Breath of Fresh Air

Sorry! Been dead as hell around here – I’m lucky I even had content a few weeks ago thanks to Ricky’s Japan pics.

Nothing new on my front – I’m pretty much done with getting all my parts. Now all that’s left is to get the kit painted and installed. I’m booked in for the End of February for that and then it’s pretty much ready to go. I’m a little bummed because the one last thing that was on my list to get was a rear diffuser to kind of even out the rear end with the Voltex wing. It’s unfortunate that our dollar has plummeted so much and so quickly that a $450 diffuser ends up costing nearly $900 when it’s finally in my hands. I’ll pass on paying double for something that’s not worth that much right now…

Anyway, I finally stopped being lazy and brought the car out this afternoon since the weather was way too awesome not to. I’ve been meaning to bring it out and install the Craft Square mirrors a little better than how I did it the first time. The rubber behind the mirrors were still showing and it just looked shitty and it made me lose sleep at night LOL.

I ended up rolling it out because all my neighbours were outside and a cold start with the new headers is loud as f*** inside the garage. It literally shakes all my pictures in the garage and rumbles the entire house. Once it idles for a bit, it quiets down significantly… I just didn’t want my neighbours hating me this early on in the year lol.

I also did it because I wanted some shots of the rear – ever since I put the wing on, I’ve never actually seen what it looked like! So I took some quick snaps while it got some fresh air…

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I think I’m going to end up taking the muffler sections off and repolishing it back to a shine and getting rid of the burn.

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Also finally got to put the Craft Square stickers on. Felt naked without them.

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Some random shots…

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I’ve fallen in love with this car all over again…

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Solar flare!

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Obnoxious wide angle. Not that the wing isn’t already huge hahaha

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Sideskirts will bring it all together nicely…

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Ciao for now! Honestly I’m not sure what else I have left – I just want to drive the hell out of it now. I’ll be back though… :)

JDM in Japan: RickLuu’s Snaps – Part 3

I can’t think of a better way to conclude Ricky’s pictures from Japan than to use his pictures from Super Autobacs – the heaven for all ricers. It’s like shopping for anything car related, but everything you see is in stock and you can walk right out with it. No wait time, no shipping fees, no nothing. The best thing about it is that it isn’t just air fresheners, wide view mirrors, and shoulder pads… It’s everything from exhaust systems, wheels, headlights, kits, seats… Anything you can think of.

I think the worst part about going here as a tourist would be asking yourself “how much can I buy?” and “how can I take it all home?”… Either way, lets take a quick stroll through Ricky’s camera… You’re not allowed to take pictures there so Ricky snapped them while the camera was around his neck anyway. Woohoo

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One side of the building

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Sick Recaro desk chairs

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I can’t tell if this is like office furniture or if this is where deals go down lol.

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Oh mah god. Wheels galore…

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Enkeis, Rays, Weds…

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Peep the ZE40’s there

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Weds wheels

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Work wheels

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Recaro baby seat! I need one in my life

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Wall of seats… Also some on the floor to try on for size.

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Brides and Bride accessories.

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A corner of steering wheels, hubs, and VIP D.A.D accessories

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tail lights! getcha tail lights!

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Mugen wall

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Cusco wall

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Greddy/Trust and HKS exhaust wall.

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Check this section out – 86/BRZ suspension wall. I need to live here.

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gauges, pods, and filters…

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More shots of the exhaust wall

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Brake section – with a sick Endless BBK on display.

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86/BRZ parts – more headlights and tail lights. Looks like the Valenti section.

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Light shows

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Fender garnishes for the 86/BRZ

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Van exhaust and suspension. Looks like stuff for the Vellfire.

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All your I.C.E. needs here as well.

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We heard you like TV’s, so we got some TV’s for your TV’s.

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Interior dress up and seat covers.

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Even detailing stuff! One stop shop!

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So which air freshener do you want?

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LED’s, valve stem caps, fob ricer things…

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HKS detailer?!

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Another shot of the corner of wheels.

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86/BRZ cluster replacements.

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More 86/BRZ parts

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Up close of the Mugen goodies.

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That ends the Super Autobacs pics. I’m sure Ricky could have spent all day taking pictures, but alas… All good things come to an end…

We’ll just finish with some cool sightings of cars that Ricky was able to snap pictures of.

