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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby HolyFenix » Tue Sep 20, 2011 11:40 am

First time posting and I thought I would remind everyone of something since I am awaiting 2014 to by an 89 R32 GTR

You will still have a very difficult time registering the car in California (I live here and work as a tech in the state referee program). It would have to go to a lab where you would pay an huge price to try and make it legal and there are still strict guidelines about getting it smogged. So if you are considering one in California consider moving or registering it with a friend or family member in another state


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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby AZhitman » Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:35 pm

...or get the hell out of that clown state. :)

Welcome aboard, Fenix! :)

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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby HolyFenix » Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:13 pm

Thank you for the warm welcome :)

Yeah everything about this state pretty much sucks besides the weather and the girls.

As far as I'm concerned I will probably move to Oregon or Arizona or register the car with a really good friend in Las Vegas who I know won't screw me over. Not really keen on moving when I am getting paid to do smog checks...

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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby AZhitman » Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:31 pm

Makes sense.

AZ has smog ONLY in the 3 larger cities.

Also, if it's over 25 or a specialty vehicle, there's no need to worry about smog, as I have a good, legal way to bypass it. Most of my cars don't have to be emissions tested.

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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby Bluberry » Tue Sep 27, 2011 3:31 pm

Hii guys so yeah i like just joined today and is hoping to be good friends with you guys soo yeah..

i have a question and my question is that IF i have found a excellent condition Hakosuka Skyine kpgc10 and no prob with cash would i successfully import that car here in US and drive it off in the streets with no prob at all??

I'm sorry if I'm being a noob or something like I just want to make sure thats all...

thanks in advance
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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby the converted » Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:38 pm

As long as it's over 25 years old.

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Postby Bluberry » Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:33 pm

Ohh Ok thank you very much...

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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby damiancorbeil » Sat Nov 19, 2011 8:23 pm

I have wanted a Skyline since I was little, and my adoptive older brother took me to a car show, where he bought me a toy R33. If you're like me and have dreams of being a Skyline owner, sign the petition. I already have. Spread the word.
https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#! ... s/L50BZzwj
EDIT: The petition will make the law 15 years for exemption, not 25.

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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby AliceH » Wed Dec 14, 2011 5:54 pm

I want to buy too a Nissan GTR ..... Maybe next year ..... :)

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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby motodoc » Mon Jan 02, 2012 5:27 pm

AZhitman wrote:
[email protected] wrote:the only current vehicle allowed is the r33? So for everyone else that is driving a skyline that is not 25yrs old in the states is illegal even if they have a state title and insurance? Those drivers are basically driving on borrowed time and could receive a visit from whatever agency seizes cars right?
Correct.

I've been thinking hard on trading my '10 lifted silverado (thats still under factory warranty) for a skyline r33 gtst with a swapped rb26 that is super mint, and that would be my daily driver, but knowing that my car could be seized any minute freaks me out. Yes, it's state titled and all that but not "bond released".....should I pull the trigger? I've always wanted one and I'm stuck between an 06 Sti, Evo ix or x...or a skyline r32/r33 gtr/gtst.

Anyway, I saw somewhere that if it didn't have the original engine, it would be deemed a "kit car" and acceptable as how it sits creating a less likelihood of it being seized. Is that true?

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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby AZhitman » Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:04 pm

Not true.

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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby motodoc » Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:47 pm

AZhitman wrote:Not true.
thanks

then, i guess back to my original question...should i get this sweet ride r33 gtst even though we all know what the possible outcome may be? please take into account that i do not have the money to lose seeing this will be my daily.

also, since this "grey market" exists, is it just a matter of time before everyone has their "state titled" skyline seized? if the dmv already knows what cars are titled under "skyline", whats stopping them?

i really really want one, and i have noticed that there are a lot of people with these beautiful vehicles around...how are all these owners not worried that they could lose their car any minute?

forgive me if i am asking questions that have already been answered...i just am on the fence on what to do since the offer is there and im in love with the car.

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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby the converted » Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:46 pm

Can you afford to loose it outright? That will pretty much will answer your question.

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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby NE146D9R » Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:58 pm

Hey.....new here.......what a good forum I must say.......
Just moved back to the states from Kanagawa Prefecture (camp Zama) and I brought my little gem with me......
A 1985 HR30 with full Tomei RB26 swap......it took a long time to get all the parts for this thing even in Japan..........yeah yeah, I like 4 doors
better than 2!!!!! I saw DR's more than HR's.......I wanted something different!!!! Just wanted to say hey and show you my completely legal and registered Skyline.....

ok nevermind the pic.......being in Afghanistan sucks!!! They limit my sites......anyone help me out on posting pics? I can email them to ya!!!!!

