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Tjin Edition 2015 Honda Fit – SEMA Preview 2014

This year at the SEMA Show there will be a large number of small custom cars amongst the sea of Mustangs and Camaros. Some of the you really should keep an eye out for the awesome custom widebody Tjin Edition Honda Fit.

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fit_03Under the new metal flares are 18-inch iForged wheels, which are matched up to Falken tires. A cool set of Coplus headlights and fog lights, along with a custom Green paint job finish off the exterior.

Interior upgrades include a Webasto sunroof, full Katzkin upholstery, and a high-end Sony stereo and entertainment system. Come to think of it, these few interior mods cost more than the car itself!

IMG_20141016_104510 (1)In terms of dynamics, Tjin Edition Honda Fit is slammed using AirREX Digital Air Suspension system, and it benefits from Bisimoto engine upgrade parts.

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Axalta custom paint job by L&R Auto Body
18″ iForged wheels
18″ Falken tires
Baer front big brakes
AirREX air management and air suspension
Bisimoto exhaust and performance ad-ons
Katzkin interior
Custom metal fender flares by Josh Freeman
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Designed by: Tjin Edition
Built by: Unique Fabrication
Painted by: L&R Autobody

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SEMA Sneak Peek, Vortech 2015 Mustang Superchargers And SEMA Car

The 2015 Mustang is just hitting the streets, but that hasn’t stopped the aftermarket from getting a jump on producing parts for the all new S550. Our friends over at Vortech Superchargers are already putting together kits to boost Coyote powered 2015 Mustangs to well over 600 hp. We experienced the power of a Vortech supercharger early in our Project Wild E Coyote, and can tell you from first hand experience the parts, and the power are nothing short of incredible.

Just like the S197 before it, Vortech will be offering supercharger systems to accommodate any level of performance that a 2015 Mustang enthusiast is looking for. Beginning with the V-3 Si kit, a relatively stock Coyote should make 640 hp at the flywheel and 485 ft-lbs on just 7.5-8 psi of boost. That same V-3 Si is capable of supporting up to 775 hp on modified vehicles. That’s enough horsepower to take a S550 Mustang deep into the 10 second zone, or possibly the 9s.

If that’s not enough power, those looking for big numbers can step up to the V-7 JT-trim. This monster can propel a properly outfitted Coyote powered car deep into the 8s, as proven by racer Terry Beefcake Reeves, with his JT equipped Coyote Modified S197 holding the class ET record of 8.18 in the quarter-mile.

If you’re still looking for more, as in the 1,200-plus horsepower kind of more, then the V-7 YSi is the ticket. Based on race winning technology, the YSi is one awesome blower. If your horsepower cravings are beyond that, the guys on the Vortech tech hotline can help you out there as well.

Vortech along with Neil Tjin will be bringing a slew of hot cars to the 2014 SEMA show, including the one pictured in the rendering in this article, which is owned by Rey Rivera. The competition orange Fastback will of course wear a Vortech supercharger. Other mods will include exhaust by MagnaFlow, Forgestar F14 wheels, Nitto Tires, and Baer brakes. Look for full coverage of this car during our coverage of SEMA in just a few weeks.

If you have an S550 in your hands, or are awaiting delivery, be sure to check out the 2015 Superchargers info at the Vortech web-site.

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Owner: Orly Tapay – 1970 Toyota Sprinter

If you are reading this article, I am pretty sure you know someone who has owned a Toyota Corolla at some point in time. Maybe they still own it? Was it was you? The Toyota Corolla is still the best selling Toyota of all time according to Forbes Magazine. With current sales reaching 1.02 million cars sold and with nearly 50 plus years of manufacture, many know it as a car that was built to drive with quality and longevity.

Unfortunately, this article is not about the famous Toyota Corolla, it is about the sister Corolla. Some may know it as the Toyota Sprinter. The Sprinter was not as popular and may not have been the dream car young boys dreamed of, but with the right options this car set the stage for aspiring enthusiasts to enjoy.

Here is a little flashback to 1970, almost 44 years ago. To many that was the time where major trends like, Moodrings, Waterbeds, Pet Rocks, The Brady Bunch, even Happy Days took over our lives. The age that did not depend time on Status Updates, Selfies and Instagram to communicate with each other…This was the era in which Toyota launched their second-generation models of the Corolla and the Corolla Sprinter. Every generation of the Corolla had similar versions of the Sprinter. The Corolla Sprinter soon after dropped the Corolla name and started the independent Toyota Sprinter line. Even though the Sprinter and the Corolla were sister cars both sharing the same platform, the styling was very different.

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The Toyota offered several models to choose from, the Deluxe, Hi-Deluxe, and SL model grades, with a choice of single or twin-carburetor 4-cylinder OHV. (Overhead Valve) Engine had a displacement of 1,200 cc or 1,400 cc and the transmission was either a 4- or 5-speed manual or a  2-speed automatic.

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History Behind the Sprinter…

The original owner Joe Lotts owned this 1970 Toyota Sprinter till his passing in the early 2000’s. His ultimate plan was to take the car apart for a complete restoration like when he purchased it in 1970.

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Joe bought all of the Sprinter’s parts from Toyota where he worked as a Service Program Administrator and started the project piece by piece, part by part, bolt by bolt. The car was driven for roughly 40,000 miles and soon after, sat in his garage along with all of the original parts that he had gathered over time. Years after his passing, Joe’s widow let the car go to Rodel Cantillon, then later sold the car to  DB Auto Care’s (Racetoys) owner Raymond Gonzaga to finish the project. Raymond is a hard-core Toyota enthusiast with several TE27’s under his belt. Raymond was lucky to had the opportunity to completely restore the Sprinter bottom up.

With a garage full of original parts, some still in boxes all were left behind by Joe. This ground up restoration took roughly 3 years to complete, from a rotisserie orange paint job, to the exhaust with the original part number and lot number wrapper. This car was made to be put in Toyota’s Automobile Museum for such greatness and originality.

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The untouched chassis sits on timeless 13″ Hayashi Street Type ST rims, wrapped in 175/50/13 rubber.

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The car was sold one last time in April 2012 to Orly Tapay. Orly is an old school Toyota enthusiast with several 1st place wins at JCCS (Japanese Classic Car Show) as well as TORC (Toyota Owners Racing Club) also known as ToyotaFest.

It’s hard not to admire and appreciate the work that went into creating something so special from the ground up. Whatever he plans to do with the car, you can rest assure that the car will not be neglected.

Big thanks to Orly Tapay and Ray Gonzaga (DB Auto Care) for the opportunity to feature this one of a kind machine.

Till next time…Peace!

-Scottie

Instagram: dayuumscottie

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2015 TRD Pro 4Runner – Behind the Wheel

So much buzz went on when Toyota first announced in Feb. 2014 that they will be launching a trio of off-road vehicles that will cater to novice and expert trail junkies.  Typically, the SUV and truck segment of the automotive industry is heavily dominated by domestic vehicles.  With this announcement, it reawakened the off-road gods and goddesses as well as stints from Baja 500 and 1000 endurance races; Toyota  showed off the TRD Pro vehicles – the TRD Pro Tundra, TRD Pro Tacoma and TRD Pro 4Runner.

Toyota Racing Development (TRD) is an in-house hop-up / tuning shop for Toyota, Lexus and more recently Scion vehicles.  TRD accessories and upgrades are readily available to update a common Toyota vehicle with performance enhancements such as supercharger, big brake kits, and suspension components.  In recent years, it seemed that Toyota had concentrated its efforts to promote TRD components for the new sport compact baby – the Toyota GT 86 / Scion FR-S.  With the introduction of the TRD Pro vehicles, Toyota encourages an enthusiast to kick some dirt and be ready to discover uncharted places.

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With the current media demand, it took some time to get a hold of at least one vehicle from the TRD Pro fleet.   It seemed like everyone wanted to get the first crack on how these vehicles performed on and off-road.  Tagged with the phrase, “Let’s Get Dirty!” while aligning with the summer season, everyone in the industry wanted to put these pre-production babies to the test.  Luckily, the team was able to get a hold and go Behind-the-Wheel of the 2015 TRD Pro 4Runner.

The 2015 TRD Pro Series trucks only comes in 3 color pallets – Black, Super White and the all-new exclusive color Inferno.  “It  is the most-advanced yet in a long line of TRD packages for Toyota trucks that dates back to 1998 when the first off-road package was introduced for the Tacoma.”

