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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.
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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.
Latest from the JDM Car Discussion Forums
I am selling a 1989 Civic Hatch JDM Right Hand Side Drive EF9 Boosted with 300HP "Rare".
It runs great no rust or leaks, it has clean title. New rims & new tires.
Recently just change water pump & timing belt is still pretty new.
It's lightweight(1500lbs), simple mods for sleeper type look & can smoke a corvette.
It's a fun car to have for sure, especially during summer time.
This car has been pampered ever since I bought it from a close friend & currently daily driving it.
B16a / obd0 / DOHC V-TECH
YS1 LSD / 5speed short shifter with extention
Honda s300 standalone
DSM 450cc injectors & pig tails
Holset hx 35 running at 9 psi external waste gate
Walbro 255 fuel pump
Synapse adjustable BOV
Synapse adjustable waste gate with screamer pipe
Custom fab Turbo manifold
3" SS down pipe
Full stainless steel catback + 3" dual tip Magnaflow exhaust
Front & Rear strut bars
VIS carbon fiber ZC hood
Stock struts on ground control sleeves
All disk brake all around
Drag 27 16x8 RIMS
New G-force tires
Sunroof & power windows
SIR EF9 interior
Bride reclinable driver seat
Full sound system
Led cluster with orange needles
Custom LED gauges for boost, water, & oild temp
Wide band gauge plm
The price is $6,500 or trade for a pick up truck or same value.
Looking to trade for any kind of 4x4 feel free to give me a shout.
Preferably 1998-2001 Toyota 3.4 Tacoma Pick Up Truck.
And also looking to trade it for 2001 or Newer Infiniti Qx4.
I'm not in a rush to sell/trade it so don't bother low balling you'll be ignored!
& also please don't waste my time.
If you have any other questions or inquiries just give me a shout
My car is throwing up a code 32.... oxygen sensor.... anyone have a part number or have done this before.... 1999 BH5 legacy twin turbo VDC.
I have read a bunch of different sites and they are all mixed.... saying there is two o2 sensors, no wait theres 1, no theres 2, etc etc....
And where is it located?
ok im pretty sure I know where it is now.... but any part numbers?
Little photoshoot we did last weekend of both Integra's. The white DC2 belongs to my buddy Martin. A lot has changed on both cars in the past 2 years.
Love the black Integra.
Not really sure if I see it properly, but is that an oversized rear view mirror? :p
The two JDM DC2s are amazing together. I will say it again but wish more would go JDM Honda!
Thanks guys! Yes kuma, that is a over sized mirror ;)
The paint looks great. Is it the original paint or was it repainted? It looks impeccable in those pictures!
Original paint on both. Minus front bumper and hood on ours.
The paint is actually really awful up close lol, it needs paint bad. He plans on color change next year. Milano Red or Phoenix Yellow!!!
Haha, I want to repaint mine as well, but it seems a quality job would cost quite a bit of money.
I looked up the colors, I love the Milano Red. Looks beautiful!
Fresh paint is always so nice, but defiantly costly if you don't know anybody in the painting business.
Red on white is defiantly nice, my civic is that color combo.
I'm looking at buying either a 1999 era Mitsubishi Pajero with the 3.5L gas engine or the 1999 Hilux Surf with the 3.4L gas engine. Does anyone have experience with either or can they recommend one over the other? Personally I like the look of the Pajero much more, but I'm worried about reliability and parts. I'm pretty sure 99% of parts will be compatible with a Mitsubishi Montero sold in the U.S but if someone can confirm that I would appreciate it. The Surf is basically a 4Runner so I know parts would be very plentiful. Any personal experience would be awesome!
That 3.4L is possibly one of the best engines Toyota made. I have been tempted by the hilux as of late.
Since last week I have this weird issue happening to my JDM E36 M3 occasionally. Sometimes after pushing the clutch, it stays pressed and donít get back until I manually pull it up. I donít have any idea why this issue is happening. I used to service my car regularly at a specialized JDM service shop named Apex specialized automotive in Edmonton, but this time I missed it by about a couple of months, which I think might be a reason for this weird issue. I am too busy for another couple of weeks, after which only I can give the car for service. I want to know if it can be solves by myself, at least for 2 weeks or so after which I will be servicing the car anyway. Can anyone give any advice on it?
