Tag Archives: Cusco

Bride + Cusco, a JDM Marriage

4 Apr

Bride and Cusco have teamed up to produce some limited versions of a few popular Bride seats. Construction and specs are the same as the Bride variants, these just come wtih the added Cusco logo.

So far, initial offerings include the Vios III, Euro II and Euro II Cruz, Digo and Digo Type R, Zeta III (including carbon and XL versions) and Stradia Sport.

Contact z1sales@z1auto.com for pricing. These are expected sometime during the second quarter 2013.

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Solve the Aligment on your BRZ/FRS

29 Oct

When lowering the BRZ/FRS you will quickly find both camber and toe woefully out of spec. While a modest bump in negative camber does pay big dividends on these cars, toe absolutely kills the handling, and will render even brand new tires useless in as little as a few thousand miles. Furthermore, when you lower these cars, often times the spec on the right and left end up slightly different due to cross weight differences in the car.

The solution is simple – you need a way to adjust front and rear camber and toe. If you’re on coilovers, many come with adjustable front camber plates. However, if you’re only using lowering springs, you’ve got a few options.

FRONT:
1. SPC Front Camber Bolt – this will give you a modest adjustment range (about +/- 1.5 degrees). Toe is adjustable via the tie rod end up front so no other parts needed
2. Whiteline/Vorschlag front camber plate – gives you adjustment of camber, and some will allow caster as well (a rather advanced adjustment best left to track cars or cars that are so so drastically, that the front is now out of factory specs)

REAR:
1. Cusco or GT Spec rear camber and toe arms. While an expensive solution, these provide the widest range of adjustment.
2. SPC Rear Alignment Kit A – includes a lower cost replacement camber arm, and a new toe bolt with a wider offset range vs. stock. Best suited for those who are lowering up to about -1.5 inches vs. stock. This method requires you to slot the existing rear mounting hole for the toe bolt, so it can properly adjust. Easily doable with a dremel (a template is included) and a very common practice on many other factory and aftermarket setups.
3. SPC Rear Alignment Kit B – includes the same replacement camber arm but also includes a new rear toe arm as well. This will provide an equal range of adjustment for camber and toe. Good for guys who are lowering beyond -1.5 inches, or, those who would rather not enlarge the existing hole, or, those who track the car with R Compounds (or better), who are concerned about the toe bolt “walking”.

Contact us at z1sales@z1auto.comto custom tailor a package for you with any of the above, meeting your performance and budget needs.

One Subaru’s Journey

22 Sep

Being stationed in Japan opens up a lot of opportunities for a car guy. Suddenly all the cars you’ve lusted at over the years in magazines you couldn’t quite understand, are nearly at your disposal. The roads you’ve memorized from watching the Best Motoring Touge DVD’s 1001 times are within driving distance. And the parts….oh the parts!

For a car guy, being able to serve your country, and do it in a country that is the foundation of everything that makes you go ga-ga car wise, would be quite a lot of fun. The guy who owns the car here is a car guy through and through. But his Subaru is what punches all the right numbers for me. Because it reminds me so much of my old RS. This car started life as a 2000 STi V6 Type R that when acquired, had a few mods. My own personal Subaru muse 🙂 The owner has steadily modified it over the years with tons of mods. 6 speed swap, EJ257 block (forged internals), AVCS equipped EJ207 heads (with Kelford cams), ATP 35R, big FMIC, coil on plug ignition, a full helping of STi Group N and Cusco bits, LINK programmable ecu (I had one of those too!). It’s quite a bit of kit as our friends on the other side of the pond would say. Fast forward a few years, and while out and about, the car is rear ended in a hit and run. What’s more, he’s now planning on headed back to the states later in 2012. So what is a car nut, totally in love with what he’s created in Japan, to do? The pics speak for themselves! He decided to totally strip it down, and take every nut and bolt, every covetted part, ship it back to the states (being military has it’s perks…the parts ship free!), and start over. Same soul, different skin. The plan upon return is to insert everything into a USDM car. I see visions of the Bionic Man playing in my head “we can rebuild it, we have the technology”.

