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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Upgraded and Programmable ATTESA From Full Race

I was out of the Nissan Skyline GT-R loop for a while, I followed this thread from 2011 on about an upgraded and programmable ATTESA system from Full- Race, but didn't follow up.   April this year, Geoff put up some information on the box they had been working on.  The factory ATTESA system was developed over 25 years ago. It had some changes over the years, but like anything it was a good base but could use some tuning.  Full Race brings you the ETS Pro which replaces the ATTESA ECU, and the ~$1000 factory mechanical and fragile G-sensor.

First of all - the ETS-PRO is a full standalone center diff controller that completely replaces the stock ATESSA ecu and G-sensor, similar to the motec CDC but at far less cost and more user-friendly. You can leave the stock attessa ecu and sensor in place if you wish (doing nothing). In any RB26 application making some real power, this unit literally transforms the AWD system. There is no piggyback or mod you can do to the stock system that I am aware of which has this level of performance and adjustability, the ETS-PRO flat out works - especially noticeable if you have a track car and seat time, we have seen improvements from 2-4 seconds per lap compared to the older stock based atessa

Auto mode is where the ETS-PRO shines. Auto mode uses the gain knob and inputs from the g-sensor and TPS input working off the preset map to determine optimal torque split at the transfer case. Of course you can tune this map via USB, and we will offer free map updates in the future if needed, but thus far I am extremely happy with the performance and based on the track experience weve gathered have no desire to change it at this time. 

Manual mode is a "fixed torque split". Meaning you turn the knob and it goes from fixed 0/100 (knob all the way down = RWD), turn it up a bit more and youre at 20/80, or turn it all the way UP and you can lock it at 50/50. There is no input from the G-sensor here, and it really only makes sense for dirt/off-road use or ice/snow racing. I have no reason to use manual mode in my car, i much prefer the Auto mode, and that is the biggest benefit of the ETS-Pro in my experience. Of course Henrik in Norway contacted me recently as he ice races his r32 GTR and would likely prefer the manual mode. Racing in the rain may also benefit from manual mode, but i prefer to use the high gain setting in auto mode currently

Also if you raise the ebrake up 1 click (so it is not engaging anything except the ebrake light) this has the same effect as 0psi in the transfer case. You can do burnouts, drift, use a 2wd dyno, etc. I personally run the ebrake cutout on a manual switch, but that is just my preference to wire it that way. I go into detail on the instructions for both options

Installation Guide for R32 GT-R.

Q: Does ETS-PRO work on vehicles with A-LSD (Active Rear Differential) :
A: No, if you have an A-LSD equipped skyline, you MUST have an aftermarket rear differential, and eliminate A-LSD (highly recommended). We suggest using ETS-Pro with a clutch pack 2-way rear differential even stock GTR 2 way reshimmed to NISMO spec plate:disc:plate:disc is highly recommended (and free). Most high quality aftermarket units with a smooth lock like Carbonetic, ATS, OS Giken (soft lock version for 4wd) or Nismo may also work well. The key for a 4wd car like this is a smooth locking diff that is not overly aggressive, but does not slip open either.

All for only $499. Less than 1/2 the price of a new OEM G-sensor. Looks like I will be giving this box a test in the future.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Cool Stuff from JDMEGO

Internet Thugs Need Hugs sticker
Jay has some really cool stickers and license plate frames on his site - JDM EGO. He only really does small runs of items, so if there is something there you have to have make sure you pick it up now, and not next week.  Make sure you also check out his blog, for some of the projects he is working on.
I hate your fake wheels!

Champion of real JDM parts, and supporting print, if you do too support JDM Ego and buy some stuff.

I love this plate frame. I had to buy one. I like proper wheel fit, but some guys are taking it to odd extremes.

 Jay did the liverly for this Work Wheels 370Z. Whoever shot this car, I really dig how the car almost looks like a toy. Almost looks like a 1/18th scale, not a full size car. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Dodge Caravan Turbo Burnout

This is a pretty damn nastry burnout in this van. Its a pretty nasty burnout in anything.  The information says that its a 1996 Dodge Caravan with an SRT4 engine. 72 mm Turbonetics turbo, and an automatic transmission.

