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  1. Hey Guys/Girls, Some of you might know I've been planning an engine build for my car for awhile now. I've been the proud owner of my 95 blacktop 180SX for over 7 years. During this time the car itself, my technical knowledge and my driving skill have come a long way from where they first started. From total noob to having a reasonable idea of whats going on in most areas of the car. A lot of this knowledge I have due to good advice, experience and friendships formed initially though NSCC and some through NS. This is something that has added heavily to the enjoyment I've had from owning my car. Inspired and by both of the Sutton brothers cars and NFI ongoing builds I'm aiming to step the 180 up to the next level over the next period its off the road. Turning it into my vision of what an RPS13 should be. This is something that I've been planning for over 4 years now and in the build for almost 2 cant wait to get finished. I booked in 2 weeks annual leave at the beginning of august 2011 a) to be a world time attack scorch racing groupie to help NFI with his WTAC campaign and c) to get the car stripped back to a shell and the build kicked off to a flying start! =) The end goal is to have a sub 1100kg car making an easy 300rwkw(+) with reasonable response good suspension setup and basic aero package. Still maintaining street registration and have the car fully engineered but also be able to put down some serious times at the track. I'm planning on doing a brief recap of where the car has come from when I first got it as I've taken well over 4000 photos of all the different mods done from the first weekend I got the car until now. Then updating reasonably regularly. More updates coming! Cheers, Martin. Some pictures of the build so far.
  2. Yeh the ns forum keeps complaining about ~original tags that photobucket puts on all the picture links it spits out in original res. Sort of gave me the shits having to edit them all every time. I'll get around to fixing all the posts at some stage and transferring them over. Still plugging away slowly. Most of our time has been spent learning about how to make molds and getting into some carbon infusion stuff which is starting to yeld some cool results.
  3. We figured it was time I brought those interested up to date on the car. I know I promised a while ago to put pictures up. Here they are. =) As many of you know the car has served nfi pretty well but he'd decided it was time to create something a bit more hardcore that was lighter, had more grip, looks the part and is much more rewarding to drive. Its still going to be registered and fully engineered... In fact it already is So its a bit of an all rounder at the moment but I guess pretty much directed at the track. Figure we'll let the pictures do the talking since thats what everyone wants to see. This sound deadening was the worst job to remove. On s13-s14 they use a sound deadener that is easily removed with dry ice simply cracking off. The stuff in the s15 was really bad... dry ice barely helped, you it left a dirty residue that was stuck to the floor and was really hard to get off. The big job started.......... I reckon removing the sound deadening and getting to the clean pics you see later on took 3 people on average working on it at any point in time about 70-80 hours all up. The SXD180 we did recently by comparison would have been lucky to have taken 15-20 to completely finish. Note the fan as the thinners we were using were making some of us cross eyed. Having a car with nothing wrong with and then getting it to this point was a bit depressing. Looked seriously bad. First set of new rims. 18x10 +12. I could believe how light these were even with R comps on them. Pete from Bodyform builds out the body and then seals it all with urethane. His attention to detail is awesome. =) One of the many tow trucks the car has been on in the last 4 months. This was from Bodyform to where the chassis work was done. This was obviously pre roll cage. ( http://i60.photobuck...2.jpg%5B/IMG%5D ) ( http://i60.photobuck...w.jpg%5B/IMG%5D ) Borrowed rims.... I reckon these look tough. This is actually just before the cage was finished. There is also 1 cross bar on the main hoop so I could get a cams certificate. The parcel shelf had yet to be cleaned up and finished off neatly and then seam welded. More soon!
  4. hey man yeh we've been using it in the S15 for quite awhile now without any issues.Seems like the best value for money I've seen for an li car battery.
  5. I've been considering that, there is a bit of mucking around though I would get to choose exactly where my swaybar pickup is which would be awesome. Seeing as the inner pivot point is what would be lengthened I'm unsure what effects moving the castor rod inwards and outwards has. The forces on it would be ramping up heaps as it goes inwards. already have the SPL tierod ends which give some adjustability in the outer pivot point for the steering arm so leaning towards. Which I way I'm leaning towards the ikeya option and be done with it.
