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Owner: Gustavo Castillo Jr

Year: 1993
Model: White
Color:  Custom Color
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
Trim: SE

Its not a skyline by any means even if I did put the motor and transmission in it. It’s just a Maxima customized in a way others never attempted to do. I have no skyline badges on it as I had all badges shaved. To me my car is my baby Fantasma.

Mod List:

  • VE30DE Engine
  • 5-Speed Manual Transmission
  • OBX Headers
  • EGR Delete
  • eBay Cold Air Intake
  • 300ZX NA Catalytic Converter
  • Hayame DTX Muffler
  • Eibach Lowering Springs
  • Nissan Skyline GTR R34 Wheels w/ 235/45/R18 Ties
  • Slotted and Drilled Rotors
  • Premium Ceramic Brake Pads

Owner: Roger McDonald

Year: 2001
Model: Maxima
Color: Charcoal
Engine: 2013 Maxima Engine on 3.0 Timing
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual


  • 505WHP / 411 TQ at 13 PSI on E85 Octane
  • Stock Gen2 VQ35DE Engine on 3.0 Timing
  • Vortech V2 Supercharger Si Trim on 2.8″ Pulley
  • Tuned by AdminTuning (on Stock ECU)
  • Custom Strut Brace for Vortech V2
  • 7300RPM REV Limiter

Owner: Voltaire Cacal
Instagram: @dmvolt

Year: 2010
Model: Maxima
Color:  Ocean Gray (RAP)
Transmission: Automatic (CVT)
Trim: SV Sport w/ Tech Package


  • UpRev Tune by AdminTuning
  • Nitrous Outlet EFI Single Nozzle System w/ 10lb Bottle
  • STILLEN Underdrive Performance Lightweight Crank Pulley
  • Gates Underdrive Pulley Belt Set
  • AdminTuning 3.5” CAI
  • OBX Headers
  • Motordyne ART Y-Pipe
  • MagnaFlow Dual Tip Mufflers for Quad Tip Exhaust
  • CXJ Performance Phenolic Intake Manifold Spacer & Throttle Body Spacer
  • STILLEN Battery Tie Down
  • Body Color Matched Engine Covers (Ocean Gray)


  • Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Bumper Mashup
  • OEM Rear Bumper w/ Custom Side Vents, STILLEN Rear Diffuser (custom fused for quad tip exhaust), & STILLEN Rear Corners
  • STILLEN Side Skirts (custom molded w/ OEM side skirts)
  • VRS Style Rear Roof Spoiler Wing
  • Custom OEM Front Grille
  • Aluminum Front License Plate Relocator
  • AVS Window Visors
  • Fibre Customs Headlight Eyelids (painted Ocean Gray)
  • Yakima Rack w/ Basket, Cargo Box, and Bike Racks


  • Nissan 370Z Akebono Sport Brake Package w/ Drilled & Slotted Rotors, Centric Posi Quiet (ceramic) Pads, Short Banjo Bolts, and Red Nissan Calipers
  • Goodridge G-Stop 22136 Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines (front & rear)


  • Carbon Fiber Wrapped Interior
  • Carbon Fiber VIP Tables & Trays
  • Nissan 25151JF00A Red Ignition Switch for GT-R
  • Nissan 370Z Alcantara Steering Wheel (Reshaped)
  • Tinted Windows (20% front / 5% rear / 95% windshield)
  • Nissan 999G6 MX000 Illuminated Kick Plates
  • Nissan Trunk Cargo Nets
  • Graco Booster Seat
  • WeatherTech Extreme-Duty DigitalFit Floor Liners


  • Nitto NT555 G2 – 285/30-20 (rear) & 245/35-20 (front)
  • Rohana RF1 in “The Volt Finish”– 20×10 ET45 (rear) & 20×9 ET35 (front) + 20mm spacers (rear)
  • Hubcentric Rings – 73.1mm OD to 66.1mm ID
  • Gorilla Automotive 21623SD Small Diameter Locking Lug Nuts (12mm x 1.25 Thread Size)
  • Nissan 370z Sport 18″ Enkei Spare Tire for Akebono Brakes


