Jump to content
  • Welcome to SAU Community

    Welcome to SAU Community, like most online communities you must register to view or post in our community, but don't worry this is a simple free process that requires minimal information for you to signup. Be apart of SAU Community by signing in or creating an account.

    • Start new topics and reply to others
    • Subscribe to topics and forums to get email updates
    • Get your own profile page, build reputation and make new friends
    • Send personal messages to other members.
    • See fewer ads!

    Consider joining our newsletter for the latest content updates

    Click here to register


Recommended Posts

On 10/22/2018 at 8:37 AM, ComTruise said:

Looks great man! keen to see the results. One question where did you get the dash LED kit? was it a kit or did you get them separately yourself? keen to know as it looks fantastic.

I purchased them from a friend, but they're pretty shit to be honest. Fuel and Temp bulbs have stopped working,aswell as one in the climate control

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nothing happens for weeks and all of a sudden everything happens at once lol

The new tyres for the Work wheels arrived and i didn't waste any time getting them mounted and fitted to the car. The front ride height is left untouched from the 17s, the rears were raised 20mm (its still veeeery close to the arch lip)

I think playing it safe with the offset of 30 was a wise decision, it may not be the 'fitment' that kids nowadays wanna see, but i think its perfect :)

Not long after purchasing the car, i already had a vision of what i'd like the car to look lilke. My very first car/project was a red Nissan Micra K11, one of the things i loved about that was the Nismo livery. That car taught me alot of cars in general especially thinking outside the box when it came to modifying. I knew the livery would work well on the R34 so it had to be done.

45488441402_d071b53850_z.jpg

A big thank you to Unique Signs & Graphics in Norwich for designing it all from scratch and for fitting it. These were also the guys who designed and fitted the HKS livery on my MX5

31665548038_d69b47c5f0_z.jpg

45487662702_5580377efd_z.jpg

31665540778_5d79db2b91_z.jpg

31665536188_ea5902c68d_z.jpg

44624150885_7877261207_z.jpg

44624148965_30bc9b7c74_z.jpg

44624143905_51206eaa22_z.jpg

44624147085_1c1373f76c_z.jpg

I also tried out some coloured smoke grenades, I'll be having another go at night at some point

44812617324_5a0f6c09ed_z.jpg

44624156425_89f17c44ab_z.jpg

44624160665_bced65ec2c_z.jpg

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Never did I think I'd say this about livery on a skyline, but that looks fantastic!

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No major updates just yet, only more photos 

 

31780069398_ca308019d9_z.jpg

 

44927434594_81e6cdd3a5_z.jpg

 

44927441944_d59e93dbaf_z.jpg

 

30711609497_597b8ed714_z.jpg

 

43834462580_36d785279d_z.jpg

 

30711625607_fc41c11143_z.jpg

 

31780107278_1042eb84e9_z.jpg

 

45652549891_81f56f1e2f_z.jpg

 

44737983855_a5360ffcbc_z.jpg

 

44737974015_b95d0d204b_z.jpg

 

43834457420_bfc6f3afdb_z.jpg

 

45652521361_74704037b7_z.jpg

 

45652519281_f21c0e8bef_z.jpg

 

45652516671_da460e136a_z.jpg

 

31780071358_70c4d11bbe_z.jpg

 

45652523001_101e43b6cb_z.jpg

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A small update to catch up over the past couple of weeks

Took some autumn photos

46397122351_55553e2d8c_z.jpg

31457443077_ab1dcfcde6_z.jpg

46397123921_eeca017e5d_z.jpg

46397126311_29ef02a646_z.jpg

My Tomei Exhaust elbow arrived from Japan via Nengun. The quality and workmanship on this is incredible!

45673585194_b5f53ecb5e_z.jpg

45673585244_6d04ce53cf_z.jpg

I found these on Yahoo Auctions and JDMParts Rupewrecht arranged the purchase and delivery. Originally they had a 2-3 week production time as they're made to order. But these were ready to be shipped within a week! 

The quality is very good, the pieces are quite thick so not thin and flimsy like some carbon/FRP parts. They've certainly got some weight to them!

