My Holy Grail: Fujitsubo Authorize RM+C Titanium Exhaust

It’s been pretty quiet in the land of car mods lately for me – basically after I picked up the CTR and then spent a chunk of money on it to get it looking half-decent and not so stock, I had to take a hiatus before Diana divorced me and left with the kids…

Some back story on the exhaust search – which I’m sure many of you can relate to – it’s been well over a year of searching for the perfect exhaust for myself. I was looking for one when I was toying with the idea of selling the FRS and getting a CTR – pre-building a car before anything even happened. You know… You dream of your next build… That’s what I was doing.

Anyway, exhausts (in my opinion) are one of the most important parts of a build that get overlooked too often. I’ve made the mistake of settling and just going with whatever was available only to regret it after. Even if your car looked dope, a shitty exhaust would ruin it all. You basically have this market of exhausts at your fingertips – ranging anywhere from a couple hundred bucks to a couple thousand bucks – titanium, stainless steel, dual canister, single tip, triple tip, fake Ti coloured tips… The list goes on. Most of the time, within any kind of market of parts, you’ll have ones that were made quick and dirty – either to get to the market first or to put out the cheapest product available masked with a unreasonably high MSRP. If you don’t dig through the junk, you’ll get junk.

So back to my story of trying to find my perfect exhaust. Everyone has different tastes so I can’t comment on what’s junk because my definition of junk might be someone else’s Holy Grail and we’re not here to bash other peoples’ grails, we’re just here to talk about mine. But over the last year or so, I have been searching almost daily for exhausts for the CTR – youtube, forums, social media… Waiting for something new and innovating or exciting and refined and nothing really ever popped up.

One of the first exhausts that I had come across in my early days of searching was the Fujitsubo Authorize RM+C (what a mouthful) titanium exhaust. It was – and still kind of is – a rare piece. Not many have it – either because of the price point or because of the difficulty of having it readily available without the 3-4 month wait time.

You know those moments when you find or see or hear something and you know “this is the one”? That’s literally what I had when I saw and heard the Fujitsubo on the FK8 platform and since that day, I’ve been searching far and wide for something to come close and quite frankly – nothing has.

This kind of made it easier for me simply because I’d see one I’d like visually but as soon as I’d hear it, I crossed it off my list real quick. The only other two exhausts I’d put my money on is Amuse and the heavily priced Mugen exhaust. Perhaps because quality is synonymous with their names and I’m jaded by that but I haven’t been let down by the sound of Amuse or Mugen before, so I wouldn’t expect to be let down here either.

Anyway – the exhaust came packaged incredibly nicely and securely. Lots of quality hardware.

The creme de la creme, the focal point… The rear muffler section – a sight to behold. Nicely finished titanium, separated sound chambers and dual carbon fiber exhaust finisher tips that can be removed. A mating of two of the automotive worlds finest materials. *Insert Italian hand to mouth kiss*

On the bottom side, a Fujitsubo plate and a serial number plaque.

A closer look. Doesn’t it make you want to just not ever use this?!

Close up of the welds.

Flipped over, nothing less than magical LOL.

A close up of the matte carbon fiber tips. The outlets are bigger than they look in pictures but when fitted on the car, fill the exhaust outlet perfectly. Finding an exhaust for the FK8 is tough because the OEM triple tip exhaust creates a large opening.

The Fujitsubo titanium plaque. No, 001 doesn’t mean that it was the first one. I’m not sure what it means exactly… But I can pretend it means it’s the first one…

The system is rated in at 11.8kg or 26lbs (can’t confirm this – I haven’t weighed it myself but I suspect it’s a bit lighter than that) while stock is at 17.5kg or 38.6lbs. Of course, the rear muffler section is the heaviest but the piping weighs next to nothing…

Diana happy the exhaust came in – not because she was looking forward to it but because she was tired of me talking about it for the last year and a half. I’ve actually almost bit the bullet on this exhaust several times over the course of the last 6 months but never followed through because I got cold feet.

I’m happy I finally did though – can’t  wait till this bad boy goes on… In 3 months. *CRY*

Mission: Cool Daily Driver – Completed

Finally got a chance to take some pics of the final form of the FK8 for now. It’s been a long (and expensive) few weeks to get to this point. I had the vision long before I picked up the car, it was just a matter of getting all the parts to get it done. I was lucky enough to be in a “at the right place at the right time” situation for everything and it all started with the wheels, like I mentioned in my post when I got the wheels. Everything kind of followed along from there.

I’m lucky to be surrounded with such a diverse group of friends and companies that are able to source and get me what I need quick. If you know me (or have dealt with me), I always want things yesterday and can be super impatient LOL. Luckily, everyone that has helped me along the way knows this and that’s the only reason why the car sits the way it does today – less than one month in of owning the car.

I’m pretty damn happy with how it turned out – not a huge surprise if I’m going to be honest – only because I’ve imagined it, photoshopped it, and illustrated it so many damn times. It’s just good to see in person and to have it all come to reality.

Profile shot so you can see the drop – this shows it well. I spent a lot of time deciding on which suspension to go with. There isn’t much, which makes it easy but hard at the same time…

A few options off the top of my head is the infamous Swift Springs – which is one of the lowest drops you can get right now. RSR Super downs which would be pretty damn close or lower. Both of which would be too low for my liking and my needs, despite it looking super slick.

