Posts Tagged ‘Acura’

Group Buy for Ingalls ETD announced now! 04-08 TSX and S2000 folks join in!

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Our S2KI.com rep, Max, has been buggin me to start a GB for Ingalls ETDs for a while now, mostly because of their superior fitment over other brands and reasonable price. I thought, hey, why not get TSXs in on it, too?

So we started the GB to end 12/10/10, allowing us, presumably, enough time to ship before Xmas!

Here is a link where you can buy in now!


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!

News for 09+ TSX owners: Unorthodox Pulley Fitments Available NOW!

Monday, October 18th, 2010

So, we had an 09 4-cylinder TSX in the garage today, and found out a little bit on the crank pulley application for this car. Unorthodox Racing offers a crank, alternator, and power steering pulley kit for the 04-08 TSX, and we knew this kit was similar to the 09- TSX, but didn’t know how different it would be and what parts would actually interchange.

Well, Heeltoe to the rescue! We found out today!

First, the crank pulley.

Basically, the 04-08 TSX pulleys fit on the 09- TSX.

04-08 OEM diameter crank pulley on an 09- TSX

The stock 04-08 TSX pulley is smaller than the stock 09- TSX one though, so installing an oem diameter 04-08 pulley on an 09- will slightly underdrive the system. So this represents a slight power gain available from the 04-08 TSX pulley from the smaller diameter. However the underdriving is very minimal.

THE REAL POWER GAINS come from the weight savings! The stock pulley weighs 4.2 lbs, and the underdrive one weighs in just under 1 lb! That is a big savings in rotational mass on the crank and should be good for power gains all across the rev range as we see on every other car with these pulley sets.

No side effects will be noticed from this change, and you can even reuse the stock belt. A slightly shorter one would be ideal, but is really not necessary.

Now, the alternator pulley.

The alternator pulleys from the 04-08 TSX pulleys and 09- TSX are identical.

04-08 TSX UR alternator pully on an 09- TSX

The stock alternator pulleys from these cars are identical. So the UR pulley from an 04-08 TSX is a perfect fit on the 09-. The size is slightly larger so this has the effect of the alternator sapping a little less power on it’s own.

Finally, the power steering pulley.

The 04-08 TSX and 09- TSX have completely different setups (mechanical versus electric). No bother though, the vast majority of the power gained with UR pulley kits comes from the massive 3+ lbs in weight savings over stock on the crank pulley!

Customer feedback.

I had the customer (Joel, thanks so much for your help and contribution!) drive around to make sure he didn’t experience any side effects at all, and he seemed really happy! He noticed the car had more pep, as this kit is intended to provide. We are really content with the installation.

Buy NOW!

In light of this new information we are now taking orders for UR aluminum pulley kits for 09+ TSXs!

Order here, and use coupon code “cu2pulleys” for FREE SHIPPING for a limited time only!

Pics from Acurafest 2010

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Despite being a healthy 4 hour drive away, Acurafest proved once again to be an excellent event for us to attend! We were light on “stuff” to show off, and decided to let our cars and our personalities speak for themselves. HT-Spec TL Sandy and I in the HT-Spec TSX rolled up to the Socal caravan hookup at Super Autobacs, and caravan’d from there. We did not stay the night at the resort and instead burned home super-quick-style to get in bed by 11. Was great fun and I expect we’ll be attending next year as well!

Now for our pics! Some of these were not taken by me, so thanks to those who were kind enough to immortalize us on your hard drives!

Fuelin' up before we hit Autobacs. The cars were a little scummy at this point.

The scene in OC. A little sparse. I think everyone there was a customer though so it was nice to see some familiar faces.

Mike from SD, sitting pretty hard on air.

This Accord later won a 'most track prepped' award. Blown V6, roll cage, Wilwoods...not hard to see the performance intent of this car!

Dude, Chuun! We need to drop this thing!

These varrtestoner (whatever) wheels seemed like a popular look on the TLs...

