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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




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