OG Maxima


Owner: 1MAX2NV

Year: 1999
Model: Maxima
Color:  Sunlit Sand
Transmission: Automatic
Trim: SE-L

Mod List:

  • Direct Port Nitrous
  • Sparco Monza Seats
  • Full Mandrel Bent Exhaust
  • Stillen Big Brake Kit
  • Sub Frame Connectors
  • Rear Sway Bar
  • D2 Coilovers
  • Alpine/JL Audio System
  • Carbon Fiber Hood
  • Carbon Fiber Trunk
  • Stillen lip
  • Skyline Side Skirt/Rear Bumper

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Owner: Kevin Crawford aka kevin007

Year: 2004
Model: Maxima
Current Color:  Red
Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
Trim: SE

Kevin ran 12.801 @ 106.590 in the 1/4 track on April 19th, 2008. The car was on a 75-shot of Nitrous. The event took place at Capitol Raceway, Maryland. Sadly, we lost Kevin in September of 2009 due to his long battle with cancer. We will always miss you Kevin! This post is dedicated to you. You will never forgotten in the Nissan Maxima community! 


Mod List:

  • KintexRacing Upper Intake Manifold
  • Zex Wet Kit with a 75shot of Nitrous
  • Greddy SP2 Catback Exhaust
  • Technosquare ECU Upgrade with timing retarded for Nitrous (7100 Limiter)
    Eibach Springs Pro Kit Front Lowered 2.0″ and Rear Lowered .08″
  • Fujita F5 Cold Air Intake
  • Stock Manifold w/VIAS Block off Plate
  • Cattman Y-Pipe
  • NGK 1-Step Colder Plugs
  • SP Crossed Drilled and Slotted Rotters
  • Hawk One Brake Pads Front & Rear
  • Racingline Upper Front Strut Bar
  • Optima Performance Battery
  • Custom Two Tone Leather Interior
  • Diamo 18″ Light Weight Racing Rims on Rear w/stock 245/45/18 tires
  • Enkei 17″ Light Weight Racing Rims up front w/Nitto 555R Drag Radials 245/45/17 up front
  • Kicker 600 Watt Mono Amp and Sub box
  • Alpine IVA300 FlipScreen w/Nav DVD X-Box
  • 2200 Watt Amp Pushing Eight interior Speaker
  • Painted Engine Covers

Kevin007 Tributes

Kevin007 YouTube Videos


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Owner:  Aaron Curtner aka 05SickSer

Year: 2005
Model: Altima
Color: Code Red to White Wrap
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
Trim: SE-R

Dyno Sheet – 528WHP / 443TQ

Car was having fuel issues during the 1/4 run. These were the best numbers for the day. It was fixed but never got to do another run.

Mod List:

  • Built 8.8:1 CR Short Block
  • Billet Main Girdle
  • ARP Main, Rod, L19 Head Studs
  • Revup Oil Pump
  • JWT S1 Cams and Valve Springs
  • ID1050x CC Injectors
  •  Walbro 485 Fuel Pump
  • AAM Stage 1 350z Fuel Return Kit
  • AAM Oil Pan Spacer
  • Uprev GT MAF
  • SSIM Manifold
  • 75mm BBTB Kit
  • NWP Spacer Kit
  • NWP Block-off Plate
  • GT3582R w/ Tial 1.03 A/R V Band Housing
  • Dual Tial 38mm MVS Wastegates

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Owner: Corey Clark

Year: 2000
Model: Maxima
Color:  Black
Transmission: 5-Speed
Trim: SE

Highlights: Originally made 406WHP /  343TQ Supercharged  @ 13psi with methanol. Later made 402WHP / 367TQ Turbo @ 9psi with methanol. Both setups on VQ30DEK engine.