Don't know if it's the same, but a quick google search came up with Master/Slave cylinder replacement.
hey new to the forum
i have a 1992 nissan gloria gt and i was wondering if the glorias have the same suspensions as the cedrics? my glorias rack and pinion is leaking pretty bad which s preventing passing the out of province inspection. i was just wondering if i could use the rack and pinion from a cedric since they are both y32's? if not does n\anyone know where i could find parts cuz ive been looking for weeks and cant find nothing
thanks for your time and input
Pretty sure the wheel bearing is gone on my gtb, it's making a whining / grinding ish noise from the front right. Seems to be related to wheel speed, not engine speed. Going to jack it up tonight to check for play.
Anyone here tackled one of these before? I've found a few write ups online and have the manual but might be nice to have a hand.
Make sure the nuts and bolts are tight. I said it in my PM as well.
My car had a stud that was broken and all the other nuts were pretty loose. It made a noise the entire drive from Vancouver and it was definitely related to only the wheel speed and not engine RPM. Thought things were a bit dry from sitting by itself for a long time, but it turned out to be just one of the studs broke off and the other nuts were very loose. I could remove them by hand with no effort.
Had all the wheels off and back on again. I didn't think it was a bearing at first because there was no play in the wheel, but there is a grindy noise when I turn the wheel when it's lifted. The noise was not present when I checked the other three.
Also checked all wheels to ensure dust guard isn't rubbing the rotors.
As the title states, im considering selling my Type RA to get into a newer STi.
I personally imported this 2 years ago with Derk, and has been maintained at TSS since import.
The car is a bit of a unicorn. It was professionally colour changed in Japan by the original owner, as he didnt want a blue one, and I had V6 front bumper and trunk/wing combo installed in Japan prior to shipping.
Also, the car has a full Cusco 6point bolt in cage, and safety 21 skid plates underneath.
It rolls on 18" Buddy Club P1 II wheels, and has some kind of hybrid remote reservoir shocks, with damping adjustment.
Full 3" turbo back Invidia exhaust system, car has just crossed 156,000kms.
Here is a link to a bunch of photos of the car.
Am looking for around $15,000.
Let me know if you have any questions. You can also get me on [firstname.lastname@example.org[/email, as I am not on here too often anymore.
I can't edit the post? I have to create a whole new thread so I can edit the info?
I sent jdmvip a PM, but thread is still not updated.
Have decided to sell, price is starting at $13,500.
Am potentially interested in part trade for JZS161 aristos.
What would you like changed? I can edit your post.
SPud, if you haven't already, PM rhdgc8.
JDMVIP is probably very busy with his family and all.
Hello I am selling my HPI rc car collection, these cars are in very good to mint condition. One is a Sprint sport 2 Nissan GTR with extra wheels and tires $280 this car has never been used and comes complete. The other is HPI nitro car also complete rtr $300 obo.
Hey Guys! Hope everyone is doing well. I have a deal to offer to forum members. I can sell this Celsior to a forum member for $5,000 flat. (total cleared customs price )
Yes, it does have 46,000 original KM.
They're incredibly reliable with the 1UZ 4L 8 cylinder engine. This unit is the "C" trim so it's loaded with just about every feature they had available back then!
1998 toyota Celsior
-original auction grade of 4
-technically a really dark green, but it truly appears to be just about black.
-power windows, locks, mirrors, steering wheel adjust. Power adjustable and heated seats. Cruise control, A/C, etc.
$5,000 total cleared customs price for forum members! Get on it!
B-Pro Auto JDM imports Canada
As some of you may know, my fiance and I have been searching the auction site for quite some time now to find a vehicle. We had planed on buying a EG4 at first, but really wanted another AWD for the winter months. We just sold our old 98 CRV, so this vehicle will be replacing it.
We ended up winning a 1998 Forester ST/B 5MT on Friday night. Auction grade of 3.5. Big thanks to Steve AKA SastradKK for all his help and time. It has been quite a few months of back and forth bidding on countless vehicles before we finally won this jem.
This is one of the rare 5-speed Forester's with the boosted engine. I believe it is the same engine as my version 1 WRX (ej20g) I don't believe they changed over to the K until later on, but I could be wrong. Either way makes no difference to me.
The car is currently at the port in Japan waiting on the next boat. I assume I will have it within the next couple months. It will be arriving at the port in Halifax where I will go pick it up. Same place where my other vehicles have arrived previously.
Anyways on to the pictures!!! Yes it's white ... bleehh not my first choice but they all seem to be that color haha..
