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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Hey guys, so I’ve been meaning to make a build thread for years now but never actually put forth the effort in doing so because I felt it'd be pointless.
Well I figured I'll start one anyways seeing as when I first got mine I searched all over for other 2nd gen Altimas for ideas and inspiration and didn't get enough. So, with my build thread, I hope to not only motivate those who were just like me and wanted some ideas, but to also give others a new 2nd gen to look at differently. :)

Bear with me as I have hundreds of pictures and will be trying my best to upload them and keep you guys updated to date!

2000 Nissan Altima GXE (Amanda)
Green Emerald Metallic/ True Green Metallic
Got her 12/02/09
Mileage was around 81k
Current Mileage is just over 108k (my daily driver)

How she sat bone stock back in 2009

How she sat on September 2014

How she sits as of September 2015

Modification List (As of 09/2015)
- De-Badge Rear Altima + GXE Emblems
- Carbon Fiber Hood
- AeroCatch Plus Flush Locking Hood Latch and Pin Kit
- Painted Black Front Grille + G̶o̶l̶d̶ ̶P̶a̶i̶n̶t̶e̶d̶ ̶F̶r̶o̶n̶t̶ ̶O̶E̶M̶ ̶E̶m̶b̶l̶e̶m
- S̶i̶c̶k̶-̶S̶p̶e̶e̶d̶ ̶D̶u̶a̶l̶ ̶G̶o̶l̶d̶ ̶C̶h̶r̶o̶m̶e̶ ̶S̶u̶p̶e̶r̶-̶T̶o̶n̶e̶ ̶H̶o̶r̶n̶s̶ ̶w̶/̶ ̶R̶e̶l̶a̶y̶ ̶H̶a̶r̶n̶e̶s̶s̶ ̶+̶ ̶c̶u̶s̶t̶o̶m̶ ̶e̶x̶t̶e̶n̶d̶e̶d̶ ̶m̶o̶u̶n̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶b̶r̶a̶c̶k̶e̶t̶s
- DEPO Blacked Out Headlamps Retrofitted w/Morimoto Mini H1 Projectors
- H1 Morimoto Elite HID System 5Five DSP XB35 5000k Moto-Control Bi-xenon 9007
- OEM Replacement Fog Lights w/ OEM Headlight Stalk w/ Fog-light Switch + Relay
- 3000k HID Fog Light Bulbs
- C̶u̶s̶t̶o̶m̶ ̶W̶i̶r̶e̶d̶ ̶F̶r̶o̶n̶t̶ ̶P̶a̶r̶k̶i̶n̶g̶/̶S̶i̶g̶n̶a̶l̶ ̶L̶i̶g̶h̶t̶s̶ ̶(̶S̶i̶g̶n̶a̶l̶s̶ ̶n̶o̶w̶ ̶d̶o̶u̶b̶l̶e̶s̶ ̶a̶s̶ ̶p̶a̶r̶k̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶+̶ ̶s̶i̶g̶n̶a̶l̶)
- Amber SMD LED Side Marker Lights
- White Cree 7W LED Reverse Lights
- V-LED 5k White LED Rear License Plate Lights
- Light Smoked Tint on Reverse Light Part of Taillights
- Custom Mounted 1998-2000 Honda Accord Coupe Oem Optional Front Lip Painted To Match
- N̶I̶S̶M̶O̶ ̶C̶a̶r̶b̶o̶n̶ ̶F̶i̶b̶e̶r̶ ̶L̶o̶o̶k̶ ̶F̶r̶o̶n̶t̶ ̶L̶i̶c̶e̶n̶s̶e̶ ̶P̶l̶a̶t̶e̶ ̶B̶r̶a̶c̶k̶e̶t (stolen)
- C̶a̶r̶b̶o̶n̶ ̶F̶i̶b̶e̶r̶ ̶F̶r̶o̶n̶t̶ ̶L̶i̶c̶e̶n̶s̶e̶ ̶P̶l̶a̶t̶e̶ ̶F̶r̶a̶m̶e (stolen)
- Metallic NISMO Rear License Plate Frame
- Purple Washer License Plate Bolts
- Texas Front and Rear Plates (show set)

- Llumar 20% Front and Rear Window Tints
- Weather Tech All Season Front and Rear Floor Mats
- Broadway Rearview Mirror
- Front and Rear Beige Window Curtains Custom Fit
- Gold Kintsuna Knot
- White Fusa Kiku Knot
- Custom Warm White LED Front and Rear Foot-Well Lights
- White SMD LED Glove-Box Light, Dome-Light, Map Lights, Vanity Mirror Lights
- White SMD LED Board Trunk Light w/ On-Off Switch
- Custom 1” MDF Wood Trunk Floor w/ Spare Tire Cutout

