A peek at the exterior parts of our Spoon S2000 Demo Car as get it ready to send to Tristar Autobody & Paint.
After getting started on the exterior of our ASM S2000 CR Demo Car we move on to the other parts of the car.
As always, we lay out the parts and plan out the installation procedure to make sure things are installed in an efficient order.
First we lower the front subframe. This allows for installation of a number of parts such as the Spoon Subframe Rigid Collars.
The lowered subframe also makes it easier to remove the steering rack bolts which need to be replaced to accommodate the longer bolts of the ASM Front Bump Steer Kit. At the same time, this gives us an opportunity to install the ASM Front Tower Bar GT -Short and the ASM Front Lower Arm Bar GT -Short. Both of which also require removing the steering rack bolts. The “-Short” denotation refers to versions of these bars that are specifically designed to accommodate the 20mm spacer that is installed below the steering rack. This picture is a great representation of how the whole system works together. The ASM Front Tower Bar GT connects to the rear bolts of the steering rack to the front shock towers while the ASM Front Lower Arm Bar GT connects the front bolts of the steering rack to the sway bar mounting point on the body. These two bars combined adds 4 additional points of triangulation between the body and the subframe. In addition to the rigid collars, the subframe feels as one with the rest of the car and suspension feel and response is dramatically improved.
The ASM Front Bump Steer Kit reduces front bump steer on lowered cars by spacing the steering rack up and back to correct the angle of the tie rod to the knuckle. You can also see the mounting point of the ASM Front Lower Arm Bar GT to the front bolts of the steering rack.
The ASM Front Lower Arm Bar GT has 2 components to it. The first part reinforces the rear section of the front subframe to decrease flex in the open part of the subframe. The second part is the section that braces front steering rack mount on the subframe to the sway bar bracket attachment point on the body.
Moving on to the rear part of the steering rack, the ASM Front Tower Bar GT attaches to the shock towers and then down to the rear bolts of the steering rack. This further prevents subframe flex and ties crucial suspension points together for a very direct suspension feel.
Another item that can be addressed while installing the ASM Front Lower Arm Bar GT is the ASM Front Adjustable Stabilizer Bar since one of the mounting points is already removed. The ASM Front Adjustable Stabilizer Bar is designed to be close to factory spec but offers 3 steps of adjustment. Excessive body roll should be addressed with harder springs, not harder sway bars. ASM Stabilizer bars are designed for fine tuning the overall balance of the car with 3 steps of adjustment. You can also see the mounting position of the ASM Front Lower Arm Bar GT
We also have some Spoon bits to install up front. First up, a set of Spoon Full Spec Dampers with the standard 14kg/mm front springs. We’ve had great experience with these using them on all our Demo cars.
To increase the camber range of the front suspension we use Spoon Offset Ball Joints which are made of stainless steel instead of aluminum. These increase the amount of negative camber range by 2.5 degrees.
Can’t forget a set of Spoon Monobloc Calipers. These rotors have taking a beating on track but that’s the great thing about Spoon calipers, OEM sized rotors are used so replacements are cheap and readily available.
Here we can see many of the components how they all interact with each other in one shot.
Moving on to the rear end we finish up the rigid collar installation with the rear subframe.
Then the rear coilovers of the Spoon Full Spec Damper Kit with the standard 12kg/mm springs.
To reduce rear bumper steer and allow for independent camber and toe adjustment we installed a set of Spoon Rear Control Arms. These are made of stainless steel for maximum durability and strength unlike most aftermarket manufacturers who use aluminum.
The ASM Rear Stabilizer Bar completes the set to allow for fine tuning of balance.
The Spoon Rear Cross Beam Bar replaces the weak factory one.
Tying the front and rear subframes together for an additional point of reinforcement we installed the ASM Floor Ladder Bars. These attach rear most attachment point of the front subframe to the forward most attachment point of the rear subframe.
When the ASM Floor Ladder Bar is used in conjunction with the Front Lower Arm Bar GT, the Front Ladder Bar GT is required due to clearance issues.
