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The inspiration for our community grew since 2004 since the rise of imports of amazing Japanese cars from Japan's domestic market (JDM), most of which were previously unavailable in markets outside Japan.

Examples of why people find jdmvip.com so useful:
  • Researching JDM Cars, Ask Us Anything and We Can Help
  • Car Specifications
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  • Importing/Exporting Japanese Used Cars
  • Parts and Suggestions
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  • Common and Problems and Solutions for
In that time there have been many different websites, communities and of course companies formed to serve the JDM Import Car enthusiast community.  Unfortunately since this is the automotive industry, there are a lot of underhanded and dishonest things that do go on when it comes to JDM Cars.

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.

Unlike many other communities and sites, we have absolutely no involvement or ties to anyone in this industry.  We are individuals who want to get the most out of Japan's finest offerings of JDM Cars and help others do the same.

This site was created first and foremost with the consumer in mind. Our goal is to provide real exciting, unbiased and factual information about the excellent variety of JDM cars available for import.

We hope you enjoy our growing community and the wealth of information it will continue to be for as long as the JDM scene is alive.

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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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Mixxerjay's 99 Legacy GT-B BH5 Ouch. That's brutal. Shouldn't be to difficult finding the correct part numbers. I'm sure somebody o....
Can anyone help with shipping from Vancouver to Japan? Good news is that I don't have to pay consumption taxes. Shipper just confirmed it with me. That mak....
Gst/duty on price of car GST and Duty is applicable to the FOB price. So everything except the freight. This includes any ass....
RevScene 2014 Spring Meet. Who's Going? Car is doing great. I think my calipers are problem free after I worked on them, but the wear patter....
Maritime's First S15 Nice!! I'm actually thinking of picking one of these up eventually myself, th....
What performance oriented JDM family vehicle do you recommend? Got the GT-B, first impressions for performance: Awesome car, super fun and practical. Great on cor....
DIY: change lower ball joint on JZX105 Yes, these Russian JDM repair manuals are very useful. Especially for me :D[/QU....
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Mixxerjay's 99 Legacy GT-B BH5 - Import Discussion -> Videos & Photos Of JDM Cars

Finally, the 1999 Legacy GT-B (BH5) has arrived. First impressions: this is everything I wanted in a family car. It fullfills the loss of my 09 STi I sold when I found out I was having another kid!! Lots of room for camping, smooth ride and enough power to make it fun, really fun. I will get more information out as I get it, I don't even know what oil filter it takes yet, HAH! Current plans are just to get new pads/rotors all around, the clutch is pooched at 65000KM so that has to be replaced, replace vac lines, air filter, need new tires..change fluids etc.. and hopefully find out where this film of oil on the air lines from turbo to intercooler is coming from...but I think that is minor for now...better be since the budget is far enough out the window already!! :-) Inspection coming up on Friday so that will turn up any other items I missed on initial glance. If anyone has some part numbers or links to throw to help in the search that would be great...have been searching but haven't confirmed anything yet, just possibles so far.
I will do my best to get pics up as I figure everything out and make the time.:D
Congratz! can't wait to see some pictures.
Cool, have to get 10 posts so that you can get some pictures up.
Ahhh, yes...ten posts, well I try not too post to much since I have only questions and I am pretty sure I can find the answers...somewhere...at least I was pretty sure a couple days ago! lol
Update:
quote for clutch at local Calgary shop = $1600. ugh, no.
Brake quote = "we have no idea what brakes your 99 gt-b takes, have to measure em"
Will measure em myself tonight and post information since 99 GT-B info is needed it seems.
$1600 for a clutch job.... That's insane! Should see what Vex Performance in Calgary quotes you. Should only be like 4 hours labour or so.
Yep, insane...but it was VEX who quoted me. 630 for Exedy Stage one and 8 hours labor..so around $1600 out the door...after tax anyway...unless he gave me tax in...then around 1500....but still....have to figure it out myself...just need to nail down the part number.
Ouch. That's brutal. Shouldn't be to difficult finding the correct part numbers. I'm sure somebody on the forum has done a clutch job by now.


Maritime's First S15 - Import Discussion -> Videos & Photos Of JDM Cars

Hello,

Well i may be new to these forums, but i'm not new to the scene. But finding this forum has been a great help with me and importing my first car. It had taken me a long time to get to this point but it all pays off in the end.

I first started to look towards importing an RHD about two years ago, I just got my "L" off and i was already tired of the so called "JDM" scene in Nova Scotia. Their was a few nice cars, but a lot of them are really and truthfully junk. At this time i was still in High School and working my part time job at Canadian Tire getting the worst shifts and horrible pay, but i just kept in my mind that one day i would own my RHD dream car.

Time went on, my started to pile up and eventually grow. During this time i experimented with a few different vehicles, the best being my mint 90' DA Integra, which i eventually parted out and sold the shell to make some more money back. I had also shifted from Canadian Tire to Part Source (Wohoo)..... Again shitty shift and shit hours but the money piled up enough to where i started to look, even though i got laid off in February i kept my dream alive.

I started to get back in contact with a lot of the different importers that i had spoken with a few years earlier. I took a good amount of research on my point but i finally settled that i would go with Will @ JDMconnection. I kept my eye's peeled to the auctions and his Japan stock looking almost everyday.

Till that faithful day two weeks ago when my car popped up on his Japan stock... I couldn't believe it. A completely stock Nissan Silvia S15 Spec S Auto. It had low KM's and had a high auction grade. I started to investigate it more and within a week i decided it was the car

It matched everything i was looking for and more. The price is what beat me all these quotes i had received before from other people and when will gave me the price for this one i could not walk away. I have a folder of research behind this car. I even started to find maintenance logs so i could keep up with the Nissan Maintenance schedule, all the proper products to use. I have been preparing since the day i put my deposit in.

Today i finally sent off the remainder of the price i owed (other then what i owe on landing) I was nervous but excited at the same time, my bank gave me weird looks but agreed ti do everything and it all went off with out a hitch.

Now my plan is eventually to get an SR20DET Auto from an Automatic Spec R S15. I know I know automatic, buts its just something i like and i am used to great for inner city driving and getting used to my first RHD car. Also having our own family run shop in the city helps, so all my maintenance fee's will be free for me which helps me a great amount.

Now onto the pictures. These pictures here are the only ones i have so far, i will be receiving hopefully an video and possibly a few more pictures before its gets placed on the ship and sent to me here.

Image:http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/ee433/Drake_Sobo/NS131095-1_zps8ca6ac4e.jpgImage:http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/ee433/Drake_Sobo/NS131095-2_zpse00601d3.jpgImage:http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/ee433/Drake_Sobo/NS131095-5_zpse65e14c0.jpgImage:http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/ee433/Drake_Sobo/NS131095-7_zps5fd91da1.jpgImage:http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/ee433/Drake_Sobo/NS131095-11_zps432f9b9a.jpgImage:http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/ee433/Drake_Sobo/NS131095-14_zps4a96164a.jpg
The car is looking pretty mint. What's the actual mileage anyways? Just curious. Also I don't know much about the NA motor, what are the specs and main differences between the Spec S and the Spec R aside from the SR20DET of the spec R.
Well this one here has 70,000 Kms which i really enjoyed about this particular vehicle when i decided upon it. The Spec R has extra body bracing and a few other little options over the Spec S. Though the Spec S is still a great S15. Very easy to change over from SR20DE to SR20DET. So in all due time i will have my boost fix.