Here are Sandy and I waitin' for sleepy Josh to show up.

Once our fearless caravan leader arrived (ahem Josh, 30 min late?) we were off!

Rooling through downtown LA. The UR braces on the HT-Spec TL showed a real sporting intent.

Hooked up in LA at Macy's. Already had a bunch of people there.

Another shot in the Macy's lot. We got the boot by overzealous security shortly after this, which was ok. We needed to get on the road to Bakersfield.

Leaving Macy's for the freeway.

Nice rolling shot of the HT-Spec TSX.

Bakersfield, waiting around for the TSXClub people to roll by.

HT-Spec-age in Bakersfield.

We were here for at least 20 min when, YAY, the cops came and booted us out. What is it about a group of cars that pisses people off so much?

Now a rolling shot of the TL. Thanks J.Ly!

The event was held on the top level of the resort's parking garage. A convenient and appropriate location I thought. Here we are getting metered through.

Waiting to get to our spot. We got to the show at about 1:00 PM. Just a little late...

Instead of the booth we felt like the HT-Spec TL and TSX would make a pretty bold statement on their own. Besides most of the people here know our deal anyway ;) .

Giving the HT-S CL9 a little waxy.

The stickies on our Acuras really turned out nice.

Giving the 'toe a little finger.

The HT-Spec TSX was in a row of TSXs.

The cars looked really neat together with the matching decals. I kept my kid's Recaro in place for fun :)

People's eyes were buggin' out on the 255s on the HT-Spec TSX.

The HT-Spec TL got a lot of looks. The car just has a presence. I credit Sandy for the black wheel thing. The HT-Spec TSX was going to roll on silver wheels until I saw the TL. I had to emulate the black/black. So hard!

So unassuming, yet there is lots of cool bracing to look at under there! Caught these lookie-loos scoping the under-carriage.

I didn't take pics of other cars (I know others would do lots of that!) but I had to highlight this NSX. I love these things. On my car bucket-list.

Raffle give-aways and awards. Heeltoe gave away $1000 in prizes!

Another last gas stop on the way outta town. This was just before the trek home.

So that is all I got from the show. Thanks for reading and waiting for the pics to load. Til next time!

We’re getting stuck up! You’d be too if you were going to Acurafest 2010!

Friday, October 8th, 2010

First, a little HT-Spec project car update. Getting ready for Acurafest 2010 at Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino really means that we @ Heeltoe are looking to get going on the right foot. I have to say right foot, because we won’t really be putting our BEST foot out there given that our cars are still a work in progress. Come to think of it, that is sort of what HT-Spec is all about; making improvements! And if you believe like we do, there is ALWAYS room for improvement. That being given, there was a bit of sprucing up we knew could be done by our friends at 3-D Signs over in Laguna Hills.

3-D Signs specializes in printed and cut decals and signs for basically ANY use under the sun! We have been using them for years for all our decals. They make our Heeltoe decals, our newest HT-Spec decals, and all the labels for our NRGCELL batteries. If you need some digital printed or die cut decals, or trade show signs, or anything like that, look no further than 3-D Signs!

The cars rolled up to 3-D Signs, ready for stickers!

They look pretty cool together. We are proud of these cars for sure. They are coming along well.

Laying out, trying to get them looking right.

It's official! Marketing-mobiles. The digital-printed decals are featuring our brand new logo! Lamination will ensure they look great over their entire life!

Not just any Acuras...these cars are HT-Spec'd.

A little family resemblance.

Something a little different on the windscreen.

So, the cars are all sticker’d out! They look great together and we feel good driving them together, which is totally cool because tomorrow is ACURAFEST 2010 and we’ll be joining up the Socal Caravan in the OC. It leaves at 7:00 AM which means it will leave around 7:40 AM. The HT-Spec cars will be meeting at Cars ‘n’ Coffee in Irvine at about 6:00 AM and eating a burrito or two before taking off! If you have an Acura CL, TL, TSX, NSX, RDX, MDX, whatever…or a Honda Accord, be sure not to miss it!

