Spotlight Post


Owner: Nick Gopaul aka @TLMNICK

Year: 1995
Model: Maxima
Color: Black Emerald (DJ2)
Transmission: Manual 5-Speed
Trim: SE

What motivated you to MOD your Maxima?

I’ve always loved the Nissan Maxima…specifically the 4th gen. When the 4th gen was first released in 1995, I liked it from then. When the first Fast and Furious movie came out, I was hooked on it. I bought mine from an older gentlemen, and joined Maxima.org, Torontomaxima.com, an NYCMaximas.org shortly after. After seeing all the builds, it wasn’t long before I started changing things, although they were mostly cosmetic for the longest time.

After owning it for almost 9 years, I decided that she needed to be faster, so I made it happen. – Nick Gopaul

Mod List:

  • Stock VQ30DE Motor
  • 00VI with 5thgen Injectors/Rail/Lower Intake
  • 4th gen IACV
  • V2 Vortech Supercharger (11psi)
  • Stillen Plate
  • Stillen Charge Pipe
  • Blitz BOV
  • K&N Pancake Filter
  • Fuel Pressure Regulator
  • Walbro 255 Fuel Pump
  • Mishimoto Aluminum Rad
  • Vibrant Silicon Vacuum Lines, and Couplers
  • Cat-less Y-Pipe
  • Magnaflow High-Flow Cat with full 3” Custom Exhaust
  • Mild Wire Tuck
  • Optima Yellow Top Battery
  • Solid Torque Mounts
  • Stock 5-speed Manual Transmission
  • 350Z Clutch
  • Rebuilt & Strengthened Axles

Suspension & Brakes:

  • Ksport Kontrol Pro Coilover Suspension Kit
  • Moog Lower Control Arms
  • Moog Swaybar End Links
  • Moog Tue Rod End
  • Custommaxima.com Front Strut Tower Brace
  • AADCO Rear Sway Bar
  • Wilwood 4-Piston BBK with 13” Rotors
  • Rear OEM Pads & Rotors
  • Stainless Steel Brake Lines
  • Synthetic Brake Fluid

Body & Interior

  • Front End Repaint (No More Stone Chips)
  • Full Front End Paint Protection Film Wrap
  • Full Stillen Lip Kit
  • Blacked-out Bumper Lights
  • Rear “David L” Red/Clears
  • Custom TLM Projector Retrofitted Headlights with “Nismo” Logo
  • 6k HIDs Top and Bottom
  • Crystal Corner Lights
  • 18% Tint All Around
  • Chrome Gauge Rings
  • Triple Gauge A-pillar Pod (AFR, Boost, Oil Pressure)
  • LED Converted Cluster and Climate Controls
  • COMPUSTAR 2-way Alarm System with Remote Start
  • Pioneer Premier Double Din Head Unit
  • Alpine Type-R Components Front/Rear
  • 3 Alpine Amplifier Setup


Owner: Jaime J Dajer‎

Year: 2002
Model: Maxima
Color: Silver
Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic
Trim: SE

Highlights: This is a one-of-a-kind 5thgen Nissan Maxima with a RIPP Mods supercharger fabricated to fit the VQ35DE. It is using a R.I.P.P V5 supercharger kit that came off a Mitsubishi Eclipse GT V6. It’s also using water meth injection. It made 339.7 WHP / 306.3 TQ on 440cc injectors at 98%, ignition retarded timing set at +11, 8 psi and a 2.6 pulley.



Owner: Terrance Herrera

Year: 2006
Model: Altima
Current Color: Smoke
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
Trim: SE-R

Mod List:

  • 1st Gen VQ35DE
  • Kinetix Intake Manifold
  • NWP 75mm Throttle Kit
  • NWP Intake Manifold thermal Spacers
  • OEM GTR Injectors
  • Quantum Fuel Pump (E85 Compatible)
  • Custom Fuel Rails & Fuel Return System with External Fuel Pressure Regulator
  • Audi/Volkswagen Coilpack conversion.
  • OBX Headers mated to Custom Turbo Up-Pipe.
  • Custom Intercooler Piping
  • Universal Oil Cooler Kit
  • Custom 3″ Single Exit Exhaust System
  • Red Lion Racing Engine Mounts
  • Boost Junkies Gtx3582r, 44mm Wastegate, Blow off Valve & Vacuum Manifold
  • Oem HLSD Upgrade
  • Fidanza Single Mass Flywheel
  • Spec Stage 3 Clutch Kit
  • Unorthodox Racing Crank Pulley
  • 350z Brembo Front & Rear Brakes
  • Megan Racing 3-Way Adjustable Coilovers
  • SPC Rear Toe Arms
  • Racing Line Traction Arms
  • Greddy Profec B Boost Controller
  • Tuned By Richard Williams aka “Dry” On UpRev


Owner: Shawn “Syko” Gordon

Year: 2002
Model: Maxima
Color: Black
Engine: Gen2 VQ35DE
Transmission: Manual 6 Speed HSLD
Trim: GLE

Update December 2019 – Car Upgraded with Gen2 VQ35DE and Vortech V2 Supercharger

Full Mod List / Specs:

  • Gen2 VQ35DE Motor
  • R.I.P.P V2 Supercharger Kit
  • 2009 Maxima Idler Pulley for Supercharger
  • Cattman Headers
  • HLSD 6-Speed with 4.133 FD Gearing
  • Exedy Stage 2 Clutch
  • Custom 3″ Exhaust
  • Short Throw Shifter – STS Mod
  • 300ZX Big Brake Kit
  • Front & Rear Stillen Lip


Owner: David Colaire

Year: 2000
Model: Maxima
Color: Satin Blue Pearl
Transmission: Manual 5-Speed to 6-Speed Swap
Trim: SE

What motivated you to MOD your Maxima?

A close friend of mine modded a couple of Maxima’s while I was growing up as a kid. I always said that my next car would for sure be a 3.5 Maxima. I ended up getting a 3.0 Maxima 5-Speed. As the years went by, I learned how to work on it myself and also began experimenting. It ended up going a little more than I expected lol. I have put a lot into this car.

It’s still going more than I expected. I have a full Vortech Supercharger kit waiting to be installed in the spring time! – David Colaire

Full Mod List / Specs:

  • VQ35HR 3.0 Timing
  • 2006 Maxima 6-Speed HLSD
  • OBX V2 Headers
  • Custom Exhaust
  • Greddy Emanage Ultimate
  • Bosch 560cc injectors
  • 4in intake
  • Stage 2 Clutch JWT
  • VQ35 Flywheel
  • Red Lion Raiser Set
  • Brembo Brakes
  • Tein Street Advance Coilovers
  • Stillen Lip Kit
  • 5.5 Gen Seats


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


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