Tech/Tool life how to do a leak down test on your S2000

First and foremost…..still working on video skills. I just made a short and sweet video!

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I didn’t take too many pictures of the actually process since I was also shooting video…. I put to the test my new OTC LeakDown Tester from amazon. I’ve used a few OTC products in the past and have always liked them!

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Don’t forget to set your Air Compressor to 90PSI

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Another shot of the OTC kit…

I will update this post one day when I do another leak down! in the meantime watch the video!

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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.

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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.


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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
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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.

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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!

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….

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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: S2k Cruise in San Diego

Just because I don’t “have” an S2000 does not mean this is not S2kandTheAnt…. I lent my camera to my friend Alvin to take some pictures of an S2k cruise a few Sundays ago. The cruise was through the very scenic mountains in the San Diego area. For those not from LA, San Diego is about an 1hr+ away from where we live, sometimes longer because, you know…..LA traffic. It’s a real thing, trust me. He snapped a bunch of pictures…. of rad cars in attendance.

03-26-2017_Cruise-2Not only were S2ks on the trip, but a few NSXs decided to swing by….


This NSX looked really fresh…interesting bling bling wheels.


Clean execution of an New Formula Red S2k, Ap2 lip, ZE40, Stoptech Calipers, and an OEM hardtop.


I could do a “yo dog” joke here, but interesting s2k air freshener.


Long Beach Blue NA2 NSX.  Whenever I think of a USDM spec NA2 NSX, I think of this color… There used to be one around my neighborhood growing up, it was probably brand new then.


Some cars definitely made the hike out to the cruise, This particular car came from Utah, while the first NSX came from Arizona.


This yellow NA1 Looekd pretty cool.  It was the most modified NSX in attendance.


I’m loving the OZ superleggeras on this car.  I used to have these rims on my Wife’s GC8…. 2.5 RS yo!


The sky was incredibly clear this day


Personalized license plates were out in full force.


Another shot of the NA1 NSX with some custom LED turn signals.


Since my friend has a Laguna Blue S2k, it was interesting to see the differences of color between the Long Beach Blue and Laguna Blue. Laguna blue seems to be a bit lighter.


An Evo 8 was in attendance. I’ve always wanted an Evo…..


They stopped by Alberto’s Taco Shop…. Alvin didn’t partake, because he had a long drive home…..


These yellow flowers were everywhere. They looked like dandelions.


A closer look at the NA1 Yellow NSX. Some LED tail lights to go with the GT wing.


Comptech/CT Engineering SuperCharger.


Interesting Strut brace, must be a reason it is designed like this.


Group shot!





Alvin’s LGBTQ, I mean LBP Ap2. On some Sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sports……







Final stop was this Pie Shop.




Alvin said the Pie was awesome….



I’ll try to have more posts up before I go back into full study mode….  Shoutout to Murphy for making this all possible!

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: The day I meet Ichishima San! at Spoon Sports USA

Being in Southern California and being a car enthusiast is awesome! I can’t say that enough, I can see how you can eventually become jaded from the car overload…. I’ve been cutting down on car events to keep things fresh and we just bought a house, so we’ve been busy fixing it up. When I heard Ichishima san, the SPOON Sports CEO was going to be at GoTuning, aka Spoon Sports USA, I knew I couldn’t miss it. I’m not the biggest spoon fan, but I respect their philosophy, a minimal approach to car tuning, just slightly augmenting the factory fundamentals to retain total balance over outright power…..


The event was posted all over social media, Upon arrival at GoTuning, Ichishima was not there yet, but people were still rolling in, like this EK.  I’ve always like the body style of the EK. I remember a few years ago, my dad had an EG, EK, and EF at the same time, all hatchbacks.  He let me choose one for a daily driver, in the end I picked the EG since it was the most raw with a stick shift, hand crank windows, and no moonroof, and the EF was auto 😦


This brought out a lot of Spoon fans.  Like this beautiful Spoon’ed out EG.  He had almost the entire spoon catalogue on his car, but the damn Mishimoto radiator keep bothering me…….I love the blue and black theme.


Beautifully executed.


More cool cars were rolling in, like this Mugen themed EP3 with MF10s…. funny thing about MF10s, KingMotorsports just released a re-run of Mugen MF10 yesterday, everyone and their mother has been trying to sell their used set, probably hoping to buy a brand new in box set.  King lets you buy per wheels so those guys that bought 2 sets of NSX fitment wheels for the rear wheels for over $7k+ definitely got screwed!  I think the group buy is over now……..too rich for my blood.


Hector Lavario’s Voltex themed S2k with quality authentic parts.  I really like the Volk TE37s, beats the NT03s he had before!


Took a closer look at the EP3 running the Mugen kit.  Bronze MF10s on a silver car looks so right.


I like seeing properly modded EP3s, this chassis hasn’t seen too much love over the years compared to the other models.


MF10s with EP3 Type R Calipers.


My S2k…. got all sorts of cracks on my bumper and my hardtop is in horrible shape………Anyone want to sell me a daily?


Beautifully restored EG Civic.  I love color and the red anodizing on the CE28Ns.  I overheard heard the owner talk how almost every piece on the car is new….. like a modern day restomod.


Same ITR I shot at Tech Day awhile back….. He has an instagram too, I can’t remember it off the top of my head right now…….


Some of the GoTuning Featured line up.  Their famous center-drive Super lap battle FD2, full Spoon Ver.2 demo car with prototype Spoon open air concept hardtop, GoTuning Tommy’s ASM s2k, and of course Chris Lum’s famous Mugen Ap2.


Not in the same parking lot in front of GoTuning, I found this BB6 Prelude in the same complex.  The driver’s side door was bashed in.  This car definitely has some goodies though.  JDM full red interior, HID retrofits, JDM fogs, OEM lip kit, and running TL rims!  I used to have a 5th Gen BB6 back in the day.


The Calipers look like they’re off of another model, possibly late gen Accord?


Another angle of the featured GoTuning Lineup.


I know this has been around, but it was my first time seeing this in person. What is insane about the Spoon prototype hardtop is that the entire metal piece is CNC machined out of a single block.


Areen living up the Spoon life.


At this point Ichishima san rolled up in this BMW M5, Areen is hard at work assisting Ichishima San.


Not only does he have a sick Spoon/ASM themed S2k, he’s also really good at carrying stuff.


Ichishima San arrived and got to work.  Here he is signing Hector’s car.


Checking out the Spoon themed EG Civic.


Here is when he shook the steering wheel of the Spoon themed EG civic.  He remarked how loose the steering wheel is!  He mentioned that this is incredibly unsafe.  He went around that entire day shaking everyone’s steering wheel, including mine 🙂

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Chris getting his Spoon Steering wheel signed.

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Checking out the EG civic and showing the owner of pictures of his own personal cars…… Nice Jordan IIIs btw….


People were trying to get everything signed this day.  I saw the most Spoon clusters Brand new in Box I’ve ever seen in my entire life getting signed, it’s crazy how much they go for nowadays…..

Next four pictures are shot by my buddy and talented photographer Nick aka NH512

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Myself, Ichishima, and Areen.

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I requested to sign my Spoon rear view mirror, inside of my hardtop, and an S2k Spoon Spark Plug cover.

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Ichishima san and I…. I didn’t know what to do with my arm here…..

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Closing it out with this picture….here I was getting ready to yell at Ichishima san for leaning on my friend’s car…..