CTR’s First Hibernation

Surprise! lol my only new post is that I’m parking the car for the year… And this was like two weeks ago. I’m really falling behind on car things lately. I still look at car parts, but I find that I put them on the back burner longer than usual because I end up getting a little more excited about adult things. LAME

Also, the older the kids get – the less time I want to think about working on my car or buying car parts. I just find myself wanting to spend more time with the kids than wrenching in the garage lately… They grow up so damn fast, and it seems like for every moment I’m off doing something car-related, I miss something and I hate it… Where as the car will remain in exactly the same state that I left it and I think I’m OK with that.

Although, it was a sad thing to have to put the CTR away as it is every year. It doesn’t matter what car I’m parking for winter, it’s always depressing because you know winter is coming, snow is coming, cold is coming… and a whole 7 months of it too. It’s pretty miserable. I really wanted to paint correct and apply ceramic coating before I put it away, but it’s probably better that I do it next year. Just took a couple photos of the sad event…

The last time the CTR saw the light of day with Diana’s RAV4…

Swapping the winters on. Originally, I had the all-seasons on it because I thought I was going to be driving it before I sold the FRS. Then when I ended up getting the CTR as quick as I did, I was hitting myself because I knew I basically swapped the winters to the all-seasons for nothing. Now I had to do it all over again lol

Had to swap Diana’s tires over too… Such a dreadful task the older that you get. LOL

Done. Those are Rota’s btw lol – I know some people were sending me heart eye emojis thinking they were RE30’s. I’m not gonna front – they even have last years dirt on them. It’s just to get me through this god-forsaken winter.

Sometimes I think about replacing this because it’s so damn boring but it’s just so damn reliable at the same time. Plus, it just gets beat on and put through so much shit that I don’t know if it’s worth it. Not for me anyway – I wish I was made of money haha

Doing the last few touch ups on the CTR before putting it away…

It’s only been 2 weeks but even looking at this now makes me miss driving it. 😦

Still a booty that I can appreciate.

I still think about what’s left to do on this and there isn’t much on my list to be honest… Aesthetically, I’d like some new aero but don’t know what yet. I’m undecided if I want to Varis this bitch and then have to be paranoid about it all the time. I like having this as a daily driver and not having to worry about dumb things but I also want it to look bad ass LOL.

Power wise, it’s more than enough but I also want to at least get Hondata and maybe an exhaust… Still contemplating…

Either way, I have a long 7 months to think about it… Hopefully I’ll at least have something cool for next year. Until then, my winter posts will probably be of kids and my boring ass life. LOL happy hibernation!

Mission: Cool Daily Driver – Completed

Finally got a chance to take some pics of the final form of the FK8 for now. It’s been a long (and expensive) few weeks to get to this point. I had the vision long before I picked up the car, it was just a matter of getting all the parts to get it done. I was lucky enough to be in a “at the right place at the right time” situation for everything and it all started with the wheels, like I mentioned in my post when I got the wheels. Everything kind of followed along from there.

I’m lucky to be surrounded with such a diverse group of friends and companies that are able to source and get me what I need quick. If you know me (or have dealt with me), I always want things yesterday and can be super impatient LOL. Luckily, everyone that has helped me along the way knows this and that’s the only reason why the car sits the way it does today – less than one month in of owning the car.

I’m pretty damn happy with how it turned out – not a huge surprise if I’m going to be honest – only because I’ve imagined it, photoshopped it, and illustrated it so many damn times. It’s just good to see in person and to have it all come to reality.

Profile shot so you can see the drop – this shows it well. I spent a lot of time deciding on which suspension to go with. There isn’t much, which makes it easy but hard at the same time…

A few options off the top of my head is the infamous Swift Springs – which is one of the lowest drops you can get right now. RSR Super downs which would be pretty damn close or lower. Both of which would be too low for my liking and my needs, despite it looking super slick.

Another option on the more conservative side is the Eibach pro-kit. I was originally thinking of this, but then Kevin Yong (also another FK8 friend) swayed me away from it because of the progressive spring rate. It essentially lowers the rear slightly more than the front but it looks uneven at the end of the day. It’s also about a 0.8″ drop so it’s a very light drop. The same goes for the Spoon springs – progressive, but also a lot pricier than it’s counter-part Pro Kit.

At the angle above where you’re down low – it almost looks like there’s a lot of gap but at other angles, there isn’t. It really depends on where you’re looking at it.

