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Lightened Flywheels for 2003-06 Nissan 350Z [Z33], 2003-07 G35, Nissan 370Z [Z34] & Q60 3.7
Don’t Miss this Upgrade When Upgrading or Replacing your Clutch – Get More WHP & Faster Response


Most enthusiasts know that replacing the OEM clutch with a high performance unit transfers more power to the ground, improving acceleration and performance. What not everyone realizes is that there are two sides to the clutch system besides the disc and pressure plate – the flywheel is just as important.

When it comes time to replace your OEM clutch, or if you’re thinking about upgrading to a high performance clutch in your Nissan 350Z or Infiniti G35, 370Z, G37 or Q60 3.7, you’re likely worrying about stuff like how many pucks your clutch has and its friction material – but you’re probably not thinking about your flywheel and really, missing this upgrade while you have everything apart during a clutch install is doing yourself and your Z, G or Q a disservice.


What not everyone realizes is that a lightened flywheel is one of the best modifications you can make to any manual transmission vehicle. So? The engine feels much more powerful and responsive- the whole car generally feels more lively. A lightened flywheel won’t ADD horsepower or torque, but rather, with it, you regain power and response that is normally consumed by drivetrain loss. By reducing some of the loss from the drag of the drivetrain on the engine, more engine power makes it to the wheels.

Flywheel Animation via Wikipedia Commons 

What does a flywheel do, anyway?
To understand why a lighter flywheel makes such a big difference in performance and response, you need to understand how a flywheel works. To put it simply, a flywheel is an energy storage device – the flywheel stores inertia energy. The purpose the flywheel in your car serves is smoothing out the fluctuations of torque on the crankshaft, as well as helping to maintain engine speed (RPM) at a designated level. In other words, the flywheel helps keep your engine from stalling as you feather on the clutch when taking off from a standstill, for example.

How does a flywheel work in practice?
Ever play with one of those “pull-back” toy cars as a kid? Those pull back toy cars rely on a flywheel to work. The wound up spring spins a flywheel, the spinning mass of the flywheel creates inertia, meaning the flywheel wants to keep spinning, thus keeping the toy car moving after the spring has delivered its initial thrust.

Imagine trying to run in work boots. Now  imagine trying to run again after changing the work boots for a pair of running shoes. Same idea. As your engine turns, it takes some energy to get the weight of the flywheel moving. In turn, the flywheel wants to keep moving, helping smooth operation and idle. The more mass a flywheel has, the more energy it will take for your motor to gain RPM. Most manufacturers opt for a heavier flywheel, the reason being that it makes the engine less likely to stall and much easier to use in stop-start traffic. When you reduce the weight of the flywheel, the vehicle feels more powerful as a result, because less energy is required to overcome inertia and get the flywheel moving. As a result, more of the engine’s motive power is transferred to the wheels, and since there is less weight holding back the engine, it will gain and drop revs more quickly as well.

There’s an anecdote that illustrates this brilliantly, funnily enough from an old Kung Fu movie, but hear us out here. So, there’s this climactic fight between two skilled fighters. The whole movie, one fighter is always seen wearing heavy ankleweights… but even with the weights on, he’s very quick, but his opponent is even faster. Just before the fight, to everyone’s surprise, the guy removes his ankle weights. With the resistance of the weights gone, the fighter has use of his full potential, giving him the extra performance needed to best his opponent. That’s effectively what’s happening when you fit an engine with a lighter weight flywheel.
Removing the unnecessary resistance unleashes your engine’s full potential.

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Your Flywheel & Clutch Are Both “Wear Items”

Most people don’t consider that your flywheel wears out, just like your rotors wear away on your brake system. Not everyone realizes the flywheel’s friction surface wears out too, so some folks neglect to resurface or replace their flywheel when installing a new clutch disc, and that’s really only doing half of the job. The clutch grabs onto the flywheel’s face, wearing it out as well as the clutches’ friction material, so like your brake pads, rotors and clutch, it too is a wear item and should also be serviced whenever you’re replacing the clutch.

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On the Nissan VQ engines used in manual transmission-equipped 350Z, 370Z, G35 , G37, and Q60 3.7 the difference is especially noticeable. In the 370Z and its VQ engined sisters, the OEM flywheel weighs in at a whopping 25-26lbs – by contrast, the STILLEN Flywheel for Nissan 370Z and Infiniti G37/Q60 tips the scales at only 14.25 lbs, a difference of more than 10lbs. For the earlier Z and G models, the STILLEN Flywheel for Nissan 350Z / G35 offers similar weight reduction.

As the flywheel turns, centrifugal force and inertia make the flywheel act as if it is many times heavier than it is, which holds your engine back significantly.



As an alternative, the ACT Streetlite Xact Flywheel for 370Z, G37 and Q60 3.7 is slightly heavier at 17.4lbs, and that’s still a big improvement over the stock 25lb part. The additional mass makes it just a bit friendlier on the street while still offering the benefits of a lightweight flywheel, and it’s a good bit less expensive at just $366 (as of press time).

The tradeoff is that this flywheel is non-serviceable, so once you’ve worn it out, you’ll need a new unit (as opposed to resurfacing or replacing it), and of course, it will be a little slower to drop or gain revs compared to the STILLEN unit because the ACT unit is 3lbs heavier, but it’s still a significant improvement over stock.



Face to Face: The black disc on flywheel is what makes contact with the face of the clutch

The clutch and the flywheel are as critical to each other as peanut butter and chocolate are to a Reese’s cup – it’s not a Reese’s without both, so be sure to service your flywheel whenever you replacing the clutch. Doing one without the other is kind of like replacing just your brake pads without servicing the worn out rotors. While yes, it’ll bolt together if you skip replacing the rotors during a brake job or resurface the flywheel when doing a clutch, it’ll ‘work’, but it won’t perform as well as it should or could.

More Affordable Than You Think

The other thing is, the 370Z, G37, Q60 3.7 and late-production 350Z models use a dual mass flywheel. What this means is that the average machine shop cannot resurface it, it has to be sent out to a specialty machine shop, meaning that for many people, an expensive OEM replacement flywheel is the only viable option.

Trouble is, a replacement OEM flywheel is a whopping $1200 USD at press time. By comparison, the STILLEN flywheel is less than half that at $535 USD (at press time), saving you nearly $650. What’s unique to the STILLEN Lightweight Flywheel for 2008-10 Nissan 370Z is that unlike virtually every other lightened flywheel available for these cars, the STILLEN flywheel is rebuild-able. This means that when its friction surface wears out, you’re only buying a $125 replacement component. With a flywheel that is not rebuildable, you’ll be stuck buying a whole new flywheel when it wears out.

The reality is, if you’re upgrading or replacing your clutch, you’re already doing the majority of the labor needed to install a lightweight flywheel. That makes a lightweight flywheel the perfect “While I’m At It” mod.

For your convenience, STILLEN also offers a flywheel and clutch package, the STILLEN High Performance 350Z / 370Z / G37 Clutch / Flywheel Combo, which includes the STILLEN Flywheel, an ACT Clutch / Pressure Plate and of course, a new Pilot Bushing with clutch alignment tool. Available for $989.50 (as of press time), this package saves you some green when compared to buying the included items one-by-one.

We’ve covered the performance benefits and potential cost savings, there is one more CRITICAL item you really should replace while you’ve got your car taken apart, and not replacing this one little part can really bite you in the behind later on, and take your Z, G or Q out of commission when it goes.


ZSpeed Performance Slave Cylinder GRAYED
One of the notorious issues specific to the 370Z, G37 and Q60 3.7 is the clutch slave cylinder. The OEM Nissan unit is a rather brittle little plastic part – and ludicrously prone to failure.

The Problem
If you’re installing an aftermarket performance clutch in your 370Z or G37, it is a GUARANTEE that your OEM Nissan clutch slave is going to fail on you in the very near future. We don’t say that kind of thing lightly. The OEM clutch slave might survive with a stock clutch, but it can’t manage an aftermarket clutch. Yes, you can use an OEM Nissan replacement for your failed clutch slave, but remember, the design and materials are still the same, which means the replacement will also inevitably fail too.

