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I've had several friends who have moved to various parts of Japan, and that "wanderlust" they experience the first few months wears off into a day-to-day drudgery. It also depends whether you live deep in the city or off in the countryside. I guess it's the same as any country; your experience may vary. Make as many friends as you can, try not to cause trouble, and be nice to strangers. Good luck!
7 months ago on Secrets Of The Japanese Car Scene
After reading that list of aftermarket parts, one wonders: what's left of the original R34? Great article!
7 months, 1 week ago on The Stuff GT-R Dreams Are Made Of
If the new tires are 35-series what profile were the stock ones? Is the ride much stiffer now with less tire absorption?
7 months, 1 week ago on Project 991: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, Done!</br> For Now…
SF is one of the worst cities for car owners; these guys deserve special kudos for keeping it alive. Nice job!
7 months, 1 week ago on Bay Area Style: The Car Meet Evolved
I still watch my old video tapes with the original DTM races on them, head-to-head battles with Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Opel & Alfa. I loved watching those races because I knew how ridiculous they were. They took giant engines, tube frames, carbon fiber body parts, giant rims and F1 drivers and dressed it up to look like a track day event. Never mind the tons of cash they threw at the teams & sponsors. It was brilliant and bold and stupid and stupendous all in one. As my fading tapes get converted to YouTube movies, and my Tamiya model kits slowly fall apart, I still remember that shining moment when all was right (and completely daft) with auto racing.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Old DTM Cars Don’t Die…</br> They Get Faster
I love ladies...
7 months, 2 weeks ago on adidas Originals Edberg 86 – OG and Wimbledon Editions
The one thing I know about Nagoya is that it's home to some of the most beautiful girls in all of Japan. Maybe you can pop a few of those shots in next time?
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Welcome To Nippon Motor City
7 months, 3 weeks ago on New Balance M576 – “Punk”
@daileycon Real enough...
7 months, 3 weeks ago on A Message To Fredric Aasbø
The Tennessee license plate on the green Lamborghini is just... odd.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on This Is Caffeine & Octane
Aha, look at Busy P frontin'! Too funny...
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Club 75 x adidas Originals – Capsule Collection
(sigh) Speedhunters, you are going to have to start producing HD videos for these articles; these great pictures are just whetting the appetite. Maybe 3D as well? ;-)
8 months ago on Track Bound: The Check Shop 911 GT3
These will go well with my Molly Tripping Barbie playset.
8 months, 1 week ago on Daft Punk x MEDICOM TOY – Random Access Memories Real Action Heroes Figures
@hypodermic @MattAtDoyle I know they are all over the UK and AUS, but in LA-LA Land they are taboo. Apparently, even though the early ones are now legal to import to the US, California is still hard against them. If it's not the crash safety issue, it's the smog issue. If not the smog, then the bumper height. Any and all reasons to deny their registration are used.
8 months, 1 week ago on A Skyline GT-R. Bagged. On Dubs.
I can't wait until we can start seeing these fantastic R32s here in California. We can start importing the 1989 ones this year but, from what I hear, they are next to impossible to locate.
@Chris Agreed that one kind of slipped by.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on The Best Cars & Coffee Ever?
The SVX was a truly bold move for Subaru at the time, who hadn't had much success except for the 4WD sedan/wagon market with their indestructible GL [Loyale] line. The XT was their first attempt at a "sporty" sled which led to the SVX, styling straight out of a Blade Runner street scene. To this day, those segmented side windows, greenhouse roof and wrap-around taillights harken to a future yet to be delivered. It would be great to find one in decent shape and slip an EJ205 in there. Excelsior!
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Return Of The SVX?
Shooting dark cars at night must be every photographer's nightmare. Great job on these!
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Made In LA: <br />Wheels Fit For An Outlaw
I like how, on the surface, these C7.Rs are Ferrari-like with their sharp points and slick lines but underneath, they are still the noisy, dirty and mean Vettes from the good ol' days. Good luck to them!
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Corvette Rising
Funny how, as many custom Bugs as I've seen over the years, I never see (or rarely see) any with suicide doors. Either it's too difficult a task to move the hinges, or it changes the rigidity of the chassis, or maybe it's just a dead trend that had it's time. Anyway, nice work here!
8 months, 3 weeks ago on 5 Must-See Machines From Art Of Speed
W O W. This guy is on some "Beautiful Mind"-level obsession. Great job!
8 months, 3 weeks ago on RWB In Miniature: You Won’t Believe This!
Looks great, but always always always tint your windows. ;-)
9 months ago on The Next Best Thing:</br> Building A 1/24 Rocket Bunny 86
That Rocket Bunny BRZ is pretty amazing. It's neat to see how the skill level progressed. Great job!
9 months, 1 week ago on Meet The 1/24 Style King
Interesting that the R35, under the plastic cover, had the rear wing deleted. I wonder how that changes the driving dynamics, if at all. Looks clean!
9 months, 1 week ago on Power Counts For Everything Here
Nice job. I'm always amazed at the amount of time, money & sweat people will put into these simple street cars to turn them into proper hot rods.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Six Of The Best From SoWo
Wow, you were just down the street from me, I could have helped out. ;-)
How much of a drop was it initially, 2 inches? Looks great. Did you consider the ST line that KW makes or was there a more specific purpose for your choice? Great job!
