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John Butiu

John Butiu

Owner: John Butiu
Location: Hawthorne, CA., USA
Vehicle: 2005 Infiniti G35 Coupe
Car Club: R-Rydes
Horsepower: 280
Website: Facebook

John Butiu went to school at the Art Center College of Design, majoring in Transportation Design / Car Design, which is what, got him interested in cars. What attracted John to the car was the clean design and flowing lines of the Infiniti G35 coupe, which will be a classic design. He has been keeping his eye on the G35 coupe (aka Skyline 350GT in Japan) since its creation in 2003 and bought one in 2005. The exterior, interior, and engine are very well put together and very tuner friendly, with hundreds of aftermarket parts to choose from.

Photos By: Clifford Sutrisno, TimeAtk.com, Jay Kim, John Butiu

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All the lines flow as if it were drawn with simple brush strokes from front to back. The proportions of the car as well as being a 6 cylinder RWD helped as well. John loved the headlights so much; he had it modified by clearcorners.com with LEDs all along the clearance strip and headlights. John wanted something different from the usual sports cars out there; he wanted something that had a unique, timeless look. That's why he chose a 2005 G35 Coupe in the Lakeshore Slate color, which is rarely seen, as opposed to the red, black, silver, white, or gun metal.

John has owned this car as his daily driver for 7 years and decided to modify it slowly so he can enjoy it instead of getting tired of it and moving on to another car.

John tries to look for mods that will stand out from the rest and chose rare mods like an authentic Top Secret Carbon Fiber Hood from Japan, Authentic Kuruma front bumper, and custom one-of-a-kind rear bumper which he helped design.

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The first mods were, of course, lowering springs, tint, a nice set of 20" HRE 540R wheels, chrome lip and brushed aluminum face, which one will usually find on Porsches, Lambos, and Ferraris. John wanted a set of wheels which he could enjoy and not have to buy a new set every few years. He also had the entire engine bay polished, chromed, holes filled, stainless steel braided hoses, as well as a full wire tuck and color matched parts as well. Even simple details like having a custom polished intake modified so that the Mass Air Flow sensor was hidden away from view to create a clean look, along with an AEM filter.

The full interior color change was also put together by Chuy's Auto Interior in Carson with the help of Randy Riggs. John created a 3D model using Maya Software of the full interior so he could show the shop how he wanted it to look. He also textured and rendered it in the materials from leather, suede, and painted pieces to indicate to Chuy's what part is what material, as well as indicated where all the custom double stitching would go. They used suede, perforated suede, leather, color matched parts, seat belts, and super soft Porsche carpeting/floor mats.

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ENGINE & PERFORMANCE
Polished upper and lower plenum
Polished plenum spacer
Polished lower intake collector
Polished timing belt cover
Polished custom air intake w/ AEM dry flow air filter
Polished alternator
Polished RareJDM under body panel
Polished power steering pump
Polished power steering pump
Chromed power steering pulley
Chromed brackets and bolts
Chromed hood latch components
UR billet idler pulley
Color matched valve covers
Polished throttle body
Polished throttle body spacer
HKS Dual Hi-Power Titanium (Ti) Exhaust
NRG power steering tank
Weapon R coolant overflow tank
Optima Yellow Top battery
Custom full wire tuck w/ unnecessary holes & brackets shaved
Earl’s steel braided hoses and fittings
Hose Techniques couplers & clamps
Nismo oil cap
JDM driver’s side battery cover
Replaced 150+ bolts w/ polished stainless steel allen bolts
K&N oil filter

WHEELS & TIRES
HRE 540R 3pc forged rims – 20 x 9.5 front : 20 x 11 rear
Chromed inner and outer barrels
Falken FK 452 performance tires – 255 / 30 / 20 front : 285 / 35 / 20 rear
Tire pressure monitoring system
Extended wheels studs
Project Kics lug nuts
Polished valve stem cover

SUSPENSION
Stoptech BBK 4p 14” front – 4p 13” rear (Custom powder coated and color matched finish)
Tanabe Sustec Pro Z40 Coilovers
Tanabe Sustec Stabilizer Bar (front)
Tanabe Sustec Stabilizer Bar (rear)
Relentless Autosports custom chrome upper front strut bar
Cusco upper front A-arms
SPC rear camber arms
SPC rear toe adjustment bolts
Painted gloss black rotor hat

EXTERIOR
Authentic Kuruma front bumper
Authentic Top Secret painted carbon fiber hood & painted underside
Authentic Gialla grille
Authentic Impul side skirts
Baus Auto carbon fiber front splitter
Custom Speedraver Design rear bumper
Color matched mirror mounts
Authentic Top Secret hood dampers
Color matched entire engine bay / core support
Clearcorners.com custom headlights, clearance strip, and led ring
Clearcorners.com custom dual function side marker & signal
Color matched tail lights
6000k HID upgraded fog lights
Authentic Skyline side GT shield emblem
Debadged front and rear
Light tint all around

INTERIOR
Complete interior color change
Fully wrapped custom double stitched 2 tone suede
Front and Rear seats w/ custom suede, perforated suede and leather
Upgraded Porsche carpeting and floor mats for interior
Color matched seat belts
Custom white LED lighting: gauge cluster, a/c, clock, heads-up display
Custom white LED lighting: dome, switches, vanity mirrors, steering wheel, trunk and a/c buttons
Custom steering wheel: silver carbon fiber, suede, & perforated leather
All interior plastic pieces color matched
06 M35 shift knob
Custom Electroluminescent Skyline stickers
HushMat

AUDIO & MULTIMEDIA
Eclipse AVN 6620 w/ OEM steering wheel controls
Audison LRx 6.9 - 6 channel amplifier
Hertz ES250 10“ woofers (2)
MB Quart RCE 216 components: 6.5” mid – 1” tweeter
10” Vission video monitor
Custom wood sub enclosure
Trunk audio wrapped in suede and leather
LEDs all around, hidden for accent lighting
Parrot Hands Free Bluetooth Kit
Apple iPod with video

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