Boy, have I been MIA or what. The last post I had was in November and we’ve gone through Christmas, New Years, and we’re almost at Valentine’s Day. Time sure does fly.
I’m sorry for the lack of updates – there really hasn’t been any. Honestly, I’ve just been spending a lot of time with the family, away from the toys for a bit. It’s winter, so it’s a perfect time to do just that. I don’t have much to tinker with and it’s just been cold and miserable as hell outside so the last thing I want to do is get in the garage to do something lately.
I’m updating mainly cause I’ve finally got off my lazy ass and started making steps to progress on getting the car ready for 2018. Slowly but surely. I have a few pics for an update but nothing good to show just yet…
This is literally what it looks like right now. Still on jack stands, waiting for new parts. Meanwhile, outside is a blizzardy hell and it sucks. Side note – I do enjoy driving the RX in the winter – it is a beast of a car and drives beautifully. It makes me hate the winter less…
Meanwhile, I was able to finally take the wheels off to Jackie at Balance Auto to get the tires dismounted and the wheels off to get powdercoated for a new colour. The red is nice but I think I’m over it… I need something new. I think you guys will like the new combo coming this year. Can’t wait to show you!
Lastly – the man, the myth, the legend over at TiBurnt posted these titanium valve stem caps on Instagram the other day and suddenly I had the urge to buy them. Within minutes, Al messaged me and got me all hooked up and they arrived within a week. These are going to look extra fantabulous with the new set up when it’s all together. Seriously, if you need any type of titanium product/fastener – hit TiBurnt up. He hasn’t let me down yet!
Just a small update…
Al over at TiBurnt recently added a new part to his collection – titanium countersunk washers – to go with the bolts for the Craft Square mirrors and sent them to me to finish off the set. In first post about the titanium bolts, I said I was initially OK with just have the black stock washer but now that they’ve been replaced with these, I’m not looking back. It’s the small details that I love changing because it’s something that can be easily missed but if you happen to see it, it’s awesome.
The stuff coming from TiBurnt is some of the best stuff in the business right now and for them to have sent these to complete the set for me is huge. I’m a firm believer in supporting those who support you – and while it may be a small gesture to them, it’s big to your customers. I’m not saying every company needs to give out products but trust that if you can find a way to hook your customers in whatever way you think of, they’ll never think about supporting another dude again. Once again – big thanks to TiBurnt – keep making cool shit!
A few shots of the sides of the washer showing the colour gradient
A shot from the inside. No side is left untouched.
And on! Just a perfect match of carbon and titanium gradient.
From a little lower. Apologize for the dirt around the washer – I didn’t clean it before the shot. Also excuse the chipped Craft Square sticker… I’ll replace that someday soon…
Well I finally got around to replacing the bolts on my Craft Square mirrors. I knew right when I got them, I didn’t like the bolts they came with – plain black and could probably use a little more jazz. I procrastinated for over a year – mainly because I didn’t know what size they were and no one around could tell me either.
Finally, I decided to reach out to Al over at TiBurnt and I slipped into his DM’s and sent him pics of the bolts with measurements. After a bit of back and forth and verifying, he was able to confirm the sizes and within 2.5 weeks, I had the bolts in my hands (yesterday). TiBurnt has the best burnt-look titanium hardware in the business hands down. You just cannot find them like this anywhere else – the places that sell them in huge batches have this fake, shitty looking burn that looks more like neochrome than an actual burn and it just looks tacky IMO. I’d rather have plain Ti than the Neochrome looking ones any day… But I digress.
The bolts by TiBurnt are incredibly high quality – high shine, perfect burn pattern and it’s just so pretty to look at. Anyway, snapped some quick pics of them all replaced. Now I’m looking at other bolts to replace with Ti… I’ll get to all of them in due time…
The stock black ones. Started to show signs of rust and oxidation. Yuck.
The top stainless steel one. Meh.
Another shot of the drivers side. You can see the rust/oxidation a little better here. I gag every time I look at them.
And voila! Beauty. I actually regret not getting the countersunk washers too but this helps keep some contrast between the carbon.
My favourites are these ones. It’s too bad you can only really see the top of the head on them. The bolts themselves are beautiful – I know. It’s weird to say that about bolts but they are. On black, the colour really pops.
And one more close up of the bolt on top of the mirror.
Thanks again to TiBurnt for all the help!
A match made in heaven. I was thinking yesterday as I was installing this that Voltex/J’s Racing should add the option of burnt titanium bolts – they’d kill it with that option. Like…
“Option: Titanium bolt replacements – $200. Weight Savings Reduction!”
Boom. Huge margin and all the fanboys would do it because it’s sick. Voltex/J’s Racing – if you’re reading this and you ever do this, I’d like at least credit for the idea if not 1% of sales lol.
Anyway – thanks to Isaac for getting these in for me. Although a small detail – a very nice detail nonetheless. You don’t really look at bolts unless they’re burnt titanium – adds a nice look. I hadn’t had titanium bolts since my J’s Racing wing on my Civic – those bolts were passed down to Jackie on his S2000 and are still there with a good home. The bolts really aren’t something that’s on the top of my mod list until I can’t think of what to buy but once I have them on, I wonder why I didn’t do them sooner. Anyway – glam shots!
In all their glory.
A few product shots before going in…
And voila. Not a pain in the ass to install, but not something I enjoy doing lol. Probably cause it’s not very exciting…
The blue pops on the carbon/black though!
One last one of the bases. Thanks again Isaac!
Now I have extreme weight savings on the wing. LOL just kidding. It’s actually just more rice points – which I totally need.