S2000

Current
Suspension: Ohlins DFV, 10k/8k Ohlins springs (recommended)
Braking: StopTech Trophy Kit (F), Stoptech slotted rotors OEM sizing (.R); StopTech Pads
Exhaust: ASM 70mm single
Chassis: Eibach front sway bar, 32mm
Body: Authentic Powerhouse Amuse hood, street version; Authentic Amuse R1 Bumper; Authentic FRP Mugen hardtop; Downforce FRP front fenders; ASM 04 Type S rear bumper
Wheels: Volk CE28, 17×10 +45 (2), Volk CE28, 17×9.5 +47 (2); Rays lugs; flat center caps
Tires: Bridgestone Potenza RE11A 255/40R-17 (4)
Interior: Bride Stradia II Japan Edition
Engine: Mugen intake; Mugen Oil Cap; ASM radiator plate

Background

Like a lot of people, I’ve always wanted an s2000 for a long time. My brother’s friend had one and took me for a spin when I was in high school, and I still remember taking that turn onto the onramp at speed and being so thrilled and excited because I had never gone that fast before. Top down at night, it was an awesome experience. I was able to drive his car a few times when I was in college, and decided that it was going to be the car I bought when I graduated. All through college I wanted one, and it sounds cheesy but I really couldn’t think of another car that I wanted.

Fast forward to graduation day, and the place I was interning at hired me as a full time real employee. 40 days later, I had the keys to my S2000. I had been researching mostly Autotrader, S2ki, and other related sites, but just so happened to be perusing Craigslist when I saw a 2007 Silverstone going for what I felt was a really good price. I knew I wanted a newer, unmolested car because it was going to be a car I hope to keep forever, so a newer year is best. Plus, I wanted traction control. Anyway, back to the Craigslist ad.

So I call the dealer that the car was at and ask some questions, and find out it was a 55 year old female one owner car. The woman was a nurse who was looking for a bigger car. Mileage was just over 43K. I request more photos and a carfax and jumped on Yelp to see if this guy was legit or not. Turns out, he has really great reviews but he works on consignment- pretty strange, but I figured it was probably kosher. After some back and forth, I knew I wanted the car and it was a good, hard to find deal. I agreed to purchase contingent upon several things such as an independent inspection, and more or less bought it sight unseen. No test drive or anything. In fact the first time I drove it was when I drove away to drive home! The reason why I didn’t test drive was because I lived in Orange County and the car was in Half Moon Bay (Bay Area) and it wasn’t feasible for me to drive all the way up there without being serious about the car. That and since he works on consignment he wouldn’t release the car until having the funds in full and it was just too complicated to set up financing at a bank same day, so in order to do it all in one fell swoop I more or less bought it before I picked it up with the ability to back out once I got there.
And with that, I was an S2000 owner.

You might be able to see the dealer I bought the car from; super nice guy, but I wouldn’t do it again. It took months to get my license plate because the lienholder didn’t release the title. Even then, registration documents sat on his desk for forever and he would promise me “in the mail today!” even though the documents were postmarked days later… Anyway long story short, nice guy but the after-the-fact paperwork was dismal.

Ownership

I decided from the get-go that I was going to stay stock for at least a year and figure out exactly what I wanted to do to the car and have a plan before I install everything. The end goal for the car is to have a compliant, capable car that is at home on the street as much as it is on the track, while not having to “give up” anything. I knew I wanted a square setup and a hardtop, and suspension work, but I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted. The next few months were research.

My first mod came 3 weeks after I bought the car.

I take that back, it’s not a mod it’s maintenance. Whatever.

So I guess technically my first mod was this:

I’ve seen this guy on a couple S2000’s actually, and I found mine on eBay. Yeah, hate on eBay…

The headlights were starting to get faded, and I felt it was better to fix it early than fix it late, so there is this mobile professional detail guy that came by my work every week who did a headlight restoration. Money out of my pocket later, and this was the result.