  • Infiniti Q50 Turn Signals w/ Custom Sequential Switchback LEDs
  • LED Lighting for Interior & Exterior
  • 5500K D2S HID Low Beam Bulbs
  • GhoztLighting Sequential LED Turn Signal Units
  • Starry Night RGBW + Chasing Dual Halos and Strips in Headlights
  • Headlights Custom Painted (Ocean Gray)
  • Nissan 999F4 AX009 Security Lighting Kit
  • Starry Night RGBW + Chasing Strips w/ Bluetooth for Interior, Trunk, Grille, and Engine Bay
  • 22″ Curved 270W LED Triple Row Light Bar


  • BlackVue DR750LW-2CH Dashcam
  • Clifford 5706X 2-Way Security + Remote Start System (LCD 2-Way Remote, LED 2-Way Remote, Audio “Glass Break” Sensor, Digital Tilt Motion Sensor, Backup Battery System, SmartStart Module, THNISS3 Nissan Plug & Play T-Harness, DBALL)
  • 2 Alpine SWR-10D4 Subwoofers
  • ZEnclosures Custom Subwoofer Enclosure (0.92 ft3/chamber) w/ Aero Ports
  • Alpine PDX-1.1000 Mono Amplifier (1000W)
  • AudioControl LC2I 2-Channel Line Out Converter and Subwoofer Control
  • Audio Control ACR1 Remote for Audio Control Processors
  • YellowTop Battery
  • 4 Gauge Car Audio Amplifier Installation & Wiring Kit
  • ScanTool 427201 OBDLink LX Bluetooth: OBD Adapter/Diagnostic Scanner
  • Valentine V1 Radar Locator w/ PerformancePackage Mirror Mount Bracket + Mirror Wire Power Cord


  • AirLift Performance 3H Air Management System w/ 5-Gallon Painted (Ocean Gray) Tank, Dual Black Viair 444C Compressors, 3/8” Air Line
  • BC Racing Struts w/ Custom Air Bags
  • Clockwork Motorsports NIS/INF Airbag Midlinks – Double Adjustment (r)
  • Eibach PRO-ALIGNMENT Front Camber Bolt Kit
  • SPC Rear Camber Arm Kit (Arms, Cams, Lock-Out Plates)
  • Rear Camber and Toe Bolts
  • Racingline Performance Rear Sway Bar w/ Stainless Steel Endlinks
  • Racingline Front Stainless Steel Endlinks
  • STILLEN Front Strut Bar


  • Strasse Wheels in Rose Gold over Ceramic Polished & Brushed Finish”– 20×10.5 (rear) & 20×9.5 (front)
  • Delinte D7 – 275/30-20 (rear) & 235/35-20 (front)

Owner: Catalin Vint

Year: 2013
Model: Maxima
Color: Black
Transmission: 6-Speed HSLD
Trim: SV with Sport Package

What motivated you to MOD your Maxima?

Always drove manuals all my life. I had a 96′ Maxima that was too far gone to mod so I decided to go with a newer model. After driving the CVT for a few years, I realized that the car had way more potential. I started researching on what needed to be done to convert it to manual. Never regretted a day for swapping in the manual. Adding a turbo was a bonus and turned the car in a real sleeper. The car made 404 WHP / 393 TQ @ 6 PSI. – Catalin Vint

And of course for the most commonly asked question, “How much does the 6-speed swap cost for a 7thgen Maxima at Platinum Auto Works”?

The total cost of the 6-speed swap from Platinum Auto Works is $11,000. This is only for the 6-speed swap (NOT Turbo or the whole car with swap). It includes everything all the way up to the interior conversion. The 6-speed swap will not trigger any “Check Engine Lights (CEL)” codes and will pass inspection/emissions GUARANTEED!


