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Most concerning of all are communities sponsored by different JDM import companies that ensure negative opinions and information cannot be circulated about their dealings, many hiding under the guise of being an enthusiast site and trying to claim they are unbiased.  There are certainly many great communities and importers to serve the needs of the import community but there are perhaps just as many that are waiting to take advantage of unsuspecting JDM Japanese Used car buyers.

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Other Information About The JDM Car Market

  • Imported Vehicles from Japan are common around the world, not just the UK (United Kingdom), Australia, but Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.
  • Canada Imported Vehicles from Japanese Used Car Auctions. Importing JDM cars from Japan has become very commonplace in Canada.
  • Most cars from Japan are sold through "Japanese Used Car Auction" such as USS Nagoya and other auction houses around Japan from Tokyo to Hokaido.
  • Japanese Cars for Sale are usually originally purchased from auction houses in Japan such as USS or JU.
  • JDM Used Cars are in high demand around the world.
  • Enthusiasts and casual owners import japanese cars
  • JDM Imports are known for their reliability and value
  • You can find JDM cars for sale on jdmvip.com
  • We have lists of Japanese Car Importers & Exporters

Most Popular JDM Cars/Japanese Imports:

  • Nissan Skyline Cars (R32,R33,R34 GTS-T,GTS-4 and GTR)
  • JDM Toyota Supra (MKIII JZA70/MKIV JZA80)
  • JDM Mazda RX7 (FD3S)
  • JDM Subaru Impreza WRX STi,Type RA,STi Type RA (GC8,GDA,GDB)
  • JDM Toyota Celica (ST185 and ST205 GT-Four WRC)
  • JDM Honda CRX, Civic, Accord, Prelude, Integra
  • JDM Toyota Aristo 3.0V/V300 Vertex (same thing as USDM Lexus GS 300+ series)
  • JDM Mitsubishi Delica/Pajero

Hot Regions for JDM Cars

  • Canada: BC (British Columbia), AB (Alberta), SK (Saskatchewan), MB (Manitoba), ON (Ontario), QC (Quebec), NS (Nova Scotia), NB (New Brunswick), NL (Newfoundland and Labrador), PE (Prince Edward Island), NT (Northwest Territories), YT (Yukon), NU (Nunavat).
  • Canadian Cities: Vancouver, Victoria, Vancouver Island, Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Regina, Brandon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Markham, London, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, St. John's, Charlotteown, Yellowknife, Iqaluit.
  • Caribbean: Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Africa: South Africa
  • Europe: UK (United Kingdom), London, Ireland, Scotland
  • Australia/New Zealand: Perth, Sydney.

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WEN 6018 Vortex DA/Dual Action Random Orbital Polisher & Waxer Product Review - Import Discussion -> Vendor & Exporter Feedback

As some may know after [URL="http://forums.jdmvip.com/Wen_6010_6quot_Cheap_Random_Orbital_Polisher_Review_aka_Porter_Cable_on_a_budget_Import_Discussion_Vendor_amp_Exporter_Feedback-6664-t"]this review of WEN 6010[/URL] I really like their products.

Here's my review of their new model the [URL="http://rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=jdmvip-20&o=15&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=B00M5K6WPA"]WEN 6018 Vortex[/URL] which competes against units like the [URL="http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B002654I46/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=15121&creative=390961&creativeASIN=B002654I46&linkCode=as2&tag=jdmvip-20""]PC/Porter Cable 7424 XP[/URL]

I really gave this unit a good work out and bit of a long-term test over the weeks using it to compound the Legacy GT-B, the Impreza Hood & Roof, and the Aristo. Now that I know the unit quite well I think I can give it a thorough review but I do wish I had bought extra pads since a yellow cutting pad isn't ideal for everything but the unit itself has proven what it can do aside from the limitation of the pad itself. I am happy they included a yellow pad compared to some other companies who just include a white foam pad (basically useless and only to apply wax).

Features:[LIST]
[*]Variable speed from 1500-6800OPM (orbits per minute)
[*]5AMP motor (one of the most powerful of any unit)
[*]6 speed settings
[*]Reverseable handle[/LIST]

The box does a good job of securing and protecting the unit during shipping.
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Inside you have all the standard parts and instructions.
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The unit itself doesn't take much assembly, you just have to use the included wrench to attach the backing plate to the unit and then stick on the included yellow pad (yellow is a smart inclusion because it can only do light cutting with pressure and high speed so it's a bit of an all purpose starter pad).
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Some performance comparison in action (the left side of the hood was done with my WEN 6010 unit while the right side was with this new 6018 Vortex unit).

Before:
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After:

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The above is not the greatest example or comparison due to lighting but both units removed a lot of oxidation and paint defects which aren't exactly obvious in the pics. I thought the 6018 even with the yellow pad got defects out a lot quicker and I'm not sure if the 6010 unit would have gotten some of them.


Here is a better example. My mirrors have 0 shine to them so I put it on Speed 6 and went to work.

Before:

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After (notice it is actually shiny and no longer dull):

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I have my old JZS147 headlight sitting around, the one that came cloudy from Japan.

Before:
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After: it looks like new even if the pic doesn't show it

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I also used it on my Impreza hood which I had previously compounded by hand.

Before: (look at the bottom right and the hazy/oxidation that doesn't reflect the sun properly)

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After: (and this was only using Speed 4 and a single pass, I believe speed 6 would have cleared up even better).

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One pic I didn't get is of the huge scuff on my front left bumper from a former neighbor:mad: a few years ago. I buffed a lot off with my hand and thought nothing more could be done but I got about 80% of the bonded green Honda paint off the bumper with this unit. I believe if I had a heavier cutting pad that it would be 100%.


My thoughts on the unit after using it over the weeks:
It's a great unit and an excellent complement to a unit like the WEN 6010 (I'm glad I have the 6010 as it is great for applying wax and still works good for compounding with the terry). One thing that blows me away for the price is the high quality. It feels and sounds strong and you'd think it's a much more expensive unit when holding and using it.

