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Ali’s AP1 S2000

Alistair14

South East - Herts/London
ClioSport Area Rep
#1
So prior my R26 thread, the megane has now been sold on and I managed to get this at a decent price.

133k, full Honda service to around 100k
Usual mods of intake, super street exhaust (which is Loud!) .. HSD coilovers, and a paddle clutch which is hard as hell.

I’ll get a few more details up when I can, just wanted to get the thread up!

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JB21

ClioSport Club Member
#2
Love them. Defo something I'll be owning in the near future. Think I'd go with the AP2 though, but they demand a premium.
 

Alistair14

South East - Herts/London
ClioSport Area Rep
#6
Having wanted a 2 seater sportser for years now, my first idea was a 1.6 mx5 but I never really got round to it. Saw one of these when they came out at a car show in wales and just fell in love with it.

It’s my idea of a drivers car, mid engine rear wheel drive 2 seater, all the control are literally At your finger tips when you’re on the wheel it’s fantastic. Along with the intake and exhaust it just sounds crazy
 

General Dave

ClioSport Club Member
#7
Love an S2000. A friend of mine had a yellow one that he threw pretty much the whole J's racing catalogue at, it was a proper weapon!!
 

Darren S

ClioSport Club Member
#8
@Al_G ....

Love these - a colleague in our office has one. I don't think anything like this will be repeated by a mainstream manufacturer again - certainly not with burning fuel as as a method of propulsion.
 
#9
@Al_G ....

Love these - a colleague in our office has one. I don't think anything like this will be repeated by a mainstream manufacturer again - certainly not with burning fuel as as a method of propulsion.
Yep, unbelievable cars. Love mine to pieces. So much in fact I rarely drive it anymore in fear I’ll damage it lol. After spending so much time and money getting it right I just can bare to use it...Off the top of my head...

- Respray
- Full underseal including inner arch and sill protection (rust is the biggest issue with these)
- Wheel refurb
- Mohair roof (OEM is vinyl)
- New windscreen
- New tyres and brakes (disks and pads) all round
- New replacement painted callipers (they seize with age)
- Fast road setup courtesy of Centre Gravity
- Full ceramic detail
- Replaced instrument binnacle
- Retrimmed steering wheel and gear gaiter
- Anvil 2 gear knob (shipped from the states)
- CR radio cover (shipped from the states)

I’m hoping they’ll rocket in price given time. There isn’t much out there quite like it.

They’re not fast and your average Fiesta ST would nail it A-B but that’s not the point. It just can’t be beaten for enjoyment. Forget all the new age stuff, the S2000 is in a different league for enjoyment while still being usable on a day to day basis.

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They’ll be remembered for a long time to come.
 

182_steve

ClioSport Club Member
#10
That looks awesome!! Love that colour and the side on photo with the lows and black wheels etc, very nice!

Shall await more photos!
 
#11
I've had two now, a pre facelift 02 plate and a post facelift 04 plate both in silverstone (technically all UK cars are AP1, just pre/post facelift, as every S2000 nerd likes to tell people).

Loved my first one, did about 20k miles in it in a year or so, sold it due to wife having some back problems which meant she couldn't go in it anymore.

Second one bought as a bit of an impulse buy about 5 years after the first thinking she'd be ok in it now as her back was a lot better, nope sadly not :( Hardly did any miles in that one, didn't even have it a year before getting rid (know one of the guys at Torque GT who sold it for me https://torque-gt.co.uk/car/honda-s2000-2/).

One of the previous chaps had put one of the Monsoon replacement mohair hoods on it, was pristine when I had it still and was a lot nicer than the stock vinyl.

Actually just remembered sold my first one to them as well!

Never really gelled with the second one, the handling felt rather floaty even with the alignment all ok, plus I got old in the time between them and whilst it's the best feeling manual box I've ever driven found it annoying pootling around, in traffic etc, missed my auto ;) Pushing on it was great though, and can't beat roof down fun.

Controversially I always used to say they would be awesome with a sequential/paddle type box.

There's not a huge amount I'd do to one unless you're craving big power with a charger of some sort, just make sure the suspension isn't all seized up, get the alignment sorted and just drive it :)
 

Typhoon

Gangsta
ClioSport Moderator
#12
Having wanted a 2 seater sportser for years now, my first idea was a 1.6 mx5 but I never really got round to it. Saw one of these when they came out at a car show in wales and just fell in love with it.

It’s my idea of a drivers car, mid engine rear wheel drive 2 seater, all the control are literally At your finger tips when you’re on the wheel it’s fantastic. Along with the intake and exhaust it just sounds crazy
This over an MX5 any day mate. Good buy brother. Looking forward to the progress!
 

Alistair14

South East - Herts/London
ClioSport Area Rep
#13
So, actually have time to update this now.

Absolute hoot to drive, extremely happy .. handles fantastic, VTEC sounds amazing with the stainless exhaust.

It has been rust treated and also under sealed which has saved me a huge job only down side is that one of the panels has been miss matched and its a slightly different shade of blue (original colour over 15 year old faded)

Had classics on the green locally to me, so parked up early and im surprised with how many pictures got taken / people that came and spoke to me about it, its never happened with a car I've owned before!

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Gus

ClioSport Moderator
#16
So, actually have time to update this now.

Absolute hoot to drive, extremely happy .. handles fantastic, VTEC sounds amazing with the stainless exhaust.

