So first things first, I've putzed around with the Mishimoto oil cooler and kept an eye on oil pressure and it's virtually identical to prior pressure readings so that's a good thing. If there's a pressure drop it's on the order of 1-3 psi at most. Also, if you have an '06+ with the ambient air temp readout on your cluster, the sensor needs to be relocated elsewhere or else it'll read warm. The instructions don't mention this. I mounted it on the a/c filter/dryer.
I also got an alignment (do it once a year at least) done by my homeboy Dave (yesitsahonda). If you're in the Northern VA area I highly recommend him if you want some work done on your S or even just an alignment. Anyway, I need to try and keep track of things better so I can compare setups a little more scientifically so it's here as a log.
So after making the decision to remove the OEM intake (it takes up too much damn space), I made the decision to try out a 3.5" intake. Several people have posted about it so I figured I'd give it a shot. I ordered all the parts for it from siliconintakes.com and a filter and blox velocity stack from amazon. Big props to slowd16 for sharing all the details of the intake! Here is a link to the details of it: http://www.s2ki.com/s2000/topic/1107...t__p__23441137
I'm not sure it's worth all the headaches and squeezing over say a 3" off the shelf intake, but I like a challenge!
First off I'll say fitting it is a giant PITA. It requires hacking up the fender liner pretty good, and since I opted to keep my 2.5" brake ducts, it's a SUPER tight fit. The air filter presses up against the WASP bumper duct. I also slash cut the 3.5" 90 degree tube on both ends that goes to the throttle body so that I could get the pipe to angle downwards a little and clear the hood, otherwise it hit the hood for me.
So I got the car back together tonight and took it for a test drive. WOW! It's been a while since I've driven a honda with an aftermarket intake, but g-damn this thing is SUPER loud at WOT! Personally I like quiet/stealth (yes I'm an old man) so I'm not quite sold on it, but I can just lift my foot a little if it bothers me on the street. Ultimately I needed an intake to fit things in my engine bay so whether I like it or not is a moot point. The butt dyno says the top end feels a little better, but I'll have to datalog w/ the hondata on the street and see if it's leaning out anywhere. I added +2% fuel at the higher load points to play it safe.
I found a nice new home for the catch can right next to the radiator, and still have plenty of room. I was planning on doing a track day today, but the weather was calling for rain, I got sick this past Friday so didn't get a chance to work on the car, and I'm sure I have some other excuses.
I signed up for a Track Night in America at the new Dominion track next month May 10th, but I'm hoping to be doing a lot more track days over the summer and fall. I have a few more little things I need to do before I get on track next month, but shouldn't be a problem getting it done in time.
Here are some pictures of the intake/engine bay:
Here's a zip tie that goes around the 3.5" pipe that pulls it forward. Otherwise the 90 degree elbow will touch the tire at full lock: