The Top 5 JDM Base Cars
What comes to mind when JDM fans get their favorite car converted to Japanese specifications? Most of them say fender mirrors, but this is for older cars. Standard Headlights? That too for older cars. Blinkers on fenders? Yes, but here let’s talk about the bumper.
In the US, 5-mph bumpers have been required by the FMVSS since 1974. The safety requirement was to meet no damage to the light in a crash at 5 mph and less. Therefore, cars from overseas were fitted with such large bumpers and the U.S. and exported to North American markets.
People in America and other parts of the world got a bitter smile because of its unsightly look. Many people who own Mercedes and Porsches modified their cars back to European specifications. And now, it is becoming standard for JDM fans to make modifications as per Japanese specifications as well. This is much more effective than simply applying fender mirrors.
Here’s a pick of the top 5 Japanese cars that went from 5-mph to Japanese standard by swapping the bumpers to become cool JDM machines. Get such base cars and import Japanese bumpers, then there will be a real JDM miracle transformation. In fact, there are some called USDMs in Japan, which are fun North American specification cars. They install a 5-mph bumper, highly touted as ‘super cool’! So why don’t you ask them to replace the bumpers? good thought?
The S30 280Z is one that will change face dramatically. The slanting nose whose design didn’t make for a 5-mph bumper combined with the large steel bumper at all. Remove bumpers or change to G-nose or import Japanese bumpers.
Many of the first generation of CELICA’s U.S. The owners have already modified the Japanese specification with bumper. When CELICA was first introduced in the U.S. The bumper was similar to the Japanese model, then a 5-mph bumper with shock absorbers was implemented from 1974. In addition, a 5-mph bumper CELICA was also in the production lineup in Japan.
In Japan the HACHIROKU was developed in two variants, LEVIN and TRUENO. TRUENO FACE US ONLY Available in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean it looks like JDM. You can see that the bumper is bigger at the front and bigger at the rear as compared to the Japanese TRUENO. The 5-mph bumper is all set, even the material was changed from steel to urethane.
Early models of the first-generation PRIUS weren’t designed for 5-mph bumper bumps. It was changed for export to North America. In other words, the early model with the Japanese spec bumper is seen only in JDM. Not only becoming JDM, it also changes from Kouki (later model) to Zenki (earlier model). There is no doubt that you will get all the attention for it.
The CRESSIDA is a popular base car for keido racers and bosozoku (street gangsters). Don’t forget to convert the bumper to Japanese specification before adding the Takeyari Deppa (extended muffler and chin spoiler). The shape of the bumper is the same, but the length is different. Change to Japanese bumper then it turns into true Japanese style in a second. You will definitely like it.
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