It's 2:48 a.m. Friday morning, and I'm sitting up in bed shaking my head at my cell phone, trying to decipher a text message that not only woke me, but also my dog, who is staring at me while heaving a sigh of disgust. It's from Eddie Lee:"Illicano muchacha is too good for Concepcion cuckaracha :P See u Manama."
Despite its somewhat clever rhyming scheme, use of both Spanish and English, and the familiar smiley face with tongue sticking out, this text does not make sense whatsoever, especially when it's almost 3 a.m. and I haven't had a good night's sleep in weeks. The only thing that I can possibly take from it is the fact that it's from Eddie, the guy who once drank an entire bottle of Johnnie Walker Red Label by himself, spit at a guy's feet after a night out at the club and demanded him to lick it, and known among our circle of friends as "K-Fury," because if pushed, he will unleash the Korean out of him and Tae Kwon Do the hell out of someone's face.
So I'm not really surprised that he woke me up this particular morning. And I wasn't really surprised that when I ask him about it the next day, he denies all his wrongdoing and says I should blame it on the Grey Goose. What I am really surprised at is the fact that Eddie, with all his late-night alcohol binging and "party like it's our last day on earth" attitude, is still capable of tuning the illest Nissan 240SX in the industry.
As the General Manager of Mackin Industries, purveyors of all things JDM-like Espelir, Wheel Mate and of course, the always coveted Rays Wheels-Eddie is the king of the aftermarket industry. He's the proverbial mover and shaker, and if anyone deserves to be on the cover it would have to be him. In other words, he's major, epic and supreme, all in one. And so is his car. The latest creation in his stable of rides, this 1989 240SX, is what the kids these days call "hyphy."
For one, every part and every modification is done with brand name in mind. "If you were to describe this car, it's pretty much as Koreatown brand-name whore as you're gonna get," explains Eddie, "and I love it!" Let's start with the exterior. Featuring a Vertex "Ridge" body kit, the 240 sits wide 30 mm muy fuerte in the front and 50mm very strong in the rear. He left his ride wingless because according to Eddie, "wings are for losers." The gunmetal gray paint comes from a Nissan R32 Skyline GT-R, the carbon fiber hood comes from Seibon, and it sports JDM Kouki taillights and JDM wind deflectors.
All of these sit on top of a set of Cusco Comp 2 coilovers, Nagisa Auto Shakitto Shock tower brace, and Peak Performance bushings, a suspension setup that puts hair on your chest. In fact, it doesn't stop there because this ride was made to drift and balance is key, so Eddie added a NISMO power brace, Kazama front tension rods and a Cusco roll cage. This makes the already well-balanced 240SX even more svelte around the chicanes, bends and steep driveways.
When rollin' around the 'hood, the car sits on a set of sick diamond black 18-inch RAYS Volk Racing GTC Face wheels laying tracks nine inches wide in the front and 11 inches broad in the rear. They're wrapped around by Toyo RA1 tires and guarantees double-take looks by thugs, scallywags, and hoodrats. On the track, however, Eddie switches them up to get the maximum traction and mobility. He puts on a set of Volk TE37 Time Attack Edition wheels that usually makes tuners cry with envy. Of course, all of this would be mush if a Project forged racing caliper brake kit with a two-piece SCR pro rotors and B-Force pads weren't stopping the car before it glides off to drifting oblivion.
But it's under the hood where the major-ness happens; where it separates itself from the weak and raises the standard for the supreme. A black top SR20DET is posted in the engine bay, pumping out 350 hp to the wheels at 14 lb. of boost. A set of HKS camshafts with HKS rocker arm stoppers, metal head gasket and ARP head studs head up the starting rotation, while HKS valve springs, retainers and Blitz 750 cc fuel injectors are pitching in the bullpen. But batting clean up and playing like a future hall of famer is a stout HKS GTR-S turbocharger boosting compressed air into the chambers with no regard. Helped with a HKS turbo outlet, ARC turbo blow-off valve, and intercooler, this turbo setup is as sick as you can get. Playing in the left field is an Espelir 80mm exhaust system with a titanium tip and playing first base is a powerful HKS Super Mega Flow air intake.
But as epic as the engine is, Eddie made sure it also looked sexy. So he had the people at 5 Axis paint the valve cover and other miscellaneous parts inside the engine bay. It's so fresh and so clean in there that you can not only eat off of it, but you can also eat it out. Since this car is relatively old, Eddie made sure he replaced all the OEM parts with new ones, like the water pump, oil pump, timing chain and gaskets.
