Sunday Funday: T1R Power Header Install!

Another successful install day is in the books today! Installs during the winter months are always a love-hate… It’s good because you get all the new parts on your car and it’s super exciting to finally be able to hear or see it on, but it sucks because you can’t truly enjoy it until summer comes. In this case, it sucks even more because it’s not something I can just look at and enjoy, it’s something I have to hear.

There were a few minor set backs and some frustrating times with the install – namely a nut that nearly got stripped and forced us to make a trip to Canadian Tire for… Next, we didn’t have a 20mm wrench to remove the O2 sensors, so that was yet another trip… Lesson of the day is to be prepared!

Anyway, took a few quick pics of the progress when I could…

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We started at 930AM and it was still a bit chilly out. I worked on getting the car on jack stands while waiting for everyone.

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Punit was early so he was supervising as per usual…

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Another shot of the headers!

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Gopesh and Punit doing work

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Got the bumper off while they were getting the stock headers off to prepare for something bigger…

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Quick shot of the work area.

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One of the nuts we were trying to get off that connected the front pipe to the over pipe was almost rounded off and before we made it worse, we made a trip to Canadian Tire and got these set of wrenches. We got back and they were off in the first wrench with these bad boys.

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Waiting for Punit and Gopesh since they had to go and get bigger wrenches to get the O2 sensors off. You can see the stock header laying there with the sensors still connected.

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Almost got the new one all in.

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Look at that shine!

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Just hooking everything back up.

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After the first start up… Sounded awesome! Smokey!

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And back in the corner it goes sans the front bumper – you can see it sitting up top.

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Hopefully I’ll have an update on the new additions if the shipment arrives on time this week!

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One last shot of the headers from up top from the engine bay. Love it!

Awesome Birthday Gift: T1R Power Headers

Another nice treat was this birthday gift from Diana, Julee, JC, Punit, Gopesh, Jackie, Aldrich and Aldo tonight! We all went out for dinner at Moxies to Celebrate me and Punit’s birthday and it always ends up being a good time. Thanks to everyone who came out!

Anyway, took a few quick snaps of the gift – a nice addition to the FRS – T1R Power Headers. Something that’s been on my list for a long ass time but just never got around to actually getting it. I want to install it right now!! It’ll just make me want to drive the car more… 😦

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JC and his super fancy Filipino calligraphy.

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Another awesome card I can put on the fridge. LOL

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A quick shot of the headers. Can’t wait to slap this guy on.

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Shiny shiny!

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And Jackie Law was nice enough to include a set of AJ-R plate frames for me! I’ve been bugging him for these for so long LOL. Going to go nice once the car is all put together! Thanks again for everything guys! Another great birthday! Love you guys!

The Internet Sensation: Jackie Law’s Honda S2000

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Jackie’s S2000 has been in the scene since before I even started and he’s continuously pushed the bar higher for himself. If there’s one thing that I’ve gotta give kudos to Jackie for over the years, it’s that he builds his car for himself. I know that’s saying a lot, but it’s extremely rare to find someone who truly builds their car void of outsider opinions, ideas or criticism. In fact, I think Jackie is still the only person that I’ve met that has built his car because he doesn’t give a damn about what anyone else thinks.

Admittedly, Jackie has been a source of good information and inspiration for my builds. I used to hang out at Speedtech every week for hours on end talking cars with Jackie and discussing parts and the pros and cons of this versus that. I think my love for GT wings was spawned through his S2000 – 7 years ago, GT wings were ricey as hell and really looked down on at the time. Nowadays, everyone and their mom is trying to get the biggest GT wing they can find with as many support rods, cables, and reinforcements as possible. The scene evolves and tastes change, it’s crazy to think that GT wings are not a thing of race cars, but rather an aesthetic go-to now.

A big part of my attitude towards real parts versus fake parts come from those early days of mine – I don’t hate fake parts, but I try to steer clear of them. Building a quality car takes time – Jackie’s S2000 is the perfect example of that – quality is what people admire. It’s gone through it’s phases and it’s eventually reached a point where Jackie truly believes it’s complete and that no more money is going into it. Of course, that’s what we all say but something new will come along and he’ll have another reason as to why it’s not done yet…

For those of you that have seen Jackie’s car before, you’ll know it’s no stranger to the scene. This has been his biggest overhaul to date – so while we were in Vancouver, we made the trip over to Victoria to hang out for a few hours…

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First up – a roller as per usual!

