Ideal car meets are, at best, a fair weather experience. People lose interest quickly at the first sign of precipitation. When clear skies and warm temperatures are the first things to greet you as you walk out the front door, it’s a good bet that a great day and an even greater event await your arrival. This is especially true when the event is focused on the Nissan Skyline GT-R.
Skyline Syndicate, which started as a group of friends with a passion for all things Skyline, quickly gained momentum and evolved into a brand of its own. On Saturday March 11, a meet to celebrate Skyline Syndicate’s Launch Event took place in the City of Industry, California. With the support of the Purist Group, led by Sean Lee, this social media-promoted event drew import and European enthusiasts of all walks, in addition to the fortunate few that own Skylines.
Upon arrival, a walk through the parking lot gave attendees plenty to look at, including some gorgeous Supras, NSXs, BMWs and other desirable platforms. But the stars of the events were located close to the warehouse entrance. After passing a few R35 GT-Rs, we came upon a trio of R32 Skyline GT-Rs near the entrance to the warehouse.
Once inside the warehouse, a few more R32s along with a Stagea lined the walls leading up to the heritage row. Parked side-by-side, a triumvirate of Skylines (an R32, R33 and R34) was staged up on display. Near the loading docks, a NISMO equipped R33 was positioned next to TK Taka’s red Hakosuka.
Although the event was scheduled to last from 10am to 3pm, the camaraderie, conversations and anecdotes kept some attendees at the event to well past 6pm. As the sun set on the event, the Skyline Syndicate enjoyed a great start to its brand. We can hardly wait for the next event!
Many automotive enthusiasts go to great lengths to remove all orange (amber) lights and reflectors from their vehicle. Now here is a customer who not only wanted to add some orange accents, but did it with some flair. There is a lot more to this Z than meets the eye though. Subtle clues hint at the potential of this 370Z…
Tom S. brought his 2010 Nismo 370Z to STILLEN with big plans. He wanted raise the performance level of his Z in every aspect possible. We sat down and went through all the upgrades and how they would benefit the car. In the end Tom made his decisions wisely.
Any 370Z owner can tell you the car handles pretty well out of the box. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t improve upon that as well. The best handling upgrade for the Z is definitely the STILLEN Sway Bars (304375). With the car setup from the factory with safe understeer in mind, balancing out the body roll and oversteer/understeer dynamics is a huge improvement (read more about 370Z sway bars here: STILLEN Buying Guide – Aftermarket Swaybars).
We round out the rest of the suspension with the top of the line RS-R Sports-i Coilovers (RSRXSPIN134M). RS-R makes one of the best street performance coilovers we have ever tested. They are incredibly comfortable on the street but can still perform on the track and twisty roads. We left the ride height at the RS-R factory preset which gives us ideal suspension geometry for handling as well as plenty of clearance for speed bumps and steep driveways. SPC Front Upper Control Arm Kit (SPC72130) & SPC Rear Camber Arm Kit (SPC72262) were both installed to make sure we are able to set up our alignment perfectly to take advantage of all our new suspension mods and not burn through tires too quickly.
What good is power with no control, and what good is going fast if you can’t stop right? Well believe us…this car can stop. Tom S. wanted the best, and he got it (with his own personal touch too). The AP Racing by STILLEN Radi-CAL Big Brake Kit (APR57100 & APR37702) in Solar Orange (custom option) are the finishing touch on this Z. With more stopping power than a GTR, controlling all the power we added is easy.
This Supercharged Z is an absolute blast to drive. The car made 430 whp and 318 ft-lbs of torque on our Dyno (on California 91 Octane gas). We know the owner will absolutely love the results and we are looking forward to our next unique build. Who knows, it might be your car on our blog next.
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With so much hype around the Infiniti Q50 and the new Twin Turbo V6 it will be receiving we think some people forgot that the new Q60 was being released soon. Well, today all of you two door lovers out there got a big treat.
