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Sunday, October 07, 2018

R's Day USA 2018 at Autoclub Speedway

#bluecar at R's Day USA 2018
R's Day USA 2018 was on October 6, 2018 at Autoclub Speedway in Fontana, California. The last two years were at Laguna Seca, but this year the event was a little closer to home( NO NOISE RESTRICTIONS). The R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R that I drove at the event, is the same one I have drove for the last two events. 2016.  2017. Same car I drove at Hoonigan.

Changes from last time. Bluecar Prep

  • Nismo R-Tune (Ohlins Flag R) coilovers. I managed to find a used set for a decent price, and they were worth every penny
  • GK Tech adjustable upper control arms
  • Brake ducts (unknown maker,a Yahoo purchase)
  • Kudos Motorsport 1250cc long nose injectors
  • Nistune ECU
  • Alignment and ride height adjustment
  • Royal Purple 10-60 XRP

R's Day this year was part of a Speedventures event, we just made up our own run group. Its always good to see as many GT-R on track as there were here.  Plus the venue had room for plenty of vendors, along with a car show area. I just heard about those last two things, as I was with the car most of the day. The way I like it. 

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Speed warning chime R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R

Above 100 km/hr the Nissan Skyline GT-R warning sign would sound. We also call it the ding, ding, dinger.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

History of Tuner Magazines: PART 1 Super Street, Import Tuner and More!

An unofficial history of tuner magazines such as Super Street, Import Tuner and DSport. Were the cars better? Are they wack now? When did they start? What happened to the models? Do magazines even matter now?
The magazines helped to build and grow the audience for the tuner market in the 90's and 00's. This unofficial history, part one is from someone that got interested in 2005. He explains several of the magazines but misses one of our favorites - Sport Compact Car Magazine.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Show or Display Cars : What happens when they turn 25 years old?

Show or Display 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec Early Edition

What happens when a Show or Display car turns 25 years old? 

When a Show or Display car turns 25 years old, it is no longer bound to the requirements (49 CFR 591.6(2) of Show or Display.  In plain talk, you don't have to have special insurance, you aren't limited to 2500 miles a year.  It just turns into a normal car. 

Show or Display has nothing to do with registration, or title for a vehicle. States handle title and registration.  It is an IMPORTATION exemption.  It allows you to import a car that isn't 25 years old, that doesn't meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards(FMVSS).  However if the car is under 21 years old, you need to meet EPA requirements, which can make it nearly impossible to bring the car into compliance.

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(2) A declaration made pursuant to §591.5(j)(1)(iii) and (j)(2)(i) shall be accompanied by a letter from the Administrator authorizing importation pursuant to §591.5(j)(1)(iii) and (j)(2)(i). Any person seeking to import a motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment pursuant to those sections shall submit, in advance of such importation, a written request to the Administrator containing a full and complete statement identifying the equipment item or the vehicle and its make, model, model year or date of manufacture, VIN, and mileage at the time the request is made. The importer's written request to the Administrator shall explain why the vehicle or equipment item is of historical or technological interest. The importer shall also provide a statement that, until the vehicle is not less than 25 years old, (s)he shall not sell, or transfer possession of, or title to, the vehicle, and shall not license it for use, or operate it on the public roads, except under such terms and conditions as the Administrator may authorize. If the importer wishes to operate the vehicle on the public roads, the request to the Administrator shall include a description of the purposes for which (s)he wishes to use it on the public roads, a copy of an insurance policy or a contract to acquire an insurance policy, which contains as a condition thereof that the vehicle will not accumulate mileage of more than 2,500 miles in any 12-month period and a statement that the importer shall maintain such policy in effect until the vehicle is not less than 25 years old, a statement that the importer will allow the Administrator to inspect the vehicle at any time after its importation to verify that the accumulated mileage of the vehicle is not more than 2,500 miles in any 12-month period, and a statement that the vehicle will not be used on the public roads unless it is in compliance with the regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Show or Display list of approved, and vehicles not approved
Show or Display exemption rule
Vehicle Application for Show or Display
Determination Application for Show or Display

Monday, August 13, 2018

Best Motoring : Altia R32 N1 vs Altia R33 N1

R32 vs R33 : N1 Racecar Battle

R32 vs R33.  Which is faster?  The R33 has some improvements over the R32, like the active LSD, but is it enough to be the smaller and lighter R32 GT-R on track?  Check out this video from Best Motoring to find out.
R33 GT-R debut !! R32 vs. R33 racing car showdown 【Best MOTORing】 1995

In 1995, the Skyline GT-R was fully remodeled to R33 type. The drive system "Atesa E-TS" which is the biggest feature is equipped with an active LSD that distributes torque even to the rear left and right wheels in addition to the front and rear torque distribution. However, does the big and heavy body have an impact on motor performance? Can the GT-R revive back to the domestic sports champion again? A thorough comparison test with rival cars.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R : OEM Airbags

A 326 white, OEM airbag equipped R32 GT-R. 
Airbags were an option on the drivers side for the series 2 R32 GT-R's. However it was not a widely taken option.  GT-R Registry has the full breakdowns of how many of each model code were produced. 

