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Monday, August 21, 2017

Nissan Skyline GT-R on Top Gear America BBC Channel - August 27th





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Zexel Nissan Skyline GT-R Race Car - Spa Francorchamps


Zexel BNR32 GT-R Race car

Thanks to Sato from Toprank for the pictures of this R32 race car.  This car has some interesting history from what we can tell.  The car now appears to have all the features of a Group A car. That is altered suspension pickup points, trailing calipers, center lock wheels.  From what we can tell this is how the car looked when it raced in 1992.  In 1991, the car won the 24 hours of Spa Francorchamps.  From what is said about this car, this is a recreation because the original was hurt in a fire.

Watching the video, the car had a pit fire during refueling at night. While the fire was pretty intense, it really didn't like it did much more than superficial damage.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MudVsZ43uWw

BNR32-000351

This car is chassis number BNR32-000351, which started life as a gunmetal street car, according to GT-R Registry. 


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Sunday, August 20, 2017

VIN Swap R34. MotoRex R33 VIN on an R34 GT-R


BCNR33-004616 which should be a 1995 R33 GT-R


So far two different people have asked me about this car, so it is time to put up a post, and explain what we have here.




This car popped up on an auto dealer website in Atlanta.  The car is listed as a 1999 Nissan Skyline, which is how it looks in the pictures.  However the VIN or chassis number they list is for an R33 GT-R, which were produced from 1995 to 1998.  So what is going on here?

The description.

 1999 NISSAN SKYLINE R34 GTR! LEGALLY IMPORTED MOTOREX VEHICLE WITH VALID TITLE IN HAND AND ALL DOCUMENTATION! ALL ORIGINAL VEHICLE WITH A FEW TATSEFULL UPGRADES! RUNS AND DRIVES PERFECTLY! NEW TIRES, RECENTLY SERVICED, NO ACCIDENTS, GARAGE KEPT, NON SMOKER, ETC! GAS MOTORCARS INC IS A FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED DEALERSHIP LOCATED IN MARIETTA, GA. WE ONLY SELL VEHILCES OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY. WE ONLY SHOW VEHICLES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
This is not an R33 GT-R. 

Even though we don't have BCNR33-004616 in our MotoRex list of vehicles, it is possible that this is a MotoRex car.  We have also seen forged MotoRex documents. The thing to do is call the NHTSA at (202)366-5291 to get a copy of the bond release.

One huge red flag here.  Someone has taken an R34 GT-R, and put an R33 VIN on it. So even if the actual VIN is correct, and a MotoRex car, it has been swapped.  And not just swapped or rebodied on another R33, but they used an R34.  This always calls into question of how this body/car was imported, if it is stolen, etc.  Without the original VIN number, there is no way to tell, and police agencies should treat this vehicle as stolen, per the NHTSA(see above).

If it was a crashed MotoRex car and rebodied, then why are these guys selling it as "no accidents." There is more to this story, and for a $135k car, you really don't want any shady stories.

Can I have two VIN's on my car, or a VIN that does not meet NHTSA requirements?


At $135,000 for this vehicle, we highly recommend staying away from it.  While it might have correct paperwork for an R33 GT-R, everything else about it is wrong.  


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Friday, August 18, 2017

RB26 - Nissan Skyline GT-R Oil Leaks


The hot side of an RB26


The RB26 is not the most simple engine on earth. There are lots of places for an oil leak. Here are a few of the most common engine oil leaks.  Although along with engine oil you can have front diff leak, power steering, transmission, transfercase, ATTESA system, and rear end leaks.

K&N HP 2008 Oil Filter for RB26

Oil Filter

The first easy one.  When you change the oil on an RB26, oil will often leak and pool on the top of the front diff.  Do your best to clean it off, otherwise you might be hunting something that isn't there, when you see a little puddle under your car.

Oil pools on the front differential. 


Oil change and filter

Half Moon.  These get crispy, its a good idea to replace them. 11051-58S00
Rotted half moon from Sean Kirby - the other Sean. We are the Seans. 

8700 km 1992 Nissan Skyline GT-R Sells for $86,900


8700 km 1992 Nissan Skyline GT-R Sells for $86,900

This 1992 Nissan Skyline GT-R just sold today for $86,900 at Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction in Carmel. This would be the high water mark for R32 GT-R sold in the USA.

1992 NISSAN SKYLINE R32 GT-R
Sold for US$ 86,900 inc. premium
QUAIL LODGE AUCTION
18 Aug 2017, 10:00 PDT

http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23977/lot/40/

SALEROOM NOTICES

  • Please note due to California emissions laws, this vehicle may be sold only to an out-of-state resident for use outside of California or to a licensed automotive dealer.

