It's been a yearly tradition for us to dust off our own personal rides for your viewing pleasure, but a lot's changed since the last installment of the Super Street Bucket Brigade. Some staff members have left and other projects have been completed, leaving room for those that need to be finished as well as the newest toys that we've just gotten started on. With a handful of SR20-powered 240s, super cars like the NSX and R33 GT-R and our latest ventures being the Civic Si sedan and a Super Lap Battle-prepped STI, you can bet that we'll be hard at work this winter to show you that we can rock our own toys as hard as the cars we feature on a monthly basis. That is, as long as we can keep the batteries from draining out.
Owner Jonathan Wong
Car '02 Lexus is 300
Hometown Los Angeles, CA
Daily Grind Editor
Plan of Attack Turn it back to stock so Ican sell it and use the money for a down payment on a BMW335i.
Stiff Stuff Carbing front strut bar with brake master cylinder stopper; Tanabe Sustec Pro coilovers
Rollers 18x7 and 18x8.5 Volk Racinglimited edition Time Attack TE-37s; Toyo RA1 225/40R18 and 245/35R18 tires
Stoppers EBC slotted front rotors and red brake pads
Ice Pioneer head unit, iPod adapter, speakers, subs and amplifier
Props Eddie Lee at Mackin Industries; Dana Zamolla at Toyo Tires; Jaed Arzadon at Pioneer Electronics; Phillip Chase at Tein; Aaron at Import Car Doctor; EBC Brakes; FBGM/Epic '07 party posse
WWW ebcbrakes.com; mportcardoctor.com; mackinindustries.com;pioneerelectronics.com; tanabe-usa.com; tein.com (Carbing); toyo.com
Database "The Bucket Brigade" (November 2006); "Above the Rim" (January 2007);"Our Garage" (July 2007)
Impression It's safe to say I've had my fun with the IS. It's a great RWD car that proves to handle extremely well, even more so after adding in an aftermarket coilover suspension and a set of stickier tires. So why give it up? I need something sexier!
Fast Facts - Jonathan's second car
Car '91 Nissan 240SX SE
Plan of Attack Get it to a dyno for its final tune, then out to the track for some fun!
Under the Hood Zenki 180SX 2.0L SR20DET black top; HKS 264 Stage 2 cams,rocker arm stoppers, valve springs, metal head gasket, GT-RS turbo, turbo manifold, Hiper exhaust, Racing Suction intake, SSQV blow-off valve, S-Type intercooler, fuel rail, 660cc top feed injectors, oil cap and radiator cap;Nismo engine mounts
Drivetrain Act clutch; Unorthodox flywheel; Nismo transmission mount
Brains HKS FCON VPRO, EVC EZ, Knock Amp sensor and turbo timer
Stiff Stuff Tanabe coilovers; Peak Performance lower tie rods; Battle Version rear upper control arms; Nismo Power Brace
Rollers Peak Performance/ Superior Nissan Z32 5-lug conversion; 18x8 and 18x9.5 Volk GT-U custom anthracite black face; Falken GRB 451 225/40R18 (F) and 245/35R18 ( R ) tires
Stoppers Fast Brakes/Wilwood big brake kit; Techna Fit rear brake lines
Inside HKS shift knob; Momo Corse steering wheel; Nismo horn button; Fet removable hub adapter; Razo pedals; HKS gauges custom mounted by Creative
Props The super homie, Eduardo Lee and everyone at Mackin Industries; Marco Vargas and Gary Narusawa at SR20Store.com; HKS USA; Superior Nissan Motorsports; Creative; Falken Tires; Eddie and Jeff at Peak Performance/Dynamic Autosports; MOBworks; Tanabe USA; Jaed Arzadon at Pioneer Electronics; Phillip Chase at Tein USA; Andy Kim at Performance Nissan; Battle Version; Team Macross 7; the SGV/626; JDMhamster; the Epic FBGM crew "biiiiitch!"; always my friends and family for their continuous support
WWW battleversion.com; dynamicautosports.com; falkentire.com; hksusa.com; mackinindustries.com; mynismo.com; mobworks.com; pioneerelectronics.com; sr20store.com; superiornissanmotorsports.com; tanabe-usa.com; tein.com
Database "Part 1: Popping the Cherry" (June 2005); "Part 2: Boosting My Mobile" (December 2005); "Our Garage" (January 2006); "Part 3: Get Low, Juice Up" (September 2006); "Bucket Brigade" (November 2006); "Gimme a Break" (May 2007); "Our Garage" (August 2007)
Impression Things shouldn't have turned out this way, but the 2Fizzle is in dire need of attention and a new battery. I've yet to finish its final tune, but I did manage to add onto the suspension with a Nismo Power Brace and Battle Version rear upper control arms. Will the 2Fizzle ever make it onto the track? fingers are crossed!
