Sunday Funday: Voltex Type 7 Install

Sunday Funday returns and we have one of the more exciting installs (for me, anyway) this weekend. We got around to finally installing the Voltex Type 7 Swan Neck GT wing today and it took us a about 2.5 hours to get it done from start to finish, taking our time to ensure we got it all right. When you’re drilling holes in your trunk, you don’t wanna be rushing through and having more holes than you really need 🙂

Anyway, I’ll just hop right into it… There are a bunch of install pics this time because Punit took charge of the camera most of the time and actually got some decent shots (lol) so for the first time in a while, I’m not the one taking pics and you’ll see me make an appearance. (I actually do things when I’m not holding the camera too).

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Gopesh came by first and we decided to get a start on things while waiting for JC and Punit. The first step was basically unhooking the one wire and then cutting out the two metal reinforcements in the trunk. Not to worry – Voltex provides a clamshell-type backing that creates an almost better reinforcement.

In this shot above, you’ll see that we already cut one side off while Gopesh taped off the other side to try and protect the paint just in case the angle grinder skipped.

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Another shot.

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And here we go. I know, I know – you’re asking “where’s his face protection!?” – well I didn’t have any… But we all walked away good today. 🙂

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So instead, Gopesh suggested I wear my sunglasses just in case LOL.

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Here’s the first piece out of the way.

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Gopesh taping up the next side…

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And we were off!

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Mocking up the clamshell piece that Voltex provided. Fits like a glove!

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By this point, Punit was on a rampage with the camera. No pictures please!

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A somewhat aerial view.

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Taking the wing apart to get the bases off.

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It takes three to unscrew a few bolts it seems.

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Another shot of the two reinforcement pieces out of the way.

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The wing sans bases.

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Here me and JC are drilling the holes through the trunk for the bases. We used the clamshell to guide us for the holes.

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Some artsy photos I guess

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Don’t mind Diana’s dirty car…

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The 6 holes are drilled! And we were ready to move on…

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Here we prep the bases to get mounted onto the trunk.

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Focus…

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One side on… On to the next one!

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Told Punit to do some work while I take some pictures. lol

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Wing on top of Diana’s car lol

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Guiding the bolts through the clamshell.

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Tightening up

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Here JC was tightening up the nuts on each of the bolt ends.

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Not sure what was going on here lol

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Anyway, once the bases were on, we drilled new holes for the rivets.

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Getting the rivets on. Gopesh distracted by what appears to be ass.

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Bases good to go!

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Rivets in. Two not in when this photo was taken. The good thing about this clamshell is that it’s fairly thick and sturdy – it almost provides more of a reinforcement for the trunk than the two metal pieces we cut out.

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Assembling the wing one piece at a time. First the stands to the wing…

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After that was done, I had to get in my Asian lean back pose to ensure the Voltex sticker was on straight.

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Good to go!

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Trying to get the other side… A little more difficult since the car was basically pinned up right next to the wall.

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And voila! Good to go. Again, some shots were with my wide angle and so it’s ‘slightly’ bigger than it really is, but I tried to get a bit further to give a better sense of its size.

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Love it.

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Took the covers off for a full on shot just to get a better sense of what it would look like. The front of the car obviously isn’t as aggressive enough now, but it will be soon…

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One more from the rear quarter.

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And again some detail shots.

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Beautiful.

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The icing on the cake!

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Aggressive.

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And one last one again!

More Wing Porn!!!

I decided to take a few more detailed shots of the wing with my 50mm rather than my wide angle to get a better perspective on how the wing actually looks. I kid you not, the wide angle literally makes the wing look almost double its size. Not to take away from the fact that the wing is actually pretty damn big already, but the last thing I want is a skewed visual of the wing lol.

Anyway, I brought it back out to mock it up and admire one more time last night… I think I want to try and install it this weekend if I have the time. Anyway, more wing porn for all ya’ll.

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Wing sans sticker. I’m saving that for the “cherry on top” moment when the wing is installed.

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A side profile shot. You can kind of see here that I need something for the bumper to even out the aggressiveness. I think the kit will even out the front nicely, but I’ll something for the rear soon…

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The swan neck mounts

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Up close…

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Here I tried to get a shot of how wide the wing is. It’s actually perfectly lined up with the edges of the rear quarter. Nice.

