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2004 Honda S2000 - One-Off

Because off-the-shelf just won’t do

Brian McGurk
Apr 22, 2011
Photographer: Orlando Echeverria

Scott Healy's '04 S2000
Over 12 years ago, in 1998, a little magazine called Road & Track had their cover graced by Honda’s soon-to-be-released roadster, then dubbed the SSX. The tuning community waited with bated breath to see if the upcoming roadster was everything it was touted to be. And like the rest of the automotive world, Scott Healy of Denver, CO, was one of the many individuals perched on the edge of his seat with anticipation. I knew this would be my next car. I followed the rumors, articles, concept drawings, and spy shots over the next year and a half, patiently awaiting an official release date. In the fall of 1999, Scott finally had his chance, and quickly picked up a brand-new Silverstone AP1. He loved it. He drove the car for about a year, right up until Honda premiered a new color option: Spa Yellow. In Scott’s own words I HAD to have it! I traded in my Silverstone for the Spa and drove it for about three years, until the mod’ bug bit. Scott’s upgrade fever culminated in the spring of 2009 with a 12-psi Comptech supercharger setup that was plagued by a mysterious detonation problem. The motor felt like it was breaking up on the top end, the next few months were spent troubleshooting with no luck; after not driving my car all summer and spending all that time trying to get it running right, I was fed up and I’d had enough!

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Most people would envy Scott for what he did next. I decided to buy another S2000 and start from scratch. Three weeks later I found an ’04 Rio Yellow Pearl S2000 in Vegas. I immediately flew out, and drove the car back. Scott had a firm plan in place for his new car, and over the next few months started selling off pieces from the AP1 while amassing parts for his new AP2. The first thing Scott did was swap his custom audio setup from his second S2000 into his third. He’d already purchased a set of BBS LMs wrapped in Dunlop Star Spec rubber, a Bilstein PSS9 coilover setup, and a Wilwood brake setup for his AP1, but since the AP2 was the new love, it received the royal treatment instead.

Htup 1105 02 o+2004 honda s2000+front mount intercooler Photo 3/11   |   A Full Race intercooler fits perfectly behind the AP2 front bumper.

Scott didn’t want the same old parts everyone had, so instead of a standard seat swap, Scott went that extra step. I hadn’t seen a full CR interior swap done before. It took me about three months to get every single piece, but I think it was worth it. Next on Scott’s wish list were front, side, and rear diffusers, but nothing on the market really caught his attention. He contacted the guys at Downforce for some assistance. I liked the Downforce diffusers for the most part, but they didn’t make them in carbon-Kevlar, which is what I wanted. After some convincing, they finally agreed to make custom Kevlar versions for me. As far as I know, they’re the only ones in existence. To match Scott’s new one-off diffusers, a carbon-Kevlar console and matching engine accents came courtesy of Password:JDM. The deuces headlights and taillights received a custom touch with paint-matched trim rings, another first in the community according to Scott.

By summertime, Scott’s S2K was all show & no go, so to get the build up to speed, he opted for a ProStreet turbo kit by way of Full-Race that included a GT35R turbocharger and complete intercooler setup. However, not all went according to plan, and he was soon left battling the same headaches he dealt with previously. The O2 sensor for my Innovate air/fuel gauge was bad when we installed it, so I ordered up a new O2 sensor and swapped them out. With the new sensor installed, I noticed my car was all of a sudden running lean. We started adding some fuel, and the more we added, the worse it got, all the while reading lean. After a few days of road tuning and troubleshooting, the issue was traced right back to a faulty reading on the air/fuel sensor. Needless to say, Scott was relieved. We could never get the AP1 right since we were running it so rich. If it hadn’t been for the faulty A/F gauge, I would never have bought the AP2. To keep his turbo setup running strong, Scott picked up a T1R 70mm exhaust and matching test pipe to keep the exhaust under control, and had an intake setup featuring a Blox velocity stack and Blitz filter custom made to his specifications. A Koyo radiator with dual FAL fans keep the core temps optimal, and a Hondata K-Pro system running off of a modified RSX ECU keeps the AP2’s power under control. Scott has some serious tuning time scheduled for the S2000 in the very near future. Beyond getting the power output over that of his AP1, all he’s looking forward to is enjoying some seat time with his Rio Yellow roadster and to make sure this one doesn’t go up for sale.

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Bolts & Washers

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Propulsion
Greddy oil cooler
Koyo radiator
Twin FAL fans
Password:JDM carbon-Kevlar radiator cooling plate
Password:JDM carbon-Kevlar engine heat shield
Password:JDM carbon-Kevlar spark plug cover
Custom dress-up bolts
Custom aluminum intake
Yellow powdercoated valve cover
Walbro 255-lph fuel pump
Injector Dynamics 1000cc fuel injectors
Garrett GT35R turbocharger
Blox velocity stack
Blitz air filter
Full-Race intercooler & piping
Full-Race turbo manifold
Full-Race downpipe
Tial 44mm wastegate
T1R 70mm Sparrow dual exhaust
T1R 70mm test pipe
NGK 2667 spark plugs
Okada coil packs
Clutchmasters FX400 clutch
Odyssey 925 battery (relocated to trunk)

Stance
Bilstein PSS9 coilovers

Htup 1105 08 o+2004 honda s2000+engine bay Photo 9/11   |   The AP2’s engine bay features some high-end help from the crew at Full Race.

Resistance
Wilwood cross-drilled brake rotors
Wilwood brake pads
Wilwood 4-piston calipers
Wilwood steel braided brake lines
DOT4 brake fluid
Rims & Rubber
BBS LM: 18x8 +50 (front); 18x9.5 +55 (rear)
Dunlop Star Specs: 225/40 (front); 265/35 (rear)

Exterior
Custom painted headlights
Custom painted taillights
Downforce carbon-Kevlar front lip splitter
Downforce carbon-Kevlar side diffusers
Downforce carbon-Kevlar 3-piece rear diffuser
3P shorty antenna

Interior
2008 Honda S2000 CR seats
2008 Honda S2000 CR door panels
2008 Honda S2000 CR steering wheel
2008 Honda S2000 CR shift knob
2008 Honda S2000 CR center console
2008 Honda S2000 CR radio door
2008 Honda S2000 CR floor mats
Zoom monaco rear view mirror
Password:JDM carbon-Kevlar center console cover
Pioneer DEH-P980BT head unit
Focal 165-KF component speakers
JL Audio 10W6 subwoofer
JL Audio Stealthbox
JL Audio 450/4 amplifier
JL Audio 500/1 amplifier

Electronics
MAC boost controller
Hondata K-Pro
AEM air/fuel meter
AEM boost gauge
PLX multi gauge

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Props
Tan @ Password:JDM
Mike Broddle
Kevin Nguyen
My boy Miguel
The Mile High S2K members

Owner Specs

Favorite Website
www.S2Ki.com

Screen name or nickname
S2K-F8 / Scotty

Building Hondas for how long
6 years

Your Dream Car
1997 Spa Yellow Pearl NSX-T

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Build Inspiration
Many sleepless nights thinking

What’s playing in your iPod/CD/MP3 player right now
Jedi Mind Tricks

Greatest Movie of all time
Snatch

Current Stable
2005 Saab 9-2X Aero, ’96 Civic hatch w/ a B16b

How’d he do that?
Scott knew his new AP2 had to set itself apart from the rest of the yellow S2000 crowd. The idea struck while removing the amber from a friend’s headlights. The process includes baking the housing to pull it apart, and removing the amber covers from the turn signal for a clear headlight. He recalls, I remember taking the headlights apart and seeing the bezel was painted silver from the factory, which matched my friend’s car. I figured it could be repainted to any color, so I went home, took my headlights apart and sent the bezels off to paint. With the newly painted bezels installed, he realized something; As far as I knew, I was first one to do that, so I wanted to try something else. Scott applied the same technique to the taillights, baking them apart and paint matching the bezels to Rio Yellow. Although he was a little less happy about the tails, they turned out great. He recalls, The taillights were a project, and I broke like three of them. I’d do the headlights again, but the taillights? No way.

Sources

Downforce
Anaheim, CA 92806
714-288-1630
http://www.downforceusa.com
Password:JDM
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
888-795-3601
http://www.passwordjdm.com
Wilwood Brakes
Camarillo, CA 93012
805-388-1188
www.wilwood.com
Koyo Radiators
Irvine, CA 92618
949-727-7054
http://www.koyorad.com
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