Monthly Archives: February 2010

How Many Trucks….

Tow truck towing a hachi towing truck
How much trucks would a tow truck tow if a tow truck could tow hachis?
Say what?
Well, monkeymagic rented a tow truck to haul his hachi to a dyno. Apparently the tow truck died and had to be towed as well!

New Sh*t!: AJPS Tie Rods & Ball Joints

Dave at AJPS shot me an email this morning letting me know about his new slim-line ball joint and tie rod ends. These are some serious modifications for those of you out there running at the extent of the AE86’s stock parts limit.  The ball joints are BJ145 part number and the tie rod ends are TE489L. You will need dual adjustable tie rod tubes (ra40/ke30, ajps, noby booth etc) to fit em on the AE86, which are a necessary upgrade with longer lower arms anyhow!

Manufactured in Taiwan for AJPS to ISO9002 standards, Dave says the quality and manufacturing is second to none:

The joints are fully sealed (no grease nipples), filled with molykote2 super high performance grease from the factory. The boot is also sealed to the housing and on the ball joints is further secured with spring wire. They both have micro finished hardened balls and forged casings further increasing smoothness and strength. The boots are much thicker than others ive tried and since they dont need filling the chance of the boot splitting is also nil. Theyre also UV treated so the rubber doesnt perish.

If you’re running old shagged out suspension or brand new purpose-built items, these parts will give great benefits. Restorers who want to refresh their car and have it last for many years to come, Rally and drifters whose cars get harsh use, Street-legal cars that need to go over the pits or simply cars that want to run a large rca with a small wheel – this is your solution!

David is so sure of the quality of these units hes brought in 100 pairs of each and will be selling the ball joints for $35 each and the tie rod ends for $25 each. Plus, if you get your order in this week, he’ll chuck in free Australia-wide shipping!

Hit the link to for the entire rundown and specification.

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Jaromir Cech Talks FT-86

The senior designer of the FT-86 project Jaromir Cech talks to Autocar UK about the design philosophies and ideals behind the European-designed Toyota concept. Interesting to see the enthusiasm for the concept to go directly into production ‘as-is’ from Toyota Japan’s directors, with the hope of not changing much (if anything) from the concepts exterior look.  Lets hope they can get it past pedestrian safety checks and onto the road!

[Via 86ers]

TOYMODS DYNO DAY: Sunday 21st Feb

Ever wondered what power your car makes? Ever wondered who you could talk to you possibly gain a couple of extra horses in the paddock? Want to check out some hot Toyota metal? This will be the place to do it!


FT-86 Will Be A Reality

Jim Lentz, President & Chief Operating Officer of Toyota Motor Sales, USA has confirmed (via Digg Dialogg) the FT-86 will be coming to market, at least in the USA, somewhere in the near future.

The video features mostly interview questions on the current Toyota recalls, but at 14:26 a question arises about the future of sports car production at Toyota. To watch the video, head on over to Revision3.


So many video posts recently, but this stuff is hard not to share! An awesome video from 1987… i especially love the part after the first braking zone, you’ll see!

Roofchopped Levin Ute?

Now we have posted a roofchopped Trueno before, but what about this roofchopped Levin ute? Yes there will always be someone who wants to do it better.

You can watch this ute in action in this video after the jump!


Keiichi’s Fuji Hot Lap

AE86 on the 1.5km long Fuji Speedway straight? Hell yes.

Hachiroku Damashii Cover & Info

Care of Minkara user Netsu Chi, we have the shot of the cover of the new Hachiroku Damashii Magazine!

From Sun-A’s website, a brief listing of whats on the inside in the best engrish you’ve ever seen:

AE86 Restoration quarter-century modifications, Come, come early FT-86 – Air dry charismatic new tuners Love Story starts now 13 saw their name FT-86 tuner in the future, Dorikin Muken of Keiichi Tsuchiya, the斬Ru Hibino!, ALL NEW!渾身next generation Subaru Boxer 4 , Validation! Occitane bee DNA is inherited, Initial D Takumi and horizontal New Developments, Full of secret story! Tada Tetsuya FT-86’s development chief, SCOOP: Expected to run from the real-propelled Spy Photos, AE86 – After his brave trajectory trajectory tuning motorsport, Love bee team Occitane Hachirokumaisutakarando得知, And for the FT-86 – “Convergence of real and virtual” Mr. Kazunori Yamauchi Gran Turismo, Porori involuntarily?, Tokyo Auto Salon PLAYBACK FT-86 Talk Show.

Until ours arrives from Japan, you’ll all have to wait in wonder and salivate over the possibilities!