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Well I made some upgrades. I finally got my front/rear BBK setup up in :)cheers: to Marcus at Heeltoe for excellent customer service). The install was pretty straight forward, except that some of the bolts to install the caliper brackets were the wrong pitch. Luckily I have a hardware store right around the corner. Im loving these things and looking forward to really pushing them. The offset on my old BBS's just wasnt going to cut it so I found a local to trade with. The new wheels are PIAA Super Rossa's 18X8+48s. I paired them up with 20mm spacers rear and 15mm front. Not quite hellaflush, but certainly hellafunctional. These things definitely needed some love when I got them. The guy had them installed on an Element with what looked like a 55 series tire, :puke: Some steel wool, mag polish, fresh paint and they look like a million bucks. Well, they arent perfect, but Id definitely say theyre an upgrade. I also added a Spoon-rep spoiler and some carbon fiber wrap accents. You have a keen eye if you can spot them. Without further ado...

Before on the BBS RK's:


For the lol's, my interim wheels during PIAA restoration (before BBK)


What they looked like to begin with, rough:




The wheels are a true two piece wheel, but for some reason the inner core is welded to the hoops. So the bolts are aesthetic. The original ones are plastic and in bad shape. I popped them out and put authentic stainless steel bolts in their place.

The operating table.


Mid face lift...


The goods finally arrive...



The New and Improved 1QWKCL9:


http://www.flickr.com/photos/1qwkcl9/5708117931/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/1qwkcl9/5708682824/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/1qwkcl9/5708670140/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/1qwkcl9/5708096697/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/1qwkcl9/5708103889/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/1qwkcl9/5708660404/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/1qwkcl9/5708121297/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/1qwkcl9/5708110001/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/1qwkcl9/5708110985/

Future plans include adding the a-spec sides and rear, with the front being either the Euro-R rep everyone is hoping for or the Aspec front if that falls through. After that, I'll begin working on some suspension upgrades and maybe supercharging:dr:
 

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You make nhbp look so amazing! What did you use to blackout your window trim and front grille? I'm looking to do the same.
 

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nice choice on your bbk! Can't wait to see your car once you upgrade the suspension :tu:
It's already dropped on a prokit. Im a little leary to go further but I know Im going to have to get coilovers to accomplish the cool-kid stance.

You make nhbp look so amazing! What did you use to blackout your window trim and front grille? I'm looking to do the same.
I painted the front grill myself. It actually comes apart pretty easy and I just painted the chrome bits. The blackout trim is available as a roll of tape that you can get from pepboys. It's in their pinstriping section and it's called "blackout tape."
 

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Nice upgrade
 

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Nice upgrade. Do you know how much the PIAAs weigh? Did you need the spacers to clear the calipers?
The spacers were required to clear the front calipers, the rears would have been fine. I added APR lug studs to accomodate the spacers (but broke one in the drivers side front, dur). The wheels feel much lighter than the BBS's, but I didnt weight them.

Wow that looks great, clean ride :thumbsup:
Thanks!

No, these are the single piece rotors. I think they retail for about $799 on Heeltoe.

That looks awesome. Really clean, performance-focused ride.
That's the goal!
 

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I wanted those PIAA's back in the day, nice pick up!

BTW, the anodized lips on my two piece wheels almost have the same problem. What did you use and what advice do you have when trying to clean them?

Start with a medium coarse piece of steel wool and scrub, then progress to least abrasive steel wool you can find. It'll be smooth and hazy at this point. You can either do it by hand or use the meguiar's powerball, but you will definitely need some meguiars mag and wheel polish. It comes in a little white tin. The powerball works wonders as long as you dont have alot of little nooks and crannies. I ended up having to use a combination of powerball and by hand. As you can see, the lips are nice and reflective now, but not perfect mostly due to the fact that I cant take them apart to get at the crevices between the spokes and lip. To maintain them once you have it nice and glossy, I use a product called Nev-R-Dull which you can normally only find in boating supply stores. Its a piece of cotton impregnated with some kind of oily polish. It doesnt leave a residue and every time you use it, the metal gets brighter and brighter. Hope this helps.
 

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looks great man...
 
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