All Black Everything

Well finally the pieces are starting to come together for the FRS once again and I got up off my lazy ass to start getting some things done. The first thing was to get the TE’s dismounted and sent off for a colour change. I’m not going to say that I was necessarily tired of the red, because I still thought it looked great. I just wanted to change it up a bit. I’ve said before that the #1 combination of colours that I hate shooting is a black car with black wheels, yet here I am doing exactly that.

I’ve envisioned this look for about a year now and I’ve finally come to decide that I think it’s going to be a nice, fresh start. I’m not sure what the current trends are lately – they seem to be bouncing back and forth between super vibrant colours or a chrome wheel. I’ve decided to go back to the basics with the TE37’s with the OG gloss black. Not necessarily the Diamond Black that Volk has come out with – that is more of a very dark charcoal colour. To put the cherry on top, I also decided on finishing them with the OG TE37 decals as well as opposed to the SL spoke sticker.

Anyway, there’s a few more pieces I need to complete this look and I think the last piece is something you guys are going to love. The combo is just going to be too rad and I haven’t seen it done yet. Going back to the basics and hoping to really bring a different, yet simple look this year. Enjoy!

Right out of the packaging.

Beautiful. It’s a bit naked without the spoke stickers, but it’s definitely refreshing to see a nice new finish.

Got my cleaning supplies/degreaser to prep for stickers.

Replacement VOLK/RAYS stickers…

Simple application… PS remember that they go on a specific spoke and in a certain order. Locate the valve stem hole, then go up to make a T. The two spokes to the left and right of the center cap is where the stickers go.

In all their glory. It’s amazing what a set of stickers do to make these look amazing.

That concave. Love it.

For now… They’ll just rest in Diana’s library LOL.

Oh… It’s 2018. Hello!

Boy, have I been MIA or what. The last post I had was in November and we’ve gone through Christmas, New Years, and we’re almost at Valentine’s Day. Time sure does fly.

I’m sorry for the lack of updates – there really hasn’t been any. Honestly, I’ve just been spending a lot of time with the family, away from the toys for a bit. It’s winter, so it’s a perfect time to do just that. I don’t have much to tinker with and it’s just been cold and miserable as hell outside so the last thing I want to do is get in the garage to do something lately.

I’m updating mainly cause I’ve finally got off my lazy ass and started making steps to progress on getting the car ready for 2018. Slowly but surely. I have a few pics for an update but nothing good to show just yet…

This is literally what it looks like right now. Still on jack stands, waiting for new parts. Meanwhile, outside is a blizzardy hell and it sucks. Side note – I do enjoy driving the RX in the winter – it is a beast of a car and drives beautifully. It makes me hate the winter less…

Meanwhile, I was able to finally take the wheels off to Jackie at Balance Auto to get the tires dismounted and the wheels off to get powdercoated for a new colour. The red is nice but I think I’m over it… I need something new. I think you guys will like the new combo coming this year. Can’t wait to show you!

Lastly – the man, the myth, the legend over at TiBurnt posted these titanium valve stem caps on Instagram the other day and suddenly I had the urge to buy them. Within minutes, Al messaged me and got me all hooked up and they arrived within a week. These are going to look extra fantabulous with the new set up when it’s all together. Seriously, if you need any type of titanium product/fastener – hit TiBurnt up. He hasn’t let me down yet!

Quickie Photoshoot with Ken Au

Ken recently came from Winnipeg for a few days to cover off Driven and he asked if I wanted to come out for a quick photoshoot last Sunday morning. I’m always down for a shoot that I don’t have to do – especially if it’s my car LOL.

Anyway – thought I’d post them up. Give Ken a visit at his site as well: www.ken-au.com

I like this shot. The lighting and the angle just helps accentuate the curves of the stock body and the Arise kit nicely. Widebodies are nice but the stock body is just too good for me.

