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    mr2, 180sx, supra, soarer
  1. Was a good night out :) Cheers to HT for organising it, hope it raised some decent $! Uploaded some pics here: http://hardtuned.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=476659
  2. No troubles guys. took a while to write up.. i think i t actually took longer to write it up than the install itself but it was something i wished someone else had of done before we started on this project. as for what the lights look like off - you cant see the difference with the lights off at all. that pic of the front is actually a bit deceiving, its not that blue in real life. i think the camera sensor just didnt like the HID brightness and made it look blue.
  3. OK, so the GF wanted to upgrade the headlights in her silvia to HIDs, no probs I thought. I get wholesale price on HIDs so I grabbed a set for both my supra and her Silvia. Supra took around 6 minutes to install them, since they are the digital ballasts they are tiny and no complicated brackets/mounting was needed. With this in mind, I assigned half and hour to do Em's HID conversion... Bad idea. As some of you may know, S13s run some weird ass connector/plug for the H1 adapter into the housing. To do a work-around this issue, it is quite involved and generally requires the removal of the headlight to secure the HID bulbs. Expect to take around 1 to 2 hours to complete this. No particular skill is required, so don't be too scared. If you follow this guide you will be fine This information is provided simply as a help guide to people with S13s, I make no claim that this is the best or only way to do this - it is simply how I chose to solve the problem. Here is a picture of the H1 bulb sitting in its Silvia holder/connector: I spent a couple of days trying to work out how it gets done, but there was jack all info on the net.. So after a bit of playing we came up with this solution, and to save time for the next poor folk who might otherwise throw in the towel and resell the HIDs to another unsuspecting chap, I made a complete how-to guide with images. In short, to do it properly you need to remove the headlights completely, pull them apart, cut stuff, drill stuff, zip tie, etc.. ... and eventually you will get to this: I have done a full write up with a heap of pics here: http://www.streetfx.com.au/product_images/hids/s13/ Feel free to ask any questions or make comments.. By no means am i a professional, so perhaps there is a better way to do this, but believe me, i lookked EVERYWHERE for info on how to do this as we were about to throw it in the too hard basket cos im lazy
  4. Well i just got back from Japan and thought I would share some of the pics and the experience from over there... A few weeks ago, I bought a modified S13 silvia from Yahoo Japan via my friend Ken James (and Shane who lives in Japan). The car was untested, but Shane did his best to get it ready for my trip. The purpose of the trip was to experience drifting in japan and have a play at the Summer Drift Matsuri at the world renowned tracks at EBISU. Heres an overhead pic of the tracks: And a couple of pics of my silvia... Basic run down of mods is: HKS GT Turbo, fmic, split dump with screamer, hks fcon, hks coilovers, tomei lsd, oil cooler kit, twinplate clutch. A few more pics: * A note on the steering wheel that apparently says "if the car doesnt start, hit the relay fuse box" lol * My kinda wastegate outlet * A little irony... Im funding the trip with my motorsport graphics company ( http://www.streetfx.com.au ).. and the previous owner errr... seems to be attempting the same kind of trade lol.. with a b&w printer and some laminate.. haha I may need to watch my back I left for Japan on the 30th July 09 from Melbourne, and went over to Tokyo, where we met up with a mate of mine Tim, from Melbourne who has lived in Japan for 4 years. many thanks to Tim for showing us around After a few days in tokyo we headed to Osaka to check out the cars we had bought. In our group there were a few guys who had bought cars specifically for this little fun week. Once in osaka, we stickered upt he cars (yes we are morons ) and then put the cars on the truck and headed over to Ebisu. Then it was two crazy days of drifting at ebisu. Of the 6 cars in our group, 4 were written off or no longer able to drive due to mechanical failure. I personally spent 19 hours in the pits trying to fix a string of problems.. 2 water pumps, a thermostat, pipes bursting, slipping twinplate clutch, persistent overheating and so forth left me to give up after the second water pump died. Unfortunately i only managed to get a few laps in on a few of the tracks, but still it was all worth it I had a huge amount of fun and it was an experience i will never forget here are a few pics of the cars AFTER the weekend, lets just say we got our money worth out of our drift hacks as always at ebisu, there was some weird sights: Anyway, i have put together a gallery of some of the images from the trip, if you are only interested in cars, just go to day 4, 7 9, and 10. The other galleries contain our other non car related adventures, though some have random sightings of hot jap vehicles about the place, so feel free to skim through them. If any links are broken, let me know as the connection seemed intermittent while uploading. http://www.streetfx.com.au/galleries/ebisu_summer09/ DAY 1 - Arrive, 31 Jul 09 Melbourne, Singapore & Tokyo DAY 2 - Emil's Bday, 01 Aug 09 Shibuya, Japan DAY 3 - Sight Seeing, 02 Aug 09 Around Tokyo, the Shrine DAY 4 - Visit WELD D1 Workshop, 03 Aug 09 Yokohama, Japan DAY 5 - Travel to Osaka, 04 Aug 09 Osaka, Japan DAY 6 - Osaka Randomness, 05 Aug 09 Osaka, Japan DAY 7 - Racecar Preparation, 06 Aug 09 Osaka Car yard DAY 8 - Fukushima Sightseeing, 07 Aug 09 Fukushima, Japan DAY 9 - Ebisu Saturday, 08 Aug 09 Ebisu Raceway DAY 10 - Ebisu Sunday, 09 Aug 09 Ebisu Raceway DAY 11 - Last Day in Shibuya, 10 Aug 09 Shibuya, Japan
