I used to know the whole US Specs/JK/Motorex connection... they're all relatedGTRPower wrote:1994- Not OBDII.
Talked to Sean, he mentioned US Spec as being an employee spinoff of JK. Also, in 2008 it may have been legal for the 1994 car to get through- ie. not rescinded until after.
So it looks like that car is legit. Legit no OBDII, but with proper airbag part number labeling as per requirement.
Sorry to go off topic again ...Tofubadguy wrote:When I had my R32 GTR front clip shipped in, the engine and tranny were pulled from the clip. Engine and tranny were on a sturdy pallet crazily wrapped in plastic and the clip was on it's own huge sturdy pallet in a big cardboard box, then plastic wrapped.AustinandSarah wrote: But, on a slightly different topic, is it true that JDM front clips ARE NOT legal for import into the US? I heard that curious rumor.
I was told they had to be separated to be compliant.
The difference is your car was also produced in the US, so it falls under the 'substantially similar' exemption per NHTSA.andre1038 wrote: Sorry to go off topic again ...
But that is quite odd i had my front clip legally shipped with customs okaying it (with powertrain in it and not only that the clip still had coolant in engine and radiator and clutch fluid in the reservoir and lines and oil in the engine. Only thing missing was brake fluid since i told them they can keep the z32 front brakes since i already have them lol they gave me a discount cause of that lol) but then again my car was Z32 300zxtt
WAY too many uneducated idiots posting comments on that ad. Gotta love the fresh-outta-high-school know-it-all lot attendant spouting off about his vast knowledge of importation... what a bunch of idiots.AustinandSarah wrote:Just found a Skyline on Facebook being advertised as for sale in the US. When i clicked on the link it took me to modifedcartrader.com. It's being listed as for sale in Orlando FL. I don't have the money to get it, but i want to know if it truly is legal. I didn't see any mention of a Substitute for US VIN or a federal Bond release. I'll post a link. Seems a few people on there already know about the necessary documents.
http://www.modifiedcartrader.com/for-sa ... an-Skyline
Any R32-34 Skyline in the USA is suspect. Always ask for DOT Bond Release letter for the specific VIN. Always ask for pictures of VIN tag on the A pillar (as installed by MotoRex) or dashboard if by another (even more rare). If in CA always ask for CARB certification.AZhitman wrote: WAY too many uneducated idiots posting comments on that ad. Gotta love the fresh-outta-high-school know-it-all lot attendant spouting off about his vast knowledge of importation... what a bunch of idiots.
Here's the deal - ANY Skyline in FL is suspect, due to that state's shady DMV and the proximity to offshore dismantlers. It goes back decades.
Think about this: If it was a legit car, do you REALLY think the seller would need to list it online? Federalized GT-R's sell by word-of-mouth, or they go on ebay to the highest bidder.
This stuff isn't rocket science.
Honestly, for the money, you can build something that will outperform an R32 and remain US-legal.kellerk23 wrote:What would you recommend to get? (car) I was thinking of saving my pennies and getting a R35 but I might be able to get one in 2026 lol! What would be a close car to the skyline? I've heard you guys talk about the 370Z frame. Would that be a good substitute?
AZhitman wrote:We've built a 400-hp 240sx convertible, a 400-hp G35 Coupe, and a RB-powered 240Z, among others.
Anyone can buy a specialty car. Building one is its own reward.
Sure there is - Especially if that "Frankenstein" is, say, an S13 Coupe with an RB swap or an early Z with an LS swap.GTRPower wrote:Not much validity in comparing a stock R32 GT-R with 25 year old tech, to a recently built Frankenstein.
Or, you can do it right and get phenomenal performance.GTRPower wrote:So, yes, you can "build" swaps etc. and get decent performance.
No argument there. Remember, there's only one n00b in this thread.GTRPower wrote:But overall, it's still a damn good car. There's a reason why they have such a devote following in Japan and around the world.
That's as valid as a Camaro vs Corvette comparo. It may be just as quick with some mods but it is no Corvette.AZhitman wrote:
Sure there is - Especially if that "Frankenstein" is, say, an S13 Coupe with an RB swap or an early Z with an LS swap.
If you get a bond released car there is no hassle. Get a Show or Display NISMO R32 GT-R and there is no hassle.
Or, you can do it right and get phenomenal performance.
My point was that for the hassle and expense, a talented builder can build something that will outperform a stock, imported GT-R, and remain out of reach of any governmental harassment.
You know as well as I do that most of the early Skylines we're seeing come to the US *still* require a lot of work *just* to get them back to factory-spec performance... So there's additional expense on top of the purchase price.