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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.

Spotted

1 Sep

Couple pics of Daniel’s awesome Evo @ Wekfest courtesy of JDM Lifestyle – such a clean car

Chargespeed Bottom Line Aero Parts for BR-Z and FR-S

13 Jul

Chargespeed is one of Japan’s leading aerodynamic parts designers, and has released their new Bottom Line kit for the Scion/Toyota FR-S and Subaru BR-Z. These kits are carbon, and are sold as a package or individual components. Pieces include front lip, side skirt extensions, rear bumper caps and roof vortex generator.

We are an authorized Chargespeed dealer and are working deals for August delivery on this amazing kit. Contact z1sales@z1auto.com for details and pricing!

Extra 10% Off All Genuine BuddyClub Japan Products for the Rest of July!!!

13 Jul

Now through July 31, 2012, we are offering an additional 10% off all BuddyClub Japan products! Whether you need coilovers, seats, wheels or any BuddyClub Japan item, drop us a line at z1sales@z1auto.com for the best deal!

Razo Shift Knobs, Pedals Now Offered

13 Jul

We are now offering the Razo line of shift knobs, pedals and accessories from Japan. Browse the Interior Section for your favorite car for full specs. A great, affordable way to dress up your interior!

http://z1auto.com/submodel.asp?model=legacy&cat=interior

New Tanabe Suspension for 2011 WRX Hatch and Sedan

10 Jul

Brand new from Tanabe are 3 new suspension goodies. Designed to keep your tires firmly planted.

First, the strut tower brace. Ties the front strut towers together for improved overall geometry and better turn in response. Plus, it looks cool, finished in the signature bright red. Priced at just $130.00

Next, the multipoint lower arm bar/underbrace. This unique 4 point underbrace ties together the suspension mounting points for the front subframe. Featuring triangulated reinforcements, making it very rigid. Again, this keeps geometry in check when going over uneven roads, particularly when turning. Immediate improvement in steering response will be felt as well. Priced at $226.00.

Lastly, the S-OC coilovers for the 2011+ WRX are here! These affordable, high quality adjustable coilovers allow you full control of rideheight. Unlike many of the el-cheapo coilovers on the market today, these are built application specific, with spring rates and helper springs designed to maximize comfort and performance. Featuring a short stroke damper, which allows maximum suspension travel even when lowered. Allows you to lower the car from -.25 inch to -2.25 inches front and back vs stock. Spring rates are 5 kg/mm front (279.98 lbs/inch) front and 4 kg/mm (223.99 lbs/inch) out back. If you want a comfortable, affordable coilover from a name you can trust, these are built for you! Priced at $1025.00 for the full set.

Contact z1sales@z1auto.com to order yours!

Merging of Classics

9 Jul


Classic Porsche + Work Brombacher wheels = something that will look good 20 years from now. Not a trend, not a hip-today look, but something that endures. That’s what modifying a car should be all about, but often, is not. Contact us for all your Work Wheel needs at z1sales@z1auto.com

Interior Refresh

11 Apr

Personal Works Bell Steering Wheel Combo with Rapfix Quick Release

With the nice weather here, it’s time to do some freshening up. We spend so much time agonizing over the right set of wheels, or the right body kit, that the interior often goes overlooked. Yet this is where we spend all our time! A great way to breathe some new life into a tired interior is with a new steering wheel. We offer a wide range of wheels from Personal, Nardi, Momo, OMP, Sparco, and hubs and quick releases from Works Bell and Momo. No replica stuff, just the genuine articles at great deals. We firmly believe that this is the sort of stuff you do once, and do right. No sense buying a hub that requires you to ditch your clockspring, or renders your horn completely useless. Why bother installing a quick release that gets sloppy and develops slack after a few months of use. Works Bell stuff is all made in Japan, use consistently tight tolerances, and, in a word, lasts. I’ve personally got a Works Bell generation 1 quick release in one of my cars that’s been there for over 10 years and still works great. Buying this stuff correctly the first time is way easier and way cheaper than buying it wrong once and then correcting yourself.

