Justin Taylor's 2007 Honda S2000
All things happen for a reason. The inevitability of life is something we all have in common. When it comes to cars, this is even more evident. Randomly breaking down, an unforeseen accident, and theft are just a few incidences where things seem to happen without explanation. These tragedies can either make or break a person. Justin Taylor of Whittier, CA, will tell you all about it. He's the type of guy who's been through so much, he could have a brand new story to share every time you run into him. In fact, he's had more stories than S2000s.
"This would be my third S2000," Justin says. "I started out with a red one, then yellow, and now this one is the most current. "With three S2000s, you would think that Justin was a diehard Honda aficionado, but his past and how he got into Hondas would persuade you otherwise. "I started out driving a 15-passenger van," Justin reminisces. "If there was ever a direct opposite of a Honda, that van would have to be it. I'd just finished touring with the band that I had been playing with for the past two years. Not knocking any of those guys, but riding around in a big van isn't exactly anyone's idea of fun. That is, unless you were a hippy in the '60s singing Kumbaya!" There are a couple scenarios where a van might seem entertaining; one of them involving promiscuous female and a video camera. Mix those together and title it something with "bus" at the end. Just sayin'. A large van filled with men is definitely not as fun-that and it would make for a totally different kind of movie. Nevertheless, when Justin returned home, he had to find a car that he could drive every day, that didn't accommodate large groups of men.
"My friend had a 1993 Integra at the time with a B16 swap in it, but I didn't know anything about Hondas back then. The Civic Si coupes were cool back in high school but other than that, I had no experience with them. I needed a reliable car so I decided to give it a shot." The DA was far more than he expected. The sagging door panels, leaking sunroof, and old heat-infused, bubbly purple tint didn't faze Jason; he was in love with his Integra. "Just hearing VTEC kick-in, man, it put a smile on my face every time. I mashed on that thing so much that I ended up needing another engine just a few months later! My friend then introduced me to Eric at Gamboa Motors, and he was the guy who was probably responsible for steering my focus away from music, and really got me into cars."
After a new engine was installed, Justin was once again content with his DA. Content that is, until the day he showed up to visit his brother at work at a local Acura dealership. "I spotted an S2000 that just arrived as a trade-in and knew I had to have one. I tried to trade in my band's van but the thing was so large and ridiculous that they wouldn't take it," Justin admits. "I ended up having to go to a different dealership that would take the van as a trade-in, and I picked up my first S2000."
Justin had ideas of using the S2000 as his daily and possibly building his DA to be a track car, but plans changed the more he drove his new purchase. "The stock S2000 was way more than the DA could ever be, so I ended up just selling the car. Unfortunately, after I sold the DA and made a couple payments on my S2000, someone stole it. Luckily for me I had insurance and gap coverage so I went hunting for another S2K as soon as I could."
Justin was bored with the colors that were available at that time, except for a yellow one that caught his eye, and he soon found himself behind the wheel of his second S2000. However, another unfortunate occurrence would soon come about when he realized that his new purchase had a factory defect. A Honda dealership determined that the engine wasn't holding oil and his yellow S2000 was returned to the factory as a lemon. Justin then went on a journey for his next S2000, now his third, and ended up with the 2007 Formula Red AP2 that graces these pages.
"I was doing a lot of research on the S2Ki forums and the modding bug really hit me hard. I started making more money and I found myself going through different exhaust set-ups, trying bumpers out, and basically tried anything I could get my hands on that fit my style. I received a magazine one day that had an article on ASM and their S2K masterpieces and that was the moment when I knew exactly what I wanted." Taylor rushed to Go-Tuning immediately and ordered every ASM based aero piece that fit on his car. "ASM had just released the new '07 bumper, and I was the first one to get it in the states."
Justin found himself waiting impatiently for months before the ASM parts arrived from Japan. Once the parts were in his possession, he sent the AP2 over to Makito at Seven Apple Paintworks to complete the total ASM transformation. Taylor found himself changing so many parts during the time that it was in paint that the car spent a little over a year getting made over. During that time, he installed his new Bride Stradia seats, Cusco 6-point roll cage, and ASM exhaust. Volk RE-30s also made their way on before it was finally officially released from the shop and back into Justin's possession.
"I actually picked up a BMW M coupe while I was waiting for my car to be finished. I laughed to myself as I drove off in my S2000 because I couldn't believe I actually thought I might have found a car that I liked driving more than my beloved Honda.The ultimate driving machine? Ha!"
Bolts & Washers
Password:JDM carbon fiber intake
K&N air filter
ASM stainless exhaust manifold (2008-spec)
ASM stainless single exhaust system (2008-spec)
Invidia 70mm test pipe
4.56 final drive
ASM radiator overflow catch can
ASM oil catch can
Password: JDM cooling plate
Hondata K-Pro dual ECU
Tein Super Racing Coil over
Project Mu B-Force brake pads
ASM I.S. Design front bumper
ASM I.S. Design bonnet
ASM I.S. Design front fenders
ASM I.S. Design rear over fenders
ASM I.S. Design 07 rear bumper
M Racing side mirrors
Bride Stradia Lo Max carbon kevlar seats
Bride seat rails
OMP 3-inch 4-point safety harness'
Cusco/Safety21 6-point roll cage
Prodrive steering wheel
NSX-R horn button
ARC Ti shift knob
My mom and brothers Seth and Ethan, Natalia
Booboo and the Molina factory
Mike and Kel from Evasive
Makito at Seven Apples
Tan and Steve at Password: JDM
Ken and Dave @Shine
The FilthIEst crew
The Topdown crew
All my friends and family
Screen name or nickname:
the s2k dude
Your dream car:
The ASM street-spec and race-spec cars
Greatest movie of all time:
Autobacs secondhand market
The ASM name has blown up over the last couple of years and their parts are beginning to pop-up everywhere within the S2000 community. Their aero pieces have become the new hotness for S2K owners to strive for. What some may not know is that ASM is actually the same company as Autobacs or what we knew them as stateside: the now-defunct Super Autobacs. Though they are known mainly for supplying used parts to the masses, they began producing original parts at the requests of their customers. ASM then created I.S. Designs, which is their aero parts division and the developers of all the popular ASM S2000 kits you see today.