Sunday Funday: Voltex Type 7 Install

Sunday Funday returns and we have one of the more exciting installs (for me, anyway) this weekend. We got around to finally installing the Voltex Type 7 Swan Neck GT wing today and it took us a about 2.5 hours to get it done from start to finish, taking our time to ensure we got it all right. When you’re drilling holes in your trunk, you don’t wanna be rushing through and having more holes than you really need 🙂

Anyway, I’ll just hop right into it… There are a bunch of install pics this time because Punit took charge of the camera most of the time and actually got some decent shots (lol) so for the first time in a while, I’m not the one taking pics and you’ll see me make an appearance. (I actually do things when I’m not holding the camera too).

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Gopesh came by first and we decided to get a start on things while waiting for JC and Punit. The first step was basically unhooking the one wire and then cutting out the two metal reinforcements in the trunk. Not to worry – Voltex provides a clamshell-type backing that creates an almost better reinforcement.

In this shot above, you’ll see that we already cut one side off while Gopesh taped off the other side to try and protect the paint just in case the angle grinder skipped.

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Another shot.

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And here we go. I know, I know – you’re asking “where’s his face protection!?” – well I didn’t have any… But we all walked away good today. 🙂

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So instead, Gopesh suggested I wear my sunglasses just in case LOL.

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Here’s the first piece out of the way.

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Gopesh taping up the next side…

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And we were off!

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Mocking up the clamshell piece that Voltex provided. Fits like a glove!

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By this point, Punit was on a rampage with the camera. No pictures please!

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A somewhat aerial view.

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Taking the wing apart to get the bases off.

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It takes three to unscrew a few bolts it seems.

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Another shot of the two reinforcement pieces out of the way.

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The wing sans bases.

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Here me and JC are drilling the holes through the trunk for the bases. We used the clamshell to guide us for the holes.

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Some artsy photos I guess

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Don’t mind Diana’s dirty car…

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The 6 holes are drilled! And we were ready to move on…

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Here we prep the bases to get mounted onto the trunk.

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One side on… On to the next one!

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Told Punit to do some work while I take some pictures. lol

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Wing on top of Diana’s car lol

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Guiding the bolts through the clamshell.

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Tightening up

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Here JC was tightening up the nuts on each of the bolt ends.

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Not sure what was going on here lol

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Anyway, once the bases were on, we drilled new holes for the rivets.

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Getting the rivets on. Gopesh distracted by what appears to be ass.

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Bases good to go!

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Rivets in. Two not in when this photo was taken. The good thing about this clamshell is that it’s fairly thick and sturdy – it almost provides more of a reinforcement for the trunk than the two metal pieces we cut out.

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Assembling the wing one piece at a time. First the stands to the wing…

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After that was done, I had to get in my Asian lean back pose to ensure the Voltex sticker was on straight.

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Good to go!

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Trying to get the other side… A little more difficult since the car was basically pinned up right next to the wall.

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And voila! Good to go. Again, some shots were with my wide angle and so it’s ‘slightly’ bigger than it really is, but I tried to get a bit further to give a better sense of its size.

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Love it.

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Took the covers off for a full on shot just to get a better sense of what it would look like. The front of the car obviously isn’t as aggressive enough now, but it will be soon…

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One more from the rear quarter.

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And again some detail shots.

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The icing on the cake!

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And one last one again!

The Beginnings of The Black Swan

That’s what I thought of as I was running down the stairs to open the door for the DHL delivery guy… “Black Swan”. I think it will be a fitting nick name for the car once everything is pieced together and makes it debut next year. All my cars before this had a nick name – Snow White the STI, Regina George the LS, and now it only makes sense for my FRS to be the Black Swan… Has a cool ring to it.

Anyway, after 4 somewhat long months, the Voltex Type 7 Swan Neck had arrived at my doorstep. I say “somewhat” only because it didn’t seem as long as I was expecting it to. I ordered it at the beginning of August, and within a few months, my car was parked and since I’ve parked it, I never really looked at it or paid much attention to it. Partly because work has been keeping me busy and frankly, there’s nothing special to look at yet.

The order shipped Monday morning from Osaka as you can see from my previous post, and it arrived in my hands Tuesday afternoon. I left work early just so I could catch the delivery guy and he was right on time. In fact, I opened the door for him before he could even reach the steps – that’s how anxious I was to get the package. I think of all the stuff I have coming, this is the most anticipated for me. In fact, if you know me or have been following my blog long enough, you know I’d put a GT wing on anything within reason. The FRS is no exception – and what better wing to put on it than Voltex’s new Swan Neck that debuted at TAS a few years ago. It’s starting to catch some air in terms of popularity in North America now and the reception that it gets varies – some love the look and some hate it – I haven’t found anyone in between.

I’ve always built my car with looks in mind first – I don’t care, I’m a ricer and I always have been. Because my intention with this car is long-term, I want to touch every area of the car slowly and build it with quality parts and time. The engine will receive love soon enough, but I didn’t want to touch a brand new engine with less than 20,000KM on it just yet… Instead, I’ll enjoy the goodness that Toyota/Subaru had intended until I feel it’s time for a change. But I digress, let’s just get onto some pics…

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This was what happened as soon as I signed the delivery notice. I totally forgot to take pics but you can see it didn’t get too far from the front door before it got molested. I cut my finger in the process but didn’t care!

