Dear readers, to wrap up your enjoyable weekend, we would like to share the joy of being a 4×4 guys. This community is Medan (Indonesia) based friendship which has been established for quite sometimes due their similarity in 4×4 passion. They began their journey last month from Medan straight up to Riau area. Tremendous obstacles, fun and friends during their trip will be a pleasure to watch from footages that filmed beautifully from our brother @dedeknuhok. It’s worth to share.
There is one of the quality show that stands above all others: the Enkei Enthusiasts Gathering is accepted as the biggest and the very best wheels enthusiasts in Indonesia, and with the several places such as Jakarta, Medan, and Semarang will be hosted every year, it’s kinda like a party that should be on every Enkei enthusiast’s bucket list. Enkei Enthusiasts that held in Medan – Indonesia at this article was of particular interest to Enkei wheels fans this time around because the participants brought many kinds of cars but without doubt to trusting on the only one, Enkei brand. All of the cars at this event were very well presented. Sure there were countless Jap cars including sedan, MPV and SUVs, but as you will see on these photos, the Enkei contingent were evenly spreaded.
If we discussing this brand, At an aftermarket level, Enkei’s philosophy is about bringing performance and strength at an affordable price, rather than go with expensive forging wheels. Enkei’s hybrid process wheels are generally much less expensive than forged wheels while still lighter and stronger than traditional castings. But since the started their operation in 80s, we can imagine that how rare their beginning wheels line up right now. It’s timeless design and durability has successfully formed a large community of Enkei’s lovers all over the world.
The variety of cars on display was truly impressive, with plenty of rare Enkei wheels, rare cars, obviously along with some spectacular appearance from the participants made this event looks bigger than we thought. Great friendships, nice wheels, and cars are the complete ingredients for an eye-popping event. We will be doing everything within our power to join this event next time and we hope you do the same, as an Enkei Enthusiasts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
In Indonesia’s car scene, many people attempt to look unique but in similar style. Many have tried to make it difference than others, some have made it, and perhaps only few have mastered it. A slew of factors, ranging from money to responsibilities, can hinder and even shut down the most loftiest of dreams. But however, when men decided to divert resources to accomplish his dreams, something incredible happens. Immediately, everything is justified, if not overly worth. This is the case for our friends, Muhammad Farizi from Medan-Indonesia and his Toyota Corolla AE101. A beautiful medley of quality parts and skilled craftsmanship makes this car literally unique after he converted this sleek car into Japanese AE101 GT form.
The best part of this car for us is because it was first-hand car. His dad brought this car in September 27, 1994 (even he remembered that date though) in brand new condition from Toyota’s dealer in Medan. Many historical stories that Farizi did in the past was really memorable for him and also this car. This car always accompany Farizi since his first school until he finished high school long time ago. One aspect of this car that truly makes it stand out are his passion to convert this local AE101 become AE101 GT. As you know, there are a lot of AE101 type in catalog when this car came into market. Some types like GT, BZ Touring, FX GT, USDM, etc. At this chance, when he granted this car by his parents, he decided to convert into GT format. From the list of parts that he emailed, we couldn’t even guess how much money that he spent on this evolution process, and the most important thing in here was his patient to ordered one by one this historical OEM+ parts to implanted on this lady off. Teaming up with his friends in Medan, Farizi successfully imported many AE101 GT parts from many sources.
Let’s back to the history of this car first, the AE101 Corolla model years 1993 to 1997 in the US, is actually the last Corolla to have an A-series engine, an excellent engine line and the driving potential behind the AE101 (aside: pre-96 models escaped the evil of OBD-II). Throughout this period, only minor changes were made to the Corolla. Perhaps we can briefly point out the more significant differences on this type. In terms of styling, the 93-94 base and DX models had a grooved, gray plastic trunk panel. The LE model had a red and orange lens-type panel. In 95, a new gray plastic trunk panel was introduced along with a new rear light cluster (has clear signal lenses, for example). That year, the LE trim was removed as well. At some point, other trims were introduced, such as CE, but the differences aren’t worth mentioning. In 96-97, the gray trunk panel was replaced with a red, lens-type panel. The interior changed slightly from year to year as well. Most notable in our opinion is the removal of the air ducts under the front seats in later models.
Aero exterior pieces that really so many things to be listed, such as TRD 2000 grill, world class front bumper, G Touring front lip and side skirts, Koito headlamps, Koito front and side lamps, and many more as OEM parts of AE101 GT. Actually the G touring front lip and side skirts were one of Mark’s favorite things. The “Yakuza-like styling” that debuted on his AE101 even for me personally had more aggressive looks than other AE101, it’s a debate that I refuse to touch on when I saw this beauty in our email.
A quick glance at the interior shows a bunch of unique and tasteful OEM parts, such as legendary Recaro LX Modular fishnet type, and all OEM AE101 rare parts likes rear seat, GT panel, shiftknob, cup holder, burger tray, manual arm rest, manual clean box, Japanese sun visor, rear map light, and many more. One of the unique OEM parts that implanted in his interior is Electronic Toll Collection System (ETC) originally from AE101 GT. Another interesting detail that Farizi used on his daily lady is a Toyota Celica steering wheel sits beautifully behind dashboard.
