AE86 Nights x NYC Lights

With regards to JDM icons that captivate hearts, few match the attract of the Toyota AE86. Its light-weight design, rear-wheel-drive configuration and agile dealing with have elevated the unique Hachiroku to cult standing within the modified automobile world.

Think about this: It’s a crisp spring night time within the coronary heart of New York Metropolis. From Harlem to Instances Sq., three AE86s steal the highlight, showcasing their ’80s traces and punctiliously chosen upgrades. They flip heads at each nook. Automobile lovers flock from all instructions, desperate to seize a glimpse and snap a fast photograph of the trio’s easy coolness.


Because the night time unfolds, it affords an ideal alternative to look into the fervour that fuels the three proud Hachiroku house owners. We’ll delve into the small print of their automobile modifications, hear about their love for his or her AE86s, and even get an perception into their plans for future builds and mods.

Peter – Fireplace Pepper Crimson Pearl AE86


What initially attracted you to the AE86 chassis? “I began with old-school Toyotas in 1995 at 12 years outdated. My older cousin, Junior, purchased a 1980 Toyota Corolla as his first automobile. We began to discover ways to work on vehicles by engaged on his automobile and educating ourselves. Round 1997, Junior’s buddy came visiting in a automobile I had by no means seen earlier than. It was a crimson two-door hatchback, had flip-up lights, was slammed to the bottom and tinted out. It was like a lightning bolt had hit me. It turned out to be a 1985 Toyota Corolla GTS hatchback. From the second I noticed that automobile I knew that I by no means needed to personal the rest.”

How lengthy have you ever owned your AE86? “I’ve owned this automobile for twenty-four years. Since then, I’ve purchased, bought, and scrapped over a dozen AE86s, however this one – my first one – has at all times stayed with me. It’s the one automobile that I’ll by no means eliminate. The identical 12 months that I purchased the automobile we began our membership Staff Toyminator, and the remainder is historical past.”

What are your plans on your automobile? “Finally a full respray. The present paint job was executed in 2005.”

Do you may have any intentions of constructing one other AE86 sooner or later? “I’m at present constructing an AE86 coupe for my spouse. The plans are an OEM+ sort construct so we are able to cruise collectively.”


Engine: Toyota 4A-GE 20-valve ‘Blacktop’ from a JDM AE111, SQ Engineering entrance mount distributor equipment, Storage Annex 8mm ignition wires, Tec-Artwork’s 100mm velocity stacks, Techno Toy Tuning (T3) aluminum pulleys, SS Works water line equipment, Choose Velocity {custom} high-rise header, Magnaflow hi-flow cat, Fujitsubo cat-back exhaust system, Koyo radiator, 2x Mishimoto electrical followers, Impulse Japan radiator brackets & catch can, Circuit Sports activities overflow tank, Ukiya86 radiator cooling plate, Max Orido Shorai battery tie-down

Driveline: Manufacturing facility Toyota T50 5-speed gearbox, Techno Toy Tuning (T3) quick shifter, TRD light-weight flywheel, Exedy Stage 1 clutch, Tomei 1.5-way restricted slip differential

Suspension & Brakes: GReddy Kind S coilovers, Prothane bushings, Techno Toy Tuning (T3)/Flo’s Efficiency quick-ratio handbook steering rack, Techno Toy Tuning (T3) outer tie rods, Battle Storage adjustable strut rods, Cusco panhard bar, Techno Toy Tuning (T3) Wilwood entrance large brake equipment with cross-drilled rotors, Techno Toy Tuning (T3) braided stainless-steel brake traces

Wheels & Tires: 15×8-inch -10 offset SSR Colin Star Shark custom-built wheels, Mission Kics R40 lug nuts, Yokohama Advan Fleva 195/50R15 tires

Exterior: OEM Toyota JDM kouki Trueno bumpers, fender lights, entrance lip, aspect skirts, rain guards, & ‘Redline’ taillights, OEM Toyota auto cowl fog lights, J-Blood rear garnishes, Cashiew aspect mirrors, Chastain Shadow rear steel louvers, full shade change to Acura Fireplace Pepper Crimson Pearl, shaved rear aspect markers, rear keyhole, rear wiper, & antenna gap, molded entrance lip

Inside: Recaro LXC mesh seats, TOM’S/Private steering wheel, horn button, shift knob, & pedals, ’80s JDM Carrozzeria rear deck with light-up audio system, Shorai Energy battery


Denny – Alpine White AE86


What initially attracted you to the AE86 chassis? “ had a love for Toyotas from a younger age, nevertheless it was extra for pickup vans as my dad owned a number of again house within the DR. After we completely moved to the US, on my solution to college each morning I’d spot the identical blue Toyota Corolla hatch. I didn’t know something concerning the automobile at that age, however I at all times discovered myself stopping to stare at it. Because the years handed, I obtained my license, and my dad owned a 1989 Toyota Corolla wagon. It wasn’t precisely the blue Toyota hatch that I at all times stopped to stare at on my solution to college, nevertheless it was a Corolla and I liked it. Sooner or later within the early 2000s, I ended at my native newsstand and there was on the entrance web page a Toyota Corolla AE86 hatch. I immediately grabbed the journal and that’s after I discovered what the automobile was, and I fell in love with it.”

