A Simple But Effective S13

In a scene where body kits, bright paint schemes and high-powered engine transplants are almost the norm, seeing a simple OEM+ example of a popular base car is almost… different.

While all those things are great in their own respects, and Duke Ratanakarn appreciates them as much as the next S13 owner, he wasn’t necessarily looking to modify his weekend cruiser to that extent. Simple and effective is more his taste, and with this build it’s worked out well.

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A Silvia K’s aero front, chuki skirts, OEM visors and tinted glass have all been fitted, and they’re complemented by Ganador aero mirrors, D-Max crystal tail lights, a GT-R-style grill and Vanquish lip.

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Owning and operating his own sushi restaurant seven days a week didn’t yield Duke much free time as he was building this car, and that made an SR20DET swap the easy choice. Although completed more than six years ago when information wasn’t as easily found as today, he and a friend had no issues transplanting the engine in his backyard. A T28 turbo, GReddy front-mount intercooler and HKS Super Power Flow air filter keep the 2.0-liter breathing right without sacrificing any reliability from the otherwise factory-spec engine.

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Although I originally saw it on AVS Model V wheels, and shortly after on Work CR Kai Kiwamis, the S13 now sits on RAYS Volk Racing TE37SLs, which are probably my favorite of the lot. They have a fairly aggressive fitment without taking away from the overall clean look of the car.

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In shooting Duke’s Nissan, we met up early on a Sunday morning and made our way to a few secluded spots. While conversing about the build, some of smaller things caught my eye, like the clearly aged Tein and Recaro stickers. Duke was happy to point out some of the details that are special to him, so we spent some time just walking around the car looking at them all.

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Worn in all the right places with small trinkets to add personality, the interior is almost nostalgic. White-faced GReddy gauges, a mixed choice of Recaro SR4 and Bride BRIX II seating, RS Work edition steering wheel and OEM digital climate control – everything is quality and period correct.

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Considering it sees very regular use, Duke’s S13 is not without imperfections, but like many other builds it’s constantly under construction getting better with each new modification.

Corey Whitson
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1

I like this Sylvia a lot! Love the simplystic take, no overdone fenders, stretched tires, super-dumb camber etc. Great cover!

-Alex

2

370 Hemi I mean those tires look pretty darn stretched...

but i agree, nice to a simplistic car on speedhunters

3

That's soooo sweet. Perfect ride. No too stancy, love the wheel choice.

4

recaro sticker...I just see a Bride sticker....

5
Nickgenerazio32

I'll be that one guy and say that, I find "OEM+" cars to be a bit too boring for my tastes... I'd rather see an Origin, BN Sports, or a Spirit Rei kit on the car instead.

6

Im the complete opposite.

7

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Plus Juan

9

where is this car located?very clean!

10

Simple and clean, love it!

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Nice, to see some simple and clean cars again. Not just Liberty Walk, Rocket Bunny and other super cars that every car YT channel pumps out every week.

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In a scene where body kits, bright paint schemes and high-powered engine transplants are almost the norm, seeing a simple OEM+ example of a popular base car is almost… different. i kinda chuckled a bit on that one sentence only because i'm on ziliva right now and the amount of elitism mindset on that  forum.  That feel like the only way to have a car with style is a groundbreaking aero kit and work wheels along with the D1 year 2000 era liveries. However where i live i rarely see clean S13's anymore i and honestly feel within a few years 240's either gonna go up in prices or simply be extinct.  But for this S13 is pretty Damn good and kept it simple

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Let's bring back the rare thing called a "clean 240"

26

Gorgeous car. I've only once rode in a friend of a friend's <i>almost</i> stage 2 Silvia and I loved it. They were always my go-to starter cars in video games back in the day.

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Love the car! This might be the last tasteful one out there.
Had a 91 coupe I put a sr20det in 18 years ago. Back then, it was a rare swap that would get you noticed.
Now I expect to see an ls or 2jz everytime a 240 has its hood open. Glad there is still some Sr love out there!

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Rotana Down here in Aus you can't find a clean S13 for less than 10k. I would buy this in a heartbeat if I lived in SoCal.

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Long Live the Simple Silvia S13 Coupe.

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It is beautiful and it change my mind of having a gtr, now I'm confused. ^ ^ this s13 changes life LOL

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