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#81   2018-12-31 10:25          
it is with a heavy heart, that i press F for AJ's CRX. Thing had so many memories around it for all of us. not to mention the time he himself spent working on it. damn. truly an end of an era :(

But hey, at least we're moving into the 2019 all good and strong!
Happy new year fam, and everyone else reading this!


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#82   2018-12-31 15:54          
# Niatross : it is with a heavy heart, that i press F for AJ's CRX. Thing had so many memories around it for all of us. not to mention the time he himself spent working on it. damn. truly an end of an era :(

But hey, at least we're moving into the 2019 all good and strong!
Happy new year fam, and everyone else reading this!

Happy new year too fam! I'm really glad I can celebrate X-mas and new year with awesome crew like y'all :thumbsup:

Also copied my update here in case of anyone not bothering to look back one page:
# BigSmoke :
End of The Year Notes




As 2019 is coming upon us, Tokyo is getting crowded everywhere to celebrate it.
Despite the cold weather here, everyone seems to be fired up.
Well, I also celebrate it....albeit in a different way :D
Let's jump into the update!


NOTE: Some pics are taken from AJ's RP






[28 Dec 2018, later in the day]
The location at AJ pointed to me is located at around east Tokyo, some kms away from downtown. It is a garage shop called Vstanced Garage. AJ also instructed to me to ask for him to the people there regardless of his presence there via text message. The trip itself takes some hours, moving from west to east Tokyo is quite a feat to do. Thankfully though the streets itself isn't so crowded this time, so there are less traffic jams compared to the day I came here. The Neon Genesis Evangelion-esque weather definitely helps too with engine cooling and tyre grip, allowing me to unleash all the power the Evo has on the highway.

Some hours later, I entered the highway exit. The map says the garage shouldn't be far from it.

Several turns later I came to the front of the Vstanced Garage. The gargae itself is located in an old but big building, and the front gate as well as the building itself make the garage a blink-or-miss it spot if you're going past it without being attentive to your surroundings or having a mpa on your side. I proceed to stop for a while on the front of the garage since it looks like nobody's around.

I decided to call AJ, to make sure whether he's already inside or not.

"Yo AJ, it's me Edo. You there?"
"No I haven't but I'll be there"
"You sure this is the place? I've seen the sign but I see nobody around"
"Yap if you can see the sign then that's it. Hold up let me contact one of the boy there to let you in"
"Thanks man, I'll wait inside"


So turns out AJ was somewhere else at the moment. Then it looks like somebody told me to go inside the garage from afar, so I decided to follow him in the Evo.

"AJ's friend?"
"Yup"
"Come in, dude"

The Vstanced garage crew told me to park my Evo at the respraying bay, since there's nobody using it so far. As we wait for AJ, they told me about their works, including AJ's iconic CR-X and S15 which I'm totally a fan of. They've been creating a lot of legendary liveries for all purposes since a very long time ago. They were also kind enough to treat me for a slice of pizza and a can of soft drink :D

They also told me that they have a lot of branches around Japan, and recently they opened another one in Tsukuba, specializing in livery designing and wrapping, as well as expert detailing for time attack cars. They've got someone who is regarded "carbon fiber doctor" by them, since said man expertises on carbon fiber detailing and repair, e.g. he can repair and cover cracked carbon fiber parts which is normally quite difficult to do. I wonder if he can do it to, say, Formula 1 cars? ;)

The location of the Tsukuba branch is another surprise as well, as it turns out to be close to the school when I and Rantaro once hang out and picked up girls. Perhaps when I've got my own drift car or time attack machine (remember, the Evo is also a daily), I'll pay them a visit for liveries.

Some hours later after the sun sets, AJ came into the garage with his friend, Jack. Man, Jack's Sileighty is so awesome, I actually want to look at it for a longer time!

But then comes the saddening news. As you can see at AJ's RP, AJ's C-RX has been sold to someone else. Knowing that it was AJ's first car in Japan and he has gone through a lot of things in it makes it more painful in heart. AJ looks like he's ready to move on though, after all he has three other cars he can drive and work on. But he's right as well, the final result might not give the same vibe and feel as the CR-X when they're finished.

After a long chat with everyone and some more slices of pizza, I and AJ went back to Westkyo garage. We hit the highway again for fast trip home, hoping for lesser traffic.

As we're cruising on the highway, AJ told me all he had done with the CR-X, as well as his resolve to work on his other cars, mainly his S15. But then suddenly Queen's "I'm in Love with My Car" kicks in over the radio. Before I proceed to sing along, I asked AJ not to be irritated or saddened by the song, or in particular my voice. He said it's okay and I may go on singing. The radio kept on blasting evergreen rock songs as darkness fell upon us.

After a long drive, I and AJ arrived at Westkyo at 10.45pm, and we decided to go straight to our separate beds. It's quite an eventful day for both of us.



