Category: Cars

We will show you what is hot, where we think trends are going and what trends shouldn’t begin. We love fit, finish, and aesthetics.

Formula Drift Top Livery

Photos by: Justin P. and Denny H.

Formula Drift opener is always exciting to see the new cars and its liverys. This year, chrome is in. We took the liberty to pick out some of our favorites.

Ken Gushi

Toyota FR-S, GReddy Performance, Nexen Tires

Chelsea DeNofa

Ford Mustang RTR, BC Racing, Nitto Tire

Alex Heilbrunn

BMW E46 M3, Nitto Tire

Alec Hohnadell

Nissan S14, Fix Our Fuel.com, Nexen Tire

Cameron Moore

Toyota FR-S, Nameless Performance, Nexen Tire

Matt Coffman

Nissan S13, Nexen Tire

Justin Pawlak

Ford Mustang, ROUSH Racing, Falken Tire

Who was your favorite?

Scion TRD FR-S Project Vehicle

In 2014, we had the opportunity to drive and capture the first ever Scion FR-S RS1 Turbo, well kind of. In actuality, it was a project vehicle that resembled the unreleased Scion FR-S RS1. In fact, the project vehicle inspired the current RS1. The work was done in partnership with Advanced Design Fabrication (ADF), Scion Racing, TRD, Toyota Technocraft, KMA Industries, GReddy, Techno Square, and Evasive Motorsports. Subtle differences sets the US Spec vs. the TRD Project Vehicle apart, the aero package are all JDM Spec. The addition of fender aero fins and the deletion of “TRD” from the rear bumper cover are notable differences.

The project vehicle also gets a bump from the 200HP to 400HP with the help of an upgraded Greddy Turbo Kit, JE Pistons, Carrillo Rods, with a MOTEC engine management. The suspension is an adjustable coil-over system also from TRD.

ADF did a great job in the interior with an 8-point roll cage, fuel cell, TRD gauges, and custom door panels. Seriously, you can’t touch this FR-S.

Let’s look at the details up close.

The rear bumper cover loses the embossed “TRD” that is on the Scion FR-S RS1

Fender Aero Fins really sets the TRD Project Vehicle apart from the US Spec RS1

GReddy Turbo Kit with upgraded Garrett Turbo

8-Point cage, TRD gauges, TRD seats, and custom door inserts.

Forged Volk Racing with Toyo Tires and TRD Big Brake Kit.

Additional goodies! TRD Dual Tip Exhaust, 3-piece decklid spoiler

You just do not get better than this!

Until later, -Denny

HIN Del Mar 2017

photos by: Gilbert C.

Hot Import Nights season opener came out swinging. Gilbert was able to make the trek to Del Mar to capture the action. HIN as it is better known, attracted clean builds and stunning ladies. See below for images.

Jessica Weaver

Sunny Fae

Darlene May

Christine Zegers

Catherine Lynn

Hawaii’s Jojo Dela Cruz

Mhaye Monti

Lily Evans

Zoey Lee

and Jenna Lane

Until next time…

Jason’s Subaru STi

Words and Photos by Denny

jason_sti-6041
Recently, in Las Vegas, I was able to meet up with a long time friend, Jason Jones. Jason and I grew up in the Honda scene and both rolled with the same crew in the early 90’s. Through the years, life took us in different directions but cars stayed in our blood. A dozen or so years later we reconnected at a local event in Long Beach.

Long gone was the Civic and Integra, along came the STi. Jason, with he help of Boden AutoHaus transformed the STi from an ordinary static sedan to a neck breaking, AirLift riding contender. Boden was responsible for the air suspension, the Cusco roll cage, and custom fitting the Avant Garde wheels.

It’s a flawless execution. See for yourself.

jason_sti-rear2

jason_sti

jason_sti-copy-2Exterior:
Blacktop Aero CF front lip, Chargespeed CF side skirts and rear spats, Seibon CF front fenders, VIS Racing CF trunk, JDM rear fog light. Ganador Mirrors, Perrin shorty antenna. Blacked out headlights with demon eyes and led halo DRl’s.

jason_sti-5972Suspension:
Airlift Performance struts with extended rear bottoms. Accuair E-Level management W/ I-Level. Custom Trunk set up By Boden AutoHaus. GT Spec front strut tower bar, Cusco rear strut tower bar. Perrin 25mm front and rear sway bars. Kartboy front and rear end links. Whiteline rear sway bar supports, Whitline bushings. Cusco rear lower control arms. Cusco rear upper control arms (toe arms) custom E-level arms from Sadistic Ironworks.

