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2002 Toyota Soarer - Camber King

Simple is Best When it Comes to Building this VIP Soarer

Steve Enomoto
Aug 18, 2015
Photographer: Colin Waki

Decades ago in Japan, when a luxury vehicle was customized beyond its factory-equipped amenities; the VIP "Bippu" culture was born. Today, this VIP culture falls within the realm of the resilient worldwide stance movement, and its cars are not limited to just luxury vehicles.

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Koki Matsuyama of Mie, Japan has invested more than $20,000 on top of his '02 Toyota Soarer to gratify his rendition of a VIP car. In true USDM style, he's performed a Lexus conversion—it's known to most of us as the SC430—along with adding an Artisan Spirits front bumper and Blow Design sides and rear bumper kit. The vehicle was re-sprayed with the factory Absolutely Red three-stage paint. But little did Koki know that with the body and paint perfected, he was about to encounter the most difficult aspect of his VIP build—the fitment.

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The primary objective was for the fender edge to rest eloquently on top of the wheel lip when the ride height is set at its lowest position. Never making contact, with the clearance between the two under 1 mm, the feat requires careful calculations and mathematics beyond your average college graduate. To perform this on all four corners took the help of experts such as Otas Cars and the specialized products they offer, as well as scrupulous alignment settings. When a vehicle is dropped this low, it must be on an airbagged suspension—in this case an Air Force Suspension system. However, although the airbags enable the frame to be dropped to the ground, it doesn't mean that other surrounding components would acquit this project without certain resistance. Here, a set of Otas Cars adjustable upper mounts and upgraded control arms was installed on the front and rear. The Otas suspension arms provided a wide spectrum of adjustability where the staggered 18-inch Work Meister M1 wheels were added into the mix. Camber settings exceed -8 and -10 degrees front and rear, respectively, and with careful consideration of the Nankang tire sizing calculated into the equation. The fenders were extended 50 mm on each side to enable the Meisters to negligibly tuck in the fenders yet protrude extensively—representing the definition of a perfect VIP-styled car.

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Koki adopted the build philosophy of "simple is best." To the eye of the beholder, the simplicity viewpoint of his creation can be arguable. On the other hand, it's safe to say that it's definitely not complicated. Non-enthusiasts may look at the machine as a kitted, cambered-out, negative-offset vehicle. But we all know that to us, achieving that feeblest millimeter of tolerance for that specific "look" takes a great amount of blood, sweat, tears, and camber.

2002 toyota soarer otas cars exhaust Photo 8/25   |   Otas Cars exhaust lets the V-8 sing!
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By Steve Enomoto
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2002 Toyota Soarer - Camber King
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Owner: Koki Matsuyama
Hometown: Mie, Japan
Engine: 3UZ-FE DOHC V-8 with Otas Cars exhaust
Footwork & Chassis: Air Force suspension; Otas Cars slide upper mounts, lower control arms, toe control arms
Wheels & Tires: 18x12" -38 front 18x12.5" -57 rear Work Meister M1 wheels; 225/35R18 front, 265/35R18 rear Nankang NSII tires; BLOX Racing lug nuts
Exterior: Artisan Spirits Front Bumper; Blow Design Mode Parfume side steps and rear bumper; Otas Cars 50mm over fenders; bodywork by Tailor's Garage; OE Lexus Absolutely Red paint
Thanks You: Yuki Sata, Naoki Ishijima, Naoto Iida at Otas Cars; Yuki Sato at Ismart; Masaki Yoshimori at Tailor's Garage; Ryosuke Maehata, Shohei Abe at Charatis

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