smileys.


I’ve had numerous ITBs on my personal S2k, so this Kinsler unit with the top feed injectors definitely peaked my interest.  It’s interesting how Ryan integrated the DBW module and basically machined a shaft to match up with the Kinsler linkage.  I’m pretty sure he’s using a Subaru Drive by Wire throttle unit.  The way this was done, it could only be done with the Kinsler ITBs because the linkage is sideways compared to other itb setups….. Not the best explanation I know.


I love how extra plates with gussets were welded to the body to look super OEM.  The bung coming out of the brake master cylinder was interesting.  I really like this brake line look…. super tempted to do an ABS tuck….


really clean and tidy setup.


interior was very simple with a Mugen Gen III Steering wheel and JDM Recaro RSG.  Looks like a pretty beefy rollcage, but lets be honest, this car will never see a race track….


Interesting blend of the Mugen SS rear bumper and Mugen Ap1 rear trunk lip.  For me the side skirts make the car look really boxy and loses one of my favorite S2k lines.


Another SEMA heavy hitter, the Mode Parfume Ap1.  Mode Parfume is mainly known in the VIP crowd.  Mode Parfume brings an interesting look to the S2k, really rounds out the lines of the car.  Besides the kit this car is rocking a J’s Racing hood and Volk TE37.


The blue this car is painted is excellent.


Next to the mode parfum car was this J’s Racing Widebody Turbo’ed S2000, I follow the owner on instragram.  This looks like a very well executed build, with the power to match.  Love those Project Mu calipers and craftsquare mirrors.  Sometimes it drives me insane when there is a crazy widebody S2k, but is running a stock engine….. Wide body needs the power to match the looks!


nice and tidy turbo setup…. big ass turbo at that.


I saw this car for sale recently and it listed Tein Flex suspension on the car, details like this make me cringe, like seriously, you’re gonna spend 30k+ on body work alone and then you’re gonna get the cheapest jdm suspension you can buy…..  I was pleasantly surprised when I saw motons on the car.


Greddy showing off their Gen 2 Turbo Kit.  The only smog legal turbo kit for the s2000.  For the Gen 2 turbo kit, Greddy redesigned the exhaust manifold to make it much stronger, the older generation manifold was known to crack, in addition to the redesigned manifold, Greddy upgraded the turbo to a more modern Garret GTX2867R, oh yeah, Greddy ditched the super outdated eManage and now run Hondata flashpro.


I believe this car is actually owned by one of the owners of Evasive Motorsports.  Super clean build with voltex front end, volk te37, and project mu BBK.


I would love a 2nd s2k and boost the hell out of it.


Another shot of Gotuning tommy’s ASM’ed S2k running Titan7 wheels.


This booth stopped me in my tracks.  Nisin, in addition to making cup noodles (JK), they also make the OEM brake calipers and Spoon calipers!


Nisin had this on display.  It’s a 6 pot caliper they are planning to release soon.  They revealed to me that the new Spoon BBK is going to be based off of this caliper.  I can’t wait.


In addition to the BBK they are planning to release, they have performance brake pads available now!


All types of S2ks were present, including ones like this…..


I saw some random Japanese people at the Pit Garage booth…. later I found out it was the J’s Racing president…. oops, should of got him to sign something.


ICB selling high quality JDM goods in addition to the new Regamasters.  On the table we have a beautiful saclam exhaust.  For people that don’t know, the guy that runs Saclam is an ex-Mugen Engineer.  That’s why if you look at older mugen exhausts for 90’s Hondas, you can see the influence he had on the exhaust tips.


Interesting wrap color on this Type-R.



Pricing for the Regamaster Evos


I walked back to say goodbye to some S2k people.  I couldn’t help to notice Moses’s  Amuse Euro 70mm exhaust with some gold bling bling….


People were leaving, love all around….. refreshing from all the internal hate of car things in my heart (kidding not kidding)


Russan Hammer snapping a few shots for the gram.


Another shot of dimsum Jon’s car.


JDM umbrellas were out in full swing.


Moar of this.  I wish I framed this better.


stopped by to look at the finer details of this new Greddy kit!


Sara Choi’s S2000 CR I used to see rolling around in Monterey Park…. I like the Volk Te37 on this, really flows will the rest of the build’s dark accents.

Life: Eibach 2018 at AutoClub Speedway Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of my Eibach coverage. I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response I received in the past few days, you guys are the reason that I keep taking photos, as crappy as they are, and continue to keep writing as horrible as my grammar is…..

I was blown away at the line up of S2ks.  It was like seeing an Instagram feed of S2ks in person.

Let’s start where we left off last post in Part 1


I wasn’t aware who this was in part 1, but my buddy let me know this is JDReyes


Voltex kit with ASM fenders, Spoon Hood, and White Volk CE28N…… all in Cocaine white.


