The Beginnings of The Black Swan

That’s what I thought of as I was running down the stairs to open the door for the DHL delivery guy… “Black Swan”. I think it will be a fitting nick name for the car once everything is pieced together and makes it debut next year. All my cars before this had a nick name – Snow White the STI, Regina George the LS, and now it only makes sense for my FRS to be the Black Swan… Has a cool ring to it.

Anyway, after 4 somewhat long months, the Voltex Type 7 Swan Neck had arrived at my doorstep. I say “somewhat” only because it didn’t seem as long as I was expecting it to. I ordered it at the beginning of August, and within a few months, my car was parked and since I’ve parked it, I never really looked at it or paid much attention to it. Partly because work has been keeping me busy and frankly, there’s nothing special to look at yet.

The order shipped Monday morning from Osaka as you can see from my previous post, and it arrived in my hands Tuesday afternoon. I left work early just so I could catch the delivery guy and he was right on time. In fact, I opened the door for him before he could even reach the steps – that’s how anxious I was to get the package. I think of all the stuff I have coming, this is the most anticipated for me. In fact, if you know me or have been following my blog long enough, you know I’d put a GT wing on anything within reason. The FRS is no exception – and what better wing to put on it than Voltex’s new Swan Neck that debuted at TAS a few years ago. It’s starting to catch some air in terms of popularity in North America now and the reception that it gets varies – some love the look and some hate it – I haven’t found anyone in between.

I’ve always built my car with looks in mind first – I don’t care, I’m a ricer and I always have been. Because my intention with this car is long-term, I want to touch every area of the car slowly and build it with quality parts and time. The engine will receive love soon enough, but I didn’t want to touch a brand new engine with less than 20,000KM on it just yet… Instead, I’ll enjoy the goodness that Toyota/Subaru had intended until I feel it’s time for a change. But I digress, let’s just get onto some pics…

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This was what happened as soon as I signed the delivery notice. I totally forgot to take pics but you can see it didn’t get too far from the front door before it got molested. I cut my finger in the process but didn’t care!

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I then moved over to the living room cause I didn’t want to damage anything or else Diana would be pretty quick to do something bad to my beloved new carbon piece…

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The wing in all its glory…

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Here are the swan neck stands and FRS-specific mounts.

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And a little different from other GT mounting applications is a plastic/fiberglass undermount that rivets into the trunk from underneath to provide a secure and even mount from the inside.

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The Swan Neck stands. 245mm in height. I decided not to do 275 like Alan’s (the one I test fit in the summer) cause it was a bit too high.

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And the beautiful carbon weave. It doesn’t get any better than that…

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And of course the Japanese instructions and stickers. Don’t care what it says, it’s just JDM as hell.

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I was way too excited so I started piecing it all together. Diana got home and wasn’t as impressed with the wing as I was as you can tell…

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All pieced together! Looks sick

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Again, I used my wide angle – which I probably shouldn’t have since it makes the wing look even more massive than it already is. Here you can see the air foil at 355mm wide. That’s huge for those that can’t picture it.

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The stands from the quarter

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The standard Type D endplates that I chose were the most suitable for the swan neck since they are the largest endplate. I had the option of A, B, or C, but it wouldn’t be a traditional swan neck style without type D. 🙂

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And one last shot that still doesn’t really portray the height, size, or look very well… Again, because of the wide angle. Diana was rushing me to go out because we had to get stuff for dinner, so you can blame her.

I’ll likely be installing it within the next couple of weeks and I’ll have better pics then. All I can say is that I’m STOKED.

 

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