The sequel to Honda’s Homecoming event two years ago was another great S2000 event. This might very well be the last of the “Mega-meets” for the S2000 as it saw retirement 2 years ago and has an increasingly less active fan base. It was definitely a good send-off event for the S2000 with hundreds of cars in attendance, tons of free swag, lots of great showcase cars, and even a return guest appearance by the chief designer of the S2000 and NSX, Mr. Shigeru Uehara. The weather had been cool and mild leading up to the event but as luck would have it, Homecoming II landed on the start of a huge heat wave that peaked the day after the event with temperatures of 110+ degrees. I want to give a special thanks to the event organizers, volunteers, and the showcase cars who supported us by running our logo on their cars. On with the pictures!
We’re one of the only companies currently stocking CR-Z parts so we get to get to test fit and check fitment on USDM CR-Z’s. The Cusco Front Lower Arm Bar Version 2 is a popular bar because it is very easy to install, relatively cheap and increases the rigidity of the front subframe for more precise handling.
More information available at www.gotuning.com
ASM has completed the first batch of the new GT-10 Front Bumper and Aero Bonnet. For more information, see the previous introduction post:
ASM New Aero Parts Development Update
ASM I.S. Design Front Aero Bumper GT-10 Dry Carbon MR version:
$4,499.99 USD *SOLD OUT
ASM I.S. Design Front Aero Bumper GT-10 FRP: $1,799.99 USD (Available April 2011)
*MR Version is constructed in high strength dry carbon custom made for each vehicle. The vehicle will need to be scanned at the factory and each bumper be constructed specifically to fit each car. Limited to only five units.
The new ASM Aero Bonnet GT-10 features removable ducts on both sides for RHD and LHD applications and can be used for controlling airflow to the ITB or heat escape from the headers. The NACA duct is can also be covered for additional fine tuning in various weather conditions. Constructed from enhanced dry carbon, the GT-10 Aero Bonnet is extremely light weight and strong. The underside frame structure has also been minimized for maximum weight reduction.
We got a chance to get our hands on a CR-Z and install some new products from Cusco.
Cusco Zero1 Coilovers:
Front Spring Rate: 6 kg/mm
Front Ride Height Adjustment: -45 – 0mm
Rear Spring Rate: 4 kg/mm
Rear Ride Height Adjustment: -45 – 0mm
Cusco Sport Zero1 coilovers are recommended for sporty or winding road driving. Sport Zero1 coilovers offer a comfortable ride while improving handling. Zero1 features fixed dampening force for a tuned and balanced ride. Optional 8-step adjustable rear dampening is available for adjusting driving feel when carrying additional luggage. The system is fully ride height adjustable for a wide range of height settings. Special anti-rust coating is applied to the height adjustment area for durability.
Cusco F&R Sway Bars:
Cusco’s non-adjustable sway bars provide excellent control of body roll. Solid type front sway bar with 20mm diameter provides a 35% increase over stock sway bar, includes mounting bushings. Solid, add-on type rear sway bar with 16mm diameter.
We now have J’s Racing CR-Z Parts available for order on www.gotuning.com!
Many of the brands we distribute have been busy producing CR-Z parts so we would like to expand our application lineup to include the many new exciting products for the CR-Z. Check out our website for updates!
Recently, there have been a couple owners that have purchased the ASM Siren Circuit exhaust in the US. This exhaust was always designed to be for the Japanese market only but with its popularity in Japan, some enthusiasts have wanted to experience what the fuss is all about here in the states.
To briefly introduce this exhaust, the ASM Siren Circuit Exhaust is a completely new design approach than the S-Special series. It utilizes 5 individually hand made silencers and articulation forks to eliminate harmonic overtones in the 200~300Hz frequency band and specific rpm ranges for a truly pure sound. Designed to achieved a unique siren sound and comply with Japanese road regulations of 93db astonishingly without the use of glass wool mufflers. The absence glass wool packed mufflers and resonators dramatically increases the lifespan of the exhaust and prevents increase in volume and tone over time. The exhaust has a complete straight through design with no restrictive perforated core mufflers for smooth air flow. This incredibly complicated exhaust is completely hand made down to the internal structure of the silencers. The exhaust is designed to have a near stock volume at low rpms and partial throttle and gently open up as you increase revs at wide open throttle. Stainless steel is used throughout because it is much more durable than titanium which is one of the major goals of this system and also helps keep production costs down. The 60mm piping isn’t designed for maximum power gains but rather better throttle response and a long lasting finely tuned sound. This exhaust also weighs only 27 lbs compared to the S-Special 70 which weights 26 lbs. This is remarkable considering how many components the exhaust is made up of and how complicated the design in.
Now the big question is the cost. Its design by nature makes it the most free flowing and purest sounding exhaust available for the S2000 but it’s incredibly complicated to produce which is reflected in the price. Keep in mind that this exhaust is 100% made from scratch, I can’t think of very many exhausts these days that are 100% hand made. That means each internal silencing system for each of the 3 mufflers is assembled individually then enclosed within the canisters. Most aftermarket exhausts use rolled and stamped mufflers that are pre-made and then the pre-formed pipes and components are simply welded together. In the end, this exhaust takes probably over 5x the amount of welds and time to produce than most other exhausts, hence the extreme difference in price. If you’re wondering why it’s so expensive for a stainless steel system, most people who work with metals will know that materials such as Titanium don’t actually cost much more, the difference in price is simply because it is much more difficult to weld, which is why titanium exhausts cost more. So before judging the cost of good simply based on material and amount of power they produce, keep in mind that the major contributing factor into the cost of a item is the difficultly in production, which can also be said for most consumer products in general.
Another common criticism is its poor hp/dollar ratio. Again, this exhaust wasn’t designed with the US market in mind so maximum power gains wasn’t one of its goals. Very few JDM exhausts will be able meet road regulations and provide a significant increase simply because bigger piping and less restriction provides more horsepower but also more volume. The goal of this exhaust is to provide a little benefit in hp and throttle response while having a sporty sound that is durable enough to pass road regulations year after year. We have recently tested an ASM Siren Circuit exhaust on an USDM AP2 S2000 and it showed moderate gains of 8.3 hp at peak and 5.4 lb/ft in the midrange. Tests were performed on a completely stock 2006 AP2 S2000 to provide the most accurate before/after results. Gains are not as much as the S-Special 70 but more than many other exhausts on the market and especially remarkable for a quiet 60mm system.
In closing, most of the criticism comes from criteria that is given more weight in the US market. In Japan, there is a major demand for an exhaust like this because nearly all aftermarket exhaust get louder over time and customers have to continually rebuild or buy new ones to keep in line with Japanese road regulations. To them, the hassle of a degradable exhaust easily outweighs the cost of an exhaust like the ASM Siren Circuit. Being unique and having something rare is also a driving force in wanting something of this sort. After all, standing out from the crowd and customizing the car to reflect personal taste is one reason why we modify cars in the first place.