Anyway, so truth be told, both the LED back up lamp replacement and the muffler silencer parts I discussed in my last two posts, I took care of shortly after rescuing my car from WORX Auto Alarm in October of last year. As you've seen, in my very limited free time (lately I've been busy with family stuff on the weekends too, never mind my crazy work schedule) I've been working on fixing all the items that Nakamura at WORX essentially either broke, ignored my requests on, or threw out.
One item that was not finished was the installation of the matte carbon fiber door cups that Marc Binet from Xclusiv Carbon had made for me.
|Or door handle surrounds, or whatever their proper name is...|
In any case, not installing the door cups turned out to be a blessing of sorts, as I began thinking about replacing the door handles themselves with chrome versions that were available for the R33 sedan. I had seen these on Yahoo Auction so many times, yet never pulled the trigger, and now it was too late, as no one now seems to be selling them new any more.
Enter my friend and fellow R33 GT-R owner Tom S. He has an AMAZING black R33 GT-R:
|This is his Facebook background photo - my kind of guy!! No way I could stay sane and keep black as clean as that!!|
But first I had to tell Tom what color I wanted. Naturally, we have to use OEM paint colors, so I went over to the Nissan Global Headquarters gallery to check out not only the cars on display but to see what OEM colors are currently being sold.
|A bunch of tourists... ok I'm one too I guess|
|Hidden behind the service counter are these trays labelled with vehicle model names|
|Here are the colors available for the R35 GT-R|
|Not a GT-R color but a silver I liked called TRN (titanium) that we ended up going with.|
|I like this GT-R color, KAD (dark metallic grey) too, but thought the lighter titanium would work better.|
After I told Tom about the color choice, he had James paint the used handles - as the following photos show.
Tom then sent me a photo showing the finished result. Looks fantastic, but until I see them with my own naked eyes...
|Goodies from the UK!|
|Ok so my wife likes Malteasers (red thing on top left) and I was interested in what was wrapped in white|
|Look pretty good!|
|I think the coloring is perfect! Not too silver, not too shiny.|
|So I took the door panel off, unbolted the door handle assembly and unhooked these two metal roads from the backside.|
|Finished! Ok might look a bit weird (shiny) due to the flash at night but during the day it looks fantastic, will get some daytime photos later!|
Big thanks to Tom and James for your help on making my car that much better!!