Comments - Japanese Tuner Icons: Nissan 240SX

Published: Jun 26, 2012
Description: It is perhaps a bit odd to call the 240SX an icon, but the term can still be made to apply in a certain sense. In truth, it is not the 240SX but rather the Japanese-market version of the car, the Silv...
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Joshua Jun 28, 2012
I do think the KA is underated as the SR is overated and the CA misunderstood ha
Joshua Jun 28, 2012
I like the KA's displacement... I would love to build an AWD bluebird or a s13 with an eaton m65
Ashley Lopez Jun 26, 2012
It's all about the RB swap. Lol. Jk. You have a valid point there Andrew. The KA doesn't get the acknowledgement it should. It's actually a pretty good engine once you forge the internals and boost it.
Andrew Grimm Jun 26, 2012
I hate all the SR fanboys that think it rapes most other swaps and the KA. Really, if you built the KA with the same way you woudl with an SR, KA>SR
Francis El Sabor Matos Jun 26, 2012
Its all about the sr20det engine. So much potential from a relatively cheap carcar
Andrew Grimm Jun 26, 2012
They better not have any riced ones.... But I'm sure they do...
Mike van Varik Jun 26, 2012
See that's weird I only remember the 240sx from need for speed...
Mark Moreno Jun 26, 2012
I remember the 180sx from the street racing need for speed games
Sam McCracken Jan 02, 2013
not street legal in nz :(
Nicolai Stålstrøm Dalen Jun 27, 2012
Not street legal in Norway :(
Trey Richard Allen Jun 26, 2012
I see these all the time in SC.
Matt Piccolo Jun 26, 2012
Really, the 97-98 ones!?!?
Ashley Lopez Jun 26, 2012
Yeah Matt. Here in California they're actually seen pretty often.
Andrew Grimm Jun 26, 2012
And my numbers were wrong, they made around 4600 koukis, but is still WAAAYYYY below the number of Zenkis.
Andrew Grimm Jun 26, 2012
They are all overpriced because of that stupid "drift tax" ):
Devin Babyn Jun 26, 2012
I want an S14 so bad. All the ones I find are over priced though. Might settle for a S13
Matt Piccolo Jun 26, 2012
@ Ashely, thats sweet, I'd love to drive one or even see one in real life considering I've never seen one of this model year
Logan Delony Jun 26, 2012
There's someone in my neighborhood with this year!
Ashley Lopez Jun 26, 2012
I know what you mean Matt about there not being many 97-98 ones out there. Luckily I get to see one and drive one pretty often since my brother has one. (:
Matt Piccolo Jun 26, 2012
@ ashely, I agree, 97-98 front end is beautiful! Too bad their aren't many of em out their! :/
Andrew Grimm Jun 26, 2012
I love love love the kouki front end. I have a Zenki right now caus everyone wants an arm and a leg for that front end, and there were only like 1400 97-98 made so they are kinda rare. I plan to convert my front end after I build and boost my KA.
Cody Gillard Jun 26, 2012
like it just get rid of carbon fibre hood or paint it
Ashley Lopez Jun 26, 2012
In my opinion the 97-98 240sx had the best front end. Well as far as the models in America goes. Such a shame they never brought the S15 to the US.
William Downs Jun 26, 2012
no this is a s14
Moe Sargi Jun 26, 2012
Finally carbuzz bringing in the real tuners. Sick of seing overly priced cars. This a nice change
Flymcbean Jun 26, 2012
Someone get Matt Piccolo here ASAP.
Chris Penza Jun 26, 2012
Isn't this a 200sx?
Kyle Smith Jun 26, 2012
What a beautiful machine
William Downs Jun 26, 2012
favorite front end rite there s14 kouki
Description: These date all the way back to 1975, when the second generation Silvia came over as the Datsun 200SX. It would keep this name in its next generation, and part of it for the fourth generation, when it ...
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chikenbag Jun 27, 2012
180sx was base model of silvia (jdm). in europe it was 200sx. of course i am referring to s13 model...
Description: This was essentially a Silvia with popup headlights and a liftgate, a confusing distinction which wasn't really our problem anyway, since it was also a JDM car. In an attempt to keep this article...
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Sebastian Grey Jun 28, 2012
Calm down Andrew. If it's used in a truck then it's a truck engine. You don't come back from that in the engine world. Too embarrassing.
