Wekfest Japan 2017 Coverage… Part 3…

Hey all, welcome back to the ongoing 2017 Wekfest Japan coverage! I finally found the time to finish-up all the photos from Japan and man, we shot a shit ton of photos while we were in Japan. I can honestly tell you that I haven’t really shot this many photos in quite some time. There was a bit of confusion when I first got back because I had to go through four memory cards worth of photos which I was switching back and forth while also shooting with Yasu’s Canon 5DMKIII body. The file names ended-up getting a little mixed-up and some files were almost over-written while I was copying them over to my computer. Luckily I caught the overlaps in time and was able to transfer all the photos correctly. I actually have to dive back into editing the Eibach Honda Meet photos now so I’ll keep the intro short for today. Just sit back and enjoy the photos. I have so much content lately that now I have to figure out how to get all of it up in a timely manner while also uploading the Vlogs every few days. Subscribe to both if you want to get instant updates whenever I post something new. Thanks for the support everyone, hope you enjoy all the coverage!!..

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z32 Fairlady Z from Zerozero8 Works that you saw in Part 2 on the Work Meister L1 wheels…

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Vertex Lang-equipped Kouki S14 from Zerozero8 Works on Work Emotion wheels…

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This white-on-white R32 GTR may have looked simple on the outside but was actually running a Garage Saurus-built RB26 engine under the hood…

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As you can see here, it was quite difficult to hold a conversation with whoever was seated inside the Risky Snail Ford Model A…

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Mode Parfume Z34 Fairlady bagged on SSR Executor CV03…

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Garage Excellent’s traditional VIP-styled Toyota Century looked fantastic in a sea of mostly USDM-styled vehicles…

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The Mode Parfum Phantom GaMu Toyota Prius looked great at Wekfest, but looked even cooler cruising to dinner after the event…

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The Exceed booth featured both Yasu’s freshly-assembled EG6 Civic as well as this brand new Integra Type R build…

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The K20A swap featured a myriad of polished engine components including, but not limited to, the valve cover, RBC intake manifold, and front strut bar. Check out the full-size CSF radiator with the -AN cooling lines as well as the custom fuel set-up…

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Another angle of the K-swapped engine bay of the Integra…

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It was pretty cool to finally see Yasu’s EG come together after all these years. This was one of the cars that first introduced me to Yasu back when he was with Tactical Art and the car has been down for a couple of years now. He had intentions to do so much to the build but then he found himself building customer cars as well as starting a completely new business from the ground-up. Sacrifices had to be made and the EG was put on the back burner until he finally had time to mess with it…

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Here’s Yasu’s engine bay with the K20 engine, shaved engine bay, and a complete list of Downstar Inc. hardware to dress-up the bay. The valve cover was black chrome-plated here in the U.S. before being sent back to Japan and he chose to keep his ASC Speed Metal front strut bar in its raw form…

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A glimpse of the engine bays of both the Civic and Integra…

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Pretty crazy to see a Subaru Alcyone (SVX) modded to this extent with a tucked and shaved engine bay and all…

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Old&New slant-nose Porsche 996 on 3-piece Super+ forged wheels…

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Racing Padock Miyoshi “FD-BOSS” RX-7 wearing a Pandem Boss kit…

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Racing Padock Miyoshi Rocket Bunny widebody FD3S RX-7…

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I still remember the first time I flipped through a Japanese Option magazine and saw a modified Toyota Sera. Something about a random little Toyota with gullwing doors just seemed super interesting to me. At Wekfest Japan this year, this custom widebody Sera showed-up and looked great on SSR Formula Mesh wheels…

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Fresh new Pandem MK5 VW Jetta wearing a GReddy livery on Super+ wheels…

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Mao Nakai’s GT VIP-styled Nissan Skyline sedan with Wald aero kit and concave Volk Racing TE37…

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Eishi Suzuki’s Voltex S2000 with Mugen hard top and CCW wheels…

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HKS GT-supercharged S2000 with StopTech front and rear big brake kit owned by Ikuto Kohara…

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If this engine bay looks familiar to you, then you’ve probably been following this site for awhile now and recognize it as Yasu’s engine bay from his old Millenium Jade-painted S2000. Would you believe it if I told you that everything under the body panels of Ikuto’s S2000 is actually Yasu’s old car? Well, it’s true. Ikuto actually bought Yasu’s S2000 and they proceeded to swap every possible panel from his S2000 onto the body of Yasu’s AP1. They then painted the rear quarters to match and basically combined the best of both cars together into one…

