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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

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MoMo Hits Up Powerhouse Amuse [Part II]

Continuing from my last post, let’s take a closer look at the Powerhouse Amuse squad of cars that was littered throughout their lot. After, we’ll move inside the shop and check out some titanium goodness.

Photos by MoMoHitsTheSpot!



Squad goals much?

This was actually a customer’s car that was rocking all sorts of bling, including of course, some Amuse goodies.

Some proper footwork in the Advan GT x Endless BBK combo.

One of the finest titanium exhaust out there, the R1 Titan.

Details. (Ganador side mirrors)

FT86 and GT1 S2000 on one side.

MKIV Supra on the other.

Vestito kitted on OZ Racing Hyper GTs.

Another Vestito kitted Z34, this time on Rays Engineering G50s.

Couple of demos sitting to the side.

Chaser x GT1000 R35.

GT1 meets GT1000.

All about the details in this titanium license plate holder. One of many Amuse titanium accessories.

Moving into the shop, it was actually somewhat messy in a sense, but it was the best mess that I’ve ever seen. I’m talking titanium, seats, and wheels laying all over the place!

Tips and pipes everywhere.

So much blue metal… and the best part is, you’re free to touch them; with care of course.

A magnesium wheel just laying around.

And….. of course, if you’re Powerhouse Amuse, you have credentials.

So that about sums it up for my Amuse visit. This was probably the most laid back out of all my stops and it was a sight to see all the titanium and demo cars first hand and in the flesh. And following this, my next stop is a little “secret” sanctuary of GTRs that’s also located in Chiba but first, I will have a post regarding the recently held Autocon LA show. You don’t want to miss it! Stay tuned.

MoMo Hits Up Powerhouse Amuse [Part I: I Spy A Legend]

Moving on to my next stop on my shop quest, I paid a visit to non other than the titanium factory, Powerhouse Amuse. This was actually the furthest shop on my list but it was well worth it, more so than even ASM Autobacs. Located in Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture, Powerhouse Amuse has been producing some of the most gorgeous JDM aero and titanium products the world has ever seen. And because of their prestige and craftsmanship in their products, I had to make a visit here despite the distance from Tokyo City Center.

But before I get in on the surroundings of the shop itself, I must dedicate a post strictly on the legendary GT1 S2000 which was parked right outside the shop.

Photos by MoMoHitsTheSpot!



I’ve seen so many iterations of Amuse S2000s all over the world, but I have to say, the originator is still the best. I hate it most when people try to go over the top with their Amuse wide body builds. “Simple is best.”

Mercury Silver CE28 is absolute perfection on this car.

Them hips don’t lie!

PHAT ass.

You know this thing sees action with that exhaust residue.

$4.7K wing needs a fresh clear coat.

And…… finishing this post with a couple more of my favorite shots.

Stay tuned for the next part with a more in-depth look at Powerhouse Amuse and some of the cars scattered on the premise.