A view of the all the front components installed.
All the rear components installed.
Moving on to the engine bay we installed the iconic Spoon Yellow Valve Cover.
Topped with a Spoon Carbon Kevlar Plug Cover.
Can’t forget the Spoon Oil Cap and Spoon Radiator Cap.
The ASM Oil Filter Bracket prevents the oil filter from coming loose during racing conditions.
An ASM Steet Oil Catch Tank catches blow-by oil through the PCV systems. This keeps the intake manifold and valves clean from blow-by oil buildup over time. On the race track, the catch tank catches a significant amount of oil.
For increased durability and capacity, we installed an ASM Radiator Overflow Tank.
The most eye-catching part of the engine bay is the ASM Ram Air Cleaner. Jointly developed by GruppeM, the ASM Ram Air Cleaner provdes fresh air from the grill area and has a ram air effect to force air into the air filter creating more power at speed. The large section after the filter provides a large volume of air on tap in front of the throttle body for a strong initial throttle response. A beautiful carbon finish and smooth internals tops it all off.
The front radiator support is closed with the ASM Radiator Plate for the ASM Intake.
So we don’t have lay the factory hood prop on the intake system, we installed a set of GReddy Hood Lifters.
That’s it for this stage. More to come of course…
In addition to our Spoon S2000 Demo Car we’re also building an ASM S2000 CR Demo Car this year. We’re excited to start it off with a couple exterior bits. The first thing we wanted to do was get the car on the ground with the correct wheel fitment so needed to start off with the ASM I.S. Design Front Fenders, ASM I.S. Design Rear Over Fenders, and ASM I.S. Design Front Bumper rolling on Volk Racing CE28 17×9+40 / 17×9.5+35 in Formula Silver.
We started with a clean low mileage S2000 CR.
First stage of parts laid out before installation.
Getting crowded having 3 project cars are one time. There are 4 great bumpers pictured here. S2000 CR, ASM I.S. Design Front Aero Bumper IS-11, Spoon S-Tai Front Bumper, and the ASM I.S. Design Front Aero Bumper -04 peeking in the background.
The Volk Racing CE28 17×9.5+35 has a nice concave face with a big lip.
To get started we dove right in and cut up the rear quarter panel of this nice S2000 CR
ASM I.S. Design Rear Over Fenders installed
Wheels fit nicely under the over fenders.
Front Fenders and Wheels mounted. These wheels fit nicely under the fenders and have good clearance with the Spoon Monobloc calipers.
Finished up this first phase with the front bumper.
ASM Front Bumpers are slightly lower than the factory bumper so all mounting hardware to secure the front undertray is included in the kit.
What we have so far. Lots more to come…
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.
The Spoon S-Tai Front Bumper is the culmination of years of experience with Super Taikyu endurance racing and other forms of motorsport. It’s design is inspired by many functional features that are required in racing. Taking a closer look at the Spoon S-Tai Front Bumper for the S2000 allows us to see what separates this bumper from other S2000 front bumpers and how replicas can’t compare.
The most obvious features over a factory bumper are the brake and intake ducts. The brake ducts allow for connection to a tube that can provide cooling for the brake system. Maintaining a constant working temperature is essential in the durability of the braking system during endurance racing. The air intake duct provides an opening to connect the optional Spoon Fresh Air Intake Duct to supply fresh cold air to the intake box. Fresh cold air allows the engine to continue running strong during the entire length of a race.
The bumper is longer than the factory front bumper to increase front end downforce. However, the height is the same to retain sufficient ground clearance. The curvature of the bottom section channels air cleanly around the front bumper in order to decrease drag.
Included are large bright driving lights that are a necessity during the late night stages of an endurance race and can dramatically increase the road illumination for any driving condition road or track. The lights are covered by a durable polycarbonate lens to protect from cracking and maintain the aerodynamics of the front bumper.