jason_sti-3Wheels:
AG F211 18X10 +14 w/ staggered lips 3.5 front 4.0 rear. Gold Bullion Centers, Red Velvet Hardware, Satin Black inner barrels, Carbon Fiber Lips all Ceramic coated with Ceramic Pro.

jason_sti-5997

jason_sti-6013

jason_sti-6005Interior:
GT Spec D Shaped steering wheel, Cobb adjustable short shifter with Cobb shift bushings, JPM coachworks lead her short shift boot and e brake boot with red stitching, WC lathewerks Blue Bronze shift knob, Reverse lockout, and SI Drive knob. Cusco custom fit 6 point roll cage, Cusco Corbin Fiber adjustable Cross Bars

Performance: Cobb Accessport, Perrin Quad tip cat back exhaust, Perrin Cold Air intake.

I thank Jason and Suzan for their time!

-Denny @dayuumden

Jonny’s 2010 Hyundai Genesis

Flashback to Jonny’s green Genesis, currently matte black. We originally shot it for us but an overseas publication picked it up, so we put the photo set on hold. With the delay of the release, we decided to release our photo set of Jonny’s gem of a creation.Jonny_Genesis-2

Jonny_Genesis-

We first spotted Jonny during his daily route as an industrial designer, seamlessly avoiding known dips, potholes, and cracks on the road, I had to catch up with it. I had to see how Jonny managed these suspension jarring obstacles, while being an inch or so off the ground. I am not the biggest fan when it comes to obsessive camber, but I am a fan of slammed rides – to the point of tucking. Jonny’s Genesis was both, but why? Why was I so drawn in.

Perhaps, the mods on the Genesis was so seemly matched? The body kit was nothing I had seen before on a Genesis. It was straight and angular, yet stylish, like the BN Sports – fairly simple, but complicated and perfect. Later, we found out that Jonny had crafted the kit alongside Auto Explosion in Gardena. His own design, his own vision, all masterfully executed to match the fitment of the 20″ Forgiato Artigli, resting at -11 degree camber. The overall appearance is contrasted by custom powered coated Brembo calipers and R1 Concepts slotted rotors; a VIS AMS carbon hood, custom Spec-D Headlights and modified factory tails ties it all together.Jonny_Genesis-2532

Jonny_Genesis-2538

Jonny_Genesis-2542

Jonny_Genesis-2554

So how did Jonny get on the low low and avoid obstacles? Jonny’s suspension comprises of customized Parts Shop Max coilovers on Platinum VIP Phantom suspension cups with PSM and Isis suspension arms. It allows Jonny just enough clearance – maybe an inch. Jonny_Genesis-2560

Jonny_Genesis-2559

Jonny_Genesis-2571

Jonny_Genesis-2569

The best part of Jonny’s build was he did it out of creativity since the aftermarket parts available didn’t suit his needs, therefore, create what you envision. He nailed it.Jonny_Genesis-2574

Jonny_Genesis-2582

Jonny_Genesis-2586

Jonny_Genesis-2588

Jonny_Genesis-2607

Jonny_Genesis-2618

Jonny_Genesis-2627

Jonny_Genesis-2640

Jonny_Genesis-2680

Since, it is Jonny’s daily, it’s not uncommon to see it riding very low on all popular Southern California freeways.

Jonny would like to give Special Thanks to:

-I want give the First and Greatest of thanks to my love, Jesus Christ, who gives me worth and makes life worth living.

-Many thanks to Esteban, Damian, and the team at Auto Explosion for their phenomenal work.

-Shout out to the Awesome fellas at 714 Tires in Westiminster. Lee, David, and Kevin always keep these wheels rollin’.

-Huge thanks to Mike Carducci at Import Shark for hooking me up with tons of aftermarket parts over the years.

-Shout out to Martin, Dave, and Dan form Parts Shop Max for helping me to achieve the super camber I was going for.

-Big thanks to Andy at All Star Tire for working with Forgiato to get my wheels designed, custom painted and built the way I wanted. And thanks to Forgiato for an awesome wheel design.

-Shout out to Kennedy at Platinum VIP for all of the help with the cup kit.

And huge thanks to my family and friends for their love and support of my design projects.

Lastly, thank you to Denny Huang for taking the time out to do an awesome shoot of my car and also to USDM FREAX for the feature and the opportunity to share this design project with others.

Chief’s 2005 Honda Element EX “Darth Raider”

After a myriad of sneaks on our social platforms, it was about time to post up the photoset of Darth Raider. Currently, it’s being transmitted to an overseas publication for print, we are excited for that.

