S-Chassis owners can get away with the wildest things. From glitter metallic paint to zip ties, S13 and S14 owners can make anything look good. This is probably the only car that can also pull off a front-end conversion or headlight swap. I guess it all started with the fact that the S13, S14 and S15 cars all come from a very tight bloodline. The motor, suspension, seats and front ends are all interchangeable with little modification. I've seen S13 Silvia front-ends on 180SX cars (AKA 'Sileighty') and 180SX front ends on S13 Silvias (AKA 'Onevia'). Using the 'strawberry face' S15 front-end gave us the S13.5 and S14.5 conversions. Front-end swaps between generations didn't just stop there. Not too common but out there are S13.4, S14.3 and S15.3 cars. No, they don't look good and you should not attempt one of those. The most unforgettable conversion I've seen came from the Cars Show dealership in Japan. They fitted a few 180SX cars with S30 Z front-ends. Surprisingly enough it flowed and looked really good. And I'm not saying that just because I have a soft spot for S30 Z cars.
So now that every imaginable front-end has been used on the S13, what else can one do? Motohiro Taniguchi, owner of Spirit Rei, decided to design a new front-end for this never-boring chassis. By grafting headlights from a Japanese Honda RB2 Odyssey onto a Silvia body he created the Spirit Rei Odyvia body kit. When developing the conversion kit, Motorhiro's main concern was getting the fenders, hood, grille and bumper to flow and line up with the headlights. This is not the Bondo hack job that you saw in 1997 on a Civic at some lame-ass car show. With shows like the Tokyo Auto Salon as a showcase for Spirit Rei's Odyvia, Motohiro was expecting nothing short of perfection.
Headlight and taillight conversions tend to look like ass because the shape and contour of the lights don't ever line up correctly with the car's body. This is one of the very few exceptions. If you look closely you can see how the front of the fenders were carefully shaped to step out and line up with the curve of the headlights. The grille, hood and bumper were all shaped to perfectly hold the headlight as if the car came with them. They don't sit too low, look like they were hacked-in to fit, or compromise the spectrum of the beam.
Another subtle feature of the Spirit Rei kit is how it wraps around the wheels. If you look at the side profile of the car, you'll notice that bumpers and side skirts continue the fender arch all the around the wheel. It's a nice little touch that most kits don't have.
One thing I just can't get out of my head is how low this car was. Yes, it's a show car but you can also see it drifting at events as well. Some call it non-functional and childish but I'll never get tired of super low cars. Motohiro understands that the lower it is, the better it looks.
In all honesty, I'm not into headlight or taillight conversions. I would never do something like this. But the Spirit Rei Odyvia kit looks really good. Motohiro pulled this one off nicely. Coming out of 1989, the S13 is an old car. Most of the body kits designed for this car look very similar. It's about time someone had a kit for the S13 that didn't look like all the others.
1991 Nissan Silvia (AKA 'Odyvia')
Owner Motohiro Taniguchi
Hometown Tottori, Japan
Occupation Owner of spirit REI
Engine SR20DET; HKS GT-RS turbo; Tomei Pon-Cams; ported head; Nismo 550cc injectors; Sard fuel pressure regulator; GTR fuel pump; Blitz SUS power intake; Super Made turbo manifold; Spirit Rei exhaust; Trust boost controller and spark plugs; KTS intercooler and piping
Drivetrain Nismo Coppermix clutch kit; Kaaz 1.5 way LSD
Engine management Apex-I Power FC
Footwork & Chassis JIC FLT-A2 coilovers; Cusco pillow tension rods; Nismo lower arm; Ikeya Formula tie rods; Moon Face tie rod ends; KTS pillow upper arm and toe arm
Brakes Nissan 4-piston front calipers
Exterior Spirit Rei Odyvia body kit with JDM Honda Odyssey (RB) headlights
Interior Bride Gias II and Stradia II seat; Nardi steering wheel
Audio Pioneer Carrozzeria head unit; Rockford amps and subwoofers
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