[29 Dec 2018]
After waking up and had a freezy shower, AJ invited me for breakfast. Since Marc(Macaron_moon) was running out of ramen, and Muza(Niatross) has already one with Rifky(Shez), I accepted his invitation. AJ says we're going to the suburban area near Westkyo. As morning mist clears up, we hit the road. It was so freezy I have to put on my thiccest jacket that I brought.

The suburbs itself is quite fascinating to drive around and surprisingly has a lot of trees. There are also quite a lot of highway exits in case you have an urge for doing expressway runs in a sudden.

But what occupies my eyes most is AJ's Strawberry red S15 that he brought. It is one of my favourite builds here as it reminds me of Nobuteru Taniguchi's personal S15 that has made a lot of appearance in video games, particularly Tokyo Extreme Racer Drift (TXRD) series, usually along with Ridox Supra and RE Amemiya RX7. Makes sense since Nob and Max Orido helped along the game's development process in order to make these games the ultimate touge simulator at that time. Only time can tell if AJ will have a similar role ;)

The city's view was so enjoyable I can't hold myself to take pics of my Evo. The brekkie menu was delicious as well! AJ really knows the culinary map of the suburban area. Man, if only all the crew can join us.........also, while we have the brekkie AJ compliments the quality of the ride the Evo has. I'm glad all the handling upgrade gives a brilliant result! :D



Sadly, our joy was offset on our way back. AJ was suddenly slowing down and the car misfired a lot of times. We decided to stop a while on a bridge to see what's going on.

"What happened?" I asked as I run lightly towards AJ.
"I don't know either, let's pop the hood" AJ asnwers, then he opened the bonnet while the engine is still running.
"Please don't be something serious, please" I pleaded inside as we look over the engine.

As you can see on AJ's RP, it turns out the SR20DET inside proceeds to turn itself into a SR20DE with a blown, non-functional turbo. A moment of silence for the turbo, please.

With the turbo dead, AJ's S15 has become asthmatic. I offered to call a tow service, but AJ refuses, and reckoned he can limp it home. I can understand his decision, after all this is his beloved car. Thankfully though we made it back to WestKyo unscathed. We spent the rest of the day removing the remnants of the blown turbo.




[31 Dec 2018]
It's the final day of 2018 and I've got an info that now I'll be receiving V$655 a week! Clearly this is a blessing for me, as thsi means more money for tuning the Evo. And speaking of tuning the Evo.........
After weeks of hard thinking whether I should get engine or transmission upgrades first, I decided to refresh the stock transmission first. After all, it's the component that transfers the fierce power of the engine to the wheels, so I think it'll be good to prioritize it first while I've got the money for it. The Evo might actually need them as well, after all these years of running on stock components it must have been tired of changing gear multi-million times. So after consulting with Muza, AJ and Marc the Human Lan Evo, I started the shopping spree.

TMZ Performance offered transmission rebuild kits, transfer case rebuild kits as well as rear diff rebuild kits. For the transfer case and rear diff I'm going for the standard Stage 1 ones as I'm not going to do ridiculous stuff which requires billet components at the moment, but for the transmission I'm going for the Stage 3 option, which features several race-spec components and center diff modifications including 4-spider gear center diff conversion. Along with it I added additional 1st gear input shaft and 12% taller 1st gearset and competition spec clutch fork as options. With that sorted, the transmission kit costs V$3490, the transfer case kit costs V$615 and the rear diff kit costs V$495, bringing the grand total to V$4600.

But the shopping list doesn't stop there. I plan to replace the front and rear LSD as well. Fortunately RHDJapan has a year-end discount promo going on, so I can grab LSDs for cheap. I grabbed Cusco Type RS LSDs, both for front and rear. The front one costed me V$939, while the rear one costed me V$904. But no, the shopping list doesn't end here either. To match the LSDs, I decided to change the clutch set as well to Cusco's. Fortunately, Cusco JP has them for reasonable price at V$532, with no charge for material selection. This allows me to pick the copper ones, hopefully this one will be stronger.

But one question still remain: Despite the 4-spider center diff conversion, should I replace it with LSDs? Or can I combine said diff conversion with this? I want to do it since it's quite rare but I'm not sure if it works. Any answers will be appreciated.

For now it doesn't seem to matter though. As the day passes, we decided that instead of going downtown for new year's eve, we simply enjoy the fireworks from the marina nearby and bring our own snacks. And luckily for us, the marina is surprisingly not so crowded. We enjoy the night as we see fireworks, fill ourselves on various snacks and watch as the year changes in my Evo and Muza's E46.

Happy new year everyone, I hope 2019 will bring all of us more colours, adventures and opportunities, and perhaps new cars in our garage as well :D





Final update of 2018 has been done! :pimping:
Let's see how my wallet survives the shopping spree.......