How lengthy have you ever owned your AE86? “I’ve owned the automobile for seven years now.”

What are your plans on your automobile? “Set up a GR86 6-speed transmission and cross it on to my son Ethan and proceed to maintain the automobile within the household. Possibly in the future he can cross it on to his children as properly.”

Do you may have any intentions of constructing one other AE86 sooner or later? “No plans on one other AE86 however I’m constructing a 1990 Toyota Supra Mk3 in the mean time. The objective is to construct it dependable with a little bit of energy to take pleasure in on the weekends.”


Engine: Toyota 4A-GE 20-valve ‘Blacktop’ from a JDM AE111 (constructed), Techno Toy Tuning (T3) velocity stacks, Choose Velocity headers, HKS exhaust system, Haltech ECU,Panic-Made wiring harness, electrical followers

Driveline: Manufacturing facility Toyota T50 5-speed gearbox, Techno Toy Tuning (T3) quick shifter, GT-S rear finish, TRD limited-slip differential

Suspension & Brakes: Fortune Auto coilovers, Cusco entrance & rear sway bars, Cusco pillow-ball assist, Cusco chassis brace, Carbing entrance strut bar, Wilwood Child Daddy entrance brake equipment

Wheels & Tires: 14-inch RAYS Volk Racing TE37 wheels, RAYS lug nuts, Falken Azenis tires

Exterior: OEM Toyota JDM kouki Trueno bumpers, entrance lip, aspect skirts, mud flaps, & kouki ‘Redline’ tail lights, Raybrig headlights

Inside: Recaro Tomcat seats, Bride seat rails, Cusco 4-point harnesses, Nardi steering wheel, Techno Toy Tuning (T3) seat belt harness bar, Techno Toy Tuning (T3) rear hatch brace, re-trimmed rear seat, JDM digital sprint cluster, AEM air/gasoline ratio gauge, VDO volts gauge


Danny – Dawn Crimson AE86


What initially attracted you to the AE86 chassis? “After I was younger, round 13 years outdated, there was a man in my neighborhood named Ray who owned a black AE86 GTS with a 4AG-ZE supercharged motor. He would come down the road sliding and doing burnouts. That was the primary time I noticed a modified AE86. After I was older, I began going to Huntspoint in The Bronx. One night time, a silver AE86 coupe with a Mitsubishi Conquest engine pulled as much as race. The automobile had very darkish tinted home windows so we by no means noticed who the individual was. He raced a bunch of vehicles and gained each single time, and that’s after I fell in love with the AE86 chassis. After that, my dream has at all times been to construct an AE86 with a rotary engine. I ended up getting my first AE86 on the age of 17 and all through the years I’ve owned 4 AE86 coupes and the hatch I at present personal.”

How lengthy have you ever owned your AE86? “I’ve owned the automobile for 3 years now.”

What are your plans on your automobile? “Having fun with it and prepping it for the Drift Battle USA occasion with DK, Keiichi Tsuchiya. I wish to get extra energy out of it, however I nonetheless haven’t deliberate that out but.”

Do you may have any intentions of constructing one other 86 sooner or later? “It’s not in my plans in the mean time, as I need to end my 1984 Mazda RX-7, to carry it to the extent my AE86 is. However who is aware of, if one other one comes throughout, I would do it!”


Engine: Toyota 4A-GE 7-rib block, HKS 272-degreee camshafts, 4A-GE 20V ITBs, HKS cat-back exhaust system Haltech ECU, Koyo radiator, Samco radiator hoses, Ukiya86 cooling plate, Keichii Tsuchiya inexperienced powder-coated accents, zinc-plated {hardware}

Driveline: Manufacturing facility Toyota T50 5-speed gearbox, TRD limited-slip differential

Suspension & Brakes: Megan Racing coilovers, Techno Toy Tuning (T3) management arms & roll heart adjusters, Cusco sway bar entrance/rear, Cusco 4-link management arms, Techno Toy Tuning (T3) Wilwood calipers & cross-drilled rotors

Wheels & Tires: 15×8.5-inch Weds Racings MA86 wheels, Toyo 195/50R15 tires

Exterior: OEM Toyota JDM zenki Trueno bumpers, entrance lip, & aspect skirts, JDM carbon fiber rain guards, OEM Toyota kouki Trueno ‘Redline’ tail lights

Inside: Recaro LXC mesh seats, re-trimmed rear seat & panels, TRD gauges, TRD shift knob, TAKATA Racing 4-point harnesses, harness bar


As we’ve explored the tales of those passionate AE86 house owners, it’s clear all of them started their journey with the Toyota mannequin at a younger age. Whether or not it was love at first sight or the sound of the Hachiroku‘s 4A-GE engine, every proprietor knew the AE86 was their dream automobile from the beginning. These tales not solely spotlight a robust dedication to their vehicles, but in addition level to the AE86’s iconic standing inside the automotive fanatic group.

David Morales
Instagram: deadshutternyc

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