The Super White TRD Pro 4Runner does have that intimidating front end and exterior.  It seemed to be really bold and unconventional which could be a love it or  hate it affair.  Some said it looked like a Star Wars Stormtrooper or as one DaYUUM Instagram (@instaDaYUUM) follower chimed in and said it looked like Bane from Dark Knight.  However,  it just slowly grows on you – as you get to appreciate the lines and overall outlook.  Also, the TRD Pro Series fleet are the only trucks that rock the unique front grille “TOYOTA” badge that pays tribute to iconic models such as the FJ40 and FJ Cruiser.  Additional blacked out TRD Pro emblems can be found on the side panels showing people this isn’t an ordinary family hauler. While on the rear end, you can hardly notice any distinguishable accessory aside from the blacked out lower bumper accent piece that differentiated it from an ordinary 2015 4Runner.

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To get a good feel of the TRD Pro 4Runner enhancements, the vehicle needed to be evaluated on and off-road. Surprisingly, the truck was very comfortable to drive through the city streets and highway speeds. Cracks, bumps, dips or any on-road imperfections were all trampled by the TRD Pro Series 4Runner. Weaving through traffic isn’t its forte due to its width and length, however it is more than capable with the use of its 270-horsepower / 278-lb-ft of torque 4.0-liter V6 (1GR-FE) engine coupled with a 5-speed automatic transmission.

The team decided to dust up the truck so we took it to Cleghorn Ridge Trails off the I-15 and 138. Joining in for the run, we also took a 2013 Tacoma Pre-runner (TRD Package) as well as the 2013 Trail Team Edition FJ Cruiser.

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Inside the 4Runner, premium convenience was incorporated to satisfy the driver and passenger. Entune Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite, the Black SofTex-trimmed seats with red stitching, TRD shift knob and TRD floor mats were included in the TRD Pro 4Runner package.

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Even before arriving at the trail I was already impressed with the ride of the TRD Pro 4Runner. It wasn’t too stiff but just enough for the daily travel. I was more impressed as we took the truck to the trail – with how the TRD Pro 4Runner conformed with the rough terrain that Cleghorn trail served us. The TRD-Tuned Front Springs gave the truck a 1.5 inch front lift. This unique tuning provided decreased spring rate improving ride quality over the rough or harsh terrain. The front shocks also have a 1.0 inch of additional wheel travel and improved approached angle. It used 60 mm pistons and 18 mm shafts as opposed to the 32 mm piston vs 12 mm OE shock counterpart. The rear also provided a 1.0 inch of additional wheel travel. The addition of the remote reservoirs increased the oil capacity for efficient heat management and for more controlled suspension articulation. These were also beefed up with   46 mm shock piston which was 14 mm bigger than the OE shock piston.

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As we arrived at the trail, we also found some Jeep Rubicon owners getting ready to trail as well. I am sure that these trucks are more that capable to rock crawl as well –seeing their beefed up long travel suspension and bead-locked wheels.

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With its trail stands dialed in, the 17 inch matte black TRD alloy wheels wrapped with Nitto Terra Grappler tires (P265/70/17) were great complements for the suspension upgrade. The Nitto Terra Grappler tires were to my surprise quiet and nimble both in highway and trailing speeds. Also, protecting the front end of the vehicle is a quarter of an inch thick aluminum “TRD” stamped front skid plate with venting for the front differential.

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Some may recognize the 2013 Trail Team Edition FJ Cruiser as this was also featured in one of our Behind the Wheel post – Now comes equipped with an audio upgrade from OEM Audio+ as well as a few exterior and lighting pieces from Metaltech, Rugged Ridge. Warn, DigiDiodes and Fourtreks.

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There is an outpour of eagerness for the launch of the TRD Pro vehicles in the market. It is anticipated that give or take only 7500 units total will be released for the TRD Pro trio. Rumor has it that if you aren’t on a waiting list for the Tundra or Taco you might be the unlucky one who will not get a unit. However you may have a greater chance of getting the TRD Pro 4Runner that is due to be released next month September 2014. With what I have experienced during the few days driving this vehicle, you will not be disappointed. Be ready though to cough up that gas card as it gulps quite a bit- averaging 17.5 mpg on regular gas. Who buys an SUV for its gas mileage anyways???. With its menacing looks and stance, I really liked it a lot to the point that I was having separation anxiety as I gave back the keys. Overall, the highlight of this vehicle is the great engineering put in the suspension components / assembly straight from Toyota with factory warranty. The vehicle stayed composed on turns and rough surfaces at various speeds. It was a good balance that catered both On and Off-road duties. What did I expect from a well-engineered, tested and tuned vehicle from the experts of Toyota Racing Development (TRD)? Nothing less than exceptional.  So let’s dust it up going places and “Let’s get Dirty!”

Until the next one…. Peace!

-jayson

Instagram: @DaYUUMjayce

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Autosport 209 x AirREX Suspension Photoshoot

Recently, I took a trip up to Nor Cal for a graduation, I decided to take advantage of the drive up to Stockton. So, I checked out Autosport209, Autosport209 is located in Stockton on East Hammer Lane; they specialize in Alignments, Suspension, Performance, Fender Rolling, and Air Ride Systems. The brands they have in stock at the shop are Eibach Springs, Tein High Performance Suspension, Megan Racing, Greddy, AEM, AirREX Air Suspension System, and Universal Air Suspension Company. Knowing how I was only 15 minutes from Autosport 209, I went ahead and called the shop to see if they had any available cars at their shop on AirREX Suspension. Later that day I went to the shop, pulled up to the front of Autosport 209, I see these two clean VIP styled cars, laid out on AirREX Suspension, Infiniti Q45 on the right side and a Lexus LS400 on the left side. I walked inside the shop, introduced myself to John Nguyen, the owner of Autosport 209, he is also the owner of the Infiniti and the Lexus that were in front of the shop. We talked story for a bit, I learned that he is also from Hawaii, then we got distracted talking about Hawaii that I almost forgot the reason I even came down to the shop haha. Everything was all last minute so we scheduled to shoot the day after Father’s day, which was on a Monday.

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DSC_1366 copyAfter the photo shoot, John wanted to take some afternoon sunset shots; I had a great location for it. We decided on a place to eat that was near the location of the shoot, ended up eating at Onos Hawaiian BBQ. We pigged out, chilled for a bit than rolled out to the location before prime sunset then started shooting till it became completely dark. I’d like to give a special Mahalo to the Barroga Family for their hospitality, John and the crew at Autosport 209, and Marshall Lum.

Shout Out to “Marshall Lum of AirREX USA, the crew at Autosport 209, the f50 owners group, and John the panda from DaYUUM.”- John Nguyen from Autosport 209.

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2002 Ruby Infiniti Q45, K-Break Body Kit, Work Rezax Wheels, AirREX Full Digital Suspension

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Mahalo! – @DaYUUMJQuilla

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Kei car: ’86 Daihatsu Hijet aka Choro QT

Ron and Celine Sino Cruz’s – Kei car: 1986 Diahatsu Hijet.

Japan’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) during the post –war era of 1949 started the “People’s Car Program” which developed the idea of the “Kei” car or “K-car” or “kei jidōsha.” This idea  means “light automobile” which is a Japanese category of small vehicles that included passenger cars, vans and pick-up trucks.  Aimed to be used as delivery vehicles for small shops, Kei cars were equipped with 150cc engines – a low-cost transportation solution to a rapidly growing country.  Although the pint-sized machines quickly evolved in terms of performance (from 150cc to 660cc engines), Japanese were completely drawn to the Kei cars not just because of fuel-economy but the tantalizing benefits of reduced tax and insurance charges. Kei cars offer savings of at least 30% compared to their full-size counterparts due to its weight class and specification.

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Ron Sino-Cruz and his wife, Celine have been thinking of what would be the coolest car to get for a project build.  For them, the Kei car always came to mind.  In both the Philippines and Japan, they searched for street legal versions to be shipped over and also checked the local area for purchase but had no luck. Years ago, Ron found a street legal Cali registered Kei car, a 1986 Daihatsu Hijet van parked in front of a liquor store.  He asked the owner to sell the Diahatsu but he refused.  The owner was using the Hijet to advertise his liquor store.  He had painted the microvan to look like an Oreo cookie, where the Top was Black, White in the middle and Black bottom half. Oreo graphics plastered all over the microvan and had a sign “Got Milk?” on both its sides.  Ron had told the owner of the liquor store that if he ever decides to sell to call him right away.

Years go by – at least 10 good years and while searching for a new project – one of them is checking Craigslist, the same Hijet pops up.  Exactly one week before Halloween last year, Ron rushed to the location of the Hijet after work and sweet talked the guy to give him a good deal. Finding a street legal, California registered chassis is the hardest part in finding a Kei car. There are kei trucks all around his area that are used strictly for off-road purposes on private properties like the ones you’ll see on college campuses and private ranches.  Most either have the smaller engine or a speed restrictor which will keep the cars from running over 25 mph – which is not legal for on-road driving  After all the reeling and dealing the seller on Craigslist, Ron was now a proud owner of an Oreo themed kei car.

