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

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.

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Toyota FR-S, GReddy Performance, Nexen Tires

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Ford Mustang RTR, BC Racing, Nitto Tire

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BMW E46 M3, Nitto Tire

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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?

Words: Denny H.

Photos: Denny H. / Justin P.

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!

Words and Photos: Denny H.

Jason’s Subaru STi

Words and Photos by Denny

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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:
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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

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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

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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

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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
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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
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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.
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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!

The Legends, JDM Legends – Shop Visit

With the popularity of Japanese classics on the rise, the prices of the Hakosuka’s, Kenmeri’s, and the Fairlady Z have increased – dramatically. Not forgotten are the Celica’s, Corolla’s, or the Crown’s and the rotary classics of the RX’s, which brings us to a visit to JDM Legends. One of the few shops that specializes in restoring, modifying and importing Japanese classics.

JDM Legends is tucked away in the outskirts of Salt Lake City, 15 minutes south, on a long stretch of road.

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Inside the humble 2000’ish square foot automotive man cave are neatly placed, dream cars. A Subie STi, a Nissan Hakosuka GT-R, Ultra-rare 1970 432 Datsun Fairlady Z, Nissan Hakosuka GT-R Sedan, Nissan Hakosuka shell, and an early 70’s Toyota Celica with a Beams engine are placed side-by-side waiting to be transformed or restored. A prized 67.5 Datsun Roadster 2000 also marked its territory, center stage.JDM_LEGENDS-9212

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On JDM Legend’s photo wall, sits a very mint Mazda Cosmo and Nissan Silvia (CSP311), the precursor to the infamous S chassis.JDM_LEGENDS-9231

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On the flip side, a pair of 2-post lifts accompany 2 classics, a Hakosuka GT-X and the Fairlady Z. Molested, massaged, and restored to the customer’s liking.JDM_LEGENDS-9130

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The Fairlady is a complete ground up build. Every single nut and bolt was removed, re-plated, and installed. Every trim and sheet metal was repaired, prepared, and finished. There is not one piece that has not been touched. Custom suspension, upgraded brakes, and new RS rollers on sticky R888’s.JDM_LEGENDS-9133

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Eric Bizek, is the humble owner of JDM Legends. He is one of the few that performs the art of restoration. It’s even more rare that they are of Japanese Classics. Eric and team often travel to Japan in search of more treasures and shows off some of his talents at the famous JCCS in Long Beach, California. We had the opportunity to see the completed Z last summer, but even more appreciative to see it in the phases of restoration.

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Visit… Www.jdmlegends.com, Instagram: @jdm_legends

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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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SEMA Show 2015: Scottie’s Pick

Silhouette of a Sunny, Soul of a Hakosuka 

History. Pride. Preservation and Vintage Motorsports are 3 things that make up a company called Chasing J’s.

Owned and operated by Dominic Le, Chasing J’s is a company specializing in restomods and classics. SEMA 2015, provided me with a prime example of how Dominic’s passion for Vintage Motorsports evolved over his company and himself. He created something very special that caught my eye at SEMA. Enjoy!

  • Owner: Dominic Le
  • Truck: 1974 Datsun Sunny UTE

Dominic has me drooling all over his ‘Hakotora’

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The soul of the car comes here beneath the hood…a built S14 SR20det shown teasing everyone who wants to take a sneak…

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Riveted flares compliment the wrapped in Toyo R888, 15×9 and 15×10 Volk TE37V’s…Ohh…did I mention its on AIR? Thanks to Airlift Air Suspension made it possible for this Hakotora rest perfectly on the carpet…simply amazing…

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One of my favorite parts of the car is in the back, a carbon fiber bed liner that was trimmed to fit perfectly to compliment simplicity with its brushed aluminum trimming…

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Clearly you can tell that 09 Racing did a fantastic job with this front end Hakosuka (C10 Skyline)…you can’t even tell its a Sunny!

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If you ever get the chance to see this vehicle in person with your very eyes, you will see the real craftsmanship that went into this build. The amount of detail is stunning. I am absolutely in love with this…Awesome job guys!

This concludes my pick for this year SEMA 2015! Hope you enjoyed the ride…because I did!

Till next time…Peace!