  5. would be a little odd for them to be telling me how "shit dude i saw them on ur car only an hour ago cos i got a pic of my mate with them!" if they were gonna gank them they would take the pic later u would think. hmm. Streeter - i might be coming over to visit Ebisu in August with Mookrg
  6. but babe, thats only cos we parted on good terms mark Wanna make out may contemplate such action when i find the offender that touched my car I never said i was going to break their legs. but heres a list of reasons why i want to find this person.. mainly so i can reclaim the plate and withdraw the police report.. ADDED INFO: This has been posted on a few forums and raised a few concerns and questions which hopefully are answered here: We are just trying to spread the word, these kind of people should not just get away with destructive and disrespectful behaviour. Six degrees of separation and all that, someones gonna know this A**hole. Several people have said (on other forums) i should just suck it up, its just a license plate.... Heres a few answers as to why i dont just feel like 'taking it on the chin': 1) it takes ages to get them reissued 2) its only around $200 but requires police statements 3) i have to drive on a 'permit' which is going to be FKD and get me pulled over every freaking day. 4) i have to lodge the plates stolen in case they are used in a crime situation, and i get the blame for it 5) i have had one of my other sets of personalised plates stolen previously and it created HELL with the cops, i cosntantly was pulled over and even got impounded at the Brisbane City Charlotte police station for 'suspicion of driving a stolen car' (as their system is flawed - stolen plates, they often read as stolen car). I sat in the police station for 4 hours until the issue was resolved. I only FINALLY just got this matter cleared after nearly a year. Same car, same plates: This isnt about the money, but the reward money is at least in general enough to get people thinking. I am sure there are people who will run into the bloke who is going to brag about it, they better think about who of their friends and acquaintances wouldn’t sell them out for $500.. but i will give them a chance to make things right before i take it further. The incident has already been reported to the police, so "taking it further" is dependant on the outcome, I would hope the offender doesn’t realise just how large and widespread the community is when it comes to cars. It might not be today, or a week, but one day someone’s going to run into this lowlife and remember this thread, look in their wallet and imagine a nice $500.. I most certainly am not putting a mangled numberplate back on my car (they would have had to bend/tear it to get it off, the security bolts were still in place), but i dont want it sitting on some ass hats bedroom wall as a trophy. Knowing there is a reward on it might just make it become an item that can only ever sit in their bottom draw. I cant seriously think any of you would appreciate someone messing with something you obviously take a lot of pride in and care for, simply for their own novelty value. I am not trying to be some Internet E-Hero threating to throw my keyboard at someone. I am genuinely offering a reward for information that either leads to the guy fessing up, or whatever else might prove appropriate to clear the 'stolen' report with the police. Mark I said im giving a chance for the person to come clean as im sure eventually someones going to know this person.
  7. but babe, thats only cos we parted on good terms mark
  8. Some asshat stole the front one once before, i juset remmebered i have a spare rear one somewhere.... It aint about the money, its the principal.. so, regardless theres $500 to anyone who knows or or hears of someone bragging about it/putting on their bedroom wall and i will go from there. Mark it is less than $500.. but my car isnt a convenience store for people that want a trophy. 1) it takes ages to get them reissued 2) its around $200 for replacements. 3) i now have to drive on a 'permit' which is going to be FKD and get me pulled over every freaking day. BUT the most important point is i want to find out who FKN touched my car. I am sure someone knows someone who is going to brag about it, they better think about who of their friends and acquiantances wouldnt sell them out for $500.. but i will give them a chance to make things right before i take it further. The point is your going to have to get replacements anyway since you say the plates were broken off your car, so im sure you wont be putting those same plates on your car. If i was you id get the replacement plates in the proccess of being reissued then worry about finding out who did it. Goodluck.
  9. it is less than $500.. but my car isnt a convenience store for people that want a trophy. 1) it takes ages to get them reissued 2) its around $200 for replacements. 3) i now have to drive on a 'permit' which is going to be FKD and get me pulled over every freaking day. BUT the most important point is i want to find out who FKN touched my car. I am sure someone knows someone who is going to brag about it, they better think about who of their friends and acquiantances wouldnt sell them out for $500.. but i will give them a chance to make things right before i take it further.