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The Daihatsu Hijet was originally equipped with a 550cc motor and 3 speed transmission.  This was then swapped for the newer 660cc motor with a 4 speed tranny that produced a whopping 52 hp and 46 ft-lbs of torque.  The Hijet was in complete shambles when Ron and Celine first got it.  It was missing the interior panels, rear seat, wiring for a radio, a window and a few exterior parts.  All had to be sourced from Japan and imported through their good friend Mak from Virage Development.

A lot of TLC went in to build the Hijet.  Husband and wife tagged team to re-wrap all the door panels, swapped out the entire carpet and installed the rear seat to get the basic amenities in.  Custom seat belts had to be added as these were required in the Kei car that are street legal.  Friends Tim and Devon helped in re-wiring the van to accommodate the new radio system.  This included a Clarion head unit, a pair of 5” Pyle door speakers and three 10” Kicker comp cvrs powered by a 1000 watt class D Kenwood amplifier.  Completing the interior, the missing window was installed and smoked clear window visors for the front and rear roll down windows were also put in.

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The Oreo theme of the exterior was not cutting it for Ron.  The Daihatsu was sent to Mike of Idesign in Walnut, Ca for a custom white over orange paint job.  The idea was to make it look retro so no clear coat was applied to it.  OEM stripes and custom logo were applied to the doors.  And on the rear of the microvan, the mooneyes van spoiler were also added.  This was a retro design even before roof spoilers were in style.  All the parts except mechanical parts are hard to come by now a days for the Hijet.  For this specific model, the s80v, there are not a lot of them on the road today since most are too old or obsolete.  The newer models look similar but body and interior parts are different in dimension.  Luck was just in Ron and Celine’s side as they found most parts in a short period of time.  It was done to the point were Rod had to modify modern version headlight cover to fit the older van.  It is not perfect but it does  the job and adds to the rawness of the Hijet.

The Kei car was lowered the only way Ron knew and had Tony from Valley muffler VMS it. Slapped some SSR MK2 13×7 and 13×8 wheels mounted on some smallest tires they could find – 195/50/R13.  They also tossed in a custom Thule Roof rack, custom pink wood steering wheel with Razo and Mooneye accents to round it all out.

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Every build isn’t complete without encountering issues specially for an older vehicle.  When Ron first got the van it went up to 25 mph.  With the swapped motor and tranny, this went up to 35 mph – just enough to get on the street.  After numerous tunes this was brought up to 48 mph.  After driving for a month, mostly always tapping 48 mph every time, the exhaust system got very hot.  The back half, right after the collector completely disintegrated and fell off during the drive.  Instantly, the microvan sounded really loud but gave the Hijet an additional 8 more mph.  Being that the exhaust was literally under the passenger and driver seat, fumes will fill in the passenger compartment.  The Hijet was then brought back to Valley muffler for re-piping.  In the end, with the inline switch, additional fuel pump and wide open throttle, the Daihatsu can top out at 63 mph at high rev but not at long distances.  Freeway ventures is not always the primary option when husband and wife travel using the Hijet. They take surface streets whenever  they go from the Valley to Irvine.  Both have shared that San Diego may be their next driving adventure.

In Japan, there is an miniature pull back toy car that is very collectible called the CHORO Q.  It really has a big cult following both here in the US and overseas.  With the pint size van and Ron’s wife Celine constantly calling it a “Cutie”, the Hijet needed to be tagged.  The two words CHORO Q + Cutie were merged and with some Japanese accent put into it – you can now say, “You’re a Cutie”  = “CHORO QT”.

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Ron daily drives the Hijet from Pasadena to DTLA 5 days a week.  It is currently livable and reliable. As for future plans, Ron might add a pop top or glass from Japan or a rag top to the van.  For now, it will be used as his daily work horse.   Ever since the day both Ron and Celine got the Daihatsu Hijet, it has been a barrel of fun for the couple.  It continues to bring smiles to everyone who sees it on the road.  Both consider that the Kei car: Diahatsu Hijet aka Project CHORO QT can be finally be checked off their bucket list.

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Until the next one…

-dayuumjayce

Instagram: @dayuumjayce

 

Ron’s shout outs-

Shout out to my wife Celine for bearing with my car addiction, my family for putting up with the garage and storage issues, the guys from our team, Supastar, especially Tim, Devon, Art and Leonelle for their time and dedication to late night work on the van to get it street ready, to Mike at Idesign in Walnut, Ca and Tony A. and lastly Mak from Virage Development.

OEM Audio Plus + DaYUUM FJ Cruiser Trail Team Edition

There has been statistical evidence that the general working population today spends hours driving from home to work and vice versa.  A recent report shared by the U.S. Census Bureau (census.gov) highlighted that “An estimated 61.1 percent of the workers with “long commutes (over 60 minutes travel time) drove to work alone, 12.9 percent carpooled and 26 percent used public transportation.” For some, daily in-car travel experiences may also mean – meeting time, chow time, well I’ve also seen ladies use this time to put their make-up on.  For me, a means of battling the rigorous hours spent in-car driving is filling your private cabin with good music from various artists such as the Nujabes, Anuhea, or even raw mixes from Awthentik Vibes Vj – Dj Skitz.  OEM Audio Plus (O+), a company based in Anaheim, CA; aims to capture and enhance these daily travel experiences.

I was introduced to O+ audio system by a good friend Paul (@van_dayuum_paul), who had all of his past and current Scion vehicles equipped with the OEM Audio Plus system.  I have always been impressed with the simplicity of how the system integrated with the OEM radio and more importantly utilized the standard speaker locations.   One would not understand the motto that the company goes by “Clean, Crisp and Clear”, if you have not experienced listening inside a vehicle equipped with one.  The company started building systems for Scion vehicles however this year, they wanted to explore on non-Scion platforms such as the FJ Cruiser.  Last year, they have introduced an FJ Cruiser equipped with its first prototype system at Toyota Fest held in Long Beach, CA.  I’ve asked Paul, who’s good friends with the man behind OEM Audio Plus , Mr. Sandy Lirag, if this was true.  Sure enough it was confirmed; and they’re just waiting for the interest to build up.  With a few phone calls and emails, the 2013 Cement Trail Team Edition FJ Cruiser was off to OEM Audio Plus Laboratory in Anaheim, CA.

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The 2013 Cement Trail Team Edition FJ Cruiser I reviewed sometime in December 2013 had the very basic sound system – (a) Non-navigation radio, (b) a pair of 6 x 9 (inch) door panel speakers, (c) a pair of 1 inch tweeter-like dash speakers and headliner baffle speakers.  Music played using the Bluetooth radio always sounded flat.  With the volumes slightly turned up, the headliner baffle speakers would reverberate and distort the sound.  At times, keeping the radio off was the best option when driving the FJC.   The sound system of the FJC was the first thing that will be addressed as the vehicle will also be used as a daily commuter.  And recuperation and relaxation starts during the drive home with a favorite music after a good days work.

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After a few weeks of fitment, testing and sound optimization, the DaYUUM Project FJC is back from O+ Laboratories.   Now equipped with the OEM Audio Plus’ FJ REFERENCE 400CF Sound Solution System, we were excited to compare the before and after sound result.  The O+ REFERENCE 400CF comes with (a) pair of 1” Soft Dome Tweeter with a one piece aluminum baffle plate, (b) carbon-fiber cone 6 x 9 inch door panel speakers (c) an 8 inch subwoofer in special Trail Team Edition sub enclosure (d) Dual Amplification featuring the 8-Channel 32-Bit DSP power amplifier and dedicated subwoofer amp and lastly (e) Plug and Play wiring harness specific for the FJC.  The O+ team also suggested that  a pair of (JBL) speakers that came from the option premium sound system from Toyota be added on the rear pillar to complete the surround sound solution for the FJC.

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Eager to get some seat time on the FJ to compare the end result, I head over to Tom’s Farms for my first experience going to an FJ Cruiser meet hosted by FJC Forums.  Even before I hopped on to the FJ, one won’t be able to tell that the system had been replaced.  Utilizing the stock radio and all components concealed in stock locations aside from the subwoofer added on the rear were aspects that I’ve also liked about the O+ system.  It has that sneakiness to it where you won’t expect the sound that comes out.  But turn on the radio and one can tell that this was no stock system.  The cabin will be filled with sound that even a person with no knowledge about radios and speakers would really appreciate the music playing.  Turning the volume up or down will not make any difference in the clarity that you hear from the REFERENCE 400 CF sound solution system – highs and lows can still be appreciated with out any distortion.  As Mr. Lirag once mentioned; “When we say -Clean, Crisp and Clear, it’s about the sound, the way it installs and its seamless integration into your vehicle.

