Richard Rubio is what you could call a dyed in the wool Nissan fanatic, between him and his brother they have owned four S-chassis cars. That may not sound like an especially large amount of cars when considering that S13s have become practically disposable in recent years, but that is exactly what sets the Rubio brothers apart from the average enthusiast. Instead of half-assedly “building” and thrashing a car only to move onto the next on a whim, Richard has thoroughly modified his S13, adding his personal touch to every aspect of the vehicle using only the best parts available. The amount of detail oriented work put into this car is insane and I can only imagine how patient this man must be – considering that many of the parts used in the construction of this car are beyond rare and all are of very high quality.
The exterior of this S13 is immaculate although understated, from the Top Secret front bumper, OEM Nissan kouki 180sx aero package to the Graphite Grey paint borrowed from the 40th anniversary 370Z, nothing screams for attention. There are no fluorescent colors, the ride height and wheel fitment are tasteful and functional, there is nothing “extreme” about this car. This car does not need to request the attention that it already receives and deserves.
It is commonly accepted that wheel choice can make or break a car, not only the design of the wheel but the sizing plays a huge part in aesthetically tying together the entire package. In this case, Richard wisely chose a set of SSR Professor SP3s in Touring Gold - sized 18x9 +16 up front and 18x10 +11 in the rear, with MD profile front disks to clear the 300ZX brakes and SL rear disks to maximize lip depth. HKS Hipermax RS coilovers bring the ride height down until the wheels fill the arches perfectly, the polished lips sitting just even with the fenders.
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SSR Professor SP3
18x9 +16 MD Touring Gold
18x10 +11 SL Touring Gold