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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.

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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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VIP Impact on the industry - Import Discussion -> Welcome, Announcements & Suggestions

Hey guys this is going to be quick and short but it's a summary of what I've observed in the Canada and world JDM market with my own eyes and as feedback from many Exporters.

Sorry if the below doesn't make sense, I expect that many will not know what I'm referring to as it is a lot of history and also based on trust from Exporters and knowing some things that I've been trusted not to repeat.

We've had a huge impact on the industry because back in the days no one knew anything, they didn't know how to get auction access, check that their car wasn't fraudulently marked up even without a negotiation (yes I am talking about guys like JAD etc... )

Now everyone who searches for auctions and JDM cars is virtually bound to find this site and the inside info about Exporting and Importing. This has been a good thing and a bad thing for both sides and I'll need time to explain this more.

My suggestion will be that this site needs to be careful that we don't spoil or make the market complacent. I've had feedback for awhile for example from Canada about some individuals that used to be here that they've helped kill the market in Canada for both the enthusiast and local JDM dealers. The sad thing for me was seeing no one wanted to buy my WRX RA (people just want to import anything cheap and newer). It got very heated (dispute between some past mods/members and local dealers) to the point where both sides I was mediating with don't know how serious it was (the memories lol).

Some Exporters have complained that with all of this knowledge customers have become more demanding and at times more suspicious than necessary (though necessary is based on the honesty of the Exporter which varies from trustworthy to outright lies in Japan). The thing I see is that some people just base it all on price and think every car and Exporter is the same. I see it can be hard not to think that way unless you know exactly how the business works and where things can go wrong-it's allowed dishonest Exporters to manipulate and thrive in some cases and has punished the honest and less manipulative/showy Exporters. I always caution against the "friendship recommendation" for Exporters for that reason as I've seen the pattern many times (eg. people love ABC company but they're not honest and then it all falls apart at some point but only after many were scammed or harmed) but human nature is what it is.

The end result of the above when things come crashing down for some Exporters is that people think they know enough to buy random cars from ABC Exporter not realizing they've been scammed in one way or another and this both takes away business from the good guys and also harms the reputation of the industry where some lump the good with the bad.

Anyway this is an open ended thread but I'm really looking for industry feedback and the more seasoned importers to chime in (I prefer it all be done publicly but know I'll get contacted by some helpful but shy people).
Some Exporters have complained that with all of this knowledge customers have become more demanding and at times more suspicious than necessary (though necessary is based on the honesty of the Exporter which varies from trustworthy to outright lies in Japan). [/QUOTE]

I think the knowledge has helped me in exporting. Clients know what questions to ask, know what cars have problems. Knowledge is also good for me, because I don't claim to know everything about every car and I benefit from hearing about what other exporters are doing, and can learn from their successes.
The exporters who may complain are the ones who have something to hide IMHO.
*Reasonable* client demand only makes the process better.

walbro fuel pump - JDM Buy & Sell Section -> Private Sales

Cleaning out my closet, and realized I still have a 2555lph walbro in tank fuel pump.

After taxes and shipping it cost over $150. Will sell for $120, or best offer.

This is Brand New, In Box. Never even installed.



OBD 2 support. - Toyota -> Toyota General


I own a 2009 Toyota Passo Sette (JDM). I was wondering whether it is compatible will Scantools OBDLink LX devices, that is, it supports OBD protocols as I was lokking to buy one of the devices. Can anyone confirm this?

Thanks in advance.

Rare 555 vlimited RA - Import Discussion -> General Discussion

Hello everyone, I'm Jason from vancouver canada, been a long time lurker but not new to subarus. Just wanted to share a rare car that I recently picked up - 98 wrx sti 555 vlimited type RA that could possibly be the rarest of this model in the world.

I absolutely love working on cars and started out honda's which I've had for about 6 years, built a few turbo and N/A setups but I eventually got tired of of the fwd platform and figured it was time to move on. I've always been a fan of subaru's and it was a no brainer when I went with the GC chasis over all the other impreza models since I've always preferred a lightweight shell and older cars that don't have any computerized driving assist technology which I believe gives the best driving experience. The car was a 97 wrx sti that I had for 1.5 years which was used as daily, track, rally, and autox car. I had done many things on the car and had worked on it for countless hours replacing things like shifter joints, axles, brakes, etc etc but I had to let it go when I saw this ultra rare omgwtfbbq gem for sale. This was in her glory days before I sold her:

daily mode


race mode


a 4 minute track day vid (play in HD)

Moving on to the new toy:

There are many v1-v5 that has been imported here in the recent years so I'm well aware and have seen the many different versions of the type r, ra, wrc limited, vlimited, etc etc but the one I got just takes the icing on the cake.So what makes the car so rare you may ask?

