Honda S2000 Wheel Fitment Guide
June 9, 2021
The Honda S2000; everyone's favorite roadster, the PERFECT autocross/race car, and well...the best car ever—one of them at least. While that may sound very biased, and it is, the Honda S2000 is genuinely a well-crafted and thoughtfully layout car that literally every car enthusiast who watched Fast and Furious wants to own one day.
Well, I hate to crush your dreams but the S2K, as you probably already know (because you probably own an S2K if you clicked on this fitment guide), is priced absolutely through the roof right now, especially if you have/want a Yellow Pearl S2K and/or a CR S2K. All this to say, hold on to your S2K if you have one and give it the love it deserves and has EARNED.
While the S2000 has a sleek and simple design, wheel fitment can be...well, not so simple. So, I’ve broken down a few wheel fitment options based on the function of your S2000.
Let's dive into it!
Honda S2000 Recommended Wheel Fitment Specs
S2000 Bolt Pattern: 5x114.3mm (5x4.5")
Diameter: 16" to 20"
Width: 6.5" to 9.5"
Offset: 35mm to 50mm
Diameter: 16" to 24"
Width: 7" to 9.5"
Offset: 35mm to 63mm
Quick History of The Honda S2000
The Honda S2000, otherwise known as S2K, is an iconic car from Honda and has made a name for itself in nearly every sector of the car industry, specifically in the world of motorsports. And it all started with Honda’s first rendition of their S-cars.
Honda's first S-cars were the S360 and the S500 which were presented at the National Honda Meeting General Assembly in the early 1960s.
These cars were the start of what would eventually become the S2000.
Photo from Honda Global
The Honda S360 was Honda’s ‘response’ to creating a “People’s Car” which was an initiative/program put forth by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry in 1955. Honda obviously redefined what "people's car" meant to them. Nevertheless, this car was badass. Honda also released a mini truck during this time codenamed the T360.
Despite the overwhelmingly positive response from the public, this badass little 2-seater was never put into production because Honda felt that the S500 would sell better at a global scale due to its larger engine displacement and wider body design.
Photo from Honda Global
The introduction of these micro and passenger cars set the scene for the rest of the world that Honda had some cool sh*t up its sleeve; a fun driving experience that die-hard Honda fans and the world would mutually LOVE. Even if it was 20 years later.
This leads us to the introduction to the S-car that we all know and love; the S2000. The S2000 was first revealed to the public as a concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1955.
The world, and especially car enthusiasts, were thrilled to see Honda reclaim its roots in making fun little sports cars.
The S2K, codenamed the AP1, was officially released in 1999 in the Japanese market and in 2000 for the U.S. market but did receive a facelift in 2004 (the major difference is the engine). It was first recognized for its long, sleek body lines and topless design AND Honda’s legendary F20C engine.
The F20C is a responsive 2.0L 4-cylinder DOHC VTEC masterpiece making 234 ponies with a redline of 9,000 RPM. This translates to having a top-end power band at 8,300 RPM which, like anything else, has its pros and cons. One of the pros being it was the FASTEST N/A engine (per liter) that was mass-produced at the time.
Quick fun fact, similar to how Nissan named their Z cars, S2000 originated from the engine displacement of 2.0L or 1,997cc.
This engine was equipped with an aluminum block, aluminum forged pistons, a specially designed intake for better engine responsiveness, and much more that truly made this car legendary. Not to mention it’s standard LSD and 6-speed manual tranny.
After the S2000s facelift in 2004, codenamed the AP2, it was powered by Honda’s new F22C engine with a slightly lower redline at 8,200 RPM and a little less torque which was specifically done to dry the tears of the U.S. market because some didn’t like the high rev range (c’mon now…).
The Honda S2000 CR or Club Racer was a track-oriented version of the S2K which was released in 2008 and let me just say...wow. Powered by a 2.2L 4-cylinder making 237HP and 162 torque, the S2K CR is badass.
It’s lighter, stiffer, and looks SO good. With a front and rear spoiler, wider wheels, special CR wheels, stiffer suspension, optional AC and radio, a hardtop, and a quicker steering ratio, the CR was meant to be tracked. This was...is...the perfect track car.
Photo from Bring A Trailer
The base S2000 still is the perfect race car as well with its nearly 50/50 weight distribution and low center of gravity. Not to mention its incredibly strong X-bone chassis.
