Vehicle: 1995 Toyota Aristo
Transmission: A340E Automatic
Dr Jackal Meets Mr Hyde Daily Driver –
400WHP + / Sub 12 Second / 4 door Family Saloon
When we heard that JUDE from SerialNine was looking to sell his beloved Toyota Aristo to make way for his latest JDM Import (Toyota Altezza), we took a drive over to the S9 shop. It was a typically wet and windy Vancouver winters day. We we’re fortunate enough to get a tour of the SerialNine fabrication and design shop as well as get a peak at some of their upcoming products. I’d like to say that although S9 don’t produce products for every vehicle out there, what they do produce is excellent quality. You only have to look at all the little details to understand the amount of passion that goes into the products they design and make.
Although familiar with SerialNine I didn’t know too many details about their shop JSZ147 Aristo. Luckily for us Jude had done an excellent job at maintenance and had already done some of the modifications we we’re looking to do ourselves. The car was already sitting on a set of Stance Coilovers & MKIV Supra rims . Under the hood was Front Mount Intercooler, Wideband Controller, Boost Gauge and most importantly a Garrett T67 (T04R) Single Turbo Swap.
Some S9 Subframe bushings we’re the only remains of the car’s history as the S9 Aristo R&D “Test Mule” – the S9 Control arms, Knuckles & Steering Modifications that we’re required to run the massively wide wheels had all been removed and returned to stock. This was perfect for us as we’ll probably be keeping the MKIV Supra Rims for a while… We think they suit the car well and should be able to run some decent size rubber and still fit under the stock fenders.
The only problem with the car for us, was EFI system was still factory “everything” – For us at PHP that just wont do!
Fuel Pump, Fuel Injectors and some sort Engine Management system are on the immediate To-Do list.
For this now humble looking Aristo – its days of winning awards for its Stance and Style may be over – but we’re very glad to continue this cars story and its transformation from “Form over Function”, to “Function over Form”.