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Readers Rides: Xtreme Xposure

Turbo & High-Tech Performance

Apr 13, 2007 SHARE

Samir Malhotra
Elliot City, Maryland
1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS
The moral of Samir's story should be, "140 hp is not enough; thank God for turbos." Samir's Eclipse is a special 10th Anniversary edition which came with a Turbo spoiler, white-faced gauges, leather seats, OZ Racing wheels and number of other goodies from the factory. Soon after delivery though, it was obvious Samir's Diamond Star needed some punch but he couldn't find much available for the naturally aspirated GS. Then he heard about Hahn Racecraft's turbo conversion. "I immediately called them and about a month later I ordered the Stage II kit," says Samir. "I got it installed and I love it. Issst was definitely worth every penny and I would encourage other non-turbo Eclipse owners to buy one if they are not pleased with the stock power of their cars."

Once boosted, Samir installed an HKS Super Drager exhaust system to induce spool-up and an ACT clutch to channel the power to the ground. He also added an HKS Twin Power ignition and EVC EZ boost controller.

Samir is considering swapping out the OZs because they are only 16s, but he says he likes the wheels. We say OZ probably makes that wheel in the 17- or 18-inch size. Resale value of the 16s? We are not sure. If there is some kind of 10th Anniversary logo on the wheels they may be worth more. But 16-inch OZs would probably sell on their own merit. Try surfing the net for more info.

Samir says he's about halfway done with his Eclipse (yeah, right) and is currently looking to add a set of RS*R lowering coils, Tokico shocks and a high-flow cat. He adds, "One thing I am definite about is upgrading to the Stage III HRC system. And my New Year's resolution is to get my car down into the 11s or 10s at the strip."

Editor's Note: We have gotten some interesting responses for Extreme Exposure, so keep those entries coming. To refresh your memory Extreme Exposure is the lead-off hitter of "Rides." It features bigger photos, more pages and more exposure than our conventional Rides entry. To attain this high-level of exposure, one must have a worthy car, clean photos (preferably slides) of the inside along with outside details of the car-enough info to make it all happen. We are trying to increase the quality of Rides and this section could easily see a vehicle graduate to full feature status. The most determining factory for such an upgrade is photography. Please don't use disposable cameras. The number and quality of the entries will determine how often Extreme Exposure will appear.

Yamee Cha-Luzon
Stockton, California
1998 Honda Civic
Yamee included a nice letter with her Reader's Ride entry and was quick to point out the ladies are on their way to establishing themselves in the import scene. In building her Civic Yamee said, "I just wanted to show the guys that ladies can deck-up their rides. I'm sick and tired of how guys think we should be dressed in our bikini tops and "Daisy Duke" shorts posing in front of their cars degrading ourselves. We need to show them that we are up on the race and show scene."

Yamee runs with the Lady Prestige club and her Civic can run with the big dogs. The 1.6-liter powerplant has been fortified with a DC Sports ceramic coated header, Tenzo air intake, a custom exhaust system with four-inch Tanabe tip, a pair of Skunk2 adjustable cam sprockets and a polished valve cover from a '95 Si. The suspension has been enhanced with Tenzo race springs and an OBX-R strut tower brace. The Honda rolls on 17-inch Advanti Racing Turismo wheels and Nitto NT-450 rubber. For added visual appeal, Yamee has sculpted the Civic's body with a Wings West Aggressor front clip, Mugen rear wing, Mugen grille insert, color-matched moldings and Lenzo driving lights. The cabin has been spruced up with custom red and white upholstery executed by Yemee's husband Raul. Also on call are a Razo shift knob, custom shifter boot and an Alpine-based stereo system.

Future plans call for an engine swap, more aggressive body armor and some cylinder head mods.

Seok-Woo Choi
Daytona Beach, Florida
1998 Nissan Maxima SE
Seok-Woo has got quite a sleeper in his Max. The Nissan has been powered up with a K&N air filter, Dynomax exhaust with single tip and a 75-shot of laughing gas, compliments of NOS. The suspension has been lowered 1.3 inches with Suspension Techniques springs while road holding has been addressed with Tokico struts and a Stillen strut tower bar. Rolling stock consists of 17-inch Enkei RS-E wheels and Dunlop P9000 rubber. Seok-Woo lists the ground effects as "custom" and the car looks trick.

Indra Mahesa
Phoenix, Arizona
1995 Nissan 200SX
& 1994 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo
This hard-hitting one-two punch belongs to Indra Mahesa. Indra uses one car as a daily driver and the other as a weekend warrior. The Nissan is the daily driver and it flexes a GReddy exhaust, Hot Shot header, K&N intake and Unorthodox Racing pulleys for extra power. The suspension has been upgraded with KYB shocks and Eibach Sport Line springs. Trick 18-inch Axis Touring Cup wheels are fitted with Nitto performance rubber for added grip and style. Since the 200SX commutes 60 miles a day, tunes are of prime concern. Indra has tossed the OE stereo in favor of a system with a Pioneer head unit and components from Polk Audio and JL Audio.