Owner Rick Daddy
Car '96 Acura NSX-T
Hometown Signal Hill, CA
Daily Grind Latex Salesman
Plan of Attack Supercharger or some type of power adder; raise it so I can get into driveways
Under the Hood DC Sports headers; Taitec exhaust; Uni drop in filter with Down Force carbon fiber air scoop
Drivetrain Spec clutch and flywheel
Brains AEM EMS
Stiff Stuff Tein Type Flex with EDFC
Rollers 17x8 and 18x10 Work Emotion CR wheels; 215/40ZR17 and 275/35ZR18 Toyo T1-R tires
Stoppers Rotora big brake kit Outside Seal Gray Metallic BASF paint; PJ Bonifiacio body work; Down Force '02 update kit with R hood and other carbon fiber accents; Star Shield invisible bra; small nick on my side skirt (where "Little Bitch" hit it with the go jacks but didn't think I saw)
Inside Waiting to put in my Charge Speed Carbon Kevlar buckets; Personal steering wheel; Works Bell steering wheel hub and quick release
Ice Pioneer flip up DVD head unit; Python alarm
Props My parents at Chu's Packaging Supplies; Will at DME; Phil at Tein; Peter and Ben at Down Force; Greg at AEM; Shelly at Spec; Earl at Star Shield; PJ Bonifacio;Jesus at BASF; Loren at Rotora; Alex and Hugh at SP Engineering
WWW a-specproducts.com; aempower.com; chuspkg.com; dme-power.com; downforce.biz; drag-pro.com; pjbonifacio.com; rikdaddy.com; sp-power.com; specclutch.com; tein.com; tunerpaint.com
Database "Our Garage" (October '06)
Impression My NSX is fun to drive but it's slow as hell so it's hard to get in and out of places.
Car '03 Infiniti G35 Sedan
Hometown Taipei, Taiwan
Daily Grind Project Car slave
Plan of Attack Keep the battery from dying
Under the Hood Vortech supercharger kit; DC Sports headers and exhaust; Unorthodox Racing pulleys; Flex-A-Lite twin electric fans
Stiff Stuff Tein Type CS coilovers with EDFC
Rollers 19x8 and 19x9 Work VS-XX wheels; Kumho Ecsta tires 245/40 R19
Stoppers Brakezone Wilwood big brake kit 6 piston front and 4 piston rear
Inside DEFI BF gauges; R-Spec turbo timer
Ice Rockford Fosgate RAV DVD head unit; MB Quart amplifiers, 6 1/2 mids, and 12-inch subs
Props Mom and dad at Chu's Packaging Supplies; Nakano at AEM and DC Sports; Gil at Vortech Superchargers; Phil at Tein; Alan at Wilwood; Sherwin at Brakezone; Will at DME; Teddy and Sun at Dynamic Auto Services; Kevin at Toyama Group; Yumi at Signal Auto
WWW brakezone.com; chuspkg.com; aempower.com; dcsports.com; jtaudioacc.com; kumhousa.com; mbquart.com; rikdaddy.com;rockfordfosgate.com; signalauto.com; tein.com; toyamagroup.com; unorthodoxracing.com; vortechsuperchargers.com; wilwood.com
Database "Within the Realms of Bolt-ons" (June '04); "Beatin' The Heat" (September '04); "Our Garage" (September '04); "Our Garage" (October '04); "Our Garage" (November '04); "Our Garage" (December '04); "Our Garage" (May '05); "Our Garage" (December '05)
Impression Still haven't banked on any M5s, but that's probably because I never have time to drive it. Anyone want to rent a six-car garage out to me? Thanks.
