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|04-13-2012, 12:37 AM||#1|
MidnightKouki's street S14 build
So I've owned this car for a few years with decent progress. However recently things have been really coming together so I figured maybe it was build thread worthy...
I owned a 95 Zenki for about a month or so until a combination of blown/cut springs from the previous owner/rain/retarded camber wear turned the car into a lightpole removal unit....car was basically toast after that, passenger rear quarter was effed bad (sorry no pics of the damage)
Luckily, I picked up a 97 kouki right after, BONE stock, only 100,000 clicks and only $4500. The owner moved here from some small town in Canada and had NO idea how bad us drifter fanboys get fleeced on S-chassis prices around here. Car was MINT and i was happy. Was was auto tho, but that was all good because I knew I'd be swapping something in eventually.
This used to be the beautiful view from my old apartment haha
On to the build! (I use the term loosely)
Right away I dove into the suspension. It wasn't my first choice but I got a wicked deal on some Megan streets and a full set of Megan arms so I jumped on it. At the same time I picked up an Apexi N1 Evo exhaust.
More on the way...
|04-13-2012, 12:51 AM||#2|
A little time had passed and by pure luck I had struck a trade of sorts for some bodywork and paint in exchange for my Zenki. Steve from the former OZdesigns (and current driftunion bro) totally transformed the car. Total "this is not my fucking car" pimp my ride shit when I picked it up....
+ knockoff vertex
+ knockoff Nismo 270R
+ this with flake
Right away I had to address som BADDD rubbing issues lol
|04-13-2012, 01:18 AM||#3|
So just to give a taste of what low cars have to deal with 'round here, this happened like a goddamn week out of paint:
Passed by a cop, he pulled a U-turn so hard he almost rolled his suburban and lit me up. Gave me a nice fatherly lecture about how my car being so low was basically Auschwitz 2010. then the backup rolled up...
Right on the spot I got what we canucks call a "Boxy 1" or a Box one vehicle inspection, meaning they ticked the first box on this form thing....bad news
They confiscated my plates on the spot, called me a $250 tow truck, cancelled my insurance and told me to have a nice day.
(SWAT team not pictured)
It took jumping through a bunch of hoops and paying for a shady inspection but within a week I was back on the road. The only snag was that I promised the shop I'd roll like this for a while to keep the heatyness down....ugh.
Couldn't take it after a few weeks like that so I decided to spin my shit back down. Can kinda see the flake here:
|04-13-2012, 01:35 AM||#5|
Little things here and there for the next year or so:
random pics from said year...
Minor details and interior stuff...
Authentic FIA Recaro SPG profi
Parking lot harness tuck lol
Sorry if this is getting longwinded, I'm trying to consolidate my build thread from a local forum
|04-13-2012, 01:40 AM||#6|
|04-13-2012, 02:01 AM||#7|
So one day I was cruising around at 1am and everything was calm until BOOM, a huge bank, a clunk and then the worst rubber screeching sound I'd ever heard. Pulled over asap and looked at my car and couldn't figure what the hell had happened, but i was basically on the ground... I had no flashlight, was like maybe 20 mins out from home, obviously didn't wanna call a tow truck and/or the police to help and i couldn't get the scissor jack anywhere under the car. I decided to limp it home....worst drive of my life. I was like a MM off the ground, and since if I got on a main road and went over like 1omph I'd leave a HUGE smoke trail from my car sitting on the tire, I had to stick to sidestreets.....meaning schoolzones...meaning speedbumps.
The next morning I snapped this (looks pretty dope though haha)
What happened was the bolt holding the bottom mount of the coil over had just fucking fallen out and the coil slid off the spindle... I got free install then I bought the coils so I figured why not.....THIS IS WHY NOT.
Obligatory gas station shot
Audio stuff.... couldn't handle the fully blown oem shit anymore.
OK.....2011 over....almost caught up
|04-13-2012, 02:25 AM||#8|
So 2012 started off...bittersweet
Girlfriend borrows car in the rain, spins, jumps curb, nails trash can lol. I feel like her having to pick up the phone and make that call to me was punishment enough haha....and she bought me a Dmax style hood as a peace offering. I took it.
Waited and waited and waited for an S14 sr and it was hopless...so i picked up a super clean blacktop. No matter.
I really wanted do LS1 but shit's just not feasible in western Canada...to my knowledge, noone has an LS-S-chassis. No junkyards have any laying around either. And I doubt many shops have experience with it. What we DO have, is mad Japan hook ups, so SR was an easy choice
A can of spray, a bag of zipties, some hood stomping and a set of JDM headlights later...not too shabby.
Got some time the other week to crack the motor open a bit. Pristine condition all the way around. Feeling way better about going SR now.
On come the parts!
Koyo n-flo, UEGO, samco blah blah
carbon Garage Defend knockoff cooling panel and PBM skid plate
Cobra downpipe (QUALITY unit)
More Gauges/ prosport halo
More on this tomorrow....
