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.
… 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.
I 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.
You can start to see the color showing up as I go around.
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.
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.
A quick shot from underneath. And 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.