45673586804_358319f3e0_z.jpg

31457409427_e7a6d8a02f_z.jpg

45673586684_29e341fb86_z.jpg

45673586654_31ba7ec025_z.jpg

45673586714_f5f63f7324_z.jpg

45673586884_421a0f7201_z.jpg

A friend of mine is currently cutting out the engine cover text aswell as the fuse box diagram to help keep them looking 'OEM'. Plus it breaks up all the carbon 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
It was a very nismo christmas this year! Lu spoilt me rotten by buying me a Nismo speedo cluster
 
44714027000_e289780bb6_z.jpg
 
45807609494_5310fb8161_z.jpg
 
31591165157_67710cf2c5_z.jpg
 
I also treated myself to some Nismo goodies from Nengun and Yahoo Auctions
 
31591163657_3625851d55_z.jpg
 
Spent Boxing Day afternoon fitting it all
 
46479415662_5da16a090e_z.jpg
 
45807602824_3dc092fe50_z.jpg
 
31591533477_5d6d6fb6fa_z.jpg
 
45807599314_ebaa4d94e4_z.jpg
 
45807601504_ed70c69b17_z.jpg
 
44714012530_6fae6bde7a_z.jpg
 
 
31591533447_3968abfb2c_z.jpg
 
 
46479410862_daa452dc29_z.jpg
 
Which brings me to my next mini update, engine cover stickers!
 
46531390191_c67fc4a3f5_z.jpg
 
Keeping with the Nismo theme, i purchased an R33 strut brace with brake stopper on eBay. The brace had certainly seen better days so i started to refurb it.
 
46531697191_9c01efea93_z.jpg
 
46531697251_ec56a2aab6_z.jpg
 
46531697161_dd1ce2c915_z.jpg
 
And heres the finished item
 
46531697001_c7e5051b82_z.jpg
 
46531697101_c40380ec5f_z.jpg
 
46531391041_00ed5f3419_z.jpg
 
44714011850_acf8473a9d_z.jpg
 
Another little change I made was to swap the bulb in the ignition barrel to an amber one, to help match the red/orange illumination in the cabin
 
img
 
img
  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We headed over to Blickling Hall here in Norfolk, they had an arrangement of lights for the festive period which was a great photo opportunity 

32976043738_dc076b37c7_z.jpg

46851475581_5438201dc3_z.jpg

The LED lights had produced an intermittent fault. The first set, the outer tail light ring was missing half of the LEDs and the second set of lights had an issue with the brake light occasionally not working. Driftworks accepted a return and arranged the refund very quickly, I can't fault them for that. The OEM lights were refitted, i think i prefer them lol

31910153657_c0e0f4c19f_z.jpg

Although the interior was clean looking and stock, I felt it needed a lil bit more. I had a Nardi Deep Corn steering wheel stored away from the MX5, Driftworks supplied a HKB boss kit and the Nardi was promptly fitted.

32976046648_e4233c818e_z.jpg

32976046568_1496f7662d_z.jpg

Upon fitting the boss kit and testing it, i noticed something on the floor mat. I had only gone and snapped the locating pin on the clock spring....f**k! I removed the hicas fuse to temporally disable it until i could sort it. I had a couple of options, replace the clock spring and potentially have it happen again or delete the hicas.....which brings me to my next update

Driftworks Hicas Delete

32976044528_dfb9e15360_z.jpg

H&S Performance took care of fitting the kit and aligning the car, as always they've done a fantastic job!

46851476041_b047cde48c_z.jpg

Last photo of this update is one i took this evening as the sun was setting, no real reason just a random photo. Its also the first using my new photography watermark teaming up with

Modificata Culture

32976039738_60be6b5f34_z.jpg

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Looks fantastic!

