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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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FD3S is less than 5 seconds and reliable according to Canadian Driver Since I bought my FD in 2008 it has been raced in auto-x and time attack and HPDE for the past 7 yea....
Current in transit vehicles Date listed: November 27, 2014 Year: 1999 Make and model: Mitsubishi Pajero IO Mileage: 72,054 Km....
Hit a curb.....:( Annnnd I'm gonna just retract my previous question. As I compare the v4 and v6 bumpers I see they're....
Type R DC2 Integras What a great find that is! I second what has been said, eg/ek/dc are crazy m....
In the process of importing through JAPAN-PARTNER So they've emailed me a draft of the BOL at this point but it doesn't have an exact address for port....
Spotted Thread Toyota Celsior in Downtown Vancouver (via Google Streetview) https://i.imgur.com/EEFvECP.jpg....
tensioner question With the 20K you could have either the new style one piece tensioner which would be the same for a G....
FS: 97 Mitsu Lancer Evo IV - $9200 obo Bump, hoping to sell car soon or my brother gets a good xmas present! $7500 no winter tires....
Colby's Evo VI Looks like a clean Evo, you've got there. Congrats!....
FS: 99 Subaru Legacy GT VDC in Edmonton Got a batch of new cars in. This one has to go. $6000.00....


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Hit a curb.....:( - Import Discussion -> General Discussion

Well I'm ashamed to say last night I slid the front corner of my STi into a curb. Hit the wheel sideways pretty hard, but mechanically I think I'm okay (other than a nasty gouge in the winter rim).

Smashed the lower lip on the bumper though. It's a V4 with the 3-piece lip...I will need the RH (Driver side) portion. Where would you guys recommend looking for a replacement? Or does anyone have one laying around that they've upgraded?
This sucks! Have fun finding the lip, they are practically impossible to come across :(

I tried to get one for mine, I ended up finding one but it was wrote off. (Didn't realize)

I do have the center piece if you end up needed it.

Got any pics of your damage?
[url]http://auctions.search.yahoo.co.jp/search?p=gc8+%E3%83%AA%E3%83%83%E3%83%97&auccat=&aq=-1&oq=&ei=UTF-8&tab_ex=commerce&slider=0[/url]
[QUOTE=bgalway;88390][url]http://auctions.search.yahoo.co.jp/search?p=gc8+%E3%83%AA%E3%83%83%E3%83%97&auccat=&aq=-1&oq=&ei=UTF-8&tab_ex=commerce&slider=0[/url][/QUOTE]

Wouldn't shipping be ridiculous?

You're probably just better to watch ebay and wait for a parts car or half cut to come along.
i have had roof racks, snowboard carrier, muffler shipped from japan, about $100 postage each time.

Depends on how much you want it i guess.
And who you use. You are lucky to have a friend over there. My guess is shipping for the lip will be more because it will be long as well as somewhat wide. Maybe similar to the snowboard carrier I guess depending on what that looks like.
Thanks guys. Looks like it may be a pain. If it had just broken into a few pieces I'd have kept them and pieced it back together, but it was cold enough it shattered. Ah well, such is life. I'll probably take off the rest of the lip so I don't wreck any more through the winter. I'll have a look at my options and hopefully find something to put on by this spring - either factory or a full aftermarket lip. I'd prefer to find something in North America, but I realize a guy's gotta get past that mentality with a JDM car sometimes...

Oh and no I don't have pictures atm, not even sure I can post any yet...still fairly new here.
So, this may be a stupid question but I'll take my chances. Would a V6 lip fit onto the V4 bumper? The bumpers look so similar, if not the same.

These guys sell a V6 lip kit...looks way better too:
www-dot-rallispec.com/aer_gc8_rst5906.html#
(sorry I can't post real links yet)
The kit in question is the RST-5770kit

Comments?
FWIW they also sell the V4 lip...but it's $618 vs $320
Annnnd I'm gonna just retract my previous question. As I compare the v4 and v6 bumpers I see they're quite a bit different. Shucks.


tensioner question - Subaru -> Impreza

Hey all I ordered my timing belt kit, wp, all front seals for my v4 ej20k, but the company I ordered it from forgot to send the grenade pin tensioner. Instead of waiting 5 days to get it, which I need for tomorrow, would a usdm tensioner from the dealer work with my car? Are they all the same?

Thanks.
With the 20K you could have either the new style one piece tensioner which would be the same for a GD Subaru, but you could also have the older two piece tensioner as well. In my case, I though for sure I would have the newer version on my car, but I was wrong. There is however a tensioner mounting bracket that you can buy if you wanted to switch to the one piece unit if that were the case. Check out my build thread if it does come to this because I posted the part number for the bracket.


In the process of importing through JAPAN-PARTNER - Import Discussion -> Canada - Importing JDM Cars From Japan

So I Took the biggest financial risk of my young life. I'm in the process of importing an mr2 which was won in auction through Japan-Partner and am still not 100% certain what the outcome will be due to the mixed reviews I've read. They've done body work to the car and sent pictures and a short video. As far as documents go I've got an e-mailed copy of the de-registration + translation and an invoice. Apparently I will get a copy of the Bill of lading a few days after ship leaves at which time they will also be mailing me all the originals. Now I know the negative reviews were all of people buying from their stock list with maybe a couple of positive ones but has anyone actually heard of someone buying through auction with them ? The ship is scheduled to leave on the 30th of this month and so will be posting an update on how things are going with them in about a week or so.
This was the only information regarding shipping I got besides that it's ro/ro and arriving in New West :

"This is detailed information about the vessel:

Shipping company: NISSAN MOTOR CAR CARRIER LTD
Vessel name: IRIS ACE
Vessel voyage #: 34
Estimated departure date: 2014-11-3
Estimated arrival date: 2014-12-14"
first off, congrats on purchasing an mr2, very cool little cars. Ive never personally heard of japan-partners but im sure others on this forum have. If you have the auction sheet of the mr2 you purchased, someone may be able to tell you a thing or two about what it says. Hope it all works out for you!
[QUOTE=Alexkinney;88381]first off, congrats on purchasing an mr2, very cool little cars. Ive never personally heard of japan-partners but im sure others on this forum have. If you have the auction sheet of the mr2 you purchased, someone may be able to tell you a thing or two about what it says. Hope it all works out for you![/QUOTE]

Thanks man I just hope it actually arrives.
So they've emailed me a draft of the BOL at this point but it doesn't have an exact address for port of discharge just says Vancouver Canada. Been checking marine traffic, vesselfinder, and fleetmon for updates and it showed that the Vessel landed in Hitachinaka went to Yokohama then Yokosuka and then Kanda and now is in transit again but the BOL stated the port of loading was Osaka. Hopefully the tracking sites just post limited info for non paying members and the ship actually did stop at Osaka cuz other wise it doesn't add up. Although The fact that according to World Logistics site IRIS ACE V-34 is landing at Annacis Island port in December gives a little re-assurance but it won't be until I actually get the call from WWL that the car has landed will know for sure. Will post back on how it all goes.


