My Holy Grail: Fujitsubo Authorize RM+C Titanium Exhaust

It’s been pretty quiet in the land of car mods lately for me – basically after I picked up the CTR and then spent a chunk of money on it to get it looking half-decent and not so stock, I had to take a hiatus before Diana divorced me and left with the kids…

Some back story on the exhaust search – which I’m sure many of you can relate to – it’s been well over a year of searching for the perfect exhaust for myself. I was looking for one when I was toying with the idea of selling the FRS and getting a CTR – pre-building a car before anything even happened. You know… You dream of your next build… That’s what I was doing.

Anyway, exhausts (in my opinion) are one of the most important parts of a build that get overlooked too often. I’ve made the mistake of settling and just going with whatever was available only to regret it after. Even if your car looked dope, a shitty exhaust would ruin it all. You basically have this market of exhausts at your fingertips – ranging anywhere from a couple hundred bucks to a couple thousand bucks – titanium, stainless steel, dual canister, single tip, triple tip, fake Ti coloured tips… The list goes on. Most of the time, within any kind of market of parts, you’ll have ones that were made quick and dirty – either to get to the market first or to put out the cheapest product available masked with a unreasonably high MSRP. If you don’t dig through the junk, you’ll get junk.

So back to my story of trying to find my perfect exhaust. Everyone has different tastes so I can’t comment on what’s junk because my definition of junk might be someone else’s Holy Grail and we’re not here to bash other peoples’ grails, we’re just here to talk about mine. But over the last year or so, I have been searching almost daily for exhausts for the CTR – youtube, forums, social media… Waiting for something new and innovating or exciting and refined and nothing really ever popped up.

One of the first exhausts that I had come across in my early days of searching was the Fujitsubo Authorize RM+C (what a mouthful) titanium exhaust. It was – and still kind of is – a rare piece. Not many have it – either because of the price point or because of the difficulty of having it readily available without the 3-4 month wait time.

You know those moments when you find or see or hear something and you know “this is the one”? That’s literally what I had when I saw and heard the Fujitsubo on the FK8 platform and since that day, I’ve been searching far and wide for something to come close and quite frankly – nothing has.

This kind of made it easier for me simply because I’d see one I’d like visually but as soon as I’d hear it, I crossed it off my list real quick. The only other two exhausts I’d put my money on is Amuse and the heavily priced Mugen exhaust. Perhaps because quality is synonymous with their names and I’m jaded by that but I haven’t been let down by the sound of Amuse or Mugen before, so I wouldn’t expect to be let down here either.

Anyway – the exhaust came packaged incredibly nicely and securely. Lots of quality hardware.

The creme de la creme, the focal point… The rear muffler section – a sight to behold. Nicely finished titanium, separated sound chambers and dual carbon fiber exhaust finisher tips that can be removed. A mating of two of the automotive worlds finest materials. *Insert Italian hand to mouth kiss*

On the bottom side, a Fujitsubo plate and a serial number plaque.

A closer look. Doesn’t it make you want to just not ever use this?!

Close up of the welds.

Flipped over, nothing less than magical LOL.

A close up of the matte carbon fiber tips. The outlets are bigger than they look in pictures but when fitted on the car, fill the exhaust outlet perfectly. Finding an exhaust for the FK8 is tough because the OEM triple tip exhaust creates a large opening.

The Fujitsubo titanium plaque. No, 001 doesn’t mean that it was the first one. I’m not sure what it means exactly… But I can pretend it means it’s the first one…

The system is rated in at 11.8kg or 26lbs (can’t confirm this – I haven’t weighed it myself but I suspect it’s a bit lighter than that) while stock is at 17.5kg or 38.6lbs. Of course, the rear muffler section is the heaviest but the piping weighs next to nothing…

Diana happy the exhaust came in – not because she was looking forward to it but because she was tired of me talking about it for the last year and a half. I’ve actually almost bit the bullet on this exhaust several times over the course of the last 6 months but never followed through because I got cold feet.

I’m happy I finally did though – can’t  wait till this bad boy goes on… In 3 months. *CRY*

Taste the Rainbow

 … Kind of.

