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  1. Hi Josh! You got it man, that appears to be the lamp assembly I need. I am going to take the car to Nissan Prince (reputable GTR nissan dealer/shop) this weekend to have them confirm what I need. They think they can install the lamp assembly without taking the plate off, but I don't think they understand the current setup via the phone. My biggest pain is that the car is illegal here with no lights (and cops here are very picky, add a Y plate to that and more so), and I need to go back to shinagawa land office to have them re-seal the license plate (the silver cover over the left bolt on the plate is a gov't issued seal). Pain in the butt but I'll get through it. I just don't know if I need the 4 grommets too. Luckily they still make the lamp assembly though. I'll update you when I know more after this weekend. Always something to do/fix... Thanks guys!
  2. Hi again guys, I FINALLY got my series 1 BCNR33, which is super clean, and finally got my license plates from Shinagawa land office (crazy difficult and time consuming. Did all that then bolted up the license plates and got the japanese seal (which must be there) and found out that I have no lights pointing to the license plate above the plate. I think the photos will help here. But basically, my car came with those fancy (not my thing but popular here) lighted number plates. It's like this housing that goes on the back of the license plates that light up to illuminate the license plate numbers. They use a special license plate for this too. I mean it's cool if you're into it but i'm not. But this housing, I think, removes the assembly for the lights above the license plate. I don't see many R33's around so I don't know what is supposed to be there and what isn't but I need lights to be legal. Do you guys know what I'm missing, like the part number? I imagine what I need is going to be hard to find. The plastic housing with lights inside of it plugs directly into a plug that probably goes to the normal lighting assembly. Any help is appreciated. Photos attached! I included a photo of the front one so you can see what the that lighted housing looks like. The red circles are where I think lights should be. I've also included a sample of what a working lighted number plate looks like here. Thanks all. -Evan
  3. Hi Josh, thanks for all the info there. I didn't know the Fed mandated OBD2 in 1996+ so then yeah there would still be no way to get a car in through CA. I just got my series 1 that I already love so all is good. I was just thinking it would have been a good opportunity to bring over a car and save some money on compliance work. That PM2.5 stuff is real. It comes over here in Japan from China and leaves a yellow dust everywhere. Super gross stuff.
  4. Long story but i neded up selling the r34 as it was with the chatter noise. I just bought a r33 and really want JRZ but don't want to deal with the noise issue so I'm going either Ohlins or Aragosta. If you have JRZ's with noise, JRZ will fabricate some rubber mounts if you send them your original ones.
  5. Agreed. The new cars, sure I am ok with them trying to reduce emissions, but for the handful of folks who want to import a 25 year old car (should be 15 like Canada if we're going down that road), let us just abide by the fed law. I sold my bnr34 because of this and switched to a series 1 BCNR33. (1996+ is a no-go cause of OBD2 requirements in CA...that's a whole different story though). I'll still have to pay $10k for CA compliance work though.
  6. Yeah...I'm gonna pass on the Biots and just stick to Ohlins or find some used Nismo R-tunes. There's a couple R-tunes for sale on yahoo now. Thanks guys and yes MCA's look top notch!
  7. Yeah agreed with Rusty lol. I actually echo what you're saying but I take the initiative to vote even while living overseas but there are a lot of lazy ones out there. I don't have much faith lately so we could see Trump remain in office another term. We'll see next November. That all said, even assuming this lasts until Jan 2021 when the next presidential term starts, that's a pretty decent loophole in to get some series 2 GTR's and 1996 ITR's in and save people a ton of money on compliance work! I don't know how it will play out in the courts but shoot if I can catch the loop hole I may send over my series 1 now and save $10k on compliance work or pick up a series 2.
  8. As some of you may be aware, trump ended CA's waiver to have its own emissions standards above Fed law. I don't know all the details and it sounds like a big legal fight to follow but does this mean CA folks only need to follow federal rule for importing 25+ year old cars? No $10k fee for CA compliance work? No obd2 requirement? Just wanted to start the conversation! I'm not sure if the changes impacts all CA's own laws or if it's only for future rules like the increased fuel efficiency standards for new cars... BBC News - Trump strips California of power to set auto emission standards https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-49746701
  9. Hi Folks, Anyone have experience running Biot's? I'm considering a set of slightly used 2-ways for about 250,000 yen, comprable to a new set of Ohlin DFV's. This is for my BNCR33 which will mainly be used for the street but occasional track days. From what I hear, they're good, I just don't know much about them. I have used high end suspension like JRZ which I love and am going for that feel. The spring rates on the used set are 14kg (F)/13kg (R) on two-way rebound and compression adjustable with reservoir tanks. I like firm rates with good dampers. If anyone has any experience with Biot, please let me know, or just tell me to get the Ohlins or Aragostas... https://www.biot.co.jp/products/biot/2013/10/biot-sus-op6.php https://www.biot.co.jp/products/biot/sus/
  10. Hi all, Quick question for my recently purchased Series 1 BCNR33 here in Japan. Does the factory option momo steering wheel, like the one in the link below, functionally work, plug and play so-to-say, for a series 1? I know the Series 1 and different from the Series 2 and 3 with respect to the airbag module. So I would imagine a momo steering wheel for a series 1 would be different than the series 2/3 momo factory option steering wheels. That all said, I can't find any confirming info on the momo wheel if it was offered only for the series 1 or not. Bottom line is the series 1 wheel is pretty ugly and looking for a functional option to make it...better. Thanks for any help! https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/b413673374
  11. Oh wow I did run into his blog in my google search about wheels for my r33. Ok now I see his entire blog. uggh I want those Nismo lmgt4 wheels but $$$. Thanks for sharing man.
  12. Yeah I'm fully aware there's more to suspension than spring rates. Have you ever tried JRZ's RS two-ways or motorsport line? They're on another level than ohlins, but they also cost more. They're also rebound and compression adjustable. The 3-ways are awesome too but get a bit complicated to set up. The beauty with good dampers is you can use stiff spring rates but still have a comfortable ride. Poorer quality dampers can't do this so they use softer rates or just give you a harsher ride. I ran ohlins in my BRZ several years ago and they couldn't compete with JRZ at all but I believe that was before Ohlins implemented their DFV technology. 8k springs just seem a bit soft to me for occasional track use. But ohlins are probably good for bang for the buck. I hear Aragosta's are similar to JRZ since one of the JRZ founders split off from JRZ and made Arogosta. I don't know why I'm advocating for JRZ when their top hats made a ton of noise on my r34. They did eventually agree to make new top hats for me but it was too late by then. http://www.jrzsuspension.com/rs-two-sport.html Let me check out this Aki's blog page though. This is the first time I've heard of this.
  13. Yo Josh, Totally know what you mean. I'm leaning towards the Ohlins with the rubber top hat bushings (don't know if you read into my R34 JRZ issues on this forum), but there's only one distributor here in Japan. I need to check availability. The spring rates area bit soft for my liking but maybe they can customize them. Japanese dampers are easier to get here and have more support (obviously), like the HKS Hypermax. I know they probably suck on the road though. But finding support for my JRZ's from the Netherlands here was really difficult and time consuming. If i didn't have a horrible experience last time, I'd get JRZ's again as they're just amazing when working properly.
  14. Man you're making me want to buy another one! I can't wait to spend some more time with my gtr. I really didn't get to spend much time with my r34 once I found out it'll never be legal in CA. We're all lucky!
  15. If it means anything, I paid about $38k USD for my virgin 85km V-spec series 1. I think the 1995 is in high demand due to them becoming legal in the US next year. 1995 GTRs are the last year of the Skylines that can get a CA license plate too, without getting through the expensive OBDII emissions issue. I see the 1995 going for a premium in CA. A couple series 1's hit the auction this past week but not sure what they sold for. Last series 1 grade 4 v-spec I bid on and lost sold for 4,500,000 yen two weeks ago. Low mileage full original no repair history r32's go for 5-6,000,000 Yen here in Japan now.
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