The Supra has been given extra thrust via an Apex GT Spec exhaust, Rod Millen downpipe and a bump in boost. Eibach springs drop the car while a Wings West front lip spoiler adds zest to the Toyota. At Firebird Raceway the Supra blasted a 12.6 at 115 mph on Nitto NT-555 drag radials.

Mark Nakamoto
Concord, California
1992 Nissan 300ZX
Adam Saruwatari's Nissan 300ZX (page 88) illustrates the are plenty of ways to enhance a Z-Car. Mark cut to the chase and took the one-stop route. He went to Stillen to pump up his ride. The Z sports a Stillen intake with K&N filter elements, an ECU upgrade and stainless-steel exhaust system with big 4-inch tips and a highly polished canister. The braking system has been upgraded with Stillen rotors, metallic pads and steel-braided lines. In the cabin are a pillar-mounted boost gauge and a short-throw shifter. The 300ZX rolls on BFGoodrich rubber and 17-inch Works wheels. Look out Adam.

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Eric Perez
Lexington Park, Maryland
1993 Honda Prelude Si
Eric is a Maryland native, but currently calls Edwards Air Force Base in California home. Eric has discovered Turbo magazine and is really into tech and race coverage. His Prelude is a well executed street car that has been modified in most every area of performance. Under the hood a Matrix air intake system, DC Sports header and a custom exhaust featuring an Apex Universal muffler add power. Underneath the Honda sports a Skunk2 coilover kit utilizing KYB GR-2 struts. Front and rear strut braces from Advanced Concepts address lateral stability. Traction is also enhanced with Nitto NT-450 rubber and white Team Dynamic Monza wheels. The body flexes custom taillights and clear front and rear side markers. In the cabin Eric grips a Momo Top Power tiller and a Sparco shift knob. A five-inch Monster tach from Auto Meter is set-off nicely by the custom red dash.

Eric plans to up the ante with a stroker H22 or H23 with head work, built internals and an ECU upgrade. He reports that in Maryland what used to be a scene of Mustangs and mini truck has busted out in SoCal style imports. Cool.

Danny Acero
Diamond Bar, California
1993 Honda Prelude Si
Dan the Man has put together a sweet Prelude by modifying every aspect of the car. Visually, the 'Lude is stunning, due to its Veilside body armor, clear lights all around and a set of trick 17-inch Konig Monsoon wheels. Under the hood the Honda breathes easier thanks to an RS*R cat-back exhaust system and an RS Akimoto Funnel Ram intake. Inside a silver-faced Auto Meter tach, GReddy turbo timer, Momo shift boot and Razo shift knob and pedals provide style and function. The Prelude is a daily driver worthy of a second look.

Rene Garcia
Team Adrenalize
1993 Mazda MX-6
Rene is no stranger to the strip with his Mazda which relies on simple bolt-ons for its extra kick. The engine runs a Hot Shot Generation II header and Hot Shot intake along with NGK plug wires, a Sebring 2.5-inch cat-back exhaust system, Random Technology high-flow cat and dress up items like a polished valve cover, trick oil cap and Hose Techniques hoses. Power is directed to the pavement by a Centerforce Dual Friction clutch and Mickey Thompson ET Drag Slicks. On the street the Mazda runs radials mounted on Konig aluminum. An Erebuni body kit sets the MX-6 apart. The kit is joined by an Erebuni Combat rear wing and lazy eye conversion.

Inside a custom gray and satin white interior is home to leather seats, a 5-inch Auto Meter Monster tach, Razo shift knob and Razo pedal. The car runs consistent low 14s at the Battle in Palmdale, California and Street Legal Drag events at Pomona Raceway.

Eric Sebastian
Voorhees, New Jersey
1997 Honda Civic
Eric pilots an award-winning import as his wicked Civic hatchback won top honors at the Carlisle Custom Compact Power Jam. Eric's Honda flexes a Mugen-style body kit from Erebuni, a Wings West wing and a host of clean lens lights. The Civic hugs the ground thanks to Jamex springs, Tokico shocks while Tenzo front and rear sway bars ensure stability during spirited driving. Rolling stock consists of 17-inch OZ Racing F1 Cup wheels and Nitto rubber. Inside, the Civic sports '92 buckets that have been custom wrapped with yellow leather inserts, matching rear seats, Razo carbon-fiber pedals, an Auto Meter monster tach and a Pioneer-based stereo system. Power adders consist of a Kamikaze header, Iceman intake, GReddy cat-back exhaust, Bullfrog cam, NGK plugs, Magnecor wires ad a NOS dry manifold nitrous kit.

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