400 Yen is kind of expensive for an ice cream over there. Must be the faces that pushes the price up! Are you going to get some extravagant centre console device to hold and charge your phone, four drinks and a meat pie, and also entertain your cat? There was a whole aisle devoted to them in the Autobachs I visited. I kind of wish I'd brought one back with me, but it would take up most of my dash, haha.
Unfortunately I've never been to Japan so did a direct conversion 400 yen is £2.20 so about right in the UK but yeah obviously ice creams with faces come at a premium!
I did think about a centre console storage unit but one of the things I (and even more my 2 year old) like about it is being able to walk from the driver seat to the middle row and back row by walking through the gaps and sliding a few sections about.
Now that the wheels are all done and fitted I thought I'd sum up the progress.
As part of my research into Elgrands back in September 2014 there were too avenues to explore - firstly that I could get coilovers in the UK and secondly what the wheel fitment and shared options were.
I discovered standard wheel fitment is 5x114.3 / 66.1 CB / ET45
Different models come with different diameter and widths but the Rider model is 17" x 6.5" with a 215/60/17 tyre.
So increasing diameter is no problem with plenty of tyre wall to reduce with each wheel size increase.
The tricky part was the width / offset especially with rear sliding doors making arch extensions a no go.
Any way I added a local saved search on eBay as you do and in December up popped a set of wheels with a 2 line description and one photo -
- with a buy it now price of £150, I tried to find out what they were originally from for details to no avail so I contacted the seller to check centre bore, width and offset (CB67.1 et41 and 7" so all good) and picked them up the following week, apart from lacquer peel they were all good, and the seller told me they were from the 2012 model of the Hyundai Santa Fe.
Since then they sat around 3.5 months waiting for me to buy a suitable car and then they were dropped off to be painted.
During which time I was deciding on my style for the car as a whole so this changed from a nice classy colour to suit VIP styling and my favourite Porsche peppermint colour, and obviously as per previous posts you now know that I chose the best of both worlds for each side of the car.
In terms of choosing the colour for the VIP side I wanted a colour that would combine well with the pearl white, initial thoughts were ...
1. polished (crossed off because of the amount of dedication the polished wheels on my cube needed)
2. Pearl white same as body (crossed off because of fear of matching to bodywork - slight difference in tone and it would bug me)
3. Gold (crossed off because I decided it would be too bright against the white)
Well bronze is what I went for and after weighing up VW Toffee Brown, Ford Aztec Bronze and others I eventually went for BMW Sepang Bronze which many people say is grey but seems to vary between grey and bronze depending on the light. Either way I'm really pleased with how they combine with the pearl white paintwork, especially when the sun hits them and the pearls are visible.
Another decision was tyres - due to the potential load I had to get tyres rated at at least 97 load rating which reduced the already limited availability of tyres narrow enough for an 18" x 7" wheel, I'd hoped for 205 maximum initially for a nice flat tyre wall but the best I could get at a decent price was 225/40/18 99V XL, in the end they look nice, don't rub anywhere and too narrow might not have suited the van.
A few progress painting shots sent over by the JDM guys...
And ready and on their way to me...
And then I headed over to A Line for fitting and a 4 wheel alignment check and adjustment, really pleased with their work - they spent a while doing the test and the only factor that was out was the rear camber - should be -1 degree as standard but is actually -3.5 degrees as a result of the lowering and is already set to maximum positivity so they didn't charge me at all even for time spent doing the test. Just £40 for fitting tyres to wheels and wheels to the car.
I just need to keep an eye on rear tyre wear now or look out for rear camber adjusters.
Any way the obligatory new wheels on a dirty car photos until I've taken my photos with it all clean off the camera ...
That's a much better fit and style than the previous wheels for this van, effort very well spent getting those sorted. With the lowering, it now looks right rather than under-wheeled and over-tyred as it was before the upgrade.
You are correct about the meaning of JDM, although it refers to the cars available to the general public in Japan. Down here, we have an Australian Domestic Market, for example. VIP generally means Very Important Person, so I'm guessing the look he'll be going for is more of a fancy limo/embassy official style. As for why, well I'd say that he can answer than better than anyone, but if you look at his other thread on the Nissan Cube, you'll probably get a feel for why he does what he does.
I am quite new to 'Retro' as I have always been 'Hot Rod' or Custom etc.
To be fair my build isn't retro at all and I'm more into the custom scene too but this site is the friendliest busy car community I've come across so I like to contribute as well as read even though it's original purpose is for retro cars, non retro posts are still allowed and receive feedback.
During my time on here, I have worked out JDM as being Japanese Domestic Market? i.e. - We try to imitate their style over here?
Yes that is the meaning of JDM but from my perspective it purely means that the car was only officially available in Japan - not that I immitate the style of the vehicles in Japan - the Elgrand and my cube were never sold by Nissan in other countries.
From what I have read of this great thred, each side of your ride will have a different look? Why is this?
Because although I like nice clean lines and minimal styling of cars I know I'd get bored very quickly if I just did this styling all over and cartoon style stickers always make me smile so I'm having the best of both worlds and applying both styles to the same car.