I definitely did not mind the traffic I faced on the 91 freeway on my way to the FJC Forums meet.  The music that you hear definitely influences your mood and the way you drive.  Where at one point while sitting in traffic, there was a moment where you’re so into a song (Everything has Changed by Taylor Swift if you may ask hahaha) with full facial expression and finger thumping – and you look out the window – a lady in the car next to you was full on staring.  It’s like straight out of a VW commercial -I don’t even want to know what she was thinking.  She was possibly just mesmerized by my irresistible good looks.  And so I cruised on to the 15 freeway and headed over to Tom’s Farm.

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At the meet, a good number of FJCs showed up to mingle, chit-chat, talked shop and new upgrades.  Being that the FJ that I brought was so stock and one of the cleanest one out there, it was a full give-away that the driver that brought it was a newbie.  Took a few shots of the meet, mingled and tried to learn as much from active forum members – Greg, Jason, Dimitri and few others who welcomed me in their little pow-wow.  As I drooled on some of the aftermarket and custom upgrades – I also start to visualize ideas that will be sufficient for the DaYUUM Project FJC.

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One vehicle that really stood out from all the FJs that showed up was this fully caged – Baja FJ. It was shared that this FJ competed in Baja events -did really well and quick in various terrains.

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Here are a few that really caught my eye –

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So as I drove back to Orange County, I realized a few things:  One, the OEM Audio Plus REFERENCE 400CF sound solution system was a needed and great upgrade for the FJC.  No more quiet drives or flat music to hear but a space filled with sound that is tailored to your own liking.  Special thanks to the O+ team for their superb customer service and catering to a non-scion vehicle.  Two, the lumpy looks of the Trail Team FJ needs to be updated so hope you stay tuned for upcoming enhancements that we have in store for DaYUUM Project FJC.

NOTE:

There are only a limited number of FJ REFERENCE 400CF systems made so if you’re in a look out for a plug and play sound system upgrade, please don’t hesitate to contact –

OEM AUDIO PLUS Incorporated

Tel. 855.OEM.ODIO (855-636-6346)

Instagram: ig@oemaudioplus.com

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Until the next one… Peace!

-dayuumjayce

AirREX x DaYUUM Hawaii Shoot

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you know I had to take advantage of this trip back home. During that time I was in Hawaii, I linked up with Marshall Lum to do a DaYUUM X Team AirREX Hawaii photo shoot. The day that Marshall and I both had time to meet up was at a meet and greet that “Vip’d Out” from Nor Cal put together. The weather was pretty crappy that day; it rained/drizzled for a good amount in the beginning of the meet. Later on that day, when the rain stopped, skies cleared up. Marshall showed up with his clean 2008 Scion xB, we talked for a bit then we ended up doing a quick photo shoot under the monkey pod trees in the park where the meet was being held at.

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Rex Hawaii. The meet was held at Kapolei Wal-Mart, total of 11 cars came out that day, and that’s not even the whole AirREX Hawaii team. While everyone was catching up; talking stories, I had to put in work; I started to take individual shots. We then rolled out to the next location into barbers point where the Naval Hangars are, then found an abandoned warehouse to do the AirREX Hawaii group shots.

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DSC_0272 copyI’d like to give a special Mahalo to Marshall Lum of Team Air Rex Hawaii for coordinating and finding time to do a shoot and also to the rest of Team AirREX Hawaii for coming out to make this photo shoot a success, wish everyone had to time to come out. –@DaYUUMJQuilla

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Dabbling with Christian Coujin’s Scion FR-S

Coujin_FRS-8407During the winter, it’s a battle of time, the sun sets sooner and days seem to disappear as soon as it began.

I had purchased a pair of Alien Bees a year ago because we were encountering limitations. Limitations which caused us to focus solely on using natural light and as days were shortened, so did our shoot times. Other times, we couldn’t shoot in warehouses because the lighting was too dim. I personally only used them a handful of times so I needed some practice.

When I had the opportunity to shoot Christian Coujin’s Scion FR-S an hour before sunset one Sunday, it was a perfect time to dust off the camera and strobes.

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Coujin_FRS-8447Coujin’s beast is a 2013 Scion FR-S outfitted with a version one Rocket Bunny widebody kit. Its original Raven was scuffed then sprayed by Phantasy Kolors in Washington with a stunning Porsche GT3 Green. To accommodate the wider body, a custom set of Rotiform Turbines and Falken Tires were fitted under the bunnies’ fenders.

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As night fell, shots got a little bit more interesting. The sky started to change to a vibrant red which was stunning. I wanted to try longer exposure shots but I forgot my tripod.

At that time, one of the remote receivers failed so I had to make the best of the shoot with one strobe. It didn’t give me the look I had envisioned but it added a little mystery. The wheels, engine, and the two above were shot with one strobe. Shots here after were also shot with one strobe.

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Since I had such a short time with Coujin’s FR-S I hope to get more shots of it soon. The crew will be displaying it at various events throughout the West Coast in 2014.

I hope you enjoyed what I captured so far.

Until later… Peace! –@DaYUUMDen

FJ Cruiser Trail Teams Edition – Behind the Wheel

Behind The Wheel – Trail Teams Edition FJ Cruiser

It is not often that we at DaYUUM feature SUVs or trucks on the site.  But given a chance to get behind the wheel of not one but two Trail Teams Edition FJ Cruisers, we did not hesitate to take the keys and put them on some bump and grind terrains. The FJ Cruiser carries quite a bit of history behind it and is still considered one of the well-known vehicles in Toyota’s truck fleet.  So let’s revisit the times where things got started…

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One of the most iconic SUVs still considered today is the Toyota Land Cruiser – FJ40.  However, the FJ40’s family roots go back to a vehicle called the BJ which dates back to the 1950 4×4 prototype called the AK10.  This had a lot in common with the famed Willys Jeep.  The BJ was Toyota’s first 4×4 utility vehicle powered by a Pre-war B-Type 75 Hp engine.  The 3.4 liter six cylinder engine complemented the BJ’s light truck duties which also set the blueprint for the line of Land Cruisers to follow.

As proof of the B-type engine’s beginnings, it was tasked to cover challenging terrains in July 1951 by Toyota’s test driver Ichiro Taira.  The BJ trailed up Japan’s 12,388-foot-high Mt. Fuji. where it was able to reach the sixth checkpoint out of the 10 checkpoints on the trail to the top of Mt. Fuji. This was a section that no other motor vehicle had ever gone up.  Observers from Japan’s National Police Agency liked what they saw and placed orders for a fleet of the B-type trackers.  Government forestry and utility agencies took notice and filed their own orders. Eventually 1,300 units were built to fulfill the demand.

The recognition was a successful leap from what was to come Toyota’s way.  However, to give it a more appealing and fitting title after roughing up and reaching its feat at Mt. Fuji; in 1954, Toyota officials named it – the Land Cruiser.

As the B-series engine slowly evolved at some point – this slowly got phased out of production as the F-type engine was introduced.  By 1955, the FJ25 progressed – this was an F-series 3.8L 105 Hp overhead-valve six-cylinder gas engine.  The updated Land Cruisers quickly found their way to Venezuela, Malaysia, Kuwait, Jordan, Dubai and Australia, where it displayed its true capabilities in the challenging land conditions.  Around 1958 the Land Cruiser marked its debut in the United States. Sadly, in its first year only One (1) unit was sold.

The 1960s came with renewed engineering and styling bearing the iconic – FJ40.  The FJ40 had the now popular flat, white top, angular lines, wrap around rear windows and fold out rear doors.  It also featured short overhangs, an increased horsepower of 125 Hp, a three speed transmission and the introduction of a two-speed transfer case.  Clearly, Toyota was doing something special that from 1961 to 1965, the FJ40 was Toyota’s best selling vehicle.

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The retro FJ Cruisers introduced in 2005 carried quite a bit of resemblance to the FJ40.  Features like the white roof top, round lights and bold fenders were inspirations taken from the past.  Since its release, Toyota also offered a special trim each year called the Trail Teams Edition – FJ Cruiser.

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Now that you’ve been up to speed with FJ’s past, let’s go through what we got to drive around for a few days – these are the 2012 Radiant Red and 2013 Cement Grey Metallic Trail Teams Edition FJ Cruisers. Distinguished through the monochromatic exterior paint scheme combined with blacked out bumpers, handles, side mirrors and grill are sure give away features of this special trim. One cannot miss the emblem “Toyota” on it’s grill as it is the only vehicle in the Toyota fleet even in the past that carried the company name  instead of just a mere Toyota logo.

