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MoMo Swings By Car Shop Glow [Part I: A Peek Inside]

The time has finally come, my Japan adventure posts are finally coming to an end with my last shop visit at Car Shop Glow. I chose to visit Car Shop Glow because they’ve been gaining massive popularity with their LED tail light conversions, so I know a lot of readers can relate to this brand. Also, their shop is relatively easy to access in Tokyo, and I wanted a closer look at some of their glorious cars, mainly their famous brown FDs.

Photos by MoMoHitsTheSpot!



CSG is actually on a busy main street so it’s quite accessible and easy to find.

First thing I saw when I entered the shop was their “main” time attack FD that was going to undergo some significant changes. One of their employee, Matt, gave me a rundown on their plans for this FD.

Here’s a closer look at the aggressive RE-Amemiya front with custom splitters and canards for maximum downforce.

Here is Matt working on a light assembly. It was definitely a breath of fresh air meeting an English speaker at a shop because I was able to ask questions and give my comments on the shop. Matt also shoots for Narita Dog Fight, you might have heard of them…

Of course, with every shop there’s a rest area with couches and magazines for your viewing pleasure.

Parts were scattered everywhere, both on the ground and on shelves and the shop was slightly messy, but I thought that gave it its unique character. Matt was also kind enough to clean some stuff off the FD shell, so I could get some shots of it which I really appreciated.

Overall, this was a really laid back visit and I was really happy that I got to chat with someone at the shop. Stay tuned for “Part II” when I head out to a secret location.

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[FEATURE] The Dark Knight Rises: Isaias Del Mundo’s Knight Sports FD

One of the things I love most about the car scene is the constant amount of people you meet that share the same love and passion for cars as you. Over the years, through writing and photography, I’ve met some incredible people that have built some pretty amazing cars. Last week, I had the opportunity to meet up and shoot Isaias aka David’s absolutely stunning FD thanks to my friend Jason for introducing us and making this shoot possible. When I first laid eyes on David’s FD, I knew there was a lot of time and effort that has been put in the build, and the pieces that he chose flowed amazingly well, definitely one of the cleanest RX7 that I’ve ever seen. And to top it all off, everything is of course, authentic. Don’t believe me? See for yourself.

Photos by MoMoHitsTheSpot!



The center piece of the exterior is a super rare Knight Sports front end. I’ve only seen a few examples in the states and this is the best rendition yet.

The profile of this car is so smooth and fluid thanks to the aforementioned Knight Sports bumper mated to FEED front fenders, side skirts, and Aero Tech Japan rear quarter panels.

The rear of the car is complete with a beautiful custom rear diffuser setup.

After a few shots but the street, we moved on to a more remote location to get some better shots of the FD.

Took a shot of my buddy Jason trying to re-position the FD…

Flip up or flip down? I love that the flip lights were retained to give the car it’s original look.

Another look at the Knight Sports front bumper. I think this bumper looks the best in black since it’s monotone instead of other colors where it’ll be two-toned. One color makes for a much cleaner look.

Of course the center piece to any exterior is the rollers, and BBS LM is among the most classic wheel you can get for any car.

Details are important to every great build, and every time I see a car with Ganador or Craft Square mirrors, I knew there’s a 90% chance that the car is legit.

And finally, I’m gonna finish this set off with a couple more full body shots. I know I’m missing some engine bay shots as it’s relatively stock at the moment, but there are plans for a single turbo, V-Mount setup in the near future so stay tuned for a re-shoot when these upgrades are made!

MOD LIST

Exterior:
Knight Sports front bumper
FEED front fenders
FEED hood
FEED side skirts
Aero Tech rear quarter panels
Ganador side mirrors
99 spec turn lamps
99 spec tail lights
Sake Bomb Garage retrofit headlights

Engine:
Pettit Racing downpipe
Pettit Racing resonated midpipe
Pettit Racing AST spec aluminum tank
Pettit Racing thermostat
Pettit Racing fan switch
Koyo radiator
FEED oil cap
FEED radiator cap
HKS ignition system
RE-Amemiya dolphin tip exhaust

Wheels and Tires:
BBS LM 18×10.5 square setup
Project Kics R40 lugnuts
Michelin Pilot Sport 255,285/35

Suspension:
FEED fender brace
FEED front member support
FEED strut tower bar
KTS lower under brace
KTS rear strut bar
R-Magic rear diff mounts
Spoon front and rear rigid collars
BC ER series coilovers

Interior:
MazdaSpeed short shifter
R-Magic shift knob
Nardi steering wheel
Works Bell GTX quick release
Works Bell short hub
Defi boost gauge
Alpine in-dash system

[FEATURE] Team Anti-Bunny: Clint Bustamante’s Varis Arising II FRS

I know the title of this feature is a bit contentious but it’s always refreshing to see a 86 that’s not rocking any Rocket Bunny stuff; not that Rocket Bunny is bad or anything, it’s just the market is so saturated in them that it becomes repetitive. Also, there’s so much replicated Rocket Bunny stuff on the market that its becoming difficult to tell the authentic from the fakes, but that’s a whole other topic. Back to the car at hand though, I’ve known Clint for many years now and we’ve become very good friends with very similar interests and tastes in cars. But the thing that stands out about this guy is his knowledge for Japanese car parts and companies, a knowledge that far surpasses anyone I know, and because of this reason our conversations about tuning has always piqued my interest. And since he’s pretty knowledgeable in Japanese tuning, you can only guess that his builds reflects this knowledge. One such build is his Varis Arising II FRS. (He has a second build that’s 7+ years in the making which will hopefully debut soon)

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You can always count on Varis to make a gorgeous kit for any car. The Arising II flows so effortlessly with the rest of the car, yet maintains an aggressive look.

The Arising II front hangs so low that driving on city streets and driveways becomes a bit of a hassle.

The best view of the kit in my opinion is the profile view.

I’ve always stressed that the most important aspect of any build should be wheels because they lay down the foundation for everything else to come. For this build, Clint opted for a set of gorgeous Matte Blue ZE40s in a generous 18×10 sizing wrapped in 255/35 Advan AD08R tires.

Moving towards the rear of the car, I think the Varis rear end is probably my favorite part of the kit especially with all the carbon accents. Also, the Valenti Revo tail lights accentuates the back end even further.

TRD carbon winglets, one of many small but tasteful accents on the car.

The sticker that inspired the title.

Engine bay is kept very mild and tasteful for the moment but perhaps new additions are in store for the future.

And… finishing off this post with several more full body shots. (Complete current mod list can be found on the bottom of the post.)

Thanks for looking!

MOD LIST

Exterior:
Varis Arising II Body Kit W/ All Carbon Options
TRD Carbon Fender Canards
Intec Dry Carbon Antenna
J-Blood Carbon Fiber Rain Guards
Valenti REVO Tail lights
Valenti Smoked Side Markers
GCS Smoked LED Corner Lights

Engine:
Blitz drop-in Filter
Tomei Ti Front Pipe
Greddy Oil Cooler (Limited Edition Red)
ARK GRiP Cat Back Exhaust

Wheels and Tires:
Volk ZE40 18×10 +40 offset w/Center Caps
Project Mu Lug Nuts
255/35/18 Advan AD08R

Suspension:
Hotchkis Front Sway Bar
KW V3 Coilovers
Vorshlag Front Camber Plates

Random Bling:
STi Engine Cover
SYMS Brake Cylinder Cap
R-Magic Oil Cap
ARC Ti Shift Knob
Radium Engineering Brake Cylinder Brace
Zeek Carbon Intake Manifold Cover
HKS Oil Filter
APR Carbon Radiator Shroud
Billion Radiator Cap
Night Pager Oil Gauge Support