Jun-san’s Garage Advance NSX circa 2016
Motorhead Hakone Hill Climb II
When our fellow Mayday Garage member asked to have his Miata bumper lights converted to LEDs by Car Shop GLOW, we thought we’d bring it to market and see if people with NA (90-97) Miatas would like it as much as Fabio did. So here we are!
So it is no secret that we have been working directly with the famous Japanese tuner, Car Shop GLOW, on the next big thing: Honda S2000 AP2 LED lights. Yesterday, via our Instagram and FB pages, we dropped a bomb on the S2000 community with a pre production AP2 prototype model that you see here now. Rumors are running wild so we would like to take this time to clarify a few things.
First, a little about the tail lights themselves; when we were approached about the lights, there were a thousand ideas being thrown around, sending lights in for conversions, AP1 versus AP2, light patterns, cost and so forth. Looking at the current market, the S2000 doesn’t have too many choices for tail lights. From the outside looking in, it looks as if every S2000 has only OEM lights. When some of our friends asked us about S2000 LED lights, most assumed it would be an OEM style but retrofitted to LEDs. We wanted the lights to be unique and different. Although we are suckers for round tail lights and see absolutely nothing wrong with Hondas original offerings, we felt we could change up the game a little by offering a similar design to the CSG FD3S lights.
Upon choosing the AP1 versus the AP2 lights, we decided to go with AP2 tails for the sole reason that with AP1 lights, the outer corner was deemed to difficult to squeeze LEDs into, the space was just too tight. Now here is where we have one concern. At this moment in time, used AP2 tail lights are very hard to come by in Japan in large quantities. We have been working with Ken on trying to find even used AP2 tail lights here in the USA, but there’s just not that many. So we had a choice to make, either use previously owned AP1 tail lights and make the design not attractive, or to use brand ass new lights from OEM Honda of Japan and rip the guts out and retrofit. We ultimately went with the latter.
We feel that we could not sacrifice design or quality in the name of a cheaper product, that just isn’t us, and isn’t the Japanese way much less the Car Shop GLOW way. Fortunately for us, CSG agrees, and everyone should know that this is not a cheap, eBay Chinese made, mass produced aftermarket tail light. Every LED is hand installed by Car Shop GLOW and is properly sealed and every light comes with a 6 month warranty against all manufactured defects. These CSG LED tails are not for everyone, and the price will cater to the high end tuners in the S2000 game. We do not expect to sell a lot of these lights, and we are not in it for the money, we are in it to promote a quality product that does not yet exist.
If you are interested still in these lights, keep an eye out on our website, or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be debuting these lights within the next couple of weeks, and we are positive they will destroy the internet. If you’re in Canada, you can also reach out to Circuit Garage, the official CSG distributors in Canada. Info@circuit-garage.com
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I’ve been following Matt Rus over on his blog, Farm of Minds, for quite some time. Not only does he cover car stuff in Japan, he also covers the Japanese lifestyle for us Gaijin to understand. In his latest “Ai Nihon” series, Matt goes into something a lot of car enthusiasts don’t know about, and that’s Japan’s fascination with blood types.
Interesting that blood types in Japan is kinda like horroscopes here in the states. Even condoms are made for specific blood types! Damn!
Be sure to read his blog here: