NST Blog Feature: Bugzie Hails From Down Under!

A few months ago (click here to get caught up)  we asked our blog readers to send in short stories/entries regarding their projects.  We received a few good entries and have begun sharing them with you.

These entries are not about who has the most power, who has spent the most money, or who has the most popular car.  Sometimes, the most interesting are the entries you don’t really expect to receive.  For example, Ray and Lea’s Yaris who answers to the name,  Bugzie!

Ray wrote to us with the following…

Not sure if you wanted international people to submit for your blog or not . But I thought I would share anyway, as a lot of local people can’t believe what I have done to the car since we bought it 2 years ago (next week.)

The best part of this whole story is, if it wasn’t for NST I would have never even considered modding the Yaris, but I saw the Engine Pulleys and write-up on YW and they became a must have . In fact I think they where one of the very first Mods I did to the car, and one I will never regret.  Thank You Very much to you and your Team.  Keep up the awesome work.

Below is a little info on my Yaris.  I hope you enjoy reading it…

For those that don’t know me, I am Ray and this is my toy BUGZIE.  It is a 2008 Yaris 1.3ltr -2NZ-FE 5spd Manual  This is the most basic Yaris Available in New Zealand.

Standard equipment :
power windows
power mirrors
power locks
security system (factory)
key Remote lock /Unlock
C/D – AM- FM – Auxiliary input stereo
Air con
Tilt and Extendable Steering Wheel
Front Airbags
ABS,EBD, etc.
Heavy Duty Floor Mats

Bugzie got its name when I started the following mods because it bugged the sh#t out of my wife that I was constantly pulling apart and Modding her car, my toy ….. Bugzie was bought new with the intention of being the family run about, which it is, just a highly Mod’ed one, lol.  Bugzie has averaged about 600km’s (370miles) per week since we bought him.

As strange as this will sound, most of the performance mods were done with fuel economy in mind.  Not the “must-have-more-power” scenario; even though they did generate a nice increase.  And in some cases out of necessity due to someone backing into concrete pillar in a shopping mall, or similar little misdiscretions (of the Female kind) 😉

Exterior Mods
Mud flaps
30% Solar Tint on all windows (side and rear)
Fog lights (into factory wiring)
Sport’s Grill
Eye Lids
LED side mirror covers
LED smoke fender indicators
RBK Spoiler
Short antenna
TYC Clear tail Lights – With 57 tip LED Bulbs for Indicators and reversing light
63 tip LED brake light
Reversing Sensors

Suspension Mods
15″ x 6.5″ x 45 ET factory Alloys
Running on 195 / 55 /15 tire’s
Full SET TRD Spring’s , Shocks , and Rear Sway bar
12mm Rear Hub Spacers (Made by Me )

A1 Braided / Teflon inner / and PVC Coated exterior Brake lines

Engine Bay & Performance Mods
NST Pulleys Red – 10% under drive , water pump, and alternator
NST Shifter Cable Bushings
NST Shifter Cage Bushings
NST SSK2 – In Cabin Short Shifter
AFE-Stage 2 Dry Cold Air Intake
Micro Image Catch Can
Micro image Alloy battery Tie Down
RED Silicon Radiator Hose’s
RED Silicon Vacuum lines
Violence he/p Radiator Cap 1.3
EPDM Rubber Bonnet Seal
Gas Hood Stay , with Solenoid hood release (Made by Me)
TRD Oil Cap
Strut Brace (with a TRD sticker )
Bonnet Sound Deadener
Strum Bone Horn’s 410 & 510 115db
Centre Exit twin tip exhaust .(Made by Me)

In Cabin Mods
Leather Steering Wheel (Scion)
Leather Shift boot
Leather Handbrake boot
Leather Gear Knob with C/F insert
New 6.5 Fusion Component Speakers (front and rear)
TRD Belt Pad’s & Head Cushions
FatMat Sound Deadener (80 Feet)
Neffy Carbon wrap throughout (still in progress)

Parts awaiting Install
Toyota Engine Start/Stop button
RS Grille Badge

Future Mods
RS Front and Rear Bumpers
Projector/Halo/HID-Retro Instal – awaiting new order
Lightened Spec Clutch and Flywheel
Rear Disc Conversion
Nitto Damper
TRD engine mount
Maybe a Microimage Inlet Manifold
Wide Body Kit
Exhaust Header

And at this point in time I would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to Garm at Micro Image and of course Mike at NST and their teams.  Because with out these people it would still be a stock Yaris and instead of being called BUGZIE , it would have had a name like the Ant or Egg or worse… Snail .

Please Keep up the Awesome work .

Ray G.
New Zealand

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