Car Feature>> Risky Devil 180sx

There are certain cars that make an lasting impression, and it’s no different with this 180SX. I have seen this car on so many automotive forums from around the world, I knew I had to feature it here on Speedhunters. Last weekend, I had a party at my house with lots of friends, not all of them are into cars, and when I showed them these pictures even they said ‘Hell Yeah’. That’s the same feeling I got when I first saw this car.

This root beer colored 180SX belongs to Joshua Maghirang, he’s a member of a group called Risky Devil. They like to call themselves ‘New Age Chicago Street Rodders‘. The group was founded in 2001 and their members are located near the heart of Chicago. I really feel that their cars have made an impact on the import scene, at least on the internet. The cars have a strong style, and this is partly to do with the photographer AJ Gillette from Ill Photography. I love his work.

Let’s start at the back of this car. Just look at how the wheels sit, they are tucked under Origin 50mm rear fenders. The fenders flow nicely into the Origin rear bumper. The exhaust is an item we would normally see on a Honda, but the Buddy Club Spec II is a very nice welcome after seeing all those extreme “Bosozoku style” exhausts.

The first time I saw this car it wasn’t covered with stickers, I must admit that I needed some time to get used to the ‘new’ look. At first I really liked the car because it was so clean, now it’s still clean but in a different way. I’m not a collector like Antonio but I do like the design of these stickers. What do you guys think of stickers on cars?… I do feel that stickers are an important part of the import car culture….

Wheels are another important part on any car, they can make or break it. Joshua definately made this car with a set of SSR SP1 Professors 17×9.5 in front and 18×10.5. The S chassis experts may have noticed that the wheels are with a 5 lug pattern. The standard 180SX comes with a 4 lug pattern, so Joshua used the Ichiba 5 lug conversion.

The car is lowered via Megan coilovers, but Joshua mentioned he is hoping to swap them for a DG5 suspension system next year. The rest of the suspension parts have all been replaced by stronger or better items. And I mean everything, tension rods, tie rods, bushings,  control arms, you name it.

On to the side of the car, we see Version Select 5 side skirts that are mated to a pair of Origin 20mm front fenders to accommodate the larger front wheels. I just love the stance, perfect.

The XS Power intercooler sits nicely behind the Version Select 6 front bumper. You can also clearly see how much wider the front has become thanks to the Origin front fenders. I only wonder how Joshua is going to use his indicator lights, because I don’t see any. Maybe you don’t need them in Illinois?

The heart of the car, a blacktop SR20. The engine has been modified with Tomei cams, Nismo 550cc injectors, ARP head studs and a cometic head gasket. The standard turbo has been replaced by a Power Enterprsie 1420 turbo. The boost is controlled by a Turbo XS boost controller from inside the car. On the right you can spot a Greddy oil catch can and for better cooling Joshua uses a Koyorad radiator.

A completely stripped interior enhances the street style look. A Bride bucket seat rest on Bride seat rails to ensure a perfect fit. A passenger seat wasn’t deemed necessary, only extra weight right? haha.

I really like this shot, it shows off even more stickers on the blue anodized Cusco roll cage.

Yep this really is my favorite 180SX, well at least for now because I tend to change my favorite every other month LOL. You can see some of the other Risky Devil members in the back, a very nice S14 and a S13.

I really want to thank David Lee for this opportunity to feature these exclusive pictures and thanks to AJ Gilette for taking them.

-Jeroen Willemsen

Risky Devil, Ill Photography, T2 Films, Touge Factory, Origin Lab



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One of the few cars in the US that doesn't look like shit. Nice aero, nice wheels, nice color, nice turbo, nice tuning. Style + non-ghetto = nice.


Wow...hardcore...I like that!!!


these guys have great style. Chi town is one of the most slept on cities in the USA... they have some dope ass cars over there!!! Hmm.... maybe a Speedhunters trip to Chicago is in order? Maybe if I can persuade Ashley Sarto to go back with me as my tour guide...


Sweet 180. I think that for me, stickers on a street car are lame. I mean, if you are tracking the car and need those sponsors, it fits more on a track car. I think this car less decals would be killer. Like you said, its way cool, but the stickers detract a little.

They sure don't make cars like they used to. ;) ha ha Why did they ever get rid of the silvia/180/240? The US drift/time attack craze was about 5-10 years too late, or we may still see the RX7, Supra, and Silvia. Now we have the RX8 (ehhhh...), no Toyota FR/sporty car, and no Nissan afforrdable FR with 2+2 seating. The family guys like me can't really go fo the 350z. Anyway...Cool 180 Root Beer Float!


i've only found out about Risky Devil lately but these guys are awesome, they have so much style, these guys get my respect


yeah, rep da midwest! speaking of chi town, what happened to formula d chicago?


the SSR SP1 Professors are lookin real sik, and the interior is lookin hardcore. i love the glowing green and red lights in the shot. oh and i think i have the same orange air freshner in my good stuff


"I think this car less decals would be killer."

What he said.

It'd be even more killer if the air actually went through the intercooler core and not around it :)



I don't think that I like ANY other car in USA right now.

Actually, this is my favorite car right now, PERIOD.

Hot stickers. ;)


Hell yeah, Risky Devil love, Chicago love. Doin it right.

Congrats Josh for the feature, and AJ for the consistently outrageous shots.





my favorite 180sx

interior is sooo awesome.

actually, everything about the car says awesome.


go aj...nice pics...sweet car too.


the s13 is the guts. Love it


All that magic started in my garage!!!


Its like a car version of a courier bike, stripped to the bare essentials, uncompromising and hardcore!