Making Friends

Up until now, I didn’t really have any automotive friends. I went to school for design, so nobody was really into cars. I drove a junky jeep up until my S2000, so I definitely didn’t have any “scene” friends. Through a thread I posted on VwVortex (my first car was a ’98 Jetta and I stayed on the forum even after I sold the car) I met Colin, who goes by Phryxis or KCMachine on S2ki. We met up for lunch one day, and I’ve met a number of other true enthusiasts through Colin. I’m lucky to call him a friend. I also met Chris Lum through Colin, and we’ve done several Cars and Coffee gtg’s with breakfast afterwards together.

Also through S2ki I met a number of really cool people, and made it out to a photoshoot that Alvin hosted.

 

15,000 miles later

So there I was, 9 months into ownership. Bossman called, one thing led to another, and I booked a one-way ticket to Korea… I ended up storing the car at my parents house.

Since I moved to Korea I bought a Kia… It really helps me appreciate how great the S2000 really is.

Anyway, so there I was with a passion for cars but no outlet. Korea is a great opportunity but I definitely miss southern California car culture and the friends I had made. So what else do I have to do other than…. Buy car parts?

For the longest time I’ve wanted CE28’s. I fell in love with the 17×10+45 spec a long time ago, but since it was discontinued I had settled for the Amuse 17×9+40 spec. I was literally a week away from pulling the trigger when all of a sudden Evasive was doing a group buy on the +45 spec! I jumped on it, and CE28’s became my first car mod. Actually they were my first car mod ever, because I’ve never modded a car before due to being a super poor college student.

Now that I had wheels… Where do I go from here? Everything seemed to snowball as I tallied up everything that I wanted to do, and I preferred to do everything once and not have to change anything else, so I decided to just go all in. So I ordered a bunch of stuff which is up in the first post. From here, it was the waiting game.

One day I was thinking about how I was going to get everything put on and installed. In my mind, I wanted to have everything on my car installed and painted by Christmas when I flew home, it would be the perfect Christmas present. I just so happened to be talking to Chris Lum when he suggested that he could install it, but he would need a place to store my car. So Colin agreed to store my car at his house, and the two of them would install everything, drop it off for paint, and I would pick it up when I flew back. I had my brother in law drive my car down to his house for me because my car was in central California, and that set everything in motion.

Everything would have worked out if it didn’t take so long to ship stuff from Japan. I ordered my bumper in July and it still hasn’t come yet. Anyway, I ultimately decided to hold off on painting anything until I had everything together, so all that got installed was the brakes, suspension, and exhaust. I’m sort of glad it worked out that way, because I think I prefer to experience mods incrementally rather than exponentially. At this point I’m looking at flying back in May and helping to get the rest of my parts installed and sending it to paint and flying back. Lol one day it will all be together!

I must say that I am a very lucky person to have two friends who are so willing to help out, and they went out of their way to help me with my car. For that, I am extremely grateful.

Suspension – Ohlins DFV Road & Track Coilovers

For a long time I really wanted KWv3’s. As I was reading suspension reviews, however, Ohlins started to pop up more and more often, but were seemingly out of my price range and were close to a grand more than the KW’s. Then Ohlins dropped their pricing, and I decided that the best option on the market was Ohlins. With that, here is my review. It also helps that I’m Swedish so… Gotta rep the homeland amirite? I picked these up through SpeedFreaks, it was not only a great deal but it showed up to my house in less than a week! And then it didn’t get installed until months later. Hahaha! I currently have them installed with a 32mm Eibach front sway bar, originally meant for the square setup I will be running. I should probably take the bar off so I can see the difference and see how much stiffness comes from the suspension, etc. but I’m in the states for such a short time I just haven’t gotten around to it. I’ll be on a square setup next time I come back.