Those of us who truly love our cars, believe they do have a soul. There is a connection you get when you plan it yourself, work on it yourself, that really brings you to another level with what was previously just a machine. When this car was built, I’n sure the current owner would not have though he would one day own it. And I am sure the soul of this car never could have contemplated it would leave it’s native Japan and get a chance to be reborn half a world away. Like 2 ships otherwise passing in the night, that just happened to stop and grab a cup of coffee together. The relationship with one’s car can truly be a “romance” if you will.

The reason for posting this, aside from it being a sweet example of a Subaru is to try to convey how passionate some are about their cars. Sometimes your project takes a twist and turn you never would expect, but that’s not a reason to give up. Sit down with a beer or 3, reasses the situation, and formulate a plan. When you’ve worked so hard on something, poured so many countless nights into a project, not even a the distance from the mountains of Japan to the US can keep a project down. Will definitely be following the rebirth once it begins here in the states.

Cusco RS LSD for your AE86

13 Nov

Adding a proper rear differential to your AE86 is one of the single most rewarding mods you will ever do!

These awesome units are adjustable from 1.5 to 2 way, and also feature adjustable lockup % as well.

In stock and ready to go! Contact us to order yours!

Cusco Oil Filter

1 Nov

Brand new from Cusco Japan are these high performance oil filters!

From Cusco: “High efficient filter paper surely catch fine dust or contaminants. This mesh filter protect the filter paper from changing the shape or damage even under extreme condition. High magnetic force of high power magnet remove iron powders and protect the engine.”

Part No. of the Genuine parts by car manufacturer(in Japan)
Nissan AY100-NS004 AY100-NS006 and others
Honda  15400-PLC-004 15400-RTA-004
Toyota 90915-10003 90915-10004
Suzuki 16510-61A01 16510-81402 16510-81403 and others
Subaru 15208-AA100 15208-AA023 15208-AA080
Mazda B6Y1-14-302 B6Y1-14-302A N350-14-302A N3R1-14-302
Mitsubishi MD360935 MD365876 MR984204
Lexus 90915-20004-79
Toyota 90915-20003 90915-20004
Mazda LF10-14-302 LFY1-14-302
Part No. Size
00B
001 A
00B
001 B
Ф65×65H
3/4-16UNF
00B
001 C
Ф68×65H
M20-P1.5
NO1006-05
00B
001 E
Ф80×70H
M20-P1.5
00B
001 F
Ф80×70H
3/4-16UNF
00B
001 D
Ф76×87H
3/4-16UNF
Mitsubishi MD136466 MD356000
Nissan AY100-NS005

Evo 8-9 Clearance Items

12 Feb

Tomei Oil Thermostat Killer (fits Evo 7-9)
One of the seldom-weak points of 4G63 is rising of oil temperature. It is seen more often in circuit driving. Evo uses thermo switch that will work when the temperature gets around 85 degrees C. Yet when the oil temp is low, it will restrict oil flow to the oil cooler and raise the temperature of oil consequently. TOMEI oil thermo killer lets oil to flow into the oil cooler constantly regardless of its temperature. Still, it is easy to put it back to stock thermo switch in winter to prevent over cool. Regularly $95 shipped, blowing em out at $69 shipped

The AMS lower intecooler pipe is for intercoolers with stock style outlets on the intercooler (Turbo XS, AMS, ARC, etc.), and is fully mandrel bent, in stainless steel and comes with all required hardware.
Regularly $240, letting it go for $199 shipped

Works Bell Standard Length Hub (part # 820)

These 72mm long hubs from Works Bell Japan are required when you wish to install an aftermarket steering wheel. Fits US Spec Evo 8-9.

Regularly $165 shipped, 1 in stock we’re doing for $139 shipped

Cusco Rear Pillow Ball Mount Evo 7-9 (part # 508-421S – for use with 70mm inner diameter springs)

This rear upper pillowball mount is used in place of the factory rubber upper mounts. Solid mount that provides immediate and direct connection of the shock to the body of the car…no slop like the factory rubber mounts! Normally $275 shipped, blowing em out for $199 shipped

AEM Black Adjustable Cam Gear Set Evo 7-9

As shown, but in all black.

