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Welcome to Stance:Nation. We hope that these next few Questions/Answers can give you a better idea of what this site is about and how we look at things. It’s not for everyone, but to us it’s a lifestyle.

What is Stance:Nation all about?
Simply put, we are here to promote the “aggressive fitment” movement and showcase some of the latest and greatest cars that are pushing theaggressive fitment limits in one way or another. Stretched tires, low offset & wide wheels is nothing new, people have been doing it throughout Europe and Japan for decades now. So, don’t get confused, we’re not taking any credit, we’re only here to make it bigger and better.

What exactly is an Aggressive  Fitment?
When you see us use these words, we’re referring to a few things.  One would consist of negative offset wheels. Whether you’re running a crazy concave or a nice deep lip on your wheels, as long as it’s wide (usually starts at about 9? goes up to 13?) it’s right.


In order to tuck your tires inside your fenders while your rims sit flush with the fender (or poke slightly), you’re going to have to have some kind of stretched tire. Some stretch their tires more then others but at the end of the day it’s all up to the owner to decide how much he wants the rim to poke past the fender, and how much he is going to stretch that tire. Here is an example of a mild, and a somewhat Extreme stretch. The drop is about the same.


Lastly, lowering, the most important thing. Your top two options are coilovers or air suspension. One of the biggest discussions is Coilovers vs. Airbags! From what we can tell (on our site/forum and various other sites) running true coilovers will get you more respect/attention if you can pull it off. One of the biggest downsides for running coilovers is being limited from driving everywhere.  With bags however, you can avoid any bumps/curbs trouble and just raise the car up and go.  At the end of the day, it really is just a personal preference.

What’s up with Form > Function in our logo?

Just like it says we believe that Form is greater than Function. Many will argue that this is just a fad and will go away soon, but it’s more then that. As mentioned in the first paragraph, people have been doing it for decades all around the world, we’re just stepping it up and doing it on another level. Please don’t get us wrong though, we have nothing but respect for Function, and if you can pull off Form & Function at the same time you will certainly have our respect.


Top 10 Cars at Stance Nation Odaiba 2015

Stance Nation’s fourth event in Japan, its biggest yet, finally came to the big city of Tokyo when it touched down at Diver City in Odaiba. Held previously at the famed Fuji Speedway (in the Shizuoka prefecture) and Nagasaki earlier this year (in Kyushu), the sold-out event brought the latest crop of stanced Japanese vehicles out to play. Here are 10 of our favorites:

Hiroto Hosotani's “Bad 180SX”: While most S-chassis cars these days are committed to the Rocket Bunny clan, Hosotani's 180SX is a refreshing albeit wild departure from the norm. Custom widened fenders, side window louvers, side exit exhausts from the front and side of the car are some of its more unique features.

Endless Racing S14: Sans crazy sticker placement, a kouki S14 is always a welcome site.

Syuichi Hosoda's Honda Odyssey: The JDM version of Honda's Odyssey is something we'll always crave, even if it doesn't come with a large intercooler stuffed into its front bumper.

Spirit Rei Nissan S13 Silvia: Known best for grafting Honda Odyssey front ends onto the S13 chassis, Spirit Rei kept the OG intact but with fresh aero pieces.

Rocket Bunny FD3S RX-7: Call it bright green or yellow highlighter color, we don't care. This RB FD looks outstanding on those SSR Formula Mesh wheels.

T-Demand does the new ND Miata right with a set of deep TE37Vs.

Everyone knows what RWB is but did you know that one of Nakai's original cuts is Nojima Yusuke's AE86?

Shoya Ayukawa FC3S RX-7: simple, slammed...very sexy.

Ryosuke Horiai's Garage MINIZ Nissan S15 won Best in Show with a Rocket Bunny kit, Barramundi Design forged wheels and a Twin-Turbo Toyota 1UZ V8 swap. The car is from Hokkaido, which is over 15 hours away from Tokyo (including a ferry ride to move the car from Hokkaido Island to mainland Japan!). You can read more about Garage MINIZ at

Masa Ishi's 326 Power aero-equipped Nissan S14 Silvia

Not that we recommend this type of fitment but this was too good to not close the story out with:

Check the gallery for bonus Stance Nation Odaiba 2015 cuts.