The frequency of failure isn’t an exaggeration, either. The OEM slave really is that bad on the 370Z, one only needs to google “370Z problems” to see just how frequently the CSC’s fail, and we’ve even seen it firsthand on customer vehicles – in one case, the customer opted to skip the clutch slave when installing a new clutch disc despite our warnings, and unfortunately, within 2 months the OEM CSC unit failed, just as we had cautioned it would. The customer’s 370Z had to be taken apart all over again to replace it, and when you consider paying for the labor of dropping a transmission twice, that’s a rather pricey gamble.

The Solution

ZSpeed Performance Slave Cylinder MAIN
This brittle and leak-prone plastic OEM CSC was such a nuisance, it drove ZSpeed Performance to develop their heavy duty ALL-METAL Concentric Clutch Slave Cylinder for the 370Z and G37 (and late 350Z’s with the HR engine), and given the ridiculous failure rate, the experts at STILLEN highly recommend ZSpeed Performance’s Heavy Duty Clutch Slave as a part of any G37 or 370Z clutch service. On the earlier 350Z and G35, the slave was serviceable from the outside of the transmission… on the 370Z and G37, you’ve got to do all the work you’d normally do while replacing the clutch in order to replace it.  We STRONGLY recommend installing this upgrade with any clutch replacement – take our word for it, you’ll regret it later if you skip the slave when replacing or upgrading your clutch.

A replacement OEM plastic clutch slave from Nissan is around $125, while the ALL-METAL Heavy Duty Zspeed Clutch Slave is a bit spendier at $325 (as of press time), but consider, for that additional cost, you’re getting all metal construction. That means you have peace of mind to drive and enjoy your car, as you’ve replaced the ticking time bomb of failure with a more durable version that will serve you reliably for many miles to come.

We realize we’re beating a dead horse a bit here, but seriously, save yourself the tow truck, the labor and the heartache and replace the slave while you have everything apart. After all, it’s not a matter of if, but WHEN your clutch slave is going to fail, and it would suck to have to pay for the labor twice. You’ll thank us later.


Is a Lightweight Flywheel Street-Friendly?
The caveat to a lightweight flywheel is that going too light can cause driveability problems and make stop-start traffic challenging. The STILLEN Flywheel is designed with streetability in mind, offering both significantly enhanced performance and response while also keeping enough mass to ensure the car won’t stall out in stop/start traffic like it may with an ultra-lightweight RACING flywheel. The experts at STILLEN have spec’d out a flywheel with a great balance of weight reduction and real-world usability.
We do want to note here that a lighter flywheel will cause some light gear chatter- but pretty much any flywheel other than the OEM unit will chatter, too. If mild gear chatter is an issue for you, resurfacing or replacing your OEM flywheel could be a possible alternative option.



In short, the STILLEN flywheel offers a major improvement in performance and response you’ll really feel on the ol butt-dyno and it’s less than half the price of a replacement OEM flywheel. Even if you add in the Zspeed Clutch Slave, you’re still spending hundreds less than an OEM flywheel for an increase in performance and response that few other mods can offer.

That about wraps it up – if you have questions or would like to order your own, reach out to us at 866-250-5542 to speak to our knowledgeable staff, and if the phone’s not your thing, you can always email us at sales@stillen.com or talk to us in real time by using the Live Chat on STILLEN.com

Dealership Profile: Melloy Nissan x Rough Country Titan Lift Kit


As any enthusiast knows, people gravitate toward vehicles that stand out, and aftermarket products can personalize a vehicle to stand out from the unmodified masses. For some buyers, these upgrades could very well influence their purchasing decisions, especially when the upgrades are available installed at the dealership. That’s why many dealerships choose to offer customized and modified vehicles as part of their new car stock, giving them that ‘extra something’ to draw the attention of potential buyers.