Full Mod List / Specs:

  • HSLD 6-speed Swap
  • Fidanza Flywheel
  • ACT Stage 3 Clutch
  • Custom Built Turbo
  • GTR Injectors
  • AEM 320LPH Fuel Pump
  • AEM Gauges (Boost, Air/Fuel Ratio, Oil Pressure)
  • Custom Shorty Headers
  • Custom 3” Exhaust no cats
  • Magnaflow Street Mufflers
  • Akebono BBK Calipers
  • BC Racing Coils
  • RL Front/Rear Struts

Owner: Gerson Flores

Year: 2012
Model: Maxima
Color: Dark Slate (KBC)
Transmission: CVT
Trim: S

What motivated you to MOD your Maxima?

I have no idea. Just started modding it slowly. Now, Unfortunately my bank account hurts every paycheck.

Top cars I’ve beaten:
1. 5.0 Mustang Exhaust only
2. Bolt on SS (5th gens)
3. FBO Tuned RT
4. Bolt on tuned HR swap i35
5. Full Bolt on 350z HR Gutted

Full Mod List / Specs:

  • Stillen Lip
  • Rear Diffuser
  • Magic Drift Side Splitter
  • Custom Headlights (quad halos switchbacks with custom projector in high beams)
  • Full LED Conversion
  • Air Conversion Kit (NatjuGarage)
  • Airlift Management 3P
  • 5 Gallon Polished Tank
  • Dual 444c Compressers
  • Nismo Wheels
  • Stillen Strut Bar
  • Stillen Sway Bar
  • AdminTuning Custom 3.5″ CAI
  • EPS Breather Kit (PCV Delete kit)
  • Y-Pipe
  • Motordyne Exhaust
  • Uprev Tuner (Street Tuned By AdminTuning)

Owner: Andre Nicholson

Year: 2005
Model: Altima
Color: Black
Engine: Gen2 VQ35DE
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
Trim: SE-R



Mod List:

  • 2012 Gen2 VQ35DE Swap
  • Rev-up Oil Pump
  • ARP Rod Bolts
  • Stage 2 Clutch
  • OBX Headers
  • Full 3” Y-Pipe & Exhaust
  • RIPP Mods Supercharger Custom Kit
  • Vortech V2 Blower
  • 3″ Intercooler
  • ID1000cc Injectors
  • Tuned on UpRev
  • Tial BOV

Owner: Ethan Dori

Year: 2002
Model: Maxima
Color: Majestic Blue
Trim: SE
Engine: 2013 Gen2 VQ35DE Swap
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual

Mod List:

  • 2013 Maxima Motor
  • SPEC Stage 2 Clutch
  • JWT Flywheel
  • Cattman Headers
  • 3.5″ Full Cold Air Intake
  • Billet Oil Pump
  • ARP Rods Bolts
  • Oil Cool Delete
  • SS Clutch Line
  • SS Fuel Line
  • Red Lion Motor Mounts
  • Mishimoto Radiator
  • Megan Exhaust
  • AdminTuned on Stock ECU using RomRaider
  • ES Shift Link Bushings
  • Lightweight Pulleys
  • Vibrant Super Quiet Resonator
  • Stillen Front/Rear Tower Bar
  • Progress Sear Sway Bar
  • SS Brake Line
  • Evo Front Brembo brakes
  • BC Racing Coilovers/Swift Springs
  • TDMi QT link
  • TDMi Bump Steer Tie Rod Ends
  • ES Trailing Arm Bushing
  • I35 Rear Seats
  • RPF1 Wheels 18×9.5 +15

Owner: Marcos Eduardo Chavez Santini aka Chavez

Year: 2002
Model: Maxima
Color:  Majestic Blue Pearl (BW9)
Transmission: Manual 6-Speed
Trim: SE

This feature is dedicated to Marcos Chavez who went viral and became instantly famous in the world of racing after beating a Porsche 911 Turbo in his 2002 Turbo Nissan Maxima. The currently video has over 4 Million views on YouTube! Chavez has definitely made a name for the Nissan Maxima community. The car made 562.25 WHP / 592.97 TQ @ 17PSI. 

He’s Juan hell of a driver that knows how to drive a Manuel Nissan Maxima. 

