This is all bad…

I really hate to start off a perfectly good Monday with bad news, but of course, this is the real world and bad shit happens… Apparently, you just can’t have nice shit anywhere in the world these days. We all understand that theft of cars and their parts are prevalent these days and happen quite often here in the states but in Japan??! Come on man….Even in the mecca of the Japanese automotive tuning community, theft exists and it’s hit pretty close to home in terms of The Chronicles international family. It’s just another kick in the ass and spark of reality that reminds us that no one out there is safe and any one at any time can get  their prized possessions taken from them…

Masashi Kameoka is a friend of The Chronicles. Not only is he a loyal follower of the site, he happens to be very good friends of our buddies from Japan over at Tactical Art. You’ve probably seen his car on this site now a couple of times. He owns a Toyota Mark X and it’s project that he’s very proud of. It is a damn good looking car and yesterday, we all found out that he had his 19-inch Work Meister S1 wheels stolen in the middle of the night. He woke up to find his car sitting on bricks…sort of…see, one side of his car was still sitting afloat but the other side was laying on the ground because the bricks that the thieves left his car on managed to give out and shatter, and that entire side of his car collapse and hit the pavement….

If you want to familiarize yourself with the car, here is the link to some photos of it that the Tactical Art guys took…

Just a beautiful car with very simple, very tasteful mods. And here is how he found the car that morning….Above is how the car looked before, below after….

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What a fucking shame man…who knew that people even steal 19s over there! The sizing is pretty specific as well as the finish so it’s not like it’s easy to just toss these on any car, you know what I mean? Wheels that fit Civics and Integras, okay, that’s understandable because the sizing is pretty generic. When it comes to a set-up like this, it’s either hit and miss if you’re going to be able to fit them. Hopefully it’s not one of those deals where whoever stole it is going to resell it to a importer and those wheels end up in the states over here or something…

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Here is another photo showing how one of the bricks gave way and how the car sat when Kameoka-san found it…It’s just a sad sight to see, whether you know the guy or the car. I know many of you may be wondering why he doesn’t have this thing stored in a garage but the way housing is set up in Japan, garages are not easy to come by. It’s just a sad kick in the ass reminding us that nobody’s shit is safe, no matter where you are…

If you are in Japan or happen to be an importer or something that runs into these wheels, be on the look-out. Here are the specs for the wheels…

FRONT – 19×9.5 Work Meister S1 with 215/35-19 Toyo DRZ

REAR – 10×10.5 Work Meister S1 with 235/35-19 Toyo DRZ

I believe Kameoka is in the Osaka area or near that region…

The rear wheels are in perfect condition and the front two wheels have some minor scratches on it. The color of the faces I believe are Titanium Gold or something related to that. It’s hard for me to translate the Japanese… I’ve also attached some links to the Japanese blogs/sites that have posted up the information. If you know how to read Japanese, then you’ll probably be able to gather more information. For the rest of you guys, please be careful with your cars and keep a close eye on them. The common misconception is that there is no theft of this kind in Japan…The truth is, there are thieves everywhere looking to steal and make a quick buck, it doesn’t matter what part of the world you are in. Some say that culturally, the Japanese don’t condone stealing…uhh, what culture does? Anyways, keep an eye out if you are over there. Just sucks to see this type of stuff happen to good people with nice rides that they worked hard to put together!

Links to some Japanese blogs/sites that have posted up more information and photos…

Minkara blog 1…

Another blog hosted on Minkara…

At least we can always remember the car like this….

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Be careful out there people! Lock your shit up and hide it because there are individuals out there that don’t want you to have nice things. They’ll take whatever they can from you! Don’t expect “karma” to come back and get them…

8 thoughts

  1. That sucks! I would hate to know someone who got their wheels stolen.

    Small typo for the Rear wheels. Reads 10 x 10.5, should read 19 x 10.5.

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