 183 + 66 + 35+ 23+ 11 + 5 + 4+4+4 +3 +1 +1+1+1+1 =

343 total with airbags. 

We just got an original airbag car in stock, and there are a few interesting little differences in the center console. The shape is just slightly different. We imagine it is this shape to accommodate the airbag control module, which are normally mounted under the center console

Friday, August 03, 2018

Hicas- Rear Wheel Steering on an Nissan Skyline GT-R

R34 GT-R has electronic Hicas or rear wheel steering as standard
R34 GT-R has electronic Hicas, or rear wheel steering as standard
Hicas- Rear Wheel Steering on an Nissan Skyline GT-R

Hicas, or Nissans name for rear wheel steering, was found on the R32, R33, and R34 GT-R. In this video, we run the system on an R32 GT-R in diagnostic mode. In diagnostic mode you can see how much the rear wheels steer. 

Hicas is a complex system, that is often deleted.  More information and troubleshooting Hicas here -
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Red, White, and Blue R32 GT-R

Imported directly from Japan. Nissan Skyline GT-R.  We had a couple of each of red, white, and blue, and decided to do a shot in the warehouse.

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Saturday, July 07, 2018

First 6 Second Nissan Skyline GT-R : Maatouks Racing Metro : 6.93@203 mph

Maatouks Racing does it. The first 6 second all wheel drive pass in an R32 GT-R. Metro is a race car, but on a 275 radial.  King R32 was so close with the 7.0, but this car was the first to break the 6 second barrier.


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Thursday, July 05, 2018

Series III Nissan Skyline GT-R February 1993 to October 1994

The series III Nissan Skyline GT-R were released in February 1993, and went through the end of production in October 1994. There are a few changes with this final upgrade, and they are listed below.
Series III blue plate. 
The series II cars can easily be identified by their chassis number. BNR32-300001 is the first of the series. BNR32-314649 is the last of the series. More chassis number information at

The most significant difference was the added submodel of the Vspec in 1993 and 1994, and the Vspec II in 1994. A total of 1460 Vspecs were produced, and 1369 Vspec II's were produced.

17 inch Vspec and Vspec II Wheels with Brembo Brakes on an R32 GT-R
The Vspecs, or Victory Specification models had Brembo brakes, 17" wheels, stiffer suspension, an altered ATTESA program. The difference between the Vspec and Vspec II, was the Vspec II got a 245/45 tire vs the 225/50 on the Vspec.

The Vspec and Vspec II can be identified on the blue plate by the 8th position. If the 8th position is the letter B, then the car is a Vspec. If it is an X it is a standard GT-R. You can also find the chassis number here on GT-R Registry. A Vspec II will have a B in the 8th position, and an 8 in the 11th position. Vspec II chassis numbers at GT-R Registry

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

R's Day 2018 : Auto Club Speedway in Fontana : Bluecar Prep

R's Day 2018 is coming to Fontana - Auto Club Speedway on October 6th, 2018.

2017 - SpeedHunters

Once again, the plan is to take the Bluecar out.  Since last year, we have been working on a few things for the car. It went to Hoonigan Donut Garage, but other than that just has a few street miles on it.

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Doing some light changes. Part of it is done, some parts need to be worked on. 1250cc long nose injectors are in. Have a stock fuel rail that will have to go out to Alex Rodriguez to modify for a -8 feed and return. Have to figure out what fuel pumps I am going to run in this car. The NISMO has Frenchy's, but this car will probably go with some Walboros I bought before I purchased the Frenchy's setup.  Nistune with Flex fuel board is in. Need to install Innovate ECB-1.  Then switch the intake setup around a bit. Nissan/R35 MAF in HPI adaptors connected to the stock airbox.   Have some new suspension that hopefully gets here and installed in time.  Should make the car a little more compliant on the street.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R Buyers Guide: 1995 to 1998 : BCNR33

USA and California legal MotoRex R33 GT-R. 
The R33 GT-R debuted in 1995, and is probably the most popular body style in the US. Well at least it was back in 1998 until the R34 debuted for 1999. It's a larger, heavier car than the R32. The biggest GT-R, it is a bit of an odd one out. It is reported to be the first production car to run under 8 minutes at the Nurburgring, but I honestly do not believe that claim. The car they ran had modifications in order to run that number. No matter the claim, no independent testing even got close. Add a tire, an exhaust, and an oil cooler, with the right driver its possible, but box stock, not likely. 

