Vaper trail M30


This was so interesting to many of us as we found the pictures. An M30 with a front bumper, air brushed graphics and clean body. The fog light and turn signal set up. Vapor trail was an airbrush art company i believe. Nobody knew anything about it, but obviously someone did some work to the car. That has always remained a mystery and the Vapor Trail productions company never replied to email and as I said, there wasn’t anymore pictures available.

Its current existence is still unknown and maybe it vaporized off the face of the  world.

F31 tuning – Low rider

Low rider style on a Japanese car is nothing new. In fact before the era of mass Japanese car tuning in America, many cars were made with Low rider style. Of course someone did do this to an M30.

We found this car on cardomain and it was from the early 2000s.

I think since many of us were younger and our mentality was tuning for power and drifting, the low rider style was rejected. Many of us had negative statements. The owner would join F31club and defend his car, many of us would regret and apologize for our comments.

I realize that style is subjective and I realize that with how small our community was, we had to try and bring everyone into the fold (at least that is how we felt at the time).

Sometimes, we can step back and admire the hardwork someone has done to a car… Low riders do put in a ton of work into their cars.

The thread was called, “1st and probably only LOWRIDER M30”.  These are the only pictures that can be found on cardomain. The owner that registered was Biggchetskyyy.


I thought I might never see another M30 as a low rider, but 623styling on IG posted quite a few pictures of a Low rider Zenki leopard from 1993!!!

Follow 623styling on Instagram.. he has tons of cool stuff to see.


Noguchi-san then told me his Blue Nissan Leopard was a low rider without hydraulics and was part of a Low Rider club!



In closing, the M30 convertible is unique and as a low rider, state side, probably the only of it’s kind. Custom work that low riders usually go through can be interesting if done right. My regret was not seeing this car in person.

As a personal goal, it is to experience the M30 or Leopard in any style.



Wandering Leopard and cub – Philippines and Japan – August 2017

My wife decided to celebrate my eldest son, Jacob’s birthday in the Philippines. I asked him what he wanted to do and he said he wanted to see Japan. Since we were close, I decided to take him. What I love planning a trip and Japan makes it fun because of the trains and ways to get some place. There were also many things to see.

While in the Philippines, there was a lot to do. I had some F31 projects.

I called this the Wandering Leopard and cub as a continuation of my earlier trip. Again with the dry humor. I asked Jacob what he wanted to see. He said Pokemon, toys and trains. That was no problem for me as I wanted to see the toys and trains too LOL.

This was also my opportunity to meet a few friends for a short time as well. I had been in contact with everyone and a few people were able to meet. So I put that in the plan. The cool thing is that Kuze-san and Kimura-san brought their kids when we met up… That was really cool.


Thursday – Narita Airport, Shinjuku (Godzilla head), Reiyukai Shakaden Hall, Tokyo Tower, Zojo-ji Temple, SL Plaza, and Hakuhinkan Toy Park.

Friday –  Akihabara (Tam Tam, Golden Age Toys, Trader 3, Animate, Mandrake), Shikansen Festival, Ryōgoku Kokugikan (Sumo Hall), Odaiba (Trick Art Museum) and Iidabashi mini meet.

Saturday- Yokohama – Pokemon Festival, Yokohama mini meet and Iidabashi mini meet.

Sunday – 47 Ronin gravesite, Tokyo Dome City, Sunshine City (Pokemon Mega Center), Nakano Broadway, and Akihabara (cars)

Monday – Leave






Update: 1992 M30 convertible production numbers

The Infiniti M30 saw production between 1990-1992. During those production years of the Infiniti M30, only the later years of 1991-92 was the M30 convertible manufactured and made available in North American markets. In 2005/6, many of F31club members throughout the US, bugged the Infiniti dealerships for parts and information. Some of the guys with convertibles, Sundowner, Zydeco, DrewZee87T, Gregt, and 91ragtop were the ones trying to get as much information about the convertibles for F31club to archive.

The official production numbers for convertibles was information that might have been lost through time and since the M30 is somewhat of an obsolete car to Infiniti, probably not a priority. Anytime the topic is brought up, there is all speculation.

Fastforward to 2017.

During what seemed to be a routine conversation about convertibles and talking about numbers, Alan M. said he had an email stating that there was 3,112 1992 M30 convertibles manufactured.

I was excited to hear this and asked if he could post the email. Alan said he would once he gets back from vacation.

The email was from Nissan North America and this was in 2002. Very interesting!

The statement was addressing M30 convertibles in 1992.

Alan mentioned he did not ask about 1991.

This is simply amazing to anyone who is a true enthusiast of the M30. It definitely contradicts the “2500 M30 convertibles made”. Coming from Nissan’s corporate offices, it is even more valid source.