Though a big difference would be its only a 4 speed automatic and the Spec R has a lovely 6 speed and a LSD.

One big question i have is where is the best place to go for the OOP inspection, i may need a little guidance when it comes to our dam Nova Scotia laws and regulations....
This is beautiful! I never realized you could import these N/A. Very cool.
Hey there! Congrats on the purchase, and it's nice to see more S15 owners on this forum :)

[QUOTE=Speed Stick;84261]The car is looking pretty mint. What's the actual mileage anyways? Just curious. Also I don't know much about the NA motor, what are the specs and main differences between the Spec S and the Spec R aside from the SR20DET of the spec R.[/QUOTE]

The main differences that I had found were...

[LIST]
[*]SR20DET engine
[*]Larger front brakes (4 pot) with an upgraded brake master cylinder
[*]6-speed manual transmission
[*]Different flywheel and clutch (for the manual version)
[*]Chassis and suspension strengthening, via the use of larger anti-roll bars and strut bracing
[*]Helical limited slip differential (vs a limited slip)
[/LIST]
[QUOTE=EMAGDNIM;84279]Hey there! Congrats on the purchase, and it's nice to see more S15 owners on this forum :)



The main differences that I had found were...

[LIST]
[*]SR20DET engine
[*]Larger front brakes (4 pot) with an upgraded brake master cylinder
[*]6-speed manual transmission
[*]Different flywheel and clutch (for the manual version)
[*]Chassis and suspension strengthening, via the use of larger anti-roll bars and strut bracing
[*]Helical limited slip differential (vs a limited slip)
[/LIST][/QUOTE]


Thanks! The more people start to see our S15's out and about the more we still start to see interest of them being being imported. More the merrier.

Though i cant wait to get rid of those dam cup holders and Large GPS unit on the dash.... so much adhesive to come off.
Oh gotcha. Nice low mileage that's for sure.

Yeah those cup holders gotta go lol.
[QUOTE=Speed Stick;84285]Oh gotcha. Nice low mileage that's for sure.

Yeah those cup holders gotta go lol.[/QUOTE]


I hate those things along with all the adhesive im going to have to remove..... ugh
Nice!!
I'm actually thinking of picking one of these up eventually myself, the only issue I have is the amount of beat up S13s and S14s I see locally. I totally understand your point regarding junk import cars and fear that soon enough the same thing is gonna happen with S15s. It happens with every jdm car, the beaters start coming in and ruin the image of the car.
[QUOTE=goodveet;84296]Nice!!
I'm actually thinking of picking one of these up eventually myself, the only issue I have is the amount of beat up S13s and S14s I see locally. I totally understand your point regarding junk import cars and fear that soon enough the same thing is gonna happen with S15s. It happens with every jdm car, the beaters start coming in and ruin the image of the car.[/QUOTE]

Yep, i completely agree with you. But i believe the price bracket will keep everyone stuck wit their S13's/S14's for awhile. But again.... their will be those people.


Gst/duty on price of car - Import Discussion -> Canada - Importing JDM Cars From Japan

Hey everyone,

I will be importing a car shortly through a good friend of my dad's, he asked me how the whole duty/gst works, told him it's on the cost of the vehicle. He then told me that he can adjust the price on documents to save me some money on duty/gst? Good idea perhaps not? But still doesn't hurt to ask. Now can the customs find out how much I bought the car for in japan?


Thanks
That price is on one of those documents if you buy through an exporter and auction house, I'm sure.
I brought over a couple of vehicles from a friend and there was really no significant value on the invoice and the only time it was questioned was when it was time to licence and pay the PST.
Do you really want to risk it over saving what will likely be only a few hundred dollars? If CBSA was to find out I believe it is a $2000 fine for falsifying documents.
Silverstar I agree with you, just a question I saw that wasn't answered before, but yah it's only a few hundred bucks and the fine is more then the duty/gst of the car rather not risk it.

Thanks again :)
Also, don't try and pretend the car doesn't have A/C to save on the excise tax. They will definitely call you on it.
Is GST applicable on the freight or just the price of the vehicle?
GST and Duty is applicable to the FOB price. So everything except the freight. This includes any associated cost in exporting the vehicle, like your exporter's service fee.


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GC8 Fusebox Diagram Layout Translation - Subaru -> Impreza

This is accurate for the GC8A & B for sure but I'm not sure if later models changed or differed.

Credit /Copied from here:
[url]http://www.rs25.com/forums/f72/t136304-fuse-box-diagram.html[/url]

I know the translation for the horn/stop is right based on my experience so the rest is probably solid. This is the fusebox on the driver side kick panel (you can access it without removing the dash cover to remove fuses or even to replace a relay).
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1st row=top row

1st row
10A = Meter
blank
15A = ABS

2nd row
15A = Engine Ignition
10A = License illuminate
20A = whipper washer

3rd row
15A = Radio
10A = height control
20A = Cigerret, Mirror

4th
15A = seat heater
20A = Door lock, Keyless
15A = Fog Lamp

5th row
20A = ABS solenoid
20A = stop, Horn
10A = Tail clearence

6th row
15A = blower heater
20A = main fan
15A = wiper, deicer

7th row
15A = blower heater
10A = EG unit, AT Unit
20A = Rear Diff
I just want to add that the fusebox cover just pulls off (you'll see a hinge like the pic below). It's handy too because it has a spare fuse of each amperage on the cover.


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Canada's impact on the Japanese Auctions - Import Discussion -> General Discussion

Was wondering if Canada effects the Japanese auctions enough that a 14 year old vehicle could cost less than a sought after 15 year old vehicle?
Or are Canadian exports insignificant in the pricing of the cars at auction.
Canadian customers buying from the auctions probably have increased the value of certain makes/models but it really depends on which cars appeal to the Canadian consumer base.

For example, a Subaru WRX STi's value has probably increased due to the amount of Canadians that have actually imported it; although it may not be a significant increase.
Good point Shoxie, has to be models that appeals to the Canadian market and is there anything imported as much as Subarus these days?
The Delica push is probably done....Lancers?
Interesting thread chlopan, I'm no expert but have watched the auctions for like 7 years and would say yes we've had a big impact on specific years and models. However this doesn't always stay the same, Canadians often love a certain model for a few months or few years and then move on.
Early GC8's went for much more when they were first available to Canadians, look at the prices of EVO VI's that have gone up while they IVs and Vs are a better deal. Eventually the increased price effect stabilizes once the hardcore enthusiasts get the first available models usually.

Some cars are just plain expensive though such as Skyline GTR's not changing much over the years, they have a worldwide/universal demand.

I know the above is generalized but that's what I've seen over the years.
[QUOTE]I'm no expert but have watched the auctions for like 7 years[/QUOTE]

jdmvip if you are not an expert you must be the next best thing:)

I believe you when you say Canada has effected 15 year old car prices. The auction houses must like the fact that a decent size country like Canada can keep prices up on certain 15 year old models.
[QUOTE=chlopan;84218]
I believe you when you say Canada has effected 15 year old car prices. The auction houses must like the fact that a decent size country like Canada can keep prices up on certain 15 year old models.[/QUOTE]

I have mixed opinions to this statement. Firstly, auctions don't know where vehicles are going. They deal with dealers/exporters and typically the export does not say which country the car is destined to. So an auction would not know, nor care, why a vehicle is fetching a certain amount. They get paid their fees regardless of the selling price.

