Some of you probably don’t care with where have we been so far. It shown by our latest article was posted on last April. But thanks to number of people who keep asking us where we are to this date. We was captivated when received your compliment texts or emails. It was manifested pleasure reading your supporting words about us here at Ladyonwheels.com. We would like to tell you that we already miss you a lot and really enjoyed to working with our readers again. You are always welcome to stay with our paths, mind, and stories anytime in future. We please to let you guys read our first welcome-back article.
A few months back our new brother, Vincentius Vitto Savero from, Jogjakarta area ventured out and met up with Christianto Harlian Putra to finally shoot his car , it’s a Lexus Ls430 and its ridgy didge. Chris actually bought the car around about March this year because he always wanted a big sedan to achieve his classy VIP style goals. When he got it , the original paint still looks good, had free-rust body, good interior, etcs. Happy with this condition, Chris did not take too long to take her to further step.
Since then its had a full ground up modification which Chris together with his brother who has an experience on building VIP car in Jogjakarta completed. “It started with me hunting all the necessary parts from correct wheels to interior accessories, and I spent the time since early doing this.“
Chris explained us that he’d love a car which first of all she must be street friendly, drives nicely and get reasonable economy (provided you don’t drive it too hard). She also can be entered into show and shines and looks good on car meet up. A car that he can drive it here and there, and drive it home with hassle-free.
Power wise, Chris felt that the car have got enough power to have fun at events, thanks to the 4.3l V8 engines that can easily burn the tires and it was smoother than buttered teflon too, and liked a rev without ever getting hot and bothered about such enermous treatment.
The car currently sits tightly on a set of 20-inch red Zedd Wheels which sat beautifully inside the fenders when aired out. Its no surprises here, Chris opted for a complete Air Suspension kit fitted with complete Air Lift struts controlled by a management system installed by Air Custom Jakarta, which allows him to control the height of each wheel. He plans to upgrade to a full ACCU-AIR management system soon so that he is able to control his ride height via his phone.
Soon we can expect to see this lady fitted with a VIP bodykit such as AIMGAIN and taking every petrolheads dream to the new heights. Watch this space because we’ll be sure to cover it first.
The 3 series BMW hold a special place in the hearts of many enthusiasts in the world. For some reasons, they seem to have that special something that just gets under your skin, a feeling like you’re being just a little bit sporty or classy every time you take one for a drive. This reputation was quickly earned way back in early 1974 when E21 series was first launched. Featuring a class-leading shark-face design, a light-weight chassis and strong power plant, it was a package that really rewarded the driver who was willing to put the effort in back then.
It should come as no surprise then that they have built up massive phenomena and crowd of followers around the globe over the years. You can easily spot BMW fans straight away when you meet them, talk to them, reading their list of previous rides, and so on. Couple weeks ago, for the countless time we’ve been friend with Hendi Wibawa. A man that known previously with his build on Kia Sephia now incising his taste on this BMW E46 sedan. Hendi’s previous bavarian ride was an E90 series, the fifth-gen successor of 3 series BMW that sat pretty on bronze TE37 wheels before he decided to put on the market for some reasons. But at the time when this article will online, we’ve heard sad news from him said that this car has been sold due to another E46 interest. We are eager to watch his move on different E46. But let’s discuss his “past” lady here.
Last year in 2015 he found a good shape of last E46 generation that powered by N46 2.0 engine. To date the car has made 114 hp at the rear wheels, pretty decent power for his daily we guess. The purpose of this car was to build a good daily commuter with tastefully modified on some vital sectors that enhance its look and exclusivity. Some of car enthusiasts that we know lately are easily throwing tons of money spent to increased their social status, grabbing people’s attention, act likes a walking prophet which proclaiming that they worth to be followed. Excessive flares, an ear-destructor sound system, super wide wheels that make your car looks like road yacht, are the most common scenes that we’ve seen till now every day in our timeline. Personally said, we cannot blame your fantasy to follow what you dreams of in terms of car modification. There are tremendous countries with heavy mods and good looking cars that many people around the world eager to follow their builds, US’s car scene is a good example. Those “stance” trends with excessive drops and wide wheels are truly amazing in their scene. But what we’d like to show here in LadyOnWheels is much easier but sometimes tricky too.
