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    How to do a S13.4 conversion

    Post by PurpleTop240 on Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:42 am

    First off you need a good ol' S13 chassis. Luckily I have one, which is kind of why this works...


    Then you need to find an sweet looking Kouki front end.



    Get a pair of awesome s13.4 fenders from your favorite provider. I picked there up from [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] for $250 shipped.


    Before I got my fenders I decided to test fit what I could and learn a few things.




    You really need to get a pair of S14 hood hinges in order to get the hood to line up correctly. When installing the hinges mount the bottom of the hinge on the last bolt hole on the body threw the first bolt hole in the hinge. I know you are only mount the hood with 2 bolts but it should hold nicely. If you feel a little unsafe with it you can always install four hood pins or drill two more holes to tap and install two more bolts.



    After installing the hood and lining it up with the hood latch I set on the conversion fenders. With the conversion fenders set on, I checked to see the best way to mount them. Fiberglass, duraflex and carbon fiber is all the same especially when it comes to conversions, they are not perfect so you will need to do some cutting and shaving to make them fit "perfect". In this case, I am doing this on a drift car so, it is what it is. I am sure this car will see a wall, another car, or a pylon that is tougher then it looks, so I am not too concerned with the small gaps that can be tweaked to fit with more time. If you are by all means go nuts and get the "perfect fitment".




    I installed the corner lights with painters tape to hold the light in place to get a better idea of where to mount the headlight to get the best fitment give the parts I have available.




    I had a few headlight mounts to choose from, but not the kouki mounts. I tried the S13 Silvia brackets with little success do to mounting them in the correct spot would push the headlights out to far. I then tried S14 Zenkis with a little modification they work good. Ultimately the ideal part is the kouki brackets.
    When using the Zenki brackets use the middle hole on the top as you mounting point for the upper radiator support. By mounting the bracket in this location it will give the proper distance for the headlight to line up with the hood. You will also need to get some self tapping screws to mount the headlights to the brackets. Once again drift car not show car or showdrift car. I do not have enough money to look flawless. Unless I hit the lotto, someone drops of a large sum of money to me, or I get sponsored my car will be what I can afford




    The best place to install the zenki headlight bracket in my case was to install it in the third hole on the radiator support where the two pieces join together. It may be a little hard to see but look closely and you will see the hole right past the seem.



    Here comes the fun part. You need to get a saws-all or a pneumatic body saw, I would have gone body saw but the car was too far out. Obviously the radiator support was not made for these headlights so you must do a little bit of cutting. I checked to see where the headlight was hitting a cut a little at a time to save as much metal and strength as possible.
    *NOTE* Test to see where your best fit of the headlight will be so that you don't mess up a whole lot. ALSO, move all wires out of the way to save yourself from headaches later.





    Now you are ready for the final test fit. I closed the hood a few time and moved things around a lot to get the best results. After you get the desired look move on to the other headlight, repeat the process and enjoy your new look.



    CONGRATS!!!! YOU JUST MADE A S13.4!!!!!!! Unless you have a beat up INGS bumper yours will not be as kewl.



    Last edited by PurpleTop240 on Wed May 23, 2012 11:59 pm; edited 2 times in total


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    Re: How to do a S13.4 conversion

    Post by hostile1 on Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:44 am

    Nice! I can't wait to see this one all one color.
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    Re: How to do a S13.4 conversion

    Post by PurpleTop240 on Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:23 pm

    it will still have more then one color on it.


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    Re: How to do a S13.4 conversion

    Post by IAfanboy on Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:41 am

    How would u do this swap on a s14? Would u have to get conversion fenders? Cut the radiator support? Get s14 hinges?
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    Re: How to do a S13.4 conversion

    Post by PurpleTop240 on Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:42 pm



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    Re: How to do a S13.4 conversion

    Post by jmackk on Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:53 am

    Sweet! Always thought that was one of the meanest looking front ends.
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    Re: How to do a S13.4 conversion

    Post by HostileHonda on Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:59 pm

    nice good write up
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    Re: How to do a S13.4 conversion

    Post by PurpleTop240 on Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:35 pm

    Thanks, I haven't seen a good one so i figured I would give it a shot.


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