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Friday, May 01, 2020

Where Can I Buy Parts For My JDM Car : Parts for Nissan Skyline : Shared Parts



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There are a lot of parts on JDM vehicles that are unique.  Some parts are special, some parts are discontinued, or no longer available.   In the US, a manufacturer only generally supports a platform for about 7-10 years.  We are lucky with some cars, as parts are carried over through the years, or shared on other platforms.  Some examples of parts bin sharing

Nissan FAST EPC
Nissan FAST EPC


Some information about Nissan part numbers, and Nissan FASTNissan FAST is the dealer parts ordering system.  Nissan FAST diagrams use a part identifier in their diagrams. This identifier is not the part number. It can be even not that close to the part number, so it's again, just an identifier. 
Nissan FAST parts diagram for an R34 seat. There are some part numbers, and some identifiers in this picture


The first 5 digits are the lookup code.   The next digits, tell you generally what car it was for.  Some parts like N1 parts, are normally 24U.  Early GT-R stuff was often 05U parts. Then the last couple digits can/will show supersession. Perhaps there was a supplier change or update.  So an 01,03, 05 at the end show it's probably the latest version. 


When it comes to the Nissan Skyline GT-R, we first started dealing with the cars over 20 years ago.   The internet information, the English information was fairly non existent.  So what we did, was go to a parts store, get some parts for different Nissan cars, the cross over books, sat on the floor, and started trying to figure out if there was anything sold in the US.

One of the first things we figured out was the oil filter.  The OEM RB26 oil filter is in a tough spot. The filter is a 3/4-16 thread.  Overall a ton of different cars use a similar thread, similar size and size. 15208-60U00  is the same as a 1990-1996 300ZX, and a 1991-1994 Maxima.

Dirty fuel filter for Nissan Skyline
Change your fuel filter, if you don't know the last time you did, do it now


The next thing was the fuel filter.  It looked the same as a 300ZX, but the 300ZX filter was straight through, where the GT-R one had a 90 degree fitting at the outlet.  So once again back on the floor, turns out it was the same as a 1996 Infiniti J30, 1993-1996 Nissan Altima, 1992-1997 Nissan Pickup, 1990-1996 Nissan Stanza - 16400-72L00

Anyway, you get the point.  There are many parts that are actually used, shared, upgraded, or superseded over the years. 

Nissan FAST.  If you have FAST, and you go to "Parts Master" and input a part number, like 16400-72L00, it will spit out all the cars that use that part. 

Fuel Filter for Nissan Skyline
This is a partial list, you can see all the chassis numbers in the 2nd column. Years next, engine/model next.  


You can also go to Alternate Parts Info in FAST, aka Supersession chain, enter that same number, and see what new part numbers show up.  16400-72L00

Nissan Fast Supersession Chain
The old part number is 16400-72L00, superseded by 16400-72L05 or 16400-53J10


There are even parts that we see used in other brands of cars. Nissan and Subaru share a lot of bits and pieces.   Some parts that are shared, between different years, or different models, have one small change that makes it a part number. One good example is a AC dryer. The Nissan Skyline has a unique part number. However it is because the Nissan Skyline dryer comes with the bracket and pressure switch.  If you swap those parts over you, can find one that will work, here in the US. 

The Holden Ute, when it got here as I was looking it over, I pulled the panel air filter out to have a look at it, guess what, it looked really, really familiar.   Turns out it looks familiar, because it is the same filter as used in the 1989-2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R, and a ton of other Nissans.   Parts bin.  


V8 Holden Ute. 5 speed manual. Mullet required. 


Getting more generic, if you are creative enough, you can fit things like brakes, clutches, wheels, suspension parts between a ton of cars.  Sometimes you don't know how similar two parts are, until you have them both laying on the bench, then it all starts to make sense. 


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