Marcus

Racingbrake: Blow Acuras Away With Standard Open-Slots!

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Who has heard of Racingbrake’s latest innovation: Open Slots? This really inventive concept was first introduced on their super-high-end rotor offerings for NSXs and Corvettes, and now is becoming standard on all Acura 2-piece rotors and the newest 1-piece rotor for the Brembo-equipped TLs!

See this link to learn about the THREE big patented advancements made in rotor design available for your Acura TODAY! When it comes to making rotors, there is no better OE replacement part available!

We have updated all our 2-piece rotor descriptions (we tried anyway, there are so many of them between “Build My Own Brakes” Combos, HT-Spec Staged Brake kits, and individual listings…let us know if something is wrong!) to reflect the new Open-Slot finish.

New Racingbrake 2-piece Open-Slot design for TSX

New RB 2-piece open-slot rotor installed on a customer's TSX. They work SOOOO nice!

For a limited time, Racingbrake is offering the new Open-Slot finish for Acuras for the same price as the old style slot rotors! If you have been thinking about getting some 2-piece rotors, now is the time to pull the trigger!

We have updated all our 2-piece rotor descriptions (we tried anyway, there are so many of them between “Build My Own Brakes” Combos, HT-Spec Staged Brake kits, and individual listings…let us know if something is wrong!) to reflect the new Open-Slot finish.

Heeltoe

Expanding our offerings for TSXs!

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

How could it be? Doesn’t Heeltoe already offer a solution for nearly every user need and desire? Yes we do! But “nearly” isn’t nearly good enough! We won’t stop until we have something for everyone’s TSX needs. So, out latest addition to Heeltoeauto.com is a whole host of TSX Genuine, Re-manufactured, OEM, and OE Replacement products!

For reference:
GENUINE: Factory Honda part, usually packed in factory package.
OEM: Factory part with aftermarket packaging or branding. As good as a genuine part but at a lower cost.
OE Replacement: Aftermarket part featured as a suitable replacement for genuine at a much lower cost.
Remanufactured/Rebuilt: High cost item that is refurbished and sold at a discounted price. Includes a core charge that is refunded when your original part is returned.

For all the latest additions in the Replacement/Maintenance Parts catalog on heeloteauto.com click this link!

Check out with coupon “maintainme” when ordering any products in the link and get free shipping on your order!

Genuine Honda Water Pump

OE Replacement Sway Bar End-Links

Clutch and Flywheel Set

CSF Replacement Radiator

…and many more parts are available now in the link provided. Check it out! Because maintaining well and saving money are HT-Spec!

For all the latest additions in the Replacement/Maintenance Parts catalog on heeloteauto.com click this link!

Check out with coupon “maintainme” when ordering any products in the link and get free shipping on your order!

An update on the HT-Spec TL, and where to follow the built thread!

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

First off, here is the link to the build thread:
HT-Spec TL Build Progress Thread on Acurazine.com

Our man Sandeep will be adding to this thread as we add cool stuff to his car. So subscribe to that thread if you want those updates! He is doing updates independently from us so we won’t write a blog post on the complete progress. Just an FYI :)

In this most recent update, the car has been outfitted with an HT-Spec Stage 2 Brake Package. For those unaware, the HT-Spec Stage 2 Brake Kit consists of 1-piece Racingbrake rotors front and rear, along with Racingbrake ET500 brake pads front and rear. Also, an essential part of the package, are a couple bottles of RBF600 brake fluid to fill the supplied Fastline Performance Stainless Braided Brake Lines.


Front brakes hidden by the TE37-rep wheels.

Rear Brakes on the TL Installed

And then we took some beauty shots!

The paint on this car needs a little help, but there is no denying that a black on black tinted out TL is just a sick looking sight.