Setup
10K (F), 8K (R ) (recommended)

Initial impressions

I don’t even know where to begin.
OEM suspension is good already. Yes you have body roll, but it’s a good starting point. I would describe Ohlins to be like OEM, but way better. It’s so compliant over bumps and rough corners, and it handles dips without upsetting the car. This is a fundamental difference between coilover options; a lot of options out there upset the car over certain bumps, which I don’t feel the Ohlins doing. Coming from stock, 10k/8k seems pretty stiff, and I wouldn’t want to go much stiffer. I may move the rear up to 10k, but I don’t think I’ll be changing my spring rate.
There is minimal body roll as well, which gives you more confidence to push. At this point my tires are my limiting factor, and I am very excited to get my RE11’s on. I can’t push much harder than I did while stock simply because the grip isn’t there. I’ll revisit this topic when I get my new tires installed.
It’s hard to describe just how good these are without just driving it yourself. The car is much more settled going over bumps, during cornering, during hard braking, and also during normally unsettling circumstances. This is what sets it apart from the competition.

 

Braking – Project Mu + Stoptech

I never really saw myself buying anything else for street pads other than Project Mu’s simply because the reviews are so great on them. Originally I was planning on getting Girodisc 2 piece rotors for the front ever since Girodisc came out with their product, however I chickened out at the last moment. It was at a time that I had just spent a boatload on other parts and couldn’t stomach the $6XX for the Girodiscs, but I feel that for now, I can get away without having them. When I start to run into brake issues due to running OEM sizes I’ll definitely do the upgrade. Or, I’ll upgrade to Girodiscs once I wear out the Stoptechs. I love the technology and with my wheel sizing I’m unable to run anything other than stock brake sizes, so I’m looking forward to giving Girodisc a try.

Setup
Project Mu HC +800 pads, F/R
Stoptech slotted rotors, F/R (OEM sizing)

Initial impressions
I’m coming from some no name stock brake pad that after one hard stab at the brakes would start to fade. I would get up to say, 80mph and stomp on the brakes down to say, 20, and then if I tried doing it again I’d get brake fade. So needless to say they were garbage. With that said the comparison is night and day. I’ve heard mixed reviews on the noise these pads generate, but so far I only have minimal squeal and that’s with some bed-in. So I would say they are fairly quiet. Stopping power is really, really good though. They also handle heat well, and I haven’t experienced any brake fade yet. Can you get brake fade out of them? Probably. I haven’t though. At this point my tires are my limiting factor, as I activate ABS and get significant tire squeal under hard braking. I’m excited to see how they hold up with the RE11’s that I have.
I’m not sure the Stoptech rotors are giving me any tangible benefit, but are definitely an upgrade over stock.
Initial impressions after driving were that of astonishment. I giggled as I tested out the brakes because I couldn’t believe how well they bite.
I’d be lying though if I said they don’t dust. They do.

Stoptech rotors are more expensive than OEM blanks, but I feel like they’re better quality plus they supposedly “help” with heat, brake dust, and water, but I’m not sure how much it actually helps. It gets you scene points I guess. Anyway, for a good bang for buck, I’ll say Stoptech is a great option.
Project Mu pads are a great deal in my opinion, they are relatively cheap-ish but are more of upper mid tier. So if you have a hooptie, don’t get them I guess is what I’m trying to say. The performance they provide is amazing though. I love them, so in that respect, the cost vs. benefit is a really good proportion.

 

 

 

Let’s Install Some Amusing Parts

I want to apologize in advance for the quality of some of these pictures, especially of the finished product- I ended up crunched for time and dropped the car off without taking any real pictures of it! I made sure to take pictures of the important things though.

So let’s see – I had to drive my car down to SoCal because that’s where all of my parts were. Along the way I encountered the California drought in full force.

First things first, I had to get my tires mounted that I bought awhile ago – so my friend Colin and I (KCMachine) went to an America’s Tire in Lake Forest- which is the one managed by Arnel, who used to be pretty active on here. He has a few guys who really know what they’re doing when it comes to mounting tires, and I was really happy with the end product.

Next was unpacking my Amuse R1 bumper.

Totally random, but an obligatory NSX picture:

And here is the last photo of my “stock” S2000- although this picture has Ohlins installed.

Around this time Chris Lum showed up (Chris_Lum) and we jacked up the car and took off the wheels, fenders, and bumper. This was a fairly straightforward process, and everything came off fairly easily.

