Fujitsubo Details…

Just another small update cause we obviously have nothing else to do at home…

When I got the exhaust, there were two small metallic “Fujitsubo” decals included (as always when you buy parts) and the ricer in me immediately thought “where can I put these?” It wasn’t long before I realized that no matter where I put it, it would be too much so I just left them aside as a keepsake.

Yesterday as I was browsing the Fujitsubo website, I saw that the proper placement for the decals was on the outer parts of the carbon fiber exhaust tips! Needless to say, after I found that out – I ran out and put them on pretty damn quick. Now I can say that it is the perfect spot for them. I kind of thought the exhaust was a little plain but now it’s finished!

The perfect home.


DIY: CARPRO CQuartz UK 3.0 on the Type R

With isolation in full effect now, there’s really nothing else to do but find things to pass the time… For a long time, I’ve really been wanting to ceramic coat the CTR but prior to all of this COVID-19 stuff, our weekends have always been busy and I’ve got no time during the week.

With the weather and the roads still not at a point where it’s good enough to drive the car, it’s at least nice enough to work in the garage without freezing your ass off. As a result, I picked up some CARPRO products at Carzilla and went to town this weekend.

I’ll try my best to walk you through the process – it’s hard without video and I didn’t have any dedicated video set up to even do it so pics should do!

The process probably took me a good 5-8 hours from start to finish. It was rather quick as the paint was already in decent condition and I had already paint corrected last year, so it was only a matter of going over again to get anything that accumulated since then.

Aria spent a lot of time outside with me keeping me company. All dressed up and ready to tackle the project…

I won’t talk about washing the car because that’s pretty self-explanatory… After washing, I soaked the car in IronX. I was a little skeptical of the product because I wasn’t actually sure how much it would get… But if I was going to do this, I might as well do it the right way and go all the way.

When you spray it on, it goes on clear and it smells horrible. It also lingers long after you’ve rinsed it off lol.

Here it is sprayed onto the grill. I think with the ambient temperature only being about +5C on Saturday, it might have been a bit too cold or this is what it looks like when applied over PPF.

More shots of it sitting doing its thing…

IronX is supposed to start to turn to a reddish purple to show you all the iron contaminants after about 5 minutes. On the front of the car, it was really start to show a lot..

Same with the sideskirts…

The hood was the biggest culprit of contaminants as you can see by the hood scoop.

Same with the back of the car where a lot of the soot and dirt kicks up while driving…

Another spot on the trunk.

After several minutes, you take a soft MF mitt/cloth and rub it into the surface to try and agitate it a bit more. It ends up working like a light soap.

I was expecting a lot to be on the doors, but there was little, if any.

Once you’re finished with IronX, the next step would be to clay bar. It’s important to use IronX first to make your claying a little bit easier. It just makes more sense to get rid of any iron first and then to use your clay to get anything it couldn’t get.

Work the clay in your palms to mold it to make a nice flat-ish piece to rub along the car.

I’m always a little skeptical about clay barring my cars because I always believe I take good care of it. I wash by hand using a bucket method, I dry by hand, and I wash often… But even as new as the CTR is, look at what came off of half of the car. Just goes to show you that clay barring is not underrated and should be done regularly…

On the other half of the car after remolding the clay to a fresh side.

One thing claybarring really helps with is cleaning the edges of your 3M. Over time, the edges of your 3M (if any) can gather some gunk. Claying gets rid of it nicely.

A nice fresh headlight…

After I was done claying, I washed the car one more time and I always hate drying it but it’s always Aria’s favourite thing to do. She’s pretty good at it too LOL

Work work work…

Nicely clayed and ready for the next step… 

Braving the chilly weather to help a brotha out.

All washed and dried. Ready for polish.

My go-to polish has always been Menzerna. It works well with good results and has pretty low dusting.

I had to remove the Advan decals as well so I could apply ceramic coating properly. Sad 😦

Here’s the passenger side after the first pass of polishing… Meanwhile, Aria is sweeping the water out of the garage. LOL

Also removed the license plate to polish and clean behind there. It was filthy back there. Don’t forget that!

