Roadster 保護区 (File8)

It’s been quite some time since I scanned one of these articles. I have a stock of them waiting for me to stop being lazy and post up. So I start with one from a few months ago. File 8 is a local NA that I have actually seen at Meihan a few times.


As you can see it’s been kept super simple, with only a Tuckin’99 lip and 14×8 -1 front, +10 rear SSR mesh.


Engine mods have been kept to near zero, with only the basic intake, header and one off 46φ muffler made by local shop, T-welding. Power from the 1.6 is likely only around 100hp. But where power is low, the Maruha 4.8 final paired with the Mazdaspeed LSD are sure to keep rpms high wheels spinning.


Footwork again is kept simple. Buddyclub coilovers with 8k/6k rate springs. Angle is improved with a redrilled oem knuckle. I can tell you seeing this car run is fun, and the driver has been drifting roadsters for nearly you know he can drive well. Be sure to check out the full scan below and look for more of these as I try and catch up! Cheers.


Happy to announce…

That Stance USA has finally released their coilover for the 86. I’m happy to say I had a small part in the process and wanted to add that the wait was worth it. Simply put, the best coilover on the market for your AE86.

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No compromises, no shortcuts, the real deal.

Were I would rather be right now…


so to make myself feel better, I enjoy the best flavor of Cup Noodle there is:


Car arrives today however….

Note to self

At this past summer’s Ebisu Drift Matsuri, there is one thing that sticks in my head (Keith I am sure you recall this). Standing in the pits at East course, I recall Koguchi going out on course in a random (possibly customers?) S14. Of course I stopped what I was doing to watch. 4th gear manji down the 420m straight lap after lap…of course was amazing to watch. But what is still stuck in my head, was Koguchi’s face. Via his open face helmet, every single time by he had a huge smile on his face. Fun at its best. He has been drifting for how many years now? Who knows….but keeping it fun is the key.

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But the note is also in respect to this fine example he has built.

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Make it black, and we have a winner

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or lets say 3 of them? I could handle a Chicago off season with this little setup in my room….

Full story and price over at Engadet.

Irwindale Proam 09

Just wanted to take a sec to give credit where it is due. Big congrats to fellow Midwesterner Mike Pollard for is 1st place qual and 2nd place finish at this weekends Pro-am.


Also to long time buddy, and fellow RD forum admin Jefe Abbott for his 8th place qual and FD licence. Keeping that NB legacy going in full force!


Also to fellow RD forum member and ex-miata driver Chelesa DeNofa in his M3 taking 3rd after Mike.


And finally, a shout out to the other fellow Midwest gang that made the trek out to Irwindale; Derek King of Indy and Chuck Litterst of St. Louis.

DKproamCheck out DriftFotos for more cool pics! 

Desktop finds

Like many people I have a messy desktop…always saving random cool shots I run across. I shall post some, starting with local Kameoka native and owner of SatakeGT Works at a recent Meihan outing:


GT3 always makes me happy. Black on black even more:


Josh’s thang thang cuz I dig those rear fenders and I’ll always be a SP1 man:

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All around this house:



Honda Dio:


No need for a splash guard on the daily!  Spare 4ag block and trans for good measure.


BM Scans

Finally got the scanner up and running after moving to Windows7. These two circa November & December 1999. 10 years cooler to the month!




Jimny Fun

I’ve finally got caught up for the most part with work and getting other things in order after coming back from Tokyo, so I headed out to have some fun in the dirt yesterday with some buddies and their Suzuki Jimnys. It is always a good time, and the mix of automobiles, alcohol, food, and animals always proves interesting. For the full set be sure to check Flickr. Of course any event requires a stop at a conbini (convenience store) for food and drink. I rode up with Masa and his older brother.

Safety first…..right!?

What I ended up driving mostly was Masa’s boss’ Jimny. He removed the body and remade it using tube and plywood. I felt safe…with no helmet and questionable 4point harness. The normal 550cc Jimny engine has been replaced with the larger 1.3L out of the non Kei version Jimny. It’s fast and way light…so keeping it in 2nd and sliding around was a blast.

My good friend that works at Yokohama (and also always changes my tires for free!) and his younger brother brought out 2 (of their 5!) Jimnys to play. Both and super clean, but sadly each suffered from minor mechanical problems and weren’t able to run around much.

I grabbed some video of Masa and his bro messing around. Notice the power of the 2stroke…stays running while on it’s side.

And them fixing the door so it would close for our hour ride home….

and lifting the motor by hand to replace a broken motor mount:

Another chill day…likely the last nice one of the year? I’d hope not but we shall see. Again, be sure to check the full set of pics out if you like! Cheers