Melloy Nissan of Albuquerque, New Mexico understands this quite well, and having an already-customized vehicle on the showroom floor gives customers something tangible to look at instead of having to imagine the vehicle ‘as it could be’. One of the most popular upgrades for Titan fans is the Rough Country 6″ Lift Kit for 2017 Nissan Titan [H61] 4WD (87820), which is why offering new Nissan Titans with this kit already installed is an especially enticing prospect for new truck shoppers.


Offering Nissan Titans with Rough Country lifts installed has proven so popular, it’s almost hard to keep up with the demand, according to the Parts Manager Jorge Nanez, who had this to say:

“As soon as the sales department gets another batch of Nissan Titans in inventory, they immediately send a couple of them over to the shop to be modified. Displaying upgraded vehicles always gets buyers’ attention. Even if customers do not jump at the chance to buy the showroom model, they are inspired to modify their new vehicle in the same way but in their own choice of color and trim package. We have sold over 15 Rough Country to customers since they became available, and that does not even include the demo models that sell off the showroom floor! We are preparing six more demo vehicles, each being set up with a Rough Country 6″ Lift Kit for 2017 Nissan Titan [H61] 4WD (87820)Rough Country Pocket Fender Flares for 2017 Nissan Titan [H61] 4WD (87820), and Rough Country Black Series LED Light Bar for 2017 Nissan Titan [H61] 4WD (87820). The New Mexico state fair is coming soon and our plan is to display our modified Titans at the fair!”


Installing a Lift Kit not only makes the Nissan Titan look better, but a proper lift can seriously enhance your off-roading capabilities as well as a part of your build.

STILLEN’s network of dealerships not only share the STILLEN product line with its customers, they also offer products from STILLEN’s extensive catalog of brand partners! If you’re in Albuquerque, contact Jorge Nanez at 888-599-8674 or check out the Melloy Nissan website at www.melloynissan.com for more information. Otherwise, you can contact STILLEN directly at 866-250-5542, by email at sales@stillen.com or via Live Chat at www.stillen.com. We’re everywhere you’d want to be!

Port City Nissan x STILLEN 2017 Nissan Maxima

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Nissan has put the “sport” back into its original “four door sports car”, the Nissan Maxima. After unveiling the Sport Sedan Concept early in 2014, it built up anticipation for the eighth generation A367 Maxima for the 2016 model year. Nissan did not disappoint and the numbers prove it, as Maxima sales in March 2017 outperformed the previous 39 months and were the second highest overall in the last 88 months (according to ANDC research).

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Riding the wave of the Maxima’s popularity, Nate Price, a Parts Consultant at Port City Nissan in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, decided to outfit one of the hot selling sedans with aftermarket components. He installed a STILLEN Front Bumper Lip Splitter Extension for 2016-2017 Nissan Maxima adding this front lip splitter achieving a more aggressive look and some extra performance. Adding to the performance section we will bolt up a STILLEN Stainless Steel Dual Axle-Back Exhaust System for 2016 Nissan Maxima (504399) providing an amazing sound that wakes up the car from factory restrictions on the 8th gen. The chassis was then outfitted with Giovanna 20-inch Haleb wheels before dropping the chassis lower center of gravity, with a set of Eibach Pro-Kit Lowering Springs for 2009-2014 Nissan Maxima (6392.140). According to Price, “We liked the way it turned out, the parts fit like a glove.”
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To outfit your Nissan Maxima A367 with STILLEN products, don’t hesitate to contact the dealerships in the STILLEN Dealer Network. If you’re close to Portsmouth, contact Nate Price at Port City Nissan at 603-431-6500 extension #3.

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To order or if you have any additional questions about Port City Nissan x STILLEN 2017 Nissan Maxima, please feel free to give us a call:
Email: sales@stillen.com
Chat with us on Live Chat at STILLEN.com.


STILLEN Event Tracking: Z Attack 2017 Car Show


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April 21-22, 2017

Images by Michael Whitten, Middle Tennessee Z Club

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Nissan North America moved from Southern California to Franklin, Tennessee back in the mid-2000s. This move to the east centralized Nissan Headquarters and made the facility more accessible to fans and followers of the marque. The location of the new headquarters happened to be within two hours’ drive from the members of the Middle Tennessee Z Club. Co-founders Robert “Bob” McGehee and Randy Shemin approached Nissan North America’s public relations division and worked out the details to hold its Z ATTACK Car Show at the corporate headquarters.

