Pick Ups/DIY: Spoon Radiator Stays + Opera Performance Reservoir Covers + Mugen Bolts

Pick Ups/DIY: Spoon Radiator Stays + Opera Performance Reservoir Covers + Mugen Bolts

I noticed my OEM Radiator stays were getting a bit crusty, so in went some Spoon Radiator Stays in black.  The are a generic unit from Spoon, they fit all Hondas, and fits the S2000 with no difficulties.


The old radiator stay with a bolt that probably is not the correct one.  Remove the 10mm Bolt holding the radiator stay in place.


After the stay is off, remove the rubber bushing inside the radiator stay.  I was able to push this rubber bushing out with my hand.

The Rubber Bushing removed from the old radiator stay.


Get your brand new Spoon Radiator stay and press in the rubber bushing you just removed from your old radiator stay.  I was also able to do this with my hands again.


Since I replaced the radiator stay with a new shiny part, I couldn’t bring myself to reinstall the crusty old bolts.  The solution to that? Mugen.  The answer is always Mugen.  In this case it is more Mugen bolts.


The Cusco Cooling plate has a cutout for the JDM Vin Tag.  I need to figure out what to put here, it currently looks so empty.  Now that the Radiator stays are changed out, my radiator is looking a bit beat.  Perhaps some new hoses and new a radiator are in the works for the future.


I took a better picture of the Arvou Tow Hook on my Amuse R1 bumper.  Not having a front tow hook makes me nervous at a track day….. Previously I was running a tow strap, but the strap was not long enough to clear my bumper,  so if I require a front tow I’m sure my bumper will be destroyed.  This Arvou unit is milled out of a single block of aluminum and protrudes a 2-3″ from the bumper, ensuring a safe tow.

PickUp Areen Toda Pulley I found famed S2000 tuner, Opera Performance on Instagram.  I’ve always been a fan of their tuning philosophy of making the lightest car possible.  I envy their ability to swiss cheese cut holes on an S2k to save weight and build badass roll cages.  If I was in Japan, I would bring them my S2k for a chassis makeover.  In Gran Turismo the car was very competitive for what looked like a stock bodied car because it was “solid as a rock” due to the chassis reinforcements via roll cage, and weight reduction from Carbon Fiber parts.  Their race car weights around 2000lbs…..Almost 1000lbs less than stock…..Check out this old feature on this thread

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I was able to purchase a few T-shirts and reservoir covers.  It came with a handwritten “thank you” from the owner of Opera Performance, Yasuyoshi Yamamoto.

My Mugen Sock has seen better days, perhaps I can try to throw it into the wash?  I installed my Opera Performance Reservoir cover on my clutch master cylinder and saved my extra Opera Performance cover for another day.

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Parts Review/DIY: SPOON ENGINE TRANSMISSION MOUNT SET – S2000 AP1/2

Hey guys, it’s been awhile. Last week I helped my buddy Edwin install Spoon Engine/Transmission mounts on his AP1 S2000.  His passenger side Engine mount was worn and he wanted to replace it with an OEM-like solution….. The Spoon mounts are an excellent option for people wanting a more rigid engine mounts with OEM Fitment. So here is my SORTA DIY…. I know I’m missing a few steps

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The best part of the Spoon engine mount set is that it comes with this reinforced Transmission mount. ASM charges over $300 for this piece alone! The Mugen set does not come with this either.

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Spoon Engine Mounts! This also comes with new transmission bushings (not pictured).

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Everything is packed up and we brought it over to the DIY Garage we use…. It’s $25 a hour, but you have access to a lift, airtools, and a transmission jack.  This is much easier than working on the floor with floor jacks and jack stands.

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His S2k is up on the lift

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Edwin using the tranny jack with a piece of wood to support the Transmission

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Transmission fully supported

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We had to unbolt the cat so the transmission support has room to move out of the way.

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As you can see the, the cat is in the way of the right side of the transmission support.

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Old and new transmission supports side by side

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In the bag is the new transmission mount bushings

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New transmission mounts and bushings are in

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Here we are looking at the best way to attack the engine mounts

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The best way to remove the Engine mounts is remove the four bolts that attach the engine mount bracket to the car… This Passenger side engine mount ripped apart on removal with minimal effort.

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New Engine mount installed

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Here is a picture of where we removed the Engine mounts

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The four bolts were removed here

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and here is the passenger side…… There was no fuss with everything going back in because Spoon is pretty much OEM….

After we bolted everything in, I took his car for a quick test ride.  The car seemed a bit more responsive and NVH was very low, higher than stock, but not enough to rattle the bolts off of the interior.  I recommend the spoon engine mounts to anyone looking to upgrade their old Engine mounts, especially AP1 since they are over 10+ years old now!