Not everyone’s going to love Kyle Ranauro’s Nissan S14 but its sick stance and ginormous twenties deserves some credit.
Contrary to what many people will assume about the owner, Kyle isn’t some punk kid who’s spoiled, talks shit on the Internet and follows the trends. The 25 year-old works Monday through Friday prepping new vehicles for commercials in Orange County. His expertise is in custom fabrication and his passion for Nissan reaches beyond ten years. He’s owned four Nissans and is working on a 350+whp S13 track car as you read this, plus his day-to-day car is a Cube. With that said, this 240SX is nothing but his play toy. It’s not meant to be a race car, cause he’s already building one. It’s also not his everyday commuter, cause he already has one. This is a car where Kyle could do whatever the fuck he wants without having to please anyone. So instead of building what every S-chassis owner does, he created a hardcore VIP-styled cruiser, something you would normally see on the streets of Osaka.
Part of the reason Kyle went the direction he did was the freshly built KA24 and five-speed automatic under the hood. He scooped up the S14 with only 15 miles on a newly rebuilt powertrain from the previous owner. It would be a waste to ditch the motor so he decided to keep everything in the bay stock.
The next month entailed fixing up the car after a minor accident. The entire body was resprayed black with the addition of an authentic Supermade Instant Gentlemen kit—super rare, we might add. It would take someone three months to import one from Japan but Kyle lucked out grabbing the last kit in 5Zigen USA’s inventory.
The wheels and tires came next. Nothing baller status but the MRRs had the VIP look Kyle wanted; picking them up mounted and balanced with tires for just above $1k made it all the sweeter on the wallet.
Next up to bat was the chassis—the bread and butter behind this ride. With the way this S14 sits, it had to be on air-ride, right? We were wrong. Kyle drives this slammed thanks to coilovers and some careful chassis work. The coils from Parts Shop Max were perfect because of its short dampeners and aggressive valving. But the car isn’t physically able to get this low on dubs with just suspension…
“The most time consuming part was hammering the upper frame rail and the apron in front of the shocks and also the rear fender lips to get the wheels to fit. The front wheels can turn lock to lock now without rubbing against the structure,” he explained.
In the rear, Kyle also had to install new toe links and fabricate custom mounts to shift the bottom of the shocks in closer to the body so it wouldn’t hit against the springs.
The rest of the car is… stock. For shits and giggles, the rear taillights are Altezza-style parts from eBay spray painted candy red. “For forty bucks how could I go wrong,” he laughed.
And Kyle’s right, how could he go wrong? He’s hasn’t spent years and racks of cash building this S14. He’s built it to the way he wants it as a low-riding cruiser that looks crazy, stupid, stanced, silly, whatever you want to call it. It might be sacrilege but he doesn’t care cause he knows haters gonna hate.
1996 Nissan 240SX
Owner Kyle Ranauro
Hometown Orange County, CA
Occupation Car prep
Engine 2.4 liter KA24DE inline-four; S13 airbox; Versa battery
Drivetrain five-speed automatic transmission
Footwork & Chassis Parts Shop Max coilovers and rear toe links; Kazama Auto front caster rods; custom rear shock mounts
Wheels & tires 20x9.5" MRR HR-3 wheels with 225/30R20 Haida HD921 tires
Exterior Supermade Instant Gentleman body kit, trunk spoiler and lights; Altezza-style taillights painted red; lots of hammer work
Thanks You Ian Burrows, Sean le, Paul Rohm, June and Young Choi and the entire “goodfeelings” crew, the KINOD community, Sly Alvarez, mentor and friend, Ed Alikhani from Euro American Auto Body, Johnny Dip at Wheelhouse, Dan at Parts Shop Max, Mitsuru Haruguchi from 326Power, Johnny Ho and my family: Mom, Pops, Gramps and Frannie