The car only had 14xx kms when it landed here. The history behind the car as I was told was that it lived most of its life in a private museum, which was 1 of the 100's of cars that the old owner had. Apparently, he was some kind of wealthy person who had tons of cars in his private collection but he passed away so the family decided to sell them all afterwards. I'll let the pics do most of the talking, but I'll start with the ones which I believe makes this car unique vs all the other v4 vlimited 555 type RA's that I've seen around – I think most of these unique items have been specifically requested to subaru by the old owner prior to purchase since he was a car collector and most likely had special connections.

First of all, the kms of course. Racked up some since then from 14xx kms because it is currently my daily, but still quite possibly the lowest one in the planet of this model


Leg/knee guards for racing. Mounted on the door and center panel. First time I've seen this equipped from factory for this model and other gc8 models I've seen around. Also power window equipped. (not all RA had power windows)


STI shifter guide on center trim. Also haven't seen this on this model or any other gc8


WRC titanium shift knob. I believe this was installed from factory, which explains why they put a shifter guide right below


Paint matching wiper arms and wiper blades from factory. I know 2 local people here also with a v4 555 vlimited type ra but theirs is just the regular black


Factory custom fitted rear speakers. Again, the 2 people that I know who owns the same car did not come with rear speakers and from what I've read before this specific model doesn't usually come with rear speakers. I think these were installed from factory as there were no splicing in the harness of any kind that I noticed when replaced the jdm head unit.


JAAA certified


STI valve caps! Not sure if all models came with these to be honest, maybe someone can confirm?
On a side note, these 2 pot rears make such a huge difference vs the regular non 2 pots


and now onto the rest of the pics...

Dinner is served! Engine bay you can eat out of


Lamco oem goodies


OMG so clean..


Sprays and fogs


Shiny ass


Last but not least, a matching 555 plate!


I hope everyone enjoyed my small introduction thread along with this rare piece. I'm looking forward to be an active contributor in the forums as I'm a diy type of guy and I hope to meet some of the members here who live locally in the same area as me

Beautiful car!
Wow very nice. I paid a premium for my car having 29000 kms.... But still being in the 1000's is crazy. Very nice car, have fun!
Thanks for posting and welcome to the forum. You defiantly have a beautiful car. If it was mine I wouldn't want to drive it.. afraid to get it dirty lol.
She's a beauty for sure! Congrats on the awesome buy.
I think I remember when this car was up at auction. It might have even been posted in the cars at auction thread. I am a bit surprised it actually ended up in Canada, but happy to see it here :) Congrats on the purchase!

As rhdgc8 said, I think I'd be afraid to drive it. I get worried taking out my Aristo and it has about 55,000 kms on it.
As rhdgc8 said, I think I'd be afraid to drive it. I get worried taking out my Aristo and it has about 55,000 kms on it.[/QUOTE]

I've always owned low kms cars, my last gc only had 43,000 kms when i got it. I know what you mean though, I get super paranoid too about other cars around me and I hate the thought of getting her dirty

Alberta Government - Import Discussion -> General Discussion

I think the Alberta Government is pushing RHD ban on their website its a survey does not look good. Alberta Transportation check it out.
Can you post a link?

I feel like it was already posted here, but maybe I'm thinking of something else since I've seen it in a few places now.
There is only one question on the whole survey about rhd vehicles. I dont think they are pushing too hard, probably just judging what peoples opinions are now that there are more on the road.
Sorry if it has been reposted I panicked.
wow this is terrible news
i did the survey as 1 of my friends from edmonton brought this to my attention, really hope this doesnt end up like qc
You and me both.
Do you guys think this will happen soon? I feel like it won't, hopefully anyway.
This isn't a new thing for Alberta Transport... [url]http://forum.15years.ca/[/url]

Every year they have some other type of fear mongering technique like this urging people not to buy anything else from outside of Canada. I think this is just more of the same stuff they have been doing for 10+ years...

That said though if you enjoy your freedom to drive your Japanese car and buy another down the road, take 10 minutes out of your day to do this survey and follow up with a phone call to voice your displeasure with their conversations about road safety and RHD vehicles. I think anyone that drives in Alberta will agree there are much bigger things they should be addressing with regards to road safety.