I got permission from Alan to post this. Not only that, I emailed them myself and asked about 1991’s production numbers.

This may very well be the definitive answer to how many M30s ASC produced to be convertibles.

Credit: Alan M.

F31 Tuning: Drifting

I often get asked about drifting and M30s. Building an M30 is subjective because there are great possibilities and there are very real limitations. The most debilitating is finding stock parts to replace broken or worn ones.

The American Mentality is swapping and drifting, this reaches to the Infiniti M30 as well.

The influence how to tune an M30 in America has taken an unbalanced turn. Before, there was a balance between owners who wanted to keep the car clean and the other half was about drifting and making the M30 on par with the 240sx. At least back then, people were dedicated to their M30s. Nowadays, people are more into trends and it isn’t common to find a someone picking up the M30 to build, but then realizing there isn’t much for it and eventually give up. It’s happened countless times. Parts are hard to get (normal parts) and many people want JDM parts, which have also decreased in recent years… leads to people realizing this isn’t another 240sx, where parts are plentiful and companies are making things for. The M30 DOESN’T HAVE THAT BACKING.

What set off M30s and drifting?

If you look at the history, it was started by asking the question of “Why doesn’t anyone consider an M30 (as a drift platform)?” What also inspired drifting the M30 was a Drift Tengoku magazine with a black Leopard drifting. It also had an SR20DET swap.


This triggered the interest in making the M30 (US version of the Leopard) a possible swap and drift candidate. This was in the 2003 and I think people were starting to really exploring the M30. The first one to drift in an M30 was Jason in Hawaii. Then Renny, Denny and David were participating in drift events in Hawaii. Mainland, I felt a few people were still getting things straight before they started drifting. But Naoki was the first I remember and this was part of his Drift Day events. Soon people started to get info out there and it became almost an alternative to the 240sx. Many people that wanted to build something different, yet wanted built the M30 out of 240sx parts. With that said, people started to explore engine swaps.



It is exciting to see that the M30 become a drift alternative. Many of us were there to see the enthusiasm grow. Every time something brought the M30 into the spotlight, there would be a spike in interest for the car.

Koji’s car featured on Project Car magazine.

The interesting thing is that when I went to Japan in October for the 30th annual Leopard meetingI honestly expected crazy motor swaps. This is Japan and the RB motor is highly revered. So you have to understand that when I went there and saw only 1 car swapped, I was absolutely blown away. Not only were many cars NOT swapped, many have kept there VG motors.  The other perspective was drifting. I didn’t understand why there wasn’t many Leopards drifting in Japan. Every owner I asked said the same thing, “There are better platforms to build for drifting.” I kept getting the response, “VG is the heart of a Leopard”. Even with the turbo leopards, I asked owners why not put big inter cooler and blow off valves… they said if they wanted that, they would have bought a Skyline. Such an interesting perspective.

There was one swapped leopard at the event. The silver Zenki Leopard with RB25DE that is INFAMOUS in American social media and Stance websites/blogs. This belongs to Mie Ueda.

RB25DE in a Zenki leopard


Since that Option and Drift Tengoku article featuring L-Evolution/Locc-on, there hasn’t really been any F31 Leopards drifting in Japan. I asked many owners why they do not drift and the simplest answer I got was:

F31 is rare car. But for drifting, there are better platforms that have many parts.


In reverse, everyone asked me:

Why are people changing M30?

*If you didn’t know, the owners of F31s are very proud of the car and many of the love the F31s the way they are.

Drifting isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. I did ask many of the guys that did drift about their perspective.

Here are the questions I asked:

  1. What interested you to drift the M30?
  2. Comparing to other cars, how is it different?
  3. What are the pros and cons of using the M30 as a drift platform?


Brewster240 –

  1. I’m a glutton for punishment
  2. It was unlike any other car. The S13 front suspension being bolt on was a gift. The long wheel base was nice, car was pretty smooth. the way the rear suspension squatted was a bit unsettling but I got used to it.
  3.  Pros – it uses Nissan parts bin engineering
  4. Cons – Weight if you don’t want to gut it

Driftur –

Agreed (to the statement by Brewster240)

illBill –

I actually never intended on making the the M30 a dedicated drift machine. Basically I acquired the car from my uncle, got it running and polished it up. Then drifting sort of started up and I happened to have this sweet RWD vehicle and community.

…It’s basically the only car I’ve ever drifted, so I can’t compare it to others. As far as pros and cons… cons you basically have to convert the suspension to S13, convert to manual trans; not the most powerful.

Pros, it’s an M30, people were almost always intrigued to see it at the track, cheap vg30e motor. I think that sums it up.


