#uptonohood: Jack’s LS Powered 240SX

Sort of getting back into the groove of things, last week we were able to get out and do at least one photoshoot that I’ve been wanting to do all year. You might have already seen the video below of Jack’s burnout that I ended up getting some static shots of at the end of the shoot before we parted ways.

Like I mentioned before, I saw Jack’s car at the illmotion Sunday School show and it’s just one of those cars that catch your attention because it’s so unique and well done. I’d say over the last year or so, I’ve really been liking the idea of an LS-swap over a lot of the other swaps happening. Of course, the infamous 2JZ swap is another one that you can’t really dispute, but the idea of putting American muscle in a Japanese chassis is just too cool. If or whenever it came down to it, I would choose an LS to swap into the FRS… But that day is so far out (and potentially never going to come) that I’m not even going to mention it again.

Anyway, I think the whole shoot was kind of set up by chance and coincidence. I had never met or talked to Jack before this shoot. This is starting to sound like a love story, but I assure you, it is not. I posted my coverage of the Sunday School show and shine like I do every year, and every once in a while, I’ll see a car that I just have to shoot. When I posted Jack’s car, I casually mentioned that I wanted to shoot it because it was so bad ass. Steve saw it, mentioned me in one of Jack’s pictures saying “This is the car you want to shoot!”. Next thing you know, Jack slid up in my DM’s saying let’s shoot. Fast forward to last week and I can say another bad ass car is in the books.

As per usual, Diana and I meet up with JC and we get this show on the road…

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I think we all got super lucky with the timing on this shoot. You’ll see why as we go, but when we started, there was just enough light – no glare, and the temperature was decent.

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Jack mentioned that he wanted a Fall-looking shoot with leaves and all that fancy stuff. We met in Bowness and there was more than enough leaves to satisfy the criteria as you’ll see later…

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A few hours before the shoot, Jack asked if we wanted the hood off or on. In most cases, I’d say leave it on because it completes the look of the car. In Jack’s case, JC and I agreed to keep it off because #uptonohood. lol

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Why would you wanna cover this anyway? 5.7L LS1. So cool.

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Jack’s car sports a very clean and aggressive set of WORK VS-KF’s in burning black with a Wilwood BBK behind it on an S15 5-lug conversion. I think this is the most spotless wheel/brake combo I’ve ever shot. I’ll admit, most times I’ll clean up the wheels and brakes a bit, but no lie – I didn’t touch a thing here. I love it.

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That was it for the warm-up shots. I like to just have the car somewhere random so I can just get a feel for things. It sounds weird, I know – but I always find that when I shoot, my first couple shots are mediocre until I actually get into it. Jack’s car looks great either way though.

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Next, we moved into the actual park. The gate blocking it was unlocked so we just pretended we didn’t know and lifted it up to drive right in… πŸ™‚

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Just in case you were wondering why the title of the post was #uptonohood…

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Super clean.

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This makes me want one so bad lol.

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Falling leaves. My assistant (AKA wife) was behind the tree throwing leaves while I took some shots. lol

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The scenery here was perfect – super low key, nobody around to really bother us and we didn’t get in the way of people either.

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The white really pops with all yellow/orange as well.

Some of the rare parts you see include the JDM aero bumper from JDM Source paired with a Chargespeed front lip.

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A set of Bride Euroster’s sit inside a very clean interior.

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I think a few days after the shoot, Jack changed his wheel out for a Personal Grinta wheel.

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I loved this particular shot…

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Peep the falling leaves again. This time, all three of them were chucking leaves everywhere…

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And here we see them cleaning up after their mess. Jack ended up throwing leaves near the front of the car and it ended up all in his engine bay. LOL

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Cleaning up the last few bits of it…

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Got dish?

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Rear.

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A few more before we left the trail…

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A better look at Jack’s super clean bay. All of the fabrication work was done by Jack himself over the last two years. His friend Jay provided the garage space and did the necessary welding.

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We moved closer towards the water for a few more shots just to take advantage of the unlocked gate… A good shot of the S13 Circuit Sports LED tail lights and the Bomex bonneville rear valence.

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JC and Diana on the sidelines providing support…

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A portion of Jack’s bumper was black before this shoot. After comparing the two, I’m kind of torn on which one I liked better. The all white is super clean, but the black toned bumper he had on for the show was a little more raw looking. Both looked very good.

