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1996 Nissan Silvia K's (S14) - Camber Alert

Defying the Laws of Camber and Wheel Fitment With One of Japan's Most Wanted

David Ishikawa
Sep 19, 2019

There is no denying Seiji Ookawara's Nissan Silvia is a head-turner. It's extremely low, it's extremely wide, and it has an enormous rear wing. It also has a ludicrous amount of negative camber that screams for attention. Referred to in Japan as "oni-cam," with "oni" meaning demon and "cam" being short for camber, it's a wild style that's been around for decades. However, it's risen in popularity with the stance scene. There's now an ongoing battle in the Kansai region of Japan to see who can fit the deepest-dish wheels under their fenders. Dialing up the camber seems to be the preferred method to accomplish this, and Seiji's Silvia is a prime example.

1996 Nissan Silvia Ks Big Country Labs Rear Wing 02 Photo 28/28   |   1996 Nissan Silvia K's (S14) - Camber Alert

Seiji explains his method of madness isn't for everyone, and that's part of its appeal. Having admired the style for some time, he wanted to apply it to one of his favorite cars, the Silvia. For some, the -11 degrees of front camber and -15 degrees of rear camber is too extreme, in fact, outright dangerous. Seiji doesn't mind those comments and insists his car has been aligned and drives perfectly fine. He's never had a camber-related issue driving to the countless shows and meets he's attended.

Like a tour guide waving a flag, Seiji's massive Big Country Labs GT wing lets everyone know where he is. Once you have the entire car in view, it is hard to focus on one specific feature for long, as there's just so much to take in-whether it is the aggressive widebody styling with plenty of canards and diffusers giving a GT look or the massive Work wheels that are so deep they look like canons ready to fire on its enemy.

1996 Nissan Silvia Ks SR20DET Photo 28/28   |   1996 Nissan Silvia K's (S14) - Camber Alert

With a car like this, you'd expect Seiji to be on air suspension, but he's not, and it hasn't been smooth sailing. He recalls one instance driving on the freeway when he heard a large thump come from the front. His front bumper had fallen off and been dragged all the way to the next rest stop area. Understandably, he was a bit upset, but after a few minutes he just laughed it off and had it repaired the next week. It's just one of the consequences of driving a car like this, but he reiterates it's not due to the camber but to being super low.

One thing that's not an issue for Seiji is the power. Recently back from a full rebuild at the skilled hands of Eiji Daito from E.Prime, the SR20DET is now producing 450 hp thanks in part to a larger HKS turbo and Tomei cams. The clean look of the exterior is reflected in the engine bay with the white valve cover and red accents. That look then continues to the interior, with the beautiful Bride seats, matching Bride door panel accents and rear seats, and surrounded by a color-matched Saito rollcage.

1996 Nissan Silvia Ks Brake Lever Photo 28/28   |   1996 Nissan Silvia K's (S14) - Camber Alert

Having owned the car for more than a decade, Seiji is proud of what he's accomplished. He revealed that he still plans to make it even wider. According to him, anyone can make a cool car that pleases everyone, but to do something extraordinary, you have to push the limits of whether people are going to hate it or love it.

By David Ishikawa
63 Articles
1996 Nissan Silvia K's (S14) - Camber Alert
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Owner: Seiji Ookawara
Hometown: Nagoya, Japan
Occupation: Manufacturing
Instagram: @seiji_ookawara
Power: 443 whp
Engine: SR20DET; HKS GT II 7460R turbo, exhaust manifold; NISMO 740cc injectors; Tomei cams, head gasket; GReddy intake manifold, intercooler; Viper exhaust; upgraded throttle body; custom reserve tank, oil catch tank, intake pipe; Mishimoto cooling fan; HPI aluminum radiator; Okuyama cooling panel
Drivetrain: ORC 409D single-plate clutch, flywheel; NISMO limited-slip differential
Engine Management: Link G4 ECU; Blitz boost controller
Footwork & Chassis: GP Sports G-Master coilovers; Swift springs with 32K front, 30K rear spring rates; Yuromode arms; Ikeya Formula arms; Megan Racing arms; custom lower arm
Wheels & Tires: 18x10.5 -31 front, 18x12.5 -66 rear Work Meister S1 3P wheels; 215/35R18 front Achilles, 285/30R18 rear Nankang tires
Exterior: Vertex Lang front bumper; BN Sports rear bumper, 30mm front and 50mm rear fenders; M-Sports hood; ESB 30mm front and rear fender flares; Ganador mirrors; Big Country Labs 1,850mm rear spoiler; Pandem GT86 under panel, GT86 side canards; Mercury Z33 diffuser; custom front canards; Saito rollcage; D-Max roof spoiler; E.Prime bash bar; pearl white paint
Interior: Bride Low Max ZIEG type-R seats; MOMO Drift steering wheel; NISMO shift knob; Bride upholstered door panels and rear seats
Thanks: Carbase Zerozero8 Takamasa Oya who helped with the build of the Silvia; E.Prime Eiji Daito for the engine build and support

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