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Scion TRD FR-S Project Vehicle

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

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

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

Let’s look at the details up close.

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

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

GReddy Turbo Kit with upgraded Garrett Turbo

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

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

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

You just do not get better than this!

Words and Photos: Denny H.

The Legends, JDM Legends – Shop Visit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Hakosuka GT, imported, corrected, and restored is being prepped for delivery to So Cal.JDM_LEGENDS-9189

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

To show appreciation of our visit, Eric and team, put together a last minute meet for us. There lies ultra-rare and clean old school rides. I never imaged that the Utah Japanese Classic scene was on point, until that day.JDM_LEGENDS-9352

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We love JDM Legend’s parts hauler, a Datsun 620!JDM_LEGENDS-9358

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We are going to close out with this sequence shot of a slammmmmed Cressida rolling out!JDM_LEGENDS-9411

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

DaYUUM x USDM FREAX

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

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

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

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

Enter USDM FREAX magazine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Tuners and Tea – Recap – Part 3

DaYUUM! What a way to start of the New Year!! I got so tuner and tea wasted from last week’s little shindig at Guppy Tea House in West Covina. But that’s a good thing. I’ve never been a morning person, but I was up for this event, Tuners and Tea. Early morning breeze with the sun shining down, got to love this Cali weather; especially with the fresh scene of new car show lingering around.

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Usually when we host a car show, we have so much to be dealing with, running around making sure everything is working and everyone is parked where they need to be. But this meet was so relaxed that it was easy to just get lost admiring all the different cars and talking with all the fellow enthusiasts and friends. Everyone who came out was very nice and respectful, to the area and to each other. And then count the fact that the cars in attendance were very, very diverse; there was something for just about everyone.

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The parking lot all around the restaurant was like a giant game of musical chairs. There were no constraints on car show schedule, roll in and roll out times, just people coming in as they pleased to enjoy themselves. It kept the layout fresh whenever one awesome car left and opened up for another clean one to take its place. The activity even attracted random people passing by. I remember someone rolling up only after they saw all the cars and crowds while he was filling up gas in his clean OG-style Teggy across the street.

Well ’nuff with my rambling, all you need to read is that it was an awesome, super-dooper, cool, entertaining, seki, Tea-riffic meet and greet! Now let the thousand words from each of these photos do the rest of the talking.

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And this concludes our Tuners and Tea Trilogy…for the first time. The show season is just barely stirring, big things this year for us – definitely. And if all goes well, we will be making these Tuners and Tea meet and greets a monthly thing, so see you at the next one!

-Justin (@justdayuum)

A CR-X Ensemble

Marketed as an economical Japanese sport fastback, the Honda CR-X is a front wheel-drive sports compact that was introduced between 1983 and 1991.  In its 2+2 seating classification, the “little Honda that could” was popular for its responsive handling, substantial performance and the sought after good fuel economy.  During its 8 year stint in the automotive market, the CR-X had 3 generations where the third gen was dubbed as the targa top “del Sol”. In some markets, the third gen was also known as the CR-X del Sol although the design queue was totally different from the first and the second gen models.   The CR-X was the second car to receive a VTEC engine shortly after the Integra.  The engine used Variable Valve Timing that provided increased power at its high rev range, while still allowing low fuel consumption and better idling at low RPMs.  The desirable characteristics of the CR-X lured Leon Casino, an enthusiast and a recognized Honda connoisseur, to not one but a tandem of CR-Xs.

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Leon built two CR-Xs that pays tribute to two of the most respected engine tuner and parts manufacturer in the Honda realm- Mugen and Spoon Sports.  His vision of keeping these CR-Xs with an enhance OEM look, non-knock-off parts philosophy and attention to detail makes these two vehicles stand out more from the many Honda builds that we see today.  Enthusiasts and tuners that “live and breathe” Honda lust what Leon had accomplished by locating a real right-hand drive from Japan with the desired glass roof and a USDM version with time-attack theme written all over it.

Let’s start off with the Mugen CR-X.  With a pristine exterior and intact interior – this canvas was set.  It will be a disgrace to let this right-hander be just a parts vehicle for the USDM version.  Leon felt that it needed to be saved from getting axed down to pieces. He also wanted to keep the build simple and staying true to the roots of the CR-X.  He chose to address the center piece of this Mugen version by bolting down a D16A6 under the bonnet.  Before securing the D16, the internals and compression were taken care of by Exospeed in Glendale, Ca; while top end was serviced by Industrial Performance in Carson, Ca.  The paring of the 45mm Weber carburetor and polished velocity stacks will not be missed if you peeked under the hood. Of course, with the Mugen theme in mind, all the exterior and interior enhancements were either authentic Mugen or Honda parts.

