21st Aug2019

Geez Luis!: Luis’s S13 Coupe

by Michael Chandler

“He’ll be here in fifteen minutes, and he’s grabbing some Mike’s!” That’s what Chase told me after he said he had a friend with a hot car that could come by. That friend happened to be Luis, and he was late. But it was ok, because of what he pulled up in.

I didn’t ask a lot of questions, but I was told that this thing has a bunch of 180SX parts grafted onto it. “But Michael, a 180 is just an S13 hatch!” I KNOW! But you don’t seem to realize that it’s not the same, stupid! 180’s are hatchbacks with pop-ups. As you can see, Luis’s car has done away with the pop-ups in favor of the JDM Silvia nose.

Truth be told, I’m not entirely sure WHAT is 180 on this thing, but I do know it looks pretty tight. Check out that corner light, that’s a cool little thing that a lot of people would just overlook.

Chase also told me about his wheel choice before he showed up. I had no idea what SSR Minervas looked like, but Chase was hyped on them. Understandably so. Just look at them! Multi-piece, split five spoke. Just glorious.

Classic wood grain Nardi, angry lookin shift knob, AND JUST LOOK AT THAT DASH! Not a crack!

This is a car that, if you didn’t know lived in southern Utah, could be easily mistaken for something that you’d see in a Noriyaro video. It’s such a clean, and simple build. Nothing too overstated, just right.

I absolutely LOVE seeing cars like this. Different than most, but not shouting about how different it is. Oh, and did I mention that he painted this himself? And that this is the first time he’s paint a car? For a first time, it looks damn good!

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18th Jul2016

It’s Really Not a 240SX: Erik’s 180SX

by Michael Chandler

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In a world full of real and fake, mislabeled things, and people trying to fake the funk, it’s rare we find someone with a real, correctly labeled, funky ass thing on their hands.  Sometimes it’s a guy with a rad, rare camera.  Other times it’s somebody with a copy of that movie you loved as a kid, but could never find in adulthood.  In this case, it’s Erik with a legitimate 180SX.  Right hand drive and all.

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Can we acknowledge the clear timing belt cover?

You can’t really see it, but the ID plate lists this car as a 180SX that came with an SR20DET.  And this car ran an SR for a very long time, then Erik got an itch, and BH Motorsports got crafty, and it has an RB25DET Neo under the hood.  It’s not crazily built, the only internal modifications are a set of Tomei Pon cams.  Everything else is a bolt on.  On the intake side is a Freddy intake manifold (Fake Greddy, keep up) with a set of R35 GTR fuel injectors and a Tomei fuel pressure regulator.

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On the fun side is a Garrett 3076r snail, bolted to a CX Racing manifold.  Cooling the compressed air before it gets to the Freddy manifold is a PBM intercooler.  Watching over this whole ordeal is a Haltech Platinum Pro Series ECU, which gets and sends information via a Wiring Specialties harness.  Tuning services were provided by D-Wreck.

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Or else what?

Getting that power to the driven wheels is an RB20 transmission, loving stuffed with an ACT 6 puck unsprung clutch.  In the back, between the driven wheels, is a NISMO two way limited slip differential.

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Doing the stopping is a set of S14 brake calipers up front, and the stock calipers in the rear.  Both have Project Mu pads in them, which seem to be doing the job.

Helping Erik get that sweet, sweet steering angle (which, as I’m told, translates to sweet, sweet street cred) is a whole mess of stuff that my feeble brain barely has a grasp of: PBM knuckles front and rear, lengthened and boxed lower control arms, Driftworks offset and bent tension rods, an GK Tech offset steering rack spacers.

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Helping to maximize grip, something a drift car actually needs) are a set of Gecko street coilovers.  Strut tower bars provided by JIC  (front) and Cusco (rear), and a Godspeed full rear suspension arm kit in the back help keep things planted.  Also some Stance subframe risers raise a subframe… Not sure which, but one of them is raised!

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The front and rear wheels and tires are different, for reasons.  Up front the 18×9 Rota G Forces are wrapped in 205/40 Federal 595s, and out back the 18×10.5 Vordovens turn 265/35 Achilles ATR Sports into white smoke.

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Ok, now that we’ve covered what makes this car go, we can get on to the miles of style this thing has.  In the back it has a set of JDM kouki tail lights, over which is a custom drag wing made by Team Orange.  Who is Team Orange?  They’re the drift team that ran RWD Evos and WRXs in D1GP.

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The car sports a replica Vertex body kit, and a real D Max hood vent.  It also has a one of ten Godai Elements: Earth windshield banner from Super Wow Factory.  The gray and deceptively purple two tone was done by Brandon over at D-Spare.

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Inside, on the driver’s side, is a Bride Vios Low Maxx 3 seat, on Planted seat rails.  The limited edition Jimmy Up steering wheel is mounted on a Works Bell quick release, and a NISMO shift knob tops the shifter.  180SX feature Michael Chandler CAMautoMag-6

On the passenger side is a Bride Zeta seat, also on Planted rails, and a set of Defi gauges mounted in the dash.  No such thing as too much information.

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And in the back, opposite the Sard surge tank, is a .50 caliber ammo box.  Inside that box is not ammunition, but his battery.