Hello from Fredericton, NB - Import Discussion -> Welcome, Announcements & Suggestions

Hey there everyone, I've been spying on the forums for a few weeks now, and have noticed some acquaintances from around the maritimes, and decided I should probably introduce myself. I'm Alex Kinney, and have owned 1 JDM mobile, and have another one to land shortly. My first was a 1999 Version 5 WRX wagon in blue steel metallic, which I shortly sold for a quick profit. My current in-transit vehicle is a 1998 Subaru Forester S/Tb also in blue steel metallic (total fluke lol. Both vehicles have been purchased through William, and have nothing but great to speak of concerning his service. I Love all things JDM, from Delica's and minitruck's to Supra's and GT-R's. Currently, I am selling any vehicles that I import locally until I get a few under my belt and have enough to keep one and buy/sell at the same time. Dollar for Dollar, you can't beat the price of JDM cars for quality and condition.
Hey, it's about time you made it on to here. Welcome to VIP
Welcome here Alex. This is a great community here and helpful members.
Welcome to the forum Alex!


EVO 4, Alternator/PS belt and tensioner pulley - Mitsubishi -> EVO

does any one know is there any aftermarket Alternator Fan PAS Auxillary Belt Tensioner and belt for the EVO IV?

OEM part number should be MD334771/MD355488 for the tensioner and MD340886 for the belt.

or do anyone know if all 4g63T use the same part?

thanks!!!
You should be able to order that at your Mitsubishi dealership. If you can't then buy it on ebay, or other web shop like partsouq or camskill.
I tried, but this part number is not available here in Toronto, they dont even exist.
Or do anyone know if all 4g63 share the same part? Like i can try to find from an eagle talon?
Some Mitsu dealerships have smart and willing parts people who will get it for you.
Your best choice is to order from the other sites I mentioned then.
It will match for sure on evo 4-5-6, probably on evo 7-8-9, and probably not on evo1-2-3 or talon.
I didn't think camskill delivered to Canada?
What I would do first is look for the part numbers on partsouq and cross reference between CN9A and the later CT9A to see if they're the same. If they are, you're in luck and you can source the belt from anywhere that sells USDM evo parts.
I'm fairly certain as long as the code for the part numbers on the site match up, the part can be substituted to your car.
Bascially, on partsouq, if you find the part number for the part you want, you can click on it and it will show you "substitutes".
For instance, if you look up the part number for a CN9A inlet camshaft, you get the part number below. if you click on that number, this wondow pops up:

[url=http://forums.jdmvip.com/vbimghost.php?do=displayimg&imgid=2219]Image:http://forums.jdmvip.com/jdmcarpics/CN9a.PNG-4335546d86f0abd7d.png[/url]

It says there are none available, but lists a substitute part number. If you go and look at the CT9A inlet camshaft part number:

[url=http://forums.jdmvip.com/vbimghost.php?do=displayimg&imgid=2220]Image:http://forums.jdmvip.com/jdmcarpics/CT9A.PNG-4335546d87e83795e.png[/url]

It is the part number displayed on the first picture with the substitute list.
Hope that helps.


FS: 2000/03 Toyota Aristo V300 Vertex Edition (Twin Turbo) - Sponsors -> Brave Auto Japan Intl -> Brave Auto - Stock

Toyota Aristo V300 Vertex Edition (Twin Turbo)
2000/03
3.0L "VVTi" Twin Turbo.
Sequential with Steering Wheel Gear Change.
58,000km's.
Electric Windows, Seats & Mirrors.
Digital Climate Air-Con.
ABS.
TRC (Toyota Traction Control - On/Off).
Dark Polished Wood Trim.
Touch Screen Climate Air-Con System.
Touch Screen Stereo/Multi CD with Factory JBL Speaker Package Including Rear Loud Speaker.
Top Tint Front Windscreen.
Slim Line & Tinted Door Window Visors.
18" BBS LM Alloys with BBS Wheel Nut Kit.
Polished Stainless Steel Dual Rear Sports Mufflers With Blue Tips.
Polished Blitz Dump Valve.

Super Clean, Low Km and Smart Looking Example, One of the best examples we have come across for a long time.

Drives and still smells like new inside.

Grade: 4.5

Price:
[U]620,000yen[/U] FOB - can ship worldwide from Japan.

or

[U]CA$8,100[/U] Drive Away - includes Shipping & Full Transit Insurance from Japan to Vancouver, Customs Clearance up to the point the vehicle is ready to drive away from the port including all import duties etc paid. Drive away price is an approximate example of what this vehicle would owe you as the final price will vary depending on the exchange rate at the time of purchase. I have also inflated this price as well so there are no surprises.

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

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

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

Further details, spec and photos of this vehicle can be found [URL="http://www.braveautointernational.jp/japan-stock.html"]here[/URL].

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

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

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

Basically, importing a vehicle from Japan is "simple" and made even easier with our assistance and guidance, advise and help is always free.

Any questions, please contact me direct - [email]mark@braveautointernational.jp[/email]

Regards

Mark.

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I got your email alerts on this the other day. Man is it nice. I couldn't really tell from the pics, is this on coils?

I wish I was in the financial position to buy this car right now. I need to get my bike finished and out the door first though.

I could always sell my truck.........no, must not sell the truck! lol
Very nice example Mark. I hope a member scoops this up.


FS: 2000/03 Nissan Skyline R34 GTR Limited Edition Midnight Purple 3 - Sponsors -> Brave Auto Japan Intl -> Brave Auto - Stock

Nissan Skyline R34 GTR Limited Edition Midnight Purple 3
2000/03
112,000km's.
6spd
Electric Windows & Mirrors.
Digital Climate Air-Con.
ABS
18" Alloys.
MDF Multi Display Monitor.
Factory Leather Steering Wheel.
Factory Fitted Floor Mats.
Adjustable Rear Spoiler.
Rear Wiper.
Factory Brembo Brakes.
Aftermarket Exhaust with Polished Stainless Rear Muffler.
Aftermarket APEXi Air Filters.
Never Smoked In.
Cambelt Replaced @ 93,000km's.
Books & Full Nissan Service History.

RARE FACTORY MIDNIGHT PURPLE 3 - LIMITED COLOUR ONLY AVAILABLE IN 2000.

One of the best & rarest colours of the R34 GTR's, photos or video do not show case how stunning it is in real life.

