Monday, May 18, 2009

Where are the modified Nissan Versas? They're out there ...

Nissan Versa at SEMA
I was at Costco the other day, and in the parking lot was a black Versa hatchback with some 17" wheels and a custom grille kit. It got me thinking: I rarely ever see any modified or tricked-out Nissan Versas on the road. Heck, I don't hear much about them on the Internet, either. If people modify other subcompacts, there has to be a Versa enthusiast group out there.

A Google search yielded a couple of forums. The most prolific appears to be the Versa/Tiida Forum on NicoClub.com. Indeed, there are some modified Versas out there, which is great to see. The Versa can be made to look pretty sweet as evidenced by the photo above. Yet, I don't hear much about people customizing them. I'm glad to have found a group that indeed does customize Nissan's smallest U.S. offering. I even ran across the SoCal Versa Club!

After browsing the above-mentioned Versa forum, I found there's a vendor specializing in Versa parts: VersaSpeed.com. They sell all kinds of Versa parts including lowering springs and coilovers, carbon-fiber exterior parts, air intakes, exhaust systems, and more—very cool.

I see a lot of stock Versas on the road, and they appear to sell pretty well. I sat in one at the autoshow, and it was pretty nice. Anyway, I'd love to hear from some Vesra enthusiasts, as I rarely see them around town. Plus, with the introduction of the Cube, which shares a lot of components with the Versa, I'll be there will be more aftermarket parts hitting shelves soon.

LINKS
Versa/Tiida Forum (Nicoclub.com)
VersaSpeed.com
SoCal Versa Club

9 comments:

Theodore said...

We are here! i have a superblack versa, with 17's. Which costco where you at? Oh and by the way I am a co-founder of the SoCalVersaClub. Check out Bob over at Versaspeed.com he is very knowledgeable about the Nissan Versa and Cube as well. He will not sell anything he has not tested himself. One last thing, check out Nissanversaforums.com

Greg said...

YEAH!!!!! Socal Versa Club!!! There are modified versa's out there, not many but we are growing in numbers and looking for aftermarket support. Versaspeed.com is the place to go for your Versa needs.

-Greg (#1Tango)

redsil80 said...

Definately check out nissanversaforums.com. I just picked up my Versa last month and I love it. I haven't done too many mods yet but they are coming. Right now I'm trying to import tiida parts. There more options for mods on these then anyone realizes. I have a feeling people will be looking at the Versa in a different way in a few years or sooner.

Thirty-Nine said...

Wow--glad you guys found the site, and glad to hear from some of you. If you've ever got any story ideas or Versa/Tiida-related news bits, feel free to contact me at subcompactculture@yahoo.com. I'd love to have more Versa stuff on this site, especially since it's one of the better-selling vehicles.

Theodore: I was at a Costco in Tigard, Oregon. I was going to snap a photo for the blog, but saw there was some guy sleeping in the car, and didn't want to look like a weirdo! LOL

billy said...

i just want to say NICO sucks. nissanversaforums.com is a good site.

AZhitman said...

It's tough following the original, huh Billy?

NissanVersa.org was the first (and largest) Versa site on the web. We'd be more than happy to help subcompactculture with some additional modded Versas. We're no strangers to working with the biggest names in the sport compact industry. We'll see you guys at SEMA in November, and make sure you pop in and order your Versa catback exhaust while you're on the forums. Drive safe!

versaspeed.com said...

The good news is that there are more places that the Versa owner can now visit and see the latest and greatest from Stock to Track, there's something for every Versa owner. And great places for your questions and to see what other Versa owners are up to........ Enjoy the Ride!

ThatCar said...

I just prurchased a used Versa and look forward to turning it into my third artcar! http://www.flickr.com/photos/thatcar/5410999263/

ERICA KENNEDY said...

I have a 2011 nissan versa hatchback s 1.8 liter that i want to put a touchscreen probably either a 6.2 or 7" in dash radio with bluetooth. I was wondering which radios i could put in it. Also if i had to change any of the wiring in it.