We could actually bring this car into California compliance. While there is an additional cost, it is possible.   More info here- 

Source: Bonhams 

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Monday, August 07, 2017

Nissan Skyline Alternators





Alternators are a pretty unsexy device. They hide somewhere in your engine compartment, lower right side of an RB26, and it just spins, and spins. What they do actually do is provide electricity at around 14 volts to your car.  Even though we call a cars system 12 volts, it is normally 13-14 volts running.   A car should never have to dip into the reserve capacity of the battery when it is running, however it might. 

R32 Alternator 
23100-20P10 (90 amps) (Mitsu unit)

  • 23215-20P10 - Regulator Assy
  • 23108-20P10 - Rotor Assy

23100-86L11 Mitsu (90 amps) 
23100-86L12 Mitsu 

R32 GT-R Alternator parts break down




R33 Alternator 
23100-70T13 Mitsu (80 amps) 
23100-70T03 hitachi (80 amps) 
2/97~up 23100-0V010 Mitsu (80 amps) 


R34 Alternator 
23100-0V016 


R32 2WD model Alternators 
23100-59S01, 

23100-85L00 Hitachi 
23100-85L10

23100-85L11 
23100-85L11 Mitsu 


Nissan Skyline GT-R Starters

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

R32 GT-R Fuel Tank Leak


We have seen this once ourselves, but heard about it a few times from people.   There are a couple of vent lines on the fuel tank. On this car, it leaked fuel when filling up.  Once the tank was removed, it was pretty obvious what was wrong.  The R32 GT-R uses a plastic tank, the other Skylines use a metal tank.  They can rust, which we have also heard of, but have never seen.

Fuel Pump Install R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R
Fuel System Upgrades for a GT-R

That would be a problem

OEM tank top. This can occasionally leak. Always replace the top gasket. when pulling the pump
There are several lines on the top of the tank that can perish and leak. When you have it down, make sure you replace all the ones you can see. Do it once, do it right.

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BNR32 Fuel tank top o ring part number 17342-79900




Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Why the R32 Nissan GT-R is called Godzilla.



July 1989

Wheels Magazine from Australia called the Nissan Skyline GT-R, Godzilla for the first time in their July 1989 issue.



Car of the Year Wheels Magazine. Later issue
Well, only the R32 was actually called Godzilla.


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Monday, July 10, 2017

Genuine is best - FAKE wheels fail safety test

Fake wheel failing a pothole test. 
A set of fake wheels on sale in Australia have been shown to dangerously disintegrate at just 50km/h in testing. The test was carried out by the Australian automotive industry and saw Mercedes-Benz Australia Pacific and GM Holden team up to demonstrate to consumers the serious safety risks that can be associated with fake parts.

Using imitation Mercedes-Benz wheels purchased online from an Australian-based seller, engineers set out to compare them to genuine wheels in an impact test.

The test was a pothole test, which saw fake wheels break apart at just 50km/h. This occurred in separate tests, one in which the point of impact was close to a spoke and one where the point of impact was midway between the spokes. Under the same tests, the genuine wheels sustained no visible damage

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Sunday, July 09, 2017

RB30 Powered Nissan 300ZX Does 6.72@205 mph



TRP RACING RB30 POWERED 300ZX 6.72 @ 205 MPH

Well, a tube frame, big tire car that resembles a 300ZX.  Makes some power to do 205 mph. Probably a 3.2 liter. Big single Garrett turbo on it. 


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WORLD'S FASTEST & QUICKEST STREET RADIAL GT-R KING32 MAATOUKS RACING 7.41 @ 189 MPH


WORLD'S FASTEST & QUICKEST STREET RADIAL GT-R KING32 MAATOUKS RACING 7.41 @ 189 MPH. MORE VIDEOS TO COME

7.41 @ 189 mph.  Making power, going fast in Australia. Not as fast as the New Zealand R32 GT-R race cars, but nipping at the heels. 

RIPS and Heat Treatments have some competition.
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Friday, July 07, 2017

How Do I Build a 500 Horsepower Skyline GT-R ? 600 Horsepower ? 700 Horsepower ? 800 Horsepower


R32 GT-R on the dyno. The emissions dyno, for California compliance. 
How do I build a 500, 600,700,800 horsepower Skyline GT-R?  Be it R32, R33, or R34, the RB26 in the Nissan Skyline GT-R can more or less be called the same from 1989 to 2002. There are some minor differences, a few different blocks, some different turbos and exhaust manifolds, but for 95% of the RB26 out there this is all the same.

#1 The turbo makes the power
#2 The supporting modifications make it work and survive


Turbochargers


Do those two statements make sense to you? The engine itself is just a big air pump for the turbocharger.  We have a hard time changing the engine characteristics without getting into the RB26 internals.  The more air the engine can push at the exhaust wheel, the more air the compressor side can ingest.


