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SEMA Show 2014: Jayson’s Pick(s)


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


#Brotherlylove.  Tjin Edition Ford Fiesta ST and Honda Fit

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





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

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



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




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

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




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







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

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



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


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


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


BMW Widebody M3 suited up with Vorsteiner aero.


Sarto Racing CLK


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


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


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

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

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












2.  Vortech BOSS F100

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





1.  1949 Chevrolet 3100 five window pickup

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



















Hope you guys enjoyed a little flashback of SEMA 2014.

Until the next one… Peace!

-jayson (@dayuumjayce)

M3 & RX7: A Purist’s Nightmare

A purist is “one who desires that an item remain true to its essence.”  Often times, a purist strives for uniqueness by staying within the known conservative realm.   In the automotive scene, acronyms such as JDM, USDM and DTM may sound very familiar.   Often times, capturing and preserving how automobiles were originally made or improved in Japan, United States, and Europe in terms of parts / aesthetics are religiously followed and admired.  However, there are individuals who seek to bend these boundaries and want to be simply creative on their own way – simply channeling their creative juices to their own standards and satisfaction.

By no means will I consider myself a purist but I always had that niche to stay with the norm and conservative. Don’t’ get me wrong, I have always admired people that have been open minded, brave and bold enough to go with their own inventive – instinctive ways.  In one of the events, I’ve met Ryan and Ulysses, individuals that pushed their personal boundaries, ingenuity, automotive knowledge and engineering.  One gentleman at an event where I met both guys said it best, “It took a little more thinking to put it together.”





Ryan Castro owns a 1995 E36 M3 along with numerous Bavarian machineries through the years.  The avus blue E36 M3 coupe looked like one common E36 on the road.  Close your eyes – listen to the rumble it makes and it is more than likely that you will second guess yourself.  The E36 M3 packs a 5.7L LS1 aluminum block from a Camaro SS under its bonnet.  It zips through freeways or from time to time track days using its 350 whp and 311 ft-lbs of torque Americana centerpiece.   The LS1 aluminum block was also paired with a T56 – 6 speed transmission with a Z06 clutch.  This is also equipped with a rebuilt 3.91 LSD with a 40% lock up.




Road turns and curves are handled by custom BC racing coilovers with custom spring rates.  Also added to the E36 were Turner front – rear sway bars as well as Mason Engineering front – rear strut bars to provide some extra stiffness.


Closely look at its stoppers and one will notice the C6 Z06 Silver 6 piston calipers paired with the 355 mm DBA slotted rotors and PFC-Z brake pads.  Stainless steel brake lines were also installed at each corner.  This M3 uses Miro 111 18×9.5 +20 offset all around with Hankook V12 EVO 245/35/18 as its street kicks.  On track, Toyo R888 255/35/18 is the tire of choice.







Subtle exterior modifications of the M3 such as the Max Velocity GTR front lip and Hard Motorsport Fender Flares add to the deceptive euro look that this midnight blue machinery goes for. EVO II Recaro seats with Corbeau 4pt. harness, Kirk 4pt roll bar, MOMO Champion steering wheel, STRI 60 mm Tach -water temp -oil pressure gauges and AEM UEGO wideband were all installed to prepare the E36 for any track battle.



Similar to that of Ryan’s midnight Euro machine, Ulysses Aguayo chose a similar path for his knightly FD after numerous (2) rotary powerplants failed him. Ulysses owns a 1993 Mazda RX7 R1.  Sitting still this RX7 looks simply stunning.  With the one too many tasteful modification added to the RX7, one will think that this came straight from the JDM gods.  However, peek under the hood and you’ll see an LS2: 6.0 liter V8 from a 2006 Pontiac GTO.  This was also paired with the GTO’s T56 6-speed transmission. Ulysses also installed a Hurst short-shifter with Steeda Tri-ax shifter handle while an E40 ECU keeps this RX7 always in check.



The FD’s front end was completely converted to a 99 OEM front end spec with the front lip.  The taillights were also switched to the 99 spec.  Shine Auto OEM style 20 mm wider front fenders were also used to accommodate some wider wheels and tires. The rear fenders were also widened to 25-30 mm for the same reason. Top Fuel style rear wing, Shine Auto Sanai rear diffuser and feed side skirts complete the devious but understated look of the RX7.




Keeping this FD close to the ground are Tein Type Flex coilovers.  Optimizing cornering for its track day run ins are Powerflex polyurethane suspension bushings, AWR solid front sway bar mounts, OEM front / rear sway and strut bars. SSR SP1 black face is the wheel of choice with 18×10 +25 all around sizing.  However, an 18×11 +8 rear set is already on its way to provide a more intimidating look to an already aggressive bearing. SSRs were mounted on Hankook Ventus RS3 – 265/35/18 Fronts and 275/35/18 Rear tires.






