Life: Chronicles Year 10

Hey all,

I am still alive…. Life has been busy, my daughter, new job in a new field, house stuff, etc…. adulting really takes a toll on you.  It’s funny when I tell my friends from highschool/college and mention I still have my s2k(partially) and I’m still into it, going to meets, writing blog posts, etc, they look at me like I’m a 30 year old going on 18.

I can’t shake this car thing, especially Honda S2000s, even though the scene is drastically different than when I first started.  Before I couldn’t fathom why the OG S2ks guys sold their cars and went on to different things, I would think why would you leave the greatest car god has ever created (JK not JK), but now as a fully grown man guy (I think), I finally understand, life changes and sometimes you don’t got time to drink boba and smoke cigarettes till 2am in the morning.  This younger crowd does make me think about the s2k as a platform….but I am in this for the long run…. we’ll see if this turns into 911 and the Ant.

Sorry for the long tangent…. I finally had time and approval from my boss, aka wife, to make it down to the Chronicles year 10 meet. In fact we just got off a cruise from Mexico that morning, I even made my wife, daughter, mother-in-law rush off the boat at 7am with all our luggage instead of having it delivered to the dock for us so I could make this meet. Which means our continuously screaming child was under her care for the day, while I bare the heat of beautiful Corona California…..  It was a hot one for sure, in fact every year is hot as fuck, so this year was no different.

Excuse the sensor dust… I tried my best to remove it.


Upon entering the meet, I had to say what’s up to Joe, lowkey one of the best builds out there.  He’s a super humble guy that doesn’t live for the gram like 75% of these owners nowadays.  His Mugen S2k CR is a thing of beauty and has been featured before.  I definitely look up to him, since he’s a great father and has this sick S2k, #lifegoals.


Next to Joe’s Mugen CR is Carlos’s ASM bumper S2000 CR, another S2k CR that has been “ruined” with Voltex rear over fenders and Mugen rims.


Sara Choi’s Voltex’ed S2000 CR.


EK with J’s Fenders


EG Civic with a rad Pocari Sweat livery, Osaka JDM wing, J’s racing fenders, and super jdm mismatching rims.


Jackie made it all the way from Vancouver Canada to make the meet. I’ve been following this build for years, before instagram when he just had a build thread on S2ki.  In fact I remember his car in this video back in the day. He had an 04 ASM bumper before.  Now he’s rocking a Voltex race front bumper, Voltex rear diffuser, spoon hood, craftsquare mirrors, and Voltex wing…. When he was rocking the ASM front bumper, the Voltex kit wasn’t even out yet, that’s how OG this guy is!


I love the Te37 wheels in this color.


Interior shot that shows the stack cluster.  I love the stack cluster, I actually prefer it over the S2k speedo.  Iconic Cusco blue rollcage and momo wheel with NSX-R horn button.


Another guy from Canada came down in this super clean styled Toyota Century.


I don’t even want to say VIP style, because this is the VIP.  When I think of VIP style, I think VIP cars are trying to make their car look and feel like this.


ITRs were plenty.


Sang ‘s  J’s Racing widebody turbo s2k looking good…. car for is for sale btw!


Gotuning tommy, representing Gotuning with his crazy ASM S2000 CR…. the 4th “ruined” S2000 CR at the meet.


For this event, Spoon USA brought out their Super Taikyu S2000 all the way from Japan.


Yep looks race car.


The Spoon Super Taikyu car rocking some Titan7 wheels with some 6 pot Spoon calipers.


Of course this isn’t s2kandtheant without talking about Areen’s S2k….. This is for sale too… My S2k friends’ s2ks are slowly disappearing.


Great deal if you buy it!


Since I am currently working on an EG civic, I was taking notes of all the EG civics there.


EG civic with Mugen lip, Mugen strut bar, and some green TE37.


What amazes me are these small details, like how clean this hood support is!


It is amazing how some of these cars were at wekfest in the bay area a bit prior to this event, and they all made it down to this meet.


