About the Contributors

 

FaceChris Chris A. – I’m part of TEIN USA’s R&D department. You can find me under or around cars all day since I’m busy helping develop suspension kits for our market. Hard work, but a lot of fun since I have a passion for cars and motorsports. My daily driver is an S13 (*my manga t-shirt shows just how much I love Nissan) on TEIN TYPE FLEX coilovers, and whenever I have the opportunity I love taking it out for a good run! On my sparetime, though, I’d rather enjoy it by teaching my son about my love for cars!

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K. Nakai – I worked for TEIN Japan and was relocated to the US over ten years ago. I grew up driving on the touge in my AE86 (I am the original Takumi – j/k). I have had 3 different AE86s and I actually still have one mint condition ’86 Levin 3dr GT-APEX sitting in Japan. I currently drive a Tacoma which I think is the perfect vehicle for daily use in the world (: . One day I hope to either buy a second car or bring my AE86 from Japan. My previous AE86s had LSD, roll cage, bucket seat, tuned suspension, brake pads, etc… – it does not seem like a lot but it all worked very well together. My tuning style is to add one part at a time so I can feel exactly how it changes my car.

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paul partedPaul P. – Much has changed during my tenure at TEIN. I now live life in the slow lane driving a pick up truck (I mostly commute in a Honda Fit, though). That’s not to say I no longer want a sporty car. I think I’m past having a slammed car (unlike Sergio M. aka “Captain Slammo” aka “Monster Tuck”).  A few years here really teaches you a few things (I would hope so), like functionality being way more important than form.  When the time comes to build a “functional” sports car, I’ll be sure to blabber on about it on this blog.

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Sergio M. – Lets see, what’s there to say! Well lets start off by- I’m somewhat technically savvy when it comes to car fixes or mods which still surprises me from time to time. I’m a Honda fanatic, which is not to say that  I don’t appreciate other vehicle manufacturers. But still, the majority of the love goes out to the Honda’s. Been through many a Honda, either stock and/or swapped, but all had one thing in common- “Its gotta be low!”. The office knows me for slamming all my cars. If it ain’t scrapin’ daily, it’s gotta be lower.

 

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effrens-hater-faceEffren C. – I’m relatively new to the TEIN staff, working in the Operations Department. I mainly handle Overhauls for customers. So, chances are if you’re sending in your suspension for rebuilding or revalving, you’ll be hearing from me. I drive a BMW, so I don’t fit in with the JDM guys here at the office. Because of that, I’m known as the “Hater”. That, and because I say “They hatin” or “You ‘nuthin’ but a hater”, or something like that all the damn time. Oh, I also mumble a lot and sound like Rocky Balboa.

 

 

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whhhuuuuuhhhhhhJordan A. – I’m known worldwide as the “[See You] Space Cowboy”, but locally I’m known as TEIN USA’s shipping & logistics guy and I go by the alias “P.M. Done Deal”. When I’m not at work, I attend various car meets in the area. Photography is also one of my passions, and you can find some of my photos online on various car forums and on Facebook. I’m also all about that JDM.