Authenticity...do it right the first time

 

 

Have you ever heard the phrase, "Do it right the first time?” Well that‘s easier said than done, which I'm sure most of you reading could understand.  I have bought my fair share of replica parts - from wheels to racing seats - and like most people who buy the fake stuff who say, "Hey...I'm not racing so what’s the big deal, it’s my daily," I understand the struggle. Saving money takes a long time, and the replica stuff is much cheaper and easier to get. The moment you stop buying that cheap sh*t and actually purchase something of quality, you will understand why authentic products are more expensive.

Next to owning a set of authentic wheels, I've always wanted an authentic racing seat. I don’t know why... I just have. During my quest to obtain a seat, I had been searching the interwebs for the" best bang for your buck.” I came across a few good deals, but nothing seemed good enough to make me pull the trigger. So when I ran across an Instagram post stating that the Buddy Club USA headquarters was having a garage sale on all their products, I knew it was time to purchase.

As you can see, the gun went off, and what you see here is the Buddyclub Racing Spec Bucket seat (in red.) I was going to play it safe and go with the gray version, but after seeing this one in person, I had decided it was the better choice. Before I purchased this seat, I was running some knockoff seat that got the job done, but the material was ugly and the padding kept moving out of place. So this seat was quite the upgrade. The cloth and suede combination looks / works well together and feels pretty good to sit in even after a few hours in the SoCal traffic. As you can see in the pictures, the quality is pretty much spot on and the construction is great.

Before I bought the seat I also upgraded my seat rail to a low mounting unit made by Corbeau. The welds are a bit ugly but the fit is perfect, so that makes up for its appearance. After removing my old seat, I was able to re-use the side mounting brackets and my new seat bolted right in.

Before I bought the seat I also upgraded my seat rail to a low mounting unit made by Corbeau. The welds are kinda ugly but the fit is perfect, so that makes u for its appearance. After removing my old seat I was able to re-use the side mounting brackets and my new seat bolted right in. 

After buying my race seat, I really wanted a matching steering wheel to go with it. I wanted something that would match up well to my seat in both quality and style. Of course I wanted to purchase something authentic but did not want to break the bank... (Still not a baller.) It didn’t take me long to run across this Personal 330mm Grinta steering wheel in a perfect red suede finish with matching (cab) yellow stitching. To go along with this purchase I also received an NRG short hub and quick release.

My biggest concern I had before I bit the bullet on this steering wheel was that I wanted to make sure the colors matched, because no one wants to spend all their money on something, only to find the colors look terrible together. Fortunately, as you can see, the colors ended up blending well together. I figured while I was in the steering wheel area; why not upgrade my gauges, too? So after a quick call to Autometer, I was set up with a new Pro-comp boost gauge and air/fuel ratio gauge. Buddy Club + Personal + Autometer = a perfect match to me. All in all, I think operation Authenticity is going well and is becoming one step closer to completion.