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

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

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

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

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

I thank Jason and Suzan for their time!

-Denny @dayuumden

WekFest LA 2012 – Long Beach – Vortech Superchargers – Tjin Edition

WekFest made its way back to Long Beach this year for the second time. But for geographical popularity, they chose to call it WekFest LA, which confuses some locals. In any case, we had the chance to visit Hawaii for WekFest and earlier in the year we went to WekFest up in San Francisco, therefore when it came time for the LA event we were destined to be there. Long Beach is our backyard; literally, some of the crew, including myself resides in Long Beach and have for many years.

For WekFest LA we teamed up with our site partners Vortech Superchargers and our friends at Tjin Edition. We were lucky enough to occupy some space and helped man their booth. Several AirPower group cars surrounded the area.

Gene Tjin’s Lysholm powered Camaro led the pack,

Followed by Sean’s teal wrapped 350Z sporting the Vortech V-3 SCi Supercharger.

And finished off with Sal’s “Last Ride”, also fronting the Vortech V-3 Si Supercharger.

Vortech also brought their display of forced induction add-ons

Tjin Edition was on hand with their Wraptivo Civic Si sitting on dual color Rotiforms.

And friends Ian and Nikki joined with their E30 on hot pink BBS’s.

The WekFest show was short of disappointing. Plenty of nicely built Honda’s were on hand such as Big Mike’s Prelude and this Red NSX with gold plated Mugen MF10s, both were part of ItsJDMYo’s harem of cars.

One of my favorite H-cars was this Jasper Green DA. It brought back memories of when I first started the compact car scene when I had my EF sedan, in fact, I also owned a Jasper Green LS. This Acura Integra (DA) sat pretty, with color-matched moldings and mirrors (although aftermarket), an option that didn’t come factory with this trim (LS, if I am not mistaken, I didn’t spend much time on it). That simple modification was fitting for that era. A newer year bumper was added as well.  It was sitting on SSR EX-C NEOs with color-matched accents. It was different to see it not triple-chromed like how I use to see them.

Moving forward, some exotics filled the Queen Mary Event Park, as euros, and various Japanese origin cars also occupied the grass.

Making our way back, we spotted this white Camaro with a Lysholm Supercharger as well as this Miata on a very deep set of SSR EX-C Fins.

An S14 with a cool license plate.

Back by the ItsJDMYo’s model lounge we saw Chaba signing posters and

just on the backside we ran into Leon Casino with his Spoon CR-X

At home base, we got some action with Debbie Sath floating graciously in front of Sal’s “Last Ride”

While a paparazzi were flossing Gene’s ride.

Freddy of AutoFashion was busy jabbin’ on the cell.

WekFest ended on a great note,

MV Designz’ Kogi BBQ Scion xD won 1st place Scion.

 

Air Runner had a fleet of vehicles including Jon Sibal’s Challenger

and Fuscions iQ and Prius.

At the end of the day, the weather was phenomenal, and we are anticipating WekSOS’s next event. I want to thanks Vortech Superchargers, Tjin Edition, and WekSOS for the hospitality. Thanks to Jimmy Dang for assisting in some of the shots.

Here is a video recap from PhotoMD

-d!

Universal Technical Institute – Ford Mustang GT Convertible – Tjin Edition

SEMA has been the holy grail of auto events for many years. It’s what most builders stride for. It’s the icing on the cake, the Mt. Everest for car builders and designers. Leading up to this event, builders are frantically getting all the nuts and bolts tidied up, companies are finalizing all the logistical nightmares associated with it, and enthusiasts are praying their bossy bosses give them the time off needed to attend this event. At SEMA, the sight is overwhelming, car porn some say, a visual orgasm – to say the least.

SEMA builds take careful planning in order to execute a successful build. And, that’s the reason why Universal Technical Institute (UTI), a vocational school, contacted the Tjin Edition crew to assist in their SEMA projects. Their relationship started in 2010 when UTI and Tjin Edition built a Ford Fiesta as a giveaway car, which debuted in the Ford booth at SEMA. The Fiesta was then brought to many UTI campuses and toured with the Tjin Edition Roadshow. At the end of the 2011 show season, it was given away to a lucky entrant.

In 2011, the two collaborated again, except this time it’s with a 2012 Ford Mustang 5.0 GT Convertible.  Why Tjin Edition? Tjin Edition has a deep history in the automotive industry. Having built and designed cars for the last decade and a half, they have polished their work and have taken design into a different direction. A direction that doesn’t exactly follow trendy styles but a direction the sets their own style that is clean, stylish, and detail orientated – not fads or gaudy bolt-ons that mimic Lamborghini.