The bigger the inlet, the bigger the compressor wheel, the more air it will flow at a given RPM. The more it weighs, the harder it is to get it up to a certain RPM. Turbo sizing is a bit of an art and a science. You have to read into some of the compromise to achieve certain levels of performance.  If you aren't sure, then you go off past data. If you want to experiment, first check and see if anyone else has done it.  The current world in turbos for GT-R's, the popular route is a single turbo, from the OEM twins.  While we personally prefer the OEM look of under manifold twins, that look isn't for everyone.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec II Nur vs 2017 Ford Focus RS


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This has the internet all ablaze today. 15 years newer. We think the HP might be a little high on the R34, the weight low.  The 1/4 mile time low, they will do low 13's. Top Speed is about right, they are a aerodynamic brick stock.

8000 rpm for the RB26 vs 6600 for the Ecoboost 4 cylinder. The inline 6 will always be smoother and sound better.



Thursday, June 29, 2017

Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R at Top Gear America


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All-new, fully loaded #TopGearAmerica premieres Sunday July 30 at 8/7c on @BBCAMERICA   

There will be a 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R featured on TopGear America on 8/27/2017.  Make sure you check it out. 

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Nissan Skyline GT-R Roadtrip Tools


Nissan Skyline GT-R entering the Corkscrew at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Several people have asked about road tools, or a kit to keep in a Nissan Skyline GT-R. These are 25 year old vehicles.  Please at least handle all the maintenance before you start out on any 1000 mile road trips, but these would be some things to include for your trip.  What we normally carry with us for tools, is probably overboard for most. We have had lots of track experience, and lots of these tools have saved us.

How much maintenance does a stock R32 need?
Nissan Skyline GT-R Basic Information
R32 GT-R Service Manual in English
RB26 MAF Troubleshooting
Does your HICAS light turn on after five minutes of driving? 
Troubleshooting a misfire. Coils, sparkplugs, and replacements


Ammo box of spares, and CLC Toolbag

Spares


All loaded into a inexpensive ammo box

Two coils, hose tool, Dielectric grease, Consult cable

CAS - crank angle sensor, MAF - mass air flow sensor

CAS, spark plug boot, and spare spark plugs


Nissan Skyline GT-R MAF(Mass air flow meter)
Nissan Skyline GT-R Coils
Nissan Skyline GT-R CAS (Crank angle sensor)


Tools

CLC Toolbag
This toolbag weighs about 49 lbs.  It is constantly being added to, and some things removed. With what is in this bag, I can fix nearly anything I need to at the side of the road, or the track. If it needs more than what is here, I probably shouldn't be fixing it either place.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

World's Fastest and Quickest Street Radial GT-R - Rev 3 7.43@190mph


King 32 from Maatouks Racing in Australia is getting out and resetting its record nearly every week. They managed to lay down a 7.43@190 mph pass in their 3400 lb car.


1542 kg or 3400 lbs. 




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Thursday, June 22, 2017

How to Build a 10 Second R32 GT-R



Not too bad for the first time and pass at the drag strip.  Stock bottom end. 6266 turbo, E85. Lots of wheel spin, but some wheel spin is good. Keeps drivetrain parts from breaking. Ricardo is getting it done in his R32 GT-R in Australia. 





Took my car to the drag strip to FINALLY see what i could manage on my setup.. Here is how it went! How it drives it how I took it.


Engine: Stock bottom end, stock oil pump, stock harmonic balancer, stock oil sump
Turbo by: Precision 6266 Gen 2 /.84 divided rear
T4 twinscroll Greddy Type R manifold
50mm wastegate
3.5 in exhaust turbo back
HKS 100mm x 700mm x 350mm intercooler + custom piping 
Tomei 1.2mm Headgasket
Tomei type B valve springs + retainers
Tomei Adj. Cam gears
Tomei type B Pon Cams 260 IN 260 EX 9.15 lift
Greddy 50mm Radiator
Grex oil relocation + 13 row oil cooler
Tomei oil restrictor 
HKS fuel rail
Bosch 2200CC injectors
Turbosmart fuel pressure regulator FPR2000
Mines Triple flow Cam cover Baffles
Tomei Exhaust gaskets
HKS intake gaskets

ECU: 
Adaptronic Eselect R33 plug and play

Fuel type: 
E85
2 x Walbro 460 intank fuel pumps

Trans:
Stock

Clutch:
OS giken R3C triple plate

Diff:
Stock

Axles:
Stock

Suspension:
Stock

Tuned by: DVS Tuning

Wheels: Stock
Tires: Kenda Komet all season radial 225/50/16
Brakes: stock

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