Liberty-Japan Garage

Shibuya is always cooking something up in the Motherland of VIP cars. Currently he is constructing the official [LBERTY-VIP] Japan garage where he keeps 2 of 3 VIP cars stored. The graffiti themed shop is coming along quite nice and we’re sharing a sneak peak of the up and coming hot spot.

The black, white, and purp theme is a reflection of his own personal builds. We’re excited for him as a team and a few of the U.S. members plan to make a visit in the near future.. #inlibertywetrust

New Era sponsored…

What hasn’t this guy done?

Newest Liberty-West Prospect: Roger H.

Last weekend we had a mini BBQ to officially welcome our newest prospect Roger H.  We usually don’t introduce prospects until they earn their plate, but Roger is an exception.  He’s shown his passion for building VIP cars from the first day we met him and has tons of potential to help build Liberty West and the WestCoast VIP scene as a whole.  He’s currently driving a 2003 Lexus LS430 nicely fitted on Version 2 VSxx’s.

There’s much more to this car than meets the eye and we’ve included Roger’s current mod list at the bottom.  He’s got several plans going on right now, including wider lips and a widebody kit as well. He didn’t have any of these plans when we first met him but told us, “Liberty gave me inspiration. Liberty got me motivated.  It was just a feeling”. Welcome Roger and we will see you at the end of the tunnel.

 

Mod list:

-complete airlift performance bag and struts
-with autopilot V2 management w/ 5 gallon tank 444c compressors x2
-Work wheels VSXX
-complete Prussian blue lip kit
-complete figs engineering front upper camber arm
Rear toe, LCA & trac links -9 all around
-LED tail lights
-JDM window visors w/ color match
-2 12″ Rockford fosgate p3 subs
-Injen cold air intake
-fenders pulled 2″ from stock
-gloss black roof wrap
-custom exhaust system w/ 4″ duel
-complete led interior/exterior lighting

 

It was way too hot this weekend, as you can see Roger’s girl Jessie had to stick her head in the freezer.  Look out for her IS350 build coming soon…

Brandon approves Godfather’s new wheels for his next build…this will be a classic one..

LA NIGHTS: Hollow Squad Garage x Liberty-VIP x Emil Garcia

This past weekend 7/1/17 was our first WestCoast BLACK-VIP Meet presented by [LIBERTY-VIP], Supreme Society, Royal Flush Crew, and Karuma Limited.  It was a huge success and we look forward to hosting the next one. At the meet, we caught up with some friends from Hollow Squad Garage (@hollowsquadgarage) and Emil Garcia Photography  (@emilgarciaphoto) where we got some footage in Downtown LA.  It’s always a good time when we get to collab with other car enthusiasts with the same passion, just different styles.

We can appreciate the work they put into their cars, like “Mark P”‘s  bagged R32 Turbo Volkswagen pushing 900+ HP.  Another buddy (@frvnkmartin), who drives a slammed Miata was able to snap some candid photos during the video shoot.  Around 1:00 am the LAPD came by and asked, “Whose red bimmer is that?” When no one replied, he added “I like it” (owner: @collin_padilla). The cops were cool enough to get in our video, until we were eventually kicked out by another set of officers about an hour later.  It was a successful night to say the least, as these are the exact types of nights that we live for. Check out the video and subscribe!!! (link below)

YOUTUBE LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5FMoy05P_0

Welcome new plate holder: Manuel “Jay” Perez

  • We would like to congratulate our latest plate holder from Northern California, “Jay” Perez.  Jay was born and raised from the island of Guam (a neighboring country to Hawaii). At  a young age, he watched his father build and paint cars straight out of their garage. Inevitably, it became his passion but not until he moved to California where the VIP scene was tangibly introduced through Josh “Fine Wine” Moua.  From the forum days, to instagram, and now facebook, Jay has been following us over the years and wanted to put his passion to the test.  He’s also spent a lot of time in the car scene promoting his clothing line,  “RICHNESS BRAND”.
  •  Although Jay seems to be more on the quiet side, he knew exactly what he wanted and and humbly did so for about a year.  He knew that [LIBERTY] wasn’t just something you join, but a long term commitment even after he’s out of the car scene (sorry, we may have not mentioned that).  We can go on and on about how [LIBERTY] is different from other crews, but at the end of the day its not.  We are all here with the same agenda and that is to keep whatever is left of the car scene alive.
  •  What does make us stand out as a group, however, is that [LIBERTY] shows respect to all types of car builds and car crews, which seems to be lacking with other groups…because at the end of the day somebody put their time/effort/money into creating something that they themselves enjoy. That’s how [LIBERTY] was built on the East Coast, and that’s how it will stay.  Nonetheless, the Bay area is populated with outstandingly built cars and Jay is one of them. Jay earned his plate at his most recent showcase during Wekfest San Jose, which was a dope all around show. We look forward to what he has planned in the near future!
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Modifications:
  • Full airlift suspension with v2 management
  • Injen cold air intake
  • Custom exhaust
  • Kbreak platinum kit
  • Kbreak grill
  • Aristo chrome handles
  • Aristo trunk garnish
  • Led tails
  • Kbreak neckpads / sunshade lol
  • Clazzio 3 tone interior
  • JDM door tables
  • Weds Brazerias (white)
  • Paint job by elite auto body
  • Black wood trim swap from sports design model