Russian Hammer’s White ASM Ap2 with newly bronzed Volk CE28n again……


If there is one kit I’ve seen take over the S2k scene in the past few years, it’s the Voltex body kit.  It has really taken over in the past few years since Evasive first dropped the sketches to the public on FB years ago….  It’s a great looking kit, but to me it was destroyed by how many rep kits they are nowadays.  I do agree it is probably one of the most functional body kits since voltex did test it all in a wind tunnel.


Another voltex kitted S2k running Volk TE37SL with EVS fenders and an ASM hood with EVS hood vents.  Something about the vents on the fender reminds me of when Z3 fenders were super popular on imports, hell even my Honda Accord with a purple body kit had them back in the day.


Another angle.


Yep, Voltex is very popular.  Note the J’s Kitted S2k by S2Boost parting the sea of voltex


EVS fenders on this white Ap1 with a spoon hood and voltex front bumper by kaotik


side shot showing the red ce28n, voltex front flares, voltex sideskirts, circuit garage rear over fender, and craftsquare mirrors.


Silverstone Ap1 with voltex front bumper, spoon fenders, spoon hood, and craftsquare mirrors.


Hector Lavario’s Voltex kitted Ap2…..


All these S2ks looking super clean….. I’m not sure if it’s because i’m ADHD or jaded, but I miss seeing the variety of tuning styles in S2ks.  There are so many different manufactures of body parts for the S2k, maybe it is the effect of social media, but s2ks now are looking pretty similar following the same cookie cutter mentality, most S2ks run the same type of body kits or parts, like a voltex body kit, voltex wing, Amuse R1 Bumper (I’m guilty of this), CE28 or TE37….  Only 12+ years ago, I remember there was a variety of styles people were trying out, such as Tracy Sports, Amuse Wide body, INGS+1, Cwest, Car Garage Amis, Sorcery……  I can’t remember the last time someone actually brought up INGS+1 in a conversation,  I think it’s a great looking front bumper.


Voltex wings all around.


S2k row.


I think this is the first time I’ve seen car shop glow tail lights in person……. Digging the rear end of the Silverstone Ap1.  Voltex Swan Neck wing + CSG tail lights, K1 Laboratory Duck Tail, and what looks to be a J’s Racing Exahust.


Another shot showing the Volk ZE40.


I just realized that the sebring silver car to the left is rocking Euro headlight washers…. It’s funny how europeans can’t get rid of these fast enough, but on the other side of the ocean people are adding them to their cars.  The Volk TE37 fitment looks so period correct on this Ap1.


Next to the row of S2ks, they were a row of DC2, most of them being type-r…. Phoenix yellow is so good.


And Championship white.


relatively modest ap1….


I wonder if this spoon sticker is the reproduction or an original?  He’s also rocking a Spoon snorkle and J’s Racing cooling plate….


Another shot of Joe’s S2000 CR


I think Kaotik was explaining why he gold wrapped his Mugen intake something something…..


One of the few Turbo’ed S2ks in attendance S2boost.  It must be a SMOG thing, but they don’t have as many Forced Induction (FI) S2ks on the west coast compared to the east coast.  I remember a bunch of guys out east turboing their S2k when I lived there.


Joe’s S2k CR never ceases to amaze me…..

I’ll cut if off here.  I’ll post up part 3 soon which will complete my coverage of Eibach.  Once again, I must iterate that Eibach 2018 was a HUGEEEEE event.  I didn’t even get to see half of the event because of the utterly large amount of cars and decided to focus primarily on what I know, S2000s. Although I did own an EG civic at one point in my life and did preform a B16a swap on my friend’s EG, I will admit my knowledge in other Honda chassis is lacking.

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.

S2000 Diaries: Broken Diff. Deciding what to do.

This past week my friend Nick was getting his Ap1 differential replaced with an Ap2 unit.  As the S2k vulture I am, I asked for this old broken diff since he has no use/space for it…  I took the diff home and immediately tore it apart.

Broken Diff-2

Yep I found the problem. The Pinion Gear sheared off..

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Broken Diff

My garaged smelled like diff fluid for a week after this.

So now. I am trying to figure out what to do. If I should go with a 4.44 from a Mazda speed miata or a 4.77 rear from a Kia Sportage.

4.77 is super aggressive though….

If I am rebuilding it I might go all out with the J’s Racing collar, Cyro treat gears, WPC treatment, and maybe a Comptech reinforced case, Spoon Sports High Capacity Differential Case …… decisions decision….

Spotted: Authentic Parts J’s Racing S2000

Had sometime this week so I hung out at my buddy’s garage. A sweet Authentic parts J’s Racing build stopped by that is heavily tracked! Super refreshing to see a car with authentic parts get tracked here in the USA, something that is much more common place in Japan.

