Event: Wekfest East 2012 – New Jersey V.3

Automotive, Event, JDM

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Well, it’s about that time to start wrapping up the show coverage.  I was planning on posting the third and final round of coverage this weekend, but ended up working, as well as temporarily acquiring a vinyl cutter.  The latter occurrence took up the majority of my Monday so I wasn’t able to work on getting the post up.  Oh well, I have some time tonight and will do just that.  We pick up mid-afternoon when the show was really getting busy.  The turnout was really, really good for it being the first East coast show that Weksos has put on.  I was very happy for everyone involved at the success of the day.  I don’t really have much else to say in this post that hasn’t already been stated.  In this post we’ll take a closer look at some of the nice Hondas at the show, as well as a look at the roll-out.  Again, you’ll be able to see the insane amount of variety that these Wekfest shows provide.  Just click past the break and enjoy the rest of the shots.


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Event: Wekfest East 2012 – New Jersey V.2

Automotive, Event, JDM

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It’s 2 am on Saturday morning, I don’t have work tomorrow (edit – I DO have work today), and I’m stacked up on caffeine; I may as well get started on posting the second round of Wekfest East.  Yuta’s civic was having some work done at a shop in Upland this past week, and this evening we drove up there to pick it up.  While in the area, we decided to meet Kodi Chan at Maxim off the 60 in Rowland Heights.  I don’t get to see Kodi that often so it was nice that it worked out that way.  I ended up drinking way too much coffee though, and as a result am writing this right now.  I’m sure I’ll wake up tomorrow…err..today, and read this and it probably won’t make any sense to me.  I just thought for some reason you should know why this post will be comprehensively poorly written.  Right.  Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get back to the New Jersey convention center to check out more of the cars at Wekfest.  In this post, I’ll wrap up what I have left of the roll-in and get started on showing the masses of cars that were in attendance.  I gotta say, as I look back on each car as I edit them, I’m finding more and more cool things I didn’t notice initially.  I’ll point some of the things out as I go.  Also, you can once again see the thought that went into the variety of cars showing.  If you’re not familiar with the tour, not just anyone can come show.  The Weksos staff hand pick out of hundreds, and sometimes thousands of applicants to ensure a great show.  For now, click past the break to see part 2 of the coverage.

Event: Mitsubishi Owner’s Day – MOD 2012

Automotive, Event, JDM

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When I think of MOD, I immediately hear “EVO”; and frankly, that’s all I need to hear.  I’ve grown to have no particular interest at all in any Mitsubishi other than their Evolution line of cars.  Not to discredit the fans and enthusiasts of Mitsubishi’s other great cars, I can definitely respect the work and passion that goes into any chassis (and there were actually some really cool builds with unique swaps), they’re just not my cup of coffee (I’m switching that saying up).  So, I’ll tell you ahead of time, the only cars you will see in this post are of EVO’s – I suggest checking out Mitsubishi forums or other blogs for full coverage.  With that said, I really enjoy MOD.  It’s one show that I have a very laid back attitude towards. and feel no pressure to show up early and stay until everyone leaves.  In fact, I rolled up over an hour after it started and had left within an hour.  Parking is never an issue because it is in the business district of Cypress and the surrounding businesses are nice enough to let show goers use their lots.  As a result of the show being sponsored by Mitsubishi itself, it is very well organized.  Let me start my post out with a shot of the Monster Sport equipped LOT USA EVO 9 – one of my favorites.  Click past the break to see more EVO’s at EVO..I mean MOD.


One Shot: Project Back To Boost Update

Automotive, JDM, Motor Sports, One Shot

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It’s been awhile since I posted anything on my junkyard turbo build.  I have a little free time now, so why not give you a little status update?  I gotta say, I never knew this blog would be so popular when I started it up.  Not like it’s Speedhunters status or anything, but I get hundreds, sometimes thousands of hits a day, and I’m super stoked about it.  I’m even more excited about the responses I’ve been getting about my own build.  It’s really cool to see people get involved in others projects – creates a real community atmosphere.  If you have an ongoing build, feel free to shoot me an email with some pics, if I’m digging it I’ll throw it up on the site.  Thanks again for visiting, and I know I’ve promised this before, but the merch is coming!

Anyway, here is a list:  P28 w/piggyback, manual boost controller, boost gauge, and a little magical welding.  That’s about all I need to begin the install.  When I say this is a low-budget build I mean it.  I got quite a bit of the parts from my good friend ‘OEM Addy’.  The piping, the intercooler, the couplers, and the DSM blow-off all came off of his old 240 setup.  If I couldn’t get his intercooler, I had planned on using an Evo 8 or 9 front mount.  They go for under $100 on craigslist and their core size is great for a Honda.  I’ll be using a cast manifold from God Speed; cost? $80.  I’m still a little weary about throwing the T3 on without a rebuild.  I really have no idea what condition it is in,  and there is a tiny bit of shaft play.  I’m trying to keep this at a minimum cost though, and a rebuild would be close to $200 – I’ll cross my fingers.  Next update will probably be next month when we start to mock up some piping.

The picture of the rear of my car is from when I was test fitting the GRN’s I picked up.  I’ll be using that wheel as my spare because it has a little chunk taken out of it, and it has some old ass 195 series Advan race tire on it.  The car is sitting high because of the 16’s I had on before these – the car will be a bit lower.  This pic reminds me I need to get rid of that sticker residue…

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One Shot: Project Back to Boost

Automotive, One Shot

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Those of you who know me probably know my car as well.  Those who don’t; let me introduce you.  This is my car.  For 10 years it has gone through close to a dozen renovations.  Everything from suspension and wheels, to engine setups and interior pieces has been changed more times than I have fingers to count them on.  Which brings me to my next project – re-boosting the tired B16.  I was enjoying 14 pounds of boost daily up until the fine men in blue decided to send me to the state ref.  For years I’ve wanted to piece together another kit, but was so busy with school and work, I just didn’t have the drive.  Well, the time has come.  It will be a junkyard build with minimal costs and maximum efficiency.  I’ll follow the project on this blog, so if you’re interested stay tuned.  The car was getting a new knuckle and extended studs in this shot.   You can see Addy’s Silvia in the background.  Look for a feature on it soon.

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