HT-Spec TSX gets new rollers…Steam-rollers from 949Racing and Hankook to be specific.

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

After months and months of waiting for the first batch of 949Racing 6ULR wheels to come in, and more months and months of deciding which tire and which color to option, and more months of trying to sell the Mugen M5 wheels I’ve been running while waiting…I have finally installed the first signature set of HT-Spec Wheels/Tire package on the HT-Spec Project TSX!

What makes this package HT-Spec? Specifically, the sizing. When it comes to choosing wheels, there a lot of different camps on how to do it “right.” Some prefer wheels 50% wider than stock with tires that are 10% narrower than stock. Some prefer to run whatever used JDM wheel that fits “pretty good” without fender rolling. Some want to keep the original size. I am with the camp that feels the widest tire possible on a wheel that provides a square sidewall and perfect backspacing is best. An people that share this opinion have a hero. His name is Emilio, and he runs a wheel company called 949Racing.

949Racing has made a huge splash in the track-performance world by introducing wheels with specs that mainstream manufacturers don’t dare to touch. Starting out with 15″ wheels on Miatas made his name, but left folks with larger wheels wanting something more. When he announced a 17″ product I instantly became elated. The 17″ wheel, dubbed the 6URL, was actually developed for the S2000 market. But as luck would have it, the 17×9 version on a 48 mm offset ended up being a perfect fit on out HT-Spec TSX, even when lowered significantly with an HT-Spec Damper Kit!

We test fitted a set back in May and posted the results on our Facebook page. With a 255/40-17 tire, which is slightly smaller overall diameter than the stock 215/50-17 size, we found the rubbing to be minimal with our HT-Spec Damper Kit set to a 1.75″ drop, and non-existent at a 1.5″ drop or with a very slight roll to the fender in the rear! The front required only a removal of the fender liner clip and no rolling needed at all. There is hardly any clearance on the insides, but the front wheels/tires do not rub ANYWHERE on the inboard side, even at full lock in a loaded U-turn!

The tire we chose for this package was a Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110. This tire has gotten a lot of great press, most notably in the last Car & Driver tire shootout, where it came in a close second to a much more expensive Michelin PS2. Check the link for details on this tire. The excellent rating and bargain pricing were all it took to convince me this was the tire to go for. Optionally the Hankook Ventus R-S3 would be the tire to get for track performance. The high level of grip makes it a performance champ, but the softer compound wears fast on the street. We might get a second set with the R-S3s, but for now the V12 evos are definitely the way to go!

For your own HT-Spec wheel and tire combo, please visit heeltoeauto.com!

Truly this is the MOST tire you can get on a TSX without fender modifications*! That is how this wheel and tire combo got to be HT-Spec! Healthy sidewalls = stock-like comfort. Wide tires = macho grip. Perfectly fitted wheels = Minimal-to-no rub.

* You’ll note we are running camber on this car. In the images the rear camber is natural and un-modified and comes purely from the lowered ride. We are planning to install an Ingalls Camber Kit and bring it to an even 2.0 degrees. We will need to roll the rear fender about 1/4″, which is almost nothing. The front camber in these images is displaying about 1 degree negative as achieved with Skunk2 Pro Series Front Camber Arms. We will be dialing in about 1.5 to 2.0 degrees negative up front as well. For information on camber and the effect it has in improving performance, read here.

I've been rolling on these 17x7 M5s for a while. They are nice and all. But not really turning me on.

Oooo, wheels and tires mounted...getting nervous.

949Racing Luggies and hub rings are ready. We'll use the purple rings. The golds were on hand just in case we had the size wrong.

949Racing Luggies. Very light aluminum, and unlike most other racing nuts, these are fully threaded.

A little weight comparo. Mugen M5, 17x7, +48 with a 215/50-17 is 45.8 lbs.

An HT-Spec 949Racing 6ULR (size 17x9 +48) with a 255/40-17 tire weighs 43.7 lbs! 2 lb savings per corner for 40+ mm in tire? YES PLEASE!