I had a sweet side shot, but I had my friend take the picture for me since I was holding my baby…. unfortunately it was out of focus haha……

J's Racing Themed S2000

What I saw when I rolled up. Those Takata Green CE28n are amazing on a white car. I think only white or yellow cars can pull of these wheels, but they definitely require an aggressive body to match.

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Classic J’s kit. This is known as the “street version” not the crazy GT version that is even wider. In my mind, J’s Racing has three distinct bumpers, this one, the street version, the Ap1 half lip, and the crazy GT version that looks closer to the Amuse GT wide body. All the right parts here that I would imagine on an early J’s Touge monster clone. Waza sticker Check! J’s Hood Check! Craftsquare mirrors Check! The rock chips really show how this car is tracked and quite heavily.

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The rear end, love how he put the stickers in the correct places to play homage to the JDM legend. Of course this wouldn’t be complete without the J’s wing! I am curious what type of trunk the car is running. The exhaust to me looks like one very dirty Amuse Exhaust!

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Body is one thing, but details like this dry CF mugen hardtop really set this build apart in my head. Seriously, what type of person takes a $5k+ USD hardtop and tracks the hell out of it, especially with this SoCal Sun constantly beating down on it. I really think SoCal has the most Authentic Dry CF Mugen Hardtops of any region. I can think of 5 cars off of top of my head right now.

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What you can’t see is the single Bride Zeta III Seat. Classic combo, the Momo Tuner wheel with an NSX-R horn button.t Interesting stack gauges! No carpet is so right, sometimes people just rip shit out and say ohhh “track car”, but I think it is just an excuse for a crappy build, this guy can legit say it since he has this super rad and authentic exterior to back it up.

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Endless Calipers peeking out under those Takata Green CE28N! Do I have to say it again, I love authentic parts beaten to death! I know it seems counterintuitive, but it’s my kinda style somehow…. look I bought some super expensive stuff, now I’m gonna treat it like crap and let it wear!

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At this point my friends were about to start working on the car. My baby was acting up, so I took my exit. Before I left I took a quick shot of the JRZ coilovers on the car, some $$$ stuff that is definitely used to their potential! Hopefully the owner can continue tearing up SoCal race tracks in this awesome car. Builds like this really bring me back to 2007ish when people bought these cars new and spent real $$$ on it and still tracked them. It’s rare to see builds like this nowadays.

Parts Review: SPOON SPORTS MUFFLER KIT

If you guys know me, I’ve been selling off a bunch of my S2k parts collection I’ve amassed (hoarded) over the years…. One of the items I’ve had is this super duper rare “SPOON SPORTS MUFFLER KIT” for the S2000.  Here is the link on Gotuning.  They sold it back in the day for around $1800.  I believe not too many were sold.  I know of one other exhaust in the USA that was recently sold by Hmotors for $1300ish……

I’ve had this for a bit but I never got the chance to really mount this on a car.  Recently a friend came into town and let me borrow the car for 2 weeks while he was in Japan on vacation.  So me being me, I did a bunch of random maintenance to his car, oil change *OEM filter only people!*, diff fluid change, changed out burnt out bulbs behind the cluster, install LED interior lights, valve adjustment…. which was sorely needed since it was an 06+ that was a bit tight on the exhaust side, which is also a typical 06+ S2k problem!

Oh yeah, I installed this exhaust on his car and made a video!  But first let’s look at some pictures.

Official description from Gotuning “Spoon introduces a sports muffler for a more subtle tone than the N1 muffler. Has a better sound than titanium by using SUS304 Stainless Steel. Designed for a quiet cruising and idling volume with a sporty tone upon acceleration. Does not drone for a clean and well-balance sound. Uses hollow hangers for increased weight savings.

Fits all S2000 model years.
Stainless Steel construction.
Made in Japan.

– 60mm piping at the cat to 70mm main piping.
– Tip size is 70mm.
– Weighs 8.72kg (19.22 lbs)

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I just realized I never shot a picture of this exhaust in its entirety.  Borrowed this from Gotuning. Now onto the shots I took!

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Classic Spoon muffler tips.  You can’t see it very well, but I have the Spoon silencer installed.

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This exhaust features hollow hangers which reduce weight! 
Spoon Sports Exhaust-8I used the Ap1 style muffler hangers.  Another cool fact is that the piping goes from 60mm to 70mm.  I have to use a special Toda Power Test pipe for car for that!

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Spoon Sports Exhaust-5I love how high quality this exhaust is.  The brackets welded on are perfection.

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weldporn/ resonator action. I wonder if this is the same resonator as the Spoon N1 exhaust?

