Daily JDM Word: Fusei Kaizou!

WOTD 2018.4.19 (fusei kaizou)Today’s word, 不正改造/FUSEI KAIZOU, is comprised of the words 不正/FUSEI (illegal) and 改造/KAIZOU (modification).

The 警察/KEISATSU (police) regularly block roads with checkpoints to cite cars for out-of-spec (in other words, unlawful) alterations to the:
* 車高/SHAKOU (ride height)
* マフラー/MAFURAA (exhaust)
* 触媒/SHOKUBAI (catalytic converter)
* 窓/MADO (window)
* 車体/SHATAI (car body)
* ヘッドライト/HEDDORAITO (headlight)
* テールライト/TEHRURAITO (taillight)
* オフセット/OFUSETTO (wheel/tire offset)
* など/NADO (et cetera)

Owners with violations are often issued a 整備命令/SEIBI MEIREI (fix-it ticket) and/or a 罰金/BAKKIN (monetary penalty/fine).

Check this previous post to see details on what’s legal/illegal in Japan!

 

 

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Daily JDM word: Choi-Biki

WOTD 3.23.2018 (choi biki) 2
Today’s word: ちょい引き、comprised of ちょい/Choi(slight) and 引き/Hiki, which is the the noun form of the verb 引く/Hiku (to pull).  When Hiki/Hiku and other words starting with the H sound are combined with a previous word, the H sound (hiki) changes to a B (biki).  Choi-Biki most often refers to a quick/slight pull on the handbrake to upset the rear traction and initiating a drift.

ちょい/Choi is a useful adjective, and can be used in other situations including:
* ちょい踏み/ Choi Fu-mi: slight pedal press (accelerator or brake)
* ちょい下げ/ Choi Sa-geh: slight drop/lowering
* ちょい乗り/ Choi No-ri: short hop/quick errand, as opposed to 通勤/Tsuu-kin (commuting)

Choi Biki written:
in Hiragana: ちょいびき
in Katakana: チョイビキ
with Kanji: ちょい引き、or チョイ引き

Word of the Day: Subarist

WOTD 3.16.2018 (subarist) FIN 2

Daily Japanese lesson!
Today: スバリスト(Subarist), is a term coined by Subaru themselves, and was publicly introduced during the Tokyo Motor Show in 2013. This term is defined quite elaborately on Subaru’s official website, and it goes far beyond meaning simply a “Subaru fan” (though written as such in the image due to space constraint). Subaru wishes the public to understand the company’s carbuilding passion behind the creation of their vehicles. In turn, the company is aware that Subaru owners are truly a special breed who
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Word of the Day: Tsuru Tsuru

WOTD 3.15.2018 (tsuru tsuru) FIN 2

Daily Japanese lesson! What do YOU want to learn?

Today: ツルツル (tsuru-tsuru) describes surfaces which both appear to be, and actually are, smooth, slippery, and the like. Icy winter roads are tsuru-tsuru. Worn-out tires are tsuru-tsuru. Waxed floors, billiard balls, ramen noodles and Hobbs’/Dom’s heads are all tsuru-tsuru.

Word of the Day: Zero-Yon

WOTD 3.14.2018 (zeroyon) FIN 3

Daily Japanese lesson! What do YOU want to learn?

Today: ゼロヨン. Comprised of ゼロ(zeh-ro: Zero) and ヨン (yohn: Four), short for a 0-400m drag race. 400 meters calculates to 1,312 feet, so it’s slightly less than the actual quarter-mile (1,320 feet). However, since Japan utilizes the metric system for units of measurement, they refer to the quarter mile as the 0-400 …similar to how Metric France refers to the Quarter Pounder w/ Cheese as the Royale w/ Cheese.

Word of the Day: Mizo Otoshi

WOTD 3.13.2018 (mizo otoshi) FIN

Daily Japanese lesson! What do YOU want to learn?

Today: 溝(mizo: gutter/ditch), 落とし(otoshi: drop). A driving technique made famous by Initial D, in which Takumi drops a tire into a ditch on the side of the road in order to whip his car around a corner faster than otherwise possible. (unfortunately not depicted in photo).

Fact of the Day: Illegal Mods in Japan!

Fact 2018.2.22 (ROADLEGAL) FINAL

Picked up this flyer at the local Tokyo Metropolitan Police Station.
At the top it says: “I didn’t know” is not an excuse… Improper mods are a crime!
1) No changing colors of lights
2) No tint on front windows
3) No oversize wings
4) No exposed/cut exhaust

5) No tires beyond the fender

Where are YOU located, and what mods are illegal there?  Let us know!!

1999 Subaru Impreza Casablanca edition

Fact 2018.2.21 (Impreza Casablanca) FINAL* produced for one year
* only 5,000 built
* base vehicle: Impreza wagon
* unique front end, taillights, and
* chrome bumper accents
* chrome door handles
* chrome mirror housings
* striped upholstery
* because retro/classical style was popular in ’90s Japan
* also sold in Taiwan
* also featured here in our “Good Buy or Goodbye” series!
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* more pics, click here ↓ →

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1998 Nissan Skyline 40th anniv. Autech GT-R

fotd-2016-12-13-nissan-skyline-r33-autech-4door-gtr-final* AUTECH 40th anniv. version GT-R sedan
* RARE just 422 ever produced
* TRUST T78-29D single turbo
* TRUST exhaust manifold
* TRUST racing wastegate
* TRUST high-capacity oil pump
* TRUST high-capacity oil pan
* TRUST racing blow-off valve
* 2.8L upgrade kit
* BNR34 N1 rebuilt engine w/ 24U block
* HKS 87Φ forged pistons
* JUN forged connecting rods Continue reading