The lights are mounted to the bumper with a weather sealed housing that allow for angle adjustment of the beam to fine tune for any situation. Also included is a complete wiring kit with it’s own fuse and and weather sealed connectors for quick and easy bumper removals. The wiring kit also features a wireless remote switch so wires into the cabin aren’t required and the switch can be mounted anywhere the driver prefers.
Another prominent feature of the exterior is the venting duct on the side of the bumper. The venting duct allow for hot air from the engine and radiator that’s trapped in the bumper to be drawn and ducted out to prevent heat soak of the front end.
Something very few aftermarket bumpers retain is the ability to use the factory tow hook instead of requiring an expensive aftermarket solutions. The shape and location of the cutout allows the use of the factory tow hook cover and tow hook for convenience and ease of use.
Often the most overlooked part of what makes this bumper special is the also the most important. Included with the Spoon S-Tai Front Bumper is a full carbon fiber removable undertray with a honeycomb reinforcement. The addition of the undertray speeds up and diffuses the air underneath the front bumper to increase front end downforce without adding any drag. The undertray is made of full carbon fiber for maximum weight savings. It’s not simply one layer of carbon fiber laid on top of fiberglass for aesthetics like other aftermarket bumpers. The undertray is bolted to the rest of the bumper and removable for ease of access to the underside of the car when mounted or removal during paint. The 2-piece construction is also important in preventing a location for the cracks to occur if something is hit. Other aftermarket bumpers that feature a molded undertray almost always crack at the seam where the bottom section is bonded to the rest of the bumper. The undertray also features bent edges and a honeycomb reinforcement panel to increase strength and prevent sagging and deflection at speed. Maintaining a stable structure is important in providing a reliable and consistent aerodynamic benefit.
Looking at the back side of the bumper you can see the center section is extended longer to provide a duct to the radiator for more efficient cooling from the air that enters the front of the bumper. And of course the Spoon badge is molded into the bumper and serial numbered for authenticity.
Lastly, for proper street use, holes and a license plate bracket are included for mounting of a front license plate.
Optional accessories for the Spoon S-Tai Front Bumper are the Front Grill and Fresh Air Duct. The Front Grill protects large road debris from entering the radiator area and damaging the vital cooling system. The fresh air duct is specifically designed to channel cold air in from the bumper cutout into the factory airbox. This carbon kevlar duct requires the use of the Spoon S-Tai Bonnet or cutting the factory hood to make space for the increased duct size.
The optional front grill is a piece that also requires a closer look see how it differ from most other generic front grills; it’s not simply a chicken wire mesh that’s cut to shape. The Spoon Front Grill is made entirely of aluminum so it won’t corrode, rust, or chip. It’s curved and contoured to fit the shape of the Spoon S-Tai front bumper using an aluminum roundbar frame. The aluminum mesh grill is then welded onto the frame at each contact point so it can better retain it’s overall shape over time.
After doing some maintenance and essentials. It’s time for a few more Spoon items that are great additions to any S2000 build.
Completing the installation of the Spoon Rigid Collar Kit with the rear subframe. These greatly improves the overall chassis rigidity and suspension feel in the rear end.
Spoon Driveshaft Spacers are an essential mod for any lowered AP1 S2000. These help correct the driveshaft position on lowered cars to prevent premature wear of the bearing and CV joints. The one piece solid stainless steel design is much stronger than other companies that use 2-piece designs or makes them out of aluminum.
Another essential mod for any lowered S2000 is a set of Spoon Rear Control Arms. These correct the the to rear suspension geometry between the control arm and knuckle to prevent rear bump steer. The adjustable length also allows for better alignment settings to be achieved.
Coilovers are usually considered the most important or the only suspension piece needed for most people but they’re only a piece of the overall suspension package. The Spoon Full Spec Dampers is a great addition to the suspension package of a tracked or daily driven S2000. The corrosion and rust resistant surface offers great durability against the elements and the single-way adjustment allows for street comfort or race track settings. Ride height and pre-load is independently adjustable for a wide range of settings. Front springs are 14kg/mm and rear are 12kg/mm to provide sharp steering response and stable handling with either street or race tires.