It feels extremely powerful compared to the WEN 6010 and it's design allows it to get into some areas that the 6010 couldn't. It is so powerful even extreme pressure cannot stop the pad from spinning so it's easy to adjust the level of cut with a good combination of speed and pressure. To give you an idea it breaks down compound on speed 6 to the point of it turning to dust!

Another nice feature is that even if you mistakenly turn the unit on with it on speed 6, it kind of spins slow for just a second or two, enough for you to turn it down or turn the unit off if you're quick.

The only thing that I read about this unit and other similar ones is that at anything over speed 4 the vibration can become quite intense (as in bone jarring). Usually you shouldn't need such high speeds (and they are generally not recommended) but I find that it helps on tough defects with the light yellow cutting pad (you can probably go a lot slower if you had a medium or heavy cutting pad).

I still find bonnets are more versatile and practical, you can have a stack in a small amount of space and they're cheap. I'm planning to buy some 7" bonnets to put over the 6" yellow pad so I can have the best of both worlds. With pads if you want a stack it will fill a bag. I also find that foam pads (at least the yellow) tend to soak up too much product, I found bonnets to be better at saving product. This is not fault of the WEN but the nature of foam pads and I may change my mind once I get a proper set of different pads.

Overall I think this 6018 Vortex is a strong competitor at the lowest possible price while not sacrificing any of the features of its competitors. I love it and think of it this way (you can buy the 6010 unit and 6018 unit for less than any competing unit) so it's really a bargain.

I'd also like to say thanks to the folks at WEN for providing this unit for the review.
want to polish my subi... :D


JZS161 Aristo V300 Transmission Oil Info DIY - Toyota -> Aristo

The JZS147 from what I recall was slightly easy to access and the drain bolt was a lot further to the rear of the vehicle and angled sideways for easier access.
It's a really simple job to do if not easier than an actual oil change and you'll spend more time filling through the dipstick than anything else.

What's required?[LIST]
[*]Ratchet & 14MM socket
[*]6 quarts of Toyota Type IV fluid or equivalent


The reason I say 6 quarts unlike 2 that many sites say is that I got 5-6 out by removing the bolt (about the same experience as doing my 147).
[*]Funnel[/LIST]My car has a bodykit and is slightly lowered and I never needed to jack it up to access the drain bolt so I'm not sure why some sites show the car massively jacked when you just need to reach in a bit with your ratchet (you don't need much ground clearance at all).



Drainbolt location
With the 161 it's more near the front and accessed from the "front left" of the car like in the pic below (notice the 14MM bolt at the rear left of the transmission):
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Once again I found the transmission drain bolt was mysteriously easy to loosen like my 147 was (as in little effort and torque). I suspect these guys come loose over time from heat cycling so when reinstalling I torqued it at least 3 * 1/8 turns which is probably way more than the 19-lb/ft I read about.

The oil that came out may look red and clean but it was pretty thick and dark looking at first (it's also mixed with some new fluid that came out when filling/flushing with the drain bolt off):

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I don't have the pic but the dipstick is where you fill and is located in the rear front right of the engine bay (behind the engine oil dipstickdon't get them confused). The transmission dipstick has a metal tab you pull back to get the dipstick out.

The slowest part is filling through the small dipstick and trying not to pour too much at once or you may overflow the dipstick and spill some.

After draining and filling about 5.5 quarts the car shifts better and feels great whereas before the shifts were progressively getting worse (a sign you need to change the oil).
cool! thanks for this!
I hope it helps some and us Aristo owners need to share more info. I don't want to see people buy 2 quarts of oil only to find out 5+ come out :)


Export Certificate - Import Discussion -> General Discussion



Inside a RO-RO ship - Sponsors -> SASTRAD

HI all,
I was in the Philippines for a couple of weeks and had the chance to go all the way inside our ship. I took a video. As always, it was unscripted so it was a little quick.

[url]http://youtu.be/LSQ6huRpw1k?list=UUO0f8YgIoB9qCh6XejZOP-A[/url]

Being all the way inside a ro-ro ship was interesting. Its just a bunch of floors, but still interesting to see.

Cheers
soooo dirty haha
Ya it was terrible. Lots of construction equipment and trucks with dirt. Unlike Canada, the Philippines does not require to wash vehicles prior to loading.
Very cool Steve, thanks for posting it.
Thanks for sharing, it is cool to see.


BH5 wheels - JDM Buy & Sell Section -> Private Sales

I have 4 BH5 wheels off of my E tune for sale, asking price $600 has some bumps and bruises but over all good condition. Pictures coming soon.
I f price is unreasonable make me a offer.:)


Fuel Issues - Looking for Advice - Subaru -> Impreza

Hey guys, long time no post.

I had planned on updating my main car thread recently but kept putting it off, and now there's more important things at play.

The full story:

Went to start the car nearly two weeks ago, and it was cranking but not starting. Checked it for spark, and there was spark. Next thought was that it was either the fuel pump or associated relay/fuses. I listened right inside the gas tank and when my friend would turn the car on, I could not hear the fuel pump priming. Due to a number of reasons I decided to tow the car to a shop and have them worry about it rather than to the auto club where I would be working on it myself. The shop verified that it was a dead fuel pump by verifying power right at the pump and via a fuel pressure gauge. I ordered a Walbro 255 and waited. Once the pump arrived I had the shop install it (this was yesterday). The car fired up immediately after installation, the shop called me and said it was good. I went there and once again the car fired up right away. I drove home, parked, and 4-5 hours later the car wouldn't start. I opened up the tank from inside the trunk and double checked that the wiring was all connected and not loose. I don't own a multimeter and so I didn't check for power.

