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Timeless VIP

Posted: March 19, 2014 at 9:14 am   /   by   /   comments (7)

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Photos: Jon Tran / Words: John Liwanag

When VIPStyleCars.com (VSC) first launched, Junction Produce (JP) was among the most popular VIP Car builders in Japan with their dark colored and extremely low builds. We all fell in love with the fitment that each JP car had with their signature Scara wheel line even though the “flush” movement had not caught on yet.  One of the original members of VIPStyleCars.com, Rene Garcia, wanted to build a full Junction Produce JZS147 Aristo.  Known in the U.S. as the first gen Lexus GS300.  Rene started with buying the full nine piece body kit from Junction Produce.  The kit consists of a front and rear bumper, door caps, side skirts, and the 3pc wing.  Still needing to obtain the Junction Produce fog lights to complete the body kit Rene went ahead and ordered the JZS147 Aristo tail lights as well as the JDM wind visors.  To clean up the look of the front of the car, Rene opted to obtain USDM clear headlights.

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He then turned his attention to the Wheels and Suspension setup.  Starting with the wheels, he once again went into the Junction Produce catalog and picked up a set of Junction Produce Scara Japan.  The front set are 19×9 +25 offset and the rear set is 19×10 +15 offset.  The tires are a set of Hankook V12s.  The fronts are wrapped with a set of 225-40-19 and rears are 235-40-19.

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To bring the car closer to the ground, Rene used a tried and tested setup using Accuair and UAS components.  UAS supplied the Street Air bags mounted on Tanabe Sustec Pro 2 coilovers while Accuair supplied the E-level self leveling system with their VU4 valves.  Rene finished off the suspension with Viair dual 350cc air compressors and 5 gallon tank.  For the brakes, Rene installed front and rear Futura Calipers to go with the Futura rotors.

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As for the interior and mobile electronics, Rene enlisted more items from Junction Produce.  He picked up the Fusa, Kintsuna, Ash tray, and air freshener.  James from Vipdout provided Rene with one of his Type 2 tables.  Instead of going the normal route and picking up curtains off the shelf, Rene decided to build his own curtain setup on all four windows. Curtains can help keep prying eyes off the stereo setup sitting inside the car.  The stock head unit was removed and replaced with a 7” touch screen LCD from Clarion.  Cleaning up the sound going out to the Rockford Fosgate components on all four doors, an Alpine 5-channel amp was added.  The bass is provided by a 12” subwoofer from Kicker.  To top it off for the rear passengers, Rene installed two 9” monitors into the headrest.

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I am grateful for the support Rene has given us at VIPStyleCars and wanted to show my appreciation by making his VIP Car a feature here on the site.  Rene is one of the OGs that has been on VSC from the beginning.  Without members like Rene we would not have the community of VIP Cars like we do.  I commend Rene for driving the long distances he has to attend the many different events in California.  From VIP Festival at Autofashion USA to a small VIP Car meet in San Francisco, Rene is always down to represent.  Rene recently joined our crew Endless Projects and we are proud to have him now as part of our family.  I’ll end our feature in Rene’s own words, “I’m gonna continue to keep the VIP Tradition for many years, I think the JP Aristo is gonna stay with me for a very long time.  We have history and its a history I will never let go.  I’ll continue to be the old timer on VSC and give back to a site that has kept me going for so long.”

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  • March 19, 2014 at 4:09 pm Aristo93

    Honored to be featured on VSC. Amazing write up and pictures! Been here since day one and will continue to support this great community. Good People good friends one of the best forms on the net!

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    • March 19, 2014 at 6:58 pm vipstylecars

      Thank you Rene for all of your support!

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  • March 19, 2014 at 6:14 pm originalgarage

    Great idea to showcase some OG builds. I think it would be cool to go back and do some throw back features of cars that made waves in the U.S. scene before anyone was paying attention. Back when there was no Japanese VIP event/car coverage other than the mags and Minkara. When getting Japanese parts was hard/expensive, domestic support was non-existent, an there was no second hand market. A lot of cats made it happen with minimal resources, but probably never really got their 15 minutes.

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    • March 19, 2014 at 6:58 pm vipstylecars

      I would love to do this! Now we gotta dig them up.

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      • March 21, 2014 at 1:08 pm originalgarage

        I have a lot of spare time right now. Lemme know if you need some help.

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      • December 26, 2014 at 12:05 am ron

        How can I get that front bumper

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  • March 21, 2014 at 3:06 am BIGGZ

    Such a subtle but yet sexy car that has been an inspiration to me from day 1! It is a Timeless piece that no matter what trends are coming up,Rene’s JP GS will always stand out. OG FO REALS!

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