I also got a smaller backing plate so that I could get the little areas that a 6″ pad can’t get. Also important for little crevices and such to properly polish those hard-to-reach areas.

Oh and as a side note, I’m using a Porter Cable 7424. Believe it or not, this thing is almost 12 years old and is still running like a champ. It has literally been bulletproof for me. I want to make the jump to a rotary but this thing won’t die! LOL oh well… It’s served me well all these years and continues to do so.

Here’s a shot of the wing and hatch being polished.

And here is the finished result – all swirls and micro-marring gone. 

Another piece I ended up doing was the tail lights and head lights. I can’t stand hazy lights… 

A closer shot…

Front grill and bumper all polished up…

Looking all slick.

Another shot. Note – the front is fully wrapped in PPF. As good as it is at hiding swirls, it doesn’t prevent everything. I ended up lightly polishing it as well and it came out good as new.

Crystal clear.

Another shot…

Had to call it a day as the sun was setting and it was getting too cold to do much else. I left it in the garage ready to tackle it today.

Half polished at this point…

Looking pretty spiffy so far…

Today, we were at it again. Slightly warmer outside and her Porsche was all charged and ready to go.

After I finished up polishing what I didn’t finish yesterday, the next and final step was to spray the panels with CARPRO Eraser. Eraser, unlike IronX, smells delicious. The purpose of Eraser is to just remove any polishing oils and dust that’s left over so that you’ve got a nice clean surface to apply your ceramic coating onto.

I figured I might as well do all the jams too…

All nice and clean…

Sideskirts all clean. Yes, the plastic is still on the door sills LOL.

I should note that I didn’t wipe the whole car down with Eraser and then move onto ceramic coating. I ended up going one panel at a time to ensure I had a clean surface each time. I would wipe Eraser on and buff off, and then apply CQuartz – panel by panel.

I got the 30ml bottle. Plenty to do 2 coats on the CTR plus a little more…

The included blox and suede cloth to apply…

Here’s the passenger side with CQuartz applied. Honestly not too different – it’s a little glossier and glassier but it’s not like I was bringing the paint back from terrible condition. It was pretty good to begin with.

I ended up finishing the whole car before taking anymore pics before the final results. One thing to keep in mind is flashing time and your ambient temperature. It was about +7C outside when applying and I was in the garage, so it flashed a little slower. By the time I finished 1/4 of the car, I figured the flash time for me was about 45 seconds to a minute – that’s when I was getting a bit of grab on the cloth and it wasn’t too difficult to remove.

After wiping away, always check for high spots using your ambient lighting. Check your panels at every angle and see if you missed a spot. It’s particularly harder to see on white since light reflects off of it so easily, but if you have good lighting, it’s pretty easy to spot. Think of it as checking for where you applied wax and missed wiping it away – you’re looking for a bit of haziness…

Finally all done! I took it outside to do one final check – especially on the black parts of the car.

Car looks great now! It’s never been this clean – even on the first day I picked it up lol.

Again, hard to see but it’s definitely shining…

And Aria always getting in the way…

I turned down the exposure so you could see it a bit better. No more swirls… Just full on gloss.

If it has done anything, it’s made the Champ white look even better!

Nice and slick.

Grill looking fire.

Wing and hatch nice and slick…

First time seeing the Fujitsubo outside in daylight too haha  

One last booty shot. It was pretty damn bright outside so it was hard to get good pics…

Obligatory Type R photo…

Unfortunately, any cloth you use to work with the ceramic coating must be trashed after. They’ll just get hard with ceramic in them and be unusable anyway. RIP.

The only thing left for me to do is let the coating sit on the car for another 24 hours and I think I’ll be applying one last coat for good measure. I have enough product for it anyway. Once that’s done, I let the car sit for about a week or two and I’ll apply CARPRO Reload.