So that's basically it. Now I'm starting to think fuel pressure regulator. I'm really not sure though. I also don't know if I want to try my luck with that shop again or not. They said if I tow it back in again, they will cover the charge for the tow assuming the fuel pump is not the problem.

If the pump is dead again, does this mean the pump was shit from the start, or is it possible that something else lead to the premature failure of both pumps? The strainer bag or whatever maybe? FML....
What a pain!

What shop did you take it to?
So here's an interesting update:

I thought it through while I was at work for the last 24 hours and decided to have it towed back to the same shop. As I was going to put the key in the glove box this morning, I figured I'd give it a shot. It worked....

It hadn't started about 20-30 times that I had tried prior to this, and it fired up perfectly. This confuses me. I went for a 20-25 km drive and enjoyed the hell out of it (withdraw problems). There is absolutely no issue with anything when the car is moving. It has full power, doesn't stall or come close to it and it's responsive as always. I drove it home after my drive, turned the key to off, waited 5 seconds, tried to start it again and it did but only for about 1-2 seconds and then it stalled. Tried again, nothing. Waited a few hours, nothing. Disconnected the battery, checked every electrical connection I could find both in the cabin and under the hood, checked the spark plug wires and spark distributor to make sure everything was all connected up. Reconnected the battery, tried again, nothing still.

I'm starting to think something electrical. Someone from a different shop (calling around) mentioned that it could be an issue with the turbo timer even.

I haven't mentioned it yet since I haven't had a chance to update my main car thread, but I'm now running a Link ECU, and I'm really hoping it has nothing to do with that. I do find it unlikely since as how it ran fine for months after getting the ECU installed/tuned, and it was all done at Lachute Performance in QC, a place I would consider trustworthy to do a good job.

All I know is, I really miss driving this car, and I really miss being able to drive to work. Especially since I live about 20-25 km away.

I plan on trying to get it going again tomorrow/whenever possible and if I get lucky I'll drive it to the shop and hopefully I won't go broke while they diagnose it. I would normally love to play around and attempt to solve it myself for a while but frankly I just want my car to fucking turn on. Lol!

I welcome any ideas!

Aaron: I had it towed to Major Discount in Bayers Lake. One of the guys there was super helpful to me before. Not so much this time, but in his defense it really did look like the fuel pump. Obviously it's not though if I'm out for 20k drives with no issue lol.
Did you check the connector under the rear seat? I had similar issues with my car and it happened to be a fried wired to the fuel pump under the seat.
Sorry to hear about the issues it is probably something simple in the end but it doesn't mean it's simple to find what that is.

1.) Are you sure your fuel pump is working and priming when the car is not starting? Are you sure your Walbro is real and bought from a trust worthy supplier?
2.) Have you checked for codes?
3.) I think the ECU is suspect possibly, was it plug and play or did it have to be repinned or rewired? Do you have your stock ECU? If the stock wiring harness is still there just plug it in and start from there.
4.) Do you have a way of disabling or unplugging the turbo timer?


Export Certificate - Import Discussion -> Canada - Importing JDM Cars From Japan

Hey Guys,

I am just a newbie to importing cars from Japan.
Recently bought a car but I am running into problems because the "Export Certificate" is in Japanese !! Any Idea where I can get it translated ?
The seller is of no help at all ! ICBC is being fussy about this certificate !!
Also where's the best place in the Greater Vancouver area to get an out of province inspection done ? Each place I talk to says different things are required !! Major Pain In The Arse !!:confused: Any help and or guidance would be greatly appreciated. Many Thanks !!!
I take it you didn't go with a recommended exporter then because I've pretty much never heard of an exporter not providing a translated export certificate.

I recommend going with an ICBC approved translator to ensure you don't have any additional hassle. You can find one here:

[url]http://www.stibc.org/[/url]

It'll cost you $120 I believe.
Hey Man,
Thanks for the quick reply.
No I used a shitty outfit that I will never use again.
The worst / non-existent customer service.
Next time I will use Brave Auto.
Thanks for the info about the approved translator !
Very helpful !

Cheers Glen
I thought I'd post here rather than the introduction thread. You can find a sticky thread here for OOP inspection requirements:

[url]http://forums.jdmvip.com/BC_OOP_Out_Of_Province_Inspection_Requirements_for_JDM_Cars_Import_Discussion_Canada_Importing_JDM_Cars_From_Japan-248-t[/url]

I can recommend a shop, but they are pretty by the book.
RyanV looks like he gave you a good option. Sometimes if you copy the template of the original or other and have it translated properly that may be enough since most Exporters just translate it themselves too.

In this case I don't blame ICBC as an English copy is required though I don't think they have any business to seize the original as they always do.

Have you found a good place for inspection? If you have an LHD Import they are very easy.


Newer member from Edmonton - Import Discussion -> Welcome, Announcements & Suggestions

Hey,

I am an active member on WSC (westernsubaruclub) and figured why not join a few other forums as you can never have too many resources :)

I currently drive a 1996 WRX with 100k km that I have owned for about a year now.

The car is basically stock when it comes to the motor but I have done a few cosmetic mods to make it my own and stand out from the crowd a little. My goal for this car is to have a fun, reliable daily driver that turns heads.

Current mods include:
18% Tint all around
Rally Armor Mudflaps
NRG Quick Release Hub
Grip Royal Steering Wheel
Dildo Shift Knob - Temporary!
Powder Coated stock wheels (winter)
Yellow Lamin X on fogs
STi catback with a random canon welded on
Version 8 Low Scoop
Skid Plate - Unsure of make, came with the car.
Enkei Rpf1 (summer)
Yakima Q tower roof rack w/ Phatcat snowboard carrier
Depo black housing headlights (currently being shipped to me)


Future mods:
Coilovers
Rear swaybar
Shifter bushings (already have, just need to install)
Tires
Jun front lip

Here are a few photos of the car and some of the progress it has made.