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DB1 sedan on Mugen CF-48 wheels with color-matched aero disks…

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Kei Ootsuka’s Mugen DA Integra complete with original Mugen stripe and CF-48 wheels also with color-matched aero disks…

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RA3 Odyssey Aero Spirit on Work Equip wheels…

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Daisuke Ishiyama from Kyoei Japan’s immaculately-built U.S.-styled EG Civic with tucked engine bay, Spoon Sports carbon front lip, and Dunlop Formula Hart CP-R wheels…

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I don’t know why I didn’t get another shot of the E.Prime AE86 inside the show but I did somehow manage to get some detail shots of it. Above are the beautiful Work Equip 40 wheels with a gold face…

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Front fender-exit dump pipe on the Levin…

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Under the hood of the Levin is what appears to be a twin-charged 4A-GZE running a turbo kit and factory supercharger…

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One of the other builds that I had every intention to nerd-out on when I was in Japan was Ginpei Yamaguchi’s Ferrari 348TS on Work VS-XX wheels…

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What’s interesting about the 348 is that it’s on hydraulic suspension and not air bags like most would think. As it turns out, Yamaguchi also originally started out with cut springs before trying to modify Toyota Chaser suspension to work. Eventually all the custom work just lead to him creating a hydraulic system for his Ferrari…

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Obviously this is a bit of a polarizing build because most would scoff at the idea of cutting and radiusing a Ferrari to fit Work Wheels but I am really into it. I don’t know, I just think it’s cool to turn a car that most wouldn’t expect to be modded into something this unique. And the quality of work is incredible…

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…at the end of the day, it’s just a 348 TS after all and not some sort of rare unattainable Ferrari or anything. I wouldn’t do it to a 355 Challenge but this seems pretty okay and awesome to me…

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Custom widebody Toyota Soarer on gold multi-spoke AG wheels…

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Yasu Shimomukai’s Acura Integra featuring the new Mode Parfume/Exceed front lip…

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Seiya Suzuki’s Mugen Integra Type R running Spoon Sports front brakes and carbon side mirrors…

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Kohei Taguchi’s Champ White Integra Type R with a Spoon Sports carbon front lip and side mirrors…

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This S30Z actually won “Car of the Festival”/Best of Show honors for being a thoroughly well-rounded build that features an L-series engine running an incredibly rare OS Giken TC24-B1Z cylinder head…

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A peek under the hood with the carbs, TC24-B1Z head, and OS Giken valve cover…

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Have you ever seen a Series 2 Lotus Esprit bagged on SSR Formula Mesh wheels?…

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Nissan Skyline coupe on brand new Barramundi Design “Histrix” wheels…

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One of my favorite builds from this year’s Wekfest Japan event was this “Black Unlimited” AE86 Corolla Levin built by Inazuma Works…

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Under the hood of the “Black Unlimited” was a battleship gray bay featuring this carb’d 16-valve 4A-GE…

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This Levin is actually based off of the limited release “Black Limited” AE86 Trueno. Only 400 were made by Toyota EVER, but none were ever Levins and only Truenos. The exterior was black, featuring gold accents, gold wheels, and a “Black Limited” rear taillight garnish. This Levin follows the motif but is certainly not one of the original 400 Black Limiteds. Very fucking cool though to follow this motif, which for most non-AE86 fanatics, is a bit obscure. I only learned about this because I actually had to do a story about a Black Limited years ago for Super Street magazine…

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RS START Hakosuka Skyline coupe with thick fender flares and deep-dish Work CR-01 wheels…

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A couple more of the Ferrari 348 TS with its high-radiused wheels wells…

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This SR20DET-powered Datsun Bluebird from S&A Autocreate was just fucking beautiful…

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Right next to it was Akio Hirano’s N/A SR-powered Bluebird on BMD Sunder wheels. Check out the ITBs and the XRP lines with signature purple Adel Wiggins clamps…

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PMC-S themed Hakosuka Skyline on RS Watanabe wheels from Number7…

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Mooneyes yellow/black styled PS13 Silvia coupe running a naturally-aspirated SR20DE engine….

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Gonna go ahead and cut this portion of coverage off here with this bright green Rocket Bunny RPS13 180SX on Work VS-XX…

Still more to come, stay tuned!!!…

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