Grade: 4.0

Price:
[U]3,125,000yen[/U] FOB - can ship worldwide from Japan.

or

[U]CA$35,000[/U] Drive Away - includes Shipping & Full Transit Insurance from Japan to Vancouver, Customs Clearance up to the point the vehicle is ready to drive away from the port including all import duties etc paid. Drive away price is an approximate example of what this vehicle would owe you as the final price will vary depending on the exchange rate at the time of purchase. I have also inflated this price as well so there are no surprises.

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

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

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

Further details, spec and photos of this vehicle can be found [URL="http://www.braveautointernational.jp/japan-stock.html"]here[/URL].

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

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

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

Basically, importing a vehicle from Japan is "simple" and made even easier with our assistance and guidance, advise and help is always free.

Any questions, please contact me direct - [email]mark@braveautointernational.jp[/email]

Regards

Mark.

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GLWS!

I just had a Cupid strike me with an arrow.
Must...resist...urge...to....fap....
Seriously though, whoever buys this is one lucky sunofagun. If only I had 35k.. Good luck with the sale.
Wow! I have never seen this color gtr before. Someone will be getting a beautiful car. GLWS
I'm shopping for one currently and let me say... if this was legal to come over right now it would be mine.

Thank you Mark for buying such fine examples.
[QUOTE=William;88319]I'm shopping for one currently and let me say... if this was legal to come over right now it would be mine.

Thank you Mark for buying such fine examples.[/QUOTE]

Such a short time to wait, pull the trigger, free storage!
Dooooo iiiitttt!!!
I'm not a patient man when it comes to my own cars :D
I would give my left nut even if I had to wait a full year.
I absolutely LOVE how it appears to change colour at angles. Best factory paint ever IMO.
Well I see Mark has done it again and this is another car I really want one of our active members to scoop up!
Ugh I wish I didn't click on this thread...

This would be mine... But I just bought a larger house :(
The color is glorious. I remember seeing this one in auction and thinking it would sell for a whole pile more! Great find.


FS: 2000/01 BMW Z3 2.0L Factory BMW Motorsport Upgrade - Sponsors -> Brave Auto Japan Intl -> Brave Auto - Stock

BMW Z3 2.0L Factory BMW Motorsport Upgrade
2000/01
LHD
56,000km's.
5spd
Electric Windows & Mirrors.
Air-Con.
ABS
Later 2.0L 6cyl Wide Body Model.

Standard Factory Spec.
Electric Sports Seats.
ASC - Anti Skid Control (traction control) - On/Off.
LSD.
Light Weight BMW 16" Alloys.

Other Factory Optional Extras.
BMW Motorsport Suspension.
BMW Motorsport Leather Steering Wheel with SRS.
BMW Motorsport Leather & Chrome Shift Knob.
BMW Roll Over Protection.
BMW Removable Mesh Wind Deflector.
BMW Soft Top Cover.
BMW Floor Mats.
BMW Stereo & Multi CD Changer.
BMW Chrome Line Interior Trim.

Aftermarket.
Panasonic Wide Screen LCD Monitor - Not Screwed To Dash - Easy Removal.

Comes with Full Books & Service History.

Very Clean Vehicle That Has Been Garage Kept and Not Weathered.

Grade: 4.5

Price:
[U]580,000yen[/U] FOB - can ship worldwide from Japan.

or

[U]CA$7,700[/U] Drive Away - includes Shipping & Full Transit Insurance from Japan to Vancouver, Customs Clearance up to the point the vehicle is ready to drive away from the port including all import duties etc paid. Drive away price is an approximate example of what this vehicle would owe you as the final price will vary depending on the exchange rate at the time of purchase. I have also inflated this price as well so there are no surprises.

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

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

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

Further details, spec and photos of this vehicle can be found [URL="http://www.braveautointernational.jp/japan-stock.html"]here[/URL].

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

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

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

Basically, importing a vehicle from Japan is "simple" and made even easier with our assistance and guidance, advise and help is always free.

Any questions, please contact me direct - [email]mark@braveautointernational.jp[/email]

Regards

Mark.

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alsxe10's BNR34 - Import Discussion -> Videos & Photos Of JDM Cars

So... lets try this again. After my last experience with my s15 silvia failure. I am looking to buy a BNR34 this time. the hunt starts now! deciding if I should buy all stock and mod or buy one that has minor mods done to it already... will keep everyone updated
Hey Alex I hope it works for you this time and can't wait to see the BNR34 when you find it! I recommend picking a known and trusted Exporter especially with something as expensive as BNR34 and to get a clean one (make sure it's an Exporter who would return a bad one to auction and not just send it off). I wouldn't choose an unknown Tradecarview or JUMVEA dealer especially.

[URL="http://forums.jdmvip.com/Japan_Car_Network_Import_Discussion_Vendor_amp_Exporter_Feedback-6809-t"]For those who don't know Alex is talking about his unfortunate S15 Silvia where he was fraudulently shipped a different car from [I][U]Japan Car Network.[/U][/I][/URL]
Holy crap! How many cars are you going to buy?!?!

I love that you're looking for a BNR34. I'd love to own one myself, but living in Ontario is terrible at the moment for RHD insurance.

Anyways, good luck my man!
Are you selling the Silvia then? Or what happened with it?
Ouuu r34 searching! :D That would be so fun, defiantly one of my favorite cars. Good luck with your hunt and hopefully better luck this time around.
Not sure about your budget but Mark just scored an amazing looking piece of work.

[url]http://forums.jdmvip.com/FS_200003_Nissan_Skyline_R34_GTR_Limited_Edition_Midnight_Purple_3_Sponsors_Brave_Auto_Japan_Intl_Brave_Auto_Stock-6847-t#post88327[/url]
Do it! Its so awesome!!! The better one of 2 almost identical ones to go up at auction the same week. 65048&65049

For $35k to bc, customs cleared... Thats awesome you wont find a better car for less.


New Member from South Africa - Import Discussion -> Welcome, Announcements & Suggestions

Hi everyone,

My name is Ryan age 29 and I'm from South Africa, Cape Town. I stumbled across this site as I googled "brave auto international experience" as I'm interested in importing a Skyline GTR R33. I hope to learn from you guys.