Mod List:

  • VQ30DEK w/ 5-Speed Manual Transmission
  • Custom Turbo Kit
  • Turbonetics 60mm Turbo w/ .58AR T4 Exhaust Housing @ 9psi
  • 440CC Injectors
  • Walbro 255 Fuel Pump
  • 3″ Downpipe
  • Sameside Intercooler
  • 2.5″ Intercooler Piping
  • 3″ Exhaust
  • Methanol kit
  • SAFC2 Tuned
  • Power Rid Delete

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Owner: James aka “The Wizard”

Year: 1999
Model: Maxima
Color:  Charcoal
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
Trim: SE

Mod List:


  • VQ30DE 3.0 liter engine
  • Stillen/Vortech Supercharger
  • Vortech 3.25” pulley (10 psi)
  • Vortech ‘Race’ BOV
  • Vortech Super FMU
  • Vortech Auxiliary fuel pump
  • Reclocked Blower and custom 3″ intake pipe
  • Silicone couplers and T clamps
  • Custom 3.5″ Cold Air Intake
  • Jackson Racing water to air aftercooler (AWAC)
  • Heat Exchanger and water pump for aftercooler
  • Vortech Ice Chest for aftercooler
  • MEVI
  • Carbon Fiber intake manifold cover
  • Carbon Fiber spark plug cover
  • Cattman Performance stainless steel headers
  • HPC Extreme 2000 ceramic coating on headers
  • Cattman Performance Fastcat
  • Cattman Performance Catback
  • Cattman Performance O2 simulator
  • Fidanza Flywheel
  • Exedy Stage II carbon clutch
  • Nismo radiator cap
  • Nismo oil filler cap
  • Odyssey PC680 lightweight battery

Wheels and Brakes:

  • 17″x 8” O.Z. UltraLeggera Rims (only 16 lb each)
  • Toyo Proxies T1-R 235/45/17 Z-rated tires
  • Brembo Gran Turismo BBK
  • Brembo cross-drilled rotors (rear) with Hawk HPS pads


  • Progress Coilovers
  • Progress rear Anti-sway bar
  • Cattman Performance Titanium front strut tower brace


  • Carbon Fiber front lip
  • Carbon Fiber side skirts
  • Carbon Fiber rear skirts
  • Carbon Fiber trunk
  • Carbon Fiber Hood
  • Carbon Fiber pillar trim
  • Custom hood pins
  • 35% tint all around
  • Black R34 one piece headlights
  • Black front turn signals
  • LED taillights with smoked turn signals


  • Lotek Triple gauge pillar pod
  • Custom steering cover gauge pod for A/F gauge
  • Carbon Fiber dash kit
  • Carbon Fiber instrument cluster
  • Carbon Fiber racing pedals
  • Carbon Fiber door sills
  • MOMO Carbon Fiber/leather shift knob
  • MOMO Carbon Fiber e-brake handle
  • Redline Goods leather shift boot
  • Redline Goods leather e-brake boot
  • Redline Goods leather armrest cover
  • B&M short throw shifter
  • I30 tilting headrests

I.C.E. and Sound:

  • Greddy Emanage Ultimate piggyback ECU
  • Autometer Electronic Boost gauge
  • Autometer Electronic Fuel Pressure gauge
  • Autometer Dual Intake Temperature gauge
  • Innovate Motorsports LC-1 O2 Wideband kit
  • Innovate Motorsports SSI-4 (RPM converter)
  • Innovate Motorsports Wideband XD-16 A/F gauge
  • Kenwood DDX 8017 DVD/CD head unit
  • Kenwood KNA-4100 Navigation system
  • Kenwood 12 disc KDC-CX87 12 Disc CD Changer

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Owner: Matt Faraca aka airmattdog

Year: 1997
Model: Maxima
Color:  Lamborghini Orange Paint
Transmission: Automatic
Trim: SE

Mod List:


