Nissan Cube Audio Car: From The Archive
It’s bought sufficient bass to register on the Richter scale, however that’s solely the tip of the iceberg for Scott’s Nissan Dice audio automobile. Put together for an enormous slice quirkiness!
First featured in 2017.
A cell espresso store, a miniature animal service and even a large pretzel dispenser. Since its refreshed launch in 2002, we’ve seen the Nissan Dice’s lovable, dinky nature exploited to help all types of companies and private ventures. As a result of these unconventional boxy Japanese traces in that small, cute bundle are sufficient to soften the hearts of anybody who seems to be at one, proper?
Scott Pickles is one man who thinks in any other case. As an alternative of embracing the extra well-known facet of the Dice’s persona, he’s as an alternative hardened it up with some profitable present automobile modifications and a killer sound system set up, to show this little automobile can do severe in addition to another. Prepare to vary the way you see Cubes eternally. Belief us. This one’s one thing else.
Shopping for a Nissan Dice
Maybe barely unusually for a automobile this extensively modified, this Dice was actually Scott’s first, beginning as nothing greater than a each day and step by step evolving right into a full-fat present stopper over a variety of years. “It was customary once I purchased it, other than a horrific tribal vinyl that’d been placed on!” he remembers, about selecting up his then-black motor.
“Electrical gremlins plagued the primary two years of possession,” he remembers, telling us the horrific story of going via three entire ECUs and ordering a bespoke new wiring loom from Nissan Japan to iron out a pesky quick within the electrical system (all coated underneath guarantee, thank goodness).
The Construct Begins
Regardless of the hiccups, Scott didn’t dangle about when it got here to including his private contact to the Dice, ordering coilovers earlier than he’d even collected the automobile. As such, it sat refreshingly decrease very quickly. Already wanting pretty distinctive inside the UK Dice scene, it solely took a month for Scott’s automobile to take a very particular flip. This got here within the type of a load of US styling bits, shipped over from an American Dice proprietor’s automobile which he was breaking.
Gaining momentum quickly, the course of the following 12 months introduced much more drastic modifications to Scott’s Dice as he started taking it the place not many different house owners had ever been earlier than: a bespoke customized exhaust (unsurprisingly they don’t actually make off-the-shelf gadgets for this automobile), and a respray of the usual wheels in sweet purple (as a result of why not?).
By this stage, Scott had reached one thing of a fork within the highway. Did he observe conference, promote up, and begin critically modifying one thing extra mainstream? Or observe his intestine intuition and take his Dice on a journey that no different instance on the planet had gone on? Beginning to really feel how a lot potential the automobile had, he fortunately selected the latter route, which started with a delve into the world of adjustable suspension.
“I appeared into air trip, because it appeared to be the route most individuals took,” he says. “I bought actually delay by the value, although.” An opportunity encounter with Ray from Rayvern Hydraulics meant an answer was discovered pretty rapidly, although. For individuals who know, Ray is THE man with regards to getting your automobile bouncing on customized hydraulic suspension setups. He rapidly whipped up a plan for the Dice. Albeit with a little bit of a sacrifice. “I needed to minimize my coilovers up to make use of as camber-adjustable prime mounts,” Scott painfully reveals. “Nevertheless it’s nonetheless the one Dice on hydros on the planet, so I believe it was greater than price it!”
With a multi-height, remote-control setup at his disposal, Scott is now capable of dump his Dice on the ground at a second’s discover – a sight that by no means fails to place a smile in your face! The outside was promptly completed off with some luxurious one-piece WORK rims and a purple sparkle re-spray in a nod to the automobile’s outdated wheel colour. Though a reasonably outrageous hue, with its superior JDM rims and a killer stance, the automobile now seems to be extra grown up than ever, commanding respect like no different Dice fairly manages.
Now a daily on the present circuit, Scott started bumping into extra individuals who might assist recommend the place to take the Dice from right here. “I met a woman referred to as Laura on the Gravity Present,” he tells us. “She’d simply had an enormous set up on her automobile, and the Bass Hull guys who did it have been eager to seek out different automobiles to work on.” After a chat with the staff, the automobile was booked in for a couple of weeks’ work on the agency, after Scott’s remaining present on the calendar, Final Stance.
How a lot automobile audio are you able to cram right into a Nissan Dice? Greater than you would possibly suppose, if this beast is something to go by! The system revolves round Alphard Machete elements, with a complete of 12 audio system, six tweeters and 4 mahoosive subs readily available to get these fillings rattling. There’s even a TV within the bootlid. As a result of, why not? As you possibly can see, the set up is top-notch and gives a top quality sound inside and outside. Andrest assured, it now packs one hell of a punch. “It sounds phenomenal! Clear and crisp, and never all in regards to the bass,” Scott grins.
“We measured it at over 147db on a take a look at run when bedding the system in.” We are able to’t consider a greater solution to make use out of that boxy rear part than to stuff it with a hefty set up!
Scott’s journey along with his humble Dice has elevated him from a brand new driver to one of many scene’s favourite faces in the middle of only a few years. There’s not many reveals within the UK you gained’t see his mighty Dice proudly showing at, by no means failing to attract an overwhelmed crowd within the course of. By daring to be completely different, Scott’s making one hell of a noise proper now.
TECH SPEC: Nissan Dice Audio Automotive
Full respray in Purple Sparkle Pearl; ATI USDM entrance grille hydro-dipped in carbon fibre; smoothed bootlid; USDM marker lights; USDM marker lights; carbon fibre hydro-dipped wing mirrors and facet panel; modified Heko wind deflectors.
USDM Stillen air consumption with Pipercross foam filter; uprated spark plugs and leads; customized 2.5in manifold-back exhaust system; USDM SEMA Present engine cowl; Tegiwa anodised battery brace; Tegiwa anodised ancillaries/bolts.
Rayvern Hydraulics two-way hydraulic suspension setup with BC Racing camber-adjustable prime mounts; modified USDM Tanabe strut brace; uprated bushes all-round; 7.5x18in WORK Emotion D9R one-piece alloy wheel, WORK wheel nuts; modified rolled interior arches; OEM Dice disc brakes.
Retrimmed entrance seats; LED temper lighting all through; customized entrance and rear doorcards; customized fabricated ported sub wall, hydraulics enclosure, amplifier mounts and bootlid; TV fitted to the boot lid.
3 x Alphard Machete audio system with 1x tweeter per entrance door, 1x Alphard Machete speaker and 1x tweeter per rear door, 4x 15in Alphard Machete Sub Woofers, 4x Alphard Machete audio system and 2x tweeters in boot lid.
Pawel, Bartek and Boris at Bass Hull for the Set up, and to Wayne and Leanne at Bodyworx for the paint and hydro-dipping. Large due to Ray at Rayvern Hydraulics for the quantity of customized work he has performed for me, and to Rhys and Emma at Outlined Element for taking care of the automobile all through my present calendar and offering all my vinyl. Thanks additionally to Faru595 for the continual pushing to get the audio put in and being a motivation to complete the mission. And at last, due to #TeamDefined for the help and my mum and pa for the continual help and assist the place wanted.