Usdm Meets Jdm: Nagano Koubou Onevia

How about you take a form over function sort of car, and actually make it function? What would you have then? Is that even possible? Are these two terms not mutually exclusive? I apologize if I start a car feature with so many questions but this pink Nagano Koubou Onevia really does make you wonder about a lot of things. Is it a game changer? Probably not, more sort of an evolutionary step…

… an interim of a path the whole drift, stance, JDM and USDM movement is currently going down in Japan. This country has always been the trendsetter in a lot of ways, but this recent influx of US style has turned things upside down a little right now. This however in no way implies that the Japanese have began to copy, but rather approach the whole newfound popularity of these trends in a very individualistic manner. Japan has always done so, ever since it opened its shores to strange and wonderful foreign lands, sending experts and engineers around the world to learn the way of the West, bringing back their newfound knowledge and applying it, improving it and evolving it in a way that only they know how.

That’s precisely what Masayoshi Nagano’s Onevia represents here. The car is still a very much functioning drift car, yet ticks all the right boxes of must-have detailing that differentiates this very new way of doing things. So while you attempt to make sense of all these observations, let’s take a look at the car itself.

The grafted-on 180SX face is what makes the base S13 Silvia an Onevia, running a Rose Bud RPS13′s flip-up light face kit – modified to function in a fixed position. The car sports a Julius full aero kit, comprising of front and rear bumpers as well as chunky flared-out side skirts. An Origin FRP Type 2 hood replaces the stock steel piece and is held in place with a pair of Aerocatch latches for extra safety.  The first USDM touch is the checkered bug deflector, custom made and painted by Nagano-san and screwed down onto the hood.

Spicing up the profile of the car are the ings front aero fenders, which are actually a lot wider than the stock items, perfect to contain the Work Goocars Hemi wheels.

The 17-inch rims measure 9J across the fronts and 10J across the rears and are shod in ATR Sports tires, 215/40-section fore and 235/40-section aft.

They run pretty aggressive negative offset to obtain the desired deep rim look that Nagano-san obviously loves. The car sits on D-Max D1 Spec adjustable suspension that has been set at a pretty low height for both looks and performance. As I stated above, this is a fully functioning and properly set up drift car and absolutely nothing has been sacrificed for looks. Underneath, a Nagano Koubou short knuckle kit makes sure there is plenty of additional steering lock to play with, while a drift-oriented geometry can be run thanks to the fully upgraded front and rear links. D-Max tie rods, tension and traction rods and toe arms join adjustable D-Max upper arms as well as Ikeya Formula lower arms. Thicker sway bars keep roll to a minimum while the upgraded AP brake pads offer better and stronger pedal feel. The Brembo calipers you probably noticed two pictures up, are actually plastic covers.

Nagano-san blistered and rolled the rear fenders to accommodate the deep offset of the wheels, allowing the car to sit very appropriately, be it for a drift as well as a stance-oriented ride. Color was used to not only highlight the unique project itself but to show what Nagano-san is capable of. So against the custom matte pink body paint a contrasting flat black was chosen for the bumper while the roof received a few coats of non-glossy sand brown.

Color coordination is taken pretty seriously all over the car, and from the rear one of the things you will instantly notice are these pink louvers!

Sticker-bombing is still a must…

… wherever you find the space. We appreciate the positioning of the Speedhunters logo!

It’s touches like the takeyari exhausts that make these “USDM meets JDM” cars so unique. The obliquely cut tail pipes – a detail borrowed from Kaido Racers and inspired  from old Japanese bamboo spears – are a very boso sort of element and one that stands out thanks to its color-matched hue!

The concept that Nagano-san wanted to go for was a Hawaiian sort of feel, loving what the guys in those far and warm Pacific Islands are doing with their rides.

He opted to fit the popular roof rack some like to run in the scene, and on top added a cycle rack which holds his BMX safely in place. Guess the bike comes in handy at the track!

Under the bonnet the S13 has received a whole new heart, an SR20DE swapped over from an Autech S15 Silvia. The motor has remained stock but is fitted with a set of stainless steel headers and the exhaust we have already seen, custom made by Nagano-san and pretty much as straight and as big bore as it can get.

