I've grown pretty accustomed to buying and selling cars over the past year, with the rather hefty amount of car trades ive participated in. But in many cases, getting attached to one can be joyful. And saying goodbye to one you're already attached to can be painful. You'll see what im talking about in a bit. Anyways, Lets hop on to car shit for now
Mako, the F82 M4!
The last time ive named a car was was Mika, my old E46 M3. It was as a result of how happy i was with the purchase and how much i loved the car right off the bat. The same thing has happened here with this car, So i figured a name was necessary. Mako seems fitting!
Anyways, if you can't tell by how the car is sitting on a public roadside, it is now fully registered and Sha-Ken certified! Paperwork was a bit of a hassle as this is a US import ("bit" is probably an understatement), but in the end, it was surely worth it
Aside from the newly applied Sha-Ken and parking stickers on the front and rear windshields, i also wrapped the roof black since this car had an optional painted roof, which im not a fan of rly. Aaaand @Lagano had left a little "Side to Side - Daily exotics" slap in the glove box, which my blind ass didnt notice at first. Yeah i was sure to apply that on the rear left quarter window!
I haven't yet gotten around to performing a full pedal-to-metal shakedown of this car, but i've been dailying it for the past few days ever since it was registered and good to go. and i must say, what a versatile car!
Put everything in comfort, gearbox in auto, bump some nice tunes, and this thing is the comfiest car ive ever owned. Similarly, turn everything up to Sport+, turn the Traction control off, and it turns to a pretty different animal just like that. This thing makes even urban road turns enjoyable! (I might get arrested for sliding it around the city someday, forgive me lmao)
That being said, this is no early-day full analog canyon-carver. As with every new mainstream sports car, you can tell that theres a good amount of electronic interference going on. Some people dont enjoy that, and thats understandable. But to me, its still a fun asf package and has that near mind-boggling versatility and usability, so i dont rly care about what electronic component is fiddling with what
Really looking forward to all the fun im gonna have with it. Best bet its going to get driven at its limit a lot
Everytime i wrench on this car i get random hits of nostalgia. Being my first car after moving to japan, it surely has a lot of memories around it. And upon selling it, its gone through a good amount of shit before landing back to my hands. And ultimately, i decided to kinda give in to the nostalgic vibes, by taking it back to its roots in terms of exterior
I performed a Kouki front swap a while before selling the car. It remained that way and went through two different more owners, But yeah now that im building it again, i decided to make the move back to Zenki Navan and have been sourcing parts for the past month or so now!
Up front so far we got a Navan front bumper, DMAX Hood, and stock zenki fenders. Still lacking lights and grille but those are soon to come! And as for the rear, ive replaced the old Nismo style overfenders with these nameless ones. Quality seems good despite being nameless so ehh i dont mind
^you may have peeped the dual tip exhaust and wondered why its there since this car is a rolling shell. Well, its no longer a rolling shell xd
Ive decided to go with the orthodox route for a powertrain for this thing, also kinda resulted from dem nostalgic vibes i was talking about since this car was always SR powered in my possession back then. it now has a stock S14 NotchTop SR20DET sitting in the engine bay. Very close to running as well, just needs a new ECU, new spark plugs, intake, and an FMIC. Then i can crank it up! As of rn i want to keep it fairly conservative, i.e. bolt-on SR20, maybe around 340hp. Lets see what i end up doing. Also the exhaust i was talking about is a full straight-pipe gracefully fabbed by old mate @topy !
This car if you remember, had a bit of spooly-boi mishap a few weeks ago at the Nihonkai Maze circuit. With the stock turbo gone, i decided the most fun route was to add some spice to the engine instead of just replacing the stock turbo. Havent ordered engine parts yet but i've began a teardown of the car
you may ask "Well, why is the body all seperated if its only the turbo that gave out?". Since im gonna adding power to the engine, i figured i didnt want a full OEM look anymore for obvious reasons. So i took apart most of the body to turn it to a blank slate basically.
What exactly im gonna do with this blank slate, im not sure yet. i might do some mild new aero and put everything else back on, or i might go full hotboi and respray the car too. idk, lets see! And heres a pic of the engine too, in its torn down form, awaiting a new YING YANG SPINNY THANG
Buddies from Nismo!
Im not sure if you remember me talking about Hoshino and Eiichi, my two most entrusted colleagues over at Nismo Omori Factory where i work. It hit me that i never rly showed you their cars. However, both of them decided to stop by the garage so i figured i might as well showcase their whips!
