All Gold Everything!!

Another (and last) piece to add to the steering wheel is the Gold Vertex horn button to match the gold stitching around the wheel. This was another pick up from TAS that Galen was kind enough to bring back for me! To my knowledge, the gold is not available online (through any vendor/site that I could find) and the only other person I know that has it is Galen! Galen obviously has it because he visits TAS every year and I didn’t sleep on the chance to have one as well. It’s another nice addition to bring out the details.

Quick snaps!

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The horn itself is the same, it just doesn’t have the sticker on it. So I popped the old one off and put the new one on.

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The almighty gold sticker.

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Voila! Matches the Ti bolts quite nicely.

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And the stitch.

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My favourite part of the wheel is the back. Anywho – I think that’s all the parts I’ll be getting for now… And according to the groundhog (bogus hype), we’re getting spring early. Let’s hope that mother f*cker is right.

I Am Titaniummmmm – Part II

Finally after about three weeks, our shipment of titanium bolts came in! I know the car is on jacks and it ain’t going no where but if you know me, you know I’m the most impatient dude in the world so I just needed them LOL. I began pestering JC every day to see if they came yet or not since he was the one that offered to do the order.

It’s a nice addition to the steering wheel and I still have one more goody for it coming shortly! Until then… Here’s some burnt goodness.

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So worth the wait once you have them

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Nice burn as well. A lot of other places that sell Ti bolts have an artificial looking burn to them with the greens and yellows… It’s like the weird neo chro look which I hate. These ones has an more authentic look to it.

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And in!

Only a small update, but an update nonetheless… Hopefully more to come soon!

Install: Works Bell Short Hub & Vertex Steering Wheel

Finally got around to ordering the Works Bell short hub to put the Vertex wheel on… I’ve been looking around for a while for a decent price. Nothing in Canada (as usual) and with our dollar sucking so bad, it was just a matter of finding the cheapest place in the States and then ordering it up. I was going to take the hit no matter what… After some browsing, I put the item in my cart for check out and checked the shipping rates, etc… Most places in the States don’t show you a true shipping rate to Canada and make you call them up to order. Once it got to that stage, I usually give up because I’m not in the mood to go through all that effort.

This time, I received an email a few hours later telling me I forgot to check out and I was pleasantly surprised when they offered me a huge 5% discount to tempt me to finish my order. I said “holy shit 5%?! DONE” and I emailed the rep and before I knew it, I sent the money and got it 2 days later. I guess all it takes for me to buy something is a 5% savings…

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Nothing special – just a hub that costs more than it should… IMO lol

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Want to thank TF-Works for being the one that got this out to me with the lowest price that I had seen during my searches. Nick at TF-Works shipped the hub out Friday morning and it came Monday afternoon. There was not even a full business day in between. That’s probably been the fastest I’ve ever received something from the States without paying for it.

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Of course all the goodies and resistors in the box…

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The wheel out of it’s wrapping again ready to be put to use

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First up – remove the stock airbag. Super simple on the FRS – there are three holes on the side of the steering wheel. One on the left, one on the bottom, and one on the right. Take a flat head screwdriver, push the metal pin in on all three holes and the air bag will just pop right out like so. Looks like splattered guts.

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On the back of the airbag, there are two connectors. Take your flathead screwdriver, lift the yellow tabs up like you see in the pic and plop the connectors off.

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Toss aside.

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Take a 17mm deep socket and remove the nut I’m pointing to. You gotta be careful to hold the wheel or get someone else to hold it so you can keep it straight and not mess up the alignment.

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Once the nut is off, sit firmly (and far away) in your seat and pull. It does take a little force to come out but don’t pull too hard that you smack yourself in the face. Disconnect all the wires and then guide them out of the holes.

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Mount up the hub with the holes all lined up straight and guide the wires through the hole.

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Install the supplied nut and locking washer.

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Plug in the resistors as shown. Black to black and blue to orange.

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Tuck all the wires inside carefully while making sure the resistors stay in place. Connect your horn – for the Vertex wheel, you only need to connect one of the two female connectors because the horn grounds itself. It took a while for me to tuck the wires nicely so the horn sits flush.

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IN!

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Some full shots of how it looks. Sits right at home.

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I absolutely love the look of this wheel. Can’t wait to drive it!

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Full shot of the cockpit.

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Once inside, proceed to take your stock wheel and throw it with the rest of all the stock parts hidden in aftermarket boxes. You won’t need it anymore πŸ™‚

BOOM!

KING of VERTEX

This is a bit of an overdue post but better late than never. I spent most of the day yesterday on a plane all the way to the other side of Canada for work and every time I tried to connect to the internet, there was either no wifi or I had no time. I’m just sitting here relaxing now and with the 3 hour time difference, it’s almost time for me to go to sleep while everyone back home is just having dinner.

But most importantly, I wanted to give a big huge thanks to Diana, my sister Julee, the Mean Girls – JC, Punit, and Gopesh for the awesome birthday gift. I find that the older I get, the less I care about other people remembering my birthday – in fact, I have to remind myself that it’s my birthday for the last few years because it’s just not that big a deal. What’s more important to me is knowing that I have people in my life that remember when I really don’t and care enough to do so. The only thing better than that is car parts as a gift, of course! Real friends know the way to your heart and do exactly that…

They were able to pick up a Vertex KING of VERTEX steering wheel for me that I’ve been scoping for years now. Yes, years. Ever since I had the STI, I’ve been wanting a Vertex wheel but it just never made the cut for parts for me to get because I always found something else. Now that I have a steering wheel… Looks like I need seats… πŸ™‚

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Just some quick pics…

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It’s one thing looking at this wheel in pics, but it’s definitely way nicer in person (like most parts). This wheel always stood out to me because it was super simple up front with black stitch details and the subtle yellow/gold stitching until you turn the wheel around…

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Those holes are begging for Ti bolts…

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The gold stitch is also awesome. Adds a nice touch to the interior.

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The best part of the wheel is the leather. In the past, the suede Nardi wheels I’ve had were nice but they only stay nice as long as you don’t use them – which is no fun! I always said that my next wheel was going to be leather – VOILA

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Finally – the cherry on top – the horn button!

Once again – thanks to you guys for getting this for me. I absolutely LOVE it!