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Chasing perfection: M.Farizi’s Toyota AE101 GT Conversion on Wedssport
Iman Machmud

Muhammad Farizi’s family has experienced a decade-long journey with this known 90’s toyota sedan. His family bought this toyota AE101 because of they had an impression on it’s sporty shape back then and fully believe on the reliability of this car. Yet in the car’s current form, after countless parts-hunting years and pains, Farizi took back this beauty to streets in what is his version of the perfect JDM AE101 GT style. This year we just realized that Farizi loved AE101 so much. Most people thought that this car was the previous first owned car that we featured couple years ago. Most people thought that he did a repaint job on it. Farizi confirmed that the car that you guys see it now was totally different car. You can see his old AE101 here.

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If you’re an crazy-minded person of Toyota, or spend any amount of time on the automotive forums, you’ve no doubt seen the term “old-school” used to describe everything from mid-90s wheels to aero kits, and even an older chassis. With more than 20 years now firmly planted under its belt, the ’90s chassis has earned the right to bask in the beloved glow of “cool oldies”. In 1990s, this car was nicknamed as Toyota Great Corolla for Our Indonesian market. After having found great success in the sale of their big sedan Lexus, Toyota then introduced their first automotive offering: the mini-Lexus. With the model being sold around the world and with multiple variants which includes a sedan, hatchback, coupe, and station wagon variants. Produced from 1991-1998 worldwide, it was one of Toyota’s successful vehicles.

After Farizi got this corolla, all the things that installed on his previous AE101 been installed here. It was too much to list all the convertion parts that he did. But one thing we know for sure that it ain’t cheap either. Some people thought that whats good about this car? No fancy stuffs,etcs. Save your opinion while you scroll down all of the images below. We are pretty sure that you will be amazed to see the car that perhaps you think it was effortlessly done.

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Exterior:

Aurora Blue paint job, OEM AE101 TRD2000 grill, OEM AE101 World Class Front Bumper, OEM AE101 G-Touring front lip, OEM AE101 G-Touring Side Skirts, OEM AE101 G-Touring Rear Spoiler, OEM AE101 Koito Headlamp, OEM AE101 Koito Bumper lamp, OEM AE101 Koito Side Corner Lamp, OEM AE101 Koito Rear Lamp & Reflector, OEM AE101 Rear Bumper, OEM AE101 Door VIsor, OEM AE101 Retractable Mirror, OEM AE101 Rear Disc Brake, OEM AE101 Nihon Giken Foglamp, OEM AE101 GT Twincam 16V Decals.

Engine & Performance:

Stock Engine 4A-FE 1600cc, OEM AE101 Strutbar, Ultra Racing Rear Strutbar, Ported & Polished, Reamered Throttle Body B 60mm, 3S-GE TB Coin, Reamered Plenum Intake, Kansai Header 4-2-1, MSD External Coil Blaster, Tomei Fuel Press, Lightweight Flywheel, Adjustable Pulley, Custom Oil catch tank, koyorad radiator, FGK Fujitsubo Muffler

Chassis & Wheels:

Wedssport TC-05 16×7 Et 33, Toyo DRB 204/45/16, TRD Springs, KYB Exel G Struts.

Interior:

Recaro LS Modular String Headrest, OEM AE101: Rear seats, GT Panel, Multibox, Cup Holder, Burger Tray, Manual Arm Rest, Manual Clean Box, JDM Sun Visor, Flares, Cover Tweeter, Electronic Toll Collection, Conlight, Footlamp, GT Floor mat, Rear Maplight, Air Purifier+Switch, Trunk Cover, GT Red Stitch Gear Boot, OEM Celica GT Steering Wheels, TRD Leather Shift Knob, TRD Short Shifter, Alpine Head Unit.

It’s never been a trial: Farhan Honda All New Jazz RS GK5 on Wedssport TC05
Iman Machmud

It seems that over the last three years or so, the owner of this Honda New Jazz (GK5) can not forget the impression of his last GE8 version that has been accompanied him for some period of time. Our brother from Medan, Fadhlin said that Farhan (owner) felt that this totally face-lifted version of Honda Fit or Jazz is pretty different than his previous feeling on the version before. The automotive world today has seen some pretty dramatic changes in the last few years when producing their new line up cars into the market. Although this meant the fall of some major car manufacturers, its also included an introduction of new models that would be considered as the uncharacteristic of the companies that were offering them. Since 2000’s if im not mistaken, if you were in looking for a sporty compact city car, Honda Jazz or Fit had offered a lot of joy in term of driving impressions until its price. Until now, Honda has changed this Honda Fit for three times, started with GD3, GE8, and now they offering the GK5 version onto market. Honestly, we’ve seen several modified GK5 in instagram, but there are something “right” in this black beauty that made us fall in love with his style.

