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.
Fujitsubo Exhaust

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.

PickUps: JDM Honda S2000 book

2018! and it’s almost Feb already!  Pretty nuts how fast my life seems to be moving nowadays.  So I don’t know if you know this, but AMAZON JAPAN ships to the USA.  Typically for smaller items like books and magazines and such…..It’s way cheaper than your local JDM bookstore, because you are paying the actual price of the magazine + shipping is pretty damn reasonable. So when the next S2k Hyper Rev comes out, I’ll definitely get my friends together to order some!

With that being said, my wife had an order in and she asked me if I wanted something.  So I asked for this super rad super jdm book.

Mugen Intake Selling

I can’t read Japanese well (not at all) but they are tons of good pictures here I don’t ever see online
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Super detailed buyers guide explaining all the different models and generations of S2000s. I really wish we had an English version of this.

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The Model 100 is basically the 2000-2001 Ap1 for the US, the s2k came out in 1999 in Japan. Model 120 is the equivalent of a 2003+ ap1 model in the USA. So if you are ever on a Japanese OEM parts site, you now know what these numbers mean, they reference these a lot of Japanese webpages.

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The Model 130 is an Ap2 with an F20c, but the styling and interior is like the USA 04-05 model years. I know in Europe they kept the F20c and even had a DBW version, I believe in Europe the F20c with DBW is called a F20c2. The JDM Model 130 kept the cable throttle.

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The buyers guide goes into further detail of what to look for in an S2000. They are some pictures but of course everything is in Japanese.

Tons of Great pictures in this book. I enjoy the prototype S2k Material.

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This is pretty awesome. The Del-Sol was used as an S2k Test mule. Pretty much Del-sol skin but all S2k Drivetrain. These are used for testing purposes and not to reveal what the actual car looks like. The S2k was actually used as a test mule for the ill-fated NSX car with a v10 Engine.

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interesting Tail lights
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Some early renderings

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Another crazy early prototype S2k. Look at that crazy lip. I can see a bit of ASM in that front bumper. The side is interesting too.
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Wind tunnel testing
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So that is just a glimpse of the book. I highly suggest you guys buy it! Definitely cements myself into S2k Otaku-dom….

Finds: 2018 TAS Spoon S2k for Auction!

Hi all,

Long time no post… It is 2018 and I’m still unemployed, so things are a bit slow for the s2k on my end! Don’t worry me and the S2k are in this till the end! I still gotta post up a picture of what I have left of the S2k….. In other news, my daughter was born this year, oh yeah! I don’t like to post too much non-original content, but I gotta archive this for the future. Links to stuff like this tend to die out.  If you like this non-original content, I do love posting S2k news….

This year during Tokyo Auto Salon, TAS for short, in parallel with the normal TAS activities, a car auction was held. Many classic JDM cars were presented and sold, such as a Mint Low mileage R34 GTR Nur, or the Spoon NSX, that Ichishima san famously crashed at the Macau street Circuit! But this is S2kandtheAnt! Even though I seem to feature non-S2k material from time to time, my priority is on this 2 door convertible with a 9k redline (sometimes 8200) that we all know and love!

At this years TAS, the Spoon Sports S2000 Racecar was auctioned off. Spoiler Alert, the car did not sell, it did not met the reserved set….. They did however release some juicy images of the spoon racecar. All these people building spoon tribute cars, nothing beats the real deal, nothing! This is a real treat, because it’s damn rare to see up close and super detailed photos of the car. For some reason most JDM tuners tend not to post pictures of their car like this.

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Vin # of the racecar shell.  Looks like it’s an Ap1, 130 model.  This is the 2003 year of the S2k in Japan, which is pretty much like a USDM AP2 minus the f22c engine.   With that being said, the designation of Ap2 vs Ap1 in Japan is only relevant with the later years that have a f22c and dbw, kind of like our 06+.

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This car was raced in the ST4 class of Super Taikyu (Super Endurance).  The rules for the class is basically showroom stock powered cars with minimal mods.  The engine bay of the car looks relatively stock with a few bit of spoon dress up items, brake sock, valve cover, radiator hose, radiator, snorkel duck thing.  The engine in this car is blue printed and built from spoon.  I believe spoon uses OEM parts when they rebuild their engines, but choose parts that are closer in weight to achieve total balance.  All of this is controlled by a Motec ECU.

