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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

My 2008 Year in Review

My 2008 year in review


Started the year off on the east coast. I spent New Years in Washington,DC with the Mischief guys. The day I got home, my 240 got shortened by a Suburban. I went to the NHRA museum in Pomona, CA.Went and saw the FNF4 garage. Supaca Imports came and went. Some R34 GT-R's and S15 got seized. Watched some cars drag racing at Fontana. Gas was only 2.99 per gallon .The Gucci Cadillac was waiting for Bdubb. He eventually bought it and we drove it to Chicago.


Started on the trip planning to Chicago in the Gucci Caddy. Loading up the Caddy in MDR. It was cold on the trip. This says 16 F. Just after that, we hit a retread on the freeway, which pushed the torque converter cover into the torque converter. It sounded bad, but a few minutes later in the freezing cold it was off. We made it to Chicago in the Gucci Caddy. No problems. No tickets, not even a second look. We didn't even have license plates on the car. Another idiot - the Skyline King. They never go away, new ones just pop up. D1 cancels its 2008 series in the US ? Go karting at Kart Factory, which from reports is closed now. Its location was a little out of the way and hidden.


Worked on the car lot at Inland Wholesale Auto Center, Bloomington ,CA. Supaca came back with more, and more. I went and tried to visit them in their "office". Then Drift Tuners from Canada decided to be idiots too. Import cars regardless if they are legal or not. The Jspec Connect R35 GT-R went on the dyno. Josh's R33 GT-R was in a movie - Street Racers. Diesel got expensive 4.39 a gallon. Saw a Bugatti Veryon in the parking garage at the building. R32,R33,R34,R35 GT-R's went to HIN LA. A GT-R got stolen from a car dealer in Canada and was recovered by the interweb. Cleaned up a garage. Bdubb had a party with a hot dog cart.


GT-R's at Universal City Nissan. Gas was $4.05. Moving trucks are slow. Did a little more FNF4 stuff. Sent an Airstream aluminum trailer to Australia on a flat rack. Worked on Targa Newfoundland GT-R planning, but ran out of time and money for 2008.


R34 GT-R Service Manual in English.Saw the 2009 Nissan Maxima at Stillen.


The Street Racer movie that Josh's R33 appeared in came to DVD. After 17 years the F150 was not the top selling vehicle in the US. Went to Cars and Coffee. I got my R35 GT-R. NOPI canceled Colorado and Utah events. I found R35 GT-R's at the port in Long Beach. More illegal Skylines were seized. More GT-R's were seized in Florida.


Formula Drift didn't like Skylines. 0-60 article on Motorex was released. An R35 GT-R was following an R35 GT-R. Four GT-R's got loaded for the trip overseas. NOPI canceled the nationals and the rest of their events. Went to Arizona to buy an R35 GT-R. Cobb R35 GT-R vs FAS R34 at Time Attack. Went to the Top Gear pilot filming.


Went to HIN Night shift at Pomona with a few GT-R's. The Fast and Furious 4 trailer was released.


Went to NASA Nationals, towing Dan's Scion. Mid Ohio tried to kill me. Or the tail end of Ike tried to kill me actually. Saw a Chevrolet Volt.


Ran Jeffs car on the dyno. Took it down the 1/8th mile at Irwindale. Saw some horses race each other at Santa Anita park. Import Tuner magazine had a 10th anniversary party. November was going to be a busy month. Turbo Magazine was killed off by Source Interlink. I cut a GT-R pumpkin for Halloween.


Went to SEMA. There were 24 R35 GT-R's at the show Went to Time Attack. Matt Andrews won the RWD Street, and RWD Modified classes Went to Red Bull Drifting. Went to the LA Auto Show. Source Interlink killed Sport Compact Car Magazine. Another one bites the dust. SCC will be missed. Went 11.0@131 mph in Jeffs R32.


Super Lap Battle Results. Started selling R35 GT-R Service Manuals on CD. Fast and Furious 4 releasing April 2009 . DriftTuners popped up again talking big talk. They faded away pretty quickly when we called their bluff. RB30's. An R35 GT-R went 10.53. The seven quickest 1/4 mile Nissan GTR's in the US. 12 R35 GT-R's went to Buttonwillow. No transmissions broke.

Oppose "Cash for Clunkers" Legislation

Washington lawmakers are drafting a large economic stimulus package to help create jobs and rebuild infrastructure. They want to include a nationwide scrappage program which would give U.S. tax dollars to consumers who turn-in older cars to have them crushed, as a misguided attempt to spur new car sales. The lawmakers need to scrap this idea.

The stimulus package is being drafted right now. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wants to introduce the bill on January 6 and have it approved by Congress by January 20, so that President Obama can sign it into law after he is inaugurated.

