Archive for August, 2009

Been busy

Posted in Random on August 22, 2009 by Stanley Carter

Been busy on little things.

Haven’t got time to work on my car, as I’m pretty much broke soon after I got my paycheck, LOL!

Anyways, been working on another wedding presentation for a good buddy of mine, will post it up here for all of you to see once I’m done, stay tune for September.

Oh and it seems like the tentative date for KL’s Star Drift Challenge Round 3 is announced, but I’ll wait till next week when the confirmed date is announced, then I’ll book my flight tickets.

And btw, was browsing Speedhunters and I came accross their latest video, Vaughn Gittin JR’s in car experience, check it out!

It’s freakin awesome, but I suggest you go to their website to check out the HD version, worth the loading time!

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Sarikei’s potential Drift Track?

Posted in Sarawak Drift Tracks on August 11, 2009 by Stanley Carter

Remember back then I posted a youtube video of the Sarikei’s deserted go kart track, which has long being converted into a jogging park + football field?  Well, last Sunday, I had a mini family trip down to Sarikei and I’ve finally get the chance to visit this place personally, though not in my Charmant of course (fetching your family members on your drift ride on a long journey is definitely NOT a good idea!)

Anyways, let’s get it started with this Panorama picture I took with my handphone:

Sarikei Go Kart track panorama view

Sarikei Go Kart track panorama view (Click to enlarge)

And here are some individual pictures I took at several portions of the track:

Sarikei Go Kart track

Sarikei Go Kart track

Sarikei Go Kart track

Sarikei Go Kart track

Sarikei Go Kart track

Sarikei Go Kart track

Sarikei Go Kart track

Sarikei Go Kart track

The place is open to public, and I actually drove my little Perodua around the entire track.  While I was driving slowly, there were also 2 young girls learning to ride their Yamaha in it as well.

I thought the track was big, but it isn’t, it is actually quite small.  The track width can only withstand an aproximate size of 1 and a half cars, and the corners are mostly 1st gear corners, you heard me right, 1st gear only!  There are 2 straights which would probably let you push up to 2nd gear for some early entries, but those corners are rather tight as well.

There are 1-2 potholes on the track, if I were to drift my Charmant here, I might have to keep an eye out for those little traps, other than that, there’s no dividers, there’s no longkangs, all pavement + grass, to me that’s good receipe for Drifting, no?

My wife’s younger bro who is currently working in Sarikei happens to know the owner of the track, and he will help me to talk to the owner about the possibility of letting me, driving (sideways) my Charmant, in his track… let’s hope for good news. ^^

How convenient!

Posted in Random on August 10, 2009 by Stanley Carter

You know most car enthusiast can spent countless hours just on their cars, whether it’s upgrading, fixing, or even washing.  But not for a lazy*ss like me though…

I went to my usual playground to meet up with a drifter friend from Kuching, and gladly drifted with him for quite a while under the hot blazing sun on a really hazy afternoon.

Aftermath

Aftermath

After we’re done, I then drove home with a really dirty car, and it was then I thought to myself “hmmm… I haven’t washed my Charmant for almost a month now..” Just when I was about to get myself wet, I remembered that a car wash shop was just a few doorsteps away from my house, it’s the one that suituapui visited before, and so I’ve decided to give it a try (lame excuse for being lazy, LOL!)

Charmant car wash

Charmant car wash

It’s really convenient to have your neighbor as a car washer, since I can just leave my car there, and walk back home to take my shower, had my dinner, then walk back to get my cleaned ride, awesome!

Mini Charmant DIY Project

Posted in DIY on August 6, 2009 by Stanley Carter

Just 2 weeks back from now, I was at Johnny’s house doing some “facial” upgrades for my 16v engine, it was all Johnny’s idea and add to the fact that I don’t even know how to start, he guided me all the way (big THANKS to him!).  First, I got to remove my valve cover, never thought it was THAT easy!

4AGE valve cover removed

4AGE valve cover removed

As you can see, no biggie there as I’m using stock CAMs, but Johnny’s on the other hand….

HKS 4AGE Racing CAM

HKS 4AGE Racing CAM

…is rocking a HKS racing CAM for his turbocharged + NOS’ed 4AGE, dayumn~!

After we both took out our valve covers, its time to smoothen out the surface and clean it up.. with soap!

Valve covers on the floor

Valve covers on the floor

After an hour of work, we finally get to apply the “VTEC Red” on our valve covers, LOL!

VTEC Red Valve Covers

VTEC Red Valve Covers

Here is how it looks on Johnny’s engine after installed:

Badass 4AGTE + NOSed!

Looks f*cking BADASS I must say!  It’s a beautiful… BEAST!  Now… time to have a look on mine…*gulp*…

Charmant 4AGE 'VTEC'ed!

Charmant 4AGE 'VTEC'ed!

Definitely not as impressive looking as Johnny’s badass 4AGE, but hey I’m actually pretty stoked at the new look!  VTEC just kicked in yo! Ha ha ha!

Aside from the new valve cover paints, I’ve also had my Ebrake temporarily fixed with longer nuts, it’s still not as tight, but at least now I can use it for parking purposes, better than having no Ebrake at all.

Then Johnny (yes, him again) also taught me how to DIY the infamouse drift Ebrake level!  All you need to do is just remove the inner spring of the level, get a tiny screw for the button, and whalla! Job’s done!

DIY Drift Ebrake handle

DIY Drift Ebrake handle

DIY Drift Ebrake handle

DIY Drift Ebrake handle

I know I know… seriously ROFL!!!  But hey it works okay!?  If only my Ebrake is working properly, I would be so rocking this Ebrake handle all day long!

Lastly, my freebie spacers have finally returned to Johnny for good since he’s now putting them on his wheels to test on his fender flares, now my rear wheels are looking more pathetic than ever:

Pathetic offset

Pathetic offset

…. *cries*…..

Street Drifting is never legal, including Japan!

Posted in Random on August 5, 2009 by Stanley Carter

Probably some out there might think street drifting in Japan is fine since it got featured heavily on tons of magazines, DVDs and even youtube. But hey, here’s the wakup call, following is the article I’ve just read from Wrecked Magazine:

“Drifting reached the national news in Japan over the weekend after a huge sting was put down on street drifting. The meet was at Oi wharf over in Tokyo’s Ota ward and the police came down hard last night. Over 130 cars were busted and 64 people were arrested according to the reports we have had translated for us. The story is circling around Japan’s mainstream media today!”

And here’s the news video (very short) from Japan covering the event:

Train’em while they’re young!

Posted in Personal on August 4, 2009 by Stanley Carter

This morning while I was waiting for my wife in the car, I decided to take Darren in first for a bit of fresh air cond since the haze out there was ridiculously bad.

I’ve had him on my lap and he layed both his hands on the wheel, good job there Darren!

"Daddy, what ya looking at?"

"Daddy, what ya looking at?"

Darren got potential, he even knows how to look sideways, an essential part of drifting is that while you’re sideways, you DON’T look straight! LOL!

Darren looking sideways, aiming for the next corner.

Darren looking sideways, aiming for the next corner.

Don’t take this seriously though, no way am I going to teach him this kinda stuff at such an age…. way too YOUNG, LOL!

4AGE Type-RRRRRRR!

Posted in Car stuff on August 3, 2009 by Stanley Carter

I had my valve cover repainted in red…and… VTEC JUST KICKED IN YO!!

redtop 4AGE

redtop 4AGE

LOL!!  Stay tuned for a progress report on some of the little stuffs that I just did to my poor Charmant.