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27-10-11, 09:58 AM
White Knight

Upgraded from the 95' 180SX Type X to a Jap delivered Spec R S15 over the last few months.

I bought her for a decent price, with swaps for my old daily. The rear shocks we found were leaking, and so I have replacement genuine Nissan ones to install, until I work out what coilovers I want to install (Suggestions welcome).

She is a white Jap delivered Spec R - Still even has a japanese registration sticker dated 19/05. Not sure what year though - So I believe the kms are genuine.. Which I am quite happy about.

When bought, interior is immaculate and she is stealthy smooth. Practically she is a bog stock car which leaves plenty of room for how I want to modify her.

Car Bio

Make: Nissan
Model: Spec R S15
Year: 1999
Odometer: 96,000
Origin: Japan


Vertex Front Bar
INGS II Side Skirts
INGS II Rear Bar
Spec R GT Wing
Window Tint
Front windscreen tint strip
Yashio Style Tail Lights
Front and Rear Canards


Apexi Style Gauges


Wolf S36 18in x 9.5 + 15
Project Mu Slotted Rotors (Front and Rear)
KTS Adjustable Coilovers
Bendex Ultimate Brake Pads (Rear)
EBC Green Brake Pads (Front)

Sound System

Clarion VX400A Head Unit
Kicker 12" Subwoofer
Kicker 4 Channel 250WRMS AMP
Stock Front and Rear Speakers
Aftermarket Tweeters

Engine Bay

HKS EVC Boost Controller with Display
GKTECH Clear CAS cover
Repainted 'Morpheus' Purple SR20 Rocker Cover
GKTECH Aluminium Plug Cover
Battery to Boot relocation
Strut Brace
Engine Dampener
Oil catch can

Exhaust/Intake System

Nismo 3" Cat Back
Apexi Power Intake
De-cat pipe
Plasmaman Front Mount Intercooler Kit
Stainless Exhaust Manifold

Items bought but currently not on the vehicle

Castor Rods
Apexi Power FC with Hand Controller
Tomei Poncams
Z32 Air Flow Meter

Future mods: Spec R GT wing with the centre removed, de-badge the boot, remove the sticker from the rear window, add decals to the sideskirts, roof spoiler, HKS or Nismo 740cc injectors.

Image (Before)


Image (Currently)


Comments and criticism welcome. :)

27-10-11, 02:12 PM
very nice!
plane and simple - how s15 does this so well at times.

have u tried the nismo suspension? i love them =)

27-10-11, 03:40 PM
rear bar looks a bit like m sports or gp sports, cant really tell without a better pic tho :)

27-10-11, 05:32 PM
Ditch the Vertex kit, so sick of seeing Vertex kitted 15's. Other than that, go nuts.

29-10-11, 03:10 PM
Imports are terrible for getting that film layer and corrosion on the outside of the headlights – So I decided to do a headlight restoration earlier today.

Now most of us have probably seen the ‘Mighty Car Mods’ clip on various methods such as avocado, urine, the proper kit products, oil, etc. So for this I just decided to head down to my local Autobarn and pick up a kit for $40.00 along with a couple of cans of anodized paint for my rocker cover in the future.

Included in the kit were your basics;

Lens Clear
Lens Polish
Yellow X Solution
Surgical Cloves
Multiple grades of Sandpaper (Ranging from 400 – 2000)
Scouring Cloth
Blue fibre cloth

Other things needed;

Hose or jug of water
Low stick masking tape

The instructions were pretty easy to follow and well planned out in the kit I had bought. Here’s a quick run through of the process:

1) Tape around the headlight before starting.
2) Apply the Yellow X solution - Covering all area’s of the head light, leave on for 10 seconds. (This removes the outside film of dust and breaks down the corrosion compound).
3) Rinse over with water before applying the sandpaper to remove the rest of the corrosion. (Using the hard grain; 400 through to the soft grain; 2000 sand paper to get rid of the built up excess corrosion).
4) Continue to sand down whilst rinsing the light until all corrosion is removed.
5) Apply the Lens Polish to the scouring cloth and cover the light; polishing in a circle motion.
6) Remove any excess polish with the other side of the tissue.
7) Apply the Yellow X solution to the head light and wipe off after 10 seconds with another piece of tissue.
8) Put the gloves on and apply a decent amount of the Lense Clear solution to the blue fibre cloth (Start from the top of the head light wiping side to side; working your way down to the bottom).
9) Allow to dry for one hour.

This method takes less than half an hour for each head light; and gives an amazing result.

These are crappy photos from my camera phone at the time, but this will give you an idea of the before and after.

