Install: Fujitsubo Authorize RM Titanium Exhaust FK8

Finally the day has come! I was starting to get anxious on getting the exhaust on the car even though I can’t drive it yet… I didn’t want to have to worry about installing it when it gets nice out cause I’d just want to drive ASAP. I still need to find some time to do a full paint correction and then ceramic coat the car before pulling it out too.

I spent like 20 minutes on Saturday just getting the car cover off and putting the car up on jack stands. My initial plan was to just do it in stages whenever I had some free time since there’s still another few months to go. You know, take the exhaust one day and then start putting the pieces together here and there… Thankfully the guys offered to come by and help to get it all done in an hour instead. It’s a good thing too because the stock exhaust is one damn piece and it would’ve been a bitch to try and wiggle that all off myself – so thanks guys!

Getting ready to start. Don’t mind the dirty garage floor…

The car was already up in the air from Saturday so we just had to get under and get started. Punit and JC getting the tools ready to get started…

The stock exhaust in all its glory. The rear undercovers needed their clips taken out to pull the cover down a bit to access the rear hangers since they span out to the sides.

The Fujitsubo exhaust…

Punit starting to work the hangers off…

JC on the other side… This guy always wearing nice clothes to roll around on the floor… MBN.

As you can see, it took two people on the rear section of the exhaust just to wiggle out… Another reason to be thankful I didn’t do it on my own lol

Rich came shortly after and hopped right in (under?). He was ready with his coveralls and everything. Smart guy.

All 3 of them under and working on wiggling the exhaust off the hangers. Worked the rear section out first and then wiggled the middle piece off the hangers next. I know it looks like all I’m doing is standing around taking pics but I swear I did work too LOL.

The rear section off. Punit and JC helping wiggle it off to help Rich out in the middle.

A picture of the full stock exhaust system. Kinda weird how they made it all one piece…

The stock exhaust weighing in at 38.5 lbs compared to the Fujitsubo at 26 lbs.

A few shots of the Fujitsubo titanium hangers.

The Fujitsubo center pieces. Just lining them up ready to go in.

A shot of the beautiful matte finish of Titanium and awesome workmanship…

JC and Punit attached the hangers to the sides of the main section.

One side…

The other side…

After they were done, I took some rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth to wipe off the grease and any fingerprints.

*Heart eyes*

While the hangers were being put on, Rich was under the car installing the two center pipes to be ready to mate up with the main muffler unit.

Rich was pretty much 100% under the car most of the time lol. Not a lot of room but we made it work.

Here’s a good shot of where the main muffler unit mates up to the rest of the piping. Rich is getting ready to tape and put on the clamp.

Some shots once we got it all bolted up…

Wiped down the rest of the piping to ensure no finger prints or grease was left behind. I really love that matte finish!

A shot of the muffler…

Prior to wiping – excuse the few marks…

The matte carbon tips match the faux-carbon diffuser pretty well. I really dig the look of the dual tip on the Fujitsubo – perfectly sized so it fills the tri-tip opening nicely.

Done! I’ll find some time to get some sound clips soon! Upon start up, it’s a very tame exhaust – not meant to be loud or overly aggressive and it’s perfect for me. I wanted an aftermarket system that provided a deeper growl and sounded more like how a Type R should sound but without being too ricey and farty.

It’ll take some time to break the exhaust in – on start up, there was still a lot of of dark soot coming out and the engine had been sitting for months… I can’t wait to drive it out the road and break it in – I imagine it’ll get a little deeper and a bit louder. I need to ensure the kids can still listen to the Frozen soundtrack while cruising around in the summer LOL.

Thanks again to the boys for the quick help! Always appreciated.

 

FK8 Mugen Start Button Install

Had some free time this afternoon and it was warm enough that I decided to head into the garage to finally install the Mugen start button Diana and the guys got me for my Birthday.

It helps me relieve the itch to drive the car or whatever if I do installs so I have something more to look forward to when I can finally drive it… A pretty straightforward install – took 10 minutes all in all in-between pics. A small detail, but a nice and welcome addition to the interior for sure… Also one of the few Mugen pieces for the FK8 I can afford LOL.

Stock button… In reality, nothing is really wrong with it and you don’t even think to change it and then Mugen comes through and decides to slap their logo on it and now you HAVE to change it…

I tried the route of just removing the bottom panel but there was no way I was squeezing my hands/fingers in there to press the notch and release the button so I just decided to do it the full way to save my fingers… The side trims need to come off and then the climate controls just pop out.

Once that’s out, there are two philips screws underneath that hold the radio. Take those off and pull the head unit off and voila. Removing them just allow you to put your finger in on the right side to squeeze the tab and remove the button…

Literally the same button with a Mugen logo. Oh well, still bad ass lol

Stock button popped out with minimal effort…

Pic of the notch/tab you have to press. (both sides)

The Mugen button plugged in and ready to pop back.

And a few shots of it glowing red… Super nice.

It doesn’t even change the colour or anything LOL

Done!

Nerd Out: Artisan Buster Sword Keycap

I’ve recently started dabbling into the mechanical keyboard business and just when you thought you found a new cheaper hobby, it’s not actually cheaper. I can’ t seem to find one that is… LOL

Anyway, as I started – I ended up going deeper and deeper until you start finding things about it that you never knew even existed – like artisan keycaps. Yeah, it’s the nerdiest freaking thing but so awesome. So basically besides all the different mechanical switches you can buy, you can go as far as customizing each key, the tray, the lighting… And when it comes to customizing the keys, there are these amazingly skilled people that make artisan keycaps. Basically, whatever you want on a keycap to make it unique.