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As we excitedly debated where to take the Trail Teams edition rigs and also wanting to bring back the trucks in one piece; we decided to take them to Trabuco Canyon Road.  The trails were unpaved and rough but just enough to exercise the capabilities of the standard Trail Team edition truck trim. As we hit 5 freeway, I immediately noticed the trucks’ toy like features and bulkiness.  These rigs are no sport cars that will zig-zag in and out of the freeway lanes.  However, even with a curb weight of a little over 4200 lbs, the 4.0 liter engine prove to have an up and go in a linear direction.  The FJ is easy and comfortable to drive. Acceleration is quick for this type of vehicle; handling is balance and very predictable.  Both FJs’ are equipped with the 4.0 Litre, 24-Valve, DOHC V6 engine that produces 260 horsepower and 271 lb.-ft. of torque. This proven power plant is mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission. The trucks that we got to test out had the 5-speed automatic tranny.  This tranny set-up is the preferred choice for most buyers specially if when navigating through California traffic.

The FJ’s Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), where both intake and exhaust camshaft timing continuously adjust to readily deliver a broad torque band whenever this is needed.  This is also partnered with an advanced Sequential Multi-Port Fuel Injection system to  efficiently use the vehicle’s 72 liters of fuel.  The FJ cruiser also runs very well with just 87 octane fuel however for more demanding situations such as towing, off-roading and driving at high elevation, Toyota recommends using premium 91 octane fuel.

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The ride through Trabuco Canyon Road was pretty smooth.  I anticipated it to be loud and creaky due to the tire and suspension set-up used on the trucks.  The Radiant Red FJ had the blacked out 16-inch, TRD alloys while the Cement Gray FJ was outfitted with the TRD Beadlock-style alloy wheels.  Both FJs had their wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A tires (LT265/75R16) which were surprisingly quiet at highway speeds as well as when these were bruised and  abused on gravel during our test ride.  Double wishbone front suspension and four-link rear suspension with lateral track bar, coil springs and stabilizer bar partnered with some Bilstein shock absorbers were used in front and rear.  The FJ was also complemented with good wheel travel and 9.6-inches of ground clearance to provide that smooth-bump-and-grind drive.  In addition, I also learned that the rigs were also designed to have the air intake sit high on the hood which would make it possible to drive through substantial water hazards (though we don’t have the balls to try this feature out yet).

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The interior was designed to be simple and straight forward.  Steering responses are appropriate and the steering wheel feels fitting, where won’t realize that you’re driving a bulky rig.  There were quite recognizable blind spots as you sit up high which takes some getting used to. The exterior hue flowed in the interior of the vehicle where the seats were also tastefully accented. Ready for mud and grime, rubber flooring was used from front to back for easy clean-ups.  The instrumentation pod which includes a compass, outside temperature gauge and ‘inclinometer’ that goes on the dash is offered as an option for the Trail Teams Special Edition FJ cruisers. Shift knob levers were ergonomically designed and located for optimal driver reach.  The base model Bluetooth ready sound system was enough but could be improved for the daily drive.

However, all good things must come to an end.  Not that our test drive will soon be over but during the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show week, Toyota announced that the 2014 FJ Cruiser Trail Teams Ultimate Edition will be its final hurrah.  The FJ Ultimate Edition will pay tribute to the iconic Land Cruiser FJ40.  It will show off the newly developed “Heritage Blue” paint scheme inspired by the FJ40’s most sought after color.  And the front grill surround will also be painted in white.  It will also be equipped with a Race-inspired Toyota Racing Development (TRD) suspension which will be an upgrade from the 2013 Trail Teams Edition model.  A TRD stamped skid plate made from one-quarter –inch thick aluminum plate comes standard on the Ultimate Edition – improving approach angle and providing underbody protection.  The 2014 FJ Cruiser Trail Teams Ultimate Edition is scheduled to roll into dealerships in February 2014.

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Overall, the Trail Teams Edition FJ Cruisers were really fun and comfortable to drive.  I have been so used to driving low vehicles that the exceptional ground clearance these trucks offer was really a treat to have.  There were times that I would have mental lapses and angle the truck on speed bumps or inclined entry ways – when these are more than capable of running them over without hesitation.  The Trail Teams Edition FJs were not built to be rock-crawlers by any means.  They may be considered a poor man’s Range Rover or Land Rover but its price, safety, reliability and all-terrain capabilities are enough to satisfy an ordinary off-road trail seeker.  Even as we bid our farewell to an iconic vehicle, I do anticipate that the FJ cruiser will hold its value and continue to attract serious off-roaders in pushing its limits.

On a side note – we liked the FJ so much that we’ll be keeping the 2013 Cement Gray Trail Teams Edition.  We have some upgrades in-line that will enhance the bulky beast inside and out.  First off, for our daily listening pleasures – do we hear OEM Audio+

So stay tuned for the next one…

Peace! and  Merry Christmas to all! =)

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References:

2005 Dec. 19 “History of the Toyota Land Cruiser”. theautochannel.com.

2013 Nov. 5 “Happy Trails, FJ Cruiser”.  http://pressroom.toyota.com/releases

SEMA Show 2013 – Denny’s Picks

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SEMA2013-80832013 SEMA was bigger, badder, and stronger. Having a predominate amount of Asian friends, it was no surprise that their top picks were the Liberty Walk 458 and GT-R. There is no denying that they are bitchen cars, but I wanted to show some of our DaYUUM readers some other cars that are just as awesome and why. By no means do I think the other builds weren’t worthy, but there simply isn’t enough time to see every car. The show is a bit overwhelming and unless you spend at least a day in each hall examining every single car, the conclusion would be the same, there just isn’t enough time to see everything.

But lets cut to the chase with my picks.

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SEMA2013-7799My first pick is the Tjin Edition Ecoboost F-150. This F-150 is more than meets the eye and other than the obvious wide body treatment on the Ecoboost, the team at Unique Fabrication slaved over 300 man hours on the suspension alone. The mastermind behind the build, Neil Tjin, decided on using Raptor fenders and bed to widen the body. That addition later on became more of a challenge than he expected. While it seems like a simple bolt-on, not all parts are created equal. It’s no where near a complete fit; the hood lines do not match up, the suspension wouldn’t work, and the rear valences had to be custom formed.

Neil’s choice to keep the factory F-150 grille was an important detail to maintain the F-150 trim. The enthusiasts of the Raptor will know that the front bumper has also been chopped and lowered to maintain the same lower body line. It’s those subtle details that tie this build together.

SEMA2013-7830The rear roll pan didn’t have matching lines, so the guys at Unique had to form that in. They also included the rear bumper sensors to maintain factory functionality.

After the body panels were on, Unique Fabrication diverted their attention to the front suspension. In order to maintain ride quality and drivability, a combination of custom fabricated parts and factory Raptor arms were used help with camber and travel issues associated with the factory F-150 suspension. The end result is factory comfort at any height.

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The AccuAir air management system drops the F-150 on its frame with a touch of a button. A noticeable thump will let you know you’re on the frame.

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SEMA2013-7833Finishing off the body was DTM Autobody to complete the color transformation, while Styles finalizied the pinstripes, and Line-X solidifying the bed interior.

The truck scene isn’t a new breed, rather a breed that’s been lost in the evolution of the aftermarket automotive industry. I especially loved the Tjin Edition F-150 because of its clean, near factory appearance that ironically took hundreds of man hours to complete.

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SEMA2013-7902My second pick is a 1971 De Tomaso Pantera which was built by the Ring Brothers in collaboration with Nike’s Skunk Work Innovation Team. It was built for Cheryl Brickle as a tribute build for her late husband Randy.

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SEMA2013-7925The 1971 Pantera would be called – ADRNLN. The Ring Brothers has been one of my favorite build teams because of their keen attention to detail. From the factory, the ’71 Pantera is equipped with a 351 Ford Cleveland engine outputting 330 hp. The mid-engine set up propels the 3,100 lbs Pantera to a top speed of 159 mph.

SEMA2013-7906The Ring Brothers decided to ditch the Ford 351 in favor of a Wegner Motorsports LS3 matched up with an Holly Dominator EFI, good for 600 hp.

SEMA2013-7895I’m very impressed by the execution of the Pantera. The color combo is absolutely beautiful and the custom machining is top notch. ADRNLN has been slightly widened and the factory pop-up headlights have been ditched for a pair of sealed lenses. The facelift has a Ford-GTish look.

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SEMA2013-7933I’m overly excited with all the machining involved with ADRNLN, including the coilover top hats and tower brace. The custom headers leading to a pair of stainless Flowmasters is a signature for the Ring Brothers.

Like the Tjin Edition F-150, ADRNLN, has a reworked suspension. The front and rear suspension originated from a C5 Corvette attached to a custom Roadster Shop chassis.