Phillip Greene Jun 26, 2012
I think it sounds awesome when they do that is seems like a japanese muscle car... Well like a feather weight muscle car
Andrew Grimm Jun 26, 2012
They first used the KA24E in the '89 240SXs, when in '89, the hardbody had the Z24i engine. They didn't use the KA24E in it until '90, same with the pathfinder. I hate it when they call it a truck motor if you can't tell......
Andrew Grimm Jun 26, 2012
They used the KA in the car first, not the truck!! It's not a truck motor, but it's just based more around low end torque.
Julian Rasolko Oct 26, 2013
Wow I'm impressed
Carlton Salmon Jun 27, 2012
One of the nicest I've seen - simply stunning.
Ceyda Deniz Gurler Jun 27, 2012
Lower a car and paint it shiny black. With right rims you can have a classy sport look. Thats the key!!
Byakka Hirakawa Jun 27, 2012
@ kyle, that was dumb But these r well place hood pins U dont c that too often, lol
Dale Fredriks Jun 27, 2012
I always wanted either this, a supra, or a 300zx tt. Any of them would be amazing to own.
Kai Andrew Carlson Jun 27, 2012
This is a great example of Japanese tuning.
Andrew Grimm Jun 26, 2012
Too bad it was an S15 an not an S14A
Kyle Hardisty Jun 26, 2012
Hey paint it blue with a orange side stripe and and drop a turbocharged skyline engine and you got the Mona Lisa. Yes Tokyo drift!
Matt Piccolo Jun 26, 2012
These are awesome looking cars!!! Definitely one of my all time favourite cars! Only the 97-98 though, older models had ugly front ends(between the ones with the flip up lights and these!!)
Andrew Grimm Jun 26, 2012
Ohhh my god. I am loving my work break looking at these :)
Jt Collier Jun 26, 2012
That's done nicely, much better looking than the supra in my opinion
Phillip Holbrook Jun 26, 2012
This is what every ricer (used loosely) wants, but usually funds or interest run out before they can get to this point. This is a nice car.
Andrew McNeal Jun 26, 2012
Not a big fan of Japanese tuners, but this looks NICE!
Michael Davidson Jun 26, 2012
That's a clean car
Joshua Jun 28, 2012
@Alex.. I have. In a super street article I think. It looks great.. but lol at van lights
Phil Johnson Jun 28, 2012
Sileighty=silfourty. Just a different motor.
chikenbag Jun 28, 2012
silforties are better... seeing as how there are no silvias in america. never did like the hatchbacks, which is weird because i love hatchbacks...
Phil Johnson Jun 27, 2012
Never really been a big fan of sileighties
Alex Roberts Jun 27, 2012
anybody heard of the odyvia custom build?
Bob Jones Jun 26, 2012
I normally love JDM S13 front ends, this specific one is quite fugly though.
Shane Conner Jun 26, 2012
It's not a 180sx. Those were only in Japan and this car is left hand drive.
Andrew Grimm Jun 26, 2012
The thing that throws it off it the middle grill. It needs to be flat with the headlights to be flush.
Abraham Mendoza Jun 26, 2012
Looks sad. Yet happy...
Leo Castillo Jun 26, 2012
This I think is the sileighty or a Silvia conversion
Ashley Lopez Jun 26, 2012
I think it's a 180sx(240sx hatch) with a S13 front end conversion. Also known as a Sileighty.
Matt Piccolo Jun 26, 2012
Don't like this front end
Andrew Grimm Jun 26, 2012
Yup, S13 with Silvia conversion. I never liked the S13 Silvia front end. Too flat IMO
Shane Conner Jun 26, 2012
Those headlight give it that illusion. It's actually a Nissan 240sx with the jdm front headlight conversion.
Jt Collier Jun 26, 2012
And then there's this...ech
Zaire Wilkins Jun 26, 2012
this looks like a nissan stanza coupe which has evolved into an altima
Cameron Duncan Condy Jun 27, 2012
Sil-80 for me please!
chikenbag Jun 27, 2012
of course with two children, it wouldn't work for me now... e39 was a good trade off though
chikenbag Jun 27, 2012
damn i miss my s13... one of the most fun cars I've ever driven... I'm sad now:(
Cody Matthews Jun 27, 2012
I've seen that car before...
DeUahn Wells Jun 27, 2012
William is right though, go to a track on a drift day or anywhere a lot of actuall drifters are and you can see they wear the mismatch colors and ill-fitting body panels like badges of honor.
Nick Sti Jun 27, 2012
AWD tuners I'd go after: STi, R33 GTR, Evo
Dale Fredriks Jun 27, 2012
@Patrick Amen man. Also, why did they pick this particular one (which looks like its about to fall apart) to represent the 240?