It has been rust treated and also under sealed which has saved me a huge job only down side is that one of the panels has been miss matched and its a slightly different shade of blue (original colour over 15 year old faded)

Had classics on the green locally to me, so parked up early and im surprised with how many pictures got taken / people that came and spoke to me about it, its never happened with a car I've owned before!

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Looks amazing ! perfect summer car.
 

Alistair14

South East - Herts/London
ClioSport Area Rep
#17
Not sure what the history is like on yours, but i would look at changing the timing chain and tensioner to the Toda one. Also the valve clearances are quite important on these.

http://www.tegiwaimports.com/select...ing-chain-tensioner-tct-honda-s2000-f20c.html
Tensioner has already been replaced, he also changed the clutch slave cylinder which in happy about!
Valve clearances are something I’ve wanted doing, I’ve got a friend up north who’s a Honda specialist who I’m gonna try get too to get it done
 

Rojer

ClioSport Club Member
#19
Tensioner has already been replaced, he also changed the clutch slave cylinder which in happy about!
Valve clearances are something I’ve wanted doing, I’ve got a friend up north who’s a Honda specialist who I’m gonna try get too to get it done
That's good news, the Honda tensior is pretty poor, my friend replaced his twice on his car :(
 

Akay

ClioSport Club Member
#20
Looks great, wicked colour as well.

Not a fan of the stick on plate. Dont get the wanting a clean nose but then ruining it with plate slapped on at an offset!

Ive just moved on to an MR2 Roadster, top down at every opportunity is the way forward!
 
#23
If I could run a two seater these would be top of my wanted list. I just had a quick look and found this
http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201808029088485?atmobcid=soc3

Now that is nice.
The guy that owns it has only had it for 6ish months. I remember the buying thread on S2Ki. His user name is John Walker or similar.

It was bought for a similar amount of money to that of the advert. No idea why he’s selling it.

I saw a red 09 with 10k on the clock in Northwich on Saturday. Got to be worth early 20s.

Owner told me his was some of the last to be sold. Honda we’re offering 7k discounts to get shot of the last cars. Think he picked it up for 21k, brand new.
 

OssPoop

ClioSport Club Member
#24
The guy that owns it has only had it for 6ish months. I remember the buying thread on S2Ki. His user name is John Walker or similar.

It was bought for a similar amount of money to that of the advert. No idea why he’s selling it.

I saw a red 09 with 10k on the clock in Northwich on Saturday. Got to be worth early 20s.

Owner told me his was some of the last to be sold. Honda we’re offering 7k discounts to get shot of the last cars. Think he picked it up for 21k, brand new.
There's a red one with under 10k on the clock on AT for £26k or something. Seems some folk might make a £ or 2 if they bought late ones. Waste of a good drivers car though. I might buy a lotto ticket this week though
 
#25
There's a red one with under 10k on the clock on AT for £26k or something. Seems some folk might make a £ or 2 if they bought late ones. Waste of a good drivers car though. I might buy a lotto ticket this week though
You say that’s but it’s well known that the last ones had engine issues. Something went wrong on the manufacturing line meaning the bottom end goes. Many have had to have new engines as a result. It’s well documented on the s2ki site. The leather quality is also questioned by owners.

Personally I’d not by a late S2000. I believe the 05, 06 and 07 cars are the most sought after. People seem to get hung up on the tax, wheel style and geometry changes that Honda made over the years.
 

Alistair14

South East - Herts/London
ClioSport Area Rep
#26
So today was a bad day ... before anyone says no I was not speeding, car scares me too much with semi slicks in the rain as it is ... turned onto the carriage way, accelerated a bit too early and round I went. Smacked into the kerb and ended up facing the wrong way. Nothing major but still s**t.
Not a fan of this car in the wet now.
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OssPoop

ClioSport Club Member
#27
That's lesson one learnt I guess. Any other damage? Definitely going to need the geo set up again. If it's doing daily driver duties maybe regular road tyres will be a better bet.


P. S. The wheels look s**t black anyway
 

Alistair14

South East - Herts/London
ClioSport Area Rep
#28
So today was a bad day ... before anyone says no I was not speeding, car scares me too much with semi slicks in the rain as it is ... turned onto the carriage way, accelerated a bit too early and round I went. Smacked into the kerb and ended up facing the wrong way.
Not a fan of this car in the wet now.
That's lesson one learnt I guess. Any other damage? Definitely going to need the geo set up again. If it's doing daily driver duties maybe regular road tyres will be a better bet.


P. S. The wheels look s**t black anyway
I’m not sure yet, it’s off to my mate who specialises in hondas so he’ll have a look about for me.
Geo is definitely being checked redone, for sure.
And new road tyres is on the cards, cars possibly coming off the road for winter so I just have to bare with for another 2/3 months
 
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So today was a bad day ... before anyone says no I was not speeding, car scares me too much with semi slicks in the rain as it is ... turned onto the carriage way, accelerated a bit too early and round I went. Smacked into the kerb and ended up facing the wrong way.
Not a fan of this car in the wet now.

I’m not sure yet, it’s off to my mate who specialises in hondas so he’ll have a look about for me.
Geo is definitely being checked redone, for sure.
And new road tyres is on the cards, cars possibly coming off the road for winter so I just have to bare with for another 2/3 months
I’d get some normal tyres on the car. These are tail happy as it is. IMO the weather in this country just doesn’t justify race tyres.

Will be interesting to see if all your geo bolts are free so you can do the alignment. Does the car drive straight? It’s so easy to bend the underneath of these. I see it all the time.
 

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