1993 Nissan 180SX S Chassis
Nissan's infamous S13 has lamented itself as one of the most versatile cars on the road today. Whether a daily driver, track terror, or show car the S Chassis can do it all. With it's lightweight body and potent turbocharged two liter engine it makes for a monstrous combination. This 1993 180SX is a great example of just how good this is as an all around package. From an aesthetic standpoint this one has been kept relatively tame with simply the addition of a full Origin Lab body kit. The aero compliments the factory lines well without being over the top. Color matched to the factory Super Black (KH3) it almost looks like a factory option. The paint shows particularly well free of any notable blemishes. With 104K verified miles the body shows exceptionally well for it's age. The body kit lines up very well, however aftermarket is never quite perfect. There are only minor door dings and little imperfections from being routinely driven, but nothing out of the ordinary to note. Probably the most notable change up are the tail lights. An aftermarket set of Altezza style, chrome, tails were fitted which is a period correct mod however may not be everyone's cup of tea. You could easily replace them with a factory set of 180/240 tails or the more popular Type-X down the road if you prefer a more OEM look. While the pictures were shot with the headlights up the flip ups are functioning and can be lowered via the dash mounted switch.
The interior follows the same pattern with some nice modifications. The first thing that immediately jumps out at you is the Bride Brix adjustable bucket seat. Personally one of my favorite aftermarket seats, they offer tremendous support yet you don't have to have a child sized waist in order to fit in them. This one has held up very well with only minor wear to the bolster from getting in and out. Both driver and passenger have a little bit of discoloration but are free of any rips or tears. The steering wheel has been replaced in favor of a much nicer Nardi 3 spoke wheel. Behind the wheel is a HKS EVC and controller. The shift knob is a carbon fiber style Razo knob that matches the carbon wrapped center console. Atop the gauge cluster is a Greddy boost gauge and Water Temp to keep a better eye on vitals. It comes as no surprise, but like all S13's the dash is cracked. All of the power accessories are still functioning as they should; fitted with power windows, power mirrors, and automatic climate control. The A/C is blowing cold and easy to operate.
Pop the hood and you'll find the iconic SR20DET. The Aluminum 2.0 liter has become an icon in its own right. Unlike all of the USDM models that have to undergo a transplant, the JDM spec car came from the factory with the proper motor. This particular one has had quite a few choice upgrades to back up the styling. The cooling system has received an overhaul compliments of a HPI radiator and massive Greddy front mount intercooler. A killer looking equal length manifold is paired up with the more efficient S15 T28 turbo. To assist with feeding cool air to the T28 is a full HPI intake that really makes the turbo more pronounced in the cabin. As an added safety measure an aluminum catch can was been tucked behind the driver side strut tower. To help keep the added power in check, the suspension has received a full overhaul. Cusco strut tower braces front and rear tie together the top half. D-Max coilovers get the ride height dialed in and help settle the car down at speed. To help with contact patch a much better set of 17" Work Emotion's fill the wheel wells. To help alleviate back pressure the exhaust has been replaced from the downpipe back to a set of dual exit blast pipes. There's no question that this car is loud. It's not unbearably loud at speed, however your neighbors will hear it when you start the car in the morning. For piece of mine, underneath is a full skid plate to protect the oil pan from any unforeseen mishaps. The SR starts right up and pulls hard. The turbo kicks in pretty low down in the RPM range and surges all the way to redline with vigor. Paired with a proper 5 speed makes it a real blast when the road gets twisty. The coilovers makes the car confident in the turns without rattling your teeth out on the highway. All around this car has been well built to give you the best of all worlds. It feels right at home being the weekend toy as it would pulling daily duty. The S chassis really is the king of versatility, so why not jump into one that's ready to rip right out of the box.
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