Does anyone want to draft up a letter for us to send to them as a community ?
Thank god, I'm kind of scared they will get rid of RHD cars. :(
Instead of being scared, call them and remind them they cannot just say something is unsafe as fact with no factual evidence. Better yet, call service Alberta and voice your opinion of the matter 780-427-4088
Ok, I will call them tomorrow. :)
They cant get rid of right drive cars. The worst they could do is follow Quebec and not allow any NEW registrations.

But its worth calling and letting them know they shouldn't move to ban anything without proper public consultation.... a survey on the internet is not proper consultation....
What they are proposing would be not allowing RHD vehicles to be used as daily drivers as well as no new registrations.. Even more of a gong show that Quebec.
I filled in the survey as I used to live in Edmonton for 3 years.
[QUOTE=William;88812]Instead of being scared, call them and remind them they cannot just say something is unsafe as fact with no factual evidence. Better yet, call service Alberta and voice your opinion of the matter 780-427-4088[/QUOTE]

Ditto for me.

Bot/SPAM username thread - Import Discussion -> Welcome, Announcements & Suggestions

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Thank you very much Steve, they're now gone.
Thanks to everyone who's reported the SPAM and other issues behind the scenes. For now we're back on top of these spammers.

If you see something you've reported hasn't been acted on please PM me or another mod.

JZX / JZS Rollcall - Toyota -> Chaser/Mark II JZX80/90/100/101

Post here if you have a jzx or jzs

I'm curious to see how many of them we have here, and if there's any cresta's / crown's kicking around in bc.

I own a jzs147. I love these old toyota's especially lowered and vip'd. you have a really nice looking car. here's mine
JZS147 for me as well :) Coming out of storage in the spring....even if it kills me! Been there WAY too long.


Best engines ever imo!

my first subaru! - Import Discussion -> General Discussion

Hey guys, im brand new to the club... and my first question, what oil filter should i buy in vancouver for my 99 legacy gtb? Thanks for your time i appreciate all advice given!
cant go wrong with subaru oem

Reims Blue Evo VI - Import Discussion -> Videos & Photos Of JDM Cars

Hey everyone, went out and took some photos of my car today since it was a gorgeous day and I want to take advantage of this balmy -20 and above weather while I can.
I think I used a bit too much exposure or something on my shots because my car looks really pale blue in all of them but one, and it sure as hell wasn't as bright out as it turned out in the photos. Rest assured the car is much darker than most of these shots portray. Second photo is definitely closest to in-person colour. Little bit of snow in the tires from some sideways driving...


Turns out the car came with Kenwood speakers in the back (slightly visible in this picture, blue bars that actually light up) pleasant surprise along with the Blitz Nur-Spec exhaust.[url=http://forums.jdmvip.com/vbimghost.php?do=displayimg&imgid=2239]Image:http://forums.jdmvip.com/jdmcarpics/DSC_1706.png-4335548d22351e38d.png[/url]
Oh I should add as side notes: I dipped the rims not painted, and the headlights had to be changed to some stock ones I ordered with the "E" markings for inspection. I went and re-fitted the halo projectors just a couple hours ago which are significantly brighter and much preferred.
Evo looks right at home in the snow with those deep treads, cool as hell pics.
Nice colour.
The wheels look so much better black!

shaken-sho - Import Discussion -> General Discussion

I'm looking to buy a Pajero from a dealer on tradecarview.com but I have a question.

If a seller does not have (or is not willing to show email me a copy) of the shaken-sho what does that mean? should I walk away from this one?

I asked for the shaken-sho report but he said he doesn't have it. I thought it was a required document like vehicle registration.

I was just asking the seller for the report to verify mileage. He is from Real Motors Japan. I don't know much about these documents but I thought they were proof of ownership and had government certified mileage listed on them. (mileage from last inspection date)

does anyone here know about these documents?

Ryan's 1998 winter beater bomb legacy - Subaru -> Legacy

Hey guys, thought id post a small build thread for my new winter beater.

Long story short, I blew my focus up at the track back in october so it is currently parked for the winter while I pull the motor and the new forged block goes in so in the meantime I needed a winter beater.
I decided I wanted something AWD so I started looking at subarus again with the help from Will and JDMConnection. Seems like everyone had a gc8, so I decided on a forester st/b as I wanted something with lots of room. Unfortunately there was some miscommunication and the one I had picked out was sold already. It was at that point another car popped up in auctions that caught my eye.

1998 Legacy GTB Touring Wagon. 101k kilometers, ej206 twin turbo flat four with a 4eat automatic transmission. Car is completely stock except for the stereo. And CHEAP. Exactly what I was looking for!

That color, amirite? Matches my focus!