Gotta admit with you that ride height and fitment is perfect. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Small update

Fitted a tsurikawa and a hannya omamori to the 34

33096135948_f77ea63fba_z.jpg

33096137758_ae984bfbd3_z.jpg

46247290184_932f94840f_z.jpg

I've finally got fuse box diagram sticker fitted, it finishes off the carbon a treat

46247287194_a969b85e75_z.jpg

46247285694_a7f4bc84f7_z.jpg

46247283134_35e14593cd_z.jpg

32030579897_c405cb899d_z.jpg

While the camera was out I couldnt help but take a few more photos

46247292914_e552b8d5a3_z.jpg

46919759212_89a38223ab_z.jpg

40007092153_599d795cd5_z.jpg

32030581037_26b1efca04_z.jpg

32030578817_d67992ac3f_z.jpg

32030577837_3f14722615_z.jpg

33096140268_4751e7e186_z.jpg

33096138388_b92d82fcc9_z.jpg

33096135088_1edac0f87f_z.jpg

40007073843_dc8d3725b5_z.jpg

33096131628_9bc3ae5845_z.jpg

40007071573_13a47388bf_z.jpg

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wouldn’t that get annoying swinging around n tapping on the glass?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We went for a drive and it didnt rattle or hit the screen under acceleration

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

46252404505_b9c3ac486f_z.jpg

After reading up on a Speedhunters article by Jordan about his RS4 audio upgrade, I was that impressed I decided to bite the bullet and treat myself to one too.

40201570323_13781e62f0_z.jpg

The DMX7017DAB is a double din mechless unit with a large touch screen display. The minimal buttons along the bottom edge gives it a more modern look without distracting you much.

It has the bells and whistles you expect to find on a modern aftermarket stereo like DAB, Bluetooth, rear USB, steering controls etc. What drew me to this was a couple of things. The first being the integrated dash cam.

46252405885_31888e6350_z.jpg

With the dash cam plugging into the back of the unit, you can view the Camera aswell as play back recorded footage and photos. The camera has a built in shock sensor, a message promptly appears if the car has been hit in your absence, and you can review the footage straight away.

40201576113_32e6260d33_z.jpg

The second feature that I loved was the ability to mirror what my phone does. For Android an app called Android Auto is required. This allows you to mirror Google Maps/Waze onto the stereo, while still being able to listen to Spotify/Google Music and make/receive phone calls! Very handy for those road trips or convoys to car shows

46443059204_f323c0f24c_z.jpg

Another feature the Kenwood unit has is a reverse camera. You can pick up a generic camera off eBay or Amazon for not a lot of money but I didn’t want the extra grief of splicing and hoping the built quality would last. So I went with Kenwoods unit and I’m glad I did. Direct plug and play and all I had to do was splice into the reverse light loom

47166444791_a16d70be79_z.jpg

I finished the install when darkness fell so I’m eager to see the quality in the daylight :)

47166446341_121205b6c9_z.jpg

The rear speakers have been crackling for awhile so this was one job that needed addressing more than anything. I didn’t know what I was letting myself in for until I was half way through it…

32224645157_7890bdd89c_z.jpg

The rear seats, door cards and trim had to be removed before I could touch the parcel shelf. The parcel shelf area was covered in a black dust, thinking it was the parcel shelf material disintegrating, I was wrong.

32224645127_c4a7b48689_z.jpg

As you can see, there wasn’t much left of the stock Clarion speakers, no wonder the sound quality was so poor! The new speakers dropped in a treat and I managed to reuse the original fixings. At the point I wished I had bought the wiring adapters but nevermind.

40201586863_9b04c6d776_z.jpg

47166454471_3bc2b9d064_z.jpg

With the rear interior put back together it was time to tackle the front speakers. This was ALOT easier, a few trim clips and screws and access was easy. Luckily the front speakers already had the adapters (weirdly enough) so that was plain sailing.

32224636737_0a0af0a276_z.jpg

I did buy some sound deadening pads to put on the inside but space is limited and daylight was becoming less and less. I’ll tackle this at a later date.

The last thing on the list was to install the slim subwoofer. I was hoping it would fit under the seat, but upon removing it I didn’t realise the centre is humped and tapers down. So I decided to put it behind the seat instead.

46252408795_6ebd747ba7_z.jpg

The wiring is a lot simpler, all of the wires go into a single plug, none of those nasty terminal screws we had ‘back in the day’. The hardest part was routing the live cable through the bulk head (wheel and arch liner off and it’s straight forward from there)

So there we have it, a full multimedia upgrade! I still need to play around with the equaliser, then I’ll get a video sorted

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not long after I purchased the car I used the Turtle Wax headlight restoration kit. Unfortunately it didnt last long before the lights became cloudy again. I got recommended by a friend of a mobile company who do them for a very reasonable price. So I got the car booked in and well....the photos speak for themselves!