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http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/5091/iphoneaugust672.jpg http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/3294/iphoneaugust674.jpg

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Cheers. :)

29-10-11, 07:30 PM
It you want cheap coilovers and go low. Check out BC's

06-11-11, 01:33 AM
Cheers for the feedback guys.

Quick little update for the night - Have recently installed my Clarion multimedia head unit, as well as re-painting my wheels.

Pictures and details to come. :)

06-11-11, 01:46 AM
needs new wheels imo.. stockies don't give it justice.. looks a bit thin :/
But, nice car all the same :D

06-11-11, 12:49 PM
Nice clean S15 there mate.

How does it compare to the 180?

06-11-11, 02:11 PM
@ Drifter995 - Hahaha.. Lame thing is they aren't stockies.. Lol.. They are Rays Volk Racing, would have been worth $3k new. But have had a bit of damage plus multiple coats of paint (So we found out after sandblasting them down)..

But the wheels that I am saving up for cost $4k brand new. Work Meister SP1 3pc's. So for the time being I have decided to re-vamp the current wheels whilst I save up for the others.

@Boz - Cheers mate :)

Honestly. I find that you can't really compare them. I do miss the 180. The 180 had a fair bit of work done to it. Had a rebuild at 150,000kms - Forged internals, etc. Whereas the S15 is mostly stock bar the things I have listed in the first post. The S15 is a lot smoother compared with the 180, as the 180 had coilovers, the S15 only has Ohlin damper adjustable shocks which are currently f****d - But is still smooth suprisingly. - These will be removed soon and replaced with genuine Nissan that I still have sitting in my boot. Just never got the time to fitting them on the car. =/

The 180 also had the Exedy heavy duty button clutch, whereas the S15 only has an Exedy heavy duty clutch. I miss that the most from the 180 as the clutch was quick to bite. So it was lots of fun.

The S15 is more of a luxury sports car, whereas the 180 was a sporty go-kart. Lol.

But all in all, depending what mods you like and how you mod them, they are respectively quite different. :)

06-11-11, 02:28 PM
well shit.. and here i thought they were stock :/
my bad. but it'd look nice with those meisters on it ;D

06-11-11, 02:33 PM
Hahahaha all good mate.

Here's a teaser of my wheels at their current stage in painting.


Gotta love puuuuuuuuuurple! XD

06-11-11, 02:45 PM
hahaha nice.

06-11-11, 06:51 PM
love the colour mate

10-11-11, 11:35 PM
Cheers Boz.


When taking my wheels off to paint them - We noticed that my tie rod ends were pretty screwed. Check them out...

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Those are some awesome tie rods.. Lol

Obviously needed to upgrade, so I ended up going with Hardrace 12mm tie rods.


And here was the install process:

http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/9540/img0483aq.jpg http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/9913/img0496bk.jpg

All up the tie rods cost me $135 + postage from Full Lock Motorsport.

Handy tip: If ordering these, make sure you get given the right ones. S15's, 180SX's, S13's all have 12mm threading, whereas S14's have 14mm thread. Had to have them sent back as the packaging was wrong and I was given the 14mm ones.

11-11-11, 05:42 PM
Nice and clean S15! I like it :)

12-11-11, 06:09 PM
So I still have major issues with my tie rod ends. The ones I have currently are too long resulting in my wheels having 55mm toe in. Took her down to Bob Jane this morning and thats what they had to tell me when doing the wheel alignment for it.

So no wheel alignment, need to return the tie rod ends again to get the proper ones for my car, and I still can't drive my car and its been over a week.

Welcome to the life of owning an import. :(

12-11-11, 08:19 PM
Get Ikeya Formula tie rods and tie rod ends. Wouldn't bother with any other brand, it's just not worth it.

14-11-11, 03:28 PM
nice clean s15 you got there :) looking good there !

15-11-11, 12:23 AM
Ended up sorting out the tie rod ends. So all is good! :)

And cheers for the comments guys. Appreciate the feedback.

Anyways, moment I've been waiting for at least.. Some decent shots of my S15 to show you all. These are courtesy of Michael Coppola Photographics - Excellent photographer.

Loving the new colour scheme for the wheels. Better than when I had bought the car.




And yes I really do need to buy myself a front mount. Lol.. That is coming in the near future.

04-01-12, 11:17 AM
Thought I might post up the slight adjustments to my stereo system.

Took out the stock Japanese head-unit (which had a cassette player), which amazed me when I saw it. I can't remember when I've last been in a car with a cassette player, let alone it having a CD player as well. Lol.

http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/245/img0453rx.jpg http://img853.imageshack.us/img853/3230/img0451xo.jpg

I went and bought a Clarion Multimedia unit and the wiring - Just using the stock speakers, until I found out I had aftermarket front speakers installed by the previous owner.