“Black Rose”- Aidan’s Lexus IS300

There has been some recent controversy about whether vipstyled cars should be its on category. Those who know [LIBERTY] can agree that vipstyled cars can be executed just as well as your typical VIP sedan, if not better.  It actually might even take a little bit more vision and customized work, as there are not as many VIP parts produced.  OG Plate member Aidan B. is a prime example of this.

He recently redid his Lexus IS300 and did a lot of unseen work to make his Luxury Abstract wheels fit perfectly on his static ride.  Don’t get us wrong, we love the aggressive fender work especially the GT-VIP style approach.  But we also appreciate the clean elegant look, which [LIBERTY] was originally based off of. He’s holding our Canada Chapter down strong and continues to do so with this sleek build.  Catch his IS300 up close and personal with photographs from Still Steezy @stillsteezy. Also, scroll down a bit further for the Q&A Section with Aidan himself!

 

Q & A : What got you (Aidan) into [Liberty-VIP]?
The first VIP car i saw was, Brett Lyver’s UCF20.  Being a local to me and just buying my IS300, I went to a local Lexus meet and that was where I met Brett.  He showed me more about what the VIP culture and that is what got me into the scene.With first seeing Brett’s car, I fell in love with the scene and learnt more about Liberty VIP.  This was about 8 years ago when there weren’t many Canadians other than Brett that were Official Liberty Plate holders.  I wanted to build a VIP car but did not want to sell the IS300.  The IS300 was bought because it still had a sporty vibe at the time with a slight bit of luxury.  I couldn’t sell the car because of the sentimental attachmet I have with it; purchasing it was the last thing my dad and I did before he passed away.

So I started to research about VIP Style vs VIP Traditional builds.  As there was only 1 person who attempted to do VIP Style IS300 (Solo) before me, I thought I would try it as well.  I saw, in order to attempt a VIP Style build, I need to encompass the whole build around VIP Styling.  If i did more GT style, it would confuse the build and thus not make it VIP styled anymore.  The more research I did, including going on VIP Style Cars web site, and the Liberty VIP forum, I became friends with more and more of the Liberty VIP Team.

Over time, as the car progressed, my ties with the team became closer and I wanted to show my car in representation of Liberty, along side of Brett.  As every other member does today, it took time and patience; but getting into Liberty was not solely due to the car, it was the journey with those who helped me, and the ties I made with the crew along the way.  No matter the distance members are around the world, we all still joke about the same stuff and share the same passion; while helping one another progress in whatever aspirations we choose (whether it be automotive or not).

 

Current Mod List:

2001 Lexus IS300
Black Rose
Exterior:
IS300 Sportcross Front Bumper
Altezza Gita Option Lip
Altezza Gita Dark Chrome Fogs
Altezza Z-Edition Grill
2002 Dark Chrome headlights
F50 Cima Projector Retrofit (not pictured)
Altezza Modellista Side Skirt
Altezza Modellista Rear Bumper
AC Schnitzer e90 Roof Spoiler
LED V2 Taillights
Shaved Trunk Taillights
Street Factions Rear Bash Bar
Luxury Abstract Grassor Door Pillars

Luxury Abstract Licence Plate Frame

Wheels:
Luxury Abstract Mador
18×9.5 +24 (spaced to +9) front (215/35)
18×10 +24 (spaced to +9) rear (225/35)
Suspension/Brakes:
Scale Coilovers (custom spring and valved for 20k/18k)
JZX100 Chaser FUCA
Figs FRCA
UCF20 Front Caliper/Rotors
Figs Caliper adapters
TCS RUCA
Megan RLCA
Megan Rear Toe Arm

Megan Rear Traction Arm

Engine/Performance:
JoeZ Intake w/ K&N Filter

Fujitsubo Power Getter Axle Back

Interior:
Custom 2-Tone Tan Interior (Courtesy of Uneek Upholstery)
VIP’d Out Rear Center Table
Lexus Option Headrest Hanger
Belanzza Neck Pads
Junction Produce Kitsuna
Junction Produce Fusa
Junction Produce Curtains
Garson D.A.D. Cigarette Lighter

