Anyway, one of the nice things of belonging to a group like this, is that we can embark on projects which might not be worth doing by oneself. For example, after we discovered that, someone was selling colorful titanium bolts on eBay for RB26DETT engine bays, but at a premium, I wondered if the Club could do better - could we, for example, have the OEM engine bolts replicated, but also in titanium? And in attractive colors? Would it be expensive and not worth it? I mean, this DressUpBolts guy is smart, by limiting the dimensions (both threading and the heads which area all Allen head) of the bolts he offers, he has enormous economies of scale.
In any case, I put out some feelers on Alibaba, the e-commerce site that connects the world directly to Chinese factories, and found a dealer who not only was willing to do the job, but impressed me by taking the photos of the measurements I took of the following bolts (these are just a few):
|This is the bolt for the RB26 front cam cover.|
|Same bolt as above.|
|This is the bolt for the CAS. Note the captive washer|
|This is my homemade jig I use to measure bolts. |
Here, I found that the bolts for the coilpack cover (green circle) are M5, while the CAS bolt is M6.
|They got everything EXACTLY right!|
Because the factory however required a minimum order of 100 bolts, this is a project I would not normally do on my own. But, with several like-minded members, this was a go! And, the pricing would be much lower than the generic aluminum and titanium bolts we had seen on eBay. So we placed our first order and a few weeks later received this:
|Nice huh! Color is "burnt blue"|
And, based on demand, we (the admins of the Club) decided that we needed to make these bolts even more special. The way to do that, would be to have one or more of the bolts laser etched with "ClubR33." A small detail that reflects the Club brotherhood!
So I placed another order, and in addition to the missing bolt and the engraving, ordered the bolt set in two anodized (actually "nitride") colors, gold and black. This time, the wait took longer, but the results were definitely worth it.
|Here are the new blue ones, with the laser engraved club name|
|Bagged up for the members, ready to be mailed out!|