There is no denying this drift car has got “stance!”

The pinkness very much continues inside, which is actually a very nice place to be in if you don’t mind the overall brightness! The driver gets a supportive and leather-clad Recaro bucket and a pink Mooneyes steering wheel to play with…

… not to mention the dice-top extended shift lever. Is it just me or does there also seem to be an underlying dice theme going on here? All must-have JDM-gadgets are present like the big LCD screen displaying the maps from the HDD navi unit.

This guy means business!

Here is another impossibly Japanese detail, the Dekotora truck rearview mirror. This monster spans right across the top of the cabin and offers a panoramic view of your rear surroundings.

All plastic trim in the cabin has gotten the pink treatment and the dashboard is protected in a FRP molded covering that has been painted in the same checkered pattern as the front bug deflector.

So after taking a look at Nagano’s Onevia, would you say that function and form can coexist? There doesn’t seem to be any trade offs made on this car, so it’s probably safe to say that it’s actually quite possible…

Nagano Koubou 080Style USDM Onevia

ENGINE

S15 Autech SR20DE engine swap, stainless steel exhaust manifold, Nagano Koubou one-off takeyari twin exit exhaust system, Nagano Koubou one-off intake pipe, HPI air filter, Yashio Factory twin core radiator, BNR32 in-tank fuel pump

DRIVELINE

Nismo single plate clutch, lightweight flywheel, Kaz 2-way LSD, 4.1 final

SUSPENSION // BRAKES

D-Max D1 Spec height adjustable suspension kit, 8 kg/mm front springs, 6 kg/mm rear springs, Nagano Koubou short knuckle kit, D-Max tie rods, D-Max pillow-ball tension rods, D-Max adjustable upper arms, D-Max toe control arms, Ikeya Formula pillow-ball lower arms, D-Max traction rods, thicker saw bars, AP Racing brake pads

WHEELS // TIRES

Work Goocars Hemi 9Jx17″ -22 front, 10Jx17″ -22 rear, ATR Sports 215/40R17 front, ATR Sports 235/40R17 rear

EXTERIOR

Julius full aero package, ings front wider aero fenders, Origin Type 2 hood, Rose Bud face headlight kit, flared and rolled rear fenders, Origin smoked taillights, Thule roof carrier with cycle rack, Thule fairing, Nagano Koubou original matter pink paint, Nagano Koubou original brown paint for roof section, Nagano Koubou original bug guard, Mooneyes rubber antenna, Nagano Koubou custom rear lettering.

INTERIOR

Recaro SP-G drivers seat, custom leather upholstery, 180SX passenger seat, Mooneyes 330 mm steering wheel, Nagano Koubou custom door cards & color matched trim, custom painted dash cover, Dekotora mirror, dice shift knob, extended shifter, HDD navi & LCD screen, armed pink toy bear bodyguards

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150 comments
edirty6eddie
edirty6eddie

I think it's a little ridiculous that people are sitting here and can't even say anything nice about the car. It's JDM Purist this and JDM Purist that. In Japan they take their own spin at what we do to our cars (in the states.) and do it even crazier. The Brembo caps were more than likely a joke or something. Let's not act like it plays a dysfunction in the vehicle, as it does absolutely nothing to it's driving ability. It functions better than almost anything most you guys could come up with. Give it up, seriously. Quit being wannabe purist, quit hating. I bet half of you thought the wheels were Torq Thrust. Who cares if it's not the traditional Japanese car.

ryukyustriker
ryukyustriker

I guess you can do whatever you want if your car is not registered in Japan. See that license plate with the red slash. Temp Tags. Can't drive anywhere except registration office,garage,Not at night or the weekends.

NaganoKoubou
NaganoKoubou

Thank you for pick up.

I am delighted that we are asked to pick up the speed Hunters often.

This car is expected to make a major design change in the near future.

We are promoting a project to published the world a new custom car in Naganokoubou with it.

So stay tuned! !

MikeYee
MikeYee

he needs usdm cluster!