I will keep everyone posted on arrival. I still need to get a customs broker, so that is next on my to do list.
Nice new forester, I guess I'll have a fellow SF5 buddy on here now. As for the engine, mine is a 99 and has an ej205, I don't remember what year they switched, but I don't see them going from the 20g to the 205 in one year. Do you have any more shots, such as the interior.
Also, whats wrong with white, lol.
Thanks! Ya true enough, I can't see them switching in one year, it's hard to say tho. Ah yes I believe I do have one shot from the auction of the interior. It looks to be a bit busy with all the fabric pattern and floor mats haha.
Nothing wrong with white at all, I just don't care for that color on a large vehicle like the Forester. Reminds me of a limo lol...
Here is the picture for you Mitch.
Congrats on finally getting an SF5! These Foresters are both useful and fast. It will be EJ20G but has electrics of a K and possibly heads.
Fast will be a relative term, the amount of power the forester has is a bit shy of where I would count the exciting range starting. It will be faster than most of your average cars on the road but won't really feel any faster, especially when compared to the WRX with a 550 tune.
Ya not looking for the fast factor, my fiance just bought it for a daily so he can use it for work. He hates taking the Integra in the mud at the job sites...
Glad to hear it is the ej20g, we have had good luck with mine.
I wish I had more updates on arrival, but we are still waiting on Steve for more information about landing time. I will keep everyone posted
On another note we picked up a set of wheels, rear cargo net, trunk tray and a oem front bull bar ;)
I'll trade you for my grey one, I looked for white for SO LONG.
I don't even have it in my possession yet, I can't get rid of it already haha.
You could always vinyl wrap yours white ;)
Yeah, it needs some paint work anyway so I might paint it. Or prep it and wrap it white. Still weighing options. It's gonna be hitting up lots of gravel in its future so mechanical is too priority ATM.
Hey guys, are the version 6 wiper motors a direct swap into a version 4? Just hoarding replacement parts for future use.
You can go bid on my ver 4 sti this week at the mpi auction if you want one! lol
Hey guys, it's a longshot. But hoping someone on here is from Japan or can read/speak fluent Japanese. I am considering purchasing a 96 WRX STI version 3 from japan. I will be the first owner and it's already been imported, inspected, and waiting for me to pick it up. I put a down deposit already , and providing the third party pre purchase mechanical/compression tests go smoothly, i'l be driving it home tuesday. One part I'm having real trouble with is finding someone to translate the information on the inspection report sheet. I grasp the basics of exterior grade, interior, dents and scratches diagram, and km info ect. All im really interested in is the Inspectors notes on the bottom left hand corner.
If anyone could translate this for me, I would be very much appreciated, as I have spent over 2 hours and have exhausted every possible option on my end. Turning to the internet now.
I took my evo to wash the underneath, and when it was being lifted using a 2 point jack, the front left jack point did not have enough leverage underneath and so the sideskirt rested on the jackpoint so pressure was applied.
Do you think there are any grievous damage as the sideskirt was rested on the the jack arm? Can this pressure affect chassis or can I put my mind at rest that damage cannot be applied to the extent that chassis was affected? Also I cannot see any visible differences (alignment etc) rather than the sideskirt is not straight as the other sideskirt.
Any feedback is appreciated.
I would remove the skirt and look at the rocker panel underneath for damage.
I don't know about what you're running, but I've never seen a side skirt so strong that it would damage any structural component if pushed on. Most are made of just flimsy plastic and would probably rip off before any amount of force could be exerted to actually damage anything worth while.
So I'm with UrbKlr, take a look to see what you did damage, but odds are, it was the skirt, not the chassis.
It's an evo 7 with a OEM sideskirt. Clips are all in place, what I saw is just that where pressure was applied the clips got tighter. One day I will remove the skirt and see if there's any damage to the rocker panel.
It's probably fine, but you never really know. I've seen all sorts of cars that had no visible damage to a plastic part, but the steel underneath was damaged. It's best to make sure the plastic didn't contact the rocker panel and dent it in.
There was an eta for the car to arrive on Monday the 22nd. But it is now in my city, unloaded.
Hoping to get it tomorrow...
For those who got their vehicles shipped via rail. From the time it arrived. How long did it take to unload and to drive off?
When my car arrived it was unloaded in the morning and I was able to pick it up the same day. Just make sure you give the car a good inspection before you sign for it upon picking it up. I was too excited and wanted to drive it asap, so I didn't pay much attention and missed two small dents on either side of the trunk.
