Thursday, 12 October 2017

Update 12/10/2017: Long Overdue Update

Long overdue an update. Between impending birth of a little person, buying a new house, general life getting in the way & photobucket wrecking my project thread, I have not kept this updated.

Alot has happened since last update. but here is a quick summary. Will add some pictures to bottom of this post

  • DBA T3 4000 discs & CL RC5+ front pads installed. Excellent setup once you bed them in. Have picked up rear discs and pads to match and remove the EBC rear setup also. Both Front & Rear EBC setup for sale by the way
  • Had the suspension turrets sorted again as there was slight discolouring again. All the skins were removed this time and replaced so fully repairing it. While the car was down in the bodyshop, there was some restoration behind the skirts and general tidy up underneath. The big bit of work was box section steel replacing the squished sills so much stronger now when jacking up. No fear of the sills being squished again with big jacks.
  • Installed the HKS SSQV and removed the Turbosmart Recirc BOV(also for sale). Was going to recirc the HKS but requires a bit more work to do that properly so will leave it venting to atmosphere for the moment
  • Was out on track with the octane gang around mondello. managed a not too shabby 2m17s lap via harry lap timer. The brakes make a big difference. Still a bit rolly with the nismo s-tune suspension setup so coilovers might be on the card. Played with the tyre pressures too. A good 42 laps put the good year Eagle F1 Assy2's to the test and they performed very well and held up well too.
  • While the car was in the bodyshop, i had them remove the cusco front strut brace and spray it black. Tidies up the engine bay alot better. Will eventually go all black in the engine bay.
  • While i was on a track day buzz, i signed up the recent RunwayClub event which was a great day of fun. Needs alot better organisation but overall went well. Managed a 193kph top speed run in the very short 1000m. Waiting around in the queue generating heat soak really didn't help. Could feel it sluggish up top but that is purely down to the stock turbo.
  • Exciting new bosch wiper blades went on.

Next steps are to replace a few vac lines, NCT, replace fuel filter, install rear DBA/RC CL5+ brake setup, oil/filter then pop her away for the winter from 1st Dec

As always, stay tuned

Some pics

Friday, 4 August 2017

August Update - On its way

Apologies for the delay, alot has been happening. With photobucket becoming assholes, i have lost alot of project threads over the years which is very frustrating! Testing out imgur right now to see how it works with hosting on forums.

Check back shortly for a lot of project updates since the last one!

Stay Tuned!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Update: 16/05/2017 - Brake Upgrade

Well my DBA(Disc Brakes Australia) front rotors finally arrived yesterday from Oz via Poland. Ordered them in early March but there were none in Europe so one set was sent from Oz and I snapped them up.

Apart from EBC, there are not alot of rotor options for the stock 296mm sized rotor.

To compliment the front CL RC5+ pads, I also picked up some RC5+ pads for the rears from MurrayMotorSport. Hopefully they will fit(same dimensions as my rear EBC red stuff pads). Will keep the EBC rear discs for the moment.

While I was at it, I picked up a sytec fuel filter from conceptua. The bosch one would fit however, I had a sytec in it before and as a result, the bracket for the stock sized bosch one had been stretched. For ease, I just went with the sytec filter again. That is on my to-do list over next few weeks. 

Car is running well, however I still have a gut feeling that my monstrous use of fuel is down to the lack of a recirclating bov. ECU fueling is all fine as per the AFRs so something is amiss. My stock one was leaking so replaced it wit a turbosmart one ages ago which is nice but cant recirc it without a specific pipe & bend. I was bored and kinda of missed the HKS chirp so bought a new HKS SQV w/recirc kit from RHDjapan to replace the practically new turbosmart one. Will see if I really do miss the signature HKS chirpy sound! The Link G4+ ecu & map sensor should be able handle the change & adjust accordingly.

Hopefully my theory is correct and stock turbo = stock elbow = recirc bov for smoothness. Will see!

Gave the car another clean. There has been alot of dust in the air lately plus I must have killed most of Ireland's fly population!

Things to do next:
HKS SSQv kit is about to be shipped from Japan so will fit that, fit new discs & pads, sytec fuel filter & replace my DW wheel nuts with titan ones which I picked up from Pro-Parts ages ago. Book myself in for the next Octane Track Day also.

As always, stay tuned

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Update: 11/04/2017 - Pulling like a train!

So since start of March college has taken up a large amount of any free time I have had but have been out for a few blasts but discovered a slight knock from the front of the engine.

On closer inspection, it appears the washer on the crank bolt had collapsed and the pulley was having a wobble! Crank bolt was tight so no issue with it coming off.

Ordered some new parts from rhdjapan and kudosmotorsport to keep it running sweet. I noticed that the viscous fan had hairline cracks all over it so picked up a new one. Along with a new passo arch liner, new stock thermostat, AC pulley & bosch fuel filter.