Monday, November 12, 2012

R32 GT-R. 1994 Best Motoring. Tuning Cars vs Race Cars

In these 1994 videos from Best Motoring, four tuner cars match up against a couple of race cars in a 0-400 meter(near 1/4 mile), 1000 meter drag races, and at Tsukuba race track  You have to check out the boxes, and boxes of 3 letter electronics in the tuner cars.  The Group A. R32 didn't get a very good start in its drag race, but made up for it with power. Check out where they make it start on the road course.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R Specifications and Production Information

The R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R was produced from January 1995 to November 1998. A total of 16,674 cars were produced according to the GT-R Registry. The 1995 cars are considered Series 1 cars, 1996 Series 2, and 1997 and 1998 Series 3. The R33 GT-R turns 25 years old, and legal to import to the US, starting in January 2020.  For more information on legal R33 GT-R importation to the US, check out www.
Model GT-R Magazine GT-R Registry
Normal 9871 5044 Series 1
2291 Series 2
1958 Series 3
9293 Normal
Vspec 6551 4095 Series 1
1203 Series 2
1270 Series 3
6568 Vspec
N1 86
LM 188
Autech 416
UK 103
Total 16250 16674
Total Production by Year 1995-1998
Year GT-R Magazine GT-R Registry
1995 8446 9271+20
1996 4093 3651
1997 2708 2700
1998 1175 1038
Total 16422 16674

NISMO 400R. Even though 44 is the claimed number, GT-R Registry thinks there were only 40 produced.  We would believe either number could be true.

First Dates 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 (GV1) 11-9-1998
  • Last Vspec R33 N1- BCNR33-043012 (QM1) 2-20-1998
  • The last R33 is a R34 color , GV1.There were at least a few made in this color as one of Motorex's original imported R33's was GV1.
  • R33 Chassis number, Serial number, or VIN information. 

Paint Codes

AN0 - Super Clear Red
AN0 - Super Clear Red
BN6 - Deep Marine Blue
KH3 - Black
KL0 - Spark Silver
KN6 - Dark Grey Pearl
LP2 - Midnight Purple
LP2 - Midnight Purple
QM1 - White
QM1 - White
BT2 - Champion Blue one of only 86 cars
KR4 - Sonic Silver
AR1 - Super Clear Red II

Nissan Skyline GT-R 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

Maintenance Requirements for RB26DETT/ R33

Air filter element Fram CA4309
K&N 33-2031-2
Every 36,000 miles
Oil Mobil 1 10-30 , 15-50 3,000 miles or 6 months
Oil Filter OEM 15208-60U00
Fram PH3682
OEM(R34) 15208-9E000
Every 3,000 miles
Spark Plugs NGK PFR6A-11 Every 60,000 miles
Timing Belt OEM 13028-20P25 Every 60,000 miles
Suspension ball joint grease Every 72,000 miles or 4 years
Manual transmission fluid GL-4 75 –90 Every 60,000 miles or 2 years
Differential Fluid - Front GL-5 85W-90 Every 60,000 miles or 2 years
- Center Nissan Automatic Fluid D Every 60,000 miles or 2 years
- Rear LSD GL-5 80W-90 Every 60,000 miles or 2 years
Fuel Filter Purolator F44663 , 1996 Infiniti J30 Every 15,000 miles
Wiper Blades Bosch 40921-21 (R33) As required
Radiator Cap OEM – 21430-4B700
Brake Pads-
Front  AP592   R592  PFC 592  HB 194
As required
- Rear -  AP961 As required
Brake Rotor - Front As required
Rear As required
Power Steering belt
AC belt
Alt/ WP /Fan

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

Taisan Group A Nissan GT-R R32 Up Close

In these videos, we get to see the Taisan Group A R32 GT-R up close. The Nissan Skyline GT-R dominated Group A in the 1990's in Japan.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Motor Trend Tours The Nissan Heritage Center

R33 LM, R34 Nur, and R35 GT-R

The Nissan Heritage Center is one place I have to try and go the next time I am in Japan. It is not open to the public, but if you know the right people, you can probably check it out.  Motor Trend got a chance to check out a few of the 300 cars stored at the Zama Facility.

Located about an hour outside of Tokyo, the Heritage Center is part of Nissan’s sprawling Zama Operation Facility (where engineers develop assembly techniques and tools for the automaker’s global plants). The center is closed to the public, which is a shame because there are over 300 cars showcasing Nissan’s history spanning over 70 years.

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Head over to the Motor Trend article for the full story and gallery.

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