Darth Raider is a creation from a passionate automotive individual, Phillip DeMarks, a,k.a. as Chief. Chief is also a contributor to DaYUUM from the early days and his 2005 Honda Element EX has been meticulous executed with every detail planned accordingly, from the ARC air box to JDM seats, it’s an Element to not overlook.

We bring you, Darth Raider:
Chief_Element-


EXTERIOR:

• Three-tone custom paint, Mercedes Black overlaid in a Blue Pearl, Mercedes Arabian Gray center section, and Porsche Pearl Platinum Silver bottom section
• Webasto Hollandia 700 fully automatic moon roof system
• Genuine Honda JDM factory HID head lights and yellow JDM Honda Fog Lights
• SCA Aluminum Fog Light Tunnel Sleeves
• Billet Chromed Upper and Lower Front Grills with JDM Honda emblem
• Element SC Roof Cladding
• Element SC Tail Lights (with 5 Star LED’s), and SC Rear Bumper with body toned SC Rear Splash Guards
• Honda JDM Front Fenders with JDM (LED) Side Marker Lights (blink sequentially with the turn signals)
• Weathertech Full Channel Side Window Visors
• Body toned OEM Side Steps.
• OEM Front Bumper Trim, Rocker Panel Trim, OEM Rear Spoiler, 55 Watt PIAA Custom Fog Lights
• OEM Bug Deflector
• Custom Tinted Glass
• Custom 3M 8mm Invisible Bra, Honda Element lettering in Japanese script.
• Custom Decals.
• Custom designed Two-Toned Pin Striping

Chief_Element-0033

WHEELS and TIRES:
• Chromed ‘two-piece forged 20X9.5” DPE’s (Dynamic Performance Engineering) with a custom 38.9mm off-sets, and DPE Limited Edition Red Crested Center Caps, with matching Red Lug Nuts. Wheels are wrapped in Toyo Proxes 4’s (225X35X20) front and rear.

BRAKES:
• Rotara 13” Two-Piece Drilled and Slotted Rotors
• Rotara 4-Piston (two-piece) Calipers
• H2 High Ceramic Carbon Brake Pads
• Steel Braided Brake Lines
• Carbon Steel Mounting Brackets

Chief_Element-0009

ENGINE and DRIVETRAIN:
• 2.4 liter K24 A4 engine
• Bore 83mm/ Stroke 87mm
• TSX RL 5 pistons and rings with a 10.1 compression ratio
• RSX Type S Oil Pump.
• Eagle “ESP” Connecting Rods; ‘One-off’ ARC Polished Aluminum Super Air Intake Box and custom ARC Polished Aluminum Cooling Plate
• ARC Aluminum Radiator
• ARC High Pressure Radiator Cap
• Spoon Sports Oil Filler Cap
• ARC Titanium Spark Plug Wire Cover
• Okada Projects Plasma Direct Ignition Coils.
• Spoon Sports DC5 K-20 Valve Cover
• SAMCO Silicone Hoses
• JDM Oil Dip Stick
• NRG Innovations Carbon Fiber Hood Dampers
• Optima Yellow Top Battery with Kicker Bass Capacitors
• TSX Z3 Ported and Polished Cylinder Head
• Skunk2, StageII Camshafts
• Skunk2 Tuner Series Valve Springs
• Skunk2 TI Retainers
• “Series K” Keepers
• Beck Arnley Rocker Arms
• Hybrid Racing Timing Chain Tensioner
• DC Sports RSX 4-2- 1 Type S Header System
• TSX Ported RBB Intake Manifold
• TSX Ported Throttle Body
• K-Tuned Fuel Rail with Fuel Pressure Gauge
• Ignalls Engine Torque Damper

Chief_Element-0022

Chief_Element-0024

Chief_Element-0025

Chief_Element-0026

Chief_Element-0027

Chief_Element-0029

Chief_Element-0030

Chief_Element-0031

Chief_Element-0038

SUSPENSION:
• A completely custom designed air suspension system by ICE BOXX CUSTOMS featuring the Bluetooth 3P Air Management System from Air Lift Performance Suspension
• Techniques Anti Sway Bars
• Skunk2 Lower Control Arms, Eibach Rear Camber Kit, Ingalls Front Camber Bolts
• Moog Front End Steering Pack and inverted tie rods
Chief_Element-0051

