2001 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII GSR

FOTD 2018.5.29 (yellow lan evo 7)* TRUST intercooler
* BLITZ SBC boost controller
* BLITZ SUS-Power intake
* ARC titanium manifold shield
* TOMEI exhaust manifold
* TOMEI front pipe
* TOMEI heavy-duty timing belt
* TOMEI toe vegetable or fruit?
* RALLIART suction pipe
* KAKIMOTO stainless mega N1 exhaust
* APEX GT 3-row aluminum radiator
* SLOTTED rotors (front/rear)
* PROJECTMU heavy-duty brake pads
* BLACKRACING 17inch wheels (tires:235/45)
* CUSCO three-point titanium tower bar
* FACTORY titanium turbine Continue reading

2001 Subaru Legacy B4 RSK twin-turbo

FOTD 2018.5.26 (legacy b4 rsk).png* TWIN turbo, AWD, 5speed manual, 280HP+
* HKS electronic valve controller
* HKS exhaust system
* PERFORMANCE exhaust manifold
* BOOST gauge
* BOOST controller
* HORIZONTAL intercooler w/ water spray
* BILSTEIN dampers
* LIMITED slip diff
* VENTILATED disk brakes
* VENTILATED hood
* NON smoker’s car Continue reading

2002 Subaru Impreza SportWagon 20K

FOTD 2018.5.22 (bugeye wagon STI)* DOHC 2.0L boxer intercooled turbo AWD
* STI sport suspension
* QUICK ratio power steering
* LIMITED slip diff
* ROADLEGAL (has valid “sha-ken” cert)
* AERO bumper
* AERO sideskirts
* AERO hatch spoiler
* AERO roof spoiler
* MOMO factory steering wheel
* EMBLEMS removed (weight reduction, bro)
* ONLY just 150,000km/93,200mi actual
* 16INCH alloy wheels
* FILTERED auto air conditioning
* CD audio w/ electronic tuner
* BUCKET type sport seats
* AUX boost gauge Continue reading

Daily JDM Word: Ichi-Go!

WOTD 2018.4.7 (ichigo)Today’s word イチゴ/ICHI-GO is comprised of イチ/ICHI (one) and ゴ/GO (five), and refers to the S15 generation (1999-2002) of the Silvia line.  Similarly, previous Silvias and some other popular tuning vehicles also have nicknames based on the numbers in their chassis codes.
Silvia S13 イチサン/ICHI-SAN (one three)
Silvia S14 イチヨン/ICHI-YON (one four)
Skyline R32 サン二/SAN-NI (three two)
Skyline R33… Continue reading

Daily JDM Word: Fukumen!

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Today’s word is 覆面/FUKU-MEN, comprised of the characters 覆/FUKU (hide or cover) and 面/MEN (face), and means incognito, concealed identity, etc. This term is applicable in a wide array of facets in daily life such as masked wrestlers (viva Lucha Libre!) , author pen names, artist pseudonyms, etc. In the automotive world, it usually refers to an undercover パトカー/PATO-KAA (patrol/police car).

An overwhelming majority of FUKUMEN PATO-KAAs are Toyota Crowns and Nissan Skylines (V35), but other present and recent past cars include:
* Sedans: Toyota Mark X, Nissan Teana, Nissan Cedric, Nissan Gloria, Suzuki Kizashi, Subaru Legacy
* Wagons/Vans: Nissan Stagea, Nissan ElGrand, Toyota Hi-Ace, Toyota Alphard
* Coupes: Nissan Skyline, Nissan Leopard, Toyota Soarer
* Compacts: Honda Insight, Suzuki SX4, Toyota Prius

Common FUKUMEN specs:
Color: white, black, grey or silver
Engine: 6 cyl. preferred
Body Style: often 4-door sedans, but others exist (see above ↑)
Typical Giveaways:
* Dark tint on rear windows (privacy, bro)
* Driver AND passenger (teamwork, bro)
* Special antenna(e) in rear (communication, bro)
* Two interior rearview mirrors (visibilty, bro)
* Dimple on roof (single light placement, bro)
* Sparkling clean (pride in work, bro)
* Few or no badges/emblems (weight reduction, bro)

Bonus fact for Initial D and/or wildlife fans: The standard black/white patrol cars are often called パンダ/PANDA (panda).

If you like R34 sedans, check these out!!

2000 R34 engine/Gloria Face swap
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1999 R34 GT-T clean and long parts list (grab a beer, pull up a chair)
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1998 R34 GT-T Wallet Saver!
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Daily JDM Word: Maru-Meh!

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Today’s word 丸目/MARU-MEH (round headlight) is comprised of the characters 丸/MARU (round) and 目/MEH (eye), often used as a nickname for such cars including the New Age/Bug-Eye Impreza, as well as the early DC2 Integra.

MARU-MEH written:
* in Kanji (丸目)
* in Hiragana (まるめ)
* in Katakana (マルメ)

Other related words include:
涙目/NAMIDA-MEH = Tear Eye (e.g. Blobeye Impreza)
鷹目/TAKA-MEH = Hawk Eye (e.g. Hawkeye Impreza)
横目/YOKO-MEH = Side/Long Light (e.g. Kouki DC2 Integra)
4灯/YON-TOH = Four Light (e.g. Zenki DC2 Integra)
6灯/ROKU-TOH = Six Light (e.g. Dangun DC2 Integra)

BTW: the Casablanca Impreza also has some MARU-MEH…they were not popular and are sometimes sold for next to nothing…like this example, which is probably the cheapest “Good Buy or Goodbye” we’ve found so far!

Word of the Day: Shodai

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Today’s word: Shodai (kanji: 初代, katakana: ショダイ) means the first generation of something….an iPhone,  a vehicle line, a household/family, etc.  Subsequent generations are indicated as Number + Dai (generation) Meh (unit of order/sequence)
2nd Gen = 2代目 (Ni Dai Meh)
3rd Gen = 3代目 (San Dai Meh)
4th Gen = 4代目 (Yon Dai Meh)
5th Gen = 5代目 (Go Dai Meh)
6th Gen = 6代目 (Roku Dai Meh)
7th Gen = 7代目 (Nana Dai Meh)
8th Gen = 8代目 (Hachi Dai Meh)
9th Gen =9代目 (Kyuu Dai Meh)
10th Gen =10代目(Jyuu Dai Meh)

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Word of the Day: Kizu

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Today’s word: キズ/KIZU means scratch/scar, and can be found almost anywhere: on a piece of furniture, on the human body, on your iPhone screen, on your beloved Drift Bible DVD, etc. A minor paint KIZU on a car can often be concealed using タッチペン/TATCHI-PEN (touch-up paint). Some may notice that the image shows KIZU written in KATAKANA (Japanese phonetic alphabet), all while the “傷” KANJI (Chinese pictographic character) is readily available and actually more commonly-used in daily life. The choice to go with katakana was based on purely aesthetic purposes, but as that explanation may not satisfy the hardcore grammar nerds out there, I await your nitpicks in the comments below.