New VIP – Alfred’s M35X 

After almost 2 years of having parts sitting in my basement, Alfred finally got around to getting them put onto his car. He had all the air components (accuair, UAS) and his wheels – he lives in Edmonton and wanted Jackie to do his install so it wasn’t easy to just make a casual drive around town to get it done.

Alfred dropped it off on a Saturday, and Jackie was able to squeeze it in and finish it by Thursday night. It’s not an easy process and it definitely takes patience and care. Coilovers take an hour or two, tops for comparison…

Anyway – I wanted to check it out and see how it all went so when Alfred came into Calgary, I picked him up and we went over right away.

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On the lift getting the final touches done…

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Jackie puttin the wheel on… The suspense
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We weren’t sure how it was going to look when we put it down, but it looked like it was going to be close.

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The rears. God these wheels are so underrated.

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The details in the center cap is amazing

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Random

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Even more random was Trung’s S2000 sitting outside the shop lol. Always looks good

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It was PERFECT when it went down. Literally – no modification to fenders or camber. It all fit like a glove.

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Later on, Alfred stopped by my place before he headed home so I could snap some proper pics… Beautiful

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Love the M body. If I could do it again, I’d probably use this chassis.

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Some fitment pics. So much tuck.

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Super close. It just fits right under.

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Dat rear

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Excellent job! Can’t wait to see what else Alfred has in store for this… Quality over everything.

Sponsord by Duracell: Punit’s VIP Lexus GS450h

Finally got around to shooting Punit’s GS450h since he’s finished with it (for now). I mentioned once before that I always find it funny how I hang out with these guys quite often but they’re the only ones that don’t have proper shoots. It’s always behind the scenes or just a half assed shot cause we were chillin’ somewhere. No one ever really asks for a shoot and I never really think about it because I’m busy trying to get another photoshoot done.

One of the reasons I bring this up is because I think about the last time I shot Punit’s Integra and that was back in May of 2009. I just started shooting, didn’t know much about dSLR’s, had my Canon XT with one lens and just pointed and shot things. Here’s one of the shots from when I just met Punit and saw his car… At the time, this car was a big deal locally. Real wheels (the meisters that are now purple and on Diana’s Fit), mint paint, low for 2009 standards and OEM plus. Hell, even by today’s standards his Integra would be considered clean. No where near aggressive but just comfortable enough for a daily driver during those nice summer days. Lots of things have changed since 2009 and I’ve had shots of it here and there but not a proper shoot. My hope is that Punit gets it all good to go this year and we can get a proper shoot going for him.

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Noob status.

But I digress. Let’s move onto bigger and better things – Punit’s GS450h. Punit picked up the GS450h shortly after I picked up the LS460L and JC picked up his CT200h – the VIP bug was biting hard and we all wanted to do something different. For me, it came and went quickly – as you can tell, but my story can be saved for another day. However for Punit, he had the luxury and privilege to own a race car and a luxury daily driver. He takes care of his cars and it shows. Punit was quick to get on board and quickly bought a set of AME Shallen LX’s in a perfect fit for the GS body and of course with big wheels means getting the car as low to the ground as possible.

Punit started off with just coils and going as low as he could and drove that way for the first season of ownership. Finally over the winter he worked on getting the car on air suspension – the way a VIP car should be set up. There’s nothing more to say about Punit’s GS – it’s clean, functional, and it breaks necks. The GS is a popular platform and with that, you have a fine line between a half assed car with replica wheels and looks to be built by a former Honda owner OR a proper VIP-inspired car with attention to detail and care which also looks to be built by a former Honda owner. The latter here applies to Punit – I’m also glad to have played a small part in his build and decisions as he’s gone through it to what you see today.

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One of my favourite shots of Punit’s GS. The fitment is fire and everything just flows so well.

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Lets start off with a few rolling shots…

JC – clean your damn mirrors.

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Clean.

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Blue skies, green grass, Lexus. What more could you ask for?

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Of course – snapped a shot of JC’s car off to the side.

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A better shot of the fitment. Tight and tucked.

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Anything you can spot here…?

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The Mode Luxe side decal looking good. Originally I had created the image and placed it on Punit’s car as a test.

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Rear quarter shot. The GS looks good from every angle.

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What would a VIP car be without chrome?

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A better shot of Punit’s fitment. All that dish in the back too. I love it.

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Remember how I said it looks to be built by a Honda owner? Punit just couldn’t resist hanging Asimo with the Junction Produce items… LOL

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Rolling to a new location…

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Right by the lake. Seemed fitting.