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SEMA2013-7922The interior was rather simplified and modernized with an added twist. The Ring team formed an alliance with Nike’s Skunk Work Innovation Team to design the interior of ADRNLN. They ditched the airplane like cockpit and relocated the center mounted gauges to the main cluster. Classic instrument gauges, Alpine head unit, and even a USB port just awes me!

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SEMA2013-7912By looking at the images you can tell why I love this creation so much. From the fastening hardware to the 6-pot Baer brake system coupled with custom HRE Wheels put ADRNLN on the pedestal. The fit and finish was on point!

On to my next and final.

The Torino Talladega began its life as a project to compete in NASCAR during the late 60’s. The objective was to complete a more aerodynamic body, which resulted in the 1969 Torino Talladega. The Talladega adapted its name after the Talladega Racetrack in Alabama and less than 1000 was produce to satisfy NASCAR’s production rules.

At SEMA I stumbled on this 1969 GPT Special and it blew my mind! This ’69 is a creation from Rad Rides by Troy, for owner, George Poteet. I first learned about Troy watching episodes of RIDES. RIDES was a show on Discovery Channel that would dissect the build process by trailing the builders step-by-step. It’s was informative and genuine like how a reality show should be.

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SEMA2013-8045As I approached the car, I could just feel being sucked in more and more in amazement. The metal work on both the interior and exterior was phenomenal. The evenly space rivets was harmonious.

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SEMA2013-8054The engine compartment was just as beautiful with the BOSS 530 pumping out 700 HP. The metal work and riveted panels carried into the bay as well.

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There is no denying the beauty of this 69. Pictures alone can not describe the work; the details, the creativity, and the personality. I was honored to have seen it and I appreciate all the work involved in this build.

I wasn’t able to get the information I wanted on this build during the show and I refrain from using the internet as a source of my stories, but If you want more information, I am sure there are plenty of articles about it on the web. My objective was to introduce vehicles for the readers to ponder on. Give them a taste of some amazing cars that might not have enough deserved expose in the mainstream and intrigue them enough to look further is the reasoning of why I chose these vehicles. Granted, there are 1000’s of other well executed builds on the show floor but I was not able to see it all.

In a later feature, I will do a round up of other cars of SEMA. In the meantime, thanks for reading and check out our other SEMA features by Scottie, Justin, and Jae. Thank you!

-@DaYUUMDen

Justin’s SEMA picks
Scottie’s SEMA pick
Jae’s Ladies of SEMA

SEMA Show 2013 – Scottie’s Pick

Every year just before the holidays, SEMA brings together and unites the aftermarket auto industry into a one week long event held in Las Vegas. I was blessed to have the opportunity this year to attend the biggest modified car show in the United States. SEMA’s awe inspiring venue consists of over 7000+ automobile companies, which are divided into 4 sub halls in the Las Vegas Convention Center. The North Hall provided visitors the advantage of upcoming tools, collision and repair, and latest mobile electronics. Central Hall delivered, racing and performance, hot rod alley, and restoration market place. Providing the audience with the leading tire and rim companies was the South Hall (Lower). For the off-road enthusiast the South Hall (Upper Level) is the place to be giving attendees a firsthand look at the Rugged Lifestyle. After walking all the halls of the convention center, I finally found what I call the coolest ride of SEMA and no it wasn’t a classic Japanese car.

Let me introduce you to the Hayashi Telempu booth, located at the North Hall. Featuring technology at its finest. Hayashi Telempu has remained at the forefront of automobile technology through constant evolution throughout the years. They specialize for safe, comfortable and environmentally friendly automotive products unique to the customers’ tastes.

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I decided to go outside the box and feature this Toyota Vellfire. This unique van from Japan is no ordinary soccer mom minivan it is something of pure luxury.

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The interior of the Vellfire is unlike any other minivan. When you open the doors and step into an inviting interior that cocoons you from the outside world. The themed interior embraces you in a unique high-quality ambience. This surrounds you in your personal imperial palace of luxury and comfort.

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Every detail has been carefully designed; from the finest grade natural grain leather to the LED trimmings.

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This custom removable headliner hides the gigantic twin moon roofs as if they never existed. The carefully positioned mood lighting sets the tone for exquisite comfort.

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With an advanced entertainment, navigation and communication all working together to embrace both elegance and simplicity.

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This unique LED safety feature blinks backwards preventing unintentional crashes when getting in or out of the car both at night and during the day.

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The polished stainless steel plates on both driver and passenger side floor emits a white LED glow, spelling out the Vellfire name.

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This concludes my topic for SEMA 2013. Big thanks to Hayashi Telempu for allowing me full access of their awesome Toyota Vellfire. Without their help we would not have been able to see the unbelievable interior this Vellfire had to offer. I hope you enjoyed this imperial palace on wheels.

Till next year! Peace!

-Scottie

SEMA Show 2013 – Justin’s Picks

There are always so many vehicles to see and people to meet at SEMA show and this year was no different, if anything it seemed much more jam packed than past years I’ve attended. The foot traffic was clearly higher and the show even expanded to include an additional lot with more feature cars.

However, while roaming the halls, there were two rides that really caught my eye. Both have two distinct styles of builds; one appealing to styles I’ve been accustomed to in my recent years in the car scene and the other taking me back to my childhood about what drew me into cars in the first place.

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First is the Bulletproof Automotive Concept One Scion FR-S, which I first got to see during Scion’s SEMA media preview.

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Being a Scion owner myself, I’ve really taken notice to the ability of fellow builders to customize Scions in a way that dares to push the envelope. And turning a little sports compact car into a supercar is exactly what Bulletproof Automotive sought out to do.

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Carbon fiber is one of the hot trends going on right now; originally being used as a performance upgrade do to its light weight, high tensile strength, and high temperature tolerance, but recently it has been used aesthetically as well. Its always a bonus on my book if it is executed perfectly on both aspects.

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Along with the carbon fiber modifications, the Concept One is sitting on my favorite wheel brands, RAYS Volk Racing. These G25’s all play together to help keep the weight down on this beast.

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Why is that important you may ask? Because it’s being powered with all Powerhouse Amuse engine upgrades.

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This turbocharged engine can push up to 500HP, making the power-to-weight ratio of the Concept One significantly higher than a stock Lexus LFA!

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CUSCO suspension, carbon fiber interior trimming, Recaro seats!? This car just keeps taking all of my favorite brands and throwing them into this build. There’s nothing not to like about it.

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Every aspect of this build goes above and beyond what someone would expect from an import car, let alone any car. I was even fortunate enough to bump into the builder, Ben Schaffer. He was actually the one who spotted me and talked about how he loved the night shots we got of the car. Well the pleasure was all mine, taking pictures of such a well build car.

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Now let’s move into a whole other direction. My other top pick at this year’s SEMA show is a Porsche 964 looking minty fresh at the H&R booth. This special little euro is owned by none other than Brian Henderson, better known as the founder of Rotiform wheels.

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The elegant styling that all Porsches have is timeless and is what started my obsession with cars back when I was still practicing my multiplications. I remember going to book fairs in elementary school and skipping the books just to go straight to the posters for sale. For 50 cents, I bought my first Porsche 911 Carrera poster. I think I still have it here in my rooms somewhere!

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In contrast to the Concept One FR-S, this 964 kept the simple, yet iconic Porsche styling and just added his little touches here and there. Unfortunately, one of the problems with owning (let alone building) a euro car here in the states is that there are not enough mechanics experienced with working on them. It was only right to ship this build off to his friends in London to get worked on.

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Milestone71 were major players helping Brian achieve the dream he had for his 964.

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Without tampering the body lines, there are still some minor modifications that make this Porsche stand apart from any other. Of course the mint green paint job is dead give away, but upon further inspection, a single AP Car Design mirror is molded onto the driver side while the passenger side had its mirror completely deleted.

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There really isn’t too much to say about this Porsche because of how simple it just sits. It has original Porsche styling with Brian’s originality blended within it.

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Of course this build could not be complete without some perfectly fitting Rotiform wheels. Along with a perfect drop on H&R suspension, these new Rotiform FUC tie in seamlessly with the rest of the build. It brings a modern twist back the classic styling of the Fuchs Wheels most Porsche’s had back in the day.

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But overall, what’s cool about this ride isn’t just what has been done to it, but it’s what Brian does with it. While most builds become trailer queens, Brian let’s this beast roam, including thousands of miles driving around Europe after the 964 was finally set out of the shop. Being able to own a Porsche is a little dream of mine, having one this nice would be epic. While I would be worried about any potential damages it might sustain on the roads, I would have a bigger urge of wanting to be able to drive it every chance I got.