-Scottie

Instagram: dayuumscottie

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5 Crowd Pullers from SEMA 2015

Come one, come all to the greatest automotive trade show on earth! SEMA Show 2015 has made its annual stop to the wild, wild desert known to most as Las Vegas, Nevada. Be thrilled by gorgeous Booth Babes, be amazed by the the strength of the Four BOSSes, be mesmerized by new kid on the block, stand in awe of the looks of yesteryear and leave yourself at the mercy of beasts for an experience you will never forget! These are 5 crowd pullers from SEMA Show 2015!

1. Girls, Girls, Girls

“Girls, all I really want is girls! And in the morning it’s girls! Cause in the evening it’s girls!” -Beastie Boys
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Driving Line’s Alicia Cummings taking a selfie with “Mad” Mike Whiddett

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Look out Janey! Hopefully that giant Mishimoto tank is enough to protect you from all the creepers.

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MST Wheels’ Regina standing guard by their “Attack on Titan” 240sx

For more babes, check back to Jae’s Ladies of SEMA 2015!

2. I’m a BOSS

You’ve just entered the Boss Level. There were 4 epic S14 Rocket Bunny BOSSes at SEMA Show, are you ready to take them on?

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Make sure you’ve collected all your JDM Badges before you take on the Good Show Automotive Art BOSS.

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Don’t slip up when you face off against the Autofashion USA X ENEOS Oil BOSS.

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Corey Hosford’s Street Standard BOSS will definitely pack a mean punch with it’s V-8 engine.

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Don’t let the cycles fool you, the WD Ultimate BOSS is ready to take on all and any Challengers

3. The New Kids On The Block: Driving Line

Go big or go home. Driving Line started off their first SEMA Show with a bang and these three white knights were only part of the reason why their booth caught our eye.

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Sung Kang’s Fugu Z by GReddy proves that the perfect build doesn’t always have to be fast or furious.

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Just in time for the winter season, the SSA X Autofashion USA Rocket Bunny NSX is one sexy Snow Bunny.

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Evasive Motorsports Porsche GT3, “Just imagine how much cooler I’ll be in summer.”

4. Don’t Call Me Rusty

Out with the new, in with the old. Or something like that. Put that Rust•eze Medicated Bumper Ointment away, Rust is in this year!

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Rusty Slammington. No introduction needed.

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Check out that Rad Rusty Rat Rod! Whew, try saying that ten times fast.

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Even choppers were all about that rust life

5. What the TRUCK?

Big tires and lifted beasts ruled SEMA Show this year. Because well…’MURICA

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Derek West’s ULTRA4 Off-Road buggy took a break from its weekly mud bath to be part of the showroom floor.

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The Starwood Motors Jeep JK8 with custom Bandit Kit wasn’t afraid when the rain, hail and lighting decided to make an unwelcome appearance.

There’s always a lot going on at SEMA Show, these are just 5 of the things we picked up on. What else was provocative at SEMA Show 2015; what was it that got the people going?

By: Justin Pagtalunan

Photos by: Michelle Ishida

SEMA Show 2015: Denny’s Picks

SEMA, a visual orgasm for auto enthusiasts, a designer’s showcase, a builder’s dream, a company’s showroom, and one of Las Vegas’s largest convention.

4000 plus cars and hundreds of vendors fill almost every square inch of the convention halls and surrounding parking lots. It’s difficult to see all the action during the four day event, but it didn’t keep the Crew from picking out a few fresh rides that caught our attention. I love import cars, but I am also very much in love with older domestic muscle. The craftsmanship invested into cars 40 to 50 years old or older, have a huge place in my heart.

As I cruise miles of the show floor, I set out to find some of my favorite builder’s work, such as the Ringbrothers. Their attention to details always has me in Awww. This 1965 Mustang Fastback shows off Ringbrothers production pieces which are available for purchase. The details into this Mustang are worth taking a closer look at.SEMA 2015-9605

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Another awesome ride is Andy Williamson’s 56 Chevrolet Bel Air. To the naked eye, it has a patina exterior, Vortech Supercharged LS3 engine, sharp engine bay, and sick interior. What can not be seen, can be touched. Grazing your fingers over the finish, one will notice that it’s been completely coated with matte clear, preserving its age in all its glory. Even large rust divots were cleared to a smooth touch. A lot of time was invested into the body work, despite the visual appearance. SEMA 2015-9575