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One more shot of the rear fitment

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The gold JDM Source sticker fit in nicely with the fall theme…

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Next up, we decided to head under the bridge. If we were already trespassing, we might as well take advantage of it πŸ™‚

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Here we see JC the doorman moving the gate for us while Diana photobombs the shot. JC also not looking too impressed that I was taking a picture…

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Jack driving out and JC closing the gate again…

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Walking back to the cars.

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Next, we did some rolling shots and as I said earlier – it was the perfect time to do it. The light and sky were perfect and the white pops beautifully.

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One of my favourite shots – the colours blend well here. It overlooks the city perfectly. It almost doesn’t look like plain ol’ Calgary…

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Next, we stopped at a nice stretch of road for burnouts… The first attempt was a little off. I was not prepared properly so I didn’t get much besides smoke and tire marks…

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The aftermath of the first burnout. I asked Jack to turn around again and do it one more time…

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This time I was prepared, and we got to it. You can see the tires starting to smoke up slowly…

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A little more…

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And some more…

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And he peeled out of there.

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After this, JC and I booked it. When we were running, we noticed a car that wanted to come down this road but looked like he was scared. He backed up slowly, then stopped, then continued backing up… I think he was a little nervous cause we were running at him at the same time. LOL

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One last roller to end it off like usual… Another good shoot in the books. I’m usually not a fan of late night shoots, but whenever I do drag my butt out to go do one, they end up turning out better than I expect LOL.

Check out his IG @boostinfested to follow more of his build!

Sometimes a guy just wants to Netflix & Chill in the evenings, man! (PS, when you’re married – Netflix & Chill actually means Netflix & Chill).

Video: Jack’s LS Swapped 240SX Burnout

It’s been a bit dead this past week due to a wedding we had to attend and some family coming over so I haven’t had much time to do anything. We’re slowly getting back into our groove again and with the colder weather on its way, I’m on a mission to get as many photoshoots in as I can again. No surprise, really – I always procrastinate till the end when it’s almost too late.

Anyway, last night we went out to shoot Jack’s LS Swapped 240SX – one of the cleanest builds in YYC right now. I think the first time I saw this in person was at this years illmotion Sunday School show and I just had to shoot it.

As a teaser, here’s a little clip taken from my 6S Plus with the 4K video option enabled. Not sure if it makes any big difference on a monitor that can’t display 4K, but it’s there. JC took the clip while I took some shots… I’ll try to have the photos all edited by the end of the weekend and have it up early next week. You guys are going to love these shots!

PS – I believe you have to go to the site to view HD…

Eric’s 240SX – S3 Magazine!

Well – it’s been about 6 months since I’ve shot Eric’s 240SX and it has finally made its way to print in S3 Magazine! I’m super stoked – for Eric to get his whip into a magazine and for my shots to go into print! The only other shot I ever got into print was in Import Tuner years ago of Terence’s S2000.

I was pretty anxious to finally see it so I went by the shop to meet Eric and pick up a copy. I wish I had my camera with me because his car was on the hoist and pretty much in pieces – new wheels, new aero, more body work, and some fresh paint coming again. I’m hoping that this time, I get the chance to shoot it while it’s still fresh – not that there was anything wrong with shooting a torn and battered version because it was definitely different than what I usually shoot.

Anyways – here’s some shots of the print – if you guys happen to come across any S3 magazines – make sure to cop it and let me know where you find it! I’m also excited to finally post all the pictures from that shoot since we had to keep it under wraps until now.

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The first page.

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And the last page. Let’s move onto all the shots from the two nights… The burnout shots come from round 2 of our shoots. I’ll start there.

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Getting ready for the burnout shot.

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Trouble starting the car since it was pretty much ready to be put away for the winter last year…

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Finally got it started and we were off…

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Smoke building

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Got to the point where any shot after this was basically nothing but red lights from his brakes.

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A surrounding shot.

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The aftermath.

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Here is the first time we went to shoot. He was just getting the car ready to bring it out.

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Onto the highway…

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Rollers! Love the way the wheels just shine.

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This is probably one of my favourite rolling shots ever. Just turned out so awesome – the wheels looks wicked.