Contact House Speaker Nancy Pelosi IMMEDIATELY To Oppose Cash for Clunkers!
Call: 202-225-0100
Click here to send an electronic message:

Talking Points
Feel free to use any of the statements below as a starting point for your message to Speaker Pelosi.

* I am [calling/writing] to urge lawmakers not to include a “Cash for Clunkers” provision in the economic stimulus bill. Owners who turn in vehicles for crushing would receive a "minimal" payment to purchase a new car. This is a misguided attempt to spur car sales and claim that the country’s air quality or fleet fuel mileage is being improved.

* I work for [company name] located in [city and state]. My company is part of the specialty automotive industry, an industry which enables consumers to enhance their vehicle’s appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and safety. “Cash for Clunkers” programs deny our small businesses the availability of older cars necessary to develop and market their products and services. The programs will hurt my company and our customers.

* “Cash for Clunkers” programs threaten enthusiasts nationwide with the loss of valuable parts and parts-cars for repair, restoration, and customization projects. The programs also risk destroying classic, historic and special-interest vehicles, our American heritage.

* Cars turned in for scrappage often barely run, or are rarely-driven second or third vehicles that have a minimal impact on overall fuel economy or emissions.

* “Cash for Clunkers” programs will reduce the availability of affordable transportation and repair parts used by low-income drivers. It will also compete with the Salvation Army, the Purple Heart and other charities that rely on vehicle donations to raise money.

* “Cash for Clunkers” ignores better policy options. If Congress wants to act, support for repair and upgrade is a better choice and a win-win for consumers, dealers, manufacturers and repair shops. Significant emissions and fuel economy improvements can be achieved in older vehicles through relatively simple and inexpensive means: repaired/replaced exhaust systems, tune-ups, etc.

* We hope we can count on you to reject “Cash for Clunkers.” Thank you for your consideration on this very important matter.

If you choose to send a message to Speaker Pelosi, please send a copy of your message to SEMA also:
Fax: 202/783-6024

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Nissan GT-R Diecasts

GT-R Diecasts

RB26DETT , RB26 Parts

RB26 parts for sale
If you need some parts for your Nissan Skyline GT-R engine swap, then here are a few options for you.

 RB26 , RB26DETT parts

In Car Video - JIC/Ziel R35 on Buttonwillow.

Sorry for the hand held camera. My mount just wasn't going to work. John from JIC was hustling the car around the track.

The car was doing around a 2:00 with a passenger. Thats pretty fast for Buttonwillow race 13cw.

It was a fun day. Next time maybe even a couple of heritage GT-R's will show up

Turbocharger Glass Art

For all my friends out there, that have a medical condition, or want some nice turbocharger glass art. I found this over on the TigerLife Blog.

“I started out making this for fun, then I posted it on dsmtuners, Honda tech and the srt forums. I got alot of positive feedback and sold about 20 of them. I can make them as just paper weights or “function art” if you get my drift.

I am selling them for $60 shipped. Sent money via paypal to Please include if you want the “functional art” version or the normal (paper weight one), your forum name, and what forum you are from.

Some nice glass art. I know some of the turbo fans out there, have that prescription for legal weed. Here in California its turning into a fairly big industry.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Buttonwillow R35 GT-R Trackday

A dozen Nissan R35 GT-R's made it out to the track day today at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Buttonwillow, CA. It was a fun day for all. We had a lot of laughs and a good time. No major offs. No major issues. No broken transmissions. At least a couple cars under 2 minutes. I took a few pictures with the point and shoot. I also took some videos outside, and inside John from JIC/Ziel Motorsports R35 GT-R. I was hand holding the camera, so the video will probably make you sick. Its was a fairly intense ride trying to hold the camera, and hold on.

It was chilly in the morning. I saw the temperature as low as 31 degrees on my trip up. Over the grapvine at around 4000 feet there was still a little snow on the mountains.

Coming up soon some videos, and pictures.


gtrs at buttonwillow

gtrs at buttonwillow



Sunday, December 28, 2008

Dyno Tests Gone Wrong

You Tube , harbor for internet mechanics and vehicle identifiers.
I put up a video of Essexs car a couple years ago.Its a 1000hp at the wheels car. XS took the front driveshaft out of it, to make it rear wheel drive. All wheel drive cars, big power all wheel drive cars on a dyno are a little sketchy. They move around a lot,you have to be careful. Just about one in ten people sees this video and says "thats not a GT-R, its a GTS, its rear wheel drive." Overall, doesn't really matter. The car laid down over 1000hp to the wheels,but it just irks me a little bit. Maybe more than a little bit.

400 hp Eagle Talon breaking a strap and coming off the dyno

A few more cars coming off the dyno. Another reason I like the Dynapack dyno. Take the wheels off and get them out of the way. They are quieter, and they stow nicely in the corner when you aren't using them. 1000hp car comes off the dyno. This one is pretty crazy. That block did about nothing to stop the forward progress of this car.