  6. Thanks mate Basically I need to increase track so it comes down to selling fancy part I dont need to help fund the LCA's which I need to avoid using wheel spacers.
  7. To suit S14/15. I'm going to use factory knuckles but getting different lca's with some rc adjustment in them.
  8. There has been some progress just waiting until I have some work finished to do a proper big update. Sick of just doing tiny updates which I think people are abit over. Anyone have a quality double flaring tool for 3/16" I can hire/borrow? I also have a couple of things up for sale which I need to sell to buy some other bits I need for the build. GKTECH Front billet knuckles with the factory size steering arm up for sale new never even test fitted. $600ono GKTECH Rear lower control arms $300ono new never even test fitted Nagisa Shakitto Shock Tower braces. $300ono http://www.frsport.com/Nagisa-Auto-X...3_p_12951.html Greddy FMIC kit USED was on the car before upgraded to the hypertune core in the new build. $200 Probably some more stuff when I start going through friends storage. Please PM if interested.
  9. Thanks man, hopefully chipping bigger chunks soon! =) Sent you a PM on this John. Talk soon.
  10. Another piece of the puzzle arrived this week. A delivery from Streeter which was nice. I haven't had one from him in awhile. "Side generators" from garage mak. God knows why they're called that, supposed to generate side vortexes or something maybe? Anyways the plan is to mod the front guards/side skirts and let abit of air out the back of the wheel arches behind these. This all need to start soon so we can get it finished and get the rest of the bodywork painted once the weather has cooled down abit. These being the best solution I could come up with to be somewhat of an aero improvement and that I still like the look of. They'll be changed slightly to suit what I want. Let the composite itch begin. More soon!
  11. We'll see how I go the aim for this year is get it up and running and get bugs sorted out. Thanks for the kind words. Yes come march there should be much more regular progress =)
  12. So Hypertune got my intake manifold back from the powdercoaters/anodizers. Its turned out better than I could have hoped. Really itching to get the engine bay back together to see what it all looks like coated up now. Hopefully have some more time to work on the car come march! More soon.
  13. Hi Guys, I dont have a use for my Nagisa Shakitto Shock Tower braces. The power steering tank and catch can design we're running will mean they no longer fit. They were ordered off here. http://www.frsport.com/Nagisa-Auto-XNS0070-Shakitto-Shock-Tower-Plate-S13_p_12951.html $300 to anyone whos interested in them please PM. They've only ever sat on my car for test fitting. Happy to post at buyers expense also if necessary.
  14. Its a bit dusty at the moment, hoping to find some more time for it before the end of the year and then get stuck back into it heavily early next year. Still just as hungry to get it done.
  15. So after having almost zero time to work on the car over the last few months I finally got something ticked off the list. All the exhaust gear from the manifold to the end of the dump pipe has now been coated in Hi Octane coatings titanium turbine ceramic coating. I couldn't be happier with how it has turned out and it should go a long way towards keeping under bonnet temps under control. Very keen to see how much it helps and how well it holds up. It was actually on display at the hi octane stand on the second day of wtac if anyone from here was floating around. =) Mani Rear housing, hopefully the coating in the threads doesnt cause any issues. Gate pipework complete with flex joins. Dump pipe. We decided because of where the gates join back into the dump we'd be better off welding the EGT bung onto the very begging of the front pipe. More soon!
  16. Yeh I'm using it with two though. Its about the same height as your average beer bottle so not that big really.
  17. Some more progress this week. This isnt any more complete than it was before but looks quite different when the piping isnt attached. ... Same with the water neck at the other end. Catch can is nearing completion. Two -10 fittings to be welded on and a -12 for the line from the block. Also will have a bung down the bottom for emptying it. Top down view with where a filter for the system to breath will be going. Top down view of the new power steering res. Need to get myself one of these sard caps which breaths. We borrowed one off another car to make it all line up. This is baffled inside to create a longer path for it before it heads back into the system. More soon.