Another option on the more conservative side is the Eibach pro-kit. I was originally thinking of this, but then Kevin Yong (also another FK8 friend) swayed me away from it because of the progressive spring rate. It essentially lowers the rear slightly more than the front but it looks uneven at the end of the day. It’s also about a 0.8″ drop so it’s a very light drop. The same goes for the Spoon springs – progressive, but also a lot pricier than it’s counter-part Pro Kit.

At the angle above where you’re down low – it almost looks like there’s a lot of gap but at other angles, there isn’t. It really depends on where you’re looking at it.

I settled on Eibach Sportlines instead – a nice 1″ drop all around, not progressive – practical and usable for daily driving with the two kids and a wife in the car. Don’t have to worry too much about clearance or not being able to get places.

For the tires – Alex was able to help me out and source a set of Yokohama AD08R’s in 255/35/18 really quick. This man does not sleep and is able to get things in so quick. I’m happy to be part of the Honda family again because of him LOL!

It’s a nice change from the Michelin PSS that I’ve been using over the years. I think these are the most aesthetic tires IMO and it’s a nice pair up with the Advan GT’s.

I just hate hate how the spoke engraving is upside down when lined up with the Brembo rotor LOL. F!

I know there are some elitists out there with lug nuts and balk at the idea of pairing Rays lugs with Advan wheels. I’ll be honest with you – I didn’t even think of the pairing when I purchased them nor did I know Advan made lug nuts LOL. Still looks good to me though… I just tell people I’m trying not to be racist. 🙂

Overall – a nice simple look for me for now. I enjoy how the car looks and it really doesn’t need much to be decent.

The Umber Bronze looks fantastic – slightly darker than the Volk bronze but also much glossier. I mean at first glance, you might even think these were TE37’s if you weren’t paying much attention since that’s the combo most FK8 owners are on.

The great thing about Umber Bronze is that it looks different depending on the lighting. It looks like a very dark brown in the shade, but turns to a high gloss and bright bronze in the sun.

Here’s a shot in the sun for comparison…

The one thing that I “try” to do when building my cars is to be different. I know, it’s so cliche but it’s just what makes building a car so much more rewarding, you know? It’s not like these Advan GT’s in Umber Bronze were made just for me – there are probably hundreds of sets worldwide in this colour by now. The same goes for the Mugen visors and de-striping the red and every other mod I’ve done.

The FK8 – like the FRS platform – is such a popular one that it becomes hard to make it different. The only thing that can help you stand out at the end of the day is the execution. Anyone can take a Type R and slap TE37’s on it but the execution of it all is what’s important – how clean is the car/wheels, how’s the ride height, how’s the paint condition – everything comes together. I think of building my car as getting ready to show it at a car show every time. If you only get your car ready for a car show during a car show – chances are it won’t look like it’s full ready for a car show. Don’t @ me.

On another note – I really dig the concavity of the GT’s even in this size. It’s a little more aggressive than TE37’s that it almost competes with the new Face 4 TE37’s that just got released.

And one from the back – I wish I had a nice 135L F2.0 to really get a good shot of the rear but I won’t talk about spending money anymore because Diana will read this soon and she’ll kill me before I make it to bed.

I’ll try to get more shots soon!

FK8 Mugen Visors Install

Not a particularly exciting install, but it’s an install nonetheless! Nick ordered the Mugen visors for me a week or so ago and they finally landed. Picked them up yesterday and installed them when I got home. I was never a huge fan of visors but on the FK8, they flow nicely with the rest of the car and add a little more “flare” up top to balance out everything going on on the bottom of the car.

Obligatory Mugen box pic to prove no fakes. There are a ton out there… Nothing against them, but I like knowing I have the real deal. Makes me feel like a big boy. LOL

Install was pretty straightforward. Kind of weird but nothing difficult. Pull the rubber out, install clips, put rubber back.

Two clips per window.

Then you literally pull off a piece of the 3M double-sided tape, line up the holes and push the “rivets” together to keep the visor together with the clip and stick onto the car. The obvious “clean the surface and line up properly” applies here…

Done. Another minimalist mod that adds a nice touch to the exterior. Perfect…. Cause I never open my windows.

The seal of authenticity, if you will. It’s pretty hidden and hard to see. Even taking this shot was tough. It’s engraved but on the backside – you can only see it in certain angles.

Rear shot

That hot wheel collection… (Just a bad focus shot) haha

Done!

First Time Wash and Last Time Stock

Had some extra time yesterday after work so I decided to give it a wash for the first time since I’ve owned it. I like to wash my cars by hand so I can inspect it and see if there’s anything wrong and it also helps me clean all the crevices that a wand wash won’t get. Took some quick shots too…

I think the next time I photograph the car, it’ll look completely different with the wheels/suspension. This will be the last time it’ll be stock for a long time… 🙂

I love the curves and sharp angles of the car more and more.

Looks goooooood

Time to get rid of the massive and sunken 20″ wheels.

Also a shot of the half debadged rear. Took off the “Civic” and left the Type R. Looks perfect now to me!