I'm not much of a writer:confused:
GTR is always a good choice in my opinion bud. If I had the means I'd have sprung for an R34, but definitely no money for it and I wanted a sedan anyways..
Welcome to the forum
Hi and thanks EvoNorth, yeah I would definitely go for an R34 but as is I'm planning to sell my Nissan Sabre and save up for the rest of the expenses like tax and the rest. I was hoping to find out what cost should i expect on the forum.
Well for an R33 imported to Canada, I was quoted around 12-15 thousand CAD "total cleared customs" for a good one. I have no idea what it would be like importing a vehicle to a different country though... Sorry mate
[QUOTE=EvoNorth;88262]Well for an R33 imported to Canada, I was quoted around 12-15 thousand CAD "total cleared customs" for a good one. I have no idea what it would be like importing a vehicle to a different country though... Sorry mate[/QUOTE]

Who quoted you that? That seems more like it would be car cost for a good one. Taxes, shipping etc on top of that price.
[QUOTE=RyanV;88263]Who quoted you that? That seems more like it would be car cost for a good one. Taxes, shipping etc on top of that price.[/QUOTE]

Agreed! People don't understand what good GT-R's actually cost... I have so many people tell me so-and-so told them they can get them a GT-R for much less than I quote. My response is always, "listen to me now or believe me later" about those cheap GT-R's.
My mistake the quote was for an R32
R33 is closer to 22-25 I would think.
Hi William yeah we understand that for a good one you normally pay more but unfortunately when one is limited in terms of cash you tend to get the best that your money can buy. I will be selling my mint Nissan Sabre and the rest of the parts in my garage plus save up for a year to be able to bring a GTR into my country. All cost included and hopefully I will still be married there after because of draining the cash for a full year. I will be living on the bare basics to make my dream car possible
Welcome to the site red.devil and I hope you'll contribute by sharing your full experience.

Good GTRs of any series are never cheap as the others said. But yes there are cheap ones, you may find a high-mileage with poor body running OK but then it kind of defeats the purpose IMHO. That's the best "cheap scenario" or you may get a complete junker that's on its last breath (probably explains why we've seen so many GTR failures in Canada since many of our countrymen also try and buy everything cheap and then worry about paying for it later).

You may want to consider a GTS-T or maybe even another model of car unless you really really only love the R33 GTR.
[quote='jdmvip']Welcome to the site red.devil and I hope you'll contribute by sharing your full experience.

Good GTRs of any series are never cheap as the others said. But yes there are cheap ones, you may find a high-mileage with poor body running OK but then it kind of defeats the purpose IMHO. That's the best "cheap scenario" or you may get a complete junker that's on its last breath (probably explains why we've seen so many GTR failures in Canada since many of our countrymen also try and buy everything cheap and then worry about paying for it later).

You may want to consider a GTS-T or maybe even another model of car unless you really really only love the R33 GTR.[/quote]

Thank you for the warm welcome and I'am so happy i stumbled upon this forum.

I totally agree with you about bring in a bad vehicle and it would be a waste of time however could you help by answering the below question in order for me to get step one out the way, "finance/Cost"

Here in South Africa is so much GTS and i think it's really silly to bring in a GTS if you have a import limit of 3 cars ever so yes i want a GTR.

- What would the price range be for a Low end, Mid and top end skyline cost in Yen / ZAR

Leaving Japan cost

- I checked Mark post from Brave auto where he explains that you pay a once off all inclusive fee so what other cost besides the agents fees and shipping and what can i expect to pay to South Africa Cape Town ports.

- Vehicle amount
- Agent Fee
- Brave Auto smog clean ;-) ???
- Shipping and Insurance ???


Landing costs

- What tax and other cost would I expect to pay in South Africa.

- SARS tax 60 - 65% of the amount spend ???
- Clearing agent 2000ZAR ???
- NRCSLOA 2000ZAR???

Sorry for the noob questions
[QUOTE=William;88264]Agreed! People don't understand what good GT-R's actually cost... I have so many people tell me so-and-so told them they can get them a GT-R for much less than I quote. My response is always, "listen to me now or believe me later" about those cheap GT-R's.[/QUOTE]

Well said William, story of my life as well and many learn the hard way, both the public and in some cases some agents.

Part of the problem is people go on Trade Carview and see cheap vehicles advertised and automatically assume they are getting a gem and that is what they should be paying for a gem.

Also, past auction results mislead a lot of newbies as well for two reasons.

1) past results are up to three months old, a lot can change in three months such as flavour of the month, season and more lately the sudden huge drop in the yen, maybe not so much against the CA$ but the US$ and the UK pound. When the yen becomes weak, the prices at auction go up as high demand export type vehicles prices in Japan are controlled by overseas markets, not by local (domestic) market. If you get more yen for your dollar, you are going to bid higher to try and out bid others.

2) many newbies think for example that grade: 4.0 vehicle/s are all the same in condition. Far from it, the grade number is only a quick reference guide when looking through the auction list, it is the notes to the side that is the key plus a few other things which I will keep to myself, cannot let all my tricks out of the bag.

Here i some more detail about what I am refering to - [url]http://www.braveautointernational.jp/wm/page-82-1-auction-inspection-sheet-information.html#Important_Information[/url]

Cheers

MB.
Hi Mark thank you for your response and yes i do understand what you saying and therefore I will be continuing my research in order to understand the cost involved this is also the main reason why i started this thread and learnt alot in this pass week to the point where its started to affect my work and sleep. They say good things comes to those who wait and that i will do. LOL
I knew those inspector notes were important. Considering how often I browse through the history of sold vehicles, maybe I'll have to pick up on some Japanese :P


Tire pressure - Subaru -> Legacy

Sorry bout the dduuhhh question but what is the tire pressure for our wheels.
Look at the side of your tyre and it should tell you in PSI, can be small/hard to see sometimes.
If your tires don't have loads, you can look at your door sills, fuel compartment, or engine compartment. The recommended factory tire loads are sometimes, if not usually, in one of those places.
Yes but in Japanese.
[QUOTE=jjm;88251]Yes but in Japanese.[/QUOTE]

So the loads on the tires are in Japanese or the plates/stickers in the compartments?

Either way, look up a similar tire (same brand and model) but the NA/EU counterpart. If that isn't possible or there isn't a direct NA/EU version, take a picture and upload it and hopefully someone can translate.
Hmm I've seen them in bar not psi look for that and do the conversion.
Great idea.
anywhere from 32 psi to 39 psi will be fine
Awsome thanks
Pressures labeled on the tires indicate the max PSI/KPa for that specific tire, but not for the car (44PSI on most passenger tires for example).

But for comparison, every Subaru I've worked on from Foresters, STis, XVs have all had pressures at around 29-32PSI. 32 is common for most Japanese cars.
Sweet. thanks


Spun a rod bearing, EJ208 - Subaru -> Legacy

Hey yall, Its been a while since I've checked back in here. I have been enjoying my BH5 GTB. Treating it very nicely. No fun until its fully warm. Unfortunately, like the title says, I spun a rod bearing the other day.

Originally I was just going to source a used engine and toss it in and keep driving. However, this seems like a short term solution. I do a lot of short trip driving (living only 5 km from work) and that's just hard on a car no matter what. Also, the EJ208s have all the power of an STI (sometimes, lol) but they have cast bottom ends as opposed to the 207s forged internals.

Trying to find the right 208 is easier said than done. I've tried multiple Japanese auction sites and local engine suppliers. None seem to have 208s. The few that I found were either high mileage or REV Cs or Ds which have a higher compression ratio than REV As and Bs. We all know we are already cutting it close with the gas we have here. Trying to run a higher compression engine with an ECU tuned for the lower compression on already iffy fuel is asking for trouble.

