Daily Slideshow: Forum Members Weigh Best First Mods for Your S2000
The Honda S2000 is an already great sports car right from the factory, but every great sports car is built for supporting modifications that enhance it in more ways than one.
Let that motor breathe! The vehicle comes standard with dual exhaust tips and it can certainly benefit from an upgrade. Some aftermarket exhaust systems are proven to give an increase in horsepower. There are different options available such as aluminum, steel, etc. Check out some of the options available to you here.
Forum member Mugen_is_best suggests that Megan racing exhaust (or the like) is the perfect upgrade to replace Honda's stock exhaust.
There is nothing inherently wrong with the stock intake system in the S2000. However, forum members have indicated that replacing the intake with aftermarket kits such as the K&N FIPK kit have noticed an increase in the low-end pull, top-end power, and of course sound. Even on short drives, the plastic intake box on the stock intake can get fairly warm. Many aftermarket kits, especially those with gold foil, will help prevent heat soak and keep the air a little cooler. Most enthusiasts say that the mod is very noticeable and worth every penny.
Forum members suggest many options including intakes by PWJDM, ASM and J's Racing (but hood cutting is required on both), Level 7 (which shows good gains upwards of 13whp over stock intake system), Podio Racing (featuring RAM air system), Comptech, Mugen, and more. For information on all of the aftermarket options, check out S2Ki's official intake thread right here in the forum.
Tires are the most underrated mod. You can transform the performance limits of a car by upgrading the tires for the conditions. Some people drive their cars year round, in all kinds of weather, while others park it in winter. Still, some have a dedicated set of wheels just for summer or the track. Here's an article on the summer tires recommended by forum members. Also, remember that the S2000 comes with wider rear (245mm) tires than in front (215mm), but some suggest moving up to 255mm on the back, and 225mm on the front.
To learn more about track tires for your Honda S2000, check out this thread on S2K.com.
For the weekend auto-crosser, having sway bars will keep this well-balanced sports car planted through each corner. If the car has already had a suspension upgrade, these are a must-have. The sway bar is essentially a spring that only comes into effect when the car tries to lean into a turn, and it keeps it balanced on all four tires. Some S2k forum members are perfectly happy sticking with stock. While one forum member is satisfied with OEM rear sway and a Whiteline front, Tougefactory suggests that with swaybar tuning it's all about finding the optimum oversteer/understeer balance. A square set up and aero stock sway bars work is ideal for him.
For more information on sway bars, check out this thread in our forum.
Front-end downforce is very underrated. Front splitters are essential aerodynamic components that serve to balance the front vs. rear distribution of downforce. A splitter is typically found on the front-end of a race car, appearing as a flat extension to the very bottom of the front bumper. Many drivers combine a splitter with a front air dam or openings on the front bumper that direct the extra air into productive avenues, such as into the brake ducts or for radiator cooling.
Front Lip Spoiler
Spoilers are a favorite accessory among drivers who enjoy upgrading the look and performance of their vehicles with aftermarket parts. The primary purpose for lip spoilers is usually to add a stylish visual accent to the vehicle, but they can also improve aerodynamics, speed, handling, and fuel economy. These spoilers will cost you from anywhere between $50 to $350.
When it comes to aftermarket suspensions, there are spring kits, air bag kits, adjustable shocks and struts, and a variety of other approaches to improving handling and/or changing ride height. But when your goal is to improve high-speed handling, the most important mod is probably the coilover. Coilovers can allow for lowering a vehicle, and also can reduce body roll with stiffer springs. A coilover gets its name from simply a coil spring over a shock absorber. Forum member Afterfire suggests that the stock suspension in the S2000 is great, but performance and aesthetics can be improved by an aftermarket coilover.
Improved Torque with FlashPro
The FlashPro allows full user tuning and data logging for your 2006+ S2000. It includes Windows based software called FlashProManager. The FlashPro connects from your laptop's USB port to your vehicles diagnostic port to provide live tuning with a variety of calibrations and extensive real-time and stored data logging capabilities. Forum members have agreed that the only thing you are going to gain is mid-range because you can lower the vtec point to 4k. And maybe the launch control. At 4k the vtec kick won't be as strong as at 6k.
Having nothing to do with performance, this is one mod that many forum members mention as one of their top improvements they'd make to their S2000. Afterfire had to think about this one and since it's not performance-related, he was surprised he even put it on his list of top six mods he'd make on his S2000. But if there's anything we use every day and we could not live without in a car, it's a radio that enables us to stream music from our phones via Bluetooth.
While we all love the sound of that naturally aspirated motor, a nice sound system can make a long cruise or a hard day much more palatable. There are many different options available for the car's head unit as well as for speakers. Let our forum members help determine which head unit is right for you by checking out this forum thread in S2Ki.com.
Forum members have noticed a significant reduction in noise with the hardtop, increased rear visibility and a more solid "feel" when it's on. It also adds a bit of security since no one can easily cut through the top and take your seats. If you want to reduce the noise even more with the hardtop, install Dynamat insulation to cut down on engine rumble, speaker rattle, road noise, and buzzing vehicle parts. Having a hard top is also a huge benefit in the winter months. If your S2000 is your daily driver, the weather can really get to it over time. And if you have cats in your neighborhood, well, a hardtop is going to prevent them from destroying the roof over your head.
If you are interested in adding a hard top, check out this thread in the S2Ki Forum.
Forum member MM3Kwolik wrote an entire review on the benefits of going with a Billman timing chain tensioner. I don't need to rehash his entire review but when it comes to TCT replacement, OEM, InlinePro, Ballade, and Billman's are the primary options. For the price, buying another OEM tensioner just seems silly. Eventually, it will fail again and you'll be back in the same boat. Billman has and always will stand behind his product. He has crafted it into a thing of beauty and perfected it in every way with his Generation-X tensioner. MM3kwolik runs one, many of his customers run them, and he has never once seen a Billman tensioner fail, ever.
According to MM3Kwolik, other aftermarket tensioners are identical in almost every way shape and form. They use identical springs and pins to push the piston. The problem he's seen with some of these "other" tensioners is the fact that the pins are not made out of a hardened steel, which over time with EXTENDED use, is ground away by the much harder higher carbon steel springs that are used.
If you want to see his review and posted photos, check out this thread in the forum.