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See about having the brackets reproduced in aluminum. Aluminum rivets + steel brackets will always corrode even if powdercoated. as soon as the painted/powdercoated brackets gets the rivet smashed around it, it will scratch. aluminum to steel contact will occur, electrolysis occurs, rust from behind the finish not too long after that. you could use steel rivets too, but would need to paint them once installed to prevent rust from your lovely ocean air.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on SHINY RED BOOTS: THE TE37RTS GET FITTED
Just ordered KW V2s for my car. 2800 and change after tax and shipping. gotta pay to play dude. If people cant afford doing it right, they need to get a new, cheaper hobby.
Or sell your body on the street and eat ramen noodles and bread for every meal.
5 months, 1 week ago on PRODUCT SHOWCASE
@ArmenDzulfayan Only a few places in japan that export. There are some specific companies/individuals that do it on the side, but they are rare and pretty costly. None of these smaller car lots/tuner shops usually do. Exportation is up to the buyer to arrange. It's not like new cars where they load it up on a boat full of other cars. You have to put them in a container and wait for a cargo ship to be booked enough to be worth the trip for them. Not much comes on container ships from japan aside from high end electronics. Takes a lot of drum machines and synthesizers to fill a container ship. Besides, Border Patrol and Homeland Security will hold it for months after it gets here, charging you lot fees while it sits out in a lot in the salty air and other elements at one of only a few ports in the US that are allowed to receive grey market cars. Let's say you spend 10k USD on initial purchase of the car, it will cost you almost 7k on top of it to get it here and get it released from Customs/Border Patrol. For 17k you could just build a car here.
Your best bet is to go through Canada if you want something we cant get (R-Chassis, older impreza STi's etc) and drive it across the border. Much cheaper and if you have a way of registering it permanently in Canada, you dont have to worry about the DOT seizing it and crushing it for being illegally driven on US roads.
Trust me. Its not worth it. I've gone through it.
5 months, 1 week ago on A QUICK STOP BY GLOBAL AUTO
Dino, i love the "dropped the Beat" pun. I dont even think you meant it did you?
5 months, 4 weeks ago on BIG & SMALL: IDLERS SPOTLIGHT-O-RAMA
holy shit a 380RS.
and its in Ultra Yellow?
Its like my cars twin, but way hotter and not a lazy couch potato.
6 months ago on PERFORMANCE FIRST: IDLERS SPOTLIGHTS CONTINUE
Keep Drifting Fun.
I only see two drivers who say anything about it being fun. What gives?
If its not fun, its not drifting. If its not fun, its just another judged competition. Like ice skating.
whatever, there is a reason why the washed up dudes of past seasons stop drifting all together. And that same reason is why lots of average joe drifters will never ever want to compete. Drifting is supposed to be fun, its for people to go out and have a good time.
Its not fun when the outcome is to be better than someone else, unless you have an egotistical mindset to be better than someone, which doesn't belong in drifting anyway.
Its especially not fun when some judge who has a grudge decides to waste all the time and money people put together by biasing their judgments.
its funny too because when drifting first started out here, there were no competitions on the grassroots level. it was just drift days. Just out having fun with your friends in a fury of tire smoke and unburnt fuel. Now you pay your drift-taxed entrance fees to hopefully have some fun laps with your friends in a glorified parking lot. But instead, half of the time is spent on some stupid competition bracket. Where people try to crash into each other. Meanwhile everyone else has to sit and watch? I dont go drifting to watch it. I go drifting to go have fun. Watching is only fun when they're lesbians, and even then, its way more fun to jump in.
Hell, half the events ive been to, real tracks included, only even let two cars out at a time. Its getting to the point where you cant even tandem without a cage, harnesses, kill switches.... Dont even get me started on drift trains that are reserved for competition level cars in exhibition. Just cause some spoiled rich kid barely got his pro-am license and got daddy to pay for a pro level drift car does not mean he can drive it.
American competition drifting is ruining the fun for everyone else who doesnt want anything to do with it.
I know a guy who sells ice skates if any of you pro dudes are interested.
6 months ago on WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO CONTINUE DRIFTING?
@TimMorgan @speedhunters_dino and the white of the cars body
6 months, 1 week ago on F IS FOR SPORT: THE NEW LEXUS LS600H
@JDMized *dont normally use japanese characters unless
6 months, 1 week ago on BURSTING WITH #JOYOFMACHINE
@JDMized Same goes for Engrish on shirts over there. we laugh and giggle because none of us would wear a shirt that says "to instinct sound over trial" or some shit on it. but the japanese do.
But they also use english characters in their culture. we dont normally unless its a logo or graphic.
also, its been a while. nice to see youre still keepin it real, doogie.
Youre not supposed to eat the squash *scented* air fresheners ;)
6 months, 1 week ago on WEKFEST LA: WHERE THE COOL KIDS ARE
M52JZGTE. yea that sounds about right.
6 months, 1 week ago on TOYOTA WORKING ON NEW SUPRA WITH BMW?
@tomok it is red ;)
6 months, 3 weeks ago on The Gt-r Versus The Ski Slope
AHHH JAPAN! I was born on the wrong side of the pacific.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Co-pilot Duties: The Marronier Run In A 432z
An x-wing pilot and a man in a tuxedo walk into a bar...
Who's next to turn the racing suit into a fashion statement?
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Formula Drift Explodes Into Long Beach
Larry just needs a creative writer to go along with his amazing images...
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Horsepower Wars: Airstrip Attack Returns
I wonder if the owner has any idea what that "Interstate 420" sticker really means.
8 months ago on Usdm Mania: A Cressida In Japan?!
@ELxTORO @rbliberty08 and so saying that one of the greatest FWD platforms to ever grace the face of this planet is a fad is also not insulting? What about the MILLIONS of civics on the road? are all those people following a fad? Racing civics has been around LONG before a bunch of crazy people in japan started sliding up hills. Tell me again which one is more along the lines of a fad? the car with 30+ years of history, 20+ of those in racing, or a relatively new motorsport that isnt actually a motorsport at all, more like ice skating with tires and asphalt instead of skates and ice.
Just because it doesnt go along with your point of view doesnt make it insulting, unless youre a woman. Youre not a woman are you?
cause if you are, there are some sandwiches to be made.
8 months, 1 week ago on The Caged Beast: Phil Robles’ Wide Civic
wow, AC as an option? does this mean GM is finally getting it?
8 months, 1 week ago on Track Special: The Z/28 Returns With Ls7 Power
@rbliberty08 The cheapest cars to own and maintain are FWD Hondas.
The easiest cars to make into race cars, are FWD Hondas.
Drifting is a huge fad cult.
This "Honda spoon" hardly has any Spoon parts on it (comparitive to some other civics) and it probably kicks the ass of anything youve ever driven.
have a good day, and keep drinking that haterade.
the wheels, height and paint make this thing oh so awesome.
8 months, 1 week ago on Cruising New Zealand In A ’67 Impala