The R32 and R34 use chassis code BNR.  The R33 uses chassis code BCNR. 

First off familiarize yourself with some Skyline GT-R Basics

RB26DETT Myths and Truths   | Advanced Notes | | | Maintenance Requirements for RB26DETT/R32 | R32 GT-R Service Manual in English | Setting Ignition Timing

Super Hicas | ATTESA | Air Conditioning | Non GT-R Skylines

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Early R33 with 97 up headlights and Nismo Wheels
From 1995-1998 there were 16,674 R33 GT-R's produced. About 1/3 the number of R32's.  There are three distinct versions of the R33. The Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3.   Series 1 are 1995. Series 2 are 1996. Series 3 are 1997-1998. 

The R33's RB26 had a few changes from the R32 engine, but overall near the same. It ran a little more boost. You would see about 11-12 psi peak. 

Series 1 Normal -5050
Series 1 Vspec - 4095
Series 2 Normal - 2291
Series 2 Vspec - 1203
Series 3 Normal - 1958
Series 3 Vspec - 1270
GT-R LM - 86
GT-R LM Vspec- 102
Total N1- 86
Autech GT-R - 416
Vspec (GB version) - 103

GT-R Magazine Registrations
1995- 8446
1996- 4093
1998 -1175

Last R33's, chassis number and colors
Normal     BCNR33-043740(11-9-98) QM1
Vspec       BCNR33-043743(11-9-98) KH3
Vspec N1 BCNR33-043012(2-20-98) QM1

R33 air inlet to the stock airbox.
Engine and Transmission

The R33 used a carry over version of Nissan's RB inline 6 cylinder engine powered the car. Iron block, aluminum dual overhead cam head. Sodium filled exhaust valves. Solid lifters. Six throttle bodies. Twin turbo. Oil cooled pistons. 73.7mm stroke with an 86 mm piston giving the RB26 2568cc of displacement. Short stroke, low torque, high revving. Stock most of the engines had ceramic exhaust wheels on the turbochargers, and saw about 0.8 bar of boost(500 mmHG, 11-12psi).

Behind the RB26DETT sat a 5 speed transmission, with internals shared with the Fairlady(300ZX). On the back of the transmission was the ATTESA transfercase, or the all wheel drive magic.


Engine Oil - 7.5 - 30 (10-30 for a street car, 15-50 on a track car) - 4.5 liters
Oil Filter - OEM 15208-60U00 , Fram PH3682 ,OEM(R34, smaller filter) 15208-9E000
Cooling System - Approximately 9 liters. Gycol or Water?  Depends where you live.
Front Differential (F160) - GL5 85-90 1 liter - (1 quart)
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)
Transfer Case - Nissan Automatic Fluid Type D 1.8 liters (1.9 quarts)
Rear Differential(R200) - LSD GL5 80-90 1.5 liter(1.5 quarts)

Engine Lubrication and Cooling Fluid Capacities for R33 Nissan Skyline

Engine Oil Capacity (quarts)
H Level 4.2 4.3 4.8
L Level 3.2 3.5 3.7
Oil and Filter Change ~ 4.4 ~4.8 ~4.9

Coolant Capactiy (liters)
Capacity ~9 ~9.2

Engine Oil Pressure(kg/cm2, psi)
RPM Idling 2000 6000
RB20E ~1.0, 14 ~3.8,54 ~4.8,68
RB25DE ~1.0, 14 ~3.3,47 ~5.3,75
RB25DET ~1.0, 14 ~3.5,50 ~5.6,85
RB26DETT ~1.5, 21 ~3.0,43 ~4.6,65


Missing ceramic exhaust wheel

The turbos on the R33 are the same/similar to the ones fitted to the R32 GT-R. That means ceramic exhaust wheels, and fragile at high boost or if you knock on the engine. 