Reload is basically the cherry that goes on top of your ceramic coat. It’s what provides the slick feeling and the gloss that you’re familiar with when applying waxes. CQuartz on its own doesn’t provide that just to be clear. It’s not smooth after application like wax is. You need reload to top it off and to maintain it every few months. It’s literally a spray on sealant… There’s conflicting views on how soon to apply it after ceramic coating – some say right after, some say the next day and some say to wait as long as possible if the car doesn’t have to go out. I’m going with the latter since all I have is time… The car remains in the garage for likely another month so the coating has lots of time to cure.

And one last shot of Aria to close it off. What an exhausting but rewarding project… I can’t wait for it to rain. LOL

COVID-19: I Have Time to Write

We’re currently in an official day 2 of “self isolation” ever since Canada announced yesterday that COVID-19 was a national emergency. As I glance over at my clock, it’s 7:38 PM on a Monday. The kids are sleeping peacefully in their beds, and I can’t help but admit that I’ve really got nothing better to do after the lights go out. On my left monitor – is up waiting for Overwatch to be loaded, my middle monitor – I’m writing this blog, and my right monitor – tells me that there are 424 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 74 of which are in Alberta. I’ve got nothing to do so I’m going to write a blog on this so that one day in the near (or distant) future, I can look back and maybe laugh at what is happening… Or on the other hand, shake my head at how poorly we underestimated all of this.

Diana is on the plane back from Mexico for her sisters bachelorette party as I type. She left last Thursday morning – at the time, there was no state of emergency, nothing was closing, and generally, as long as you weren’t travelling to any of the level 3 or 4 countries, everything was deemed fine as long as you were careful. That was 4 days ago. In the span of 4 days, so much has unraveled in a matter of hours that the place she is coming back to is not the same anymore. We (a collective “we”) are in a state of so many different feelings that everyone is so confused at how to handle them that the result is panic. Panic is the best word to describe it unfortunately and only because we’re so inundated with news and updates through social media, that no matter how it’s presented to you – you can’t help but feel a little bit of dread.

Of course, there’s some that are very optimistic – unworried, easy-going, and follow the “this too, shall pass” mentality. Rightfully so. These are the types of people posting ways to help the community, tips and reminders about washing your hands and keeping social distance. Displaying visual representations of how COVID-19 isn’t as bad as it seems compared to all the other diseases in the world using bar graphs and statistics because it keeps the worry warts minds at ease temporarily. Thank you for this.

There are others that are totally and radically pessimistic, “the end is near”, and negative about a negative situation. Might I point out – also, rightfully so. There is something to be said about ensuring that there is an appropriate amount of fear in people to ensure that this doesn’t get worse. Fear is what ensures that people do (or don’t do) things that they should or should not do. I respect it. I welcome it. I like to think that fear is the best ammunition during this time if used properly. Fear commands the attention of everyone regardless of age, sex, or religion. If we can ensure that we control the fear blankets, then we will undoubtedly see this through to the end.

Now the problem is that we (humans) like balance. We don’t like being too optimistic about things because we become naive to really obvious things and we don’t like being too negative because it makes us angry and move with rage and blindness. When I scroll through social media, I admittedly swing from one end of the spectrum to the other and it legitimately makes me feel quite literally uneasy. From feeling positive about the situation and thinking that this is nothing terrible as long as we “hunker down” as they say to feeling extremely vulnerable and scared that it will inevitable get us and that it’s just a matter of time. This is what’s happening right now in every single one of you reading this – I know it is.

Rewind to a week ago. I was the guy that was overly optimistic – thinking this wasn’t as bad as it made it out to be. People just have to be careful, clean and smart and you’ll be fine and maybe a year from now, this will be the truth. As the world goes into survival mode, I now can’t help but go into that mode too. We have 2 kids that literally know nothing about death and disease – how do we protect that? In my lifetime, I have never experienced an entire world quickly and quite literally “shut down”. Schools are closing, public gatherings are to be limited if not cancelled/avoided altogether, our national bank has slashed interest rates by a full percent in less than a week, everybody that can work from home should work from home. They call this the new normal and man, I like change and I embrace the hell out of it, but I have to admit that this is a whole shitload of change all at once. And like most of you – I’m trying to see the positives of it all but I can’t help but think about what the future has in store.

