Archive for the ‘Interior/Exterior’ Category

Photostream of 09-10 TSX Grille is now up with a final production pic

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

We’ve chronicled the progress of our 09-10 TSX front grille project in this Flickr Photostream set.

ORDER HERE: http://www.heeltoeauto.com/ATLP-Sports-Grille-2009-2010-Acura-TSX-pr-65831.html

Link to the set here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/heeltoeautomotive/sets/72157627297165514/

This grille, originally dubbed a Fastline Performance part has now been adopted under the ATLP brand. ATLP stands for “Achieving Total Luxury and Performance” and this grille exemplifies that credo quite well! Fitment is perfect, the design is evolved from OEM styling, and the high-end touches like the carbon-emblem background make it a stand-out part!

ORDER HERE: http://www.heeltoeauto.com/ATLP-Sports-Grille-2009-2010-Acura-TSX-pr-65831.html

See More Pics here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/heeltoeautomotive/sets/72157627297165514/

ALMOST THERE: S2000 Top Latch Lock Update 5/4/2011

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Oh my lord, we are so close. The aim for this part’s completion was back in Jan, but we have proven positive that perfection cannot be rushed. Here are some fully machined buttons, ready for anodizing and assembling.

I am beyond saying what day these will ship but this was the biggest hurtle, getting this far. Security screws for catchers are in stock now, and the decals are in the final design process. It won’t be much longer!

Marcus

Fastline Performance S2000 Locking Top Latch Buttons Update

Sunday, February 27th, 2011


For more details on this product, please link here: Fastline Performance Locking Top Latch Buttons, AP1/AP2 Honda S2000

The production on our S2000 Locking Top Latch buttons is progressing nicely, however we are not going to make our “end of February” shipping date. So, because of the delay we are making this posting to give and update as to where we stand now.

  • Machining the buttons: The first article samples were CNC’d last week (week of Feb the 21st). Some minor changes were made to the program and now the machining of the buttons is in full swing. We are expecting the machining to be done this coming week (March 1-3rd, something like that).
  • Anodizing: has to start after the machining is done, and will take about a week to complete.
  • Lock Cylinders: were ordered a while ago but are not in yet. We are expecting them in the next week or so, and some minor machining is needed on them as well that will happen in-house.
  • Security Screws: a vendor was found and these are on order now, to be received within about 6-7 business days (just before anodizing is done we expect).
  • Warning decal: Still being designed. The “contest” we had going on on S2KI is not really going well. We have only received 2 submissions and nether is really ready for print. We’ll have to either wait for a better design or simply make our own. Printing only takes a few days, but we are not going to worry about completing these in time to ship buttons. In all likelihood we’ll snail-mail the decals once they are done if they take longer than the buttons themselves.
  • Packaging: already ordered and received in our warehouse.

So there you have it! We are chugging along surely as ever. We’ll have these in the mail before long!


For more details on this product, please link here: Fastline Performance Locking Top Latch Buttons, AP1/AP2 Honda S2000

Follow up on S2000 FLP Top Latch Locking Buttons: Fits With OEM Hardtop Well!

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

This posting is to quell concerns people have expressed regarding the ability to use the supplied key in conjunction with a very space-limited OEM hardtop installed. We’ll tell you now, the kit works perfectly! Read on for pics on how!

Pre-order your Fastline Performance Top Latch Locking Buttons Today!

We can definitely see how there was concern about the fitment of our buttons with the OEM hardtop. The recess is deeper than we imagined.

Step one was to install the FLP button on the oem latch. This was a 45 second job with a simple screwdriver.

Here is the latch/FLP button combo installed and locked. Remember, the finished version will have a lip that covers all the guts of the button, and comes in anodized red or black.

In order to unlock the button, you need to swivel the key head to the side. This is a built-in function of our keys, and they need no modification whatsoever to do this.

The key fits into the lock cylinder and turns perfectly without contacting the interior of the roof. There is basically NO room to spare, but we unlocked the button 4-5 times and not a mark was left on the interior.

Open the latch, key and all, and the top is open!

In addition to this concern, people have expressed a concern with an ability of a thief to access and unscrew the latch catchers. We are addressing this concern by including a set of security screws with our buttons. Pre-order customers will be getting these screws with their latch button order, free of charge!

Pre-order your Fastline Performance Top Latch Locking Buttons Today!

First Look: Fastline Performance S2000 Top Latch Locking Button!

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Hey folks, after a number of weeks of work by our fabricator we are proud to announce that our prototype for a locking solution for the S2000 is working and looks simply amazing. This patent-pending design is about to be released to the masses!

Again, this is not a first article and is not indicative of the final design (which will have a lip of material covering all the mechanical parts and a bright-dipped anodized finish) but you can really get the idea of our product from these pics:

Here is a prototype of what you get (shown one side only, we are making parts for both sides, fyi). We are also going to toss some decals in to alert would-be thieves not to try breaking in.

