Meet Life / Pickups: ASM bolts

I recently picked up some ASM bolts thanks to my friend Chris that brought them all the way from ASM in Japan.

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I took this picture during my visit to ASM I didn’t pick the bolts up when I visited for whatever reason. When I found out Chris was going to Japan, I jumped at the opportunity to get the ASM bolts to complete my cooling plate setup.

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Before I get too much into that, meetlife!

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I noticed that all authentic Mugen Carbon Fiber Hardtops Spot like this when there is some moisture in the air….. I’m assuming this is where they glue the hardtop together….

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Nemo’s NA2 NSX was looking mighty fine. I like the DC5 Recaro seats! The car looks OEM, but the further you look into it, the more small details you can find….such as the Stop Tech trophy big brake kit.

Or this Science of Speed SuperCharger Kit….

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I don’t know the exact numbers, but I do know that White NA2 NSX are extremely rare. Future classic for sure….

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Where there is one White NA2…..There always seems to be another nearby. This one is going for an ARC Theme and was rocking a variety of ARC products….

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I love the Comptech Strutbar. Not many of these around….

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Had a stand off with Photographer Nick Hur

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The fender extensions on Areen’s Spoon wide fenders

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It was our Buddy Colin’s birthday. We all chipped in and got them this autoart NSX model as a gift for him since he is an NSX owner himself.

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Sung checking out his new Oil pan with a Moroso baffle welded in. I feel like this is more affective than my alloy craft oil pan baffle that I have in my S2000

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Fast forward a few days….Areen with his new wheel setup…. Volk Racing G25 in Prism Silver. The Color is insane, depending on the angle you are looking at the wheel, the color is constantly changing…. all a matter of perspective

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The wheel was in the shadows, I had to bright it out of the darkness with lightroom……

Remember the picture at the top of this post…. Chris bought me back that exact bolt set…..

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ASM License plate bolts!

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And with that, this completes my cooling plate setup! I previously only had 2 Mugen bolts on my car…. the ASM bolts and the Mugen bolts look exactly the same, they are probably made at the same place.

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Thanks Chris for the bolts!

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Life: Petersen Tech Day

I checked out the Japanese tech day meet at the Petersen recently. I was looking forward to this event for awhile now, I knew there was going to be some quality cars appearing and I couldn’t miss it….I’m going to try not to post so many car show posts since I feel like you can find the same content all over the net…..I rolled in with a few S2k friends this day…..

I was right behind Areen’s Spoon’ed out Ap2….. He got everything painted now, including his new spoon overfenders…..

Not pictured:Myself….. A few S2ks I rolled in with including some notable ones, like Areen’s Spoon’ed out S2k, Gotuning Tommy’s ASM’ed out S2k, and SasLari’s Spooned out S2k at the end…… The first blue car belongs to my friend Chris…he recently became famous for having his Forgestar F14 wheels blow up at ButtonWillow…. you can watch it here

Absolutely mint Mazda Cosmo…this is Concors level of excellent.
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It looks so good with the early morning sun….

Next to that 4door Hakosuka is this 2 door Red Hakosuka…. my friend was trying to buy one for the longest time, but apparently they are really hard to get registered in California….
The owner has owned this car for a long time now, I believe over 10+ years.  Datsun wheel!
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In attendance was the fully MUGEN’ed out NSX seen all over the internet.  Seriously, there is probably only a handful of cars in the whole wide world that has the full Mugen kit like this guy….. didn’t get to take too many pictures of his car…. but he can be easily found with a quick google search.  My favorite Mugen piece of his car was this super rare Mugen Hatch that you could only get with the Mugen air cleaner….

Skyline R32 GTRs were in abundance at the show…..I feel like there were more Skyline R32 GTRs at the show than S2000.  This particular r32 GTR thought it was a ferrari….
Clean BMW E30 M3 some with some light mods….
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I like the Carbon fiber plenum on this BMW S14 Engine!

Interesting how most R32 GTRs were on DLR tags or registered out of state.
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This 240z with a RB26 and Greddy intake Manifold.