I would like to do some research on the notion that Canada is influencing the prices at auction. So here is what I think we would have to take into consideration;
how many of a given model were exported to Canada
how many of the same model were manufactured
how may of the same model are still on the road

I believe this is about supply versus demand. I had a longer reply about my opinion, be deleted it cause I would first love to hear what others think.
I'd say there is definitely an impact although I don't think it's very large. Its all supply and demand. The Subaru Impreza's seem to be getting a lot cheaper now than what they were a couple years ago, I'm guessing the rush is over? Evo's seemed to go up a bit in price but the V is now going down while the VI is a bit more. Like vip said certain models like the GTR, Supra, FD RX7 always seem to stay around the same.
Id be on the fence about Canada impacting the auction prices. But you never know. I believe i comes down to the model and the demand for the vehicle.
[QUOTE=Sastrad;84229]They get paid their fees regardless of the selling price.
[/QUOTE]

Fair enough, I assumed the more a car sold for the more money the auction house made. :o


Can anyone help with shipping from Vancouver to Japan? - Import Discussion -> Japan

I'm trying to find a way to bring my car from BC to where I live now in Fukuoka. If possible Id like to find a ship landing in Kyushu. I know most people don't recommend this due to the cost but my car is kind of rare/special to me so Id rather not sell it or have it sit for 5-10 years while I live in Japan. Most of the process I think I understand, but I'm having trouble finding a RORO boat. I got a quote from a container shipping company but the port handling fees, container fees etc add up. The $2000 I got quoted to move the container across the ocean is now sitting around $4500 because of fees. I understand that RORO is much cheaper and I've seen people saying they paid anywhere from $1000 to $2500 to ship from Vancouver so I hope that I can find something similar going in the other direction.

Any advice for shipping or the import process is much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
It is my understanding that there is no RO-RO boat that goes from Canada to Kyushu. The closest may be Osaka. However, Moji is a large port near Hakata, and have shipped from there (export).

While containers are more expensive, it may be your only option if you want it to land in Kyushu. The other thing is registering it in Japan. If you haven't done the importation of a vehicle before, you should find yourself a customs broker who has. We have imported before and relied heavily on the customs broker to clear our vehicles.
Thanks for the response, Steven

I'm open to all feedback on what the experts here think is the best way to go about this. I'm trying to do as much as I can myself to save money but also as a learning process for a side business I talked about with my wife's cousin, an experienced mechanic with a shop here in town. I figured a Kyushu port would be better because it would mean we could go to port easily to clear it and trailer it to the shop, but I'm trying to find the best balance of price/security and convenience.

For example if I have to pay $4000 to ship it to Moji and $3000 to Osaka, but I need to factor time, travel and transport to get it home from Osaka, then its money well spent to just get it shipped straight to Kyushu in a nice secure container. If its $4500 or more to Moji and $2000 to Osaka then its a more difficult decision.

I did talk with an importing company in Yokohama (Camel Japan) and they seemed reasonable, but since the car is due for a tune up I thought Id take the time to do a light mechanical restoration over a few weeks before inspecting/registering it. Mostly things that I can do myself: pads, bushings, fluids, lines and a sensor or two. If the shop needed to start in on my to do list to get it to pass inspection, it would put me well above the initial quote pretty quickly I think.

I had a shipper tell me about a ship from Vancouver to Kanda, Kitakyushu but I've lost contact with him. I sent an email today to try to get back in touch but after looking through this forum I thought I might as well ask here for advice. Think this is something a foreigner can tackle on his own with the help of a few knowledgeable natives?
This is a question we've never had and I hope you find what you're looking for.
I'm not sure what car it's for but have you considered parking it and just buying something in Japan while you're there?

I think the biggest challenge would be getting the car into Japan, I guess you'd need a broker to help and advise with the process.
Selling crossed my mind but Id probably rather let it sit and pick up something fun/cheap instead. Its an old Porsche with a rare colour and option. I have some sentimental attachment to it. I think to sell in the Canadian market and buy similar in the Japanese market Id have to come up with another few grand, and while it would have fewer miles it wouldn't have the colour or the option package that mine has. If I can ship it here for 3 or 4 grand all in I think Ill be out ahead.

I've considered parking it too. Its nice to drive it when I visit home. I looked at some old Japanese cars and BMWs to tide me over but letting my car sit 6-10 months at a time for the next few years at least would be pretty hard on it. I heard back from the Vancouver/Kanda shipper and he said his office is very busy at the moment but hell let me know what he finds out later this week. He said he can assist with clearing customs. In the mean time if anyone has any other advice its much appreciated.


As for the import process, once I have it through customs and I can take it to the shop and Ill need to make a few changes. The model that was imported to Japan and the model that was imported to the states (where my car is originally from) had the same emissions equipment which I'm told makes the emissions test a little bit easier to go through as they have a car to match it to. Ill need to change the headlights to RHD and the blinkers are already converted to amber instead of red. My odometer is in miles but the speedo is in both mph and km/h. Hopefully that doesn't have to be changed, anyone know? My car is originally from California and is in pretty good shape, but Im not sure what inspectors look for aside from what I can find on the internet. Are their any common problems that older cars run into when trying to pass shaken? If I'm missing anything else please let me know.
I think we need to see pictures of said rare porsche... sounds interesting :)
Nothing like a 73 RS or speedster or anything, but its mine and I like it :)

Its a factory widebody, the package included the fenders, spoilers, brakes and suspension from the 911 turbo but with an NA engine. It was an expensive option so not many were sold. About 1400 coupes were made world wide from 1984 to 1989 (compared to around 10,000 turbo coupes the same period). Its one of maybe 10 or so in this colour, which is one of my favourites. Its debatable how desirable they are since they are actually slower than the narrow body version due to weight and aerodynamics, but its nice to have the iconic look and a few upgrades without the added expense of turbo maintenance.

I cant post links until I have a few more posts but if you search Google images for "iris blue porsche m491" the first couple of pictures are my car.
[QUOTE=dprime;84271]

I cant post links until I have a few more posts but if you search Google images for "iris blue porsche m491" the first couple of pictures are my car.[/QUOTE]

I looked at your Porsche on Pelican Parts forum. Nice car for sure. I have mixed feelings about suggesting to bring it here to Japan. First of all;
-cost of shipping
-cost of importing and registering it. I am guessing about 100,000 yen/2 years, and about 50-62,000 yen per year in road tax.
-risk of being damaged (Japan has a higher collision rate that Canada)
-exporting to Canada
-re-introducing it to Canada (OOP inspection, GST, duty)

From a financial side, you will have to figure if its worth it to bring to Japan. On the flip side, when you return to Victoria on holiday, you have a car to drive.
Very nice car from the pics, I can see why you'd want to bring it with you.
[QUOTE=Sastrad;84272]I looked at your Porsche on Pelican Parts forum. Nice car for sure. I have mixed feelings about suggesting to bring it here to Japan. First of all;
-cost of shipping
-cost of importing and registering it. I am guessing about 100,000 yen/2 years, and about 50-62,000 yen per year in road tax.
-risk of being damaged (Japan has a higher collision rate that Canada)
-exporting to Canada
-re-introducing it to Canada (OOP inspection, GST, duty)

From a financial side, you will have to figure if its worth it to bring to Japan. On the flip side, when you return to Victoria on holiday, you have a car to drive.[/QUOTE]


I've had some of the same doubts, but overall I'm comfortable with the risks/expenses. I thought about how some of the people drive here (Fukuoka is apparently notorious nation wide for terrible drivers) but then an accident can happen anywhere. Best you can do is drive safe and being cautious of others. Annual costs are definitely pretty ridiculous in Japan. Not to mention tolls and parking. But in the end I really like cars and especially old european cars. I think most cars that I want to buy here would have similar costs, other than the shipping of course. Shipping it back to Canada will be expensive, but I've already paid tax to bring it into the country once. I haven't researched but if I bring it back as a personal belonging when I return will they ding me again? I suppose it wouldn't surprise me... but I will cross that bridge when I get to it.

