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ummmm........i think the car that's closest to a chaser conversion is the Lexus LS400. The chaser chassis is bigger than camry's and Avalons. The LS400 is closest. But I also think the 1998 Acura RL 3.2 has the closest resemblence that of a Chaser. So, dont' even try it, my opinion that is.
 

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jhbhatia said:
Cressida!
But that wouldn't be a 1997 chaser. You could conver one to the old model.
 

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Talisman18 said:
But that wouldn't be a 1997 chaser. You could conver one to the old model.
I meant...cressida's chaser and MArkII were sold at different markets all under different badings (essentially same chassy). I yes, WE DID OWN A 1996 CRESSIDA abroad. So my answer still holds.....I'm assuming externally and LHD conversion right?
 

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You really cant, I dont think there is any direct conversion model that you could work with. The Chaser is quite different from the others.
 

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jhbhatia said:
I meant...cressida's chaser and MArkII were sold at different markets all under different badings (essentially same chassy). I yes, WE DID OWN A 1996 CRESSIDA abroad. So my answer still holds.....I'm assuming externally and LHD conversion right?
I'd swear the Cressida name died after 1992 when it... died. I've never known otherwise :confused:

You're not going to convert a '97 Chaser to anything.

IMO, the closest car in terms of *similarity* of that age would be a GS300, but even then, they're different cars. The Chaser has always been a sportier version of the Mark II/Cressida.


Brian in Arizona on the Cressida forums is putting this JZX81 Chaser front end onto his '90 Cressida. Front end taken from a JDM front cut - under that hood is going to be a firebreathing 1JZ-GTE with biiig single turbo, MKIV rims (with stock centre caps, they fit lol), Z32 300ZX brakes, and Kei Office coilovers that he just got.

more pics of the "JZX83":
http://www.jzxproject.com/mambotest/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=19&Itemid=33

pics of Tein Type HA coilovers and Kei Office for comparison:
http://www.jzxproject.com/mambotest/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=20&Itemid=33
 

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I like Kei Office better for drifting, but Tein is one of the best Suspension aftermarket company out there for any genre.
 

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Tein's good stuff. They still actually manufacture stuff for the 1989-1992 Cressida in the form of Type HA coilovers and S-Tech springs. Stuff for the JZX81 Mark II/Chaser/Cresta is all compatible.

Kei Office, on the other hand... the set I linked to above may be the last JZX81/Cressida set to be made by them... it's a special order, as they were discontinued.
 

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jhbhatia said:
I meant...cressida's chaser and MArkII were sold at different markets all under different badings (essentially same chassy). I yes, WE DID OWN A 1996 CRESSIDA abroad. So my answer still holds.....I'm assuming externally and LHD conversion right?
Okaaaaayyy, but what good would that do him? He lives in the states. You can't just import cars here and drive them on the road or he could just import a Chaser. The information you just gave doesn't help him at all so I am not quite seeing how your answer holds :whatthe:
 

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I know a company that can import you cars legally. Have the DMV check and give it a VIN number for it. Takes 2-3 months, but I think it'll be worth it. I mean, i've seen couple of skyline GT-Rs here in Southern California. Heck, I've even seen two R32 GT-Rs duking it out on the freeway.

There's a guy at school with a JDM Integra Type R, DC2. Right Hand, honda goodies. no sign of acura. If I had the money, I would import the Toyota Chaser Tourer V. Tourer V has the 280 HP JZX engine, 6 speed manuel, rwd. The Tourer S has a 220 HP, auto. Man, what I can do with a Chaser is mind boggeling.
 

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Can't forget the 280hp 1JZ older-school Chasers too.
 

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repinS said:
I'd swear the Cressida name died after 1992 when it... died. I've never known otherwise :confused:

no it didn't. The NO it was never replaced with the avalon. In the middle east we got cressida's and avalon's. We got cressida's as far as 1997 (we had either a 94 or a 96 cressida..don't remember it right..as it was our company car..not our primary car). Our primary car was 91 wagon. No cressida name didn't die in 1992 - it was stopped being imported to N. America.
 

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pics! :confused:
 

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xpeed said:
I know a company that can import you cars legally. Have the DMV check and give it a VIN number for it. Takes 2-3 months, but I think it'll be worth it. I mean, i've seen couple of skyline GT-Rs here in Southern California. Heck, I've even seen two R32 GT-Rs duking it out on the freeway.

There's a guy at school with a JDM Integra Type R, DC2. Right Hand, honda goodies. no sign of acura. If I had the money, I would import the Toyota Chaser Tourer V. Tourer V has the 280 HP JZX engine, 6 speed manuel, rwd. The Tourer S has a 220 HP, auto. Man, what I can do with a Chaser is mind boggeling.
The skylines had to go through a LOT of red tape to be legalized to be on the road here. This is why Motorex charges so much for the vehicles. They actually went through the lengthy @ss expensive process of getting them approved for our streets. You can get by with cars that already available here like the integra. This lets you skip a lot of the bull$hit but you can't just buy a chaser and go to the DMV for a vin. It needs to be crash tested and other U.S. specific qualifications must be met on the car before it is street legal. And if you are caught driving around a car that is not, it will get you in a ton of $hit and they will reduce your car to scrap anyway.
 

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repinS said:
I'll have to see (we never took pics of the company car..but our 91 station wagon is the same we got in states as 87-89). We had a house fire and lost all pictures....the car is still in the extended family..so i'll pass along the msg and when in receipt, i'll pm you...let's not hijack this thread. :)
 

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pick up an import tuner mag from Jan - March. It has info about how to import cars. One advantage an importer has is customs knows very little about what's being imported, so a manufacturer letter can get you lucky enough to drive it from port. But its instant confiscation and destruction the minute a cop pulls over a non-conforming vehicle.
 
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