Life: Random Shop Hangs

Hey all,

It’s now August if you can believe it.  This year has been pretty busy, a new job for me and new ventures in life.  This past week I made some time out of my day to head to my friend Alan’s new-ish shop.  He used to have another spot in Gardena before, but now has a much larger space in La Habra.  Hit him up on his IG if you ever need some parts for your S2k.

I will admit I am falling out of love with my S2k, or the S2k scene,  makes sense since my S2k is just a pile of metal with no end in sight.  The scene is definitely stagnant and all the builds that are coming up are all the same IG bullshit, but what can I expect? the S2k is a 20 year old car now!  Another quick irk I have with the scene is the people trying to make a quick buck off of fellow enthusiasts, raffles of cars, buying shit off of RHDJapan or Jesse Streeter and then trying to resell it in USA for 30% more, Euro Spec floor mats readily available from Hendy UK.  Come on people get a real job, it’s not nice to pray off the ignorance of people.

On to the main event…

Upon arriving at Alan’s shop I couldn’t help to notice this duo in the background.
Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
Son’s Silverstone Ap1 with some Varis Goodies and a black ITR. Amazing the prices these ITRs are fetching on Bring a Trailer now.  Son’s Ap1 is rocking a HKS Supercharger kit! Probably my favorite SC kit for the S for obvious JDM reasons.

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
Some S2ks from Alan’s personal collection.  His S2k CR with a Ballade Sports integrated bumper/CR lip combo he uses for the track (he still has his factory one) and his amazing red Ap2 with J’s racing half lip, ZE40, Mugen Dry CF hardtop, and wing.  This car is probably my favorite Red S2k of all time.  Of course JDM model girls in the back to match!

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
Alan’s Ap2 is rocking an Official Brembo BBK under those Ze40.  Not some ghetto fabbed DC5-R conversion kit.

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA Love it, so well put together. Realized I should have took a picture of his RX7 spirit R Recaro seats in the car…..

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
Now back to Son’s car. Son is a true track meister, all of these parts on his car have purpose to chase down the fastest lap times…  I believe he manufactures these vents on his car.  Those Stoptech Calipers look great behind the SSR wheels.

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA If you guys know me, you know how fanatical I am about authentic parts, but knowing how hard Son drives this car, I can look at the other way…. sorta.

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
yeah…

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
A wider shot of what goes down at this shop. Collectively they are Zero Auto Factory, you can follow everyone here

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA I should have took a picture of the HKS supercharger, but Son wasn’t around and I didn’t want to touch his car without his permission.

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
Alan and his crew part out S2ks by the boatload, so they were some F20c/F22C chilling around

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
Circling back to Alan’s Ap2.. You can see the Mugen dry CF hardtop, AUTHENTIC OF COURSE….. voltex wing + tamon design trunk spoiler. The exhaust on this car is a FEEL’s exhaust. Which I believe is for sale.

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
They were working on this S13 with an SR20det. They told me this used to compete in formula D wayyyyyyyy back in the day when SR20det cars could actually stand a fighting chance.

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
Man this car is perfection

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
Cody’s 300zx. Man as times go on, these are so cool and so 90’s. Remember they used to have a commercial of this car racing a fighter jet? Link here for those that have never seen it.

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
Alan has all sorts of cool stuff laying around for sale. Like this ASM 07+ header

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
I’m better with my money nowadays…. or else I would have bought this already!

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
Son’s Varis trunk + J’s racing rear bumper.  Love the lower aero bits.

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
Voltex swan neck

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
Closing this out with the best Red S2k in the game.

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.
Fujitsubo Exhaust-2

Super High Quality, exhaust is actually relatively light.
Fujitsubo Exhaust-3

Love the welded reinforcement at this joint.
Fujitsubo Exhaust-4

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.
Fujitsubo Exhaust-5

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.
Fujitsubo Exhaust

Fujitsubo Legalis R is on!
Fujitsubo Exhaust-6

After a slight polish it is looking better. We did a quick polish because Kevin had somewhere to be.
Fujitsubo Exhaust-7

Looking better, still needs more polish though.
Fujitsubo Exhaust-8

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.

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

 

Tech/Review: RSX wideband with Hondata kpro

I’ve had my Hondata Kpro for my s2000 for awhile now. I went with kpro because my car can be ODBII compliant with my ITBs.  No other EMS will allow me to do so. I rate Kpro about 6/10.

This is my grading breakdown:

The Pros:

ODBII compliant
Read engine codes via kpro
User friendly software
Properly updated and maintained

The Cons:

No Wideband! Even though we are using an RSX ecu and have the option for PRB maps
No support for using a RSX wideband
Expensive
Requires additional hardware
ECT readings are funny when car is started up

On S2ki, a user “JustinC”, gave us a wiring diagram allowing us to use a RSX wideband with PRB maps. This allows us to use many features in Kpro we were not able to use with the stock o2 sensor, such as lean cut. This is the wiring diagram he provided:

I wired everything up and its been working well for the most part. Rarely, I get an engine light when I start up my car, saying that the o2 sensor cannot be read. Recently some members with new Kpro unit have been frying their ECUs with this wideband installed.  Hondata blames us, because we are wiring up an unsupported device. A user, “hybridsol”  is trying to remedy this and make improvements to the original diagram, adding a fuse from the 20A battery feed and adding a coil on the relay. I also utilized these changes with my kpro. Unfortunately, even with those improvements his ecu fried. Upon further investigation, it turns out that the ground on the ecu cannot handle the load when the heater is switched on and off. He suggested another diagram to remedy this problem. This is the remedy he is suggesting:

I am going to try this when I get back home from Boston. I’ll keep you guys posted!!!!