Datsun 240Zx were well represented

I didn’t really understand show cars until I came to California and saw the level of details on their show cars.  This EM1 is a prime example.  The more I look at this car, the more I see tiny details that could be easily overlooked.  Very nice Kswap with a Supercharger….

Mugen rims with Spoon Brake Calipers and ARC splitter…. this is what defines USDM JDM-type tuning…. just a mashup of all different types of brands.  In Japan, People usually tune within one brand or two….

A closer shot here detailing the engine bay.  I am digging the jblood spark cover.

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I remember back in the day I used to see so many of these on the road. Hell, my 2nd accident I ever had in my life was with a Black EM1 rear ending my car…. Finding a stock one of these cars must be impossible to find now.

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Insanely mint Honda Z600, it’s easy to forget how small cars used to be.  This thing looked like it just rolled off the assembly line….It looks like this is a Two Cylinder engine?

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Mitsubishi Evo IX 4G63 swapped into a Kouki S14

Not very common swap for this 240sx.
R34 GTR….All dirty, but still Bayside Blue!
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this BMW “M” Coupe was in attendance……which is suspiciously rocking a normal Z front bumper, not the M version.
with normal Z3 Seats….not the M version either.
I’m positive this is not an M coupe….maybe the badge is from one….
Internet famous Michael Mao’s NSX was there….
I’m liking his new Wheel setup, ZE40s are the new hotness right now…future classic like the CE28

down the line from the NSX was this Skyline R34 Vspec…..
Looks like all was done was a drop, Volk TE37 and AP Racing Brake Calipers.

Voltex kitted Evo IX from Pholife33!
I’m digging the Illest Bride seats!

Red RWB 911!

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Nissan Skyline R32 and Skyline R34

Another internet favorite, the famous Hakotruck
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Plenty of FRS’ in attendance, pretty much all of them were supercharged……Not really into these cars…..

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I wish Toyota would come back with such creative emblems.

Pretty good turn out for this event.
Whole row of 2nd Gen Celicas came out.


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This 2nd Gen Celica was sporting a 2JZGE non VVTI engine.  It was boosted as well!
Clean EF civics.
Legit Integra Type-r and Ap2 S2000
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Phonix yellow ITR with desmond regamasters

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Spoon Theme’d engine bay with a comptech icebox as an intake


Classic combination, NSX on Gold Volk CE28N



This R32 looked to have some nice upgrades, HKS Cam Gears, and probably an upgraded twin turbo setup

I wonder if these Nissan Skyline R32 enthusiasts will hold onto their cars. I feel like a majority of them are buying the car for the shear novelty of owning a skyline in the USA and to “Stand Out”. I think it’s a bid hard to set yourself apart from the crowd when there are more r32 Skylines at this show than S2000s or even Honda Civics….

My friend Alvin was digging this jacket haha

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Meet Life: S2000 無限 Mugen Madness in Arcadia

I’m pretty excited about this post. Never ever would I thought I was going to move to California a few years ago and be able to experience the amazing car culture that only Southern California has to offer. There is seriously a car event every week of all different types, if I want to go to a Ferrari gathering, I can do that and see some rare ass Italian machinery, if I want to only see Japanese imports, I can do that too, and see some rare Japanese classics. Living on the east coast, the car community is much smaller and they don’t focus on the crazy Japanese Tuner oriented builds as much like the guys out here.

I remember being one of the few in Virginia/DC really focused on high quality authentic Japanese parts, looking up to my favorite tuners like ASM, Spoon, J’s Racing, and trying to execute it to the best of my ability, anyone can buy some wheels that say Volk on it and put them on your cars, ask any Volk GT-N owners…..(kidding not kidding). The small niche in our automotive community that are absolute nerds of high quality and rare Japanese parts and will take it to 11th degree are mostly based in California. Over the past months I’ve been lucky to meet and talk to some people that have insane builds and have an extensive wealth of knowledge when it comes to oddball JDM stuff…..

