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Old 03-30-2009, 06:27 PM   #1
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Hello everyone abroad ! I'm currently Stationed in Alaska, at Fort Richardson. I have just re-enlisted here and will be stationed in Okinawa, Japan. I do not have a report date just yet, but wanted to give a hearty hello in advance, as well as get all the information I can stomach about what I need to do to make sure my car clears customs, etc.

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Old 04-04-2009, 09:38 AM   #2
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It will cost more time and money than it is worth to get your car here. How long will you be here, 1 year or 3? Might want to consider storage and just buy one here since it is (a) expensive and time consuming and (b) steering wheel is on the wrong side so it is a PITA over here on small roads.

I almost brought my '04STi over too but sold it and got a car locally. Cars are cheap here compared to the states.


Shipping and inspections and all that will run you about $6k. A GC STi right now with light mods will run you less than $4k.
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Old 04-25-2009, 09:09 PM   #3
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I'll be there for 3 years minimum. I'm not worried about the cost, considering I am doing a DITY move from Alaska to Japan Okinawa to be exact. I was planning on sending the WRX over there, and most likely picking up a skyline there as well . I've found a couple, but I dont have an exact report date yet..as soon as I get one, I'll be sure to let everyone know .

Sorry for the delay..I've been in WLC for the last 3 weeks..got one more to go though
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Old 04-26-2009, 01:48 PM   #4
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What base in Okinawa are you expecting to be stationed at?
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Old 05-11-2009, 05:03 PM   #5
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Fort Buckner is where I'm supposed to be stationed at..I just got my report date of 10 May 2011. So, in about a year I'll be there. Looking to get networked early so I can have people I "know" and can hang out with when I arrive. Thats all the good news/plans..

Bad news is, about 3 weeks ago, I spun a bearing in my Subie, so, I was planning on getting new rod and main bearings for my car, installing them and moving on with plans for the car. BUT, While looking into the bottom of the car, after removing the bearings, I realized that I scraped the crank a lil bit. And rather than fix something that could snap in 3-6 months and trash the motor, I have found a fully built 2.0L thats rearing to go in a car. SO, the plan is to do an engine swap with the new 2.0L and hope for the best, and over the next year I MIGHT build the 2.0l I have now with the spun bearing, or possibly sell it for what I can get for it.

I'm really looking forward to being at a place that is considerably warmer than Alaska however, and cant wait to get there and fall into place with a new society and culture
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:44 AM   #6
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Fort Buckner is a good central location. There is a shop called S-tec that is like 100 meters from the gate. He does good work on subarus. He did a six speed swap in my old GC and a rotated turbo set up along with tuning the power fc and a bunch of other stuff. If you want to meet other guys that are into subarus you need to find old_duwel and pm him when you get here. Or pm me when you get here and I will get you in touch with him. He might be at S-tec a lot pretty soon as I think he may have developed a knock this last weekend. There are gymkhana events and drag races every month or two and of course there are a few places where you can see the fast car run at night -doing the speed limit of course!

You still thinking of bringing the car even after it blew the engine?
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Old 05-14-2009, 08:18 PM   #7
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Well, I've got a couple options at the moment as far as my WRX goes..The crank, and connecting rods were pulled and measured to make sure they arent out of whack and still honed etc for what they are supposed to be, and the good news is, everything is within factory tolerances..SO, I plan on purchasing some new bearings, installing them, and moving on with my life, HOWEVER, there is a guy locally here in Anchorage with a 2.0L that is fully built to withstand 30+psi boost..So I may drop the extra cash needed and just purchase the built engine from him, drop it in and be good to go.

If I go with just a bearing swap, and the car acts up again, I'll most likely send it to my parents house and then purchase something there, like a Supra, or a Skyline. I've been looking them up all week at work and the prices seem to be pretty low on them.
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Old 05-17-2009, 10:42 AM   #8
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ah hell with it. I'm ordering new parts, turning the crank, boring the block, porting the head, adding forged rods, pistons, new valves (+1mm intake and exhaust) new valve springs, retainers, and closing the deck on this thing. I'm tired of jacking with it. Just wanna build it, run more than 16 psi, and have some fun with a fully closed 2.0L+