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Aside from exterior and interior Mugen parts, Leon was also able to source front and rear sway bars as well as a Mugen master bushing kit.  Dialing in the height of the vehicle were Mugen N1 race-coilovers.  Falken 205/50/15 was the tire of choice.  Fitted in them were 15 x 6.5 inch Anniversary Edition Mugen MR5 wheels which completed the overall theme for this CR-X.  Functional accent to the front end of the CR-X is an Aero Duo carbon fiber hood. Factory Honda paint code from Japan was also obtained to complete this canvas.

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Deviating from subtleties of the Mugen CR-X, the Spoon Sports themed CR-X is bold and aggressive.  The body lines of this vehicle are well defined and seemed ready for any track action.  The exterior was enhanced with Password:JDM front lip, OEM rear wing, Zenon side skirts and Golden Eagle rear bumper diffuser.  The widened stance which consisted of the 16-inch Spoon SW388s shoved into Falken Azenis tires and custom fender flares were clear give-a-ways that this sport compact meant business.  Coilovers, camber kits and rear lower control arms were provided by Function and Form.  Complete bushing kits replaced the tired factory rubber  provided by Energy Suspension. With the exterior components already in-line, Spoon Sports calipers were paired with 11.1 inch rotors up front and a complete disc conversion on the rear puts this junkie to a stop.

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Every build will not be complete without the huff and puff of the engine. Leon’s poison for the Spoon build was a B16A engine.  This was also dressed with cams, intake and exhaust manifolds from ITR.  Engine timing was dialed in by Toda cam gears and belt. The carbon kevlar spark plug cover and bright yellow engine cover highlights just solidifies that this CR-X screams Spoon all the way through.

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Both of Leon’s vehicles have its own unique character.  Looking at them side by side you’ll know these builds were well planned – as the Mugen was more for cruise and very refined while the Spoon provided an antagonistic facade.  Nothing will stop one’s creativity when a vision and execution comes together effectively.  The ensemble of CR-Xs that Leon Casino shared are examples of what to expect from a true Honda aficionado… and you shouldn’t expect anything less…

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Until the next one… Peace!

-jayson

SEMA Show 2012 – Jayson’s Pick(s)

Yesterday ended the last day of the largest trade – automotive event of the 2012, SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association).  The SEMA show consists of at least 6000+ automobile companies worldwide that brings together aftermarket, original equipment, car dealers, distributors, installers, restorers and automotive specialists under the roof of the Las Vegas Covention Center.  The show brings one of the largest events in Las Vegas’.  As a group, we have decided that aside from sharing snaps of the various automotive halls at SEMA, each Dayuum member that have attended the event will be providing our DaYUUM followers and readers with personal selections that they found original, inspiring and  inventive… well,  let me rephrase that; selections that each member found Cool, Entertaining and Seksi.  That sounds about right to now… =)

Starting my selection this year, at Number (6), was believed to be one of last year’s hot rides sitting outside the convention center – StanceLab’s, Merc E.  This Merc caught the attention of the fitment fanatics.   The E’s new body style accented by the Carlsson body kit and AirRex air suspension complete the overall VIP style look of this Merc E350. Now with its revamped look and a new set of kicks, The bright red wrap and new blazing white Work wheels made this such a looker and was hard to miss just outside of the South hall of the convention center.

At Number (5), the Patina and Rat Rod looks of this – VW Bug and Dodge truck is something that I felt was creative and “thinking out of the box.”  Patina is a coating of various chemical compounds such as oxides, carbonates, sulfates formed on the surface of the metal during exposure to various environmental conditions.  Surely, this pair will likely be loved or hated by onlookers. However, I found the aged look of these vehicles aesthetically appealing.

The ’54 Chevrolet, at Number (4) completes my selection that can be viewed outside of the convention center.  As a fan of a big body styled vehicles, this classic is something that I would like to cruise in any time, any day.  Keeping the classic look while laying frame to the ground is an attribute that I’ve imagined will pair up well with these classics.  Updating the ride comfort was done by adding an air ride system coupled with some Detroit Steel wheels which sets this Chevy off my charts.