Here is a little visual comparison of how much rubber we are actually adding.

Something like 8.5 inches on a 215...

...and 9.75 inches or so on our new 255. Yikes!

Front hub ring installed and ready for wheel (ooo, Racingbrake 2-piece rotors are the centerpiece of the HT-Spec Stage 3 Brake Kit).

Rear hub ring installed and ready for wheel (note fancy HT-Spec Damper, Chassis Brace Kit, and Brake Package items. Who can see the HT-Spec item that is MISSING from this picture?).

And without further ado, installed pics!

HT-Spec’s Newest Release: Acura TSX and TL specific coilover systems!

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

If you have been following the threads focused on the HT-Spec damper kit on Acurazine (TL version) and TSXClub (TSX version), you are most likely really anxious to buy a set! Well, HERE THEY ARE!

Click this image to order an HT-Spec damper kit with optional add-ons on Heeltoeauto.com!

The concept of this kit started waaaay back in August 2009 with the UCC Damper kit concept. The original idea was to have a kit that fit in 04-08 TLs (UA6/7), 04-08 TSXs (CL9), and 03-07 Accords (CM). The different cars would all fit the same suspension kit but would have the same specs. All the cars would react a bit differently, but the results would be ideal for the individuals driving the cars (ie, the kit would feel softer on the cruiser TL, but sportier on the tossable TSX). Tein was to be the manufacturer of choice for this project.

Ultimately, we decided that the customer demand would be more in favor of a kit that included a top-hat kit and a lower price point. We started working with Function/Form Autolife on this project at that point. The biggest reason is that they had already had somewhat of an underground following in the TSX market, and had not yet been well exposed to the TL market. The reason for this is because they offered a specific kit for neither car! Their 03-07 Accord kit would fit on a TL if the stock top hats were retained, and would fit on a TSX if laborious grinding was performed on the rear lower mount.

HeelToe saw a perfect opportunity to lend a development hand to F2 to get their kits fitting the respective cars correctly, as well as custom tune special HT-Spec damper kits to meet the needs of our customers! We found that over the years our customers all prefer similar traits in their suspensions. Nearly everyone we have spoken to with a TSX or TL wants a degree of performance higher than stock, but nearly nobody wants the ride quality to be adversely effected. One of the most common comments, and the first from people’s mouths, is “I don’t track my car.” Actually, we have come to find it comical how many people made it a point that the main requirement for their suspension is that it isn’t “track ready” since very little in the way of track suspension is actually available for a TSX or TL!

Most all folks want the same thing: an improvement in handling and more confident body control with a minimal degrade in the ride. To us, it meant finding the right valving to balance the handling but retain a softer rear valving. The standard F2 kit was found to be way off the mark, and the HT-Spec designation showed a drastic 50% change in valving in both front and rear dampers to achieve the desired performance/ride balance.

Conversely, the amount of lowering people desire is all over the map. It used to be that we needed to recommend different kits based on the cost or lowering needs of a person. With the range of height adjustment provided by F2’s full-length threaded design allows a range of adjustment that is quite large on the lowering side. However the standard dimensions of the kit put a strict limit on how minimal the lowering could be. In other words, with a standard F2 kit, you can lower your car 3.5″ or more! But the highest it will go is still 2″ down from stock. Many people want to lower in the .5″-1″ range. So with longer lower brackets we were able to accommodate these customers as well. The HT-Spec F2 damper kit as a massive adjustment range for height that should satisfy nearly ALL Acura drivers!

So there you have it. The first batch of kits is on the way now and due to land in the next week or so. We are now accepting pre-orders, and to those who get in on the ground floor early with us will receive a special ordering incentive! Use the coupon code “htspecdamper” to order now and get these kits at a lower introductory price for a limited time. Only a limited amount of people will get the discount to ordering soon is probably a good idea!