Category Archives: Shoots

Jess Kang’s EF

title
12

Older stanced cars are my favourite.  Whats better than showing an older chassis some love.  No need to scrap them.  They may not have the same part support as newer cars but they make up for it in character.  Jess Kang’s EF is one such example.  The parts list isn’t extensive.  The final product that she was able to create, is certainly noteworthy.  People say you can stance any old car and get internet points.  Not true, your mods still have to come together in one cohesive body.  If you have to mangle your fenders just to fit those RSs you bought.  THAT isn’t cool.  If you leave the small nicks and dents your 20+ year old car have inevitably accumulated, that’s just personality.

asd

While Jess is an accomplished photographer she asked Jon Schusteritsch and Ivy League East’s Brian Arthus to take over the camera duties.  I’ve found a lot of photographers are hesitant to shoot their own cars.

22 11

White on white with black trim and retro grey interior.  The woodgrain wheel brings it all together.  Be it NRG, Momo or Nardi they as ways look good in a retro ride.

26

Your name, Your car:

Jess Kang, 1991 Honda Civic DX (EF sedan)

What do you do?

I am a Sales Lead Supervisor at White House Black Market and photographer for Canibeat

What do you love more, your boyfriend or your car?

Well right now, I’m single haha, but there’s nothing I could love more than my car 🙂

When did you buy your car, and when did you start modding it?

I bought the car in May 2012. I had just moved out of home with nothing but my bags. I scrounged up the money I had and bought the car with 134k miles on it. It was stock for a week and lowered on it’s stock wheels right after. A few weeks later, I received my first set of wheels and threw them on immediately.

What mods are currently on the car?

The car is basically stock besides a custom suspension. People ask me what suspension I’m on and I can’t really answer them other than “custom.” The suspension is a hybrid combination CRX and Accord coilovers. With the car being as low as it is, it still travels very well. My rear suspension is maxed out but the front can go lower. I also have a NRG woodgrain steering wheel that I absolutely love. My wheels are custom widened steelies.

I also have a mk3 lip on my front bumper. The front and rear bumper sits much, much higher than the actual frame of the car so the lip levels out the undercarriage. I had my motor raised but my motor mounts have been shot for a while so I’m really taking a risk everytime I drive the car haha.

Is there an older car that doesn’t look better with a mk3 lip?  Same goes for the wink mirror.

32

Do you cringe or smile when you drag frame on an obstacle?

At this point, I don’t think I make any facial expressions haha. It’s such a normal occurrence that I’m used to it by now. When it doesn’t scrape when it should is when I start to get worried

If you didn’t own your current car, what would you be driving? Would it be modded?

If I didn’t own this EF, I’d probably be driving a 3rd Gen Accord Sedan with the flip-up headlights haha, and it would probably be lower. People ask me why I never considered an Euro car, and believe me I have, but I figure realistically, old school Japanese cars are better for me, and they go lower.

How long are you holding on to it?

EF sedans are pretty hard to find in good condition. I have a line of people that are waiting for me to sell this car, and maybe one day I will, but not anytime soon.

Whats next?

For the spring, I plan on coming out a little lower by switching from 175/50 tires to 165/50 tires. I also will be ordering top hats for the rear so I can drop the rear a bit more. Other than that, there’s not much that I plan for the car other than normal maintenance. I want to keep it a simple and clean daily.

Shout outs.

Id’ like to thank a few people for helping me with the car. I wont mention their names because of unfortunate events that lead us to drift our own ways, but I will always be thankful.

Thanks Jess, for allowing us to post you car!!

Frozen Friday.

Took a few shots of the wagon after work.  Photos are a work in progress for me.  I’d like to hear some critiques, if you have time to spare.  Cheers. 🙂 scraped
Missin a bolt.  YOLO.                             …..I’ll see myself out.
portrait1
subie 4
subie 3
portrait2

Precious Metal.

tumblr_md5sykZKHO1qkzbwko1_1280
Fairly certain the car wasn’t the focus of this pic ;).

We haven’t done a feature in quite some time.    I wanted to let the barage of H20 pics subside before posting this car.  These pics were taken by Matt Berenz (excluding the first one, unknown source  Mathew Buchanan) during the Canibeat meet at H20.  While VW has tried to make thier Jetta a “world car”.  It has not taken away its appeal in the “Dub Scene”.  I apologize profusely for using that cliche term.  Many cars have come and gone, (I’m looking at you, Civic) but the Jetta has stood the test of time. Ryan Beard’s car helps further the Jetta’s appeal to the scene.   It’s helped change my opinion at least.  Quite frankly I wasn’t a fan when the car was first released.  This and a few other builds have had thier turns changing my mind.

