Black on Black on Black (with a little bit of blue)

The pieces are finally coming together! When you’re busy, even some of the simplest tasks become complicated. You’d think putting together wheels and tires would be as easy as bringing it to a shop to get it done – and it is. Except I make things harder than they actually are sometimes.

I had to order two new tires, so I finally got my lazy ass to text Alex to see if he could source me some new ones. Boom – even delivered to Jackie’s shop for me. One down. The next piece was the valve stems… I wasn’t about to run red valve stems on the new black TE’s – not that anything is wrong with it, but it just wouldn’t match the look I’m going for. In my plea for help in trying to find black Rays valve stems without paying $100 for shipping, Errol said that he had some spares. Boom – Errol gave them to Jackie for me.  Next was just dropping everything off to Jackie’s to get it done. Isaac finished it for me at lunch yesterday and that was that.

The point of all this is that I’m thankful for the friends in the car community. I mean, I could probably have gone and done all the picking up and delivering myself but I probably would have taken months to actually do it. It’s just the little things that matter – I’m grateful for that. I’m pretty sure the car would probably have just stayed on jack stands this year without their help.

Anyway, just a few quick shots of the wheels. I’m just waiting on ONE MORE big piece of the puzzle before the car gets to go back on the ground. It rhymes with “Dig Drake Bit”. Until then, it remains hoisted up with dusty ass panels until I find time to polish and wax it for the start of the season.

That blue with black is SO good. I never thought I’d love black wheels ever.

Match made in heaven.

Can’t forget the titanium valve stem caps from TiBurnt. They look so rad and the blue/purple works well with the blue Rays/Volk stickers.

Just a mock up. As you can see almost impossible to get a good pic LOL. Underexpose all the things!!

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.