Vegas Drift ProAM Round 3 was another great event put on by Vegas Drift. Yao was competing, but due to some technical issues, was not able to participate in the competition. Here is a shot from the event with (from left to right) Rob Gray, Erik Elder, and Zach “Yao” Hitchcox.
The problems with Yao’s car are minimal and will be back up and running for the May 4th Vegas Drift practice event teamed up with Import Face Off.
Yao’s 1JZ GTE had some issues with the clutch recently. After closer inspection, we realized that the clutch needed to be taken out and reinstalled to verify integrity. So the WHOLE motor had to come out just to get to the tranny (tight fit!). JSFab came over to the house and busted his ass getting this motor in and out in one night. Clutch feels amazing now, and there shouldn’t be any problems with that.
While the motor was out, might as well do some upgrades! JSFab also hooked it up on a steering rack relocation to make sure there is no binding at high angles. Can’t wait to get this car out on the track. After the wiring problem is fixed, its dorifto time!
Our own Team Verzus driver Zachery “Yao” Hitchcox is participating in a contest at MotorMavens. This build has been going on for some time and is coming very close to fruition. This contest is judged upon the amount of comments and views, basically the popularity. Please help out a local driver by going over to his build thread on MotorMavens using the link below and leave some comments!
Yao’s 1JZ GTE MotorMavens Build Thread
More parts are coming in now and the 1JZ build is almost ready to be dropped in the car and tuned. All this time and money is just so we can make Round 2 of Vegasdrift ProAM. Out team hopes to get out there and show what a quality build and preparation can do. No janky parts, not janky tunes, and it will outlast the competition.
The first part we got in was the one we have been waiting for. This manifold is magnificent! Quality welds and it is definitely the last manifold I need to buy. I suggest to anyone that wants to get a manifold for their 1J, 2J, SR20, w/e to go to and pick up a manifold from these guys. The manifold I got is the first 1JZ GTE manifold they have made and we are happy to showcase their work for them.
The manifold is a DOC Race T4 Twin Scroll top mount with dual MVR VBand wastegate pipes. The wastegates I went with was the Dual Tial 44mm MVRs. The MVRs are the new wastegates recently launched by Tial that include new water cooling. This drives down the temperature in the wastegates and allows for better performance.
Ram Proline here in Las Vegas also did a powder coat on my valve covers with a White with red pearl. They came out amazing as they always do from Ram proline. Check them out in Vegas for a quality powder coat and great prices.
Check out the gallery below for the pics.