  • Injen Polished Cai
  • Custom Polished Valve Cover
  • Polished Ac Lines
  • Polished Brake Lines
  • Custom Polished Aluminum Relay Covers
  • Custom Polished Maf Sensor Cover
  • Cusco Polished Oil Catch Tank
  • Weapon R Polished Coolant Tank
  • Nismo Oil Cap
  • Nismo Radiator Cap
  • Blue Silicone Vaccuum Hoses
  • Custom Painted Spark Plug Cover
  • Greddy Sp2 Catback Exhaust
  • Warpspeed Performance Y-pipe


  • Ssr Agle Struss Wheels in Silver (F) 18×8 (R) 19×8.5
  • Toyo T1-r (F)235/40/18 (R)245/35/19
  • Stillen Front Strut Tower Brace
  • Stillen Rear Strut Tower Brace
  • Sprint Springs
  • Blown Struts
  • Brembo Cross Drilled Rotors,
  • Front and Rear
  • Stillen Metalmatrix Brake Pads,
  • Front and Rear
  • Goodridge Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines
  • Valvoline Synpower Brake Fluid


  • Custom PPGLamborghini Orange Paint
  • Stillen Aero Kit
  • Molded Side Skirts
  • Shaved Mouldings
  • Custom Chrome Sparco Racing Fuel Door
  • Custom Red/Clear Taillights
  • Shaved Trunk Lid
  • Clear Front Bumper Lights
  • Piaa Xtreme White 9004 Lamp Bulbs
  • Piaa Ion Crystal H3 Fog Lamp Bulbs
  • Piaa Super Sporza Wiper Blades


  • Sparco Flash 3 Steering Wheel
  • 98 Maxima Leather Interior Conversion
  • Custom Painted Dash Pieces, Bodycolor
  • Brushed Aluminum Gauge Bezel
  • Reverse Indiglo Gauges
  • Ichibahn Brushed Aluminum Pedals
  • Levoc Shift Knob
  • Levoc Parking Brake Cover


  • Sony Mobile Es Cdx-c90 Headunit
  • Sony Mobile Es Mdx-65 6-minidisc
  • Changer
  • 2-sony Mobile Es Cdx-828 10-cd
  • Changers
  • Sony Xm-xt1 Xm Radio Tuner
  • Sony Mobile Es Xdp-4000x Dsp Processor
  • Precision Power Pc450 Amp
  • Precision Power Pc250 Amp
  • Boston Acoustic pro Series 6.5” Comps Front/Rear
  • Boston Acoustic pro Series 12” Sub
  • Monster Cable Rca’s and Speaker Wire
  • Monster Cable Battery Terminals
  • Clifford Intelliguard 6000 Alarm
  • Clifford Intelliguard Pc Wizard Attachment
  • Clifford Intelliguard Headlight Module

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Owner: Ceasars Chariot

Year: 1997
Model: Maxima
Color:  White
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
Trim: SE

Highlights: Car ran 13.53 @ 101.32 mph on July 17th, 2007 at Champion Dragway, New Zealand

I  purchased the feisty 4 door sedan known as Maxima, back in 1997, and basically its main duty was to be a work car and daily driver. It was not long after owning the Maxima that I soon realized, ” hey this car is kinda quick!” And having the 5 speed manual transmission in SE trim really made all the around the town driving very enjoyable. I’m sure I misjudged the cars speed and power by an initial seat of the pants dyno, lol, but the car was certainly quick and felt eager to boogie through the first 3 gears. For several years I kept the car stock, and it was only until I came across the Courtesy Nissan website that I decided to do my first two maxima modifications.

