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Got too much Toyota AE86? [Banpei Weekly eps 11]

May 15, 2017 in banpei weekly, brochures by banpei

As the title may suggest: can you have too much of the Toyota AE86?
Got too much Toyota AE86?
Well perhaps you can! In this episode we will cover the channel news (more updates!), the Toyota AE86 update, random brochure (guess which one randomly got chosen!), a Russian Carina AA63 and more Toyota AE86es in the videos that I watched this week!

Too much Toyota AE86?

So can you have too much Toyota AE86? See for yourself below: Read the rest of this entry →

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Toyota Carina AA63 steering wheel switch ends in a highway breakdown

May 14, 2017 in banpei weekly by banpei

Toyota Carina AA63 steering wheel swap

This morning I decided to swap the leather Toyota AE86 steering wheel for the Toyota Carina AA63 item, and then do a short test drive. What was supposed to be a 10 minute ride became a two hour nightmare!
Toyota Carina AA63 highway breakdown
In principle the swap of the steering wheel was straight forward: undo the horn cap of the AE86 steering wheel. Undo nut (socket 19) for 90%. Wiggle the wheel until it feels there is a little bit of play, then try to pull it up gently until it comes loose. Don’t undo the nut fully, or else you may smash yourself in the face with a steering wheel!

Mounting the Toyota Carina AA63 steering wheel was just as easy as removing it. Just put it on, tighten the nut, center the horn cap and gently push it in place. Then I headed off to do a small highway drive…

Breakdown

At first I noticed that the Carina’s breaking was a bit spongy and when pulling away the automatic gearbox was shifting rather late. This still didn’t arouse any suspicion. As soon as I got on the onramp for the highway I was already sorry to have chosen this particular route. A big traffic jam emerged and I basically crawled for the next ten minutes. Then traffic started going again and we were doing 60 to 70 kilometers per hour.

Shortly after that a new traffic jam started, so I started to slow down again. Once I gotten to a full stop I noticed the smell of burnt pads and a small cloud of smoke emerging from the left front fender. So I stopped, pulled over and checked it out… See also my reaction in the video: Read the rest of this entry →

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Nissan Skyline Van VBC110, Pigsbutt Laurel, Toyota AE86 update [Banpei Weekly episode 10]

March 17, 2017 in banpei weekly, video by banpei

This week in the Banpei Weekly we have a Nissan Skyline Van VBC110, Datsun 200L (aka the butaketsu / pigsbutt Laurel in Japan) and an update on the Toyota AE86!
Nissan Skyline Van VBC110 - Datsun 200L - Banpei Weekly Episode 10
Yes that’s a whole lot of things! But wait, there is also the channel update!

Channel update

Last week, shortly after posting the Banpei Weekly episode 9, the banpei.net channel on Youtube reached 500 subscribers!
500 subscribers for the banpei.net channel on Youtube!
Many thanks to all of you subscribing! This really is a milestone for the channel!

Now if you wish to know more about it, watch the full episode below: Read the rest of this entry →

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Lisbon AE86, winning Paris Dakar Carina found, read Japanese using your phone, Toyota Soarer! [episode 8]

March 8, 2017 in banpei weekly, toyota ae86, toyota carina by banpei

Welcome to the eight episode of the Banpei Weekly!
This week we have a Toyota AE86 in Lisbon, the Paris-Dakar Carina found in someones back yard, learn how to read Japanese using your phone, a Toyota Soarer Super Gran Turismo MZ10 and many more things about the AE86!
Lisbon AE86, Paris-Dakar Carina - Banpei Weekly episode 8
As I visited Lisbon for work I was also able to meet up with Luis. Luis registered on AEU86 as Pack a few years ago and owns a black Toyota Corolla AE86 that got a Trueno makeover. Since it is black it also is made in honor of the Black Limited theme.

Watch all about it in the video below: Read the rest of this entry →

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Toyota AE86 on fire, tire stretching, suspicious Carina and Abunai Deka Leopard F31 [episode 7]

March 8, 2017 in banpei weekly, toyota ae86 by banpei

Welcome to the seventh episode of the Banpei Weekly!
This week I have a burning AE86, tire stretching, suspicious Carina and Abunai Deka Leopard F31 for you!
AE86 on fire and Suspicious Carina - Banpei Weekly episode 6
First of all a short update on the AE86: it is scheduled to leave Japan on the 25th of February and arrive early April!

See all about it in the video below: Read the rest of this entry →