Same question, asked two different ways. What fluid for your Nissan Skyline GT-R Gearbox. There are two main boxes, stock FS5R30A 5 speed, and the V160 Getrag 6 speed(uses a unique fluid).
For a heavily loaded transmission like the FS5R30A, the ONLY fluid we recommend, after 18 years of working on Nissan Skyline GT-R, is Redline Shockproof Heavy Gearoil.
Here is the reason.
|3rd gear sheared on a FS5R30A transmission. These are early and late transmission.|
Redline Shockproof Heavy
- Film thickness greater than an SAE 75W250, yet low fluid friction like 75W90
- For heavily-loaded racing differentials and transmissions, problem gearboxes
- Unique lubricant with solid microscopic particles offers low drag/high protection
- Relatively low viscosity, yet cushions gear teeth under extreme pressure
- Helps to prevent tooth breakage, resists throw-off
- Not recommended for most synchro applications due to the product's extreme slipperiness
|Fs5R30A Transmission in a Nissan Skyline GT-R. Third gear is the 2nd gear from the top. Notice the mismatch of the two gears.|
We first came across Redline Shockproof Heavy Gearoil after breaking two 3rd gears in a 500hp R32 GT-R in a week. While at Nissan North America, while they were still in Gardena, we spoke to Frank Honsowetz casually about our issue. He mentioned in the Nissan race trucks, they used to break transmissions all the time over the jumps. Once they put Shockproof Heavy in the transmissions their failure rate went way down.
So we tried it. Once we started using it, our transmission failures decreased greatly. Not two in a week anymore. We still broke some transmissions, but the rate was much lower.
Onto years later, racing a front wheel drive car. We would break a trans every couple months of "normal" track use. More often depending on who was driving. In that car, we swapped out to Shockproof Heavy, and in a year of SCCA Pro racing, only broke one transmission, in two cars, in a thirteen race season. While doing differential testing, the differential company asked us to use their fluid. First time out, we popped the transmission. Switched the fluid back to Shockproof Heavy, and no further failures.
Any car that I run hard now, If I can use a gear oil in the transmission, the ONLY thing I will use is Shockproof. Any other fluid is setting myself up for failure. If I break it with Shockproof in it, then I need to have a look at those failures and fix them, before filling it up with Shockproof again.
Nissan's recommendations on fluid types.
Transmission fluid - Don't try and fill it though the gear shifter. Though the gear shifter is the transfer case . GL4 75-90 4.1 liters (4.3 quarts)
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