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Stitched up.

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Cracked rear over fenders from all the drifting. He’s got new ones coming…

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Zipties

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1JZ…

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Wherever we went, you would just hear the car scrape like it was nothing lol. It hurt me inside but I’m sure it’s normal for Eric..

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Some quick drifting around in an empty lot

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Again – that’s how low it is everywhere.

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And here we begin round 2.

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More of his lip was missing by the time we shot it the second time lol

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Cold as F that day… exhaust smoke…

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Twin shot. I also loved this shot. This would make a good canvas. If only I was rich I would make a canvas out of all my favourite shots of each car I shoot.

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Night time rollers. All Wangan-esque.

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FINITO!

Anyways – congrats to Eric for building a sick 240 that really gets used the way it’s built and intended for. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to shoot it and getting it into print!

The Ultimate Random Throwback Post

Like I said earlier, I was going to go through all my pics and just edit random shit where we’re hanging out, installing things, going to meets, doing shoots and everything that’s just not really formal. I feel like besides the posts about my own car and its progress, all you really get is shots from the shoots I’ve done. It’s a lot better when you can just look at pics that were taken for fun. For some of you guys – those that are part of some of the pics – it’s good for memories to look at how our cars used to look, what we did and we can even say we regret some of the stuff we’ve done. At the end of the day, I’m glad I got the pics I did that show us just having fun – that’s the main reason we all look forward to summer so much.

Keep in mind – NONE of this is really in a chronological order – batches of the pics will have been taken together, but it would take forever for me to put all this in the proper order. We’ll be jumping anywhere from 2008 all the way to 2012. The main point of this post is just to randomize the throwback and go through all the things we’ve been through since I really started picking up the camera and taking pics of cars. I’ll try my best to explain each batch as we go…

Let’s get started

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The night we shot Darren’s RSX – a rainy and gloomy day, but an awesome shoot.

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BTW this was back when I still had the Civic. Man, that was its prime right there…

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Like I said, the times we just get together and do random things are usually the best. I’m sure everyone reading this that shares the same passion can agree. We were installing Barb’s coils this day. Some of you might remember my post of it.

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Sharing the heater…

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This is usually my friend whenever we go to Rich’s. Every time we go there, it’s cold for some reason…

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Fast forward a bit more and this is the day that Ricky picked up his SSR SP1’s after a long wait. Just in time too!

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Derrick also came by – I can’t remember why… but we ended up sanding Ricky’s engine cover and repainting it.

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Here is the day we braved the snow storm in the beginning of 2012 to make the 3 hour drive to Edmonton for the season opener meet. A lot of us were supposed to go but they chickened out because of the snow. It ended up being an awesome short day trip.

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Punit showed up…

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This was some of the ride.. It only lasted for about 45 minutes… slow driving and drafting behind big trucks helped lol

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Cleared up and we were good to go.

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Stop at gasoline alley to take a washroom break.

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When we got there, the weather was awesome. We made a stop at iHop for brunch.

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We “heard” there was a BBQ at Speedtech Edmonton – we made the trek there because we got lost on the way so many times and there ended up being nothing. That, or they didn’t like us… haha

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This is where Daniel and Isaac invited us to their shop and let us wash their cars VIP style… This was the best part of that trip lol

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Troll

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Derrick somehow hit his head on his trunk and got this huge ass bruise. He blamed it on me for some reason…

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The awesome group shot we were able to get with the help of a super high ladder. I hate heights so this was scary as shit.

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A bad ass burnout as this guy was leaving the meet… pretty random, but this car was rad.

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Gas fill up on the way home. Gas station pictures are always, I repeat – ALWAYS sick. lol

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The day Ricky took his car home after installing his ballin’ air suspension.

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Accuair e-level…

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Oh look, Boo decided to use his face to clean the exhaust openings of my bumper. How kind. Gopesh approves

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Installing my JDM brake light… lol it actually didn’t take this many people, but it was faster.

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Installing Gopesh’s APR exhaust… this thing was a pain. But once again – teamwork.

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Prashant was up top installing the APR intake.

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The old..

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The new…

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A random shot when we were shooting…

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Summer 2012 – good days…

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I think this was 2010 track days when Race City was still open. Romel’s AE86 – still minty.