For the GT build, UTI and Tjin Edition masterminded with Gurnade Designs for a scheme that was attractive, yet powerful. After a few look-overs and some minor tweaks, the perfect rendition for the GT was completed.

Six weeks before SEMA, a silky black Mustang GT Convertible arrived at the Tjin Edition stable. Without any hesitation, the black horse was carriaged to L&R Autobody where it was molested and disrobed. For 2-weeks the custom DuPont Orange was meticulously applied to cover it’s scuffed shell. Like all of Tjin Edition builds, the paint is sprayed throughout – engine, jams, the complete shell. Every piece that could be removed was. This ensures perfect coverage around pesky corners and hard to reach areas. During the time at L&R, the interior was removed and covered in black leather with yellow diamond stitching. The final touches were the UTI logos on the headrests.

At the time of assembly, the Scosche Realm audio system was added into the GT. All wiring and signal cables were complements of Scosche EFX. In addition, two air tanks and Nitrous Express bottles were painted to color match the exterior.

While the paint was still fresh, the GT was hustled to the AirPower Group, the home of Paxton Supercharging System in Oxnard. Paxton was in charge of giving the well mannered 5.0L GT a lot more gallop.  At Paxton, the team carefully analyzed the components of the fresh engine and fitted it with a NOVI 2200SL Supercharger, an air-to-air intercooler, and dyno-tuned the beast to 615HP with 475ft. lbs. of torque.

The GT was then taken back to home base at Unique Fabrication in Irvine where Adam and his crew installed the 6-piston Baer brakes and 15.5” rotors. A CDC light bar was also installed.

While at Unique, the Forgestar Concave CF10 20” wheels were fitted to improve the overall appearance. It was then finished off with a set of Falken FK452 rubber – allowing the GT the shoes it deserves to gallop. The Tjin Edition team then installed the AirLift air suspension to the GT, which gave it the proper look while cruising or parked.

On the road, the throaty sound of the MagnaFlow resonates and has no problem letting people know it has Paxton Power!

But to keep speeds in check, an Escort 9500 with external sensors were installed to monitor any suspicious ticket writers.

Other touches include the Lightworks LED headlight treatment; the Tangent Aluminum bolt kit, and pinstriped Forgestar wheels.

It surprises many that this build took 6-weeks from time of delivery to the time it left for SEMA. For many, a flawless execution like the GT could take months and maybe years.

 Like the Fiesta, this GT can be yours; all it takes is a visit to UTI’s page for your chance to win.

If you want to see it in person check out Tjin Edition Roadshow’s tour schedule.

In the meantime, check out the video done by PVR Motorsports.

Wekfest Hawaii with Forjworks

I thought that I was due for a quick getaway from the daily grind, do a little R and R, good food, drinks, great desserts and listening to the relaxing sound of the ocean… I had Hawaii in mind all along.  This being my second time visiting Hawaii, I was hoping to schedule my visit where I can witness the automotive styling of the Hawaiians, which I’ve only heard about and seen on website.  As I’ve arranged my visit, I was told that Wekfest will happen the same weekend.  I’ve decided that this will be a great opportunity to see some Hawaiian styled cars as well as do an event write-up for DaYUUM.

  

My first and second day in Hawaii were all about having some fun under the sun, good eats – Zippy’s covered that… and enjoying some good famous shaved ice.

  

Saturday night, I met up with the men behind Forjworks, Paul Higashi and Marshall Lum, up in Pearl City.  They were getting a matte black wrapped G35 ready for Wekfest and laying the vinyl roll call.  Here I also met the guys from Memoryfab.  They too are in town for Wekfest Hawaii.  Marshall toured me around the shop. I learned that Forjworks is a machine/ custom fabrication shop. They own multiple machining equipment such as – lathe, mill, 5 axis CNC machine and multiple presses to cater the custom fabrication needs of the automotive industry as well as the naval industry in Pearl Harbor.  With the equipment that the shop owns, they are able to design and make custom parts especially for any air ride installation that they specialize in.

Forjworks coming from the words Forge and Works where Forge  ~ Forging, is a common process used in metals, means to enhance the metal’s grain structure and physical properties.  Common materials that Forjworks use in the shop are Billet steel or stainless steel. Forjworks also specializes in molding eyelids, taillight covers and fender flares for various cars.