  18. I'd like to but realistically I have zero time to get it finished before WTAC. It'll still be a shell. =/
  19. So its been a very productive few weeks and lots has been done. Fab work is very near complete now. Tomei oil block was installed so we had a clear idea of where the lines would be coming out into the engine bay. Quite a neat bit of billet gear. =) Swirl pot was finished off with this sturdy bracket onto head for support. Airbox is now complete with a pod filter inside it. Its hard to believe it fits in there when the box looks so small but it does. Doesn't get much more compact than this. Rear view After much discussion on what to do with mounting the fuel system Mitch came up with this two piece box. The whole thing uses the factory hole for the fuel tank. The fuel filter and ethanol sensor will be mounted to the inside of the box when we have a better idea on exactly how best to mount them considering lines. Then the whole thing will be bolted together with foam seals to keep it separate from the cab. Intake pipe and the hot pipe completed now also. Tight clearance to the hot pipe maybe a 5mm gap which should be enough. Throttle cable tab welded directly onto the plenum. Which also shows the VVL solenoids mounted on top of the rail out of the way as much as possible. The most minimal use of space we could come up with. Wondering when someone else will make a tiny aftermarket unit which does the same job. More soon!
  20. Yeh they're a pretty neat design and just use o-rings as consumables so should be cheap to maintain after the hefty outlay to begin with though. I'll comment on how they go once I've been using them for awhile on a working car though. We have been using them on the S15 intake for 6 months now without any issues.
  21. Mine felt pretty ordinary when I sat in the car and did a few shifts the first time I fitted it up. I haven't had a chance to try it again yet but it should be rock solid now. If you look closely it is actually rubber mounted to the chassis its just hard mounted to the oil cooler and fmic but they're also rubber mounted so hopefully no issues like you described.
  22. Long time between updates. I've had so much going on this year there has been little spare time for the car. The next six months is looking the same. Happy to get a few hours here and there to chip away on the long list and get some stuff done. Turbo/manifold assembly now all welded up with elbow for the hot pipe. Needed to make this low profile plate out of some thin aluminum sheet with counter sunk holes. Can see the high difference saves quite afew mm of space and lets us sit the gearbox closer to the chassis. Benefits being the motor sits flatter and tucks the gearbox much more neatly up under the car. Should do the trick Mitch zapped the corners of my little oil relocator mounting block for me. Will be sitting neatly here away from the tyre and rearwards of the splitter mounts welded onto the front of the rails. One of the issues we noticed once I'd modified the shifter bracket I bought so it actually fitted the car, was that on gear changes it was flexing substantially. Because there is no support for it you could put it in gear and feel the bracket flex, without slamming it into gear which it might see some of in its life. =) So I made these gussets out of steel sheet to brace the weak points. Seen here with all the scale and chromium coating linished off (or so I thought) It welded slightly average cause I hadn't quite got all the chromium off Should get the trick done regardless though still needs some finishing up with the linisher. I'll do this when I get a chance. We decided to remove the mesh out of the rear of the front guards which had to be done carefully as they are epoxied on pretty comprehensively. Reason being to let more out and I think it looks pretty cheap and shitty. At the same time the plan was to open up these rear vents to make them more effective at evacuating air and look a bit more aggressive. Probably not a huge difference but I prefer the look of it opened up and technically its better aero. Still needs some more sanding but you can see the difference between the bottom half which is almost done and the top half which is untouched. Drivers side de-meshed ready to go next time. Spent the next Friday arvo working on a design for a billet bracket for the battery. The aim of which being neat will still give access to the balance charge point without removing it, strong and pretty. =) More soon.
  23. Ah thats no good. =/ Head to wtac to get some inspiration.
  24. I've got some minor updates just need to have some time to go through the pics etc. I've been slowly working through small brackets etc which need to happen. Wiring planning is underway and should kick off in the near future as well. I've got some other massive things going on which are not helping with time and or funds for the car atm or for the next few months ugh. How about yours John?