Another shot of Jackie’s S2k.


This del sol was exceptionally done.  Mugen front bumper, Te37, K swap with Kinsler ITBs, and S2000 Spoon mirrors.


What impressed me the most are these recently discontinued crazy $$$ Mugen x Recaro MS-R seats.  You could buy many del sols for these price of these two seats.


Simple Amuse R1 front bumper S2000 with CE28n


Modest AP racing big brake kit on the s2k.


This Spoon civic that pops up at every big meet.  Pretty much everything from the Spoon catalogue except the mishimoto radiator.  I think I last saw it at Eibach in 2018.


My buddy Gabe with his Ap2 with an Ap1 front bumper.


Mugen MF10s up front and TE37 in the rear.


Joe popped his hood revealing the Mugen intake, super rare mugen spark plug cover, and ASM strut bar.


ITR with Mugen kit on some TE37.


This is by far my favorite EG Civic at the meet.  Super super clean JDM EG6 SIR.  Here you can see the super clean and rare EG6 Mugen exhaust.


This civic is perfect sitting on white Mugen MF8.


I love how pristine and stock the engine bay is. I love the OEM resonator and OEM airbox.  I find it funny how I’m coming full circle nowadays, where before I would want the most modded car, but now I want the most original car as these cars age.


Everything about this civic is perfect, sunroof visor, window visors, and yellow interior.


TSX wagon on Mugen MF10s with some more Mugen goodies.


Clean Ap1 rocking the Ap2 Mugen kit sitting on Mugen MF10.


Mugen kit goodness.


Clean r32 skyline in an interesting green color.


Pretty good turnout.


Lotus Elise on an APR kit


Front shot of the Super Taikyu Spoon S2000.


Another shot of Gotuning Tommy’s ASM s2k on Titan 7 wheels.


The Evasive booth had this Ap2 with the new Greddy Gen 2 turbo kit


Love the ASM tow hook peeking out of the Amuse R1 bumper.


shot of the Mugen ITR from earlier, The open hood reveals a K swap.


EG Tank Mike was present


Clean NA1 NSX with TE37.


Quad tipped Spoon exhaust.


Spoon prototype hardtop.  It’s amazing looking at the hardtop in detail, it is CNC’ed out of one piece of metal.


Super clean EF, I’ve been really interested in EFs lately… something about those boxy looks.


Under the hood of the Spoon Super Taikyu S2000….


Sang’s S2k again.


S2000 with wings out in full force.


Super clean ARC theme BB4 prelude.


Engine shot of the ARC theme’ed prelude.


Youtube famous LATOMMYLA TWM ITB EK civic.


shot of the TWM ITBs.


EK is on green TE37.


At the point I changed lenses that had a super scratched polarizer on it….. I didn’t realize this till later.  That’s why all the picture from here on out seem a bit hazy.


Jackie’s S2000 again showing his AP Racing pro 5000 calipers in detail.


Notched authentic Spoon hood for the turbo.


under the hood of Tommy’s car, showing off the ASM intake and Mugen Spark plug cover, and ASM dry CF hood.


Areen’s ASM hood…. looks familiar :p

Closing out this post with Phil Robles crazy Eg civic.  2019 just started, hopefully we’ll see my S2k get one step closer to a car again!

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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.

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……

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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.

Finds: Korean S2ks!

Another sleepless night… it is currently 4:52am….

I remember when I started this whole S2k ownership thing, Facebook was only for college students and instagram wasn’t invented yet. Now instagram is THE destination for insta automotive e-fame. One night I was digging through all the #s2000 content on Instagram and I came across a super rad S2k from Korea of all places, South Korea, not the North of course. There seems to be a small group of S2k enthusiasts in Korea that utilize real authentic parts and take them to the track, not post pictures of their car on instagram and give bullshit inspirational quotes….