That's all my updates for now, thank you for stopping by and see you in 2019!
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#83   2019-01-04 13:13          
Birthday Presents




IT'S THE FIRST UPDATE OF THE YEAR! :D
After ordering one more thing, all my parts has arrived at WestKyo Garage.
And to top it off, they arrived AT MY BIRTHDAY! :bananajump: :pimping:
Surely a good gift for myself eh? :))
Well let's jump into the update!




[01 Jan 2019]
Happy new year everyone! After the celebration at the marina, everyone got back to sleep quickly since we're all full of snacks.......excpet Marc(Macaron_moon) and AJ(RocketBunnyS13), who decided to down some more Asahi beers. Welp, I guess that's how they bring themselves to sleep after huge parties.

By midday when we all woke up, new year greetings texts and postcards flood our phones. But I also got a very, very good news. Most of my business contacts started their work at the end of January, so extending my holiday here is a possibility. I asked the WestKyo boys about this, and they gladly accept the stay extension. YAY! :D

The only thing that bugs me a bit is that some of my orders will be delayed for a while. Thankfully, only local deliveries are affected, which means only my LSDs and clutch. They'll arrive at late Jan 2. RHDJapan also informed me that they also still accept orders, with items arriving at late Jan 3. Coincidentally, I came across a good deal over JUN lightweight flywheel there, so I bought one myself for V$398. Originally I was going for TODA's, but JUN ones is cheaper and lighter.

Welp, the shopping spree can't be helped I guess. I wonder if any of the boys also bought themselves a present?


[02 Jan 2019]
We spent our day either continuing on wrenching and improving our cars, browsing for new year discounts on car parts on the internet, or replying back new year greetings texts and postcards. And of course, having breakfast together with Marc's speciality ramen as the menu. It might be just ramen cups, but trust me, it's so delicious it'll add at least 60 BHP in your heart and brain for the day :D

But at midday, Muza(Niatross) informed me that the famous Initial D arcade cabs at Sega Joypolis Tokyo will be closed in the middle of January. If you didn't know, said cabs has replica of Initial D cars as the seats and each cab moves gyroscopically as you turn around the corners. Here's a video demonstrating it. Seeing as we're all in Tokyo and has never been there our whole lifetime, we decided to pay a visit later this or next week.

Later in the day, my LSD and clutch packages arrived in the shop. Living in Tokyo does give you a benefit indeed, everything seems to quickly arrive for you.


[03 Jan 2019]
For some of us, Michael Schumacher was our hero, and we spent our childhood seeing him clinching wins after wins. So to pay tribute to him, we spent the day seeing his racing vids, play some games that features his car, and so on. Hell, I went a step further by wearing red all day long. Sadly, none of us has either a Ferrari or a Mercedes (though Muza had one for a while) :)) a drive in one would complete the tribute imo.

Out of curiosity, I asked if it is allowed to swim around the marina to the boys. Turns out it isn't allowed since obviously the sea water around the marina is deep. This also explains why there are two boat piers around the town, as well as a boating school. Despite this, there's a small beach and a vista point nearby, which can only be slightly seen from the furthest pier. Perhaps I could swim or simply have a tan there?

Later in the day, the flywheel package arrived. Judging by it's weight it might be suitable to grind the edges of the OEM ones and turning it into a discus for the discus throw sport, or even better(?), a frisbee :))


[04 Jan 2019]
It's my birthday! But to be honest, I don't expect anything big, not even a cake. I guess I haven't told the boys about this sooo that's okay to me. Anyway, I woke up early in the morning. The view from the lounge is quite peaceful, and it was a cold morning as well. Marc's Evo X and Rifky(Shez)'s DC5 become the icing on the cake of the view.

Despite this, it still feels like Neon Genesis Evangelion kicks itself into real life as there's no snow. Well hopefully the robots and monsters didn't make an appearance as well, that'll be dangerous. Oh, speaking of which, hands up if you're planning to watch the original series later this year on Netflix.

Later in the day, finally the last piece of the transmission upgrade came to the garage, which is the TMZ Performance transmission, transfer case and rear diff rebuild kits. I was ecstatic because not only everything has arrived, the last one arrived on my birthday as well. Better still, I'm currently in a shop with all the tools required and best of all, there's Marc the Human Lan Evo to help me. Yep, his knowledge on Evos is on-par with, if not a league above Ohira-sensei in Tsukuba. And since 4G63 engines has been adopted within a lot of cars other than Evos, I reckon he can do magic over aything equipped with it, not just Evos. And so, he became my sensei for the day.

Once again, I reversed my Evo into the work bay. After we had breakfast, the car is lifted and all the equipments and the upgrades has been set, we started the huge work.