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Interior is all racing business, spoon bucket, cool suit, and what’s a JDM car without Takata harnesses.

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Aero is allowed in the ST4 class. Version 2 of the Spoon Sports S2000 Rear bumper with an interesting quad Spoon N1 Exhaust looking muffler tips.

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Spoon Wing, with the famous mooncraft Spoon hardtop.  The rear holes in the trunk are the fuel filler, so racecar!

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Under the trunk action.  Really made use of the area where the emergency tools are located for a fuel tank!

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Side profile showing off the Spoon S2000 widebody kit, but not really wide body kit because it is not running spoon fenders or rear over fenders!

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Dunno if it’s just me, but this version 2 kit only works on full liveried out racecars, when it’s on a car with a single color, it looks a bit odd.

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Peaking under the Advan TCIII? rims you can see the signature Spoon Calipers.  These particular calipers might be a special prototype or the 355 version.  The picture is not clear enough to identify.

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Maybe not now, but in the future this will be worth something to a generation of enthusiasts.

Tech/Tool life: Easiest way to remove a S2000 Crank Pulley Bolt

I’m still here! Been looking for a new job for a bit so that takes all my energy away from S2ks.  I recently got a spare F20C from a friend that money shifted at the track and dropped some valves….

Below are some pictures of the carnage:Lisle 77080 19mm-4

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Luckily some of the parts I can reuse, like the Cam Holders, Cams, Rockers, and Crankshaft…..

I broke the engine down and got to the dreaded crankshaft bolt. I’ve taken this bolt off of numerous s2ks over the years, and I always end up using my Special Honda Crank pulley holder on a breaker bar with a cheater bar and another breaker bar with a cheater with a normal 19mm socket with another person. Even then it still requires a ton of muscle and the bolt always seem to break loose after I feel like the breaker bar is gonna snap in half.

 Lisle 77080 19mm

Picture of the Lisle unit next to a normal 19mm deep socket….

I thought to myself, there has to be an easier way…. so eventually I found this socket on amazon, the Lisle 77080. It’s basically a super thick 19mm socket. Using this socket is like using a bigger hammer! It’s so big it doesn’t fit into the Honda Crank Holder tool.

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With a normal 19mm socket, bluepoint 400ft/lb airgun and my air compressor maxed out to 150psi, the crank pulley bolt would not budge at all. But with this socket it came off like nothing. See my video above for a better explanation… I’m not sponsored, but I can’t recommend this enough, it will really make your life easier.

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The dreaded bolt…..

Final thoughts, this socket is rad, I will buy another one for my LS430 when I do my timing belt which requires a 22mm version and maybe a 17mm version if I start working on older hondas. This would of worked with my Subaru STi too…. If you are an Honda S2000 owner, I can’t recommend you enough adding this into your tool collection.

10/10 would recommend for S2k Owner

Finds: Eagle Shop Urawa S2000

It’s one of those nights were I can’t sleep…..  Lately I’ve been transition from one industry to another, so I’m trying to find a job in a different field than what I’ve been working on for the past 6 years.  I need to get my mind off of it, when my mind wanders, sometimes I look back to the early days of the s2000, when many things were new, and Japan was a bit further away since we didn’t have sites like speedhunters, or bloggers like Noriyaro (like bringing dajiban knowledge to the mainstream….), or even countless countless youtube videos of people visiting famed S2000 tuning shops while on vacation in Japan now.  The world really feels like a smaller place, globalization is real.  Back when the S2000 was released and your only glimpse of JDM culture was through Best Motoring Videos you had to buy (cough cough) or though magazines like Option, or my favorite, HyperREV!