AEM Tru-Time Adjustable Cam Gears are used by top racing teams across the country and are a must for engines that are milled, forced induction, high compression and/or utilizing aftermarket competition cams. Our gears enable users to match cam timing with their vehicle’s tuning state by advancing or retarding the cam profile in one-degree increments via true laser-etched markings. Precision-cut gear teeth ensure no premature wearing of the belt surface and AEM’s anodizing on the gear teeth is lab-test-proven to be the hardest anodizing process on the market.
Features:
1.Increase horsepower and torque without any cam changes, and are ideal for heavily modified engines
2.CNC-machined from 6061-T6 billet aluminum
3.True laser-etched markings on the leading edge of the gear allow for quick, accurate adjustments
4.Hard anodizing on belt surface is the most durable anodizing on the market
5.Grade-8, six-point hex bolts stand up to repeated adjustments and feature integral washer flange for greater load distribution
6.Comprehensive installation instructions, recommended cam gear settings and decals included
7.Manufactured and assembled in the USA
NOTES:

We offer them individually or in pairs. The Evo 5-8 requires 2, Evo IXs can only use 1. Price for 1 = $135.00 shipped (regularly $178 shipped); price for 2 is $250.00 shipped (regularly $345 shipped)

Greddy Headgasket – 86mm bore, 1mm thick. The perfect addition for those looking to build a motor! Regularly $320, letting it go for $185 shipped

Samco Evo 9 Coolant Hose Kit (part # TCS299C) – same as shown, but in black

These 4 ply silicone radiator hoses from Samco add a bit of style to your Evo’s engine bay, and and much stronger than the factory OEM rubber units, which tend to tear over time.

Regularly $125, letting it go for $105 shipped

All sales on the above final, as they are clearance priced. Cash/credit card (sorry, no Paypal)

Thanks!

Cusco Braces for 2011 Subaru GVB STI Sedan

24 Oct

Front Strut Bar CUS-692-540-A

Lower Type II Arm Bar CUS-692-477-A

Rear Member Power Brace CUS-692-492-RM

Floor Center Power Brace CUS-692-492-C

Contact us for pricing and availability!

A-Arm Swap Complete. Esprits installed, Cuscos removed

12 Jun

So I actually got up off my lazy ass and worked on my car on Friday night. I swapped out my brand new Cusco A-Arms and replaced them with a set of used Esprit A-arms. I know that sounds kind of ass-backwards but I did with good reason.

The Esprit A-arms adjust camber using shims where as the Cusco arms utilize screws set into a sliding base plate to adjust camber. I don’t think I have to explain to you how much easier it is to slide in a shim, torque down two nuts and be on my way. Esprit A-Arms have a retail price of $1100 plus shipping brand new. Needless to say when I was initially purchasing A-arms I didn’t bother looking into Esprit because they were twice the price of the Cusco (which are also excellent).

In any case, as luck would have it Adam ending up finding a set of used arms (from the Sumo Power 350z drift car back when it was being parted out) and he purchased them with the intent of installing them on his own car. Long story short there were a few parts missing and due to time constraints he was unable to install the Esprits.

Well recently I took it upon myself to have the missing parts custom machined and I threw the A-arms on my car. It worked out well for everyone as one of our buddies needs my Cusco arms anyway. Maybe just maybe I’ll start working on my car more frequently.

Oh AE86 How I Love Thee

20 Feb

I got these pics a while ago from a good customer of ours in the Midwest, but haven’t showed them off till now. We’ve since sent him a bunch more goodies for this never ending project, but for now, this is how she sits. I’m predicting this is going to turn alot of heads once she’s completed.

Cusco Performance Products now available for the new 2009 Toyota Prius

16 Jul

Seriously, it’s no joke.

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Cusco Zero 2E now available for Honda S2000

16 Jul

Let us know if you’d like to purchase a set for your (or someone you know) AP1 or AP2. Hit us up for best pricing!!!