CObuzin
CObuzin

@mucc_y33 あの子は自分もS15で同じ仕様にしているにも関わらず直リン貼ってキモいと扱き下ろしていたからね…

gunndotcom
gunndotcom

@LickyNaing yeah i remember it we were walking past jimmy chungs haha! that is one of the nicest 240's i have ever seen

jzx81
jzx81

Does it pass the "cigarette pack" height test ?

A fun looking car however...Speedhunters is about all types of cars.

otar
otar

I'm sorry, but the plastic brembos ruin an otherwise cool car. 

Anon
Anon

Just thought I'd say that when I see the term USDM, I think of Mustangs, Chargers, Challengers, Camaros, Corvettes, and HD diesel pickups... you know, stuff that's sold in the United States Domestic Market -.- This would be... a Japanese interpretation of the American interpretation of JDM tuning. Unique car for sure though, lol

KBR
KBR

WHAT A FUCKING WASTE OF BANDWITH.. NEXT!! lol! 

 

 

seriously, guys?

Decoy
Decoy

Wow. Surpising reaction from the readers. Only a few months ago I would have expected to see gushing JDM fanbois but its all turned upside down... and about damn time. The hipster "lifestyle" trends that result in badly built cars need to die a quick death

Hotcakes
Hotcakes

I can't help but think that if this car was built by your average American Canibeat/Stanceworks kind of guy it woulf be getting bagged out a lot more. Fake plastic Brembos really kind of sum up the whole build.

ClaytonPayton
ClaytonPayton

isn't that just one of those old school wide-range review mirrors that have been around for decades?

kriskee
kriskee

stoked that this guy wanted it to look like hawaiian style lol

Phishy
Phishy

I try to keep an open mind and I won't bag SH or the owner because variety IS the spice of life. That said IMO this thing is a hideous mess. The plastic Brembo's are the nail in the coffin for me.

JustinCarvalho
JustinCarvalho

Hey Everyone! 

 

Where can I get one of those FRP molded dash coverings?  

Option86
Option86

I'm willing to bet this car functions just fine. If there's anybody that knows how to slam a car and not rub or bottom out, it's a Japanese tuner. It might not be the prettiest 240, but what does that matter, really? By the way, does anybody remember this: "Car culture at large."

Paizuri_4g63
Paizuri_4g63

Big ups for the pink Gloomy Bear. Long ago I gave one, black and plush with yellow eyes and a bloody mouth to a a sweet freckled blonde girl who loved anime during her 2nd year in college... deep in the lush green hills of Oneonta NY. The designer had a cool reasoning for the claws and bloody cartoons, arguing man's irrational  affection and control over dangerous animals, like bears who maul anyone at will.

James1010
James1010

I think this would have looked cool if it was left at body, paint and wheels, but he kept throwing crap at it, and it has ended up taking away from the overall look. It is like he is trying to force a drift car style, when he could have just built a drift car, if that makes sense.

thriller
thriller

Dino I can almost positively affirm that that motor is not from an Autech S15. Or any S15. S14 and S15 motors have a hump in the rear half of the rocker cover for the VCT stuff (as well as that weird little circular protrusion at the front which I'm not sure what it's for).

 

Autech SR20DE have a cherry red rocker cover too. I'm almost positive that it's a standard S13 sr20de rocker cover. Which means it'd be an S13 sr20de head, which means unless he's put the bad head on a good block, it's an s13 motor... ?

 

KA24 would have been a cool touch. Nice attention to detail though; looks like he's grafted USDM side indicators onto the rear. Cool little touch!

roryfjohnston
roryfjohnston

I saw this car a month ago and thought what seems to be the general consensus, *crap.*  I have never liked the "USDM" style in the States, much less here.  In Japan all the bad parts of the scene seem to be magnified a hundred times.  This car is great example of that.  Any pics or videos of it drifting would make me feel a lot better though.

Kitch
Kitch

Hold up - the great and ever critical JDMized who slags off EVERY post on SH drives this?

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/20733247@N06/7897228864/in/set-72157626813848798/

 

And then has the balls to rip into other peoples cars?  That's JDMized spelt H..y..p..o...