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The ISC Coilovers that you see on image above is basically for GE8 version. I don’t know why Farhan forcing his self to put the GE8 coilover on GK5. But suddenly he said that it has been proved that all the suspension mountings are similar to its previous version. And I think some of GK5 owners out there could probably do so. This amount of works below that Farhan did exactly before the photosession begin.

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There are a pretty interesting story behind what Farhan did on this car. He told to our brother that this license plate number was a heritage from his parent. Even his previous GE8 was using this number as well. Then surprised came at the afternoon when his parent bought this GK5 and put the same number on this car. Farhan told that he will trying to be consistence on what he has done till today and for the future mod lists. From what he told that his previous GE8 was in styled with Enkei RPF1, Wedsport TC05, Sprinthart CP, Work RSZ-R, and SSR Type X, we believe that this young guy has very nice taste on choosing the right set of wheels.

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In this year Farhan was experiencing a lot of changes himself. He will find a new journey how to defeat this totally different looks of GK5. The more futuristic front end, consisting of lights and red stripe at front grill, as well as LED light on a bumpers, refined the overall look and and new characterof this Honda Jazz. When you see the RS version, the two-tone looked between red stripe and black body paint create a different aesthetic. In keeping with the “right” authentic styling, a set of wedssport TC05 15×6.5 at front and 15×7 at rear and painted in white to match the car’s upper-half impressions. He knew he needed something great with this size of rims, but he also wanted something sporty and unique to support the outcome of his mods. This lightweight wheels are wrapped with Toyo R1R 195/50 at all corners. With the GK5 being so new to the automotive market, Farhan was a bit of a pioneer in an Honda new fit GK5 styling that had not seen many innovators yet to date.

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The interior is simple but classy, just the way we like things. Farhan tells us that he has always been a fan of the “OEM+” feel so there is absolutely on all of original condition with a pair of Recaro Sr3. Maybe its just a changes on a seat, but we agreed to calls it the “perfect OEM+ drivers cockpit”.

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As with several builds here, when Farhan first started out he had no idea on what to do in this car to get to this level. He simply wanted a fun daily, which he could also put on the track on the mean time. What’s even crazier is that he has even bigger plans for this car in the future. All we can say is that we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next to his GK5.

 

Work in tandem of pleasure: Tasa’s Honda Jazz GE8 & Fiza’s Toyota Starlet EP81
Iman Machmud

Sunshine, sunny weather, dusty place, speed – for many random people out there, that’s exactly what they think that those mentioned condition will be taken by men only. It could be wrong for our featured car this time, built a Honda Jazz GE8 and Toyota Starlet EP81 to take advantage of taking heat at the race track. “It was lowered a bit, fresh engine build, pretty rare wheels; it looked good but it was really fast for us,” they said. We personally tipped our hat to these ladies, Tasa and Fiza that took motorsports inside their blood in a right way. Originally, this two young ladies began their car history both with car that been gifted by their parents. We personally haven’t meet their parents yet, but we believe parents here holds the biggest influence why now we can see Tasa with her Honda Jazz GE8, and Fiza with her lovely Toyota Starlet EP82 Gi type converted.

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Over the time, it has been no secret that Honda Jazz GE8 is one of the most popular platforms, and to be honest, it’s not hard to see why. Between the simple, yet aggressive body lines and the reliable performance that is delivered from its great L15A engine, they are never short of a great first impression to car enthusiasts from tucking into great fitment, until competing in numerous race events. Being able to enjoy having a fun daily that is sure to turn heads is quite a heart-warming feeling. One of these dynamic track duos has successfully recorded her best time in quarter mile at 15.5 second. It was pretty impressive as a young lady driver though.

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Alwafi Auzan and Daniel Bram came to Sentul International Circuit (Indonesia) after they agreed to having some sort of photoshoots with Tasa and Fiza during their practice sessions that afternoon. Our guys find it really hard to explain how adorable these two ladies and their cars are in person. You simply cannot find enough justice in words or photos, not because their spent some money on some luxurious shiny stuffs to their arm or neck, but all their passion is only to treat their cars better than us. Surely most of you read this article had that type of feeling when riding in a car that just makes you think, “I want one.” From the sound of the K&N intake loping at idle, to the aggressive sound of an air intake funnel from Billion to force ambient air into the engine, I found myself wanting to build a simple daily-race-car for myself one day. But for now, I will keep my head in the clouds and hope one day I can also build something as pretty and bad ass as these two beauties, but I think the fact of owners impressed us more.