With everything off, now was time to mount the fenders.

And now time for the bumper.

Initial Impressions
The fitment on my Amuse bumper is probably as close as you can get to an OEM piece, being FRP. FRP is notorious for being harder to fit, but we practically put it on and it fit without even having to bolt it on. In fact, the earlier pictures the bumper isn’t even bolted yet, which I’m really happy about because so much of the time FRP requires a lot of work. I was really pleasantly surprised to see how much extra reinforcement this bumper has as well- it has mounting points for the fender liner and all the OEM mounting points as well.

In regards to the Downforce fenders… Those are going to take a little more finesse. The mounting holes need to be widened in order to bring the fender backwards towards the door, and there is one bracket that needs to be trimmed. Overall, the Downforce fender is a quality piece- it just needs some fitment work.

Let’s get a hardtop on there

I installed the bumper and fenders, but I still needed to drive over to Evasive to pick up my hardtop before I dropped my car off to get painted. I had a problem- how do I transport my wheels, and what do I do with my OEM ones?? My DF fenders were wide enough to handle my CE’s without needing more camber, so I went ahead and installed those. Then I popped the two extra CE’s in my passenger seat since they would NOT fit in the rear without work. How is it driving with two 17×10 CE’s in your passenger seat?

Difficult.

To add to the mayhem it started raining pretty hard as I was driving to my GF’s house (I no longer live in SoCal) and to make matters worse, every time I went over a bump it would compress my wheels and push them towards the center console even more, to the point where they were pushing on my shifter to the point where I couldn’t get out of 6th anymore! So I was worried that it was pushing hard enough to bend my shift fork so I lifted the wheels and was able to get it into 5th and drive down the freeway in 5th. :p

The next morning, I stopped by Evasive Motorsports.

Since they were installing my hardtop, rolling my fenders, and doing a corner balance/alignment, I was going to be there awhile- so Ej (Jack_In_The_Box) lives nearby and came to rescue me.

First shots of the car:

By the time they finished everything I had less than an hour to get down to the paint shop I was using, so I didn’t get a chance really for any pictures other than on my phone… So these will have to do until I pick the car up.

Apologies for the cut off pic… I was rushing.

Hopefully I can get the bodyshop to send me pictures as everything progresses.

Overall, I’m really happy with the progress so far. I’ve been waiting for awhile to get everything put on and it all came together really well.

Paint Progress

It looks like some paint will get slapped on soon, as all parts have been primered.

And some shots of the car

My brother drove down to pick up all my spare parts + the RE30’s today and played a game of tetris.

It should all be done pretty soon!

General Thoughts

So let’s see.

I only have a few items left to do before I am “done” for the time being. On Friday, with the help of Chris Lum I’m installing my Stoptech BBK Trophy kit, as well as Stoptech rear pads. I had a terrible time deciding what pads I wanted to put on the trophy kit, the reason being I have Pmu hc800+ pads on the car now and love them- I didn’t want to have to switch them out, so I looked for hc800+ pads for the kit. Unfortunately they don’t have any on this continent, so I started brainstorming what else I could get. I thought about Pmu CR’s, but they are a bit extreme for me at the moment plus they tend to be really noisy, so I ruled those out. I thought about Winmax, but I’d have to buy new rear pads even though I have barely used the ones I have now. Ultimately, I decided to go with Stoptech for now since I already have pads for it and switch out the pads when I eventually make it to the track. I’m hoping to go late fall / winter when I’m back for an extended time for the holidays, we’ll see. I know a few people with Stoptech pads and the ones who have them, like them, but I also know folks who have used them but hate them and get rid of them so there are differing opinions out there for sure. I think it’s the right decision for now though.

I also picked up AP1 fender liners. The R1 bumper is designed for an AP1 setup, so none of the holes line up for the R1 bumper with AP2 fender liner. No worries, AP1 fender liner works on AP2’s, so I picked up a new set of liner from a friend at Honda and will be installing it soon.