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The Z ATTACK event drew 83 Z cars and a dozen Nissan/Infiniti vehicles in the new Open class at the Saturday car show. McGehee commented, “Unlike the favorable weather we enjoyed at our 2014 event, foul weather forced us to relocate to Nissan’s parking structure where enthusiasts could enjoy the opportunity to catch up with other Z owners and admire a wide range of entries. We had entrants from Virginia, Georgia, Alabama and Kentucky, and from as far north as Illinois and even Canada. They all said the trip was well worth the effort.”

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The weekend kicked off Friday with group tours of the Nissan manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. That evening, the Middle Tennessee Z Club hosted a barbecue dinner and a private tour of the Lane Motor Museum. The Lane houses many significant vehicles in the Nissan Heritage Collection which are not available for viewing by the general public.

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In conjunction with Nissan’s ongoing corporate support of non-profit community organizations, the Middle Tennessee Z Club collected donations which were shared with Lifehouse Animal Refuge and Rehabilitation in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. Lifehouse is a small agency that works to find forever homes for abandoned and abused animals and rescues dogs whose time has expired at kill shelters.

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Nissan videographers filmed the event for a future video and interviewed several attendees as part of its ongoing efforts to honor the heritage and recognize the enthusiasts who are ambassadors for the brand. This will be shared with Nissan staff at headquarters and manufacturing employees in Smyrna and Decherd, Tennessee.

STILLEN Product Announcement: 2013-15 Nissan Altima Rear Diffuser


Part Number: KB13145 (Raw, Unpainted)

KB13145MB (Matte Black)

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Ready to add visual impact to your Nissan Altima? STILLEN now offers its STILLEN Matte Black Rear Valance Diffuser for 2013-2015 Nissan Altima. Designed and manufactured in the USA at STILLEN in Costa Mesa, California, this durable, urethane diffuser is available unpainted or in a matte black painted finish. It comes complete with double-sided trim adhesive, adhesive promoter and screws. Our proprietary polyurethane formula is so strong and resilient that we offer a limited lifetime warranty on materials. Our diffuser enhances the Altima’s existing body lines for a subtle yet aggressive appearance! Get yours today!


Available in two finishes: Raw Urethane, ready to paint, or prepainted Flat Black, ready to install!


STILLEN’s proprietary polyurethane formula is so durable that we back our body styling components with a limited lifetime warranty on materials!

If you have questions or are ready to order, reach out to us at 866-250-5542, via email at sales@stillen.com or via Live Chat at stillen.com!

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Formula Drift Round 1: The Streets of Long Beach

April 1, 2017

By Richard Fong


On the streets of Long Beach, April 1st was no Fool’s Day. Drivers waged fierce battles in the first round of the Formula Drift Championship, leaving no room for anyone faint of heart or too timid to push beyond the limit.


Now in its fourteenth year, Formula Drift kicked off the 2017 season on a moderate spring day in Long Beach. The weather could not have been more conducive for a day of tire-smoking fun and enjoyment for all. Attendees could walk through the competitor pits while also checking out the expanded vendor row that occupied the area adjacent to the pits as well as the infield behind the bleachers with the AutoCon Car Show.


Bye, Bye, Bye

As fans of drifting, we were bummed about the number of bye runs that kicked off the Top 32 eliminations. The top five drivers enjoyed automatic advances into the sweet 16 round for a couple of reasons. First, the usual attrition that comes with drifting, K-rails and tire barriers and, second, a reduction in the number of qualified drivers on the Pro roster. There just weren’t enough to fill a field of 32. We are hopeful that more drivers will see the opportunity to compete and fill the driver list in the near future.


Upsets Abound

Despite the number of bye runs, the 2017 season kicked off with a shake-up of the norm as numerous upsets throughout the eliminations by up-and-coming drivers sidelined veterans and champions alike. Top qualifier Vaughn Gittin Jr. faced elimination in the Top 16 round at the hands of Dean “Karnage” Kearney.