Dam internet!!!!

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Postby AZhitman » Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:44 pm

Welcome aboard, and thanks for serving!

LOVE the 4-door Skylines!!!!

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Postby NE146D9R » Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:29 pm

AZhitman.........thank you for the support.........you have no idea what that means to us (military). Thanks for the 4 door comment.........I drove the car to a local get together and 99% of the people loved it.......ha ha ha This one dude looked at it and said "It aint a real Skyline and it aint s*** unless it was a GT-R"........that was funny........I explained to him that Nissan didnt have GT-R's in these years and he started arguing that he knew they did.........it was funny. I couldnt help it........then the guy starts arguing that my Tomei RB wasnt a real engine and that I made it up! WOW! Has the American car enthusiast scene died this much? There are many many cars I dont like, but I wont walk up and talk s*** to someone.........I respect each car for what it is.......and if its not my car.....then oh well, its someone elses dream then.! All in all, I did not let anyone ruin my night. I was there to have a good time and meet new people, even the doubters ha ha ha!!!! If any of you all are in NC and want to meet up Im down when I redeploy.......but Im building the new engine now (a shop is)............RB30/26DETT!!!!!

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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby AZhitman » Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:17 pm

I'll bet the dude has every copy of Super Street ever published, and drives an Eclipse with cut springs.

Do your thing, and if there's any possibility of getting to the west coast, the Japanese Classic Car Show is a great time.

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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby Zero_wheeler » Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:42 am

So i've been reading up on this for a while now, and i'm still confused..
I've actually got orders to Japan in Febuary, I'll be there for at least 2 years. So I've strongly been considering picking up a GTR while i'm over there. Only problem is getting it back, If I leave Japan in 2014, what are my options on importing. Right now it just looks like I need to find a flawlessly perfect 89 r32?

Any input or suggestions are appricated! Thanks :P

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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby tyndago » Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:43 pm

Zero_wheeler wrote:So i've been reading up on this for a while now, and i'm still confused..
I've actually got orders to Japan in Febuary, I'll be there for at least 2 years. So I've strongly been considering picking up a GTR while i'm over there. Only problem is getting it back, If I leave Japan in 2014, what are my options on importing. Right now it just looks like I need to find a flawlessly perfect 89 r32?

Any input or suggestions are appricated! Thanks :P
Over 25 years DOT, and 21 years old EPA is not a problem. In California you still need to smog anything newer than 1976. Its all just a matter of filling out the correct paperwork. HS7 and 3520-1. Pay the duties and fees, and its all good. Its not difficult, but you don't want to do it wrong, and you don't want to have everything you need before attempting it. It can be an expensive mistake. The shipping companies and ports don't play. Any mistake, yours or even theirs, and it costs you. Can be hundreds of dollars a day in port fees. Same thing with customs. Make their job easy, and it is easy. Make a few errors, and they will send you home.

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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby AustinandSarah » Mon Mar 12, 2012 5:32 pm

First time poster here. Been following for a while so i already know that the R32 and 34 with most of the R33's being illegal to import. My question is, If there is a 97 R33 for sale in Canada, would it be legal to get one there or does it have to be imported from japan? I know you have to go through an RI and all. Basically, my wife and i would like to get our hands on an R33 four door in the future. I know the R32 is about to hit 25, but they don't grab me the way the R33 does (though, the R33 doesn't hold a candle to an R34 in my book). Might look into it after i re-enlist in the Guard.

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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby AZhitman » Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:38 am

Doesn't matter if it comes from Canada, Japan, Mexico or Bolivia - Bringing it into the US still carries the same set of problems.

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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby Kerr99 » Sun Mar 18, 2012 2:45 pm

Hey guys I've been looking for a 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34. How much ¥ could I pick one up for over in Japan? And What I would have to do to get it legal here in Texas ? And import fees etc. ? Let me know. :crazy:

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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby AZhitman » Sun Mar 18, 2012 4:51 pm

I can't answer the first part of your question as far as what it'll cost in Japan, but judging fro your other questions, you clearly didn't read the article or the thread.