A few weeks ago I crashed an NSX meet with some S2k guys (we asked the organizer before we went), luckily I ended up seeing someone I know that owns an NSX, so it wasn’t too bad….. Speaking of, don’t crash vehicle specific meets with another type of car!  If it’s a car specific meet and you show up with a CRZ, generally the owners of the meet don’t really give a crap about your car even if you have all the legit JDM goodies…I know it’s an elitist attitude, but if a civic shows up to an S2k gathering and talks about his car, I generally don’t care…… Once again sorry for the shaky pictures, I have the shakes pretty bad and I left my Tripod at home…..

Never ever would I think I would what I found there……(/end Buzzfeed)Meet Life: S2000 無限 Mugen Madness in ArcadiaI love this look, Black NA2 face with Volk CE28, with an NSX-R Bonnet, NSX-R Wing, and Recaro seats.  I remember seeing a car like this for 21-23k back in 2008…..These things are going up in price so fast now…..

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Meet Life: S2000 無限 Mugen Madness in ArcadiaClean Black NA2 I posted in my Ferrari Petersen post.  I was able to take a closer look at this car.
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Meet Life: S2000 無限 Mugen Madness in ArcadiaI’m really digging the red Bride Cuga seats.  It’s nice to see a change from the normal Bride Gias or Stradia seats.  I kind of miss my old Bride Gias sometimes.
Meet Life: S2000 無限 Mugen Madness in ArcadiaNice carbon fiber wing, not sure who makes this one…
Meet Life: S2000 無限 Mugen Madness in ArcadiaThis guy was showing me his Taitec NSX engine cover, it’s super light and high quality. The NSX stuff makes the S2k parts seem cheap in comparison.

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This wide-bodied NSX came out.  Random tangent, my first time I came to LA by myself, my buddy actually brought me to his favorite bar in Atwater….

Meet Life: S2000 無限 Mugen Madness in ArcadiaIt was super charged
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Meet Life: S2000 無限 Mugen Madness in ArcadiaI have no idea what kit this is, but for rims he’s running Wedssport tc105n

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Meet Life: S2000 無限 Mugen Madness in ArcadiaGroup shot of the NSXs and that damn CRZ kid that was telling everyone how he’s trying to import jdm parts for his car…… aren’t we all…..
Meet Life: S2000 無限 Mugen Madness in ArcadiaFew of the S2ks.  These were relatively clean, the other S2000s were in pretty rough shape.Meet Life: S2000 無限 Mugen Madness in ArcadiaBeautiful White NA1
Meet Life: S2000 無限 Mugen Madness in ArcadiaSome Red NA1 NSXs

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From my observation, it seemed like the NSX guys were a bit older, they seemed like Honda guys that used to run Civics back in the 90s and early 2000s and graduated to an NSX.  The S2000 crowd are Civic owners that were able to get the S2k once they dropped in prices…..

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Of course I gotta have a shot of my car, I don’t post enough photos of it.

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This is what really set off the night for me.  An authentic full Ap2 Mugen Catalog car, down to the brake fluid….  The owner told me he is just missing a sway bar they don’t make anymore…..

Meet Life: S2000 無限 Mugen Madness in ArcadiaAnd if that wasn’t enough, parked next to it also is his Ap1 Full Mugen catalog car, that’s right he owns both Mugen S2000s, an Ap1 and Ap2……
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It’s so complete, Mugen Dry Carbon fiber hardtop, Mugen Dry Carbon Hood, Mugen GP wheels……..

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Here you can see the Mugen GP wheels, with Mugen Active Brake Rotors……
Meet Life: S2000 無限 Mugen Madness in ArcadiaMugen Underbite vs Mugen Smiley face.  Of course Mugen MF-10 Wheels on the Ap1.
Meet Life: S2000 無限 Mugen Madness in ArcadiaI believe this is the same Mugen Ap1 featured on Road and Track years ago….
Meet Life: S2000 無限 Mugen Madness in ArcadiaI don’t see many Mugen GP wheels nowadays.  It’s refreshing to see them.  This car is running RE-01R tires…. I haven’t seen these tires in years.
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Of course Mugen MF10 are always a classic look.  One of my favorite all time rims.  This is also running the Mugen active gate rotors and pads.  The wheels are so mint, they are still running Potenza RE070 tires.

