Episode 175

Please do not read this is you are planning to watch the Naruto series! I warn you, there are plenty of spoilers below.

Naruto. A name you hear about a lot when kids speak about it, or maybe a millennial brings up their childhood, or maybe you just love eating Ramen. Either way, you may have heard this name once or twice in your life.

Yep, Naruto Uzumaki. This show has really shown a lot of imagery that could very well mirror the everyday events of today – almost as if it was foreshadowed by the creators. Nonetheless, the positive messages taught in this show give it its full value and is what makes this anime a great one to watch.

For those who are currently watching, keep going. For those who haven’t started, give it a chance. You’ll see it more than just a cartoon, but as a show with meaning. The episode I quote above made me truly believe in the power of Naruto’s story and how it can relate to the everyday struggles of depression.

Depression can be derive from any source. This could be from a breakup you had, maybe you just got let go of work, maybe you are anxious about how you look and you think people don’t like you. Sometimes it’s a battle against yourself. Naruto, as a child, has to face this reality. A boy who grew up with no parents and was a delinquent. He made trouble and started to act up because all he wanted was attention. Most of his classmates will never understand his true feelings because they have the blessing of parents that take care of them and motivate them.

In today’s society, we never take into account about what other people might be going through – whether they shows signs of depression or not. Naruto learned to hold a smile in the midst of all of the hatred he received. Kids called him weird, dumb, stupid, for what? Because he didn’t have parents? This isn’t a choice that children get to have. Naruto didn’t. I didn’t. My brothers haven’t. Many of my friends haven’t. It starts off tough.

Specifically and Metaphorically, Naruto fights “Pain” as his enemy in episode 175. Pain is a character whom was a refugee during the great ninja war (could be compared to world war 1). He fended for him and his friends, stealing food to eat, living in caves, etc. Anything he could do to help l, he would. He lost his parents during the Great War, where as a group of The enemy Shinobi (Ninja) broke into their home, although it was clear that the Pain and the family should have vacated the war zone. Pain and his family heard the Shinobi plundering any food they could find in the kitchen. Attempting to sneak out of the home, Pain accidentally alerted the ninja by knocking over a vase as they were escaping. Cautious, the Shinobi rushes to the noise and found his family. Pain’s father attempts to protect the family and gets stabbed in the chest in the process. The mother was later killed and Pain was next. Luckily, Pain has a secret power that worked to kill these Shinobi – the power of the rinnegan. The power of the rinnegan has been told to have similar powers of god, which can be used for destruction or creation, just by the force of power coming from the holder of this power.

Fast forward, back to the fight between Naruto and Pain, Naruto fights and fights and is able to weaken Pain to the point of death. Naruto falls back. He understands that hate is not the correct way to settle things in this world because “hate brings more hate”. Instead, Naruto fought Pain’s with the power of his words. Naruto spoke with Pain, Sympathizes with Pain, and proves to Pain about the dangers of how the world may be if pain and Hatred drives the world. Pain has already killed the many people that Naruto knows and loves and is able to still sympathize with Pain. On his final breath, Pain uses his powers to bring all of the dead back to life. Those who fought against Pain during the fight, who died, has been given a second chance at life.

This is a fictional story. There are times where people may want to hurt or kill, in this world, because they are getting picked on, harassed, or disposed. For those who are currently experiencing this, please keep your head up. Not a day goes by where I look back into the times where I felt this weird feeling… Even in middle school, where I had friends, and still felt as if no one cared. To this day, I am past college and have a small group of friends that loves the things I love. Most importantly, they care, the understand, and they motivate. They are like the friends I have always wished for in my life. Even better, I have a girlfriend who not only wants to better herself, but to better me as well. Not a day goes by where I felt this weird feeling….. of pain and overcome the depths and evil of pain to understand that happiness is found by the little things. Your little group of friends, your relationship, a fun car, etc. Thank you Pain, and most importantly, thank you Happiness.

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 20-25 ft/lb of torque being used (non-accurate measurement).

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-cent 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 speak with Tein customer service for all of my findings.

Fixing my bouncy coilovers

These things have been a pain for the past 3 weeks. I have adjusted my preload, made sure all sides are symmetrical with ride height, and I have noticed that I haven’t touched the dampening knob. Originally, I had it set to 6 clicks from full stiff, andI now know that was a bad idea. Especially after installing my new wheels. FRS, next to Miata, Lifted on jack stands.

The installation of the wheels were flawless, definitely a huge thanks to my friend Daniel. With the new wheels on, I now have to factor in the weight, adding to the bounciness.

After many hours of research and endless tinkering, I have been able to find out that you must complete these steps in order to see huge improvement with the stability of your suspension set up (fresh install of coilovers or installing aftermarket wheels):

– Pre-load: Coilovers normally come preloaded. If you bought coilovers from a third party vendor and you notice that the coils are sliding back and forth from the suspension shaft, be sure to loosen the top locking gears and tighten coil by hand until you feel contact with the underside of the tophat. Do not use Spanner Wrenchs, unless necessary (track purposes)

– Ride Height: Set to however you please. Stance gods, I have dropped mine to 2” in the front, and 2 3/8” in the rear (measured from top locking link to the bottom locking link) I can barely fit my fingers in and I get no rub, even on full wheel lock!