Hoshino's 2014 Audi S4 Avant (B8.5)
Engine: 3.0L TFSI Supercharged V6
APR Stage II ECU remap
APR Supercharger pulley upgrade
AWE Tuning Exhaust
Running Gear and Exterior:
326Power Chakuriki coilovers
034Motorsport Tie rods and Control arms
Advan RG2 wheels
RS4 Front bumper
Black trim conversion throughout the car
Nice and tasteful spec list on this car, innit? This german wagon has been Hoshino's daily driver for the past two years. and over this time he's tinkered it bit by bit to where it is today, pushing out a significant 445hp from that lovely sounding supercharged V6. And ofc, this being an Audi S car, Quattro AWD is standard!
Eiichi's Orchestra-grade Trombone
Wait no, i mean Eiichi's 2007 Nissan Fairlady Z (Z33)
Engine: 3.5L VQ35HR V6
HKS Racing Suction intake kit
Nismo iridium spark plugs
Nismo oil filter
Blitz Racing Radiator
OS Giken Clutch
Tomei Expreme Titanium full exhaust (Trombone-spec, Elephant-spec, Earbleed-spec, however you wanna call it)
Running Gear and Exterior:
TEIN Flex-Z Coilovers
Nagisa Auto tierods
Agency power control arms
Volk TE37SL Wheels
FABULOUS front bumper
ings+1 rear bumper
Top Secret CF hood
Nismo CF Mirror outlays
Eiichi hasnt owned this car for that long now. About 6 months to be exact. And in that short time he already has built it up to this rather nice spec. The interior is still stock though, thats the next thing he'll touch. He also has a Lexus IS350 as a daily, this Z being his project car
....Now comes the bit where the title of this update starts to make sense
Aside from the S4, Hoshino also had a built Z32 Fairlady Z which he sold off recently. Thing had a built 550hp VG30, all the good stuff. But he decided to move on from it, and was initally in the market for an R32/R33 GT-R. However, Between conversations, he took an interest in one of my cars. This thing to be specific:
He's basically been bugging me to buy the A70 off for a good month or so now. Said shit like i don't drive it enough (which is true to some extent) and etc. Up until now i disagreed, But then i figured, just like he moved on from his built Z32, its about time i move on from this car too. There are a LOT of memories attached to it. Starting from picking it up with @RocketBunnyS13 last year, all the way up to today. And its not just myself, its the people around it too. A lotta considerate hands have touched this car and built it up to what it is. But yeah, i guess getting rid of it now opens up a door for something much better. So, looking at the future opportunities, i decided to offer Hoshino to take it for a test drive and see if he rly wants it, which is why him and Eiichi came over in the first place
Sooo yeah, without much ado, i put Hoshino on the drivers seat and we went for a spin
Sure enough, after a few sprints around the Tokyo streets, Hoshino's interest on this car definitely hadn't died. He seemed ecstatic over all the turbo noises xD
Only thing he'd change is the gear ratios he said. The car is set up for top speed rn so the gears are pretty long
We went round and round the area for a good 30mins, while Eiichi was back at the garage hanging out with Marc and AJ. Hoshino seemed to be loving the experience of this car! Though after a while he said he'd also add some more power, as if 621 fire breathing horses arent enough
Anyways, soon after, we rolled back towards the garage entrance and then i asked Hoshino if he still wants it. He laughed out and almost screamed "HELL YES I DO!". I then said the car would be his if he makes me an offer i can't refuse. To which, after a brief pause of thinking, he did. Mans straight up offered me the equivalent of V$ 37,500 for the car. Which, for a built A70, is probably even a bit more than average.
Aaaaand, well that's that then. He'll be picking the car up after 3-4 days. Hoshino is a trustworthy guy and definitely knows what he's doing around cars. And more importantly, he's a good friend. And that does give me some happiness bc the car is surely going to a good home now, and i'll be seeing it regularly too! Hoshino says he's gonna drive it around as is for a while and then start tinkering things to his own taste. As for his want for more power, i did tell him adding more reliably would require taking the engine apart and getting forged pistons. And he says thats a challenge he's up to take. Soooo this car might get even more power under Hoshino's ownership, idk, we'll see!
ONTO BETTER THINGS!
Anyways, that'll be it for now. Thanks for stopping by as usual! Hope you enjoyed