J –

Fat boy status. Had a Supra for $600 right before that and loved the way you could just use the weight and inertia drift everywhere. If you ever watched Drift Bible, I get like a giggly little girl just like Tsuchiya did every time I get into an overweight pig like an M30 at high speeds. Plus coming from 240s, it looks like a fat boy Silvia to me. 

Only cons were not enough made. 


Al –

Hey Roger.. I had an s13 hatch to start with and it got totalled street drifting. The first white m also got totalled after hitting a pole on an on ramp. The third one isnt completely wrecked yet and #4 is waiting outside the shop for that day. I honestly went with it because I thought it was a goofy looking car and was super cheap. My attachment to the s13s asthetic made me hold back from driving it hard. The m30’s looks have grown on me, but I still drive the wheels off… there are many reasons why I like the car.. It’s a challenge to work with, but that enables us a creative outlet to figure things out on our own.. The main thing that it has going for it in terms of drifting is that the wheelbase is long in relation to track width. This makes it super stable at high speeds. The extra weight also helps in that regard. It’s well distributed over the front axle…. The chassis is quite flexible in comparison to s chassis which makes for smoother(lazier) transitions and initiations. It’s a bit lazy in that sense… The trailing arm suspension is total garbage for way too many reasons. Could be why z31’s don’t see much sliding either… The chassis is super beefy impact-wise so tandems can be a lot of fun.. You know if shit goes down you’ll be in better shape than most cars on the grid. It’s also less likely to get stolen for parts as many people don’t know…


Bob –

yo!  I chose this car mainly because I’m so tall, and it has a little more room for a helmet and cage etc without modifying the floor too much.

truth be told, I still had to cut out the hump for the cat to fit in it right.

also: many parts can be fit onto it from S-chassis, so aftermarket parts are abundant.

The car is a little bigger and feels it on the track, you can be pretty heavy footed with it.

I will try and get some pics from friends, or will take some at the next event.


Mike P –

1. As for choosing the M30 to drift, it just kind of fell into my lap. I got it for a steal at the auction and since i always wanted to drift. It was a perfect fit.
Why i KEPT drifting it, is because every event i am the only M30. The people love to see it, the other drivers wish i would trade them. And i get to tell people all about the M30, i get asked more what it is than anything else.
2. Drifting the M30 is kind of its own experience. Since its  a little longer, the car wants to kick the rear out. Until i got angle mods, it was kind of hard to keep the car sideways. Now with modification, i feel safe saying its the easiest car to drift..that i have ever drifted.
As far as being different, i would say the car handles almost like an s14, better than s13. But alot rides on motor/suspension setup and how you drive. 
Me being a lead foot, i love the fact it is long and swings back so hard. 
For MY driving style the car is perfect!
3. There are probably more cons, than Pros with drifting the M30.
-Super Jdm everyone loves it
-Usually only M30 anyone has ever seen
-Can use other nissan parts
-Lots of attention
-Massive engine bay
-Great car to swap motor
-Car almost drifts itself
-Forces you to drive better, because you wont be able to replace body dont wreck, at all.
-Massive wheel wells! Lots of wheel/tire choices
-No aftermarket..Market
-No parts are “just swapped”
-Body flex
-You need to swap motors 
-Electrical nightmare
-No replacement body parts, they habe to be fixed or made. Usually by you, or not at all..i cant get door seals, rain happens
-Good luck with seat rails for race car seats
-No angle without cut knuckles
-Not a nimble car, it handles like a small boat
-Has a “sweet spot” know it or you will spin



Drifting has been a component for the Infiniti M30 in the states, it is part of the foundation of why F31club was made. While many enthusiasts have realized that the car and parts are becoming scarce, there are always going to be people wanting to drift the M30 as alternative platform.

Part 3. Inspiration leads to motivation

No M30 and having F31club with no idea how to make it “something” was difficult. There is this feeling and people’s perception that because you don’t own something, you are irrelevant to it. I was planning on going to Japan in the Summer of 2016 until I saw Kyouhyou post for the 30th Annual Leopard meeting in October.  After meeting with the Hawaiian group, I was inspired. I then went to Japan and met with many Leopard owners.

When I came back after 2 weeks there, I decided put together F31club to be more than just a forum. I was inspired so much, I needed to get another M30. My Midnight Ryder was gone. I had to accept it. I found a good conditioned M30 in Portland. I flew up, checked it out and drove 9 hours back. I immediately started to get my JDM parts together and waited for my packages from Japan.


When we first made F31club, it was all about swapping and drifting. A good portion of the core group did that. But I didn’t… and that impacted my motivation.

After meeting my Hawaiian and Japanese brothers in 2016, I was inspired by the different perspectives they have taken.

I realized I didn’t have to prove anything. I didn’t need to have the JDM knock off at a show. I realized I didn’t need to get sideways with an RB motor. I didn’t need to be stanced out trying to imitate Sano and Mie’s car.