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Nice looking car! You'll find there is a few of us over here that have been on wsc. When I had my Subaru in 08 I was in the jdm forum a lot. Nice car!
Looks great, I love the rpf1's. They are one of my favorite wheels. I wanted a Jun lip on mine when I use to have the bumper. I had a hard time finding it, well any lip for that matter. It is such a rare bumper.


I made it! Pics of past to present - Import Discussion -> Welcome, Announcements & Suggestions

I have been in the JDM scene for many years now, had a R32 GTR back in the day, now we have a R34 GTT, and my daily is TDI Jetta.

R32 GTR when I first had it, modified from Japan, nothing but a headache at the beginning, but decent looking.

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Motor stock?:

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Motor after way too much money:

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Exterior:

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There were lots of different cars after this, but I stepped away from JDM cars for many years after the R32....I was too young, ridiculous with my money and life goals LOL

R34 GTT

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New front mount

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Lowered down some

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Daily driver Jetta TDI (torque rocket) stage 2 200hp/360ftq

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If you want to know anything about the cars just ask :)

I have been an enthusiast for years and its nice to be back around the passion and hobby I share with many others.
Beautiful cars, welcome to the forum!
I know exactly how you feel about how much of a headache the GTR was. My roommate imported an R32 and has had it for over 3 years now and has maybe driven it for 2 months.
[QUOTE=Dylan780;87074]I know exactly how you feel about how much of a headache the GTR was. My roommate imported an R32 and has had it for over 3 years now and has maybe driven it for 2 months.[/QUOTE]

ya that is no fun...unless he doesn't mind rarely driving it
Very nice, r32's are monsters when they run right. I know how you feel, I've had a string of basket case big dollar vehicles. My current car, mechanically I'm going to keep fairly stock and just enjoy driving it.

The new skyline looks great!
Let me guess....You like white cars? :D

I'm guessing you had that R32 on a dyno at some point? Have the dyno sheet for it?

Interested to know more about that Jetta too. Seems like a nice blend of power and really good fuel economy :) Is it just an ECU upgrade or did you have to do more things as well?
[QUOTE=RyanV;87094]Let me guess....You like white cars? :D

I'm guessing you had that R32 on a dyno at some point? Have the dyno sheet for it?

Interested to know more about that Jetta too. Seems like a nice blend of power and really good fuel economy :) Is it just an ECU upgrade or did you have to do more things as well?[/QUOTE]

I did have dyno sheets, and a way more detailed description of the R32 but years ago a computer of mine crashed and i lost so much ugh

White cars....i know its retarded, honestly though everything i find is white!!

The Jetta is a lot of fun, take you for a spin sometime.

The TDI has:

3 inch downpipe
3 inch straight pipe custom exhaust
Diesel particulate filter deleted
Egr deleted
Stage 2 ECU tune (custom road mapping)
Motor mounts to help put the torque to the ground

Other then that its all stock, the car boots 22 or 24 psi, its a small turbo
Next upgrade for the diesel would be a stage 3 setup, which is a European GTD turbo, make around 220hp and 400ftq with a good tune.


My 99 GTB Etune - Subaru -> Legacy

Hi Guys, just got my legacy imported by Will@JDMConnection. I picked it up on Friday and registered it today. Was a bit of a hassle but not to bad.

Its a stock white auto with RSR TI2000 springs, it looks badass. I also fitted some falken eurowinter tires for this winter as it will be up and down cypress and to whistler and big white.

I will post pics after i get about 10 posts..
Congrats bgalway can you use the "Quick Upload" feature when replying and get us some pics. You've gotta bring it to the next meet, there are lots of GT-B E-Tune owners on here. I have an auto too so now I don't feel as lonely lol :)
tried that, didnt work, still asking me for 10 posts.
this is for my post count
one more for good measure
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Ben's 97 Aristo - Import Discussion -> Videos & Photos Of JDM Cars

Guess it's about time i throw this up.

Had it for about a year now

97 2jzgte vvti

120k when i bought it

coilovers

18" ssr

Grey leather interior


PICTURES:

When i first picked her up
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First Car Wash
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My gf bought a new jeep around the same time
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All Cleaned
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When I drove it in winter
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Added some JP
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Thats it for now! Enjoy!
Congrats on the Aristo Ben, I love my 161 too. I wasn't sure when or if you were going to post this nice example. It looks super clean and how did you make it in the snow and what tires did it have?
lol i finally got around to it.
It was ok in the snow. The traction/stability controls helped a lot.
Only got stuck twice last snowfall. That was my own fault being over confident in an alley haha.

I had blizzaks on there. Took em off my gf old prelude.

Not gonna drive it this winter tho. Got a toyota pickup to roll in.


Rims for the Legacy - Subaru -> Legacy

Hey all was wondering if rims with a +42 offset would be bad for our cars, cause I think I found some the dimensions are 17x7 5x100 +42 offset.
I don't think it should be a hard fit at all but I'm not 100% sure. Does anyone know the stock rim width and offset for the BH5 Legacy's?
I think stock is 7.5 and +48 offset, correct me if I am wrong.:confused:
Then I'm sure you won't have any issues.
Sweet I think I found some Tenzo Tracer rims.
Yes ........picking them up next week.:D
Here they are I'm so excited.
They look great and will look awesome on your Legacy I'm sure. Now you have the stockers for winter tires! Are they new or used and how much if I can ask?
Used and they are asking $450. He had them on his WRX and only for about a month if that, he upgraded his calipers and rotors and they would not fit after the change.
They look almost new and as long as there's no curb rash it's a great deal.
He said there was not any hi wife said he was very anal about his subie and that the rims are mint. So I am all over those ......... gosh I feel like a kid in a candy store.
Yeah good find, get us some pics once the rims are on.
You bet I will.
Picked em up today.
pics? 10char


For Sale: 1998 Toyota Hilux Surf SSR-X LTD 3.0L Intercooled Turbo Diesel Wide Body - Sponsors -> Brave Auto Japan Intl -> Brave Auto - Stock