I’ve been wanting to attempt this project for some time now – and me being the Ti-burning pro that I am (sarcasm), I decided to give it a go. I wasn’t too worried about messing up because if you do get the colour wrong, then you can easily polish it off and try again. (You might be hitting yourself in the head for paying an extra $200 for a burned finish that can be wiped off with simple polish now). I did detail the process of colour change when you’re torching a while back when I did my exhaust tips on the STI. It basically goes from brown > purple > dark blue > light blue > silver. Once you get to silver, you have to start over by wiping it away – it doesn’t just cycle through the colours again. Another thing to keep in mind is that the colour changes due to the heat rising so you want to stop applying the torch BEFORE you get to the colour you want, otherwise it’ll keep changing even after the heat is off and you’ll likely go too far.

It’s not a painful task but it does take patience and a steady hand so that you get an even burn. I unfortunately didn’t get to take any pics from my SLR but Diana did snap some of me while I was doing it and then I took some from my phone as well.

IMG_9333I cleaned and prepped the surface first – polished it with some aggressive polish to get water spots out and then I cleaned the surface with methyl hydrate.

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You can start to see the color showing up as I go around.

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This was my first attempt – I got better as I went but I made sure to start on a part that would never be seen when it’s on the car just in case. It does get hot so hold it somewhere that you can have a steady grip. You also want to be careful once you’re done not to let it rest on anything because it’ll melt it pretty quick and you’ll ruin your finish for good.

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An shot I took and posted on instgram. You can kind of see the spot where I could’ve applied more heat where it’s still sort of purple. I went back and fixed it after.

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A quick shot from underneath. IMG_9285And from the side… Voila! It makes it look way better now when you’re behind the car because you can see the canisters hanging. The extra colour is a nice treat.

More T1R Exhaust Pr0n

Just took a few more detail shots of the exhaust while it was still minty and clean.

I didn’t get a chance to record a sound clip cause it’s kinda late and I didn’t want to be a bigger ricer on the block than I already am… I’ll try to get it later on during the week when I get home earlier.

I’m totally loving the new sound. I’m sure everyone can agree that an exhaust is one of the best mods you can do!

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Under shot of the dual split canisters

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Close up shot of the welds.

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The angle of the tips flow perfectly with the bumper. Didn’t even need any adjustment.

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Up close of the gradient burn. A nice touch

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Another shot of the mufflers and the T1R badging

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And and up close of the new T1R tip with the slotted interior. Looks a lot nicer and refined than just plain outlet.

Install: T1R Dual Sparrow Exhaust

After a long wait, my exhaust finally came through! Thanks to Nick and Ben at AJ-R for bringing it in for me! As always, appreciate the awesome service and products!

I was debating exhausts for a long time and admittedly, I really wanted the Amuse exhaust – but it’s not written in the stars for me yet. There are a lot of choices out and variants out there that it can be overwhelming to choose something. I haven’t really seen many people other with the T1R dual sparrow exhaust except for the test cars that Ben has. It’s a good looking piece and it sounds good too.

I was waiting all week for it and before we left the house for dinner, I got a call saying that it came at around 530PM. Diana and I headed over and picked it up and in a few hours, the guys (JC, Punit, and Rich) all came over to help install!

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Car up on jacks… Rich vaping… Top Gear on! We were ready to roll.

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Unboxing…

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Nicely wrapped.

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Shiny shiny!

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The new T1R tips with the slotted insides. I didn’t get a good shot now that I think about it… I’ll take better shots soon and post them up.

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This was the first time I saw Rich’s car in person since he’s had the new wheels on. The LE37’s look way better and they’re 19’s too

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The hatch club.

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The piece all laid out ready to go.

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Rich unbolting the mid section

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Punit grabbed the camera and started taking shots. Always a good time when I get to see a different perspective lol

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The old system. Heavy and ugly lol

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Rich and I positioning the mufflers into the hangers

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Rich was bolting up the center portion while the mufflers hung.

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Just a little shot of it

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Since there were more bodies than there were tools, JC polished up the new pieces as we were removing the old pieces and watching some Top Gear.

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More polishing…

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All shined up!

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Punit tightening up the last few bolts

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Took a walk-around to check out some new additions… JC’s VIP’d Out table. Looks wicked.

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Punit and his Integra. He hasn’t brought this thing out in a long ass time. It was nice to see.

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The FR-S and Diana’s Fit…

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JC’s CT200h on fleek. There’s still a few changes coming for him… I’m stoked to see how that turns out too.

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Squad goals.

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All Fast and Furious-like…

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And one last ass shot to end it off. I chose the T1R system specifically because I loved how the mufflers split out rather than have one center piece. Looks a lot more aggressive.

I’ll try to do some sound clips soon and post them up!