Pretty decent interiors on these cars.

holy crap look at all those vac lines. /sigh haha

Look at all that room for hauling car parts!!


Dealing with Will at JDMConnection was quick and painless. If anyone is looking at importing a car and want a worry free experience, go with Will.

The car landed in vancouver on saturday, and is being shipped up here to edmonton.

Now of course no one can keep a car stock for long. I have picked up a few things to spruce it up once I get it:

Gotta keep it looking good, even in the winter, right? Winter setup is a set of ESM 004's (gold hardware, white faces) in 18x8 +35 5x100 wrapped in a set of hakkapalalalakakaka r2's (225/45/18)




And a mock up shot on the focus (almost same color, wheels pop on this color!)


Since I am going to be leaving it stock performance wise (thats what I told my self about my focus, and now I have a 75,000 focus ) I figured Ill put in a nice sound system.

Picked up this head unit:


I got a wicked deal on it that i couldnt pass up.

Stumbled across another wicked deal on kijiji:

Sundown audio x10 subwoofer :


and a sundown audio saz1200d amp :


Picked up both brand new for 500 bucks. WOO.

This sub is massive. Weighs 47 lbs and is rated for 1250 watts RMS.



Nardi deep corn 350mm - black perforated leather with red stitching and an HKB hub to replace the stock steering wheel:


Mmm dish

Ordered an HKS Hi Power Silent Exhaust from RHDJapan. Gotta have that subaru rumble:


I also have a turbosmart veeport BOV and a set of autometer nexus gauges Ill probally toss in as well.

Im on the fence for seats, on one hand I am really digging the sparco chrono road seats :


buuuuut the stock legacy seats are suprisingly nice as well (i still have nightmares over how bad the seats were in my 06 wrx)


It'll be a tough choice as I have been spoiled by the seats in my focus (heated leather recaros):

My exhaust and steering hub came in today. 9 days from Japan and no custom fees. Love it.


Pug for reference :

Loving the color! I like your wheel choice, they should complement the color nicely. Is the exhaust a 3"?
nice car, but whats the deal with that handle on the hatch. lol

I like the stock seats. I think those sparcos would look really silly in a bh5, just my 2 cents.
It's a wicked jdm trunk handle of course! Haha

Meh, couldn't care less how they look. I've had high end recaros in my last 4 cars so I'm used to a nice high bolstered aggressive seat.
If you switch over to aftermarket seats wouldn't you have to change your seat belts as well? Just curious if stock belts would work with the Sparco's or not.
Stock seat belts still work.
Oh ok that's good then.
Can't wait to see how it ends up looking once your through with it Ryan. This colour really is something to be seen! Thanks for the nice words.
Thanks will! Can't wait to pick it up!
Who has purchased items through yahoo japan auctions? There are some items i am interested in.

I have stumbled upon a site called import monster that seems promising?
oh boy, i wish i had that kind of cash to throw around :p

still cant believe youre using this clean example of a legacy as a beater

very nice loooking vehicle ;)
oh boy, i wish i had that kind of cash to throw around :p

still cant believe youre using this clean example of a legacy as a beater

very nice loooking vehicle ;)
oh boy, i wish i had that kind of cash to throw around :p

still cant believe youre using this clean example of a legacy as a beater

very nice loooking vehicle ;)
Started working on the legacy last night!

Got the stereo, amp and sub set up in as well as the wheels on. Gotta toss on the exhaust now, roll and pull the fenders and then some 3m on the headlights and fog lights.





Only issue so far is i keep getting fault code 22 which from what ive read is the knock sensor code.
When i picked up the car the tank was completely empty, so Im thinking there might of been some condensation. Ill run through another tank with some additive and see if it clears up. The light only comes on intermittently.

If that doesnt clear up, then Ill toss on a new knock sensor. Apparently they like to crack.

Also the wheels rub hard in the rears haha. Already have rolling the fenders. Oops.

WTB: Subaru Legacy GT-B Parts - JDM Buy & Sell Section -> Where To Buy

Hey guys,

Looking for parts for a Legacy Wagon Auto GT-B 1999. Interested in:

- Stock bodykit
- Stereo decks
- Front grill
- Exhaust
- Engine components

Thank you! Based in Vancouver, BC

1999 Subaru Legacy GT-B - Auto - From Whistler - Import Discussion -> Videos & Photos Of JDM Cars

Hey guys,

New to the forums here, I picked up that 99 Auto GT-B up in Whistler with a messed up engine (48,000 kms).

