Braden Lee Heats up Hawaii with his Loco Moco S1
Ride ’98 nissan 240sx
Owner Braden Lee
Power 494 hp; 420 lb-ft of torque
Under The Hood Black-top SR20DET motor; Full Race exhaust, turbo manifold, charge pipes, downpipe; Tomei cams; Eagle rods; Ross pistons; ported Head Games head; Ferrea valve springs, retainers; RC Engineering 750cc injectors; Sard fuel regulator; Walbro fuel pump; HKS fuel rail; Garrett GT3037R turbo; TiAL blow-off valve, wastegate; TurboXS boost controller
Residing in Aiea, HI, Braden had a penchant for two things: to go fast and drift. With the car looking wicked, Braden knew that he had to make the power to back the looks. Considering his options, he once again went the JDM route and purchased an S13 black-top SR20DET motor. But before making the SR leap, Braden had Aaron Teague at Full Race refresh the bottom end with Ross pistons and Eagle rods and had the crank re-balanced. A Head Games ported head stuffed with Tomei cams, Ferrea valve springs and retainers was bolted onto the built short block. Fuel delivery issues for the new motor were addressed via a high output Walbro fuel pump feeding an HKS rail, RC injectors, and Sard regulator.
Once the SR was built and swapped in, Braden wanted to push the new motor, so the next component he upgraded was the turbo system. After a quick call to Full Race over on the mainland, Braden had manifold master haole-Geoff (see July’s “Final Call” Civic) concoct a boost solution. Packing a boost care package full of goodies including Full Race’s equal length turbo manifold, intercooler piping, downpipe, exhaust, and a ball-bearing turbo from Garrett, Geoff shipped everything but the TiAL blow-off valve, wastegate, and TurboXS boost controller, which Braden managed to source from a local shop which we can only assume was an L&L Hawaiian Barbeque. Teriyaki combos aside, the entire setup with an A’PEXi Power FC tuned by Jeff at Evans Tuning put down a coconut-hair raising 494.4 hp and 420 lb-ft torque.
To handle all the new loco in his moco, Braden realized that he would have to address traction issues for spirited runs through the vast Hawaiian rain-touges. He decided that his Maui Wowie desperately needed a Blitz clutch, Kaaz LSD, 17-inch Rays Gram Lights and sticky Dunlop tires. After all, the Hawaii-based film 50 First Dates illustrated the potential aftermath of spinning out and hitting a tree during a misbegotten pineapple-picking excursion-that and guys with commitment issues should try picking up on waffle-house-making girls with short-term memory loss.
Suspension, another important upgrade when it comes to avoiding drifting into any ABC stores or stray trees, is handled by Tein HE coilovers
, Tanabe antiroll bars and a Cusco front strut brace. In case Braden should encounter a rogue pineapple field, a custom roll cage and Sparco seat protects against a painful death by pineapple thorn impalement. Rounding out the stripped interior, mods include a custom dash, Omori and A’PEXi gauges, Nardi steering wheel, and a MOMO shift knob. Once everything was in place, Braden had Kent at Imagery Graphics add the final vinyl touches.
As Braden’s S14 reaches the twilight of its build, the only thing left is for him to dial in the car’s suspension, hone his drift skills, and continue to terrorize visiting tourists. So consider yourself warned: The next time you’re out in Hawaii, watching the glimmering sunset of Waikiki, don’t be startled when you hear and then see this island fever 240SX whip up tire smoke and stray sand that blows into the street. And if you’re lucky, have a steady hand and your camera ready, you just might capture a different kind of Hawaiian beauty.
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Source: Super Street Online, Sept 11th 2006