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jimnastic

R33 GTR - Daily for 7 years and counting

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jimnastic    54
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  • January 2017 - Since moving to Sydney (don't know if I mentioned that?), the horn has been getting quite a workout. With only one of the horns working, I decided to upgrade to a set of Hella Supertones. Wanting to keep the engine bay looking neat, I pulled the fuse box out and upgraded the factory wiring, rather than using the supplied relay. I was unsure about having two bright red horns behind the grill, but they're not actually too visible

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    jimnastic    54
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  • February 2017 - I'd being keeping an eye out for a while for a Nismo 320km gauge cluster, but the only ones I could ever find for a reasonable price were the white version, and I much prefer the black. I found one on Yahoo Auctions for a really good price because of a dead tacho, so I grabbed that, did a bit of electrical tinkering, and now it's working perfectly. Since I don't have an Active LSD, I wired up the warning light to the alarm LED, which fits in nicely with my 'keep everything looking stock' theme.

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    I also modified the gear shift surround to mount the wideband gauge where the cigarette lighter was, as it never gets used. I got a scrap piece of plastic and cut a hole in it to fit the gauge, then used epoxy to stick it on, and drilled some small holes to screw the gauge on. It looks rough as, but it's surprisingly strong, it won't be falling apart any time soon

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  • A few updates from earlier this month:

    After putting up with a crappy battery for quite a few years, I finally replaced it with a nice new Optima yellow top (D51R-T1). I can now leave the car for more than a couple of days, and it will still start, amazing!

    Next up, changed my old beaten up front pipe for a new Blitz item, with 70mm inlets to 80mm outlet

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    And just as exciting as the shiny new front pipe, some shiny new brake line clips. These are the same part as clips for a S14 (46289-15U10)

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    And last on the list, made a slight modification to the AFR gauge. The LED display was a bit too bright for my liking, so I bought some small sample pieces of window tint and applied that to the clear plastic over the front of the gauge. When the gauge is off, it looks completely black, nice and stealthy

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    Humbla    109

    Nice, i have an r33 that's been my daily for 15 years ,mods higher boost. If there looked after they go for a long long time.

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    jimnastic    54
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  • On 3/31/2017 at 5:01 PM, Humbla said:

    Nice, i have an r33 that's been my daily for 15 years ,mods higher boost. If there looked after they go for a long long time. emoji3.png

    Yeah it seems like it'll keep going forever, I hope I'm right! It's had a pretty easy life while I've had it, only occasionally pushed hard on a nice curvy back road here and there

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  • Been a bit busy recently so I've fallen behind with the updates, but this is pretty close to where it's at now

    So far, I've just used what limited knowledge I have of tuning to just keep it running nice and safe, but now that I've got all the performance related bits that I want, it was time for a proper tune. Had the car booked in at Unigroup, where it made 265awkw @ 18psi, not a bad result :D

    While it could have made a bit more power, it was being held back by the clutch beginning to slip (an Exedy NSK-7172 OEM replacement, changed a few years ago), and some weakness in the ignition system was starting to show. So at this stage, I'm considering replacing the clutch with a Nismo Coppermix twin plate, and possibly an upgrade to LS2 coils, but neither of these will be happening for a while as I'm quite happy with the power it's making now. I'm happy to hear any suggestions or recommendations if anyone is following along

    Since a post without pictures is kind of boring, here's a picture of the engine bay not long after I bought it, and one from a bit more recently (still not current though, will get some new pics soon)

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  • I've been focusing my attention recently on tidying up the engine bay. There's no way I'll ever be able to get it as clean as I want it, but every little bit counts

    While I was in there scrubbing away at everything, I also hit a few bits with some black paint

    The bonnet stand

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    These mounting brackets

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    The top of the headlights, and the coolant and washer bottles. I actually have new replacement bottles on the way, but I just wanted to see what they look like black

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    I also got some pictures of a few miscellaneous bits that I hadn't covered previously

    The interior. The shifter and handbrake boots looked better when they were new, but I don't like how they've faded. They're on the to do list

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    I've posted about the wideband before, but I didn't get a picture of the data IO cables, which are run through where the little glass window was in the ash tray

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    The drivers side window switch wasn't quite working properly, which I think is a common thing on the R33s. With a little bit of fabrication work, I swapped the broken window buttons out for buttons from a Hilux, which seem to feel a lot sturdier

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    This is just a close up of where I've tucked the injector ballast and boost solenoid plugs back in to the fuse box. Makes this whole area look a lot neater than just leaving the unused plugs hanging out

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    This is the Nismo dash I bought and fixed, with the aftermarket immobiliser LED connected to the A-LSD light. Nice and factory looking

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    And finally, I haven't really put up any decent pictures of the car itself, so here's one from the weekend

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    jimnastic    54
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  • Since the last update, my partner and I have moved down to Canberra due to her job, so I've unfortunately had to restrain myself from spending too much money on the GTR until I start working again. I did however receive some parts from Japan that I ordered just before the move.

    A (fake) Garage Defend style carbon cooling panel. Couldn't justify the price of a genuine one, as I only wanted it so it would cover all the ugly stuff behind the front grill and lights, but it's surprisingly good quality, just took a bit of persuasion to get it to fit properly

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    Also received some various bits from Japan, including new coolant overflow and washer bottles

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  • I've also been trying to remember to take pictures of the car itself rather than just shiny new parts

    Cattai National Park

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    My grandfather's farm in the Snowy Mountains

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    Mount Ainslie, Canberra

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    junkie    215
    On 3/31/2017 at 8:34 AM, jimnastic said:

    A few updates from earlier this month:

    After putting up with a crappy battery for quite a few years, I finally replaced it with a nice new Optima yellow top (D51R-T1). I can now leave the car for more than a couple of days, and it will still start, amazing!

    Good choice of battery, my 10 year old yellow top has finally given up last week with plenty of warning, pretty impressed with the long life

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    Ty1    12

    Super tidy gtr! i admire your attention to detail

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    JGTC    74

    Engine bay work is night and day compared to when you got it, looks superbly tidy.

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  • Thanks for the positive comments, keeping it clean and tidy has been my goal with everything, so I'm glad it comes through in the photos :91_thumbsup:

    Recently fitted a GReddy oil filter relocation kit. I avoided doing this for a long time as I really didn't want anything in the engine bay that didn't look stock, but I was a bit over fighting with the location of the filter every time I do a service

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    Since getting the car tuned, I've been doing some homework on upgrading the ignition system, and decided on an upgrade to R35 GTR coil packs. I got the coil bracket from Platinum Racing Products in Sydney, the coils are Splitfire SF-DIS-103, and the harness was found on ebay. The engine cover is staying off for now, as it will need a bit of modification to clear the rear coil

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