1987 Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT-APEX

FOTD 2018.5.14 (Ae92 GTapex)
* DOHC 1.6L 16valve 5speed MT
* C-ONE lightened flywheel (AE86 spec)
* APEXi exhaust manifold 4-into-1
* C’S quick shift kit
* KYB dampers
* RSR lowering springs
* HKS Power Flow intake
* PIAA spot/fog dual function lamps
* UPGRADED exhaust
* STANCEMAGIC 16x8J wheels
* CARBON look gauge housing
* UPGRADED brake hosing
* TRD head gasket
* CUSTOM high-compression pistons
* FACTORY Super White II exterior
* HARD to find model (rare!)
* ROADLEGAL (has valid “sha-ken” cert)
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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!

 

 

1985 Toyota Corolla Levin AE111 power

FOTD 2018.4.11 (black levin AE86 600)* TRD lightweight FRP hood (rare!)
* AE111 engine swap
* HEAVYDUTY fuel pump
* HKS Power Flow air cleaner
* AE86 & AE92 ECU
* CAM gears
* PERFORMANCE exhaust
* DRIFTABLE as is
* MAINTAINED well
* AERO front lip & sideskirts installed
* AERO plane alternate name for airplane
* COOLANT replaced
* TOTAL  5W-90 MT oil
* TOTAL 85W-140 diff oil
* VALVOLINE 5W-40 engine oil
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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

Daily JDM Word: Dora-Teku

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Today’s word ドラテク/DORA-TEKU (driving technique) is comprised of the first portions of ドライビング/DORAIBINGU (driving) and テクニック/TEKUNIKKU (technique).  Many DORATEKU involve skilled manipulation of the アクセル/AKUSERU (gas pedal), ブレーキ/BUREIKI (brake), クラッチ/KURATCHI (clutch), and ハンドル/HANDORU (steering wheel) among others.

Some examples of DORATEKU include:
フェイント・モーション/FEINTO MOHSHON (feint motion)
クラッチ蹴り/KURATCHI KERI (clutch kick)
左足ブレーキ/HIDARI ASHI BUREIKI (left foot braking)
荷重移動/KAJYUU IDOH (weight transfer)
溝落とし/MIZO OTOSHI (gutter drop)
チョイ引き/CHOI BIKI (slight e-brake pull)

Other words that start with ドラ/DORA
ドライブ/DORAIBU = drive
ドライバー/DORAIBAA = driver
ドラマ/DORAMA = drama
ドラマチック/DORAMACHIKKU = dramatic
ドライヤー/DORAIYAA = hair dryer
ドラキュラ/DORAKYUURA = Dracula
ドラフトビール/DORAFUTO BIIRU = draft beer
ドライクリーニング/DORAI KURIININGU = dry cleaning

Daily JDM Word: Mecha-Tune

WOTD 3.22.2018 (mechatune)

Daily Japanese Lesson!  Today’s word: メカチューン is a combination of the words メカニカル/Meh-kah-ni-kah-ru (Mechanical) and チューニング/Chuu-nin-gu (Tuning).  As the name implies, this refers to naturally-aspirated engine internal upgrades and modifications in order to increase power without the addition of a ターボチャージャー/Tah-bo-chaa-jyaa (Turbocharger) or a スーパーチャージャー/Soo-pah-chaa-jyaa (Supercharger) .

Side notes:
1) メカ/Meh-ka also refers to a genre of anime primarily focusing on robots/robotic-suits such as Robotech, Bubblegum Crisis, Appleseed and the like.

2) メチャ/Meh-cha can be used as an adjective with a similar meaning to the English words “very”, “totally”, etc… as in:
メチャ速い/Meh-cha Ha-ya-i: very fast
メチャ遅い/Mec-cha O-so-i: very slow
メチャ低い/Meh-cha Hi-ku-i: very low (as in price, rank, budget, stance)
メチャ高い/Meh-cha Ta-ka-i: very high (as in price, rank, budget, stance…but not used for state of intoxication, hallucination, inebriation, etc)

Word of the Day: Mizo Otoshi

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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).

1995 Toyota Supra RZ-S 700HP?

FOTD 2018.3.08 (supra 80 orange) FINAL
* ONLY just 42,600km / 26,470mi actual!
* 2JZ turbo, Getrag 6MT
* BUILT by HKS-related shop
* HKS t51R turbo kit
* HKS gold pro controller
* BLITZ boost gauge
* CUSTOM turbo piping
* PERFORMANCE exhaust
* PERFORMANCE diff
* PERFORMANCE clutch
* COILOVER suspension
* ENKEI RPF-1 wheels
* F:18x10J, R: 18×10.5J
* NO accident history
* REASON for selling: owner needs money
* CONDITION is mint!
* INTERIOR is mint!
* TOOTHPASTE usually mint!
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