I never email magazines or anything like that, but your "I Love My 240SX" (Editorialisms, May '09) column really brought up the meaning behind why we do what we do to these cars. It's for the joy of it. If it weren't for the fact that I have the same model car in my driveway (minus the mods), I wouldn't be writing, but I'm gonna do everything in my power to make sure that I am the last owner that car ever has. I'm sure that newer cars will always perform better and better-the GT-R is proof of that-but for me (and this is gonna sound bad) it's about feelings! How does the car make you feel?
Sometimes history makes those feelings undeniable. When I was 15 (in the '90s) I used to visit the dealer lot at night, for God's sake! Salivating over the 300ZX and the 240SX. Then I would bike my ass home. There's something special about those '90s Nissans, and I want to be able to enjoy that something special for a long time. My example (which I couldn't afford until 2006!) may have 140 hp, the less popular Zenki front and an open diff, but it's clean and I have finally made it truly fun to drive with decent brakes, tires and Tanabe Pro 5 coilovers. The most important thing for me is that I know I will be grinning from ear to ear (something I never do) if I can uncover it occasionally when I'm 40 or 50 and take it for a ride. This kind of understatement is something the muscle-car guys figured out a while ago, but it's not very popular with tuner magazines because the market is at its peak right now and there's a lot of showing off going on. Eventually, the perspective on these cars is going to change and I hope to still have my clean, fun S14 to enjoy. Man, I can see those smiles now! Thousands of them!
I just got my May edition the other day, and I'm just about done reading it! Good stuff! Keep up the great work! After reading your column, "I Heart My 240SX," I had to get some feedback to you because I can completely understand the dilemma that you are facing. Although my '03 Civic Si may not be in the top echelon of the tuner world, I am the original owner and everything that has gone into it has been from my own blood, sweat and tears! I've often thought about getting something else (I had a JDM WRX Subie when I was living in Japan), but I don't think I could ever part ways with her. I don't think you should give up your 240SX for the very reason that you so stated in the article-you'd probably regret it for the rest of your life. Of course, if someone comes along and offers some insane amount for it-even then, you should think twice! Take care, and good luck with the 240SX!
As I write this, I'm just days away from shipping my 240SX off to its new owner. It's official now, my S14 is sold and will hopefully make its new owner happy. As I said, I already have regrets, but sometimes you have to make sacrifices to be able move forward and, unfortunately, I had to part ways with a car that I will ultimately never build to that extent again.
Looking For WRX Power
I recently bought a 2.5-liter '06 Subaru Impreza four-door sedan (it's not a WRX or an STI, though). I want to add on to it, obviously, but I'm concerned because when I look for any kind of aftermarket part in all areas, they usually only show the WRX. Would my regular Impreza be able to handle the same parts as a WRX?
The cars are essentially the same from '02-07. There are minor changes, so it's safer to source parts from a WRX of the same generation (go by the type of headlight). In terms of suspension, you want the WRX suspension parts as the hubs, axles and overall suspension, and the driveline layout is identical to the WRX (but not the STI). Power-wise, its going to be hard. The EJ25 in the base model Impreza is a single-cam motor and, of course, NA. While the physical location of the motor and trans are the same, much-if not all-of the intake plumbing is different. The only thing that will bolt on is an after-cat exhaust, and that might be overkill for a 2.5-liter, NA motor tuned from the factory for torque. If it's affordable power you want, I would look into a motor swap from a WRX.