After talking this over with my amazing wife, she said, screw it, lets go crazy then. Swap it or build it she says.

So I want to either build a new bottom end with forged internals OR swap in something different. A single turbo 207 that is easily tuneable is a desirable prospect. The other notion in my head is an LSX swap. However, I am really fond of this twin turbo setup. I could be really happy with a built engine, catless up pipes and downpipes and maybe slightly better turbos and a tune. That's the problem though with that option. Tuning is not easy on these twins from what I've read.

Coles notes:

Engine goes boom
I need to build up
Option 1 Built ej208 + up/down pipes + turbos + tune????
Option 2 EJ207 (or EJ257???) + tune
Option 3 LSX or something else like that

What do you guys think? Any leads on good engine builders in Canada that know JDM EJs well? I don't have an HP goal in mind. I know I will be limited if I stick with the 208. If I go 207 or LSX swap then I will be aiming for 400+ because the lack or originality will have to be made up for with HP. lol.

Honestly, the car is plenty fast enough for me now. I had no intentions of tuning because I didn't want to blow the engine. but that happened anyways so the car has changed jobs. It was a fun daily. Now its going to be a project/weekend fun car only.

Well, discuss. I'm in no rush here. Just want to collect opinions and experiences.
option 2. but buy an 01+ sti front cut.
Option 2 for me as well. It just opens up a lot more tuning potential for you. Of course there is the possibility of having swap problems since electrical won't be pnp.
why do you think it broke? what oil used? did you do regular maintenance? ej's are usually pretty reliable with regular servicing.
It seems like maintenance was up to date. There was a sticker for a timing belt not long ago (which is early as the car only has 78 XXX km) I had changed the oil several times since I got it. 5w40 Castrol SLX

Im thinking that the weak ej208+ my constant short trips are what caused this.

If you do a little digging, there are tons of people who have spun bearings in these 208s and especially in 206s. I think that the twin setup is really not ideal...too much load too easily at such low RPM all the time cant be easy on the bottom end.

Like I said, I do alot of short trips. I live only a few kms from where I work. The grocery store is even close. Once every few weekends I'll take the car from south surrey to mission for church. that is really the only decent drive it every gets
Uh oh now I am scared.
where you beating on it when it let go? any mods? stock or after market ecu? what fuel?

sorry for the 99 questions just curious.
Ya me too, I have read that these engines a tough but need to be maintained very well.
You're in luck.

My silver subaru was picked up by a wrecker in Chilliwack. The guy has no idea what it is.

I did a ton of maintenance on that car. It's gold mine for a good wrecker.

Engine is strong.

He wants 3k for the whole car. I want the front seats if you want to go in together and bargain with him.

Shoot me a pm. I know that GTB inside and out

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Sounds like you should go pick this up for replacement.
yeah, you could buy it for 3k, do the swap and sell off a bunch of parts to recoup the cost.
Yeah that wrecked car of jesse would be the best option. Affordable and straight up.
If no one grabs it this weekend I will get it and part it out. It's too good to let it sit in the winter out there
Sweet I would buy some stuff off ya.
what do you have on the car jesse, looks pretty stock.
All stock. I swapped the snow tires and exhaust after the accident.
wow, that's a good idea...hmm...tough decision

As for the other questions,

No I was not beating on it when it happened. I had only been running the car for a few minutes and driving it normally. I do my best to stay completely out of boost when its cold. I shift at 2200 rpm when its gold. I don't lug it, I keep a close eye on my boost/vac gauge and keep the vac as high as possible. Other drivers on the road get pissed off because I drive so slow when my car is cold

No mods at all to the engine/drivetrain

The fuel I have always used is chevron 94 octane

However, these cars are tuned to run 100 RON and our 94 (RON+MON)/2 is clearly close but no cigar. I am scared of running another stock engine/tune because Im sure long term it will yield the same results.

I have talked to many Subaru engine gurus and they all seem to have the same opinion, unknown fuel + the aggressive JDM tunes these cars have = spun rod bearings. I didn't believe it at first, but I have read and heard some explanations that seem to hit the nail on the head.

I think I would be happy with the stock drivetrain if I could get someone to tune the ECM for me to run on our fuel.

Anyways Jesse, you will be getting a PM
Is there some one in Canada who can do this ? and at what cost.
[QUOTE=jjm;88330]Is there some one in Canada who can do this ? and at what cost.[/QUOTE]

you mean tune for our shitty fuel? I haven't found anyone who knows anything about tuning EJ206s/EJ208s yet...but im constantly looking. I cant really even find anyone in Europe who can do it. Everyone just seems to buy the already tuned ECUs like Mines or whatever. that would only make the problem worse.
Crap what options do we have otherwise ?:confused:
I'm not sure about boxer engines, but as far as tuning for shitty fuel all you really need to do is pull a bit of timing based on knock (I think 1 degree for every 3 counts of knock). You might be able to lower the boost as well. And richen the mixture a tad. But I wouldn't recommend doing that last one without a wideband o2 meter. It's what I'll be doing to my car to run on pump gas.

Of course in order to do that you have to purchase all the necessary equipment. Most expensive being the tactrix cable. I decided to buy the stuff because I want to learn to tune my car.
Also, your car might have had an aggressive tune done while still in japan? Just speculation. But it's weird that staying out of boost and everything still spun a bearing. Has anyone else on the forum ever heard of it happening without hard driving?
I should mention that it was during a cold snap here in the evening. Im pressure sure temps were below zero. I work like 5 mins from home. I had walked to my car after work. Started it up, drove approx. 2 mins to the chevron. Filled up with gas. Then pulled out of the parking lot. Stopped at a set of lights, pulled away and almost shit my pants when I heard the knocking. I was probably in boost a bit when it happened. But not hard on the throttle by any means. Second gear, right when you start to get boost 2200-2500rpm and a little bit of load. KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK.

I doubt the car had an aftermarket tune on it, but its hard to say. I have a boost gauge and it always reads what others say are stock numbers so....

And yes, if I could tune this car myself, I would. Like you said, pull some timing and I'd feel safe running stock. Acutally, I'd like to put bigger injectors, pull a bunch of timing and add a bunch of fuel and a bit of boost. That way the top end will have the same pull, just a little lazier everywhere else. It would be safer but terrible on gas. lol
How long did you let it warm up for? Generally in any vehicle I've owned I let it warm up 5 minutes for every 10 degrees below zero. I've had some vehicles I didn't care about do quite a bit of knocking if I didn't let them warm up properly and drive them right after startup, knocked slightly until the needle for water temp started moving.
If you're still using any oil over a 5 weight, didn't have an oil pan heater, started it and drove it right away the oil was probably really thick especially at temps below zero and only being ran for two minutes. I'm only guessing though no real way to know if that was the cause even if it was the case.
+ 1 with ya there EvoNorth with my Subie or any car I have owned I have gave them a good long warm up to allow for thermal exspansion (sounds cool), and cool down (with turbo). I am a welder by trade and the one thing I have learned is that when we were hydro testing pipe when it was really cold we had too really watch the temp because the temp of the pipe is always 10 degrees lower than ambient temps, so I kinda apply that to my cars. Call me anal but I would rather use a little more fuel than replace an engine.
My thoughts exactly. Especially if you don't have an oil pan heater. Even with 0 weight oils it gets viscous below 0 degrees. And oil is the blood of the engine.

