April 14, 2021 By Francis G. Pallarco Photos: Jerel Fajardo

Tuner: Shifting Interests

From two wheels to four wheels

An avid biking enthusiast, Felix Go Sy Jr. always made it a point to equip all his bicycles with only the best gear. From lightweight frames to adjustable dampers and what have you, this costly hobby is swarmed with tons of aftermarket products. Something which prompted his good friend and car enthusiast, Brian Pagdilao Justado to ask how’s the return of his investment every time he sells one of his fixed-up bikes. Sadly, his replied that he hardly recovers half of his total investment. Out of curiosity, Felix shot the same question back to Brian whom he knew was already into modifying cars. A sense of enlightenment came upon him as Brian replied that most of the high-quality aftermarket parts that he’s been using for barely a year could still be sold at more or less the same price as when he bought them. A crash course in tuning Japanese cars immediately ensued from Brian that further sealed the deal and right away spawned the transition of his two-wheeled hobby to those with four wheels.

Despite the availability of many car platforms suitable for tuning, they opted for a Honda Jazz that Felix really wanted right from the start. Having narrowed down the car he really wanted, it didn’t take long for Felix and Brian to get their hands on a pristine 2009 model. With so many aftermarket products on the market, choosing what’s best and proper can be difficult. As such, they agreed to get original stuff and lay off on counterfeit ones. After all, if he can afford to spend a huge amount on his bikes, why not on his car. Another important aspect worth mentioning here is that they also decided on a Spoon themed build right from the get go. As most of you know, Spoon Sports is a Japanese tuning house that specializes only on Honda’s. Similar also to J’s Racing that’s equally popular among Honda enthusiasts. Deciding on a particular theme beforehand is a must for any car build to prevent it from looking like a mish mash of aftermarket parts from a hundred different companies.

The Spoon theme starts under the hood where the requisite Spoon oil and radiator cap reside, while a Spoon intake manifold featuring bigger runners and finished in wrinkle red plus their N1 muffler frees up much needed horses. Next up is the highly coveted Spoon lightweight twin block brake caliper for better stopping power. Promoting better handling is a Spoon sway bar and their very simple yet very effective Rigid Collar. These are metal guides for the bolts that hold the chassis and sub frame together to perfectly align the holes where the bolts pass through. According to Spoon founder Tatsuru Ichisima, it prevents the sub frame from misalignment, causing the car’s geometry to go off. Inside the Jazz is a Spoon steering wheel and shift knob while a Spoon inspired wrap around body kit gives character to the exterior together with Spoon side mirror, Fit emblems, Spoon decals and wing. But the ‘wow’ factor has to be the glass Panoramic roof that was sourced directly from a Fit in Japan and delicately installed on the Jazz. With different ways on how to graft a roof, they decided on the traditional method. This entails removing the stock roof panel from the factory welding points and then grafting the panoramic one to get that factory installed look. Finishing up the Spoon theme is a complete body paint that mimics the correct Spoon yellow color from DuPont that’s now known as Cromax paints.

Other notable mods on this build are the chassis stiffening bars from J’s Racing. Consisting of a floor bar and a cross bar, these bars are mounted directly on the suspension towers and body frame for additional chassis rigidity translating to sharper handling and turn-in feel. Developed and used by J’s Racing on their Jazz/Fit racecars, these are made out of lightweight aluminum and a must-have on any performance themed build. This Jazz also sports 2 different sets of wheels on either side. Why? Well, why not? Felix couldn’t choose between the two sets of 16-inch Volk Racing wheels so they mounted a different pair on either side. The left one has the RE30 wheels while the bronze colored CE28 wheels is fitted on the right side. I must admit it puts on a different twist on the car’s character when viewed from either side. Different, but very effective. Admittedly, they spent a lot of time procuring the legit parts from the internet and from local suppliers. Although they pointed out that the most challenging aspect of this build was the grafting of the glass roof. But despite all the challenges they were able to execute a nice clean build that’s simple enough, yet looks proper. Not bad for a newbie who once dabbled on two wheels.

SPECIFICATIONS

2009 Honda Jazz

Felix Go Sy Jr.

Engine Mods:

Spoon intake manifold, Spoon oil cap & radiator cap, K&N short ram air filter,J’s Racing stainless steel header, Spoon N1 Muffler,

Brake Mods:

Spoon Twinblock Calipers, Glanz (282mm) Rotor Discs

Suspension Mods:

Buddyclub Coil Overs, Spoon Rigid collars, Spoon Sway bar, Cusco Upper Strut Bar (front),ARP Extended lug bolts, Ultra Racing (4-pt) Under chassis Bar,

Rollers:

Volk Racing CE28 (17×7) Left Side on Nitto Neo Gen Tires (205/45/17) Kics R40 Lug NutsVolk Racing RE30 (17×7) Right Side on Nitto Neo Gen Tires (205/45/17) Kics R40 Lug Nuts

Interior Mods:

Spoon Steering wheel and Duracon Shift Knob, Spoon rear view mirrorPivot Throttle Control, Pivot Shift Light, Honda Access pedals, Pioneer Head unit,Bride XAX II Japan Seats, Takata Safety Harness,J’s Racing Floor bar and Cross bars

Exterior Mods:

Spoon inspired wrap around kits and wing, JDM Panoramic roofSpoon side mirror, Fit emblems, Spoon decals,

Kudos To:

Brian Pagdilao Justado, Dondie Mallari of JDM Select, JDMUPh

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