Saturday, early morning with rain and wind. No better time to take a trip to Hamilton from Auckland right? Hoping the weather would change, as we usually get four seasons in one day, all I was after was enough calm in between the stormy weather to catch up with friends, talk smack and cars! Speaking of cars, one of our members and a good friend, Ryan, who after a few months of buying his 1991 Nissan 180SX, has received a few packages from the 180sx’s motherland of Japan. With Jerkfest ’14 approaching fast, Ryan didn’t hesitate in getting the parts fitted up and looking amazing! So without further ado, I bring to you….

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Ryan’s 180SX now sports a full Hot Road body kit, featuring front bumper, side skirts and rear valances. As well as a Koguchi Power bonnet. To get the new parts to blend in perfectly, Ryan had the whole car resprayed in a ‘Midnight Blue’ with a red dye in the clear to make the car really pop.


Up front Raybrig Blue/Violet headlamps have been used to replace the factory lenses. These are a small detail, but sure make a big difference.




The most important package Ryan has been waiting for were these perfectly fitted 18″ Work Meister S1 3piece wheels in a buff finish with gold hardware. Custom ordered to the specifications he required to fit the car with only a few mm’s clearance to the guards, they certainly fit rather flush. 9″ fronts with 10″ rears and none other then Parts Shop Max lug nuts to keep them on.


Keeping the 180SX on the ground firmly are BC Gold coil overs supported by Cusco adjustable arms and Cusco strut braces.



The 180SX is powered by a pretty much factory 2L SR20DET 5 speed manual, backed by a heavy duty clutch, Tomei 2way LSD. The SR has a PSM down pipe matched to a JDM 3″ system, which gives a nice tone to the exhaust.


An RPS13 Type X wing, kouki taillights and recently the carbon garnish, all replace the factory items giving it a much tidier and newer appearance. Also with stylish additions of JDM Aero mirrors and Origin twin vent front guards.

Inside the car, the interior has been stripped and painted from the front seats back. Bride seats with Sparco harnesses keeping Ryan in place whilst driving. Greddy boost gauge to monitor boost levels, a Nardi classic steering wheel and PSM gearknob add to the driving experience and to keep the interior tied together.

And now for my favourite photo, the money shot!


Ryan would like to thank the Circle Jerk Crew, Rob, Lincoln and Jason for driving the car around on his behalf, Anthony Wong for the use of his shop as a parts depot, Andrew Leung and the Team Sparkle boys for the help with importing parts, Falgoon for sourcing the wheels and Paul Swanson for all the hours spent on paint.


Photos and words by Wayne Thompson for

Waynes Flickr


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