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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] 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)

Photos by MoMoHitsTheSpot!



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

MoMo Goes To TYPE ONE [Part II: A Peek Inside]

Continuing on from last week’s post, this time let’s take a peek inside the Type One shop, although so many people and blogs have taken pictures from there, most of us pretty much know the whole layout of the place. Because of this reason, I was actually debating on skipping Type One altogether, but then I figured seeing pictures online and stepping foot in the actual shop is two completely different experiences. So, I hopped on the JR and headed towards Okigubo Station.

Photos by MoMoHitsTheSpot!


A twenty minute walk from Okigubo Station and you’re greeted by the famous orange signage.

The shop consists of two levels, both had work areas but the top floor is mainly a showroom. (Above photo is of the bottom floor)

Spoon engines and assemblies were scattered around the showroom area.

The Spoon wall of valve covers were some pretty nice eye candy.

Got a favorite front bumper?

A gorgeous AP2 just tucked in a corner…

The famous car rack with a new S660 and an old school EA.

A clean Euro R being catered to in the work area.

Spoon dabbles in bikes as well.

This is quite possibly the best car at the shop. How can you not love a Spoon NSX!?

And last but not least, I had to leave a mark at the shop.

So, that’s about it for my Type One visit, I hope you guys have enjoyed my Japan adventures so far. I do have one more stop left but that will go up after a FRS feature that I just shot this past weekend. Until then, enjoy!