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Punit’s tank set up. I personally love love love the look of this. Looks so good in his trunk. Super simple and clean.

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Chillin’. I need to get them to hold equipment or something…

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Let’s finish off with the rest of the rollers. Looks HDR-ish, but I swear I didn’t touch anything… Polarizer works wonders.

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One last one. Blurry – but I liked the concept lol.

Another one in the bag! Hopefully that Integra wakes up soon…

Enter: Tony Dinh’s Lexus IS350 – Part II

Part 2! We made our way downtown and JC found a new location we haven’t used before and it ended up being perfect in terms of lighting and shadows. The way that the shots turned out looks like it was at night with strobes but it was actually mid day with the sun beaming down with a few clouds in the sky. The way the overhead walkway was positioned and where the sun was coming from was awesome.

Tony’s car shined at this location because it just worked so well with the overall feel of the surroundings. Kudos to JC for this bad ass spot!

The shots turned out great and this is probably my favourite part of all the sets I will be posting. It shows a lot of the details that I enjoyed about Tony’s car that I think you all will like too. You might have guessed it by now but the rear is my favourite. I’m an ass guy. Ha!

Less talk. More pictures!

IMG_0482 copyA great shot showcasing the lighting that I mentioned earlier. I did little in terms of making his car pop in this shot. Always feels good when a shot turns out just how you wanted it.

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IMG_0488 copyUs chillin on the other side. I’m pretty sure this is where JC started editing his hipster picture of the Bow.

IMG_0490 copyFUUUU so dirty. I’ve been lazy to wash it because there’s been and will continue to be constant construction around my house and it will never stay clean so I will never try.

IMG_0493 copyAnother one of my favourite shots. That Wald lip spoiler is to die for. I wish the LS had one… The JP Vizage rear lip compliments it well.

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And finally a shot of his Wald side skirts. Love the look of these as well…

Last part will go up tomorrow!!! If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll know what’s in part 3 😉

Enter: Tony Dinh’s Lexus IS350 – Part I

Here we go with part 1!

I know a few of you were upset with the teaser last night because it was barely a shot of the car but that’s how I like to roll. Anyways – we started off right at noon and headed over to some industrial-type areas to get some basic shots. I’m usually excited and nervous for my first shoot every year because I really haven’t picked up the camera all winter and if I have, it was to shoot anything but a car. I always find that I can’t be inspired to shoot anything well unless the car or the location inspires me first. In this case, I was super stoked to shoot Tony’s car because it’s fresh and new to me so I ended up taking a bunch more pics than I usually do – hence the reason for three parts lol.

This was the first time I’ve met Tony in person – we were instagram buddies for a while and I knew that he had an Integra and he recently got the IS350 last August and has built it up to what you see today. In an amazingly short amount of time, he’s come a long way. In one way, I love builds that come together quickly and properly but on the other hand I hate it cause it takes the joy out of actually building it. That’s what happened when I owned the STI – I put it from stock to GT race car wannabe in a few months with nothing else left to do with it afterwards. That’s why I got so bored of it so quickly… But with the LS – I’m not quite done with it yet so I haven’t had a thought of letting it go nor has the thought of a new car entered my mind. I need to finish this first before I move on.

Anyways – let’s get on with part 1 of Tony’s slammed and static IS350.

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We stopped at our first location and we welcomed Tony to the Mode Luxe family. Him and his car was well deserving of it and it looks great!

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Tony wasted no time in slapping it on right away.

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The decal looks right at home on his rear window.

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My heap and JC’s in the back with his rears lowered a bit more from the last time I might have taken a picture of it.

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First shot of the day… Love the bronze on white.

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The side profile is my second favourite view of Tony’s car. His height is literally basically my bagged height in the rear. No rubbing back there either and the fronts are about as low as he can go without sacrificing his turning radius.

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Another shot of the rear tuck.

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And a profile shot. I love this picture.

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And finally my favourite view of Tony’s car is from the back. The set up is just super clean and aggressive at the same time. The best addition is the Wald lip spoiler IMO.

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Random rear quarter shot.

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Another profile shot… It’s very reminiscent of an IS-F due to the aggressive rear and addition of the kit pieces.

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Can’t forget about the head on shot either.

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JC and Diana chillin’. JC was busy editing his Instagram post..

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Our junkers off to the side. I’m not sure if that will offend JC or not… But it’s a good way to end part 1. We move onto the next location in part 2!

Tomorrow night!