Seemingly just in time, I got a notification from the guy I purchased the Bride seat from, Jesse Streeter, and the seat shipped Friday. It should be showing up in 4-6 days from then, so I should be seeing it by the time I get there! I am extremely excited to get the seat in there, I wasn’t expecting that I was going to get it in time for this trip, but it seems like it’s going to work out!

I fly back on Friday, and decided to stay a week this time so I can have a chance to drive the car around for a bit. It’s a running joke, but it seems like all of my friends are going to see my car before I do, it’s currently at a friend’s house.

I’ll be updating in a week with the install!

Stoptech BBK

On Friday I installed my Stoptech BBK kit with the help of Chris Lum (Chris_Lum) and Areen (Veilside959) at the Lum pad.

First the front rims had to be switched out to 17×9.5+47 to fit the BBK. Chris called up ASAP Tire and they came out and swapped the tires over.

Now time to get to work!

No parts install is ever complete without a corgi visit!

Other woodland creatures heard what was going on and decided to come see for themselves.

One of the other things we did was remove the hardtop and apply shinetsu grease on all the rubber seals.

Now I have to say, the grease works wonders. I haven’t had any creaking, squeaks, rattles, or anything like that since applying. And another note on the hardtop fitment, I haven’t even had any creaks going up driveways. I’m very happy with the top.

On to the actual brake work. We had to get the current discs plus pads off and replaced with the BBK.

And installed with a comparison to Chris’s BBK. The color is slightly different on mine compared to Chris’s.

I will post up in a day or two my impressions of the BBK. So far I absolutely love it – braking power is phenomenal.

 

 

 

Bride Stradia Install

In May I ordered a Bride Stradia from Japan. I went through a guy named Jesse Streeter, he acts as a buyer mainly for Yahoo Auctions and other sites, but he is also able to buy from manufacturers. He was able to get me the seat at wholesale. They were backlogged so it took about a month and a half to get the seat made, and then it shipped in about 4 days from Japan.

Unboxing the seat

When I bought the seat I asked for the FRP version in black. Well apparently I ordered the carbon fiber version. Oops.

I only have one picture of it installed so far, I installed it yesterday.

Setup 
Bride Stradia II Japan Edition, Super Aramid
Regular cushion

Initial impressions
As this is my first aftermarket seat, it’s going to take some getting used to in order to get in and out of it.

I absolutely love how the seat looks. The color, stitching, carbon fiber, everything looks awesome on it. The seat really hugs you, and if I gain weight I doubt I’ll be able to fit in it anymore! It seems to be made for a small Japanese man named Tachimishi.

I bought it with the regular cushion and I think I’m going to try and find the low max cushion. I bought the regular one because I thought it was going to have more padding in the butt area, but it’s the same as low max. The difference between the two seat bottoms is the regular cushion has more cushion at the edge of the seat. For me, this pushes my knees up a bit so when I shift I have to push my thigh down a little bit into the cushion in order to fully engage the clutch. It isn’t a deal breaker but I think if I had to sit in say, an hour or two of traffic it would get really annoying.

The install took awhile because my brother and I were figuring out what to do, which holes lined up to what, and the clearances on the seat were pretty tight to begin with between the seat and the rail. We were trying to get everything bolted up with the bottom cushion still installed but we took it out finally and everything bolted up a lot easier after that.

Would this work on my “stanced out” s2000?
I guess all seats work for a stanced ride but stancers typically don’t run carbon fiber so I would say no.

Is it green? 
No, it’s more of a grey.

Cost vs. benefit 
This is a tough one. An aftermarket seat isn’t really necessary, so it’s more of personal preference, and for the price of one Stradia you can have 2 recaros (depending on where you buy your Stradia, I bought mine direct so I saved a lot of coin doing it that way) so the cost vs. benefit is up to each individual.

Will it blend? 
It comes apart fairly easily, but if you were to blend the whole piece you would need one of those industrial grinders they use in junkyards.

Who would you recommend it to? 
Anyone who wants a bucket seat feel while still having a reclinable seat.