Former champions Dai Yoshihara and Michael Essa faced off in the first round. Yoshihara suffered an unfortunate mishap when he snapped a power steering belt just before finishing turn 10. This caused him to straighten out and almost collide with the K-rail, suffering a loss.


The 2015 champion Fredric Aasbo competed in his new Toyota Corolla iM drift car as if he’d been driving it for years. After his first round bye run, he beat Kristaps Bluss to move on to the Great 8 against Alex Heilbrunn. Heilbrunn also enjoyed a first round bye before beating Juha Rintanen to advance to his match up with Aasbo. Heilbrunn upset the Norwegian Hammer and advanced to the Final 4.


Three-time champion Chris Forsberg defeated Alec Hohnadell in the first round before facing Ken Gushi in a too-close-to-call second match. Forsberg and Gushi delivered a great battle that many felt could have gone for a one-more-time rebattle, but the judges ruled in Forsberg’s favor to the dismay of the crowd, who chanted a chorus of “One-More-Time” as the judges’ decision was posted on the Jumbotron. Forsberg faced elimination by the number two qualifier, James Deane in the Great 8. Deane enjoyed a bye run before defeating Essa on his way to face Forsberg. Deane’s victory over Forsberg put him into the Final 4.


First Time Finalists

Bakchis has competed for seven years and podiumed six times, while Tuerck has thirteen years in Formula Drift competition and twelve podiums to his credit, according to driftstats.com. By comparison, Heilbrunn has just one year in Formula Drift Pro2 and one year in the Pro Championship. Deane competed at four rounds of Formula Drift competition back in 2010 and returned for the first time since to compete in the USA at Long Beach. Bakchis paired with Heilbrunn while Tuerck matched up with Deane.  The sophomore drivers each prevailed, putting both into the finals for the first time. When the smoke cleared and the contenders lined up in front of the grandstands, the judges awarded James Deane his first Formula Drift event victory as Heilbrunn proudly claimed his first podium as runner up. Since Tuerck qualified higher than Bakchis, he was awarded third spot on the podium.


With the first round in the books, Formula Drift and its roster of drivers prepare to make the trek across the US of A to Round 2 at Orlando Speed World. On the weekend of April 28-29, the state of Florida will feel the thunder as both the Pro and Pro2 divisions lay down rubber to the tarmac. This season is already shaping up to be an exciting one so be sure to keep your eyes focused on the Formula Drift Championship!

AutoCon LA 2017


March 25, 2017

Images Courtesy of Tyler Lee @ CarNinja



The Los Angeles Convention Center hosts some of the most epic automotive events in the nation. On March 25, 2017, AutoCon filled the halls with a few of the finest machines from across the country. Crowds came in droves, lining up outside the convention hall for hours, waiting for their chance to file into the grand halls of the Convention Center. For an event held on a Sunday afternoon from 1pm-to-8pm, thousands of attendees waited in lines that snaked all the way out the front of the convention hall as interest in the event and the excitement of anticipation built up to a fever pitch.


Once inside, the fans were greeted by a balanced presentation of high quality vehicle builds ranging from vintage rides and domestic muscle to aggressive imports and European exotics. AutoCon attracts a strong following of quality builds, ensuring that everyone in attendance experiences the finest in vehicle construction. There was no shortage of eye candy and inspiration for the car lover in us all.




Slammed chassis, custom paint, aggressive aerodynamics and numerous engine swaps could be found throughout the vast convention halls. Eye catching machines showcased the latest trends and delivered a good idea of what is popular in the scene. The bolt-on overfender styling of Rocket Bunny, Liberty Walk and RAUH-Welt BEGRIFF (RWB) continues its foothold in the scene as platforms ranging from the accessible FR-S/BRZ up to the more exotic GT-Rs and Ferraris featured wide over fenders and aggressively offset wheels.






The “slammed and stanced” trend continued as some machines had so much negative camber that the car was rolling on its inner side walls while the outer shoulder of the tires never touched the pavement. Note the daylight shining through?