Meet Life: S2000 無限 Mugen Madness in ArcadiaAnother shot of the MF10 Rims.  I can’t get enough.  This wheel is from the early run, the newest wheels don’t have this same color……

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Both of the S2ks have Mugen Dry Carbon Hardtops!  This hardtop is a prototype and doesn’t even have a serial number on it!

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The crazy thing about the black AP1 is that he has an engine custom built by Mugen.  Yes, you heard that right. In the early 2000s King Motorsports, offered customers the opportunity to order a fully built Mugen engine….. and this car has one of them.  There are only a few of these fully factory built mugen engines floating around in the world!

Meet Life: S2000 無限 Mugen Madness in ArcadiaAs always, Mugen Dry Carbon hardtops, the quality is insane….  This is why I think California is the Mecca of S2000 tuning or tuning in general.  Including this gentleman, I can think of maybe 4-5 guys that have Authentic Mugen Dry carbon hardtops in this State!  No where else has that, not Florida, not New York Metro area, no where else besides Japan.

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It wouldn’t be a complete Mugen Catalog car if it didn’t have Mugen S1-R seats.  Everything is so period correct here.

Meet Life: S2000 無限 Mugen Madness in ArcadiaI took a peak under the Dry Carbon Mugen Carbon Fiber Hood.

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Of course he has all the Mugen goodies under here, Mugen Dry Carbon Spark plug cover which was recently discontinued…..  The Red Wires are the ASM Grounding kit, I remember when grounding kits were all the rage.
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Mugen Dry Carbon Intake, Mugen Radiator which was has also been discontinued, and a Mugen Radiator cap….. The engine also sports Mugen Mount kit and Mugen Headers…..

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Mugen Ap2 Rear bumper with Mugen Ap2 Titanium Exhaust and a Mugen Wing with the wing stands powered coated black.

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These cars are like time capsules, they’ll always be relevant no matter what time period as they were 10+ years ago when they were built.

Meet Life: S2000 無限 Mugen Madness in ArcadiaComparison of the different Mugen Wings.

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I’ll close this out with this rear shot of both Mugen S2000s, the Ap1 also sports a Full Mugen Exhaust system……

I was so blessed to see both of these cars, it’s so rare to see an extremely complete Mugen S2000, let alone two of them.

Life: Super Street X Toyo Tires Calendar Launch Meet (Part 2)

Part 2 of my Super Street X Toyo Tires Calendar Launch Post. (56K Warning Pic Heavy) Remember when they used to say that?

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Sweet Datsun 510

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My favorite part about these cars is the rear vent on the pillar, The Mercedes 190E also had these….

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All sorts of cars showed up… Even this Turbo Nissan Sentra….

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Since I am also an IS300 owner I was really digging this Lexus is300 with altezza front grill and TRD front bumper

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I really like this TRD front bumper, but I’m a big fan of the stock IS300 projector fogs

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This car is representing Kawaii Crew, I’m assuming some sort of Anime Otaku group.

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This random ass woman was speedwalking like crazy through the crowd. No car meet was going to stop her.

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Another awesome Datsun 510 with a beautiful shade of Red

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The Datsun 510 is sitting on CCWs

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Bunch of Porsches with Wings showed up

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Big ass wings

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I was feeling this mint Porsche 356 Speedster. The diamond stitched interior is well executed and the chrome accents really make the interior pop.

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Engine Money shot. Carbs always clean stuff up, we’re so used to seeing wiring with modern cars.

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The Coachbuilt gas tank is badass

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White ap2 with an ill fitting ap2 bumper and Blue Regamasters and Spoon Calipers

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Project Mu Rotors all around!

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Laguna Blue Ap2 with Chalked tires and Volk CE28N

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Itasha’ed Mazda Miata with TE37V

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the hardtop was Stickered up with all sorts of Anime stickers, I wonder how this guy sees out the rear.

