Scooters: Making a Ruckus out of a Sym Jet?

Photos via Jose Oliver Llarena

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While elsewhere in the world, the customized Ruckus movement has really grown in popularity, here in the Philippines, it has been other scooters like the Yamaha Mio, Honda Beat, some smaller 2T scooters, and underbone bikes which have been more popular. And it’s not until recently when the equivalent Honda Zoomer was released. So with Pinoy ingenuity in mind, what do you do when it’s hard to get a Ruckus? Well, make one!

Here, Custom Pinoy Rides reader Jose Oliver Llarena showcases what he affectionately calls his “Jetrucks” scooter. It’s a Sym Jet 100 modified into a Ruckus. Of course it wasn’t made to look like an ordinary Ruckus, but a modified one, complete with extended wheelbase and big fat rubber. Check out the rest of the gallery below!

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What You Don’t See Everyday: Old School 3rd Gen Toyota Sprinter

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It’s Thursday again, so we’re taking it back to the old school. What we have here is one of my favorite old school rides, because of its uniqueness and rarity (at least here in the Philippines). While you’ll see an old school Corolla in car shows here and there, it’s not common to see a 3rd Gen Sprinter in car shows, more so rolling the streets. So I believe this deserves a place here at Custom Pinoy Rides. Don’t you think?

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Orange Old School Brethren – Corolla and Celica by Bochet’s Car Care Service

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When two classic old school rides – a Celica, and a Corolla, clad in paint more orange than your juice, roll by the parking lot, it’s hard not to take notice… especially when they pop their hoods to reveal clean immaculate engine bays.

I won’t say much, because at this point, I think I’d rather shut up and let the pictures do the talking. I guess you can just stare in awe as I did. All I can say is that these cars are just fantastic restomods. Enjoy the rest of the gallery…

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Mig Dizon’s Mercedes 190E 2.3 16V DTM Race Car

Photos via Philip Aragones and THE aSTIG

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Even though 3 out of 4 times, some people, including me, would probably choose an E30 BMW M3 over a Mercedes 190E, there’s something about Mig Dizon’s car that makes me wanna change my mind completely. Maybe it’s the color-matching, or the Cosworth kit, or the race car fitment, or all of the above, it just all goes together to make a gorgeous 190E.

There’s a saying that goes something like “It’s not a matter of how many modifications you’ve done to a car. Rather, it’s all about not doing anything wrong. It’s about making things work and blend together in harmony.” And I think it’s been perfectly executed here. Would you agree?

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A rather different kind of Orthia

Photos by Philip Aragones

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With the trend nowadays going like “widebody this” and “widebody that,” it seems like the approach is to make cars look more and more aggressive. So it’s always refreshing to see some tuners veer away from that school of thought and go a different route altogether – being different.

Check out the Honda Civic EK Sedan Orthia conversion you see here. It’s definitely something different, and to the uninitiated, will make you do a “what the!?” double take.

Apart from the Orthia conversion, rather than bulking up with a widebody, the approach was to take what’s normally there and then make it different. So these mods aren’t really “add-ons,” but rather, it’s a complete revamp, from exterior to interior.

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Bagged and Murdered-Out Chevrolet C6 Corvette by Car Porn Racing

Photos by Philip Aragones and THE aSTIG

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When you see a Chevrolet Corvette on the road, it’s already unmistakable as it is. With its long swooping hood and sleek knife-like impression, it looks as if it was a tool that was created with the specific purpose of achieving high speeds on land.

Add a ground-hugging appearance thanks to adjustable air suspension, then it becomes more purposeful-looking. But when it’s murdered-out with all-black everything, you’ve got yourself a car with a menacing appeal, as villanous as an American Ninja warrior.

That’s what Ian King of Car Porn Racing has achieved with his C6 Corvette. And or course, as with all project cars, this is still a “work in progress,” with more mods to come. In the meantime, check out the rest of the gallery, along with a bonus video at the very end…

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Suzuki Cappuccino by Concept One and Atoy Customs

Photos by Philip Aragones and THE aSTIG

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In this day and age where some people believe that looking good gains you more respect, while being cost-effective is synonymous to wealth, how would you like to have what is probably the most economical hardcore petrol (read: non-hybrid) sports car in the world? Add modifications from Concept One and Atoy Customs, and you have yourself a winner in the Suzuki Cappuccino, would you agree?

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Rieger Audi TT by Jworks Unlimited

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I should say, Rieger Tuning makes some of the best looking body kits for Euro cars. And as you can see here, they can make the Audi TT look fantastic. In fact, this Audi TT by Jworks Unlimited won the much coveted Best of Show contemporary award during the recently concluded 2014 Trans Sport Show. Being one of the biggest car shows in the country, that is a feat in itself. Of course, the body kit played a huge role in bagging that award.

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Mercedes-Benz UNIMOG: The Ultimate 4×4?

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The Unimog is probably my favorite 4×4 of all time. Well, maybe Land Rovers and Unimogs. But isn’t it every car guy’s childhood dream to be driving that awesome big red truck, especially for those who grew up in the days of Transformers? Then when you finally grow up, you learn that the Unimog is actually a “go-anywhere” kind of ride, capable of tackling almost anything that mother nature can throw at you in this day and age where natural disasters are occurring more and more often, who wouldn’t dream of having one?

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Red Toyota bB stanced on Black BBS RS Mesh Wheels

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Previously, we’ve shown you a white Toyota bB on silver BBS RS mesh wheels. We’ve received a lot of positive response about how it enhances the appearance, and makes the squareish Toyota bB look more elegant.

Though white and silver are colors that are really more attuned to elegance, today’s featured car showcases just about the same style of mods – a Toyota bB, stanced-out, rolling on BBS RS mesh wheels, but this time on a more “sporty” color combination of red and black.

Now I don’t know about you guys but I personally think that the final package looks stunning.

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