SERIALNINE: Gerard and Kevin’s Big Bodies
When you’re modifying a chassis with low aftermarket support, the few companies you can count on are a godsend. The guys at Serialnine started the company with products that really helped out owners of some of the less common chassis around these parts. Focusing primarily on Toyota sedans, they took this corner of the market and really revolutionized it. They are considered some of the most “OG” guys in the local drifting scene and they really paved the way for others to follow, and they are some of the people behind the boom in drifting Cressidas in North America.
Photography & Words by Jordan Miller
They are real pioneers in the industry, it was awesome getting to spend some time picking their brains and talking about cars. They are the only shop on this side of the globe that really embodies Japanese styling while also being able to progress it in their own way. The quality of their parts is second to none, these guys really care about what they’re doing and its awesome to see. We need more people like Kevin and Gerard doing what they did, noticing a hole in the market building a brand around making it better.
It also doesn’t hurt that they’re really awesome dudes. They gave me advice on my own build, loaded me up with free goods, and had nothing but positive things to say about other people/shops in the industry. The day of the shoot was a torrential downpour, but the guys brought out a canopy and we managed to make it through.
These are two of the shop cars owned by the founders, Gerard and Kevin. The Aristo and Celsior, respectively, are both imported JDM versions of the GS and LS we know over here. Gerard’s Aristo is sitting on all Serialnine suspension parts and a custom set of Work Meisters. While Kevin’s Celsior is rocking a set of the newer 2-piece CR-Kai’s. Both cars have gnarly “fitment” (hate that word), and are often the victim of Canada’s relatively harsh standards for modified cars. That doesn’t deter them though, they are both die hard guys who aren’t going to let tickets get in the way of standing out.
The mods lists for these cars really do the talking however, it’s not easy to get cars to sit like this. After a certain point, every degree of camber and inch of drop takes exponentially more work. Serialnine has used both these cars for R&D, identifying weak points and limiting factors and designing the solutions.
I’d like to thank them for taking the time to meet up with me, with all the junk parts and scamming shops saturating our industry it’s really refreshing to see the opposite. It really opened my eyes as to why quality parts are important why they cost what they do. While Kevin’s Celsior is no more sadly, I’m excited to see what’s next with both these guys.
-Nardi Wood Grain Black Spokes
-STATUS Black Leather Ring GT
-Completely Stock Fenders
-Clear Side Markers
-Avery Brown Metallic
-Stars & Hearts Tail Lights
-SERIALNINE NOVA Damper 30/24kgmm
-SERIALINNE SERIAL999 Front Upper Control Arm
-SERIALINNE SERIAL999 Rear Upper Control Arm
-SERIALINNE SERIAL999 Rear Lower Control Arm
-SERIALINNE SERIAL999 Traction Arm
-SERIALINNE SERIAL999 Toe Arm
-SERIALINNE C.A.S.E. 35mm RCAs
-SERIALNINE C.A.S.E. Custom Modified Knuckle
-SERIALNINE RIGID Solid Aluminum Subframe Bushings
SERIALNINE RIGID Delrin Diff Bushings Polyurethane Steering Rack Mounts Wheels
WORK WHEELS XSA-04C
19×10.5 -18 (235/35R19 ATR Sport )
19×11.5 – 26 (275/30R19 ATR Sport)
-SERIALNINE BREED fenders (50mm) front and rear -SERIALNINE CSL style FRP trunk.
-Admiration front lip.
-BMW apenweiss 3 (alpine white 3) paint by Nickel Automotive
-2000 Aristo V300 Vertex
-Getrag V160 6 speed
-OS Giken 2 way LSD
-HKS GS PRO twin plate clutch
-SERIALNINE NOVA dampers
-SERIALNINE C.A.S.E. short camber knuckle -SERIALNINE C.A.S.E. RCAs
-SERIAL999 toe arm
-SERIAL999 traction arm
-SERIALNINE RIGID subframe bushings
-SERIALNINE RIGID diff bushings.
-Work Meister M1
-Work Meister M1 3pce
-Glossy black anodized lip
-MGM (matte gunmetal) face
Front = 18×10.5-40 (235/35-18)
Rear =18×12-35 (265/35-18)