I first approached Mike at redmist about doing a custom bar expecting to get a price of 900 plus. Well I was wrong and not only that he added two more bars then his typical race roll bar.
First time with it on the track and the craftsmanship of the roll bar impressed a lot of people and not one person thought it was done for over $1000. This review will be short and to the point, redmist is amazing at cage work so there really is no reason for you to go anywhere else!
Buddyclub honestly did the world a huge favor, well the car world that is. If you are a fan of loud cars, that has a race car tone, then this exhaust is for you. Not just for the S2000, this exhaust sounds good on any car. So light and the stainless steel gets that golden color as well, over time. A true race car exhaust!
Installation was simple to be honest with you, unbolt from the cat bolt right back to the cat. The hardest thing was with the last bushing on the hanger, putting it over the nipple sucked, but what ever. As you can see I took it out for a spin before putting it back on jack stands, and oh my is it loud & I loved it, caused me to do a few donuts in the intersection that's why it is so dirty in this photo.
Want to know how it sounds? Here you go! Turn 12 at Rd. Atlanta shifting into 5th at full throttle.
All and all this is a great exaust, I'm in love with it but my neighbors aren't, need I say more?
Its really loud
Easy to install
Loud even at 3K RPM
If you use factory hangers it rattles sometimes (we upgraded to slightly stiffer hanger bushings)
Opening the box you'll notice that canton paid attention to how they packed the pan. Making sure nothing sat in a way to get scratched or damaged. With that being said the pan and accessories look amazing upon arrival. Welds look strong and ready for track duty.
In this photo you see my stock oil pan with an alloy craft baffle. I am running a oil pressure gauge and at Road Atlanta this kept my car over 75PSI consistently but that is still 11 PSI under a WOT on the street which is typically 85-88PSI. So Canton says they can fix that and we are giving them the opportunity to prove that! You must drope the stock oil restrainer thats on the block of the F series, sorry I did not get a chance to snap a photo. Since the canton pan comes with one already it will NOT mount up to your engine if you keep it on unless you shave 1/4 of an inch off the restrainer.
Here is the pan installed with the bolts that came with it. You can not use your old bolts from your stock old pan because they are too long. I use to bolts from taking off the restrainer to mount the trans flywheel cover. Later this week we will have PSI numbers for how this pan did at Gingerman Raceway. So the final word on this pan is to be continued...
Well we got the pan on and running, the car is running great oil pressure never dropped below 78 PSI this weekend at Gridlife! Great pan and even better, my oil temps went down a lot. The oil never got dark through out the two day track event! Ugh so amazing!
Rockstar garage produces a lot of great products for the S2000 community. More specfic for the S2000 track community, as being the best place to get Buddyclub parts (cheapest in the nation) they have a wide range of safety stuff for the S2000 including roll bars, hardtops, seats, etc etc. I have been using their hardtop for the past 2 years.
This hardtop was one of their first prototypes so its a little rough in some places which is expected. The window is a little rough cut but it seals just fine and the tint is an awesome touch. I love the fact that it comes with a glass window that can be found many places (its a MR2 windshield). Now on to the seals on the window, which work well but the very edge does not line up with the windshield which was an easy fix (add more double sided tape on the bottom of the seals, kind of like a spacer).
Above are the non soft top mounts, meaning its mostly for race cars, the rear mounts (photo on the right) fit well no issues, no problems proper seal on the rear of the car. The front top latch mounts (left photo) how ever do have a problem. You have to install them by using a little force to keep the hard top leading edge down far enough to meet the windshield. (true pain in the ass) the allen bolts that go into the hardtop constantly back out even with lock tie on them so my next step is to add a locking washer to see if that helps. Other then those two things everything worked well.
Also you can see that I have no paint on mine, bad idea if you order save yourself the time and hassle and just get it painted from RSG. Save yourself time money and effort. I would recommend this hardtop to any NASA or SCCA member that needs an OEM hardtop it's lighter, easier to install and a great bang for your buck!