Wow. That was a lot. But the S2000 is worth talking about. Now, on to the fitment specs you’ve been looking for…
Honda S2000 Daily Driving Wheel Fitment
If you own a Honda S2000 but aren’t interested in tracking it but still want a comfortable daily driver setup that looks clean so you can roll up to car meets and steal everyone's attention away from the 100000 Honda Civics and STIs with a Stage 2 accessport...that’s cool. I respect that.
I would normally try to convince you to track your S2K, but daily driving a car that was designed to also bring a fun driving experience on the road is completely respectable.
Daily driving setups for a Honda S2000 generally are going to be running either stock suspension, lowering springs, or even coilovers. The second thing to consider here is if you want to run a staggered setup.
Now, generally staggered setups have more of a functional purpose for track-oriented fitments, but some enthusiasts also really love the look of staggered setups. But we’ll first start with a square setup.
The first option here is a smaller, tucked package all around. If you’re really low, you might have slight rubbing issues in the inner wheel well and/or require some rolled fenders. But, a 17x8.5 running a 215/45 tire is a pretty safe and functional option for daily driving.
The 18x9.5 option is obviously a little bigger and wider, especially running a 235/40, thus providing some more rubber to put to the pavement. This will actually give you a very slight stretch but nothing like what a lot of stance builds run.
This will also be a slightly poke fitment with pulled fenders. If you don’t want to go through the hassle of rolling fenders, opt for a less wide wheel like an 8.5”.
Honda S2000 Autocross Wheel Fitment
The Honda S2000 is arguably the BEST autocross car...ever. Its weight distribution, low center of gravity, and lightweight, rigid chassis design are the perfect concoction to outperform everything in its class.
So, what’s the perfect autocross/track setup? For a staggered autocross setup, it seems that most S2Ks are going to be running a 17x7 in the front and a 17x8.5 in the rear. This will allow for a bigger tire in the back to provide some more grip around the corners. As far as tire sizes with these wheel specs, running a 225 in the front and a 245 in the back is a great starting point.
Now, obviously, there are going to be some tire and wheel size (and treadwear) restrictions depending on the class you run in, so be mindful of that.
For a square autocross setup, a 17x9 +45mm with a 235/40 or a 255/40 is a solid setup. You’re going to be a little more tire showing on a 255 but if you’re regularly tracking the car, that’ll help you out. A 235 is plenty big as well. You will probably want to roll your fenders especially with a 255” tire and lowered on coilovers.
Honda S2000 Stance Wheel Fitment
If you’re not about to take your S2K to the track and stance builds are where it’s at for you, there’s a few different fitment styles you could go with depending on how “stance” you really want to go.
Keep in mind for this setup that you’re going to need to do a few things…
- Most true stance builds run air suspension (that’s a given)
- You’ll definitely need to roll/pull your fenders and/or get a widebody kit (depending on your level of stance)
- You’ll end up running anywhere from -2 to -10 degrees of camber (again depending on your level of stance)
- You can go staggered or square, but a lot of extreme stance S2Ks are running staggered setups
Modest Stance Setup
A modest stance setup is going to be a fun show car that is still somewhat functional. You won’t be running crazy camber, but you’ll still see a wide wheel width with a low offset (not always). Additionally, you’ll have a tucked or hella flush fitment style especially if you decide to run air suspension.
This particular build shown here is also running -2.1 degrees in the front and -4.1 in the back for that added stance look.
If you want to stick with a square setup, you could run a 18x10.5 +15mm. Now, the build pictured below is running 215/35, but that’s going to give you some crazy stretch. If you want to stay modest with the stretch, you could run anything from a 255/35 to a 275/35 or even a 285/35.
Extreme Stance Setup
Go big or go home, right? If you want a super aggressive stance build, these are the specs you’ll want to consider.
Staggered setups, stretched tires, and camber are going to be friend here.
Another staggered stance setup looks like 18x10 in the front and 18x10.5 in the back both with a 0 offset and running 215/40 and 225/40 respectively. Again, super stretched tires here with a 0 offset for a wide lip that suits stances builds very well.
I hope this Honda S2000 wheel fitment guide helped you figure out what type of fitment you're looking for and the specs to go with that.
Make sure to check out the gallery to find even more fitment specs for your S2K build! And once you get your new setup dialed in, add your S2K in our gallery here.