///M-maculate by Stanley Ku

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The fact that the E30 M3 was never sold in Australia did not stop Dave Ross from acquiring one. Long story short, Dave’s search for an E36 M3 in 2004 ended up with the purchase of a 1988 E30 M3. The E36 M3’s he found were either overpriced garage queens or cars that had poor maintenance. In the search progress, he met Greg Lee who had imported two E30 M3’s from Japan into Australia.  Greg Lee would go on and become a very good friend as well as a pair of helpful hands in Dave’s car. At that point, Dave decided to purchase one from Greg. With a choice of black or silver, Dave decided on the black one because it had a mileage of only 46,000 miles.

All E30 M3 were produced as LHD from the factory so work began to covert it to RHD using the dash, steering rack, and few other pieces from a E30 325is donor car. The entire harness had to be extended and this is where Greg Lee put his electrical engineering degree to good use.

The shiny and wet paint that you see in the pictures is the original paint job that came from factory 20 years ago. The exterior has been accentuated pieces from the Sport Evolution including the Evo II front chin sporter, Evo III front splitter, and the Evo II rear wing. The red bumper tape completes the mimicked look of the Sport Evolution III.

The wheels are the AC Schnitzer Type I, which measure 17 x 7.5 in the front and 17 x 8.5 in the rear. The factory suspension has been replaced by Ground Control coilovers with Bilstein shocks and Eibach 475 lb. and 650 lb. springs in the front and rear respectively.


A few months after the car was on the road, on it’s first outing at the track, the unthinkable happened. A failing oil pump led to a spun bearing and just like that, the car was out of commission. With the help of a few beer, Dave was determined to rebuild the S14B23 engine with the goal of going force induction route. The next year was spent researching and gathering parts from all over the world for the rebuild. The car made it’s new home at RX Automotive in Cooper Plains where Simon Harrex will be working on it.


A long 2 years later, the car was resurrected. From the factory 2.3 L, the engine has been stroked to 2.5 L with the compression lowered to 8:1. Boost is supplied by a Garret GT3076R with a 0.82 A/R and to keep the boost in check are a TiAL 48 mm wastegate and a Turbosmart Plumb Back. To keep everything running cool, the radiator and intercooler are from PWR and the oil cooler is from Setrab. When it was time to get the car tuned, it made 270 rwhp @ 9 psi on a Dyno Dyamics. It was time to turn up the boost to 14 psi but unfortunately, the banjo bolt on the back of the wastegate blew off. However, Dave couldn’t be any happier to finally get the car running properly again. Keeping in mind that a Dyno Dynamics is on the conservative end with readings generally 10~15% lower than a Dynojet and coupled with the facts that the car weights less than 2,700 lb and boost coming on at 1900 rpm, makes this E30 M3 one quick and enjoyable machine.

A side note – I was inspired to write this article because BMW was the feature marquee for Speedhunters. Unfortunately I lagged on the article and never got the opportunity to try to submit the article after I have completed it. Nonetheless, I am glad that I was able to write about Dave’s immaculate E30 M3 and get the article up on here. This is also my first full-length car feature that I have written and it has been a new experience. Thank you Dave for the opportunity and be sure to visit his site at http://www.dcr62.net/ for more pictures and info.

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GT-R Carbon Fiber Rear Seat by Stanley Ku

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In my search for information while writing the article on Tecnocraft, I came upon this picture of on Carbon Fiber Gear, which is a cool site that showcases anything related to carbon fiber. This is picture of a carbon fiber rear seat replacement for the R35 GT-R that Password JDM/Tecnocraft is currently developing. The general contour follows their T1 seats that I have featured recently. The slimmer profile makes the rear seats slightly more usable. I really don’t see how anyone can sit in the back besides kids. I hope there will be at least some sort of padding in the production version for those of us who are small enough to fit in back. It will make a very bumpy and uncomfortable ride if there weren’t and you will definitely end up with 2 sore butt cheeks. Haha.

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GT-RR R35 Demo Car On The Dyno!

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Ben here, back again and blogging live from New York. Thanks to Stanley Ku, Matt Rus (farmofminds), and Patrick Callahan for holding down The Real JDM blog this week while I’ve been managing two GT-R builds in NY, CT and NJ.

We recently picked up a brand new black on black 2010 GT-R to build which is in progress out here on the east coast (more on that in a couple of weeks), and we’re finishing up our white GT-R build which is well known as the GT-RR / Toyo Tires car.

FYI – What we’re doing is really a global affair. That is why you’ve been hearing about me blogging from various locations quite often. We’ve been setting up a network of affiliate tuning shops and body shops in key parts of the world to best service our clients. It is all about having the best connections with best tuners in the world so that we can accomplish things that almost nobody else can from anywhere at anytime. Its been a lofty goal but its working quite nicely.  I’ve been back to the east coast quite a lot lately in particular, working with our tuning partners and body shops. I’ve been here so much lately I’m about to start calling this location GT-RR East. Anyway, back to the main story here…

Lets talk about the related video for a second…

First off, just as planned early on, the white GT-RR demo car is designed to be a street driven and usable car. That is a general requirement for most of our builds, for good reasons since usability is a key component of a good build. As the car is wrapping up, we last installed the Top Secret cup kit in Los Angeles to give the car 3″ extra ground clearance at the push of a button. Then the car was sent back to New Jersey to finish things up with our partners out there. Recently the wild MS-R graphics were stripped off of the car to let it fly a bit more under the radar when blasting down the streets of the dirty Jerz.

