Nopi Nationals 2006

Decided to dig through the archives and post some old stuff for awhile. Enjoy!DSCN0340

Honda Civic with old school hood graphics at their finest.

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Nissan S13 looking quite period correct for its time.

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This wild Honda Civic drove in pulling a trailer. I can’t imagine what this must have been like to drive at full chat.

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Lexus GS headlights on a VW Beetle with some “interesting” bodywork. 2006, folks.

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This Civic blew me away in 2006 and it is still breaking necks today. I should do a feature on it sometime as the craftsmanship is amazing.

Altima Convertible

Nissan Altima convertible… ooookkkkaaayyyy…

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This Audi was one of the rare cars actually on point.

Supra27

This Supra was another. Rear fitment is a little off but other wise pretty well done.

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The Fuzion Tires chop top Jeep Wrangler on some import-tuner style wheels in a eye-catching grape purple paint job.

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I thought this was the cleanest car at Nopi. A Saturn SL2, which had every inch gone over and either upgraded, or refinished to an exceptional level of quality.

Skyline

I didn’t even know how awesome this was, only that I’d never seen a Skyline like this KPGC10 before.

Solstice

NOS sponsored Pontiac Solstice.

R33

Another well done contestant, a gorgeous R33 Skyline on gold BBS wheels.

IS300

Widebodys were everywhere and rarely looked truly “right”, like shown on this Lexus IS300.

Jetta8

Boser hoods were still all the rage in the euro circles, like this MK3 Jetta demonstrates.

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Pontiac Firebird on Corvette wheels was a bit of a fish out of water among all the imports.

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R32 Skyline on Nismo wheels and wearing a RB Motoring banner. Wonder what happened to this car after Motorex went under?

G6

GM brought a bunch of modded vehicles every year. In 2006 this banana yellow Pontiac G6 was one of them *shudder*.

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Speaking of shuddering, how many of you would daily this wild Lexus?

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Push me-pull you Acura Integra… Integra’s?

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Nissan Sentra with chameleon paint and a Pulsar GTI-R hood.

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I still think this was a game changer in the Lexus SC game. NOS sponsored drift style, don’t know if it ever competed or was just a show pony.

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Daihatsu pickup. Ridiculous is about the only word I can think of to describe this.

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Last but not least. I believe this was packing decent firepower underhood but some questionable graphics on the exterior.

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Import Alliance 4-16-2010

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Import Alliance Atlanta 4/21/13 v.4: Cool stuff

So I’m way behind posting up general pics, so enjoy a random mix of cool cars that showed up!

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Import Alliance Atlanta 4/21/13 v.3: The VIPS

Some of these are less than traditional, but all have a VIP flavor!

Acura CL painted Laguna blue from a E46 M3, rocking BMW 7 Series wheels:Image

Non traditional wheel color choice, but it works on this stanced Acura RL:Image

Luxury Abstract wheels work wonders on this blacked out toucan-beaked Acura TL:Image

This mask was on the dash of the red-wheeled Acura TL above!Image

Good looking Honda Accord on some wheels I don’t know the name of:Image

Luxury Abstract mesh makes another appearance on this blacked out  Honda Accord:
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Black not your style? How about white on white like this Honda Accord?Image

The BMW 7 series wheels are very popular for VIP on a budget due to their availability and wide 19″ sizes, as shown in chrome on this Infiniti M45:Image

Some really nice custom work on the back bumper of this Infiniti M45:Image

Burgundy paint and bronze lips make this wheel choice pop on this G35:Image

Infiniti M45’s are a staple in the VIP ethos of tuning, and it’s not hard to see why!Image

G35’s are making their mark too, as this example on Weds Kranze Bazreia proves!Image

The lighting wasn’t very good in this shot, but BMW 7 series wheels make a third appearance. Check out the JDM front bumper on this Infiniti M45.Image

G37 looking aggressive!Image

Another Infiniti M45:Image

Another, with a ton of custom bodywork:Image

G37 coupe rolling through:Image

Mustang Cobra wheels work well on this Lexus GS300:Image

The blacked out accents make this Lexus GS430 look menacing:Image

Some rarely seen Work VS-MX on this Lexus SC300:Image

Simple styling and color matching sets this Lexus GS430 off!Image

BMW 7 series wheels on this Nissan 300ZX give it a little VIP style!Image

 

Still more to come from Import Alliance!

 

Import Alliance Atlanta 4/21/13 v.2: Honda Civics

The bread and butter of any good Import Alliance meet: the Honda Civics!

Clean and simple, a good example of the popular style right now.

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Not quite sure why the fender is a different color, but I’m a big fan of color matched wheels!Image

Another simple Civic: Drop, stylish well fitted wheels, done!Image

I was digging the front bumper setup on this EG coupe!Image

Shaved bay, chromed components, white letter tires, and more.. tons of stuff going on here.Image

Another EG showing how a shaved bay should be done.Image

Enkei’s new Apache wheel, well represented on this EF hatch.Image

More on the car this engine bay is attached to coming up soon!Image

I like this shade of blue, and the BBS RS’s aren’t bad either!Image

Some nice details on the EK Coupe: 5 lug swap, Prelude wheels (with the rears going the wrong way) Projectors, etc.

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Stance done wrong: too much height and needs either more camber or a narrower tire.Image

Stance done right!Image

I have a friend who just bought a Civic like this:Image

Anyone know what wheels are on this super-dumped EK sedan?Image

Not a fan of the hood bra or front camber, but otherwise really nice!Image

This thing had some seriously tiny tires on it! I think they were 165/45R15’s!Image

Yet another example of the less-is-more style.Image

Mugen edition Civic looking mean!Image

Look, twins!

