USDM Jam 9.0 Coverage…Part 4…The Conclusion…

Happy Monday everyone… Hope you guys all had a great weekend. Mine was pretty eventful and I’ll tell you guys more about it after we get through the fourth and final concluding portion of The Chronicles’ USDM Jam 9.0 coverage. I have to say, one of my favorite posts so far in 2012 has to be this USDM Jam series. For me personally, I love being able to see completely new builds and updates from builds that I don’t get to see very often. The best part of seeing new builds is the intrigue and excitement that we all feel inside of us. We want to be able to see what is out there and how things have changed over time. It is amazing to see how the Japanese have taken on our style of tuning and added their own unique touches to it. I love their take on things and it is cool to see how we are all now fusing the original Japanese-inspired “JDM” style with the new, modern, USDM style. Today we will be closing out the 4-part series and we will be taking a look at the rest of the builds there that caught my attention as well as some other stuff that was going on during the event. One of the reasons why I love checking out Koji Karimata’s photos is that he manages to always capture the cars that I want to see. There are a couple that I have yet to be able to find photos of from all the photos I’ve seen at the event but for the most part, Karimata has done a great job of capturing some of the best cars there. Shimomukai from Tactical Art also did a wonderful job of capturing the essence of the event and covering everything that went on around him during the entire show. I don’t want to risk any further eyestrain on you guys from reading too much so I’ll go ahead and jump into the photos now. Make sure to take a look at the previous three posts if you somehow missed out on them. It is definitely a collection of photos that you will want to see…

Thanks for looking once again and thank you to the people that contributed to the content from USDM Jam 9.0…

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Aztec Green Pearl DB2 Integra GS-Rs are rare enough as they are in the U.S., but here is an original, left hand drive of course, U.S. Integra GS-R on Work Equip 03s…

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Love the way this MK5 GTI looked on Hayashi Racing mesh wheels… Click here for larger Version (1400×933)

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Z33 Nissan Fairlady Z Roadster on aggressive SSR MS1 wheels… Click here for larger version (1400×933)

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GE-chassis Honda Fit on Rotiform NUE…

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U.S.-inspired CR-X that I wanted to show you guys because of how clean it was on the outside…

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…as well as in the engine bay…very nice shave and tuck job on this CR-X. Probably one of the cleanest CR-X bays I have seen so far from Japan…

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Zenki S14 Silvia on  fluorescent yellow Gram Light 57D wheels… Love the clean lines of the aero kit…

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Nissan 180SX Type X on original Work Equips…

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Immaculate Porsche 912…

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JDM Toyota Corolla GT that was in the parking lot of the USDM Jam 9.0 show. I wanted to show you guys this Corolla GT so that you could see a better comparison of the Japanese Corollw with our USDM Corolla…

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In my opinion the Japanese GT looks better, but this Corolla GT, owned by Masaru Tanaka, is the same Corolla I mentioned a couple posts before that was converted to complete U.S. specifications. It’s not just a simple front and rear end swap either. Though it looks very simple in nature, it is one of the most labor-intensive builds at the USDM Jam event. Tanaka bought a U.S. Corolla and pretty much chopped it up along with his Corolla GT and pieced all the U.S. components back into his GT chassis and this was the end result. I first heard of this build from Takeshi Kobayashi from Type_K and I found a link to Tanaka’s blog site where he documented the build. Click here if you want to see just how much work was involved in this build… Pretty insane stuff…

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The original “black-top” 4A-GE from his GT remains as well as the individual throttle bodies…

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You don’t see very many Mitsubishi Eclipses these days here in the U.S., but there are a couple of them floating around in Japan with their original U.S. left hand drive configurations. I can do without the XXR wheels but this particular Eclipse GS-T is really clean… The strange thing about the Eclipse is that they were only available here in the U.S. because the Japanese received the FTO model instead and I can’t recall the last time I’ve seen one of those things modded either. FTOs were pretty cool for their time too and I always thought they were better looking cars than the Eclipse model. I guess the rest of the world did not agree..haha…

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Nothing says “USDM” like a lifted Chevy Avalanche pick-up truck…This owner even took the time to leave the mud tracks on it…What I am wondering is why this Avalanche has a carbon fiber fender on it….