As we walked around the shop, Marshall showed me one of the most talked about Ruckus’ on the island and the mainland. They’ve fabricated this Ruck and installed the first Forjworks Honda Ruckus air ride kit.  The owner, Ken, added custom alloy wheels, extended rear frame, chromed kickstand, custom front forks, upgraded brake kit, custom alligator skin seat, custom pearl white paint and exhaust.  The Ruck will just catch your attention not only because of its loud exhaust notes but because of the overall build itself.

Marshall then showed me his newly installed AirRex Air Suspension System kit for his 2nd Gen xB.  His air suspension kit is also equipped with a wireless remote to dial in the desired stance of the car.  Moreover, the dampening can also be adjusted.  Dumped to the ground, the xB just sits “like a Bawss”.  I was very impressed with the AirRex System on how it ran so smoothly during operation.  We wrapped up the night by loading things needed for Sunday’s big event, Wekfest Hawaii.

The next day I met up with Marshall and Paul at Auto Customs Shop about a mile away from my hotel.  My eye readily glued on two unfamiliar platforms for car enthusiast – Toyota Sienna Minivans – the Swagger Wagons.  Forjworks just recently completed two custom air ride kits for the Sienna.  The first kit went to the gun metallic grey Sienna own by Auto Customs shop owner Jon.  Jon’s Toyota Sienna is a 2011 SE trim.  With the wagon’s already aggressive look, Jon added a set of 5 Spoke 20in. VVSCV3 Vossen wheels to complete its perfect stance, sporty look and validate that it is a true Swagger Wagon. Seeing this at Auto Customs, I knew first hand that this will be the talk of the show.

Another set of Forjworks’ custom Air Suspension kit went to Ryan’s Silver 2011 Toyota Wagon.  This Sienna is subtle and elegant with its polished wheels but you can’t ignore how dumped it was.

As I walked around the parking lot, I can’t help but notice the slammed Audi A4.  The A4 was owned by Roger who had just purchased the car two months ago.  Completely dropped using the AirRex Suspension kit with Rotiform’s 18×8.5 +35 offset all around – this car just captured the new Audi styling that is so popular today. Roger plans to continue building his car with authentic exterior euro aero parts and install simple bolt-on performance parts to the A4.

Also at the parking lot were Auto Customs’ customer cars such as a Lamborgini with Volks VR Matte black wheels.

As we set up at the parking structure where Wekfest was held, I can’t overlook Blaine’s stylin’ GS350.  As a Lexus / Toyota fanatic as myself, Blaine’s GS is just screamed elegance.  Similar to Roger’s A4, the GS is also equipped with an AirRex Air ride kit.  The big bodied lexus also had a subtle lip kit and 20×9 – 20×10.5 Silver InCurve deep concave wheels that complemented the whole look of the car which was all about class and style.

As I made my rounds at Wekfest,  I saw Pat’s TSX.  I met Pat the night before during my visit at the Forjworks shop.  Pat’s TSX had a Mugen kit, Work wheels and an insane rear camber.  Unlike Roger and Blaine’s rides, Pat’s car is equipped with an Air runner suspension kit to finish off the overall look and stance of this badass ride.  His TSX well-defined the Hellaflush movement and styling.  Pat also excitedly represented DaYUUM Hawaii style – Mahalo Pat!

At wekfest, there was a good mix of cars that filled the 5th, 6th and top floors of the parking structure.  I witnessed how Hawaiians go all out on their rides, VIP cars were like Yakuza fleet cars.

AE86 crew were also in full force to show what they got.

All kinds of insane and sexy Nissan S-chassis rides were at the event as well.

The Goodlife crew were reppin as well with a booth and Dj set up.

A carshow won’t be complete without some eye-candy, and the lovely Ms. Elissa Alva definitely filled that.  She was selling and signing autographs at the Wekfest booth.

I was surely impressed with the cars that I saw at Wekfest.  Hawaiians truly go all out when it comes to their cars.  I thank the guys from Forjworks for letting us hang out with them.  They really are experts at what they do and they know how to get cars to look “Sick” and well done.  Marshall described it best when he said “Forjworks don’t just put bolt on kits on vehicles (especially when installing Air Ride kits) but we fabricate parts to work and fit correctly on a specific car or bike.”

As the day ended, I also came to realize that I only have a few hours in Hawaii.  I had such a good time during my short stay; chillaxing, enjoying the food, beach, cars and company of my new found friends in Hawaii.  I know that it will not be the last but have no doubt that I will see you again…Hawaii, Mahalo… Until the next one… Peace! -jp

 

 

 

 

 

 

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