The good thing about the LDSs are their locking method can be changed. Specifically, we turned the front LSD into a 1.5-way LSD and the rear one into a 2-way LSD. We set them to lock at 25%. And oh, we also adjusted the gear set setting, now most of the gears are a bit longer to compensate the extra traction from the LSDs. Here we also found out that the center diff is basically an open diff, per the standart of the Evos of it's time.

The 4-spider center diff conversion strengthens the diff for even drag racing purposes, but of course I'm not gonna do that. Still, that's quite reassuring for daily and trackday usage (I'm really grateful for not ticking the welded diff option, people said it's horrible for daily) as it gives better traction. But later on, I found that the WRC version of Evo III also uses LSD for the center diff.

Should I switch to them or stick to the current diff? Cusco center LSD for Evo III is a bit difficut to found, and one that I found is different type (Type MZ instead of RS, the only difference is the locking time and method). But if I do, I can combine it with this. So what do you think? Let me know!

And uh, if you still don't get what I'm talking about, scroll to the bottom of this linky here to find out what I'm talking about.

Anyway, back to the process. After a long process of adjustment and assembly, the operation was finished around 8 hours later and we put the car down the work bay. We worked quite intensely we forgot to have lunch :))

Lunch done, I jumped into the Evo for a small testing. Sadly there's no racetrack nearby, but eh, this will simulate daily usage condition as well so that's okay. Here we go!

Relatively speaking, I wonder what AJ will do to his S2K..........

Initial impression is good to me. The car now pulls itself off junction quicker, and the bite is sufficient in traffic speeds. There are some traffic present at the moment, most of them went to the marina or the boating school. It was a sunny afternoon as well, so I can't blame them anyway.

When I'm approaching the hill section, it was quiet with clear traffic ahead, so I start to give it the beans. The traction bite now really kicks in hard, and the gear setup prolongs it's breathe vastly. Yup, I'm certain this will be useful on tracks, highways and touge routes! :thumbsup:

Frankly speaking, I love the hilly areas here, the Evo feels like it's on a rally stage while blasting around it. I mean look, it's rather similar to urban stages of Tarragona/Tour de Corse! (except that of course they're much narrower)

With testing done,I return to the garage in cheerful mood. What a way to celebrate my birthday!








First update of the year has been done! :pimping:
Let's see how my wallet survives the continued shopping spree.......




That's all my updates for now, thank you for stopping by and see you soon!
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#84   2019-01-04 15:27          
Happy birthday mate, that would have been the best birthday gift for yourself I guess? :)

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#85   2019-01-04 15:49          
# Soju : Happy birthday mate, that would have been the best birthday gift for yourself I guess? :)

Well, I'd say yes :D

Also thank you my man :-X
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#86   2019-01-04 15:49          
seriously in love with your evo dude, and especially now you have sorted the diff upgrades, must be such a pleasure to drive.
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#87   2019-01-04 15:53          
# Sqxidking : seriously in love with your evo dude, and especially now you have sorted the diff upgrades, must be such a pleasure to drive.

Thanks my man! I really hope the diff upgrade augments the driving experience :D
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#88   2019-01-04 23:45          
That evo is getting faster and faster :D Love it!!!
BTW If you can get to the states in April you might be able to experience to drive a merc cause I would let you to drive mine ;)
And I am not thinking about the drift spec I am talking about something that will arrive in mid march (I hope so)

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#89   2019-01-05 05:35          
# Phonexius : That evo is getting faster and faster :D Love it!!!
BTW If you can get to the states in April you might be able to experience to drive a merc cause I would let you to drive mine ;)
And I am not thinking about the drift spec I am talking about something that will arrive in mid march (I hope so)

Thanks my man :D
Welp, let's see what the time has in store for us later :D
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#90   2019-01-05 14:25          
Evo looks so good with aftermarket wheels only lmao. Happy birthday btw !

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#91   2019-01-05 15:24          
# TheAxirPL : Evo looks so good with aftermarket wheels only lmao. Happy birthday btw !

They're surely a quick, sure-fire way to improve the looks of any car :D

And thanks my man! :)
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#92   2019-01-07 16:55          
Evo looking doppppe,happy belated

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#93   2019-01-07 17:04          
# jdmkvng : Evo looking doppppe,happy belated

Thank you very much my man! :D
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#94   2019-01-14 17:54          
Urban Touring




Tokyo in the start of the year is sooo crowded it's quite unbelievable! :O
This caused some problem to me and some of the Westkyo crew when rolling downtown.
But then, we found a slice of motoring heaven :thumbsup:
Also, time to order the upgrade I (and perhaps y'all) always been waiting for......
So let's jump into the RP then! :D
(WARNING: MAXIMUM PHOTOBOMB INCOMING)





[07 Jan 2019]
Paycheck time! Yup, another V$655 safely landed in my pocket. Also, at this point I put up all the stock transmission parts I removed for sale. This includes the stock LSD and the OS Giken clutch. Since there weren't that many parts that has been removed, and some were'nt in fresh condition, I can only hope much to sell them to be honest. But then there were also some parts that is quite fresh such as the gear synchros and the OS Giken clutch. I put everything on Tokyo and Tsukuba car forums for sale at a grand total of V$4500. I should admit that's a lot of dama-I mean loss, but eh, I need money after all.