I originally wanted to part it out and put everything into my 02 outback, but the JDM car's condition is still pretty good and I would like to save it if possible. However I don't know much about these cars currently. I've only spent 2-3 days in my spare time trying to read up on em. I understand there are a few members here with these wagons (I think I msged the forum owner to trade bodykits!)

Can anyone provide knowledgeable information on this car? I have attached a tech's diagnosis, and I'm wondering if it would be costly to repair the vehicle? Can I use most engine internals from NA impreza engines?

I'm wondering if anyone has any information about this car? Where it was purchased / imported from, etc? It was owned by a nice fellow out in Langley.

I think I'm looking at replacing rings and valves, anyone might have any idea what else should be replaced? any parts numbers or engines that I could pluck parts from locally?

Any info is very much appreciated, thanks and hoping to bring life back into this wagon!

If you guys got parts for sale, please let me know, cheers!
ugh, I need 10 posts to post links... gonna see if I can build it up, sorry for spam


1998-2003 Legacy chassis code BE/BH5 JDM GT's, GT-B's and B4's (190 kW (258 PS; 255 bhp)) Transmission: Auto

A/B/C have primary VF25 and secondary VF27 turbo's.
D have primary VF33 (46.5/35.4mm 9-blade turbine wheel and a 47.0mm/35.4mm 6 + 6 blade compressor) and secondary VF32 (exhaust side it uses a 46.5/35.4mm 9-blade turbine wheel, teamed with a 52.5/36.6mm 10-blade compressor wheel). Both are not ball bearings!

BH5A - EJ206 9.0:1 Compression, EJ208 8.5:1 Compression
BH5B - EJ206 9.0:1 Compression, EJ208 8.5:1 Compression
BH5C - EJ206 9.0:1 Compression, EJ208 9.0:1 Compression
BH5D - EJ206 9.0:1 Compression, EJ208 9.0:1 Compression
jdmvip, jfarsang, VanMikel, mixxerjay, Ryan? hopefully I researched the correct members with this vehicle?
bgalway, jjm, RyanV, rotarygreg

sorry, just making a list of references of members I could reach out to for assistance



Your best bet is to buy another motor and swap it in. can do it in a day.
Motor+trans is 1200 on ebay or you can buy off reputable motor importer i.e jdmracingmotors.com or torontojdm.com they will do compression test prior to shipping the motor and have a basic warranty.
I agree swap engine out.
Sorry, I'm not a lot of help with these cars...:(
Unless you are going to pull apart the engine and check everything i would try to find another engine like the others are saying.
What he said ^^

Way less of a headache just swapping a full motor.

Plus from what I've seen is these motors are pretty cheap in price compared to a traditional ej
another option if you want to be awesome, get a bug sti front cut, and swap all the goodies in. ej207, 6sp, front brembos...

single turbo conversion!!!
haha tnx guys for all the great suggestions.

bgalway, actually I really do like the bugeyes, almost got one before my outback.

the feedback from you guys have been great. But it also made me realize I should just part this car out instead of trying to fix the motor. I already have 4 cars and 2 of them are projects. I need more garage space haha
good idea, you could make quiet a bit if you part out.
I will buy your climate control head.☺

sounds good mixxerjay

actually in fact if anyone is interested in parts, let me know, might drive me to part it out faster :) I'm still trying to save it but doesn't look good right now.

I'm planning to keep the following:

- Sound System
- Entire interior + door cards + windows, etc
- speedo cluster and steering wheel
- slim roof rails
- trunk and hood panels
- front and rear bumpers, grill
- taillights and headlights
- suspension
- brakes

I know that sounds like a lot but I will also have the same items for sale off of my 2002 outback for cheap.

but ya if you guys intersted in random bits and pieces, let me know. Its a tough choice given how good condition this car is in.
I know that GTB. Sucks for the guy but they are all used cars. I'm interested in the front seats !

Also my silver GTB is still sitting in chilliwack. I would grab that engine out. It's a direct swap and it's the smoothest GTB I've owned. Look at my other posts for the wrecker's contact info. ICBC bought it from me and that guy got it from them.
hey jesse75, what happened to your gt-b? this may change things again if I can get a hold of that dude. man, u guys making my mind go crazy
oh btw, could you tell me some history about this car if you know? thanks and very much appreciated.
hey jesse I did a quick search and found your old post. also looking on CL right now, I guess you didn't pick up your old wagon again?