(Photos: Colin Waki)

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Why Stanced Cars Are Incredibly Stupid


The place where VAG nuts lose vast amounts of bodily fluids over some 1990s 1.2 Polo with crocodile skin on the bonnet, a gold plated head and not to forget, negative ground clearance and huge dished Porsche wheels on stretched tires plus absurd amounts of camber. I wonder what goes on in the head of such a person, who decides to completely ruin an already pretty miserable car, that is a 1.2 VW Polo.

Lets talk about the two, maybe three main sins of stancing a car. First off:

Absurd Ride Height

Cars are usually tuned for two purposes or a compromise of both. Maximum safety/performance or maximum comfort.

The latter requires the damping and spring rates of the suspension to cause as little acceleration of the car body (that's what you sit in) as possible. When you hit a bump at 30mph in lets say... a bobby car with no springs or dampers, you will most likely make a backflip or two and land on your face. Maximum body acceleration. If you do the same with a Rolls you would probably fall asleep before you even reach the bump.

For maximum grip you want the suspension to calm down as quickly as possible when confronted with a bump. The wheel is supposed to have maximum traction at all times which means as little wheel load (that is the weight on a wheel) fluctuations as possible. This is done with high damping. Without any travel, that's not possible. The energy with which a bump in the road hits the wheel with has nowhere to go (in dampers the energy turns into heat), so the only place is - you guessed it. Your bottom, which is directly connected to your head. Something to think about isn't it?

Being able to reduce the harshness of roads is the main function of a suspension system, and NOT to look like a complete idiot while scraping away the suspension engineers tears from the pavement.

For it to work the undamped masses (wheel, tire, brakes, control arms etc.) need to be able to MOVE. If your car has zero give in the suspension system, it will jump over bumps like a baby lamb and understeer like a pig in corners. Why? Because once the suspension reaches its limits, the tires are your only hope (if there is any left). If there is no suspension the limits of the car are as narrow as the profile of the tires and the mind of the driver.

Because lowered cars tend to have more camber on the rear axle when unadjusted (which is how you identify morons) the front lets go first = understeer, which is what most Audis do.

Stupid amounts of camber

This just can't be good for you or your car right? JUST LOOK AT IT!

When screwing around with suspension, you need to know what you are doing. Vaping indicates that you do not know what your are doing. Here is why.

What is camber good for? For maximum grip the wheels need to be as straight as possible right? Yes! This way you have the largest contact patch. Basically camber allows the wise man to adjust a cars balance in corners. A little bit of negative camber will result in better grip in corners because the body roll equals out the camber. This is why oversteery cars have more negative camber in the front than they do in the back. Then there is the question of what happens when the suspension is compressed, but we won't go into that. I'm not James May after all.

So far so good. Negative camber increases the grip of an axle in a corner. Check. Stop.

Absurd amounts of camber result in a reduction of grip. The contact area of the tire is basically like that of a bicycle tire. Also it's running on its sidewalls. This is like using a cup sideways and wondering why the fluid doesn't stay inside. And no body roll in the world can compensate for a lack of intelligence like that.

There you go. You can probably imagine what happens in my head when I see a stanced "performance" SUV.

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Stance (vehicle)

The stance of a vehicle is determined by its suspension height and the fitment of the wheels in the fender arches. It may refer to any vehicle, including sports cars, pickup trucks and off-road vehicles, however it is mostly associated with lowered sports cars, sedans, hatchbacks, vans and other body styles of passenger cars. The term stance is most commonly associated with the stanced car subculture, a style of modifying cars which emphasizes lowering cars, typically with either coilovers or air suspension, and often adding negative camber to the wheels to achieve the "stanced" look. The main parameters of the vehicle's stance are suspension height and position of the wheels. Suspension height usually depends on the suspension components while wheel position usually depends on the rim size and offset. Tire fitment also plays a big role from both visual and functional perspective. [1]

Customization Style[edit]

The term "Stance" or "Stanced" is often used to describe a car customization style. The term "stance" is often used in conjunction with "slammed" or "lowered". Key elements of the stance style are: lowered suspension (lowering springs, coilovers or air suspension), stretched tires and negative camber. Oftentimes, the main purpose of a stanced car project is to achieve an improved visual appeal rather than improved performance characteristics or handling, however some cars combine both. Stance is related to other modification styles such as JDM (Japanese Domestic Market), Euro style and VIP style.

