1992 Custom Color Nissan 180SX
Stock Number: 4789
There's no arguing that Nissan's S chassis is one of the most versatile platforms out there, which also explains why we get requests every day for them. We strive to bring in a wide variety of them, anywhere from bone stock to over the top. Our latest '92 is a wild blend between its one-off color combo, pricey bolt-ons, and full aero. Shockingly, this outrageously metallic Austin Yellow paint wasn't a factory option. The fact they used Super Black (KH3) for the roof to help tame down the bass boat bright paint was a great choice as it dials things down a bit and still offers a strong contrast. It's evident based on the door jambs and engine bay that the car has been several different colors over its lifetime. It originally left the factory Pearl White (WK0) and was switched to a midnight purple at some point. There are still hints of purple along the door jambs and the inner edges of the fenders when looking at the engine bay. Arguably the most popular company for aftermarket aero when it comes to the Nissan realm is Origin Labo. The full kit and vented hood gives the car a more appropriately aggressive tone that frankly, should have been the way it came from the factory. The FRP bodywork mates up rather well with the stock body. Naturally being FRP it's never as clean as factory OEM would be, but overall it looks good. The respray was relatively well done, though we wouldn't call it a show car paint job. The body has held up well, and thanks to how bright the paint is you really can't see any of the typical door dings that plague any 29-year-old vehicle. A set of polished 17" split-spoke wheels wrapped in fresh rubber keeps with the flashy appeal and looks more fitting than the bland stock wheels do. Since these sit way too high in stock form, HKS coilovers get the ride height dialed down to a more acceptable height.
The interior is a bit purpose-driven on this one. While it could be used for more routine daily driving, the fixed back bucket is definitely geared more for performance than long cruise comfort. The seat is in surprisingly good shape, most of these tend to have accelerated bolster wear from getting in and out. There is a little bit of sun fading over the years but no real tears or stains. The same can be said about the Bride Brix passenger seat as it has some sun fading but no real blemishes which is a plus. As usual, the back seats look as if they've had little use over the years. Surprisingly the interior has been kept largely original and in far better shape than most we see. Those familiar with the S13 know that almost every dash has suffered from the typical cracks at this point in time, yet this one is nearly perfect. A giant Greddy mechanical boost gauge was added atop the cluster so there are a few small holes in the dash from that. Since these didn't come with one from the factory it was a wise choice to add one in. Especially since it has a Greddy Profec B boost controller tucked in neatly against the center console. The Momo wheel and Nismo style shift knob were sensible upgrades based on everything else that was added. While the radio was upgraded it doesn't offer much use here so that is one thing you'll want to replace down the line. All of the factory options are still present and accounted for. Power mirrors, a one-touch driver's window, automatic digital climate control, and power locks all make normal day to day life a bit easier.
Fitted with the only proper motor for an S chassis, the SR20DET. The aluminum two-liter has been outfitted with all of the basic bolt on's you would want, but nothing to make reliability an issue. With only 74K verified miles the SR feels strong right off of idle. The power delivery is smooth and the car certainly scoots thanks to its larger Tomei turbo and wastegate. With the turbo upgrade, it makes more sense as to why the Profec B was added. HKS was turned to for some of the additional supporting modifications. Aside from the coilovers you also have that massive front mount intercooler filling up the Origin Labo front bumper along with the oil filter relocation kit. Tucked neatly in next to the FMIC is an aftermarket oil cooler as well as a giant aluminum radiator, and a matching aluminum catch can. Since that bigger turbo needs more air an APEX'i intake elbow and open filter flow through a larger Z32 MAF. Of course, with more air, you need more fuel so a Tomei fuel pump feeds a larger set of Nismo injectors. They also went ahead and swapped to a metal head gasket for an extra layer of safety. With everything going on under the hood there's no way you could leave the exhaust stock. Instead, a full turbo-back Trust exhaust gives the SR its signature sound. Since it is decatted it is a bit louder than your usual exhaust, however, it's not terribly annoying at speed which most straight pipes tend to be. With all of the performance work, you can't leave the suspension stock. Ikeya Formula tie rods, and Nismo 3 point rear arms pair up nicely with the Cusco rear strut tower brace and Spats front one. With the laundry list of parts we've already rattled off you would naturally assume that the clutch and diff have been upgraded as well. The new clutch is certainly more grabby than the stock one but it's not as aggressive as a twin-disc would be. The two-way LSD on the other hand is far more pronounced at low speeds. The transmission is smooth and more than adequate to handle the power it's making. When you put it all together you've got one heck of a car on your hands. There's nothing worse than a car that's all show and no go. Whether you leave it the way it is or use it as a starting point for a more elaborate build you really can't go wrong. The car appears to have been well maintained back in Japan as it needed little in the shop, simply those new tires, a new set of serpentine belts, and a routine oil change. The S13 built its reputation on being a swiss army knife; it can do just about anything you ask of it. They're light and nimble while being powerful and composed. With its iconic looks, a legendary motor, and drive that backs it all up; the S13 truly has stood the test of time.
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