Sep 14, 2014

Fukuoka Up Garage Part 3: Up Garage

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Fukuoka Up Garage Part 3:

Up Garage

by Dustin Mankin


Today we are actually going inside Up Garage. I'll be honest and tell you that it's not what it was 7 years ago, when I came to Japan for the first time. Parts are drying up, and the scene is getting smaller here, just like it is in the States.

Really, kei cars and (sadly) Priuses (Priai?) have the most parts it seems like anymore, at least in the shops I've been to in Kyushu. This one is better than the one in Saga, and definitely better than the one in Oita, but there is one on the other side of Fukuoka that I've had better luck at. Next time I go, I'll try to get some pictures of that adventure.

But, we're here now...


Usually the first thing you see in any Up Garage is the wheels section. Usually it mostly this ghetto shit. This looks like the prop room for an early Fast and Furious movie. Come on... Every once in a while you find gold, or maybe in the photo below's case silver.


19 inch VIPs for 600 with tires.... not bad.



The seat section isn't a bad area if you want to find a deal on seats. Not always the best prices though, but if you buy a ripped up fiberglass bride for 150-200 you can get a reupholsetry kit for 150 with foam and everything. It's 3rd party and doesn't say Bride, but if you are actually after the performance of a Bride seat and not jus the name then.... who am I kidding this is the internet... of course you are after the name...


Strut bars on the cheap. I got my Cusco rear OS strut bar for 20 bucks, but it was haggard, with paint and scratches... but I planned on repainting the ends and painting the bar a different color anyway, so no need to buy a new one. By the way, the first part of that will come up one day on a Project 180 article.


Just in case you lose your perch wrenches.... but Asahi Tools and KTC make a little bit better ones for only a little bit more.


Taillights and Headlights. You can find really killer deals here, but very rarely do you actually find them for a car you really want. Been looking for S13 Silvia or S15 Silvia headlights for some time now.


$500 for a set of Brembo calipers off of the front of an STi.


Or $900 for a full set? Still cheaper then buying Brembo calipers straight from the factory.

Nissan GT-R R32 FMIC core for only $40. Not a bad way to do a budget upgrade on your turbo car. Just make some pipes and you're good to go.


And this is one of the things you would NEVER expect to find in an upgarage. Porsche FRP wide fenders, for the low price of $500. Oh and a factory S2000 hood for $20. How's that for variety?


EXAS TI exhaust for the GDB and GCB Imprezza, $400 bones. I think this part is new, but I can't see the kanji in the photo preview.

And lastly, S13 wide fenders for the Silvia for $63 not a bad price, but it says maker unknown, although, it looks like an Origin design. For the record, unless you are building a ziptied, 0-fucks-given drift car. Origin fenders fit like shit, and give you gaps wider than the ones in David Letterman's teeth.... just sayin.

Don't forget to hit up www.facebook.com/exitevideomagazine and give us a like. I'll be back in a few days with something new... until that time, stay safe and keep wrenching.

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