Specifically in turbocharged engines. The turbine is always spinning, regardless if you're boosting or not, because it runs on exhaust which is always flowing if the engine is on obviously. Letting it warm up when it's been sitting in negative temperatures and as you said, thermally expand, is extremely vital to its operation.
Driving the car when it doesn't have good oil pressure is like trying to walk with barely any blood in your head. Not very easy. And oil pressure won't develop properly if your oil is thick.

Also like you said, 10 or 15 minutes at idle is much less expensive than a rebuild or replacement of an engine.
I like your thinking EvoNorth, one more thing I wanted to add is along with the oil circulation which is vital, allowing the engine to heat up allows for gaskets to warm and become plyable (sorry for spelling) and seal properly.
We should probably not start this debate here, but idling an engine for 15 minutes is not ideal either. you get LOTS of extra fuel idling a car. That extra fuel typically wont burn when its cold. It ends up in the oil itself. Especially if all you do is short trips it never burns out of the oil.

Also, your oil pressure is very high when the oil is cold. Thick oil will create higher oil pressure. in fact, its typically so high that you are typically on the bypass loop of the oil system, bypassing the oil filter because the oil is too thick to run through that and get to the top end in time to not starve it of oil. Also, the bottom end is first thing to get the oil. While I am a firm believer in no beating on a cold engine, the bottom end should be quite happy a minute or 2 after start up even when its cold out. No, I don't start the car throw it in gear and go. I let it idle until it comes down off of high idle at least.

When I say bellow zero, I mean -1, -2. its the lower mainland in BC....it doesn't get cold here. Im from Ontario originally. No stranger to owning/operating a turbo car in cold temps. My old WRX lasted for ever driving the way I do in much much more adverse conditions with an actual tune, totally catcless, 3" turbo back with divorced wastegate and all the other bells and whistles. I bought it with high mileage, tuned it, drove it for years, crazy high miles and pretty extreme environments (I did a lot of rally stuff, extreme nav rallies, service crew for a rally team, my car was even a recce car for them once or twice). And it is very common for tuned EJ205s to eat con rod bearings but that never happened. In fact, my friend is still driving that car.

That is why Im sure this is not a direct cause of my driving habbits. Mind you, I believe they exacerbated the issue and here we are.

I plan to not use this car as a daily driver anymore no matter what route I take. Its going to be for fun/weekend trips only.
I said good oil pressure, high oil pressure is not an ideal thing all the time, especially if the oil is thick. It will have a tougher time finding it's way into the smaller crevices of these high performance engines. Good oil pressure doesn't come from oil being so thick it has to bypass the filter.

And yes I fully understand the fuel in the oil if you let your car idle too long, which is why I frequently change my oil in the winter. Almost twice as often as I would in the summer, especially since the car doesn't do long trips to and from places. Getting across town is 10 minutes.
Yeah I wasn't aware you're from the lower mainland. -2 isn't really a necessary "my car needs to idle a few minutes to warmup to warm up". My climate is closer to -30 to 40 winters which is why my only real choice is to give it 5-10 minutes of warm up or the vehicle is close to undriveable (steering, tranny, all frozen). I change my oil religiously however so the fuel in the oil doesn't have time to accumulate to the point of being detrimental to the engine.

Definitely not a result of driving habits considering what I now know you meant by cold snap. Especially if you're used to much colder.
I agree I'm in deadmonton and it gets ugly cold here too.
My point about the high oil pressure is that the crank should be getting sufficient (albeit unfiltered) oil for the low loads I apply when its cold. I can't imagine that the connecting rods would be the first thing to starve...however I read somewhere that con rod journals 2 and 3 are fed from the same main bearing journal where as 1 and 4 get their own supply from separate mains. Not really a flaw I guess or engines would be blowing up left right and center. But I'm thinking this situation was one of "The straw that broke the camels back" kind of things. Crap fuel, aggressive tuning, cold temps and too many short trips.

Where abouts in NWT are you EvoNorth? My wife was born in Yellowknife. We planned to move back there once we left the Canadian Forces but somehow we ended up in Ontario for 6 months and now we are out here in BC almost a year because that's where her family is. Yellowknife is still always in the back of our minds though.

It makes me happy to think that there could be other RHD lovers out there once we make the move. haha
Very true on the oil to the crank and cons. As far as actual journals and where they start/end that's getting way out of my league on any of these engines let alone a boxer. Without a journal map/trace I'm useless in that fact.
Yeah fuel is my #1 concern as up here the best we get is shell 91 octane (they advertise it as v-power though so ???) which is the first place I'll be starting by pulling some timing until I can get a WBO2 meter.

I'm born and raised Yellowknife! Haha I'm here mainly because my student loans get forgiven if I stay and work up here long enough. That, and the pay is better for my profession than 90% of the jobs in Canada.

How long since you've been up? things have changed A LOT in the 20 years I've been here alone so I'd imagine even more so for her.
There's a few RHD vehicles, mostly Delica's. Only one other performance car, Evo 4, but I don't know the guy. RHD isn't a big scene, just something you see now and again up here.
Well all I can say is that silver GTB was my best one prior to the accident. ECU was mapped in the UK for 91 octane with a conservative tune to 290HP. My fuel economy was 10-11L/100km's on 91 with mixed driving. We did a 4,000+km road trip down to Mnt Rainier and back and it was rock solid.

I'm not sure what yours is but mine's an auto with the tiptronic shifters (may/99 e-tune model)

If I can get a buyer for the engine, I'd be willing to ship it as well.

I won't commit to grabbing my silver subaru before I get the engine sold, otherwise it won't be worth my time to tow/store it (I'd have to pay for both)
aw crap. mines stick. so EJ208 in mine, EJ206 in yours. lots of different parts and things. So that option is now out.

Could you tell me where/how you got your ECU mapped in the UK for 91 octane? I think thats a must for anyone running these cars here.

I've never been to yellowknife myself. Just hear alot about it from my wife. She was born there, and moved away at a young age. Then spent about a year there a couple of years ago.

