Considering how many stylistic routes you can take with an S-body, it’s always amazing how much a small feature can define a car. In the case of Mike‘s S14 and Rory‘s S13, their choice to run 15″ wheels is very much the headline when it comes to discussing their cars.
While the small wheel style is a typically 1990s S-body modification trait, the ride height and fitment is very much more in line with modern trends.
The use of OEM bumpers and side skirts is pretty normal when going for this particular style but Rory has switched things up with the addition of the aggressive vented bonnet (that hides a CA18) and bulbous rear overfenders. The clear corner lights add a slightly more modern touch to the front end too.
A 180SX rear bumper has been fitted along with some spats. It’s such a simple setup yet a vast improvement over a stock UK 200SX rear bumper.
As I’m sure you’ve noticed by now, the pop-up front end has been swapped out for a PS13 one, making this car an unofficial Sileighty in the process. A lot of people feel that Sileightys are very much a hit or miss affair but, to me at least, Rory’s is definitely a hit.
The overfenders ensure that the rear fitment is on point, giving a good amount of tyre tuck while leaving room for upwards suspension movement under heavy compression when drifting hard.
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In comparison to the relatively subtle two-tone exterior, the interior is very much the opposite with the dash, centre console, door cards and more having been treated to purple paint with a lot of glitter thrown in for good measure.
The drifting prerequisites are all in place; namely the bucket seat, Nardi Deep Corn steering wheel, drift handbrake button and Low Origin fitment poker. A dash dodger roll cage has also been installed.
Mike’s S14 follows the same recipe with OEM bumpers, skirts and spats being twinned with rear overfenders for additional width. An SR20DE lurks under the factory bonnet.
As per Rory’s car, the ride height is fantastically low to ensure that the wheel fitment is spot on. Despite the S14 being an early Zenki model, a Kouki spoiler has been fitted to add some extra lines to the rear end.
Having seen photos and videos showing the underside of Mike’s car (the most recent showing damage to the gearbox bellhousing) driving on the road with this ride height is no joke and not for the faint hearted.
You can only imagine the strain that this setup puts on the car’s suspension and underside when drifting too, although that’s not to say that the S14’s exterior isn’t treated to regular punishment too.
The same essentials can be found in the interior too (bucket seat, steering wheel and handbrake button) although Mike definitely seemed to have some rather unusual items joining him in the cockpit too (I’ve never seen anyone rock up to a drift event with a Macbook charger on their passenger seat, that’s for sure!).
More importantly though, it was great to see Rory and Mike on track and driving hard together at Rockingham after these photos were taken.