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I then moved over to the living room cause I didn’t want to damage anything or else Diana would be pretty quick to do something bad to my beloved new carbon piece…

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The wing in all its glory…

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Here are the swan neck stands and FRS-specific mounts.

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And a little different from other GT mounting applications is a plastic/fiberglass undermount that rivets into the trunk from underneath to provide a secure and even mount from the inside.

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The Swan Neck stands. 245mm in height. I decided not to do 275 like Alan’s (the one I test fit in the summer) cause it was a bit too high.

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And the beautiful carbon weave. It doesn’t get any better than that…

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And of course the Japanese instructions and stickers. Don’t care what it says, it’s just JDM as hell.

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I was way too excited so I started piecing it all together. Diana got home and wasn’t as impressed with the wing as I was as you can tell…

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All pieced together! Looks sick

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Again, I used my wide angle – which I probably shouldn’t have since it makes the wing look even more massive than it already is. Here you can see the air foil at 355mm wide. That’s huge for those that can’t picture it.

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The stands from the quarter

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The standard Type D endplates that I chose were the most suitable for the swan neck since they are the largest endplate. I had the option of A, B, or C, but it wouldn’t be a traditional swan neck style without type D. 🙂

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And one last shot that still doesn’t really portray the height, size, or look very well… Again, because of the wide angle. Diana was rushing me to go out because we had to get stuff for dinner, so you can blame her.

I’ll likely be installing it within the next couple of weeks and I’ll have better pics then. All I can say is that I’m STOKED.


Black Swan

I guess it’s no big secret – I’m obsessed with GT wings and if executed properly, they can look deadly. Every single car I’ve had (minus the LS – understandable so, I hope), has had a GT wing, and it’s always my favourite part on the car. Yes, I’m a huge ricer but I don’t give two shits and I do want to set the car up to see a few track days next year – I’ve been itching to drive the FRS hard – like it’s meant to be driven.

Anyway, Alan Hoang has been gracious enough to help me out all week in answering my questions about the new Voltex Type 7 Swan Neck GT Wing and since he’s probably the first in Calgary (and likely Canada that I’ve seen or know of) to have one, he was also kind enough to offer to let me do the ol’ try-before-you-buy deal. Alan’s Voltex wing was custom in the sense that Voltex made one-off brackets to fit his S14 since there is no application for it at the moment… Now there is.

Over the last week, we’ve been exchanging texts back and forth about how to obtain the oh-so-elusive Swan Neck wing and the best way to do so. This afternoon, Diana and I went over after work and made sure it was exactly what I wanted…

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We brought it up from Alan’s basement of rare JDM goodies (which I took a few pics of below) and brought it up.

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The wing is massive. Massive is an understatement and you’d have to see it in person to really understand. Alan and I are both in agreement that it’s probably the most aggressive GT wing on the market now. You’ll see why shortly…

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Here it is mocked up my car. I’m at 10mm on my lens so it exaggerates the proportions a bit – I assure you it doesn’t look THIS big… But it IS big, there’s no doubt about it.

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Here I am zoomed into 20mm – less wide angle distortion and it gives a better view but still not “to scale”. The wing itself is 1700mm which quite large for the FRS body in comparison to my 1650mm Voltex Type 5 on my STI and 1500mm J’s Racing that was on my Civic. The wing span does, however, reach the edges of the top part of the wheel well. It’s proportionate – this is good.

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Another shot – particularly of the Swan Neck stands. My favourite part… These are extremely aggressive at 275mm tall.

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From the front, the AOA (angle of attack) was particularly aggressive (maybe too much for the FRS) as you can see it is higher than the roofline. The AOA can be adjusted to meet the roofline though. Diana is in awe of the Swan Neck greatness…

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A shot from a little lower – again at 10mm which exaggerates the size greatly – shows the massive size of the air foil sitting at 355mm wide. One of the widest air foils for a Voltex wing today.

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One last shot of the risers.

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Down in Alan’s basement is the area of any JDM-lovers dreams. There is a plethora of rare and very sought after parts down here… In this particular shot – a Job Design VIP kit for Alan’s new Lexus GS F-sport.

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There’s a fairly good shot of the rear bumper – but the cherry on top, the creme de la creme, the best part of the Job Design kit – the front bumper, is still under wraps. Alan hadn’t even opened it yet… Not sure how he can hold back. I guess with a whole bunch of other parts, there’s plenty of excitement to go around. At the top of the pic you can see Alan also has a full Air Runner kit ready to go onto the GS…

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To the side a little bit are parts for his S14 – still waiting to go on as well. By this point, I’m wondering how the hell does this guy have all the patience to just leave this down here?!

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And right below my feet was one piece of the GS VIP puzzle – a Futura BBK.

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And back in the garage – the GS awaiting for its makeover. This will be – hands down – one of the best VIP builds in the city with literally no corner cut. With plans to add T-Demand suspension components to the mix, there’s nothing standing in it’s way from killing the game. Alan’s S14 is also a car that has really eluded the scene – I didn’t get a chance to see it, but when it finally comes out, I’ve already told Alan I got dibs on shooting it first.

Anyway – huge thanks to Alan for taking the time out of his day for letting us swing by and check out all his cool shit. All I can say is MBN…

PS – we’re leaving for Vancouver tomorrow so stay tuned for coverage when I get back!