46679488705_136b19f781_z.jpg

46871020074_ef70a03a82_z.jpg

46871020064_856a471042_z.jpg

Since the Nismo addiction started I've been on the hunt for an S-Tune boot spoiler. As you can imagine these are rare as rocking horse shit and near on impossible to find. I found a company in Australia who makes a copy but its no longer available.

40628999773_66a5e87bf3_z.jpg

40628999583_fcf8e25872.jpg

I did find one on Yahoo Auctions, but it came complete with the spoiler blade and the price landed was £800+ 

I happened to see a post on the Skyline Owners Forum facebook page about someone's own design for some spoiler legs. Messages were sent back and forth for a lil while and I made a purchase.

His friend was developing some covers but there would be a delay due to finishing the mould, getting orders etc. I went with the Carbon Fibre option, who doesn't like carbon?!

These took approx 4 months and they landed on my door today (12th April). The delay was due to the raw and painted versions being made and delivered first before the carbon versions got put into production.

Fitting was quite straight forward as its all been moulded to the underneath of the OEM spoiler,so it fits like a glove. The spoiler bases have adjustment so you can put it where you like (within reason)

47595035781_7653ef6e3c_z.jpg

47595035641_d908cd9822_z.jpg

40628914683_b3887f3f4e_z.jpg

47595035081_246b60730b_z.jpg

32652535047_08af83af30_z.jpg

32652534627_7b14594d19_z.jpg

46870944234_f3e4a856ed_z.jpg

46870943964_c3c0a45f92_z.jpg

46870943484_7d2f913128_z.jpg

46870943024_8ff4ca4216_z.jpg

46870942634_592bd36018_z.jpg

46870942324_09dc810f54_z.jpg

46870942054_c273cd1d70_z.jpg

33718004778_2d944cc7df_z.jpg

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hanami is one of THE most beautiful things on this planet, and I'm extremely envious and jealous of the Japanese and this beautiful season.  With my social media exploding with various images of this iconic scenery, I knew I had to try and replicate it as best as i could.

In the UK its a relatively small window when the blossom is in full bloom and how long it lasts for (also adding a lack of spare time to get such photos) makes a good challenge. I spent a couple of weeks driving round the city trying to find the perfect backdrop, this was harder than I thought.

I finally found somewhere good enough and I did my best with what I had

46808830335_54fa466c3a_z.jpg

47725344441_84109f729d_z.jpg

46808825555_f423838e99_z.jpg

47672282402_7a7127b23f_z.jpg

I've been going to a car show called Modified Nationals for the past 11 years. This year it moved date and location which ended up being scorching hot and a far better surrounding, win win!

46808834315_57d91f24d5_z.jpg

47725348941_99e9c515c5_z.jpg

40758747793_bc6d86a8f4_z.jpg

32781934527_de2971229c_z.jpg

Myself and a couple of others have started our own Cars & Coffee meets and today (28th April) was the first meet of the year. The weather just about stayed dry for the majority of the morning, I was met with a couple of more R34s

32781946857_88554411c9_z.jpg

32781945117_3bd4af4885_z.jpg

Seeing this V-Spec 2 Nur roll in made me go complete fan boy. You just dont get to see this car out in the 'wild' very often.

47725358251_4d503c44db_z.jpg

The full album can be seen here > https://www.flickr.com/photos/93923515@N07/albums/72157708154531655

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been looking at replacement seats for a couple of months but have always been undecided on which ones. Last week we took a visit to GSM Performance to consult with the sales team on various seats and to try them. 

47960622478_8cc8e1ab15_z.jpg

Being a 'bigger build' comfort was top priority, and trying the seats out before commiting was a major advantage. It was a tough decision as there were so many nice seats,but in the end I went for the Recaro. 

47960550996_46a66db268_z.jpg

I managed to source some R34 GTR Bride rails that had been modified to fit the GTT. Upon ftting I noticed the Recaro seat mounts were alot wider than the rail. Several hours of swearing later, I had some brackets made up and everything bolted together.

