As it Sits






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Off to Japan on Monday so progress is at a halt until I return but its good to see it back on its feet and can’t wait for another experience in the home of car culture for 3 weeks. Will be sure to try and update here as much as I can but if not keep up to date on my Instagram #86fighters


M A X ドリフト

Thanks to Partshopmax NZ, I finally got my hands on some quality coilovers. I have been amounting parts for the new build and have decided not to do things by halves. I’m currently mocking up the suspension setup along with some plans for the shell itself so will keep updating as I go.

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86 Update

A couple of updates:

I have recently purchased this SR20DET conversion setup from Christchurch Corolla owner Ben and am in the process of shipping it back up to Auckland.

I’m very happy with the purchase as it is a full going conversion which includes:
S13 SR20DET/All accessories/ Loom/ ECU/ T25 Turbo/ Exhaust/ Alloy Radiator/ Intercooler/ Cross Member/ Gearbox/ Gearbox Cross Member/ Clutch Line/ Driveshaft/ G Series diff with Mounts to suit Corolla etc.

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So upon awaiting for that, I sold my 4AGE motor to a good friend Richard who is putting it into a KP61 in the future which I am excited to see going.


And in the meantime I got myself some accessories:



Apexi Power FC / Apexi AX53B70 Tubrine (Similar to Garret GT2871R) and a Trust Muffler20140401_172323

The Turbine was imported from America and was off a Show-car over there. It had only been started up once to show it could run and turned off so the turbo is in practically brand-new condition. And with a T25/28 Flange all I need is a Manifold made up and some 550cc Injectors, maybe some Poncams and off for a tune I go.


Amongst all that; In the wheel department I had made the decision to go up one size to 15″ which is really a decision I made because of Tyre sizing/Compound and availability. I sold all my 14″ wheels and have started a collection of 15″ starting off with some SSR XR-4 Longchamps which I have temporarily put on the Zenki S14 Daily.


They will be widened later on probably to a 9J and 10J along with this Pair of 15″ SSR Mk III’s, which are currently sized at 15×7.5J -8



and the 15″ Set of Focus Racing 5 Spokes. These wheels have been on my wheel dream list of mine since I was about 16. They are nothing special in design etc but there is just something about them that I know will make the 86 look timeless. Still being a 80’s style wheel but bringing abit of the modern look to the car, I hope it will suit it!


Ive had this photo of this particular 86 since this Post back in 2009 and I hope the wheels above will turn out like the ones below!

The colour which is stuck in my head is the one below, not 100% committed yet but its high up there in colour choice.



Anyway will try keep more updates flowing~!



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 : D1 AE86

On my last trip to Japan a month ago I was introduced to Noboru Morita, owner of Effect Tech which is a workshop that is up for any task given including mechanical and body repairs.

I was Introduced to Morita-san through Eigo-san who owns the Spirant Roadster. He told me he knew of a very high spec’d 86 and seeing it was my last night in Japan, he didnt mind driving my friend Brad and I out to see Morita-sans 86.

This is what we came to and what an example… I have not seen an 86 of this calibre in NZ. Morita-san has had this particular Trueno for 19 years and counting and it definitely shows.

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