Damn I am interested in that engine and front lip haha, if there's still a chance to go in together to snag it, i would consider it. I have garage storage space as well.
call me. I'll send you a pm

real motor japan - Import Discussion -> Vendor & Exporter Feedback

Has anybody bought from these guys? Just wonder about their reputation as I've never heard of them. Their site is at [url]www.realmotor.jp[/url]

any info on them would be helpful. thanks

WTB: Legacy GTB BG5 Chassis front bumper - JDM Buy & Sell Section -> Where To Buy

my bumper got thrown away at the paint shop while my painter was away lol

Moving to Comox B.C. JDM Insurance - Import Discussion -> General Discussion

Hey, I own a 1999 Mitsubishi Evolution VI and am moving from Winnipeg to Comox B.C. Just curious how hard it is to safety and register this beast there? Will they accept a Manitoba safety? How much approx am I looking at for insurance per month or per year? Any other tips would be awesome! Thanks!


seems like you do need to get another oopi.
Yes, you will need an inspection here in BC. I suggest you schedule something with a shop on Vancouver on your way through. Shops on Vancouver Island might not want to look at JDMs. You could try contacting Tyee and se who they use for their inspections.

For insurance....I'm not 100% sure how it transfers, but you'll probably need to prove you have a good record to get maximum discount. If you can get maximum discount, I'd guess your insurance will be $1100, but that's just a guess. Best thing to do would be to call an autoplan broker. They should be able to give you an estimate as well as let you know what you need to provide to get a discount on your insurance.
Ok thanks guys! Not sure if I'll be able to stop in Vancouver for a safety on the way through but I'm sure someone on the island will inspect a JDM. I have a very good driving record so hopefully I can get the maximum discount and save some $$$$.
They're a huge difference between oopi shops over here while you might convince a shop to look at your car finding one that will be fair and not find extra things is hard. The only oopi shop where I live (Sunshine Coast so very close) will fail you for coilovers or any other non oem suspension piece or even an aftermarket exhaust. You might get lucky and find a good place on the island but it's probably a good idea to try to find a jdm friendly place on the mainland. It is over 400 bucks every time you get a car inspected and that can add up quickly.
[QUOTE=steveo1115;88585]It is over 400 bucks every time you get a car inspected and that can add up quickly.[/QUOTE]

WTF?!!??! :eek: Where are you getting your car inspected? I've never paid more than $200 (plus tax).
It's that small town tax. It's the only place you can go here to get a oopi it's pay the 400 bucks or trailer you car across bc ferries. It's huge $$ any way you choose it's why I get stressed every time I go through a roadblock. Thankfully I know all the local police now because of my job and I only had to go down that crappy route once.
I talked to Tyee imports in Courtenay/Comox and they gave me contact info for a JDM friendly garage that will do safeties. Hopefully they're fair, the vehicle was safetied in Manitoba so maybe that will help too.
It should. Seems like things are pretty strict for you over there.
If you need a shop in Vancouver, PM me and I'll forward you the info.

Just make sure your headlights are DOT approved and that you have DRLs installed.

Aside from that, I just renewed my insurance with ICBC, 43% discount due to 10+ yrs of accident-free driving, and my rate is at $1770/year. Not sure whether that's great or not, I just know it's lower than what my co-workers pay to drive their civics and fiats.

Ps - if you want to do a impromptu car meet/hill-climb-drive on Mt Washington, msg me and I'll let you know the next time I'm out there to visit my parents (sometime in early Jan). I've been dying to take a leisurely drive up there, but there was some torrential rainfall the last time I visited.
[QUOTE=Jeebus;88781]Aside from that, I just renewed my insurance with ICBC, 43% discount due to 10+ yrs of accident-free driving, and my rate is at $1770/year. Not sure whether that's great or not, I just know it's lower than what my co-workers pay to drive their civics and fiats.[/QUOTE]

That seems expensive. What are you driving and what area are you in?
Something I just thought of...Your insurance premium will also vary with what coverage you choose to have. I don't get collision on my car(s) so that saves me at least a few hundred.
[QUOTE=Jeebus;88781]If you need a shop in Vancouver, PM me and I'll forward you the info.

Just make sure your headlights are DOT approved and that you have DRLs installed.

Aside from that, I just renewed my insurance with ICBC, 43% discount due to 10+ yrs of accident-free driving, and my rate is at $1770/year. Not sure whether that's great or not, I just know it's lower than what my co-workers pay to drive their civics and fiats.

Ps - if you want to do a impromptu car meet/hill-climb-drive on Mt Washington, msg me and I'll let you know the next time I'm out there to visit my parents (sometime in early Jan). I've been dying to take a leisurely drive up there, but there was some torrential rainfall the last time I visited.[/QUOTE]

I don't have DOT headlights but everything is E-Coded, that was good enough in Manitoba hopefully will be enough here too. I have DRLs too.