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This isn’t a 240SX with 180SX tail lights and center section.  This is the real deal.  It also hasn’t been dipped and deep fried in America either.  This is about as JDM as you’re gonna get until you hit the home islands.  It’s really authentic, and really a 180SX

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12th Jul2016

Hot Nights in the City: SCD Round 4

by Michael Chandler

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It was another hot one in Utah, but despite the heat, and traffic, and a massive fire that billowed smoke into the area, round four of the Salt City Drift season carried on.

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There was, of course, a competition.  I’m not sure how tandem turned out, but I can say that it did pull some of the drag racing spectators over to the bowl.  That was pretty cool to see.  On the solo side, we had Blaize Potts and his Scoundrel mobile in third.

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Crowd pleaser Hayden Campbell in second.

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And Nick Nengas & Teddy took home another win.  Next event is back at RMR on August 5th.  Come spend an evening in the oval with us!  Here’s a big ass gallery to tide you over

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24th Jun2016

Weekend Wallpaper

by Michael Chandler

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Spice up your desktop with this photo of Erik Brooks’s 180SX!  Just right click and Save As, and show the rest of your co-workers or roommates who has style.

BUT while I have you here, we ARE going to be featuring this car.  Just not now.  We shot the car at the last Salt City Drift event, where Erik had some problems that ended his day early.  He was in good spirits, despite that.  I was stoked to finally be shooting the car, and unfortunately my stoke got in the way of me doing on critical thing:

Getting any useful information about the car.

I botched it, forgot to get a mod list; however, I did manage to get a few anecdotes that I will share with you now.

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Erik wanted to make this car as true to something you’d see at a matsuri in Japan as he could.  The hood vents, the sticker placement, even the super low wing help achieve that.  And I’d say he’s there.  I’m confident in making that statement, considering how hard I geek out on certain Instagram feeds and YouTube channels.

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His battery box is a real .50 cal ammo box.  Definitely different.  I was surprised to see it, and didn’t believe him when he told me.  But there it is.

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That windshield banner he has is limited edition.  Very limited edition.  As in one of ten.  I think his is #3.  Whens the last time you put something that rare on a car that could very easily be written off?

And there’s that: a wallpaper and a few anecdotes about the car that will be getting the full feature treatment.  And maybe a little bit more…

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21st Jun2016

Salt City Drift Round 3: Back at UMC

by Michael Chandler

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Saturday saw the Scoundrels, nerds, and various other parties interested in drifting converge on Utah Motorsports Campus for Round 3 of the Salt City Drift season.  I was one of those nerds/interested parties who made it out, to bring you some photos!  And maybe a video!  But just photos for right now.  And a little bit of news.  Nick Nengas, I’m assuming in his 350Z, won the competition.

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Blaize Potts, all the way up from St. George (what’s your excuse for not coming out?), took second in his twin cam KA powered S13 coupe.  That’s all I got for now.  I left at lunch, but I still got some shots for you.  FEAST YOUR EYES ON THIS GALLERY!

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03rd Jun2016

We’re Drifting TONIGHT!!!

by Michael Chandler

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YYYEEEEAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!  It’s finally happening!  From 5pm until midnight, see local heroes, Scoundrels, some Not Very Good guys, and whoever else shows up slide around the bowl at Rocky Mountain Raceways.  It’s gonna be a hell of a time, and you should come out to it.

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Originally I had planned on writing a long post about how you can’t set out to create an underground scene, and that something can’t be underground if you create a public Facebook event for it, then invite a ton of people to said “underground” event.  And I was going to say something about how the street scene, for better or worse, will never die.  And in a way, it shouldn’t.  I was also going to throw out a “Golden Ticket”, but I didn’t work out the logistics and I have a sneaking suspicion that whoever’s car wouldn’t pass tech.  Such is life in the mean streets.  But instead of an 800+ word column, you get this sub 300 word invite to come join us tonight!

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Who knows?  You might come away with an awesome prize!*  To review: Tonight, Rocky Mountain Raceways, 5PM until Midnight, in the oval.  Be there, you babies.

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*You’re not getting a damn bumper, or any big car parts.

21st Apr2016

Erik Painted His Car

by Michael Chandler

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Well, Brandon painted it, but you get the idea. And BH Motorsports built him an RB25DET Neo, because why mess around?  All of that means his car is going to be insane this season.

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04th Mar2016

It’s The Weekend

by Michael Chandler

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Go do weekend stuff

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28th Jan2016

America’s Favorite Drifting Ginger Goes East

by Michael Chandler

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Brandon Wicknick just got back from Japan, where he was driving a 180SX.  We’re going to try and catch up with him, and bug him about the trip, if he brought us anything, and Brazilian food in Japan.  Anyway, follow him on instagram with the hashtag #brandoninjapan and check-out highlights from his awesome trip.  This is a super old photo, but it’s cool and helps deliver the point

 

19th Jan2016

Look, Drifting

by Michael Chandler

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Erik Brooks sliding his 180SX during a Salt City Drift event at Rocky Mountain Raceway last year.  He’ll be back out this year, but the 180 will be a little different.

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