Mini Mugen Montage

Had some time yesterday to go out to take some quick pics of the Type R with the full Mugen kit now on. I know what some of you might be thinking – “that’s not the full Mugen kit, you’re missing some pieces” – and I know but I just don’t consider two plastic covers on the front grill worthy enough to be part of the kit lol. Same with the carbon mirror covers. I think I’ll be eating my words down the road because something will compel me to end up getting them anyway to fill the Mugen void, but for now – I’m happy as it is and can live without those pieces…

This is the first time I’ve pulled the car out to actually see the wing myself in all its glory as well. After installing it, I hadn’t taken it out because the front lip was still with Nick after he painted it. It looked so weird and naked without the lip so I never bothered to pull it out. I ended up picking it up a few days ago and Tommy wrapped it in 3M for me yesterday.  I got home and installed it pretty quickly and ceramic coated it all over again lol.

Anyway – not a whole bunch of shots cause I just drove around the neighbourhood quickly to get some full body shots. I’ll try to get out for a full photoshoot soon before the season ends.

Looking goooooood

While I do like the OEM wing, I think it starts to become out of place once it sits with the rest of the Mugen kit.

I love the profile of the wing. Different for sure.

I think one of my favourite views now is for sure the rear. It’s such a wacky (best word I can find to describe it) combination of Thanos chin, a weirdly angled wing and thicccccness I love the thing profile of the wing from the rear too. Everything ends up fitting so nicely.

Also enjoy this angle. Mugen wing or not, this is the best angle of the FK8. lol

And home together with the Fit. I absolutely love these two together. I wouldn’t say it’s my dream spec but it’s pretty damn cool to have a Mugen and a J’s Racing (almost) catalog car in the garage side by side.

It’s hard to choose what to drive lately… But for the most part, it’s been the Fit because it’s still “new” to me. It’s also fun as hell despite how slow it is compared to the Type R. After driving the Type R yesterday, it felt so tame and refined. It’s also hella quiet and comfortable lol. Weird to say that…

Good day!

DIY: Mugen FK8 Wing Install

Well, I’m happy to be able to post this sooner than I had originally thought. The main fact being that I was having trouble finding someone that could paint the wing ASAP so I could get it installed. In talking to Jason Divina, he got a bunch of his Mugen recently painted in Boost Blue so I was able to get  a spot this week to get it painted! Hoo-rah!

I’m TOO stoked on the outcome of this – honestly, I never thought I’d really ever own the Mugen wing mainly because of the cost. It’s worth noting that at the time this wing was announced, only the carbon version was released and that was a hefty $11,000. Yes, eleven thousand dollars. I can spend $1k on a wing, $2k on a wing, hell I’ll spend $4k on a wing but I can’t justify $11,000 lol. The most expensive wing that I had bought was the swan neck Voltex wing for the FRS. Anyway, shortly after the release of the carbon version – Mugen released the FRP version – which btw is still no cheap option – but is definitely more affordable. I decided early on in the year (January) to bite the bullet and just do it otherwise it would just eat at me forever. So fast forward and here we are – the part has landed, it’s been painted and now we install…

Beautifully painted in Champ White.

The stock wing was off already because I was prepared to install when it landed but when I realized it wasn’t actually painted, it just sat there lol. Anyway, first step was to remove the two plugs (already out in this pic) and then Mugen supplied small foam stickers to place over the holes where the new bolts would be used.

The wing brackets mounted onto the trunk. Two bolts and two nuts right underneath the trunk. Super easy.

Upon having the brackets installed, you install the side legs on the inner portion of the brackets. 3 bolts, 3 washers, 3 nuts. Easy.

I also want to add again – Mugen fitment is basically OEM. Just perfect.

Look at how it lines up with the trunk. Made me wet my pants tbh. I love when fitment is perfect and Mugen never fails to deliver.

Once the wing stands are on, mount up the foil with two bolts. Note that it’s adjustable but I just opted for a simple and straight mount to keep things clean and simple. Lets be real, this ain’t hitting the track and needing downforce anytime soon LOL

Next up was to put on the side covers to cover up the brackets. I would like to make a special request to Mugen. Please do not put the responsibility of cutting and putting on the 3M tape in the hands of the customer. LOL I hated doing this part because I didn’t want to mess it up. It ended up perfect but still! Mugen tells you exactly where to put them btw.