Rocket Bunny V2 x Arise Sport

Finally a photoshoot! Man, it’s been a crazy summer – 1.5 weeks to go before baby comes, so I mean – it could happen 30 minutes from now or it could be another 2 weeks before we’re +1 in the family. Personally, I’m hoping it’s 30 minutes from now but you can’t rush a good thing, I suppose…

Anyway, I recently just spoke with Steve at Sunday School and we got talking about his build. We’ve chatted on and off over the last year or so and he’s been saying his RB FRS is coming together but slowly… At Sunday School, he was stoked to tell me that it was done! Fast forward a few days and he suggests that we should do a photoshoot together. I’m down as long as Diana isn’t in labour or baby isn’t already here.

Some background information – Steve is also a photographer, but he doesn’t shoot cars. He shoots people and weddings – the complete opposite of what I like to shoot. The fun begins when my good friend Steve suggests that we should do a photoshoot during the golden hours of the morning to get some good light. In my defense, “golden hours” means 8 or 9 AM. To a “people” photographer, I guess that means 5 or 6 AM, on a Sunday, the day after a late wedding we were just at.

Whatever – I’m game – I’ve stayed out for late photoshoots, I’ve done harsh-lighting mid-day photoshoots, I’ve done my definition of “golden hour” photoshoots at 9 AM but I’ve never done true golden hour photoshoots… And I’m always up for something new. So this post begins at 5AM…

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We agreed to meet at a gas station near Cross Iron at 6AM. The roads were dead, my eyes were burning, and the clerk was looking at me like I was crazy. The sky was beautiful though.

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So I couldn’t resist taking some snaps while the car was still super clean.

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We double-teamed the shoot with no usual help and that was fine. The roads were dead on the way out to the location so I attempted rolling shots on my own. I couldn’t miss the opportunity to capture the sunrise behind us.

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I’ll admit, if I could get up this early all the time for photoshoots – I would. This is the type of light you can’t get no matter what and it’s just so calming. The roads are so empty that it becomes more of a relaxing drive at this time. Although my eyes were dry as hell, it’s hard to deny it was a good time.

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We got to the first spot but didn’t stay there long. I think I took this one shot and that was it. Mainly because we got up this early but we weren’t taking advantage of the sunrise. Everything around us was blocking it… So we moved on quick.

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We found a road with some nice S curves and the sunrise right behind it so we parked right in the middle and did our thing. The nice thing about shooting at 6 AM is that no one is even going to be on that road to bother you.

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Two of the same cars, two different styles. It’s nice to shoot them together because you see how different they can actually be built.

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Steve’s car on Rotiforms and mine on Volks. Differences in approach are evident all the way around the car.

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I will say this – Rocket Bunny has some wicked looking body kits that genuinely compliment the shape of the car and its’ lines. I enjoy every car they have a kit for. Steve’s FRS just has an aggressive stance and it just looks good. It’s one thing to see RB in pictures and another to see it in person.

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Nose to nose.

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Only at a few points in my life of owning the FRS have I wanted to put a widebody on my car. I like the stock lines too much and I honestly dread the day that I decide I don’t want them anymore – what I would do with cut up rear quarters LOL. This shot in particular makes me want it real bad.

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Out back, Steve got custom blast pipes made.

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Wide load.

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By this time, the sun was coming up but the sky was still pale and the sun wasn’t harsh. Absolutely awesome light.

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Shot of Steve doing this thing… Which by the way, I hope to share when he’s done editing.

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On the other hand, like I mentioned – I enjoy the stock curves a little more. One of the reasons I absolutely love the Arise kit is that it accentuates the lines nicely. Not that no other kit does, but the Arise bumper does a good job of taking all the stock body lines and pulling them down and towards the middle.

That’s one of my pet peeves about all the kits that are available – it looks like companies just put something together and basically disrespected the body lines altogether. FRS kits are not the only ones – there are plenty out there…

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Ass shot. I love the wide look.

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One of my favourite shots… Bunny in the wild

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On the way back – the sun was getting a bit harsh and was against me but still nice shots nonetheless.

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Look at that rear quarter. DAMN!

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Well, we parted ways here. I decided to take one last shot of before taking my exit. *Cue Wiz Khalifa – See you again*

Would I ever wake up at 5 AM again? Yes. Under these conditions: I slept early the night before, and it isn’t on a Sunday or weekday. I’m still catching up on rest as I write this.