  10. Hey all, $500 Reward offered to anyone who can give me information leading to identity of the theif and the recovery of my personalised plates ‘WTF’ stolen from my vehicle while at a house party in Holland park last night. as you can see in this image it was in a security numberplate protector: Plates were last seen by one of the party attendants at 8:45pm I know the exact time as he took a picture of his mate posing behind my car (for whatever reason). At approx 10pm the plates were noticed to be missing by a friend leaving the party. They snapped off the security numberplate protector and then (without tools) ripped off the numberplate itself, damaging the brackets, leaving the bolts firmly attached to the rear of the car. The fact they removed the plates by ripping at them (without a tool as simple as a set of screw drivers) indicates the were most likely walking, or did not have their own car (as most people would have tools in their car). The majority of the party goers were friends and good friends of friends, but obviously a few people that may not have had much relation to the other attendants. At this point in time there was a lot of people leaving the party so several groups were waiting for cabs which would have made the thief’s mission pretty bold as they would have been very close to getting busted red handed. It is our opinion is was one of the party goers friends or perhaps a mate that swung by to pick someone up, and did a grab and dash. I assume the plates were stolen for their novelty value, and will probably end up on some stoner’s wall. I am offering $500 cash for the identity or leads to the identity of the offender. I will offer a smaller cash reward for the safe return of the numberplate (also now I assume it would be quite damaged). If someone has info i may be willing to negotiate further depending on the circumstances. Disrespecting my property, especially my car is on my extreme list of hates and I would just –love- to be told who it was or who may have further information. So look out, it might be a novelty to you, $500 to someone you bragged to or saw it hanging on your wall could be different news A**hole. If you do not wish to reveal your identity for fear of “rolling over” on a mate you suspect has possession of the plates, then you are welcome to contact my anonymously and we can come to an arrangement whereby I can pay you directly following proof of the facts being accurate. Alternatively if you, or someone you know who did it, and want to do the right thing, contact me and hell, tell me you found them in the shrubs – there will be no repercussions – even if you want to return it anonymously.. Please contact me by Phone: 0401 432 480 Email: mark@firesport.com Any assistance appreciated. Please spread the word around, i’m sure someone knows them, and i’m sure someone wouldn’t mind $500. To the thief – are you worth $500 to all your mates? Mark Firesport.com
  11. these tyres are awesome for the price. I run them all round on my supra. 245/40/18 front and 275/35/18 rears. Not quite as good as the RE55s, but the bridgestones cost me $600 each.. these were less than half that! 180 treadwear puts them still streetable but very very grippy.. im pushing over 500rwhp and i can finally nail it in 2nd gear without too much wheelspin. i dont have any trouble in the wet either... i cant express how impressed i was with these for the price, i couldnt even get a crappy 18in tyre for the $ i spent on the semi slicks!
  12. i think you'll find the "originals" wont be in flexi plastic. Most are plain Fibre, and around $2500
  13. Here is the pic i was referring to in my above post: http://www.nissansilvia.com.au/forums/inde...t&id=191607 It might be just the angle but it looks like the outer of the arcs of the top and bottom braces were cut and welded togethr to make them sit closer to each other? wouldnt that weaken them just like the other method? as stated, it could just be the pic.. so im possibly wrong, just curious. also just noticed in your example of a good cage, the roof X bars have the exact same arrangement of one solid, one split bar like my side intrusion ones.. http://www.nissansilvia.com.au/forums/inde...t&id=192357 im not trying to stir, but then does that mean it might as well only have one brace and scrap the second one cos its cut? mark
  14. whats the deal with people thinking that roll cages will protect them in all sorts of accidents ? By definition, they are there to protect the driver primarily in the event of a roll over accident. cos roll cages do a lot for the rigidity of the car, and most good cages have side intrusion, specifically for.. well.. side intrusion even a few of those bolt in type ones include side intrusion bars. which can be handy cos they can be removed. Both of those pics you just showed are shocking, the "x" bar in the first is a classic dumbass mistake people make when getting a cage made, cutting the 2nd bar made it almost worthless putting it there, I know cliffs new RX7 has this and I shivered looking at it thinking shit you paid for that? you really need 2 crossbars un cut, both like this but turned 90 degrees )( Ah screw it ill get you a picture This WRC car also had gussets put in which is highly recommended too the 180sx race car in the pics i posted is mine, from all accounts i have recieved so far its been noted as a pretty well designed cage. in those attachments you referenced, i may be wrong, but, in that first pic, it looks like those side intrusion beams ARE cut and welded.. not butt welded like mine, but bent, then the bottom of the upper bars semi circle cut and welded to the lower bar which also looked to be cut along its upper semi circle? as i said, i might be wrong, but it is just how it looked? at any rate, i would prefer it to be there than not... mark
  15. whats the deal with people thinking that roll cages will protect them in all sorts of accidents ? By definition, they are there to protect the driver primarily in the event of a roll over accident. cos roll cages do a lot for the rigidity of the car, and most good cages have side intrusion, specifically for.. well.. side intrusion even a few of those bolt in type ones include side intrusion bars. which can be handy cos they can be removed.
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