Chief_Element-0037

INTERIOR:
• Backyard Custom Interiors leather interior with JDM Rear Seats
• South Coast Accessories Deluxe Full Carpet Kit
• Custom Brushed Aluminum Center Panel, Meter Panel, and Switch Panel Plates
• Element SC Leather Shift Knob
• NRG Brushed Aluminum Hand E-Brake Handle
• Nardi Leather Steering Wheel, with custom made “Honda” Center Cap
• NRG black Carbon Fiber Quick Release
• OEM Cargo Cover and Cargo Mat
• Razo Aluminum and Carbon Fiber Gas Pedal, Brake Pedal and Dead Pedal Plate; Ursa Minor Dead Pedal
• JDM Center Console Face Plate with OEM Honda S2000 Start Button; Red JDM Emergency Flasher Button
• Custom fabricated Mugen billet aluminum door sills
• Custom Billet Aluminum Emergency Brake Handle ; Custom Emergency Brake Handle Leather Boot
• OEM Black Storage Arm Rest; “Raiders” Carpeted Floor Mats & Elemental Motorsports Carpeted Cargo Mat
Chief_Element-0039

Chief_Element-0041

Chief_Element-0046

Chief_Element-0047

Chief_Element-0049

FUEL and EXHAUST:
• NRG Innovations Oil Catch Can; CT Engineering High Flow Injectors
Random Technology High Flow Catalytic Converter; NGK Oxygen Sensor; Denso Iridium Power Performance Plugs; Ingen Technology Cat Back Exhaust System; ‘Sebring Tubing’ Double Wall
• Stainless Steel Exhaust Tip.
Chief_Element-0056

Chief_Element-0062

Chief_Element-0067

TRANSMISSION:
• 2007 Element 5-speed AT swap. Plus, modified and replaced the reverse gear, fourth gear, and the reverse selector on the counter shaft
• Control Valve Assemblies were custom calibrated and new ‘sintered bronze’ aftermarket bushings were put in
• Installed a hardened differential cross shaft and replaced the reverse fork
• New One-Way Clutches were installed
• The main shaft, the counter shaft, and the secondary shaft were tested for stress with ultra sonic sound, as well as, the Transfer Gears and the Differential Ring Gear to reduce fracturing

Shout OUTs:I want to give grateful shout outs to Liza & Regi at Island Motorsports, and my son PJ for always being there for me; Eddie Hernandez at New Era Customs; also to my Element brothers Jeff Smith and Joe Dixon; and my good buddy Jerry Kimmel over at South Coast Accessories. My license plate reads “YOKOKE” which is “Thankful” in Choctaw, and I truly am to everyone who helped make my dream a reality!

Asian American Expo & Anime Impulse 2016

Words and Photos by Gilbert

Kicking off the new year with some new coverage of a local event, formerly known as the Chinese American Expo, the Asian American Expo is hosted at the beginning of each year to celebrate the coming of the Lunar New Year Festival, with the goal recreating the New Year celebrations found across Asia at this time of the year. Food, shopping, entertainment and fun – these are all annual staples that can be found at each year’s event. In conjunction with this event the creators of the KTOWN Night Market and the OC Block Party, they introduced the first Anime Impulse event that happened side by side with the Asian American Expo. The Anime Convention-like setup was a really relaxed event with what appeared to have vendors and artist alley sharing the same space and people could buy various merchandise, prints of popular cosplayers, sit and enjoy some panels or presentations and just generally check out the sights aside from all the food from the other areas of the expo.

Anime Impulse also brought out a fun line-up of Itasha cars. These are popular sight in japan as fans display their devotion to their fandom in the form of their vehicles.

AnimeImpulse01

AnimeImpulse02

AnimeImpulse03

AnimeImpulse04

AnimeImpulse05

AnimeImpulse06

AnimeImpulse07

AnimeImpulse08

AnimeImpulse09

AnimeImpulse10

AnimeImpulse11

AnimeImpulse12

AnimeImpulse13

AnimeImpulse14

AnimeImpulse15

AnimeImpulse16

Popular San-X character Rilakkuma was making an appearance there in the VIP area of the show.

AnimeImpulse17

The New Year’s Scrolls are generally tied to a tree in hopes that they will come true

AnimeImpulse18

I hope this kid gets less homework too.

AnimeImpulse19

The street food is what the KTOWN Night Market / OC Block Party are known for so there’s tons of food vendors from all varieties of food available for the attendees.

AnimeImpulse20

AnimeImpulse21

AnimeImpulse22

AnimeImpulse23

The other exhibit halls featured all sorts of merchandise from food to home goods.

AnimeImpulse24

Even Selfie Sticks were on sale. Why would someone need 3, I’m not sure.

AnimeImpulse25

Also I found this gem on my way out from the food court.

AnimeImpulse26

Basically it’s a crisp waffle-like cake with a condensed milk filling as seen below.

AnimeImpulse27

%d bloggers like this: