1993 Nissan 180SX S13
There's no arguing that Nissan's S chassis is one of the most versatile platforms out there. Which also explains why we get request every day for them. We try to bring in a wide variety, from bone stock to over the top. This '93 makes for a great middle ground car. The body is sporting some upgrades without getting carried away, the interior is purpose built yet all present, with mechanical upgrades that won't hinder day to day drive-ability. What more could you realistically ask for? While the body has been largely all stock we do have several key changes. The FRP front bumper has similar styling to the factory 180 bumper, yet has a bit more useful ducting to help feed air accordingly. Out back the original tails have been updated with a set of red LED tails and a carbon fiber RPS13 center garnish. Body wise the car shows exceptionally well. The FRP bumper lines up well and it's largely free of any dents or dings. It does appear that someone may have left a tool under the hood at some point and closed it as there is one raised portion on the driver's side of the hood. Nothing major but since it's not really noticeable in the pictures we wanted to make note of it. The paint shows quite well on this one, largely due to the fact it was originally Aztek Red (AG2) from the factory. At some point the 180 underwent a full color change, which unlike most, included the jambs, engine bay, rear hatch, and underneath all panels. From the outside you'd never realize that this wasn't a factory Super Black (KH3) car. When you get into the engine bay and start looking closely there are some spots where the paint has rubbed down and you can see the original red peering through. Unless you're really scrutinizing the car then the average person would never be the wiser. Which brings this car back around to the fact it's the perfect car for someone who's looking to hop in and drive and isn't terrified every time they park it about the concern of a door ding. Up top a color matched roof spoiler was added which is always the perfect finishing touch.
The interior is largely purpose driven, yet kept on a top notch level. It's hard to overlook the padded, bolt in, Cusco cage that fills the cabin. The cage instillation is top notch, well above the level we see in most cars. The dash was custom cut and fitted in order to integrate as seamlessly as possible. To keep the driver securely planted a far superior Bride Brix reclinable seat was fitted. These offer tremendous lateral support, while still being comfortable enough to hop in and cruise unlike a fixed back bucket. The seat shows well considering the high bolstering is prone to accelerated wear. The stock passenger and rear seats look great, probably due to the rear seats being more for storage than anything else. A classic Nardi 3 spoke replaces the chunky stock wheel for better control. Anyone familiar with the S13 knows that the dash is notorious for cracking over time. Since the dash had to be removed in order to fit the cage, they went ahead and wrapped the whole piece is a very similar vinyl. The grain and color matches extremely well to the factory plastics making it look nearly OEM. Due to heat and sun damage it does have some stretch to it, however looks ten folds better than most of the dashes we see come through. Since this was built for normal street use all of the power accessories are present and accounted for. The aftermarket radio was pulled before leaving Japan, but all of the wiring is in tact for a new US compatible head unit. Fitted with a digital climate control, the A/C is blowing ice cold for the coming summer months. In the name of power a Blitz Dual-SBC boost controller was mounted to the side of the center console, however we currently have it sitting at factory boost levels.
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 70K verified miles the SR feels strong right off of idle. The power deliver is smooth and the car certainly scoots. There's no wonder why the larger KA is routinely ditched in favor of this light weight powerhouse. In order to ensure that the turbo is never short on cold air, a HKS intake and Greddy front mounter intercooler were fitted. Aside from the performance gains, it definitely gives the front end the aggressive look that it deserves. Out back a full Kakimoto exhaust gives the tone that you expect to hear. At idle the car is more pronounced and under load it really opens up. Ground control is handled via a set of Greddy coilovers, and to help up top a Cusco strut tower brace. To get some more meat under the car 17" factory GTR wheels were put on all 4 corners. All of the routine service work has been performed to make sure the car is running in tip top shape. Fresh oil change, new plugs, a clean fuel filter/sock, and battery to make sure it's ready to rock. While we don't know the brand, the rear diff does feel like it's been upgraded to a more aggressive two way LSD. At low speeds it is more pronounced than the stock diff, but with a purpose built car that is to be expected. Overall this car is the perfect blend of street and track rolled into one package. Ideal for someone that's looking for a turn key car that can be just as easily be driven home as to your local drift event.
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