Custom Made D&G pillows

Special Thanks to:
Righteous Garage (setting up the current look/fitment of the car)
Uneek Upholstery (interior)
Nextmod Mississauga (retrofit)
Akii Tire (tires and mounting)
DB8 Motorsports (for all the rare JDM parts)

ProStance :: T-demand x Central Pine :: SoCal

T-Demand and Central Pine threw their first USDM-VIP Event at K-1 speed in Anaheim, CA this past weekend.  The lot was pretty much full with local vendors advertising their businesses and a bumpin’ DJ booth by the entrance.  Central Pine had their Toyota Crown, which they debuted at the show after being brought from Texas. The cool part was seeing the SoCal VIP community coming together, even with builds in the “under construction” phases.

The rest of Central Pine’s Shop Cars (photos by John Santos of @simplyfreshfitment):

 

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Despite running into some air management trouble,  Johnny aka “Frankenstein” was able to roll through the Simply Fresh booth last minute:

 

Two of our Liberty members took home some hardware.  Brandon aka “Kurly” won best camber running in at -13 degrees (pictured below).  Thank you Mr. Tanaka from T-Demand for handing us the awards.

Pauly T took home best Nissan/Infiniti:

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Some of the other reputable clubs/brands/shops at the show included:  Top Ups, PureLex, Pure-VIP, Infinitewerks, Endless Projects, Crown VIP, Simply Fresh, and Karuma Limited.  One thing we especially liked was when an award was announced, the winner drove their car to the front where they were given the trophy.  Spectators were able to match the car with the driver.

Congrats to the other winners as well:  Best of Show- Johnny Pham, Best Lexus- Tommy Le, Best Air- Chris Kim, Best Interior: Damien Abrams, Best Static- Anthony McCoy, and Best Euro- Johnny Sou.  For now, please enjoy the rest of the pictures brought to you by Pure Lex member: Anthony Campos.  Give him a look on IG: @ucf20_tony. We look forward to the next VIP meet.

 


 

Welcome new plate member: Tyler Collins!

This past weekend at Sumo Speed’s Springfest-Virginia, we saw a lot of familiar faces finally park together.  Along with that, Tyler Collin’s earned his official Liberty Euro plate.  He has been prospecting since last year, making his first show appearance at Tuner Evo 2016.  He was recruited by Ramon Ramirez before Ramon was deployed off to Florida.  This allowed for the DMV Chapter to thrive on its own.

Since then, Tyler has been keeping up with the club remaining active on our Facebook group and chats. He also helped organize this year’s Springfest, which despite the few speed bumps, ended up being a great turn out. Tyler has plans to either continue with this build, or start with a newer model chassis.  Either way, he earned his keep with the Club and we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

Tyler is known for his static Acura TL, a chassis that is becoming more popular in the VIP-styling category.  Attached are the most recent photos of his car at Springfest, NJ from Steven Bopp aka @lowrider.photography. Again, congratulations on becoming an official plate holder and helping the East Coast get back on it’s feet!

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Wheels: Work Ryver Touring 18×10.5 -8 all around ​
Suspension: BC Extreme Low Coilovers w/ Swift Springs 22/26k spring rate, Modified Skunk 2 Front Camber Kit,Rear Toe and Camber Arms, SPC Rear Camber Kit ​
Exterior: ​ATLP CSL trunk spoiler, Aspec lip kit, Roof Spoiler, HIC Window Visors, Honda Inspire Fog Lights w/ TL Type S Lower Grilles/Center Grille Retrofitted to fit 04-06 Bumper, Roof Painted Piano Black, Modded headlights: Housings painted black w/ Amber Reflectors Removed LED Switchback Turn Signals Installed, Type S Taillights and Side Markers IJdmtoy Puddle Lights with Purple Overlay, Password JDM Theft Proof Oil Cap, Center Engine Cover Paint Matched to Car Plenum Cover Powder Coated Disco Fuchsia Candy Purple, Carbon Fiber Engine Covers
Performance: Port and Polished Intake Manifold, Injen Cold Air Intake, Custom Exhaust w/ Dynomax Resonator, Magnaflow Mufflers and 4.5″ polished tips
Interior: Purple Diamond Stitch Seats, Black Suede Headliner and Pillars, Black Suede Dash Cover,Teal Bubble Shift Knob, Wood Trim Overlays, Custom Built Trunk Setup Covered in Suede with Wood Trunk Floor Infinity Kappa 12″ Subwoofers in Custom Enclosure,Infinity Kappa Components, Kenwood Amp, Junction Produce Fusa and Tsuna Knot Flossd Front and Rear VIP Tables

 

Wekfest: Long Beach, California

Wekfest Long Beach 2017 was quite a show for Southern California.  It was a well put together event, s/o to Junior and the rest of the Wekfest crew for an awesome show! The quality of cars is top notch as always, but there were some builds that just met the bare minimum requirements of bags and wheels. Time to step up people!