So as it is now I'm pretty set on bringing it here. I dont think I will regret the decision, I miss driving and tinkering with it.

I had a conversation with the shipping agent yesterday who says he can do the shipping with a RORO to Kanda for about jpy250,000 (including brokerage/customs clearance) which seems more reasonable. I will probably go ahead with it in the next month. I still need to get all the other details lined up. One thing he said was that I would need to pay 8% tax on it as a commercial good. What I have read said that its not taxed as it is classified as personal belongings provided that Ive owned it for more than 12 months before I came here and as long as I dont sell it for two years after I arrive. Hopefully its tax exempt because that would make it at least 200,000 cheaper for everything. I filled out a customs declaration for it when I entered and I kept a copy of the form. Ill message the shipper and try to get it sorted.

Thanks for the feedback and suggestions so far.
Good news is that I don't have to pay consumption taxes. Shipper just confirmed it with me. That makes cash outlay much more bareable.

Its outlined on the Japanese customs pages for "Household Effects (including Automobiles)" (cant link to it yet)

You need to fill out 2 copies of the Form C 5360 that they give you when you fly in to Japan. Luckily I had read to do that, and did so when we last entered Japan. You give both to the customs agent and they sign/stamp them and give you one back and you keep it for when you pick up your cargo.

Then 3 copies of the “Application Duty Exemption on Household Effect, Removed on Account of Removal of Residence such as Automobiles, etc.”

The other paperwork that is needed for the customs clearance is:
- Title copy
- Copy of car insurance
- Purchase receipt
- A document from you indicating you are importing as your personal vehicle and will not sell within 2 years.
- Completed Customs Declaration form ~ one that was stamped by customs officer. Original only
- Import must be within 6 months of arrival.
- Airline itinerary from Canada to Japan
- Passport copies/scans/digital picts of ~ Photo page, Japan visa page, Immigration departure stamp (Canada), and Immigration arrival stamp (Japan) which corresponds to airline itinerary dates.

Considering I was looking at around $4500 plus an 8% tax on the value of the car a few days ago I feel pretty good about the ~$2500 and no tax.


Anyone want to make insurance recommendations? The basic marine insurance for RORO only covers total loss, not scratches and dents. The paint on my car is not perfect but the body is straight, so while I probably wouldn't notice a small door ding showing up, Id hate to have no protection if another car slid into mine during the voyage, even if that is very unlikely. I've also heard people having the stereo and other parts stolen out the car. Are these pretty rare occurrences? My stereo is old and doesnt work anyway, but Im curious if its pretty uncommon or not.


RORO to Halifax - Import Discussion -> Canada - Importing JDM Cars From Japan

Has anyone done this?
I am looking for some information regarding the process and any difficulties you may have encountered?

Any info much appreciated!!
I send regular cars to Halifax. The sailing time is a long time compared to BC port, price is a decent amount higher, and the port staff on that end are not familiar with the process as much as BC and are difficult to deal with.
Ya a bunch of us have. Its easy. The exporter will arrange for shipping to Halifax and after it leaves Japan takes about 6 weeks and the car gets unloaded at Ceres container terminal where it clears the soil exam after a day then its ready to be picked up. Use a customs broker though, will cost $200 and make it a really easy process. I used Atlantic Customs Broker here in Halifax and it went well.
Good timing on this thread, I was about to make one asking someone to detail what has to be done for Halifax.
Can someone do a bit of writeup in a lot of detail to make it easier like the one we have for WWL in New Westminster, Canada?


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Recommended exporter for US import? - Import Discussion -> Vendor & Exporter Feedback

Hello members. My names is Efrain. I am from the US. Connecticut to be exact. I am planning to buy several jdm vehicles from Japan in the near future. I have several questions and maybe you guys/gals can help me out with answers? I understand that most people on here are not from the US but it's worth a try to ask these questions. I will list my questions with a number at the beginning so it's easier for you to respond. Any and all information will be appreciated,thanks.

1.I am looking for a reputable/fair exporter. Not someone who will overcharge with hidden fees. A exporter who will be honest/knowledgeable.Who would you reccomend as a exporter? (1-3 choices would be cool)

2.Not every exporter will ship to my nearest port. Which is in New York.Is there any specific exporters who might?

3.Who would you reccomend as a customs broker in the US(preferably New York City)? What is their fee?

4.Can the vehicle be picked up from the port and taken away with a 2/4 wheel trailer?

5.Would I require a twic card in order to enter the port of NY?

6.I have been looking at jdm cars in auctions,goo net. Is there any other legit sites that you can reccomend?

7.What should I expect to pay for shipping? I understand that shipping cost varies based on the vehicles weight/size/location,etc. Would you know of any site that will allow me to get a estimate price? That way I will know that I am not being overcharged on shipping.

8.What fees should I expect to be charged outside of the agent fee(exporter) in Japan?
1. Brave Auto
4. I'd imagine so, lots of people do it here
6. Most exporters/importers have free auction access. Brave Auto, JDM Connection, etc.
I would suggest hitting up a few importers, and seeing if they can breakdown their own particular costs associated in importing a car. Then you can compare them all and go from there.

Oh and I also suggest Brave Auto. Also hit up GTR Garage, as they've been sending quite a few cars stateside as of late.
Welcome to the forums and thanks for posting this here! I'm glad to help but just like this all public as the answer here goes a long way to helping others.

One of our members rpk2012 is going through the same issue now and he's having a tough time sorting out for brokerage and clearance for many reasons.

Some have suggested using an RI but it may cost a lot to do. I think it's possible to do yourself but no one here has pioneered it 100% yet.

1.) You could consider some of our Sponsors you see here in the forums.
We really have strict guidelines and don't accept or keep any Sponsor which does anything shady (eg. fraud, or selling junked cars without telling you the true condition that you were worried about).
2.) I think that depends more on if there is any RORO service from Japan to your port and I'm not sure if there would be.
Going container may be more practical or having RORO to Miami or LA and do inland shipping.
3.) Sorry I don't know.
4.) I am not sure about this as no one in the US has really done this (though port of Miami would be the easiest as JDMs have been coming there for years).
5.) I am not sure about this but rpk2012 says you do require some kind of special clearance.
6.) All the auctions are the same, one thing I will caution you is that some Exporters are not who they say (eg. they say they have "access") but aren't a member. Exporters without actual membership who are middlemen/resellers have nothing to lose vs real membership holders who have property and other things on the to hold their membership.
7.) I think the standard is probably 80 USD/cubic meters to the US but I'm just guessing. There are some sites but I can't recall them off hand.
8.) This depends on your Exporter but the most common extra fee may be inland shipping and possibly storage if your vehicle is sitting at port and they don't have their own lot to offer free storage.
Ok. Thanks for the responses. I have contacted mark from brave auto but he does not ship to New York for what ever reason. I have contacted another exporter who does/has been shipping to NY. The only issue with this exporter is that he is not fair on cost and seems to want to overcharge me big time since I am new at wanting to import.example:the exporter wanted to charge me the cost of the car/shipping/I pay custom broker fee.the total was around $9,000usd. There is a importer in NY who purchased the car and is selling it for $9,500usd all inclusive.i can clearly tell that I was being overcharged by thousands of dollars. The importer must of purchased the car for a lot less in order to make money from the car.
We are in the process of shipping to LA California. Our client seems to be having an ok time of it since he is a dealer. His customs broker wrote us:

-A Copy of the title ( export certificate in English)
-A copy of the bill of sale
-A copy of a passport or DL of the receiver.

