ZORAN’S RB26 SWAPPED ROCKET BUNNY BOSS V2 S14

Photos by: Ricky Rigutto | Words by: Ian Lee

It doesn’t take much convincing to buy anything that has been RB26 swapped but for Zoran, he’d seen first hand all the fun to be had through his brothers RB26/30 swapped S15. Having sold his Golf R that had been his daily, Zoran wanted an alternative fun daily car that was still modifiable and JDM.

It was George who actually found the car and similarly to his S15, the S14 had already had the RB swap completed and in working order which made for a lot less headache and more time to spend on aesthetics.

The car came cleanly modified from a fastidious previous owner in Canberra. Besides the RB26 swap from an R34 GTR, the S14 came with a full genuine Vertex body kit, TE37 SL’s, a completely retrimmed suede interior and a full respray in a custom pearl white finish. Back in the day you might’ve seen the plates “FK UR SR” on the car. Needless to say, it was pretty much a turn key package ready to be enjoyed but with new ownership comes new beginnings.

Although the original plan was to keep the car as a fun daily while Zoran and his brother worked on their RX2, it became apparent that there was more enjoyment from the S Chassis than the RX2. Having owned the RX2 for 14 years, it wasn’t exactly an easy decision to make as for almost a decade and half, the car had been in their possession but the car ultimately changed hands from the brothers to allow full focus and funds to be diverted into the S14. Somehow it wouldn’t be the last time they would see a rotary in their garage though..

Taking inspiration from Miura’s grey Rocket Bunny S14 on Speed Hunters, Zoran set his sights on creating his own adaptation using the excellent base project car he’d just acquired. After ordering the Rocket Bunny Boss V2 kit from Garage 88, work began on a preparation checklist before the body parts arrived. First thing on the checklist was to sort out suspension. Knowing that the new kit gave a generous amount of space for some serious wheel/tyre fitment, Zoran opted to go for an Air Lift Performance kit. “The airbags and Rocket Bunny kit are a winning combination as the car needs to sit low with that kit”.

Once the kit arrived, it along with the car, was sent off to 2SUS Custom Resprays in Sydney to get test fitted and primed for paint. Although the car was already repainted in white, Zoran saw the chance to make a subtle change to the colour – “From the start I knew the colour was going to be Mazda pearl white, I had always liked that colour”. Having seen the body kit on the car before it was fully painted, Zoran knew immediately the car needed a different set of shoes to match the new body lines and fill those guards. Going back to Garage88 to help solve this problem, Zoran ended up sourcing a set of Work Meister L1’s which accentuate the muscle car aesthetic of the new body lines. The wheels ordered were a massive 18×11 / 18×13 wrapped in NT01 275/35 and 315/30’s – monstrous for an S Chassis! A second hand set of R33 GTR Brembo brakes powder coated in red and new slotted DBA rotors capped off an already pretty comprehensive wheel and suspension setup for the car.

Now unlike his brother’s S15, the engine setup for Zoran’s car is tame to say the least. With some basic flow mods like exhaust, intake and some custom piping thanks to Dahtone racing, the car put out 370hp on 98 fuel which he said was plenty for his own needs. Truthfully if he needed a built RB kick, I’m sure his brother wouldn’t have minded lending him the keys to the S15 – the perks of having a sibling also into cars!

Nothing needed to be done to the interior but some highlights and neat touches from the previous owner include the full re-trimmed alcantara interior, Bride Stradia seats, Nismo shift knob, full interior audio upgrade and the crowning interior piece, the AGI Engineering half cage finished in candy red. You know the workmanship is good when the finish is simple and that’s exactly what this interior has.

Although not much was done to the engine, there’s still an element of anxiety to get a car back from the builders as there’s always a chance for obscure things to go amiss. With the car planned to be featured as the wedding reception car to Zoran’s own wedding, you can imagine the nerves were high and the car had to be running perfectly for the big day. Fortunately, the car never skipped a beat during its wedding and helped create a life long memory for Zoran to cherish with his family and friends.

As incredible as it was for Zoran and George to both own RB26 swapped S Chassis at the same time, the brothers ended up both parting with their cars to pursue new projects. George ended up sticking to the RB platform and picking up an R33 GTR which recently has undergone a single turbo conversion at Dahtone Racing, while Zoran ended up going back to rotary’s. His most recent acquisition is a 2001 FD RX7 that only in these last few months has hit the shores of Australia from Japan. With Covid still in full swing, both brothers have plenty of idle time to think about their to do list for both of their new cars so stay tuned to see what’s in store!