In the meantime, I and the crew had been looking on various used car delaer websites. Surprisingly, there are alot of top stuff up for sale for cheap. I think I should get one too........but only after the Evo has received all the upgrades I planned for it ;) Don't worry, I've got a huge plans for the project car, even bigger than the Evo I should say (after all, the Evo is a daily).

Oh yah, at this point originally I should've already came back to Tsukuba, but as I said in my last update since all business in Tsukuba started at the end of the month (some even started at the start of February), I've decided to extend my holiday here to wait. After all I'm sure Tsukuba Circuit has a lot of snow at the moment, preventing any trackdays to happen unless you're a world rally racer or an absolute madman :)) This will be convenient for car tuning too since deliveries to Tokyo are faster as I've found out.



[11 Jan 2019]
At this point all of my parts I put up for sale has been sold for V$4500. Selling them in Tokyo forums helps a lot as turns out there are still a lot of older Evo enthusiasts. Life and economy here moves very quickly to be honest, I'm deeply amazed while trying to keep up. Speed is truly a very, very essential part of modern Japanese lifestyle nowadays, though this apparently leads to higher individual stress level, a huge decline of newborns each year as no one seems interested or commited enough to have a family (yes, I know, quite ridiculous and appaling) and increasing number of deaths with various causes.

But what's more appaling is strangely, Japanese youths these days doesn't really want to own a car despite the speedy daily life. To be fair, they've been enjoying public transportation so much since they're all comfortable and on time, and most of them are either very active students with studies and organizational activities here and there, they almost don't have time to enjoy themselves, or a bunch of shut-ins who prefer to stay inside so they can binge on anime/games/idol groups/all of them. The manufacturers, despite creating modern tuner cars (the GT-R, the 86 and BRZ, the new Supra, the new S660, the new Copen, modern day Civics, etc etc etc), somehow also failed to convince them to at least like them. Well yeah, they're too expensive for youths, I know.

The point is, where are the similar passions that we have, and why it doesn't infect them? Where did the dream of owning supercars or modifying your very own car go? Who would keep the tuning and motorsport industry alive?

Alright, enough questioning and mourning, we've been going off-track. The reason I include it here is because I and Westkyo boys also talked about this over the week. With the discussion over at Thursday, we had one huge resolve: To keep the car culture alive by improving our cars, have a lot of meetings and when we have a family, spread the car culture spirit to them.

Oh yeah, during the course of the week, I've been receiving initial requests of document translations, Muza(Niatross) is shopping more parts for his cars while using his M3 E46 as his daily, Marc(Macaron_moon) went to Nagoya for a while to collect parts for his Evo (he came back at Sunday), Rifky(Shez) still binges on used car websites for another project car while finishing the papers for his AE86 while AJ(RocketBunnyS13) tuned almost all of his cars in between his job as lawyer (or something similar, I can't remember exactly). In particular, he's on the process of reviving his S15's SR20DET, which, as you might know from my 2nd to last update and AJ's last update, blew its turbo off and turns itself into an SR20DE.

As for me, it's time to put on a big action for my Evo. With only engine upgrades remaining and finally I have enough money for it, I decided to buy one thing that I (and perhaps you) always wanted: Tomei 2.2L stroker kit! "But Smoke, there's also Tomei and HKS 2.3L stroker kits, why don't you pick them instead?" I'd say no, I'm afraid the power jump will be too far to handle (the HKS kit can produce over 500+ BHP. Great for racing but overkill for daily purposes imo). Fortunately Nengun has discount on those, and I opted to buy them with conrod bearings set to match the kit and increase engine strength. This bring the price to V$4162.

I also bought Nagoya Precision/NAPREC Big Valves kit at Nengun to improve combustion process since they're cheap. At V$397 they're a sure-fire way to extract more power from the 4G63 engine. Had I bought the HKS 2.3L strokers, combined with the big valves they might produce over 600 BHP. Damn, my Evo could turn itself into a box of molotovs by that point.

Now we're moving from the block to the head areas. To improve engine reliability and power output a bit further, I also bought TODA High Stopper Head Gasket also at Nengun for V$218. I opted for the one with thickness of 1.5mm and bore of 86.5mm, since I picked the stroker kit with 86mm bore which increases the capacity to 2183cc, I almost forgto to mention.