Tomorrow, I’m going to work just to pack up what I need to bring back home to do my job. As nice as it all sounds to work from home – I’m just not sure how I’ll do it. Will I stay motivated? Will I be able to handle it all outside of my “work-comfort-zone”? I have to. There’s a lot going on right now and a lot of it is “you literally have no choice” and that’s the part I think we’re all going to have to get used to but man, this is a whole shitload of change all at once.

We’ve come to the point where people are buying all of the toilet paper and all of the sanitizer. Now people are panic buying the food and everything else and I know you’ve all seen the jokes and the memes – hell, I’ve posted a few myself because I get chuckle out of it but at the end of the day, it all comes down to swinging back and forth on that spectrum. People are so confused about it all that they’re acting out of desperation but if you were to ask those people what they’re desperate about, they don’t really know. The only thing they can tell you is “I don’t want Corona Virus” and we’re all just sheep at the end of the day and we know what sheep do. They follow each other and it might not be because we want to but because we’re now forced to. I’m not hoarding toilet paper at Costco, but guess what? I’m out looking for fucking toilet paper now because if I need it and there isn’t any, guess who’s screwed?

We’re all probably sitting at home now with toilet paper that we didn’t need but were forced to buy, with hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes in our self-isolation mindlessly cleaning our hands and surfaces hoping that COVID-19 doesn’t magically start growing on our counters while we’re isolated waiting for it to go away. Read that again. Do you know how funny and actually awkward that sounds? I do but I’m still fucking doing it because of that fear blanket. I think that if I stay home and ensure that I’m washing my hands raw and disinfecting everything, COVID-19 won’t show up on my doorstep like it’s going around door-to-door like Jehovah’s witnesses checking to see who doesn’t have toilet paper, sanitizer and wipes and is going to infect the shit out my family.

The worst part about all of this is the racism, the xenophobia, the stereotyping and again, the fear that’s growing in every one of us. Some might just have a seed still and others have a full-blown freaking fear plant in them, but it’s there. We were walking in the grocery store about a week ago and as a guy walked past, he covered his face like we had it. Listen, I get it. This all started in Wuhan, China and they were probably doing something they shouldn’t have been doing – I’m angry about it too – but that doesn’t mean that every fucking Asian has it. We didn’t just manifest it in our bodies because we wanted some Resident Evil apocalypse on the world. I can’t create it in my mind to infect people but if that were even possible in that very moment, I would have yelled like Goku in the middle of the grocery store, turned COVID-Saiyin and given it to that guy right then and there.

Sorry – back to the worst part… The worst part about all of this is even after all of this is gone, the underlying problems (outlined above) will persist. It will literally never be the same out in society again and that really makes me sad, and worried, and frustrated, and happy, and mindful. It makes me feel the first 3 because it will inevitably come to the point where people will distance themselves from one another out of fear that COVID-19 might return. It makes me feel the latter 2 because the only good thing to come of this is that hopefully now the world has created better hygiene habits and are cognizant of the impacts of disease and the fact that vaccines and medicine exist for a reason. Not developed by the government to make money, not to give autism to your kids, not to inject mercury or poison metals into your body without your knowledge… It’s literally to keep us alive. I like to believe that COVID-19 was the world’s way of telling us that we are not immortal and that although we’ve been here for thousands of years, one little thing can bring our existence to its knees quicker than we can react.

I truly do not believe in destiny or karma but I believe ignorance and arrogance are and always will be our weakness as humans. If there’s one thing I’ve really meshed with on the thousands of posts on social media about this, it’s that we really do need to hunker down and lay low. I really just needed to get my thoughts out on this. I know there’s a lot of people talking about it and this is probably the last thing you care to read but I hope a few months from now, maybe a year from now – the same people that read this can come back and we can be thankful we can read this again.

It’s now 8:35 PM – Diana lands in a few hours. I only hope that everything is good with all of the girls coming back home and we just chill out and spend some quality time with each other while we have the opportunity to while the world puts the brakes on things for a little while.

Be safe everyone.

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.