My bf fixed up the wiring harness for me, and connected the left tweeter that hadn't been connected properly. He also found a second tweeter that we installed for the right-hand side of the car (as someone had ripped it off).

We also mounted the 12" Kicker sub and Kicker amp into the boot.

http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/6293/img0440lgm.jpg http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/5482/img0443qg.jpg

Until next time...

04-04-13, 03:34 AM
Started getting a bit more serious with my 15.

Headed to JDM Garage over in Capalaba, and bought myself a pair of fibreglass and a pair of carbon fibre canards.

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Decided to put the fibreglass canards on the front to extend the front bar a bit to work more with my sideskirts.

http://sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/555979_10152508042315456_510570343_n.jpg http://sphotos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/538295_10152511106195456_2075899790_n.jpg http://sphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/223545_10152511106780456_1445587860_n.jpg

04-04-13, 03:38 AM
Next thing to work on was the wheels..

What style should I go for.. Etc etc etc.. Ended up grabbing some Zenkais in the charcoal black finish.

Did however have to get the guards rolled as I was getting too much scrub.


Added some poke to the car without the use of bolt-on spacers. Made me extremely happy!


04-04-13, 03:47 AM
Had to desperately do something about the no front mount issue..

So I went to Nizzpro and picked up myself a plasmaman kit.



Fitting took about a week or two to get everything sorted out properly as I had to relocate my batter to the boot, get extra piping made up, cut piping, etc.. Lots of fun!

Headed to Cleveland Exhaust and saw my mate Scotty who hooked me up with some extra mounts for underneath the core.


But in the end it worked out!

Around the same time, I started working on tidying up the boot and work out a proper install for my sub and amp.

I also got my tail lights delivered for my 23rd birthday.. Awesome shiz!


Yashio style.. Not genuine.


Went and bought myself an Apexi Power FC with hand controller as well.


04-04-13, 03:56 AM
Started to prep my rocker cover whilst borrowing an S14 cover from JDM garage.

It really is true when people say "Its all in the prepwork", so I took my time and sanded that bitch right down as much as I could.


Next was the filler coat.


I chose Morpheus purple for the pure fact that I love purple. The wheels that I had done previously didn't work out as well in purple, so I thought I would try something else different.

Then it was a few clear coats and time to dry. :)



And so then we have the final product.


04-04-13, 04:02 AM
Most recent modification as of tonight, is setting up my Defi Style gauges.

I bought copy Defi style guages and decided to modify the colour to blue, instead of the generic white or red.


Have purchased five gauges: Boost, Exhaust Temp, Oil Pressure, Oil Temp, and Water Temp.

I've still got to hook up the rest of the gauges, but the boost gauge has been finished.



04-04-13, 05:00 AM
wow, that purple looks nice !

02-08-13, 11:54 PM
So the car has undergone some moderate changes, and a fair bit of them in the last 6 months.

Apexi style gauges
Oil catch can
New braided turbo lines with speedflow
NPC heavy duty clutch
C-collar bushes
Carbon vented C-West bonnet
Engine dampener
Tint strip on front windscreen

New carbon bonnet on the car. C-west genuine with a clear wrap over the top for that added protection. :)

Changed my mind about the defi style gauges and went apexi instead.. Wanted something that would look nice with the vent rings from the air vents. Quite like how they sit.

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Bought an engine dampener to see if it made much of a difference.. Somewhat goes alright.. Looks cool.


Had issues with the install of the stainless manifold. Ended up burning 20cm of breather hose due to it being too close to the new manifold. So I replaced that with a temp china oil catch can.

Recently bought a Gktech catch can and waiting for it to arrive. Also ordered new c-collar bushes and a wheel bearing. General wear and tear.

Installing my castor rods in the front when I get the bushes and bearing replaced.

Bought new weather shields for cheap and fixed them up with some paint thinners.. Looking mint with them on the car now.


Had a rear main oil leak and sorted that out whilst replacing my Exedy clutch with a new NPC clutch.

Fitted new wheels on the car. Got Wolf S36 18 inch x 9.5 + 15 offset. Chucked on 235 45 all round. Pretty happy with the fitment I got.. Pokes out roughly an inch outside the guards.



Next I'm tackling the front main seal leak, replacing the water pump and sorting out the engine bay.. Installing the new ECU and getting it tuned.

New personalised plates have also been ordered.. Its a secret until theyre on the car. ;)

Happy days!









When working on the car, thought there was enough clearence between the breather and mani. Apparently not. But no real biggie. Not too much damage was done, and it was an easy fix. Just a little inconvenient.

03-08-13, 01:33 AM
haha brett. what a funny guy he is.
liking this s15. have seen it around a couple of times. your mate bought my na r33.