To top it off, I bought new set of Tomei ProCams, both in/ex at 270/270 (originally I was going for 280/280 but I think it'll be overkill after the big valves installation). They're sold for V$267 each, bringing the set cost to V$534. They can produce moe power compared to it's sibling, the Tomei PonCams, but the ProCams requires it's own pulley, valve springs, and retainer set, so I bought them as well, with the pulley costing at V$ 156 each, springs costing at V$221, and the retainer set at V$384.

Additionally, I'm a bit afraid the timing belt can snap anytime due to age and uh, it looks dull, so I bought a new one, which is GReddy Timing Belt for V$139. Not only it's designed for high power usage, it looks cool as well :D

Wew boi, that's a lot of damage over my wallet. But heck, this time, it'll be very, very, very worth it as I can feel the effect directly ;)

Oh yah, a bit of fun fact: While browsing for car parts, I found out that my Evo's silver colour is called Queen's Silver per Mitsubishi's Car Colour Database. Funnily enough there's a brand of chocolate bars here in Indonesia that is called Silver Queen. They're rather expensive but tastes very good.



[12 Jan 2019]
It's weekend time! AJ went off earlier to work, so there's only me, Muza and Rifky. Muza was also going to get some food for everyone and some more parts for his Supra. But beforehand, he washed and polished his M3 E46. Dang, it looks like a proper museum piece that came into the roads now.

"Hey Muza, are you going downtown?" I talked to him as he steeped outside the garage.
"Yeah, what's the matter? You in?" He answered.
"Yep. I found a nice sushi parlor in Shibuya some time ago, thought you might want to try it"
"Hmmm sounds good. Mind if I have my parts in your Evo?"
"It's okay. And oh, I want to grab some cans of coffee in Akibahara, they rarely appear elsewhere"
"Rarely elsewhere? I see, it's interesting. I think I should grab some"
"Yeah, you should, I recommend it. Comes in a lot of flavours too"

So we set off to downtown Tokyo that morning, leaving the garage key to Rifky.


To communicate with each other, I and Muza used handsfree phones. Before we hit the highway there's a small hill before us.

"Muza I just remembered something. Will your carbon lip be fine over ramps?"
"Eh don't worry, I've used them everyday and it hasn't been damaged once"
"Ah silly me, I forgot it's your daily. Carry on, mine will be fine too"


Then we hit the highway to he-I mean, Tokyo.


One traffic jam and some hours later, we arrived in Tokyo near the Wangan Line. Muza's E46 feels like home here. Even if he didn't fully open the tap, it always wants to unleash it's power and run away while echoing the raspy inline 6 tune. I really love to admire it while trying to keep up.

It's going to be a rather long trip, but thankfully I've got myself some proper music to enjoy the road ahead :D

Finally, we arrived at downtown Tokyo. First, we decided to look for more Supra parts in the corners of the city. It's weekend time so the city is noticeably crowded, but looks like there's something else going on.......

......it looks like there's some kind of festival going on at the city center. A lot of traffic has to be moved away from there.

Thankfully though Muza's first destination is a bit further off the city center. Once we found suitable parking spots, we parted our ways. Muza went off to get some parts while I look for foods around the spot. The sushi parlor by the way is at the other side of the city.

Shopping done, we continued our trip to the sushi parlor for lunchtime. It's roughly a 10 minute trip normally, but it's sooo crowded we were crawling along for 20 minutes. But then, when we arrived to the sushi parlor I mentioned earlier, there's a familiar sight for both of us. A white Civic FC1, lowered as hell. But the thing is, it had different wheels than we usually know.

"Hey Muza, is that what I think it is?"
"I'm pretty sure. But why a TE37?"
"Changed his wheels perhaps?"
"Is he inside the car or what?"
"Nah I bet he has lunch too. Let's get in anyway I'm hungry"

We subtly parked behind the Civic, in case of we guessed it wwrong. I parked right behind him, and since there's a small pathway between my Evo and the next lot, Muza parked at a nearby barbershop. Then we walked together inside the Sushi parlor.

And our guesses is right: It's AJ's Civic! AJ himself was going to take his first munch, still fresh from his office with suits on (but not with his vest, he left it in the car). Apparently he has finished working while we were shopping so he got a lot of spare time.

"Yooo AJ didn't expect you to be here!" I greeted him as I sit beside him.
"Oh hey Edo! And Muza too! What are you guys doing in Shibuya?" Asked AJ, surprised to be able to bump over us here.
"Ah, I'm assisting Muza with his shopping," I explained. "The streets is crowded man!"
"Yeah, there's a festival at the city center. It's a good thing I was able to get off from work early today"
"Oh yah, since when you changed the wheels?" Muza asked
"An hour ago," said AJ. "Got a good deal for TE37s. Let me guess, shopping for your Supra?"
"Yup. Edo has done his yesterday"

We settled down for a while and eat sushi together, as well bought some more sushi and onigiri to be eaten at the garage.