I first found tota1ba1ance who has a pretty clean yellow ap2 with some choice mods, Mugen top, Mugen lip, Mugen Wing, and ZE40s.  From him, I saw his boy manminkim who’s car blew my mind running an Amuse GT1 kit with a legit Dry Carbon Mugen hardtop and tracking the hell out of it.

I sent them a DM and they replied saying they have blogs they update frequently with their pictures… here and here

I can’t read Korean, and my google translate doesn’t seem like it wants to translate their page, but they are some awesome shots of their cars on there.  Definitely recommend browsing their blogs.  I’m going to post more pictures of manminkim since his car is crazy!!!! These are not in any chronological order.

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I’m sure this is Korea International Circuit, I don’t think they are many race tracks in Korea.

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He’s repping Bro’s R&D, a popular tuner shop in South Korea.  Side note, I think the one of the guys that runs Bro’s used to work for the late GTMotoring….

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From their instgram, I believe he’s running a Spoon create engine with Toda itbs!  Of course in the best setup running the dry carbon intake box running into a Mugen intake!

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interesting cluster

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Running spoon calipers! Dunno if it’s just me, but I think it’s funny how small spoon calipers look with stock sized rotors when you have a massive wheel like this…. I’m sure for the track it’s great since you’re just utilizing stock sized pads and rotors, keeps disposable parts cost down!

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RHD.  I wondered if it was imported from Japan mostly in this state or if this is an ex-tuner demo car?

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Under the skin, interesting not V, V mounted radiator with a custom cooling duct.

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At bros, impressive lineup at their shop.

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this is when he got his Toda ITBS! with Dry Carbon trumpets too, which only come in 88mm…. #ITBnerdFact.

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Looks like a custom tow hook!

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Toda Dry Carbon Surge Tank mounted.

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I love how the Amuse GT1 kit looks with a Mugen hardtop and Mugen hood….. I think I like it more than the Amuse Hardtop.

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ITB install going down.

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Toda ITB drycarbon Surge tank! and someone was brave enough to drill a hole into it to mount the IAT sensor.

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Looks like he is running stock injectors.

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I wonder if spoon ported the head, or if this is before he got his spoon engine…..

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Dry carbon Mugen Hardtop

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You can see the chassis has been gusseted for rigidity on the shock towers.

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The Amuse GT1 kit goes so hard.

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Interesting bracket to hold the Mugen intake since the stock cross member is gone.  Classic Ichishima-San signature on the valve cover

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I would love to pay a visit to this shop next time I’m in Korea.  Looks so small goodies in this picture, like the Spoon S-Tai front bumper to the right.

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Some shots off of Tota1Ba1ance’s S2k off of his blog.  Great clean build.  The Volk Ze40s look so right wight on Rio Yellow.

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Not many people run Mugen front lips nowadays, probably because they are incredibly easy to get destroyed.

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soo good…..

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Nice off the shelf Ohlins kit!

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Spoon axles! Like what my friend Areen is running.

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Interesting J’s front S2k.

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Hopefully I’ll have some more updates on my own car soon!

 

 

 

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.

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.

Parts Review: ASM Front Tower Bar

I’ve recently been unloading a bunch of my S2000 parts to clear out some garage space…..
I wanted to show off the ASM front strut bar….. it’s currently on the market to be sold, it’s on facebook and under the SoCal section on S2ki right now if you are interested.

For the non-enthusiast this is just an overpriced piece of metal.  All of the cheaper options such as the NRG, Megan Racing, etc are much much cheaper.  But they are all replications of this bar.  Each ASM front tower bar is made from one guy in Japan at Succeed Sports.  Read more about it here

When I got the bar, I was surprised how light the bar is and how solid it feels, it really feels like one piece of pipe.  Unfortunately I think this will get in the way of my Toda ITBs, oooppss did I say that?  My car is still in pieces so yeah….  hopefully s2k parts will still be affordable when I can put my car back together.

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It’s the same concept as some expensive watches that are all made by one man that took years to learn his craft.  If this was a Porsche part it would be triple the price I bet!