Toyota Hilux Surf SSR-X LTD 3.0L Intercooled Turbo Diesel Wide Body
1998
100,534km's.
Electric Windows, Mirrors.
Climate Air-Con.
16" Alloys.
ECT Sports Auto Transmission (Normal & Power) with Over Drive.
Factory Carbon Look Interior Trim.
Electric Rear Window.
Electric Auto/Manual Fold Out Rear View Mirror Built Into Rear Spoiler.
Fold Down Rear Seats.
Factory Molded Mudflaps.
Rear Wiper.
Tinted Window Rain Visors.
Child Lock Rear Doors.
Removable Rear Hard Plastic Luggage Mat.
Fitted Floor Mats.
Stereo/Cas/CD Player.
Cambelt Changed @ 100,017km's.
Further details, spec and photos of this vehicle can be found [URL="http://www.braveautointernational.jp/japan-stock.html"]here[/URL].

Auction Grade: 4.0

Price:
[U]850,000yen[/U] FOB - can ship worldwide from Japan.

or

[U]CA$10,800[/U] Drive Away - includes Shipping & Full Transit Insurance from Japan to Vancouver, Customs Clearance up to the point the vehicle is ready to drive away from the port including all import duties etc paid. Drive away price is an approximate example of what this vehicle would owe you as the final price will vary depending on the exchange rate at the time of purchase. I have also inflated this price as well so there are no surprises.

Our customs clearance agent in Vancouver can also arrange onward delivery anywhere in Canada at the buyers expense.

We can also arrange Halifax Ro/Ro shipping for buyers in Eastern Canada.

We also offer free secure unlimited storage at our office (not at port holding yards) for customers whom are not currently in a position to import their vehicle either due to age of the vehicle or other reason.

All vehicles that we source direct from the auctions for customers as purchase to order (our main business) or offered for sale like this one from our small amount of stock are inspected, test driven and owned by Brave.

We carry out a [URL="http://www.youtube.com/user/BraveAutoIntJapan/featured?lr=1&v=61qY4BONNsY"]leak down test [/URL]on every vehicle we export worldwide. We also bring the cooling system up to Canada spec when exporting during winter months to Canada. This will avoid the cooling system from freezing upon arrival resulting in the high possibility of the heater core splitting due to pressure plus other costly damage.

If you are new to importing, we can help you (at no extra cost) and save you money by referring you to our well established contacts in Canada who many of our private and trade customers have used over the years from arranging their money transfer to Japan, customs clearance through to onward delivery within Canada.

Basically, importing a vehicle from Japan is "simple" and made even easier with our exsperince and guidance.

Any questions, please contact me direct - [email]mark@braveautointernational.jp[/email] - advice and help is always free.

Regards

Mark.

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Almost Done My Research. - Import Discussion -> General Discussion

So a little bit of history of who I am?
Couple years ago I have fell in love with the 1JZ,2JZ motors. Just this summer I was legally allowed to work in BC, Vancouver, and the Summer Job Search began. I spent countless hours at a Car Wash making minimum wage just to buy a car before High school starts.

My Budget for buying a car is realistically $5000 CAD (This Includes the Purchase of a car, shipping, paperwork and all the other fees to import a car).

I have made a sample invoice of what it would cost me to own a
[U]TOYOTA SOARER (JZZ30)[/U]

Toyota Soarer - $2000 (Hopefully I can get one for this price, seen many autos sold for this much)
Purchase Fee - $1000 (Many exporters like JDMCONNECTION, BRAVE AUTO, PACIFICCOASTJDM prices are $1000)
Shipping Fee - $1200
Duty %6.1 - $122
GST %5 - $100
AC TAX - $100
SOIL INSPECTION - $45

Total - $4567
(Comment Down Below If I Am Missing Anything)

So now the Paperwork.
I would need the following paperwork from Japan.
Is this paperwork usually airmailed or emailed?

[U]JAPAN PAPER WORK[/U]
Bill of Sale
Bill of Lading (I should surrender this in Japan right?)
Inbound Cargo Manifest
Export Certification
Translation of the Export Certification

[U]Paper Work in Canada[/U]
The Soil Inspection
Vehicle Import Form
B15 Form

And finally which exporter should I use?

BRAVE AUTO, JDMCONNECTION, PACIFICCOASTJDM?
Heard goods about all of these companies and recently saw a thread about Derek, so should I avoid him?

Bare with me, any help is very appreciated.

Thanks, Maneet
[QUOTE=maneetkaran;86853]So a little bit of history of who I am?
Couple years ago I have fell in love with the 1JZ,2JZ motors. Just this summer I was legally allowed to work in BC, Vancouver, and the Summer Job Search began. I spent countless hours at a Car Wash making minimum wage just to buy a car before High school starts.

My Budget for buying a car is realistically $5000 CAD (This Includes the Purchase of a car, shipping, paperwork and all the other fees to import a car).

I have made a sample invoice of what it would cost me to own a
[U]TOYOTA SOARER (JZZ30)[/U]

Toyota Soarer - $2000 (Hopefully I can get one for this price, seen many autos sold for this much)
Purchase Fee - $1000 (Many exporters like JDMCONNECTION, BRAVE AUTO, PACIFICCOASTJDM prices are $1000)
Shipping Fee - $1200
Duty %6.1 - $122
GST %5 - $100
AC TAX - $100
SOIL INSPECTION - $45

Total - $4567
(Comment Down Below If I Am Missing Anything)

So now the Paperwork.
I would need the following paperwork from Japan.
Is this paperwork usually airmailed or emailed?

[U]JAPAN PAPER WORK[/U]
Bill of Sale
Bill of Lading (I should surrender this in Japan right?)
Inbound Cargo Manifest
Export Certification
Translation of the Export Certification

[U]Paper Work in Canada[/U]
The Soil Inspection
Vehicle Import Form
B15 Form

And finally which exporter should I use?