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Speaking of American car culture, lowriders have always been a big hit in Japan and like part one of our coverage, here is another great example of one…

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Three-wheelin’ with the Japanese “19-63” vanity plate…

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Hydraulics and batteries in the trunk…

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Not sure if this was a part of the event or not or just a passing work truck from Mie Prefecture…

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Nothing too wild about this JZA70 Supra… Advan RGs have always been one of my favorite wheels and it’s rare to see them on Supras…

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Bright green BMW Z4 on black-faced Work Meister S1s…I believe this thing also has scissor/Lambo doors as well…

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Audi R8 just hanging out on the street…

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Mercedes from Team Madame with a full-body Louis Vuitton “Damier” style wrap…

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F50 Cima with U.S. Infiniti Q45 grille and BBS LM wheels representing Funny Fellows car club…

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JZS161 Toyota Aristo turbo sitting on the floor…

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Matte grey 3-series BMW on BBS LM-R wheels…

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Beautifully done E89 BMW Z4…

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MK4 GTI on Rotiform NUE…

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Japanese Honda Zoomer/U.S. Honda Ruckus on display with a Yoshimura exhaust and custom-wrapped Bride seat…

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Another JZS161 Toyota Aristo, this one from Grinders seated on Volk Racing TE37SL…

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Datsun Bluebird 510 coupe on some Barramundi Design wheels…

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Civic coupe from Grinders on gold-faced SSR mesh….

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Relatively stock RX-8 on Work Meister S1R wheels…Next to it is a completely stock LHD U.S. Lexus SC400…

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MK5 VW Jetta slammed on some CCW LM20s…

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USDM-inspired brizzles reppin’ Grinders… I wonder if they had the USDM conversion done top to bottom…aka the fur burger delete…haha…

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Wild Toyota pick-up over in the area where they presented the awards…

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I don’t know what the awards categories consisted of and who won what, but whatever award this Cressida won, it probably deserved it…love the modern Rotiform wheels on it as well as the 1JZ-GTE swap…Very cool to see these things modded… Click here for larger version (1400×933)

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Masaru “MSR”  Tanaka won more than one award and he was very-well deserving considering the amount of work and fabrication he put into his Corolla GT build…

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One of my other main contacts in Japan, Yuya Yasunari, won an award for probably being the only person to ever admit to owning a 1988 Chevy Nova. These things were originally built in the U.S.A in Fremont, CA by NUMMI, which was a plant that was a co-op venture between GM USA and Toyota of Japan. The Novas are terribly unattractive vehicles but the Twin Cam model, which Yasunari owns, has the same twin cam 4A-GE motor that came on the Corollas… In Japan, this would seem totally cool to drive a LHD Nova Twin Cam… in the U.S., it probably just means that you are poor as shit. I love how it is in mint condition though…awesome…

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Atuki’s Honda Integra Type R won the USDM FREAX-choice award at USDM Jam 9.0. USDM FREAX is a major publication over in Japan that is strictly dedicated to providing stories and photos of USDM-themed builds. Maybe I should go work for them too…hmm…

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With the awards ceremony coming to a close, it was time for the Tactical Art guys to get packed-up and head home…

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The Tactical Art DC5R on the road…

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Shimomukai also managed to catch a couple of other cars from USDM Jam on the way home…

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Lack of contact patch on the rear Barramundi wheels on this 7th gen. Civic…

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One final shot of the Tactical Art Integra R on the way home…

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One of the best things about the USDM Jam event was not only the unique builds but also because the show served as a fundraiser to raise money for the Japan relief fund. Though we don’t hear much news about the rebuilding process after the devastating earthquake and Tsunami that hit Japan last year, they are still recovering and the money donated from enthusiasts at USDM Jam went to the Red Cross Society of Japan…

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Here is Mr. Tetsuya Yamaguchi, the creator of the USDM Jam series, presenting the money to a Japanese Red Cross representative…

With that photo, our USDM Jam 9.0 coverage officially comes to a close. It was quite the insightful look into the Japanese USDM scene. I hope you all enjoyed it, I know I did. Thanks for looking…

6 thoughts

  1. Great coverage, really enjoyed these set’s. Also the line about the nova had me LOLing ”
    In Japan, this would seem totally cool to drive a LHD Nova Twin Cam… in the U.S., it probably just means that you are poor as shit. I love how it is in mint condition though…awesome…”

  2. supreme coverage sir, thanks for taking time to share all this. i’m sure it took lots of time to sift through all the photos (and add comments to each of them). good work joey!

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