Alright guys, that's it....all caught up. Thanks for checkin this out!
LOTS of updates to come
|04-13-2012, 11:30 AM||#13|
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Allentown, PA
Feedback Score: 8 reviews
gaaahaahhh what a cliff hanger with the LXZ's!! PBM pieces look nice. I was going to get a skid plate but I'm a little uneasy because of how thin it is. I want something a little thicker that will take a beating.
|04-13-2012, 12:20 PM||#14|
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Coconut Creek, Florida
Trader Rating: (14)
Feedback Score: 14 reviews
Damn nice build so far, i like the color, reminds me of a R33 skyline color like a purple or something.
.Built E-85 Sr20det. 500hp club. #teamsovereignty
|04-13-2012, 04:53 PM||#18|
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: king of prussia, PA!
Trader Rating: (12)
Feedback Score: 12 reviews
sucks with the whole cop problem, but im glad it didn't put a stop to building the car. Keep up the good work.
F/S: Stoptech-HKS-Tomei-Greddy-350z+240sx Parts...TONS MORE!
|04-13-2012, 05:01 PM||#19|
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Strong Island, NY
Trader Rating: (24)
Feedback Score: 24 reviews
Absolutely stunning color on the car. I am so damn JELLY! Those rims and that paint color are my dream. I was hoping someone would combine those two soon and you just did. INCEPTION!
|04-13-2012, 05:19 PM||#20|
|04-13-2012, 05:46 PM||#21|
Thanks for all the love fellas, I've just been chugging along for weeks ordering up parts for the swap. Really wished I lived in the US sometimes. most places would ship right to my door, free shipping, no tax within a week. Not up here. If I order from FRsport or enjuku for instance, I have to pay shipping to the boarder, wait an additional week sometimes to clear customs. THEN I get dinged with taxes, duties and brokerage fees Free healthcare...or saving money and time on parts...sometimes I just cant decide whats better haha.
The wheels popped up unexpectedly locally and I just fucking JUMPED on them. Advertised as 18x10 and 19x11...I already was worried about fitment. Turns out when i showed up with cash to snag them they were 10.5 and 11.5......the dude didnt even know how to read the labels...rich kids.... Now even more sure they'd never fit, I still took them. I just...I had to.
Still cant believe that fell together. Just a week before a local baller wheel importer quoted me $5200 for a set from Japan along with a ridiculous wait. So I kinda put LXZ's on the never gunna happen list.
That night I test fitted to see how much work was needed to fit these. Didnt touch height or camber, just threw them on to get a ballpark idea.
The plan is to keep stock metal at all costs but to be honest, I dont think it'll take too much work to get them to fit. I REALLY wanna tuck rim since theyre 19's in the rear...so...that might require widebody. We'll see.
For now I ordered up 225/40/18 fronts and 245/35/19 rears to try and shoehorn these bitches in. I'll keep you guys posted
|04-13-2012, 06:18 PM||#22|
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Allentown, PA
Feedback Score: 8 reviews
Yea fitment is gonna be extreme on stock metal.... but it is possible. I haven't run 10.5's up front but I know a few people that have, definitely not for the weak at heart lol. Gonna take some camber. Gonna take some custom metal work to tuck rim in the rear too.
|04-13-2012, 09:46 PM||#24|
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: queens, nyc
Trader Rating: (7)
Feedback Score: 7 reviews
holy fyck! keep us updated. sorry i almost came out when i read this.
what hub/quick release was that? no airbag light on cluster? hooked up wirings to horn?
|04-14-2012, 07:34 PM||#25|
Today was a pretty nice day and I had some time, so I did a couple little things. Mainly mounting (but not wiring) the gauges up and installing the a pillar pod. I also worked on fitting the cooling panel
The end tabs on the panel were getting lifted up by the screw that connects the corner lights to the headlights, making everything fit horribly...so I decided to cut them off.
I had never cut carbon before nor did I try to read about the best way to do so. I just grabbed my dremel and jumped in. Scary shit. the initial cuts were god awful but after some touching up and rounding the corners/edges....it came out pretty good.
|04-17-2012, 05:27 AM||#27|
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: above your level
Trader Rating: (15)
Feedback Score: 15 reviews
you're going to have to run retard camber to get those to tuck on anything. I haven't dialed out any camber since I'm waiting for all of my arms and shit to get in, but thankfully I have a 2-way diff because it's retarded getting stuck going up driveways when the tire gets stuck on the fender.
People with a shittier car than me trying to give me their thoughts and opinions on my car is like a broke motherfucker giving me financial advice. - GFY... - the hnl
|04-17-2012, 07:00 AM||#28|
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Patterson, Louisiana
Trader Rating: (1)
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Oh god please more, this thing looks beautiful.
Also about your girlfriend spinning your car in the rain, was it because of a welded diff? Or just hydroplane?
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