Mini Mugen Montage

Had some time yesterday to go out to take some quick pics of the Type R with the full Mugen kit now on. I know what some of you might be thinking – “that’s not the full Mugen kit, you’re missing some pieces” – and I know but I just don’t consider two plastic covers on the front grill worthy enough to be part of the kit lol. Same with the carbon mirror covers. I think I’ll be eating my words down the road because something will compel me to end up getting them anyway to fill the Mugen void, but for now – I’m happy as it is and can live without those pieces…

This is the first time I’ve pulled the car out to actually see the wing myself in all its glory as well. After installing it, I hadn’t taken it out because the front lip was still with Nick after he painted it. It looked so weird and naked without the lip so I never bothered to pull it out. I ended up picking it up a few days ago and Tommy wrapped it in 3M for me yesterday.  I got home and installed it pretty quickly and ceramic coated it all over again lol.

Anyway – not a whole bunch of shots cause I just drove around the neighbourhood quickly to get some full body shots. I’ll try to get out for a full photoshoot soon before the season ends.

Looking goooooood

While I do like the OEM wing, I think it starts to become out of place once it sits with the rest of the Mugen kit.

I love the profile of the wing. Different for sure.

I think one of my favourite views now is for sure the rear. It’s such a wacky (best word I can find to describe it) combination of Thanos chin, a weirdly angled wing and thicccccness I love the thing profile of the wing from the rear too. Everything ends up fitting so nicely.

Also enjoy this angle. Mugen wing or not, this is the best angle of the FK8. lol

And home together with the Fit. I absolutely love these two together. I wouldn’t say it’s my dream spec but it’s pretty damn cool to have a Mugen and a J’s Racing (almost) catalog car in the garage side by side.

It’s hard to choose what to drive lately… But for the most part, it’s been the Fit because it’s still “new” to me. It’s also fun as hell despite how slow it is compared to the Type R. After driving the Type R yesterday, it felt so tame and refined. It’s also hella quiet and comfortable lol. Weird to say that…

Good day!

DIY: Mugen FK8 Wing Install

Well, I’m happy to be able to post this sooner than I had originally thought. The main fact being that I was having trouble finding someone that could paint the wing ASAP so I could get it installed. In talking to Jason Divina, he got a bunch of his Mugen recently painted in Boost Blue so I was able to get  a spot this week to get it painted! Hoo-rah!

I’m TOO stoked on the outcome of this – honestly, I never thought I’d really ever own the Mugen wing mainly because of the cost. It’s worth noting that at the time this wing was announced, only the carbon version was released and that was a hefty $11,000. Yes, eleven thousand dollars. I can spend $1k on a wing, $2k on a wing, hell I’ll spend $4k on a wing but I can’t justify $11,000 lol. The most expensive wing that I had bought was the swan neck Voltex wing for the FRS. Anyway, shortly after the release of the carbon version – Mugen released the FRP version – which btw is still no cheap option – but is definitely more affordable. I decided early on in the year (January) to bite the bullet and just do it otherwise it would just eat at me forever. So fast forward and here we are – the part has landed, it’s been painted and now we install…

Beautifully painted in Champ White.

The stock wing was off already because I was prepared to install when it landed but when I realized it wasn’t actually painted, it just sat there lol. Anyway, first step was to remove the two plugs (already out in this pic) and then Mugen supplied small foam stickers to place over the holes where the new bolts would be used.

The wing brackets mounted onto the trunk. Two bolts and two nuts right underneath the trunk. Super easy.

Upon having the brackets installed, you install the side legs on the inner portion of the brackets. 3 bolts, 3 washers, 3 nuts. Easy.

I also want to add again – Mugen fitment is basically OEM. Just perfect.

Look at how it lines up with the trunk. Made me wet my pants tbh. I love when fitment is perfect and Mugen never fails to deliver.

Once the wing stands are on, mount up the foil with two bolts. Note that it’s adjustable but I just opted for a simple and straight mount to keep things clean and simple. Lets be real, this ain’t hitting the track and needing downforce anytime soon LOL

Next up was to put on the side covers to cover up the brackets. I would like to make a special request to Mugen. Please do not put the responsibility of cutting and putting on the 3M tape in the hands of the customer. LOL I hated doing this part because I didn’t want to mess it up. It ended up perfect but still! Mugen tells you exactly where to put them btw.

Also, badge of authenticity… I’ve been seeing a lot of fake ass Mugen showing up lately and it makes me cringe. Don’t fake the funk please… There are only a HANDFUL of people that actually have the carbon version and everyone pretty much knows who they are. There are people out there rocking a “carbon” one and we all know you didn’t pay $10k for that wing when the rest of your car is made up of APR and has homemade splitter rods, bruv.