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Skipping to an American Hot Rod is the M&M Special, a 1927 Ford Roadster. A gleaming 276, tan leather, and chrome adds an elegant touch to a well executed Ford.SEMA 2015-9567

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Datsun have been on my mind ever since I purchased a 1970 Datsun 521 pickup earlier this year. Since then, I’ve set my eyes on a 240Z and a Roadster, a 67 to be exact. Very similar to this one in Garrett Turbo’s booth. This lightweight ’67 has a built SR20VE motor which is turbocharged!SEMA 2015-9655

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If you love engines, then you’ll love this black Datsun 240Z sporting the ultra rare TC24B1 with 50mm Solex carbs. This set up puts out 376HP and 281 ft. lbs. of torque on California 91 octane, dyno’ed by our friends at Z Car Garage in San Jose.SEMA 2015-9643

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My brothers at Tjin Edition displayed a few builds this year, six to be exact. They are Fortune’s Ford Fiesta, Gene’s Explorer. Neil’s Honda HR-V, Hyundai Genesis, Ford Edge, and Ford F150 built for Universal Technical Institute.SEMA 2015-9554

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Vortech Superchargers had this beautiful 55 Chevy 150.SEMA 2015-9561

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Our friends at Driving Line had an impressive set up, with Robert Chew’s revamped Rocket Bunny NSX, now with a white coat and TEs. The much anticipated debut of Sung Kang’s Rocket Bunny 240Z also made an appearance.SEMA 2015-9536

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And of course the RWB’s. Vincent from iForged displayed an arsenal of them.SEMA 2015-9530

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Lastly, I wasn’t able to get a good picture of Ryan’s Type-R but really proud of his accomplishments on finishing Top 10 during SEMA’s Battle of the Builders.SEMA 2015-9597

Those round out my favorites of SEMA 2015. You’ll hear more from Jayson, Scottie, and Jae for the infamous, Ladies of SEMA!

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They say a photo is worth a thousand words. Well who knew that this single photo of a VIP Lexus GS from Hawaii was going to have a lot to say?

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During our second annual #DaYUUM808 trip to the island of Oahu, Hawaii we also took time to do some Spocom Hawaii coverage. Each of us basically split off to do our own thing and explore the packed Neil S. Blaisdell Center. This GS caught my eye right away so I wanted my lens to catch it too, but each time I wasn’t happy with the result. Either the lighting was off or there were people in the way or maybe my eyes were just tired but through out the night I found myself constantly coming back to this car – determined to capture it in it’s glory. As you can see from above, I got what I wanted, I was happy, so naturally I did what anyone would do – I Instagram’d it!

Social Media is a hell of a creature. Long story short, as soon as I posted it, my phone buzzed with likes and a couple tags – eventually the post found its way to @EQVIPPED the sponsor of this GS which lead to Bryan Lee (@Bippu_Style), the owner of the GS…and Eqvipped! As soon as I was tagged in a repost, I learned that someone else noticed my determination to photograph this GS. Out of the hundreds of people who were at the show, out of all the people who came to their booth, that guy in the red hat up in that GS picture remembered me constantly coming back! Well a couple more tags and soon we became Facebook friends. It was official.

Like a shy guy after his first date, there was a silent period until I decided to check out his online store and actually had a question about their merchandise. And just like that the convo just kept flowing – he knew I was part of DaYUUM! and eventually I learned that he’s actually been trying to reach out to us and do some collaboration work. I can’t reveal everything we talking about now because well, I want to surprise you all and plus I’ve probably rambled on too much now in this intro. It’s time I actually talk about what I came here to talk about.

Enter USDM FREAX magazine.

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Another thing I learned as I talked to Bryan is that he is one of the editors in an up and coming Japanese-based magazine called USDM FREAX. The saying goes “you want what you can’t have” so while we are all about that JDM life here in the US, Japan has an infatuation with the USDM stylings. What better way to get USDM content for a Japanese magazine than a US source? With Bryan being limited to the island of Hawaii, he wanted to reach out to a Southern California-based group to help feature a wider range of content. DaYUUM! caught his eye and through my photo and social media he finally made the connection he’s been looking for.

