FK8 Carbon Shift Boot by “Detailed by Panem”

After installing the Hybrid Racing short shifter in the Type R and choosing to run it without the stock shift boot, a piece that has been missing has been a nice cover to fill the big gap left behind. Kind of ironic because you leave the shift boot off so you can see inside, but you also seeing the inside too much LOL. The outer trim of the boot on the inside is really ugly so it’s unsightly – all I was looking for was a piece to cover up a majority of it but still be able to display the awesome shifter piece.

About a month ago, I stumbled across a dude that made custom carbon fiber ones by hand tailored to the type of short shifter you had. That meant that depending on the short shifter, the hole, size and placement were all custom tuned to fit exactly to the shifter. About 6 weeks later, it finally arrived and I’m super stoked on how it fit and turned out. Check him out on Instagram @detailed_by_panem if you’re interested!

The piece in all it’s glory.

Hand-laid carbon and finished with a gel coat clear. Number 7!

Here you can kind of see what I mean about the outer portion of the inside boot. It’s got that trim that is used to hole the actual boot itself but is not removable.

And so, the solution is to cover it a little but but not all of it LOL. NOW it’s perfect!

Fit like a glove too. It finishes up that center area super nicely.

TiBurnt x Craft Square – Part 2

Just a small update…

Al over at TiBurnt recently added a new part to his collection – titanium countersunk washers – to go with the bolts for the Craft Square mirrors and sent them to me to finish off the set. In first post about the titanium bolts, I said I was initially OK with just have the black stock washer but now that they’ve been replaced with these, I’m not looking back. It’s the small details that I love changing because it’s something that can be easily missed but if you happen to see it, it’s awesome.

The stuff coming from TiBurnt is some of the best stuff in the business right now and for them to have sent these to complete the set for me is huge. I’m a firm believer in supporting those who support you – and while it may be a small gesture to them, it’s big to your customers. I’m not saying every company needs to give out products but trust that if you can find a way to hook your customers in whatever way you think of, they’ll never think about supporting another dude again. Once again – big thanks to TiBurnt – keep making cool shit!

A few shots of the sides of the washer showing the colour gradient

Anotha one…

A shot from the inside. No side is left untouched.

And on! Just a perfect match of carbon and titanium gradient.

From a little lower. Apologize for the dirt around the washer – I didn’t clean it before the shot. Also excuse the chipped Craft Square sticker… I’ll replace that someday soon…

Never Enough Carbon: Craft Square GT Mirrors

One of my last shipments for the FRS finally came in! I’ve kind of been looking for these since early Summer this year but have never really jumped on any opportunity. Every time I inquired about it, there was anywhere from 5-10 months of a wait time and I really didn’t want to wait. Waiting 3-4 months for wheels is long enough, and I couldn’t really convince myself to wait almost a year for just mirrors…

Fast forward to the beginning of December and Reggie messaged me to let me know that there was a guy selling a few sets and I jumped at the opportunity!

From what I hear, the mirrors are extremely back ordered because each piece is hand assembled  and they take their time in making their parts. Totally understandable and they do look a lot better than the APR mirrors that a lot of people usually resort to when they find out they’re half the price and readily available. I really didn’t want to go down that route… APR puts a bad taste in my mouth for some reason. They are the Rota of the carbon world to me… Albeit, probably not as bad but that’s just how I see them.

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The box. Had to take a pic of the box…

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And a few random shots of the mirrors for those who care

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These are the ones with the optional blue lens which is bad ass as hell lol.

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A few months ago, I was talking to Jackie about mirrors and I almost settled on a set of JUN Auto universal mirrors… I ended up not going that route because a custom base would be needed and that held me back. Jackie also said it looked stupid so I just didn’t do it lol.

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More pics of the weave…

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One last shot. I’ll try to install them tomorrow if it isn’t too cold in the garage… We’ll see. I’ll have pics up soon!

TRD Carbon Fins AKA Overpriced Ricer Parts

Finally after almost a year of lusting over these bad boys, they are mine! The TRD carbon fender fins are just one of those things that you don’t really need but you really want them. It serves no real purpose other than it looks bad ass on your fenders (TRD claims it helps with straight line down force but who really cares about down force on a pair of fins?).

The fins come in FRP or carbon and if you’re already thinking of getting the, you might as well go big or go home. The problem for us good ol’ Canadians is that you can’t really find these anywhere that won’t try and rape your wallet. See, the good vendors in the US are selling the carbon versions for about $500 shipped, give or take. Considering these aren’t really big pieces, $500 is pretty steep for a part like this IMO… But it carries the TRD name, so you gotta pay to play. $500 shipped USD is a good deal, but due to our lousy dollar, it makes for a pretty bad price no matter which way you slice it. Next, you have all other US vendors that are charging $699 – not shipped – for some insane reason. It’s no wonder you guys keep bumping your thread in the forum classifieds – nobody wants to pay your outrageous prices. Lastly, you have a few vendors here that can get them for you, but they run into the same problem as you did in the first scenario – the lousy dollar… On top of them needing to make a buck as well (not that it’s their fault or anything).

Anyway, I usually browse the forums and classifieds to see if by any chance there is some good-hearted individual that may possibly be selling a part that I’m lusting over. 9.5 times out of 10, they aren’t. and 9.5 times out of 10, it’s usually some replica of a replica of the genuine part. But that’s a different story… Last week, I happened to do my daily browsing of classifieds and a dude in Toronto was selling these BNIB for a steal of a deal. He had them for a while and I assume he bought them when the dollar was still good, so I ended up sharing that same benefit.

Today is Monday and I feel like total shit cause I didn’t get much sleep last night. That paired with a cold and stuffy nose, I just stayed home. What better medicine is there than to get car parts on a sick day? (The answer is nothing except more car parts).

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The delivery man showed up bright and early, handed me my goods and I unpacked them right away. Look at that TRD carbon goodness…

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Up close of the fins…

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A shot of the weave. I know they’re only fins, but they’re super light for what they are.

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The carbon weave follows all the way to the back as expected.

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Weird thing is that Subaru is stamped on this but it’s a TRD part… We just won’t say anything…

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Time to get rid of these pieces of junk. Personally, I’ve never really been a fan of the stock ones when I found out the TRD ones existed. The grass is always greener on the other side…

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It came off in 15 seconds just by prying it a little bit to remove the clips and some adhesive.

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A few clips left behind that just needed to be plucked out, some adhesive that needed to be cleaned and some good ol’ dirt.

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All cleaned up and ready for the new piece!

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All in! For such a simple (and expensive) mod, I don’t know if I like them because of how much they cost or how bad ass it looks.

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Flows nicely if I do say so myself…

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Side shot.

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That TRD sticker

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And one on the driver side.

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And just one last one because you can only take so many pictures of fins before it gets repetitive. Well, that’s part 1 of 4 and this happens to be the smallest one. I’m glad I was able to get these before I parked the car so I can shit on cars without carbon fender fins. Just kidding. LOL