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Tag: 1JZ-GTE

Down on the Street: 1997 Toyota Chaser JZX100 Tourer V

Last week I already featured another Toyota Chaser JZX100 Tourer V and guess what: within the same week I find another one parked down on the street! Well, actually not on the street but rather inside the parking garage of the nearest Ikea store. Nevertheless, when I drove down the circular ramp I immediately spotted the JZX100 and exclaimed another WTF?!

Toyota Chaser JZX100 Tourer V at the local Ikea
1997 Toyota Chaser JZX100 Tourer V at the local Ikea
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Down on the Street: Toyota Chaser JZX100

I spotted this Toyota Chaser JZX100 Tourer V a few blocks down the road of my daughter’s new school. On the second day I brought her to school it was parked on one of the main roads and then the week after I found it parked in this smaller road.

Toyota Chaser JZX100 Tourer V
Toyota Chaser JZX100 Tourer V

The Tourer V trim level should already explain that this car is powered by a 1JZ with a turbo. This means it’s top of the line of the Chaser X100 family!

Toyota Chaser JZX100 Tourer V
Toyota Chaser JZX100 Tourer V

The rims appear to be 7-spoke aftermarket items and I have to admit I don’t immediately recognize them. However, I’m sure someone in the comments will.

The front spoiler, side skirts and rear skirts are all part of the dealer options as you can see below:

Toyota Chaser JZX100 dealer options
Toyota Chaser dealer options

And also the rear spoiler on the top of the rear window is part of the dealer options:

Toyota Chaser JZX100 Tourer V
Toyota Chaser JZX100 Tourer V

The rear trunk/bootlid spoiler is not the same as the one found in the 1996 brochure. However, this Chaser JZX100 was sold in 1999 and it could be that the rear spoiler changed over the years when it was sold.

The big canon tailpipe must make a nice deep growl and I would love to hear/see this car drive in person! If you want, you can follow the owner on Instagram under his name @the_sjeeser. That name is actually a pun in Dutch as “sjeezen” means driving real hard!

ITT2012: the swapped Lexi!

A little bit different than the previous nostalgic posts is todays post. At the festival I found two Lexus IS200s where the engine was swapped in favor of some other engine. The (sorry to day this) lesser one was this IS200 with genuine JDM Altezza grille:
ITT: Lexus IS200 with 1JZ-GTE
It has been imported to the Netherlands less than a year ago as an IS200 but on papers it already had a 2.5 litre engine. I think you can already guess what engine it had…

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How cool can a Toyota Chaser JZX71 be?

Noriyaro posted some amazing pictures again! This time of a typically 80s boxy Toyota Chaser JZX71:
Toyota Chaser JZX71 drifting
Boxy 80s Toyota Chaser JZX71 drifting

I do not agree with him that the car is bosozoku, it is more kyusha kai than bosozoku: it is lowered and it got stretched tires around deep dished rims. No further bosozoku styling (like ridiculous body modifications) or what so ever.

If you’re interested in all pictures of the Chaser, you can find them in this posting on the Noriyaru site:
Nori Yaru’s Chaser

Carina tuning: 1JZ-GTE twin turbo

Found this Carina with a 1JZ-GTE engine (JDM Supra MkIII/Soarer MkII) in it:

From what I can see on the grille this is a ST model, so it either featured a 1S or 3A originally.

Too bad there is not more footage of this engine swap. Would have been very interesting in what they actually had to change for this!

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