BRAVE AUTO, JDMCONNECTION, PACIFICCOASTJDM?
Heard goods about all of these companies and recently saw a thread about Derek, so should I avoid him?

Bare with me, any help is very appreciated.

Thanks, Maneet[/QUOTE]

Price will vary, there are other charges/fees aside from the ones you already stated like unloading cost. There is also the broker's fee which is sometimes separate from the importer's fees.

Due to the nasty history that plagues Derek, I would suggest going with Brave Auto if you want an exporter only or zen, bpro, and jdmconnection. I've heard only good things about these people and none of that funny business.

Exporter is definitely Mark from Brave.

Paperwork is couriered to you, if you go with an exporter like Mark, he will arrange everything for you. He pretty much does all the Japan-side paperwork and gets your car on a boat (RORO or container).

Another thing to note is the OPI, that can cause the cost to increase quite a bit.
Also make sure you have money aside for maintenance and repairs.
I would also recommend or at least look into Adam @ Feast Auto, I have yet to hear anything negative about him and I am currently using him myself.
That being said Brave auto, Jdmconnection, B-Pro are great as well!
Yeah 5000 total cost could be tough, besides everything already mentioned here, upon the car landing you're also going to need insurance, and getting it registered. Registering it alone means it has to pass OOP, and if they find something they don't like, it takes money to change it. Right off the bat (for me at least, don't know about BC), new tires all around. And for other people who imported an Evo, new tie rods. Not sure about soarers, but apparently evos are notorious for tie rods not passing, perhaps the soarer has something notorious like that. Then DRLs, if you can install them yourself it's probably much cheaper. Then associated maintenance that comes inherently with a 15+ year old vehicle, which basically means there's always a chance the car will need a bit of nurturing to be able to get going properly. And by nurturing I mean parts and money.
[QUOTE=EvoNorth;86860]Yeah 5000 total cost could be tough, besides everything already mentioned here, upon the car landing you're also going to need insurance, and getting it registered. Registering it alone means it has to pass OOP, and if they find something they don't like, it takes money to change it. Right off the bat (for me at least, don't know about BC), new tires all around. And for other people who imported an Evo, new tie rods. Not sure about soarers, but apparently evos are notorious for tie rods not passing, perhaps the soarer has something notorious like that. Then DRLs, if you can install them yourself it's probably much cheaper. Then associated maintenance that comes inherently with a 15+ year old vehicle, which basically means there's always a chance the car will need a bit of nurturing to be able to get going properly. And by nurturing I mean parts and money.[/QUOTE]

Pretty much hit the spot. Parts, labor, and fluids are gonna add up real quick.
[QUOTE=Shoxie;86862]Pretty much hit the spot. Parts, labor, and fluids are gonna add up real quick.[/QUOTE]

Of course we can't forget the best part about owning a JDM;
If you're somewhat mechanically apt, have access to tools, and don't mind doing your own work, they're a lot easier to work on, being 15+ years old haha which can save you a lot of money in labor.
Welcome to the forums Maneet, where are you from BTW?
I think you have your costs down pretty well but just a few things like the others said.

The cost of inspection which can typically range from $80-$200.
Consider the cost of new tires which 9/10s are a must for safety reasons and to pass inspection. Then also factor in some unexpected but typical items such as new battery, rotors and pads, new fluids and any other possible repairs.

If things go well your budget will be fine, but if there's any issues you will go over budget.

Let us know how it goes and what you decide and we're all here to help you out if you get stuck anywhere.
[quote=EvoNorth;86864]Of course we can't forget the best part about owning a JDM;
If you're somewhat mechanically apt, have access to tools, and don't mind doing your own work, they're a lot easier to work on, being 15+ years old haha which can save you a lot of money in labor.[/quote]
+1 and in general with any car you save time and money and it really helps to know your stuff when dealing with shops so you don't get taken for a ride. I find an investment in good tools pays itself off many times.
^You can always go to a reputable shop that won't overcharge or fuck around with you. For example for my previous S14 I took it to The Speed Syndicate for a full inspection and they told me I had to replace the front main seal. So after when I ordered the part I decided to go through Nickel Automotive for a few reasons:
1) TSS was booked for the whole month
2) Nick Shtyrin @ Nickel automotive knows 240's in and out
3) Nick charges a fair amount and it was considerably lower than TSS

Anyways when I took my car and when he looked into it he said it doesn't need to be replaced the seal is completely fine. He offered to replace but he didn't want to take my money for something that didn't need to be replaced.
PS: The Speed Syndicate is a great shop and they work on some pretty cool cars most of the time.
I really don't trust many shops but yes reputable is the key lol.
I did a review on TSS here, they were pretty good but it's very hard to get booked in sometimes like you said. But the good news is that they're not one of those shops that books more than they can take and makes you sit around, an appointment is an appointment with them.

Please do us a review on this Nickel Automotive shop if you can.
^
I recommend Nickel Automotive to anyone even to my family. If you want good honest work done give him a shout.
$5000 sounds about right for an automatic Soarer. My advice to you would be to wait for a good condition 2.5 GT-T VVT-i (08/96 and later). The factory updates make the newer cars nicer to drive, and the VVT-i motor makes peak torque at 2400rpm which is a lot better than peak at 4800rpm for the earlier models.

Keep us posted on your decision.


FS - 1998 Volvo V70 T5 wagon - JDM Buy & Sell Section -> Private Sales

Purchased this car and a 1999 V70 T5 to replace my rare 97 Volvo 850 R, 5 speed wagon but have too many now and something has to go.....

