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Melchor Yuson: 2009 Toyota Matrix XRS

Melchor Yuson recalls the first time he laid eyes on a Martix, “I remember seeing commercials of the Toyota Matrix over a decade ago,” he writes. “I was at my friend's house and we admired it since it's a hatchback wagon, which makes it not as big as an SUV nor as small as a simple sedan.”

Not too long after watching the commercial, Yuson’s family car went out of commission. Now in the market for a new vehicle, he persuaded his parents into purchasing a 2009 Toyota Matrix XRS. His selling points: passenger and trunk space, engine capabilities and fuel efficiency.

“After a few years, my parents started struggling with bills and car payments, and I decided to take on the monthly car bills and put it on my name,” explains Yuson. “I also needed it for work and school. I didn't mind helping the parents and I knew it would be mine soon enough to modify to my liking. It was the high end Matrix XRS and I could finally modify a car which I liked and wasn’t known to the tuning scene.

Owner: Melchor Yuson
Location: Floral Park, New York, USA
Vehicle: 2009 Toyota Matrix XRS
Horsepower: 165 whp
Club: Untouchable Toyz

SOCIAL:
Facebook: Mel Yuson III
Instagram: w3ird0n3

Written by Adam Gordon.
Photography by Twisted T Photography, TYF, CKuhn, GST, SM, Double-O Photography, Chris O'Neal Photography, BK1_Images, MatthewM Photography.

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ENGINE & PERFORMANCE:
2AZFE 2.4L 4 cylinder engine swap
K&N cold air intake
Magnaflow catalytic converter & manifold
Ultra Racing white sway bar
Sickspeed (green air filter, green washers, green tow hook, neochrome washer spikes, powdercoated green dual horns)
Powdercoated lime green manifold & battery hold down
Custom green painted oil cap
VMS green radiator cap
Chrome hose covers
Hydro-dipped engine cover & fuse box

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EXHAUST:
Inlet 4-inch chrome muffler w/ neochrome tip

PERFORMANCE ELECTRONICS:
OEM

DRIVELINE:
Automatic 5-speed w/ shiftronic

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WHEELS & TIRES
AVID 1 AV-60 w/ concave mesh design - 18x8.5-38 (f/r)
Custom green alien center caps
Neochrome lug nuts w/ lock
All-season tires - 215/40/18 (f), 215/45/18 (r)

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CHASSIS & SUSPENSION:
Megan Racing coilovers (f)
Tein H-Tech lowering springs (r)

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EXTERIOR:
EGR bug & stone hood shield
Green alien center hood emblem
Carriage Works billet grilles (top & bottom)
MagicDrift black polyurethane bumper lip
Lime green (alien tribal vinyl, VVT-i vinyl, biohazard decal on gas tank)
Untouchable Toyz banner
The Yota Fellowship decal
Plasti-dip green metalizer on center bumper & handles
Green quick release fasteners
Blacked-out emblems
Green Toyota emblem
Powdercoated green antenna

LIGHTING:
Green LED daytime bulbs
White Diamond HID 6000K headlights
Green HID fog lights
Green LED Knight Rider front bumper strip
Complete multi-color neon LED underbody lighting
Green LED license plate bulbs
Taillight tint blacked out

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INTERIOR:
Green LED bulbs (front, dome, trunk)
Green LED footwell strips
Lime green door panels & center dash
Metallic green shift knob
Green steering wheel emblem
Black seat covers
Lime green headrest covers
Various alien plushes
Leather upholstery

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AUDIO & MULTIMEDIA:
6-CD disc changer w/ AM/FM, Sirius XM radio & Bluetooth capabilities
JBL 6-speaker system & 12-inch subwoofer
Rockford Fosgate amplifier
Rockford Fosgate 12-inch subwoofer (1)

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COMPETITION EVENTS, CLASSES & AWARDS:
Local shows in New York and New Jersey
Englishtown Raceway
Long Island Cars
Import Expo: Atlantic City:
Passaic County Fair: New Jersey
2016 PASMAG Tuner Battlegrounds Championship - Stage 1: Elimination (Seed No. 22)
2016 PASMAG Tuner Battlegrounds Championship - Stage 2: Battle 31 (174 votes)

Various trophies: Best Toyota
3rd Place: Best Toyota
1st Place: Best New School Import
Furthest Distance
Kids Choice
Best Theme
Best Toyota
Most Likes on Facebook
Top 30, 40, 50 and 100

FAVORITE MODIFICATION:
“The hydro-dipped engine cover and fuse box brings [something] unique and different to Trixter. The aliens stand out and together with the lime green and gloss, it was my best investment. Easy to clean as well!”

SPONSORS: 
Sickspeed
VinylDecalShop
All In One Stop Shop
Xpressions

SHOPS / MECHANICS: 
Unspecified

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