Once it had all arrived, off down to TDP where they sorted out the crank pulley bolt/washer, fitted the new oem thermostat, new fan and AC pulley. When i went down to collect it, we went out and fine tuned the Link ecu. The engine was running much hotter now and the Link ecu was alot happier. Some extra fuel added in down low the lumpy idle has almost gone and boost tables tweaked she is pulling like a train now. much nicer to drive.

I guess the nismo low temp thermostat was making it run too cold for the Link ECU. Either way, it is alot better now!

I even did a 586km round trip to Cork on Friday and it ran perfectly. The oil temp sits just at 88c at 120kph and drops down nicely when you slow down thanks to the oil cooler.

Some pics from a evening spins now that it is getting brighter

Next steps is to just enjoy it for the moment. I need to get some paint correction done on it to get uber clean - badly needs a clay for that glass feeling. Have also ordered some DBA T3 4000series front discs to compliment my RC5+ pads. Will fit them all together when they arrive and get rid of the EBC discs & pads

As always, stay tuned....

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Update: 26/03/2017 - Cleaning Day!

Gave it a good scrub today and tried out white fusso on the front and spoiler.

Products used: Bilt Hamber snow foam, fallout and wheel cleaner. AG body shampoo. Monster dry towels and Fusso followed by some AG tyre dressing.

#nissan #skyline #r33gtst #rb25det #nismo #skylinesi #bilthamber #autoglym #snowfoam #fusso

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Update: 09/03/2017 - First outing

First outing tonight so had to wash it......In the dark. What could possibly go wrong #nissan #skyline #r33gtst #skylinesi #bilthamber #snowfoam #autoglym #sheepskin #wintergrime

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Update: 01/12/2016 - Review of the year

With so much going on at the moment, I have not had a chance to update this thread as much as I wanted to so it might be a lengthy update.

Quite a lot of things happened during 2016. From getting the 4x new Goodyear Eagle F1 Assy2 tyres to getting the turrets and leaky boot sorted to a leaking heater matrix to getting out on track to melting & killing wideband wiring & sensors to passing the 140KM milestone to upgrades and not forgetting failing the dreaded NCT, not once but twice!. What a challenging year this year was.

Getting chased at #OTD28

Wicklow spin in the sun

Quick maintenance wash

Since the last update back in September, the passo side wheel arch decided to come slightly loose(common enough) and rub on the wheel and tear it apart. This is the 3rd one since I got the car. Ordered a brand new one from than some 2nd hand prices from UK !) along with some additional Greddy OX-3 oil filters to keep me topped up for the next while. Also ordered some CL RC5+ front brake pads to replace the awful EBC Red Stuffs in there at the moment. They did me no favors out on track.

CL RC5+ Front Pads(4047)

During October, Few spins down the country went well, plenty of power and got maybe around 330km to a tank when cruising. I took the car back down to TDP as when it was cold, it wasnt running very smooth and being a bit of a pig. TDP reckon that with the Nismo thermostat in(been in for years) it makes it run too cold and the Link ECU doesn't like it and dumps more fuel in so over winter, I'll need to put stock one back in and see how it goes. Also, the AC pulley bearing had gone so its now removed awaiting a new one & belt.

Sid the horse, I mean dog in TDP

As for November, the NCT was due at the end of the month, but with alot of college work and travelling for work, I didn't have alot of time but booked it in early. It passed on every single thing apart from missing drivers airbag and misaligned drivers headlight. I was shocked at the missing airbag as it has never failed on that before. I did get the hardest tester which didn't help. Anyways, I challenged him to show me where in the regs does it state I must have one but they kept pointing to "modification" section.

I put it through again without doing anything to the wheel with the hope of getting another tester. But they are now crafty, there are notes on the system so once he didnt see the airbag, instant fail once again. Oh and the drivers light failed again despite it looking perfect.

I dug out my stock wheel from my parent's attic and pulled off the Momo Race one and fitted stock again. It is awful to drive with it. Really miss the Momo Race wheel. Really changes how chuckable the car is. Had to get some aluminium paper and bend it to force the bulb to recenter(bent clip causing it to be mis-aligned).

Not perfect but got it to pass on the 3rd time. Complete pain in the hole. Means I now have to change the wheel every year. Quick job though with a hub pullers.

NCT - Nov2016 Emissions

Momo Race Steering wheel coming off with help of a hub puller

Had to find my Daikei Hicas / Airbag Hub & put stock one back on

Stock Steering Wheel back on for NCT - awful!

Took it out for one final blast last night and put some juice in it & now its wrapped away for the winter. Will give it a good scrub on Saturday, potentially clay it. Wifey got me me a DA6 Pro for Christmas so will give it a good going over after then aswell.

Some goodies

Winter jobs planned: Fit passo wheel arch, fit fresh fuel filter & 8mm line, try source a HKS exhaust hanger for mid section, get another AC pulley/belt & fit, fit new CL RC5+ front brake pads, swap back the steering wheel and pop in the stock thermostat.

Final KM Check for 2016

Drove a total of 3,319kms in 2016. Hopefully 2017 will be more! As always stay tuned.....