You're fine N3UBIE.
The deductible is normally $500 so you missing those 2 dents isn't that big of a deal. It'll cost you less by bringing that to a shop (in Calgary at least) for them to pop out.
I think that $500 thing is a scam. It means they can damage your car up to $500 for free basically...
I found this while looking around the interwebs. It's for AUDM Liberty / Outback models, which are very similar if not identical to the JDMs. Lot's of good information in here, even if it doesn't match up 100%.
Hope someone can find some use for it.
Hey guys, I was just looking for some help with regards to wheel fitment. I've been wheel hunting recently and with coilovers on the way it would be a perfect time for some new wheels, but most wheels don't seem to fit because of the Brembo clearance. So I was just wondering what everyone is running on their V's and VI's. I personally want to run 17x9 +22 Enkei RPF1's or 18x9 +35 RPF1's, but I believe neither of these will clear the stock Brembos. People say it would require 25mm spacer for the 18x9 (EVO 8 as reference) and I have been hearing some negatives about wheel spacers. What are your opinions on this? Help is appreciated. Thanks!
ttt would like answers too
I run a 17x8.25 et25 with 235/45/R17 tires. It sits perfectly flush and looks spot on. I trimmed the plastic on my rear arches by about 10mm for extra clearance on hard cornering, etc and you can't tell they've been trimmed.
I love the RPF1 wheels as well... but only in the offsets that have the flat spoke look. If you want those offsets, you will definitely need spacers on the front to clear the brakes. I personally wouldn't use spacers if you plan on driving your car hard, which every Evo owner is.
Hey, thanks for the reply! Yea in the end I decided to go with 18x9 +30 Rota G-Forces and 225/40/18 tires. The wheels clear the Brembos, but with like a 1mm of clearance....I'm not really comfortable with that amount of clearance so I will most likely get some hubcentric spacers. The wheels and tires fit perfectly with no rub whatsoever, but my car is also not slammed or super low. I'll post some pictures tomorrow when I have time.
[COLOR="Teal"[SIZE="6"Brave Auto International Ltd. Export Review
If I recall correctly, I started looking into purchasing a vehicle approximately 3 years ago just after getting my class 5 license in Alberta. Considering I was fairly young then, and young even now, I had limited amount of money to play around with. With this constraint, I had to venture out of my comfort zone to find a car that I would content with having for the coming years. The minimum it had to do was that it would last me through my University career.
Before looking into the possibilities, I listed out the many different functions and constraints I had. The functions of the car were simple; it needed to be AWD and durable. The constraints were the bigger concern. Money being the largest, I quickly alienated the possible vehicles I could buy.
After much research, I started venturing into possibly purchasing and importing a Japanese vehicle. Considering my failure in the Canadian market, which I consider a blessing now, I tried to aim my sights low. As you might expect, there were certain models that caught my attention over the rest. The models were the Nissan Skylines, Mitsubishi EVOs, and Subaru STiís. With the idea of importing slowly and slowly becoming more realistic and feasible, I moved forward to setting my sights on owning a Subaru WRX STi.
I researched the general and specifics of the process of importing a Japanese vehicle. This was quite overwhelming as there were a lot of factors to take into account. The different types of import methods such using an exporter instead of an importer. With so many different exporters/importers claiming to be the Ďbestí or the most Ďhonestí, it was quite difficult narrowing down who I wanted to move forward with. Time passed and my list of possible vendors slowly dwindled down to whom I believed was honest, trustworthy, and friendly. Among this list was Mark Bremner from Brave Auto International.
As a prospective customer, I was treated with respect and honesty. Mark was not sure I would have stayed with his service, however, his unrelenting attitude to detail and honesty to my situation was amazing that led me to continue with this prospect. After multiple emails back and forth, we decided on a model/specific years/color. The hunt for the car began.
After some time exploring the auctions and losing, Mark came to me with a solution. A 1999 Subaru WRX Type RA Limited (MY00) he had won previously from the auctions. Within 24 hours of notification, I reserved the vehicle for purchase. Within 7 days, the lump-sum of the total CIF was sent to Mark. The car being not of age and the situation I was put in then did not allow me to ship the car. Only until now am I fully capable of picking up the car. With this considered, Mark allowed me to store my vehicle for an undetermined amount of time. This truly sold me to his overall belief in customer satisfaction.