We need to file Security filing for US customs before the vessel departs. I will need the full shipping details with Bill of lading #.

So it is advisable to get a customs broker who has imported vehicles before. I will give this customs broker info to our clients so they won't have a problem importing.

We have been shipping to Long Beach California for years (by container), but the client has never told us their side of the process. I will ask our client to share their experience so I can tell others more about what is required.
That will be great Steve. Also,the scenario that I posted above is NOT about any of the sponsors on this site. I just want to clarify that. I would prefer ro ro shipping instead of container. The price of containers shipped to NY seems to be twice the price as CA :(
[QUOTE=Efrain_0716;84163]The price of containers shipped to NY seems to be twice the price as CA :([/QUOTE]

Of course it is, the distance is almost twice as long. I think is would be make more sense to ship to LA(RO/RO if possible) and pay for inland transport to NY, you US guys pay less for inland than we do in Canada.
Is there a reason on why exporters can't ship directly to NY? I know that some exporters ship directly to NY but most don't. It will cost me more money to ship to LA + the cost of inland transport to my location than it would to ship directly via ro ro to NY. I definitely wouldn't bother with a container if I am buying 1 car at a time because a 20ft container is around $3000usd+- and a 40ft container is around $4200usd+- to NY. Ro ro to NY seems to be around $800+usd depending on the vehicle. Which means that I will save a lot of money :)
Are you sure that RO/RO is available from Japan to NY? I did a quick search but didn't find anything. I did find a price of $2100 for a 20ft container, but of course you will have extra costs associated with container shipping.

Where did you get the price of $800 for RO/RO to NY? That is cheaper than any car that I have shipped to western Canada, and that is a much shorter distance. I would expect prices to be similar to shipping to Halifax, which is significantly more.

I would recommend only dealing with proven/trusted exporters like the ones on this site. I have dealt with Steve @ SASTRAD and highly reccommend him. This is a fairly new process to the USA and a lot of people will try to take advantage of uneducated buyers. If a trusted exporter says it can't be done, it can't.
We had this discussion about exporting the US east coast and I know we can land them in Baltimore. Our freight forwarder is looking for a closer port to NYC. I am not holding my breath on a quick reply. It took a few weeks for them to get information on our LA Ro-Ro and it took my staff a lot of calling to them for an answer. Even my client did their own research and found the schedule quicker than our freight forwarder!
Ocean Carriers with Roll-on/Roll-off Services that enter NY/NJ.

Atlantic Container Line/Grimaldi Group
Bermuda Container Line
CSAV
Eukor Carriers, Inc.
Hoegh Autoliners
"K" Line America, Inc.
Mitsui OSK Bulk Shipping, Inc.
NSCSA.
NYK Line Inc.
Toyofuji Shipping Inc.
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics

***Any of the ships listed from Japan?
That is very good to know. We use WWL for LA, and deal with their reps here, so I will now speak with them about shipping to NYC. The problem with their rep is they always ask for the size of the vehicle before making a quote, so I will use a dummy vehicle to get them to answer some questions for us.
I appreciate it Steve :) maybe it will clear a lot of unknown information. I wanted to add the link of the NY/NJ port but it will not let me due to me having very little post count.
Efrain great info, where did you get that from? I hope you can contribute lots to our USA forums and keep us all updated. We also have a sister site that we're building for the US market [url]http://25to15years.us[/url]
[QUOTE=jdmvip;84187]Efrain great info, where did you get that from? I hope you can contribute lots to our USA forums and keep us all updated. We also have a sister site that we're building for the US market

The information I posted was from the NY/NJ port authority's website. Unfortanely, I was not able to post the direct link due to low post count. On the WWL website it shows the map which shows the boat traveling from Nagoya to NY port. Also shows other locations which I am unsure if its in Japan. Steve is waiting on a reply from WWL to verify if they ship to NY/NJ port. I will check out the sister site jdmvip. Thanks
Update:Response from WWL agents. I contacted WWL and this is was their response.

"Hello Efrain, Indeed we do! Here is the route map: [url]http://ow.ly/w1cuW[/url]
And here you can find the schedule details and book: [url]http://ow.ly/w1cCH[/url]
Kind regards, Anna"
[url]http://ow.ly/w1cuW[/url]
[url]www.2wglobal.com[/url]

**Sastrad aka Steve contacted WWL agents and this was their response.He used a dummie(made up) vehicle to see what their response would be.

HOEGH SHANGHAI V.51
POL: Nagoya, Japan (30/Apr/2014)
POD: New York, U.S.A.

O/Freight: US$83.00/m3 (all-in)


R32 sedan automatic to standard swap.. HELP!! - Nissan -> Skyline

Hey guys, new here. I have an '89 rb20 r32 sedan. It automatic and I've been wanting to do a standard swap for awhile now. Well yesterday I was given a full engine with wiring harness and ecu plus a standard tranny (minus clutch), so now I can finally do my swap. Only problem is that all I have is the tranny, and I'm lot sure what else I need to do this swap. If anyone has some advice for me or can point me in the right direction of what else I may need, how to do this, where to get parts, all that good stuff it would be greatly appreciated!! Also I'm from Alberta, Canada if that helps any! Thanks guys :)
you'll need the clutch pedal, the clutch master/slave cylinders, the hardline & flex line between the master/slave.
This has been done many times before but I don't know the details. Does the manual mount straight up or is there any custom fitment required?
[url]www.skylineaustralia.com[/url] has tons of info on this sort of thing. Its where I go for all Skyline info :D
They're a great resource Stokes +1 and also GTR Canada is quite useful (though don't trust some of their Sponsors/reviews/friends for importing info.) [url]http://forums.gtrcanada.com/[/url]

If someone has more details please link or post them here as we'd like to have this all here for people.


Insurance in Alberta - Import Discussion -> Canada - Importing JDM Cars From Japan

I am hoping this is the correct sub-forum for this discussion. If not, I hope an admin/moderator can move it to the correct location.

Good morning, afternoon, or evening,

I am creating this thread due to my increasing worries regarding the insurance on the vehicle that I plan to purchase and import.

The vehicle will be a Mitsubishi Evolution VI (RHD, I do not plan on converting it to a LHD).

My worries pertain to the guarantee of insurance companies openly insuring RHD vehicles and the prices. Do any of you know if there are any plans or rumors of Alberta insurance companies declining insurance on RHD vehicles (if you have your own opinion, please share)? Also, regarding their prices, do you think they would increase them?

I don't want to import a car and then 1 - 2 years down the road, I cannot find a single insurance company that will insure my car and be forced to keep it in a garage until their policies change. *Extra note* I don't plan to insure the car with full coverage, only fire+theft and PLPD. I have been quoted $150 - $170 per month by TD, Intact, AMA, and Co-operators. I think I am going to give Allstate a call as well. My background info: I am 18 years old, have had my license for 2 years, and clean record.

