Parts Review: SPOON SPORTS MUFFLER KIT

If you guys know me, I’ve been selling off a bunch of my S2k parts collection I’ve amassed (hoarded) over the years…. One of the items I’ve had is this super duper rare “SPOON SPORTS MUFFLER KIT” for the S2000.  Here is the link on Gotuning.  They sold it back in the day for around $1800.  I believe not too many were sold.  I know of one other exhaust in the USA that was recently sold by Hmotors for $1300ish……

I’ve had this for a bit but I never got the chance to really mount this on a car.  Recently a friend came into town and let me borrow the car for 2 weeks while he was in Japan on vacation.  So me being me, I did a bunch of random maintenance to his car, oil change *OEM filter only people!*, diff fluid change, changed out burnt out bulbs behind the cluster, install LED interior lights, valve adjustment…. which was sorely needed since it was an 06+ that was a bit tight on the exhaust side, which is also a typical 06+ S2k problem!

Oh yeah, I installed this exhaust on his car and made a video!  But first let’s look at some pictures.

Official description from Gotuning “Spoon introduces a sports muffler for a more subtle tone than the N1 muffler. Has a better sound than titanium by using SUS304 Stainless Steel. Designed for a quiet cruising and idling volume with a sporty tone upon acceleration. Does not drone for a clean and well-balance sound. Uses hollow hangers for increased weight savings.

Fits all S2000 model years.
Stainless Steel construction.
Made in Japan.

– 60mm piping at the cat to 70mm main piping.
– Tip size is 70mm.
– Weighs 8.72kg (19.22 lbs)

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I just realized I never shot a picture of this exhaust in its entirety.  Borrowed this from Gotuning. Now onto the shots I took!

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Classic Spoon muffler tips.  You can’t see it very well, but I have the Spoon silencer installed.

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This exhaust features hollow hangers which reduce weight! 
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Spoon Sports Exhaust-5I love how high quality this exhaust is.  The brackets welded on are perfection.

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weldporn/ resonator action. I wonder if this is the same resonator as the Spoon N1 exhaust?

Spoon Sports Exhaust-3This exhaust features a helmholtz resonator with a bracket welded onto it for extra support.

Spoon Sports Exhaust-2A nice shot of the resonator with some random take-out restaurant chopsticks under it…..

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Installed on my friends GPW

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Silencer on! which needs it for daily driving…. trust me.

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Close up!!!!

My thoughts on the exhaust. The exhaust is definitely loud without the silencer. With the silencer on, it’s quiet, sounds like my ASM 70mm exhaust. When the silencer comes off, it becomes very “boomy” more of a bass tone. With the silencer on I can hear the radio fine, with it off I can’t hear anything else, just the exhaust. With the silencer, there is more of an air wooshing sound during WOT, probably because the silencer is restricting exhaust flow. On my friends 06+ Ap2 it does hit the body, like many exhausts…. this can be fixed with a hammer.

Words are one thing. Here is a video I made:

And the offical Spoon video:

And from this random dude on a SC’ed S2k:

New fastest S2000 Tsukuba Record!

Just in ASM clocked a 0’57.051, which is blazing fast, especially for an S2000 with an “old school” aero package.  No WTAC style here with a crazy wing or under tunnel section.  Amazing how years ago this car was wild, but now it’s a bit tame compared to the new HKS GT86 car or Suzuki Under’s car. Video taken from the official ASM blog  Hopefully they can attain their goal of Fastest NA in Tsukuba…. which is a crazy FD Rx7….

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!

 

 

 

Pick Ups: Brand new OEM S2000 F22c Shortblock

Today I took delivery of a brand new OEM Honda short block. Unfortunately it’s not for my car, but for my friend Edwin. Some guy out in NorCal was selling OEM F22C short blocks for $4500 each! We called Honda and unfortunately they confirmed that they are now discontinued. With that being said, it is now a sellers market for OEM short blocks. The $4500 included free delivery to Socal, so Edwin sent the seller a $500 deposit and we had a short block on the way to my house!

Within a few weeks, I had a Sprinter van and a few dudes show up at my house….. Moments later they unloaded this masterpiece at my doorstep.

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Of course upon delivery I checked the package to make sure I did not receive a box full of bricks, since Edwin entrusted me with $4000…..

Looks like an engine! But is it new?
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Definitely new
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Still fresh with that assembly lube
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Absolutely perfect.
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Some of you guys may wonder why don’t you go with a “built” block….. to me it seems like a majority of these “built” engines end up blowing up or not running properly. The FRM cylinder walls definitely make the engine more difficult to rebuild. I’ve known people that have gotten their engines built at some of the top shops in the country still have weird oil burning issues etc…. with an OEM shortblock you can 100% know this engine is reliable. I believe that is the premium you pay in this situation. On the same note, I would only trust built engines built by some of the top JDM tuners, like TODA racing or K-tech Engineering, I’ve personally seen their engines built on the track really abused, most built engines in the USA never ever see circuit racing track time, mainly drag racing for the most part.

It’s crazy how when I think back to 6-7 years ago in the S2k scene, an OEM short block was around $2k and a used hardtop went for around that same price too. With the prices now on hardtops, you can see how special the S2k is, how limited it is, and how in the future it can someday be a car worth something to not just us diehard S2k owners, but actual car collectors.

Another quick Youtube Video I made. Please let me know how I can improve.

PickUps: JDM Honda S2000 book

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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interesting Tail lights
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Some early renderings

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

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!

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.

Tech/Parts Review: S2000 TRD Door Stabilizer.

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

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


All the way from Toyota Technocraft!


Unboxing of the TRD door stabilizers

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

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


The instructions……

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

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


Close look at the TRD stabilizer kit.

The brackets….


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



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

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

Test mount!

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



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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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