[COLOR="Teal"[SIZE="3"Quality of Service (10/10):
Hopefully reflected in my background, Mark is truly an exception in the traditional used-car industry. I was expecting the traditional used car salesman talk, but that is definitely not what I received. Mark went beyond my high expectations of a good service, and is the paradigm of proper service to prospective and purchasing customers.
[COLOR="Teal"[SIZE="3"Quality of Communication (10/10):
Markís communicational skills are professional, honest, and approachable. His honesty and professionalism wiped my skepticism away at the beginning of the process. The e-mail responses are spot on and detailed.
[COLOR="Teal"[SIZE="3"Quality of Vehicle (9/10):
The car arrived Vancouver in great condition. As most of you heard, there was a problem with the fuel. This was NOT due to Mark at BraveAutoInternational. This problem was caused by Livingston International freight shipping for national car shipping. Due to some circumstances, I was going to go get it shipped, but ended up picking it up in person. After bringing the car for an OPI, the car passed with just the brakes needing new pads. This made me happy as it was not incredibly pricy to fix. The shifter was sloppy, however, that is a common issue with these cars (or so Iím told) and a moderately easy fix.
[COLOR="Teal"[SIZE="3"Convenience and Ease of Use (9/10):
If there is anything I want you to come out from reading this lengthy post, it is simply that Mark is an extremely humble and patient man that your worries have become so little, you forget that this process looked difficult in the first place. Very convenient and pretty much easy. I was unable to bring my car due to car age and simply that I was not in the position that allowed me to. The convenience of Markís storage is priceless.
The cost was amazing. Iíd prefer to refrain from posting the overall cost here, but I do not mind answering it in a private message. His export cost was 100,000JPY (~$1,000CAD) and this is low to how much help he has given me. Even after his obligation was finished, he still continued to answer my questions pertaining to vehicle maintenance and other questions such as that.
[COLOR="Teal"[SIZE="3"Would I purchase from Mark at Brave Auto International again?
Summing up my entire experience, I definitely would.
[COLOR="Teal"[SIZE="3"Did I like my vehicle?
Like is not the appropriate word. Love, awestruck is what would fit it more. I love my car and I would not have any other. I would prefer to have a STi wing, but I will probably pick one of those up in the future!
[COLOR="Teal"[SIZE="3"Was it difficult or confusing to import a vehicle from Japan?
Overwhelming at start, but my questions were quickly resolved with an e-mail to Mark.
[COLOR="Teal"[SIZE="3"Was it worth it?
Definitely, the overall help, value, and amazing quality of the vehicle and service made this completely worth it. The cost, as previously mentioned, was amazing for the value. Seeing the car in person made it even more perfect!
[COLOR="Teal"[SIZE="3"What was needed to pass the OPI?
This might be a sort of benchmark on how high of a quality this vehicle was. It only needed to have the pads replaced, DRL (Daytime Running Lamps), and knock sensor to be installed. The knock sensor was caused by the 87 fuel as previously mentioned (Not caused by Mark and his business so this is not to be blamed on them).
[COLOR="Teal"[SIZE="3"Why was there 87 fuel in your vehicle?
Well, this was caused by Livingston Freight national vehicle shipping. I was planning to have the vehicle shipped from Vancouver to Calgary by this business, but I was able to pick up the car in person. They filled the car up with 87 fuel (1/4 tank) to load it into their freight. As we discussed, the technician indicated that ďwe have been doing this for a long time and there has never been a problemĒ. So short, this problem was 100% caused by Livingston Freight. We had a different vehicle processed by them through customs (not shipping) and they were great. Just not their shipping service.
I was looking for a good set of rotors and new pads for my Aristo because the current ones (likely OEM from the factory) were badly warped and causing extreme vibration when braking especially at highway speeds.
On my last Aristo (the 147 from Brave Auto Japan) when I did the brakes I went all out and got Brembo disc front and back and Hawk HPS in the front. The setup was good and braking improved somewhat (not what I expected from Hawk and they were very noisy). The cost was about $630 and unfortunately within months of installation that Aristo was rear-ended and written off.
So this time I thought I'd be smart and see can I get a decent product for a bargain basement price?
"http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000C02YFC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000C02YFC&linkCode=as2&tag=realtechtalk-20&linkId=CW3R3Z3X7HCB5LTJ"I bought these from Amazon for just $21.21 USD including shipping for a single disc. For both front discs the cost was 42.42 USD (or about $55 CAD!).