ASM front strut Bar-3The welds are perfect, it’s amazing that this is done all by hand. You don’t get this with your Megan Racing knockoff! Those Chinese kids can’t come close.

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As quoted from Gotuning, “They’re not simply color treated for show. The entire manufacturing process of each bar takes 4 hours so only 2 can be produced per day. Many ASM GT series bars hold design patents to protect their innovative designs.”

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I’m a proud owner of this part, I hope it will go on to a good home in the near future. I wish I could tell you how this feels on a car….

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Life: JCCS Neo Classics 2016

Super Picture heavy post! I finally had some time to go through the pictures. I’m a big fan of JCCS Neo Classics, it’s the first real show I went to when after I moved to SoCal. Last year was a treat, this year was just as good.  I missed out on the normal JCCS this year because I was invited by my friend to the filming of The Grand Tour, I was in the crowd in the opening scene in the first episode.


I rolled with my buddy Chris with his Speedhunters famous k20R Swapped Lotus Elise/Exige.  Speedhunters story here.


Japanese cars from the 90s are finally eligible for importation, we can expect to see more and more cool jdm cars stateside.  This yellow car has a liter bike engine…. I can’t remember which one…


Looking good on these TE37


They were a few NSX in attendance, they were all mildly modded.


My friend EJ brought out his Type-R themed Ap1 with a SOS Supercharger


Datsun 240z were properly represented.


Particularly from this group, M’s Factory.


Next to this rad Toyota Crown, they were giving out free PRETZ! I may of took a box…. or two…. or three?


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Edited this in a way that looks like it came out of a Haynes Manual.


Interesting upholstered Dash in this MR2


Most of these old Toyotas were rocking a 1JZ or 2JZ.


Shakotan Style Hakosuka.


Hand Crank?


This dog was sitting in the car all day.


Best kids car ever….. Calsonic R34 GTR.


I was really feeling this Cressida.  It had me checking craigslist for a few days for a cheap example.


I love the Nismo Rims and Nissan calipers on it….


The pink one next to it was equally rad


I love how boxy these cars are…..Work CR Kai are a nice touch.


2JZGTE swapped!


Some clean RA1 Honda Odysseys showed up.


looks like an H23 Vtec Swap


checked out a few Hondas…..


the showing of the Hondas were Okay…. I would come here for the non H badge cars……


The Parking lot was another show.  Like the row of Skylines, including this R33.


R32 GTR on dealer tags, only of the few ways to get them CA legal…..


I’ve seen this R33 GTR at a few meets now.


Row of Skylines GTR, it is missing the Nissan Stagea that I saw roll out…… Is this really the parking lot?


R34 Skyline GTR in Midnight Purple, a damn rare color.


Family shot


Clean NSX with ZE40s up front and TE37 in the rear.


Nice seeing this roundie BMW 2002


I always loved the styling of these cars.


Some guy showing off his bosozoku style bike on the bed of his truck…..


some Rotary machines and S chassis action


I’ve seen this Itasha 240sx around Torrance…..


Soarer with interesting automated folding roof.


Patina


G Nose 240z


Super clean engine bay of this white 240z.


Probably the cleanest  Datsun 240z at the show and on Watanabes!


The interior was redone in blue!


Another 240z with an interesting exhaust.


Lancer Turbo with the Tuned by AMG spark plug cover


Mitsubishi Lancer turbo!


Famous Toyota Supra with ITBs


We decided to check out the Toyota Museum


Factory Fresh Lexus ISF


Is430.  A project between Stillen and Chip Foose made for SEMA,  you can check out the youtube video here


a 3UZ-FE stuffed into an IS300 with Tein Coilovers with EDFC.



Two tone black and red paint job….


They had a few concept cars laying around. I think these are concept cars for the Lexus SC300.


TRD supercharger!


Crazy turbo setup on this Toyota Celica


Factory Fresh Is300


They had a few Toyota 2000gt on display.