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I wont bore you with the details, but in a nutshell, we provide content and in turn our DaYUUM! name and skills expand and gets showcased to a new market – Japan. The first step, we planned to do a feature on Nilo’s NSX, but we had to get it done in time for the next issue! With some impromptu planning and a last minute surprise by David, my team of Byron and Denny pulled together and got some awesome footage for our first print feature…in Japan! Add in some shots from a past shoot by Jae, and we had it. #DaYUUMinJAPAN is now a reality!

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I am truly blessed to have stumbled on this opportunity for the team/family and myself. I can’t wait to continue working with Bryan, a new fast friend and promising collaborator on things to come. Who knows, what if I was happy with the first shot of the GS and never came back, would we still be where we are now? Life is a crazy ride, so its best to enjoy it!

Oh and another perk of being friends with Bryan, who regularly travels to Japan when they are putting together an issue…

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He sends us some JDM snacks! Yum! ^_^

On to the next one! – Justin ( @JustDaYUUM )

Seeing your work in print is a different feeling, its great. But you are physically limited by the space on paper. So without further ado, here are the unprinted shots from our impromptu rooftop photoshoot. Photography by Byron Yoshida, cars owned by Nilo Miranda (NSX) and David Li (Benz), and model Donna Lazarescu. For photos from Jae Alba‘s photoshoot with model Chaba and the NSX click here.

SEMA Show 2014: Jayson’s Pick(s)

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Las Vegas becomes the mecca of automotive geniuses and visionaries every time SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association) event is in town.  Fortunate enough to attend this year’s event to feast my eyes on creations that I know were done with extensive planning, hardwork and good partnerships.  This year I was able to witness a good variety of vehicles that impressed me due to its craftsmanship and details – creations that conformed to my liking.  So let’s start…

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#Brotherlylove.  Tjin Edition Ford Fiesta ST and Honda Fit

It’s one thing to work with friends on car builds but to make it a family affair is another.  I can just imagine how the brothers bounced ideas at one another -as crazy as these guys are; they probably used, and abused Denny (@dayuumDen) as a cushion to exert their brotherly frustrations.  But in the end, both vehicles were highly recognized by Ford and Honda for an outstanding vision.

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#NotaRocketBunny. The internet breakers Noel’s Varis FRS and Yogi’s widebody GS

These Asiatic Red Devils just killed it… Nope Kim K didn’t break the internet first… Do you remember when this FRS flooded the facebook and IG feeds? When Noel first broke out the FRS with the Airrex suspension? How about the time when he revealed his Rocket Bunny with the Work VS-KF wheels  and lastly showing off with the full Varis Kit and SSR’s newest wheel, the Professor TF1.  Simple but tasteful details can be noticed not only in the exterior but under the FRS’ hood and interior as well.  I am sure brother Bert had his share of scrapes and bruises working on this FRS.

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Well Yogi broke the internet a few days before his GS showed up in SEMA.  After months of non-stop preparation and work to complete the GS with the help from Buddha Paint, Weds, Falken and Airrex, and many more; the handcrafted widebody sedan stole the spotlight the day it was revealed.

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#TheRocketBunny.  Lexus RB RC350 Fsport, SSA x AutoFashion RB NSX, RB RX7, RB R35 and RB Genesis Coupe

One build that I really wanted to see in person was the Lexus RB RC350 Fsport.  I have not driven one yet but I read a number of good reviews about the vehicle most specially the RC-F.  For me, it was like a luxury FRS on steroids. Or maybe I am just a little Lexus biased but seeing the first renderings of the RC with the RB kit, just made me want to see one in person. The RB kit enhanced the already aggressive look of the RC.  Meaty tires, mesh wheels, perfect stance, the RC will definitely be a hit once it reaches the dealerships.

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Six Sigma AUTOdesign said it best, “We knew many aspects of the project would be controversial, but we wanted to stir the pot. In the end, modifying cars is like an art, what’s the point if we are all painting the same picture? Don’t be afraid to take risks! We love how the car turned out…” Kudos to you guys for taking that leap -out of the norm.

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#Fanboyfavs.  Falken IND M3, Artisan NX200t, Ironman4x4 LC60, Vossen LS460, Vorsteiner M4, Sarto Racing CLK and the Hotchkis Road Runner

This IND-Distribution (based from Chicago, Il)  M3 under the Falken booth was simply stunning – no widebody add-ons but simply utilizing the usual aero enhancements that screams Form and Function. But what really drew me to this vehicle was the color scheme which may be too bold for some. The BMW Yas Marina Blue, cement gray and mint green highlights worked great for this build.