Patrick Schalk Jun 26, 2012
Meh. If I'm getting a tuner it'd be a Supra, 300ZX, or S2K.
Zach Sullivan Jun 26, 2012
s15 all day its a dam shame they stopped at the s14 I herd a s16 was in the works a couple years ago but haven't seen anything yet maybe if the frs does well Nissan will bring it out
William Downs Jun 26, 2012
i like the first generation with the s14 kouki front
Quint Do Jun 26, 2012
I personally love this front end the most. Pop-up light and the stock front bumper are amazing. I also love the hatch tail light. S13 hatch ftw any day. I would love to have any 240sx though. None of the models are ugly they're all beautiful
Zach Sullivan Jun 26, 2012
I dig it the way it is Its kinda like a rat rod drifter
Matt Piccolo Jun 26, 2012
It's a nice car... But this specific one looks bad, paint, wheels, ride height... This jus isn't a good example
Jason Levy Jun 26, 2012
Plasti dipped whole car ftw! Haha
William Downs Jun 26, 2012
ok.. i didnt attack anyone just stated an opinion, and u can but its more acceptable in drifting for your car to look mis matched and oddly painted.
Jt Collier Jun 26, 2012
The body panels fit almost as good as a yugo!
Bradley Masonn Jun 26, 2012
I think it looks good
Alex Bouckley Jun 26, 2012
These are great drift cars
William Downs Jun 26, 2012
u can hate all u want but more then likly this is a drift car and it can look as odd and stupid as u want as long as its a beat drifter
Michael Davidson Jun 26, 2012
I like the other ones a lot more
Osian Williams Jun 26, 2012
A bit too low but very nice
Patrick Schalk Jun 26, 2012
Awful. Just awful.
Description: Apart from a switch to the fixed headlights and body style of the standard Silvia from that of the 180SX (still with me? I promise that's the last time I'll mention it), the S14 240SX is lar...
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Andrew Grimm Jun 27, 2012
Why do you say that? The only main difference I would see between the S13 and 14 is the OBD2 swap.
chikenbag Jun 27, 2012
s13 had more tuning potential...
Andrew Grimm Jun 26, 2012
And what are you talking about? They produced over 213,000 in the US. I would say they sold pretty damn good with those numbers.
Andrew Grimm Jun 26, 2012
Yup, and the LS weights less than the heavy ass cast iron Ka
Mikey Jimenez Jun 26, 2012
That's why a lot if people dropped LS1's.
Description: Though upgrades could be made to the KA24 engine originally offered for the 240SX, this was still a truck engine, good in the torque department, but completely unsuited to a platform like this. An eng...
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Devin Babyn Jun 27, 2012
Mikey he's agreeing with you. It's not hard to understand
Phil Johnson Jun 27, 2012
You guys make me laugh. A KA is better than an LS Chevy? HA! And just so you understand why I can laugh: I've owned multiple KA s13's, one SR20 s13, and a Trans Am. My own personal preference is the SR, but the KA is the worst put of them all
William Downs Jun 26, 2012
not really cause u gotta dump money into the ka24 to even get it close to an ls and the ls would still be stock and weight less, if your gonna argue that a cast iron block engine is lighter then an all aluminum engine and claim u know what your talking about. were not all stupid kids, and i do love me the sound of a nice ka24, i dont preffer the sound of a v8 in what it dont belong in
Justin Tucker Jun 26, 2012
In a way your right about the whole different league, for sure. But like i said, the stock 240 engine can put out just as much torque as the LS but when it comes to getting a LOAD of more power, I can see why you would want the LS
Abraham Mendoza Jun 26, 2012
I wouldnt put an American engine in these.
Mikey Jimenez Jun 26, 2012
To me the Supra and Skyline is in a whole different league those car do it for me, I have to agree. Don't get me wrong the 240sx done right looks amazing, but I would swap an LS1 just for the raw torque.
Justin Tucker Jun 26, 2012
To each his own. And the 240sx is actually one of the deeper sounding ones. And have you not heard the supra and skyline engine?! I mean c'mon you have to AT LEAST like the sounds of them with a ton of power. And I like the sound of the LS, I have to admit that
Mikey Jimenez Jun 26, 2012
*performance engine
Mikey Jimenez Jun 26, 2012
LS series are the lightest engine line up ever. I don't know why you think they're heavy? LS7 one of the lightest performance in the world. They sounds better for god sake how can you stand that whiny noise those engines make?
Mikey Jimenez Jun 26, 2012
@Justin LS1's are very compact by the way.