The $30 parking for spectators and $20 entry fee made the foot traffic much less than last year as well, otherwise it was a good turnout.  This time we have photos coming from Bryan Arangorin/Renise Sia aka @ay_nak0/@__corageous.  We appreciate the media coverage and look forward to working with them more in the future!

 

Continuing on, congrats to Albert aka “The Senator” with his 3rd Gen GS taking home BEST LEXUS.  His car was built from the help of Autofashion, Lexon Japan, and AGwheels.  His original VIP-styled sedan has turned VIP-GT, which seems to be the new wave for the scene. A feature of Al’s GS will be coming soon.

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Johnny aka “Frankenstein” also debuted his 2nd Gen LS400 on Kbreak wheels with widebody metal fabrication, shaved door handles, and custom LED trunk setup.  It was great to see his car out and about again! Liberty-VIP’s next show attendance will be ProStance hosted by T-demand/Central Pine and Spocom in Anaheim so look out for that!

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Other notable VIP crews/shops at Wekfest Long Beach include: Endless Projects, Lowballers, Autofashion, Pure VIP, Infinite Werks, Kyoei USA, and Central Pine. Congratulations to all the award winners of the show! Enjoy the rest of Bryan’s VIP Coverage:

 

StanceNation: Florida Edition

Just looking through the photos from our buddy Quan Smalls (Serious Innovations) and wow, the quality of builds from this show is outstanding.  Cars are being fully built from the engine bay to the trunk and Quan was able to capture most, if not all of it. After glancing over the coverage its safe to say that the car scene is here to stay. We hand selected a few of the VIP-inspired builds from this show to share.

This year was especially unique because one of our plate holders, Ramon Ramirez (VIPBenz), recently moved from Virginia to Florida and was able to showcase with our South Coast Chapter, spear headed by Nax and Yin from Fortune Minds Garage.  With this move we hope to see our brand grow in quality,  not just numbers.

 

Ramon’s VIPBenz with AMG kit and newly refinished wheels!

 

Fortuneminds Garage just got done with their Killer Nissan Quest, which they have been working on for months.  Nice to see if finally debut at such a huge event.

 

Plate holder Yin aka “Chinaman” laced up nicely in his step lipped Leon Hardiritt Ordens.

 

Nax aka “VIPCEO” with his highly modified LS430 on Luxury Abstracts.  Never get tired of seeing this thing.

 

Simone (Nax’s wifey) showing off her Nissan Sentra , definitely crossing her T’s and dotting her I’s with this build.

 

Liberty prospect Wade showing with the Fortune Minds fam.

 

Jessie E’s RHD Aristo and his new look!

Enjoy the rest of the photos submitted by Quan Smalls from Serious Innovations:

   

 

The Fresh Prince: East to West Coast

Like the Fresh Prince, Pauly went from Philly to Bel-Air earlier this year in 2016.  He started off with the 2nd Gen GS300 in Philly to the big body M37 and there was no time wasted.  The black on black VIP flagship sedan is equipped with Accuair V2 managment on 3-piece GMRwheels.  The most noticeable aesthetic mod is the JDM CIMA front bumper and grille, imported by Brandon (@kurly311) from Japan.

Recently, Pauly met up with renowned photographer Mark Enriquez aka @1llest.  He flew in from the East Coast (DMV) and they linked up for a quick shoot, which turned out to be wicked for the short amount of time they had. Pauly is definitely doing it up for Liberty, hoping to gain some momentum for the West Coast.  Pauly’s word of advice- “let your passion drown you”.

 

 

 

EXTERIOR:

 
Nissan JDM Y51 CIMA front bumper
Nissan JDM Y51 CIMA front grille
Custom front Splitter
CK7 Side Skirts
CK7 Rear Lip
Custom Axle Back exhaust with deleted resonators
 
 
SUSPENSION:
UAS bag on BC-R Coilover
5 gallon tank
(2) VIAR 444cc compressor
Hardlines
Custom rear deck
SPC Front Adjustable Camber Arms
SPC Rear Upper Control Arm
SPC Rear Lower Control Arm
SPC toe/traction arm
 
WHEELS:
20″GMR SF-8 Wheels built by VRwheels
Nexen Tires 235/35/20