I've gotten some other info about swaps and such. Im leaning very heavily to an STI swap and running a single turbo. Im actually excited for this now. My car is going to be parked until its perfect. So all the little nit picky things that bug me but I can't have my car down for a few days to take them apart and do it right will now get fixed right.

The plan as it stands now is going to be an STI swap. V6 sti is the most straight forward. V7 or V8 (JDM) are what I actually want i think...variable valve timing is a cool piece of kit. I have to do more research to see whats best for my power goals and what not though


Driver License Exams - Import Discussion -> General Discussion

I was browsing the sticky thread of what kind of cars and drivers annoy the most. I was going to reply in there about license exams and how that I am surprised at how some people can even get their license, whether bus driver or not. Turned out to be a big reply so started this thread.

I strongly believe there needs to be much stricter exams here in Canada. My wife is originally from Chile and she said it is way more difficult to get a regular auto license there, the exam takes almost a full business day and is outlined below from what I can remember;

Begins with the written part of the exam which is 60 or more questions. After that they test your general motor skills and reaction times. The motor skill exams are similar to the games operation and whack a mole. So if you touch the sides in operation too much you fail or miss the mole too many times. Then the reaction test is you look at a screen with just a background of you moving along a road and either a big red or green light will flash on the screen. As soon as it flashes you have to step on the brake (red) or accelerator (green) as fast you can. The reaction time is recorded and if you are too slow or use the wrong pedal you fail.

After the motor skills are done you have to talk with a doctor about your medical history. They do an assessment to determine if you are medically and psychologically fit to drive. Apparently if you had any surgeries in your medical history they need to follow up with the surgeon(s) if possible and potentially send you for some tests, which will delay you actually getting your license.

After all this you are now ready to actually to get into the car for the in car test. This test has to be done with a manual transmission, no exceptions. The actual driving part is the same as here in Canada with one exception. The exception is that there are a lot of hills in Chile so they will make you stop in the middle of hill on the way up. Once at a complete stop you then need to get it into first without rolling backwards too much (1 meter i think?).

This won't eliminate many problems in the thread, as most of it is aggression but it would certainly make roads safer in my opinion. Maybe other people might have gotten a license or know of tougher exams in another country.
I think we most North American drivers, they can drive proper and safe but they don't care as much or they think they are better than others. I know peoe who can drive perfectly normal if they weren't such snobs/obnoxious people. Another big factor is the car they drive, I find that people who aren't as mature (usually teens) drive much more aggressive when they are in a performance vehicle as opposed to when they are driving a van or a SUV. There are always exceptions, I've seen people drive like idiots in a van, going crazy speeds when they can't even get proper traction from a stop.

A rigorous driving license exam would weed out those that truly should not drive but, honestly, most people drive way more careful when they are in an exam.
I agree with shoxie it's driver education that's the issue in North America. How many people text when driving or are changing their gps or putting on makeup. I've been in the car when the drivers tried to do all these things. No ones doing that kind of stuff on a driving exam. Also as a young person who's had their class 5 for about 45 days. The graduated license program is a pretty lengthy process it takes 3 years to get your full license. With one year being supervised driving. I do agree that there should be a mandatory driving school so people get taught good habits instead of inheriting their instructors bad ones.
Yes I would have to agree also that driver education is more important. That would address many more of the problems. I was just surprised at how rigorous another countries initial exam was compared to ours.

Anyone familiar with what it is like to get a driver license in Japan? They have rigorous vehicle inspections with shaken so wondering how the actual driver examination is like. I realize shaken is primarily driven by their new vehicle industry so maybe they are lenient with the initial exam.


Recommend a dash cam - JDM Buy & Sell Section -> Where To Buy

I had an eBay one that worked OK but need a better eBay one.
I'd like one that is small and records when the car starts.

A bonus would be if it could record while the car is parked based on motion.

Thanks for your suggestions guys.
[URL="http://www.tested.com/tech/456565-best-dash-cam-your-car-costs-60/"]This one[/URL] seems promising. It will record on motion-cue when the car is off so long as it is hard wired to your battery. There's an example video of the daylight quality on the site. Could probably find a night time example but I haven't looked.
And it can be found for a relatively low price. Bonus.
In fact I was so sold from the article, I just bought one myself. Haha.

There's also a video on youtube of the night quailty while driving, not bad at all.
I'm happy with the one I got but if I were to buy another one it would have to be the g1w.


coolant conditioner and ej20k - Subaru -> Impreza

It's getting cold in Winnipeg and my v4's coolant is good to -20. I was at the dealership today and picked up some coolant and a thermostat. I totally forgot to get the conditioner and the parts is closed for the weekend. Could I change my fluid tomorrow and buy the conditioner on Monday and then add it? Does it have to be added before i put in the coolant?
Subaru practically forced the conditioner/stop leak on me back in 2010.
But there is debate if it is helpful or harmful.

I did use it and added it after filling coolant and my EJ20G and coolant have been fine.
Hope the above helps..
Never even heard of this stuff, but after reading you're supposed to add it into the radiator, not the reservoir, they supposedly recalled rs2.5's way back when to add this stuff too, i have never heard or used it in the year i've owned mine and i too live in winnipeg.


RS alert! On yahoo japan evo4 rs - Mitsubishi -> EVO

Unfortunately I don't have storage space for this or I would have already bought it. Evo4 rs going for 400,000 yen with low kms. This would be a nice buy if the add is accurate.....

[url]http://page5.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/e150320204[/url]
It does look clean the only issue is you need a physical inspection to confirm so many including your Importer Zen would probably advise against it. Yahoo Japan often has interesting cars FS though.


Bought a grinning idiot and joined the hot hatch club - Aaron's Mazdaspeed3 - Mazda -> Mazda General

The car is made in Japan so I avoided the USDM forum ;)

I've been considering replacing my Mazda3 for about a year but I had no idea what to get as a replacement. I've probably posted a few times around here about what to get as a second car.

Mazdaspeed3 was a contender - I had looked at a few and test driven a 2012. I also considered an FRS, WRX, a 2014 Mazda3 or getting another JDM. Basically I'd look at anything neat in the price range of a 2014 Mazda3, so I'd go on Autotrader and surf away from time to time.

Found this 2010 on Kijiji - tech package was standard in 2010, wasn't a necessity but a nice bonus. Being sold by the original owner, it has been winter stored since he got it, and he was selling at a very good price IMO. He gave me the entire service history, and a few extra tidbits of information (like a non-factory alignment that will avoid eating the tires like the factory specs do). Met the guy and he was a definite car guy and he loved his car. He was also a clean freak so that helped ;)

He was also exceptionally accommodating and I had the car looked over at Halifax Autosport with Agency and it came back with minimal to no issues so I pulled the trigger.

Very happy with it! I do feel a bit bad that it is going to see winter time....

And yes it does look like a grinning idiot.

