I say “Happy Monday” because I only work two days this week and I’m off for Christmas! Super stoked and I think this is the only Monday I’ve ever looked forward to this year LOL
Let’s start Christmas week off with a few unedited shots of Scott’s S2000 that I missed.
Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!!
This is a bit of an overdue post but better late than never. I spent most of the day yesterday on a plane all the way to the other side of Canada for work and every time I tried to connect to the internet, there was either no wifi or I had no time. I’m just sitting here relaxing now and with the 3 hour time difference, it’s almost time for me to go to sleep while everyone back home is just having dinner.
But most importantly, I wanted to give a big huge thanks to Diana, my sister Julee, the Mean Girls – JC, Punit, and Gopesh for the awesome birthday gift. I find that the older I get, the less I care about other people remembering my birthday – in fact, I have to remind myself that it’s my birthday for the last few years because it’s just not that big a deal. What’s more important to me is knowing that I have people in my life that remember when I really don’t and care enough to do so. The only thing better than that is car parts as a gift, of course! Real friends know the way to your heart and do exactly that…
They were able to pick up a Vertex KING of VERTEX steering wheel for me that I’ve been scoping for years now. Yes, years. Ever since I had the STI, I’ve been wanting a Vertex wheel but it just never made the cut for parts for me to get because I always found something else. Now that I have a steering wheel… Looks like I need seats… :)
Just some quick pics…
It’s one thing looking at this wheel in pics, but it’s definitely way nicer in person (like most parts). This wheel always stood out to me because it was super simple up front with black stitch details and the subtle yellow/gold stitching until you turn the wheel around…
Those holes are begging for Ti bolts…
The gold stitch is also awesome. Adds a nice touch to the interior.
The best part of the wheel is the leather. In the past, the suede Nardi wheels I’ve had were nice but they only stay nice as long as you don’t use them – which is no fun! I always said that my next wheel was going to be leather – VOILA
Finally – the cherry on top – the horn button!
Once again – thanks to you guys for getting this for me. I absolutely LOVE it!
Just in time for my birthday and/or Christmas! The FRS gets some new and improved legs.
Want to thank Jimmy over at VEX Performance for hooking me up with these and giving nothing but awesome service. My plan was originally to get KW V3’s and I had spoken to Jimmy about potentially getting them for a Christmas present to myself. The first thing he asked was if I really needed them – well… Yeah I needed them. They were all the rage, right? Before I go any further, I just want to say that my goal is to build this car with quality parts from top to bottom. Because I have to build the FRS fairly slowly, it forces me to have the patience to get the right parts.
But I digress… Jimmy mentioned that unless the car was seeing some serious track time, the features of the KW V3’s will most likely go to waste. Instead, he suggested the ST’s – which is actually KW’s kid brother company – same quality, half the price tag. Initially, I was hesitant because my sights were set on the V3’s for months and I didn’t want to stray from that path. I did more research and more discussing with Jimmy – the ST’s are essentially KW V1’s but with a zinc plated body vs the stainless steel body of the V1’s. I could go on but I’m not here to sell them, I’m just here to show.
One other thing I want to mention is that when the first set came in, the box was pretty damaged and there was a piece missing. It’s unfortunate because many other ST owners reported that the boxing of the suspension was shitty. Jimmy went out of his way to get another set overnight and we made sure the second set was good to go – although out of his power, I appreciate making it right.
The coils in all their glory… Itching to go on.
A close up of the spring.
A shot of the collar with a hex key lock vs the dual collar lock.
Some gibberish in German.
The top mounts – just like KW, will be using the stock mounts.
A full shot of the front coil.
And a full shot of the rear coils.
I’m super stoked to getting these on even though I won’t be able to try them for months… The parts are rolling in slowly!
Again, huge thanks to Jimmy for hooking it up big time!
Finally got around to picking up a titanium shift knob for the FRS… I hated the stock knob so much but maybe it’s because I hate all things stock LOL.
Ever since I had the STI and bought the WC Lathewerks Titanium shift knob, I’ve never liked any other titanium shift knob on the market. Sounds weird but they are either too small or not heavy enough. The WC Latherwerks Titanium knob is the perfect size with a 2″ diameter and a perfect weight (IMO) at 270g. It doesn’t sit high like a lot of the aftermarket shift knobs out there for the reverse lockout.
The best part about it all is that you can customize how you want the knob to look – whether you want the classic blue to bronzed finish like this one, or a blue to purple like on my STI, or full blue… Whatever your heart desires. Chris even adds the option of allowing you to engrave whatever you want on the top. Just a nice, small addition to the interior.
A good shot of the fade. All hand burnt by Chris.
A recessed hole for the reverse lockout and to also allow it to sit lower.
And Voila! 10000000000000x better than the stock one.
I wouldn’t normally post up so many before and after pictures but I was pretty excited about this one.
Giuseppe has been wanting a canvas print of a shot I took during out photoshoot this summer for his new house. We’ve been going back and forth between sizes and he’s had some issues with his house that put this on the back burner until last night when he was ready to pull the trigger.
He ended up picking one of many of my favourite shots that day and I really wanted it to look extremely clean for a canvas wrap. I spent a few hours last night cleaning up and making sure it was good to go before sending it his way for final approval. This is a perfect example of where the time it takes to edit is really what you’re paying for. Taking the picture is 20% of the work while editing is where the magic happens and I thought this would be a perfect example of that.
The before picture. Again, all I’ve added was my watermark.
The white balance is off because we were in the tunnel, the reflection of Aldrich’s car is across his whole car and there are a few other little things that can be a small distraction. The last thing I’m sure Giuseppe wants is a reflection of someone else’s car, an orange/yellow hue, and switches and pipes all over the place.
So let’s fix that up for him. The white balance has been adjusted to help make Giuseppe’s car pop like it really does, I took Aldrich’s car out of the mix, I removed the pipes and switches on the walls, brought his brakes out a little more, and lit that tunnel up a tad to – I quote Giuseppe – make it look like a million bucks.
The part that took the longest was actually getting Rich’s car out of the reflection. It’s particularly more difficult to do on a metallic car (so most cars) because you need to get the grain, the texture, and the lighting all right. Those that do rig shots understand the pain… You have to clone the whole door but you only have a little piece of reference on the car to work with. Dodging and burning help bring out the details as well.
The rest of the credit goes to Giuseppe for building an amazing looking car to begin with. I can’t wait to see the finished product and hanging in your house, Giuseppe!