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Hey, Modified, I was looking through the article about project LS13 and was thinking of doing the same thing to the interior of my soon-to-be S13. How much cushion was trimmed off the bottom of the Corbeau seat? Also, what are you gonna do about the seatbelts — will you keep the automatic seatbelts or go for the conversion to manual like many other S13/240SX owners do? —Sacsovann Yos
There wasn’t a specific set amount that was cut from the bottom of the cushion — we eyeballed how much we wanted cut and had our custom fabric guy do the rest of the work. You can see in the photo that it was probably half of the material. Be careful, though, because you don’t want to thin it out too much in the back since that will leave very little cushion for your behind. The automatic seatbelts will stay for the time being, but eventually the plan is to swap over to a manual setup that will be sourced from Canada since all their 240SXs came with manual belts. —Ed.
Same Old Thing?
I have been a subscriber ever since Sport Compact Car bit the dust, and I’d first like to acknowledge that following up a great magazine isn’t easy and I appreciate your effort. One complaint I have is that all of the feature cars in the past three or so years have been relatively the same cars. While I don’t know what is required to become a featured car in a magazine, I would like to suggest a change. While NSXs, Skylines, EVOs, S2000s, 350Zs and WRXs are nice cars, I’m getting sick of opening up my magazine every month with the same boring cars all over the feature pages. Most of the time, I just skip the featured cars and move on to the tech stories.
These cars are all great, don’t get me wrong, I would just like more variety with the feature cars. There’s a ridiculous amount of cars that can be used as feature cars, and I feel shortchanged by being spoon fed the same cars every issue (however, the occasional Datsuns and FD RX-7s are a nice touch). What about Del Sols, CRXs, Miatas, MR2 Spyders, SRT-4s, G35s, Celicas, Supras, tCs, GTIs, Elises, Corollas (yes, I said it), Soarers, 300ZXs and Eclipses? I feel like everyone would benefit from a broader spectrum of feature cars. The Readers’ Ride issue helps cure most of this boredom, but why do that only once a year? Thanks, hopefully you consider my suggestion. —Pat B.
We’re always on the lookout for unique and different cars, but trust us when we say that they’re harder to find than you think. If we could bring the assortment of cars you mentioned every month, then we surely would. However, there just aren’t enough people building quality Del Sols, and it’s difficult to feature them even once a year.
You should give us some credit, though, the last four to five issues have included some lesser-known cars, including a MR2, Cobalt and Nissan 200SX. We’re trying to include as much variety as we can and are going to be branching out even more to include not just Japanese cars but Euros as well. —Ed.
Where’s the Love?
Modified is my all-time favorite magazine, and I was wondering why you guys always do cover stories and other articles about Subarus, Acuras, Skylines, Nissans and some Hondas. All those cars are sponsored and are completely done. When are you guys going to think about stepping outside the box and do a cover story or even some smaller articles about the kid in his garage doing what he can to his older, beat-up car with what money he has? For example, I drive a ’91 Honda Accord and have done everything myself with what knowledge and money I have. It’s not stock, but it’s also not a tacky “he has no money” build. My dream has always been to make it on the cover of Modified — even a small article about my car and what’s been done to it. That’s just an idea I had and hope it sparks something for you guys. Thank for taking the time to read this email. —Jesse M.
The reason why we don’t put, for example, a ’91 Honda Accord on the cover is mainly because of you, the reader. Not particularly you, Jesse, but the tens of thousands of other readers we have won’t buy the magazine if there is an unpopular or lightly modified car on the cover. You have to remember it’s our job to publish content that’s popular and interesting to people in our scene, and, unfortunately, while you may find a Honda Accord fascinating, the majority of readers don’t. How do we know? We can tell by the numbers of issues we sell every month when a particular car is on the cover and by doing surveys. Most people want to read about the cars you see on the cover. That doesn’t mean we aren’t willing to take a risk and try something different, but it has to be really special in order to do so. —Ed.
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Every once in a while we get a submission that’s so beyond us that it just has to be printed. This one comes from Anthony, and it looks like he took the time to fill in all his personal info on our online submission form, but had some serious trouble forming a cohesive sentence. Or perhaps this is some type of code that he wants us to decipher. If you’ve got any idea what all this means, let us know. —Ed.