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Two Friends,Two S2ks, One Love

Jonathan Thompson
Aug 1, 2008 SHARE

Take two Honda enthusiasts, stuff them in a shared workplace, mix in two S2000s, and what do you get? A couple of super-sleek builds that's what. Andrew "Drew" Blas and Jet Aguirre didn't just work their way up the company ladder from food runners to Junior Sous Chefs in the Antelope, Calif., casino where they are employed, they became friends along the way. Drew's Integra and Jet's Civic sparked their shared interest in Hondas, which later bonded their friendship. They both had aspirations and, through job promotions, were both eventually able to afford cars they never thought they could and enhance them with parts they'd only dreamed of.

It was just an ordinary day when Jet pulled into work and spotted a Rio Yellow Pearl AP2 sitting alone in the parking lot. He knew it had to be Drew's. Within nine months, the AP2 had a new parking companion-Jet's newly purchased Grand Prix White AP1. "On Mondays, when we were both off, we used to have what we called tech days where we would get together and help each other work on our cars," Jet said. The twofold tale embodies loyalty and community, two fundamentals the Honda scene has come to embrace.

Their love for Hondas developed naturally. For Drew, he's owned one since he began driving, and most of his friends share his enthusiasm for the brand. Even his girlfriend drives a Honda. Jet's family history can be traced back to Honda, which led to him purchasing one of his own. Jet's passion for the brand runs deep: "Most of all, you have to love mad VTEC yo!"

Andrew "Drew" Blas' AP2 S2000
Drew's AP2 might seem heavily modified, but he started out going for "the sleeper look." With more than four years and $25,000 invested, Drew's S2K belongs at the other end of the spectrum because there's simply nothing sleeper about it. The AP2 went through two major stages: first the engine bay and interior, then the exterior. He credits his girlfriend, father, and girlfriend's father for helping him throughout the process.

Drew's AP2 breathes in fresh Cali air via a Spoon Sports carbon-Kevlar snorkel, air filter, and airbox manufactured to Spoon Sports' rigorous specs. The plethora of Spoon Sports products include a thermostat, thermo switch, radiator hoses, radiator cap, aluminum radiator stays, oil cap, magnetic oil drain bolts, oil catch tank, and heat shield. Blue Spoon Sports reservoir covers and a yellow valve cover surround a Spoon Sports carbon-Kevlar spark plug cover autographed by Spoon Sports President Tatsuru Ichishima. "As if getting Spoon parts wasn't hard enough, how about a signature from the president of Spoon?" Drew says. After the stock F22C1 powerplant digests the air, the spent mixture exits through a Spoon Sports test pipe and Spoon Sports N1 exhaust.

Matching the Spoon Sports carbon-Kevlar theme is a pair of Spoon Sports carbon-Kevlar bucket seats gliding on Mugen seat rails. Takata four-point seat harnesses offer added protection. A Splash short hub and NRG quick release attach a Spoon Sports steering wheel, and a Spoon Sports titanium shift knob carries out shifting duties. Is anyone else noticing a theme here? Drew also swapped the original interior for blue and removed the soft top assembly. Following his addiction to Spoon Sports parts-which is, in part, due to the company's philosophy of balance-in-car entertainment remains stock.

Drew began to focus on exterior components next. The OEM side mirror holes were shaved in favor of Spoon Sports KCR mirrors, of course, and then Spoon Sports S-Tai front and rear bumpers, a hood, carbon-fiber diffusers, and a short antenna were all added to ensure supremacy. C-West PCC front fenders allow for 10 mm of extra clearance while a C-Wings hardtop completes the package. The AP2 rides low on TEIN Flex springs outfitted with TEIN Flex dampers. Adding rigidity to the already rigid S2K chassis are a Spoon Sports X-brace, rear tie-bar, shock tower bar, and engine torque damper. A Cusco seven-point chromoly rollcage, and front and rear antiroll bars add even more rigidity. Power Slot rotors stop the roadster along with Spoon Sports monocoque calipers. The entire ensemble sits on 17-inch Volk Racing CE28N rims shod inside Toyo R888 tires. The 13-pound rims enjoy eye-pleasing +43 front and +54 rear offsets and are snugly connected to the brake assembly via Ray's extended lug nuts utilizing the stock lug pattern.

