1996 Daihatsu Move Z4 turbo 4WD

FOTD 2018.4.20 (daihatsu move 5mt 4wd)
* 8000RPM redline
* DOHC EF-ZL direct ignition KEI engine
* 5SPEED manual gearbox (rare!)
* TURBO hood
* 4WD (part-time)
* XX front spoiler
* HI-PERF brake pads
* ALLOY wheels
* FACTORY decal package (+15hp)
* FRONT strut tower bar
* FRONT lower arm bar
* DIGITAL voltmeter
* NO mechanical problems
* NO rust
* UNDERBODY clean
* CLEARCOAT peeling (weight reduction, bro) Continue reading

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1999 Mazda RX-7 v.5 Type-RS Amemiya!

FOTD 2018.4.19 (white FD amemiya)* ONE-owner car!
* ONLY 51,000km/31,700mi actual!
* AMEMIYA AC037 full aero kit (RARE!)
* AMEMIYA dual-flap aluminum wing
* WORK Equip Voggard 17inch wheels
* NANKANG Ultra Sports NSII tires
* F:235/45, R:255/45
* BILSTEIN suspension
* HKS EVC boost controller
* CUSTOM blow-off valve
* KING air cleaner system
* MAZDASPEED speedometer
* MAZDASPEED boost gauge
* TURBO timer
* ROADLEGAL (has valid “sha-ken” cert) Continue reading

1996 Mitsubishi FTO GPX rare

FOTD 2018.4.10 (yellow FTO)
* V6 DOHC 2.0L 24V MIVEC
* ROADLEGAL (has valid “sha-ken” cert)
* MAZDA Sunflower Yellow repaint
* ONLY just 71,000km/44,120mi actual
* WEDS 16inch wheels
* TOYO R1R 205/50 tires (lots of tread)
* PERFORMANCE air cleaner
* UV cut window tint (legal)
* FRONT brake rotors replaced
* ACRE Formula700 brake rotors
* ACRE Super Fighter rotors (extra set) 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

1998 Nissan 180SX RPS13 Kouki

FOTD 2018.4.6 (white 180sx)* FACTORY full aero kit (F/R/S/W)
* CARBON hood w/ pins
* RAYS Volk Racing GTO Forged 2pc wheels
* WIDE tread spacers
* KENDA Kaiser KA20 215/45-17 front
* NANKANG NS-2R 215/45-17 rear
* DIXCEL ExtraSpeed brake pads
* 5ZIGEN exhaust manifold
* FACTORY cat intact
* KAKIMOTO FullMega-N1 exhaust
* MOMO custom steering wheel
* POPO nickname for police Continue reading

Daily JDM Word: SUTEKKAA-CHUUN!

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Today’s word ステッカーチューン, is comprised of ステッカー/SUTEKKAA (sticker) and
チューン/CHUUN (tuning) and means adding decals for decorative purposes, often used for hobby items such as:
自動車/JIDOUSHA (car)
バイク/BAIKU (motorcycle)
ギター/GITAA (guitar)
スノボ/SUNOBO (snowboard)
スマホ/SUMAHO (smartphone)
パソコン/PASOKON (personal computer)
タックルボックス/TAKKURU BOKKUSU (fishing/tackle box)
クーラーボックス/KOORAH BOKKUSU (cooler box/drink cooler)

In the automotive world, SUTEKKAA is sometimes called バイナル/BAINARU (vinyl) or バイナルグラフィック/BAINARU GURAFIKKU (vinyl graphics) but, in most cases, these BAINARU-related terms are more associated with Continue reading

1996 Honda Integra Type-R Spoon’d

FOTD 2018.4.4 (yellow ITR)* DOHC 1.8L VTEC (yo)
* UNMODIFIED factory engine
* SPOON ECU
* MUGEN air cleaner
* 98SPEC final gearing
* TODA racing metal clutch kit
* RAYS Volk TE37 f:8J, r:7J
* CUSCO Zero-3 coilovers
* ALUMINUM wide-type 2-row radiator
* FRONT tower bar
* REAR tower bar
* SIDE tower bar (you reading? just checking)
* MUGEN Active Gate brake system
* 6POINT roll bar for safety
* 11POINT font for biz documents
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Daily JDM Word: Keiryouka!

WOTD 4.3.2018 (keiryouka)Today’s word: KEIRYOUKA, means weight reduction. Comprised of the characters
軽/KEI = light
量/RYOU = amount/weight
化/KA = transform/change

Some methods of KEIRYOUKA:
1) Remove components such as エアコン/EH-AH-KON (air con), オーディオ/OH-DEE-O (audio),
ドア内張/DOH-AH-UCHI-BARI (inner door panels).
2) Install lighter alternatives such as フルバケ/FURU-BAKEH (full bucket seats), a チタン/CHI-TAN (titanium) exhaust, 鍛造/TAN-ZOU (forged) wheels, etc.
3) Get a 散髪/SAN-PATSU (haircut)

KEIRYOUKA written in:
* Kanji: 軽量化
* Hiragana: けいりょうか
* Katakana: ケイリョウカ

Bonus Fact: You know those little 660cc Japanese “kei” cars? That is the same 軽/KEI (lightweight) as above.

 

 

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 Crownsand 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 fans: The standard black/white patrol cars are often called パンダ/PANDA (panda).

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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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