Thanks for reading! There will be a TL;DR for those that notice this sentence but do not want to read everything, or those that did not get what I was asking! (:

TL;DR Do you guys think that insurance companies are going to stop insuring RHD vehicles (PLPD + fire/theft)? Do you think they will increase their premiums?
I dont know as to if they are going to start refusing to insure RHD's ( I sure hope not, as thats all I want to drive)

I'm with Intact, and I've been told, they would only give me full coverage if I get an independent appraisal done, otherwise it is PLPD only ( they wouldnt give me fire/theft last year on my aristo, as I was street parking, but this year they did, as I now have garage parking..)

Pricewise, because you're 18, thats probly what you're going to be looking at. ( the first vehicle I insured in alberta was an 84 supra, plpd was 150 a month, I was 23-2005 and a good clean record)

Insurance premiums will forever be going up, esp since the flood last year, the fallout will be a few years...
[QUOTE=Nukes25;84118]I dont know as to if they are going to start refusing to insure RHD's ( I sure hope not, as thats all I want to drive)

I'm with Intact, and I've been told, they would only give me full coverage if I get an independent appraisal done, otherwise it is PLPD only ( they wouldnt give me fire/theft last year on my aristo, as I was street parking, but this year they did, as I now have garage parking..)

Pricewise, because you're 18, thats probly what you're going to be looking at. ( the first vehicle I insured in alberta was an 84 supra, plpd was 150 a month, I was 23-2005 and a good clean record)

Insurance premiums will forever be going up, esp since the flood last year, the fallout will be a few years...[/QUOTE]

Alright! I've heard in a couple places that no insurance in Alberta can say no if it is only PLPD coverage, have you heard this as well?

Thanks for responding! (:

From my own research, I've come to the conclusion that Intact is probably the best one to go with regards to RHD in Alberta. TD as second, AMA as third, and everything else comes last. My rankings are based on their customer service and their willingness to insure a RHD.
I'm with co-operators and they are fantastic! I have full coverage with them and didn't require and appraiseal or anything. I have a rhd drive skyline and yea. Give them a shot.
[QUOTE=Deemarie;84121]I'm with co-operators and they are fantastic! I have full coverage with them and didn't require and appraiseal or anything. I have a rhd drive skyline and yea. Give them a shot.[/QUOTE]

What's your deductible like? And they know it is a RHD?

When I called them, they only allowed PLPD. ):
Johnson/Morgex and I get good rates roughly $90 for full coverage. However the deductible is $2500 because its RHD. I called Intact and they said they would but I never got a quote because the guy I talked to was an idiot so I hung up on him, they were only going to give me PLPD anyways.

I don't see insurance companies refusing RHD any time soon. If a law came into effect like in Quebec then we could have problems. The one company that refused to insure it was RBC so I'd avoid them.
I looked into RBC before for insurance, they told me they will only insure a RHD if you have a domestic to put on the policy as well

with Intact, PLPD, my deductibles are the standard 250-500$, no special high cost deductibles
In Alberta it is called "All Comers Rule" - by law no insurance company can refuse PLPD coverage to the client.
See #13 here: [URL="http://www.airb.alberta.ca/drivers/faq.aspx"]http://www.airb.alberta.ca/drivers/faq.aspx[/URL]

I personally insured with Johnson and Canadian Direct, they both can insure collision/comprehensive for RHD if needed.
[QUOTE=Shoxie;84122]What's your deductible like? And they know it is a RHD?

When I called them, they only allowed PLPD. ):[/QUOTE]

I believe my deductible is $500. I pay $200 a month and that's because I have a few tickets lol but yes they know it's right hand drive. There are 3 different co-operators insurance places where I live and only 1 can do it here. So not sure where you live, but if there is more than one, call them all.


1996 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV GSR. $6,850 ! - Sponsors -> B-Pro Auto

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$6,850 total cleared customs price!

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So it can use a bit of body work. Still a great price. I wish I could own in the US. I would have spent the money on getting it to look like new. They are nice cars.
this is the cheapest jdm evo I've seen for sale. That dent is a easy fix for any body shop, great price!


WTB GF8 STI Roof Spoiler - JDM Buy & Sell Section -> Where To Buy

Anyone know where I could buy a GF8 STI top (roof)spoiler 92-00? I've been looking for a while but haven't found anything yet.

I'm driving down to BC next week if anyone has one for sale there, otherwise I'm looking to buy one and get it shipped.

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I doubt they're very popular, your best bet would probably be Yahoo Japan auctions and have it shipped here if you can't find one locally.


My 1998 STi Ver.5 Type R - Import Discussion -> Videos & Photos Of JDM Cars

Been having too much fun driving and modding the car to do a write up since I picked it up last December :D I chose Mark @ Brave Auto thanks to the reviews on this forums, he was a pleasure to deal with from day one.

I have been driving a 2007 BMW 335i which I'll only be driving in the warmer months now that I have the STi. I orginally intended to use it as a winter car, but it's been so much fun modding it that I'll be turning it into a fun track car, but not so hardcore that I can still use it in the winter months.

This is my first ever mod journal, so bear with me :p Here is what I have done so far:

Engine/exhaust:
ZeroSports cat back exhaust
Apexi panel air filter
Koyo Aluminum radiator, silicone hose
Grimm Speed crank pulley

Exterior:
Ichiba 15mm rear spacers

Interior:
Pioneer AVH-x2600BT deck
Nardi Gara 3 steering wheel, Daikei hub
Prova shift knob

Brakes/Suspension/Chassis:
Front brakes: DBA 4000 T3 rotors, StopTech pads, Technafit SS brake lines
Kartboy short shift kit
TIC tranny crossmember bushings
Torque Solutions transmission mount
Torque Solutions engine mount
Kartboy subframe outrigger bushings

Other stuff:
Motul 8100 5W40 engine oil...will be trying Shell Rotella next
Motul Motylgear 75W90 tranny fluid
Motul Gear 300LS rear diff fluid

I will keep the list updated.

Let me know if you guys need information on any of the parts.

Freshly out of the container
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Just in time for winter :cool:
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Pics of some of the mods that I've done...I'll make sure to document any mod I do from now :p

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Really digging that steering wheel. Nice looking ride. Koyo eh, better make sure to keep an eye on it for leaking, they're notorious for it along with no warranty.
Yeah I've heard some people have leaking issues with Koyo, but there're also lots of people running them without issues. Same thing with Mishimoto, although they do have warranty.

My stock radiator was blown so I needed one quick. Decided to give Koyo a try since I got a good deal on it, and the bling factor :rolleyes:
Mmmmmm that steering wheel is exactly the one I've had my eye on for an upgrade! Looks really good! If you don't mind my asking where'd you pick it up from and how much was it?
Got it off Rakuten for I think $240 + $40 or so shipping. But if I can do it again, I would probably get the 340mm deep corn as 350mm is slightly too big IMO.
Hey V5 thanks for coming back and sharing with us! I know how it is when you get a car like this, I couldn't stop driving and I still can't lol. I thought you had disappeared so I hope you'll stick around.

Your V5 is looking great and awesome job with all the mods and maintenance items.