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The very first Lexus NX200t that was fitted with an Artisan kit.  I didn’t imagine that the NX would look so good with just the kit, wheels and low ride height.  The NX series maybe the vehicle that puts the RX series out of the Lexus lineup – only time will tell…

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I have always been a big fan of Ironman 4×4 products.  This year they used an LC60 VX Diesel Turbo to display the quality of accessories, gear and parts they offer. I would not mind taking this LC out on a trailing trip…

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The big body sedan LS460 has always been in my “want” list and this long sled from Vossen was tastefully done.  The elegance of the LS460 Fsport was maintained with the addition of the Skipper front lip and air suspension.

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BMW Widebody M3 suited up with Vorsteiner aero.

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Who would not want to own an American Muscle if it looked this good? This Plymouth Road Runner Superbird was under the Hotchkis booth.

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In addition to the vehicles mentioned above , this year I’ve decided to deviate from my typical wheelhouse and highlight trucks for my SEMA 2014 picks.  From the plethora of new Jeep Rubicons and Wranglers around most of the halls, I found a few that really caught my eye.  I could not pick just one so here it goes…

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3.  The Legacy Classic Trucks: Scrambler and 1942-1943 Dodge WC-53 conversion

These Legacy Classic conversions gives you the old classic feel with new reliable hardware.  The Legacy Classic Trucks are assembled to a customers liking – in terms of its looks and application that it will be used. The Classic V8 Legacy Scrambler Conversion symbolizes the heritage of the Jeep CJ, with full fenders, 33” tires and classic line. This is equipped with a 430Hp LS3 engine which is capable of adventures both on and off-road. The Scrambler is also available as a Soft-top, Hard-top and 2-Door version. Also, this is made with a mandrel bent fully boxed frame as well as Atlas transfer-case, Dynatrac 1-Ton ProRock 60 axles with ARB locking differential. Long travel suspension and air-bump stops are used to fit ones adventure needs.

The Dodge Carryal WC-53 is a rare and unique multi-passenger truck also available from Legacy Classic trucks in limited number. Each truck is handcrafted since it takes at least 1,200 hours to build. This is also powered by a 430Hp LS engine coupled with a 4-speed automatic. This comes standard with locking differentials and an Atlas Transfer-case.

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2.  Vortech BOSS F100

One of Vortech Superchargers’ booth vehicles is this 1973 Ford F100 done by High Octane Hot Rods. Owner: Jason Jones, On the Ground Designs. This truck is seriously looking like a Boss sitting still and laying frame. Under the hood you will find a 5.0L Ford Coyote engine, BOSS intake and Vortech Supercharger. Hard to find pieces and details were sourced from LMC trucks. One will not miss the massive tubs of the truck which tucks the B-Forged 595 wheels 22×9 up front and 24×14 rear. These are wrapped with Pirelli P-Zero Nero tires 265/30/22 for the fronts and super wide 405/25/24 for the rear. Sew it Seams from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania completed the truck’s interior. Audi RS4 Red Volker was used to complete the exterior looks of the BOSS.

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1.  1949 Chevrolet 3100 five window pickup

Under the bright lights of the Las Vegas Convention Center, showing with the PAC racing springs booth tucks a truck that really caught my eye, this is the 1949 Chevy 3100 five window pickup. At first, its rusted out exterior will throw you off as this seem to not belong with the big boys with their shiny paint schemes. But look under the hood and you will immediately know that this beast will blow your doors off standing still. The 3100 is equipped with a fully built 442 LS engine with a 4.125 Bore and Stroke using K1 Technologies Forged Crank and Wiseco Pistons. This also has a Trick Flow Fully CNC LS3 Heads with OE LS7 rockers and titanium retainers from PAC Racing Springs. All ARP hardware was also used in putting together the powerplant of the truck. The 442 was also partnered to a Tremec 6-speed transmission with Centerforce DYAD dual disk clutch. As for its low slung ride height, PAC-JRi Racing coilovers were used. The Red Steel wheels from Coker Tire really did set off the look of the truck – wrapped in Firestone Nostalgia Drag Slicks Wide White. Although it cannot be seen behind the wheel, stopping on a dime is achieved using Wilwood Six Piston Calipers with 12 inch rotors. One of the eye catching details of the truck was the TIG Welded Butler built “Bomber Seats” with custom leather enhancements. I also liked the squared tubing interior styling as well as the bad ass grenade shift knob. The rear end of the truck just shows off the old and new pieces that really set this truck apart from the others.  Eighteen glorious months is what it took to put this beast together, this 3100 deserves a spotlight under the bright lights of Las Vegas.

