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Bulletproof Canyon Day Ends In Sadness

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Yesterday I had a hell of a good time…until the moment when I had a hell of a bad time.

Let’s start with the good:

Some of the guys at the office and I decided to spend a day enjoying scenic Malibu and the amazing canyon roads that it offers. Mike in his Voltex aided S2000, me in my S2000 and Jason in his tuned Evo X met up at Neptunes Net on the PCH to start off the day. We then proceeded to have a hell of a time driving our native Malibu beach-side touge roads. I was loving it, I pulled the hardtop off and was enjoying the sun all while getting used to the feel of my new Recaro RS-G Super Stark seats and Keys Racing steering wheel that we installed two days earlier.


For those who have not seen the car in a while, the Mugen roll bar, Super Stark seats, Keys wheel and the in-dash Eclipse head-unit are new additions (thanks Ryan at Creative Car Audio for the various installs). Also recently modified has been the the new Amuse exhaust system (not pictured here).

Towards the end of our touge cruise apparently my engine wasn’t having as much fun as I was and unexpectedly blew the ‘ef up! After a massive cloud of streaming smoke out of the Top Secret hood  I frantically cut the ignition and pulled to the side of the road, promptly jumping the hell out of my Recaro seat! An oil trail ran back as far as the eye could see, the only good news being that at least there was some evidence that I executed the proper driving line through the corners!

That experience took the day from amazing highs to a personal low.


Fortunately I have a built F20c motor already sitting in our warehouse waiting for just such an occasion. Although a costly solution, the end result is that this will all be for the best. The car of the past just wasnt ready for me! The new and improved version I think will be up for the task…

The rest of the day returned to high notes, some might say epic…I got to show the guys I work with the two Top Secret cars for the first time (S15 D1GP champ and the Fusion RR R34 time attack car). We hung out with those cars which I had not seen for a while and lounged the rest of the night surrounded by great cars and some video games. Throw in a crazy good sandwich from my go-to spot Bay Cities Deli in Santa Monica and it was still a hell of a day in sunny Southern California.

For those on facebook, my co-worker Kristoffer put up some pictures on our fan page of the top secret cars, running the canyons and of other fun times we had yesterday.

Check it out here:


Here’s one artistic picture I took after the catastrophe to close this post out…


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It Burns So Good – Amuse Titanium S2000 Header

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I wanted to share a recent picture from my S2000. Recently as some of you know, I revamped a few things on the car. The Amuse full titanium header was one of the amazing parts I was dying to use from the second I learned of its existence.

The car now has this insane Amuse STTI header, the Amuse high flow cat and the Amuse STTi Euro 7022W. The 7022 is designed somewhat similar to the OEM type canister size and placement yet it uses full titanium construction and larger 70mm main piping. I went with the B tail finish with goldring for the tips which means essentially that they look amazing! The sound is perfect now with this setup!

This picture is what happens with the header after just firing up the car for a bit. I suspect it’ll change color a lot more as I drive the car!

I’m so happy I changed out the system, the car keeps getting better!

Here’s the feature on the crazy titanium header when it arrived:


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Bulletproof S2000 GT Topless

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I’d like to share with you a view of my S2000 that even I had never seen before.

Ever since I built the S2000, I had never once taken the top off. All of that changed recently. I’ve been on a bit of a quest to remind myself of why I love the S2000 so much. Keep in mind I started Bulletproof with this same very S2000 almost 10 years ago!  As such,  I’ve decided to transition from the car being a cool looking car into the car being fun to own and drive around town daily.

The transformation from cool to practical has come with several painful sacrifices. First off the Bride Gias and Stradia seats have been sold off. These photos show them for the last time in the car. Currently I have put the stock seats back in and I’m on a bit of a quest to find the perfect daily driving seats (any suggestions?). My post the other day on the limited edition Recaros can give you a hit of the direction I may likely head.


The above two shots are the last shots we’ll ever see of those sexy kevlar backed Bride seats in my car.

Next to go, my prized titanium dual exhaust. Although I must say I still find it to be the most beautiful exhaust I’ve ever imported (this particular exhaust was a custom job, a true one of a kind from the factory that produces Amuses’s exhausts). Why am I selling it? Because I’m old and I want a more quiet car. Sad but true. In the quest to make my S2000 as usable and enjoyable as possible I’ve decided to go with an Amuse Euro 7022 W which will be full titanium still but will have large stock like canisters to keep the sound much more stealthy. Reality is that if you want to drive fast you need to be more quiet. Its like they say about gangsters, the real gangsters are the ones who don’t say much. Enter the street gangster phase of this car…

Fortunately I think I still chose the perfect suspension, the car’s  Top Secret Super Coilovers and height adjustable cup kit have worked wonders and saved me from a lot of otherwise ugly situations with bumper clearances. Plus for a racing setup they are surprisingly comfortable for daily driving. Not needing to touch my suspension saves me some money that I can use to install some modern comforts like a stereo upgrade (the current one doesnt even work anymore) and also some parking sensors perhaps so I dont stress out over parallel parking in LA. I may even do a couple of interior updates to make the cabin more respectable.

At last, the S2000 will grow from boy racer to a gentlemans car.

(although I’m still leaving the stickers on it for the time being, haha)


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