Lunch done, we moved on to Akibahara to find some additional goodies we can get on plus to get some stocks of limited UCC Coffee cans. AJ liked it too the last time I offered one to him after the CR-X deal was sealed, so he agreed to came along. We are now communicating through group phone call.

After a huge fight against traffic and weaving around pedestrians, we arrived at Akibahara. Just like Shibuya, it was soooo crowded.....


......and there are also a similar festival near downtown so some roads are closed for the day. I and AJ had to turn around with a multi-million point turn since it's rather cramped, and Muza went into the Akibahara UDX parking only to find out it's full. Thankfully there wasn't a lot of traffic around so it was less hectic than we imagined.


Oh yah, I also would like to talk about just how low AJ's Civic is, and somehow it didn't scrape anything or affected the handling of the car. I swear that suspension setting AJ has on his Civic is pure magic. And it's fast too: I never imagine there are people who mod the internals of the FC1 until now. The figures are respectable as well, with AJ's Civic pumpng out 233 BHP thanks to exhaust and ECU tune. Not in the league of modern Type-Rs yet, but certainly passed Type-Rs of the past. Also, it's a tourer sedan made for comfort, so AJ can blast across cities quickly without worrying about swollen muscles after the drive.

Also, you can find more of his other builds HERE!

We settled down for another time and looking at our maps to find an alternative way around Akibahara.

We indeed found one, but now comes a new problem: It was extremely narrow, it looks like it's designed for kei cars and bikes. My Evo might have made it through but certainly not Muza and AJ's cars.

"Wait wait wait back off back off!"
"Wait but why?"
"Our cars won't make it through!"
"Try yours!"
"Get off the car and see it for yourself!"


We parked our cars elsewhere and walked down the road.

"Damn, it's so tiny and narrow!" AJ lamented.
"Told you, our mirrors and doors won't survive if we get through. Not even considering the angry mob who'll come against us......"
"Dude I wish I got a kei car" said Muza. I and AJ nods in agreement.
"Well perhaps we would be crushed in highways but heck we can have our personal go-karts everywhere!" I added.
And thus, the conversation direction turned from the narrow roads to kei car ownership along the trip.

(man I wish for a kei car on SLRR)

It's actually a good thing we came down this place walking, because turns out we can get boxes of UCC Coffe cans here! We're set for.....a week, at least.

Coffee business done, we went off Akibahara.



Half an hour later, we're in Shinjuku. We decided to settle down again after the rather stressful trip since traffic finally died down. We found a cheap parking tower there, so we proceeded to get in.

As we get up the building, it's clear that the upper floors were rarely habited and in a state of disrepair with graffitis and metal fencing everywhere. It feels like a private parking to us. We decided to explore the place for a while since we have the full freedom for that floor.


And long before we know it, Muza told us he's going to use the freedom opportunity to the max.

"You know what? On times like these there's only one appropriate thing to do in a RWD car"
"What is i-oooooh I get it!"
"You guys park your cars somewhere and watch me spread the Bavarian cream everywhere"
"Alright, chief, we'll get some popcorns as well"
(there were none, though)

I and AJ proceed to park at a nearby lot.


And then, the fragance of burnt rubber and the harmony of the inline 6 orchestra filled the building, followed by flashes of the Phoenix Yellow colour. It was a pretty sight to behold that afternoon. Muza danced with his M3 E46 and used it to the full effect, it's like listening an original score to an action movie. Not gonna lie this makes me want to drift as well! But then I remembered that my Evo is AWD and grippy........



Rubber roasting session done, Muza parked his M3 E46, followed by I and AJ cheering on him. It looks indefatigable, still looks fresh and flexing, barely sweating after the impromptu drifting session. Damn, if only we have the money to rent a floor of parking tower, this is definitely how we use it for!

A bit more exploration and I found a way to the rooftop parking lot. I decided to get up first to see what's up there.

Up there were some more fences, a water tower, a huge graffitti, a electrical supply tower, and nothing else. Freedom is even more real here.

"The rooftop is free from anything, get up here man. Fresh air everywhere!"

Muza is the next one to get into the rooftop....in a pretty spectacular way. It's not Muza if he doesn't get into the rooftop sideways!


And finally it's AJ's turn. I'm still surprised that nothing scrapes off his Civic when he make his way upwards!.

The air is sooo fresh, crisp, cool, almost unpolluted up here. And we can also see planes flying from and to Narita and Haneda airport from here as well. We spot planes while having some snacks and sipping coffee cans until sunset arrives, but before we come back to the garage we took some commemorative shot over the graffitti nearby. I wonder how whoever made it made this thing?


The urban tour today is just worth it! :thumbsup:
I really should do this again with the entire crew another time.




