Photos From Andrew’s TSX Roof Swap And More From Vlog #19

Photos From Andrew’s TSX Roof Swap And More From Vlog #19

Thought I’d stop by real quick to drop-off some photos that I shot over the course of the last few weeks. Even without any events in the middle of summer here in Southern California, things are still pretty active and busy here at the shop. This is what I compiled while Yuta was doing some work on Kevin Lee’s FK8 Civic Type R and the JRZ/Exceed coilover install as well as the roof swap which we covered in the latest Vlog episode on Andrew Banh’s TSX. Ken Suen stopped by to help out as well since he loves doing this stuff and it’s always entertaining having him around the shop. No need for captions really, all the photos are pretty self-explanatory. If you need any further information, please watch the Vlog episode in this previous post!…

Well That Escalated Quickly…CHRNCLS Vlog 2020 #19

Well That Escalated Quickly…CHRNCLS Vlog 2020 #19

Our neighbor Andrew recently bought a TSX and was trying to get “better gas mileage” so he let Yuta do pretty much whatever he wanted to it, even things that sound completely unreasonable, to get the car down to a certain weight. Our friend Ken Suen decides to join in on the fun and what results is the the ultimate mash-up no one knew they needed! It’s like the broke car Avengers, lol. More surprising is that they actually got along and didn’t ended-up fighting each other! Also there is plenty going on at the shop so we catch you up on recent happenings. Oh there’s also a Boost Blue FK8 Civic Type R inside our shop. This one is a lengthy one because there is so much to unpack and things escalated so quickly. Everyone wear some eye protection and join in on the fun!

Dave’s Civic On A Fresh Set of “Club Edition” Volk TE37SL Wheels…

Dave’s Civic On A Fresh Set of “Club Edition” Volk TE37SL Wheels…

A while back, Duane from RCompound USA and Kristian from Battlecraft decided to link-up to do a limited run of Volk TE37SL wheels for fun. With the original TE37 wheel mold destroyed and off the market, the boys thought it’d be cool to take a more modern TE37SL wheel and do them in a classic colorway. The sizing on these wheels would be limited specifically to one size; a 15×8-inch wheel with a +35mm offset in a 4×100 bolt pattern. They are geared towards the Honda/Acura market of the ’90s because that’s a majority of their demographic and they wanted to ensure that they give some love to the Civic and Integra enthusiasts who opted to not go the popular 5-lug route…

The First Chronicles & Coffee Meet of 2020 in Photos…

The First Chronicles & Coffee Meet of 2020 in Photos…

Well, it finally happened.  We had a meet for the first time in 2020 and it was an overwhelming success—extra emphasis on the word “overwhelming”. I knew people had wanted to be out and about for a car gathering but I really had no idea just how bad people were itching to get out. After things started to open back up in California, I gave it some time before I even considered having a meet at our complex. I knew there would be a sudden flood of car meets coming so I thought that would help to satiate the thirst of your average car enthusiast. I was wrong. I guess maybe that speaks to the quality of our meets here because people were really waiting for us to organize something here. A part of me was thinking that we could host a meet here and it would be relatively small because there was still a large population of people still weary and trying to avoid crowds. Perhaps it was naive of me to think that way, but I posted a notice of a meet a week in advance and quickly realized that I should return to our old format of just dropping notice on the fly a day or two before…

Major Updates On My IS300 Wagon Plus Chronicles & Coffee!!…CHRNCLS Vlog 2020 #18

Major Updates On My IS300 Wagon Plus Chronicles & Coffee!!…CHRNCLS Vlog 2020 #18

Parts are starting to pile up at the shop for our project cars and we have some major updates on my IS300 wagon build! Phil and Kristian also stop by to hang out while Yuta is begins work on his DC5 RSX “Fun Car” and then we take you to one of the first big events for us out here in Los Angeles; the return of Chronicles & Coffee for the first time in 2020. I really wish I would have filmed more during the meet but it got WAY too hectic and I found myself trying to organize more than I was able to shoot!

Rodney, His Dog, & A 1JZ-Swapped Cressida…CHRNCLS Vlog 2020 #17 (w/Photos)

Rodney, His Dog, & A 1JZ-Swapped Cressida…CHRNCLS Vlog 2020 #17 (w/Photos)

I haven’t figured out what to call this series of videos yet, some have suggested some interesting names, but I’m just glad everyone seems to be enjoying them! This week, we head over to Zero Auto Factory where Yuta is doing an install on our friend Steve Nakamura’s Lexus IS200T, and then Rodney Moenadi, another good friend of our’s, cruises by the shop to show us his 1JZ-GTE powered Toyota Cressida drift car!

Noel Barnum’s GReddy Turbocharged Varis FR-S In Photos…

Noel Barnum’s GReddy Turbocharged Varis FR-S In Photos…

Totally forgot I had these photos on my desktop with all that’s been going on lately. Businesses are starting to open back up, the whole country seems to be divided on social issues, and people are starting to ignore that there is a pandemic happening still. Meanwhile over here at the office, I’m just trying to stay busy and maintain a business while still very much focusing on everything that is happening in the world. 2020 has been pure insanity for everyone but I’m hopeful that we are returning to at least some bit of normalcy. It’s a ‘new’ normal, I guess you can say…

Limited Edition Osaka Prints Are Now Available!!…

Limited Edition Osaka Prints Are Now Available!!…

I’ve been wanting to do some prints for a while now and finally pulled the trigger and two of my favorites photos and cars from my recent journeys to Japan. The first one is of Tsuyohi from NO GOOD RACING’s two Civics during heavy rain on the Osaka Kanjo and the second, one of the best of all time, the Car Mark Across EK9 parked in front of a Family Mart on a night after Joe took @ryan.der on a touge run in the mountains. Both are 24×36-inches (2×3 ft) in size, printed on high-quality durable 100lb. gloss cover paper in a matte finish. Limited to only 200 each, all will be individually numbered and labeled like my previous prints, and can be signed upon request. Super happy how these came out and even happier that these will be hanging in some of your garages or homes. These are now available over at our official storefront, NORIVALNOEQUAL.COM!!…

Noel’s Varis FR-S Turbo & We Finally Work On My IS300…CHRNCLS Vlog 2020 #16

Noel’s Varis FR-S Turbo & We Finally Work On My IS300…CHRNCLS Vlog 2020 #16

Man, there have been a lot of red cars popping-up at the shop lately… On this episode, we finally pull my collection of Japanese Altezza parts that I’ve been collecting over the years out of storage to install on my IS300 Sportcross. A Zero Auto Factory prototype vented hood came over stateside recently so we had to make sure it fit on U.S.-model IS300s because of the 2JZ-GE engine we have here. A few days after that, my good friend Noel Barnum came by to hang and chat so we do a deep dive into his incredibly well-built Varis widebody FR-S which is equipped with a GReddy turbo kit.