May 2, 2014

Project 180SX: Stage 1 Aero Preview

OK, first off let me say that the car's aero is a work in progress, and I don't want to keep the Type-X look.... are you still with me? Mainly, no matter how good it looks, it's just played out beyond belief. Even in America, where the parts are rare, replicas abound and everyone has done it.  Now imagine in Japan, where the parts are easily accessible.

I have decided to progress in stages, so that the car can look decent and evolve at the same time. My car came with the Kouki bumper, but no lip. The easiest thing to do in this case, is get the FRP replica lip for 100$ and slap it on. It's coming soon. As for the rest of the bumper, it's kinda haggard looking, so I'm going to clean it up, and make it more presentable. Also I really like the way this bumper is cutout for air. We have to keep a front number plate on our cars here, so no need to shave the plate mount, just to move it somewhere else. Too much work. I'm going to cut around the mounting holes like this guy did. It's a smart design. Put the plate on on the street, take it off at the track and you're ready to rock.

He also has the TYVAL style hood that I want from Kazama Auto. More on that in a second.

Different 180 (240SX, whatever), but still following the theme. Type-X side skirt FRP replicas will be fitted, following the theme. I know it's hard to believe, but the genuine parts are still really expensive here, too. The front lip (if you can find one) goes for between 150$ (in bad shape, so FRP is still a better deal) and $300. The sides range in the $250-$300 range, while the FRP version runs about $100-$150. Is the OEM (JDM) cooler? Yeah, from a collective stand point. Is it worth putting that on a drift car? No. If it's destroyed that's one less set in the world.

In the rear it's more of the same. FRP Type-X replica. I mean, hell, I have the front bumpers and taillights from the factory, so why not finish off the look cheaply, and move on to the good stuff, like suspension. That way I can get this bitch sideways. My car also came with the Kouki wing already, so I'll be using that, too.

The last thing is this TYVAL hood from Kazama Auto. It's an FRP hood for the low-low of $400 bones. From a well-known maker like Kazama that's a steal. I can find used stuff cheaper sometimes, but I know that Kazama parts fit. I've seen a few in person, and they look really good. I also really like the Koguchi Power hood, the Garage MAK hood, and the Masa Hood, but they are all in the neighborhood of $650-$800. This thing looks good, works just as well, and I have a few custom ideas in the pipe. More on that when the time comes.

These are plans.... nothing is ever set in stone. The future is not set. There is no fate but that which we make for ourselves.

In the next post, my work begins in the humblest of places, my uncovered apartment parking lot. If
I wait till I own a garage, I'll never get anywhere. 


  1. YEAH BUDDDYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. It's not gonna look bad for a drift slut.

  3. Heck yeah I think it will look good.


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