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Mclaren mp4-12c with CF and blue accents.

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Side shot!

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Clean EK4 on Regamaster EVO

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BMW wagon on air with matching shoes and watch

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I’ve seen this rootbeer colored LS swapped S2000 a few times….

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Looks like there might be some brake caliper to wheel clearance?

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High Quality cars were coming in and out all morning

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The Porsche GT3 Cup Car we saw earlier was now propped up on airjacks!

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A quick look at the rear you can see the cage better and all the electronics

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The b16 Mini Cooper, there isn’t much clearance between the header and the front of the car….

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E30 BMW

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Cars were starting to leave, I was watching all the GTRs scrape the curb

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Buick Grand National crew

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Warpped BMW 328i with a voltex wing

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Really digging the front end

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If I can get the framing right

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Volk Te37 with Rotora Big Brake Kit

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I’m not the biggest fan of FRS/BRZs, But I was feeling this FRS by Pink Ribbon Racing. I like the pink and blue accents.

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Brembo STi Brake caliipers and Volk TE37

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down with Voltex Swan neck wing

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More of the Grand Nationals

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Nice Stock NSX leaving

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I like the motorsports grade wiring.

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Corvettes were out strong

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RWB 🙂

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Auto Rendering internet celebrity John Sibal

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More of the Hakosuka Datsun truck

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Sweet legit JDM Bluebird
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RHD and all!

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Interesting Cardboard AERO

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I’ll end this post with me and my buddy’s R8

Life: NSX & S2k Meet at NWP

Hi all, 新年快樂! or happy Chinese new year. I’m writing this all the way from Beijing China where I will be for a couple of days for the lunar new year….

In January my friend hosted a S2k and NSX meet at NWP. NWP is Northwood Pizza, a popular spot car enthusiasts used to meet up frequently in the Irvine area. This is the NWP in NWP4life…. This meet was on a Saturday and unfortunately I work some Saturdays, so I showed up a bit late to this meet after my stint at work, probably around 1pm in the afternoon.  By the time I got there, things were already in full swing and some people started  to roll out.

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S2k and NSX were both properly represented. In the past few years the price gap between the S2ks and NSXs have been increasing drastically. The s2000 has remained relatively at the same price, while the price of the NSX has been on the rise. Since the NSX is a more expensive car, I feel like they bring a more mature crowd and the majority of S2k owners nowadays are younger due to their low cost of entry…. I can understand that most NSX owners do not want to associate themselves with a younger crowd….which is why I’m so stoked that this meet happened and had a great NSX turnout. The NSX owners that come out to these are usually older guys, who cut their teeth modifying Hondas and “Upgraded” to the NSX while still sticking true to their roots.

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New Formula Red NA2 front end, HRE Wheels, and type-r style hood make this NSX yummy

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Another shot of the NFR NSX. You can see the painted stock NSX Calipers peek through. I remember the days when getting NSX calipers was hot shit to put on older Hondas, I.E Civic, Integra, my old BB6 Prelude……

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My crap framing, but this Berlina Black S looks great with a Voltex Front bumper, Bronze Ce28N, Mugen Hardtop, and Spoon Calipers.

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Blue S2k with ASM or ASM styled front bumper and Hood.

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I checked out this Black S2k with an ARC Cooling plate and the HKS Supercharger. This is my first time seeing the HKS system in person. I am impressed how clean it looks compared to the other SuperCharger systems such as Science of Speed or the Vortech unit. The Oil Catch can setup and Coolant reservoir looks clean too, you don’t really notice it unless you look at it very hard.

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Close up shot of the HKS SuperCharger.

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The squad posted up. Areen’s Spoon AP1, Chris Lum’s Mugen AP2, and Sung’s Mugen front Ap1.  Areen is rocking his limited official Spoon team jacket, you can’t buy this jacket unfortunately….

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Clean Ap2 on Volk Racing RE30 and OEM hardtop.

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NFR NA1 NSX next to an Ap2 with Spoon calipers under the ap2v3 rims!

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Michael Mao’s internet famous NSX. Vortex wing, fancy burnt exhaust tips and all…..