[14 Jan 2019]
Paycheck time! Another V$655 safely landed in my pocket. I'm going to need it badly to recover from the first shopping spree I mentioned earlier. But hey, look at the positive side, it's only a bit more to go until the Evo upgrade list is complete and I can get another car! :D










Oh my god I've lost count on how many hours I needed to do this update and how many pics I ended up using.
I swear this is the longest update I've ever done so far! :O
But anyway let's check out how did my wallet survive:







That's all my updates for now, thank you for stopping by and see you soon!
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This post was edited by BigSmoke (2019-01-15 00:30, 4 days ago)
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#95   2019-01-14 18:10          
That’s a lot of upgrade parts for the Silver Queen :)

and driving through those narrow alleyways is my major :D

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#96   2019-01-14 21:52          
AAAAAAAAAAAAAA YES

Pretty epic how we coincidentally bumped into each other at that Sushi Bar! I guess when a place is really good, word gets around pretty quickly, small world tbh! Today's hangout was SOLID. When I was eating alone before you and Muza came along I started to think about going home immediately to work on my S15, but after you guys joined in and invited me to cruise to Akihabara, I forgot about it pretty swiftly haha. The UCC Coffee was good, you've convinced me to switch from Nespresso to UCC yo haha. But the best part was when we were in Shinjuku and Muza started HOONING THE FUCCCC out of his pristine E46. Dude's a madman I'll tell you that haha, if only my S15 were running at that time dammit. Other than that, the talks and chills we had on the rooftop of the parking lot were simply second-to-none. I wanna do it again!! Solid times fam, solid times.

P.S. The secret to amazing suspension that doesn't go too low that you start scraping your bumper on some parts? Get Fortune Auto 500 Series Coilovers :P

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#97   2019-01-15 00:29          
# Soju : That’s a lot of upgrade parts for the Silver Queen :)

and driving through those narrow alleyways is my major :D

It's time to have a power bump after all :D
And hey, 'Silver Queen' is a nice nickname for the car I think :))

Also oooooh teach us some time man we're going to need it when going to Akibahara and Sangen-Jaya :thumbsup:

# RocketBunnyS13 : AAAAAAAAAAAAAA YES

Pretty epic how we coincidentally bumped into each other at that Sushi Bar! I guess when a place is really good, word gets around pretty quickly, small world tbh! Today's hangout was SOLID. When I was eating alone before you and Muza came along I started to think about going home immediately to work on my S15, but after you guys joined in and invited me to cruise to Akihabara, I forgot about it pretty swiftly haha. The UCC Coffee was good, you've convinced me to switch from Nespresso to UCC yo haha. But the best part was when we were in Shinjuku and Muza started HOONING THE FUCCCC out of his pristine E46. Dude's a madman I'll tell you that haha, if only my S15 were running at that time dammit. Other than that, the talks and chills we had on the rooftop of the parking lot were simply second-to-none. I wanna do it again!! Solid times fam, solid times.

P.S. The secret to amazing suspension that doesn't go too low that you start scraping your bumper on some parts? Get Fortune Auto 500 Series Coilovers :P

Japan's speedy commuting culture makes everything seems small I guess (despite we hit traffic at Shibuya) :D
Also YAAAAAAAAAAYY another UCC Coffee fan! Though whether this makes you to want to watch Neon Genesis Evangelion is still arguable :))

Yeah he's an absolute madman, had been you joined in as well I think the building can be mistaken as on fire as there will be a lot of smoke around :))
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#98   2019-01-15 07:21          
tfw i couldve literally SLAMMED into one of those pillars in the parking area, but i only realised it properly AFTER the hooning was done. Epic, isnt it
But yeah, like AJ said, SOLID unplanned hangout! i tell you unplanned meetups are usually the best meetups XD

As for the E46, its almost time to remove the "daily" title from it i guess OwO


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#99   2019-01-15 09:04          
Nice mate nice, btw will you be Free on April 20th to come to LA I'll pay you the ticket.Soju and Lagano will be there too

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#100   2019-01-15 12:32          
# Niatross : tfw i couldve literally SLAMMED into one of those pillars in the parking area, but i only realised it properly AFTER the hooning was done. Epic, isnt it
But yeah, like AJ said, SOLID unplanned hangout! i tell you unplanned meetups are usually the best meetups XD

As for the E46, its almost time to remove the "daily" title from it i guess OwO

Welp you're certainly a pro when it comes to bringing a car very, very sideways :thumbsup:
Maximum level of epicness has been achieved!

Wait whaaaa you're going to put big mods on it? Can't wait to see the result AAAAAAAAAAAAA

# Phonexius : Nice mate nice, btw will you be Free on April 20th to come to LA I'll pay you the ticket.Soju and Lagano will be there too

I really want to join you guys, but let's see what fate and time has in store for us ;)
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