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Old 12-28-2001, 03:35 PM   #1
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Talking I am going BACK to Japan!

Yes! I can finally go back to Japan for my vacation! Yahoo! I will get tons of goodies for my car. I wish I can bring new volk wheels....(something 28N...is name of wheels, and 17inches weigh only freakin' 12pounds) I also wanna get HKS hypermaxes or cusco comps for VERY reasonable price. The only problem I am facing to is..... HOW THE HECK I BRING THOSE HEAVY STUFF TO US??

I think suspensions are prohibited as well as paint sprays.... Wheels are bit to heavy even they weigh 48pounds...

Do you know how much is shipping cost by sea? It takes long time, but I can save tons of $$$$$$
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Old 12-28-2001, 03:48 PM   #2
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sea shipping can take over a month...go to www.takakaira.com and check their shipping page.
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Old 12-28-2001, 03:55 PM   #3
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HOW THE HECK I BRING THOSE HEAVY STUFF TO US?
Bring a really big suitcase. and wear baggy clothing with lots of pockets.
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Old 12-28-2001, 04:40 PM   #4
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Hello Gentleman.

Main screen turn on.

All your base are belong to us..Make your time.
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Old 12-29-2001, 09:51 AM   #5
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buy as many STI injectors as you possibly can
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Old 01-01-2002, 09:17 PM   #6
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call 1-800 go-fedex. ask for freight services. depending upon what you ship, you can save yourself some money, but they'll have you go with the Viking Freight (possibly) if it's overseas, and thus you'll spend a little. I think the slowest the CAN get it there via viking, is like... 4 days. That time definite stuff can be $$$
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Old 01-01-2002, 11:06 PM   #7
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could ya stuff an evo 6 in your back pocket for me?
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Old 01-02-2002, 06:54 AM   #8
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Hey there, Im in the same situaton (in Japan right now for my vacation). I bought a set of cusco ZERO 2R coilovers, and 2 sets of F/R cusco strut bars (for a buddy of mine). I always just bring stuff back with me (for my own use mind you). Its not that big of a deal. I have been doing it for 10 years and have never been a problem, although things I brought back was never worth nearly as a set of coilovers. I cant promise anything due to the situaton we are at now. US customs allow goods valued at max. of 400 dollars to be tax tax exempt for citizens and resident aliens(me). Coilovers are gonna cost helluva lot more, so you COULD fudge a few things *I do not recommend this* like saying you bought the parts used and say you bought it for around 400 bucks, or say it was a gift and you are not sure how much it is worth... the custom agent wont really mind unless its something like food, cigs, etc etc.

Anyway on airplanes you can check in 2 baggages and bring 2 small ones on-board, so you would be all set on the coilovers, but I suggest shipping the wheels, or if you are going with somebody split the wheels into bulks of 2 and check it in... If you really want to physically bring it back, pack light. As far as suspensions being prohibited, Im pretty sure they are prohibited from you carrying it on board the plane yourself (has gas in the tube which is a no no), but if you check it in you should be set. If it does not work, there is a freight company at the airport so you can send it via air or by sea(air mail usually takes a week to get to where I live normally, which is MA)

My my I sound like some kind of a smuggler! The above are just a few suggestions and I do not necessary advocate such things, meaning do not blame me IF you get into trouble, which I have never been in.

About the rims you are talking about, are those the new 10 spoke ones? If they are, Ive seen one in a shop here and DAMN theyre light. I personally like the TE37s but Ill bet no one has the 28N in North America. Where in Japan are you staying at? I can recommend some REALLY good shops if ya want.
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Old 01-02-2002, 09:44 AM   #9
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Make good friends with military guy, and have him ship the stuff back for you. Very cheap.
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Old 01-02-2002, 02:36 PM   #10
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Dang it Austin, you beat me to it!

Yeah, well, anyways, try to get in touch with the military. Maybe you know someone, who knows someone, who knows someone that is stationed there (or has a valid ID card to use on the base post office). Cheap (subsidized my Uncle Sam and usually no import taxes), and fast. I still do that for friends in Germany/US...
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Old 01-02-2002, 03:15 PM   #11
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Default back from japan...

let me first say...it was a blast in japan..much fun...i advise all to go there...at least once...if not only for the cars and technology they got...

i didnt buy anything car related...i did stop at a few places to look at the cars...ill post pics later when i dump the pics off of my digicam. Some of you guys will drool at the used car lots i visited...they only sell modded cars...and im talking stis, evos 3+, toyota chasers, silvias, skylines (r32+), supras, nsx type r's....u name it was there..man when i got there i thought i was in a sports compact car dream....(u gotta realize it was the first time i saw skylines in person.)

anyhow...i had fun...visited alot of places...hope to go back when i can speak to the ppl...i must of sounded like a dumb arse.

anyways..thanks for the advice u guys haha...
i can always count on u guys for such resounding advice...
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Old 01-03-2002, 03:34 PM   #12
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Why don't you call customs to find out.
I shipped some parts from over the Pacific and I didn't get charged tax. there is a customs from you fill out. Simply state that they're not for resale, but hey things might have changed.
The only hard part is waiting for it to arrive.
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Old 01-04-2002, 06:00 PM   #13
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suspension/coilover

I took a setback and declared them as modern art (Pink sti ones a couple of years back). Pack them in boxes and check it in as luggage and you'll be fine.

Again, gas charged types are bad. Oil based is fine.

Most places wont have convient boxes unless you buy new.

Here's a couple of tricks to help offset things for you when you come back.

If you are a gold/platinum member of any of the frequent traveler plans, they'll be more lenient on how much you can check in. you've earned the status, it's time to make it work for you.

If they say they have to charge you for overweight/volume. DON'T ARGUE! I've seen this happen to other people where they actually charge you more for being a silly annoying frickin idiot. Be nice and say thank you.

Make sure you buy a couple of books or other paper related products. You know the free ones on the plane when you get on? Take them. Just bring an extra plastic bag or two with you for them when you get off the plane.

Why? Well, more than likely you'll bring back more than just 400 smackers worth of merchandise. And if you come in and get a customs guy with a clue, you'll most likely get charged with customs duty.

This is where the paper magazine/books products come in handy.

There is a rule that states that the value of the books/magazines you 'purchase' overseas can be used to offset the tax that you incur.

So, say you owed $50 in customs duty, but had $50 worth in magazines and books - you're good. You can't get money back, but at least you don't have to pay. And that's the key.

As mentioned before, saying its a gift or used also works wonders as well. The thing is, you have to declare SOME value, not no value on the paperwork. List the stuff, and you'll be fine.

Also, if you're dressed nicely (I know, it makes carrying that stuff even more difficult) as opposed to a slob - it'll make things easier too!

Note: Bring a roll of duct tape with you before you go to help seal up boxes.

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Old 01-04-2002, 07:33 PM   #14
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shaolin9

you you poor man, never seend a Skyline in person
you should of come to new zealand, probably cheeper

ive riden in all kinds of skylines, WRX's EVO's etc All the Cars here are Jap imports, Apart from The holdens
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Old 01-06-2002, 11:21 PM   #15
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To vsigma: I have a question. Do you know for a fact that coilovers that are gas-charged are prohibited from checking it in at an airport? I dont want to go through any problems... thanks
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Old 01-06-2002, 11:44 PM   #16
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depends on the coil over

if its a gas charged system.. then no go
ship via other methods, but if it is oil charged, then you're in business

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