Ultimate S13 Exhaust Guide
Looking for an S13 exhaust? We list all the popular S13 exhaust systems available today in the ultimate guide to choosing your new S13 exhaust.
Nissan 200sx s13 in rare dark green
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. Make & model: Nissan 200sx Model year: 1994 Engine: CA18DET Turbo: T28GTX 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…
Home Built Hero – Graphite Grey Nissan 200sx s13 EDM
Here at the 180sx Club we love the Nissan s-chassis – we are especially partial to S13’s.. We do not discriminate with our enthusiasm for this platform; we love fully built 500bhp plus tarmac shredding monsters and we love more basic cars such as Frederik Fuhrhop’s Graphite Grey EDM 200sx. Make & model: Nissan 200sx Model year: 1992 Engine: CA18DET Turbo: T25 Frederik’s car is an early nineties Nissan 200sx manual which came fitted with the tunable CA18DET engine. The European Domestic Market version of the car comes equipped from the factory with a T25 turbocharger, wing mounted intercooler and limited slip differential. Power from factory should be around the 180bhp (flywheel) mark. This example has been modified for reliability and to increase driving pleasure. The car is fitted with a large front mounted intercooler to cool the intake charge, aftermarket intake, 2.5″ exhaust system, heat wrapped tubular manifold and a boost controller. The car features aftermarket shocks and springs and it has been fitted with a ‘Sleepy eye’ kit to give those gorgeous popups a fresh look. Moving inside the car Frederik has kept things simple with a suede, dished OMP steering wheel, aftermarket wheel boss and an upgraded stereo. The car has recently been fitted with a set of larger aftermarket wheels. Frederik has put in the spanner time for every job on this car that has needed doing since he has owned it – now if you have ever owned an older car, especially a well used Nissan s13 then you should appreciate the amount of ongoing effort and cost that running a car like this every day can incur. Frederik is a true enthusiast and we salute his enthusiasm to stick with and to enjoy his Nissan 200sx. Thanks for sharing your car with us Frederik!
Carl’s Nissan 200sx S13 daily driver
Welcome to Carl Mossy’s highly modified Nissan 200sx S13 daily driver. Carl has owned and enjoyed this car as his daily driver for the last three years. He has taken this 200sx s13 to numerous track days, including Bedford Autodrome and Brands Hatch. All this mileage clearly illustrates what a reliable and versatile engine the Nissan CA18DET is. Many 200sx s13 owners swap their CA18DET’s for the SR20DET from the Nissan Silvia and Nissan 180sx however Carl’s car shows is not the only path. Make & model: Nissan 200sx Model year: 1989 Engine: CA18DET Turbo: T3 Carl’s 200sx has many modifications to improve looks, performance and reliability. Starting from the outside the car wears Chargespeed rear bumper, Chargespeed side skirts and pre-facelift 200sx front bumper. The car is lowered on fixed shocks and springs and it wears Ultralight 18″ wheels all round. Looking under the hood you will see a fully rebuilt CA18DET running a bottom mounted T3 turbo on a tubular manifold. The car is also fitted with an uprated clutch, front mounted intercooler, 3″ performance exhaust and aftermarket intake. An electronic boost controller keeps everything in check. Performance has been measured at 310 bhp at the flywheel on a Dyno Dynamics dyno. Behind the wheel the car has surprisingly little turbo lag from the big T3 and is happy to rev all the way to the limiter at 7300 rpm. Carl has lots in store for this 200sx including paintwork and if the CA18DET does finally let go potentially a V8 engine swap. Thank you for sharing your car with the 180sx Club Carl – your brand new 180sx Club stickers are on their way to you! Track photo credit: Open Track
Beginners Guide To Car Tuning
HKS Japan have put together an informative tuning guide for beginners who are interested in getting a little more from their Nissan s13 chassis. If you have a Nissan 180sx, Nissan 240sx, Nissan Silvia, Nissan 200sx or any other s13 chassis and you have an interest in tuning head on over to their website at the link below. HKS Beginners guide to tuning It is worth a click just to see the hilarious anime style tuning part characters! Exhaust man is my favourtire 😉 If you want a more in-depth guide to SR20det tuning check out Drifted’s great article on the subject.
SR20DET Oil Change Guide
Hey guys here is a step by step idiot’s guide to performing an oil and filter change on the Nissan Sr20det engine. I did this example on my 1994 JDMs13 180sx. Suitable applications for this guide: Nissan 180sx (jdm s13) Nissan 200sx (s14) It is recommended to change out the oil in your SR20DET every 5,000 miles or so. Less, if you are regularly tracking your car. Don’t understand oil? Then check out Motorverso’s oil guide. Disclaimer Please note that following this guide is entirely at your own risk. The 180sx Club is not responsible for any personal injury to you or to a third party and neither is it responsible for any damage done to your vehicle while attempting to follow this guide. The 180sx Club provide these workshop guides for experienced mechanics to use, if you are not confident that you have the correct skills then please take your vehicle to your favourite professional garage to complete the work. What will you need? Socket set Genuine Nissan Sr20det replacement oil filter 4/5 litres of fully synthetic oil of your choice (I went for Halfords 5w-50 fully synth) Some kind of oil collector (I bought a £5 Halfords can) Oil filter removal tool Trolley jack Instructions – Jack your car up from the front I drove onto bricks as my bumper is too low, and I used the big crossmember behind the engine to use as a jacking point. – Undo the sump plug and put the oil collector below where it spills to catch your used oil The Sr20det sump plug bolt is 14mm, be carefully not to thread this when you undo it as it will cause you some problems if you do! – Drain your engine of all of its used oil Consider jacking it down to get every last bit out of the engine – Refit your sump plug Do it up tight but do not over tight. Be careful not to thread! – Remove the oil filter The oil filter is located directly underneath the inlet manifold. This is very hard to get access so use the oil filter removal tool that you purchased from Halfords or borrowed from your mate. Use the tool attached to a strong ratchet as pictured below and unscrew the oil filter. All you need to do is break the seal and then you can unscrew it by hand. Make sure a tray or something is underneath the oil filter on the ground so you’don’t stain your friends driveway like I did. – Attach your new oil filter This is very straight-forward just smear some fresh oil over the connecting face of the filter and then screw it into place on the side of the block. Do it up hand tight but no more. – Unscrew the oil cap on the rocker cover and put in approx 3 litres of the new oil into the engine. Let this settle and take at least 3 readings of the level from…