We personally don’t know how to appreciate our Indonesian car market since back then. There are lots of car manufacturers are downgrading their product as price wise reasons. So we’ve lost lots of optional items which is ridiculously good or functional, but due to downgrading, we found none then. Hendi Wibawa and couple other enthusiasts out there are hunting down all necessary parts that should be in the car thoroughly. That is the part that we said previously is a tricky one. You need to be patient on what you looking for, being a single-hearted person to receive a fact that those “missing” parts are damn expensive. Seriously, this kind of enthusiast is not for faint-hearted person. It’s just not as easy as you can order your chromey seamless tank for your air suspension, or revealing your exhaustion from your easy effort.
Let’s talk about the exterior of this car. Basically the E46 was developed as a replacement for the BMW E36 chassis. The styling of the E46 was seen as an evolution of the extremely successful previous generation 3-series. Maybe some people will think that this car was just an ordinary neat or presentable car, but Hendi put lots of efforts to accomplish his mission in rebuilding the beauty this Orient Blue lady. Hendi replaced the old worn headlamp with brand new OEM E46 330i projector headlamp, to adorn the exterior he added the JDM version of M-sport front and rear bumper, followed by the OEM E46 M-sport side skirt and ducktail, he also got a nice pair of OEM E46 retractable side mirrors. It’s all just the matter of taste.
It was then on to the wheels, and there is no debating on this one. An uber rare set of BBS RG 152 forged that some people known as one of the BBS WTCC set measured at 18×8.5 all around with +20 front and +16 rear. Luckily, Hendi has a great friend from Auto Distro garage which known as a heaven for rare wheels and car items lately to source this set for him. To be honest, all BMW series will always looks match, even need BBS wheels – full stop. Being used to a somewhat more modern car, Hendi knew something had to be done to the suspension, which at the time of purchase the suspension felt a bit tired. He installed a quality set of KW Coilover to increased his driving pleasure with this lady. The subsequent lowering effect also worked wonders for the looks of the car, giving it a far more aggressive stance.
Here is the cockpit review of his E46. When many people spent too much money on cheapy carbon fiber body kits, half-cabin sound system, and other “cool” stuff. Hendi preferred to add his quality taste on sourcing the Recaro Sportster CS which originally made by Recaro for Mini Cooper John Cooper Works. For those who unfamiliar with this seat, please do not try to google it and asking how much is it worth. This seat is definitely a top notch choice for timeless gentlemen. Another rare thing that he successfully sourced is the OEM E46 original center console which still equipped with a complete phone set.
Naturally, we wish Hendi the best of luck with his upcoming new project and would like to say thank to him for allowing us to shoot his lovely ride.
It all started when we went to Cargasm December Rain Part 2 event which held in Bandung, West Java. Lots and lots of good cars with their own taste and appearance filled the spacious provided space by the organizer. During the event, we saw a lot of good and proper car laying their frame with the infamous air suspension system that boomed lately in our scene. We picked Sultan Agung’s Accord CR2 to represent one good example from the event.
Sultan basically loves cars and it doesn’t matter what makes, he is definitely all over it. When we first looking at this car, what a breath of fresh air this amazing looking CR2 is. Shortly said, after Sultan decided to put his love to this lady, he gave this car to FA Autoworks as one of the most reputable auto body shop in Bandung to date. His decision to stay in original paint color for us is a big yes. “I think the color suits the body perfectly.” Sultan said. It really does look good in our opinion. At FA Autoworks, Sultan decided to add a custom Modulo bodykit to gives a sharper and aggressive looks which includes add on lips, sideskirts, ducktail, rear bumper, and custom roof spoiler.
If we share a bit about this Honda Accord, basically Honda has managed to maintain viability after five decades of success and hascontinued the trend with the launch of the 2013 model of the Honda Accord CR2. Thisnew Accord has been dubbed innovative, class and luxury driven. Adhering to Honda’s typical five-year generational life cycle, the Accord was fully redesigned for this CR2/CR3 model that launched since 2013. We had expected that this incredibly popular car got larger, sharper and more powerful. We believe this time Honda went a bit more aggressive with the styling. This new Accord was more daring, with its sleek and sharp look giving it the presence of a more upscale prestigious sedan.
