Jorge Alicea is the Purchasing Coordinator for Direct Line, Distributors for Fifth Gear, a hot tuning shop in Florida. His job offers him the opportunity to look carefully over the aftermarket auto parts industry to find the really dope parts for his companys customers as well as for himself. You might call it an unfair advantage but one well worth taking.
Alicea had what he figures were a couple of good reasons for buying his 95 Nissan Altima: One, its not a Honda, and, two, the Altima has five more horses and weighs 50 pounds more than an Accord. As you could have guessed, Alicea is not a big Honda fan.
Some of the unique features of his car include a 60-shot of NOS, the custom HKS HammerHead Intake system, and the custom 12mm Vitek plug wires. Alicea did encounter two problems during the buildup: lack of parts and the lack of help to find parts. To solve his problems, he used a Nissan 240SX as a starting point and learned from there. For others with similar problems, he offers this helpful hint: Find out what similarities your vehicle has with a sports car from the same manufacturer. You would be surprised how many parts are interchangeable. Any other advice for others trying to build up a vehicle? Ask lots of questions and dont give up.
The look of this Altima is enhanced greatly by the Stillen front air dam, the Racer Design Touring Wing, and the Enkei Wun Gun wheels. Suspension wise, Alicea removed the stock spring perches and used modified KYB struts with threaded collars and Eibach springs. The car can be lowered 4 inches front and rear. Alicea just bought an intercooler that will fit in the front air dam, which means a turbo is in the very near future as well as a possible transmission swap.
The problem Alicea has with his car now is that, depending on which county in Florida he is in, this Altima isnt exactly street legal. Were betting that once that turbo is installed with the nitrous, this Altima might just give Johnny Laws radar a run for its money.