Now let’s start my top three choices that can be found indoors.  While the most people witnessed the hottest sport compact at SEMA being the FRs and BRz, I found a number of Nissans that I believe brought back the excitement of having a Japanese sports car.  Rounding up my Number (3) and Number (4) on my list respectively are the Ben Sopra R35s from Fatlace and Advan.  Fatlace has been a new front runner at adding new flavors and opening up the imaginative minds of up and coming enthusiasts.  Advan, well what can I say, they are one of the most sought after and prominent wheel manufacturer out in the market.  Fatlace’s GT-R headlined the Falken booth at the South hall while the Advan’s Godzilla lead its booth at the Central hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.  The bold widebody aero kit from Ben Sopra for the Nissan R35 GT-R simply looks stunning.  Don’t be deceived by the looks as the R35’s aerodynamics are also improved once suited with this unique aero kit.  The aero kit increases the width of the R35 by at least 4 inches.  The side splitters improve air flow which extends to the rear end of the kit.  The kit also sports a one-piece tilting front clip.  One of the most noticeable parts of the widened aero kit is the rear cantilever-mounted rear wing, located as high and far back.  This was designed to efficiently generate downforce.   The rear diffuser under the bumper was designed to control the air from underneath, planting the vehicle towards the ground, while greatly influencing the GT-R’s behavior during cornering. Ben Sopra’s widened aero kit may not be for the typical Joe as it is estimated to retail somewhere around the $40K range.  However, if you can afford such as sports car such as the R35 and willing to take your ride to the extreme – this may be a kit for you.

Finally we’ve arrived to my final and top choice from the event – D Sport 1996 Skyline R33 GTR.  Not only does this R33 look good in black but truly menacing as well.  The chute positioned at back says it all… this is a devil that doesn’t look back.  And as I love somewhat older vehicles, it was only fitting that I close my SEMA selection with this 90’s beast.

I’ll let the DSport Skyline R33 video speak for itself – Enjoy!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL4wNZXvQU8

As I prepare to the drive back to Cali – Hope you guys enjoyed the read up through the selection and hope that you guys would also check out the rest of the crews’ SEMA picks.

Until the next one… Peace

-jayson (dayuumjayce)

Ben’s BlackTop ‘Rolla

I’ve always appreciated older vehicles that have been given a new breath of life.  This holds true for both domestic and import machineries.  Often times, I really don’t want to make this too obvious… One, it provides hints and signs of times – getting the dreaded question about age becomes common.  Two, you get the “itch” to start what may seem to be a little project but we all know this isn’t always the case.

Though I’ve had a keen eye for both older domestic and import vehicles, seeing the older Toyotas specially the 80’s on the road or events without fail always catches my attention and has been my kryptonite.  Let’s get this straight – I’ll definitely admit that I’m not a Toyota connoisseur but it just dates back to what I was brought up with.   Seeing “Yota’s” such as Neil De La Cruz’s ’81 Starlet – “Milo”, which I had the pleasure of featuring – made me feel like a kid in a candy store and having a good ol’ chocolaty drink (wink-hint ;-).  More recently, Neil introduced me to another Pinoy Olschooler just like him, Ben Fernandez.  Ben’s ’83 Corolla sedan put quite a grin on my face when I first saw it up close. You may ask why but growing up in the Philippines, my dad always bought Toyotas and one of them was a brand new midnight blue 1983 corolla as a family car – right before my younger brother was born.  I’ve asked my dad why always a Toyota and he never fails to answer it with – “it’s reliable, cheap parts.”  Sure enough, I can’t seem to remember that it gave my dad any issues.

Unlike our midnight blue family “rolla” way back when, Ben’s ’83 AE71 didn’t get to look and growled like how it is now that easy.  He’s owned the AE71 for 4 years now.  However, it took quite some time to get it to a point where he was completely satisfied with not only its looks but go fast bits.  It took Ben at least 2 years to collect the parts needed; then another 8 glorious months to complete such a looker and as he described it “with a lot of tender love.”  I can’t disagree as the TLC definitely shows.  As for most of us car guys and gals, the love just comes naturally; as certain machinery attachments reflect a piece of yester-years or sometimes family.  In Ben’s case, he’s KE70 back home, the Philippines, served as an inspiration to move forward with his project ‘83 AE71.

Ben had challenges getting a hold of parts as most of them are hard to find now.  With a 29 year old car, suppliers or yards usually hoard parts to increase profit especially overseas.   Luckily, Ben has some good contacts in the Philippines to find him parts.  His brother Benjamin III is his primary parts scavenger.  Ichiban Racing located, of course, at the ever so popular spot for hard to find parts in the Philippines; Banauwe Quezon City was frequently visited.  Rhet Del Rosario of Toycool Corolla also helped him out to piece together the parts for the “ol’skul rolla.”

