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  1. Got it. I recommend Kanazawa Body Repair for restoration work and it's not too far from Tokyo! Good luck man and hope all goes well. I'll follow your lead.
  2. Man this all sounds depressing lol. 6 months... And I assume your car is still here because it must have first been registered in late 1995. It takes a good couple months I think to get from Japan to the US (at least for military). I went to Nissan prince over the weekend and they recommended the Mines VX-ROM but they are all about OEM stuff. I was thinking to just get a plug and play Mines ecu and keep my original one then swap in the original one for CA stuff along with swapping back my original bolt-ons. But I really gotta think about this. Maybe we can lobby our state senators enough to make 25+ year old cars exempt from California ARB... Thanks for the info man and I'll keep watching your progress!
  3. My bad dude I was talking about how they like to use reprogrammed ecu's here in Japan for tuning purposes rather than a standalone, not for CA compliance work. I would only run an OEM ecu for that. If you don't mind me asking how long is the compliance work taking in CA? If it's gonna take 6+ months and $10k just for compliance I need to think about this... Thanks man!
  4. Hi folks, I feel bad asking but I couldn't find anything solid in the search or on Google. I just picked up a set of OEM rear r33 rear pods/spats (whatever you want to call them. They're called rear undergaurds here in Japan). When I went to install them, the screw in the rear is a bit funky as shown. Do I need to drill a hole in my rear bumper to make this work or am I just totally being a fool and not able to figure it out. My original bumper did not have pods/spats, it just had splash guards. Photos include the hardware, original bumper and original bumper with pod/spat in place but not fitted. Any guidance is appreciated! Thanks as always.
  5. Wait so you're going through CA emissions with your haltech? I was just thinking for the compliance process we gotta use the OEM ecu and then if you were worried about controlling boost, hide a boost controller somewhere. I obviously have no idea the extent the BAR goes through the car though. After California compliance work for sure I want an ecu with boost control capability. I like an all inclusive system like OEM as well. There's some places here like Midori, JUN, Mines, Tomei, and Garage Saurus that reprogram the OEM ecu. I was thinking of that but don't like having to go back to them for adjustments and it's like $2,500 for the service with tune and ecu. Definitely good luck man and hope it goes well. Stay safe from the fires too. Crazy.
  6. Nice man, agree with everything you said. I'm after the same thing you are, mid-range and quick spool. I didn't consider the boost issue you brought up...hmmm do let me know how that goes. Can you hide a profec-b in there to control boost or would that be a red flag? If I swap the turbos on my car I plan do put it all back to stock as well, minus the turbos. Man so crazy what we have to do... Haltech would be sick too and that's the way i'd like to go. Keep me posted on your progress! You're leading the way! Thanks for the information sharing!
  7. Appreciate both of what you said. I know people on here say why get the HKS when you can get the -7s or -9's but I'm also living here in Japan and there's some sentimental value to it for me, e.g. going to HKS and getting the car worked on by some of the legendary shops here like JUN, Mines, and Midori. Definitely not the most cost effective, I know. But I also have always like HKS and like how they further engineered the turbos specifically for the car versus off the shelf turbos. I'm sure that's subjective and i'm not mechanical engineer (I'm a civil lol). Knowing that you're going through it with the GT3-SS's is givng me hope! I was debating SS or RS, but I don't want crazy power so am leaning towards the SS and also feel they'd be best to get through CA compliance. What did you do about your ecu, running the OEM one for compliance with the GT3-SS's? I give you mad props. You must be one of the first to go through this with a BCNR33. I appreciate your wisdom and what you share. Thanks!
  8. Hi all, I live in Japan for now and plan to return to California in the next couple years. While I'm here, I thought i'd enjoy my series 1 bcnr33 and the tuners here. I got my car full normal so I have all the original parts, and as you know, once you want to increase the power of our cars, needing new turbos is recommended. Do you California guys think I can pass CA compliance with a set of HKS GT3-RS (or SS...not sure yet) on the car? I would swap back in all the original fuel and ecu equipment before going through the lab work. If anyone knows for sure, don't touch the turbos or fuel equipment, I may stay away or just swap it all back before moving back to California. I just think it'd be awesome to get my car tuned and worked on by some of the legendary shops here while I had the opportunity. Thank you
  9. The premium is still less expensive than the nismo 25% reduction. Very tempting. I wish I can try both first! Although being in Japan it would be convenient to get the nismo. Thanks everyone!