Welcome aboard. We work hard to bring you accurate information - the least you can do is read it. :)

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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby jbracy7 » Sun Mar 18, 2012 5:21 pm

Go back about 18 pages it tells u in detail there is no legal way to federally register a skyline gtr,gst,gs,or type m

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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby Raybrant » Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:54 am

Watching this thread like a Bald Eagle.

2014 needs to come faster...

Edit: Alright so I'll break silence and ask. Be gentle :ohno:

This is my "wants" and it might be lengthy, if you would like to help and pitch in I'd appreciate it, otherwise ignore.

So I'm hoping to import an R32 come 2014. I'm a bit picky and figure if I'm going to go through all that trouble to import it's got to be a perfect match. I want a GT-R, manual, closest to stock shape as possible, and either in white, gray or blue. Now say I purchased the car in Japan and it meets the 25 yr old requirement, approximately how much would it cost in $ to get it imported to the US? A breakdown of costs and where it goes would be nice.

I've done a good deal of research the past few years and even more so lately since it's getting close. I might have missed a few facts here or there but I'm pretty serious about getting one here in my garage all registered and legal.

Also I drive a 350Z right now but have always been a GT-R fanboy. I love my Z but I'm sure she won't mind if I bring a hot cougar friend in the garage.

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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby Tofubadguy » Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:44 pm

Raybrant wrote:
it's got to be a perfect match. I want a GT-R, manual, closest to stock shape as possible, and either in white, gray or blue.
Good luck with your search. Many of us are planning some similar and waiting for the magic day. As far as the manual goes, I had to download it in PDF form. Worked out well, but wound up in two different binders as it was 800+ pages.

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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby AZhitman » Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:54 pm

Um, I think he meant "manual transmission". :)

Shipping alone (not including any registration / title transfer / etc) from JP to US is $4-5K. Plus, R32's aren't exactly cheap in Japan, and they're going to go even higher once 25 years hits. You're going to be competing with every shyster importer in America who wants to supply the F&F crowd with a ragged-out R32.

The more important question needs to be: Where am I going to find parts for one?

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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby Raybrant » Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:06 am

Yeah I meant manual transmission, I'd be itching for a manual transmission swap from day one if I got an auto.

$4-5k +/- 1k doesn't seem too bad. I looked at some online Japanese ads and BNR32s don't fetch THAT high of a premium. I'm wondering what the process is like to purchase one now and have it stored until it's ready for shipping.

In regards to finding parts, since every F&F kid will have an R32 it means there will be more R32s in the junkyard stateside... cheaper parts!

Edit: For those interested, I'm doing most of my searches through this site: http://r-international.co.jp/
I'd have to look for a reputable dealer/exporter to do the purchasing, just window shopping for now.

Can't wait to be done with training, hopefully they'll send me to Japan :rotfl

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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby AustinandSarah » Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:29 pm

So it would be easier to import one through Canada? I've seen some for about $9-10K. I've also taken a look at the list of RI's and contemplated contacting them to find the going rate for import. IF i got an R30 or 31, would i have to pay for someone to bring it in, or could i go through the RI and still be able to drive up there, pick up the car (with all the paperwork) and drive it back myself? ( I figure it would be cheaper to go that route). I'd love to have a Skyline, preferably a 4 door with a manual tranny. The few Skyline's i've seen in the US were 2 doors. Parts i know would be an issue. Would it be possible to convert the speedo and odometer to US specs?

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Re: So you want to buy a Skyline in the US....

Postby talljoker » Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:18 pm

I'll tell you this since I just got over here and I am in Sasebo and I luckily got my hands on a stock GTR 1993 Nismo edition with all options, it will be hard to get an R32. The problem like everybody is saying that all the F&F fanboys will want to import them and then they will realize that it just costs too much. Also the Japanese do not have the same fascination with older cars and keeping them around. I walked around a junker that just had bodies of R32,R33, and R34 along with RX7 Supras and 300ZX and such just laying. Brought a tear to my eye. Also the Japanese tend to do the same thing as the old guys in the states when it comes to the older older skylines and just let them sit saying "I'll restore it one day..." instead of selling it. I am possibly looking into bringing my car over if I can find an 89 body...yes I know why would you do that and just not buy a 89 from the get go but I got mine for roughly $6200 with 108KM and completely stock with all maintenance records.

Good luck to all with those search...also there are ways around getting your car seized.


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