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Peep Punit’s Integra – still on gold meisters. PS – those meisters are now on Diana’s Fit in purple… we’ll get to that soon.

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The MR2 shot that made Speedhunters…

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The random day we went to go chill at our chill spot and some random old guy wanted to use our phones. We all said no but I threwΒ  Derrick under the bus…

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Derrick is not impressed. LOL

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A random shot I didn’t even know about until today haha

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This was the day after we put Ricky’s SSR’s on finally. Played hookie and we both called in sick to chill. One of the best sick days haha

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Went out for a shoot too… Same location I shot my LS a few days ago.

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Chillin’ in the sun… This was the day JC got his VS-XX’s on and we were waiting for him to wash his car.

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Random shot at the beyond meet.

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The day we shot Almond’s 335 and G wagon…

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Rooftop!!!

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This was the night that Diana took her Fit home for the first time. We were out late and everyone came to gather behind Speedtech… I called Diana to come by to chill and we ended up test fitting Arif’s TE37’s on there.

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So new.

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Boom! They’re 16’s so they look kinda small on the fit.

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Some JDM poses…

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Still looked good though. White on white was nice. Diana was trying to decide which wheels to go with – I think the TE37’s and the Meisters were the two choices.

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JC doing random shit.

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A random day. Don’t even know what we did that day… but we cleaned our cars. Always a good time.

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JC still on Rota’s. Glad he’s out of that black hole.

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The day Corey and Ryan shot the video of my car…

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One of the more popular pictures of 2010. We got Jackie’s S2000 under the trailers – legit too. A lot of the under trailer pictures that you see are only the front part of the car because it actually doesn’t fit. I remember the cage and his wing were just cm’s away from hitting. This was shared on a ton of pages… still is today.

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Another night – when Dal still had the Integra that Reggie owns now – recently featured on The Chronicles top ten Honda’s – we swapped wheels.

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This was a FWD stagger – 17×8.5 +30 up front and 17×7.5 +40 in the rear. We ended up trading – my TE37’s for his J’s wing. That’s where that came from πŸ™‚

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The trip to Vancouver for DTP in 2011 I think. This was another awesome trip with a group of good peeps. Washing our cars in the outdoor car wash.

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When the STI was stock. This show was kind of shitty cause it rained ALL day.

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Chillin

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Daniel’s BMW M3 GT shoot…

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Mean looking…

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BOOM. I was actually surprised when I came across these pics. This was the day that Diana bought the Meisters off of Punit – he dropped them off and we test fitted them right after. Hard to believe that they were gold, especially after seeing them in purple for the last 2 or 3 years… Look at that droop. Holy shit haha

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4×4 height.

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Still looks fresh.

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The day my Civic was finally complete. I went over to Speedtech after work to get Paul to put on the Spoon diffuser for me…

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Test fitting Prashant’s wheels on his ex-GTI…

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Outside chillin.

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Here we installed Diana’s T1R springs.

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Comparison.

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Not sure what’s going on here. We’re in the hood, so that must be the reason for gang signs.

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Nice height!

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Punit putting in work.

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The finished product. The purple she ended up choosing was perfect. I’m guilty for hating on it at first… but it’s actually dope. I wanted to paint my meisters purple for quite a while…

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Random shoot. This was when we shot Benny’s AE86 and 350z

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Steve ended up coming in his 2JX Cressida… Burnout in the alley!

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The day we shot Devon’s CBR and EG… Guess what they’re actually looking at?

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Random model that came up to us…

See this post for the full story

https://lifewithjson.com/2012/09/23/our-not-so-typical-lazy-sunday/

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The AE86 shoot…

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Arif getting his Spoon diffuser mocked up for the EK

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Pieces had to be cut off for it to fit. With the left over pieces, I dremeled out a Spoon crane. I have two of these – legit spoon crane made from legit spoon carbon fiber. I bet no one else has these lol

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Jackie making fun of the skinny tires lol

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Antics. Ryan’s EP3

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One afternoon Jackie and I decided to swap wheels to see what it would look like…

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I think it looks awesome on meisters…

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Drift practice…

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IMG_9765 copyEric’s 240… Way back before it’s transformation. Hard to believe ain’t it?

That seems to be it! Hewph…