DIY: Mugen FK8 Tail Light Install

The last shipment that I’ve been waiting for finally arrived! It’s funny that I was going to just get the lip and thought I was going to be done with it, but then the sides felt naked… So I got the sides and I thought I was gonna be done there. Then the rear was super empty, so then I decided to just finish the whole kit off with the rear too and I was SURE I was going to be done but then it looked unfinished with the stock tails… And here we are…

I guess it was kinda meant to be that way – Mugen themed the whole car, so if you get one part of it, it’s going to look a little off. Mind you, many people have done that and gone for just the lip and it looks just fine but the OCD in me can’t stand it. It literally keeps me up at night LOL. So now that I have the tail lights, I feel like it’ll be complete. (I hope so, for the sake of my marriage LOL).

Anyway – a pretty straightforward install. I still have my gripes about it, but it’s Mugen afterall…

Arrival inspection…

Good ol’ Japanese instructions again. I could make a book out of all them…

All pretty looking even in the plastic…

Took the left light out just to inspect. Looks great – top notch quality as expected.

To start, I taped around the tail light just to ensure I wasn’t going to scratch up the paint or anything.

It’s a pretty easy removal. Two bolts and it pops out.

The existing wires that plug directly into Mugen. A good time to clean up under the tail light while you’re at it too…

All plugged into Mugen. It came with a bunch of foam insulators that I later wrapped around all the connections. I didn’t take a pic…

Also has a cool switch for you to decide whether you want sequential or straight blinking. Of course I went sequential…

All popped back in. Perfect fit.

The hatch pieces are a bit of a pain to get to cause you have to take off the plastic lining on the inside. Kind of a pain.

My only gripe about the Mugen tails is that the hatch piece is non-functional. So you’re basically going from a working piece to a “dead” unit. Mugen even includes dummy connectors to plug the stock harness into so that it doesn’t just hang.

There is another company that makes a replica of the Mugen tails that does include a working hatch piece and it looks exactly the same and although it’s functional, I wouldn’t ever get it just for that. I guess it all comes down to quality over everything to me…

All done! A shot of the nice Mugen logo on the inside…

Mugen stamped on all the light pieces. Nice touch.

All done! I ceramic coated the tails too 😛

Pretty much an OEM finish as expected by Mugen.

And also an OEM fit too. Everything lines up with absolutely no gaps.

Some testing shots with the lights lit up. Unfortunately, no actual braking shots cause I was alone when installing…

Super clean! It took some time for the tail lights to grow on me – much like the rear, but now that I have it – I love them. I’ve come to the conclusion that the Mugen tails look great with the Mugen rear and they compliment each other perfectly. The three LED strips in the lights match the three vertical lines in the Mugen lip. There’s a lot of subtle hints in the Mugen kit that all compliment each other nicely.

I’m a happy camper!

DIY: Mugen FK8 Lip Kit Install

I’ve been waiting a pretty long time for this day to come and it’s pretty freaking glorious. I spend a lot of my time – maybe even an unhealthy amount of time – thinking about how I should put the Type R together and I often go through so many parts in my head imagining and picturing what it would look like over and over again. Does anyone else do the same? lol

My dilemma is really trying to build it in the best way possible while retaining functionality and the “daily driver” aspect of it – particularly because of the need to haul the family and groceries or whatever else I need. It’s hard sometimes because there are some days that I want to slam it and put more aggressive wheels on it but then I wouldn’t be able to drive it as much as I want to lol. I’m sure a lot of other FK8 owners can agree that there aren’t many options out there either – so trying to build one that has your own flair and style is also equally challenging.

At the end of the day, the important thing to me is that high quality parts go on the car and go on with enough thought to make it worth it. There are so many Type R’s on the road and so many that unfortunately have been just “ruined”. It’s just disappointing to see a good car become so easily bastardized – it’s not a “Type R” problem either – but when you own a specific chassis and see other examples of it being just fucked up, it hurts the soul a little bit. It’s not the time or place for me to rant about it so I’ll just stop before I get ahead of myself…

Anyway, after seeing what Varis and Spoon had to finally offer – I decided to stay on track with Mugen. When the kit came out, I loved it but really wanted to wait it out a bit to see what other big names were going to offer and I was personally disappointed. Varis looked good at the sculpting stage but after completion, it was not much different than stock. Spoon also didn’t deviate much from the stock look and I guess I can’t blame them, the FK8 “out-of-the-box” is already aggressive as it is, so to change it and have it look good would be challenging – I don’t even know what I’d do to it LOL.