The exterior of the AE71 looks completely clean.  The boxy body styling of the corolla was accentuated by the custom 918 Orange color from the Toyota pioneers of PJ Bonifacio Autobody.  The color just seizes your attention as it rolls by.  Subtle exterior touches such as the custom front lip, flared fenders, GTS coupe rear spoiler, JDM chrome bumpers and JDM fender mirrors were just enough to show a renewed edge to the corolla.  The 13 x 8 classic ATS lightweight wheels put a little of German flavor to this 80’s Japanese machinery.  Simple things such as the badges on the grill were hard to ignore which shows homage not only to classic Japanese automotive association but to dedicated Filipino restorers in the United States as well as the Philippines.

BlackTop 20 Valve AE111 4A-GELU was the chosen center piece for this oldie which was installed by Racetoys.  Toda pieces such as Toda Cam’s 272’s, Toda adjustable Cam Gear and Toda Flywheel also made it to the new power plant of the Rolla. Growling with new life, Racetoys Velocity Stacks and custom high rise headers and exhausted were installed.  AEM Engine management was needed to keep the vitals in check and orchestrate engine components.  GTS Mishimoto Aluminum radiators and Greddy Oil catch-can can’t also be missed as you look down the tidy engine bay.  T50 Transmission and ACT Stage 3 clutch assembly were used to transfer the BlackTop power to the ground.

The spotless interior is another highlight of this vehicle.  The faded original interior were all tossed to accommodate the all black seats, panels and restored dash.  Nardi steering wheel, Auto Meter Tach, and TRD knob entraps an onlooker right away. The laptop holder or movable neck was just a cool touch; giving me a good grin when I first saw this.  The set up mimicked the good ol’ discman car movable necks or holder in the past.  Surely youngins these days won’t probably know what I’m talking about.

Well some may think that this 80’s oldie was put together for looks and cruise, shutting any doubters up, Ben enjoyed running the AE71 for the first time on track during 86fest that Motormavens put together.  With the help of the jeers and cheers of some homies, surely enough the corolla ran consistent low 38 track times beating some of the more expensive and track-prepped cars at the event.

Like Neil’s Starlet, Ben’s ’83 corolla sedan was built due to the fact that he had an unfinished mission that was left in the Philippines.  The “behind the scenes” value and TLC that went in into rejuvenating an uncommon platform is what sets this 1983 AE71 apart.  It did not only complete what he longed for in the past but brought reminiscences of the Philippines to a new found home here in the United States.  Ben is very thankful to family and friends that supported him during the build – His wife Melody and son Weber the carburetor, Racetoys of Walnut, PJ Bonifacio AutoBody, TGP-IERC and his crew Team Klassifed.

Until the next one… Peace

 

Neils 81 KP61 – Toyota Starlet

One can’t deny the continuous and steady increase in gas prices.  No one can overlook the continuous decline of huge SUVs and trucks roaming on freeways.  More compact vehicles zig-zag through traffic and rule the city streets today.  It may be a cliché but likely “History is just repeating itself”; where smaller vehicles are just making a comeback run.   Honda Fits and Civics, Toyota Yaris and Corollas, Nissan Versa and Sentras, Mazda 1 and 3s are obviously the daily working-class commuters.  Even American manufactures joined the fray with such – Ford Fiesta and Chevy Sonics.  Japanese luxury manufacturers such as Lexus and Acura wanted a piece of the pie by introducing the CT200h and ILX.   You may have noticed that these vehicles mentioned have something in common.  These commuters are all front wheel drive daily commuters.

Turning history some 30 years back exist a front engine rear drive compact vehicle – the Toyota Starlet. Originally sold as the Publica 40 outside of US in 1973, it carried a 1.0 and 1.2 liter engine.  By 1978, the “60 series” or “KP60 ” (keeping the “P” code for Publica) was launched. This was a model that a few Americans knew about.  First introduced in the United States in 1981, the Starlet was described by Road & Track as the “commuter car of the ‘80s”.  The Starlet liftback was said to be “cheap to keep” because of its remarkable gas mileage of 38 / 52 (surface street / freeway) with its rear-wheel drive, 1.3 liter engine.   Although it had a brief stint in the US from 1981-84, the demise of the Starlet was due to the introduction of a front wheel drive platform line up of the Toyota Tercel.