1998 V70 T5, wagon, 5 door, RHD, single turbo
56,851 kms
automatic with winter mode for all wheel drive at low speed
all standard safety features for a family wagon
interior and exterior in excellent condition, 4/B at auction
16" wheels, new all season tires, new front rotors/pads, additional $ 931.03 in recent repairs including preinspection vehicle purchase report from excellent Volvo shop to reduce any suprises for the new owner
currently BC registered and licenced
passed air care until 2016

$ 7195.00

This is an above average example of a Volvo V70 T5.....pictures illustrate overall condition and if you are looking for a family wagon with safety, storage and power when you need it consider this Volvo.
wow 6 years and the third post but somehow I remember or know you.
Nice example and GLWS
[QUOTE=jdmvip;86835]wow 6 years and the third post but somehow I remember or know you.
Nice example and GLWS[/QUOTE]

Thanks.....this site has been excellent and helped me work through importing cars directly and clearing customs to save money. As mentioned to others over the years I think JDM vehicles can give added value to a new owner if the owner is well informed. Through this forum if a person spends the time to do their research and ask questions, they can reduce their risks, not all of them because it is still a used vehicle and you cannot control the business ethics of individuals but a person can make a more informed decision.....continued success with your forum....
Thanks figaro for the compliments, I and others have worked hard over the years and different companies and groups have tried to stop this site but all attempts have failed :).

I love to see the first members posting and hope you'll be around more often and contribute the years of knowledge you have.

I like your attitude and I hope it spreads :)


My Silvia S15 Spec R!!! - Import Discussion -> Videos & Photos Of JDM Cars

so the car was in Gifu when it was paid... its now on it's way to Yokohama/Kawasaki port. still waiting for confirmation on booking. should be on the boat either 29 or 30th of this month. Let the waiting game begin!

here are some pics of it in Japan

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Sick looking S15 Alex you're on a roll now. I can't wait to see it.
Which Exporter are you using this time and did they inspect the car?
By far my favorite s chassis, very nice
Beautiful car. If I was interested in a coupe and didn't have to deal with 8 months of winter, (I significantly prefer AWD for that reason alone), I daresay I'd be in the market for one of these.
It's nice to see more S15 owners on here!
update : shipping date now set. will be on board durban highway on sept 30th
Mmm love these cars! I use to have an s13 and it was the most the fun I have had in a car.
car is now on the boat heading to Vancouver!!!


My 97 Civic EK9 Type R!!! - Import Discussion -> Videos & Photos Of JDM Cars

So I've always been a Honda guy, dc2's eg6's but never had an ek before. so I was looking at actions one day and said hey... why not bring over a real ek9 type R. this was late June... and 2.5 months later... here it is and "Let the Mods Begin!!!"

Picked up on Aug 19 2014

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since then I've been buying parts and digging up parts I've had from before... I've since removed all jdm stickers that adds atleast 50 hp's and fixed the foggy headlights.

Sept 14 2014 Apexi N1 Coilovers installed...

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Parts awaiting to go on

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next are Hawk's pads and a mobil 1 oil change
Nice Alex, I didn't you know were already on here.
I was talking about you a few days ago after snapping some poor quality spy photos of your Civic :)

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OMG Jealous!!!!!!! I absolutely love CTR's.
I had mentioned in another thread here, that I'd LOVE to import one of these if I were to buy a Honda.

I'll be watching your build my man!
Whats the redline on these ones?
10000rpms 11000rpms possible with spoon ecu
They just love to rev! Best part about owning a Honda :)
How's it going bro? I would like to say you have a nice CTR! Where did you got it from by the way? 'Cause I just ordered the same 1 from JDM-OTTAWA last week. & I can't wait to have it ship here BC.


Parting out 2004 Impreza WRX - JDM Buy & Sell Section -> Private Sales

Basically like the title says, I'm parting out a USDM 2004 Impreza WRX, 120,000km on a USDM turbo EJ205. It spun out into a ditch and got wrapped around a tree. Passenger side is toast toast.

I've already stripped the car, and the body has been scrapped so just PM me with a list of things you're looking for as I have too many parts to list, but I'll list some of the goodies. Pics can be provided upon request.

Some of the goodies:

-Complete drivetrain: USDM EJ205 turbo with 120,000km, 5spd trans, wiring harness (has been cut in some places unfortunately)
-BC type BR coilovers
-4 piston WRX calipers
-slotted/drilled rotors
-Goodridge stainless braided brakelines
-Tomei ExpremTi titanium catback exhaust (has a few dings from the accident)
-Helix 3" stainless steel downpipe
-factory MOMO steering wheel with airbag

Let me know if you're looking for anything.
Fairly interested in the Exhaust and maybe brake lines... shoot me a price via PM
Interested on brembos pm for front and rear?


The Canadian JDM Market - Price vs Quality - Import Discussion -> Canada - Importing JDM Cars From Japan

Hey guys

I thought I'd make this thread because of some interesting comments from some members like William, RyanV, shoxie and CanSTi [url]http://forums.jdmvip.com/WWL_Aug_25_2014_Import_Discussion_Videos_amp_Photos_Of_JDM_Cars-6715-t-3[/url]

Basically people noticed that a lot of rough cars are still coming in and there are still some high quality cars that people intend to own and keep too. I thought this ended years ago but it seems with different models of cars coming in that people are once again trying to save a few dollars even if it means high mileage, R grade cars. I don't get it because in a lot of case the price difference is not that great (except for typically more expensive JDMs like GTRs etc...)

My feelings from all sides are that this is bad for everyone. A cheap rough looking car will have a newb buying it only to have issues and think all JDMs are rough and in poor condition and will turn others off before even considering one. The other thing this saving a few dollars does is devalue high quality cars. My experience trying to sell Impreza and Aristo tells me there are a lot of super cheap people who don't think ahead (they use the wrong oil, wrong gas etc... to save a few dollars).

Here's an example of what I honestly told someone about my Impreza which is 100% true but people don't think about it this way:

[QUOTE]Honestly the price I'm selling this car for is far less than what I've put into the car (only selling because I need the space).

