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1995 Nissan 240SX - Straight-Six Sensation

You will always remember this street-driven, RB-powered S14

Apr 28, 2017
Photographer: Michael Palcowski

Standing out in the S-chassis community has become increasingly difficult year after year. Don't get us wrong, a body kit, JDM wheels, and an SR swap are exceptionally cool and will normally yield a few hundred likes on Instagram, but around the office we like to classify those cars as "cookie cutter" builds. John Markadakis has owned this 240SX for nearly a decade, however, it wasn't until the last two years when it has really emerged as a standout S14 build in North America.

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Back in high school, John became besotted with the automotive culture. He collected JDM mags and videos and like many people, dreamed of owning Nissan's Skyline GT-R, an R34 in particular. Knowing the unlikelihood of a teenager owning an R34, John still wanted to be a part of the Nissan family and after graduation began his journey with his Zenki S14.

Everyone knows how special a first project car is; John's just happened to come with an element of his dream car already in it—a straight-six RB25DET swap. While not the exact motor in the GT-R he'd always wanted, the RB25DET came in the lower trim Skylines and was equally tunable for lots of horsepower. It was too good to be true, though, and in a few days, John discovered his RB was damaged internally. This ultimately motivated him to learn about engines and in '11, he made the decision to leave his home in North Carolina and head to Texas for an engine-building school. He gained experience and also wrenched at various shops, only to realize that he wasn't making the money he wanted. John returned home to start up his own JDM parts ecommerce business called Affinis Motorsports and equipped with more knowledge, has also finished his first project car that he originally set out to build.

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Today, John's S14 features a Kouki front end, plus a mash-up of JDM parts, from the GP Sports, Yashio Factory, SARD and Chargespeed aero to the quintessential Volk Racing TE37SL wheels. He tells us his favorite exterior mod is the custom Car Shop Glow LED taillights.

With the exception of the rollcage and paint, John did all the work on his own, even the tuning until recently. "The most difficult ones to overcome lately have been the engine management and having it work properly. I used to have the traditional A'PEXi PowerFC and had it for seven years. But I wanted more features added, so I switched to the AEM Infinity. From there, it was getting all the sensors added and configuring it all to play nicely." The next step was to get it tuned properly at MA Motorsports, where his tuner was able to produce 466 whp and 350 lb-ft of torque. The following weekend, he was already winning trophies at the First Class Fitment car show.

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John tells us he plans on taking the car to the track, not for competition purposes, but purely for fun. New suspension is in the works, and the car's next phase will be more of a GT-style appearance. The road to finishing the car he started in high school wasn't without some hiccups, but we gotta give him props for building a car that the S-chassis community won't be forgetting about anytime soon.

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1995 Nissan 240SX - Straight-Six Sensation
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Owner: John Markadakis
Location: Raleigh, NC
Occupation: Owner of Affinis Motorsports
Power: 466 whp; 350 lb-ft of torque
Engine: RB25DET NEO engine swap; HKS timing belt; Syko Performance mount kit; BorgWarner EFR 8374 turbo; Taw Brokerage billet twin scroll EFR manifold; BMRS/XRP engine fluid hoses; GReddy intake plenum; Q45 throttle body; Custom Core invert mounted intercooler; A'PEXi World Sport Turbo exhaust; Moroso oil catch can, power steering reservoir; MORCAL oil cooler; GREX filter housing; Griffin aluminum radiator; Flex-a-lite dual 12" pusher electric fans; Raw Brokerage silicone radiator hoses; NISMO thermostat, fuel pressure regulator; XRP stainless steel power steering lines; Aeromotive Stealth 340lph fuel pump; Injector Dynamics 1000cc injectors; Modified Wiring Specialties PRO NEO engine harness; custom chassis harness with ARC 8000 flat touch switch panel; Carbon Radiator cooling panel
Drivetrain: R34 Skyline RB25DET pull-type transmission; NISMO R34 GT-R G-Max twin disc clutch; KAAZ 2-Way Super limited-slip differential; Driveshaft Shop aluminum driveshaft; stainless steel braided clutch; billet differential bushings; Energy Suspension subframe and steering rack bushings; Peak Performance Poly transmission mount
Engine Management: AEM Infinity
Footwork & Chassis: FEAL Suspension/Megan Racing race coilovers; Voodoo13 billet front tension rods, billet rear upper control arms, rear toe links, billet rear traction rods; Peak Performance inner and GKTECH outer tie rods; SIKKY RB swap front sway bar; BadFish Performance rollcage, rear fender mini-tubs; K-Sport air jack system
Brakes: 355mm SCR Project Mu two-piece slotted rotors, four-piston forged calipers, Teflon lines, B-Spec racing pads; 300ZX dual-piston rear calipers and rotors, brake master cylinder
Wheels & Tires: 18x10.5" +15 front, 18x11" +18 rear Volk Racing TE37SL wheels; 265/40R18 front, 315/30R18 rear Falken AZENIS RT615K tires
Exterior: GP Sports G-Four front bumper cover, side skirts, rear bumper cover; JDM Kouki headlights; Uras Type 1 grille, hood spoiler; Ganador power side mirrors; Yashio Factory carbon-fiber hood; Chargespeed front and rear fenders; Car Shop Glow LED taillights; SARD GT 1700MM wing; Annointed Aero carbon-fiber front splitter; Rize Japan carbon-fiber canards
Interior: Recaro SPG seats; Takata six-point Profi harnesses; MOMO MOD70 steering wheel; Cusco steering wheel hub; Pride Motorsports/Robot Racing dry carbon dash; Autosport Labs Race Capture Pro II telemetry and race dash; BadFish Performance sheetmetal interior panels
Thanks You: David and my Houston friends with Final Form USA; Casey Quillen for the 'cage work and sheetmetal fabrication; Mark Canup with Eastern Wake Collision in NC for the entire paint job; my girlfriend, Jessica, for putting up with all of my late nights in the garage



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