What I have intentionally not been talking about for the past few months are the secret power modifications we’ve been doing to the car. Some things I feel should just not be talked about until results are proven.

So here we are, about to prove some results we’ve been working hard to achieve. The dyno video was from yesterday and I think we are very close to breaking the horsepower record for a street legal R35 GT-R on pump gas (with cats and stock engine internals).

What you are listening to on the video above is a tuning session, running on pump gas with catalytic converters installed. That exhaust system is full Amuse titanium and I’m just loving the way it sounds under full throttle! I’ve been used to just cruising it on the streets and it has been very quiet, but in this video the quietness of the exhaust is gone when under WOT! Hope you enjoy the video.

Anyone care to confirm the highest hp #s for a GT-R on street gas with cats installed? If so please let me know the hp and the dyno used (I’m looking for unadjusted numbers for fair comparison). I’d like for my next time posting to be a confirmation that we have the record for max hp in a streetable/catted GT-R since that’s been our hopes for this project.

More info on the dyno #s of our project will be coming…and if/when we are satisfied with the dyno #s and results. Then, at that point I’ll also finally announce the new parts we’ve developed and those parts will be available immediately.

Our goals for this build are just about to become realized…this project was never meant to just be a show car, this was meant to be the ultimate R35 GT-R in the world for a moment in time (and then afterwards to be enjoyed as a daily driver for many years to come).

PS – Shouts to Ernie Manasala from NOS Energy Drinks who was there yesterday to witness this beast in action. Shouts also (and especially) to Anthony, the owner of the car who is probably the proudest man in the world right now.

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Decepticons – Part 3 by Stanley Ku

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Another sleeper truck. This time, it is Toyota Tacoma. Can anyone guess what kind of engine is in it?


It is either a 1JZ or a 2JZ. I am not sure which one it is exactly. Either way, it looks like there is a fairly extensive amount of work done to the engine. It definitely puts down more than enough power to haul anything and to smoke a few cars. This is a ride that is both practical and fast.

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ASI F430 – Random Picture by Stanley Ku

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I just wanted to share this ASI F430 picture that I found when I was browsing through the forums. I think the wheels can be a little bit more flush especially in the rear. A 10mm spacer will make it perfect.

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ASM S2000 News by Stanley Ku

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Autobacs ASM is at it again. They have designed a GT wing and a special trunk to go along with it. Expect it to be expensive, functional, and lightweight, words that are basically synonymous with ASM.


Here is what ASM said on their blog:

The re-designed GT rear wing especially for car no.1 is complete. With the way the photo is taken, is looks high mounted but with the I.S.Design rear over fender installed, the size are within the inspection. Personally I thought it will be bigger and felt there wasn’t enough punch to it. KING companied me and told me it was big enough and to use it on the streets is a bit embarrassing. This wing was specially design and built for the last corners of Tsukuba 2000 and Fuji Speed Way. The new wing with the specialized trunk for it will be limited quantities of 5pcs. If the mold lasts maybe will be able to make one or two more sets. This is a set of the rear wing and the trunk, it cannot be sold separately.

â– I.S.Design Rear wing GT-09 with specialized trunk 840,000 Yen (without paint)

・Rear Wing with screws clasp weight 2,896.4g
・Specialized trunk weight 2,905g

Both the trunk and the rear wing are 6.4 lb. so that makes a combined total of less than 13 lb, but those 13 lb. will set you back $9,000 (before importing and taxes to the US). Wow. That’s the price you pay for the best of the best. In the end, the customer is buying a product that has gone through thorough engineering and testing for optimal performance.



I have only included a few pictures so check out the ASM blog for more.

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Tecnocraft + Gallardo by Stanley Ku

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Tecnocraft is the company that is responsible for the seats that I mentioned earlier. Tecnocraft is actually a branch of Password JDM. For those who are not familiar with Password JDM, they mainly specialize in carbon and kevlar composite parts for Honda’s and Nissan’s, but they are not only limited to just that. Utilizing the same experiences and technologies, Tecnocraft is a branch of Password JDM that develops and manufactures composite parts that cater to high-end cars such as Lamborghini’s.


Their current demo car is a Lamborghini Gallardo that has been entirely carbonized with their extensive line of products for the car. In the engine bay, the hatch assembly, panels, and intake assembly are all replaced by dry carbon parts. The hood and inner hood bin are constructed out of dry carbon as well. The car is equipped with dry carbon front splitter, underbody panels, diffuser, and adjustable wing assembly to provide additionally stability at high speeds. As a result, the Gallardo was able to shed roughly 350 lbs. to make it even lighter than the Superleggera by 200 lbs. That is a very impressive to say the least.



Tecnocraft is currently working on a few other cars so stay tuned for more carbon goodies.

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