R32 GT-R (early)
R33 GT-R (normal)
R34 GT-R (normal)
R35 GT-R (early)
4545 mm (178.9 in)
4675 mm (184.1 in)
4600 mm (181.1 in)
4650 mm (183.1 in)
1755 mm (69.1 in)
1780 mm (70.1 in)
1785 mm (70.3)
1900 mm (74.9 in)
1340 mm (52.8 in)
1360 mm (53.5 in)
1360 mm (53.5 in)
1370 mm (54 in)
1480 kg (3265 lbs)
1530 kg (3373 lbs)
1540 kg (3395 lbs)
1737 kg (3829 lbs)
2615 mm (103 in)
2720 mm (107.1 in)
2665 mm(104.9 in)
2780 mm (109.4 in)
Front track
1480 mm (58.3 in)
1480 mm (58.3 in)
1480 mm (58.3 in)
1590 mm (62.9 in)
Rear track
1480 mm (58.3 in)
1480 mm (58.3 in)
1490 mm (58.7 in)
1600 mm (63 in)

Vspec vs Normal GT-R R33 GT-R
Vspec Rear differential R33/R34 GT-R
R33/R34 A-LSD rear differential components

Vspec or victory specification debuted in the R32 GT-R in 1993, and ran through 1994.  The Vspec II debuted in 1994. In the R32 that meant Brembo brakes, 17 inch wheels, stiffer suspension, some ATTESA reprogramming. Other than those parts, the engine, transmission were all the same. No power advantages, all braking and handling advantages.   In the R33, Nissan introduced an active rear differential (A-LSD) in the Vspec versions of the R33 GT-R.  This active rear differential works by locking the rear differential upon throttle application. If your foot is off throttle, the differential is open, making turning a little easier. As you start to put the power down, the differentially progressively locks.  We have seen some people say that the Vspec can vector torque, which it can not. It is just a lockup.

R33/R34 A-LSD circuit diagram

Along with the rear differential upgrade, the Vspec got ATTESA Pro, stiffer suspension. No power or braking upgrades on the R33 GT-R.  All the R33 GT-R got Brembo brakes front and rear.

Interior Differences

Steering wheel
R33 early steering wheel. 1995. Looks like a pillow

1996 up R33 Steering wheel shape. Looks much better than the pillow

First Date of Production

  • 1st model 1-6-1995
  • Vspec 1-6-1995
  • 2nd model 1-22-1996
  • LM Limited5-21-1996
  • 3rd model 2-3-1997
  • Autech 40th Anniversary12-8-1997
  • Last regular R33 - BCNR33-043740 (QM1 ) 11-9-1998
  • Last Vspec R33 - BCNR33-043743 (KH3) 11-9-1998
  • Last Vspec R33 N1- BCNR33-043012 (QM1) 2-20-1998

Nissan Skyline GT-R R33 prices when new

  • GT-R    4,7850,000 yen
  • Vspec   5,290,000  yen
  • N1        5,990,000 yen 
  • GT-R    4,825,000 yen
  • Vspec   5,330,000  yen
  • N1        5,990,000 yen 
  • LM Limited    4,998,000 yen
  • Vspec LM Limited   5,503,000  yen
  • GT-R        4,885,000 yen
  • Vspec       5,390,000 yen
  • N1            5,998,000 yen
  • 4 door Sedan  4,985,000 yen

#AN0 - Super Clear Red
#BN6 - Deep Marine Blue
#KH3 - Black
#KL0 - Spark Silver
#KN6 - Dark Grey Pearl
#LP2 - Midnight Purple
#QM1 - White
#BT2 - Champion Blue (Le Mans)
#KP4 - Sonic Silver
#AR1 - Super Clear Red II
Total built by color at GT-R Registry

Suspension and Alignment settings for Nissan Skyline GT-R. R32, R33, and R34. 

R32 GT-R Specifications and Production Information

R33 GT-R Specifications and Production Information
R34 GT-R Specifications and Production Information
RB26DETT Information
ATTESA Information

How to bleed the Nissan Skyline GT-R ATTESA - all wheel drive system

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ATTESA is the all wheel drive system in the Nissan Skyline GT-R.  Hicas is the rear steering. We can't say how many times a week we see people confusing these two different systems.

The ATTESA system is also several different parts. There is a control side, and the actual transfer case. The fluids in the control side, and the transfer are seperate. Nissan says Nissan special power steering fluid in the control side, and Nissan Fluid Type D in the transfer case.  (We normally use Redline High Temp ATF in both systems.)

Nissan Skyline GT-R Fluids
In order to get the best performance out of the ATTESA system, it should be bled. Often after a clutch swap, it is not bleed correctly.

  • Locate oil reservoir in trunk and check level. The top line is the full mark. This one is above the high mark.

  • Locate air bleed connector. In an R34 its in a panel under the dash. In and R32/R33 its in the drivers side kickpanel. Connect and disconnect this wire to run the ATTESA pump.

  • Under the car on the transfer case, below the driveshaft, above the line going to the transfer case is a 10mm bleeder screw.

  • Open and close the air bleeder to bleed air out of the system,while connecting and disconnecting the air bleed connector.

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