Jet Aguirre's Ap1 S2000
Unlike Drew's relatively straightforward build, Jet's appears erratic, but in a good way. Jet's AP1 went through parts faster than college parties go through red plastic cups. Like Drew, Jet wanted "nothing too crazy" for his S2K. In the course of three years, he also invested a cool $25,000. Clearly, the two friends think alike since both failed at subtle buildups.

Another interesting aspect of the two's journey was the support from their girlfriends. Both Drew and Jet acknowledged that their girlfriends purchased certain parts for them. (Take note: Underline, highlight, cut out, and attach this last paragraph to your car's vanity mirror or wherever else your girl might see it.)

Jet's S2K breathes the same fresh Cali air through a J's Racing Tsuchinoko intake. Other J's products include the company's valve cover, oil cap, radiator cap, heat shield, radiator hoses, cooling plate, and fan switch. A Vision carbon-fiber spark plug cover crowns the stock F20C1 powerplant. After air has mingled with the gasoline, their results exit through a T1R catalytic converter and Buddy Club exhaust.

Jet recalls an instance when a police officer pulled him over for his modified exhaust. "I got a ticket for a cracked windshield and modified exhaust when I was leaving school. I was driving, minding my own business, and I got pulled over. After I got my ticket, the cop had the nerve to ask: 'Do you street race?' I said, 'No! Why do you ask?' He said, 'Well since you have a sports car I thought you would street race.' That really pissed me off. I was going to tell him just because a girl dresses like a hooker, doesn't mean she is one right?"

Tying the J's Racing and carbon-fiber theme together are a pair of Vision carbon-Kevlar seats attached to J's Racing super low seat sliders. An NRG quick release hub and lock fasten a MOMO steering wheel touting a Mugen horn to the column. A Mugen shift knob dominates center stage while updated AP2 radio doors line the cockpit. Once more, Jet achieves harmony by retaining stock in-car entertainment components.

When Jet turned his attention toward the exterior he chose Mac Auto in Sacramento, Calif., for paint duties. His J's Racing fetish is further evident outside. J's Racing carbon-fiber front and rear bumpers, hood, paint-matched canards, and side diffusers comprise the majority of the vehicle's exterior. A Back Yard Special rear wing, APR carbon-fiber sideview mirrors, and JDM clear side markers add extra zing. A Seibon carbon-fiber hardtop puts the icing on the cake.

Jet also chose TEIN Flex springs and shocks to provide his S2K with a lower stance. He adjusted the camber to allow maximum negative camber for the desperately needed rim and tire clearance. Strengthening the robust factory chassis are J's Racing rear lower X-beam bars, shock tower bars, an engine torque damper, and a Cusco four-point chromoly rollbar and harness bar. Taking pleasure in the extra firmness are 17-inch Work Emotions featuring a +44 offset all around and a 5x114 lug pattern. A J's Racing driveshaft spacer adds an aggressive edge. J's Racing lug nuts ensure the rims are firmly connected to the rest of the vehicle and a set of Falkens provide the grip.

Both S2000s appear finished, but things aren't always as they appear. "I don't think I'll ever be done with this car," Drew says. "I seem to want to get new items every six months," Jet says. Such statements are nothing less than accurate. Since the photo shoot, Drew installed a GReddy turbocharger while Jet is in the midst of installing his own. The two friends agree on almost everything: They both enjoy their S2000s, they both crave NSXs down the road, and they're both about to embark upon the world of boost. However, Drew and Jet did disagree on one thing when asked whose car reigned supreme. Drew: "Mine, of course." Jet: "No mine."