Centric Parts C-Tek Standard Brake Rotors are attached to wheel hub and controls the motion of the vehicle when brakes are applied. These high strength solid grey cast iron discs are E-coated which prevents rust and sticking. Their double disc ground finish reduces rotor vibration and increases braking performance. Interestingly enough the C-TEK's are also E-Coated like the Premium Centrics (just without the Premium or higher price).
Just for fun I found the old Tirerack order for the Brembos, Hawk front pads, and Centric rears.
Cost of Brembo rotors and Hawk pads in the front:
$148 USD for front Brembo discs
$96 front Hawk HPS pads
[U[I$244 USD for the Brembos & Hawks (not even including shipping)
Cost of Centric rotors and pads in the front:
$42.42 for front Centric Standard C-Tek Discs
$17.97 for front Premium Centric Metallic Pads
(saved $183.61 USD!)
The Final Result & Conclusion
I am very happy with this setup and don't think there's any reason to spend more. I will always buy C-TEK Rotors and Pads for my cars after this experience. I got a bargain and a huge improvement in the braking department. One thing I want to mention in case others get a scare like I did is that my brakes smoked like crazy when I did some spirited braking after installation. I didn't notice it until I got out smelled burning acid and saw plumes of smoke coming from my front rims. There was enough that I was worried that a fire had started :eek:. But apparently this is all fine and normal, it was either from the pads or more likely the "Cosmoline" my father-in-law told me to remove from the rotors with brake clean but I didn't:D. I never had smoke again so I think I bedded in the pads well lol (if you continue to have smoke then you may want to worry and make sure you don't have a stuck caliper).
This seems to be normal whenever I replace pads on a car but I get a groaning from the brakes (like often when a car is braking in the wet and coming to a final stop or releasing the brakes). After 1.5 weeks this is starting to go away so I think it's normal. There are no audible sounds from outside like screeching that the Hawk HPS's in the 147 Aristo used to make.
C-Tek Metallic Brakepads:
I just want to mention that these pads are Premium and also "Scorched" for easier bedin and was not mentioned in any of the description AFAIK. These have definitely improved the braking in Aristo dramatically. I can stop short and easily and they are silent. They seem to brake much better than what came in this 161 Aristo or the 147 and resist fade quite well.
C-TEK Standard Rotors:
These were so cheap so I worried but what did I have to lose when my rotors were warped to death and these cost $55 CAD shipped for the front set? In truth they don't look, feel or perform any different than the expensive Made in China Brembos I had on the old JZS147 Aristo :).
I read good things about Centric over the years but not many detailed reviews but many comments from AutoXers to just go "Standard" and that interestingly slotted and/or drilled rotors are not recommended for the track and are more likely to warp and crack. They swear by the cheap standard Centric blanks and now I see why.
I saw another Tommy kaira wagon up on here - crazy - I thought I had the only one around :)
Here's the deal:
This is a Subaru WRX GF8 wagon. This is a rare factory modified Tommy Kaira M20B.
This is a Japanese Domestic Model (JDM and Right Hand Drive (RHD). Iím the first owner since importing from Japan. Low kilometers (62,xxxkms). There is a small tear on the rear bumper and a smaller tear and couple of scuffs on the front bumper.
Included is a set of winter tires (only driven one winter) mounted on steel rims.
There are numerous factory modifications done by tommy kaira in Japan.
Tommy kaira body kit and spoiler (top spoiler not currently mounted but included in sale)
Tommy kaira carbon fiber centre console mounted with 3 tommy kaira gauges for boost, oil pressure and oil temperature (oil pressure and oil temp sensors need to be calibrated)
Tommy kaira carbon fiber steering wheel
Tommy kaira aluminum shift knob
Many engine mods tuned for performance
Tommy kaira suspension - different damping and spring rates
Fujitsubo Stainless Downpipe back exhaust
Tommy kaira tuned ecu
Tommy kaira lug nuts
Mirrored tint on rear side and rear windows
Regular maintenance has been done including all synth oil changes. I've replaced the head gasket covers. No mods done by me - it's all the Tommy k goodness from Japan.
Asking $8,400 on kijiji. Would sell to the JDM brotherhood for less. Text me at 780-913-2451.
More pics on kijiji: http://www.kijiji.ca/v-view-details.html?adId=1079860524
Looks just as good as the day it came in from the looks of it. Nice to see them being taken care of by the Canadian owners. GLWS James.