Sam
Sam

Where I'm from this car would be considered a P Platers $5000 wet weather drift weapon. I think you guys try way to hard to shoe horn everything into categories. Just let it be what it is.

envyxf
envyxf

i think some of you need to get the hell over it, and let this guy build his car his own way. As soon as somebody tries to break away from the scene you all have to have a negative opinion! and now the owner is reading all of your comments, and i bet you wouldn't say this stuff to his face, so why would you say it online?

unagi7676
unagi7676

@CObuzin @mucc_y33 あの子そういう仕様でしたっけ?中途半端なノーマルじゃなかったです?

mucc_y33
mucc_y33

@CObuzin まぁなんというか、いいんじゃない? 田舎だし(

LickyNaing
LickyNaing

@gunndotcom Looking back at it, it's not technically a 240, haha! It's a Onevia (180/Silvia S13). Still sick though

speedhunters_dino
speedhunters_dino

 @otar I really don't get this trend. The first time I saw this was on the back of a couple of RE-Amemiya demo cars. I hope it's a fade that's on its way out...

apex_DNA
apex_DNA

That's weird. That term was never used to describe American cars as far as I know. Style? Yes, but only when applied to non-American cars.

JDMized
JDMized

@Kitch Like James101 pointed out, my Civic is far from being pretty. It's my beater, and I think as a beater it does it's job just fine. If you scroll down a bit more and read my comments, maybe you'll understand why I built my Civic this way. Thanks for taking the time and check out my Flickr account. Much appreciated :)

James1010
James1010

 @Kitch I'm not one to defend JDMized, but there is nothing wrong with the car. It is not pretty, but it looks like it does everything it is designed to do.

The Maximum Attack sticker made me laugh.

GarbageArticle
GarbageArticle

 @envyxf The point of this car was to envelope the scene, and it was done completely wrong. Everything on this car was to rep the USDM scene, and again, it was done completely wrong.

otar
otar

 @speedhunters_dino It seems very un-japanese like from what I thought their culture was all about. I mean, if there's one thing you should cheap out on, it's the breaks haha.

DomoKun
DomoKun

 @JDMized  The whole point is who are you to come on here slating cars and features pretty much everything when you've have a rough as a badgers arse civic and some project thats not finished after years. You go on like the almighty but you have nothing behind it your a sad sad individual that need to get a life and stop hating. 

JDMized
JDMized

@777 @DomoKun Thanks. I personally don't like this car (and many other posts). Am I pessimistic? No, I think SH sometimes put up great/excellent posts. As far as my Civic/beater, I'm well aware that is not the prettiest thing, but I don't brag or advertise it as such. If ppl check my flickr, cool, if not, who cares. I build my cars to satisfy MY needs....and the Civic does just that. I'm into function and I could care less if the paint job sucks ass or there scratches all over, or the body panel don't match.... Anyway, lots of ppl slender me and this post is not even about my car.....go figure!

ClaytonPayton
ClaytonPayton

 @JDMized  just an fyi, to prevent future misuse, the right to free speech applies to speaking out against the government. it does not specifically allow you to slander or libel private individuals, nor does it grant freedom to 'talk smack'. 

AndrewCinch
AndrewCinch

 @777  @DomoKun  @JDMized  A period or two would've been nice to end that gargantuan run-on sentence filled with commas. It was kind of hard to understand.

777
777

 @DomoKun  @JDMized

 ill step in cor Alex here even though I don't think he needs people fighting for him on the internet, I imagine that the same people that are slagging of his civic would be the same people that would probably mess themselves over things being jdm tight, imagine if you will, that Alex's civic had a few jdm yo sticker and was intact from some obscure Japanese workshop and was infact a kanjo racer from years back, I feel those same people would be talking about how awesome it is and about how function is so much more important than form and the likes, for the simple differencethat it was built by a Japanese guy and clearly they do everything better, so drop it, Alex is one of the few people on this site that looks past the facade of hype propagated on this blog and many times, more often than not his opinion hits the mark 

JDMized
JDMized

@DomoKun Show what YOU got! I talk smack all I want! This is the US, where freedom of speech is not against the law!


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