Mod List:

  • Engine Mods
  • K&N Filter
  • Frankencar Midpipe
  • 2000 Upper Intake Manifold (A33)
  • 2000 Lower Intake Manifold (A33)
  • 2000 Fuel Rail & Injectors (A33)
  • 2000 Rear Coils (A33)
  • Stephenmax IACV Adapter Plate
  • Cattman Headers
  • Custom Enterprises Polished Straight Racing Pipe
  • Cattman Catback
  • Unorthodox Racing Underdrive Pulley
  • Technosquare Upgraded ECU
  • Greddy Emanage Ultimate
  • Greddy Emanage Ulitmate wiring harness
  • Courtesy Nissan Short Throw Shifter
  • Odyssey PC680MJT Lightweight Racing Battery
  • Nissan 300 ZX Fuel Filter
  • Castrol Formula R Synthetic 5w-30
  • NGK Platinum plugs – PFR5G-11
  • Nismo Oil Cap
  • Nismo Radiator Cap
  • Exedy Racing Clutch (Stage 1)
  • Raxles Hi-Performance Axles
  • Redline MT-90 Manual Transmission Lubricant
  • Eibach Prokit Springs
  • KYB AGX Shocks
  • KYB Dust Boots
  • Genuine Nissan Rotor
  • Wheels SSR Competitions ( Anthracite w/Mach Lip )
  • 16 x 7.5 Nissan Silvia S14 OEM factory wheels 16 inch (daily driving duties during drag season)
  • Tires Toyo Proxes T1R 225/50/16
  • Yokohama Avid S306 205/55/16 (daily driving during drag season)
  • Hoosier Drag Radials 225/50/16 (upfront on drag days)
  • Diamond Cut Clear Corners
  • Stillen Front Lip
  • Sarona Design Side Skirts
  • Sarona Design Rear Bumper (for sale)
  • Custom 96 Maxima Beige Leather interior swap
  • 97 Black center console
  • B&M Shift Knob
  • Corbeau Clubman Racing Seats (black)

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Owner: Abdala Fernandez

Year: 1997
Model: Maxima
Color: Sage Mist Green (FS0)
Transmission: Automatic 4-Speed
Trim: GLE

Article Credit: Aaron Litchfield

Imagine seeing this car lined up at the track.  At almost 20 years old and reconciled to shuffling grandma back and forth to church, most people don’t view a 1997 Maxima as a car that is a threat, or even a car that belongs at a drag strip.  Add on top of that the fact that it has an automatic transmission, and you are likely to incite more than a few laughs.  Abdala Fernandez, the owner and builder of this car, doesn’t care who is laughing at the beginning of the track, he is more concerned with who is laughing at the end, and more often than not, it’s him.

If the giant intercooler wasn’t a dead give-away, once you pop the hood you start to realize that this is a car that is very different from the stock 190whp grocery-getter Nissan designed.  The engine was swapped with a more powerful and lighter VQ35DE.  If that code looks familiar to you that is because it is the same engine code that you find in a 350z, just a front wheel drive version.  The bottom end is built with ACL HX bearings, and Eagle H beam rods matched with Weisco 8.8:1 Pistons. A Nissan Rev Up oil pump replaces the stock for more reliable oiling, and the 3.5 block has been bored slightly to 96mm.  The head bolts are stolen from a Nissan Juke, the headgasket is from a Vq35hr, the higher revving cousin of the VQ35DE.  This combo keeps the all-important contact between the head and the block going strong even under relatively high amounts of boost pressure.  The heads have been modified as well, VQ35HR valve springs replace their OEM counterparts and the valves have been lapped and adjusted by Abdala by grinding the buckets by hand.  An NWP torque link connects the engine to the actual frame of the car, reducing engine movement.

The intake manifold has been replaced with a MotorDyne MREV2, this was then modified with a Methanol/Water (50/50) dual nozzle injection, a Hobb pressure switch dictates when the methanol is released.  A MotorDyne 5/16 inch spacer separates it from the warmer lower intake manifold, and a NWP lower intake manifold spacer keeps the high heat of the engine block at bay.  This is a tried-and-true technique of using spacers to reduce intake air temperatures, and to distribute air through the pistons more effectively.