Justin Tucker Jun 26, 2012
Yes I know you can turbo an LS. But your not seeing my point. The 240sx's stock engine will eat a v8 everyday of the week if build right. Am i talking up too 800hp on the 240? No! You can do it but, you don't need it because it's light. The S series cars are my specialty, I know what I'm saying as well. You can keep you LS.
Mikey Jimenez Jun 26, 2012
Justin and Matt you both really need to do your research on the LS1. I can tell you guys don't know much about the LS line up.
Mikey Jimenez Jun 26, 2012
Justin you can turbo an LS1 as well lol.
Mikey Jimenez Jun 26, 2012
@Matt it's lighter trust me you guys are mistaking displacement for size again.
Justin Tucker Jun 26, 2012
Ok so #1 I can tell your ignorant toward American things #2, it actually isn't lighter than the VQ35de #3 I don't care about N/A power, I a turbo guy #4 I'm talking about easy engine space to work on it, not the engine itself #5 ...why would you want a 1200hp street car....pointless
Matt Piccolo Jun 26, 2012
And I'm pretty sure an ls1 engine isn't lighter than a 350z engine
Matt Piccolo Jun 26, 2012
@ mikey... Not everyone wants a 1200hp drag car... The 240sx engine is good engine... Not 1200hp good but they can get Good power out of it
Mikey Jimenez Jun 26, 2012
a couple thousand miles? I think not. There's a reason why SBC are the most sold engines ever!
Mikey Jimenez Jun 26, 2012
@Justin do you anything about the LS1? It's lighter than the 350z engine, make more N/A HP, cheaper to purchase, and less parts. Easier to work on lol? That depends on what you're used to working on. Can it make 1,200 HP and still be able to last
Justin Tucker Jun 26, 2012
An LS swap is unnecessary in these cars. The ka24 (240sx engine) will always either produce more torque than HP or a little bit less, therefore it is better than the LS because it can do everything a v8 can but way lighter and easier to work on. (I am a specialist in 240s, I know what I'm talking about)
Mikey Jimenez Jun 26, 2012
CarBuzz failed to mention how much people dropped LS1's in these cars, probably more than the 350z engines.
Besim Hojhalli Jun 26, 2012
Lots of v8 swaps also now
Andrew Grimm Jun 27, 2012
Kouki front end.
Jacob Keith Miller Jun 27, 2012
What's this front end called again?
Jt Collier Jun 26, 2012
Like the color but the bumper is a tad overdone
Dan Marino Jun 26, 2012
Lovin that green
Micah Lau Jun 27, 2012
Forget tuner, this thing is a stoner.
Andrew Grimm Jun 26, 2012
Lazy eyessss. Sexy.
Michael Davidson Jun 26, 2012
My friend has an old rx7 with lights like that, and it looks sweet
Trey Richard Allen Jun 30, 2012
If the car didnt have that ugly lip on it, it would look good. Also change the wheels.
Ryan Cardone Jun 28, 2012
The front of the car reminds me of an EVO for some reason.
Shazam Hanif Jun 27, 2012
I like the car but I hate how the front looks. The front looks ugly there's way too many holes/air vent
Andrew Grimm Jun 26, 2012
And the sides/rear overfenders look horribly square.
Zach Sullivan Jun 26, 2012
and the spoiler on the back looks cheap
Andrew Grimm Jun 26, 2012
Yea that extra lip on the kouki lip looks horrible.
Zach Sullivan Jun 26, 2012
the only one I don't like
Description: But the 240SX would become famous with the SR20, despite the difficulty involved in this operation. This difficulty is easy to explain, the SR20 was never sold in the US in any vehicle. This means tha...
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Phil Johnson Jun 28, 2012
Weight won't make a huge difference. But I think it really comes down to what you prefer. That's really about it. It'll cost you the same to build a KA-T to stock SR specs as it would to just swap an SR.
William Downs Jun 27, 2012
not by much and the weight difference will off set it, it just comes down to what your doing with the car and what engine sound u preffer, the raspy sr20 or the throaty ka24
Andrew Grimm Jun 27, 2012
Well no shit on that one. Ok how about this. Take an SR and a KA, if you do the exact same stuff to them, ie. building the internals and all, the KA will come out with more power.
Phil Johnson Jun 27, 2012
Argue about SR and KA's all you want. Obviously a modified KA is quicker than a stock SR. But stock for stock the SR will always win.