-Dampening: PLEASE. I say this with great importance, but please start on Full Soft and work you way towards stiff dampening by increments of THREE clicks. I have learned the hard way.

If you follow these steps above, all that is left is getting an alignment and your problems should be solved. If you are still experiencing issues with your suspension set up, let me know and I can assist you much further. Good luck!

Diode Dynamics/Winjet Foglight Kit 

First, I want to introduce how I was brought to complete this unnecessary but possible combination. I was driving late at night, on a public road, and was turning into the highway when I encountered a raccoon. As hopeful as I was at the time, the raccoon was making its way across the street and I slowed down to give it time. As I was speeding up as it was out of the way, it decided to move back and made contact with my front bumper. I drove all the way hope to find out that my front foglight bezel is missing and the foglight frame arms have broken off. This was VERY unfortunate, but that’s the past.

What I kept on my car, previously installed were:

 – H11 foglight harness with connectors

– Stainless steel mounting hardware set (4 screws, 4 wing nuts, 4 washers)

– 4 T-Tap wire connectors

The new hardware I installed were:

– 2 H11 Yellow Glass-lens foglight assemblies, (interchangeable left and right), with 55W H11 halogen bulbs

– 2 Gloss Black Fog/turn bezels (left and right side)

If you have read this far, YES THIS WORKS. I took this path because I hated how the insides of the Diode Dynamics foglight assemblies got dirty very quickly. I also wanted the yellow glass on the foglights for a cleaner look (with LEDS On and Off) and the gloss bezels to match with my raven black paint. 

Installation took only 20 minutes and I love how it looks. To those who aren’t following my instagram, my new tires are in and the wheels are coming soon! 

Be open to decisions and understand

You will experience forms of negativity throughout your life. You will be afraid and that’s okay. There are others that share the same experience. Unfortunately, very few suppress the negativity. Instead, they reinforce it. There is no benefit. There is no purpose. There is only disappointment. You will never understand why it “needs” to be reinforced.

Fuck them. It’s cancer; how these people exist and think it is okay. Don’t confuse negativity with criticism or debate. There are always improvements that are necessary or valid points that are being made. But, to those who just think that everything you know or do is what everyone wants or thinks – that’s sad.

Not everything I say or do is correct. That’s okay, I’m open to hear what people think. I will try to understand you, as you, hopefully, try to understand me, and this is where a decision can develop. You can still choose to support your side, or you can choose the other. Either way, there is no wrong answer as long as you respect those who don’t have the same choice as you do. This shouldn’t result in hatred, fear, anger, or any correlated feelings. Just understand, and be able to move on. It’s okay. You have finally begun to understand why someone doesn’t want what you want.

Lets move away from negativity.

Decisions. Sometimes hard to make, many times very easy. But have you ever feel a time where you made a decision that you didn’t make yourself? As a kid, choosing your starting 5 when playing basketball at recess, or maybe what type of friends you want to have?

I feel like I was lucky. I met this goofy kid, while working in retail, but we worked different departments. I usually like to say hello to the new people who get hired because it helps with the communication as work (Which is necessary 100% of the time). Who knew that I would end up friends with this guy through a video game; in fact, a game that I never wanted at first. Destiny, on the midnight release, was bigger than I thought. Lots of people came into the store and purchased the game. We happened to sell a lot of energy drinks too (Not surprised). At the end of the shift, my coworkers went to buy their copies and recommended that I should get it. As reluctant as I was, I didn’t want to buy it. However, I somehow became very open to getting the game once I found out almost all of my coworkers had it. So, I said screw it…. and we played 15 hours straight. Dumbest and best decision I ever made.

Back to the goofy kid, we became better friends and was able to get to know his group of friends. The one thing that brought them all together? Cars. Another thing I was skeptical about. I loved cars as a kid and unfortunately lost interest growing up. However, after seeing everyone very happy and proud of the cars they owned, i said screw it… bought a new car the following day and never looked back. Long story short, those group of friends are now my very good friends and it’s nice to share a common interest.

Sure, I did make the decision to do all of these things; However, I also didn’t make any decisions at all – where I pretty much went with the flow. I was open to decision at these times, where I built my own curiosity. The “What if?” thing. Don’t be afraid to go with the flow. Sometimes, a decision is being made in front of you – and you unconsciously force a different decision. Be open to decisions, and understand those decisions. To the decision that you didn’t make, understand that decision and why you didn’t choose that one. Either way, you have made a decision and you continue on with life. Easy processes, no negativity, happy life.

Legsport Duckbill Install

Finally. The day has come to install this beauty. Below, I will go over every step I took to install the Legsport Duckbill (since no one has made a DIY yet.)


I will also post this DIY to the FT86 forum for a second reference.