I settled on Eibach Sportlines instead – a nice 1″ drop all around, not progressive – practical and usable for daily driving with the two kids and a wife in the car. Don’t have to worry too much about clearance or not being able to get places.

For the tires – Alex was able to help me out and source a set of Yokohama AD08R’s in 255/35/18 really quick. This man does not sleep and is able to get things in so quick. I’m happy to be part of the Honda family again because of him LOL!

It’s a nice change from the Michelin PSS that I’ve been using over the years. I think these are the most aesthetic tires IMO and it’s a nice pair up with the Advan GT’s.

I just hate hate how the spoke engraving is upside down when lined up with the Brembo rotor LOL. F!

I know there are some elitists out there with lug nuts and balk at the idea of pairing Rays lugs with Advan wheels. I’ll be honest with you – I didn’t even think of the pairing when I purchased them nor did I know Advan made lug nuts LOL. Still looks good to me though… I just tell people I’m trying not to be racist. 🙂

Overall – a nice simple look for me for now. I enjoy how the car looks and it really doesn’t need much to be decent.

The Umber Bronze looks fantastic – slightly darker than the Volk bronze but also much glossier. I mean at first glance, you might even think these were TE37’s if you weren’t paying much attention since that’s the combo most FK8 owners are on.

The great thing about Umber Bronze is that it looks different depending on the lighting. It looks like a very dark brown in the shade, but turns to a high gloss and bright bronze in the sun.

Here’s a shot in the sun for comparison…

The one thing that I “try” to do when building my cars is to be different. I know, it’s so cliche but it’s just what makes building a car so much more rewarding, you know? It’s not like these Advan GT’s in Umber Bronze were made just for me – there are probably hundreds of sets worldwide in this colour by now. The same goes for the Mugen visors and de-striping the red and every other mod I’ve done.

The FK8 – like the FRS platform – is such a popular one that it becomes hard to make it different. The only thing that can help you stand out at the end of the day is the execution. Anyone can take a Type R and slap TE37’s on it but the execution of it all is what’s important – how clean is the car/wheels, how’s the ride height, how’s the paint condition – everything comes together. I think of building my car as getting ready to show it at a car show every time. If you only get your car ready for a car show during a car show – chances are it won’t look like it’s full ready for a car show. Don’t @ me.

On another note – I really dig the concavity of the GT’s even in this size. It’s a little more aggressive than TE37’s that it almost competes with the new Face 4 TE37’s that just got released.

And one from the back – I wish I had a nice 135L F2.0 to really get a good shot of the rear but I won’t talk about spending money anymore because Diana will read this soon and she’ll kill me before I make it to bed.

I’ll try to get more shots soon!

FK8 Mugen Visors Install

Not a particularly exciting install, but it’s an install nonetheless! Nick ordered the Mugen visors for me a week or so ago and they finally landed. Picked them up yesterday and installed them when I got home. I was never a huge fan of visors but on the FK8, they flow nicely with the rest of the car and add a little more “flare” up top to balance out everything going on on the bottom of the car.

Obligatory Mugen box pic to prove no fakes. There are a ton out there… Nothing against them, but I like knowing I have the real deal. Makes me feel like a big boy. LOL

Install was pretty straightforward. Kind of weird but nothing difficult. Pull the rubber out, install clips, put rubber back.

Two clips per window.

Then you literally pull off a piece of the 3M double-sided tape, line up the holes and push the “rivets” together to keep the visor together with the clip and stick onto the car. The obvious “clean the surface and line up properly” applies here…

Done. Another minimalist mod that adds a nice touch to the exterior. Perfect…. Cause I never open my windows.

The seal of authenticity, if you will. It’s pretty hidden and hard to see. Even taking this shot was tough. It’s engraved but on the backside – you can only see it in certain angles.

Rear shot

That hot wheel collection… (Just a bad focus shot) haha

Done!

First Time Wash and Last Time Stock

Had some extra time yesterday after work so I decided to give it a wash for the first time since I’ve owned it. I like to wash my cars by hand so I can inspect it and see if there’s anything wrong and it also helps me clean all the crevices that a wand wash won’t get. Took some quick shots too…

I think the next time I photograph the car, it’ll look completely different with the wheels/suspension. This will be the last time it’ll be stock for a long time… 🙂

I love the curves and sharp angles of the car more and more.

Looks goooooood

Time to get rid of the massive and sunken 20″ wheels.

Also a shot of the half debadged rear. Took off the “Civic” and left the Type R. Looks perfect now to me!