Also, badge of authenticity… I’ve been seeing a lot of fake ass Mugen showing up lately and it makes me cringe. Don’t fake the funk please… There are only a HANDFUL of people that actually have the carbon version and everyone pretty much knows who they are. There are people out there rocking a “carbon” one and we all know you didn’t pay $10k for that wing when the rest of your car is made up of APR and has homemade splitter rods, bruv.

The super cool thing is that Mugen provides new trunk bumpers to use. Probably because when you remove the original ones, they pretty much just wreck themselves on the way out. They’re still useable but they become wobbly. So shout out to Mugen for including these!

Some shots now of the side piece now on.

A+ fitment.

Awesome lines in the wing. Took a while to grow on me – much like the whole Mugen kit – but now I’m absolutely in love.

How much are these worth? $2k? Cause I was scared AF to mess this up LOL

As expected – Mugen also tells you exactly how to put on the decals with measurements and such. Talk about the pressure. Got me busting out the ruler and marking and making sure it was exact Mugen-spec LOL.

I held my breath hella long to do this LOL

But success! Looks MF-ing SICK!

So damn clean.

Kind of the best side profile shot I could get. The car isn’t really ready for a photoshoot yet – I’m still waiting to get my lip back from paint so until I get that, no photos. It’ll just sit in the corner looking pretty lol.

And one last shot to leave you with. Yes, I know there are a few more Mugen pieces but I’m still unsure about them. I don’t think I’ll be doing the front Mugen covers but I think the last piece I’ll do is the carbon mirrors and I’m calling it quits on the FK8 and just enjoy it.

DIY: CARPRO SiC on the J’s Racing Fit

So I’ve been pretty anxious to finally get this all done since buying the car but I just haven’t had time to dedicate until recently. It’s been killing me driving around a car I haven’t personally cleaned inside and out – I don’t know why – just an OCD thing or something…

Anyway, over the last week I’ve been tackling bit by bit on the Fit to at least bring it up to the level that I think is “clean”. It doesn’t matter who owned it before – even if it was a dude that was OCD like me, I’d probably end up redoing it again anyway LOL. Last week I did a full interior shampoo on everything – seats, carpet, doorsill fabric – anything that was able to be shampooed was indeed shampooed. I then steamed and cleaned up all crevices inside and in the door/trunk jams to get out the gunk that’s been sitting there for who knows how long. The good thing about going through the car is you get to clean everything… The bad thing is that you start to notice certain imperfections or things that you need to change or fix. On the interior, there are a few things that I’d like to tackle over time – IE., replacing the interior carpet with a new one, replacing some seals and adding in missing bolts that for whatever reason weren’t there to begin with…

The interior is boring so I never really took pics. The most exciting part is really just prepping and finally getting the coating on. This time, I opted for CARPRO SiC over the classic UK 3.0 + Gliss combo. SiC is still fairly new and there really isn’t much out there in terms of longevity but I wanted to take the chance on this one. Apparently it’s basically UK 3.0 + Gliss in one with the protection and slickness in one. I guess we’ll see over time, but I’ll talk about the process throughout the post.

The Fit in all its glory. Unwashed, unpolished, uncoated. Looks good from afar and not too shabby up close but not the best.

The first hand wash in the new garage too. Excuse the ugly flooring – new flooring doesn’t go in until mid-September.

The resident BI can’t wash the car without making sure his own barrels/wheels aren’t clean LOL

One of my favourite steps in the process is actually using an Iron filling cleaner like IronX. It could totally just be a psychological thing with the color changing effect but it does feel like it gets a lot of things that you can’t with a simple wash mitt or claybar.

The affected area was behind the door handles which I soaked a lot longer. You could even start to see the contaminants along the edge of the handle.

Upon soaking, you could see so much of that red leaking out and immediately start clearing up.

Other parts of the car that are often neglected are the pieces right up against black like near your grill and those little crevices. You can see a bit here which required some claybarring to remove.