[QUOTE]Something I just thought of...Your insurance premium will also vary with what coverage you choose to have. I don't get collision on my car(s) so that saves me at least a few hundred.[/QUOTE]

I plan to get collision so I'll be paying the extra pennies for that. Didn't even know you could forgo that though.
As long as you go to a shop that knows what they are doing E-code are ok. I was going to try a shop in Nanaimo and we looked through the inspection requirements on a few things and it very clearly states that E-code is acceptable.

WTB GC8 STi wing (V5/V6) - JDM Buy & Sell Section -> Where To Buy

I've been looking to buy one of these wings for a while but it seems like there is nothing in stock in Japan which has been the situation for about a month.

Does anyone know where I can get a V5 / V6 STi wing in the 74F color?

Like a private sale or a connection either here in Canada or in Japan?

Also, anyone know how much it would cost to repaint the wing? I want to know if it's worthwhile buying a different colored wing and just paint it to the color I want.


I know there is lots in Quebec. If you don't mind paying for shipping I am sure one of there local JDM shops can hook you up. I got mine from JDMnagoyaautoparts

Here is a couple I found for sale


painting it yourself is really doable but the factory job is really nice. I have one on my v3.

I would estimate painting it yourself would be ~80 dollars in supplies. Go to a bodyshop and get a quote if you want a good estimate on professional work. Maybe even contact some via email with a pic of the wing attached and see if they can give you a quote that way.

these are almost identical to the V5 wing


I went digging in the parts catalog for you because I care to see if that could find anything

22b wing assembly: 96051FA570
Version 5 or 6: 96051FA410NN

It's the same part number for coupe and sedan. If you throw those into google you'll find that the subaru north america parts warehouse has nothing (of course). Importing cars from Japan is big business in Russia so there's a lot of Russian sites that sell JDM parts, maybe try one of those?

you can also try going down to the local Subaru dealership and just giving them the part number.

Also make sure the wing you're installing has a good gasket/seal between the trunk lid and it. The previous owner of my rex installed the wing quite shoddily and caused a trunk leak that he probably just ignored for as long as he had it :(
Finding a used wing that matches your paint AND doesnt have damage/scratches will be extremely hard. There are 3 variations of 74f in our paint system.

Your best bet is to have the wing professionally painted and color matched. Most shops are going to charge between 250-300 to paint just the wing.
Thanks guys!

I'm looking for one because I really like the look of the wing. I called a few shops around Calgary and they seemed to give a general cost of about $300 - $400 based on a three-stage paint service with slight pearling.

I was looking into non-OEM wings that are replicas of the OEM wing, but couldn't find any that was priced fairly well.

What are your opinions on the wing? Does it make a huge difference in looks or it's not that big of a deal?

I really like what it does to mine.
Could I ask where you got your wing and if it is OEM or aftermarket?
Was the previous owner's handy work. He told me it was OEM, no clue where he got it though.
Yea, I really want to get a V5 wing for my car but the search is getting tiresome.
Normally Japanese Yahoo auctions are impossible because they only ship internally in Japan but there's some services that will buy from them and send them to you, not unlike the import services we use


I did the math and surface mail should cost less than 400 to ship to calgary. You even get a slightly dented trunk too! The wing is chipped up kinda badly though.
I have been looking in the Yahoo Auctions for a while. I have a car waiting to be shipped by Mark @ BraveAuto and I have been holding out on bringing it over because I really want to get a wing before it's shipped to reduce shipping costs.

I looked up getting a Duraflex wing but it seems that it just costs so much to get it painted in Calgary.
Says it's 74f


I found a few others too, but not in 74F
found this looking for cheap paint


you might get it for cheap if you're lucky and no one outbids
It says it sends to UK, how would I be able to send it to Canada?
Contact the seller. Ebay says it might ship internationally.
Thanks. I contacted the seller a few hours ago, waiting for his reply. :)
Does anyone know a service where I can have an item sent to a company and they send it to me for items that would normally not be able to be shipped directly to me?

I want to buy the wing in the link above and it seems that I may not be able to receive it from him directly.

RHD Insurance - Good news!! - Import Discussion -> General Discussion

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If you currently own a Right Hand Drive or Specialty import or have previously owned one, you MUST fill out the survey link below! Your feedback brings us closer to the final stages of fair and affordable insurance coverage for all RHD and Specialty vehicle owners. The survey will literally take less than one minute to complete (12 easy questions) and the information you provide will be invaluable.