Owner Carter Jung
Car '95 Nissan Skyline GT-R
Hometown K-Town, CA
Daily Grind Siphon editor and Import Tuner feature editor
Plan of Attack To replace my still friggin' blown turbos and build the car for SCC's Ultimate Street Car Challenge. Power 397 hp; 358 .3 lb-ft torque
Under the Hood Garrett turbos (coming soon); N1 motor (coming soon); Carbonetic carbon clutch (coming soon); DME radiator diversion plates; Blitz filter, blow-off valve, intercooler, downpipe, exhaust, SBC-iD, turbo timer, spark plugs; radiator cooling plate
Brains A'PEXi Power FC
Stiff Stuff Tein Comfort Sport coilovers, EDFC
Rollers 19x10.5-inch Volk GTS wheels; 275/30ZR-19 Falken FK452
Stoppers Brembos (stock)
Outside Nismo front bumper vents
Inside Nismo shift knob; Defi Blue Racer gauges
Ice Alpine IVA-D105 Mobile Multimedia Station, Type R speakers (front & rear), Type R subwoofer, PDX amps (2), KCE-422i Full Speed Connection for iPod (all coming soon)
Props Jennifer at Alpine Electronics; Kyle at Garrett turbos; Mike Jurado at Superior Nissan; Eddie and the ever pimpin' Mackin crew; Mike Liao at Racing Beat; Will and Jimmy at DME; Jason at Blitz North America; Phillip Chase at Tein; Nick, Kelvin, John, Jacob and the rest of the Falken mob; Robert Choo at Turbo Magazine; Kiyo at Carbonetic
WWW alpine-usa.com; blitz-na.com; carbonetic.net; dme-power.com; falkentire.com; mackinindustries.com; tein.com; turbobygarrett.com; turbomagazine.com
Database "More Power = More Fun" (Turbo Magazine, Aug '03); "GT-R Boost-Up"(Turbo Magazine, June '04); "Our Garage" (July '06); "Our Garage" (September '06); "Above the Rim" (January '07)
Impression Now that I have a semi-goal, build the car for SCC's Ultimate Street Car Challenge, hopefully I'll divert my attention from my five other cars and, gasp, finish my GT-R. "Hopefully," being the key word in the last sentence.
Owner Greg "YAMZ" Yamamoto
Car '81 Toyota Celica (RA40)
Hometown Los Angeles, CA
Daily Grind Advertising/ Marketing/ village idiot
Plan of Attack revamp stereo system
Drivetrain Buick 231, JMS ported heads w/ valves, American Cams custom grind, 11-1 forged pistons, knife edged and balanced crankshaft, NX Progressive nitrous system, Holley 600 cfm dual feed, Art Carr TH2004R w/ 9" converter, Camaro driveshaft, Supra rear end
Rollers 15 x 8, 0 offset, Hayashi 501's wrapped in Yokohama 195's up front, 215's rear
Stoppers GTS front discs w/ Supra rears, Technafit steel braided lines
Outside shaved moldings and emblems, GTS grille, custom champagne paint by Autonetwork
Inside Recaro seats, Schroth Harnesses, ACC custom charcoal carpet, Dukes Weld and Fab cage, Autometer gauges, MOMO Top Power wheel
Props Gary Narusawa, Mike Tai, Mike Small, Derrick Yee, Jason Hackett, Mark Bruno, Aaron and Jon at Autonetwork, JD at B&M Racing, Jim at Performance Tube Bending, Chris at Cyberspace Automotive, Brian at Blindside Motorsports, Randall at Nitrous Express, Bosozoku Racers Since 1983
WWW blindsidemotorsports.com; bmracing.com; cyberauto.com; koyorad.com; lightningaudio.com; nitrousexpress.com; sykoperformance.com;
Database "Back in the Day" (March 2003); "Bucket Brigade" (November 2006)
Impression I thought I was way finished with this car, but after meeting two fellow die hard Buddah-heads (Brian and Koich) I caught the bug again. Now I need to get this heap down to the muffler shop for some Quick Time Performance cut-outs. I'm also thinking of re-doing the wiring with a Painless Wiring kit.