One thing we all know is an aftermarket wheels and suspension will gives your car new life, and for Sultan, he is interested on installing the air suspension to give this beauty the best possible looks. A set of Airmaxx sits perfectly fine with this Accord to accompany a gorgeous set of Work Durandal DD 5.2 with 19×9.5 +25 front, and 19×11 +21 at rear. To accomplish his mission on this lady, the face of Work Durandal DD has been repainted to gold polish color. The presence of gold on four wheels completely changed our perception that silver polish is the only color to go for a black car. Sultan did a really good job on this car and now what do you think?
There’s something about Cargasm event that brings cars out of the garage works. It’s the one of the best event in Indonesia’s scene that drags cars out of the garage or home without compromising the quality of participants. No one the participants dreaming about achieving silly trophies of best A, best B, best C, until best Z then showing off his/her glorious victory from the cheap looking event then end up by getting a great exposure in all over media. This event was successfully held in Hussein Sastranegara airport on 26/12/15 last year. Things that we realized when we came down to the event that perfectly organized by Cargasm team, it’s about several cars cruised down from Jakarta, and other areas near West Java were interested in joining this event as well. Easy to say that this event has it’s own strengths that built by their good reputation and classy events so far. This series 3 of Cargasm December Rain for us personally is truly becoming the most wanted car show that all enthusiasts should be waiting for. Over 200 quality cars entered into this year’s event venue with hundreds of spectators walking around the showcase. So many cars wanted to floss before the event, so the organizers had to shut down registration early due to the given venue’s capacity. Besides the display cars, plenty of beautiful food truck vendors were on hand as well. We’ve highlighted some of the nice rides here, but remember to spend some times to visit @cargasm_id on Instagram for their upcoming event series. Now we please you to check our latest photos set brought to you by Alwafi Auzan.
That day all started from the our weekly schedule for a car coverage in Bogor (Indonesia). All the preparations have been done suddenly cancelled because the related person abruptly cancelled this plan. Although we had little disappointment, but we remembered that there is one fine car which also lived in Bogor area. That is why at today article, we’re having a look at Reza’s daily driven 1991 Honda Civic EF Hatchback.
If you had involved as a car enthusiasts for more than a handful of years, sometimes you’ve undoubtedly run into your fair share of mixed personalities. Things like the impatient feeling, constant builder who seems to get in over his head with every project and but keep far from the finish line, to the ones who flirt with various cars, never quite finding any particular style or platforms that suits them. But then there are people like Reza, the owner of this immaculate ’91 Honda Civic EF, who figured out exactly what he wanted and had the patience to see it through.
That’s not to say he didn’t have any doubt prior to purchased this beauty. Reza has a complete resume of styles that includes a number of any Honda builds, so it’s obvious that his loyalties lie with Honda. He got his first interested in cars in the mid-’90s watching all of my friends modify their cars to become a sleek and clean restorical syle. He also believe that the Honda scene at time to time is pretty prevalent. He spent a lot of time sourcing a lot of JDM goodies and always fell in love with this civic.
Eventhough we haven’t got any pictures of the engine bay, but Reza told us that this civic still using its original D16 non-vtec engine. I believe at further stage, Reza will have plan to implant something bigger than he had done for now. The D16 engine has been ported and polished, Reza also added Cusco front bar and DC Sport rear bar to reduce the body flex. Another accesories like Blue Thunder sparks wire, Simota open filter and JTuning custom exhaust has satisfied the owner while crusing down.
Reza didn’t reveal much about the full specifications of his Civic EF, reason being that it purposefully has very few mods. But a lot of Civic EF9 JDM goodies are the essential ones that create this much impact in terms of the exterior look of the car. For such Civic EF9 original front bumper, lips spoiler, side skirts, and rear bumper, short license plate, foglamps, and Honda access trunk spoiler. Thats impressive.
Here is the most interesting point on this build, a set of HnR sportkit was installed on the front and rear. The HnR suspension provided a broader spectrum of firmness and stability compared to standard, where the rare beautiful 15-inch Sprinthart CP wheels at 6.5″ widht were added into the mix. To improve the brakes ability, Reza upgraded the rear brakes and replace it with from another Honda EF9.
As you can see on the interior side, Reza would loved to keep its pristine interior condition. When we looked at his interior, that was very amazing. Everything looks good and maintained well. Seriously its looks like brand new one. But lucky Reza got the original Honda CRX floor mat to add another impression on the interior side.