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We just experienced firsthand the unbridled awesomeness contained within the body shell of Nissan's new über-Mechagodzilla, the GT-R. Apparently, Nissan is a true believer in the car's kickassedness and would prefer if owner's didn't eff it up with superfluous wings, flares and other accoutrements that have no hope of making the car better than it already is. Those who have imported a JDM GT-R to the United States will find this page in their owner's manual that warns in no uncertain terms against pulling a Paul Walker on their GT-R. Just leave the car be, folks. You can't do better than what Nissan already did, so don't try.

UPDATE: Before you even ask, yes, you can get this on a T-shirt. Someone has already fired up Cafepress.com to produce tees in both white and black (even more colors available if you hit "black" link) for $14.99. We've ordered six eight so far.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice , I saw that in the manual and asked Cobb to post it up.

      Its the "Don't rice out your R35 GT-R" warning.

      http://2009gtr.blogspot.com/2008/02/do-not-rice-out-your-r35-gt-r.html

      2nd - 3rd gear blast on the street:

      http://2009gtr.blogspot.com/2008/02/r35-gt-r-flyby.html
      • 7 Years Ago
      can anyone translate?
        • 7 Years Ago
        If you follow through on the links, someone stated for purposes of translation:
        "The first line says “Incorrect Modification”, and the second line says “Illegal Modification”. I don’t see what law it could have broken in Japan, but I suppose they meant it would be “illegal” in Nissan’s eyes."
        Carlos
        • 7 Years Ago
        Illegal modifications would be removal of a catalytic converter, emissions device, or safety device.
      Carlos
      • 7 Years Ago
      I bought a T-Shirt too
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Even better, quality embroidered goods, not cheap CafePress dreck!:

        http://www.rokemneedlearts.com/sunshop/index.php?l=product_list&c=16

        Someone below raised the issue of copyright infringement vs. fair use. The question of fair use is a good one. If the GT-R owner's manual is copyrighted, you can't reproduce the whole manual, obviously, but the fair use statutes do allow use of excerpts for the purposes of criticism or review. The one illustration is an excerpt, only one of many illustrations in the manual. I suppose if a shirt vendor were to reproduce that one page and add some kind of original editorial comment, like, perhaps, a translation, that might very well be kosher as far as copyright law is concerned.

        Of course, original artwork of the car, just like photography, should be completely protected.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Should have waited! Better version:

        http://www.cafepress.com/fx1335
      • 7 Years Ago
      The chinese character (or Kanji characters in Japanese, same thing) reads "Wrong (actually it is "Not Right") Modification" and "Illegal Modification" in case anyone is wondering.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Okay, I don't really care for some of the current automotive "customization" trends. But, I have never understood why people worry so much about what OTHER PEOPLE do to THEIR cars.

      If a person pays their hard earned cash for a car, it is their right to do with it as they please, as long as everything is done right, and it doesn't make the car unsafe. If a kid wants to put tasteless vynils and a hideous wing on his car, why is that anyone elses concern?

      I know Nissan wants to protect the image of their new "supercar", but give me a break. If I were to buy a GT-R, I'm going to do with it what I damn well please! ;)
        • 7 Years Ago
        ^ agreed.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "If a person pays their hard earned cash for a car, it is their right to do with it as they please"

        i agree completely

        i still reserve the right to openly mock them at every opportunity
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have trouble believing that you can't make the car better. Maybe not by sticking on a universal wing, but tuners will find ways. And widebodies, wings, and front spoilers (all shown in the image) will be used. Just wait until the next Tokyo auto salon.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't think many tuners or parts manufacturers that have the budget to pay for the significant wind tunnel time that Nissan did. It's not all about downforce. Aero efficiency and balance are just as important. Making the car better is not impossible, but it's unlikely that anyone will take the time to do it right. At least from an aero standpoint . . . which is what this seems to be pointing at. Screwing up the aero of a car with this level of capability COULD make the car unsafe.

        Contrary to popular belief, car manufacturers DO know what they are doing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Product no longer available."

      :-(
      • 7 Years Ago
      And on the back of the t-shirt there should be, do not tune the GTR unless your HKS, blitz, top secret or mine's!
      • 7 Years Ago
      ALL Japanese and Korean Brands need to put this in their manuals. Then I won't have to have a Hyundai Accent with 17's and a huge wing on it's ROOF with a muffler that sounds like a blender tryig nto pass me on the right. Good grief people.

      I'll take one in XL.
        • 7 Years Ago
        all cars PERIOD need to do this. A lumina or saturn with a huge wing and crap is just as bad as anything else. I think the police should be able to give tickets to people with bad taste lol. 3 strikes and they crush your car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Don't focus squarely on the Asian brands. I've seen plenty Neons, Foci, Cavy-Cobalts, Camaros and Mustangs with "Illegal Modifications".
      • 7 Years Ago
      Honda: Do this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I guess Nissan saw what modifiers did to the Chrysler 300 and decided not to let that happen to their GT-R?
      • 7 Years Ago
      So after spending $60k+ on a car, you're being told what you can and can not do to it? Screw that. If I'm paying for the car then I will paint it lime green and put 28"s on it if I so desire. Hell, I'll park it in front of Nissan Headquaters while wearing one of the t-shirts!
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