You may or may not know about my obsession with Final Fantasy 7 – it’s basically my childhood and still – in my mind – is one of the best RPG’s to ever exist. Iconic characters, great story, yadda yadda yadda. Anyway, as I was browsing artisan keycaps, I decided I wanted Cloud’s buster sword as my first one but nothing that was already made fit the bill. There were keycaps ranging from Thor’s hammer to League of Legends weapons but Cloud’s sword had not been made.

I reached out to one of the Etsy stores to see if they could make a one of one for me and surprisingly he said it was no issue and had the design made up within a day. From there, we tweaked how it looked, the size and the colour and what you see is the end result.

It’s a very small piece but very detailed. The handle, the edging, the two materia holders. I asked that it be struck into the rock – reminiscent of the scene in Advent Children where Cloud stands at the edge of the cliff. It’s super nostalgic for me and I’m that guy that would spend any amount of money on FF7 items.

A shot of it on the Ducky One keyboard. Admittedly, I wanted to try to design a gradient-type keycap to match the Mako life stream but not sure I can achieve it how I envision it… I did just recently order a whole new set of caps so when that’s in, I’ll take more pics.

For now – I’m happy with how this turned out. Super dope!

My Holy Grail: Fujitsubo Authorize RM+C Titanium Exhaust

It’s been pretty quiet in the land of car mods lately for me – basically after I picked up the CTR and then spent a chunk of money on it to get it looking half-decent and not so stock, I had to take a hiatus before Diana divorced me and left with the kids…

Some back story on the exhaust search – which I’m sure many of you can relate to – it’s been well over a year of searching for the perfect exhaust for myself. I was looking for one when I was toying with the idea of selling the FRS and getting a CTR – pre-building a car before anything even happened. You know… You dream of your next build… That’s what I was doing.

Anyway, exhausts (in my opinion) are one of the most important parts of a build that get overlooked too often. I’ve made the mistake of settling and just going with whatever was available only to regret it after. Even if your car looked dope, a shitty exhaust would ruin it all. You basically have this market of exhausts at your fingertips – ranging anywhere from a couple hundred bucks to a couple thousand bucks – titanium, stainless steel, dual canister, single tip, triple tip, fake Ti coloured tips… The list goes on. Most of the time, within any kind of market of parts, you’ll have ones that were made quick and dirty – either to get to the market first or to put out the cheapest product available masked with a unreasonably high MSRP. If you don’t dig through the junk, you’ll get junk.

So back to my story of trying to find my perfect exhaust. Everyone has different tastes so I can’t comment on what’s junk because my definition of junk might be someone else’s Holy Grail and we’re not here to bash other peoples’ grails, we’re just here to talk about mine. But over the last year or so, I have been searching almost daily for exhausts for the CTR – youtube, forums, social media… Waiting for something new and innovating or exciting and refined and nothing really ever popped up.

One of the first exhausts that I had come across in my early days of searching was the Fujitsubo Authorize RM+C (what a mouthful) titanium exhaust. It was – and still kind of is – a rare piece. Not many have it – either because of the price point or because of the difficulty of having it readily available without the 3-4 month wait time.

You know those moments when you find or see or hear something and you know “this is the one”? That’s literally what I had when I saw and heard the Fujitsubo on the FK8 platform and since that day, I’ve been searching far and wide for something to come close and quite frankly – nothing has.

This kind of made it easier for me simply because I’d see one I’d like visually but as soon as I’d hear it, I crossed it off my list real quick. The only other two exhausts I’d put my money on is Amuse and the heavily priced Mugen exhaust. Perhaps because quality is synonymous with their names and I’m jaded by that but I haven’t been let down by the sound of Amuse or Mugen before, so I wouldn’t expect to be let down here either.

Anyway – the exhaust came packaged incredibly nicely and securely. Lots of quality hardware.

The creme de la creme, the focal point… The rear muffler section – a sight to behold. Nicely finished titanium, separated sound chambers and dual carbon fiber exhaust finisher tips that can be removed. A mating of two of the automotive worlds finest materials. *Insert Italian hand to mouth kiss*

On the bottom side, a Fujitsubo plate and a serial number plaque.

A closer look. Doesn’t it make you want to just not ever use this?!

Close up of the welds.

Flipped over, nothing less than magical LOL.

A close up of the matte carbon fiber tips. The outlets are bigger than they look in pictures but when fitted on the car, fill the exhaust outlet perfectly. Finding an exhaust for the FK8 is tough because the OEM triple tip exhaust creates a large opening.

The Fujitsubo titanium plaque. No, 001 doesn’t mean that it was the first one. I’m not sure what it means exactly… But I can pretend it means it’s the first one…

The system is rated in at 11.8kg or 26lbs (can’t confirm this – I haven’t weighed it myself but I suspect it’s a bit lighter than that) while stock is at 17.5kg or 38.6lbs. Of course, the rear muffler section is the heaviest but the piping weighs next to nothing…

Diana happy the exhaust came in – not because she was looking forward to it but because she was tired of me talking about it for the last year and a half. I’ve actually almost bit the bullet on this exhaust several times over the course of the last 6 months but never followed through because I got cold feet.

I’m happy I finally did though – can’t  wait till this bad boy goes on… In 3 months. *CRY*