Weekfest Japan: Two Toyotas and a Nissan

How do you like your AE86s? Are you a puritan who likes to focus on functions and keep things simple? Or do you value presentation as performance and want to mix the two for best results?

If this is the case then maybe you have enough time for this Hachirocas Built by Ikeda-Sun at Inazuma Works.

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At Weekfest Japan last year, Ikeda-Sun impressed us with its race-ready 1UZ-swapped AE86. For 2022 he is fascinated again, but this time with the further evolution of his own Truveno.

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It’s been a few years since I’ve seen this car, and it’s gotten better over time. The super-clean 4A-GE 20V swap is the AE86’s dream thing, and the detailed motor sits neatly on the shaved and wired-engine.

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I noticed that Ikeda-Sun removed a polished look for the cam covers and returned with a glossy black finish. He now runs a long-speed stack, a new octopus-style header and an upgraded ignition system.

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Ikeda-san really has an eye for it. He captures the details that make AE86 so unique and special and then takes them a few steps further.

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Take custom wheels for example. These are built around AE86 OEM wheel hubs that were fixed and bolted to a wide rim. They are aggressive, but still maintain a factory-like appearance.

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Like the exterior, the interior is mostly stock. Here, the changes are limited to a Nordy steering wheel, recaro seat and a Haltech iC-7 LCD data-logger / digital dash mounted on a custom panel. It connects directly to the engine controller Haltech Elite Engine Management System.

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Could this be the most perfect rheostomized 86 so far?

An N / A R30 fell to the ground

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Do you like slammed, boxy 80s goodies?

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If so, like me, you can’t keep an eye on this R30. It’s not an old Nissan skyline with an aggressive position, but a complete package.

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Take a look at Engine Bay and you will understand what I mean. There wasn’t much information about this car and I desperately tried to find someone to talk to about it, but alas we can only draw conclusions from what we see. The FJ20ET motor, with its electronic quad-throttle body, open velocity stack, coil-on-plug ignition and very nice header set looks like a well-refined setup.

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In terms of appearance, the body has been left intact, with the addition of chin spoilers and some gentle reconstruction of the rear fenders that we might call ‘polite’. onikyan ‘.

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Inside are race seats, a bolt-in cage and a stack dash.

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What do you think?

How to fix a bump-steer

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The second Toyota in this post is a KE74 Corolla wagon owned by one of the Lobren crew.

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Aside from the fact that these wagons make for my favorite kind of drift cars, it takes things a few steps further. Take a look through the hatch behind it and everything is revealed.

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Originally, the owner was annoyed by the amount of bump-steers the car got when it floated on a track like Nikko. Convenient with CAD, he went and redesigned the entire rear suspension layout based around an S13 subframe. Due to lack of space, he placed the dampers in the trunk where they were activated by a long pushroad attached to the lower arms.

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It’s a whole nut, but in the best way.

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This is a build I’m sure you all will appreciate. But this is not my last Weekfest Japan 2022, so stay tuned to learn more.

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