01 Jonathan Togans 1994 Mazda RX7 PASMAG TBGLIVE

Jonathan Togans had always considered himself an unbiased lover of all vehicle platforms, but when it came to JDM icons of the 1990s, that is where his heart was. Finding himself totally in love the Nissan’s Skyline, Toyota’s Supra, Acura’s NSX, and Mazda’s RX-7, Japanese car culture became an obsession for him.

Togans joined the Navy, and it wasn’t too long before he was deployed to Atsugi, Japan, where he says the culture shock hit him like a truck. Once he was sent out to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, he spent his spare time reading car magazines and browsing forums for inspiration. Soon, the temptation couldn’t be resisted, so he purchased an RX-7 he found on the forums, and had it sent home to his parents’ house back in the states.

07 Jonathan Togans 1994 Mazda RX7 PASMAG TBGLIVE
Jonathan Togans and his 1994 Mazda RX-7 are featured in PASMAG issue #145 (Oct/Nov 2017). Get your copy here.

Even with the car now owned by him, Togans wasn’t done shopping. He developed a vision for his car, and began ordering parts to go with it while he was still out on deployment. Only when he arrived home on holiday leave periods was he able to start piecing together his build. Taking inspiration from Japanese street cars and car culture, he carefully chose reputable brands with a long-standing history on his platform.

05 Jonathan Togans 1994 Mazda RX7 PASMAG TBGLIVE
Jonathan Togans and his 1994 Mazda RX-7 are featured in PASMAG issue #145 (Oct/Nov 2017). Get your copy here.

Now completed (at least for now), his RX-7 features a handful of engine modifications, as well as some impressive body work. The stunning RE Amemiya widebody kit has had its rear quarter panels molded thanks to Mike Roacho from Exclusive Customs. A heartfelt thank you goes out to Togans’ friends and family. “I have received support from friends and family members all over the world to be here,” he says, “and I feel very blessed to have come this far.”

04 Jonathan Togans 1994 Mazda RX7 PASMAG TBGLIVE
Jonathan Togans and his 1994 Mazda RX-7 are featured in PASMAG issue #145 (Oct/Nov 2017). Get your copy here.

With 58% of the Popular Vote, Jonathan Togans was the winner of the Tuner Battlegrounds #TBGLIVE award category competition at Elite Showdown: Las Vegas at Silverton Casino in Las Vegas, NV!

ESSENTIALS
Owner: Jonathan Togans
Vehicle: 1994 Mazda RX-7
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Engine: Mazda 13BTT 1.3L Rotary
Horsepower: 310 (est.)
Torque: 290 (est.)

SOCIAL
Facebook: Jonathan Togans
Instagram: @jonflip29

06 Jonathan Togans 1994 Mazda RX7 PASMAG TBGLIVE
Jonathan Togans and his 1994 Mazda RX-7 are featured in PASMAG issue #145 (Oct/Nov 2017). Get your copy here.

ENGINE
Street ported
GReddy (FMIC, hoses, air intake, Profec boost controller)
Aeromotive Stealth 340 fuel pump
NGK spark plugs
Atkins rotary gaskets
Banzai Racing (block off plates, oil pan brace)
A’PEXi Power FC

08 Jonathan Togans 1994 Mazda RX7 PASMAG TBGLIVE
Jonathan Togans and his 1994 Mazda RX-7 are featured in PASMAG issue #145 (Oct/Nov 2017). Get your copy here.

EXHAUST
Magnaflow (Ti cat-back, downpipe, racing muffler, cat delete pipe)

DRIVETRAIN
ACT stage 2 street clutch

02 Jonathan Togans 1994 Mazda RX7 PASMAG TBGLIVE
Jonathan Togans and his 1994 Mazda RX-7 are featured in PASMAG issue #145 (Oct/Nov 2017). Get your copy here.

WHEELS/TIRES/BRAKES
Volk F-Zero wheels – 18x9.5 +22 (f/r)
Bridgestone Potenza tires – 265/40/18 (f/r)

10 Jonathan Togans 1994 Mazda RX7 PASMAG TBGLIVE
Jonathan Togans and his 1994 Mazda RX-7 are featured in PASMAG issue #145 (Oct/Nov 2017). Get your copy here.

CHASSIS/SUSPENSION
Stance GR+ Pro coilovers
Mazdaspeed sway bars
Mazda R1 front strut bar

03 Jonathan Togans 1994 Mazda RX7 PASMAG TBGLIVE
Jonathan Togans and his 1994 Mazda RX-7 are featured in PASMAG issue #145 (Oct/Nov 2017). Get your copy here.

EXTERIOR
RE Amemiya GT-AD widebody kit w/ molded rear quarters
APR GTC 300 spoiler
HID headlight conversion
1999 taillight conversion
Candy Apple Red paint

09 Jonathan Togans 1994 Mazda RX7 PASMAG TBGLIVE
Jonathan Togans and his 1994 Mazda RX-7 are featured in PASMAG issue #145 (Oct/Nov 2017). Get your copy here.

INTERIOR
Top Secret shift knob
AEM gauges
A’PEXi gauges
Defi (gauges, gauge pod)

AUDIO/MOBILE ELECTRONICS
Alpine head unit
Pioneer (mid range speakers, tweeters, rear fill)
JEGS battery relocation kit

SPONSORS
Autocraft LV, Street Runners Group, Exlcusive Customs Las Vegas, Precision Garage, Eco Tint

11 Jonathan Togans 1994 Mazda RX7 PASMAG TBGLIVE
Jonathan Togans and his 1994 Mazda RX-7 are featured in PASMAG issue #145 (Oct/Nov 2017). Get your copy here.

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