Life: 2017 Honda Civic Type R at Raceline USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inside Clements Civic Type-R…….


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


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


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


Strapping the car on the dyno.


more faux grills


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


A quick peak under the triple exhaust


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

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


Volk TE37SL and missing Over Fenders.


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

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


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


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


Timeless looks…..

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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.

ASM front strut Bar
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.

ASM front strut Bar-2
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.”

ASM front strut Bar-4
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: 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!

Parts Review: CAR GARAGE AMIS MUGEN AIR CLEANER DUCT COVER – CARBON

First post of the year 2017!  So…. lots of things have happened.  Long story short, the S2k is gone, I had to sell the car whole, it wasn’t for money reasons, but I had to let it go quick.  I sold it to a friend and the car has been parted out…. I’m sure my parts are floating out there on a bunch of S2ks out there!  No worries, it’s just a car afterall….

Another life change, I quit my job and I’m studying to do a different field of work.  I’ve been doing that for the past 2 months or so….

Let’s get back on topic.  Everyone knows that the Mugen intake for the S2k requires you to cut up your Hood to fit unless you have an ASM, J’s, Mugen, or Spoon hood.  *Sidenote, I hear that the spoon hood still rubs with the Mugen intake…..

The problem is, after you cut up your hood, there is a nasty ugly hole in your hood.  JDM Tuner, Car Garage Amis rectifies this problem with their MUGEN AIR CLEANER DUCT COVER.  I haven’t seen any real pictures of this besides the stock one on the Car Garage Amis website, which happens to be the smallest picture ever!

Luckily my friend Kevin bought a Mugen intake and the Car Garage Amis MUGEN AIR CLEANER DUCT COVER from RHDjapan! I swear they should sponsor me.  He sent me a few pictures of him installing it…..


Kevin already went ahead and installed his new Mugen Intake.  I’ll post a DIY on how to do that in the future….


The most ass clenching moment of the entire install.  The Car Garage Amis instructions they send you give you a rough guideline of where to cut and is entirely in Japanese.  Luckily my friend Kevin has some Japanese colleagues that helped him translate this document to further clarify.  Kevin made a rough guideline on where to cut and made a careful incision with his dremel after blue taping it all up.

After cutting, Kevin made sure the Cover fit.  Here is a rough mockup of it on his car.


Everything is coming back together!

The next day Kevin stopped by my place so I could take a look at everything.  As expected, the fitment was spot on.  I took a couple of snaps…


It’s so beautiful, if I had to cut my hood for a Mugen intake I would definitely get this piece.  It really cleans up the engine bay.


It almost looks factory the way it contours around all the nooks and crannies.


One last look at the MUGEN AIR CLEANER DUCT COVER…


Full frontal shot.  He went with the ASM cooling plate in addition to his Mugen Intake.


Another shot of his Mugen intake…. and his dress up bolts.


One of the few people with the Gotuning/Greddy Spectrum Elite Exhaust for the S2000.  I remember when these first came out years ago…… The single version has been since discontinued.

Pickups: Toda Racing S2000 Adjustable Campulleys

I found a killer deal on Toda Racing Adjustable cam pulleys/cam gears on an S2000 Facebook group recently. I messaged the user immediately after he posted the item for sale and paypaled him, luckily S2k owners nowadays don’t care about these parts and would rather spend their money on knock-off body kits or replica wheels……Pic for attention! I’ve always wanted Toda cam gears to go with my Toda Racing A2 Cams 🙂 This past weekend I finally got around to installing these into my S2k.


They are in great condition and came with all the little bits and pieces specific to the Toda Cam gears….  Small pieces typically get lost with used parts since they go from person to person.

Close up of the cam gears!

A buddy lent me his place to install my cam gears, I’m forever grateful since I am living in an apartment right now with no space and a strict HOA.  First thing first, I let the car cool down, working on any parts covered in hot ass oil is no fun.  This is a shot of my stock cam gears on my Toda A2 Cams.  I’ve taken my valvetrain apart too many times now, I made quick work of this install.

A comparison shot of the stock cam gears vs the toda adjustable cam pulleys.

This is one of the small pieces you should look out for if you buy these cam gears used.  The end cap on the cams is smaller with the Toda units, you can see here it has less of a lip.  The Toda unit is to the right.  Another piece, that is not pictured, is the woodruff key, the woodruff key that comes with the Toda Adjustable Cam Pulley is smaller than the stock unit.
The finished product after my installation.  I am happy now that I have adjustability with my cam pulleys for when I need to degree my cams in the future.  They look badass, too bad I can’t run these open a la Ae86 4age style!

 

 

Random Snapshot: Blue AP1 in Roppongi

I took this picture in 2009 outside of my friend’s apartment in Roppongi in Tokyo, Japan.  This is true JDM in it’s purest form, a color we don’t get here in the states, Monte Carlo Blue, and some MF10s.  I wouldn’t be surprised if it is the only mod this guy did to this car, or perhaps he bought it from the dealership that way, or if this car has been parked here for a couple of months (low crime rate in Japan).