R31 House – Mecca for R31 owners

Posted: September 30, 2009 by stinkypoo31 in Uncategorized

While we were in Japan, we made a stop to R31 House. R31 House is the R31 owners Mecca. They are a tuning shop that specializes in R31 Skylines (which I own a couple).

Shibata-san, the Tencho (owner) of R31 House, has customers from all over Japan that bring their cars top his shop. They cater for any sort of modifications, including light tunes, servicing and restoration.

The shop is a 30min train ride plus 15min taxi from Nagoya, located in the Gifu area.

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Shibata-san originally started the shop as a Daihatsu dealership/servicing. He loved his R31’s and parked them right in front of the shop. Other R31 owners would see his Skylines, drop by and asked questions: “Cool looking car, do you specialize in R31 Skylines?”. His business started to work on more R31’s, eventually word spread about his workshop and created R31 House.

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Now he has customers from all over the world. The R31 pictured in the first photo is for an overseas customer. It was recently featured in Option magazine. Costing over $120,000, powered by a R34 RB26, it was producing around 500rwhp.

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This was a very cool looking R31 with bolt on guards.

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Most of the high power cars are running RB26’s from either a R32 or R34.

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They also had a genuine Autech R31 which came factory with a VG30.

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Remember this car? This is the car Shibata-san brought to Australia for Drift Nationals.

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This was a awesome looking R31 Wagon, it was hiding in the back of their carpark. I didn’t get to ask any questions about it though.

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At the very back of their Lot, they have their wrecking yard. It contains around 250+ cars that they can wreck down for parts or rebuild and sell as cars for sale.

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The R31 House Resort car was there as well. This car was also featured in Option magazine.

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To my surprise, it was left hand drive. I have heard of Canadian’s getting R31’s but I’m not sure if this was a overseas import.

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Another cool thing we saw was the R31 House tow truck. It is dual carrier, non articulated and very shiny!

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There are no issues with lowered cars, and having to extend ramps here:

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The car on top is lowered like this:

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And the look from the other side:

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One of the staff members cars. It isn’t very clean at the moment but makes some noise :P.

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Photo’s of customers and their (new) cars are normally taken at the front of his shop. Rob posed for a photo with his imaginary ride.

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One of the Customers car’s looking complete.

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At the end of our shopping, Shibata-san gave us a ride back to the train station in the car featured in option. He was alittle bit worried because the car stands out abit and they have to pass the Koban(police station).

It is an awesome place to check out. Shibata-san is welcoming and friendly. If you do plan to visit, please make contact first and if possible, arrange a Japanese speaker as they do not speak English.

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Comments
  1. Sam says:

    Will he ship a car over to Australia one that’s is in need of a restoration

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