Marios old car. Walking up on the rollers.

Supra coming off a dyno

Saturday, December 27, 2008

JUN RB26 Cooling System Modifications

JUN's modifications to the RB26 cooling system in order to help vent bubbles from the high side of the engine. The RB26 is tilted and the high side of the engine has a tendency to trap air.This is the fairly complicated way to help remove the air from the high side. This setup requires a single throttle body, as they drill and tap the cylinder head to relieve water direct from the head.


RB26DETT Cooling system modifications

Friday, December 26, 2008

RB26DETT Water Pump : N1 vs Stock

This is a photo comparison of the RB26 N1 water pump vs the stock water pump

The top bolt hole is the only issue with some blocks. If you have a N1 block , then you will not have to worry about this top elongated hole. If you have a stock block, you will need to see if this intrudes into the water jacket. Several people have installed a N1 water pump, and then had water weeping from this hole. Check it, fill it if you want to be sure. I have used epoxy and a straw to fill it in. You could weld it up if you want, although be careful with warping. 

These pictures show the differences in the impeller design between the standard water pump and the N1 water pump. The N1 pump has a backing plate that helps reduce high rpm cavitation.

update: These days- now 2019 we see some people say they have cooling issues with N1 water pumps on street cars. In Los Angeles, with 100F, 38C+ temperatures, AC on in traffic, we have never had any issues with N1 pumps on a street car.  We suspect that peoples problems are more related to them deleting the clutchfan, or other issues non related to the pump itself.

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Buy RB26DETT Water pumps here.

According to Reimax, the OEM RB26dett water pump flows 160 l/min or 42 gallons per minute.  The N1 pump flows 192 l/min or 50 gallons per minute.  They say their High Flow Water pump flows 221 l/min or 58 gallons per minute. None of this is given with an rpm, so we will just have to assume that it is maximum flow. 


  • Higher coolant flow will ALWAYS result in higher heat transfer. Coolant cannot absorb heat after it reaches it's pressure corrected vapor point. Furthermore, coolant absorbs heat at a progressively slower rate as it approaches this point

More Radiator information

Stewart says more flow always equals more cooling.  However the faster you turn a water pump, you can create cavitation.  Cavitation is little air bubbles that are a lot more damaging than it sounds.  So an RPM number with the flow would have been nice to have.  At 42,000 yen for the pump, the price is about quadruple an OEM pump, and more than an N1 pump. 

"We have commercialized a prototype for race engine development. By brushing up the impeller shape, a high flow rate that exceeds not only the STD but also the N1 specifications is realized, and the cooling performance is improved by increasing the amount of circulating water in the radiator. It also leads to further improvement in cooling efficiency of sports radiators with increased capacity."

Outer diameterφ64φ70φ70
Discharge rate160ℓ/min192ℓ/min221ℓ/min

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

mariachi christmas party

I bet you didn't have Mariachi at your Christmas party. I went to my sisters friends Christmas Party, and they had an interesting mix of people.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Quickest 1/4 mile Nissan Skyline GT-R’s in the US

0612_turp_04z nissan_skyline_gtr_r33 engine_viewThese are the quickest Nissan Skyline GT-R’s that I know of in the US. Apexi’s R33 ran 8.47@165 , Signals R33 has run into the 8’s, a few other Japanese demo GT-Rs have made passes, but they are not included in this list.

If you have one to add, email me.

# 1
8.93@ 161
Las Vegas
Twin RX6
1100 awhp
Wichita International Raceway
Twin 3240’s
1133 awhp

9.77 @145 mph
~900 whp

10.3@138 mph
SP Engineering R33
~975 whp

Scott Joule – R32
Stock 5spd

Twin 2835
850 whp

10.63@131 mph
Wen R33
OS Gearset
850 whp

Samurai Speeds Transmission Breaks On Video

Samurai Speeds R35 GT-R is the quickest GT-R in the World setting a 10.55@128 mph and 10.53@128 mph pass with over 100 LC launches. In this video, the transmission lets go. They seem to have found the limit.

* Believe it or not, I'm not all that upset about it. We knew we were going to have to upgrade it eventually, so now it will just happen sooner rather than later.

Now they have the chance to upgrade the transmission

Source: Nagtroc

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Federally Legal Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 For Sale

This is a very clean R32 with low miles, and has been well cared for. This is a Motorex legal GT-R, with U.S. substitute VIN., bond release ect. It has been cleared to list on here through eBay. The VIN# is : BNR32-218918, so you can have it verified by the DOT. They can be reached at 202-366-5291

Thursday, December 18, 2008


2009 Calendar from a smog shop. Import cars. With Craig Liebermans old R34 GT-R on the cover.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Garage Saurus R32 Tsukuba Lap Battle

From a few years ago. Its a good video. It is really humping around the track. Who says massive power with no balance isn't fast ?

