Sunday, November 27, 2016

The FJ is on eBay! 3 days left...

Know anyone interested in a lifted 2014 Toyota FJ on TE37s?

Link: 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser

JDMphasis… Innovation over Imitation

Friday, November 25, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from JDMphasis...

This post is a day late, but I just want to wish all the readers/followers of JDMphasis a Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your families, friends, and loved ones. Enjoy the day. Enjoy the season.

A random shot of the sick Varis Kamikaze-Z to get you going…

Though I often struggle to keep this blog updated, I am thankful for my readers and followers. There are a select few of you guys who have been around since day 1. I truly appreciate all the support. That said, anyone who would like a JDMphasis sticker, please shoot me a message at (include a mailing address). I am happy to send you some free of charge.

JDMphasis… Innovation over Imitation

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Another replica rant...

About a week ago I came across a post on Facebook from a Z enthusiast page with which I agreed wholeheartedly and genuinely respected. It was urging consumers to support innovation by purchasing authentic parts, as opposed to the imitation.  The post:

Hey Fam, It's Come To My Attention That There Is Now Imitators Trying to Replicate Our Louvers. Thank you for supporting the one & ONLY Official @Louvergang Family!

Okay. I respect that. I am not particularly fond of the recent louver craze myself, but if these guys are, in fact, bringing a new, desired product to the market for Z guys, then I am on board and like the fact that they are encouraging support for innovation and originality. The complete message:

Some highlights of the post:
When you purchase a new part from the group who innovated the technology, you are supporting further innovation in the community we all love. It takes more than blood sweat and tears to truly innovate in our culture. It takes comparatively nothing to make a cheap low quality copy of that innovation, yet it stunts community growth by rewarding those who steal and do not innovate. 

Just as you worked hard for your money, real parts manufacturers and small businesses alike have broken their backs and made huge sacrifices to innovate new products for us.

…this is still a direct attack on our livelihood and a genuine crime. This is a theft of our intellectual property, and a mockery of our hard work. As a community, we cannot tolerate this blatant plagiarism. Please do your part to keep our community thriving. Educate yourself, know what you're buying. Think about sustainability and what your build reflects upon you.


Oh… Wait… Just a few days later, I see this post from the same Z enthusiast page:

A shot of a slammed Z34 with Nismo aero, right?

No. Replica aero with a link to the hack company that makes it.

So, let me get this straight… It is okay to rip off Nismo, but it is not okay to replicate the parts that this page produces? Is that not a bit hypocritical? If one is going to make the strong, assertive statements that are posted above, should that mentality not apply across the board?

By not only posting, featuring, and praising builds with fake parts, but by linking the marauding companies that produce those parts, this page is doing the exact opposite of what they preach above. This page is "[stunting] community growth by rewarding (ahem…advertising) for those who steal and do not innovate."

Come on!


JDMphasis… Innovation over Imitation

Friday, November 11, 2016

RIP Hiroyuki Hasegawa

I recently learned that the legendary founder of HKS has passed away at the age of 71. Rest in Peace.

JDMphasis… Innovation over Imitation

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Do. Want.

Just a random picture… I love this steering wheel. With the blue/orange theme of my Z project, I think it would work well with what I am going for.

I am more of a Bride guy, I think, but these Recaros are pretty sharp, too…

JDMphasis… Innovation over Imitation

Monday, November 7, 2016