Mike is a passionate car guy who is all about function and taking his car to the limits. Mike’s 2012 STI is built and maintained by his own two hands, lots of sore body parts, and a lot of planning this track beast. A static is defintely the way to go with the STI since Mike plans to track the car in the coming year. Each part was installed with precision by Mike himself so he knows exactly what to do next with the car. Let his passion and love for cars inspire others to do the same by reading our interview with him below!
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1. General Information
West Covina, CA
Self employed in insurance industry
Previous vehicles: 1967 Ford Mustang, 2005 Nissan Altima
2. When did you first get into the car scene?
Back in 2006 when I started to mod the Altima.
3. Why did you choose this particular year/model car? What inspired your build?
2012 Nissan 370z Nismo
After having a 4 door I wanted something sporty and quick that Ii could mod out. The GTR was a bit too much for me at the time and Nissan has been good to me.
4. How many years have you been building the car?
Since 2012 when I bought it new.
This upcoming spring its going to be her first time at the track. Shes finally ready after those 2 years. Im beyond excited.
5. What was the hardest obstacle you came across while building the car?
I guess that would be working out the issues with the supercharger and all the supporting mods to make it happen.
6. We see more and more automotive enthusiasts choose either air ride or static… what made you decide to stick with air/coilovers?
I went with Airlift Performance air suspension because I wanted the versatility to raise and lower the car for driving, showing and getting over bumps. Before having the full air setup I had coilovers with a cup kit to help out. But it just wasn’t enough for me.
7. What are your future plans for this car? Or new car?
I would love to work on cleaning up the engine bay. Maybe a wire tuck.
A couple 1st places at local Nissan shows and a 3rd place at Race Wars LA 2015
Setrab oil cooler
Fast Intentions non res exhaust
Frozen boost intercooler
Amuse rear bumper with carbon
Custom diffuser add ons
Carbon Signal Nismo lip and sides
Carbon Signal V1 front fenders
Blacked out door handles
Carbon mirrors and pillars
Recaro sportster CS seats with custom red stitching
Takata drift 3 harnesses
Custom TrackArt harness bar
Amuse titanium OEM bar
Red carbon center console – shift trim – gauge pods – radio bezel – door switches – steering wheel
JL Audio 13.5 sub
JL Audio 700.5 amp
Hertz 6.5 components
Pioneer 7″ headunit
Custom suade trunk floor
Red carbon seamless air tank
Dual stealth black Viair 444C compressors
Titanium shift knob
Custom suade door panels
Ace Alloy Driven 20×9 +20 fronts 20×10.5 +20 rears
WP Pro brakes EX8 8 pot front calipers with sawblade 385mm rotors, L6 6 pot rear calipers with sawblade 360mm rotors
Airlift Performance air suspension with V2 management
SPL camber arms