Keeping the all black theme – JDM RX7 RZ spec Recaro seats (Carbon Kevlar shells), complete Di-noc  carbon wrapped dash/clusters/hvac/shifter, Redline leather wrapped transmission tunnel cover and shift boot can be seen inside this FD.  FlyRX7 center quad gauge pod with the 4 Prosport gauges and the Nardi 350 mm Deep Corn racing wheel with Works Bell hub cannot also be missed.

Of course most of the work was put into the engine and drivetrain.  Aside from the Pontiac GTO transplant, this FD used components from a Ford Cobra as well.  2003 Ford Cobra IRS differential with OEM carbon traction-lock LSD and Samberg Rod and Custom rear Cobra differential cradle were also used to transmit all that torque and rotation to the massive rear wheels.  Professional products LS2 fuel rails and Supra Denso fuel pump were also installed to keep this V8 from thirsting. Greddy 3.5” exhaust and custom stainless piping fabricated by Rene Motorsports fulfills the exhaust notes that Ulysses wanted to hear out of his black beauty.







Purists may be cringing just by the thoughts of doing american muscle V8 swaps especially to such iconic vehicles as the M3 and RX7.  However, one can’t deny that V8 swaps are now common -to get that certain torque and horsepower that one desires.  As shared by Ryan and Ulysses, the engine swap gave them a reliable and a well balanced car on the track.  Parts are also cheap and now easy to get.  For the laborious settings that these engines were put to, they are extremely satisfied with what they have accomplished.  What both these men have put together may be a purist’s nightmare but what counts is the completion of what was once an ingenious vision.

Until the next one… Peace.

-jayson (Dayuumjayce)


Chris Tran’s 1993 RX-7 – FD

At the eager age of 15, Chris was on the search for an FD. After 6-months of searching, Chris and his dad came across a Montego Blue automatic FD for 7k. It was love at first sight so they picked it up. The FD was a stubborn sole and on the way home, it failed to start at a rest stop. It was a simple electrical fix but after about a month, the rotary decided it couldn’t take it anymore.

A year later, Chris’s dream was back on the road. A few months of enjoyment passed by when the automatic transmission decided to bite the dust. The plans then included a manual conversion, but since the back plate was different from the automatic to manual, a new set up had to be purchase.

Chris then came across a great deal on the engine and tranny combo but soon found out that the great deal was because the rotary was bad. After many attempts to have his beauty revived on the road, he reached out to Banzai Racing and purchased a Banzing Racing motor. They massaged the motor to Chris’s specifications. Banzai street ported, added Super Seals, a block off plate kit, and installed a oil metering plate block off plate. The complete set up is mounted on a set of polyurethane mounts. So far the work of Banzai has paid off and with the aid of several parts from GReddy, HKS, and Garrett- just to name a few, the engine is still running strong at 500+whp

What we love about Chris’s FD is how the Volk Racing TE37SL’s look on the FD. The TE’s are 18×9.5 in the front and 18×10.5 in the rear;  its married to a set of Hankook V12 Evos. Chris also added newer flare to it by replacing the ’93 parts and installing ’99 spec front lip and tail lights. The side skirts and rear diffuser are the products of Shine Auto.

It’s been a struggle for Chris, but love is love and his FD is a testament to that.

Chris would like to say thanks to My father, Matt Sweeley @ Sweeleys Garage, Ben Meeker @ Rotary Extreme Sean McGill@ Vivid Racing.  Terry and Jen @ fortune Auto Benny Mui @ Bubble Tech, Banzai Razing and the Crew ROTARY MISFITS

And, DaYUUM thanks Amanda Hacks for the photographs.

Here are additional  performance mods:
Garrett T04z bb turbo • HKS manifold  • Custom V-mount intercooler set up  • Custom downpipe and midpipe • Tial 44mm wastegate • Greddy Rs BOV  • Greddy elbow  • Greddy full Titanium Exhaust  • Greddy catch can • Pettit AST  • HKS Twin Power ignition system • KG parts secondary fuel rail  • 1680cc secondary injectors  • Modified OEM primary rail  • 550cc primary injectors  • Aeromotive FPR  • Custom Resistor set up • Walbaro 255 pump  • Apex’i PFC •  Greddy profec B boost controller  • Greddy Turbo Timer  • Prosport gauges (boost & wideband) • Spec stage 3 6 puck sprung clutch

Norway: Gatebil July 2012

Hey guys, I’m Henrik from Norway and I’ve been so lucky to be able bring you some hot DaYUUM pictures and event coverages from my side of the ocean!

Firstly I’ll introduce myself… I’m a car enthusiast to be easy on the term.  I am 24 years old and have been into the car scene in Norway since around 2005.  This is even before I got my license at 18.

This time I’m here to present you «The Gatebil Madness!»