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SEMA show this year has to be one of my most memorable thus far. It was the first year I was able to have an extended stay in Las Vegas to explore the show freely throughout the week. I was able to shake a lot of hands and focus on specific booths, people, and cars rather than rush through to try and cover everything. It was a great week and I just wanted to thank everyone there to make it what it was!

-Justin (@justdayuum)

Mike’s Earpiercing Track Killa

Mike’s  TE27 just seized  my attention as soon as I got the glimpse of this red beast.  Introduced by a fellow old school Toyota owner (KP), Neil, from Klassified; I first met Mike Muniz at AutoCon.   Standing still, you’ll know that this Corolla was meant to be unkind to whoever challenges it on the track. One will easily notice hints such as racing seats, roll cage, ear head phone and Advan tires to name a few.

After reading the details that Mike had provided me about his ride and as passionate as he is about his build, I’ve decided that with this feature I’ll let Mike take you to a good read in his own words.  No need to alter what he had put together – putting a good twist to this feature.  And here’s how it goes…

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…This is how it all got started. I moved here from the Philippines when I was 17 years old in 1987.  I quickly got a job as a parts guy at Trak Auto (now known as O’Reilly Auto Parts).  I saved up all my hard earned cash and searched for a TE27 (all the fast and cool guys owned a TE27 or KE25 in Manila), but there were none to be found in decent shape that is.  Then I get a call from a longtime friend that lives in Japan who told me that there were two TE27s for sale and that he could not afford to purchase the cars since him and his wife just bought a new house and had no more extra funds to spend on 2 project cars.  Not knowing the laws for importing cars to the United States, I did not care and could not pass up the opportunity.

The previous owner had been a collector who had planned on restoring the pair; but like most projects, having the car dismantled both time and money ran out.  The project rusted away in a make shift garage for over 10 years.  The owner eventually passed away and his son put both cars up for sale.  That’s when I came in…

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Shipping the cars from Japan was fairly easy since my friend from Japan had an Import/Export furniture business that bought goods from the United States then sold it in Japan.  Registering both cars however turned into a sea of red tape.  After a few calls and vehicle “modifications: the car you see now finally got registered (the other one took another 20 years to get registered and restored… that’s another story in itself).  Wait, I’m getting ahead of myself here… back to the condition of the car when I opened the shipping container.  I was shocked and thought what did I get myself into? The previous owner had stripped the care thinking he was going to restore the cars. As time went on, a lot of the parts got lost or got thrown away over the years; and then there was the rust! There was a good deal of rust pretty much everywhere! The car had been off the road for many years and parts supply for these cars dried up.  I tried to save as many of the body panels as I can but front fenders and rear quarter panel’s where too badly rusted to save.  So I made it a routine to visit the 4 pick-a-part junk yards in my area daily, till I was able to get decent fenders and rear quarter panels that would be later grafted onto the car.  I had the bodywork done by a local shop in my area and just had it in black primer (since I was new to the country, I did not know where to go). 

Fast forward to 1998, eventually through the guys at TNT Motorsport (JD Recto and Brooks Manabat), I met Popoy or PJ as most know him at PJ Bonifacio  AutoBody. PJ made sure every body panel was straight then it was painted in a custom red hue.  To this day 15 years later after many track events, the paint still looks great. 

The car was right hand drive back when I first got it and had the original 2TG engine, I then converted it to left hand drive and used several components from a USA spec 1974 TE-27 donor car so it could pass US safety standards and ease registration in California.  After the car was approved to be registered in California, I kept the car left hand drive for ease in road racing conditions where it was easier for me to shift gears since the “H” pattern of the transmission does not really change.  Several parts of the vehicle had been “acid dipped” for lightening; now the vehicle weighs 1920 lbs. with me in it (I weigh 280lbs). 

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The car is set up for road race and also sees track time in autocross events.  The car has had many engine installed in it including, the factory 2TG that was fully modified, 3TC full race NA, turbocharged 3TC, 4AGE 16V, 4AG 20V, 3TGTE and a 3SGTE, some did not give me the power ban I needed, and others made the car nose heavy and would under steer in high speed corners.  I have to confess, I used to rotaries.  Then one day a friend took me for a ride in his track prepped 1974 TE27 that had a blow through turbo 13B rotary engine in it. I was amazed on how quickly it turned; (light weight engine and the rotary’s low center mas) so I had a blow through turbo 13B installed in my Corolla. It was actually overpowered and made it unpredictable believe it or not as well as made the car a hand full to enjoy on the track.  I then installed a full Bridgeport 12A rotary engine that was built by Jarrett Lynch and was originally used in his RX-2 to set a record as the quickest naturally aspirated ¼ mile in California.  That motor eventually found a home in my engine compartment, after re-jetting it for road racing, the car was perfect.  Power ban started at 6000 rpm and redlined at 11000 rpm.  The engine and transmission was pushed back towards the firewall while the car was on a 4 point scale to make sure we got a 50/50 split in weight. After everything was welded, we re-weighed the car and found the front got a little lighter, so I transferred the batter back to the front to make up for the weight gain.  The car handles great.  I’ve tested it at Laguna Seca raceway, Willow Springs, Road Atlanta and Button Willow. After a few hard runs, the apex seals retired. I was originally going to rebuild the motor but as luck would have it, I have a friend who was on his way to Australia with a shipping container full of USDM front clips.  So I asked him if my little rotary could hitch a ride in the container and if he could drop the 12A at PAC, and of course he said yes. 

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After a short wait, my newly built Monster Port 12A is back is America, I did not waste any time and installed the little motor that could in my road racer.  I filled the gas tank with the recommended C16 race fuel mixed with Klotz Supertechniplate 2-stroke oil (1:1 ratio); I fired it up… and God DaYUUM!!! The f#%king thing was loud and wild- Louder and crazier sounding than the full Bridgeport engine that it once was.  I have not had a chance to track the car yet since I have been so busy with work and another restoration project (1972 Trueno Sprinter).  But I’m pretty sure this thing would be a Track Killa!

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There you have it, straight from the builder himself Mike Muniz and his track ready TE27.

Until the next one… Peace

-jayson

@dayuumjayce

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Mike Muniz’s – 1973 Toyota TE-27 Specifications

Engine & Transmission

*Mazda 12A Monster ported by  PAC and set up for Road Racing & Autocross

*Engine has all Racing Beat internals.

*Racing Beat oil pan windage tray

*Engine and Transmission moved back 6” for better weight distribution

*Weber IDA 48mm carburetor bored out to 51mm and custom made by Shawn Green

*Mallory Comp 140 fuel pump

*Mallory Comp 140 fuel filter & additional glass filter in engine compartment

*Mallory fuel pressure regulator

*Custom ½ fuel line

*Modified stock fuel tank (anti-splash foam installed)

*NGK Race spark plugs R6725-115

*Modified distributor by Rotary Shack

*MSD 8.5mm red super conductor spark plug wires

*2 Crane Cams HI-6R Ignition box

*2 Crane Cams PS92 Ignition Coils

*Glimmer Underdrive pulley system

*Tilton Double-Disc Clutch and “light” Flywheel assembly

*Mazda Turbo II 5-speed transmission with short shift kit

*Custom 2-pass radiator from Rotary Works

*Sard thermostat for the street, by-pass blocked when racing

*3 Electric radiator fan system

*Custom aluminum engine mount and transmission mount by Rotary Shack

*3” Custom exhaust system (For on road use.  Used w/ exhaust system quick disconnect)

*Race Ready electronic exhaust cutout with “Megs” megaphone

*Moroso 3” exhaust resonator

*Hushpower 3” muffler

*Racing Beat “Road Race” headers

*Quick cable power disconnect

 

Chasis

*TRD struts and springs from AE86 (front)

*Single composite rear leaf springs

*Hardened rear axle/suspension locator bolts

*Tokico Illumina 5-way adjustable rear shocks

*Cusco front adjustable camber plates

*Mazda Factory Race hardened driveshaft yoke

*Custom Aluminum driveshaft

*TRD 4:11 Limited-slip differential

*Hardened rear axles

*9×13” TRD Tosco alloy wheels

*Yokohama ADVAN tires 215/50R13 rear 185/60R13 front

*Modified front brake calipers (board and larger piston)

*Modified brake proportioning valve

*EBC “bluestuff” race brake pads

*Brembo front brake discs

*Electronic race transponder

 

Interior

*Vintage TRD race bucket seats

*TOM’s racing 4-point harness

*Custom carpeting and custom black headliner

*Aluminum & carbon fiber shift knob, E-brake handle, pedals & steering wheel.

*Grant removable steering wheel security kit.