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Shot from the front to see some of the front profile.

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A cool shot of what is to be (the rendering in the top left) and what is coming together…

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And lastly, a few shots of the top of the wing and the weave… Not a strand out of place. Love the quality.

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My favourite shot… iPhone wallpaper lol.

Black Swan

I guess it’s no big secret – I’m obsessed with GT wings and if executed properly, they can look deadly. Every single car I’ve had (minus the LS – understandable so, I hope), has had a GT wing, and it’s always my favourite part on the car. Yes, I’m a huge ricer but I don’t give two shits and I do want to set the car up to see a few track days next year – I’ve been itching to drive the FRS hard – like it’s meant to be driven.

Anyway, Alan Hoang has been gracious enough to help me out all week in answering my questions about the new Voltex Type 7 Swan Neck GT Wing and since he’s probably the first in Calgary (and likely Canada that I’ve seen or know of) to have one, he was also kind enough to offer to let me do the ol’ try-before-you-buy deal. Alan’s Voltex wing was custom in the sense that Voltex made one-off brackets to fit his S14 since there is no application for it at the moment… Now there is.

Over the last week, we’ve been exchanging texts back and forth about how to obtain the oh-so-elusive Swan Neck wing and the best way to do so. This afternoon, Diana and I went over after work and made sure it was exactly what I wanted…

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We brought it up from Alan’s basement of rare JDM goodies (which I took a few pics of below) and brought it up.

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The wing is massive. Massive is an understatement and you’d have to see it in person to really understand. Alan and I are both in agreement that it’s probably the most aggressive GT wing on the market now. You’ll see why shortly…

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Here it is mocked up my car. I’m at 10mm on my lens so it exaggerates the proportions a bit – I assure you it doesn’t look THIS big… But it IS big, there’s no doubt about it.

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Here I am zoomed into 20mm – less wide angle distortion and it gives a better view but still not “to scale”. The wing itself is 1700mm which quite large for the FRS body in comparison to my 1650mm Voltex Type 5 on my STI and 1500mm J’s Racing that was on my Civic. The wing span does, however, reach the edges of the top part of the wheel well. It’s proportionate – this is good.

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Another shot – particularly of the Swan Neck stands. My favourite part… These are extremely aggressive at 275mm tall.

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From the front, the AOA (angle of attack) was particularly aggressive (maybe too much for the FRS) as you can see it is higher than the roofline. The AOA can be adjusted to meet the roofline though. Diana is in awe of the Swan Neck greatness…

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A shot from a little lower – again at 10mm which exaggerates the size greatly – shows the massive size of the air foil sitting at 355mm wide. One of the widest air foils for a Voltex wing today.

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One last shot of the risers.

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Down in Alan’s basement is the area of any JDM-lovers dreams. There is a plethora of rare and very sought after parts down here… In this particular shot – a Job Design VIP kit for Alan’s new Lexus GS F-sport.

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There’s a fairly good shot of the rear bumper – but the cherry on top, the creme de la creme, the best part of the Job Design kit – the front bumper, is still under wraps. Alan hadn’t even opened it yet… Not sure how he can hold back. I guess with a whole bunch of other parts, there’s plenty of excitement to go around. At the top of the pic you can see Alan also has a full Air Runner kit ready to go onto the GS…

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To the side a little bit are parts for his S14 – still waiting to go on as well. By this point, I’m wondering how the hell does this guy have all the patience to just leave this down here?!

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And right below my feet was one piece of the GS VIP puzzle – a Futura BBK.

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And back in the garage – the GS awaiting for its makeover. This will be – hands down – one of the best VIP builds in the city with literally no corner cut. With plans to add T-Demand suspension components to the mix, there’s nothing standing in it’s way from killing the game. Alan’s S14 is also a car that has really eluded the scene – I didn’t get a chance to see it, but when it finally comes out, I’ve already told Alan I got dibs on shooting it first.

Anyway – huge thanks to Alan for taking the time out of his day for letting us swing by and check out all his cool shit. All I can say is MBN…

PS – we’re leaving for Vancouver tomorrow so stay tuned for coverage when I get back!