Month: August 2016
I love seeing cool photos and reading detailed info about s13 and 180sx builds from all over the world. We have already featured cars from the UK, Europe and Australia. We have plenty more s13 goodness on the way from even farther afield so stay tuned. Did you know that there is a strong s13 community in Lima, South America??
Now this is where you come in; you can make my job just that little bit easier by submitting your own s13 build directly to me. I am looking for everything from a lightly tuned sx to full race prepared cars. If it’s an s13 and you love it, I want to see it. For the pleasure you will receive a pair of crisp 180sx Club stickers absolutely free!
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Here in the United Kingdom the version of Nissan‘s S13 chassis that we received was called the 200sx. Our domestic 200sx was equipped from the factory with the CA18det turbo engine and (for most models) a five speed manual gearbox. Designed from the factory back in 1989 as a competent, modern tourer, the 200sx is still fulfilling many different roles today thanks to dedicated enthusiast owners like Brandon Sharp.
Brandon bought his car in early 2015 and has built it up to be a rapid and reliable sports car. Brandon’s car is 1994 model year car which means it was one of the last Nissan S13’s that Nissan sold in the United Kingdom before they released the S14 chassis (also named the 200sx) around 1995.
The car has been upgraded with performance parts under the bonnet and under the bodywork to raise the performance envelope and to increase reliability – something that is arguably more important as these cars are quickly becoming classic cars, with rising values to match.
Under the bonnet Brandon has equipped the car with a front mounted intercooler, 444cc fuel injectors, Z32 MAF (300zx MAF allows greater airflow over stock MAF), aluminium radiator, electric fans, BLITZ Nur Spec R 3″ turbo back exhaust system and a Garrett T28GTX turbo charger. With these performance modifications fitted the car is now producing 280bhp at the flywheel from it’s 1809cc four-cylinder engine, roughly a 90bhp increase over the stock 171bhp factory quoted power output.
With the increased performance Brandon decided to fit a set of Apex Performance coilovers to the car, improving stability and comfort in the ride whilst removing most of the ‘sloppiness’ from the handling when pushing on. The coilovers are fully adjustable and he lowered the ride height to a sportier level. To replace the dated 15″ OEM rims he opted for a set of 17″ ROTA Boosts.
Inside the car things are pretty much stock barring a custom (half cage) rollcage that Brandon designed and built himself.
Outside the car the bodywork is how Nissan intended it barring a front number plate delete and a rear light conversion from a late model 180sx Type X. The coachwork is painted from factory in the rare Dark Green metallic (#DH0).
Building upon the solid Nissan 200sx base Brandon has updated, upgraded and tweaked the whole car to make it fit what he needs it to be. The result is a fast and capable car that would humble more modern machinery while being comfy enough to use as a daily.
I love the S13 for being this ‘any size fits all’ platform; with enough effort and money you can create satisfying and reliable daily drivers, drift cars and track spec race cars all from the same platform. I think it is for this reason that enthusiasm for Nissan’s S13 is not waning and why we will have many more years to enjoy discovering cars like Brandon’s Dark Green example.
Thanks for the sharing your ride Brandon, your 180sx Club stickers are on the way.
Do you like what Brandon has done with his Nissan S13? If you do please leave a comment below and let us know!
If you would like to get your hands on a very cool scale model of an RS13 much like Brandon’s car then hit the Amazon link to the left and tempt yourself!
Nissan is well-known for building fantastic base models for high-performance tuning. Auto enthusiasts love their 240SX series, 240Z to 370Z series, and economic Sentra series because of their modification potential. These cars are smaller, more lightweight, and a blast to drive. With all these great features, they’re also affordable. This makes them more accessible to drivers looking to modify their cars for fun.
So what aftermarket add-ons do you buy once you get your hands on one of these cars? Here are some of the performance upgrades that will provide you the best results for your money.
Stock exhaust kits tend to minimize vibration and noise at the expense of greater engine power. If you upgrade your exhaust system, you benefit from a higher exhaust flow, which allows exhaust to escape the engine at a greater rate. This frees the engine to combust gasoline more efficiently. An aftermarket exhaust modification provides more horsepower and engine performance for a reasonable price.
Intake is another useful category to implement performance upgrades with. The greater flow you have of clean, cold air, the better your engine will perform. This is because an optimal mixture of cool dense air and fuel is essential for efficient combustion. An upgraded air intake system increases your car’s fuel economy and engine power.
Performance doesn’t just consist of high speed and acceleration. You should be able to brake on a dime for those tricky turns. Plus it does help to have a high powered braking system in case things go wrong, or you have to stop suddenly for something. Upgraded brake pads, discs, and brake lines all come highly recommended.
Driving and turning at high speeds is great when you’re drifting. However, it’s a good idea to have a solid suspension system that can absorb the full weight of your car as it’s thrown around. A good suspension contributes to handling performance and safety, as your car is less likely to roll on extreme corners. Aftermarket suspension arms, bushings, sway bars, and strut bars are worth looking into. If you have a decent-sized budget, many car enthusiasts recommend coilovers.
5. Turbochargers and Superchargers
Turbochargers and superchargers are widely used in racing and drifting that require higher speeds. These performance modifications give a significant boost to engine power and efficiency by forcing more air into the combustion chamber. Turbochargers and superchargers tend to be a bit more expensive, but are well worth the upgrade.
If you shop for these 5 aftermarket add-ons, you are already well on your way if you want to build a high-performance tuner out of your favorite Nissan. Aftermarket parts experts at Enjuku Racing recommend putting high-performance parts in your Nissan, even if it is an older model that you are working on for fun. Good aftermarket parts will last you the lifetime of the vehicle and provide unbelievable performance. Your Nissan deserves nothing less.
Author Bio: Mike Redfield is an experienced automotive enthusiast who loves to write about performance tuning in his free time. When he’s not writing about cars, he’s taking his Nissan 240SX out for a spin on the track.