Eagle Shop Urawa is just a typical Japanese tuning shop based out of the Saitama prefecture, right outside Tokyo, they specializing in Hondas.  They don’t produce their own parts, and seem more into the setup for cars for people that enjoy track days, which is why I’m sure the Eagle Shop Urawa Spec Road & Track Ohlins Dampers are available.  Eagle Shop Urawa generally use parts from the typical JDM s2k tuners, like Mugen, Spoon, Powerhouse Amuse, Endless, Voltex, you know the good stuff.  What really stood out to me is when I saw their blurb in the first HyperRev magazine they were featured in, the super rad speedster style S2000 caught my eye. The chopped off the windshield, gives the car a super raw look, almost retro-esque of some German or British stuff. No one else had such a crazy S2k at the time, the execution was spot on…. it could of gone bad, like really bad.

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I love how it’s a single seater, the passenger side is blocked off.  Rocking some Enkei RPF1s, Powerhouse Amuse R1 front Bumper, Mugen hood, Bride racing Bucket seat, custom looking side skirts and APR mirrors

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The car attacking the track with a big ass voltex wing….

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The car is insane. The exhaust looks like an Amuse r1 Exhaust and the front bumpers it looks like they added some canards.  This car is really built for the track!

That’s it….. I know these pictures have been floating around the net for awhile now.  But I really wanted to spotlight one of my favorite JDM S2k builds.  If you have any more pictures of this car, please send them my way! I would definitely enjoy it.

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.

ASM blog post

If you see any false information, let me know!

Life: 2017 Honda Civic Type R at Raceline USA

Recently a friend of mine, pro-racer clement, took delivery of his 2017 Honda Civic Type R. It is pretty amazing that Honda brought their Civic Type R to the US shores…. although we all wish they did it years earlier! Maybe because all the enthusiasts that wanted an EK9 CTR back in the day when they were new are actually old enough and at a point where they can afford a 2017 model. I might be in the minority here, but I think the car actually looks good….. It’s 2017, so it has to have 2017 type styling.  Everything nowadays is derived from aerodynamics, so modern cars do tend to have similar lines.

We put the car on the dyno at Raceline USA to see what numbers it puts out…. This is the first time I made a video really, so check it out!

Final results, 280Whp when the engine is cold! and 282Tq!!!! crazy numbers, this puts it over factory rating. But after the engine warmed up, the whp was around 267. There is power to be made with some tuning, as with all turbo’ed cars. Clement gave me a ride in this car around the block, and it feels pretty quick, power is very linear, reminds me power wise like a tuned twin scroll turbo WRX. The car felt like it handled well, probably because Clement is a super pro racer haha..

I can’t mention Raceline without this car.  Another Type R, the Integra Type R.  This car was actually in Hot Version American Touge 2.  I used to watch all of the Best Motoring International Videos growing up, American Touge was one of my favorite series, because it showed that American tuners can hang on with the JDM greats.

Haven’t taken car pictures in awhile….. so I forgot all about the polarizer.  I like the red stripe on the rim, reminds me of “Time attack Volks” from back in the day with red rings.  I love the massive Brembo calipers and LED headlights.  The car looks great in black.

No the lip is not real Carbon Fiber…..”It’s a Honda not a Mclaren” as Elton said to me.  I wonder what Mugen will do when they come out with a Kit, maybe make all these fake honeycomb grills real!?!?

Inside Clements Civic Type-R…….


Carbon fiber backed bucket seats!!! Although I heard this is faux Carbon Fiber also.  The buckets were thick and supportive.


True Asian style, he kept the plastic on the seats.


The Cluster is an LCD display.  I wonder how this will look 10-15 years later?  I prefer analog needles myself…. I even dislike the S2k cluster….. But having a single LCD display does make sense for packaging reasons, you can jam a lot more information on the screen.


Strapping the car on the dyno.


more faux grills


Dual exhaust tips with a 3rd tip for the wastegate dump!  Most likely taking inspiration from the Ferrari F40.


A quick peak under the triple exhaust


Amazes me how Elton has all this random JDM stuff all over. Like this ARC radiator! It looks S2k sized too!

I took a look outside…. This S2k Elton was working on caught my eye.  First thing I noticed were the J’s Racing exhausts that were mounted high.  Clement said this car has a J’s Kit on it usually.


Volk TE37SL and missing Over Fenders.


I couldn’t help to notice the crazy Twin Scroll Turbo setup.  I was told this car has a f24 stroker in it.