56.641. Thats fast. Its a drag car, turned time attack car.

720 hp. I am pretty sure its an OS Giken RB30. T88-33D

OS Giken RB30 on the Engine Dyno Video

Found this on You Tube.

Turbo ,power, and a couple more videos after the jump.

GReddy T88H-38GK, 815 on 98oct and 948 race fuel, both with a cracked and leaking intake manifold.

Monday, December 15, 2008

R.I.P.S. RB30 Promotional Video

Support some of the countrymen.

Some of the best moments were getting a 9.7 in Ludders full weight R34 GTR street car on its very first pass, getting the world record for full street 240z with an 8.71 @ 162mph, building the worlds first RB33 and topping 1200hp/9000rpm with a fully water cooled RB street engine using a stock RB30 block, crank and cradle at just 1.8 bar

And here is the rest of it. Source :

1224 whp R34 GT-R in Australia

In Australia yesterday Godzilla Motorsports tuned R34 GT-R "RH9" set a horsepower record under competition conditions for RB26's in Australia

In the "Power Championship" at Autosalon final battle in Sydney today the car made a staggering 911 AWKW on its first run then backed up that figure and made another 20AWKW more...YES 931 AWKW!!!

The car was run with the factory ATTESSA to control torque split and i viewed the data with Todd from Mainline after the runs and it had a 65% rear 35% front games here.

Stock block, stock crank. 2.6 liter. GT47-88 turbo. Big boost, but they say they have 5 more PSI in the bag. The intercooler end tank split on the last run.

Video after the jump:

Source: Skylines Australia

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Drift Tuners is Giving Up the Business

I stumbled across this on the internet.

Address: 266 Charlotte Street, Peterborough, ON, K9J View map
Date Listed: 12-Dec-08

$30,000 OBO for - High Traffic!

This company has been a lot of fun, made great contacts over the years, hate to sell it but I'm way to busy with a new company. It's a great home based business that more then paid my bills. Great way to make a heathy living at home.

Includes phone number, Customers, website, server, software, broker, export agent, 1 week onsite training plus much more.

Makes $500,000 year. If interested call me at 866-847-1407 ex: 228 or email me at . It's a great business, I'm moving on in a diferent area of importing in Dubai. Also includes full rights as the main sponsor to our Pro Drift team.

As a bonus I will toss in .

Or I will trade for a 2003 + 350z, Hummer H2, BMW 330Ci, Cadillac CTS or Mercedes

Drift Tuners. I guess the business was just too good.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

OS Giken RB30 , OS Giken RB31 , Nissan RB30 , HKS High Deck 2.8


A quick and dirty guide on a couple of the “no replacement for displacement” adages. OS Giken has a couple of kits they sell. Nissan has an RB30 block. HKS has a special High Deck block.


OS Giken RB30 – A spacer plate, open deck block 86 mm bore and stroke work out to 2996 cc. The picture to the left is interesting. Twin T78’s on an RB30.




rb30kitOS Giken RB31 – This picture is actually of the RB30 kit, however it is the same kit with a longer stroke. More or less the same. Not exactly the same.






blockpistons-RB30 Nissan RB30  - The Nissan RB30. The “taxi” block. There is no replacement for displacement,and on the cheap, this is the way many people go. It requires a modified oil pan pickup, and an adaptor to bolt up to the RB26 all wheel drive oil pan.





  OS Giken
OS Giken
RB315KIT (race only)
  1,627,500 yen (tax included) -------    
Bore × stroke 86 x 86 86.5 x 89 86x86 86x73.7
Displacement 2996 3138cc 2996 2568
Block 05U N1 RB30 05U
Spacer 24mm 26mm None None
Liner Open Deck Open Deck Closed Closed
Crankshaft 8 hole 8 hole    
Ring widths
22 mm pin
1.5, 1.5,2.8
22 mm pin
1.5, 1.5,2.8
21mm 21mm
Bearing width
138.35 c-c
23mm GTI-R
139.35 c-c
23mm GTI-R
  121.5 c-c
21.8 mm
Pulley OS Giken OS Giken Stock Stock
Timing Belt OS Giken OS Giken    
Head Bolts OS Giken OS Giken 10mm 12mm
Head Gasket 1.2 mm metal 1.2 mm
  1.2mm paper



HKS-Hi Deck 28

HKS High Deck 2.8 – The elusive HKS “high deck” block. It appears to be only a sleeved and deck plated block. They probably run a long rod in it to make some more torque. This was supposedly the block in the 7 second HKS Drag R33. There are a couple guys in the UK running it, and a few of the more serious drag GT-R’s in Japan.