How would these work in a situation where I have to evade extremely pissed off cocaine dealers?
I have never had an aftermarket seat before, so keep that in mind. So far my impressions are the seat really holds you in, especially since it is so tight. This gives you more confidence in turns because you aren’t sliding around or having to brace yourself, and it almost feels like you are more connected in a way. Because of this, you can feel more of what is going on in the car. Would a seat increase your laptime? Probably not. But you could do more laps with it. In terms of an evasion, you could evade for longer, which would help you in the long run.

Pictures

Powerhouse Amuse Hood, Street Version (Dry Carbon)

A few months ago I ordered an Amuse hood, and it arrived over a month ago! So when I was visiting for Thanksgiving I took the time to get it installed with the help of a couple of good friends, Chris, Areen, and Tom.

Of course for starters, I had to drive down to SoCal. The plan is to get everything painted down there as well.

Moment of truth

I had never experienced dry carbon before, this was definitely a new experience for me.

The carbon has its own texture to it, and as you run your hand along it, especially at an edge, you can feel the weave. It’s almost “rough” in a sense. The plan is to paint it, but only the exterior while leaving the inside portion unpainted.

Time to install the hood

It fit perfectly on the first mounting attempt. It has room to move 1/16th of an inch or so towards the drivers side, but we figured the body shop is taking it off to paint it anyway so it wasn’t worth the hassle of trying to adjust it. But other than that, it was a simple plug and play type of deal. I’m astonished at the perfection of the piece and how well it fits, right out of the box. I was surprised Amuse still had the mold for the hood in the first place, but to have a brand new carbon piece fit that well when they made the mold close to 15 years ago, it’s pretty impressive.

Another thing that stuck out to me was the effort put into lining up the weave between segments. There is a portion in the front of the hood that is 3 pieces, and there is a slight line that goes from the hump to the front of the hood – this line while it’s visible when you look at the weave it’s perfectly lined up between pieces – definitely takes a lot of work to pull off and is a testament to the level of detail put into the product.

Overall I am extremely happy with how it all worked out. The hood looks awesome, and when stationary you can see the heat from the front of the car shimmering at the hood opening. Pretty cool!

Lastly, it’s astonishing how light the hood is. 7lbs approximately, and it’s amazing how light it is when carrying it, but also when opening and closing the hood there is a total lack of resistance especially compared to the stock hood.

I will be updating tomorrow on a few other parts we installed at the same time!

Mugen Intake + ASM Radiator Plate

I’ve thought about intakes for a long time, but the reason why I had held off on buying one for so long was because I hadn’t decided what direction I wanted to go in terms of N/A or FI, but ultimately decided for now to go with N/A due to California smog requirements… Boo hiss.

 

A friend already unboxed the intake for me, so here it is in it’s glory:

As mentioned before, I bought it new directly from Mugen. Luckily they had a few in stock.

I wonder what this says…

Stock box removed

Installed!

As an FYI, while Mugen gives you measurements for where to drill holes for the plate that mounts to the cross member, I suggest test fitting the intake first and marking where the holes should be rather than measuring – at this point we’ve tried both methods and the test fitting method seems to work better and have a better fit.

It’s a pretty painless install!

For the record, corgi’s make really good garage helpers. Usually.


Sad moment, but I had to drop my car off to get it painted. It’ll be done in a month though, so the wait shouldn’t be too killer.

I have never owned an aftermarket intake before, and I guess I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the difference between stock and aftermarket is pretty crazy. The induction noise in general is a lot louder, and it seems to have a bit more grunt in the lower end. On the other end of the spectrum, vtec is very pronounced and definitely keeps to the vtec stereotype of “waaaaaaaaaaaBWAAAAAAAH” I definitely wasn’t expecting it. Butt dyno says there is an increase, but I installed an exhaust at the same time so I’m not sure which one made the most difference, but I definitely know the Mugen intake has some gains and they seem to be noticeable. I love the sound too!

ASM 70mm Single Exhaust

This install went super quick so I don’t have many pictures…

I picked this up from a good friend who is switching out to a more baller exhaust setup. We try to keep parts in the family, so when he decided to switch it up I jumped at the chance.

