Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Project FJ: Making progress...

It has been so long since I have dropped off a vehicle for some modification work that I almost forgot the excitement and anticipation that builds and builds leading up to the receipt of the final product. I left the FJ in the competent hands of my buddy Brian at Pro-Spec Autosport this past Sunday. Yes, Sunday. The shop is closed on Sundays but Brian made a special trip to accommodate my schedule because that is the kind of guy he is. He has always been good to me and has always taken great care with my cars.

Anyway, I just received a few "teaser" shots of my truck in progress. Enjoy and stay tuned…
Pro-Comp 3" lift installed...

Volk Racing TE37 Large PCD on BFG T/A KO2 rubber...
Matching spare...

Bushwacker flares installed...

More to come

JDMphasis… Innovation over Imitation

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Amusing Photography...

My affinity for 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.

                          Quad Center Exit… Bananas!

                            JDMphasis… Innovation over Imitation

Monday, June 6, 2016

LB Works Porsche 911

Not the worst overfenders I have seen… As you may know, I am not exactly the biggest fan of the bolt-on fender look, but this Porsche 911 by Liberty Walk is actually somewhat appealing to me.

JDMphasis… Innovation over Imitation

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Project FJ: More rumble… Why not?

I have my shop time scheduled to have a chunk of the work done on the FJ: lift installed, wheels and tires mounted, front bumper installed, nerf bars installed, among a few other things… We are just waiting on the final fabrication of the bumper and then for it to be shipped from Demello.

My buddy at Pro-Spec Autosport got in touch with me the other day with an unbelievable price on the exhaust system that I have been eyeing for this project. I could not refuse it. Who wants a rugged, lifted truck with beefy tires and the quiet stock exhaust? Not me. So I gave the 'OK' to order up the MBRP single rear exit exhaust system for the FJ. This system is exactly what I am looking for: simple, tucked-up design made from T409 stainless steel and no tip. Stock photos below.

As a funny aside… a friend of mine and follower of JDMphasis and I were discussing the project recently and he asked me what my next plans were. I had told him I wanted to do an exhaust system and a light bar next. We joked about having Amuse fabricate another custom system for me… That might be a little overkill. This will do for me. Looking forward to getting this thing installed!

MBRP Single Cat-Back, Rear Exit (Stainless)

JDMphasis… Innovation over Imitation