Only problem I'm looking at is...I'm boring the cylinders, but not changing the stroke on the crank, so....I have no idea what the exact outcome of this is gonna be...whether I have to go with a larger stroke on the crank (buy a new one ) or if the stock stroke will be fine..If the stock stroke is fine, I'll be at 8.5:1 compression on a fully built 2.0 ish Liter engine
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Old 05-20-2009, 02:05 AM   #9
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Keep in mind that the farther from stock you get, the more difficult (impossible) it is to get that thing over here. They will strip your parts off and put stock ones on at your expense and not give you your aftermarket stuff back. If you go build this thing and do all kinds of mods don't plan on bringing it here.
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Keep in mind that the farther from stock you get, the more difficult (impossible) it is to get that thing over here. They will strip your parts off and put stock ones on at your expense and not give you your aftermarket stuff back. If you go build this thing and do all kinds of mods don't plan on bringing it here.
^ What he said X2.
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Old 05-25-2009, 08:09 PM   #11
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The final decision I came to on this was to sell my WRX (after building it) before I PCS to Japan..Sucks to spend the money to make the car ALOT of fun and then sell it, but I have no other choice..the wife is complaining about me having this car (making a car payment on it) and then purchasing another car in Japan (preferrably a Supra or Skyline) and having the WRX sitting here in the states somewhere un-driven and un-kept..so, rather than listen to the nagging, whining, b****ing and what not, I am going to have to sell it..

Just hope I can find a Supra or Skyline that I REALLY like to replace this car.
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Old 05-26-2009, 08:47 PM   #12
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The final decision I came to on this was to sell my WRX (after building it) before I PCS to Japan..Sucks to spend the money to make the car ALOT of fun and then sell it, but I have no other choice..the wife is complaining about me having this car (making a car payment on it) and then purchasing another car in Japan (preferrably a Supra or Skyline) and having the WRX sitting here in the states somewhere un-driven and un-kept..so, rather than listen to the nagging, whining, b****ing and what not, I am going to have to sell it..

Just hope I can find a Supra or Skyline that I REALLY like to replace this car.
Skylines are all over the place here. You would think it is semi-mandatory for Americans to get one when they get here. They are kind of like mustangs is the states and have several different types from the 4 door non-turbo automatic grocery-getter to the gt-r. Same with supras except for the 4 door part.

What do you want out of a car? Fun to drive, quick and still useful (4 door and easy to drive) -go evo or subaru. Drift -go sylvia or 180. Drag racing power -supra or gt-r. There is also touge to consider and many cars do well at more than one thing but that is what they seem to gravitate towards. They all have good and bad points. Oh yeah, don't forget money. Best bang for the buck is an older evo like a I-IV type. They are common and easy to modify and take lots of abuse without getting too expensive. Supra and gt-r get expensive quick but can produce huge power.

What do you want to do and what is your budget?
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Old 05-27-2009, 08:09 PM   #13
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I want something I can have ALOT of fun with, anything from drag racing, to road courses. Being up here in Alaska, we dont have much time to enjoy making our cars fast enough to enjoy them at the drag strip, however, with all the ice and snow, we get more than enough opportunities, to auto x our cars, drift them, etc. SO, I'm looking for something I can do both, drag, and road race (not street race...totally different concept) I'd love to get on the road course in Tokyo at some point in my tour over there, so I'm looking for something I can get solid power from, but not sacrifice handling out of it to get there..Some cars, u can get HUGE power, from, but sacrifice traction to get there..an S-14 or S-15 Silvia would be nice, but all the torquiness would screw me trying to take a corner if the turbo spooled because the tires would spin almost instantly..So, a Supra, being heavier would fix some of that, but they still hold the road pretty well, and have an enormous amount of aftermarket parts available..As far as Price range...I've seen Supras for anywhere from $4000 to $15000, ish (twin turbo, pref 6 speed) and skylines, well depending on the year anywhere from $3000 to $50,000. If I were to go Skyline..I'm definately looking for the R-34 model, 2 door, turbo etc. My Budget is relatively decent, seeing as I am doing a full Dity move from Alaska (Fort Richardson) to Fort Buckner, Okinawa, Japan. But, yea, thats what I'm looking for.

Honestly though..whats this Touge that you are mentioning? I've never heard this word. I know what drifting is, drag racing, road course racing, auto x, and rally x, because we do most of these up here (aside from the occasional street grudge that seems to happen, but that is soemthing thats gonna happen everywhere when u get 2 people that think their car is better than the others, and the tracks are closed..just no way to avoid it, it seems.
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Old 05-28-2009, 03:36 AM   #14
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Best all around car here is the Evo. Hands down. You can do everything in them from drag to gymkana (auto-x sort of) and touge (racing in the mountain roads). AWD, good handling and sturdy enough to produce good power plus they are light. Subaru is fun too but costs more to make power and they have weak transmissions. You will have to upgrade the driveline to start adding power and you don't have to do that with evo's. Skylines are fun and common so parts are easy to find so is knowledge on how to make them scary fast. gt-r's are an expensive hobby and they are heavy. To get the same sense of speed you need more power. Also, they suck at gymkana because they are heavy. Different class of car though.

