Kyusha Kai

April 11, 2011, 6:46 pm
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I noticed a thread on a local forum where a member was selling a set of Axis OG Sakuras (and all the idiots were talking about how awesome they are). I won’t get into how much I hate replicas because I know some of you guys are tired of me rambling, but under his description it states:

The legendary Sakura wheel has been re-issued. Sakura (Cherry Blossom) was one of the most iconic wheels in Japan during the late 70’s. AXIS has found the original mold, and updated it for a modern application.

Before trolling his thread about how Hayashi’s are the true OG’s and that his statement is stupid, I looked up the Axis Sakuras on their website. There it is in black and white (digital) ink, blatantly stating it to be true. WTF, really? What mold did they find?

Axis OG Sakura wheels

By the way, has anyone actually ORDERED these from Hayashi? I know it still lists it on their website with pricing but everytime I search, no one seems to be able to confirm if they’re still for sale.


Why Fatlace’s Skyline Giveaway Is A Bad Idea
February 2, 2011, 3:18 am
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The odds of this ending badly is high. Here’s my opinion why.

While the majority of Fatlace‘s cult-like following are car heads, I’d guess few have much experience with old cars. Having to deal with a lack of parts, possible rust, maybe even a previous owners shoddy modifications and repairs… Throw in the fact that this is a car most of us have never received in our home country. This is a recipe for disaster.

The car is described in the flyer as a “project” and according to Speedhunters it will be built to the specs of the rendering. Hopefully, they give it a JDM Legends style rebuild, leaving no stone untouched for the new owner.

However, no amounts of time or money can prepare the new owner for something going wrong. A part failing or maybe a fender bender. If something breaks on a new car or even a classic Mustang, a call to the dealer or a trip to the junkyard will rectify the problem. Now imagine a trailer kicking up a rock into this Kenmeri’s windshield. The new owners gonna need DEEEEEP pockets and some connections to get his new parts. I’ve always agreed with the saying “You’ve gotta pay to play”. The new owner won’t be paying for the car (and let’s be honest, the chances of the new owner being a 18 year old hipster making $9 an hour and would happily trade it for a new GT-R and some Nike SB’s in a heartbeat are pretty high).

As our scene of J-Tin gains popularity and more people get into it, we have to preserve what little is left. Rust and time have already taken it’s toll on thin Japanese metal. I guess I’m just afraid that the Fatlace Kenmeri would end up getting parted out, sold off or worst of all… broken and rusting away because the new owner was unable to repair it due to lack of funds or know how.

I’ve made a couple of great friends from Fatlace so I’m in no way dogging on them or saying this is gonna fail. Nor am I saying that I’m a better car builder than anybody. I honestly suck at technical stuff as my buddies can attest to… I purposely chose the 510 and 240z because not only are they some of my favorite cars, they have some of the largest support groups of all Japanese cars from that era. I truly hope that the new owner can carry the torch and take it to the next level after Fatlace has done their thing. I just hope it goes to a true enthusiast so that this Kenmeri can have a fighting chance.

Legen… Wait for it… Dary!
December 6, 2010, 11:53 am
Filed under: Random, Rant

Caught this video posted up on MotoIQ.

This is the stuff of legends. Beautiful film, and kudos to the great staff at MotoIQ for bringing it to my attention.

I love MotoIQ so much. Three of my favorite car dudes… Dave Coleman (my personal hero), Mike Kojima and Eric Hsu, along with an amazing group of other enthusiasts, dropping knowledge on the import world in a tech savvy way and most importantly… uncensored.

Two big reasons why I don’t buy many magazines anymore is because of the ass-kissing to crap companies who are paying for ad space and the diminishing tech articles. I mean, has anyone seen an early copy of the Project Car magazine? Installation tech articles of shift knobs and Broadview mirrors? If you need a magazine to show you how to do that, you shouldn’t be allowed near a wrench.

Anyway, I’m not sure how this came to my disdain of the magazine industry, so watch the video a few times then sit in your car and make some noise!

November 16, 2010, 7:46 am
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What is up with people and screwing up 620s? Why why why??? Stock bodied 620s are better than any MacGyver’ed swap job people do in their backyards.

A Sentra front end? REALLY?

Jeeps everywhere are angry.

Wheels From SEMA
November 7, 2010, 12:51 am
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The good. Enkei re-releasing the cult classic 92’s. I’m honestly surprised they didn’t do this ages ago. They definitely look better than their new “retro” J-Speeds.

The bad. OMG HOW ARE HAYASHI STREETZZ BAD!?! Nope, it’s another classic and authentic design from Rota. Rota is the designer for all good wheels. Didn’t you know that the Volk TE37 is actually a rip off of Rota Grids?

I need to go for a drive. She’s been sleeping for too long.

Oh Noes…
October 12, 2010, 1:22 am
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This abortion of a pick up truck was for sale on Craigslist a while back. I can just imagine what that guy was thinking… Let’s get a perfectly good 620 and graft a Frontier front end to it! I bet it would look AWESOME!

Old School Kyusha Wins Honolulu’s SpoCom!
September 2, 2010, 2:58 am
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Congrats to Lance Harano for winning not only Best Toyota and Best Old School, but also Best of Show! SpoCom here in Honolulu was the biggest event for us this year so far (I heard from a little birdie that there’s a show in December…) and this JDM ’73 Sprinter absolutely KILLED it.

I’ve heard mixed reviews about the rest of the show. Some people said it was a VIP fest (Hawaii is on top of the game when it comes to VIP), some said it was our best show yet, while others said it sucked. A lot of people are complaining that it’s the same cars every show, but what can you expect? We’re on an island consisting of just under 600 square miles. I say, if you’re going to complain, either 1) Stop going to the shows. Or 2) BUILD A CAR.

One positive that I see is that on the same day as the show, there was an open house for the future Kalaeloa Raceway Park. Oahu has been without a racetrack since 2006 so I see this as a gateway not only for people who want to race their cars, but also build more performance oriented rides. I’m personally getting tired of going to shows with 70% of the entrants being VIP cars. Let’s see some turbos, functional aero and wide grippy slicks.

Oh and as far as my Z at Spocom? I got screwed by my coworker who got a urinary tract infection, so I paid my registration fees but ended up having to work on the day of roll in AND the show.

Giving credit where credit is due…
SPhotography for the first shot. If I remember correctly (sorry Sean, I have the memory of a fish), Sean just got into photography a few months ago and drives a DUMPED LS400.

Helluva Rides who just earlier this year, started storming Hawaii’s car scene hosting a gathering every couple of months and bringing together all makes, models and years. Mahalo Helluva Rides! We need more people who want to show the world what Hawaii has and bring our game up to the next level! Make sure to check out their site for more pictures and a feature of the Sprinter, as well as more coverage from SpoCom Honolulu.