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Wednesday, May 05, 2021

TOP SECRET R32 GT-R video from Craig Lieberman


Short video about the Top Secret 650R. This car is a one-of-one creation built by Smoky Nagata and the Top Secret team.

Craig Lieberman has a quick look at the Top Secret 650R, a vehicle that was featured at Tokyo Auto Salon in 2019. 

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Oil Filter Shootout from Motor Trend and Engine Masters

Oil filter shootout - Motor Trend Engine Masters

The guys from Engine Masters test a big group of oil filters everything from the much hated Fram filters, to billet filters, and no filters at all. They note the gallons per minute flow, and the oil pressure for each filter during a dyno pull.  You have to be subscribed for the content, but there is a ton of great content. $upport good content online

They like the K&N Gold filter, which I normally use on the RB engines. The HP-2008 which is getting sort of scarce in the world. 

HP-2008 oil filter

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Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Oil Filters for RB26 Engine 3/4-16 and M20 x 1.5

Midnight Purple R33 GT-R and Bensopra R35 GT-R

Had an interesting thing come up recently, an R33 GT-R owner said that the normal RB26 oil filters that I have used on cars for many years, was not working on his car.  Of course over time, you never know what a car has or doesn't have OEM, or changed. My first thought is that something was changed.  The OEM GT-R oil filters are all 3/4-16

The Pitwork parts are:

Pitwork Part # AY100-NS005 originally when I got my car. I purchased WIX 51361 oil filter and that seemed to not fit correctly and would fall out, perhaps the thread or/and the depth is different.
The oil filters that would fit on some RB26 engines that the WIX 51361 won’t work with. Here’s my findings.

Service Champ OF4622, WIX 51365, and Premium Guard PG4612. 
Other alternative as suggested (not Verified)
Fram PH6607 (Discontinued), Pennzoil PZ-37, Quaker State QS14612, Valvoline VO-106.
Which is odd. The AY100-NS005 is a 3/4-16 thread according to everything I am looking up. Its always possible that a car has a different oil filter adaptor, or oil cooler adaptor on it. In 25 or 30 years, anything can happen. 


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Smog Check in California Exempted Vehicles

Smog Check in California Exempted Vehicles

Just about everything in California gets a smog check every two years. That includes gasoline, propane, ethanol, and natural gas powered vehicles.  There are areas in California that don't get biennial smog checks, but most areas where people live, they are a requirement.  Cars that are 1975 or older, and diesel vehicles 1997 or older don't get smog checks. 

1.1.4 Affected Vehicles (Must be smog checked every two years)

Gasoline - 1976 model-year and newer vehicles powered solely or in combination by: 
• Gasoline (Includes hybrid vehicles - beginning January 2015) 
• Propane 
• Natural gas 
• Methanol/ethanol 
Diesel - 1998 model-year and newer vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) 14,000 pounds and less powered solely or in combination by: 
• Diesel 
• Propane 
• Natural gas 
• Methanol/ethanol 

VC §§ 4000.1, 4000.2, 4000.3, H&S § 44011, CCR §§ 3340.5, 3340.42

1.1.5 Exempted Vehicles 

• Gasoline vehicles 1975 model-year and older. 
• Gasoline vehicles eight or less model-years old are exempt from the biennial inspection. 
• Gasoline vehicles four or less model-years old are exempt from inspection upon change of ownership. • Diesel vehicles 1997 model-year and older. 
• Diesel vehicles with a GVWR of 14,001 and more. 
• Vehicles powered solely by electricity. 
• Two-cylinder or less. 
• Two-stroke (two cycle) engines, excluding rotary engines. 
• Motorcycles. 
Until further notice, CNG, LNG or LPG vehicles with a GVWR of 14,001 and more are exempted. H&S §§ 44011, 44011(a)(6), VC § 4000.1, CCR §§ 3340.5, 3340.42

California smog check requirements and exempted vehicles

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