Saturday Night Meet!

Hope to see everyone at tomorrow night’s meet!  The meet goes from 5pm – 9pm. Check out the official facebook post to sign up! As always, FNL’s are always free to attend.


Kyle’s 2007 Subaru Forester XT Sports

Photography by Daean Chase.  Connect to him also via Facebook.

Kyle Roberts was not that typical kid who dreamed of owning a Lamborghini or Ferrari.  Something about the boxy lines and lack of sex appeal struck a chord with Kyle. This particular FXT is actually Kyle’s 5th Subaru and quite possibly his last.


Kyle knew that he would one day own a Forester, but it took several years of research and searching to find this gem.  He almost gave up at one point; but as luck would have it, he was able to snag a relatively clean (and stock) example from Norcal.


Kyle didn’t want to take any chances, so he booked a flight to San Jose immediately after the seller agreed to his verbal offer. He was also excited to finally take that cross country trip  he had been planning for years.


2,095 miles later, Kyle arrived at home and started to modify the car within 10 minutes of parking. He had some LED’s laying around and an old shift knob that luckily matched the FXT’s thread pattern.


Since then, Kyle has added a full Airlift Suspension system. He also went with SSR SP3’s and tweaked his alignment to get that perfect fender kiss.

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Some light performance modifications were also added to the car as well as some aesthetic dress-up parts.



Recaro Sportster CS seats are one of the nicer reclinable aftermarket seats and fit his interior nicely.  There may be some more subtle change later this year, but for now Kyle is fairly happy with the car and his choice in modifications.  See the entire mod list below:

2007 Subaru Forester XT Sports

-Cobb SF Intake
-Cobb Post MAF Intake Hose
-Cobb Access Port
-SYMS Catted Down Pipe (V-band)
-Invidia G200 Cat Back Exhaust (V-band)
-SPT Heat Shield
-Torque Solutions Pitch Mount
-Subtle Solutions Radiator Shroud
-Subtle Solutions Hood Struts Dress up Kit

-ACT HD Clutch
-ACT Lightweight Flywheel
-Kart Boy Short Throw Shifter
-Kart Boy Polyurethane Mounts

-Recaro Sportster CS Seats
-Oem Black Leather Rear Seats
-STI Cluster Swap
-JDM STI Push Button Start
-Advance Keys Push Button Start System
-Clarion NX603 Headunit
-Ortiz Clock Gauge Pod (Designed by me)
-AEM Digital Boost Gauge
-AEM Digital Wideband
-Blox 490 Shift Knob
-LED Conversion Interior Lights (Natural White)
-LED Conversion Dash Lights (Red)
-DAMD “D” Shaped Steering Wheel
-3m Brushed Black Vinyl Wrapped HVAC
-STI Shift Surround (06-07)

-Retro Fit Headlights
-OEM STI Hood Scoop (02-03)
-OEM Tail Lights (03-05)
-OEM STI Door Vinyl (04)
-OEM Forester STI Front Lip
-OEM Forester STI Side Spats
-OEM Forester STI Rear Spats
-Screate LED Tail Lights
-3m Matte Black Trunk Trim
-AutoCity Vinal Badge Overlays

-SSR SP3 (19×9.5 +43)
-Nitto Invo Tires (245/35/19)
-Project KIK Lug Nuts

-Airlift Suspension
-Autopilot V2 Air Management
-Cusco Power Brace
-STI Spec C Strut Bar
-STI Aluminum Front Control Arms
-Subtle Solutions Fender Bracing

Offset Kings + Gridlife Official Recap Video

Although it’s been a few months since our first Offset Kings + Gridlife collaboration, we’re excited to share this new re-cap video- Featuring Offset Kings Showcase, #GRIDLIFE TrackBattle Time Attack & #GRIDLIFE Drift with ClubFR. Our offical photo recap should be posted within the next few weeks.

JC’s Nissan R34 GT-R V-Spec

Nissan Skyline R34 GTR VSPEC

As you guys may have noticed, I haven’t been shooting too many JDMC features as of late. Because most of my spare time is dedicated to magazine features, this leaves little room for personal work.  A few weeks ago I consciously decided to go back to my roots and I even started a thread asking for car submissions. One particular vehicle that stood out was this 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R (V-spec).   Normally I don’t shoot totally stock cars, but this obviously isn’t your typical “stock” car.

Nissan Skyline R34 GTR VSPEC

Nissan Skyline R34 GTR VSPEC

JC and I met in Chicago’s west loop area for a quick shoot last Saturday. I wasn’t surprised to hear that JC has been  life long Skyline fan.  As a matter of fact, he has had several other Skyline/GTR variants over the years.

Nissan Skyline R34 GTR VSPEC

The opportunity to aquire a V-Spec GTR fell into JC’s lap several months ago. Needless to say, he did whatever he could to acquire this unicorn.

Nissan Skyline R34 GTR VSPEC

The V-Spec models features a firmer suspension compared to the standard GTR model, the ATTESA E-TS Pro system, and an active LSD at the rear.

Nissan Skyline R34 GTR VSPEC

JC doesn’t see himself making any major modifications to  his GTR.  He might consider some new wheels- but because of the rarity of this car, he prefers to keep changes subtle and reversible.  Thanks for checking out this small feature and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!  -jdmchicago  

Blood Type Racing Hyundai Genesis

Here are a few quick shots of BTR’s unique Hyundai Genesis coupe we captured earlier this summer. This car originally built for last year’s SEMA show features an original Kei Miura design, consisting of 40mm-wider front and 60mm-wider rear fenders.  Additionally, the car is currently tuned to 800 whp.   We will be shooting this car again for Super Street Magazine, so be on the lookout for the full story and more photos within the next few months.