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Signature Longreach Valve cover…with a one off Twin Turbo Kit….

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Some people started to roll out, like this black NA1 NSX on Regamasters and a Voltex wing.

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This very clean GPW S2k with an ASM front, 04 ASM rear (not pictured, I’m bad at taking pictures of the whole car, but trust me it’s there), and a host of Mugen goodies.

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Mugen Spark plug cover…. which was recently discontinued, Mugen Intake and Orgin Fabrications intake arm and enough Mugen bolts to blow himself up…..

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Man I want that damn spark plug cover!

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Nick doing work!

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Sung giving the bumper a good look over probably comparing it to his Mugen half lip for his bumper…..

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CWEST Mirrors! you can see his ASM front fenders here too.

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After the meet I stopped by one of my favorite spots in Costa Mesa, Period Correct. Period Correct is a clothing store that sells vintage racer inspired clothing. I love the layout of their store, the interior of the store feels like a petrolicious video. My car and the owner’s Mercedes Benz 190e 2.3-16v. The 190E is one of my all time favorite Benz, I hope this picture if a preview of things to come in my personal garage….

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Looks so good in black, I love how boxy the car looks….

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I love the vintage automotive artwork, the owner is a definite petrol head!

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The showroom has this beautiful Porsche 356, absolutely mint…..

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Also has this beautiful Martini Livery Lancia race car.

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I love how raw this race car looks, especially inside the store.

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I wonder if this even runs…

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Of course being Italian Pininfarina designed this beauty…..

Thanks for reading, I’ll have more events to cover when I get back.

 

 

 

Life: SevenStock + Irvine Meets

SevenStock + Irvine Meets

Earlier this month I decided to check out Seven Stock, probably one of the largest gathering of RX-7s and RX-8s in North America. I’m not too big of a Rotary guy, but I do respect them. My dream car is an FD Rx7 with an RE-Amemiya kit and 4 rotor swap…….In conjuction with the show portion of the event, there was also a track day running simultaneously. I swung by for a bit to check out some of the cars.

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I saw Nick’s S2k there. Ap2 front and what seems to be completely stock other than that….. Here shoots photos check him out here

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Walking around the pits I saw this interesting looking BH5 Subaru Legacy Wagon…. I used to have an earlier model of this car years ago that always had headgasket issues…. He just got off the track because his coolant reservoir melted…..

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Which revealed this mammoth of an engine… The whole drivetrain is from a Pontiac GTO. He told me he was sick of changing blown head gaskets and did the next most logical thing swap in an LS engine. The answer is Always LS.

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Which now effectively makes this an RWD BH5 Legacy Wagon.

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He told me he is running an air ride suspension setup and it performed surprisingly well on the track. I am jealous of the amount of cargo space he has, it’s difficult hauling wheels back and forth is our IS300!

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This Itasha’d out FC RX-7 Caught my Eye with Neon Genesis Evangelion Artwork on the car.

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A Variety of cars showed up for the track day, you can see the 911 to the right and the Alfa Romeo Giulia

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I don’t know what early rx car this is, but the front end is very Hakosuka I think…….

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Rotary Powered cars for days

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Clean FC Rx-7

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Rotary Powered Truck of some sort……

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Motley crew of FC RX-7s

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It looks like Lotus Cup was running this weekend too

Bonus! here are some pictures of the meet in Irvine.

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Quick pictures of this NA2 NSX

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GPW NSX are getting harder to find and appreciating in price like crazy recently.

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Chris Lum’s S2ki Famous Mugen’d out Black S2k. It’s funny how the cars I remember from S2ki I’m meeting their respective owners in real life now.

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Speaking of people I remember online, here is Colin, I remember him from my Honda Prelude Days……His Ap2 has a random assortment of Legit JDM parts, such as ASM front fenders, Spoon Rear Fenders, Spoon Hardtop, Mugen exhaust, Mugen Bumpers, CE28s in 18″ Spec….. and what looks to be Project Mu Brake Rotors

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This will look great when it is all painted in color matched……