How did you arrange it so you could see the car being unloaded? I wish I could have done that in 2010 with my JZS147 Aristo.
Didn't you use RO/RO? It was just being unloaded at the warehouse that Al Thompson works with. I went to pick it up after I was told it's good to go, but when I got there they'd just started the unloading process. So it's actually a pleasant surprise that I got to see the process LOL.
You're thinking of my JZS161 from last year and I did use RORO for it and it wasn't from Mark/Brave Auto (just so people don't associate the 161 problems with the wrong company lol).

The car I bought from Mark/Brave Auto (the JZS147) in 2010 was Container at Al's warehouse though.

You're definitely lucky for some reason I was told back then it wouldn't be possible to see the unloading so I think it's not very common unless things have changed.
You're lucky you got to see it unload. I'd like to see that sometime :) Nice car too. Are you happy with it so far? Plan to keep it for a while? I've had a WRX each of the past three years, but it doesn't look like I'll be getting one this year :(. Too bad, I've had a different version each time too, but I guess I'll be skipping the V5.

[QUOTE=jdmvip;84093]You're definitely lucky for some reason I was told back then it wouldn't be possible to see the unloading so I think it's not very common unless things have changed.[/QUOTE]

They've changed to a few different warehouses since then. They're on the third one since I've had cars come in VIA container. No idea why they've changed. Latest one is in PoCo.
Beautiful suby!
how is the motul 5w40? been thinking about trying that out next oil change because I found a local place that sells motul and liqui moly.
[quote=RyanV;84095]You're lucky you got to see it unload. I'd like to see that sometime :) Nice car too. Are you happy with it so far? Plan to keep it for a while? I've had a WRX each of the past three years, but it doesn't look like I'll be getting one this year :(. Too bad, I've had a different version each time too, but I guess I'll be skipping the V5.



They've changed to a few different warehouses since then. They're on the third one since I've had cars come in VIA container. No idea why they've changed. Latest one is in PoCo.[/quote]
Oh I see, I didn't know that thanks for sharing. So which warehouse did you think was the best so far?

They'd have to be horrible to be much worse than WWL. I actually found the staff to be quite friendly at the old warehouse. My only complaint is that I found the security lacking (eg. anyone could drive to the cars and walk up to them) but I guess considering they're locked it's not such a worry.
Can't go wrong with white, looks good.
Thanks for the comment everyone! It was such a cool experience to see it roll out of the container, almost like a new born baby lol...the staff didn't seem to mind which was nice.

@RyanV: Yeah I'm planning to keep it for awhile unless other plans come up. I have the 5th gear grind which is not a major issue but does get annoying. My plan is to do the 6 speed swap next year so I have nothing to worry about if and when I decide to go past 400hp.

@colin22: I have nothing to compare the Motul to for this car, otherwise it's running well. If I find any difference between the Motul and Rotella I'll be sure to let you guys know.
You're very lucky to see it come out like that.

Your 5th gear grind may go away with better fluid like Subaru Extra S. I used to have a second gear grind sometimes and after switching to Extra S I don't get it any more. When we meet I don't mind bringing some to sell if you want (I still basically have a drum I bought like 6 years ago lol).

Not to sound like a broken record about 5W40 but it's not recommended by Subaru. I really recommend 10W30 especially for our climate and Motul makes 10W30 unlike the T6 which is only a 5W40.


WTT: 1989 180sx RHD S13 - JDM Buy & Sell Section -> Private Sales

I would like to trade for either a R33 Skyline Sedan or a JZS161 Aristo as I now need something with 4 doors.

Located in Vancouver

THE GOODS
1989 180sx RHD S13
128XXXkm on Chassis 85000km on new motor
S13s SR20DER Black Top
S14 BB T28 turbo
Nistuned Daughter Board tuned to 14lbs
Sard 550 injectors
KTS Intercooler
HKS SSQV
ISIS Rad
ISIS E-Fans
ISIS Turbo Lines
HKS Turbo Timer
Nismo FPR
Greddy Boost Gauge
Front and Rear Strut Tower Bars
VLSD
Strong Clutch
Form & Function 32 Way Fully Adjustable Coilovers
Aftermarket Tension Arms
New custom catback with resonator to ISIS 4" Blast Pipes
ISIS Down pipe with Screamer
17x9 Rota Grid +12 offset plus tires
JVC Deck with USB
Walbro 255lph
Turbosmart Manual Boost Controller
Custom Front Steel Tubular bumper

THE CONS
-Dash has your typical JDM crack in it
-there's the odd Door ding here and there but no rust and I would say body and interior is a 9/10
I have not had much luck trying to get a R33 Skyline Sedan or an MK2 Aristo, so now I would also be interested in a R33 Skyline Coupe.
Bump, still looking.
Good luck with the trade, it's a nice looking 180, you just need to find the right person in the right situation.


Exhaust System - Subaru -> Legacy

Took a little look recently at the Sube and found that over the winter the muffler has decided to start rusting and fall apart. PERFEEEECT :cool: Time for a new exhaust system.

I'm thinking of going new pipe from the Y-pipe flange back, including a straight-thru resonator, maybe 2 to really soften any raspiness but still allow smooth exhaust gas flow, and a muffler. No centre cat :D Seems like a lot of people are going for 3" pipe and components on their WRX/STI's, but looks like a lot of the UKLegacy guys are running 2.5" straight-pipe (no centre cat) systems on the twin turbos from the Y-pipe back, namely with the Hayward & Scott system (seems like a really popular exhaust system across the pond). I've heard on [I]that[/I] forum and elsewhere that you really only need to go full 3" if you're pushing 350-400hp and really without any other mods going 3" is inefficient, just can't push those gases out as effeciently in such a big pipe as opposed to the 2.5" w/de-cat. Other than this planned exhaust, the car is pretty much stock, just want to free up some horses, provide some better breathing, and get a nice deep, subtle, but oh-so-sweet sound.

On my old USDM Legacy BD EJ25D, I had upgraded to a 2.25" cat-back system including UEL headers, a Vibrant cylinder resonator and a Magnaflow muffler, and had a shop bend/weld/install everything. Sounded really nice! No raspiness and not 'in your face' at all. It was on the cheap (buying everything separately) which is why I want to buy separate components again this time and have a shop weld it all. Don't feel like spending 800$+ on a name brand system.

-Any one have insight on going 2.5" over 3" and vice-versa?
-Muffler/components to use? Thinking Vibrant again, for their resonator... and they're Canadian woo!
-Insight in general on twin-turbo Legacy exhausts

Also do Impreza axle-back sections fit on the BD Legacy's? I don't expect the hangers to line up... Because, Stromung is nice...

Thanks erbody!
To go with straight pipe 2.5" or 3"? Minimal, if any, mods.
[quote=natsirt;83988]Took a little look recently at the Sube and found that over the winter the muffler has decided to start rusting and fall apart. PERFEEEECT :cool: Time for a new exhaust system.

I'm thinking of going new pipe from the Y-pipe flange back, including a straight-thru resonator, maybe 2 to really soften any raspiness but still allow smooth exhaust gas flow, and a muffler. No centre cat :D Seems like a lot of people are going for 3" pipe and components on their WRX/STI's, but looks like a lot of the UKLegacy guys are running 2.5" straight-pipe (no centre cat) systems on the twin turbos from the Y-pipe back, namely with the Hayward & Scott system (seems like a really popular exhaust system across the pond). I've heard on [I]that[/I] forum and elsewhere that you really only need to go full 3" if you're pushing 350-400hp and really without any other mods going 3" is inefficient, just can't push those gases out as effeciently in such a big pipe as opposed to the 2.5" w/de-cat. Other than this planned exhaust, the car is pretty much stock, just want to free up some horses, provide some better breathing, and get a nice deep, subtle, but oh-so-sweet sound.