*Autometer gauges

*Autopower cage

*Computech Exhaust Gas Temperature Plus

*All new moldings and dashboard

 

Exterior

*Acid dipped front fenders and both doors for lightening

*Custom red by P.J. Bonifacio Motorcars Autodesign & Autobody  (painted 13 yrs ago)

*Headlight wipers

*Chin spoiler and rear spoiler

*Rear bumper tail lamp guard trim

*Original complete Levin badges

*Modified Oil cooler

*Rare TE27 chrome trim around the front grill

*Extended front and rear tow straps/ring

*All new window seals

*Solex locks on both doors and trunk

Scott VanderHeide – Nissan Raceshop – B13 Sentra SE-R

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My fondest memory of a Nissan Sentra was in the 90’s when my buddy Armando had a crew called Insane Racing in North Carolina. In his crew, there was a black Sentra SE-R owned by Chris Argo. Given the popularity of Honda’s and Acura’s at that time, the Nissan Sentra was overlooked on both style and performance. Even though the sleeper SE-R boasted 140HP with its 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, the Acura Integra’s (non-VTec) 142HP was still a more popular choice. Before the black Sentra was boosted, it was juicing a happy 125-150HP shot of nitrous via direct-port. While some of the Honda blocks had a hard time keeping things together, the solid deck block of the SR20DE held up with ease even with the combo of boost and juice. That’s when I became impressed with the SE-R and the SR20DE block.

Katelin_Southern-0195We met Scott VanderHeide while interviewing his race mate and girlfriend Kerryann De La Cruz, Scott had a Sentra that he was re-building. In fact, we had to push it that night of the filming for some reason. At the time, It was solid red with a few hand crafted Home Depot mods to assist with airflow and cooling.

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Scott_Nissan-5240In 2013, Scott fully committed into completing the Sentra for competition. The commitment morphed the Sentra into a beast with a new graphics package by Gatorwraps and aero package by Andy Turlo of Robispec. An APR Performance GTC-200 rear wing was added as well. Scott chose a combination of KSport Coilovers, Whiteline sway bars with bushings, and Team Dynamic Pro Race wheels attached to Toyo R888 to keep the Sentra on the track. The larger Wilwood brake helps Scott hone in his braking target.

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Scott_Nissan-5269The factory motor was quickly replaced by an SR20DET from a Japanese spec Pulsar GTiR, but even in stock trim it couldn’t meet the demands Scott was looking for. The internals were swapped for stronger JE Pistons and a Synergy 20G turbocharger was added. At the time of the shoot, Scott was still waiting for the Garrett GTX3067R turbocharger to land into his hands. A few goodies from Turbosmart was added on to regulate pressure and boost, while a Godspeed intercooler lowers the intake temp.

While i’m only slightly capable of describing how Scott started racing to the ladies, Scott was kind enough to give us a few words during his downtime.

DaYUUM: When did you start getting involved with cars?
Scott: I’ve pretty much always been involved with cars in some way or another.  My dad used to take me go-kart racing when I was younger and I always kind of had a knack for it.  At 16 years old I bought my first car…a brand new 1990 Nissan 240sx way before it was cool ($11,500 – 1 at this price).  During my teens and early 20’s, I didn’t own a car for more than 2 years…I was always on to the next car and modifications!

DaYUUM: How did you get involved into motorsports?
Scott: My first job out of college was working with the Marlboro Team Penske Racing Team. I performed onsite marketing/promotions with the team as we followed the C.A.R.T. circuit which then merged with Indy Racing.  We also worked a promotional program funded by Philip Morris and Marlboro.  I was part of the staff at the Marlboro Racing School.  One of the bonuses of working with the team was that we always rotated the staff into the school as students.  I was able to get a free education in car control on the job…the rest I think I just learned through Osmosis!  Honestly, you can’t work in this field without catching the bug.  After 6 years of traveling with the team, I took a good paying stationary job where I was able to build my own car and start racing for fun.  After that…it just became a disease.  I compare it to any addiction…drugs, alcohol, gambling, racing…all the same stuff!  After five years out of the industry…I became bored.  I don’t make half as much money as I used to…but at least I get to work in this industry again…and I wouldn’t change a thing!

DaYUUM: What other motor sports have you been involved with? Either for fun or competition?
Scott: I started with Auto-X and quickly got bored with it.  Seriously….in a full day, you’d get less than 10 minutes of actual driving! And then they made you work!  I soon worked my way into open track days with Redline Track Events and Speed Ventures.  2+ hours of driving in a day…and I could relax between sessions…yeah that’s the ticket!   Then Redline created their first Time Attack event and I decided to give it a shot.  It was so much fun that I continued to go, learn, and progress as their events did the same. The best part about being out at the track is the friendships I have made throughout the years.  Heck, I even met the most amazing woman in the world at a Redline Time Attack event 5 years ago…and she is still here by my side.  I even have Time Attack to thank for my career in this industry.  I met the owner of Fontana Nissan, Mike Cronin Jr. at an event at Buttonwillow Raceway…which resulted in the position I hold today.
DaYUUM: Tell me the services that Nissan RaceShop provides.
Scott: NissanRaceShop is the Motorsports/Performance division of Fontana Nissan.  We specialize in aftermarket performance parts for Nissans and Infinti’s.  Although we don’t limit ourselves to those makes…a lot of our customers drive other makes and models.  With the support of the owners of Fontana Nissan (Family Owned), we have a huge amount of freedom with this department and offer a huge variety of aftermarket and OEM parts and Genuine Accessories.  We are a small crew of true automotive enthusiasts that actually use the parts we sell.  Race on Sunday…Sell on Monday.  We live this statement!  Our service department is also a Mod-Friendly Service Center.  Its not uncommon to see 4-5 R35 GT-R’s getting serviced here, full blown race cars getting track prepped and aligned, lifted Off-Road Trucks, and even Herra-Frush cars too!  No, really…we actually welcome Modified Cars here 😉

DaYUUM: How did you decide on the platform you have now to compete.
Scott: After racing my 05 Subaru STi for the previous 5 years, I was able to accomplish many goals…but it was time to move on.  With the new position as Motorsports Director, I felt it was in the best interest of the store that I pilot some sort of Nissan.  I firmly believe that it brings legitimacy when I can talk to my customers and explain what parts I recommend and show that I use the exact parts on my own race car.  I found this car as a rolling chassis from a gentleman in Las Vegas that had already gutted and caged the car…it was a good start.  This build was meant to be a budget build…even though it has been nothing but budget!  I guess it never is when it comes to racing.  The B13 Sentra really is a good platform…its light, nimble, and has a pretty good aftermarket available to it.

Scott’s sponsors include: Fontana Nissan, NissanRaceShop.com, OSR Dyno, Robispec, Turbo by Garrett, Jordan Innovations, Toyo Tires, Team Dynamics, Whiteline Suspension, Turbosmart USA, KSport Suspension, Sparco USA, Buddy Club USA, Gatorwraps, APR Performance, AEM Electronics, Mishimoto, JE Pistons, and Wolf Technology

Other mods include:

Engine:
Snow Performance Water/Methanol Injection
RC Engineering 1000cc injectors
Tuning by Reggie Youmans of OSR Dyno in Fontana, CA

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AEM EMS-4 Stand Alone ECU
AEM Gauges – Water Temp, Oil Temp, Oil Pressure
Snow Performance Water/Meth Controller
Turbosmart Electronic Boost Controller
All wiring by Jeff Jordan of Jordan Innovations

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Buddy Club P1 Race Seats
Sparco 6 point harness
Sparco Competition Wheel with Quick Release
Custom 6 Point Cage
Dash wrapped with Suede

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Fastbrakes Wilwood big brake kit up front (Thank you Mike Kojima!)

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Seibon Carbon Fiber Hood
Seibon Carbon Fiber Trunk
Extreme Dimensions R33 Style Front Bumper

 

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I would like to thank all of my valuable sponsors that make it possible for me to do what I love. Special thanks to my pit crew, Robert Krencik, Chris Heimburg, Aaron Singh, and Albert Castaneda. You guys bust your asses to make sure I can drive the car safely on track…I’d be nothing without you guys! Reggie Youmans and his crew at OSR Dyno for putting in tons of hard work prepping the motor and tuning before we head to the track. Also thanks to Andy Turlo and Robert Fuller of Robispec for dialing in my suspension and aerodynamics. And of course, my beautiful girlfriend, photographer, and hype woman, Kerryann…I’m the luckiest guy in the world! And thank you to the guys at DaYUUM! For always showing your support!

If you feel the need to stalk or to keeps tabs on what Scott and Kerryann are doing, then check out their site www.scottandkerryann.com. It’s pretty hilarious because they video tape the most random stuff and talk about cool things and completely nonsense. It’s worth checking out – I got hooked on it – Episode 1 was hilarious.

Thank  you Scott for your time and always supporting us! -@DaYUUMDen

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