- Kenwood KDC-MP342U Head-Unit
- Alpine Type R SPR-60 6.5” Coaxial Front Doors and Rear Deck Speakers
- Power Bass S-652 6.5” Coaxial Rear Door Panel Speakers
- (2) PAC SN-1 RCA Ground Loop Isolators
- Hitron HA-1000.1 Mono-Block Amplifier
- 4 Gauge Amplifier Wiring
- 6 Gauge Stinger Amplifier Wiring
- (2) Pioneer Premier TS-W126C 12” Subwoofers
- Dual 12” Enclosed Subwoofer Box
- Jensen Power 760.4 4 Channel Amplifier
- Cadence 12 Gauge Speaker Wiring
- Custom Amp Rack

- SE Front Upper Strut Tower Bar
- Custom Rear Mid-Brace Bar
- Suspension Technique 22m Rear Sway Bar
- Racingline V2 Rear Endlinks
- Yellow Speed Racing Dynamic Pro Sport Series Coilovers

- SE Rear Disc Conversion
- Front and Rear Stop-Tech Stainless Steel Brake Lines
- Rear Hawk HPS Brake Pads

- Nismo Ray Gram Lights 57C
17x7.5 +47 offset
235/40/17 Toyo Proxes R888

- Sportmaxx 962 Gold w/ Polished Lip
Front: 18x8.5 +35 offset
Rear: 18x9.5 +35 offset
Replaced Center Cap Bolts w/ Locking Nuts
Metallic Purple Dice Air Valve Caps
Gunmetal Volk Racing Style Extended Lug Nuts w/ Purple End Caps
215/35/18 Delinte Thunder D7 Tires
5mm Spacers In Rear
25mm Spacers In Front

Non Show Daily Set
- 2004 – 2006 Nissan Sentra SER Spec V wheels
Complete Sand Down and Respray Metallic Silver
225/45/17 Bridgestone Potenza RE040 Tires
Chrome Air Valve Caps
P̶u̶r̶p̶l̶e̶ ̶D̶N̶A̶ ̶M̶o̶t̶o̶r̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶L̶o̶c̶k̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶L̶u̶g̶ ̶N̶u̶t̶s
4 Sets of OEM McGuard Locking Lug Nuts
1̶5̶m̶m̶ ̶S̶p̶a̶c̶e̶r̶s̶ ̶I̶n̶ ̶R̶e̶a̶r
2̶5̶m̶m̶ ̶S̶p̶a̶c̶e̶r̶s̶ ̶I̶n̶ ̶F̶r̶o̶n̶t

Winter Set
- OEM Steelies w/ Gunmetal Painted Hubcaps

- Unorthodox Racing Pulley
- Full A/C Delete
- Power Steering Reservoir + Hoses Delete
- Cruise Control Delete
- Fuse Box Tuck
- Throttle Cable Tuck/Reroute
- Dual Fans Wired
- Full Cadence 0 Gauge Grounding Kit
- Full Cadence 0 Gauge Big Three Upgrade
- Ghetto Short Ram Intake Setup
- Interstate Battery
- Gold Positive/ Negative Battery Terminals

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Discussion Starter #2
Bear with me! As I was a young highschool teenager going through phases haha

Well here’s the closest thing to how she looked when I got her. (Minus the awesome jdm mounted front plate yo)

Here’s when I wanted her to be a SE so badly, so I vinyl wrapped the front under bumper part.


At that time I was also going through a weird yellow headlight phase… so I yellow tinted part of the headlamps. (Don’t know why I didn’t just purchase yellow bulbs lol)
Passenger side before:

Passenger side after:

OEM vs. Yellow Tinted




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Discussion Starter #3

Ditched the look pretty quick and picked up a HID kit finally

Well, well, well, what do we have here…

Just a reference picture of before

Yep… got a full set of 5 Spec V wheels with center caps. (Peep those mad jdm seat covers yo)

After shot of them mounted.

I was holding them off until I had enough money to get them powder-coated and a new set of tires but things happened and I had to sell them...

Well I hated the matte black grille look and the chrome girlle trim look so I gave them a quick spray. Didn’t have any shots of that sadly… Also at that time my girlfriend at the moment had an Integra and I got a spare Type R replica front lip to mess around with. So, I did some trimming and got it to work.

Peep the mad jdm license plate relocate bracket lol

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Discussion Starter #4
Another shot of the car with the Type R rep lip on

Was bored again and decided to remove the stock intake resonator box for a little more airflow and hopefully more noise.

I was disappointed with no noise so I pieced together a short ram intake.

And yes that is clear tape around the vacuum hole on the MAF adapter lol

Hated how it didn’t have any mud guards so I ordered a set.

Wonder what’s in the box…

0 Gauge Cadence wire for a custom engine ground kit.

Got the wire cut to size and ring terminals soldered on.

Somewhere down the line (not all at once) I got the OEM SE strut tower bar installed, a new battery, threw the OEM intake setup back on, replace the water pump and the radiator

New radiator vs. old.

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Looks great. Im watching........

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Discussion Starter #7
thanks guys, more updates on the way

Front brakes needed replacing and I kept pushing it off… well it was metal on metal… (Don’t worry I replaced the rotors as well)

Being at the time a broke high school student who couldn’t afford another set of wheels, I decided to paint the OEM hubcaps bronze!

And the little lug nut caps purple…

Not too shabby if I do say so myself :p

Close up shot.