The super cool thing is that Mugen provides new trunk bumpers to use. Probably because when you remove the original ones, they pretty much just wreck themselves on the way out. They’re still useable but they become wobbly. So shout out to Mugen for including these!

Some shots now of the side piece now on.

A+ fitment.

Awesome lines in the wing. Took a while to grow on me – much like the whole Mugen kit – but now I’m absolutely in love.

How much are these worth? $2k? Cause I was scared AF to mess this up LOL

As expected – Mugen also tells you exactly how to put on the decals with measurements and such. Talk about the pressure. Got me busting out the ruler and marking and making sure it was exact Mugen-spec LOL.

I held my breath hella long to do this LOL

But success! Looks MF-ing SICK!

So damn clean.

Kind of the best side profile shot I could get. The car isn’t really ready for a photoshoot yet – I’m still waiting to get my lip back from paint so until I get that, no photos. It’ll just sit in the corner looking pretty lol.

And one last shot to leave you with. Yes, I know there are a few more Mugen pieces but I’m still unsure about them. I don’t think I’ll be doing the front Mugen covers but I think the last piece I’ll do is the carbon mirrors and I’m calling it quits on the FK8 and just enjoy it.

Quickie Group-R Shoot

Almost forgot to post this set. A few weeks back, a bunch of Type R owners were asked to get together to do a group shoot and I guess I was one of the lucky winners of that lottery.

I decided to take my own camera and get some shots whenever I could just for the memz. Not a whole lot as I wasn’t feeling too inspired that day but at least it’s better than nothing. Also bonus – we were shooting outside of some huge loading bays when one of the guys that built the place came up and asked us if we wanted to go in and shoot.

These are just some shots from inside there. Too cool.

That backlighting though…
There ended up being 4 of us in total. Myself, Tiegan (red Type R), @boostbluefk8 (ahh I can’t remember your name!) and Mirwaiss (yellow LE Type R). A nice skittle-themed shoot for sure.
It was so fresh in there… Leaving that AD08R mark behind…
And just a few randoms. Still wasn’t really feelin’ it but I liked the spot. I think if I had positioned a little differently, it would’ve worked better.
Last one as a test image. I’ve been trying to add noise to some of my pics to add some grit to it and a different vibe. I dig it.

Civic Generations Photoshoot

Guess we’re on a little roll with photoshoots now lol!

Derrick asked me a few days ago to go for a photoshoot together to get a “civic generations” photoshoot as he dubbed it. With the nice weather we’ve finally been getting, why not! I picked up Ricky and we were on our way. We didn’t really have a plan or anything so we just kind of winged it and shot wherever looked nice. It’s nice to finally do some shooting – after a long hiatus, I was rusty and uninspired for a little bit because I just couldn’t find good angles or get into it but I slowly got the hang of it again near the end when shooting Derrick’s car lol.

Anyway, onto the pics!

Outside of the YMCA. I’ve never actually been here before – always drove by but this place is dope up close.
Derrick’s Mugen converted CSX. Equipped with a Kraftwerks supercharger… Super sick. I really dig that Mugen RR type bumper too. The 8th gen CSX/Civic has always been one of my favourite gens. Maybe cause I had one but probably one of the cleaner stylings in recent times…
Derrick finding some good aerial coverage…
Caught the sun at the perfect time.
The 8th and 10th gen share very similar body lines, especially when the 8th gen is fitted with Mugen pieces. So good.
Derrick’s got a little bit of lowering to do…. But at least his wheels were clean. That’s gotta count for something right? And we’re not even at a show. All he needs now is a candy display. (inside joke, IYKYK)
Derrick taking some video clips…
Dat azz
On the way out, we decided to catch some quick sun
We headed to some secluded baller cul-de-sac and this was right before the sun was peeking through…
And then we were graced with the golden hour light…
I love this shot. I’d say that the house in the back was one of ours but sadly we have not won the lotto yet…
The CSX headlights are also so sick.
Perfect
Booty check. Sunset check.
This.
We headed over to our last spot which just provided some greenery that I’ve been wanting to shoot with. Those trees made a sweet backdrop.
I know, I know. It’s an iPhone. I’m not too entirely stoked on it either. TBH I had a little faith in the iPhone 12 Pro Max but the only good thing about it is the wide angle. Portrait mode is still fail. The phone is totally premium but I’m lowkey hoping the Pixel 6 is something worth jumping to.
It was at this moment that I finally felt a little more inspired to shoot and was getting in the groove.
So clean.
Derrick getting more video
One more ass shot. I don’t appreciate this view enough.
And last shot of the night because why not.