The next thing that snags our eyes are the staggered set of Are Napre 3 piece wheels that coming in a 17×7 inch all around. This kind of car perhaps can give you good explanation that sometimes you don’t need to push your pocket out to grant some extreme width wheels. Then I honestly said that this setup combination are classy enough to be enjoy. Although fitment was not too important in this built, but the fully polished lips, faces, and centers, sit nicely under the original fenders which never pulled at all corners. I just have to say it is really good. Everything just right in place.
In regards to the future, Farizi tells us that he will not aiming to upgrade the engine even further. However, he reminds us this car will be upgraded on another types from others AE101 catalog. This is proven as he had information about rare AE101 parts that his friend found in Malaysia prior to the shoot with our beloved family Fadhlin. Good thing to see his passion on OEM+ mods in that age. Good job buddy.
As a prior owner of a Honda Civic Estilo (SR3) in the past 12 years ago, I can honestly say this kind of car in Indonesia are and forever will be the absolute example of how fast the stance scene has grown between mid 2000’s until today. I recall the days when I thought a set of wheels barely really flush or even sunk with my fenders and a mildly reduced wheel gap was “aggressive” and I was officially cool enough to share my ride with any friends. That was back in 1998, and the scene has transformed substantially since a lot of people right now known the satisfaction of an OEM plus build. The game gradually changed now.
Everyone knows the Civic and many of you perhaps may have owned one at one time. It is one of the world’s most popular cars. Many people know that Honda made a sporty version of the civic which took a light small hatchback and made it go faster. Honda was the king of the hot hatches in the 90s and this was the car that stood out. Hot hatches are fun to drive given their light weight, powerful engines, and nimble size. These cars were very popular in areas of Asia and Europe where small vehicles work well with the tight roads.
Iwa’s SR3 represents this evolution that I told above of because he knows very well the never ending journey to have the fully loaded OEM EG6 (Japan’s version) car as soon as possible. Iwa’s SR3 is one of the cleanest car that I’ve seen personally, and it is clearly evident he did all he could to stand out from the crowd while getting from point A to point B, in all the right ways of OEM+ modifications.
The almost famous EG6 Civic SiR needs no introduction to the legions of Honda fans out there. Although neither the first car nor the first Civic to be equipped with the notoriously good B16A DOHC VTEC powerplant, it was one of the first to provide a nimble, lightweight and agile chassis. Even today in indonesia, the car remains as popular as it was back in ’92 among enthusiasts as a cost-effective, sub-tonne, flexible pocket racer, with tremendous aftermarket parts in the market. Unfortunately for most Honda lovers in Indonesia, the sole agent honda distributor in this country downgraded its specs to be matched in Indonesia. That’s why we have SR3 version in this lovely country. And also the high revving B16B DOHC VTEC motor is not included the SR3, of course, we only powered with only D16A type of engine. This has always left a nagging question among Honda enthusiasts: what would an EG6 have been look alike? Let’s find out through Iwa’s SR3. He has changed numerous body parts to be converted into EG6.
We have feature some kinds of Honda’s on LadyOnWheels here in the past, but one of the the most original, clean, and simply most OEM+ style still happens to be this particular one. Fadhlin, as our brother to feature in Medan area met Iwa and his lady was on very immaculate condition. Iwa told to him that the first time he bought this car was not in good condition. A huge wide body in front fenders (contest-car typically), bad body painting, etc. Iwa need something to turned his passion in OEM+ style mods within this car. After debating for quite long time, whether its would be a massive stance weapon or build for something clean and tidy OEM+ style EG6 as an output. Thanks God you’ve decided onto this way though.
The simplicity of Iwa’s Estilo SR3 is deceiving. A wonderful exercise of reserved taste the exterior has only seen an updated exterior parts such as OEM EG6 front lip, Honda Access EG6 foglamp, OEM EG6 plastic headlight, EG6 flat side lamp, mudflap, retractable mirrors, and the most astonishing one for us is the 15″ wheel cover originally from EG6 too. Together along with a helps from “16 Autoparts” in Medan, Iwa imported all of this treasure parts in some country like Malaysia and Japan as well. These kind of conversion has always been my favorite of the various options available for the Estilo SR3 to be modified, it adds aggression and agility looks while maintaining continuity with the lines of the car. Iwa also repainted this car by OEM EG6 paint catalog, Captiva Blue to gives some EG6’s essence while driving into the town.
Interior parts perhaps will be my favorite conversion in this car. As with any great build on exterior, Iwa’s SR3 has a great assortment of interior goodies that add to the experience and feeling you get from sitting in the form of factory beauty. It starts with the OEM EG6 SiR EG6 interior such as front seats, rear seats, sun visor, floor mat, until the door trim as well. You also can see Iwa changed the SR3 original cluster to EG6. All of that leads you to the beautiful scene of the EG6 perfection that added without touch of aftermarket support what will be looking too far away from factory. Everything is just right.
Iwa’s SR3 is an absolutely outstanding example of what we all have deep inside of us, passion and determination. We will be gives more attention to people both in Jakarta or other regions to looked at this kind of style that truly unbeatable in terms of understanding and passions. Final said, great works buddy. Keep it up. Just tell us if you finished your engine conversion, we will be more than glad to featured it back.