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According to our personal opinion, the fourth-generation 80-series Starlet (the EP80 chassis code) that Fiza had, arrived in Indonesian market in early 90’s has became one of the most favorite mid-sedan. In contrast to the straight-edged appearance of its predecessor, the design of this EP81 Starlet featured a more rounded, friendly and nice flush-fitting appearance.

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If you thought Fiza ended with only left this car with standard form, prepare yourself because the love that she shared on this car was not hit-or-miss action. Tasa carefully choose what the best for her best. Let us take you to a set of Work Rsz-r competition wheel. Forgive me the outmoded person, but I have never seen this wheels before. I don’t know how come that a young lady like girls here could have a very good taste on something beyond their ordinary passions. Basically toyota starlet EP81 is one of vehicle that is often overlooked by people because of the production of Honda SR3/EG6. But for sure, this is not an ordinary Starlet. Fiza wanted to ensure that she would easily stand out amongst men. Facing the many trials that were to come, she intended to build a reliable, yet wicked daily driver that is ready to get down in a straight line and on a road of course. However, to differs her appearance, Fiza facelifted her beauty onto Gi type version of EP81.  She opted to keep the car sleek and simple with a hint of aggression. Dedicated to a street racing theme, as mentioned above, she picked up a rare set of 15×7 +35 Work Rsz-r competion, wrapped in some meaty 195/40 Toyo DRB. To aid the look and functionality of the car, Fiza wanted to lower it to a reasonable, but a functional height to be compete on quarter miles. So custom suspension were installed and put to work in addition to a couple of other goodies that keep her suspension snug enough.

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If we see Tasa’s GE8 up here, we can see that the overall build would prove to be a race proven.  Many of the components, especially the engine, are quite filled by numerous aftermarket racing parts and the ultimate 3 angle valve job to have better flow efficiency on her engine. Tasa changed a Kansai header with 4-1 configuration to achieved a top end power when she drive this car on quarter miles. The results? Like I said previously, 201m at 9.9 second, and 15.5 second for 402m race.

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A comprehensive suspension setup from her garage made this car looks proportionally lowered. I am pretty sure that several chassis braces were added to make sure everything stays in line while she drive this GE8. A nice Enkei Tarmac, sized at 15×6.5 the white wheels look amazing on the white Honda Jazz, especially with a mighty Toyo R888 semi slick tire at front, and Achiless 123 slick at rear.

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A comfortable Recaro SR3 seats were bought to keep her body in position. Oddly the seats look right when even she never left her red bear doll wherever she goes, matching the racing seats perfectly. Further interior upgrades are in the works she said.

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A perfect classic Recaro LX were added to Fiza’s Starlet to gives even more impression when you sit down in her cabin. WHAT a great taste from a lady.

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Lastly said, from the moment we landed and departed at Sentul International Circuit Indonesia, it was a whirlwind of fun and excitement. At the end of it, we met some rad lady owners during our session and honored to say that we glad to have friends like them. There is very few moments that happen that impact your life so much it changes the way you think and this was that moment for us though. We are pleased that has the opportunity to shoot two of the raddest ladies and hang out with them as well. After seeing the excitement and amazement on Tasa and Fiza’s face after seeing the photos that were captured over the week, made everything worth it to share with all of you. We just wanna show you how capable these two girls in this article. They were seeing something that some of guys nowadays protracted in need-to-be-popular situation rather than looking for something small-but-meaningful action.

Wise to resolve, patient to perform: Bobby’s Civic EF9
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It’s been a long time ago, I’ve personally addicted to car articles since what seems like the stone age. Even before I knew the technical details of what I was looking at, I had a few favorite cars that always seem to catch my attention at the past. The Honda EF9 or for an Indonesian market it was often called by Civic Nouva was among the top of that list. And Bobby Dalimunthe & his civic that fully EF9 SiR II converted have most certainly got my attention. In fact, its hard to look away. Thanks to our brother Fadhlin that spoon-feed our eyes with his photos below that explained a lot to you guys the meaning of build of perfection within this Civic EF.

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A perfect or great car build can seem so narrow at times in Indonesia. Sometimes it because we often find ourselves working towards only with a single goal without even considering another possibilities of another goal exists but just only past the plentiful goals that already done by another people. For some of us, our ultimate goals can begin to seem impossible to realize. The mountain grows taller as the ascent begins; its peak becomes shrouded in clouds of impossibility. Of course, there are some people out there who accept the challenge and forge through life’s obstacles in car modifications or restorations such as time consuming when hunting down some very rare parts in their ardent quest to achieve their wildest dreams. But to be honest, a people with those description above sometimes came from older people, or occasionally more mature’s mind that without doubt to run those goals.