In the midst of the uniquely styled cars gathered up at one auto show held at Anaheim Convention Center last year, I found the forgotten Toyota Starlet (KP60 series).  For some reason, I had sudden flashbacks and nostalgic vibes of the times watching Toyota Starlets rule short course slalom races in the Philippines.    However, I did not get to meet the owner at the event.  Luckily this year, I found the owner, Neil De La Cruz, through our DaYUUM’s Facebook page.  It still amazes me how social media works its wonders; after a few PMs and emails we’re set to do a shoot.

Neil’s KP is equipped with a 20-valve 4A-GE 1.6 liter inline 4 engine.  Due to its reliability and performance, the 4A-GE is a popular choice for an engine swap.  Aside from the swap, the Starlet’s engine modifications include Carbon-fiber valve covers, Walbro fuel pump, Volkswagen Scirroco radiator, wide band O2 sensor, relocated clutch master cylinder, stainless waterflow tank.  To complete the driving pleasures with engine notes – Techno Toy Tuning velocity stacks were installed as well as custom headers and exhausts fulfill the tuner’s ear sensation.  The engine management of choice to handle the KP’s load is a Megasquirt 2 ECU.  Delivering the power of the 4A-GE to the pavement is a T50 AE86 Corolla GTS transmission and custom driveshaft.

Dialing in the perfect ride height of the Starlet was not an easy task, Techno Toy Tuning KP61 coilovers and Eibach springs were used upfront while the rear suspension; TRD Springs, KYB short shocks and Cusco Camper plates were put together to achieve the ideal ride feel.  Affix in each corner are period-correct 13×8 TRD alloys that complemented the Starlet’s styling.  These were mounted on some 215/50/13 Sumitomos.

 

 The interior was furnished with authentic TRD bucket seats, Takata harnesses, Autopower 4 point rollbar, Momo deep dish steering wheel, 5” Bride Tachometer, Pinas’ third brake light kit, reupholstered dash, reconditioned weather strips and custom carpeting/headliner by Ernie’s upholstery.

 

Of course the whole KP build will not be complete without the exterior tidbits such as TRD fender flares and rear wing; JDM skinny bumpers for the front and rear.  KP61 Starlet S grille, Hella H4 headlights and the Porsche GT3 green paint by MGM Autobody in Compton, CA. will leave a lasting impression to anyone that catch sight of the Starlet.

 

After 4 years of ownership, having the first 2 years allotted to do the build -which started from a rusty red shell, Neil is now enjoying the fruits of his labor.  Having an older brother that worked on TE’s and AE86’s as a hobby, Neil’s driving experience on a Starlet 17 years ago definitely is a match made to happen… as Neil mentioned “I’ll be owning one and building one… the right way.

And I won’t disagree, Neil – you definitely did it… the right way.

Until the next one… Peace!

-dayuumjayce

Here is an awesome video by Photo M.D.

WEKFEST IV San Francisco 2012

It’s been ten years since the last time I was in Nor Cal.  I lived in San Jose for five months so when I heard about WEKFEST, I was contemplating at first but decided to go since it’s been a decade since the last time I was there. WEKFEST is one of the elite shows in California. There’s always quality when it comes to cars and a massive amount of people. I have yet to experience it since this is my first time attending this event, so with that being said, I will let the photos explain what the Bay Area scene is all about.

 

Here is one of our friend’s Civic from Tjin Edition. This Civic SI sits on Rotiform wheels. He drove all the way from So Cal to represent for WekFest. We pretty much sat inside the car when we got tired, just to sit because we didn’t have a booth. Thanks Gene for letting us in!

 

A clean M3 on nice white Volks

 

A nice Porsche Panamera

 

This nice NSX looks familiar

 

One of the few exotics that was at the show

 

A clean Lexus IS-F

 

This Evo made me stare at it for a good minute.

 

Mmmm Silvia.. I believe this is our friend Leon Casino’s ride. Nicely done!

 

A nice Integra with a clean engine bay

 

 

This picture is so funny. Didn’t realize it till I started editing. Do you guys know what I’m talking about?

 

WekFest was not just about imports but old school domestics as well.

 

Clean FD

 

 

Some wagon love

 

Another one of our friends from So Cal “Rare JDM’s” own 350z representing for WekFest

 

Also from “Rare JDM” “Team Vitz” Peter Tadros ride. Nice to see some friends reppin all the way from So Cal.