This is a super rare LHD model.  Crazy how this is not roped off.


They even had an engine on display


Factory Fresh AE86 Corolla GTS


I’ve never seen one so mint up close


Minty stock Supra


AW11 with plates.  this must be an employee car


The FRS prototype from a few years back.

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.

November 19, 2016-IMG_0906Chris’s all Mugen car.  I mentioned the car is all Mugen, and he said,  “he loves all Hondas!”


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…..

Pick Ups: Recaro SR-7 ASM IS-11 with Recaro Japan Rail

It’s crazy how things can change over time. If you were to talk to me about my S2k 4-5 years ago, I would have told you, “Race Car Bro.” Now I have come to the conclusion that I’m a shitty driver, and I would like a  well-rounded car. Not only can I play pretend racecar driver, by running track days with 34234340 other people on the field, spinning out, and pretend I’m going fast, but I would also like something that I wouldn’t mind cruising to the meet to school noobs on how not JDM TYTE their car is….. Kidding not Kidding.

These seats are the embodiment of that. Coming from Recaro SPG seats, I figured I should at least make my car more comfortable for people that ride in the passenger side, especially my wife who hated my Recaro SPG seat, and actually hates this seat, but hates this less…. which is the key…..

I’ve been looking for this specific seat for awhile now.  Since my driver’s side is a RECARO RS-G ASM LIMITED IS-11, I wanted a seat that would compliment this on the passenger side.  The Recaro SR-7 ASM IS-11 have been discontinued for awhile now, they have an updated seat out now, the RECARO SR-7F ASM LIMITED IS-11 GK.  It took awhile, but paitence paid off and I found a mint example of this seat.


With the seats. you also need rails.  After extensive extensive research,  I decided on Recaro Japan Rails for the Ap1 S2000, I do not believe they make a seat rails for the 06+ s2000 passenger side.  The Recaro Japan rails are bottom mount rails for Recaro seats, and can be side mounted if you attach the Recaro Side Mount adapters.  Like the name implies, these are Japanese Market Recaro rails, they do not officially sell these in the USA. I initially was going to run Bride RO rails, but after asking around and talking to people that ran Bride RO seat rails on bottom mount Recaros such as SR6 or SR7, the conclusion is that the seats sit too high on Bride rails, higher than stock!  I picked these up used from Yahoo auctions with my seat.


The Recaro Japan Seat Rail bolted onto my seat PERFECTLY.  You can tell Recaro did their research for the S2000, since on the passenger side, the adjustment lever is short and bent on the right-hand side to accommodate the hump in the floor pan.


The Rail fit perfectly, even the adjustment is OEM like.  I’m pretty sure Recaro makes the OEM seat rails.  I know they make the OEM S2000 seats.


This seat was made in 2014 🙂


I like to give a detailed review of these products, because when I did research, I found out that there is very little information out there on this setup.  Finding out the correct rail to buy was half guess work, half logic.  I was looking for specific bottom mount Recaro rails, but I saw there are only two types Recaro Japan rails out there, and the other one is the Ultra Low edition that is side mount only. This is the clearance between my center tunnel and the side Bolster.  The clearance is just millimeters, it touches, but it doesn’t push up against the center tunnel hard.


Between the door panel and the seat.


The side bolster and the door panel. Plenty of clearance.


Door side Bolster, taken with my DSLR.


Side bolster to center tunnel again. I know I gotta upgrade that carpet center console cover, it looks really bad…..

I love how the Red stitching matches with my Red/Black theme I have going on in my car.  I actually think that the Recaro SR7 is the same seat as the Mugen CRZ seats, the Mugen MS-Z….. I could be wrong


Full money shot of the seat next to my driver’s side seat.  I want to replace the center console cover and armrest to really clean things up.  Oh yeah, I sold my rollbar and put my interior back in…… things are coming to change that soon.  If there is any knock on this seat, I do feel like the head rest area is too hard, not soft and bouncy like my RS-G.