A lot of people think you always save from Japan but now Type RA's are more rare and are getting more expensive.
Then you factor in the risk of getting a problem car (this happened to me with my Aristo which I couldn't drive for 1.5 years and paid over $2300 to fix).

If getting a higher mileage Subaru (even around 70K is when the clutch may go on an AWD Subaru) you will probably have to change the clutch right away or shortly after (this will cost $1250-$1500 minimum).

I hope the above helps.[/QUOTE]

I think we should do a better job of educating people that the valuation for cheap, rough cars is not the same for a high quality, better condition JDM.

One other point I want to bring up that makes me disappointed is the "only the new model is good" and then suddenly no one wants to buy the previous version. Where's the real collectors and enthusiasts of JDMs?:(
I'm going to make a thread that shows many old and new examples not being "better" in the sense of reliability or performance that may shock some people.


Those are my thoughts and let's see what the others think and let's keep it civilized if we disagree. We probably won't all agree but that's what the forums are for.:)
[QUOTE]Basically people noticed that a lot of rough cars are still coming in and there are still some high quality cars that people intend to own and keep too. I thought this ended years ago but it seems with different models of cars coming in that people are once again trying to save a few dollars even if it means high mileage, R grade cars. I don't get it because in a lot of case the price difference is not that great (except for typically more expensive JDMs like GTRs etc...)[/QUOTE]

I think that as long as young people are interested in rhd drive cars this is going to continue.... If there were no market, as in no one bought these run down right hand drive cars, no one would bring them in.

The side effect of being young is being broke. So yeah, I really cant see this changing. What compounds the issue of these deteriorating cars is that most young people cant afford a winter car so they decide to drive their JDM collector car all year round. It really doesn't matter how much you winterize the car, there is still going to be deterioration.

The other issue I see is that because it is lucrative to bring in these cheap R grade cars (look at how long Tyee has been around) there are more and more rhd R grades flooding the used car market. With a finite number of people willing to drive a rhd vehicle, the huge surplus of "supply" drives the average price down.

In my mind this huge surplus of rough cars will not really effect the people who are looking for a high grade example of a car they like HOWEVER if the market for people who will own a rhd car is small, the market for true collectors of fine examples of rhd vehicles is REALLY small.

Case in point a guy a few years ago brought in a '94 "555" impreza STI with under 10,000 kms on it. It was a 4b car and he paid top dollar for this car. When he tried to resell it at $13,000 only a few months later he was flamed and low balled to the point he took it off the market and likely still has this car today. The reality is that The WRX market is the most flooded one by far... to the point that even collector grade cars cant really be re-sold for decent money..... sad really.

[QUOTE]One other point I want to bring up that makes me disappointed is the "only the new model is good" and then suddenly no one wants to buy the previous version. Where's the real collectors and enthusiasts of JDMs?
I'm going to make a thread that shows many old and new examples not being "better" in the sense of reliability or performance that may shock some people.[/QUOTE]

The answer to "Where's the real collectors and enthusiasts of JDMs" is that they are few and far between hence the huge number of rough cars flooding Kijiji.
Very interesting Slowboi and I think it's true. I do think there are some young people out there who don't cheap out, I know a few on the forums here myself. There's lots of models that are fairly cheap anyway and I mean where you can get a good example with low mileage, but when it comes to the more expensive models is where many cheap out (not just the young people either). One thing I'd add from my own recent Craigslist experience is that not only is the overall market small, but the market for people like you and me who value these cars and want good examples is even smaller. And then from that pool of the small, most of us end up importing, while people who buy local seem like they only want to lowball.
[QUOTE]Very interesting Slowboi and I think it's true. I do think there are some young people out there who don't cheap out, I know a few on the forums here myself.[/QUOTE]

Your right about that for sure. I guess I should clarify my past statement. I don't mean young people are cheap lowballers, the reality is being young means most times you have less money. Getting involved in cars as a hobby is expensive. Ergo a cheap high mile car comes into the picture.

If your talking about the perception and look of JDM cars and the influence on the general public's opinion of this group, another factor is the drift community. When people see an s13/14 with mismatched wheels and body damage, even if it left hand drive (which for the most part it will be) they seem to lump them in with JDM cars. The public doesn't differentiate between rhd and lhd, they normally just focus on imports. So when they see a clapped out drift mobile, half assembled with zip ties, that impacts the rhd communities image too.


Strawberry Hill Auto in Surrey, BC - Import Discussion -> Vendor & Exporter Feedback

This is another long overdue review.
I first met the owner Rick ~1.5 years ago while trying to sort out my Impreza aircare issues. I called a lot of shops and he was the only one I felt comfortable dealing with. He had a good attitude, was experienced (over 20 years experience I believe), knowledgeable and not afraid of JDM cars. He test drove Impreza and looked at it but couldn't diagnose the issue for sure (but though it was the cat) and never charged me like he told me on the phone.

Rick was very straight forward and he also mentioned he would have passed my Impreza when the topic of inspection came up and since then I've recommended them and heard good things from our members. They're very familiar with JDM cars and inspecting them so this is another big plus.

Fast forward to July and I was looking for a good shop to inspect my BH5 Legacy GT-B and booked the inspection with Rick. The tech who did the initial inspection was great to deal with (I forgot his name) but he said even if the car fails they'll let me fix the issue and reinspect again later on.

They did a thorough inspection in and out, test drove it, checked the underbody for rust etc...., checked that all bulbs worked and then passed the car without any hassle. Their inspection rate is also very reasonable which is another plus. You can see below they took off my rims to inspect the brakes and one thing I appreciated is that they were very careful with the rims (I've gotten scratches from other shops before). They were also careful with the sideskirts (with Impreza another shop almost destroyed my kit by placing the lift arms against the skirts).

I really appreciate the guys at Strawberry Hill Auto and will definitely keep recommending them.

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