The wheel and body colour combo make or break a vehicle.  The gold and silver colours go miles in bringing this car together.  I don’t think a crazy colour would have worked as well.  The two colours also flow into the trunk, with the air setup.  The Classic Nardi wheel and knob (might have to get myself that), again tie the colour together.  Wood grain like a sir.

Check the below images for Ryan’s and Matt’s work.  Ryan mentions his future plans, and full parts list below.

Ryan, thanks for allowing us to shoot your car.

557A9519

557A9559

557A9532
Loving the choice of bride seats.

557A9524

557A9513

557A9508

557A9503bwa

557A9554

557A9550

You know you’re awesome when you have a matching BLQ in your trunk.

Our words in black, Ryan’s in Blue:

Your name, Your car:
Ryan Beard, 2011 Volkswagen Jetta

What do you do?
I have been working and managing a hookah bar for 3 years.

When did you buy your car, and when did you start modding it?
March 7th, 2011 I got my first set of wheels 3 months after buying and got the air suspension on 5 months after buying, and that’s where it all began

What mods are currently on the car?
Wheels: Rotiform BLQ 3pc

Front:19×8.5 with 215/35/r19 Tires
Front also has 15mm spacers
Rear: 19×9.5 with 225/35/r19 Tires (Falken 452’s
Wheels are Translucent Candy Gold

Interior:
Bride Euro Sport II Racing Seats: Gradation Insert
Rear Sears wrapped in suede to match fronts with bride gradation fabric in middle insert
RCD-510 Navorgation swap
Nardi Classic Steering wheel with Nardi Classic Ship Knob
Jetta SEL Door Sills
 Ziza LED Interior Lights
Rear Trunk Setup includes 5th Rear Rotiform with tire (Same specs) with a sunken    display and 2 tanks; one polished, one paint matched with Translucent Candy Gold all wrapped in suede
             
Exterior:
Full Votex Lip Kit (Front lip, Side Skirts, Rear Valence, Rear Lip Spoiler)
Debadged rear emblem and front license plate drill holes removed
 Jetta GLI Taillights
Ziza LED headlights
Front Fog Light Kit from Jetta SEL
Suspension:
MK6 Jetta Full kit with Switchspeed Analog Managment
FRONT SUSPENSION: AIR LIFT SLAM SERIES
Front Suspension: AirLift Slam Series
REAR SUSPENSION: CUSTOM MADE (.01)
Rear Suspension: Custom Made
REAR SHOCKS: BILSTEIN SPORT
Rear Shocks: Bilstein Sport
COMPRESSOR: DUAL VIAIR 400C
Compressor: Dual Viair 400C
AIR TANK: RAW ALUMINUM 10 GALLON
Air Tank: Raw Aluminum 10 GallonDo you cringe or smile when you drag frame on an obstacle?
Even though I’m on bags I still daily drive really low and my lip kit has its battle scars, I cringe in success when I scarp on the speed bumps everyday when I leave my apartment.

If you didn’t own your current car, what would you be driving?
Would it be modded? It was a toss up between the Jetta or the Genesis Coupe, I have no idea where the coupe would be if I had gotten that instead, but regardless it would have the same styling as the Jetta. Bagged, wheels, but more performance based.

How long are you holding on to it?
Until she dies.  Perfect answer, too many kids with leased cars up for sale nowadays.

Whats next?
Starting January I’m going to be dropping a 2012 Passat 3.6L Engine. Also reupholstering the interior with leather including a gold cross stitch. And an independent rear suspension from the Mk5 GTI to allow for camber and wider fitment.

Shout outs.
Rotiform for the amazing wheels, Bag riders for the great costumer service, air lift for allowing me to park at there tent at some of the largest events this past year. Along with all the websites that have featured my car already.

Preformance BMW 2012 Car of the Year.

Our very own Steve Van Sleuwen’s E30 is in running for Performance BMW’s car of the year.  Even if you don’t vote for Steve’s, the other cars are worth a look too!!  Deathlens also too photos of Sia Honarkhah’s e28.

VOTE HERE
7425214496_0e851d0256_b29

Scraped Subaru Photoshoots | H2Oi 2012

Seems odd posting a subaru shoot from H20i.  But thats when happens when you’re friends with Matt Berenz.  I was able to convince him to take a few snaps of Trent’s bagged Impreza Outback, Brad’s Legacy GT and my own Legacy Brighton.  Unfortunately we did not have enough time at our first location to get enough shots of Trent’s Impreza.  At least we got one good family photo.

This thing has me considering bags.


Met my new Legacy bretheren Brad.  Helped me make up my mind on black side skirts.  I just need to find a rear valence now.



Widescreen:

Standard: