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JIC Magic S2000

Jun 1, 2008
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Ride Quality
We've always preached against the over-lowering of cars. And with a mean, low-down stance more related to show queens than track machines, we were skeptical about the JIC S2000. Until we drove it. Truly surprising, the JIC FLT-A2 coilovers displayed a smooth and controlled comfort level over the freeways, soft bumps and crater-strewn city streets of our test route. This set-up had a definite firmness over sharp bumps that could be felt in the backside, but the feeling was controlled and free from any worry-inducing 'crashing' into the bumps.

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On-Track Behavior/Lap Time
Had we been using stopwatches, we would have questioned the timer's motor skills. The JIC car felt great. It was easy to control the slip angle through throttle steering and stay on the racing line. It inspired a lot of confidence. It just wasn't clocking the lap times it felt like it was. For whatever reason, it wouldn't pull the lateral-g numbers. The car lost time all the way from sections five through nine. The only obvious points where it needed to slow down more than the others to stay on the track were at the right-hander in section five and the high-speed transition approaching Magic Mountain. It's purely speculation, but the clumsy 18-inch wheels may not have been the best choice for all-out track performance.

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Damping Quality
Although quite comfortable on the street, the JIC S2000 was sensitive to differences in road surface on the freeway and displayed a slight upshock harshness from too much compression damping. On the track, the JIC suspension again felt like it had too much damping for the spring and was packing down on bumps. The balance was toward late-turn oversteer, but tire shock made it hard to get the power down on exit. The JIC S2000's racing brake pads were rated by Kojima as the second-best brakes in the group, right behind the Spoon's mega-buck calipers.

Modifications
Peak Power: 195whp @ 8300rpm
Peak Torque: 132lb-ft @ 6600rpm
Weight: 2693 lbs (50.7/49.3)
Model Year: 2000 (AP1)
Engine Code: F20C
Engine Modifications: AEM intake, Berk Technology50mm header and high-flow catalytic converter, JIC titanium exhaust, Clutchmasters stage three clutch and lightweight flywheel
Chassis: JIC Magic shock tower bar, X-brace, SCCHspherical bearing bushings for front control arms, Megan Racing anti-bumpsteer kit
Suspension (other): Stock
Brakes: Project Mu brake pads
Wheels: AME, 18x8 +50mm (F), 18x9 +50mm (R)
Tires: Continental ContiSportContact 3, 245/40/18 (F), 255/35/18 (R)
Body: Front lip spoiler
Interior: Stock

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MSRP: $2070.00 BEST LAP: 2:08.546
SPECIFICATIONS
Suspension brand JIC
Model name FLT-TAR
Setup by JIC
Type Monotube, 15-position combined compression
and rebound damping adjustment, independent spring and height
adjustment, pillow ball upper mounts
Front Rear
Spring rate 672 lb/in (12 kg/mm) 560 lb/in (10 kg/mm)
Piston rod diameter (mm) 45 45
Stroke length (mm) {{{90}}} 90
Weight (each, lbs) 10.6 9.2
Manufacturer suggested settings
Street (15 is softest) 7-10 clicks, 7-10/15 10-15 clicks, 10-15/15
Track (15 is softest) 1-4 clicks, 1-4/15 5-7 clicks, 5-7/15
Ride height 12.75 12.5
(inches from wheel center to outer fender edge)
Camber (deg) -2 deg 30' -2 deg 30'
Toe (mm) 0.0 0.0
Caster (deg) Stock N/A

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