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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...

MR2 Spyder Weight Chart (Weight Reduction)

Go straight to the weight chart Perhaps the two greatest strengths of the Toyota MR2 Spyder is its exceptional balance and light weight. Very few cars offer the shear joy that the Spyder does. In fact, owners often call this feeling permagrim and rightfully so. It is hard to exit one of these cars without a huge grin on your face. When tuning the MR2, it is very important to not only pay...

Part 1: Introducing the Daily Driven, Grip Racing MR2 Spyder.

Introducing project MR2 Spyder (MR-S), my daily driver. I might as well come clean up front, I wouldn’t want you guys to think I am going soft, or crazy for that matter as the MR2 is not the best choice for a drift platform. It really is simple though, my passion for motorsports extends beyond the world of drifting. Not only do I love drifting, I enjoy auto-x, road racing, rally, time...

Custom Cold Air Intake (CAI) for the CA18DET

This tutorial covers the steps necessary to replace the factory flexible intake with a solid, metal pipe unit that will always draw ambient air from outside of the engine bay. This will ensure that the turbo is supplied with the coolest air possible and will provide a little less thermal load on the motor and its supporting systems. Additionally, running a custom hard pipe instead of the flexible...

Swapping the KA24DE Throttle Body onto the CA18DET Intake Manifold (The Quick and Dirty Way)

Installing the larger KA24DE throttle body onto the CA18DET intake manifold is one of the rare free mods that has no drawbacks. Although a gain in horsepower is usually not evident when swapping a larger throttle body onto a pressurized (turbo charged) intake manifold, increasing the size of the throttle body will improve the motor’s on/off throttle response as well as boost response. The...

About the Author:

Chris Simmons

Chris Simmons is a race car driver, instructor, business owner and all around gearhead. His passion for motorsport started in the drifting community 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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