Titanium Mugen Goodies

Just some small little things to add to the car now while my mind thinks about what to buy next… LOL. In all seriousness though – I’m quite content with how the car sits now and I have a small list of things I want to get but at the same time, I want to just keep it nice and problem-free… The next best thing is to just add small things that don’t really change anything but add some small details. I really love the little details that are put into cars – whether you can see/notice them or not and this post happens to be one of them.

First of all, sorry for the proper editing – I edited these all on my phone. My computer is out of commission currently so I’m stuck using Photoshop mobile lol. Not sure anyone would’ve noticed anyway…

Anyway, I’ve been waiting about 5 weeks for the titanium Mugen badge and Mugen commander stickers from King Motorsports. The other titanium goodies come from TiBurnt – still one of my favourite titanium goods providers out there. None of that cheap looking neo-chrome titanium stuff with the green and yellow (who thought that looked good?) and he has a great selection of bolts that you can replace in places people don’t really think about replacing… You can see in the pics.

Just a small set of Mugen commander stickers to place in some discreet areas… Really loving the new logo for Mugen.

The awesome titanium Mugen badge…

Supposedly it’s hand-burnt and so each badge looks slightly different. Pretty cool… Just thought it would make a nice addition to the rear.

I was debating long and hard on where I was going to put it. Initially I was going to put it on the left where “CIVIC” was but after mocking it up, it didn’t look too good. The sizing between “Type R” and the Mugen badge was uneven and it was making my eye twitch. So I ended up moving it to be under the “Type R” and will be replacing the “CIVIC” badge on the left to even it all out again…

The titanium bolts from TiBurnt were to bolt in the Mugen pieces. He was waiting for these pieces to come in and as soon as he added them to the site, I copped them real quick. 4 bolts for the front lip…

5 bolts for the sideskirt…

The front part of the sideskirt – peep the Mugen sticker on there. Not sure how I feel about it yet – we’ll see when I get the car all washed up and I can take a better look from a distance.

And two more bolts for the rear lip. Initially I only wanted to replace the bolts that held the Mugen pieces up but now it’s look a little weird with the remaining stock black bolts that hold the fender liner and such as you can see in some of the pics, so I’ll probably end up replacing those soon.

Anyway, just some cool little pieces to bring it all together.

If You Jump In Muddy Puddles, You Must Wear Your Boots…

… Peppa Pig quote for those of you blessed with children who love to watch that terrible show. LOL

Anyway, first time in the rain for the CTR after CQuartz and Gliss combined. I’ve been waiting for this day – just to see how well they hold up and it was awesome. Most of the time it usually just drizzles for a few seconds and then it ends up just messing the car up but this time it was pouring hard and fast. Perfect for a quick rainy day shoot to test the coating and to get some cool pics!

The only thing I wish I had was a rain jacket… Otherwise it was perfect weather for reflections and some cool effects. The only thing that sucks about this pic is that I caught the damn wipers LOL

Just some quick test shots in front of the house at first…

Really loving the way this sits right now. The cool thing about shooting in the rain – especially at f.14 is that you can capture the rain droplets suspended in the air and if you zoom in, you can see them. It was also misting at the same time so it creates this haziness that allows you to play with some masks and filters if you want…

Reflections reflection reflections!

It’s hard to tell how hard it was raining in the pics but I was out for literally 5-10 seconds and was pretty drenched, so I had to be quick with the shots. It was also pretty windy so it was pushing all the rain onto the lens, so I had to find the right angles to avoid that.

Most of my shots in the past were of the front because it was my favourite but… Now all you’ll see is the rear LOL.

A better example of all the rain falling and captured at f1.4. Soo good.

I wasn’t out long because I was drenched in the few seconds that I was out each time to grab a shot but I needed to get a shot of the car after the drive. Water beading perfectly and after it all dried, it looked like my car was never outside. GOD, I will never not praise ceramic coating. The sad thing about it all is that 99% of people will never notice. LOL

Mugen FK8 – Completed

An unofficial and quick shoot of the rest of the car with the Mugen tail lights. I didn’t venture too far for these – I just wanted to get some full car shots of it all together and I must say that I’m pretty damn satisfied right now and that doesn’t happen often. It’s nice when things come together like you envisioned/hoped for… All this started because Diana and the guys got me a Mugen button…

I will say though that although Mugen FK8’s exist all over the place, it’s nice to be able to say that I have one of them. It’s a little different seeing one that you’ve put together yourself versus all the ones on social media. There aren’t many options for exterior cosmetics for this platform and there are a few big ones that have been released recently such as Spoon and Varis, but they just weren’t up my alley as much as I had hoped Varis would’ve been. Ever since my 8th gen days, I’ve always dreamed about putting together a Honda x Mugen build and I’ve finally done it. There’s just something about Mugen that invokes this really good feeling that you’re putting literally the best on the car because it’s literally the child of Honda. From the fitment to the quality – there’s just nothing that comes close to that compared to all the other brands I’ve used.

Anyway – I hope to do a proper photoshoot when the weather gets a little better and I have a little more time in the evenings. Until then, enjoy!

Finally the side profile looks complete. No more empty rear end!

Probably my favourite angle on the FK8 right now…

The Thanos rear chin. Like I mentioned in my last post – I love how the vertical lines in the Mugen lip pair up with the horizontal lines in the tail lights and how those lines match up with the trunk lines. It’s pretty hard these days to find cosmetic mods that fill and continue the stock body lines. It’s also a rear that I love without a GT wing and prefer the stock wing instead. I know, I thought I’d never say that but the stock wing is bulky enough to match the whole car whereas I find the GT wings just feel too small and out of place.

More shots of the rear… The addition of the red pin stripe on the lip is a nice accent to tie it all together.

Last shot back at home. I am in love with how this turned out because I didn’t think I’d get to this point this soon (or at all) but man… There’s only a little more this needs before I call it complete to me.

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!