Infiniti released the 2017 Q60 today at the Detroit Auto Show and it is beautiful. The new Q60 will come with the same engine options as the 2017 Q50. A 400 HP (350 lb-ft) Twin Turbo V6 at the top of the line up, a 300 HP (295 lb-ft) Twin Turbo V6 will be the middle option, and the entry motor will be a 208 HP (258 lb-ft) 2.0 Turbo Inline 4 (for more analysis on the Twin Turbo V6 motor please see our blog article “An Aftermarket perspective on the new Nissan/Infiniti VR 3.0 Twin Turbo V6“).
It is not clear yet, but it seems all versions will be available with AWD. Twin Turbo V6 variants will come with the 2nd generation of the Direct Adaptive Steering (DAS) which will hopefully prove to be much better than the first generation. Infiniti is also adding a 2nd suspension option that they are calling the Dynamic Digital Suspension (Standard on Sport Models) which will allow you set you suspension for the right occasion.
All of these new options and upgrades made the Infiniti Q60 a much more appealing car in a very competitive segment. Though the 400 HP variant will probably run in the $50k range, we are certain that the mid level 300 HP Version will be able to be modified to compete with the big boys the way the BMW 435i has compared to the M3.
STILLEN is deep rooted in the Nissan/Infiniti Community. So obviously when we heard there was going to be a new annual event for Nissan & Infiniti, we had to get involved.
The 1st Annual NissFest event was held at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. With this being the first show and also taking place a little later in the year we were still very happy with the turn out. It was great seeing a lot of the local Nissan/Infiniti Enthusiasts happy to come out, show off their cars, visit vendors, and also just admire what others had done to their cars as well. We are very much looking forward to next year and hope to see even more people attend!
It was also great to see so many cars featuring STILLEN Parts. Here are some of our favorites from the show!
In 2014 Nissan released digital images of their 2020 Vision Gran Turismo for the popular video game. It was designed to be a concept of future Nissan’s that you can experience in this virtual world. Now at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show we see this concept come to life.
Nissan says, “Adapting design cues from current Nissan performance models, it was created from scratch using the latest digital design tools”. This is the first physical embodiment of the concept people were talking so much about just a year ago. The speculation that this is the GTR R36 might still be a stretch, but there is a good chance the styling cues seen on this concept will be present on the next “Godzilla” iteration.
We don’t expect to see anything official on the R36 any time soon as Nissan just demolished almost every production cars time on the Nürburgring with the GTR Nismo N-Attack. There is a good chance Nissan is just waiting for the rest of the car world to step up their game before releasing their next supercar killer. It is hard to say what exactly the plan is for this Legend, but no matter the outcome, it is fun to speculate.
STILLEN is a company that is proud to be owned and operated by automotive enthusiasts. This month’s employee spotlight is on another one of our veterans here.
Kenny has been a performance specialist at STILLEN since 1999. Before working for STILLEN, he was already an avid car enthusiast. Kenny has owned some of the most Iconic cars from the 90’s imaginable. When he started at STILLEN he drove a FD RX-7 and has had cars like the S13 240SX and MKIV TT Supra in his stable. Now as time passes our taste in cars can change. Kenny decided to switch things up around 2012 and got himself a 997 911 Turbo, “That car is amazing!”. As many of have experienced, as we have matured our tastes in cars have changed a little, but there is that magical appeal of those dream cars from years past. Cars like the 300ZX, RX7, Supra, NSX, etc will always hold a special place in our hearts and always tempt us to bring one home. There is one car for most import tuning enthusiasts that some might call the “holy grail” which is the Nissan Skyline GTR. A performance car that was never legalized in the States and is more rare to see than almost any super car does not usually cross people’s minds when they are considering a car to purchase. We won’t go through all the details, but a handful of R32 and R33 Skylines were legalized here in the US and are very sought after.
