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

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).

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
* 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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1994 Toyota Mark II LG Grande

FOTD 2018.3.01 (mark 2 wagon) FINAL* TWO-tone 2.0L boxy style wagon
* OWNER is mechanic at dealer
* WORK Goocars Hemi 15inch wheels
* CRESTA grille intalled
* AERO colormatched factory mudguards
* LITTLETREE air freshner (USDM, yo)
* FUZZY dice on rearview mirror
* GX110 seat covers
* ECLIPSE audio w/ HDD navigation
* WOODEN steering wheel
* FLOORMATS w/ cool checkered pattern
* ONLY just 170,000km/106,530mi actual
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2000 Toyota Aristo Vertex Edition V

FOTD 2018.2.20 (toyota aristo vertex black)* 2JZ-GTE twin turbo, 3.0L,  RWD
* HKS intercooler
* HKS boost controller
* CUSTOM engine oil cooler
* CUSTOM transmission oil cooler
* HKS racing suction
* SARD fuel regulator
* TOM’S Super SQV IV
* BEE-R rev limiter
* SUPRA front calipers
* ALTEZZA rear calipers
* TOM’S exhaust
* WATER bypass kit
* ROADLEGAL (has valid “sha-ken” cert)
* ONLY just 98,470km/61,190mi actual Continue reading

1986 Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 coupe

FOTD 2018.2.19 (ae86 levin blue coupe)* SARD fuel pump
* PERFORMANCE stainless steel exhaust
* FUJITSUBO stainless exhaust manifold
* GT-spec interior
* KOUKI front seats
* KOUKI rear seats (mint!)
* PANASONIC blue battery
* BLACK Racing 8spoke wheels
* FRONT tower bar
* CUSTOM front springs
* TRD front shocks (because performance)
* TRD rear springs (because performance)
* TURD on paint (because pigeon)
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