Something that I learned from my Hawaiian and Japanese brothers –  appreciate the M30 as is. Now that is fundamental to me.

That was my foundation of the M30 in 2004. I liked it because it was a nice car, even how rough my black M30 was.

The pride of many of the leopard owners to me was impressive. Their dedication and devotion to the F31 and being an owner is simply something we Americans can’t really touch. There are Leopard owners who’ve owned the same car since it came out and guys who have gone through a few F31s to finally reach an M30…

This was inspirational to me and has become my long term goal.

Part 4. Tracking down F31club members

When I got busy with school, I always thought there were enough people and momentum to keep F31club moving. It did for a bit. The hacks, social media groups, the economy, gas prices… I can’t pinpoint when, but there was progressive downward spiral.

When I got F31club backup, it was the forums and I wanted to get in touch with everyone that was on it. I started by listing everyone I had met and was in contact with. Some of the guys I connected on Facebook. Prior. But I wanted to find our tech moderators. Nyeark, F31_Pilot and Brewster240. It was a stroke of luck and timing when Nyeark and F31_Pilot posted back up on the forums. A few others did too.

Now, I felt I had to reach out to them and see how they were doing. I also wanted to tell them I appreciated and respected their participation and that F31club wouldn’t be anything without their contribution. I also told them I wanted to reach out and with no obligation to F31club, I just wanted to say whats up.

There was a good amount of people to track down, but I here was the list:


  • JCrapps
  • mmokm30
  • strikevalk
  • 240sx
  • Onevia
  • J
  • driftur
  • dynastyf31
  • tonyUK
  • F31_pilot
  • Nyeark
  • Brewster240
  • Lonewolf317
  • squid636
  • ZoltecRules
  • Mr. 25/8
  • hachiboy
  • scourge
  • thehillbilly
  • nightmoves
  • slidewayz
  • sexym30
  • teh luckinator
  • DrewZee87t
  • C4nitriousboi
  • Driftday
  • Slappinm30
  • XslidewaysX
  • iLLbiLL
  • dewhitt1
  • ttM30
  • howlermonkey
  • yans
  • Deviant
  • Zed32
  • Yotis
  • ARE31
  • zombieslider
  • chadmk4
  • JasterM5
  • wuzzz up
  • Nakazoto

Some of the guys I have always been in contact with or we linked up on Facebook/IG and just kept in contact. I started to do some detective work. So I REREAD a good amount of the forums. Often times people would use the same screen name on other forums, so I ended searching and googling those names. This is how I found a good percentage of the people. I would get their name and look on social media. It is how I found Brewster240, Squid636, Zoltecrules… It lead me to a youtube or facebook account and I would send them a message. Other’s checked up on the site and sent me an email or responded to a post.

A few others I got in contact with by a mutual friend.

I also went on some Facebook pages asking about a few people. The interesting thing was that many of these pages are full of new owners and many of them don’t use forums.


There are still a few I am trying to find:

  1. Sundowner
  2. Zydeco
  3. Wuzzz up
  4. Blagoz31

If you are around, hit me up


In  2004/5, I reached out to the Japanese Leopard owners. While many of us visited the various club pages and personal homepages and checked out their pictures, I contacted them and attempted to bridge the F31 community.

Simasima (White Zenki with Blue racing stripes) was the first. But also Yokota and Yousuke-san from Specialty emailed. Noguchi and Tanaka-san actually registered and posted on the forums. The phpbb format is different than in Japan that uses a bbs style communication board.

Noguchi and Tanaka-san I conversed with on facebook. Actually Tanaka-san came up to me at the 30th annual leopard meeting and told me I emailed him 10 years ago. Noguchi-san actually contacted Jacy for the F31club stickers.

At the 30th leopard meeting, I started to talk to Uchida-san asking questions. I then found some old emails from Yokota and Yousuke-san. To my surprise, Yokota-san was already my FB friend and also he was at the 30th meeting. Yousuke-san I had requested as a friend, but was waiting approval. I sent a copy of the email to both of them and they replied back.

F31club and Japanese connection

I felt I needed to reach out and give my respects and catch up. Many of the members on the forum always showed love and respect. Reading many of those comments, I felt I at the very least say whats up.


Scourge has always given me props. But he’s the catalyst that made people think about M30s.



Eduardo is my brother! I am hoping to get in touch with him soon!



J (Jason) has always been a big part of F31club. He is a pioneer and a big part of F31club’s drifting aspect.



I’ve always felt F31club’s core group was like a family. Many of us were the biggest M30 advocates on other forums. When someone would “build an M30” and not give credit to where they got all the info from, it was obvious, people called them out.

Many of us made F31club our home for a bit. I realize that I do miss that group of guys and the dedication, respect and helpfulness that made F31club great for small forum.