Spoon Sports Exhaust-3This exhaust features a helmholtz resonator with a bracket welded onto it for extra support.

Spoon Sports Exhaust-2A nice shot of the resonator with some random take-out restaurant chopsticks under it…..

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Installed on my friends GPW

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Silencer on! which needs it for daily driving…. trust me.

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Close up!!!!

My thoughts on the exhaust. The exhaust is definitely loud without the silencer. With the silencer on, it’s quiet, sounds like my ASM 70mm exhaust. When the silencer comes off, it becomes very “boomy” more of a bass tone. With the silencer on I can hear the radio fine, with it off I can’t hear anything else, just the exhaust. With the silencer, there is more of an air wooshing sound during WOT, probably because the silencer is restricting exhaust flow. On my friends 06+ Ap2 it does hit the body, like many exhausts…. this can be fixed with a hammer.

Words are one thing. Here is a video I made:

And the offical Spoon video:

And from this random dude on a SC’ed S2k:

Pick Ups: Brand new OEM S2000 F22c Shortblock

Today I took delivery of a brand new OEM Honda short block. Unfortunately it’s not for my car, but for my friend Edwin. Some guy out in NorCal was selling OEM F22C short blocks for $4500 each! We called Honda and unfortunately they confirmed that they are now discontinued. With that being said, it is now a sellers market for OEM short blocks. The $4500 included free delivery to Socal, so Edwin sent the seller a $500 deposit and we had a short block on the way to my house!

Within a few weeks, I had a Sprinter van and a few dudes show up at my house….. Moments later they unloaded this masterpiece at my doorstep.

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Of course upon delivery I checked the package to make sure I did not receive a box full of bricks, since Edwin entrusted me with $4000…..

Looks like an engine! But is it new?
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Definitely new
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Still fresh with that assembly lube
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Absolutely perfect.
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Some of you guys may wonder why don’t you go with a “built” block….. to me it seems like a majority of these “built” engines end up blowing up or not running properly. The FRM cylinder walls definitely make the engine more difficult to rebuild. I’ve known people that have gotten their engines built at some of the top shops in the country still have weird oil burning issues etc…. with an OEM shortblock you can 100% know this engine is reliable. I believe that is the premium you pay in this situation. On the same note, I would only trust built engines built by some of the top JDM tuners, like TODA racing or K-tech Engineering, I’ve personally seen their engines built on the track really abused, most built engines in the USA never ever see circuit racing track time, mainly drag racing for the most part.

It’s crazy how when I think back to 6-7 years ago in the S2k scene, an OEM short block was around $2k and a used hardtop went for around that same price too. With the prices now on hardtops, you can see how special the S2k is, how limited it is, and how in the future it can someday be a car worth something to not just us diehard S2k owners, but actual car collectors.

Another quick Youtube Video I made. Please let me know how I can improve.

Parts Review | S2000 Fujitsubo Legalis R

Hey all,

1 Month in to baby ownership, and it’s been tired with many sleepless nights….. Good news, gives me more time to think about S2ks haha.  I saw a killer deal on a used Fujitsubo Legalis R online for my friend who was looking to move away from his Greddy Spectrum Elite.  My friends must be getting old if the Greddy Spectrum Elite sounds loud to him.  Unfortunately the Fujitsubo Exhaust was located in Japan….

So after a ton of money on shipping, a damn mint Fujitsubo Legalis R showed up at my house. Definitely would of been cheaper to find one used locally. The box it came in was massive, dual exhausts are not cheap to ship from Japan.

The JDM version of the Exhaust has a slightly shorter tip than the USDM version. The USDM version is not made anymore.
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Super High Quality, exhaust is actually relatively light.
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Love the welded reinforcement at this joint.
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The exhaust utilizes hollow exhaust hangers to cut down on weight. The exhaust is two piece, one super long section and a bolt on muffler section.
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The Greddy Spectrum Elite ready to come off. Interesting fact about the Greddy Spectrum Elite, it is a 3 piece exhaust.

If you were to ask me a honest opinion about the Spectrum Elite, I would say the quality could be better. I have a friend that bought his BRAND NEW and after a year, the resonator is already falling apart. It DOES NOT use the hollow hangers like in the fujitsubo. The sound of the Greddy Exhaust does sound decent.
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Fujitsubo Legalis R is on!
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After a slight polish it is looking better. We did a quick polish because Kevin had somewhere to be.
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Looking better, still needs more polish though.
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Exhaust is crazy quiet, still has a small bark to let you know that it is not OEM. In my opinion this exhaust is the epitome of OEM+. If you are an S2k owner not looking for a “tuner” sounding exhaust, this is the one for you.

Check out a quick youtube video I made so you can hear the differences between exhausts.