Things you will need for the installation:

  • Microfiber Cloth(s)
  • Detailing Spray (Meguiar’s: Quik Detailer)
  • 3M double-sided mounting tape (Might be provided with purchase of Duckbill)
  • Optional: A friend to help
  • Time of Install: 5 – 30 minutes

Step One: Clean and make sure that no residue or packaging material is on the Duckbill. I suggest using Meguiar’s: Quik Detailer and a microfiber cloth (shown in step three). These will do the best job possible for getting anything off the Duckbill.

Step two: Prepare the duckbill by taping along the edges and curve crease. Be prepared to use all the tape provided! As you can see, I was given enough tape just to tape the important parts of the Duckbill, so please follow my tape pattern for optimal fitment.


Step 3: Once Duckbill has been prepped, proceed to clean the surface area of the trunk to prevent from any residue getting onto the tape of the Duckbill. We don’t want anything getting in the way and create a pocket for wind to get in! Again, I recommend Meguiar’s: Quik Detailer and a microfiber cloth to clean this area.


Step 4: Now that you have the surface cleaned, Duckbill cleaned and prepped with tape, and your helping buddy is ready – you can now proceed with placing the Duckbill onto the trunk. Be sure to remove the tape cover before placing the Duckbill on the trunk. This is where teamwork and communication is needed so that the Duckbill is placed on properly.

Step 4.1: I’m sure most of us may not have a buddy available to help and are doing the install ourselves. That is okay! I did this install myself and was relieved to know that this install was easy. Before removing the tape cover, place the Duckbill onto the trunk and position accordingly. Once positioned, lift the duckbill slightly so that you can remove the tape cover as you are firmly pressing the Duckbill onto the trunk.


Step 5: VIOLA! You have successfully installed your new Legsport FR-S/BRZ/TOYOTA86 Duckbill. Please be sure to secure the Duckbill by pushing down on the areas taped down to ensure that the tape makes contact with both the trunk and the Duckbill. Apply moderate pressure. I recommend giving the tape 2 – 3 days to settle before going on the roads. Unless you are a Dare Devel like me, you wait a day and drive up to 80 MPH/129 KPM (Legally, of course). Don’t be me.

You might be asking yourself “How does he know how to install Duckbills?” Well, I don’t, but that’s the fun part to modifications! If you have any questions or concerns or possibly made a few mistakes along the way, feel free to contact me and I will answer any questions you have.

Scooters

Having a great time with these 50cc scooters! For those of you that aren’t familiar to the cc measurement – it isn’t that fast of a scooter. However, it is very fun to ride! 

6 of us riding down to Fort Lauderdale and the view is amazing! I wish I stopped by a took a picture but we were on the move.

Best part, all 6 scooters costed less than $200 for the whole day! Groupon is GOAT.

As I lay here, FaceTiming the love of my life – I am missing home. And the fact that I have car parts waiting for me to install once I get back. Tomorrow will be a better day – my older brother’s is growing a year older and that means lots of food and fun! I guess I will say it early, but…. happy birthday big bro!

RPMs staggering from 1k down to 400

I hate this. Half the time I feel like it’s gonna stall out from me. Don’t buy an FR-S, ladies and gentleman. (Is it an 86 now?…yeah whatever, i’m kidding.)

Maybe this baby needs a tune. I’ve heard about this ridiculous open tablet that can flash the ECU of the car to help with this issue – maybe keep it at a solid 1k. But for $499? You can kiss my sweet ass before I decide to buy that. Looks like I’ve got a lot to research to figure out a cheaper way of tuning my car.

Besides that, I just recently purchased the Fumoto Oil Drain Valve, which I will install very soon because my oil change frequency is very close to car washes, and a secret new part will be coming shortly after!

I’m excited how things are slowly growing for this car and I’m happy to have a group of friends who have a strong passion for cars. Without their help, installations would take long, YouTube would be my only friend, and I’ll magically screw up and turn my car into a piece o’ shit. Luckily that isn’t the case.

Thank you for those who are currently following my build! For those who are slowly coming in, I also appreciate your time and I hope to show you my wonderful work of art! 

Duckbill on the FRS

Speaking with friends, speaking with the company, speaking to my wallet.

Possible Duckbill to be installed on the FRS! I’m so anxious to see how this turns on. I’ve had this part on my mind for quite a while and finally…..my time to shine. Anyone have any luck with the Legsport Duckbill on their FRS?

I have seen very few cases of this duckbill and it looks fantastic. In addition, ITS CARBON FIBER. Happy me. I’ll make my decision sometime this weekend, so stay tuned!

Hello World!

Here’s the start to a new adventure. Hi. My name is Victor, I am 22 years old and I have found my nirvana through cars.

Throughout the course of this blog, you will begin to understand my life and how i turn things from good to great or how to cope with things. I have experienced a lot so far in my life, and I believe this is my moment to share it to everyone who cares, doesn’t care, needs something to read to kill the time, wants to read something new, and/or is just bored.

This is my story.