We finally got around to taking some pictures of our Spoon S2000 demo car after all the parts were installed. Here are some shots with our temporary wheels.
We’re getting close to completing our Spoon S2000 Demo Car. Here’s the latest items that have gone on the car.
The pile of parts waiting to be installed
First up is the Spoon Aluminum Street Radiator. Constructed entirely from aluminum for increased durability and cooling efficiency.
The street designation means that it can be installed behind the factory A/C condenser and has all the the mounting locations for the factory fans. Spoon Type-F Radiator Cap is included.
Spoon 4-2-1 Exhaust Manifold (Header).
Perfect welding and Spoon badging signify authenticity.
Spoon N1 Muffler Kit. Looks as good as it sounds.
To accommodate the Spoon S-Tai Rear Bumper we had to use the OEM JDM Reinforcement Bar and OEM JDM License Plate Bracket.
Spoon Monobloc Front Calipers and Spoon Front Rotors provide the ultimate stopping package. The Spoon calipers maintain factory pedal feel and ABS modulation with the ability to use factory sized pads and rotors. The rotors are cast with the holes instead of conventional cross drilling. This provides more strength and resistance to cracking over its life cycle all while reducing unsprung weight.
Spoon Rear Rotors are also cast with the holes instead of drilling to reduce unsprung weight, resist cracking, and increase cooling.
A set of Spoon Front and Rear Brake Pads provide better stopping power and fade resistance on and off the track.
The Spoon Brake Hose Kit completes the braking package for maximum braking efficiency.
A nice view of the Spoon Full Spec Dampers we installed earlier on.
To increase efficiency of the air coming into the engine we’re using a Spoon Venturi Throttle Body. The Spoon Throttle body has a tapered shape and increased butterfly opening to not only allow more air to enter but also sleep up the speed of the air entering the engine.
The Spoon Air Cleaner makes sure the engine receives a consistent supply of air.
The Spoon Carbon Plug Cover sheds a few grams and changes the look of the engine bay.
To better complement the Spoon Aluminum Radiator we’ve installed an ASM Radiator Overflow tank that also increases the coolant reservoir capacity. Behind it is the ASM Street Oil Catch tank to catch blow-by oil through the PCV system.
Currently we’ll be using a pair of Recaro RS-G ASM Limited Ruby seats with a set of matching Recaro Side Protector ASM Limited II.
Can’t forget the Spoon 6speed Duracon Shift Knob. The lightweight composite material provides accurate shifts and will not change temperatures.
Finally moving on the the exterior pieces we got back from paint. The Spoon Aero Mirrors mount to the factory location and feature a more aerodynamic shape.
The lens has a wide angle view with a blue tint to reduce glare. The mirrors also fold up like the factory mirrors to avoid damage when struck.
Rear quarters panels cut, inner fender bent out to meet outerpanel, then sealed. Ready for Spoon Rear Fender installation with maximum clearance.
Spoon Rear Wide Fenders installed.
Spoon Front Wide Fenders installed.
Spoon S-Tai Bonnet installed.
Spoon S-Tai Front Bumper installed.
Spoon Front Grill for the S-Tai Bumper.
Spoon S-Tai Rear Bumper and Spoon 3D GT Wing.
Spoon S-Tai Rear Diffuser.
All buttoned up.
A peek at the exterior parts of our Spoon S2000 Demo Car as get it ready to send to Tristar Autobody & Paint.
We’re very excited to get started on our official Spoon S2000 Demo Car. We started with a clean low mileage 2002 AP1 S2000. We’ll be using this car for product testing, track testing, and exhibiting at car show and events. Customers will be able to see all the parts Spoon offers for the S2000 in person.
First thing we did was swap out the engine and tranny for some more power with the F22C. This also gives us a good opportunity to do a lot of upgrades while the engine and subframe are out.
One of the best upgrades to any S2000 is a lightweight Spoon Chromoly Flywheel especially on an AP2 with a heavier OEM flywheel. While we’re at it, a Spoon Clutch Disc and Spoon Clutch Cover go in along with a Spoon Release Bearing.
The cooling system is one of the easiest and most effective upgrades to any S2000. The Spoon Radiator Hoses, Spoon Thermostat, Spoon Fan Switch, and Spoon Radiator Cap allow the engine to run cool and efficient to allow it to produce the maximum amount of power possible. While the cooling system is upgrades, the water pump on this lightly used engine was replaced as a precautionary measure.
Dropping the engine out with the subframe also allows access and easy replacement for the front suspension components. First up is a set of Spoon Full Spec Dampers, one of best on the market. Aggressive for the street but great on track.
The removed subframe also allows for an extremely easy installation of the Spoon Front Zero Bump Steer Kit. These steering rack spacers correct the geometry of the front steering rods in order to reduce front bump steer on lowered cars.
Another beneficial suspension upgrade are the Spoon Front Offset Ball Joints that shift the camber range 2.5 degrees to allow more negative front camber. The stainless steel construction is the only one of its kind and far more durable than the aluminum ones from other manufacturers.
The exposed subframe mounting holes allow us to see how much bigger the opening is than the bolt that goes through it so a set of Spoon Rigid Collars fills in this gap to dramatically increase overall chassis rigidity.
There would be no better time to install the Spoon Engine and Transmission Mount Kit than while installing the new engine onto the subframe. The Spoon mounts are much stronger and more responsive using solid rubber instead of the weak fluid filled OEM mounts. The transmission bracket also reinforced with a gusset plate to prevent it from flexing from the increased rigidity of the mounts.
Topping it all off is a Spoon Oil Cap. It serves more than just a nice shiny piece under the hood. The plastic OEM oil cap is known to crack after years of high engine vibrations and drops little bits of plastic into the valvetrain damaging critical engine components.
Front assembly is ready to go back into the car.
All buttoned up and a great start to this build.