Even after just IronX and a claybar, the car seems to shine even more…

One of the other things I’ll end up doing maybe over the winter is repainting certain pieces to all match. It’s not terrible but you can see that the bumper is slightly off compared to the rest of the front. It’s definitely not in your face noticeable but it bugs me…

I ended up claybarring the door sills and jams as there was a bunch of build up there…

All clean…

The side mirrors also had a bunch of build up which IronX and claybarring helped remove easily…

Always funny to see Champ White next to any other white cause then it just looks yellow hahaha

Done for the day. I let it just sit and dry over night because I hate polishing the car when there’s water drips just coming out from little crevices…

The next day, I started the polish. The paint was in fairly good condition already so I didn’t need much. I did a simple stage 1 polish with CARPRO Fixer and an orange pad.

Cleaned up the headlights nice

Slickkkkk

Side results…

Looking good on this side too…

The rear end was nice to polish as well. Got the tail lights all shined up as well as the rear hatch. Often times the hatch or rear of a car is super contaminated from all the kick up on the road. Gotta take care of the ass…

Got some of the swirls out of the wing too. Smooth carbon is the best carbon.

And the much anticipated SiC. I initially wanted to try a graphite coating but I’m just too invested and sold on the CARPRO ecosystem and lineup so I just decided to try SiC instead. Most of the thoughts on this have been fairly positive – the most notable feature of this being the slickness that it brings…

I will say that SiC is definitely slicker than UK 3.0 + Gliss right off the bat. It’s extremely nice and satisfying. It is also significantly easier to apply than UK 3.0. When I was doing it, the ambient temperature in the garage was about +20C and the cure time was anywhere between 1-10 minutes. I found that even after about 8-9 minutes, that was my sweet spot. It wasn’t hard to take off at all and it didn’t grab like UK 3.0 did when it flashed.

You might notice that the results produced a much deeper and strong gloss and shine. Even just on the headlight, I was thoroughly impressed with the deepness it created in a clear lens.

The hood produced a very nice shine and gloss as well.

I would say on dark colours, SiC seemed to really create a dark and deep gloss that is actually super noticeable. The wing and carbon weave here is a good example.

I thought it looked great after the polish but upon wiping off SiC, I didn’t think would’ve looked this good.

Gloss on the rear quarter… Beautiful

Tail lights just shining like a diamond

More gloss on the carbon canards…

Roofline…

And that’s that! Unfortunately, sometimes gloss can be a little understated on white but it does look great in person. The most important thing is now it’s protected – which is all I really wanted.

Bada bing bada boom! Stoked on finally being done. I opted not to coat the wheels yet – I’m going to probably take off all the wheels over winter and clean them up properly and then work on replacing other things like bolts and getting the fenders and sideskirts repainted and reinstalled a little better as well. Little things but in the end, it’s the small things that matter!

Mugen FK8 Wing has Landed (Not Installed)

Just in time for #MugenMonday! (Sorry, I’m writing this one day late but it did show up yesterday LOL)

This is just a quick post because I was too excited about it only to be extremely disappointed – only because I had set my expectations too high lol. But before we get to that, I just want to say that 9 months is the longest I’ve ever waited for a car part and it is excruciating. I know others that have waited over a year, which at that point, I feel like I’d just probably not care for it anymore LOL. Prior to this, I had waited almost exactly 6 months for my Voltex swan neck wing for the FRS a few years ago. This Mugen wing was delayed 2 times before it finally got here. Now summer is pretty much over and I have the Fit and I’m not sure I’ll have much time to enjoy it now lol.

Anyway, back to the part where I disappointed myself. For some reason I thought that when it showed in pictures and that it came in FRP, I thought that it was at least painted in a gloss black (and I don’t know why I thought that…) but instead it came basically sanded and READY for paint. So here I was, I uninstalled the stock wing and had it sitting and ready to be installed and as I opened the box, I sat there in silence as I RIP’d my feelings. I guess it doesn’t really matter either because I still have to pick up my Mugen lip from paint, so it’s not really complete even if it did come painted.

A lot more boxes/pieces than I was expecting – I guess I shouldn’t be surprised with Mugen at this point. It’s pretty much like receiving OEM parts.

Decals for the side of the wing.

And the wing stands – the one I pulled out before realizing I wasn’t going to be able to put it on yesterday LOL. UGH

Well hopefully I can get it in for paint in the next week and install it shortly after. Stay tuned! Sorry for the anti-climactic post – I was too excited to at least show you the wing stand and decals LOL