There’s nothing like nostalgia to bring back fond memories and good times, like a classic Biggie track or the smell of sweet perfume. We see so many builds throughout the years that might be hot for a minute but a season later the style or trend has hit the recycling bin. Then, there are individuals like Jeevs Sidhu who opt for a build that will always buck the trends, who would rather go with a project that will endure the times. The Calgary, Alberta, Canada, native has shown a unique sense of style, and it shows with his 240SX build—no matter the age of the car he would hope to keep things in fashion. Jeevs set out to build his car with the same prestige as famed Japanese S13 chassis tuner/driver Yoshinori Koguchi, but with his own twist to it. “Koguchi always has the best steez,” Jeevs says when asked about his build.
The iconic build began with the heart of a beast. Jeevs had imported a red-top SR20DET, which is standard in the S13. Following some hard drift and track sessions, the tired red-top was relieved of its duties for a crispy black-top SR20DET found in the big brother S14. Prior to swapping the motor, Jeevs wanted to extract the most out of the powerplant as possible, upgrading to a Garrett GT28-60RS turbine, mated with a Tomei Expreme manifold. For spent gases he chose a Circuit Sports downpipe and A’PEXi N-1 titanium exhaust. To feed air, the classic Greddy intake manifold was mounted with a big-bore throttle body, all cooled down by a Greddy front-mount intercooler. Finishing up the engine bay, a wire tuck ensued including fuse box relocation. Those with an S-chassis know this is not an easy task to accomplish.
In Koguchi fashion, Jeevs wanted to have a clean, yet recognizable aero package. G-Grow would be the face of the 240SX matched with OEM Kouki side skirts, rear valence, wing, taillamps with the OEM carbon Kevlar garnish as the cherry on top. Before being coated in a metallic black paint, the front and rear fenders were pulled and prepped by Jeevs himself. This would allow for aggressive fitment and stance. “Finding a good wheel and tire combo that wouldn’t make my car drive like garbage wasn’t easy. It took time and money,” Jeevs says. After going through several sets to dial in the car to his liking, the 240SX sits on 18-inch dual-toned SSR Professors. Like the fenders, most of this car was handbuilt by Jeevs. When asked what his motivation was, he said: “The build itself, and having a car built by your own hands”.
Handling was one of the most vital aspects of the build, relying on Stance coilovers, Tein tie rods, and a whole array of bushings and braces. Matched with a Safety 21 rollcage, the car was rigid and ready for track and daily duties. With the additional power added, braking was the next area to address. A Project Mu four-pot caliper brake kit was employed to share the duties with factory 300ZX Z32 two-pot rears.
To round out the build, two Bride holding monsters were placed in the cockpit. A clean, uncommon mod is the deletion of the rear seats with the Origin Lab carbon-fiber rear panel. Tired of the worn-out OEM lighting inside the Nissan, Jeevs went through the necessity of replacing everything with LED bulbs, from the climate control to the NISMO cluster, which was also wired with a built-in wideband oxygen sensor gauge. Getting rid of some of the lackluster, worn OEM parts came Super-Made floor mats, Sparco steering wheel, and Kazama shift knob.
The objective of this build was to have a daily driver that would break necks with an S-chassis that’s not multiple colors and smashed to pieces. See Jeevs is one of those guys who loves the 240SX too much to beat one to all hell. He’s had this car for nine years, and his roots run deep with the car. It was his dad who started his 240SX love, coming home with a brand-new 240SX in 1992 for himself. “I tried to go for a clean track car look, using lots of JDM parts here and there” he says. The parts are what most 240SX owners have, but the total execution is something not enough 240SX cars ever get to. It’s a timeless look with timeless mods.
Behind the Build
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
skateboarding and building cars
The thrill of driving a track car on the street
Buy the best stuff, less is more.
1992 Nissan 240SX
Engine ’98 SR20DET swap; Phase 2 coil pack grounding plate; ARC air intake box and water pump pulley; Tomei Expreme manifold; S15 multilayer exhaust gasket; Garrett GT28-60RS turbo; Circuit Sports downpipe and coolant overflow tanks; A’PEXi N1 Titanium exhaust; Greddy intercooler, radiator cap, fuel rail, intake manifold with weld-on 70mm flange; Nissan N15 70mm throttle body; HKS Sequential BOV; RC 550cc injectors; Sard fuel pressure regulator; Aeromotive fuel pressure gauge, fuel lines, and fittings; Hondata heat shield gasket; Koyo aluminum radiator; Samco radiator hoses; Power Enterprise belts; Flex-a-lite dual electric fan; Optima dry cell battery; custom wire tuck
Drivetrain NISMO/Exedy multiplate clutch and flywheel combo; Circuit Sports clutch damper eliminator; STRD clutch assembly; JDM 180SX LSD; B&M short shifter; Peak Performance transmission mount
Suspension Stance GR+ coilovers; Energy Suspension bushings and subframe kit; Circuit Sports floor bar and aluminum steering bushings; Tein tie rods; NISMO power brace; custom reinforced LCA; powdercoated red front and rear subframes; Tanabe front sway bar; Whiteline adjustable rear sway bar and endlinks; Carbin front strut bar with BMC stopper; Cusco rear strut bar; Touge Factory C-pillar bar; Safety 21 seven-point rollcage; Peak Performance rear upper control arm
Wheels/Tires SSR Professor SP1 custom painted 18x9 +8 (front) 18x11 +8 (rear); Rays Engineering lug nuts
Brakes Project Mu four-pot (front) calipers, two-piece rotors, and pads; 300ZX Z32 master cylinder and rear brakes; stainless steel lines
Exterior G-Grow front bumper; JDM 180SX side skirts, rear lip, rear wing, side markers, signal lights, city lights, taillights, and Kevlar rear garnish; Origin roof wing; painted carbon hood; shaved trunk lid; Max skid plate
Interior Sparco concave suede steering wheel; Kazama shift knob and spin turn knob; carbon glovebox delete; Bride Gias carbon Kevlar driver seat, Brix passenger seat; Takata harnesses; Origin carbon rear bench; Super-Made floor mats; Pioneer F90BT GPS Navigation; Nismo 260km LED lit cluster with wideband gauge; T1R interior lights
Gratitude Speedtech Racing Development; Urban Expressions; Tunerworks Performance; Paul Tan, Billy Harley, Nick Show, William Ngan, Barbara De Leon, Jackie Law, Eric Zapata, Allan Calgui, Mark Lacey, Will Wong, Randy Schwitz, Chanry Kim, Lee Main, Rocky Park, and especially Pat Tan, who basically helped me out with the entire build.