ArchiveJanuary 2008

FMIC Install (Comptech Supercharged Honda S2000)

Recently project S2000 has enjoyed the addition of a Comptech supercharger to give it a little more … ooomph. But even with the stage 1 pulley peaking at a paltry 5psi, it became clear rather early that the Comptech system is very prone to heat soak. Being daily driven in Tennessee means that this car needs to handle summer temps that touch 100 degrees F. With this year’s mild winter...

Electric Oil Pressure Gauge Install (Honda S2000)

The oil pressure gauge installed on project S2000 is a Faze electrical unit. This guide will demonstrate how to install the sending unit and assumes that the actual gauge itself is already wired for power. (If you need help with the wiring, refer to the previous install (Honda S2000 Boost Gauge Install) as it details the wiring of an electric gauge.) Getting Started An electric gauge will come...

Rear Lower Brace Install (MR2 Spyder / MR-S)

The lower rear braces for the MR2 Spyder are member braces that triangulate the control arms on each side of the rear suspension. These braces connect the frame mounting points of the arms together, effectively reducing the flex under corning and acceleration. As a result, the rear end will feel more stable. However, by increasing the rigidity of the rear, the car will also tend to oversteer more...

MR2 Spyder Front Lower Chassis Brace Install (Che’s Front Brace)

From the factory, the front of the MR2 Spyder has two braces that connect the frame rail on each side to the front cross member on the under side of the car. These two braces (or bars) reduce the flex in the front of the chassis in a fore and aft direction. However, this is one particular area on the chassis that could really benefit from lateral bracing so in comes Che’s Front Lower Brace...

Honda S2000 Vacuum/Boost Gauge Install (Faze Electric Gauge)

A boost gauge is an absolute must on any boosted vehicle. On a turbo charged car it will tell you not only how much boost is being developed but whether or not the boost is spiking, creeping or overrunning the wastegate. All of which are important to the longevity of the motor. On a supercharged car however, boost is typically a fixed value dictated by the size of the pulley. Even so, a boost...

Honda S2000 Gauge Pod Install (Pillar Pod)

To complement project S2000’s newly pressurized intake manifold, the addition of a few aftermarket gauges are being added to help keep tabs on the motor. But first, a place is needed to locate the first two gauges so in comes the pillar mounted gauge pod. The pod chosen is made specifically for the Honda S2000 and replaces the factory driver’s side pillar. (Note:  This procedure is...

TRD Front Strut Tower Brace Install (Toyota MR2 Spyder)

The TRD front strut tower brace for the MR2 Spyder is a 5.2 lb, dual tube strut bar that reduces the front chassis flex during cornering. I have had strut tower braces installed on most cars I have owned and more often than not, only minimal suspension gains are found. However, the TRD strut brace on the MR2 is truly a gem and really increases the the feedback to the driver while improving...

Honda S2000 High Flow Fuel Pump Install (Walbro 255)

Purpose: Consider the fuel pump the heart of the fuel system. It provides a constant supply of fuel to the fuel rail to ensure that the injectors always have enough fuel to work with. However, when the power output is significantly increased over stock the motor becomes hungrier and the injectors need more fuel to maintain proper air fuel ratios. (This is especially true under boost.) An upgraded...

Installing the Comptech Stage 1 Centrifugal Supercharger onto the Honda S2000

The following guide walks through the steps that were taken to install the Comptech stage 1 centrifugal supercharger onto project S2000. The “complete” kit came off of another Honda S2000 that was getting traded for a 350Z. As this was a used kit we did not have directions for the install and suspect that an extra bracket was missing. As such, this tutorial covers the steps we took to...

Driftopia.com, News Archive December 2007

December 29, 2007 Got boost? Project S2000 does. Check back next week for full write-ups of the Comptech Supercharger install. December 16, 2007 The tech section for Project MR2 Spyder (MR-S) is now online. Check out the first article, MR2 Spyder Weight Chart (Weight Reduction) December 22, 2007 Just a couple of updates before the holidays. First, a new project car has been added to Driftopia.com...

Part 2: Reintroducing Project S2000 (Change of Plans and More Power)

Change of Plans Sometimes we get ahead of ourselves and that is exactly what happened with Part 1: of project S2000. Project S2000 is owned by Rio-S2k in the forums and we thought long and hard about turning his car into a dedicated drift car and we both came to the conclusion that it is just not worth it. To make the S2000 a truly competitive drift car would sacrifice a lot of the...

Chris Simmons is a race car driver, instructor, business owner and all around gearhead. His passion for motorsport started in the drifting community over 10 years ago and progressed into wheel to wheel racing of all kinds. When off track Chris can be found training and working on a myriad of projects. After a hiatus from writing, he is back to share his passion, knowledge and experience in regard to motorsports on and off the track.

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