Owner Justin Kaehler
Car '92 Acura Integra LS
Daily Grind Professional Whipping Boy
Plan of Attack Make it fast enough to outrun Rick daddy's wrath
Under the Hood B18A1 fully built, blueprinted and balanced by Epic Motoring
Drivetrain Some sort of Exedy clutch
Brains I think I have one.
Stiff Stuff Tokico Illuminas, H&R Sport springs
Rollers Used '00 Civic Si wheels, 205/50R15 BFGoodrich g-Force KDWs
Outside JDM one-piece headlights, authentic Murasaki Action Sports sticker that adds 5 hp to the wheels (supposedly)
Inside my Shaldan grapefruit air freshener
Ice An old Sony CD head unit and four speakers-three of which actually work
Props Kevin at Epic Motoring for fixing the damage Ty "Lie-rone" Rodriguez did to my car with that damn turbo
Impression I've had this car for almost 10 years, and I still really haven't done anything to it. Oh well, I at least finally got around to autocrossing it earlier this year. Time to start abusing the Super Street name to my advantage!
Owner D. Yee
Car '73 Ford Maverick
Hometown ghetto Eastside
Daily Grind Dropping the kids off at the pool
Plan of Attack Another R34 Eater!
Under the Hood 347 Roush stroker, MSD, Holley, Edelbrock, Milodon, Hooker and other stuff you don't give a damn about.
Drivetrain Slush Box
Brains I don't have any; look what I drive!
Stiff Stuff None, it only goes straight!
Rollers Mickey Thompson ET Drag Wheels 15x3.5 and 15x8 Mickey Thompson D.O.T. ET Street Tires.
Stoppers Flintstone Style
Outside Original paint with an ugly doo doo colored vinyl top
Inside Autometer gauges, Cobra seats, Sparco harnesses, Beats, Grant, B&M shifter
Ice Pioneer gear
Props My Dad, Bosozoku, Ro McGonegal, Don Sneddon at Mickey Thompson Tires, Todd Ryden at MSD, Jon Bennett at Moser Engineering, Matt Held at Holley, Ken Sink at Milodon
WWW autometer.com; holley.com; mickeythompsontires.com; milodon.com; moserengineering.com; msdignition.com; Databace Hot Rod TV, Hot Rod Magazine and Car Craft
Impression Uglier than a xB and faster than a xA-and street legal!
Fast Facts - D's second car
Car '06 Pontiac GTO (AKA a Holden Monaro)
Daily Grind You mean you don't know who I am? Don't you know who I am?
Plan of Attack To not be like you and eat smart asses in $50K M3s for breakfast!
Under the Hood 400-plus horses of LS2! AEM cold air intake, Maganaflow exhaust
Drivetrain Another Slush Box
Brains I have none; oh, wait the car - duh! Diablosport
Stiff Stuff Eibach springs, Energy Suspension bushings, BMR, Hotchkis, Koni and Pedders
Rollers OE 18-inch Enkei wheels; 19-inch SSR Professor MS1 on Falken 452 tires
Outside ADM? Is there such an acronym? Hopefully everything Holden soon.
Props Tanya Jacquot at Magnaflow, Oliver Rathlein at Eibach, Mary Pilcher & Nick Fousekis at Falken Tire, Kris Carlson at Autometer, Lawson Mollica formally at AEM, James and Jiro at More Japan, Stacey at BMR fabrication; and Al Sai and Kai Chen at Options Auto Salon
WWW aempower.com; autometer.com; bmrfabrication.com; eibach.com; falkentire.com; magnaflow.com; morejapan; optauto.com
Database We've never covered this hunk of junk until now.
Impression Wanted something else no one else has. With only around 40K units imported to the US you just don't see them. I had people slow down in the diamond lane and block traffic to ask me what kind of car it is. Plus I never have to worry about some chick pulling up to me in some 6 cylinder version and say, "Hey, we have the same car."