On my old USDM Legacy BD EJ25D, I had upgraded to a 2.25" cat-back system including UEL headers, a Vibrant cylinder resonator and a Magnaflow muffler, and had a shop bend/weld/install everything. Sounded really nice! No raspiness and not 'in your face' at all. It was on the cheap (buying everything separately) which is why I want to buy separate components again this time and have a shop weld it all. Don't feel like spending 800$+ on a name brand system.

-Any one have insight on going 2.5" over 3" and vice-versa?
-Muffler/components to use? Thinking Vibrant again, for their resonator... and they're Canadian woo!
-Insight in general on twin-turbo Legacy exhausts

Also do Impreza axle-back sections fit on the BD Legacy's? I don't expect the hangers to line up... Because, Stromung is nice...

Thanks erbody![/quote]
Hey nat sorry I missed this one until you bumped it. This is a good thread and I'm not sure what aftermarket options you would find locally outside of Japan.

Here's the way I see it, the stock system whatever it is (not sure of the size) is more than enough for stock and even extra power. The main restriction is really the cat. If I were you I'd just get a universal muffler welded in or get a cat-back from Japan.

If you go to the trouble of replacing the whole exhaust I would go 3" as I just couldn't justify changing the whole exhaust and not having it be an upgrade. I can say in my WRX without any tune that you can feel an improvement with the 3" exhaust, you get quicker spool and more boost and the car just seems to be take off more nicely etc.... and of course the amazing boxer rumble comes out more.

Whatever you go with keep us updated as there aren't so many easy solutions for the Legacy of any version compared to the WRX.


Getting an Evo VI pass OOP - Mitsubishi -> EVO

What do I have to do to make the car compliant and pass an OOP inspection?

I am planning to import an Evo VI myself into Canada (I reside in Alberta), and I would like to know what you guys needed to do to pass an OOP.

Also, if a DOT headlight is mandatory for the OOP inspection, could I know which car's headlights can I use and where can I buy them? On top of this, is a rear end marker that lights up mandatory? Since the tail lights extend to the side of the car.

Thanks for answering my questions,

Shoxie
I can't say for sure since I don't live in Alberta but you'll likely need daytime running lights and possibly DOT approved headlights. They may or may not physically check the headlights so you may be able to get away with the ones currently on it, but if they do you may be looking at modifying Mitsu Mirage lights which I've heard is a real pain. I've heard of cars passing for other strange reasons as well, tires etc. but the above is what I know of.
If your in Edmonton bring it to me and I'll set you up. I'm in the midst of opening a west Edmonton location with services and OOP inspections available.
[QUOTE=William;83987]If your in Edmonton bring it to me and I'll set you up. I'm in the midst of opening a west Edmonton location with services and OOP inspections available.[/QUOTE]

Very good news!
[QUOTE=William;83987]If your in Edmonton bring it to me and I'll set you up. I'm in the midst of opening a west Edmonton location with services and OOP inspections available.[/QUOTE]

Sadly, I live in Calgary. That is great news though, finally someone that is an import enthusiast opens their own shop! (:

Do you happen to know if this is all I need to change/add to an Evo VI to pass an OOP inspection?

DOT approved tires
DOT approved headlights
DRLs
Front side markers (sticker reflectors)
Rear side markers (will light up, I will probably pay a shop to install them since I don't want to fuck up)

By the way, these are the headlights I was gonna use to replace the non DOT approved ones that come with the imported Evo VI: Mitsubishi Mirage Headlights; although I am not sure if I am supposed to get the 2 door or the 4 door version (I think they might be the same).
Do any of you know if those are gonna fit?
Shouldn't need the markers or headlights or tires if you can find a shop that isn't picky. Unfortunately I don't live in Calgary so I wouldn't know a place. DRL's are a must tho.
[QUOTE=Stokes;83996]Shouldn't need the markers or headlights or tires if you can find a shop that isn't picky. Unfortunately I don't live in Calgary so I wouldn't know a place. DRL's are a must tho.[/QUOTE]

Do you live in Canada as well?

The Evo VI is road legal after the changes I have to do, right? I read something about the front bumper not meeting standards so I don't know if that would make the car illegal to be on the road and not allowed to be registered.
Yeah in Edmonton. The front bumper thing you heard about was probably the Evo 8-9. They weren't sold in Canada because the front bumper didn't meet crash test requirements at the time. We've since lowered the requirements so they're allowed to be imported. An Evo 6 shouldn't require much work to pass an inspection other than the normal things for JDM'S listed above.
[QUOTE=Stokes;83998]Yeah in Edmonton. The front bumper thing you heard about was probably the Evo 8-9. They weren't sold in Canada because the front bumper didn't meet crash test requirements at the time. We've since lowered the requirements so they're allowed to be imported. An Evo 6 shouldn't require much work to pass an inspection other than the normal things for JDM'S listed above.[/QUOTE]

Alright! I hope I can find a shop that isn't too picky about every little thing in the car.

Thanks for all the help you guys have given me! If I ever have any more questions, I hope you guys are still willing to give me answers. :P

This whole importing process has been really confusing.
It can seem a little overwhelming at first but once you do it you'll see that it's really not that bad. It helps to choose a good importer/exporter as well because they make the whole process effortless.
[QUOTE=Stokes;84000]It can seem a little overwhelming at first but once you do it you'll see that it's really not that bad. It helps to choose a good importer/exporter as well because they make the whole process effortless.[/QUOTE]

I am planning to use Mark from Brave Auto. After speaking with him via email and the reviews I've read on him and his company... I can't help but feel safe with giving him my money.

By the way, do you guys know if I have to change the backlights + back turning signals as well to pass the OOP?

Also, for the front headlights, would I need to change the turning signals too or just the actual light? I am gonna be buying Mitsubishi Mirage headlights to be able to pass the OOP.
Sometimes they'll want you to use the higher wattage bulbs, but the actual lenses don't need to be changed.
Zen is in Calgary and I can help you through to registration seeing that you are buying your EVO from Brave.

Cheers,
Sean
[QUOTE=ZenAutoworks;84017]Zen is in Calgary and I can help you through to registration seeing that you are buying your EVO from Brave.

Cheers,
Sean[/QUOTE]

Hey Sean,

After much debate and the never-ending questions that I seem to have, I think that once I have started the buying process with Mark, I will contact you (Zen) for your services.

Thanks for offering your service!
Sounds like a plan. Thanks Shoxie :cool:
In Manitoba at least, only the 3rd brake light is required to be DOT; and for my V, it is.
[QUOTE=rzhang;84028]In Manitoba at least, only the 3rd brake light is required to be DOT; and for my V, it is.[/QUOTE]

I've heard tires only need to have their loads and psi to pass the tire portion of the OOP inspection. Not too sure how correct this is but that's what some people have said.

Did you have to put on rear side-markers that light up to pass the inspection or were they just stick ons?
The shop i went to was pretty lax, but i have heard that tires require DOT. I don't have rear side-markers, but I think because the taillights wraps around to the side, the may pass for reflectors.
Good thread guys, shoxie keep us updated and get us some pics in the Video & Pic section once you have a chance.



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