My opinion, buy an evo 4-6 and do turbo, injectors, exhaust, clutch and computer. That will be a fast all around car. It will never sound as good as a subaru but the transmission will take a lot more abuse.
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I'd love to get on the road course in Tokyo at some point in my tour over there...
Umm, if you're going to Okinawa, taking your car to a road course near Tokyo (or anywhere on the Honshu) is unlikely. Not impossible, but unlikely. Check out a map to find out why.

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If I were to go Skyline..I'm definately looking for the R-34 model, 2 door, turbo etc. My Budget is relatively decent...
It'll need to be more than decent to buy a BNR34. They're pricey. Even the BCNR33 is more than some are willing to pay. Listen to what 95sti is saying. Just get a CP9A and go nuts.

Another alternative is to get an ultra lightweight like the EA11R or PP1. They aren't powerhouses, but they only weigh around 700kg! They're extremely fun, but not competitive on any course with a straight which I think is why they aren't that popular. But I imagine having a convertible would be nice in Okinawa...
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[/quote]But I imagine having a convertible would be nice in Okinawa...[/quote]

Not as much as you would think. The sun is so hot in the summer here it hurts! I had a convertible FC a long time ago and it was only good in the night time in summer. The climate is similar to Miami here, hot and humid with scorching sun.
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Not as much as you would think. The sun is so hot in the summer here it hurts! I had a convertible FC a long time ago and it was only good in the night time in summer. The climate is similar to Miami here, hot and humid with scorching sun.
Really? I'm sure you already know Okinawa's reputation as 'paradise' here in mainland Japan. That's what I was going off of. It's the opposite here in Aomori. It's either raining or snowing, depending on the season.
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I'll look into Evo's (although, honestly I'm not a big fan of them..Love their interiors, not big on everything else) But I'll look into them. I'll also look into a JDM STi Since I have some knowledge in these cars already, it might be easier that way..The STi tranny's tend to be a good bit stronger than the WRX ones. I'll also see what I can do about Supra and Skyline..As far as budget goes, I should be good, since I'm doing a full Do-it yourself move, which should cost me about $6000, and the army should re-imburse me a substantial amount more..($30k+ ish) so, I should be able to pick one and upgrade it almost instantly..
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im from okinawa, cars are dirt cheap. skylines, fds, supras, all under 8k.
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Awesome..so I'll have to look into which car I'd like to get and build..I cant keep anything stock..lol.
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Get yourself R32 GT-R. Its the best car I had ever driven. Wish I can afford it in US.
Intake, exhaust, fuel pump, injectors, upgraded ecu and you will have like 400hp under your ass. I had added 264/264 camshafts, M/T ET Street Radial tires and was able to do 0-60 in 3.9 sec and 1/4 mile in 12.1.
Moreover ATESSA is the ****. If you need AWD - you have it, if you don't - you don't.
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yup...last time i was over a r32 gtr was only 10kish for a perfect one..i'd personally go for an s15 at the 5k price range. maybe i'll see ya out there in oki. lol
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If you look hard enough gtr's can be found for $5k in good shape. I picked up my newest one for that and it is rust free and mostly stock except for the NISMO parts (suspension and wheels). Will be scary fast as soon as I can get some money together for like two more parts
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I'll be stationed at Ft Buckner, and as soon as I get there, I'd like to go and see what I can find/get as far as a skyline, supra, evo, or possibly a Silvia. All of these cars have had my attention for some time, and I'm fully aware that they all can be made insanely fast etc. I'll have to like up with a couple guys from here and roll around to see what jumps out at me..Downfall is, I'd feel like a kid in a candy store if I find a couple that I like..
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Eh, im here in Iwakuni Japan and it is a good bit different than okinawa. I recently purchased a 2001 Legacy B4 Twin Turbo for 4500 bucks...now you think that may sound like too much, the car came with a 2 year JCI, new timing belt, tires and road tax already paid. Also check your insurance, what plate your car is and when the JCI is due. It would suck to drop 10k on a skyline and have to do the Inspection the next month. It can get VERY expensive.
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