Negative Camber[edit]

Camber is a measurement from the centerline of the wheel/tire relative to the road's surface. Negative camber is when the top of the wheel/tire angles inward toward the center of the vehicle. When done sparingly, negative camber greatly improves the handling characteristics of a vehicle. It does this by keeping the center of the tire perpendicular to the road when the car is turning. Therefore, allowing the optimum amount of tire tread to contact the road. [2]

Conversely, negative camber will decrease tire grip in straight line acceleration and braking. This is due to the same reasoning, when the vehicle is not turning less tread will be in contact with the road or track, resulting in less grip and lost performance. Many drift cars, however, use negative camber on their front wheels for better handling characteristics as the negative camber keeps the contact patch of the tire perpendicular to the road when going through turns with much steering angle.

While most normal vehicles maintain about 0.5° - 1° of camber, in the stance community, some owners run up to 45° of negative camber to achieve the stance they are looking for. [3]


Stance is a style of car customization derived from auto sports such as Formula 1[citation needed] and drifting. Typically high power output cars designed for the race tracks feature extremely low and stiff suspension along with light and wide sport wheels for better handling and cornering on the race tracks. Enthusiasts began looking to replicate this style and make their cars look and perform similarly to the cars used in auto sport.[4] If the original approach was based on the functional standpoint, modern modification style is often based on the visual standpoint. Extremely lowered cars tend to be show cars. They typically do not play the role of daily driver or race car. Extreme body work, suspension and wheel setups often make them less comfortable to drive on public roads and sometimes unsafe.

Culture and Events[edit]

See also: VIP style

The origin of many of the key elements of modern "stance" style is typically credited to Japan, however, other countries previously have also had similar subcultures of car modification that developed largely independently of Japan, and as such, the true origins of "stance" is hard to pinpoint as the style has spread to many countries. Stance centric car shows are hosted around the world on most continents.[5] Events happen yearly that host many stanced cars, such as Stancenation, Wörthersee Treffen, FittedUK, Wekfest, Raceism and H2Oi. There is also a significant stanced car presence at larger events such as SEMA, Tokyo Auto Salon and Osaka Auto Messe.[6]



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15 Badass Photos Of Modified Cars We Found On Stancenation's Instagram

Taking things to the extreme is what modding cars is all about. Or at least that seems to be the case, as evidenced by the 'roided out road scrapers featured on Stancenation's popular Instagram feed. Just how big, wide, and low do these guys and gals go? All the way, baby.

To the Stancenation legions, un-modded cars are just blank stretches of canvass over a wood frame, an all-too enticing medium to craft their moving masterpiece. The results are often unique, one-of-a-kind creations that can be quite shocking and, at times, even repulsive. You just can't turn away.

To be fair, there are plenty of tasteful mods on display, and, as you would expect, Japanese cars are somewhat standard issue. But there are also lots of customized surprises - grocery getters, Ferraris, SUVs - mixed in with the Nissans and Mazdas. That's what makes Stancenation's feed so freakin' fascinating. Here are 15 badass examples of the radical rides you'll find there.

15 The Gold Standard Of RX-7 Mods

Stancenation has a few jaw-droppers for sure, but perhaps none are as gloriously over-the-top as this certifiably insane, gold-dipped Mazda RX-7. Wise Instagram fan pr0tomori put it best when they quipped that the way-too-shiny custom cruiser, "looks like something my 12-year old friend would build in GTA5." What a Wankel, indeed.

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14 A Wing And A Prayer

This beefy Honda is straight outta Ontario, Canada, home of beer and hockey. Which is why it is a bit of a shock that this drift monster is a drop-top. Perhaps the owner wanted a convertible to always have a view of that mammoth rear wing that looks like it came off a Piper J-3 Cub.