Marcos is a very humble and quiet racer from Chihuahua, Mexico. He has a passion for the track. He took racing to the next level with his Nissan Maxima and proved how fast and quick you can make them. Marcos has also beaten many other cars such as Shelby Mustang’s and late model Corvette’s. He is definitely not a one-hit wonder. He’s also an active member of the my5thgen.org Facebook community and continues to race. We hope you enjoy this feature!

Dyno Numbers: 562.25 WHP / 592.97 TQ @ 17PSI

The Driver Behind The Machine…………….El Chavez!!!

The video that made Marcos famous (over 4 Million Views):

Quick Interview with Chavez

02′ Maxima Turbo vs 12′ Supercharged Camaro


02′ Nissan Máxima Turbo vs 16′ Chevy Corvette


Full Mod List / Specs:

  • Built/Sleeved VQ35DE Motor
  • Wiseco Forged Pistons (K605M96AP)
  • Eagle Connecting Rods
  • New Turbo: Precision 6262
  • Old Turbo: Holset HX35/40
  • Cometic Headgaskets
  • ARP Bolts & Studs
  • AEM Digital Gauges (Wideband, Controller & Oil Pressure)
  • SPEC Aluminum Light Weight Flywheel & Clutch (Rated for 521 Torque
  • AEM F/IC Piggyback
  • Walbro 255 Fuel Pump
  • Aeromotive Fuel Pressure Regulator (FPR)
  • Chrysler Pink Injectors
  • Edelbrock Intercooler
  • Fully Custom Built Headers
  • Tial 38mm Wastegate
  • 3″ Piping
  • 2.5″ Exhaust Cutout
  • TEIN Coilovers
  • Runs on 12 PSI Mixing Gas with Toulene for Safety
  • 26 x 10.5 -16″ Mickey Thompson Drags Mounted on Nissan Altima Wheels (Track Setup)
  • Infiniti G35 Wheels (Daily Driving)
  • Sentra SE-R Spec-V Interior Front Seats
  • JL Audio Subwoofer
  • Sony Double-Din Headunit
  • Custom Grille & Nismo Emblems
  • Blue Painted Engine Cover

Owner: Caleb Anderson

Year: 2005
Model: Altima
Color: Silver
Engine: Gen2 VQ35DE (FWD HR Swap)
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
Trim: SE-R

Mod List:

  • 2013 Maxima Gen2 VQ35DE Engine (HR Swap)
  • Tuned on UpRev
  • on3 performance 61mm GT3582R Turbo 
  • Custom Turbo Kit w/ Manzo Headers
  • 44mm on3 Wastegate
  • 50mm on3 BOV
  • Full 3 Inch Intercooler Piping until the Main 3.5″ Charge Pipe
  • CXJ Vias Block-Off Plates
  • GTR Injectors and Spark Plugs
  • Full 3 Inch Exhaust Y into 2.5″ Magnaflow Mufflers
  • Oil Warmer Delete
  • External Oil Cooler
  • OPL Aluminum Radiator
  • Unorthodox Underdrive Pulley
  • Maxima 78mm Intake with Maxima 75mm Throttle Body
  • Grounding Kit
  • 1 Piece Clutch Line
  • AEM 320 Fuel Pump
  • Throttle Body Spacer with Nitrous Port (Will Be Used on the Built Motor with Bigger Turbo)
  • Throttle Body Coolant Delete
  • EGR Delete
  • Stillen (Aasco) 13lb Flywheel W/ Xtd Stage 3 Clutch
  • Brace Welded Clutch Pedal
  • DE Coolant Log
  • Custom Electronic 1st Gear Switch for Magnus Electronic Clutch Slip Device
  • Tein Lowering Springs
  • Racingline Traction Rods
  • B&M Short Throw with Axxtion Short Throw
  • Redlion Racing Solid Shifter Bushings
  • Racingline Strut Bar
  • Custom Rear Brace Bars
  • PLX Devices AFR Gauge and Boost Gauge
  • Drilled and Slotted Rotors
  • Racingline Front and Rear Adjustable Swaybar Endlinks