Polishing Project STurdteen with KBD Body Kits – Part 1
A few years ago, this ridiculous trend swept the drifting community after the introduction of what us drifters call a “missile car”. The trend was led by professional drifters, Chris Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck. For those of you that aren’t familiar with what a missile car is, check out this video. In a nutshell, a missile car according to Urban Dictionary is, “Ratty, cheap cars (usually of Japanese origin) built primarily for drifting. They are often made using spare parts or whatever is lying about on the workshop floor at the time. Cars are built to be thrashed and beaten about, hence the cheapness of parts and production.” The caveat is that in order for one to be able to own a “missile” car, he or she must also own a “nice” drift car as well.
I bought this S13 with the intentions of having something much more low-maintenance and affordable when my main competition LS3 powered 350Z was down. For the last few years the whole “no f*cks given” mentality swept the drift scene. I know it’s difficult for non-drifters and genuine car enthusiasts to understand how it could be fashionable to have a shitty looking car. I honestly can’t really explain it either, but I know I got a ton of street cred for having so many battle scars. And even though I’m sure you’re all rolling your eyes by now, my S13 has been my gem – I loved her regardless of her exterior.
During a track day a few months ago I was doing some tandem runs and ended up getting hit after I spun out and went off course by the follow car. Of course the other car came out unscathed, while I was left with a completely destroyed rear quarter panel, door, and door jam. This is where the phrase, “Don’t Tandem with a Random” originated from (see video).
Well since my 350Z has been down, I’ve decided to make my S13 my Pro-Am competition car for the 2016 season. The Pro-Am series that I participate in (Top Drift and Southwest Drift) follow Formula Drift’s rulebook for most things. In effort to combat said “missile car” trends and to have companies and fans take drifting more seriously, most of the Pro-Am series have made it a tech rule to have full aero, paint/wrap, and have a reasonable looking car overall. So in anticipation for the season, a part of my priority was making the car look good!
If I haven’t already proved it to you, drifters destroy everything – side skirts, fenders, doors, bumpers, and more. Unlike other forms of racing, it isn’t necessarily about the lightest, most aerodynamic parts – it’s about the most durable parts! For the reason, I decided to go with KBD Body Kits, owned by parent company American Plastic Technologies. So before I jump into the installation of the kit, let me know show you call what went on behind the scenes.
After assessing the damage to my quarter panel, the only plausible option was to replace it. If there’s anything I’m really good at, it’s finding a bargain. I was able to score a replacement quarter panel (actually, pretty much a 1/4th of an S13) for 40 bucks, delivered to me! The piece even included part of the door jamb and taillight assembly that I had messed up when I hit a pole mid-drift once. Yes, I know I crash a lot.