13 Don't You Love It When The Nissans Are In Bloom

Ah, the changing of the seasons is so beautiful, especially from the vantage point of a rare Japanese bird like the ER34 2-door. And the Nissan certainly looks badass with the black on black treatment and reasonable stance. It's a great example of a tasteful mod. Instagrammer and Stancenational Karson vanilla declared this ride "perfect."

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12 Blood Red Lexus Is Dropped And Chopped

Good luck finding another one of these. And with good reason. It is as rare as an eclipse, and perhaps just as dangerous to look at. Retinas recoil as you survey the arrow-straight lines of this boxy, beheaded beast that is too red and very low to the ground. A 4-door convertible Lexus? Why?

11 When You Can't Decide Which Spoiler To Go With

This wacky 911 Turbo boasts the most ridiculous rear wing configuration ever seen on a German automobile. The classic 911 "whale tail" is already thought of as extravagant, yet that didn't stop the builder of this Sunburst extreme Porsche mod from adding a second wing on top of that one. Does it also have two steering wheels?

10 Proof That You Can Take Things Too Far

The Stancenation legions were not kind to the modder behind this small wonder. Do you really blame them? It's like if a tribal tattoo was a car. In all fairness, somebody did spend a lot of time and a boatload of money turning a stock Subaru into something so awful and universally despised. So there's that.

9 Spoiler Alert: This Car Is Fast

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a Honda S2000 with the biggest wing you have ever seen. Cessnas are jealous. Birds fly in the other direction. Seriously, you might need a pilot's license or have an air traffic controller ride shotgun in order to get behind the wheel of what is otherwise a nice mod.

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8 Night Rider Datsun Z

This murdered-out resto-mod Datzun Z is all class in beautiful black. The note-perfect bolt-on fender flares can barely contain the chunky rubber, giving it the ultimate track-crushing look. And you've got to love a car that sports an engine that's just a little too big to fit under the hood ... so they just cut a hole.

Aggressive is one way to describe this bangin' blue Nissan R35. The bright paint scheme is in stark contrast to the drab buildings and rubble pile framing this beast, making the Japanese motor that much more beautiful. And thank you very much for not slapping a wing the size of a surfboard onto one of New York's finest.

6 Horsing Around With A Ferrari

Hawaii is known for some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Then there's this Aloha-tagged eye-punishing monstrosity. At one time, this Fast & Furious wannabe was a sexy beast. Not anymore. Now, it is a rolling example of what not to do to a classic European sports car like a Ferrari. Enzo would not approve.

5 Back From The Car Show

The DeLorean DMC-12 was already the stuff of dreams when the prototype was unveiled way back in 1976. Gull-wing doors and a one-of-a-kind stainless steel skin drove car lovers crazy. If only there was a crazy doctor who could build a time machine that car crafter John DeLorean could use to see this extreme version of his iconic ride.

4 G That Thing Is Low To The Ground

The Mercedes-Benz G Wagon is a piece of art on wheels. The highly desirable SUV has a boxy, but elegant design that screams six-figure opulence. Of course, it was only a matter of time before a clever modder brought the high roller down to Earth. And, perhaps, not in a good way.

3 RX Rocket Prepares For A Sunset Launch

Do you think that when Mazda debuted the rotary engine back in 1967 that they had any idea that custom modders would take things this far to the extreme? The wing is way too big and the Road Warrior front cladding looks more fearsome than functional. The blue and flat black paint scheme is fantastic, however.

2 Room For The Kids In The Back

The modern version of the Dodge Charger looked tough when it was re-introduced in 2005. The car was an instant smash and continues to sell well thanks to variants such as this SRT model. All this despite the fact that the carmaker slapped the Charger name on a souped-up Dodge Omni back in the 1980s, watering down the legacy.

1 Storm Warning: Slammed WRX Reigning All Over This Track

This race red Subaru WRX sports quite a unique graphics package that highlights widened fenders and an aggressive stance. If you hadn't noticed, Subarus are popular with the mod squad. Even though they come off the dealership showroom floor preloaded with some tasty aftermarket-style goodies and better-than-average performance, this happens.

Sources: Stancenation, AutoEvolution, Mazda, IMDb, Popular Mechanics

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