Keisuke`s AE86 (慶亮 の ハチロク)

So its been a while….

Couple years in fact….

There’s been a lot of things going on hence no posts, most of the posts have been consumed by facebook but, I am growing quite tired of FB and the image compression issue as well as people just posting meme’s and general crap hence me resorting to coming back here, and thanks to the few that actually read my blog and message me on FB I am back~

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A general update -

Did of a lot of drift days in 2012 and through to about feb 2013 where the cylinder bore to piston clearance wanted to double and throw out most of the oil out of the engine. Hence time for a rebuild but an opportunity to buy another shell came up and I went at it.


I sold the Panda coupe and bought a shell that has been involved in NZ drifting for years with a different direction in mind for the future. It came as a bare shell which was good for me as I wanted to start from scratch.


There hasn’t been much progress on this shell because as they say “I think I’ve had my fingers in too many pies”, but with a goal in sight its getting more and more exciting to think about.

Here is a part of the reason why this shell hasn’t progressed, meet the E70:


Now that blown motor out of the Panda Coupe ended up being a AE92 Smallport motor which got a freshen up with Atlantic 4AGE pistons, shot peened rods, new bearings, 0.8mm TRD Headgasket, Skimmed head, Re-ground Crank, Re-balanced with everything cleaned up and assembled. I also had Quad throttles lying around which were installed and got some Headers off a friend. This is still in midst of getting the final touches done to get it running and then off for a tune.


Unfortunately, as there are other priorities this sedan will be sold upon completion with a more in-depth list of specs uploaded at a later date but lets just say that I will regret selling it.

In between all of this, new jobs, new partner, new friends and experiences I have enjoyed every minute of it.

Going back to Japan the last couple times to meet with a lot old and new faces was a lot of fun with many more updates to come incl Summer Matsuri last year and a few special events from my most recent trip in January/February.

Heres a peak into what 86Fighters has to bring to you in the future~ Get Ready!



Photo Credit to: Stan @ 4×114, Chris @ Freshly Whipped, Ashley for the Artwork

86Life: NZ

Happy 86 Day to everybody!

I Actually thought 86Day was this wednesday and didnt organize anything till the last minute but everyone in the 86 community came together and had an awesome night!

I dont think Ive seen this many 86′s on the road at once in New Zealand since Ive lived here… It’s definitely awesome to see the culture growing!

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Video: I wish it was a concrete wall


Thanks to Chris @ Freshly whipped for the short clip! Cant wait to see the full video!

Heres another clip from the day by Matt Sterne



Awesome work guys! Keep it coming!

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C’s Garage x Garage Slipway Entry Competition

So, went along to Meremere on sunday, which I havnt been to since I have put the manual rack and AJPS lock spacer in, and what a difference! A very wet day to say the least but it sure seemed like the 86 gods were in my favour!

Entering the return road was the goal, and as backwards as you could do it. Joel got back from Japan after a year of living there and practising with Nakamura, Streeter and the like so was keen to see if the level of NZ drivers were able to do similar.

The 86 and I tried our hardest to go as backwards as we could but the conditions made it hard to keep the angle into the return road and maybe a bit more lock would help, but I came home in 2nd place which Im very happy about seeing as Ive never competed before, I was thinking about having fun more than competing to be honest. I got a lot closer to the wall than the above photo, even scraping them at times. Now just to focus on consistency and not to fatigue as much… My back and arms are aching today haha.

Thanks to Paul at as he managed to grab some awesome shots from yesterday.

Check his site out on the above link for some sweet images of NZ automotive culture.

Congratulations also go to Adam and Neal who were 1st and 3rd in the competition, cant wait for the next one where hopefully its a bit drier than on sunday.

Thanks go to Joel & Adam @ C’s Garage and Waz, Mike and the Garage Slipway Team for organizing such a sweet day.

Weekend play


Should be a lot of fun this weekend! Getting my car ready for this, its not running 100% so the clutch will take a punishing but with a few N/A 4AGE powered cars going, it will definitely have some close battles through the day.

Plus I will try my luck at some backwards entries so hopefully will be some good photos popping up later on.


More photos to come from the Hoshino Car Style Day so stay tuned!



Update: Guard and Wheel work

So, it’s been a while since the last update but here’s something to finally show for it!

Thanks Mittle for lending me his camera for this shot!

Wheels are on and guards were beaten.
I swapped the tyres over from the 7J Hayashis onto the 8.5J Superstars which was abit heated.
Need to buy 195/45 for the rear as it rubs on 185/60.
Still need to bolt my passenger seat in and do something about the inner skins on the rear guards and then go for a cert. Will see how it turns out over summer but for now Im pretty stoked.
My Zenki Front lip is also being fixed up to be put on which will pretty much finish the exterior look. Would love a goodline bumper down the track though.

Anyway, hope to get onto the manual rack conversion soon to install my AJPS super lock spacer and get my lower arms lengthened. Then hopefully test it all out early next year.

Big thanks goes out to Ressa in Beaurepaires Albany for the use of his shop during the weekend and Dillon for helping me out in time of need, one of my 185/60′s decided to make friends with the inner guard and the punctured the sidewall so lent me a hammer and his 9J Mk II’s.

Hopefully I have time to do some photo taking over the summer. Been lacking lately.



Not many updates recently as Ive been busy working on the car to get it road worthy for December.

But here something that is worth posting!

With a big list of things to do, I can finally tick one thing off! In the process of getting new cap screws and will need to drill holes for them to go through so then I can finally bolt it all together and get a tyre on there. Thanks to Dillon who machined the old lips off for me at his work, the new lips slide on perfectly!

Running 185/55/14 RE-01 Potenzas for the front on the 14×8.5J -22 Superstars.
For the rear I am trying to find some 195/45/14 but will come in time! Have some old grid II 185/60′s to go on for now.

Hopefully it fits well with abit of guard work, also in process of converting to manual rack with an added lock spacer and making some mount for the Brix on the passengers side.