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We got onto the Ferry nice and early and it was packed. It was a nice day though so a lot of people were up on the top deck.

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Diana can’t resist her selfies.

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The view was nice – much different from when I was here a few months ago. It was all gloomy and rainy…

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Blue skies all the way!

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When we got there, Jackie picked us up and we made the trip back to his place to pick up his S2…

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The cool thing about Victoria – or BC in general – is that the landscape and scenery is just so rich and vibrant. There’s a ton of places for photoshoots… It definitely beats our loading docks and dirt in Calgary…

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Of course we get to the first spot and the girls go to play on the playground.

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Now we get to the good part. Jackie’s new set up is immaculate in person. The way the colours all go together is great.IMG_1845 copy

Probably the most noticeable change is his vibrant, custom blue TE37’s paired with T1R titanium lug nuts and a new AP Racing BBK set up in place of his T1R BBK he had for a while.

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And for the biggest change – Jackie’s turbo set up. It matches perfectly with his Spoon hood…

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Craft Square mirrors.

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Double Spoon bucket seats

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And for those that have been following Jackie’s build over the years – the most obvious change is his switch from the ASM bumper to the Voltex Race bumper. Much more aggressive.

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To continue with the flow of colour, Jackie has a set of titanium wing stands for his 1700mm J’s Racing GT wing. The piece that was responsible for my love of GT wings…IMG_1858 copy

Fun fact: the Ti bolts that Jackie has holding down his wing are my old bolts from my Civic. Good to see he still has them… Now how do I convince him to give them back to me? lol

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Jackie’s gone with a more functional wheel/tire set up – probably cause he’s sick of messing up his fenders all the time. But it still looks great.

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And yet another aesthetic change you might have noticed is the full body colour change – he went from the OEM Sebring silver to the “JDM” Moonrock grey metallic. It’s a bit darker but it’s definitely a nice shade in person under differing light. It’s grown on me…

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The TE’s shining through…

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Oddly enough, one of my favourite shots – the colours just work so well together here.

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Off to the next location – if you remember way back when I shot Ben and Chris’s cars, I mentioned that there was really only one stretch of road with nice scenery and two lanes. Victoria is fairly small so we took this road a few times until I got the shots I wanted.

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Speeding away to make a U-turn for another round…

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under the hood, Jackie got Sheepey to make him some custom pieces for his turbo set up. A nice addition.

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He recently also changed his red valve cover out for ab lack one to match the engine bay a little better and added an ARC plate as well.

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One of the mods Jackie was quite proud of was his Mugen radiator. A pretty rare piece to acquire…

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You can see the Mugen Power stencil on the front of the rad here…

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One more shot…

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We had to stop to fill up so I got the typical gas station shot. Every car guy likes these, right? I sure as hell do.

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Couldn’t help but add the obnoxious wide angle pic of the wing to make it look even wider lol.

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As we moved closer to the scenic area, the sun started to get more harsh. It’s definitely tougher to shoot in these conditions, even with my polarizer, but it turned out well.

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All of these pictures show all of the different spectrums that moonrock grey metallic can go through depending on light.

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Another shot of Jackie’s wheel/tire/brake combo.

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I liked this shot as well – got a JDM angle going. I try to avoid it, but sometimes it just works lol.

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I lied. Another JDM angle shot.

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One more shot to show how bright the titanium stands are.

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Close up of the detail on the Voltex carbon lip.

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And alas, the Spoon hood everyone wants to get their hands on… This is the Spoon prototype race hood, and I believe there are only a handful of these that some people are fortunate enough to have. Jackie being one of them… I know that there are a bunch of individuals who have tried to take the mass-made Spoon hood and mold it to look like this, but haven’t seen a good copy yet. Either way, it’s something that I don’t think Jackie will be letting go of any time soon.

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And one last one to finish this off like always. Huge thanks to Jackie for taking us all around and letting us drive your Hybrid Highlander. Sorry we couldn’t stay longer like I promised – NEXT TIME, we will plan for the whole day and we won’t have to rush! I’m hoping I get the chance to shoot this again in the near future… Until then…

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.