I started noticing that my OEM 19's were looking pretty rough. They were starting to flake and chip. I could have easily repaired them or had them powder coated, but I had something else in mind. I decided I would start saving up for some new wheels.
While I was putting aside some cash for the wheels I wanted something else to do.
I have always thought a quick release steering wheel was awesome, ya know...because racecar. I thought now was a great time to try it out. I bought a combo package of NRG products. I got the NRG short hub, NRG quick release and NRG deep dish steering wheel. I think GenRacer or GCTuner sells the short hub and probably the quick release too, but its all pretty straight forward. The only slightly confusing part is which short hub to get. Some websites don't list the GenCoupe as an option, but one of them definitely fits. If you get the NRG short hub it is part #SRK-160H.
I had never installed a removable steering wheel before so I trolled around the forum and found a really helpful DIY. The member was installing a Grip Royal steering wheel, but the info is helpful even with a different wheel. That thread is HERE
I was really happy with how everything turned out. I've got no airbag, no horn, no TC... like ever and an airbag light on my dash, but it's completely worth it to me.
During all this time I finally ordered my wheels. I bought them through [email protected]
and it was absurd how easy he made everything. I'm sure I bugged him and asked him all sorts of questions, but he would always respond quickly and never seemed like I was bothering him. Seriously, if you're looking for wheels (or any aftermarket part for that matter) give him a call. If he has what you're looking for then he'll give you an unbeatable price. If he doesn't have it, he can probably get it for you and still give you an unbeatable price.
I also ordered my new tires and lugs at this time. More on that when I get to the wheels.
While I was waiting for my wheels to come in I wanted something else to do. Early on when I first bought the car I really thought I wanted a short throw shifter, but after driving the car more and more and really getting comfortable in it I decided I wanted to go the opposite route. I really enjoy watching drifting events and I love how drift cars and real track cars are set up. Although I don't have any "real" drifting experience (apart from donuts and sliding around after it rains) I would like to eventually get into competitive drifting and autoX. So, I wanted a longer, taller shifter. I had kind of decided on a theme/color scheme for the car so I needed to find a shift knob that would look good as well as finding one long enough (insert sexual innuendo here). It actually turned out to be harder than I imagined; there just aren't a ton of options out there for the extended shifters.
I eventually found what I was looking for in a Sickspeed shifter on ebay, but the ad showed that it was only for automatics with a "gate-style" shifter. Well, with a little common sense, I knew that if the thread pitch was the same, it would work. Turns out it was 10x1.25 so I picked it up for like $30.
Here it is installed.
Then the wheels arrived. Boss.
I actually took pics of the boxes when the UPS guy dropped them off, but I was excited and didn't take any as I was opening them up to inspect them. They all looked great, came with everything that they were supposed to so I loaded them up in my car and headed on over to the shop to get them mounted and installed.
I wish I had taken a picture of how I had to load everything up in my car because it was ridiculous. It's actually a good thing that I had the NRG steering wheels because I wouldn't have been able to get in the car with how far forward I had to move the drivers seat to get the wheels and tires in the car.
So, got to the shop, got the oem wheels off, got the new tires mounted onto the new wheels and installed the new lugs. Put the car up on the alignment rack to get everything dialed in. And it was the $hit.
Wheels: VarrsToen ES6.
Tires: Federal 595Evos.
The Work Meister is my favorite wheel of all time and while it would be great to own a set of them, I just cant justify spending that kind of cash on one item. I'm not knocking the guys who do/can get Works/Volks/BBS/SSR, etc because I would definitely love to have a set, but I'm young, married, got a mortgage, a car payment, monthly bills, etc and its just tough to justify spending $3k-$4k on wheels alone.
So, instead I picked up the ES6 from VarrsToen. These wheels are high quality and look great. They are much lighter than the stock wheels (I think the fronts are 27lbs and the rears are 29lbs. I think the white face with polished lip looks really nice on the black GC. I've been very happy with them and really love where the car is at right now.
At the moment I am currently setting aside cash for a Depo FMIC, Stage 3 Comp Clutch, TD05-16G and a BTR Stage 3 tune. It may be a while before I've got everything since I'm looking at roughly $3k-ish for everything, but it'll happen soon.
I hope everyone enjoys this thread or can get anything from it. I have definitely learned a ton in the ~15 months I've owned the car and been on the forums and have enjoyed every minute of owning this car. I genuinely plan on having this car for a very long time and doing some really fun things with it.
I'll keep this thread updated with any/all new mods or changes and I'll try to do some reviews from time to time.
Please let me know if I can answer any questions or can help out at all.
Thanks for looking.