William Downs Jun 26, 2012
the ka24 is alot stronger platform for higher hp but the sr20 is alot lighter and with a little build just as reliable, i personally preffer the sound of the ka24
Francis El Sabor Matos Jun 26, 2012
If im not mistaken the sr20det is almost identical to the sentra ser version. I believe it was also sr20de... No t = no turbo
Justin Tucker Jun 26, 2012
@andrew, you hit it spot on
Andrew Grimm Jun 26, 2012
People just build them without thinking of the internals and that's why they blow easy. If you actually built it, it an eat up SRs.
Justin Tucker Jun 26, 2012
The ka24 is a way better engine than the sr20 by a long shot. WAY more torque, and people say they blow up a lot.....they really dont
Timothy Hooker Jun 26, 2012
my 200sx se-r had a sr20 in it
William Downs Jun 26, 2012
the sr20 we got was different then the japanese spec one, tha na sr20 is a different engine then the sr20det
William Ramirez Jun 26, 2012
Mid 90's Nissan Sentra SE-R's came with SR20's. All that was needed was a turbo and cam's and it would crush most cars...
Sean Kallas Jun 26, 2012
I beg to differ about the SR20 never being sold in the US. You see, the Nissan Sentra SE-R had one and so did the Infiniti G20. These were very legal and very naturally aspirated. A simple turbo would fix that.
Description: Factory turbocharged engines were always popular for tuning, since it was much easier and cheaper to coax extra power out of them. Of course, there weren't as many SR20 upgrade kits available in ...
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Scott Gracey Jun 26, 2012
250 hp in a car that light has gotta just move
Ashley Lopez Jun 26, 2012
Nissan has always kept their best cars away from the US.
Andrew Grimm Jun 26, 2012
I've sen 5 legit S15 before. 3 was at the 2011 Fall Import Alliance Meet and 2 at the Spring meet in ATL recently.
David Liebe Hart Jun 26, 2012
No fair Japan haha
Chris Penza Jun 26, 2012
Yeah, it was a great car
Besim Hojhalli Jun 26, 2012
Too bad the s15 wasn't sold in the US
Alexander Pecheny Jun 29, 2012
Andrew maybe he needs to drive it harder
Andrew Grimm Jun 27, 2012
I like how it says zip ties FTW, but there isn't any on the car.
Abraham Mendoza Jun 26, 2012
I'd buy one of these. They're pretty cool.
Matt Piccolo Jun 26, 2012
Love it! Looks great
Francis El Sabor Matos Jun 26, 2012
This one i'm def feeling!!!
Abraham Mendoza Jun 26, 2012
Love those Work rims.
Zach Sullivan Jun 26, 2012
love the lazy eyes
Mikey Jimenez Jun 26, 2012
Wow this one is stunning!
William Downs Jun 26, 2012
like this color combo
Trey Richard Allen Jul 12, 2012
@Phil i know right. These wheels are expensive as hell..
chikenbag Jun 27, 2012
always wanted to put those lights on mine to have a silforty... if the clocks could be turned back...
Phil Johnson Jun 27, 2012
Lol at eurolines being "cheap Craigslist rims"
Andrew Grimm Jun 26, 2012
I feel like this is the guys car from his YouTube SoCalSidewayz He has awesome vids of street and track Drifting and great music too. He runs the same wheels on an S13 like this and on a 350z.
Scott Gracey Jun 26, 2012
Craigslist hahaha
Francis El Sabor Matos Jun 26, 2012
They murdered it with those rims... They must've found them on craigslist for cheap lol
Andrew Grimm Jun 26, 2012
Zip ties FTWWWW. I had to use some zippies the other day on mine.
Taylor Garry Jun 26, 2012
The magical zip ties
canon4487 Jun 26, 2012
Stiches holding the bumper up?
Mikey Jimenez Jun 26, 2012
The wheels are gross.
Francis El Sabor Matos Jun 26, 2012
@ mike lol same here
Bradley Masonn Jun 26, 2012
Doesn't exactly fit properly lol
Mike van Varik Jun 26, 2012
Fiero lol* sorry
Mike van Varik Jun 26, 2012
Reminds me of a fierol
Rodney Moenadi Jun 27, 2012
hey that's my car lololol this car is now a formula d pro am car haha no more writings on the bumper :(
Richard James Fillmore Jun 26, 2012
Damnit I can't read it on my phone
Barry Lird Jun 26, 2012
Lol @ paragraph!!!
Mikey Jimenez Jun 26, 2012
Haha I just read that paragraph funny as shit!
Knox Ferraro Jun 26, 2012
Anyone else read that paragraph?!