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This car basically was one of the best honda platform that been created since 1987. Generally said, the EF or 4th Generation ‘Grand’ Civic was launched in September 1987 for the japanese domestic market. The EF9 Civic SiR however did not feature in the starting line-up in that launch. This model was famous in its own way, with a unique feature lovingly called the ‘power bulge’ by enthusiasts. With a 0-100kph time in the low 8-seconds range, the car was quite widely recognised by performance enthusiasts. Still the general consensus was that it was a “nice preppy little car” but true respect as a serious performance car was still not coming its way.

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And since September 1989, Honda signifies the arrival of a great legend, the EF9 Civic SiR. This car is the one that finally brings respect and I would say even ‘fear’ among enthusiasts because the SiR badge signifies the use of the mighty B16A 160ps DOHC VTEC engine. While the EF9 was not the first Honda to use a VTEC engine, it was the first Honda to wear the SiR badge and this badge has since gone on to become a greatly respected and loved badge among Honda enthusiasts even today. There were 2 versions of the EF9, the Civic SiR and the Civic SiR-2. The Civic SiR is actually the ‘bare hones’ version. Besides the 160ps B16A mated to a 5MT (auto versions are not available), the SiR features a ‘manual’ air-cond, front and rear disc brakes, front and rear double wishbone suspension, front and rear anti-roll bars and semi-bucket front seats and optionally a viscous coupling LSD. The EF9 SiR-2 adds sunroof, ABS, power windows, powered side mirrors and various other such features. The badge SiR was not just an only a badge though, there are few option differences between the “stock” one or the Honda Nouva for Indonesian market. It is really different in numerous parts for all side of this type.

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If we talk about the man that very patient when hunting down some SiR II parts into this civic nouva, it should be belongs to Bobby. Probably in your mind now he should already have sufficient maturity to run all this dreams. You guys probably wrong. This guy is still a student of one of the high school in Medan-Indonesia. Tastefully man? Yes indeed.

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With numerous patient, Bobby felt that those affords when converting our local Honda Nouva into SiR II version will not be wasted. He tried to gather all of his spirit to continuing and finished this project. Perhaps some of you could not see anything different or special within this car. Try to google out, and define the differences between our local Civic Nouva and SiR II version one. You will find that the SiR II version definetely showing up those masterpiece body line from Honda at her era.

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Similar with the exterior conversion, whole set of interior already replaced by the SiR II version. I told you before that Bobby are not wasting his time to saving only for branded JDM things or aftermarket ones, but he totally sacrificed his time to finding the whole interior set from SiR II version in pristine condition to be converted on his own. Most would agree that although Civics tend to have a pretty bad rep nowadays, they still deserve respect. But this Nouva deserve more than that. It’s priceless.

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The Civic SiR II comes from the factory with a B16A Vtec motor. To gives a perfect finish of this build, Bobby eliminate the old rusty engine and converted into B16A1 (obd) engine. With all of the aftermarket additions such as ORD header, Stage 2 Toda Racing flywheel, Exedy Clutch, etc, this car will definetely a sleeper beast within Medan roadway.

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Most enthusiasts would agree that wheels are a pretty important feature in a car build. Well, at least both of fitment or OEM+ guys agreed. Bobby made a great choice with his most recent set, Wedsport TC05′s with flat white faces. These Wedsport fill the fenders wonderfully with an 16×7 inch all around.

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This EF9 wasn’t built overnight. It’s actually been many days in the making and its far from over. A lot of people work hard in life and don’t have anything to show for it. It’s better to stay waiting for what we want than run with what people suggest to you”, says Bobby. You’ve got our respect mate.

 

 

To hell with the choice consequences: Yogi’s Honda Stream
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In the Indonesian stance oriented scene, it is common to see a variety of different types of cars from mostly sedan sitting extremely low, hunkered down on a set of super wide new wheels or the memorable wheels like OZs, etc, with undersized and stretched tires, that rub almost constantly even when gliding even over perfectly smooth roads. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with that. We personally love a great fitment with some jargon like “neck-breaking” within that cars and causes some normal people to shake their heads as disbelief reaction. But we also know that some portion of our friends, viewers, or visitors, including my self feel the opposite way, especially with a purposefully classy rare OEM modified like this Honda Stream. Well, some of you perhaps couldn’t see anything special or rare things in this mid MPV, I bet you all wrong guys. This what I called a perfection. Some men that I know really care about the rare OEM parts, but most of them felt that originality ain’t give you pride than a set of high price tag of exclusive wheels or aftermarket things. But to be honest, we do care and can’t wait to dig more about their experience when hunted down the rare items to be installed in their lovely car. If there ever was a perfect combination of irrefutable class, passion, and fitment, I would suggest this Yogi’s Honda Stream to be the example model for it.