9 months, 3 weeks ago on The HLDSTMT Daily Driver: </br>KW Clubsport Install
I've heard of good and bad experiences with KW products. It usually boils down to performance vs reliability. No aftermarket product will ever be as reliable as stock because stock parts are meant to last. Aftermarket products are meant to perform better, not necessarily last longer. If KYB guarantees their stuff for a certain amount of time, or mileage, they should back up that guarantee. I would have no problem buying some ST struts for my BRZ.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Inside A Suspension Skunkworks
Did the KM4SH ZN6 demo car have it's DRLs retrofitted? They look 10x brighter than stock. Nice job!
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Operative Word: Low
Considering how smart Dre and Lovine were to exclude Monster from any and all sales of Beats By Dre, I'm sure the sale to Apple includes profits made from future streaming efforts based solely on the namesake. Maybe not a billionaire yet, but give it a few years...
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Dr. Dre Confirms $3.2 Billion Purchase By Apple, Becoming Hip-Hop’s First Billionaire
@KeithCharvonia @MattAtDoyle Sounds good. I had always been told that adding spacers changes the wheel center and stresses the wheel bearings but it sounds like you got it all planned out. Great job!
10 months ago on Project ZN6: <br/>Pulling A Bunny Out Of A Hat
Those are some wicked spacers you got there. How does that effect the bearings and/or alignment geometry?
It's nice to see people sticking with the trusty B18s and not go for the popular K20 swap that has taken over the Honda scene. Bravo.
10 months, 1 week ago on Kanjo Life Dictates
Ape goes Gangsta-Ru
10 months, 1 week ago on AAPE by A BATHING APE – Summer 2014 Collection Lookbook
I have to say, these photos are amazing, the clarity and detail are unreal! Great job.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Customs & Rods Invade Odaiba
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooOOOOOooooooOOOOOOoooooo (burnt my toast)
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Star Wars – Darth Vader Toaster
11 months ago on UNDEFEATED x NEIGHBORHOOD x adidas Consortium Official Mid 80s
For extra credit, try cramming a Corvair engine in there. A flat-six, air-cooled and cheap!
11 months ago on Hey, That’s A Tall Looking Porsche
Maybe a few decals would help...
11 months ago on How To Make Enemies And Upset People
Owning an EVO, from what I've read from those who do, is a bit like dating a supermodel; high maintenance and upkeep. Stories of constant oil changes, self-destructing LSDs, transmission issues, cooling problems, electrical issues, mixed with minimal noisy interiors, makes one wonder why they put up with it. Sure, driving an EVO is an experience reserved for the exotic car set, and understandably so. Of course, this may all come full circle; a new beefier platform, a different aesthetic, could bring it back in the future.
11 months ago on Goodbye Evo, It’s Been Fun
I imagine visiting Rose Auto is a bit like checking out the Chocolate Factory and bumping into Willy Wonka. Great article.
11 months, 1 week ago on Garage Envy. You Won’t Believe What’s Inside
That header is some crazy sculpted masterpiece. Can't imagine the hours put into this build to come out so clean. Great job!
11 months, 1 week ago on VTEC Just Kicked Datsun. Yo!
The rendering makes this car look sort of like an S2000, but when you see the photo it's based on there's more of an old Datsun 510 feel for it. Much like when the GT86 was in pre-pre-pre production, we'll have to wait and see what actually gets made.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Dreaming About The IDx
@apex_DNA Sadly it's not just a Honda phenomenon. eBay is chock full of low quality high volume parts for about any car on the market, claiming performance points that just aren't there. The best way to be sure are dedicated forums for your vehicle, or places like Speedhunters, were folks like @SuzyWallace do the hard work for us!
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Project Evo: Can Cars Be Cursed?
@SuzyWallace @MattAtDoyle Oh yeah, right.... ;-)
@SuzyWallace @MattAtDoyle I completely understand. I've had my Integra for 18 years and, while rust isn't as much a problem here in California, things like rubber deterioration and just general wear & tear will turn your significant other into a whiny, cranky, emotional drain. The key is to remember the good times, the happy times, when you both worked together in sync and harmony.
On a long enough timeline, all cars eventually turn into money pits. It's the nature of machinery, especially the high performance-type. You could get a little Civic Type R and run it wild for 20 years, or a Porsche Turbo, and have the same experience. It's all steel on aluminum on plastic on leather (or vinyl). The difference is how dedicated you are to putting in the time, money and sweat to keeping it on the road. Most people ditch their cars at the first sign of wear in favor of the newest hotness. It takes a real hero to keep up the good fight. Great job, Suzy.
Great write-up! I'm planning to buy a BRZ soon and this just gets my gut all tingly. Reminds me of when I bought my GS-R almost... 18 years ago? Wow. At that time the aftermarket was just getting to speed, and every now and then something new would come out (in the pre-eBay days you had to rely on your local speed shop to stay up-to-date.) The GT86 twins have definitely fit the space left by the compacts of yore. Thanks!
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Project ZN6:<br/> Cooling Down And Cleaning Up
It seems to go in phases; NA, turbocharge, supercharge, NA, turbocharge, supercharge, etc. Charging is great when displacement is in short supply, if you can get rid of the lag and heat. This came up back in the early 90s with the Supra, GTO, GTR and such. Honda never officially charged the NSX and had no problem keeping up with the big boys.
12 months ago on The Death Of NA And The Rise Of The Robots At Geneva 2014
Tyler is too hip...
12 months ago on Golf Wang – Spring/Summer 2014 Collection Lookbook
That lime green kills it.
12 months ago on Lamborghini Aventador Limited Tuned | By HAMANN Motorsport