It's been about a year since we worked on pbskids's 120 Hours/Week2Wicked S2000 project after it spent a week on the lift getting fitted with a turbo kit, coilovers, new bushings, a wheel and tire package, and some choice lightweight panel replacements. Since then it's been driven back and forth a bit between our offices and seen a few local events but nothing's physically changed on the build, and that bothered me. In fact, it bothered me enough to pull the AP1 out of the Tech Center garage in order to devise a plan to make some updates to the roadster and clean things up a bit.
The first area to address on my list of changes involves the exterior—most notably the damaged front bumper. When we found this car online and eventually saw it in person, it carried most of what you'd expect from a used, 17-year-old car. That meant some overspray, random dings and chips to the paint and the front bumper had taken a few hits that the previous owner/s tried (unsuccessfully) to remedy with plastic weld and touch-up paint.
With a super tight budget for the revamp of this car, I avoided purchasing a new bumper and lip by instead reaching out to our friends at Seibon for their TS Style carbon fiber half-bumper. This one-piece cover fits over the entire bottom half of the OEM (AP1 only) bumper and brings the overall fascia lower, adds a pair of brake ducts and, in our case, completely covers up the damaged passenger side of the factory bumper cover.
The glossy clearcoat and UV protectant that Seibon uses looks incredible, especially against the bright red paint. However, the look carries a bit too much contrast, so my idea is to have the Seibon piece painted, leaving a slim portion of carbon exposed on the bottom, sort of like a lip that's been fit to the bumper. This will flow well with the used carbon fiber side diffusers that I recently found on Facebook's marketplace, which I'll be adding a little later.
Installation involves removing the factory bumper and simply sliding one end of it into the edge of the Seibon piece, then pushing the other side of the bumper into place with a slight "snap."
No adjustment was needed; the Seibon lip fit snug and didn't create any gaps or cause any issues with reinstallation of the factory bumper.
One area that did need a little "massaging" due to our GReddy intercooer piping was the driver's side brake duct. A slight trim with a cutting wheel and I slid the bumper right back into its factory spot.
The Seibon TS Style bumper addition gives the S2K's front end a whole new look, as it reshapes the front and wraps around into the grill opening. With the factory bumper damage completely covered, I turned my attention to the poorly painted fenders, one of which had taken a ding large enough to "spider-web" the paint at the upper body line.
It's not too tough to find used OEM fenders, especially with so many S2000 owners having moved on to aftermarket pieces, but I wanted to transition this project over to a square wheel setup. That's where Evasive Motorsports came in with their EVS Tuning fenders. Built in FRP and rock solid, the EVS pieces are a direct OEM replacement, and although they're 30mm wider than stock, they don't require any additional bumper add-on pieces.
They also feature louvers to reduce lift and help create downforce, but to get that effect some ducting and modification is needed. For our case, the louvers add a sleek look, still work with the factory liners, and we gain some much-needed wheel and tire clearance. As a kicker, they're less than 5 lbs. each, which is about 50 percent lighter than the factory pieces. The car currently runs a 17x9/17x8-in. staggered setup and I'll be moving to a 17x9, +35 offset configuration all the way around once the new wheels arrive.
That's it for now. I just dropped the car off at in Anaheim, Calif., to have the Evasive fenders, bumper, Seibon carbon fiber half-bumper lip, dry carbon hood and trunk color matched and they'll be blending in the front end with the doors for a proper paint match. Once it comes back I'll give you a look before it heads a few blocks away to Meguiar's HQ where the crew there will help clean up the portions of the car that aren't getting fresh paint. I should also have an ETA on the wheels and new tires at that time and I'll start getting ready to dig into the engine bay. pbskids's Week2Wicked revamp is finally underway!