47960552561_bcd12b424c_z.jpg

47960511682_ea6b5ed98d_z.jpg

47960513682_a3ee68c17a_z.jpg

47960510422_80f54098e8_z.jpg

I'm unsure if the GTR seat rail is different height wise, but the seats do slope down which has changed the driving position abit

47960524058_09eccae4e5_z.jpg

47960508987_73c2b8ab19_z.jpg

47960506542_5bde37395d_z.jpg

One feature I really like is the reclining lever that's neatly camouflaged into the harness cut outs. 

47960545726_e3f6c8126b_z.jpg

The suede centres make the seats pop alot more than the all leather equivalent 

47960505507_c59cf9c40f_z.jpg

47960519173_08e04a0c57_z.jpg

47960518688_e27cea34a7_z.jpg

47960503887_09a30c9dce_z.jpg

47960543391_b335daefcc_z.jpg

Its abit snug inside, the side bolster does currently touch the doorcard. I'm hoping I can modify the mounts I made to bring it over abit.

47960517443_7529b2b660_z.jpg

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

After 24hrs the seats had marked the doorcards quite badly, so I had to sort them out ASAP. I removed the doorcard to have a look, hoping I could modify and retrim the arm rest. But upon a closer look the whole door card would need re-doing and I didn't really fancy all that work. So I adapted the rail mounts instead.

I started with the driver side by drilling another hole next to the first one, the seat was still hard pushed against the doorcard. To explain it briefly it required alot more moving over than I first thought. The bracket on the rails was fouling the bottom of the seat so those had to be cut off. The belt buckles were too short to be bolted to the rear inner rail mounting hole so additional brackets had to be made. Then it was a headache trying to hold the seat up to get said bolts in while holding the seat up to line it all up while making sure the belt buckle didnt fall down.

*sigh* 

But I finally got it all sorted and theres still room between the seat and the centre console.

47960517443_7529b2b660_z.jpg

48032511582_712bc8a4e9_z.jpg

With the seats in I have to admit it was abit of a struggle getting out without brushing against the steering wheel. I decided to go with a quick release steering wheel, but it had to be a slim version. A friend had a Vac Motorsport race quick release for sale which would do the job nicely. The centre of the quick release boss looked too small for a horn button, so he included some Fast and Furious-esque NOS buttons to use as horn buttons.

The Nardi deep corn wheel has served me well in pretty much all of my cars, but it was time for it to retire in favour of a smaller, more modern equivalent. I decided on the Sparco L360 in leather, mainly for its 330mm size and it's flat bottom. 

48032511757_5f8a510fac_z.jpg

Of course,this wasn't going to be an easy job, not with my current luck lol

I wanted to mount the horn bracket inbetween the HKB boss and the first half of the quick release. This was to make the wiring neater and hidden. The first half uses a Nardi bolt pattern (whats the problem with that you ask?)

Well...the horn button bracket uses a Momo bolt pattern. Even redrilling the bracket would make it lean over to one side and not be central. So the only way was to mount it between the second half and the steering wheel. Luckily theres a gap between the two brackets, the wires were heat shrunk and taped to neaten it all up.

48032511657_9ee0df0fd0_z.jpg

48032401081_4dbf42a5b4_z.jpg

48032444538_a1af50f039_z.jpg

48032511822_ef1697a000_z.jpg

Once it was all mounted together, I lined up the supplied horn button from Sparco and it fits :/ Just my luck lol

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Today marks 1 year since I purchased the car, time flies when you're having fun 'ey! I've made some before and after photos :)

48081832062_bf6fd61440_z.jpg

48081734141_6a1785192f_z.jpg

48081733771_99d60465d7_z.jpg

48081830722_0eff6d62b4_z.jpg

48081829402_edcc4171d6_z.jpg

48081730916_c81bcb9281_z.jpg

48081729406_656e9ff124_z.jpg

48081763393_a91527269c_z.jpg

48081762308_7b9cc7a711_z.jpg

48081760618_f7f8e46847_z.jpg

48081821797_c773ae8ec6_z.jpg

48081723011_df430783bb_z.jpg

48081721656_a56c4c541a_z.jpg

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now



×
×
  • Create New...