STEP #4: Vincent @ Omega Werks in Pleasanton managed the vinyl and film work
• Tinted all inside windows 30% and windshield 50%
• Custom clear bra wrap on entire bumper, aero kit, hood and other exposed areas (mirrors, etc)
The Nightmares of this Build Process
Issue #1: Body paint disaster one day before big photo shoot…
Wednesday, the front bumper was freshly painted. Thursday night, clear bra added. Solo stops by to check progress Friday at lunch and noticed that the new primer didn't cure fast enough and bubbled up under the clear bra. Vincent and Ryan both freak-out and determined paint was still wet when film was applied. Fast thinking Ryan pulls bumper off for prepping and re-sprays the it immediately - bumper stripped, primed, sanded, prepped and ready for first coat of paint that evening and the bumper was painted, baked, polished and installed by midnight Friday.
1am Saturday morning, Project Synergy is finished and we celebrate with a beer or three.
Front Left to Right: Paul, Ryan (RJ), and Vincent
Saturday morning picking up Project Synergy and off to photo shoot locations
Issue #2: Houston, we have major problems with the brakes from fitment to break-in. Thanks to Darwin @ Sonic who saved the day (and spent the day) troubleshooting…
• Rear dustpan had to be cut and modified for 15" inch rotor fitment
• All 4 Rotora brackets did not line up to the Lexus stock holes on the hub
• Lots of metal were shaved to allow for proper fitment
• Old school foot pumping, brake-bleeding process yield no results
• The ABS system recognized a leak and throws into safety mode
• Instead, we had to create a rig to produce pressure directly into the reservoir to work
• Careful not allowing a drop of brake fluid on the fresh painted calipers was a major PAIN IN THE BEEP!
• Brakes bleed but a Christmas tree of error lights pop up on the dash
• Snap-on makes a trick OBDII code reader that took care of the errors – yeee haw!
Crazy BBK break-in process:
• Rotora suggests 60-5 mph break-in to be performed 10 times to shave off the rotor surface
• Finding a location to perform this task in Mountain View was easy, thanks to many wide-open corporate building surroundings
• After an hour of rotor shaving, our loyal designer Solo had a serious case of whiplash. But the brakes were starting to bite much harder
• A total of 10 hours at Sonic MS was needed to install 4 corners of caliper, rotors, brake line, and brake-in…wow, what a project! Thay say no pain no gain!
Completed and Delivered
In order to ensure we had a zero finger gap (Synergy policy), we ended up dropping the car a bit more at time of delivery .
Thanks for reading through our six week build experience and I have huge amount of gratitude for the builder and man behind the project, Solomon Lee and his network of car-mod-ing rock-stars!
This project has been a great journey working with some of the best companies in the automotive industry. The outcome is a beautiful daily driver with OEM fitment and quality. Just like other builds, Project Synergy will continue to evolve but for now it’s time to enjoy it. Project Synergy will debut officially at Wekfest 2010 in Japan-town, so I hope to see you at the event!