My only other aftermarket exhaust was my Greddy SE Dual, so to compare the two isn’t really fair because the ASM exhaust is in a different league, but it does go to show how good the Greddy SE is, because in comparison it’s still a very good exhaust.

In terms of tone, the Greddy is deeper and more “boomy” while the ASM sounds more tuned and refined, and has a specific tone. I’d say the Greddy is halfway between a bass and a tenor, while the ASM is halfway between a tenor and a soprano.

The ASM is louder, but is still fairly quiet especially for a single. I drove around the neighborhood and I could only be heard as I got pretty close, and I couldn’t be heard a block away even though I was WOT so to me, that’s really good news that it’s not so obnoxiously loud you can hear it 50 million miles away like some other exhausts.

While it was previously installed on a friend’s S2000, I was surprised at how well it fit the moment it was bolted up, especially with the stock rear bumper – it fits really well in the exhaust opening. I’m excited to see it with the ASM 04 rear bumper because they go really well together.

It’s a really nice exhaust. It’s enjoyable to listen to and has a great tone and is like music when WOT- and I’d say the Helmholtz resonator eliminates a lot of drone as well.

Exhaust – ASM 70mm Single

I definitely enjoyed my Greddy v2 dual, but when the opportunity came along to purchase an ASM single I had to jump on it, especially given that it’s a really nice exhaust. I picked it up from a friend, and I’m really glad I did.

Setup
ASM 70mm Single, SS

Initial impressions
I don’t think it’s fair to compare the Greddy to the ASM, as they are both in different leagues. A quick comparison would be that the Greddy is a baritone while the ASM is a tenor, with a much more refined tone to it throughout the rev range. The Greddy has a boomier, bass-ey tone to it.

The butt dyno seems to suggest that there is a bump in power – I will add a caveat, which is that I installed the exhaust and the intake at the same time, and both add power, so I can’t exactly say how much power each added; not that I would be able to tell anyway. I definitely feel the difference though with both mods installed.

The fit and finish of the exhaust is pretty phenomenal, especially with the ASM rear bumper. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but it’s a really, really good fit.

The sound is much more refined at the top end of the rev range, and is very crisp and clear. It is very enjoyable to listen to.

Would this work on my “stanced out” s2000?
I suppose it would.

Is it green?
No. It’s stainless steel. So, silver.

Cost vs. benefit 
It’s a more expensive exhaust, but you get what you pay for. Sure, you could probably get something that has more bang for the buck but the sound and build quality of the part justifies the cost, at least in my opinion.

Will it blend?
No, I really doubt it although the “Will it Blend” guy on Youtube has done a pretty good job so far blending stuff but I really don’t know how he would fit it in the blender.

Who would you recommend it to?
Depends on budget and if you want a single/dual exhaust setup. If you’re willing to pay a bit more for an exhaust I would say definitely go for it. If you’re looking for more of a cost – benefit type of thing then it’s not the best choice. I believe they are discontinued so finding one might be a hassle. I highly recommend ASM exhausts though.

How would these work in a situation where I have to evade extremely pissed off cocaine dealers?
It’s funny, I get asked this question all the time. I think this exhaust would hamper your escape due to it’s pretty loud especially if you’re trying to drive quickly to get away. The power increase is probably enough to where you can outrun something like say, a Fiat, but what type of cocaine dealer drives a Fiat – we all know they drive around in Cadillac coupe DeVilles, sort of like that one chick from 101 Dalmatians although did she really drive one of those? Not sure. Anyway, in short don’t let this be your only mod that helps you escape.

Intake – Mugen

This is my second engine mod (the first being a Mugen oil cap) so it was definitely time to try something out. Being in California though makes it really difficult to do engine mods though.

Setup
Mugen intake + ASM radiator plate

Initial impressions
The fit of the intake was really good, and fits well with the ASM radiator plate. You do have to drill though. Well, you can probably use 3M tape but the kit comes with self tapping screws.

The carbon fiber is really nice and really well laid. It’s definitely a real quality piece.