We can help tailor the perfect setup for your needs, for nearly every car out there.

For the full range of steering wheels, hubs, quick releases or other interior parts, just click the picture above.

Billet Cam Sensor Bracket for Subaru

21 Mar

This part is used for mounting the cam angle sensor to the front of Non North American Spec STi cylinder heads. Perfect for adapting USDM cylinder heads to Japanese and European market engines or adapting
STI heads to non AVCS engines.

-Made out of lightweight 6061-T6 billet aluminum
-Street and track torture tested
-Black anodized / Torque Solution Laser engraved
-Lifetime Warranty
-Made in USA
– Fits Subaru WRX 2002-2005 or any STi to WRX Head Swap

Contact us at z1sales@z1auto.com to order yours

A Splash of Color Makes All the Difference

31 Jan

This awesome specimen belongs to a good customer of ours down in Florida. Way too many mods to list, but the pics speak for themselves.

Pricing Drop? Yessir….Tomei Content Inside!!!

22 Jan

Pricing has just been LOWERED on several awesome Tomei Japan products

The following products have new, lowered pricing effective immediately:

Tomei Titanium Catback for Evo 7-9 both USDM and JDM bumper versions
Tomei Titanium Test pipe for Evo 7-9
Tomei Titanium Catback for Evo X
Tomei Titanium Test pipe for Evo X
Tomei Titanium Catback for Hyundai Genesis
Tomei Titanium Test pipe for Hyundai Genesis
Tomei Titanium Catback for 02-07 WRX/STi both USDM and JDM spec

Tomei Pro and Pon Camshafts for 350Z/G35 with VQ35DE, Revup and HR Engines
Tomei Pro and Pon Camshafts for VQ38DETT for R35 GTR
Tomei Pro and Pon Camshafts for RB26DETT
Tomei Pro and Pon Camshafts for RB25DET
Tomei Pro and Pon Camshafts for RB20DET
Tomei Pro and Pon Camshafts for SR20DET
Tomei Pro and Pon Camshafts for SR20DE
Tomei Pro and Pon Camshafts for CA18DET
Tomei Pro and Pon Camshafts for Evo X (4B11T Engine)
Tomei Pro and Pon Camshafts for Evo 1-9 (4G63 Engine)
Tomei Pro and Pon Camshafts for Toyota 4AG Engine (why not take this opportunity and combine it with our Toyota Timing Belt Kit!)

New Tanabe Z40 Coilovers – Maximum Comfort

12 Jan

Tanabe Z40 Coilover

Tanabe has just announced their Z40 line of coilovers for select Japanese vehicles. These coilovers feature KYB 40 way adjustable dampers, dual height adjustability (preload independant of rideheight), nickle plated threads, and a host of other features. Valving is specifically set up to provide day to day ride comfort while still allowing a broad height adjustment range. Springs used are the same compound as found on several GT500 class cars (Tanabe being one of the few ISO certified firms set up to wind their own springs).

These are being offered for:

Honda CRZ, Honda Fit, Honda Insight, Infiniti G35 coupe and sedan, Infiniti M35, Lxus GS300, Lexus GS400, Lexus HS250h, Lexus IS250 (RWD), Lexus IS350, Lexus LS430, Mitsubishi Evo X, Nissan 350Z, Nissan 370Z, 2008+ Subaru STi, and the Toyota Prius. For full specs and details, contact us at z1sales@z1auto.com or click the picture above

Spring Semester 2012: Gear Calculations 101

11 Jan

Found this neat calculator online care of Tomei that I figured lots of people would find useful

Gear Calculator

New Gram Light Wheels for 2012

2 Jan

Contact us for details at z1sales@z1auto.com

New Enkei Hotness – RSM9 (now with pricing!)

11 Nov

We’re not ones to double post stuff on our own blog, but we had lots of people asking about these. Now that pricing is available, figured what the hell post it again

Sizes range from 17×7 to 19×10.5