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Altezza wagon

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R34 GT V-Spec

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Not sure what bumper that is, but it reminds me of the CRZ lol

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Sick Nissan Cima

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JDM in Japan: RickLuu’s Snaps – Part 2

Continuing the Toyota Museum!

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Gran Turismo racing simulators

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Signed banners from all the Toyota members that participated in the Nurburgring 24hr race.

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Toyota FCV concept – LFA details in the back…

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Fucking cool.

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Sick LED headlights and more reminiscent details from the LFA up front too.

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Aggressive as hell.

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The Toyota Mirai chassis and power source

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The Toyota Sienta – a compact minivan.

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The new Toyota Noah. I wish we had cool shit like this in North America. Instead, we’re stuck with the Matrix that still somehow happens to exist in the Toyota lineup.

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The Toyota Noah with a sportier grill.  Japan_329

The creme de la creme of Toyota’s lineup – The Crown Athlete. If I could, I would buy one of these in a heart beat. In my opinion, it is one of the best looking luxury sedans out right now, especially with that new grill.

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Candid shot of one of the employees too lazy to walk. But whatevs, if I could use cool shit to stroll around work, I would too.

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A shot of the rear of the Crown.

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The Crown in another colour. So sick.

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The Vellfire fitted with TRD parts. This is probably the one van I would rock so hard I wouldn’t even give a shit what people said. At the end of the day, my van is called a VELLFIRE. Cause that shit is FIYAH.

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Check the price tag on that though – $86,000. God damn.

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Could use some bigger wheels though. lol

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COME ON TOYOTA?! 6 EXHAUST TIPS?! FUUUUUU

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Toyota Landcruiser

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Oldschool Toyota Century. Pristine.

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Ah, that oldschool fabric…

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Another cool fucking Toyota. The Harrier 4×4

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Kind of reminiscent of the Lexus NX from the side.

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$60,000 price tag.

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Toyota Vitz outfitted with GRMN parts.

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Bad ass front. I love the emblem-less look.

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All of the different models you could want… So jelly.

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More shots of the car elevator

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The Toyota Auris – AKA the Scion iM.

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Japanese people are ricer as hell.

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JDM in Japan: RickLuu’s Snaps – Part 1

Fortunately for me, when Ricky went to Japan a few weeks ago, he also snapped some sick pics of all the cool car stuff that Japan had to offer. Many of us dream of going there one day, and only a few of us actually do. For now, I have to live vicariously through those that do go and ogle over the pictures they take.

Ricky was able to take quite a few pics of all the car stuff he could – including the Toyota museum that also featured the drool-worthy Toyota GT86 decked out with all the TRD goodies including some from the Griffon concept that are unattainable for us peasants in North America. Among the TRD GT86 are other gems such as the Toyota Vellfire, the Crown and Altezzas. He made a visit to Super Autobacs as well (I mean, what ricer wouldn’t go there while in Japan?)…

I’ll try to post it in a few batches as there are about 200 pics. But it’ll give some much needed content to my oh-so-slow blog. Anyway, thanks Ricky for giving me the pics! Love them!

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Starting at Toyota City Showcase – AKA the Toyota Museum

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Cool scooters that we will never get. But we get hoverboards…

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The parking elevator

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Used and abused. At least they cleaned the tires.

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Lexus LFA decked out in livery

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GT WINGS!!!

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Simulators

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My favourite pictures from his whole trip have got to be this TRD GT86. As I said above, there are a few parts on this car that are not available to us. One such piece is that front bumper – a street version of the Griffon bumper.

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The canards are available for us… So is the TRD BBK and fender fins you see in the pic.

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All GT86 TRD goodies you could ask for. HEAVEN.

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On the rear you’ll see the street version of the Griffon bumper with dual center exit exhaust. Another unattainable piece currently is the TRD carbon swan neck wing. It’s actually available for the Japanese market at a mere $4,000.
However, the pieces available to us are the TRD trunk lip and side extensions and rear louver.

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Close up of the TRD swan neck.

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Look at just how perfect that weave is. Dare I say that it even rivals the quality that Voltex and J’s Racing produce. Absolutely stunning.