I guess I hadn’t thought about it, but after driving with it, it makes sense – aftermarket intakes are without a doubt louder than stock. (Duh) I think that coupled with the opening in my hood accounts for the fact that you can hear a lot of intake noise. VTEC is also A LOT more pronounced compared to the stock intake.

Power wise, butt dyno says that there’s an increase but since I installed it at the same time as the exhaust I’m really not sure how much the intake alone contributed.

Would this work on my “stanced out” s2000?
Yeah I mean… it would fit.

Is it green?
No, it’s carbon fiber so it’s black.

Cost vs. benefit
As with the exhaust you can probably get something cheaper, and this intake works better with the Mugen front end for sure, but I’d say that the cost is worth it. Especially if you find a good deal on a used one.

Will it blend?
Carbon fiber is pretty tough but I’d say it will if you had an intake sized blender.

It would definitely blend in one of those giant car shredders.

Who would you recommend it to?
I’d recommend it to anyone who wants a nice looking intake that makes decent power, and is N/A (obviously).

How would these work in a situation where I have to evade extremely pissed off cocaine dealers?
Probably pretty well with the mad horsepower gains, and the increase in VTEC intake noise would probably scare them enough that they would back off.

Hood – Amuse dry carbon hood

The only real thing to say is that this is my favorite mod so far.

Setup
Amuse dry carbon hood, street version

Initial impressions
The carbon weave is nothing short of amazing to look at.

It’s really cool to drive along and see the hood opening while driving. Being able to see engine components when you walk by the car is really cool as well.

I don’t really have much else to say, it’s a really awesome part and I’m really happy that I bought one.

Would this work on my “stanced out” s2000?
Probably not.

Is it green?
One side is bare carbon fiber, the other is painted Silverstone, so I’d say no.

Cost vs. benefit
For the price of the hood there is no cost vs. benefit comparison. It’s just something you buy because you want it.

Will it blend?
That would be pretty painful to watch.

Who would you recommend it to?
Anyone who likes the way it looks and wants to pay for one. Other than that, probably nobody… If you’re looking for some mega performance increase or something like that, it’s a hood… If you want to drop weight just lose 13 pounds by eating less McDonalds. If you want better cooling upgrade your radiator or your fans. If you want a hood that looks badass, get one of these.

How would these work in a situation where I have to evade extremely pissed off cocaine dealers?
You could trade the hood for amnesty.

Bumper – ASM rear bumper

At first I wasn’t sure about the bumper before I purchased it. I was getting a single exhaust so I wanted a bumper that had a single exit, but also kept the body lines that the s2000 has under the door that continues to the rear bumper on AP2’s. The only bumper that’s really out there is the ASM, so that was a big deciding factor.

Setup
ASM rear bumper, 04 S

Initial impressions
I’m really glad I chose this bumper. While it has cutouts in it, they’re really understated and look really nice. The carbon fiber piece on the bottom has a really nice weave to it as well.

The fit of the bumper is just like OEM. No adjustments are necessary, just plug and play.

Would this work on my “stanced out” s2000?
Nah.

Is it green?
Negative ghostrider.

Cost vs. benefit
Depends on why you’re getting it… If you want a single exit and that’s the only thing you care about, get an AP1 rear. If you like the look of the ASM then get the ASM.

Will it blend?
Probably pretty easily since it’s FRP.

Who would you recommend it to?
Depends on budget I guess. It’s a nice piece, so if you like the way it looks get it. Other than that, get something else I suppose.

How would these work in a situation where I have to evade extremely pissed off cocaine dealers?
They won’t be able to see your car with the bumper cutouts.

Picking up my car

I picked up my car from GoTuning (it was being stored there) the day before Christmas Eve, then met up with a good group of friends and hung out and ate and stuff.

A friend of mine shared some pictures from last Wednesday’s meet with me that I’ll post here. He also has a pretty dope blog, [url=”http://thes2kandtheant.com/”%5Dcheck it out[/url]! He has a pretty cool build of his own with some really neat authentic parts.

 

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