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New 370Z/Z34 Offerings from Cusco…

2 Jul

….Slide Away

12 Jun

Our customer John from NJ sent me a few pics last week that I thought were really cool. Admittedly, I’m not into the whole drifting thing, but gotta give respect where it’s due to those who do it, and enjoy it!

John’s Z is a bevy of cool parts that you don’t see everyday….with new stuff coming via “brown” as we speak! Wheels are Logan-san approved!

Tomei Cusco Impreza Time Attack Machine

31 Oct

On U.S. soil for for the final round at Buttonwillow time attack. Look for this Tomei. Cusco, and Voltex collabo on the track and at Sema (Booth #24469).

Silver Streak

27 Sep

The other day I received an email from Saher, a good customer of ours from Saudi Arabia, showing me the status of his Evo project. Saher is one of those in charge of Ferrari sales for all of Saudi Arabia (and sales of exotics are booming over there), but by day, he likes to kick back JDM style with his awesome rally rocket. We sent a ton of parts to him a few months ago, and now that installation is complete, we’re happy to show it off!

Modifications reads like a who’s who of JDM goodness including:

INTAKE:

Cusco Suction Kit.GruppeM Ram Air System.HKS Super SQV blow off valve
COOLING: 

ARC All Aluminum Radiator SMC Prestige-R.

 

HKS Type R Intercooler Kit. 

HKS Oil Cooler Kit.

Ralliart Radiator cap.

Ralliart water thermostat.

Ralliart silicone water hoses.

Thermo-Tec insulation wraps.

Tomei oil cap.

Tomei oil thermostat eliminator.

Varis dry carbon cooling plate.

Varis dry carbon plug cover.

EXHAUST:

JSpeed wastegate.

JUN exhaust manifold.

Mine’s Titanium center pipe.

Powerhouse Amuse R1 Titan catback.

Thermo-Tec insulation wraps.

Tomei Extreme turbo elbow.

Tomei Extreme down pipe.

IGNITION:

Spark lightweight battery.

HKS Circle Earthing System.

Denso IW31 Spark plugs.

Ralliart Sports spark plug cable kit.

 

 

FUEL & OIL DELIVERY:

ARC Oil catch tank.

HKS fuel rail.

LAP 255l/h fuel pump.

LAP fuel pump harness kit.

Sard fuel pressure regulator.

Trust 720 cc/min injectors.

 

CAMSHAFTS & VALVE TIMING:

Tomei procam 270 camshafts.

Tomei adjustable camshaft pulleys.

Zaklee transparent pulley cover.

 

CLUTCH:

Exedy Hyper Series D-Core twin plate carbon unit (including flywheel).

 

ELECTRONICS:

A’PEXi Power FC ECU.

A’PEXi Commander.

A’PEXi AVC-R boost controller.

Apexi Turbo Timer with harness Evo. VIII (Black)

A’PEXi EL System Meter II.

A’PEXi fuel pressure gauge.

A’PEXi oil pressure gauge.

A’PEXi oil temperature gauge.

Zeitronix ZT-2 wideband & EGT Controller.

 

HANDLING AND BRAKES:

 

Brembo Big Brake Kits for Evo. VIII MR. (6-Piston Front, 4-Piston Rear) “Calipers in Silver Color”

O.Z.Racing 8X18’’ UltraLeggera Wheels (Black Finish)

Cusco Zero-2 Suspension Kit

Cusco Power Braces Kit Which include the following:

Front side member

Floor-Front center

Floor center

Rear trunk (boot)

BODY WORK AND STYLE:

 

Gialla Evo IX Style Front Bumper

Carbign Craft Carbon Fiber Exhaust Shield Evo. VIII MR

Two Tone Exterior Color in Matt Finish ( Silver and Black)

INTERIOR:

Full Alcantara Interior

Four Carbon Fiber Racing Seats

Racing suits material in all Doors and Seats inserts

Quick Release Steering Wheel

Gear Knob and Hand Brake Handle in Aluminum & Carbon Fiber

And that list just got bigger, as we’ve sent over a set of JDM Evo VIII MR headlights and tail lights too!

Rumor has it that there are some other JDM Monsters making there way to Saudi Arabia soon. Could it be a Godzilla spotting in the desert? Stay tuned!