R33 Skyline GTR
Kenny felt that itch to own a piece of Tuner Car history and set out on a mission to buy a Skyline. After months of searching, Kenny finally found his Federal and California Legal R33 Skyline GTR. Many of us here at STILLEN could tell you about those months spent searching and we got to see the struggle as well as the excitement when the car was finally in his possession. Kenny loves owning such a rare car and is really a dream come true.
If you ever get a chance to talk to Kenny over the phone or in person, make sure to ask him about his Skyline.
The Nissan Altima has been a major contender in the mid-sized market for decades. The past five years have proven to be the most successful for the not so little sedan. With this recent track record it is no surprise that they decided to do a facelift to keep up with the rest of the Nissan lineup. A mid model refresh is not uncommon, but they went a little further than that.
As you can see in the photos, the 2016 Altima Sedan’s new styling cues have adopted the new “Energetic Flow” design that guided the inspiration of the new Murano and Maxima. On top of the styling updates, this redesign also changes the performance and dynamics of the car.
Reduced coefficient of drag – 0.26 Cd (down from 0.29 Cd)
Increased structural rigidity
Reduced NVH (Noise, Vibration, and Harshness)
Increased Fuel Economy (for 2.5L and 3.5L variants)
Along with the standard changes, Nissan has added a SR trim to both the 2.5L and 3.5L models. The SR will be the “sporty” options for those looking for some added performance and style from the factory. The SR trim will feature things like 18 inch wheels, revised suspension, and a manual paddle shifting mode. Styling wise, the SR will feature smoked headlight housings, DRL’s, Fogs Lights, and a rear spoiler.
As usual, STILLEN is excited to get our hands on one of these new Altima’s and see what we can do with it. We love where Nissan is heading with it’s unique styling and improved performance. You can expect to see some sporty body components and performance upgrades from STILLEN in the near future.
Here is a quick rendering of what we think the Altima could look like with just a few simple mods.
STILLEN is pleased to announce new performance parts and accessories available for the 2013 Nissan Juke Nismo. The Nismo edition of the Nissan Juke is a new option for 2013 with both upgrades in styling and performance.
New Juke Nismo Aftermarket Parts
Nissan Juke Nismo Axle-back Exhaust
The Nissan Juke Nismo axle-back exhaust system bolts on to the stock mid pipe and has seen a power increase of 12 horsepower at the wheels! Constructed from 304 Stainless Steel, the polished rear section exhaust is built to last and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Fits both FWD and AWD Juke models.
Nissan Juke Nismo Cat-back Exhaust
The mandrel bent, 304 Stainless Steel constructed Nissan Juke Nismo cat-back exhaust combines the STILLEN axel-back exhaust and the STILLEN mid-pipe for up to a 20 horsepower increase at the wheels! Like all other STILLEN exhaust systems, the Juke Cat-back exhaust also carries a limited lifetime warranty. Fits both FWD and AWD Juke models.
Nissan Juke Nismo Front Strut Tower Brace
The Nissan Juke Nismo front strut tower brace is a simple bolt-on that noticeably improves handling and chassis rigidity. This reduces body roll and makes for a more enjoyable drive. Will NOT work with Injen Short Ram Intake.
Nissan Juke Nismo Injen SP Series Short Ram Intake
Nisaan Juke Nismo Injen SP Series Cold Air Intake
These Nissan Juke Nismo SP Series Intake Systems from Injen feature a patent pending MR technology process for optimal power increase and a safe air/fuel ratio. Injen SP Series is the world’s first tuned intake system and is made in the USA. Both Short Ram and Cold Air options come standard with dry filters for easy cleaning and are available in both polished and black finishes.
Towards the end of summer we received a phone call from a gentleman who lives in Northern California. He told us he has a Nismo 370Z and enjoys taking the car to Infineon raceway and was looking to make a few upgrades to make it a bit more enjoyable around the track. So, the car was sent to STILLEN with around 1,500 miles on the odometer with a fairly normal build sheet. We were going to install the supercharger kit, oil cooler, power steering cooler, and cat-back exhaust.