Here is the prototype installed. Our part is a simple replacement of the stock latch button on your S2000's OEM latch assembly.

Installation is super simple. Two little screws and that is it! No need to remove the latch from the car either. Install should be less than 2 min a side with no alignment or fitment concerns whatsoever.

Closer view. See the little peg sticking out of the lock? That means the latch is UNLOCKED and able to be opened.

The button pushes in just like normal when unlocked.

Engage the peg in the lock...

...and now the latch is LOCKED. This is the 'normal' state of the lock, so you should never have a problem forgetting to lock it, or feel tempted to be lazy and not install it or twist the lock if you happen to take your roof down from time to time.

It is locked really solid, too. There is no wiggle/play/movement/etc. The button straight will not move! No button actuation means no getting your roof off!

High-end security key is used to unlock the button. Made of hardened steel, this isn't something that will be easily drilled out.

Here is a lame photoshop of what the final button will resemble. We left the extra material off for R&D, but the final part will be very similar looking to the stock button, just a little wider to accommodate the lock cylinder. Not ugly. Not an eyesore. Just good solid protection.

We are no longer going to put up with $h!tty parts. You should not either!

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

We were recently contacted by a customer who expressed some real discontent with a product they ordered from us. Having heard complaints in the past we decided enough was enough. We changed the description of the item on heeltoeauto.com to reflect the true nature of the parts being supplied to customers out there. Check out the creative addition to the product description:

This fog lamp kit is poor quality and has proven to be unreliable. We only recommend people order this kit if they prefer a pseudo-"JDM" look to having quality, reliable parts on their car. It is the same one you can get on eBay. This kit is NOT HT-Spec. There are many problems with the wiring and switchgear.

While we want to have a good shopping experience for our customers, it seemed like we’d be giving you better service to continue selling this part based on it’s true nature rather than make you think it was something that it was not, or simply pulling it down all together.

Clearly we are not expecting to sell many of these kits. But then again, this piece of crap is not something we are really proud to ship, either. Anyone who sells or ships this kit can’t have very much self-respect, and clearly has little or no respect for the people buying it. We respect our customer’s intelligence and desire for quality.

Black Chrome Emblem Kits Shipping Imminently

Monday, November 8th, 2010

We finally got the first production run of black chrome Acura emblems and man they look AWESOME! Backorders will be filled soon and we are starting another production run in just a couple weeks.

Most of these are spoken for, but you can get in queue to get some on heeltoeauto.com. Our coupon code “blackout” has been extended until the end of December 2010!

Most of these are spoken for, but you can get in queue to get some on heeltoeauto.com. Our coupon code “blackout” has been extended until the end of December 2010!

Changing the cabin micron air filter in your 04-08 TSX, the easy way.

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

This should be done every 30,000 miles or every 2 years. If you park under trees a lot, I’d do it annually. It takes literally 5 minutes and costs

Open the golve box, remove the stoppers and unclip the damper.

Open access door, remove filter and tray, swap new filter into tray, reinstall.

Order your new Cabin Filter from HeelToe Automotive!

Medieval-Pro Sunroof Panel Gets Rave Review After Flawless Install

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

HeelToe/Fastline had expended it’s offerings a few years back to include items for older cars that were starting to feel neglected. Honda cars last so long than it seems that the aftermarket grows without them. Fancy new parts and production processes debut with the release of new car models but fail to trickle down to the older cars.

The most stark example of this in my mind must be the 84-87 CRXs and Civics. The cars are very unique as compared to their 88+ model year successors. Unfortunately, the 88+ cars seem to get all the aftermarket support these days. I’ve owned 84-87 CRXs since about 1995 when I started driving, and I can’t seem to recall a time when I could actually get a wide variety of items for them.

So, I started making my own parts. Medieval-Pro has delved into high-end suspension components as well as composite body panels. The most famous parts are the 1-piece carbon hoods that delete the header panel and the nose of the car, and the Medieval-Pro damper kit which is produced under contract with Tein USA. Here is an item that only a true CRX enthusiast could really appreciate: The composite sunroof panel replacement.

This item is a direct factory replacement for the thin yet heavy, rust-prone factory steel panel. It is shown here in carbon fiber and is also available in fiberglass, which saves about 6 lbs off the lid of an already light 2000 lb CRX Si.

The bottom side is a direct replica of the standard roof, featuring all the bolt holes and studs that the factory seal and sliders need to mount properly. It even has the mounting tabs for the OEM roof liner!

We have sold a few of these panels, but none other than NurburgRinger on redpepperracing.com gave it such a raving review.

Our capabilities are very far reaching. If there is a part you’d like us to make for your car and there is enough market demand, shoot us an email or post on our Facebook wall!

Marcus

New tool from Honda avoids breaking the dreaded “bitch clip.”

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Honda and Acura owners have long suffered with breaking plastic clips on their cars have finally be presented with a solution for relief! Order a “Bitch Clip” Popper tools and replacement “Bitch Clips” here!