FK8 2022 Aesthetic Update

Sorry in advance for the iPhone photos and the random edits. I haven’t had time to take my camera out and take proper photos and whenever I do remember, I have no battery LOL!

Anyway, I haven’t really posted many updates on the Civic since I barely drove it last year and it just kind of sat there for most of the year. A big reason was because we were just moving into the new place, the garage was getting painted and the flooring done, etc and then I bought the Fit. As you all know, new toys means you forget about the old ones and that was that.

Over the winter, I decided to put the Umber bronze GT’s up for sale just to see if there was any interest. I know there aren’t many around here that are willing to spend the money on wheels if they didn’t already have a set of their own. If they didn’t sell, then no biggie. I’d just continue to run them. I was only looking for a black set to change the color scheme anyway.

Well, stars aligned for a bunch of us and the set is going to Casey and his white FK8, meanwhile Nam in Montreal was selling his set of limited Smoked Black GT’s that was for his FK8 which he sold for a Supra. It’s like it was all meant to be.

That, paired with the awesome cool fact that Yokohama Canada sponsored me this year was another blessing in disguise and I’m totally stoked to be working with them and their brand. To be honest, I was never big into the idea of being “sponsored” because I never thought I needed it. There was always those guys (you know who I’m talking about) going out there and asking for sponsorships and it just made them seem so desperate that it was more about getting “free parts” or discounts than it was about repping the brand. I think that’s why many brands have such a bad taste in their mouths when it comes to that sacred word – “sponsorship”. To put it simply, if I loved a brand and their products, I was going to buy it from whoever could get it for me. But to have the audacity to email or message a company asking for handouts is the worst.

Anyway, the Yokohama Canada team was kind enough to send me a set of 265/35 AD08R’s. Slightly wider than the 255’s that were on the Umber Bronze GT’s. What better pairing than to have it go on the new Smoked Black GT’s. Thanks again to Yokohama Canada for the set of tires. Too rad. I’m just posting some shots of the swap and some other random pics I had that were somewhat worthy of posting on the blog… I’ll take some proper photos soon!

It was a nice day a few weeks back so I decided to do the swap and get the wheels cleaned for Casey.

I love them both…

If only I could afford to keep both and run both LOL

Aria – helpful as always – drying the wheels carefully. It’s funny because she knows to be careful and never to let the cloth touch the ground or the tire because it could pick something up and scratch the paint/finish. LOL

Umber bronze in the sun is still amazing tbh.

Umber bronze off. Smoked black on.

Just a quick shot outside before pulling her back in again. Back to the issues of black wheels on a white car – basically underexposed or overexposed – no inbetween LOL

Excuse the dirty/muddy floors…

This was after I washed the floors as best I could for now until winter is officially gone. The Fit might be taking the back seat for most of the year while I enjoy the Type R this time…

With the change over to 265 AD08R’s means the need for more camber. AD08R’s run fairly wide so these would guarantee rubbing. Luckily again for me, Nam had a set of Eibach rear camber arms that were coming in that he obviously couldn’t use on his Supra, so I took them off his hands.

For only 2 bolts, this was a bitch to install without the right tools. The innermost bolt is really tucked away inside leaving very little room for maneuverability and wiggling…

Eventually was able to get it all done after borrowing some tools from a handy neighbour (Thanks Lanny!)

I just recently took it to Mike Wu over at Airdrie Honda to do some maintenance and then dial in the suspension piece. He’s the only dude that touches my car at the dealership – I don’t trust anyone else. When you find a good tech, keep em close LOL.

I asked him to dial the rear camber to -2.5 and the front to -1.6. The fronts are OK with no rubbing – even on that front tab (yet). And the rears rubbed the plastic lip underneath that you can see in the picture above. I ended up marking and dremelling  the lip that it was hitting and it has reduced the rub significantly. On big dips, it still rubs the inside metal which I don’t think I’ll be cutting anytime soon – but it’s bearable since it’s only a tiny scrape. If anything, I might get Mike to dial in to -2.7 and see if that does the trick, otherwise all is good now.

And the shot of it last night LOL. Right after this, I also got a massive rock chip which sucked. That makes for 3 massive rock chips that have spread about 10″ each on each corner. I’ve had them all filled because I ain’t about the $1200 windshield replacement life just yet LOL.

Once the weather warms up a bit more, I’ll take proper photos of the new combo.

FK8 Season End Meet 2021

Just a nice photo dump from the FK8 season ender meet that Tiegan organized at Deerfoot City. I didn’t bring my camera, but luckily Cholo from Esoteric Collective always has his and was kind enough to take photos and share them with me so I could post!

It’s been a while since I’ve driven the Type R – just been a crazy summer and with the addition of the Fit, I’ve been having too much fun with that. Back in July when we moved into our new place, the garage was inaccessible for almost two months because the driveway was being poured so I took the chance to leave the Type R out on the street since it was a new community and fairly quiet. One day as I was driving it, I did a shoulder check and noticed hand prints on the window as if someone was looking into it. That was enough to make me park it until I was able to park in the garage but as soon as that happened, I got the Fit and it basically just never got driven LOL. Even with the Mugen wing addition, it just sat there đŸ˜¦

Anyway, it was a nice day to drive it one last time. Good seeing some other FK8 owners as well! Enjoy the pics from Cholo!

@mirwaiss LE Type R.

Shooting the shit.

A nice group photo of the selection of colors. Nice that it’s not just white and black – surprisingly not even a single black FK8 haha

Awesome shot of the Mugen wing đŸ™‚

And dirty car lol. I haven’t even really cleaned it since…

Tiegan’s car and livery

Gerard’s full Spoon Fk8

Asimo sitting shotgun in Cholo’s car

Cholo’s J’s Racing valve cover

J’s racing interior as well. Super sweet

Beside me is Roel’s full Varis FK8

Cholo’s Varis FK8

The cleanest wheels of the bunch. Still brand new basically LOL

Gerard’s Spoon wheels

Jason’s TE37’s that failed the BI check MISERABLY. I said I wouldn’t be checking barrels but he just didn’t even try LOL. He used the excuse that he cleaned them at night with a flashlight but I don’t believe him.

Tiegan’s wheels passed on the other hand…

Terence’s FK8 on Gram Lights

Somewhat clean… LOL

Roel’s FK8 on champ white CE28’s

Garage dust on my exhaust LOL

Varis/Voltex rear

Mugen rear

The lineup

Group shot!

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.