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Wednesday, September 04, 2019

1989-1994 Nissan Skyline Instrument or Speedometer Clusters

An R32 GT-R speedometer cluster. Notice the front torque meter, 10k rpm tach. 
There are several different instrument clusters, or speedometers for the R32 version of the Nissan Skyline.   The speedometer is cable or mechanically driven from either the transmission or in the case of GTS4/GT-R from the transfer case.

White face Nismo 320 km/hr speedometer cluster. 11k tach
Since the OEM clusters only read to 180 km/hr or about 110 mph, it was popular to change the speedometer head for one that read higher.  Most people then, didn't take into account what that would do for the mileage indicated on the vehicle, however 30 years later, it makes it difficult to trust the mileage on the cluster.  Unless a vehicle has records, it is impossible to determine a swapped clusters, and therefore cars true mileage.

There are also two different R32 GT-R clusters, they are identifiable by the color of the trace on the back of the cluster. The later cluster adds the provisions for an airbag light.

Some of the speedometer cluster part numbers.

24811-03U00 - Housing Meter Comb, Lower  89-05 to 91-08
24811-03U60 - Housing Meter Comb, Lower 91-08 up
25065-51E10  -Chime Assy - Warning  - Aka the dinger!
24813-03U00 - Cover front meter (clear plastic) 89-05 up


All the bulbs are 14V- 3.4 watt

A. 24860-35F00 Socket and Bulb Assy
     Orange Base
     Toshiba V2
      T5 bulbs

B. 26260-T8002  Bulb
     This says bulb only, but includes a socket
     Turn signal

C. 24860-40F01  Socket and Bulb Assy

D. 24860-40F02  Socket and Bulb Assy

E. 24860-35F01 - Socket and Bulb Assy


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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Nissan Skyline GT-R and GT-R Emblems : We Don't Need No Stinking Badges

R32 GT-R badges and emblems

The R32 GT-R has unique rear GT-R badges, color keyed to the body color. 

63896-05U00 side badges

65892-05U00 Hood emblem

84896- RHR21 AH3 emblem Heritage part at Nismodirect

84896-05U01 AH3 rear emblem DISCONTINUED
84896-05U02 KG1 rear emblem DISCONTINUED
84896-05U03 KH2  rear emblem DISCONTINUED
84896-05U04 TH1 rear emblem DISCONTINUED
84896-05U05 732 rear emblem   DISCONTINUED 
84896-05U07 BL0 rear emblem DISCONTINUED
84896-05U10 326 rear emblem DISCONTINUED
84896-05U11 KL0 rear emblem DISCONTINUED

Gunmetal or KH2 GT-R with a Gunmetal GT-R badge

84896- RHR21 AH3 rear emblem Heritage part
89896-RHR22 326 rear emblem Heritage part
84896 - RHR23 KH2 rear emblem Heritage part
84896 - RHR24 TH1  rear emblem Heritage part
84896 - RHR25 732 rear emblem Heritage part
84896-RHR26 BL0 rear emblem Heritage part
89896-RHR28 KL0 rear emblem Heritage part

R33 GT-R badges and emblems

R34 GT-R badges and emblems

84896-AA400 - Rear badge

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

How to Break the Front Differential Off an RB26dett : The Gold Plated Drain Plug

Big Bird R33 GT-R racing at IDRC in Palmdale
So this is a story about breaking parts.  And mechanics.  The Nissan Skyline GT-R has a bunch of fluids in it.  It is a bit more complicated than your normal car.  Along with all the normal fluids, you also have the all wheel drive system, that has three extra fluid reservoirs/sumps.

Around 2000,Big Bird had been sitting around without an engine in it for a while, so we get a junkyard engine to put in the car.  I wasn't doing a lot of work on cars then. MotoRex had hired a Japanese mechanic, and he was working on cars for us.  He was an idiot.  He is the reason that I really had to start swinging wrenches on these cars.  Either way. He put the engine in the car, got it all ready for a drag racing event.

And then this happened.  First pass, I line up the car, run down the drag strip on a test pass, at about 110 mph the steering wheel started shaking violently.  I mean come out of your hand violently.

Slowing down at over 100 mph with the car feeling like it was coming apart is a bit sketchy.  So I make it back to the pits, and start investigating the car.  Where the front diff is on the engine/engine compartment its fairly hard to see. Even jacked up, hard to tell what is going on with it.

GT-R front differential with drain and fill plugs removed
 The axles look fine, everything else seems fine, pull the diff drain, dry.

This is what happens, when you run a front differential dry in a GT-R. 

I mean no residue of fluid dry.  Nothing. Bone dry.  I was going to kill the mechanic. I want to say, that was about the end of him working for us.   To remind me, Ken had the oil drain plug gold plated.

I still have the gold plated drain plug.

One gold plated front differential drain plug. From an R33 GT-R. The hole was so they could plate it. 

R34 GT-R recommended fluids and lubricants

More fluid information: https://www.gtrusablog.com/2013/06/preparing-nismo-nissan-skyline-gt-r-for.html

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

30th Anniversary : R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R

The R32 version of the Nissan Skyline GT-R turns 30 years old today, 21st of August.  43,937 cars were built August 1989 to November 1994.  Seven versions, Eight colors (two silvers). Fourteen police cars. 100 cars were sold officially in Australia.  More information - http://gtr-registry.com/en-nissan-skyline-r32.php

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