Big Small Community

It looks like I have many questions asking about coilovers and dampening setups. Thanks for all of the questions! I was able to answer all of the emails I got and I got to say that it’s exciting to see how big of a community this is building.

I plan on expanding more on gaming and staying consistent with car maintenance/DIYs. Let me know what you think, or if there is anything else you would like me to write about!

Its been a rough year.

Hi Friends,

I want to let everyone who reached out via email that I am looking at all of the replies and will answer as soon as I possibly can. Thank you for all of the visits! I noticed we broke over 5k this year and I couldn’t be more happy.

With COVID-19 taking over 2020, it has been a challenge to handle the workload I have while maintaining the communication with you all but I am back and ready for anything!

Much Love,

Spike

Memorial Day weekend! (half year update)

6 months! I shouldn’t even try to mention that I have been gone for so long but it’s pretty obvious. Many events, lots of food, and memories earned throughout this time. From the new year, to my first hackathon, to Memorial Day weekend.

I try to fit in the fun times where it doesn’t involve work. But, what if my work is pretty fun? Given more projects that involve more programming, it just makes me want some more (even having the idea to make a game with unity so I can play it).

My girlfriend got straight A’s this semester! In college, that’s god-like – in this case, goddess-like. I’m proud of her. We have this common knowledge and passion of tech that blows my mind. Oh, and, did I say she isn’t take a break? She’s completing summer classes and fall classes to finish off her degree. Bad. Ass.

The new suspension is on the car, fully adjusted, top hats, toe, and camber aligned, and ready for the wheels to get back on. Next, headers and a tune. We need more POWER.

Thats enough for today. It’s just great to be back (:

Fixing my bouncy coilovers Pt. 2

If you are new to the blog and haven’t read Part 1, I recommend you check it out here.

I have put a lot of love into this story so I hope that you enjoy taking the time to read this!

Let me start off by saying that I have found the source to my issue and I am very happy to share it with everyone who is currently having trouble with their coilovers. You may have purchased them from a third-party seller, may have bought them from eBay, or purchased off of a forum – either way, you can never be too careful. I was lucky enough to purchase my Tein Street Basis Z coilovers on a reseller that sold the coilovers with the top-hats included for an amazing price. Almost $200 off the retail price, as it was on sale.

In the back of my mind, I thought it was to good to be true but I want to give it a try. They came in the original Tein box with no dents on the packaging. Unfortunately, this was one of my very few purchases of mods to my car and didn’t know much about them. I’m here to warn those who were willing to research before purchasing (or installing).

Issue: Ride was bouncy – felt like I was imitating a basketball. Normally bumps felt smooth – it’s the bouncing after the bump that makes the ride irritating. Even on smooth roads, I feel every little bounce and it dampens as I speed up.

Situation:

Fix: In order to fix your bounce, the top perch must be secure and non-flimsy. This requires the following tools:

– Spanner Wrench (1): Only one is needed to the hold the top perch from moving or spinning while adjusting

– 21mm 1/2 inch deep Socket: this is needed to tighten the top-center shaft nut for the 2013-2016 FR-S (Socket size may vary for different car models)

Optional: Torque wrench: There isn’t a specific torque that was provided for specification; however, I have estimated about 41 ft/lb torque to be used for the top-center shaft nut (refer to image below).

Coilover diagram

Jack up the car and remove the front wheels. Once the wheels are removed, open the hood of your car to begin the process of tightening the top perch of the coilover.

While holding the top perch with the Spanner Wrench, use a ratchet or torque wrench to tighten the top-center shaft nut. Once torqued, you will feel resistance. Tighten to snug, do not over-torque.

Repeat the same process to the passenger side coilovers to ensure balance. Once complete, replace wheels back onto the car and allow the car a couple of minutes for the coilovers to set. Give a test drive and feel the difference of how smooth it is compared to the bounce it had before. Trust me, this relieved so much stress in my life. However, the process was very fun to figure out.

Once complete, your top perch should look similar to this:

Result:

Your bouncy issues should be fixed! Please be aware that normal bumps will be felt due to the works of the coilover and spring (a good thing) and shouldn’t have an excessive bounce after contact. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me and I will help/answer any questions you may have.