Quick snap of my buddy and his maxima (Yes his OE wheels are painted purple and yes I used that leftover paint to paint my lug caps lol)

So one of the first things I did when I got the car was replacing the radio and speakers. I always had different setup for sounds and these are just the FEW pictures I could find of the setups I had…
2 Diamond Audio 12’s

2 Kicker Comps 12’s

Single DD1500a 10 (Digital Designs is NO joke! This single 10 had people thinking I had two 12’s with a crappy amp powering it!)

2 JBL 12’s

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Discussion Starter #8
Didn't post yesterday so two posts today!

I tried to do clean wiring lol

This is all during my audio phase. I decided to mount some rear speakers on the rear door panels

Anybody know where this panel piece goes to?

Custom volt meter w/ on-off switch!

Remember I said ghetto?

Don’t worry, that didn’t stay long. Ripped it all off and started to make a trunk board/amp rack. (p.s. peep the rear trunk brace mod originated by StanzaDescendant)

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Discussion Starter #9
Let the building begin!

I wanted to have a flip up portion for easy access to the spare tire.

And yes it does clear the rear trunk brace

For some reason I didn’t like the tilted look and went with a basic “rack” design (looking back I regret doing that haha)


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Discussion Starter #10
Well the bronze paint on the hubcaps started to chip ALL the emblems fell off onto the road somewhere... So, I decided to go gunmetal with black lug caps.

Pops had some round LED fog-lights around so I decided to mount them on. They’re tapped into the parking lights so it turns on when the parking lights are on.

They matched the color temp. of the hid’s pretty well though!

Hazy headlamps = no es bueno. So I decided to polish them clear again!


Difference is night and day!

I came across the newer set of Spec V wheels for cheap and I couldn’t pass these up!
Pretty dirty before.


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Discussion Starter #11
Cleaned and sanded them up with 1,000 grit

Test fit! Yes, I know the tires that were on there were a massive 55 or 60 series!

Those tires were just stupid thick…

Picked up some barely used Potenza’s from a buddy for a great price! Time to get them mounted and balanced!

Fam's crv always being put to great use.

Getting them ready for paint!

Tried to go for that OEM metallic silver look, not too bad IMO

Letting them cure

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Discussion Starter #12
I wasn’t going to rock the new wheels with rusted ass rear drums.

So, I gave them a quick silver caliper paint spray.

Starting to like the way she looks now…

Yes, that is a pepboys/autozone exhaust tip I have on there… the brackets later rusted so bad that they broke and it was removed.

Found a set of DEPO black housing headlamps and I just HAD to jump on them.

All mounted up. I got tired of the boring type r look so I bought a mugen rep lip and made it work.

Thought this was a pretty cool picture lol

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Discussion Starter #14
Dude, you got some mad skillz !!

Love the audio install .

Ever thought of a career in automotive?

Keep up the good work !
thank you! well I'm currently in school for mechanical engineering, I just like working on cars as a hobby haha

back to the thread!

I was dying to get tints on her and got 35% on all five window. Looking back at it now, I wish I would’ve done 20

Sometime down the line, I got all weather Weather-Tech floor mats, installed some foot well led’s, replaced everything else to led’s, and mounted a 5 panel wink mirror which eventually I took back off due to too much vibration.

They light up when the doors are open and fade out after 30 seconds like the dome light.

These are bright as heck at night! lol

Teaser picture from my Fall of 2013 Photo Shoot.

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Discussion Starter #16
Some more from the shoot before I swap the Spec V’s for the stock steelies/hubcaps and stock headlamps for winter.

note the signal lights are acting as parking lights as well

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Discussion Starter #17

And with that the stock steelies/hub caps were thrown back on and we begin the purchases!
As a Christmas present my homeboy bought me a set of OEM aftermarket foglights, shout out to Eric if he's reading this crap lol

I could not stand the horrible light output of reflector based headlamps, so I pulled the trigger and bought Morimoto Mini H1's!

So, I swapped out the black housings and threw the stock ones back in for the Winter.

Picked up this cool license plate bracket seeing as I needed one. I always loved the way Hawaii plates looked so I picked me up a set for shows

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Discussion Starter #18
Picked up a Liquid-Ink A-Arm brace from a fellow NissanClub member, On-The-Run, through Ebay.

Also picked up his rear se disc conversion as well :p

Got to match the SS lines in the rear, so I picked up a front set for a Sentra.

Major purchase was made here. Met a cool guy from a buddy who is sponsored by Yellow Speed Racing. Hooked it up with a killer deal that came with warranty as well. If you're ever reading this, thanks again Evan!

Check them out on their website!

Finally hit 100k in her :/

It's all Gravy, baby!
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Love this build! Keep up the good work!

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Discussion Starter #20
Love this build! Keep up the good work!
thank you! more updates on the thread

Got some SickSpeed gold “Hella Horn” horns w/ wiring harness

Sick Speed FTW…. Not really…

Guess what's completed?!

Well here is how she looked right after that Fall of 2013 photo-shoot I did. She looked like this all through Winter and even early Spring as well.

And with that folks, let the modding begin...
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