When the car arrived we received another phone call from the owner. He had decided to go ahead and add the ACT 370Z HDSS clutch along with the Aasco lightweight aluminum flywheel. We suggested that while the transmission was already out of the car it would be a good time to install the STILLEN short shifter as well and the customer agreed.
This was a pretty straightforward installation and one our guys have done hundreds of time so we quickly called the owner to let him know the car was ready to go. During this phone call the owner of the car mentioned how he had seen the videos of our red 370Z on youtube and he really liked our front fascia with the functional brake cooling kit as well as the STILLEN sway bars and AP Racing big brakes that were on the red STILLEN 370Z. So, we took one of our fascias over to our local painter and had them do a perfect color-match to the factory gun metallic body panels. We made the recommendation that if we were going to be pulling the wheels off and doing the big brake kit we should really do some H&R spacers as they will flush out the factory Nismo wheels perfectly. The customer agreed so a set of 15mm DRS wheel spacers were installed front and rear
During this conversation the owner of this beautiful Nismo 370Z asked if we could install some gauges for him on the A pillar. This is a fairly common request, unfortunately though, no one actually makes an A pillar gauge pod for the 370Z. So, our talented technicians got together with our in-house design studio where all of our urethane body kits are made and developed this custom, one-off A pillar gauge pod equipped with Auto Meter boost and air/fuel ratio gauges along with a seamlessly integrated Auto Meter LED dimmer control box. To wrap up the project completely the owner of this now fully customized Nismo 370Z knew that the factory differential probably wouldn’t survive long with over 500 horsepower when being pushed hard at a demanding track like Sears Point Raceway. So, a quick phone call was made to Kaaz USA where we sourced the 1.5 way limited slip differential.
Kaaz 1.5 Way Super-Q LSD
Auto Meter Custom Full Length A Pillar Gauge Pod
Auto Meter Boost & Air/Fuel Ration Gauge
Auto Meter LED Dimmer Box
As you can see, this Nismo 370Z went from mild to wild in a short time! Now producing over 500 horsepower and well prepped for track day duty this car will be sure to turn some heads when blasting through the demanding road course. The owner of the car flew down yesterday and made the 350 mile road trip home. So, if you live near Northern California and you see this beautiful grey metallic Nismo 370Z pull next to you at the light…I’d recommend waving him on with a smile and a nod.
Most people immediately associate STILLEN with everything Nissan, while we do pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge of the name plate that was the corner stone of our founder Steve Millen’s racing career. We also, pride ourselves in our knowledge of just about every other make and model as well. We treat every car that comes into our performance center with extreme care and respect. From routine oil changes, to motor swaps, to brake jobs, there is never a corner cut or a shortcut taken in the work we do for our customer vehicles. We are glad to see that word of this commitment to quality is spreading faster than ever, a quick snapshot of the vehicles in our Performance Center today further illustrates this.
We have a beautiful Nismo 350z in the corner of our shop getting a tune up and a Stage 3 Supercharger installed.
On our alignment rack we have a 2011 GT-R getting some angle dialed into it’s suspension in order to make it handle even better on the street and track.
If you happen to own a specialty vehicle and feel it deserves to get the respect and attention you put into it by a PROFESSIONAL mechanic. Please don’t hesitate to give us a ring. 1-866-250-5542 One of our specialists will gladly set up and appointment for you and make sure your ride gets the attention it deserves.
Founded in 1986, STILLEN is recognized as one of the premier tuners in the world. With Engineers and a full R&D department on location, STILLEN has long been engineering big brake kits with Brembo and AP Racing, developing superchargers with Magnuson, Edelbrock, Whipple, Vortech, and under the leadership of championship race car driver Steve Millen, trusted by thousands of enthusiasts, manufacturing STILLEN branded products and upgrades, as well as wholesale distribution and retail partners.