Owner Subaru of America
Car '07 Subaru Impreza WRX Sti
Hometown G4 Parking Lot
Daily Grind Lunch wagon by day and Super Lap Battle Street class car by night
Under the Hood A'PEXi intake and World Sport exhaust
Brains A'PEXi turbo timer
Stiff Stuff Tein Mono-Flex coilovers and front strut bar; Carbing rear strut bar, rear cross bar and floor support bars
Rollers Gram Light 57 Maximum 18x8.5 wheels; 235/40R18 Yokohama Advan Neova AD07s
Props Dominick and Jessica at Subaru, Eddie at Mackin and Phil at Tein
WWW mackinindustries.com; subaru.com; tein.com
Database "Super Lap Dance" (October 2007)
Impression This car is perfect for everyday driving and even better for weekend fun at the track. Look for it at the Super Lap Battle Finals and see that a daily driven car can still be competitive while on the track. Boys To Men.
Owner Penske Honda
Car '07 Honda Civic Si Sedan
Hometown Ontario, CA
Daily Grind Keepin' it real by staying street legal
Rollers Keepin' it real by staying street legal
Outside Honda Factory Performance aero kit and fog lights
Props Penske Honda WWW penskehonda.com
Database "Car Jacked" (August 2007); "Playing It Safe"(September 2007)
Impression Probably our most tame project car in the sense that we'll be doing mostly street legal mods. Maybe we can create our own Mugen edition Si?
Owner Super Street
Car '07 Honda Fit
Hometown Home? This sucker's a nomad
Daily Grind Being forever under construction
Plan of Attack To finally fire up and drive somewhere
Under the Hood K20A swap with Hasport mounts; Darton Dry Sleeves with flange; ERL Performance assembly, sleeving, and Superdeck system; Brian Crower 2.35L Stroker Kit and cams; JE pistons; ARP K20 Head and Main Stud kit; Full Race turbo exhaust manifold; HKS turbo, wastegate, blow-off valve, intercooler, and exhaust; Design Craft intercooler piping; RC Engineering 1,000cc injectors; Calico Coatings; JAZ Products fuel cell; Nitrous Express 75hp system, Ntercooler
Drivetrain Carbonetic LSD, clutch, and gearset; Driveshaft Shop axles Brains HKS F-Con V Pro; XS Engineering tuning STIFF STUFF Tein coilovers; GT Spec front strut tower brace and rear lower bumper reinforcement
Rollers 18x7.5 (show), 17x7 (race) Volk Racing wheels; BFGoodrich tires
Stoppers Acura TL front brakes
Outside Carbon Creations front and rear bumpers, side skirts, wing, vented front fenders, vented hood, OEM hatch; custom paint by JBC Customs
Inside Custom Design Craft Fabrication rollcage; Status Racing Laguna seats (2); Takata five-point harnesses
Props Everyone at American Honda; Brian at Hasport; Gary at Design Craft; Chris at ARP; Brian at Brian Crower; Sean at ERL Performance; John at Darton; Jobe and Kane at JBC Customs; Andy at BASF; Brian at Fox Marketing; Eddie at Mackin; Nick at JE Pistons; Fuji-san and Phil at Tein; Randell at NX; John at RC Engineering; the gang at Carbonetic; AJ and Mas at Takumi Project; Ken at GT Spec
WWW arp-bolts.com; basf.com; bfgoodrichtires.com; briancrower.com; carbonetic.net; carbon-creations.com; darton-internatinonal.com; designcraftfab.com; driveshaftshop.com; erlperformance.com; gtspec.com; honda.com; jazproducts.com; jepistons.com; mackinindustries.com; nitrousexpress.com; rceng.com; takataracingproducts.com; tein.com; statusracing.com; worldofdesignhaus.com
Database "Bucket Brigade" (November 2006); "Hissy Fit" (December 2006); "Fit as a Fiddle" (April 2007)
Impression Once we get this little Fit up and running, we'll be ready to pound on it. Turbocharged K20? Please, give it to us!