When you ask people what their impressions of the Nissan S-chassis is, most would say they're great platforms for just about any type of driving, whether Time Attack, drift, or just having some plain ol' rear-wheel-drive fun. One type of driving you won't hear Nissan's affordable sports car associated with is goin' off-road. There's been a handful of rally builds in the '80s and '90s; even Nissan participated in Group B back in the day. In the case of a true enthusiast-built lifted S-chassis ready to take on mountains and trails, it's pretty much nonexistent—that is, until we met Kyosuke Kubo from Osaka, Japan.
We discovered Kyosuke's Silvia at the annual SR All Star Meeting held in Shizuoka last spring—basically heaven for anyone who's a fan of the S13, S14, and S15. That was where we set the date for a shoot with Kyosuke a few months later at a local beach—somewhere we could get a taste of his vehicle's all-terrain capabilities. Little did we know he had a surprise waiting for us in the shape of a similarly lifted 180SX driven by his girlfriend, Yume Tanichi.
Sometimes being a car guy can be a challenge when you have a girlfriend, so Kyosuke's plan was to turn his girlfriend into a "car gal." The plan involved building Yume her own project. That's right, Kyosuke and Yume basically one-upped all those couples out there who wear matching outfits with matching off-road Nissans! Now, wherever Kyosuke is headed, you are sure to find Yume driving her 180SX nearby with the two chatting back and forth over walkie-talkies. Relationship goals...
Top Rankaz, a four-wheel-drive specialty shop located in Osaka, was responsible for giving both Nissans a one-off lift kit that surprisingly is still able to incorporate off-the-shelf coilovers. To fit wider tires, Kyosuke leveraged Rocket Bunny over-fenders on both cars. In addition, he changed up the front of his Silvia with the Rocket Bunny Boss conversion.
Next, both cars received matching finishes and graphics: push bars to protect the front-mount intercoolers and some blindingly bright LED light bars. Kyosuke wanted to do a bit extra on his own car, so he used inspiration from desert rally cars and converted the trunk to a spare tire rack. In the event either car gets a flat, he has two spares to keep 'em going.
When we asked Kousuke about what gave him the idea for an off-road S-chassis, he stated that his mother had always been into off-roading and even owns a BMW X5 modified in a similar fashion. More importantly, it's refreshing to know Kousuke's builds aren't just for show and to shake up the Nissan community; they're 100 percent functional and used at local rally events. Whether you love them or hate them, these are two of the most unique builds we've ever seen, not just in Japan but around the world. They also match a whole lot better than what your significant other made you wear this morning.