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A pair of TRD seats – one bucket and one reclining. Another thing to add to my wishlist…

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All the Modellista aero – rear stabilizer, side spoiler extensions, door mouldings, headlight eyelids.

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Modellista parts pics…

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Even interior panel sets for those that like to colour coordinate.

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The Gazoo Racing GT86 beside the Gazoo Racing LFA.

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Best pic ever. MEAN. I wish this bumper was available here :(

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A shot of the Griffon concept.

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Moving over… Here’s the new Vitz tuned by GRMN. Some of you may have heard of GRMN through the news that they have just produced some GT86’s that are valued at $60,000 USD. However, they are not going to be available in North America.

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Check that rear. The Japanese rice out everything… And it’s bad ass as hell.

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Another stranger to us that we wish we had is the Mark X. A popular sport VIP platform car. This one also done up by GRMN.

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Looks so crazy.

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Quad exhaust

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Love these aggressive fronts!

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Carbon pieces are always good.

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The Toyota IQ – also modded by GRMN. This one is supercharged.

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My god. That ass.

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Can’t complain about the aggressive front profile either.

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A more stock looking IQ – but still also churned out by GRMN.

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Speak of the devil – here is the GRMN 86 we I just mentioned. I didn’t even know Ricky got shots of this until just now. I guess it should have been expected with all the other GRMN tuned cars.

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Side profile. Fairly modest – no overly done aero except for simple carbon lip pieces and a GT wing out back.

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Big brake kit by GRMN.

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Rear racing spoiler. Although it doesn’t look like much, the biggest selling points of the GRMN 86 is the twin charger combination. It has a supercharger and a turbo rated at 320hp. For a car this light, that is a hefty amount of power to push around.

The suspension has also been tuned and the interior includes bucket seats, 4 point harnesses and a roll case.

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The seating area for guests… You get to sit in GRMN seats :)

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A few more shots of the Gazoo Racing (GRMN) 86.

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And the LFA again

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Here is the Super GT Lexus SC

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Put a legit GT wing on something and I’ll like it. LOL

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That’s it for tonight! More tomorrow!

DIY: FRS Craft Square Mirror Install

I made some time this evening to do the install of the mirrors (er, one side at least because I was too lazy to move the car). I took some pics just in case anyone else wanted to reference later, but that’s beside the point…

The point is how bad ass these mirrors are and now how worried I am someone is going to hit them LOL. God… The more cool parts you put on your car, the more paranoid you are of leaving it alone…

Anyway – quick run through!

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Shot of the stock mirrors. You are worthless to me now…

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Turn the mirrors in and you’ll see a little slot. Put a flathead in and pop the plastic piece right off.

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Voila.

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You’ll have access to three 10mm screws you’ll deal with later.

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On the inside, there’s a screw behind the door handle and one little pop clip to the right of it. Take those off and start prying the door panel off. Pretty simple.

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On the inside of the door, you’ll see the power window and lock connectors. Unplug those.

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Unscrew the door handle by the two screws there.

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And bam. Your door panel comes right off.

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On the door itself, there’s one more switch you’ll need to disconnect – it’s the power to the mirrors. Just disconnect this.

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Get a 10mm and take the bolts out.

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As you start to fish the power wire out through the door, you’ll notice that it’s a pain in the ass to wiggle the connector out of the hole because it’s pretty tight. You’ll need to do some maneuvering to get it out… Took me about 15 minutes just to fish it out. PITA…

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Anyway, once that’s out – that’s probably the hardest part. Clean up the door where the stock mirror used to sit just to get any dirt out of the way.

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I wanted to reuse the rubber that was on the stock mirror and have it behind the Craft Square mirror just to have a nice seal around it. It required a little modification and trimming to fit nicely. I may have to revisit it just to make it a little more perfect when the weather warms up but it looks pretty good for now.

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Bolt the mirrors up and you’re good to go. The hardest part is having to adjust and then tighten the base.

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Nice view…

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Some different angles of how it looks

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TRD x Craft Square x Voltex.

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And one of my favourite shots. It really helps bring the “GT” look of the car all together. Can’t wait to see it finished with the kit all painted! It’s now going to be a long 3 months…