Twin Scroll Turbo setup with dump tubes probably sticking through the hood.


It looks like this is rocking a Full Race manifold and Fullblown intake manifold.  I don’t know too much about Turbo setups unfortunately…


Another interesting car I saw in the parking lot was this 240z….


Timeless looks…..

Tech/Parts Review: S2000 TRD Door Stabilizer.

I’m a big JDM fanboi, nothing new about that.  Being the JDM fanboy I am, I’m constantly searching  the web for new JDM tuning developments regarding the S2000.  I’ve looked through my HyperRev issues front to back more times than I can remember.  I couldn’t help to notice that many JDM tuners use parts that we, the USDM tuning scene, simply haven’t thought of yet.  Such as racing sized AC condensers that Stradale uses, which are half sized AC condensers so the radiator can receive better cooling while driving. A few USDM tuners take these “unheard of” JDM ideas are turn them into “original ideas” *ahem ahem *Ballade Sports *SakeBomb Garage… yeah those Ohlins lower perches or RX8 rear calipers are real original ideas dudes……

An item of tuning I noticed that a few JDM tuners are implementing is the TRD Door stabilizers retrofitted to work with the Honda S2000.  TRD, is obviously a Toyota branch (some would say the Mugen of Toyota (kidding not kidding)), so this is made for Toyota models like the BRZ/FRS/GT86.  This one in particular is the one not made for the BRZ but for every other Toyota model such as the Altezza, Celica, AE86….. model number MS304-00001. This would actually fit my Lexus LS430 daily driver.


All the way from Toyota Technocraft!


Unboxing of the TRD door stabilizers

All laid out….. On a Toyota/Lexus vehicle, all you have to do is bolt in and you’re off to the races…..

There are many ways of mounting the TRD Door Stabilizers to the S2000. I personally went with the CSOhara kit, or Creative Service Ohara. I found their products listed in my Hyper Rev Magazine and checked out their website. I used an importer to import me the kit. The Kit comes with instructions completely in Japanese. My Japanese is horrible, but it comes with pictures and you can find walkthroughs of people installing the kit on Minkara. I added links on the bottom of the page if you wanted to see how other people installed the door stabilizers not using the CSO bracket.


The instructions……

What the CSO kit comes with, two brackets, some allen head bolts, rivets, and stickers to cover the holes.  I think why there is coins taped to the paper is because my importer overpaid, and they are giving me the difference.

To prep everything, remove the OEM S2k door hinge.  Unscrew the pillips head bolts attaching the OEM bracket, use an impact screw driver since those puppies are on tight! A few whacks and I was able to get this off, it would definitely suck to strip those phillips head screws!


Close look at the TRD stabilizer kit.

The brackets….


First, you have to smash the raised portion of bolt hole on the TRD door stabilizer bracket, you want to make this as flush as possible.



Next you rivet the TRD door stabilizer bracket into the bracket from CSOhara.

After you rivet the bracket on, you have to flip it around and grind down the rivet so it is flush with the CSOhara bracket since this sits flush on your door.

Test mount!

Bolt in the CSOhara bracket to the S2000 Door with the supplied allen Head bolts…..



Attach the stickers  to cover up the bolt holes and slide on the plastic TRD door stabilizer pieces. Should look something like this when installed, I didn’t put the stickers on to cover the bolt holes.

Screw in the TRD Door stabilizer on the chassis side using the OEM honda screws.

Close the door and pray!  For some reason I was able to get the passenger side of my car to be flush, while the driver’s side intrudes a bit.  I might be because my car was involved in a hit and run on that driver’s side years ago….. After the install I notice my doors have a much louder thunk when shutting the door than before, a much more solid feeling.  As of driving dynamics wise, I feel that the car is stiffer, but it could all be in my head…..


The last picture I have of my S2k before it was parted out….. The best things about cars is that you can always come back…. maybe one day.  Sooner than later

Checkout these links of people on Mikara that installed the TRD door stabilizers on their S2000!

http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/2159608/car/1661832/3115806/note.aspx

http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/306830/car/200949/3091767/note.aspx

http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/1278993/car/942593/6990829/parts.aspx

http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/611808/car/1232388/3086656/note.aspx