 

Another Integra with a clean engine bay

 

It’s amazing to see a Supra not only with a unique body kit, but also a highway patrol resemblance. Wild would be another word for it. I wouldn’t even take my chance running off of this machine if it pulled me over cause there is no chance at all.

 

Here’s another view from the back

 

Some slammed euros

 

You can’t call it a show if there were no Skyline GTR representing

 

Another friend of ours from So Cal, Rodney Esteban’s slammed Prius under the Air Runner booth. Definitely a neck breaker.

 

This thing is bagged!

 

 

 

 

This Honda Insight is nice. Done right.

 

This Miata got my attention. With a custom front end conversion, it definitely is a show stopper.

 

Lotus flower bomb

 

 

VIP status

 

Another clean engine bay

 

Another friend from So Cal, Big Mike’s famous ‘lude

 

Another neat engine bay

 

Keith “Keychain” from “it’s JDM yo” and “Royal Origin” with his accord who also drove all the way from So Cal

 

 

An old school mini “very nice”

 

It’s rare to see a van representing in a show here in California that’s fixed up as JDM style. Nicely done.

 

Another show stopper that fascinated me. The wrap on this Audi TT was nicely done. Its so clean I even look for little parts that they might have missed but i didn’t find any. Done right.

 

Here’s a view from the back

 

A hatch with another clean engine bay

 

And another one

 

Candy

 

 

Clean Evo

 

Another nice Lotus

 

 

Some S2k love

 

 

 

 

Some luxury and exotics. I heard this guy drove all the way from So Cal’s Cars and Coffee Saturday morning and arrived at San Francisco late in the afternoon to catch up for WekFest. Pretty crazy and I wonder how many gas stops did he made for the trip.

 

By the way, this is how packed it was at the show. there’s no room for taking pictures of most of the cars because people are around it so it was really hard to take them. We were lucky enough that we arrived a little bit early before it was open for public so we could at least snap some good shots. To be honest, there were more quality cars that I didn’t get a chance to cover because of the massive amount of people but i tried my best to cover the most that I can.

 Here is a dope video from our friend’s at PVR Motorsports!

 

Oh and before I forget, it wouldn’t be a DaYUUM coverage without the ladies so here’s what most of you have been waiting for.

 

Miss Trinity Dang (no affiliation with Mikey Dang from PVR.). A hottie from the Bay Area.

 

Michelle Yee, also from So Cal signing autographs and posing for her fans at the Iclique lounge

 

 

Here’s Miss Mars Maylani posing at the iClique lounge

 

NOS girls

 

Miss Julie Mai all the way from San Diego representing at Auto Fashion booth

 

Miss Ashley Vee another hottie from the Bay getting everyone’s attention at the iClique lounge

 

Miss Stacie Li who’s also from So Cal was there at the iClique lounge

Here’s Miss Alexis Kobayashi from the Bay Area posing under Speed Element booth

 

Another famous one, Miss Christine Mendoza

 

Here’s a model that made me drop my jaw. Here’s Miss Trisha Lynn posing with Vex Motorsports

I can just look at her all day

 

Here’s the gorgeous Miss Genevieve Chanelle. One of the sweetest models you would ever meet. I hope we can do a feature of her one day. If she moves to So Cal, we’ll be the first in line.

She makes me say “oh my god”

Definition of beautiful

 

Here’s miss Xena Kai sporting a sticker with our friends from “It’s JDM yo”

 

Another famous model Miss Justene Jaro showing us her new bling G-shocks

 

The lovely Miss Corissa Furr

She’s keeping it classy

 

One of our friends representing Low’N Slow crew, who’s also from So Cal, Miss Kristin Nicole Barcelona

 

All in all, it was a great and huge turnout. Some people would complain about the massive amount of people and some says it should be in a bigger venue but who would complain about attending one of the famous events in the West? You’ll always expect it to be big no matter what. I would do it again next time but with more preparation since now I know what to expect. Before I end this coverage, I would like to give thanks first to the people behind WekFest, for giving us a chance to cover their awesome event. You guys do it big! Thanks for making it possible. Next I would like to say thank you to the Nor Cal CarsxHype crew for welcoming us and the hospitality that they have given from their WekFest pre-meet the night before, it was nice chillin with you guys. Till next time. And to our partners PVR Motorsports, this trip wouldn’t be possible without the collaboration. And last, I’m giving a shout out to all the friends that we met at the show. It was nice to see all of you, knowing that most of you are from So Cal and made the trip up north. Until next time.

I will leave you guys with a photo that would remind me of WekFest, crazy = but fun

 

 

 

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