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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Lost Nissan Skylines, A $335,000 Lawsuit, An Empty Warehouse: Has A Well-Known JDM Importer Skipped Town?

We can warn people until we are blue in the face. We can tell them to watch out for Florida, and Florida based importers and cars, but again and again, the same things happen.  Jalopnik writes an article on Steve McCarty and Rivsu Imports.

The allegations against Rivsu come at a precarious time for America’s import scene. For years many of the most desirable Japanese imports were totally illegal to import, barred (with a few exceptions) by our archaic 25-Year Import Rule. It helps explain why this scene is so private, so reliant on word-of-mouth communications, so willing to give a long leash to businesses running with very little communication. The complex legalities and expensive nature of importing lended to the scene a lot of sketchy businesses, fraudsters, outright liars and fly-by-night shops.

Four years ago we warned people about their business actions. When we pointed out they didn't have a dealer license, they went dark for a few months, and came back with one. Then they went through a revolving door of suppliers of cars.  No inventory, trying to sell and store cars that were not legal for years.  They basically had no clue on how to run a car importing business, and this proves it.

Watch out for clueless importers!

Back in 2011 Steve had his illegally imported R33 seized by ICE.  At that time, he asked us for advice, which he failed to heed.  Since he had his car seized, we called him and "his boys" idiots. They didn't like that much.  Years later, Steve tried to deny ever asking for my help. Screenshots even existed in 2011, Steve.

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The next shitstorm is the Midnight Purple R34 GT-R's that are currently tied up at JK. The owners of the vehicles as far as we know, have the title documents to the cars. However money is owed to JK, and based on passed experiences with JK, they may never actually get the OBD II working on the cars.  We have a functioning system that we are currently in the final stages of testing. Our prices aren't cheap. We don't give things away. We plan on being in business a while.

Functioning OBD II on an R34 GT-R. 
As they say, those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.  Too many illegal car importers out there in Florida, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere that will get that hard life lesson soon enough.

Transfer case Internal Parts R32, R33, R34 GT-R. How the ATTESA System Works to Split Power

R32 GT-R ATTESA system Transfer case internals

Transfer Assembly 33100-23U00 (Alt 33100-05U00)
Chain- Front Drive, transfer 33152-05U00
Shaft-Drive, Center - 33120-05U25 (Alt 33120-05U00)
Hub Assy- Clutch, transfer - 31550-23U00 (Alt 31550-05U00)
Shaft-Drive, front - 33151-1P400 (Alt 33151-05U00)
Pump Assy-Oil, transfer 31340-05U02 (Alt 31340-05U01)
Plate assy-drive, transfer (7 per car) 31532-05U00
Plate- driven, transfer (12 per car) 31536-1P400 (Alt 31536-05U00)

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Nissan Skyline GT-R ATTESA All Wheel Drive System Transfercase FX35 and FX45, and RB25 Auto

The R32 and R33 Transmission and transfercase are very similar.  The R34 transfercase while looking and functioning similar is actually a little weaker than the R32/R33 transfercase.

So at one time, after looking and thinking about the GR6 in the R35, and being underneath my Infiniti FX45, I decided that putting a newer transfer case on an R32/R33/R34 might be possible.  I bought a used FX transfer case. I had R32/R33, R34, and RB25 Auto all wheel drive transfercases as we do when we work on these cars for nearly 20 years.

The reason for trying it was pretty simple. Eliminate the electrical to hydraulic to mechanical that is the ATTESA system in the R32/R33?R34.  By using the direct control of a solenoid you could speed the reaction time of the system up significantly.  However once I got the transfers apart, there were a few challenges that I didn't feel like tackling at that time.

I haven't revisited this again, but it is something I would like to revisit.   I have some ideas on how to make it work, and help modernize the ATTESA system.

More write up coming ...

Mechanical speedometer drive. You can tell this trans came from an R32 GT-R

Clutch pack assembly and chain

When I was growing transfercases in my garage. 

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