Past & Present: Jake Reining’s Hyundai Genesis

Back in 2010 I spent a lot of time browsing forums reaching out to people in the southeast looking for new content.  This search lead me to Texas were I met Jake Reining and his Hyundai Genesis. 

Jake’s Genesis started off as pictured above, bone stock brand new when purchased in October 2009.  When the car was first released, it was a big surprise to everyone.  Out of all the Asian manufacturers Hyundai pulled the trigger and brought back the rear wheel drive sport compact.  

In our first feature of Jakes car he called on his good friend Peter Terry to take photos of the car at the stage picture above(Jake Reining Hyundai Genesis – 2010).  Jake’s Genesis was one of the first Genesis’ to be modified at this level at the time.  The car ended up at SEMA that year.  And Jake was kind enough to have one of our stickers on his car for his first SEMA appearance.  Nowadays that may not seem like nothing at all to some, but it was a huge deal to me personally.  

After the great fall of majority of our favorite forums, I lost contact with Jake.  During this time the car had a few changes and eventually Jake decided to part out the Genesis and sell it as a stock vehicle.  That did not go as planned, and Jake decided to rebuild the Genesis again.   

In 2012 I started to see a Genesis all over my Facebook news feed from SEMA (SEMA PHOTOS HERE).  We ended up sharing one of the photos, and shortly after I see the name Jake Reining and my mind is blown away to see the progress of the car since it was last posted here. 

Since SEMA 2012 we have been trying to work out a way to get one of us to finally get a photo session with the car.  But we could never coordinate the times and locations to make it happen.  As always we love to keep up with all our features, and post them as the build progresses. So Jake was kind of enough to take photos of his car for us.

Jake’s Genesis has graced many websites and magazines since we first posted it.  But I wanted to at least give it a proper farewell.  Jake has accomplished a lot of firsts and only with the car.  He was the first Genesis on air in the US, and the first Genesis in the world to have the Airrex air suspension kit.  And first and only Genesis to be on a cover of a major magazine to this day. 

We are used to seeing people do wheels and coilovers, and sell the car and act like they have done so much to a car.  But Jake’s journey in his Genesis is how it should be done.  Cars like this deserve to be held on to and preserved but Jake is currently parting and selling the car our completely.  There may not be much left as we speak.  But we thank Jake for letting us publish his journey!


-TurboXS GT kit with a Garrett GTX2867 turbo
-TurboXS 3” RS single exit catback 
-TurboXS 3″ Stealthback downpipe 
-TurboXS short ram intake
-TurboXS FMIC kit
-TurboXS RFL BOV kit
-TurboXS tune
-TurboXS catchcan
-AGP 46mm external Wastegate 
-Deatschwerks 750cc injectors
-Competition Clutch Stage 3.5 clutch
-Competition Clutch billet flywheel
-Exceldyne stainless fuse box covers
-Grimmspeed Phenolic spacer
-Grimmspeed Gasket Set
-GrimmSpeed 160 deg. Thermostat
-MishimotoRadiator hoses
-Mishimoto oil cooler
-Greddy Radiator cap
-HKS Carbon Fiber Engine Cover w/TurboXS billet name plate (1 of 50 made)
-Sarona Carbon Fiber Snorkel
-Sickspeed dress up bolt kit
-Luxon front Strutbar
-Luxon front frame bars
-310tuning billet hinges
-AMSoil lubricants and fluids


-custom BASF R-M Cement Gray paint
-Hannah polyurethane front bumper
-Sarona Side skirts
-Sarona Carbon Fiber Front Grille
-Sarona single exit rear diffuser
-Custom pulled fenders
-custom FlyRyde headlights with quad xenon hi and low beams black housing


-Custom upholstered interior
-Custom hydro dipped plastics
-MSA 2 gauge pillar pod
-ProSport EVO boost gauge
-ProSport EVO Wideband gauge
-Pioneer AppRadio
-Diode Dynamics Acrylic door pull inserts
-Diode Dynamics Acrylic armrest insert
-Diode Dynamics Acrylic cup holder insert
-Diode Dynamic Stage 3 LED interior lights
-Diode Dynamics 
-Dash Command
-TurboXS shift knob
-PowerAXEL billet pedal set 
-2 Infiniti 10″ subwoofers 


-AirRex Air Ride 
-2 viair 380cc pumps
-4 gallon air tank
-Full digital ACS management with presets
-Blonix Snowflakes (1 of 3 sets ever made)
-20×10.5 -6
-19×9 -11
-Toyo Proxes T1 sport
-255/30/20 rear
-225/35/19 front
-Brembo 4 piston calipers 
-13.4 front rotors
-13.0 rear rotors

Joseph Dale SF Owner/Editor Born in Houston, Texas Lives in Atlanta, GA Mazda Lover
  • DK

    Beautiful car, great article!