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1997 Nissan 240SX SE - Silver Samad-Rai

Serving Up A Silvia Conversion Chicago-Style

Ricky Chu
Dec 4, 2006
Photographer: Jonathan Wong

Like most pre-drifting 240 owners, Samad bought his '97 SE because he didn't want to fall into the crowd of endless Hondas. In fact, he was so hard up to get behind the wheel of a 240 that he ended up buying one from a cop in Illinois. Less than a month after his big purchase, Samad sent his car down to Indianapolis for a simple SR20DET swap-or so he thought. He was promised to have it back in three weeks, but ended up yanking it from the shop nearly three months later, running in limp mode.

He sent it from shop to shop trying to get it finished, but once too many different mechanics get their hands on a car, more problems arise. Even after slapping on a host of power parts like the Uras turbo manifold, Garrett GT25R turbo and Blitz intercooler, the car still wasn't performing up to par. Growing impatient for his car to run properly, Samad started gathering non-engine related parts to ease his pain. He started off with a set of 18-inch Volk Racing SF-Challenge wheels from Mackin Industries. He wrapped those Diamond Black beauties with some Dunlop rubber and somehow managed to stuff huge Rotora brakes behind the fronts. Afterwards, he threw in some Tein Type HA coilovers. Then came the external mods, like the full ings+1 D Spec body kit and BASF custom silver-to-gold shifting paint.

For the full article on this 1997 Nissan 240SX SE Silvia conversion and issue pictures pick up January's issue of Super Street Magazine. On stands now!

By Ricky Chu
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