As a Norwegian and a car guy, I’m a Gatebil veteran. My first time at this event was back in 2006, where we had to park in a field a couple of miles away because of the number of spectators that attended the event.  Back then, we didn’t have the nice paddock you see on the right in the picture above and the track was half the size it is now.   It went from 1.9km ( 1.1 miles ) to a full 3.3km ( 2 miles ) and now has a F1 standard!  The field of cars you see above is the Gatebil extreme heat.  Here, the most insane track cars Scandinavia has to offer go at it to be first over the finish line in ten laps!  The cars are arranged by qualifying times and set off on a rolling start.

The first bend tends to be a tight one…

This year the track was PACKED! Numbers read 55000 spectators, only unofficially, it somewhat looked past that.  But this year was special.

And here’s the reason why-

I had only seen the MadBull and Mad Mike Whiddett on YouTube and read about him on Facebook and other pages.  It was a spectacular feeling standing next to the legendary RX 7 – that is the MadBull, let alone hear the 4 rotor scream and squeal!  Actually it screamed so loud, Mad Mike got 3 black flags for noise, they had to quiet it down from 160 db!!!! to a little under 110 db which was the limit this weekend.

Yup, a Ferocious Bull it was.  Its been sitting in a container for a month as this was transported from New Zealand; no wonder it was mad.

Another treat was this, Darren MacNamara in his Dmac AE86, this was also with a screaming rotary with a rather nice turbo setup.  He had just finished the car and got it on a trailer to Norway before the weekend.

We were all super keen on seeing Aasbo run his new Toyota 86-X.  The madman started this build 4 weeks prior to Gatebil.   But he had some issues the whole weekend until Sunday, when he went totally berserk:

The car he hits is actually his good friend and former spotter Steffen Moy!  No mercy from Aasbo.

Aasbo in the burnout ring.  The rain was on and off,  it’s Norway after all.

This is Kenneth Groth and his collegue Sara.  I’ve been to almost every drift/track event with this guy this season and we’ve become quite close friends.  We kinda fulfill each other.

He does the driving,  I do the shooting.  Sometimes I shoot from inside the car too – I love that position, I don’t know why, hmm…

Our stand was the biggest I’ve been a participant of ever!  We also got to sleep in the bus, hallelujah!  Oh and did I mention we built his car in two weeks?  More on that another time maybe? 😉

I’ve come to know that ladies is a thing of passion here on DaYUUM.  We got those too 😀

To ask for better weather was just silly, Thor would just drop the hammer and it would get worse, so we enjoyed the super nice sunset on Saturday evening.

Since we had been working on Kenneth’s car so in furiously and on the evening before there’s a big after track party ( which I of course didn’t take any pics of 🙁 next time! ).  I was too tired to even think about going out on the track on Saturday, but come Sunday, after getting rid of my hangover, I picked myself off the floor and got out there.

Now, through most of the years Gatebil has been an event to look forward to. There’s been the power-slide competition, some clipping points are set up through a 180° sweeper and points are awarded for style, proximity to the clips and angle and there’s also a show factor.  Last year it was the Norwegian Championship of power-sliding; this year it was made into the World Championship.  Over 15 nations were represented.  Many drivers were keen on this price and 50 cars lined up.  A top 16 was formed on Saturday, come Sunday, it was game time.  The cars lined up for a ceremony.

Here’s Øyvind Øversveen, a pro drifter here in Norway, he’s not known to take things too serious….

Out on the track i met some familiar faces from last year!  Here’s Joe Ayala from Tandem of Die.

Just as the competition was about to start, the rain came down on us, Justin Shreeve wasn’t too inspired.

But to think that a little rain was going to stop the Norwegians, was out of the question.  Here;s Øyvind in his 750 hp Supra!

Supras has become a rather popular platform here in Norway, reliable power and a good chassis with tons of grip is a pretty good mix. This is what Aasbo started out with in FD -remember?

I couldn’t hold myself when i saw this thing coming at me, a v8 RWD converted, ridiculous, steering angled GOLF!  This just underlines what Gatebil is all about, build something ridiculous.

Teemu Peltola from Finland brought his diesel powered Merc, he was smoking it out careless of the rain!  This Merc may look like a heap of junk, but underneath that body, there’s so much technology any tech geek would be jizzin their pants full.  His mechanic reads about gearbox geometry for fun!

MadMikey went at it with one hand out the window through the whole turn, style points!

Anders Jansson from Sweden also made the trip and was ripping in his s13.5!

We all shed a tear for Ismail Salih who had to forfeit due to electrical problems during the final battle.  But he ended up on 3rd place bro! Congrats!

Dmac also fought for the title and landed 2nd place!

But it was this man who took first place.

Time for some celebrating!


Last but not least, I want to thank everybody who made this weekend special and thank you for the good times we had!

You can also visit my facebook page Henrik Oulie Media.

More pics below!


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