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PMack posted a topic in Members RidesHi guys, I already had a build thread but now I have a better idea of what I am doing with the car and decided to just start again. Bought this S13 of another forum member. It was originally a CA18DE Auto but has been converted to an RB20DET Manual. So here it is... Goals • Have a reliable track car that can perform street duties and be driven to the track and back • Lightweight and responsive • Clean inside and out. Don’t want a track bitch. • Something to learn circuit and Hillclimb racing and grow my skills for the future Inspiration - Why do I do it? A number of cars have caught my eye and given me inspiration and ideas. Over the year I have seen quite a few and the last few months I have really looked at a few and realized how much time, money and effort goes into preparing something like this. Here are just a few: SXDevelopments 180SX PSR Tuning 180SX Time Attack Car Speedy Refrigeration / Option1Garage OUTLAW Sil80 Racecar Stage 1 – Basic Track Preperation and Setup This stage is all about getting the car ready for its first track day. I will be getting new suspension components and making some minor weight reduction. 1. Parts to be installed: • Buddyclub BR Coilovers (10kg/8kg) • Gktech Camber arms • Gktech toe arms • Gktech traction rods • Gktech slip on sub collars • Nardi Steering wheel • Bride Brix 1.5 Drivers Seat • Apexi Boost Gauge • GKTech Radiator overflow bottle • Braille Dry Cell Battery • Service (Filters, Coolant flush etc.) • OEM or Nismo Thermostat • Turbosmart Plumb back BOV 2. Wheel Choice: 4 x P1 Buddy Clubs in 17 x 8 +22/+32 2 x P1 Buddy Clubs in 17 x 9 +37 plus Semi Slicks for all 6 wheels These are currently white. I will be getting them powdercoated bronze or gunmetal after first trackday. 3. Complete Rewire: The current wiring job from the previous owner just doesn’t meet my standards. I don’t have the skills to pull it all out or extend the wiring more so that it’s neat and tidy. I am sending the car and an uncut engine loom to Anthony at Dahtone Racing to get fixed. The plan is to remove the current wiring and replace it, place the fuse box back into the engine bay and most likely move the battery back in too. The battery I am using is a Braille B106. Only weighs 3.5KG and puts out 500PCA (Pulse Cranking Amps – 5sec instead of 30sec with CCA) 4. Tune: Once the car is returned from the rewire it will be going straight to Jez from DVS Tuning. He is going to be installing a NIStune board and getting the initial tune done on the car. This way I know that the car is running right, I can continue to put out reliable and safe power on the track without worrying and I can also have a base power output to work from. 5. Weight Reduction: I have removed the following as initial weight reduction: • Rear Seats • Rear seatbelts • Rear interior trims + boot trims I intend to try and get the car on a scale at some stage to work out what the current weight comes in at. Again, I will then have a base weight to work off and can set my goals from there. EVENT 1: Ringwood Hillclimb April 21st, 2013 Stage 2 – Suspension Tuning, Weight Reduction and Tidy Up After the Hillclimb I should have a rough idea of where the car is lacking in. This stage will be about fine tuning the suspension setup so that come the next track day I am more confident in how the car will handle and thus allow me to learn more from it. 1.Parts to be purchased and installed: • Nismo TT 1.5 Way Mechanical Diff • Suspension Components • More… 2. Suspension Tuning: I will be installing new suspension items if required. Most likely will get adjustable sway bars and then will play with the wheel alignment. I will also be installing an AGI Bolt-In Halfcage. More to follow… 3. Weight Reduction: I am still undecided on this. I am unsure wether to remove the sound deadening or not. Here are the Pros and Cons I can think of: •Pros oReducing Weight oLooks much cleaner and will most likely paint interior afterwards •Cons: oApparently noisy as hell – haven’t been in a car without it yet though. 4. Tidy Up: I will be painting the half cage before it goes into the car. I haven’t decided on a colour yet. Probably either gloss black or gloss white as an offset. Apart from this I intend to go over the car and replace any hoses that look like they may fail and replace most of the hose clamps. I will tidy up the front half of the interior as well. I want to replace the steering column surround and will try and have the gauge mounted in the air vents nice and neat. Stage 3 – Braking and Power After the next couple of events my next stage of mods will be to assist me in developing my skills. I want to increase the braking capacity as I feel that the SR20 brakes just won’t hold up under track conditions. If I feel the need is there I will also use the opportunity to increase the power. I still want to keep the car very responsive so power figures I am looking at would be no more than 220-250kw. 1. Parts to be purchased and installed: • R33 5 stud conversion • 5 Stud wheels • Turbo + Accessories 2. Braking: Although I have put this off for a while I can’t deny the fact that I am going to have to go 5 stud. I will look at R33 5 stud conversions and use that. Mostly they go for about $800 at the moment. That may fluctuate in the future but hopefully it will go down and not up. Due to this I will also have to sell my Buddyclub P1’s and go to something else lightweight. May end up spending an extra $1000 but will see how I go. 3. Power: This will either happen now or later down the track (no pun intended). I will look to increase the power of the car whilst still keeping it very responsive. I’m not looking for high power but usable power. No point having 400kw+ and not being able to use it. Also, I don’t believe that I would be able to handle it. Will look at Turbo options later on. Stage 3 – Let the good times roll…and then move on! For a while I will continue to grow and build my knowledge and skills. I will continue to enter as many events as possible and keep enjoying myself. My intentions will be to keep doing Hillclimbs, Motorkhanas, Supersprints and Time Attack for most of 2013 and possibly 2014. If I start to feel my skills have improved enough it will be time to move on. I would like to end up doing Circuit Racing. Probably start off doing the iRace Championship. If I do this I will sell the Silvia and move on to a R32/R33 GTR. Pictures: As of now... Front by Peter Mackellin, on Flickr Nardi Wheel by Peter Mackellin, on Flickr Bride Seat Installed by Peter Mackellin, on Flickr Interior Rear 2 by Peter Mackellin, on Flickr Engine Bay by Peter Mackellin, on Flickr Things that have changed since these pics are: • Braille Battery swapped in • GKTech Coolant Overflow Bottle installed
Other states are having big meets, seems the ACT is full of elitist wankers that (generally) don't want to do anything, go anywhere or socialise outside their own comfortable bubble, so I'm hoping a driving event may change that. Plan is to organise a bigger event than 15 people standing around in a cold park like last time, what's the deal with organising a motorkhana event? Can I simply contact MGCC and get a date, get people organised & promote it as a Hartuned.net motorkhana event then let them take care of all the timing, etc on the day?
hipcrostino posted a topic in Australia - ACTBit late to post this up, but Round 2 of the MGCC Motorkhana series is scheduled on 20 May 12 (That this Sunday!). Entries are and normal fill pretty quickly. ( It might be full already, not sure) For those who want to know more about what a motorkhana here is the thread from the last one, last year. http://www.nissansilvia.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=517531 Cost is only $40 plus a cams licence. Pretty much the cheapest motorsport there is. For those who have never been it is a great day out and a great way to learn about car control and have some fun. Go as fast or as slow as you want. If your interested send an Email to the MGCC sporting secretary - MGCC Committee Hope to see some of you there. (Text recycled from the previous post as usual ) I entered yesterday and there were still spots available. Who else is coming?