BUILD-UPS

THE FIRST THING WE ALL WANT TO DO WHEN WE BUY A NEW CAR IS START SWITCH­ING PARTS, SO WE TAKE A LOOK AT A FEW OF THE MOST POP­U­LAR UP­GRADES AND TALKED TO THOSE WHO KNOW THEM BEST

NZ Performance Car - - Inside Line - WORDS: JADEN MARTIN PHO­TOS: NZ PER­FOR­MANCE CAR AR­CHIVES

Con­grat­u­la­tions! You’ve just dropped a few stacks on some pre­cious tin that falls within the Sil­via lin­eage. All your street-shark­ing and tyre-fry­ing dreams are about to come true, but, be­fore that hap­pens, we all know that there are more than a hand­ful of parts that you’ll want to switch for up­graded ex­am­ples.

Luck­ily, Sil­vias re­main one of the most pop­u­lar mod­i­fied im­ports of all time — with lo­cal re­serves grow­ing ever more elu­sive as peo­ple buy them up, and prices con­tin­u­ing to rocket. Thanks to that pop­u­lar­ity, af­ter­mar­ket sup­port for any­thing post S13 is mas­sive — as in, ridicu­lously mas­sive. Start shout­ing the names of your favourite Ja­panese tun­ing houses or lo­cal brands, and you’ll no doubt have hit the mark with damn near all of them as sell­ers of some form of Sil­via com­po­nent. This makes for a hot­bed of awe­some when it comes to ac­tu­ally build­ing your own ex­am­ple, with a plethora of proven parts read­ily ac­ces­si­ble by way of a few clicks on the in­ter­net.

But where do you start? There’s a whole lot of stuff that can be up­graded and even more op­tions float­ing around. Ev­ery­one has their own thoughts and opin­ions, and will tell you what they like best. To get you all that juicy in­side in­for­ma­tion, we put in the hard work spin­ning indepth yarns with in­dus­try lead­ers and have boiled it down to a few key things that you need to know.

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