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I know there’s not much done, but I like how aggressive this one looks, I like the color and it was so clean!

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Another set of wheels I can’t identify! Also note the Civic RR style bumper.Image

The JDM converted rear looks so much better than ours!Image

K swap and J Line wheels set this Sunburst orange EK off right!Image

Some like it, some hate it, but either way the Rat look is making an impact on our scene.Image

Four red EG’s all together.Image

Lower it! Drag DR27 low offsets on this one too.Image

It’s amazing what a drop and a good set of wheels will do! Why don’t more people mod beige cars?

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Yep. Pennies.

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I think this guy had the worst luck of anyone I’d seen at the show. Busted oil pan, cracked wheel, damaged quarter panel, and cracked windshield.Image

Teal and blue: 1 of a kind.Image

Okay, maybe 2 of a kind!Image

XXR 527’s making an appearance on this gunmetal EK.Image

The stance on this thing is spot on. I love the color, the wheels, the fitment  the whole package just works for me.Image

Steven Campbell, take notes!Image

White on white Civic peeking out of the line of stanced hellaflush rides!Image

Got camber?

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J lines again!

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Gold on black, a timeless combo!Image

Like K swaps?

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Pretty nice tuck going on here!Image

 

Much more to come!

BMW E30 M3

BMW M3 on OZ racing wheels:

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BMW M3 widebody on color matched wheels:

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Liking this color scheme:

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BBS RK’s on this E30 M3:

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Classic HRE’s work well with the E30 M3’s lines:

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White on white, BBS RK’s, factory widebody, what’s not to like?

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Black on black with late model wheels:

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This thing is sick! Big turbo, enhanced flares,wide 3 piece wheels, custom paint and more!Image

Note the valve covers, intake manifold and throttle body location. That’s right, it’s packing a Chevy LS series engine!Image

Rota RB-R’s look awesome with the pumped up fenders!

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BBS RS: A timeless classic that works on any euro auto!

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A hint of JDM with the carbon hood and Advan RGII:

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Not sure what wheels these are, maybe BBS RF?

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And now something totally diiferent: A slick shod, drag prepped turbo eqipped race ready E30 M3!Image

Send me your submissions!

I’m always on the lookout for cool stuff, so if you’ve got a car, truck, van, suv etc. that you think belongs on here, shoot me an email with some pics and a mod list and if I like it you will see it on Safety Stance!

safety.stance@yahoo.com

 

Whether it’s slammed, stanced, hellaflush, fat and meaty, lifted, drag prepped, rally crossed, hard parked, drifter, rock crawler, mud bogger, street sweeper, or anything in between, I want to see it!

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Cool wheels that work on everything, v.2.2: BBS LM

BMW E39 on BBS LM:Image

GE8 Honda Fit on BBS LM:

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Honda Odyysey JDM on BBS LM:Image

Loving the bodywork on this S2K widebody:Image

Race ready or pavement scraping, BBS LM go well on everything, just check out this slammed Infiniti Q45:Image This FD3S RX7 has been all over the internet lately, and for good reason: BBS LM’s, slammed stance, clean aero!

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Bayside Blue R34 on BBS LM: A match made in heaven.Image 

The ill-loved RWD Porsche 944 works on BBS LM’s too!Image 

Slammed Subaru Legacy making the BBS LM’s work!Image 

The little Suzuki Cappuccino with big BBS LM’s!Image 

Toyota Chaser on BBS LMs:

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Volvo 850’s just don’t get enough attention.Image 

This Beetle has all kinds of Porsche mechanicals:  engine, trans  suspension  brakes, etc. Image 

The BBS LM works so well on Euro’s like this Audi TT.Image

First Gen Ford Focus, silver:

Let’s start off with a rear wheel drive swapped 5.4L powered version:Image

Cosworth Ford Focus:

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Wagons can play too:

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There was never a sedan SVT Focus, but that didn’t stop one guy from doing it:Image

5 lug swap with BBS RE on Ford Focus:

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Ford Focus on Cobra R wheels:

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And a ZX3 Focus on Cobra R wheels

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Feature: Nathan Benton’s 2009 Chevy Cobalt SS

Pics and words: Nathan Benton

I posted a pic of this car for Cool wheels that work on everything v.4: BBS LM

and the owner contacted me with some more info. So, without further ado, Nathan Benton’s 2009 Chevy Cobalt SS.

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Nathan has owned his Cobalt for two years, and started modding it as soon as he got it home.

Currently it’s equipped with a Hahn Intercooler, Cold Air Intake with Injen charge pipes with the stock K04 on it but  Nathan was able to get 324hp 421tq with AEM water/meth and a 30psi spike tune. He is still utilizing the stock clutch, along with the stock internals which have been known to withstand up to 500hp!

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Originally Nathan was running 18×9.5 Varrstoens es2.2.1 but wanted to get away from the extreme stance look and get something more functional so after performing a hub swap and ditching the 5×110 with 5×114.3 hubs, he was able to put on the 17×8-front 17×9-rear BBS LMs.

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Additionally, Nathan added some other goodies like a Powell Raceshop Tow hook and Harness bar as well as a very stiff rear sway bar. He has autox’d the car a few times and have actually placed in his class recently.

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Nathan says the Cobalt has been awesome, and he plans on getting ZZP’s EFR 6758 kit which is a direct bolt on, and he’d like to rebuild the LMs to 18s. Check out his flickr page for more pics:

www.flickr.com/photos/natebauss/

Nathan gets much respect from me, and if anyone else out there has a cool car they would like to see on the site, send me some pics and info to safety.stance@yahoo.com