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Done and done! Hopefully this happens so that I can buy a BNR34 here in Onterrible...
Right on! Done the survey. Keeping my fingers crossed for this!
Took the survey.
Facility is nationwide too, don't get your hopes up too much :P
also took survey... in BC insurance isnt hard at all... glad im here
Insurance in Ontario is very hard to get, took a long time to get my pajero insured after heggarty dropped me when they changed to the 25 year rule.
Thanks everyone. Lots of responses which is great. Only two days left until our deadline for the survey so if you haven't responded please do so. It will only take a minute.

Will keep everyone updated on progress as it comes in.
matty, could you please let us all know as to when will the next update regarding this be posted?

Just asking for the general timeline - so we are not in the complete dark. (not asking to disclose any specifics!)
just took the survey good luck

**Official Aftermarket Mudflap Thread** - Import Discussion -> General Discussion

What are you running, where to buy, and which ones to avoid.

This is the place to discuss all mudflap installs, purchasing and problems.

I will chime in first and say I have had trouble with Rally-Tech mudflaps. I purchased through the Rally-Tech Vendor on eBay. They seemed to be great quality when purchased, but they only lasted me a couple months in the harsh cold winter. One ripped really bad, so I removed them. I paid just over $100 plus shipping. I wouldn't purchase again.



After a couple months

Please share your experiences :)
I bought these before and really liked them:


Im all about rally armor. They make a good product at a comparable price to everyone else. They are in the US, so shipping is typically less than the euro stuff.

I had one set of red URs on 3 or 4 different cars over the years. They survived serious torture again and again in all extremes and never looked any worse for the wear.

I actually couldn't believe I still had mine after a couple of the winter nav rallies in Ontario. There was one or two times when I had them on my sir civic and I got sucked into the ditch by the overplow. The car went right into the ditch, I had some speed still, so I turned the wheel full lock out of the ditch and stood on it. Thank goodness for LSDs and tough axles. lol. Needless to say, I still had my trusty rally armor mudflaps.

On a side note, I had their skid plate on my old WRX and that thing saved my ass a few times. Over the years it became pretty ugly with all the gauges and dents, but it still held up beautifully and all the mounting holes stayed in alignment
I got my "Ralliart" from Evobits.uk. The flap quality is good (polyurethane), the logos are just stickered, and they messed up my order in more ways than one.

They were also over priced and customer service is an issue.

I wouldn't recommend.

Anyone in the area with a 1994-98 Legacy GT or GT-B? - Import Discussion -> General Discussion

I ordered my Work wheels last spring for my '94 Legacy Wagon GT and went to pick them up today only to find out that they had ordered them with a 5x114 bolt pattern. One option to rectify the situation is to use a hub bolt adapter, but that will add 10mm to the offset and I'm not sure if they will fit without rubbing the inner fender (fender rolling is not an option). I would like to try fitting one soon to be sure the fitment is correct, if not the company that ordered them will have to order a new set...meaning another long wait. I don't have access to my car for another couple of months, so fitting them at that time would be too late to ensure I had a new set for the first car show next year if we had to reorder.

Is there anyone in the Edmonton area that would allow me to test the fitment on their GT or GT-B?
What is the total offset with the hubs ? The aftermarket rims I got have a high offset +52 I think and they come just even with wheel well. My GTB is a 1999.
Work G25 Dark Prism – 18x7.5, +48et, 5-100

The adapter will add another 10mm to the offset.
I have 18x8 +35 for my 98 legacy gtb.
[QUOTE=Kilroy;88529]Work G25 Dark Prism 18x7.5, +48et, 5-100

The adapter will add another 10mm to the offset.[/QUOTE]

Ya those will put them outside the wheel wells for sure, well 6mm past wheel wells I think like I said mine are flush with the wheel wells on mine. Hey Kilroy what part of deadmonton are you ?
Tires are 225/40/18, wheels are 18x7.5 +48ET.

With the wheel adapters the offset will be +38. How flush are your wheels at +35, Dcryan? What size are your tires?

I live in Fort Saskatchewan, jjm, but I have a fab shop near Argyll and 75 St., right across the street from Herber's Autobody. Plenty of room there for a test fitment and I have a low profile jack, air impact and torque wrench to make it quick. Could probably do it easily in 15 minutes. :)
Oh darn didn't notice that your rims are 18's.
[QUOTE=jjm;88571]Oh darn didn't notice that your rims are 18's.[/QUOTE]

Yes, 18 x 7.5

I originally calculated them to have ~11mm clearance all around, but the only way to truly tell is a fit test. :(

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