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Nice pick up! I see a lot of those around Moncton, they must be a good reliable car. Whats your plans?
Thanks, I have always liked the Speed3s, and finding this one so well looked after was almost too good to be true lol.

No plans yet other than to winterize the heck out of it - there is a control arm and another part underneath I need get the rust off and repaint, nothing major. Then undercoat and Krown treatment which pains me a bit to drill holes into it... :(

I might put an intake cone on it, more for the sound than anything else, but in truth I am a fan of stock. Same attitude with my Evo V.
nice car, only let down is fwd.
[QUOTE=bgalway;88187]nice car, only let down is fwd.[/QUOTE]

Haha, thanks!

It's not so bad, not much fun in the winter but fun enough overall.
Ya awd speed3 would be sick!
Nice buy Rygar but did you snub the JDM Subaru for the sake of EVO? :)
Seriously though it is an unusually clean local car and I love the front end especially the scoop.
[QUOTE=rhdgc8;88199]Ya awd speed3 would be sick![/QUOTE]
Rumour has it the next one is going to be AWD.
[QUOTE=jdmvip;88210]Nice buy Rygar but did you snub the JDM Subaru for the sake of EVO? :)
Seriously though it is an unusually clean local car and I love the front end especially the scoop.[/QUOTE]

Once you go Mitsubishi you don't go Subaru ;)

I have a rusty control arm to clean up before undercoating, but other than that it's all good.
[QUOTE=Rygar;88218]Rumour has it the next one is going to be AWD.[/QUOTE]

Oh really? Now that will be a big seller.
I got 17" alloys from a Mazda 5/6 for the winter tires. Going to try to clean the rust off the control arm today while it is sunny.

Really not looking forward to Krowning this rig :(


speedo change from KPH to MPH in Vitz - Import Discussion -> United Kingdom UK - Importing JDM Cars From Japan

Hi All, I am Baron and new to this site. I recently imported a Toyota Vitz 2002 model, into the UK but cannot register it yet because I must change the odometer to read from KPH to MPH. The digital speedo in the Vitz(Yaris in the UK) cannot be made to change from Km to miles and someone suggested I need another speedo from a breakers yard. On buying one from breakers yard, the man there said it still wont work till I get a "speedo converter" . He didn't know where I can get one from.
DOES ANYONE HAVE AN IDEA WHAT I SHOULD DO?
HAS ANYONE HAD A SIMILAR EXPERIENCE, please help. Many thanks, Baron.
Congrats and welcome Baron, can you get us some pics? I like how those JDM Vitz look. Sorry I don't have any advice about the speedo conversion though.


S2000 Hardtop Question - Honda -> Honda General

I recently purchased a Honda s2000 over the summer (been wanting one of these for years) unfortunately is isnt a rhd...I tried to get one from Japan through Sastrad kk, but I ended up finding a good deal on a local one that I couldn't pass up.

Anyways my question is, does anybody know where to purchase a hardtop? I know these are discontinued from what I have search but I figured there might be some more kicking around.

I am also willing to get one imported from Japan. I have seen a couple come up on Honda-Tech but people are asking ridiculous amounts of cash for these things.

Anyways, any help would be much appreciated!!!!

OEM hardtop with hardware ;)

P.S I never did a build thread but if ppl are interested I can defiantly start one
Sorry to hear it didn't work out with the JDM S2000 but at least you have one. I have no clue and think you may need to go the Yahoo Japan route. I recommend buying a car and shipping the hard top with the car and container to save on shipping (unless shipping is more reasonable but I'd think it would be expensive for a large and heavy item I'm assuming it is).
Yes Yahoo Japan could be a option.

I do plan on bringing in another rhd come spring. CRV or Civic. I don't think they allow extra parts in the vehicles for shipment. I would probably have to go the container route like you suggested.. damn that might be way to pricy tho :(


Yahoo Japan Search Guide/Translations - Import Discussion -> Japan

I thought this might be helpful but often times it's hard to search for terms on Yahoo Japan without knowing the right Kanji.

For example take the word "seat" (maybe you're looking for new car seats) and you use Google translate.
Google Translate says "座席" and you'll search for it but it's not really the common way of describing it (you may find a few items but you're missing most of them).

What I do is work backwards and noticed when translating the titles that came up for "座席" that "シート" was the most common term used and is a direct translation to seat.

So the idea of this thread is to have it all ready to copy and paste to make searching Yahoo Japan for things like suspension, coils, fuel pumps etc.. easier for English speakers. I don't have time to build this list anymore but hope others will contribute:

Seat シート
Coilovers 車高調 (thanks to Slowboi)
This is a very good idea!
This is a good idea. I'm on yahoo japan almost everyday.
Another thing that's a good reminder for users is that japanese listings always use chassis and engine code. So in the case of the evo 4 you would want to search cn9a.

So therefore if you want evo 4 coilovers you would search "cn9a" and "車高調"
So it's chassis code + thing to search.
dont give the secrets away ;)
Hey guys I've updated the OP with Slowboi's coilover translation.
This thread is kind of related and possibly helpful: [url]http://forums.jdmvip.com/Yahoo_Japan_Auctions_Parts_Supplier_FeedbackReviewRecommendations_Import_Discussion_Vendor_amp_Exporter_Feedback-5508-t[/url]

I need to update that thread because I've dealt with more suppliers because of my Aristo issues lol. Between this and that thread I think it helps sort out the bad seeds on Yahoo Japan if more members like you guys contribute (I've heard bad stories about the used parts business there for years even more so than car Export scams).
I would recommend getting an experienced, trusted exporter to deal with the picking of the part. For example, I looked up wings for my Subbie and even though I found some, I wasn't able to completely understand which one was a good buy and which one was a bad buy. Mark took up the job and found me an amazing looking wing and he was able to estimate a price for it.
Yes this is another factor, I've always been lucky with my used parts (every seller has been honest and no surprises) but there are some parts it helps to have feedback from someone like Mark on. I've never heard of anyone but him going above and beyond to protect the customer from a bad purchase there.

I'll give you an example of an Aristo I was going to purchase from him. I asked him to buy me a WALD kit from a seller but Mark seemed to know the seller wasn't being honest and was right. They were selling a kit WALD doesn't make anymore so it was 99% likely it would be a very long wait after you pay etc...if they can even get it (can't remember what the case was anymore). When I bought a bodykit for Impreza with him he stopped me from going with a cheaper multi-piece model because they can be a pain to assemble and install etc...
I have never actually bought anything from Yahoo Japan, I was always sketched out about doing so. Hopefully in the near future I can feel more confident about it.
Soarer = ソアラ
[QUOTE=JZZ30_driver;88174]Soarer = ソアラ[/QUOTE]

Best post ever!

I love when these guys are, "I just got a Soarer"... I'm always like, "you mean a Soara?...." and they think I'm talking about a shitty Toyota Sedan -- Solara.



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