Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Project G37S: Searching for the 'GOOD' in Goodbye...

I apologize that JDMphasis has been relatively slow as of late. One reason for the lack of posts is that I have been contemplating the future of my project. This mental struggle came about as a result of the accident that occurred a few months ago (post here: Project G37S: Unamused). After the accident I started pondering the future of the car and came to the conclusion that I wanted to get some of my life priorities in order before continuing to modify the G. An extremely difficult decision, especially given the fact that I had some big plans in the works (and even some parts en route) at the time I decided to part out and sell, but I know it is the responsible one.

Over the course of the last couple years I have heard the "You could have purchased a GT-R with the amount of money you have spent on that car," more than once. My contention is that a substantial part of the fun of modifying is planning the build. Thinking of the next move and working towards that end is part of the process. That is what ultimately supplies that rewarding satisfaction and feeling of content accomplishment. Once that rare or elusive part finally becomes a part of the whole, one can then, at that point, step back and admire that which they worked so hard to achieve. Anyone with the means can go buy a GT-R and be happy with the off-the-shelf supercar performance. I certainly would be. However, there is also something significant to be said for building something unique; something your own. I have no regrets.

I know I am going to miss this car. I am going to miss planning the different project stages and, surprisingly, I am going to miss pinching my pennies saving for the next part. I am even going to miss the frustrating JDM shipping delays. I had a lot of fun with this build and I know I will look back, when the car is no longer at my immediate disposal, and wish I had done more. However, I know I will start another project in the future and I will take the experiences of this one, both good and bad, and use them to help me build a better car next time around, refusing to cut corners and using nothing but quality parts from legitimate companies.

The car is currently in the process of being parted out. I have sold many of the parts, but there are still a few left. Please shoot me an e-mail ( if you are interested in anything. Below is a final modification list (not including the parts I did not install or had on order at the time of the accident), as well as a collection of my favorite pictures of the car acquired over the last couple years. I am hugely disappointed that, as a result of the accident, I do not have any pictures reflecting the very final state the car was in before the front end was destroyed, but life goes on... At the same time, I am already contemplating my next project and I am very excited. I do want to express a big 'Thank You' to the loyal readers of JDMphasis for following and supporting the JDMphasis Project G37S build.


* Advan RZ-DF Wheels in Flat Black [20x9.0" (+27) Front; 20x10.5" (+25) Rear]
* FIC 10MM Spacers (Front)
* Project Kics R40 REVO Composite Extended Lugs (w/ Red Caps)
* Falken FK-452 Rubber (285/30/20 Rear; 255/35/20 Front)
* One-Off Project Mu Forged Slim Big Brake Kit (6-Piston Front; 4-Piston Rear)
* TEIN Flex Coilovers w/ EDFC
* Cusco Front Strut Tower Bar
* Cusco Front & Rear Anti-Sway Bars
* SPC Front Camber Arms
* SPC Rear Camber Arms
* GT-Spec 2 Points Subframe Reinforcement Brace
* GT-Spec 4 Point Ladder Brace
* GT-Spec 6 Points Rear Subframe Brace
* GT-Spec Rear Lower Lateral Reinforcement Brace
* GT-Spec Rear Lower Tie Brace


* One-Off Powerhouse Amuse R1-Titan Quad-Tipped Exhaust
* Powerhouse Amuse R1-Silent Front Pipe
* Fast Intentions Catalytic Converters
* HKS Racing Suction Reloaded Intakes
* HKS Limited Edition Radiator Cap
* Top Secret Limited Edition Ti Oil Filler Cap
* Samco Hose Kit (Red)
* Dress-Up Bolts Engine Bay Dress-Up Kit
* Dress-Up Bolts Engine Dress-Up Kit
* Stillen Short Shifter
* Clutch-Assist Helper Spring
* UpRev Custom Tune


* Zele Performance Front Bumper
* Zele Performance Side Skirts
* Zele Performance Rear Bumper (modified to fit custom quad-tipped exhaust)
* First Molding Japan Carbon Fiber Front Plates
* Top Secret Titanium Tow Hook
* Custom-Painted Headlights
* Painted Front Grille
* HID D2S 6K Super White Bulbs
* Rear License Plate LED Lighting
* 35% Tint
* De-Badged Trunk
* Custom License Plate Bolts


* BRIDE XAX II Seats (Red Leather w/ Gradation)
* BRIDE Rails and Sliders
* Personal Neo Grinta Steering Wheel (330MM)
* Personal Top Secret Limited Edition Steering Wheel (350MM)
* Works Bell Splash Hub
* Works Bell Quick Release
* Tommy Kaira Hebi Bebi Shift Knob
* Zele Performance Titanium Shift Knob
* ARC Titanium Shift Knob
* Nardi e-Brake Lever
* Redline Goods Leather Boots (Shift & e-Brake)
* Nissan GT-R Start Button
* LED Lighting

"There is nothing like a dream to create the future." - Victor Hugo, (1862) Les Miserables.

JDMphasis... Innovation over Imitation

Friday, August 23, 2013

Amusing Photography...

My compulsion towards the parts of the Japanese Domestic Market is not based on a personal assessment of performance superiority. It is about design, quality, and attention to detail. Likely my biggest obsession of the industry, Power House Amuse is quite possibly the superlative of JDM parts. Hardly boring or run-of-the-mill, the products that come out of their facility in Chiba are not simply functional components to be admired momentarily pre-installation only to be forsaken shortly after brusque acknowledgment of any performance benefit or gain. Every Amuse part contains an all-too-real element of genuine automotive artistry.

Flashy it is not, but this Black Edition R1-Titan looks right at home on this Z34...

Saturday, August 17, 2013

GReddy 35RX GT-R Fuji Speedway Top Speed Challenge

An older video I found myself watching the other day for the second or third time. I thought I would share. Epic build. Poetry in motion. Automotive art. I don't think I have the right words. Just enjoy the video.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Recognize the Real

Tired of seeing "features" all over the internet (and print media) with builds riddled with knock-off and replica parts? Me too... I've seen three in the past week.

Below you can find a few shots of a 370Z project done by my good friends at Bulletproof AutomotiveThis is the breed of build that should be displayed, highlighted, featured, praised, glamorized, shared, pinned, and LIKEd all over social and print media. With parts sourced from some of the best tuning companies in Japan, skimping and corner-cutting are words and methods you certainly cannot associate with this fairlady build.

JDMphasis... Innovation over Imitation