Word of the Day: Kizu

WOTD 3.19.2018 (scratch) 3

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.


1994 Toyota Soarer 2.5 1JZ turbo

FOTD 2018.3.07 (soarer 30 MT drift) FINAL
* 1JZ 2.5L turbo, RWD, 5speed MT
* FRONT mount intercooler
* CUSTOM turbo piping
* PERFORMANCE air intake
* COILOVER suspension
* UPGRADED radiator
* CUSTOM Purple repaint (originally 6M2 Green)
* PERFORMANCE limited slip diff
* TRUNK lip spoiler
* FULL aero kit
* FULL bucket seat Continue reading

1994 Daihatsu Mira TR-XX Avanzato

FOTD 2017.9.25 (Mira TR-xx 4WD) FINAL
* KEI 660cc DOHC intercooled turbo 5MT
* 2WD/4WD modes selected by lever switch
* RARE ↑ feature in kei kars
* RARE Avanzato trim grade
* 5SPEED manual transmission
* CUSTOM brown metallic paint
* ONLY just 135,000km/83,880mi actual
* FAST acceleration
* AERO front bumper
* AERO rear bumper
* AERO sideskirts
* AERO plane another name for airplane
* CUSTOM wheels 14×7.5
* CUSTOM overfenders
* KAYABA shocks
* CUSTOM lateral rods
* PIVOT boost gauge
* NEW brake rotors (only just 500km used) Continue reading

1996 Toyota Mark II budget drifter

FOTD 2017.6.16 (Cefiro red drifter) FINAL* DRIFTABLE as is
* 2.5L 1JZ engine
* HKS front mount intercooler
* 5SPEED manual transmission (originally AT)
* TOMEI limited slip diff
* COILOVER suspension
* DEFI link meter set
* OIL temp gauge
* OIL pressure gauge
* WATER temp gauge
* MOMO steering wheel
* RECARO semi bucket seats
* 18INCH wheels
* FULL aero kit
* FULL pink repaint
* FULL can’t eat another bite
* PAINT good
* EVEN door jambs painted
* EMBLEMS removed (weight reduction, bro) Continue reading

1977 Isuzu Gemini 1600LT swap

FOTD 2017.6.9 (Isuzu Gemini blue) FINAL* 5SPEED manual transmission swap
* TRUST ZZ/R exhaust (period-correct!)
* ROADLEGAL (has valid “sha-ken” cert)
* ONLY just 23,800km/14,790mi indicated
* MONROE shocks (new!)
* LOWERED by cut springs
* CHOOSE a set of the below wheels
* EITHER Tra-Kyoto Drag4 14×6.5J
* OR Cromodora Type A 13×5.5J
* TIRES are stretched
* OPEL Kadett GT/E spec door mirrors
* MOMO Proto Tipo steering wheel
* KENWOOD CD audio
* AUTOMETER tachometer Continue reading

1977 Nissan Skyline Kenmeri L28

FOTD 2017.6.7 (Skyline Kenmeri grey) FINAL* L28 inline-6 engine swap
* ALWAYS garaged indoors
* ONLY just 56,690km/35,230mi actual
* REPAINTED about 20 years ago
* SOLEX 44 carb setup
* CUSTOM headers
* CUSTOM dual exhaust
* WATANABE wheels
* LOWERED suspension
* FRONT spoiler
* CLUTCH doesn’t slip
* ROADLEGAL (has valid “sha-ken” cert)
* STABLE idle is reassuring
* STABLE is where horses live Continue reading

1998 Subary Legacy B4 BE5 MT

FOTD 2017.6.3 (Legacy manual sedan black) FINAL* 2.0L, intercooled turbo 5MT AWD
* SEDAN body (not wagon)
* GREDDY E-Manage engine controller
* GREDDY Profec-B boost controller
* AIR filter upgraded
* SYMS exhaust manifold
* ZEROSPORTS super metal front pipe
* ZEROSPORTS super metal center pipe
* BLITZ Nur-Spec exhaust w/ inner silencer modification
* TRIAL Tri-Force front bumper
* CUSTOM aero sideskirts
* CARBON GT-wing (GDB8 spec)
* LARGUS Spec-S coilover suspension
* CUSCO front tower bar
* CUSCO rear tower bar
* CUSTOM rear frame end bar
* CUSTOM lower front arm bar
* 22B front calipers
* ENDLESS CC-rg front brake pads
* ENDLESS CC-rg rear brake pads
* STAINLESS mesh brake hose
* FACTORY 17inch wheels Continue reading

1999 Toyota Aristo Vertex Ed. event car

FOTD 2017.5.31 (aristo ferrari red) FINAL* 2JZ-GTE 3.0L 6cyl twin-turbo
* FRONT mount intercooler
* 326POWER coilover suspension
* CAMBER plate
* CUSTOM knuckles
* WORK 20inch wheels
* F:9.5J, R:11J
* CUSTOM exhaust
* LS projector headlights
* JUNCTION grille
* BLISTER fenders
* RAISED fender arches
* 110 Mark II door handle swap
* CUSTOM front aero
* FOG lights
* LED day lights
* AIMGAIN side aero
* REAR one-off aero with diffuser
* 3PIECE rear wing (modified)
* CUSTOM LED taillights
* BLINKER embedded in mirrors
* TOWER bars Continue reading

1998 Daihatsu Midget II show/work truck

FOTD 2017.5.30 (daihatsu midget II rainbow) FINAL* 4WD, 660cc SOHC carb engine
* 4SPEED manual transmission, single seater
* CUSTOM Rainbow Metallic Flake paint
* COLOR shifting depending on angle
* LOOKS awesome in daylight
* LOOKS awesomer at night
* DISPLAYED at car shows, always drew a crowd
* INTERIOR also painted
* ENGINE good
* CUSTOM built audio system
* CUSTOM shift setup with intential long throw action
* CHECKERED carpeting
* LUXURIOUS steering wheel cover
* ONLY just 30,000km/18,640mi actual
* ILLUMINATED license plate
* CARGO lights on roll bar
* OIL always changed every 3 or 4 months
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