Inside the cabin, he opted to not go crazy like his other project cars. He stayed fresh to def with Sparco Milano 2 seats, matching the upholstery in the rear seats, side trim, and even the glove box. He does have some JDM flava dropping dimes in the console with a Vertex steering wheel, matching perfectly like an H&M outfit with the ARC titanium shifter knob and Project Pedals. All in all, this proves the point that Eddie is not only a name-brand whore, but also knows where to spend his money with premium parts.
Unlike previous cover cars, Eddie's 240SX is comparatively mild, not because it lacks power or looks, but because Eddie is a tuner's tuner. He's been in the game so long that he understands what it's like to be on both sides of the industry fence. He was a fan back when the game started and is now one of the people who run it. So in a sense you can say he "keeps it real" by building his car as an homage to those who actually have a passion for the tuning scene, and not just to slap parts together, place obnoxious decals on it and call it day. It's a car that even you can build. Given, of course, you can take down an entire bottle of Red Label in one swing. One word: major.
Owner Eddie Lee
Hometown Assadena, CA
Daily Grind general Manager, Mackin industries
Power 350 hp at 14 lb. of boost
Under The Hood: Black Top SR20DET; engine buildup by SIX Autoworks and XS Engineering; HKS Step 2 camshafts with 272 lift, ported head, rocker arm stoppers, metal head gasket, valve springs, retainers, fuel regulator, downpipe, turbo outlet, fuel pump, fuel rail, Super Mega flow air intake, stainless turbo manifold, cam gears, Super Fire spark plugs, Circle Earth grounding kit, GTR-S turbocharger and D1 oil cap; ARP head studs; Blitz 750 cc fuel injectors; Espelir 80mm with titanium tip exhaust system; Project Silvia test pipe catalytic converter; XS Engineering power pack ignition; ARC turbo blow-off vlave; internal wastegate, intercooler, oil pan, Super radiator with adjustable radiator valve, old school cam cover, cooling hood panel, oil catch tank, upper and lower radiator hoses and oil cooler; valve cover, piping, fuse box, and other misc. pieces painted by 5 Axis; stainless steel braided hoses, fuel lines, oil lines; Project brake master cylinder cover; Cusco engine mounts; GReddy oil relocator kit, power pulleys, intake manifold; Power Enterprise belts
Drivetrain: Cusco 1.5-way LSD; C's short shifter kit; ARC titanium shift knob; NISMO super copper mix clutch set and slave cylinder clutch line
Brains: HKS F-Con V-pro, EVC boost controller and turbo timer
Rollers Street: 18x9 RAYS Volk Racing GTC Face with Toyo T1R 235/40/18 (front); 18x11 RAYS Volk Racing GTC Face with Toyo T1R 255/35/18 (rear); Race: 18x8.5 RAYS Volk Racing TE37 Time Attack Edition with Toyo RA1 (front); 18x11 RAYS Volk Racing TE37 Time Attack Edition with Toyo RA1 (rear)
Stoppers: Project Forged Racing caliper kit, two-piece SCR Pro Rotors, Teflon lines and B-Force pads; Project KICS wide tread spacer and R40 Neo Chro lug nuts
Stiff Stuff: Cusco roll cage, rear three-point rear strut brace and Comp 2 coilovers; Nagisa Auto Shakitto Shock tower brace and fender brace; Peak Performance sub frame bushings; NISMO power brace; Kazama front tension rods and rear suspension arms
Outside: Vertex by Car Make T and E "Ridge" wide body kit: 30mm front and 50mm rear; Koito Whitebeamt III lighting; Bodywork by M1 Paint and Body; Nissan R32 Skyline GT-R gunmetal gray point; S and A graphics; Seibon carbon hood; Sparco hood pins; JDM Kouki Taillights; JDM wind deflectors
Inside: Sparco Milano 2 seats with matching rear seats, side trim and glove box; HKS Chrono boost, EGT, Temp and Oil gauges; Vertex steering wheel; ARC titanium shifter knob; Project pedals; Works Bell tilt up hub; battery relocated to rear
Props: Mackin Industries, Inc.; Kyo-Ei Japan (Project KICS); RAYS; HKS; Project ; ARC; Espelir; NISMO/Nissan; Car Make T&E; Sparco; XS Engineering; 5 Axis; Peak Performance; SIX Autoworks; S and A Design; Super Street; Seibon; Toyo Tires; Super Steve L.; Steph P.; Ryan at Creative; and to my brother Ron who will be in Afghanistan when this is published!