Jet Aguirre's Ap1 S2000

Propulsion:
F20c1
J's Racing Tsuchinoko intake
J's Racing cooling plate
T1R catalytic converter
Buddy Club exhaust
J's Racing valve cover
J's Racing oil cap
J's Racing radiator cap
J's Racing heat shield
J's Racing radiator hoses
J's Racing fan switch
Samco radiator hoses
Vision carbon-fiber spark plug cover

Stance:
TEIN Flex springs
TEIN Flex dampers
J's Racing shock tower brace
J's Racing engine torque damper
J's Racing rear lower X-beam bar
J's Racing driveshaft spacer
Cusco four-point chromoly rollbar
Cusco harness bar

Resistance:
Stock

Rims & rubber:
17x9 Work Emotion (offset: +43 front, +54 rear)
245/40-17 Falken
J's Racing lug nuts

Outside:
Grand Prix White paint
J's Racing carbon-fiber front and rear bumpers
J's Racing carbon-fiber hood
J's Racing carbon-fiber canards paint matched
J's Racing carbon-fiber side diffusers
Back Yard Special rear wing
APR carbon-fiber sideview mirrors
Seibon carbon-fiber hardtop
JDM clear side markers

Inside:
Vision carbon-Kevlar seats
J's Racing super low seat sliders
MOMO steering wheel
Mugen horn
Mugen shift knob
NRG quick release
NRG hub
NRG lock
AP2 radio doors

Props:
Lysha Paksiw
Bastoz
M2S
T & T Auto
Andrew The JDM Theory crew

Owner Specs:

Hometown: Dededo, Guam
Most played in the iPod: Slow jams
Favorite kicks: Nike Dunks
Recent DVD: Blockbuster Total Access membership
Bogus traffic ticket: Cracked windshield and modified exhaust
Mac or PC: PC
Favorite non-Honda: Skyline GT-R
Porn star pick: Nope
Hottest model: My lovely girlfriend [He'd die if he said someone else]

Andrew "Drew" Blas' AP2 S2000

Propulsion:
F22C1
Spoon Sports carbon-Kevlar air duct
Spoon Sports air filter
Airbox fitted to Spoon Sports specs
Spoon Sports test pipe
Spoon Sports N1 exhaust
Spoon Sports thermostat
Spoon Sports thermo switch
Spoons Sports radiator hoses
Spoon Sports radiator cap
Spoon Sports aluminum radiator stays
Spoon Sports oil cap
Spoon Sports magnetic oil drain bolts
Spoon Sports oil catch tank
Spoon Sports heat shield
Spoon Sports blue reservoir covers
Spoon Sports valve cover
Spoon Sports carbon-Kevlar spark plug cover

Stance:
TEIN Flex springs
TEIN Flex dampers
Spoon Sports shock tower brace
Spoon Sports engine torque damper
Spoon Sports X-brace
Spoon Sports rear tie-bar
Cusco seven-point chromoly rollcage
Cusco front and rear antiroll bar

Resistance:
Power Slot rotors
Spoon Sports monocoque calipers

Rims & rubber:
17x7.5 Volk Racing CE28N (+43 offset in the front)
17x9 Volk Racing CE28N (+54 offset in the rear)
225/45-ZR17 Toyo R888 (front)
255/40-ZR17 Toyo R888 (rear)
Ray's extended lug nuts

Outside:
Rio Yellow Pearl paint
Shaved side mirror holes
Spoon Sports KCR side mirrors
Spoon Sports S-Tai front and rear bumpers
Spoon Sports S-Tai hood
Spoon Sports S-Tai carbon-fiber diffusers
Spoon Sports short antenna
C-West PCC front fenders
C-Wings hardtop

Inside:
Spoon Sports carbon-Kevlar bucket seats
Mugen seat rails
Takata four-point harnesses
Spoon Sports steering wheel
Spoon Sports titanium shift knob
Splash short hub
NRG quick release
Blue interior swap

Props:
www.s2ki.com
TNT Autobody
Mother and Father
Girlfriend's parents
Tammy

Owner Specs:

Hometown: Antelope, Calif.
Most played in the iPod: Whatever is on the radio
Favorite kicks: Comfortable shoes
Recent DVD: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (girlfriend gift)
Bogus traffic ticket: Too low
Mac or PC: PC
Favorite non-Honda: Skyline GT-R
Porn star pick: Don't watch it
Hottest model: Don't care for them

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