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Hope you guys enjoyed a little flashback of SEMA 2014.

Until the next one… Peace!

-jayson (@dayuumjayce)

SEMA Show 2014: Scottie’s Pick

Every year in Las Vegas, the world’s greatest car builders bring out their most extreme, outrageous, and breathtaking cars to SEMA and show them off to the media and public. This year Wataru Kato owner of Liberty Walk Co. displayed over 20 vehicles ranging from several Nissan GTR’s to a very unique Lamborghini Aventador. While everyone is salivating over these exotics, tucked in the back was the LBW x Works Kenmeri. Japanese classic cars like this Kenmeri are always fascinating to me because the character and styling points which makes it different from anything that was being displayed at this year’s show.

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The agressive Mizuno Works three-piece ducktail spoiler adds a unique Japanese styling.

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Color matched Vitaloni Sebring mirrors…

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Rear overfenders just flow with the car…these are the widest that Works offers for the Kenmeri.

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L28 spiced up with triple Mikuni 44mm carburetors mated with Mikuni velocity stacks.

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Ultra MDI unit was added to improve fuel mixture and synchronize each of the 6-cylinder heads.

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Bosozoku style exhaust…compliments the old school Japanese styling.

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This concludes my topic for SEMA 2014. Big thanks to Wataru Kato and the Liberty Walk team for giving me an all-access pass to this awesome build. Can’t wait to see whats in store for next year!

Till next time…Peace!

-Scottie

Instagram: dayuumscottie

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SEMA Show 2014: Justin’s Pick

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SEMA Show 2014, this is the Super Bowl of car enthusiasts. There are hundreds upon thousands of show cars on display in and around the Las Vegas Convention Center that it’s difficult to pick just one. I do my best to plan out what and where I will go to first to make sure I don’t miss anything on this week long extravaganza, so I didn’t find my beauty until the third day at the SEMA Show.

And where has this cool little BMW E30 been all my life?

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On display outside of the convention center allowing it’s super clean engine bay to breathe the fresh air outside. (Not quite sure the air outside of Las Vegas is fresh though, it might not even be air, but you get what I mean).

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What caught my eye first are the Individual Throttle Bodies that CA Tuned put inside this little machine.

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Low isn’t just a thing you do to a car, its a lifestyle. And for this Bimmer, it’s stanced out to perfection on some gold, vintage-style Rotiform wheels and Airlift air suspension.

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This E30, is filled through out with a lot of classy BMW insignias to stay true to being a purist.

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Inside and out, up and down, there is nothing to hate on this car. CA Tuned did a perfect job on this modern classic.

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Tjin Edition 2015 Ford Expedition – SEMA Preview 2014

The Tjin Edition Ford Expedition stays true to the sophistication of its premium roots, but with added individuality via custom metal fender flares which were hand crafted by Josh Freeman, a custom dark gray paint job executed to perfection by L&R Autobody and a whole new custom liftgate, with trick 007 gadgets done at Unique Fabrication

“The Tjin Edition Ford Expedition is intended to showcase a Ford vehicle featuring capability for towing, one that can serve as a daily driver and is a standout as a promotional show car,” said Tjin Edition’s Neil Tjin.

This custom Expedition starts with the 365-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 and six-speed automatic transmission. Then, via a charge cooler kit from Vortech Engineering, custom tune, custom side exhaust from MagnaFlow, and high-performance oils and lubricants from Royal Purple, the Tjin Edition Expedition roars with another 40 ponies underhood for a total of 405 horsepower.

The chassis was customized by Unique Fabrication and features Air Lift bag struts and an Accuair air management system, as well as a big brake system from Baer Brakes, 24-inch custom Rotiform six-spoke TMB wheels and Falken tires.

The exterior features custom metal fenders, an Axalta Coating Systems custom paint job, twin Webasto sunroofs, and custom headlights and taillights from LightWurkz.OceTDS-9372

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