  10. Don't mean to bring this thread back from the dead but I have also been thinking of a new shorter throw shifter for the GTR. I know there's pros and cons I've read on here about this, but seems like the Nismo 25% one is good and about $300 (USD) here in Japan but the Cube speed ones look nice too and are less expensive. People really prefer OEM over one of these models? Example of the Nismo 25% reduced shifter: https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/g424885412
  11. Totally understand man. Restoration, especially body work, is hella expensive. I'm trying to get all the goodies and that stuff done here as I imagine parts there are even more. The ways these cars appreciated in value did kinda take the fun out of it. I like the idea of a GPS tracker and immobilizer. Maybe when you're all done you can share your California r33 wisdom with me. Thanks again man and stay safe.
  12. Thanks so much for the input! Gosh $10k is a chunk of money but I bet the value of the car will go up that much or more. I just hope it's not going to be super hard to protect the car from theft, or worse, getting car jacked. Probably not going to be many R33's in California. I appreciate your first hand experience and wish you the best of luck with your journey through compliance. Also, I appreciate the clarification on the loop hole being closed. I think I'll go ahead and install the parts and just watch the boost gauge. Last thing I want to do is mess up the engine which is in stellar shape and runs like a champ. Or I may just buy a Power FC for cheap and run that for safety. Thanks again!!
  13. This makes me super depressed to go back to California. I hear it also costs about $10k (USD) for the compliance work and takes up to 6 months since there's only like one lab that can do the work (my information is a bit old though). Reading all this though, I would rather just stick the OEM ECU back in and put the car back to stock for the compliance work. Great information here and you should open up your own import business and compete with Top Rank who seem to dominate importing to California. My understanding is that the 1995 GTR, or any car really, will be able to go into California unless they came with OBD2 (1996+). I have heard there's a loop whole where if you register the car in a different state for 1-year then you can bring it into California without having to do the compliance work (this may be a myth though). Going back to parts though, is it safe for me to install the RSR equal length front pipe and HKS Cat back on OEM ECU with my already installed HKS Hi-power? sorry for going back to this but I want to hear the car sing through the mountains to Hakone and Fuji Speedway track days before going back to the US. Thank you all again for the constructive discussion on this complicated topic of regulatory compliance.
  14. As long as the ECU looks completely stock and runs the car completely stock, then that would be great. My thinking was to just swap back in the OEM ECU for the California Compliance, which is why a stand-alone was what I was thinking. I do think Nistune is a good value though. I'd just need to find a tuner here who knows how to use it. I've found a couple Haltech ones but most common is HKS F-con or Apexi PFC from my initial research. Thank you
  15. Wow you guys are awesome and great info here. Josh, if I recall right, you went through or will be going through the California compliance work. I got my car completely full normal so I have all the original parts and my intent was to have some fun with it while here in Japan for another 2 years or so and then swap it all back to OEM before shipping it back. It's depressing to hear how they hack away at the front pipe like that...knowing that I may want to pick up an extra OEM front pipe and exhaust. Or i just say screw it and move to Oregon or Washington (I would love to go to Australia as well but would need a visa lol). The good news is I can register my car where my parents live in California which is still currently a no-smog County so I would not need the 2-year SMOG check after I get it through the initial Bureau of Automotive Repair. So crazy what we have to deal with in California. Regarding the parts, it's still not crystal clear to me but it looks like I can at least install the RSR isometric front pipe and high flow cat with my HKS Hi-Power exhaust and be ok. I'll skip the pods and if anything just get a filter element. I may go for dumps but hear that's a bit of labor so may save that for the future turbo swap in California (Josh, do you know if switching to n1 turbos or switching turbos in general would make it through CA compliance?). Hmmm seeing that the Power FC is pretty cheap here, like $500 or less used on Yahoo auctions, I will still consider that. I don't plan to increase boost and have not touched the restrictor olive. I just don't want to have the boost increase on me and run lean by adding anything that would trigger that without a tune. Again I appreciate the guidance as it's hard to find clear information living here due to my language barrier (which is my fault). My car is a one-owner car before me and in great shape and I want to keep it that way and healthy which is why I'm asking for some guidance. Happy Friday!
  16. Hi Guys, Been doing a lot of research on here and can't find a clear threshold in mod's when a programmable fuel management system will be necessary for my bcnr33. I just picked up a RSR Equal Length Front Pipe and HKS high-flow cat and haven't installed them yet as I don't want to install them then get boost creep or anything risky. I'm also wanting to install a suction kit and possibly turbo outlets. The car only has an HKS Hi-Power exhaust on it. Thought'd I'd ask the question...Do I need a fuel management system for: 1) Front pipe, high-flow cat, exhaust - Yes/No? 2) Suction kit, Front pipe, high-flow cat, exhaust - Yes/No? 3) Turbo outlets, Suction kit, Front pipe, high-flow cat, exhaust - Yes/No? Car BCNR33 with 87k kms on it with HKS Hi-Power cat-back. Everything else is stock. Trying to feel-out where the safe line is not to cross before needing a tunable ecu. Also debating about the turbo outlets as I've read mixed reviews weather they're worth it or not. Probably best time would be when upgrading the turbos. I don't plan to go beyond the above as I need to put the car back to stock for future California compliance. Just want to know if spending $2,000 (USD) on a PFM system like Haltech or Link G4 is worth it with such limited mods. Apexi Power FC is cheap here in Japan but I know they're quite outdated. Perhaps just a boost controller would keep things in check and safe rather than a PFM system. Thank you all for the guidance.
  17. Hi, thanks man. I read that article and it looks like he did the tuning at Do Luck. On Do-Luck's site, I can't find anything relating to tuning so not sure if they still do it but I'll reach out to them and Dino. I don't think there's many haltech tuners here. It's also pricey piece but I know it's one of the best, if not the best. I imagine it's pricey to get a GTR tuned here. I'll keep at it. Thanks again!
  18. Hi guys, I'm getting to the point with my BCNR33 where I need to swap out the OEM ECU with a programmable fuel management system and get the car dyno tuned. I still haven't picked my choice of fuel management yet as I'd like to pick the tuner first. I live in Tokyo and work in Kanagawa prefecture. My Japanese isn't the best and I'm having a hard time finding tuning shops in my area. I know of Top Secret, JUN, Midori, and MINES, but those are all crazy expensive. Anyone recommend any shops? I heard E-Next is good but not sure if they do dyno tuning. The other problem I seem to find is MINES, JUN, and MIDORI have their own ecu's rather than using LINK, Haltech, or something open sourced. I plan to take the car back with me to the US someday so ideally want a system that can be tuned both in Japan and in the US. Any recommendations would be appreciated, more so if the shop speaks some English! Thank you.
  19. Awesome, thank you Ben for the thorough answer. And you're right, I'm talking about the twin 70mm/single 80mm front pipe. I also just found a RSR equal length pipe that I'm interested in and it's exactly the same 70mm/80mm setup. I'll just get it all and bolt it up. I bet that Midori 90mm setup is sweet though, but man the sound of the equal length is awesome. Midori is only an hour away from me though hmmmm haha. Next is outlets and am leaning towards the Tomei to mate with the 80mm front pipe. Appreciate all the help, cheers and have a great weekend!
  20. Hi folks, I've been having a hard time finding some concrete information regarding front pipe compatibility between the BNR34, BCNR33, and BNR32 front pipes. From the research I've done, I see some people say that the BNR34 front pipe is 2" shorter than the BCNR33 BNR32's and that the exhaust system needs to be pulled closer to the front pipe to fit or a longer cat can be used. I've also found that some people say that fitment is all the same. I ask as I'm interested in a MINES front pipe and most the ones I see for sale on yahoo auctions say they are for BNR34 but they note they are compatible with the BCNR33 and BNR32. When I go on the MINES website it isn't clear either as there's no part number listed that differentiates between the models. Basically, can anyone confirm that a front pipe from a BNR34, or BNR32 for that matter, will bolt up to my factory cat converter on my BNCR33 or do I need an extension of some sort? Maybe the front pipes and cat's are all the same length, but the exhaust is longer on the BNCR33 which in that case all would be good. There's also a used Midori Seibi pipe on yahoo auctions right now but the sound of an equal length pipe is memorizing which is why I'm looking for a MINES Pro. I know Fujitsubo and Reimax also make isometric pipes as well. Thank you all!
  21. 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!
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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