Awesome stuff, easily my favorite S13.


RISKY DEVIL holding down as usual.


brudder jossshhhhhh got featured!!! so illlll!!!


I love the Root Beer color, has been my all time favorite color besides a dark red. Stickers or not, it's still SICK


sooo what's with the stickers??? are you guys 12 or something? if you want to show off your stickers you better buy some skateboards and not waste these beautiful street cars...


megans on a chicago car

that can't be right

car has a kouki wing now!! yes!


I agree. This is the BEST 180SX I have ever seen!!!!...and those stickers I think totally complete this car!!!


Risky Devil says bring the hate! HAhahaha

Josh drives this thing so legitly, too! Antonio or Jeroen... maybe include some of the video clips?


I'd like to thank Jeroen and the entire Speedhunters staff giving us a awesome opportunity to showcase some of our cars. Its more than we could ever ask for.



I want this car in my garage. now.


Awesome car

but cusco showcage


I'd like to say thank you so very much to speed hunters for giving me the oppurtunity to show the world my car but more importantly our crew. You all have no idea how much all your kind words, luv and support means to me, I've had a vision about a 180sx since 2001 and i'm happy that many of you appreciate what i've came up with. Keep your car life alive!!!!!!!!

Big thanks to:

speed hunters

risky devil

kyle at garage shiny


momz, popz, meese, marylou, kuya ryan, luke and the rest of the family!!!

unfortunately this is only a comment section but to everyone else... THANKS AGAIN!!!

2009 baby =)


woah u know who is the dude rockin the jza70 in ur video jason, mad props to him i dont see that often.


This S13 does look nice, and especially with those stickers they give more character to it.

However, I don't know how life is in Chigago, but here in California, stickers tend to get too much attention from the oink good. They pull you over and don't even have to pop the hood to know what you've got in the engine.

A sticker-less car is almost mandatory here (unless you have a show car that show case it only at the car show)......but I know quite a few people that have a bunch of drifter-stickers and what not and get harrassed all the time by the law.

To avoid that, I would rather live without.

Plus a lot of JDM fruitcakes just plasters their cars and don't even have sponsors......posers.


Nice, but call me picky, I just hate seeing a nice car with mismatched engine bay/interior paint colors. Needs to be all one color :)


i love this guy. i remember when he told me about his 240 build back in the day i thought he was bull shitting. then when he said he was going to drift this pretty thing i said ..ahem bull shitter. but he shot me down on all accounts and makes me want my hatch back. dam you.

good work bro! you inspire me! and others...


Man, I think this is our most commented post ever that hasn't turned into a debate! Love the car too of course...


I'm just noticing the interior. I really like clean stipped interiors. I also like the way from the front, you can't see stickers, extra clean! Then from the back you get the sticker love. Kind of cool! There's a lot of details on this car if you spend a second looking at things. Very cool! Def inspriring!


stickers stickers stickers

some hate, some love....

there a style that i was trying achieve and of course is also shout out to the people that have supported...I know most wont understand it, but the stickers have actual meaning to the car. Some cars that inspired me are koguchi's 180sx, ita-ren blue 180sx, komatsu orange signal 180... thats just a few "notice they have stickers haha"

thanks again guys!!!


Ridgezero: no I do not, I just happened to find it. :)

the original owner of the video is Tim Tulov where he posted another vid.


Stickers are only for cars that are sponsored!!~!~!~!!!!~!!!!


Stop it! You've got me searching for an S13. They're hard to come by in Utah. Vegas is close...Ahhh! ;)


cool thanx for the info Risky Devil.



I like the Orange My Shaladan air freshener the most.


the bumper and the Origin front fenders dont fit up, whats up with that?


sorry bob, he can't hear you...he's too busy driving the shit out of it


What is this actual colour called.. sweet car


oil cooler?


whatever happened to those grip gambler guys?


This car officially rocks "drift damage" as of yesterday at the track.

Fucking SICK speed Josh


for me, i think that stickers are an expression of a vision, like every other part of a car like this.

sweet whip.


IMO I dunno why guys hate so much on the stickers and other aspects of this beautifully built street/track car.

Stickers arent for only sponsored cars...theyre for w/e the hell u want them for.

There r so many parts and modifications we do to our cars thats not "supposed" to be for the street etc and we do it anyway...

bc we love this sh!t.

LOL @ the haters.

Envy is a terrible thing...



I remember this car when it was GOLD....this car is the lie..and josh is a deadly drifter...risky devils are the ones who put chi on the lie..


this car we built with a vision and thats to be the rowdiest thing we could be, id say we achieved no the bumper dosnt fit right because the car gets driven 500 miles sometimes more or less during the week and its been at every drift day sponsored by clubfr here in the midwest since its been done. My sticker is a sponsor ask him most of them are sponsors, although others are just cool ass stickers that he wanted on the car dont worry were gonna flip it again so dont be jealous just wait for the new new.


very good sticker very good body very good 180SX


WOW man nice 180sx my is 200 look simmalr but i think urs is much better


Is that A/C I see!? Extra points for that.


I wish I could see more pictures of the other s13 and 14 in the background :(

beautiful 180 though


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nice job to bad my 240sx will wreck that biotch


you guys wouldnt know a nice car if it came up and bite u right in the ass!!!


You guys wouldnt know a car if it came up and bite u in the butt


nice job to bad my 240sx will wreck that biotch


car sucks as much dick as i do


car is gorgeous. and a beast for how much road and track action this thing sees. if u wanna see videos of him sliding look up t2 films on youtube. risky devils do it right. goodluck in 09


Any photos of this being drifted?