Everyone in the crew is on the same page with this one; It is not about any trophies, it’s about the respect of the people. No one talks about who won what but they do mention their favorite rides what cars/team shut it down. It is much harder to have this sort of effect on the majority than it is to win some hardware.
It is a great feeling when you get love for your hard work. Don’t get us wrong, trophies are great too but after the first one, they don’t matter much. It’s a far more rewarding feeling shutting down a lot and getting respect even from those who are not in the scene. Great job guys, keep it up. We will continue to show love back and do shows/meets all over the place.
So Brendan out of Ma went to get his inspection done on his F50 Infiniti Q45. He would end up failing due to the fact that there was no front license plate bolted on. This is a problem for a couple of reasons; there are no holes on his custom AGI design front bumper, drilling will not only make the appearance of the bumper look worse but can result in the filler cracking in that area.
Rather than bitching, he came up with a quick temporary solution. He paid home depot a visit.
Max with the Mode Parfume Airrunner Acura RL, has been MIA for most of the year due to the recent purchase of a house as well as his marriage over the Fall. When you combine moving and planning for such an event, you really are not left with much free time. Not to worry, he is still modding and very much in the game.
On newer cars, many models (especially luxury) have side mirror LED turn signal winkers. A large part of the scene is about making your ride look current by adding modifications that come standard on newer luxury models. Max’s 04 Acura RL did not come with the LED mirrors nor is there an after market option but that did not stop him from getting it done on his. Custom work is what we are all about!
He ordered just the actual side turn signals from an after market brand in Japan with the intentions of “making them fit.” First he had to measure and mark where he wanted to cut. From there, he pulled out the dremel and went to work. After that, they were silicone’d in place.
We were fortunate enough to have Sam and Joe “Burgy” document their interior build on Joe’s Y33 Q45. Check out how they did the visors.
“For the Visors, We always talked about how the small details make or break a project and that we wouldn’t be happy with a little of the stock grey left anywhere or that generic pocket sleeve that many people stuff their visors into and then sew up the last side. This led us to taking a big leap of faith and cracking open the visors. We figured worst case we break them and have to glue them all back together and clean them up before we re-wrap them. It turns out that they do come apart rather easily after all. And when I say easy….I really mean with lots of patience and force
We started with removing the OEM material again.
Then we started the process by popping one heat weld inside at a time.
When Rodney sent me this pic a few weeks back, I was rolling. You know you are VIP when even your barber shop is called that. I am still curious to what a VIP Style haircut might look like? Diamond stitching along the sides? I think we need to pay them a visit, interview them and do a review of the shop/hair cut lol.
Finding a random barber shop called “VIP Style” is pretty funny since that’s the scene we are in and cars most likely had nothing to do with the naming of the shop. Rodney took it to another level by parking his vip styled ride right in front of the joint. Anyone who ever been to NYC knows exactly how hard it is to find a spot anywhere at any time of the day. So getting a pic like this one has an added degree of difficulty to it. Props to him for being dedicated enough to take a joke to the next level.
Joe “Burgy” did a writeup for us on how he teamed up with Sam “Green Poupon” and tacked his custom interior, step by step.
Warning: Long read
It all started with a late night chat online(no homo) I was complimenting Sam(Green Grundel/Green Poupon) on some interior work he had done and I told him that I needed to fix a spot on my soon-to-be wifes car. He said he would send a swatch of cloth to wrap the handle. I thought it was cool that he offered to help a total stranger…so I started talking to him more often and we both agreed that interiors were the single most neglected part of a US VIP build across the board. When he heard this he was shocked at just how much I had thought out regarding my own build and just didn’t have the skills to do it myself. He encouraged me to have a go at it myself and he said he could give me pointers. Then I shared with him My dream for the headliner and he about crapped his pants From that point on he hounded me about doing the interior ASAP. He even offered to do the sewing if I shipped the seat leathers to him!
It’s the work put into what you don’t see that often gets you the look you desire. Before everything, VIP is all about getting your luxury car low. Some take that further than others by using advanced techniques to get there. Radiusing (cutting the fender arc’s higher than stock) is one way to do so. When you lift the arches up above their factory position, your car can get lower while keeping the aggressive fitment. Doing that alone will still result in rubbing when you drive low. You will need to tub the inner fenders (cut and weld them back higher) in order to prevent that.
Mike “El Presidente” goes through the process of how he tubbed the rear of his Jag.
“I never got totally finished with what I wanted to accomplish with radiusing the fenders. One thing was how much clearance I would have directly past the fender where the inner and outer fender skins meet. Normally this isn’t much of an issue since the upper skin is typically higher up the fender…but when you radius..BAM, it’s right there. So how do we fix it? We start by severing the layers. Then move on to cutting the inner layer up gradually from the outside contour to about the same amount of the radius (in my case a little over 1.5”).