Disclaimer: I am not liable for any damage or injuries caused with the modification of your car. This post was made from personal experience and should be read as a guidance and not professional work. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL. I complete work on my own car and I understand the risks. I undergo a lot of research and spoke with Tein customer service for confirmation.

Just in time for Halloween

I had a wonderful time with my girlfriend this weekend! I had dinner with her family, had plenty of time to study, and even fit in time to finally take care of the “bouncing” issue my car had.

I do apologize for the lack of posts, I have been using a lot of time to work on my programming and I have done more work in two weeks than I could ever do in a semester in class. Needless to say, I have plenty of stories to tell.

I hope everyone has been enjoying life so far and thank you for your patience!

Unlucky camper

Let’s start off by saying that I’m a proficient driver and this event was avoided but fate had its own way of saying “Nah bro.”

Jumps right in front of my car. At first, it seemed very easy to believe that I just ran it over and that was it. As soon as I got home, I was curious if I received any damage and unfortunately I did. My foglight popped right out of the socket, the bezel was completely missing, and my turn signal bulb popped out from the fuse. At 3 in the morning, I could not process this all at once. I woke up the next morning and was able to find a solution.

I purchased new cheap foglights to replace the old ones and will only replace the foglight enclosures. Think of it as a foglight brand collaboration. I believe it will work but we will have to see. This Friday is when the new foglights come in and I will find out if it works. Worst of all, this happened on a Monday. 

Scared and deserve it.

My wake up call of a lifetime. Many awkward conversations. One realization. People don’t deserve negativity in life, no matter who you are. 

Love and positivity is what this world needs. It starts with decisions in life. These decisions should not be taken lightly. Bad decision can create unnecessary situations. I try to make the best decisions in life with what I have. Somehow, I feel as if I do no good. I wish of a better day, today. I’ll feel better in time. I just need to get through this current speedbump.

Aram’s Army

Happy birthday, brother. I have to tell you, things are looking up and life is getting a bit easier every day. I remember you talking about many things you wanted to do growing up – it’s like you wanted to change the world. It’s a little rough down here and it surely will need a bit of change from what’s going on but I’m sure you know that.

Remember when we tried to fix that radio/gps during Outdoor Ed, we got lost, and pretty much just tossed it to the ground and tried to figure our way back to camp? Yeah, that’s pretty much the rut that we are in right now. 

Other than that, work is looking great and I’m planning to have my girlfriend move in very soon. She cares about me a lot, and I love her so much. She keeps me sane. You would like her. 

I hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy lots of cake. We all miss you bud.

Saying Goodbye

It’s a little weird, moving from job to job so quickly. I was just getting very close my coworkers and things we finally picking up after many ideas and decisions. 

Things are looking up for the progress of my career. I get to work at a Fortune 500 company everyday, I have a beautiful girlfriend that supports me every step of the way – going the extra mile by getting her degree and working at the same time, a tough, motivating family that has my back, and you, the reader.

My stories are meant to tell you my experiences of life. What I have gone through or am going through, which may hopefully help those that are trying to find out what to do. It’s not an easy process, believe me. Especially without a degree, but this is where you have to pick it up 100 times more.

I’m blessed, and so should you. You have a chance to live, plenty of time to succeed, and lots of room for error. But hey. I’m just getting started.

Opportunities can come out of nowhere

It’s been a rough few weeks since I have heard about the layoffs at my job. I’m applying left and right, and luckily I got a text from an old friend that interned with me at Discovery. She told me that our old boss was talking about me and was wondering what I was up to. She continued to announce that he had a bit of work for me and wanted to see if I was interested. Obviously, I was.

Its crazy to know that I was on the brink of freaking out because of the constant search for other work opportunities. I guess this is God’s way of saying “Take it easy man. You are still young.” I smiled as I saw the message.

Nonetheless, this is still just an opportunity that will hopefully provide a higher salary for the work. Of course, if I am not blessed with higher pay – I must make the decision to continue my search or to bite the bullet and take the job. In my mind, I am more confident to find better opportunities for similar or more pay if this opportunity is unable to provide that for me. Lets hope that this one is a keeper.