An Aeromotive A1000 fuel pressure regulator keeps the fuel flowing correctly from the trunk mounted fuel cell.  In addition to fuel, the fuel system is, as you can imagine, big.  1000cc Injector Dynamics fuel injectors mounted in an OBX fuel rail, pushed by a 450lph Walbro fuel pump gives this engine all the high-octane fuel it needs.  Abdala decided to score the injection “hat trick” and get nitrous on board as well.  A DynoTune nitrous system provides an 80whp wet shot of nitrous.  From a dig this helps spool the large turbo faster, and is the primary purpose for using the giggle gas.  Alternatively, should he deem it necessary, Emanage can let loose nitrous for the entire ¼ mile run.

The turbo is a BorgWarner S366 T4 Single Scroll .88AR pushing up to an impressive 21 pounds of boost, a Tial 50MM with a 15psi spring keeps the extra air venting into the atmosphere.  Because of its mounting position, the radiator has been replaced with a much smaller 2 core radiator out of a Del Sol.  A Treadstone Performance TR1035 intercooler keeps the compressed air chilled and dense.  Controlling all this madness is a Greddy Emanage Ultimate that is hooked into a Turbosmart boost controller via a Mac Solenoid for a custom electronic boost control set up. Tuning this creation is done by none other than Abdala himself.  Also, a J&S Ultra safeguard with matching knock gauge keep the engine safe by detecting even the faintest knock and disabling that specific cylinder until it can behave again.

The turbo manifolds are custom built by Abdala, and wrapped in titanium to help fight under hood temperatures. The car uses two downpipes, one used for the track which is a 3.5inch short pipe that exists the hood, hence the holes in the hood. For the street, a custom down pipe that routes to the back of the car then comes out of the passenger side rear door with a custom muffler that is based on a Dynomax VT.  This has baffling inside that is very quiet when there is slow airflow, once an increase in airflow occurs the flaps open and it becomes a straight through muffler.

The taboo automatic transmission is a stock 4 speed Maxima Automatic with an EdgeRacing Highstall Converter, (3500 stall) and a IPT Performance Transmissions valvebody upgrade.  A TRU-COOL MAX LPD47391 transmission cooler with two generic fans mounted on it is installed to keep the transmission cool. The cooler is mounted in stock gas tank position, hence the trunk mounted fuel cell.  The transmission is controlled by SupraStick v4, which is a standalone transmission control module.  A custom “manual shifter” which is a rod that sits near his right hand by the factory shifter allows him to easily pull on the rod to up shift, and push on it to downshift.  He also has a switch that sets the transmission to automatic mode for normal driving.  The TCM is also partly responsible for controlling the nitrous, when a shift is initiated it turns off the nitrous during the shift then activates it again in the next gear, this helps take load off the transmission and allows for easier shifts.

The suspension is handled by Tokico Illumina’s set to the firmest setting for improved launches. The front and rear springs are progress.  A progress rear sway bar keeps the car from getting out of line.  In keeping with the understated visuals, the wheels and tires are 17 inch rims from a 2002 Titanium Edition Maxima.  When he goes to the track a set of Mickey Thomson 24.5×8 slicks grace the front end of the car.  Hawk Hp+ brake pads are the only braking upgrade this sleeper needs.

The gauges that monitor this complicated engine are: Air/fuel, oil pressure (mechanical mounted on the hood of the car outside, visible from driver seat), coolant temperature, transmission temperature ( adjustable selection between coolant temperature/atf). J&S Ultra Safeguard knock gauge which shows knock counts and ignition retard.

The results of all this work and fabrication pay off with a blistering 11.326 second quarter mile time and a very respectable 127.15 mph trap speed.  Abdala admits that he is happy with the time, but won’t be satisfied with the build until he cracks the ten second mark.  With the amount of time and effort put into this car, it is just a matter of time until this sleepy old grocery getter achieves that goal, drops some jaws, breaks some hearts, and gives Abdala his last laugh.  If you want to follow this car and see it in action, check out Abdala’s appropriately named Instagram “Streetzlegend.”

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