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If we talk about this mid MPV from Honda, personally said I really like this 7-seater car. It is a very comfortable car. If you are a family of four and on occasions have to transport some large items with, this car more than suit your needs. You can get a lot in it for sure. With four/five passengers, it isn’t as spacious in the luggage department as a Chevrolet or Mazda however as the rear seats take up more depth I think, but they are proper comfy seats. The load space is shallow (top to bottom) compared its competitors, but similar too many estates, but it is long, which is very useful.

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The Honda Stream in Indonesia probably most of their usage are properly suit with the main purpose of Honda when made this platform. But for Yogi, his mind came with a lot of ideas that inspired with the JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) type of Stream in Japan. The exterior of this car was truly magnificent with the numerous parts from Japan version. Thanks to online interaction and media in internet to the JDM scene of Japan that has brought Yogi and his attention to find the alternative way for modified this lady on the right track. But as the stance enthusiast, Yogi felt that this Stream need to be lowered too. That was the interesting point when we saw Yogi’s car and we not found any reasons for not to respect his works on this beauty.

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The naturally low, wide lines of Honda Stream have been amplified to fit Yogi’s tastes. Together with The Private Garage, a shop located on Bandung that gather together with Yogi to provides all the exterior things such as RN3-5 front bumper until the rear bumper itself. To maximized the front end look, Yogi installed the Stage 21 front lips and also the genuine JDM Honda Access Tailgate for RN1-3 facelift. Some exterior parts are carbonized too, such as: custom hood, side mirror, door garnish, bumper lists, and rear tailgate as well. And several parts substituted the original one flawlessly like the wiper blade and the JDM red emblem in front and rear too. Those installed items in exterior in my opinion are requisite items for a proper JDM enthusiast.

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I have tried to drive my friend’s Stream couple months ago, basically The Stream’s engines need plenty of revs to give their best, but becoming very noisy in the process. They’re not coarse, though, and the cabin is quiet enough at motorway speeds, despite some wind and road noise. When I said in the beginning toward perfection word, Yogi has been remove the limitation of his mind to upgraded the engine of this car with Dastek Unichip Type Q as the piggyback to the ECU,Simota Carbon open filter and J’S Racing Muffler. From this three simple combination the drive impression of this car was back to normal. Perhaps I forgot to mention that at the rear of cabin was installed by simple audio system to accompany him when driving in Bandung’s street way. So the engine sector need to be upgraded bit to get well balanced power.

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The lists of rare OEM parts of his modifications was too long to write up. But at first glance this car looks like it belongs to someone with plenty of prior knowledge and experience in terms of car modifications and a series of builds on their resume. Don’t get me wrong about Yogi being a humble-novice. This car was built with a clear-cut goal in mind and I personally feel he took the time and effort and made this a well planned and flawlessly executed plan.

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To outfit his car with some nice shoes, Yogi called upon The Private Garage too to acquired his need, where at the end, he decided upon Enkei RPF1 type RC. Now there are very few things I love this Enkei with a subtle offsets, he chose to run with an appropriately wide 18×8.5″ and 18×9.5 in the rear. The mesh faces of the Enkei RPF1 type RC look very clean in silver paint especially with the major polished lips that surrounds the face. To brought Yogi achieving this fitment now, he installed only a H&R Lowering kit for this MPV to lower and stiffen the ride. Other suspension components such as Brembo disc brake and Project Miu coating Lug Nut to improve the quality of his suspension as well.

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Of course, my personal favorite aspect of this Honda Stream is the interior. Easily visible with the clear window tint, the gorgeous Holy Recaro in interior quickly commands your attention. The Recaro Sport Artista sits beautifully with the carbonized interior trim of this Stream. With a heavy contrast to the deep black paint and Recaro interior components make the balance of this car is just right. The package comes together with flawless execution, absolutely wonderful. Beauty is found within.

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So there you have it, Yogi’s concept of beauty and simplicity. For him, beauty is all about clean, slammed, and rare OEM parts in all the right places. It may not be the lowest thing on the road, but again it does have character; which is more than what can be said about a lot of cars out there today. This car would still get respect from us and that right there above is the recipe for a good build of this beauty. Perhaps many people said this car isn’t sparkled as other stance fellow, but we are not assuming when write this sentence down that this in one of the greatest Honda Stream that we have met so far.