Wolverine: Tjin Edition's 2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Written by Jacob Leveton | Photos by Jacob Leveton

The perfect blend of function and fashion upgrades.

Ten years ago, Neil Tjin and his “aLL sTaR” car club were known in Miami, Fla. for building cars on their own budgets and dreaming of awards at car shows like Hot Import Nights. In 2005, Tjin partnered with Turtle Wax to tour around the U.S. and showcase his successful Nissan 240 SX show car before giving it away at SEMA. 

The “Tjin Edition Tour” has since evolved into the “Tjin Edition Roadshow” as a way to the showcase the cars he builds with the help of select marketing partners. This immaculate Chevrolet Cruze is one of the latest build-ups and it draws inspiration and experience from his more than 60 previous car builds. Not only does it turn heads, it showcases Chevy's latest sport compact sedan offering nicely.

Wolverine: Tjin Edition's 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

One of Tjin’s signature elements on any build is the color palette. For this Cruze, the maize and blue livery of the Michigan Wolverines served as inspiration for the bright yellow paint job with contrasting blue accents. The front lip, side skirts, rear valence and carbon fiber wing are courtesy of 3D Carbon while Wraptivo's universal carbon wrap has been used on the roof to add more contrast. The blue pinstripes, which have become another signature of Tjin Edition builds, is the handiwork of well-known pinstripe artist Jeff Styles. The lighting system has also been customized by Light Wurkz and now features Ignited HIDs.

Wolverine: Tjin Edition's 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

Under the hood, upgrades to the 1.4L turbocharged engine have been kept to a minimum to keep the gas mileage high. Unique Fabrication has managed to add a little more pep via it custom-made Vibrant front mount intercooler and Nitrous Express intercooler sprayer that provides extra power on demand. Polished custom intake piping and down-pipe help maintain an OEM-like appearance while a MagnaFlow exhaust gives off a more aggressive aftermarket sound. The engine bay is painted using the same DuPont Candy Sunburst Yellow paint job as on the exterior of the car, while the valve cover got a blast of blue and “Tjin Edition” badging to finish things off.

At the corners, 19-inch custom blue powdercoated Rotiform TMB wheels and Falken FK45s tires give the car an aggressive style while maintaining a comfortable ride. To improve the car's handling and keep it planted in corners, Pedders fully-adjustable coil-overs have been paired with a custom set of Unique Fabrication sway bars. Custom-painted six-piston Baer calipers clamp down on 14-inch cross-drilled rotors in the front, with a similar configuration behind the rear wheels. 

Wolverine: Tjin Edition's 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

Inside the car, both the front and rear seats have been wrapped in black leather with a custom blue diamond-stitched pattern in the seat and bottom cushion. The door panels, dash, trunk and various interior accent pieces by LR Interiors have gotten the same pattern and embroidery treatment. And, since Tjin often drives this car himself and accommodating his son Colin and new daughter Kylie is a priority, a pair of Recaro child seats is tasked with keeping them strapped in and safe. A custom dual-vent TVS900 sunroof by Webasto helps bring as much of that Florida sunshine and air into the cabin as possible. 

Wolverine: Tjin Edition's 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

Tjin grips an ACE Customs steering wheel and monitors engine vitals via custom-integrated GlowShift gauges in the dash. His interactions with the police are minimized via an Escort iQ radar detector and ZR4 radar jammers. All audio components have been replaced with Realm speakers and amplifiers. There are new component speakers in the doors, a custom amp rack in the trunk and a pair of 10-inch subwoofers connected with Scosche wiring and interconnects. To provide the best possible sound inside the cabin while keeping road noise out, a layer of sound deadening material preceded the installation, which also features a pair of custom-painted Nitrous Express bottles with remote bottle openers in the trunk.

Wolverine: Tjin Edition's 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

Having received an overwhelming response from his seven Tjin Edition featured builds at the 2011 SEMA show, Tjin’s truly does enjoy driving around Miami in the Chevy. It isn’t over-the-top by any stretch, but it is a perfect blend of function and fashion. If you're in Florida, keep an eye out for this stylish and classy daily driver in grocery store parking lots; or, watch for it in your area as the 2012 Tjin Edition Roadshow is already well underway!

Vehicle: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Owner: Tjin Edition
Location: Miami, FL. USA
Engine: 1.4L turbo
Web site: www.tjineditionroadshow.com

Unique Fabrication custom intercooler piping
Vibrant front mount intercooler
Nitrous Express intercooler sprayer
DuPont painted engine bay and valve covers
Royal Purple oil

Magnaflow Performance exhaust

Pedders Fully adjustable coil-overs
Unique Fabrication sport sway bars
Unique Fabrication down-pipe

Rotiform TMB wheels – 19 x 8.5 (f), 19 x 9.5 (r)
Falken FK452 tires – 215/35R19 (f), 225/35R19 (r)
Baer Brakes – six-piston calipers, 14-inch cross-drilled rotors (f/r)

3D Carbon (front lip, side skirts, rear valance, wing)
Wraptivo wrap (roof, trunk accents, wing)
Unique Fabrication (customized front bumper, shaved bumper lights)
DuPont candy yellow paint
Jeff Styles pinstriping
Light Wurkz (LED headlights, taillights)
Ignited HID lighting
Third Shift Studio custom emblems
Tangent Bolts bolt kit

LR Interiors (full custom interior reupholstery, gauge pod)
GlowShift digital gauges
Unique Fabrication 4-pt. harness bar
Recaro child seats
Nitrous Express (bottles, openers)
ACE Customs steering wheel

Realm (10-inch subwoofers (x2), amplifiers (x2), component speakers)
Escort (iQ radar detector, ZR4 jammers)
Braille batteries
Scosche (wiring, interconnets, sound deadening)

Unique Fabrication
Royal Purple
Nitrous Express
ACE Customs
LR Interiors
Braille Batteries
Baer Brakes
Falken Tire
3D Carbon









More Vehicle Features

Kicking it New School: Kicker USA 2011 Ford Fiesta

The face of the Sport Compact scene has evolved over the years. From the Honda Civic and the Chevy Cavalier, through the Mazda 3 and the Ford Focus. As fuel costs continue to rise, automakers are shifting considerable effort and…
Read More

Dennis Wang's 2006 BMW 330i

The debate between NA and forced induction is something that will never die. It’s fair to say if you want power you go forced, if you want response you go NA. If you want big power with response you get…
Read More

Hard to the Core: Chris Dunbar's 2006 Subaru WRX TR

Written by Ricky Chu / Photography by RCH Designs There are many different things that motivate us to do what we do. For some it's money, many it's fame and a lot of us do things just to get girls.…
Read More

Mezzo Forte: 2012 Kia Forte Koup

Over the past few years, Kia has crept their way into the aftermarket conversation. With a reputation for competitive stock parts, the aftermarket community is now including Kia as a respected competitor alongside Honda, Toyota/Scion, Subaru and Mitsubishi. With that…
Read More

Rick Bottom's 2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ

The trials and tribulations of the North American auto industry shook the world a few years back. We almost lost two of the Big Three companies. If not for a little government intervention, things could be very different than they…
Read More