The almighty Mugen logo and box…

Of course Princess Elsa/Aria had to come check out what it was – asking if it was hers. You wish, kid.

Side skirts painted CW by Mugen

Front lip painted CW by Mugen

JDM instructions

JDM 3M primer for the adhesive…

As soon as I received it, I drove it right over to Tommy at Tint tech to 3M it.

He did a fantastic job – can’t even tell there’s wrap on it.

The front lip was super easy to install. Remove the bottom screw on each side of the front lip in the wheel well.

Remove the two OEM clips underneath.

I popped the lip on just to see if everything fit nicely… I had no doubt that it wouldn’t…

Secured with some tape just to hold everything in place

The install requires you to drill an extra hole into the stock sideskirt to bolt the top piece in. Mark it…

Drill the hole and insert the fastener into place – good to go.

Once all ready, pull up a piece of the 3M adhesive backing and put all the screws and clips in. Once you’re happy, pull the backing off and press 🙂

Voila!

That Mugen emblem on the front is icing on the cake…

Love it.

I know there are some of you that were unsure of the OEM red grill garnish when I first put it on but my end vision was to have the Mugen lip tie it all together, and that it did!

I will say that although I didn’t doubt Mugen, I am blown away by the fit and finish of the front lip. It fits like OEM and there are absolutely no gaps and holes line up perfectly. This would be my first time dealing with Mugen body parts and I am a believer.

Front lip complete! But we’re not done yet…

The front lip actually came first and the sideskirts came a few days later… I was beginning to think they lost the sideskirts in transit, but thank God they didn’t. Waiting for parts to be delivered has got to be one of the most stressful things LOL

Stamp of authenticity on the sideskirts…

Again, laid out and ready for a mockup

Easy peasy.

Fitment again is perfect. Literally perfect lol – I don’t think I can emphasize this enough.

I ended up finishing the passenger side and forgot to take pictures because it was a little more involved than the front lip. More pics on the driver side below…

So the sideskirts were slightly more complicated because the instructions say to remove the whole sideskirt off the car. The reason is because you have to drill 4 additional holes on the underside of the skirt to attach clips to it.

Removing the sideskirts are a whole other process and while it “may” have been easier, I decided to just lift the car up and drill while it was in the air.

First time the wheels have been off lol…

You have to take the wheel off to drill an additional hole for the backside of the sideskirt.

Here’a s hot of the hole you have to drill to attached the Mugen sideskirt

I know it doesn’t line up here but it’s because the sideskirt was not fully bolted on yet and is just hanging loose. Don’t worry 🙂

Once you drill the four holes underneath, you need to drill one more top hole on the back of the sideskirt like I mentioned to put an additional screw in. You can see the newer black screw on top. Look at how perfect this thing fits… Again – emphasizing “perfect” lol

Tight fitment.

And voila!

Looks awesome!

Here’s a shot of it all together in the garage… Full pics coming soon. The Mugen kit definitely helps break up all the black from the white and visually lowers the car a little more. Super satisfied with the look.

And of course, as soon as it was all done – I prepped the lip kit and then coated with CQuartz. Literally one of the best things I’ve done to the car.

Install: Fujitsubo Authorize RM Titanium Exhaust FK8

Finally the day has come! I was starting to get anxious on getting the exhaust on the car even though I can’t drive it yet… I didn’t want to have to worry about installing it when it gets nice out cause I’d just want to drive ASAP. I still need to find some time to do a full paint correction and then ceramic coat the car before pulling it out too.

I spent like 20 minutes on Saturday just getting the car cover off and putting the car up on jack stands. My initial plan was to just do it in stages whenever I had some free time since there’s still another few months to go. You know, take the exhaust one day and then start putting the pieces together here and there… Thankfully the guys offered to come by and help to get it all done in an hour instead. It’s a good thing too because the stock exhaust is one damn piece and it would’ve been a bitch to try and wiggle that all off myself – so thanks guys!