Honda chose this particular venue, rather than a traditional main-stream auto show like Detroit or Los Angeles to debut its entry in the hot hatch category: the 2017 Civic Type-R. This machine just captured the FWD track record at the Nurburgring Nordschleife Circuit from the previous record holder, the Volkswagen GTI Clubsport, with a lap time of 7 minutes 43.8 seconds. (Check out the latest video on YouTube)


As the night drew to a close, the grand exodus of these machines formed a procession of horsepower leading out of the halls and onto Downtown Los Angeles’ streets, a sight to truly behold. We can hardly wait for next year.






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Skyline Syndicate Launch Event

March 11, 2017

By Richard Fong

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Coulter Nissan x Rough Country Titan 1/2 Ton Lift Kit


Does your 2016+ Titan 4×4 need a lift? Rough Country’s solution could be the answer you’re looking for! Recently released for the Titan XD, Rough Country now offers its popular lift kit for the ½-ton Titan 4WD. This comprehensive and durable kit includes everything you’d need for excellent off-road performance. The benefits of this 6-inch lift kit include increased ground clearance, stronger lifted knuckles, strengthened front and rear cross members and upgraded rear shocks. Together, these components give your Titan a more rugged appearance while inspiring confident, off-road handling.

Rough Country Lift Kit


  • Lifetime Construction Warranty
  • Levels the Front and Rear of the chassis for enhanced road handling
  • The 6-inches of added clearance permit the use of larger tires up to 35-inches
  • No exhaust modifications required
  • Includes all necessary hardware to complete the installation
  • Backed by Rough Country’s Lifetime Replacement Warranty


Coulter Nissan of Surprise, AZ has already installed the Rough Country Lift Kit on a half-ton Titan. The six-inches of added lift complement the Titan’s already imposing chassis. When matched with aftermarket wheels and off-road tires, it’s simply stunning. Prepare your half-ton Titan for the road and the off-road with a Rough Country Lift Kit.




Coulter Nissan’s parts and service department also works closely with STILLEN to offer you the parts, accessories and installation services to suit your needs. Get in touch with them for your Rough Country and STILLEN upgrades!

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To order or if you have any additional questions about the Rough Country Lift Kit for the Titan XD 4wd please feel free to give us a call (800-576-2131), shoot us an email (sales@stillen.com) or reach out to us on Live Chat at STILLEN.com.


Nissan redesigned the iconic Titan for the 2016 model year. With that release came the Titan XD. A Cummins-powered full-size pickup with styling that appeals to a wide variety of consumers. Now anyone who knows trucks, knows that one of the most popular modifications is a lift kit.

Nissan Titan XD Lift Kit

The second Harbor Nissan (Port Charlotte, FL) found out the Rough Country lift kit was available for the new Titan XD, they jumped on the opportunity and immediately had 5 of their Titans sitting high above the rest.

Nissan Titan XD Lift Kit

The Rough Country lift kit raises the Titan XD by 6-inches along with leveling out the “nose-down” factory look of the truck. The kit maintains factory ride quality while increasing ground clearance as well as allowing the use of up to 35-inch tires. The lifted trucks they modified moved off the lot right away and Harbor Nissan is already in the process of lifting a few more of their Titan XDs in order to keep the sales momentum.

Rough Country Nissan Titan XD 6-inch Lift Kit includes:


  • Lifted knuckles
  • Front crossmember
  • Upper strut spacers
  • Bumpstop spacers
  • Differential skid plate
  • Sway-bar links
  • Brake line brackets
  • Hardware


  • Fabricated anti-wrap lift blocks
  • Rear crossmember
  • U-bolts
  • Sway-bar links
  • Brake line brackets
  • Hardware


  • (2) Premium N2.0 Series (Rear)

The Rough Country Nissan Titan XD kit is $1499.95 + shipping. To order, give us a call 800-576-2131, email sales@stillen.com, or use our LiveChat feature on our website.

Rough Country Lift Kit Titan XD

Keep your eyes open for Rough Country’s Nissan Titan (non-XD) lift kit – coming soon!