Special thanks from Zoran to;
• My twin brother George for always coming with me to pick up parts and brainstorming with me
• My wife Maggie for all the support
• 2SUS Custom Resprays for all the paint and body work
• Dahtone Racing for the fabrication work and fitting the Brembo brakes
• Garage 88 for the Rocket Bunny kit and wheels
• Prestige Tyre & Auto for the multiple sets of tyre packages

ZORAN’S RB26 SWAPPED ROCKET BUNNY BOSS V2 S14

It doesn’t take much convincing to buy anything that has been RB26 swapped but for Zoran, he’d seen first hand all the fun to be had through his brothers RB26/30 swapped S15. Having sold his Golf R that had been his daily, Zoran wanted an alternative fun daily car that was still modifiable and JDM. It was George who actually found the car and similarly to his S15, the S14 had already had the RB swap completed and in working order which made for a lot less headache and more time to spend on aesthetics.

The car came cleanly modified from a fastidious previous owner in Canberra. Besides the RB26 swap from an R34 GTR, the S14 came with a full genuine Vertex body kit, TE37 SL’s, a completely retrimmed suede interior and a full respray in a custom pearl white finish. Back in the day you might’ve seen the plates “FK UR SR” on the car. Needless to say, it was pretty much a turn key package ready to be enjoyed but with new ownership comes new beginnings.

Although the original plan was to keep the car as a fun daily while Zoran and his brother worked on their RX2, it became apparent that there was more enjoyment from the S Chassis than the RX2. Having owned the RX2 for 14 years, it wasn’t exactly an easy decision to make as for almost a decade and half, the car had been in their possession but the car ultimately changed hands from the brothers to allow full focus and funds to be diverted into the S14. Somehow it wouldn’t be the last time they would see a rotary in their garage though..

Taking inspiration from Miura’s grey Rocket Bunny S14 on Speed Hunters, Zoran set his sights on creating his own adaptation using the excellent base project car he’d just acquired. After ordering the Rocket Bunny Boss V2 kit from Garage 88, work began on a preparation checklist before the body parts arrived. First thing on the checklist was to sort out suspension. Knowing that the new kit gave a generous amount of space for some serious wheel/tyre fitment, Zoran opted to go for an Air Lift Performance kit. “The airbags and Rocket Bunny kit are a winning combination as the car needs to sit low with that kit”.

Once the kit arrived, it along with the car, was sent off to 2SUS Custom Resprays in Sydney to get test fitted and primed for paint. Although the car was already repainted in white, Zoran saw the chance to make a subtle change to the colour – “From the start I knew the colour was going to be Mazda pearl white, I had always liked that colour”. Having seen the body kit on the car before it was fully painted, Zoran knew immediately the car needed a different set of shoes to match the new body lines and fill those guards. Going back to Garage88 to help solve this problem, Zoran ended up sourcing a set of Work Meister L1’s which accentuate the muscle car aesthetic of the new body lines. The wheels ordered were a massive 18×11 / 18×13 wrapped in NT01 275/35 and 315/30’s – monstrous for an S Chassis! A second hand set of R33 GTR Brembo brakes powder coated in red and new slotted DBA rotors capped off an already pretty comprehensive wheel and suspension setup for the car.

Now unlike his brother’s S15, the engine setup for Zoran’s car is tame to say the least. With some basic flow mods like exhaust, intake and some custom piping thanks to Dahtone racing, the car put out 370hp on 98 fuel which he said was plenty for his own needs. Truthfully if he needed a built RB kick, I’m sure his brother wouldn’t have minded lending him the keys to the S15 – the perks of having a sibling also into cars!

Little to nothing needed to be done to the interior but some highlights and neat touches from the previous owner include the full re-trimmed alcantara interior, Bride Stradia seats, Nismo shift knob, full interior audio upgrade and the crowning interior piece, the AGI Engineering half cage finished in candy apple red. You know the workmanship is good when the finish is simple and that’s exactly what this interior has.

Although not much was done to the engine, there’s still an element of anxiety to get a car back from the builders as there’s always a chance for obscure things to go amiss. With the car planned to be featured as the wedding reception car to Zoran’s own wedding, you can imagine the nerves were high and the car had to be running perfectly for the big day. Fortunately, the car never skipped a beat during its wedding duties and helped create a life long memory for Zoran to cherish with his family and friends.

As incredible as it was for Zoran and George to both own RB26 swapped S Chassis at the same time, the brothers ended up both parting with their cars to pursue new projects. George ended up sticking to the RB platform and picking up an R33 GTR which recently has undergone a single turbo conversion at Dahtone Racing, while Zoran ended up going back to rotary’s. His most recent acquisition is a 2001 FD RX7 that only in these last few months has hit the shores of Australia from Japan. With Covid still in full swing, both brothers have plenty of idle time to think about their to do list for both of their new cars so stay tuned to see what’s in store!

Special thanks from Zoran to;
• My twin brother George for always coming with me to pick up parts and brainstorming with me
• My wife Maggie for all the support
• 2SUS Custom Resprays for all the paint and body work
• Dahtone Racing for the fabrication work and fitting the Brembo brakes
• Garage 88 for the Rocket Bunny kit and wheels
• Prestige Tyre & Auto for the multiple sets of tyre packages