Getting ready to start. Don’t mind the dirty garage floor…

The car was already up in the air from Saturday so we just had to get under and get started. Punit and JC getting the tools ready to get started…

The stock exhaust in all its glory. The rear undercovers needed their clips taken out to pull the cover down a bit to access the rear hangers since they span out to the sides.

The Fujitsubo exhaust…

Punit starting to work the hangers off…

JC on the other side… This guy always wearing nice clothes to roll around on the floor… MBN.

As you can see, it took two people on the rear section of the exhaust just to wiggle out… Another reason to be thankful I didn’t do it on my own lol

Rich came shortly after and hopped right in (under?). He was ready with his coveralls and everything. Smart guy.

All 3 of them under and working on wiggling the exhaust off the hangers. Worked the rear section out first and then wiggled the middle piece off the hangers next. I know it looks like all I’m doing is standing around taking pics but I swear I did work too LOL.

The rear section off. Punit and JC helping wiggle it off to help Rich out in the middle.

A picture of the full stock exhaust system. Kinda weird how they made it all one piece…

The stock exhaust weighing in at 38.5 lbs compared to the Fujitsubo at 26 lbs.

A few shots of the Fujitsubo titanium hangers.

The Fujitsubo center pieces. Just lining them up ready to go in.

A shot of the beautiful matte finish of Titanium and awesome workmanship…

JC and Punit attached the hangers to the sides of the main section.

One side…

The other side…

After they were done, I took some rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth to wipe off the grease and any fingerprints.

*Heart eyes*

While the hangers were being put on, Rich was under the car installing the two center pipes to be ready to mate up with the main muffler unit.

Rich was pretty much 100% under the car most of the time lol. Not a lot of room but we made it work.

Here’s a good shot of where the main muffler unit mates up to the rest of the piping. Rich is getting ready to tape and put on the clamp.

Some shots once we got it all bolted up…

Wiped down the rest of the piping to ensure no finger prints or grease was left behind. I really love that matte finish!

A shot of the muffler…

Prior to wiping – excuse the few marks…

The matte carbon tips match the faux-carbon diffuser pretty well. I really dig the look of the dual tip on the Fujitsubo – perfectly sized so it fills the tri-tip opening nicely.

Done! I’ll find some time to get some sound clips soon! Upon start up, it’s a very tame exhaust – not meant to be loud or overly aggressive and it’s perfect for me. I wanted an aftermarket system that provided a deeper growl and sounded more like how a Type R should sound but without being too ricey and farty.

It’ll take some time to break the exhaust in – on start up, there was still a lot of of dark soot coming out and the engine had been sitting for months… I can’t wait to drive it out the road and break it in – I imagine it’ll get a little deeper and a bit louder. I need to ensure the kids can still listen to the Frozen soundtrack while cruising around in the summer LOL.

Thanks again to the boys for the quick help! Always appreciated.

 

FK8 Mugen Start Button Install

Had some free time this afternoon and it was warm enough that I decided to head into the garage to finally install the Mugen start button Diana and the guys got me for my Birthday.

It helps me relieve the itch to drive the car or whatever if I do installs so I have something more to look forward to when I can finally drive it… A pretty straightforward install – took 10 minutes all in all in-between pics. A small detail, but a nice and welcome addition to the interior for sure… Also one of the few Mugen pieces for the FK8 I can afford LOL.

Stock button… In reality, nothing is really wrong with it and you don’t even think to change it and then Mugen comes through and decides to slap their logo on it and now you HAVE to change it…

I tried the route of just removing the bottom panel but there was no way I was squeezing my hands/fingers in there to press the notch and release the button so I just decided to do it the full way to save my fingers… The side trims need to come off and then the climate controls just pop out.

Once that’s out, there are two philips screws underneath that hold the radio. Take those off and pull the head unit off and voila. Removing them just allow you to put your finger in on the right side to squeeze the tab and remove the button…

Literally the same button with a Mugen logo. Oh well, still bad ass lol

Stock button popped out with minimal effort…

Pic of the notch/tab you have to press. (both sides)

The Mugen button plugged in and ready to pop back.

And a few shots of it glowing red… Super nice.

It doesn’t even change the colour or anything LOL

Done!