Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
CaBS

SXDevelopments 180SX (SXD180) - CNC Shiny stuff

Recommended Posts

Shame that you have to cut the shifter bracket when its brand new and designed for your application. I never knew Takata made black harnesses they look nice. The rotary buckle will always have point 5,6 permanently in it. Things are looking very pro though..

 

Thanks man really happy with the progress so far the next few weeks are crazy trying to get body stuff finished so it can be painted over xmas. Its not actually for this exact application its for a VG motor into S chassis conversion. So I'm guessing they have it sitting slightly further forward in the chassis which would probably make it ok as is.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I brought the diff back over and we bolted it up this week.

20131127_134441_zpsa88dc321.jpg

 

Main reason being so that Mitch could line it up and work out the tilt angles of the gearbox to the diff. The final position ended up being less than 2 degrees off.

20131127_134500_zps0f3f9325.jpg

 

Final position bolted up. Will get this powder coated when I get the subframes done later.

20131128_125952_zpsede3ecb0.jpg

 

Turned out very simple, should do the job required quite nicely. Retaining the nismo trans mount so its not harsh.

20131128_125927_zps9fa7c30b.jpg

 

This is the final position for the shifter. The trade off of trimming the hole is that the linkage is longer than some other kits. So the arch that it does in neutral is reduced. Something I'm happy about.

20131128_125126_zpse97c2f94.jpg

 

Top down will be covered by the factory shifter boot so should look nice and neat once its all together.

20131128_125146_zps96600c4e.jpg

 

Still had to be touched up slightly with the linisher but yeh for those of you interested in the shifter bracket this is how it sits with the adapter plate we had made.

20131128_125135_zpse3d13cbb.jpg

 

The linkage requires that you use the roller bearings out of the factory linkage they pop out pretty easily towards the middle of the linkage if you tap them with a hammer and a small socket.

20131128_130548_zps4327b74b.jpg

 

Then slip into the new linkage but are not a tight fit so I'll have to be careful not to lose these when its not together or being pulled on/off.

20131128_130508_zps09f80247.jpg

 

Mitch welded some nuts on the top of the shifter bracket so its now a simple 4 bolt job to attach it from under the car. There is quite abit of leverage on the bracket from the top of the shifter all the way to where it mounts so it does flex abit will need to make up some gussets to help strengthen it. Even if we hadnt needed to shave some off the side this still would have been an issue though.

20131128_130155_zpsfc97f326.jpg

 

The other end to the factory linkage is here and the bearings slip over and it bolts together. Forgot to get a shot of it all together but its pretty straight forward.

20131128_131952_zps81c3b1ee.jpg

 

More soon!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Glad you could post as many pictures as you did with the Xcessive kit. Would you say the only reason your gearstick didn't line up as well was because of the adapter plate you had used?

 

I plan on using their kit since I scored the driveshaft for the kit for a bottle of Sailor Jerry's, the driveshaft was new, too. :D Only doubts on the kit would be the flywheel spacer.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The adapter plate wouldn't change the location of anything, it doesn't change the length of the bellhousing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Glad you could post as many pictures as you did with the Xcessive kit. Would you say the only reason your gearstick didn't line up as well was because of the adapter plate you had used?

 

I plan on using their kit since I scored the driveshaft for the kit for a bottle of Sailor Jerry's, the driveshaft was new, too. :D Only doubts on the kit would be the flywheel spacer.

 

The flywheel spacer scares the hell out of me, I like my feet where they are on the end of my legs. :P

 

Sweefu is correct though its not that, the front of the bell housing is machined down to take off the width of the adapter plate.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you need a flywheel spacer the box must be spaced back the thickness of the spacer. Is the alpha omega linkage and bracket the same or would it sit in the right place?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Its shorter than this one so no trimming but then you get more of an arch in the shifter by shortening so much more than the factory linkage which is annoying when driving. This is a compromise somewhere in the middle.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Some more work this week getting all the jobs done that require welding to the body. Rushing to get it done before paint.

 

Also picked up my new morristech ignitor box from Unigroup Engineering. This will be coupled with the Denso pencil coils I got from mazworx.

20131202_145559_zps8060c8f1.jpg

 

Fits quite nicely onto the bracket I'd already made up for other electronic dodads.

20131202_162720_zpsea0aadb3.jpg

 

Battery mount almost done just needs to be welded on the top tab. The bottom section will bolt through the floor so I'm not locked into these battery dimensions only.

20131203_173840_zps8cc11c57.jpg

 

Battery fits in quite neatly I've yet to make the alloy strap that will go over this with a rectangle cut of it for the balance charge plug. Will also put it on a thing piece of rubber or foam to clamp it down onto for some more insulation and also to make it extra firm and stop any chance of sliding.

20131203_173948_zpsd80958e6.jpg

 

Top down view nice and compact in the corner shouldn't interfere with the passenger seat at all or get in the way when the seat is taken in/out.

20131203_173939_zps296e83e2.jpg

 

Mounting the 2kg extinguisher to the rear of the tunnel. Used the step which is already there for the front mount and the rear is quite wide. So I can have more than one mounting point for other brands/sizes of extinguisher.

20131203_174828_zpsc336c093.jpg

 

Should look nice and serious once the rest of the interior is white and not be far from reach if its ever required. (hopefully not)

20131203_174856_zps21ce6245.jpg

 

 

More soon!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

looking good. does the ignition box not have to be distanced from the ECU?

 

I was concerned about this and checked with Yavus. Apparently they've run it like this with the same ecu and ignitor box before without any issues. I think its more the coils/leads themselves which can interfere isn't it?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So its been a pretty epic week this week getting stuff done.

 

Turned out my FG rails have been held up, mitch was kind enough to pull out his for me to test fit. Although the pro2000 did sit slightly lower on them my head was still to close to the bar coming along the front.

20131211_132117_zps593c3c3d.jpg

 

So last minute I rang garage 88 to see if they had anything to sit lower. They had a bride Zeta III in stock and were kind enough to lend me their demo seat for a trial fit due to dealing with Hypertune regularly.

20131211_132128_zpsf2f30cd0.jpg

 

The Zeta III isn't even a "lowmax" seat and it dropped me down a good 40-50mm lower straight away so I've ordered one which should arrive early next year from garage 88. Very happy with their service they went out of their way to be helpful and I'll defiantly be using their services again.

20131211_132144_zpsce758c0c.jpg

 

Mitch welding on the caps I'd made up.

20131210_211710_zps52e9a616.jpg

 

Crazy how much more strength these little guys add to the area.

20131210_211735_zpsbe141afe.jpg

 

Also made up this plate for the side of the rail with some steel M8 nuts welded to it for the splitter frame to mount to.

20131210_211727_zpsd30a976f.jpg

 

Electronics rubber dampened mount miged to the dash bar.

20131214_094443_zps508eb99a.jpg

 

Running the 6pt Takata harness means I needed two mounts in the floor for the sub strap 100mm odd apart.

20131212_122103_zps7b0ca6ca.jpg

 

Can clean these up a bit with the linisher when we're prepping the interior next week.

20131214_094431_zpsadbd0630.jpg

 

Mitch found some time before I pulled the motor out again to tac on the gate flanges. Really happy with how this has turned out.

20131213_120241_zpsbfaa8107.jpg

 

Picked up some tube we'd ordered from Rod Andrews Racecars with a spare just in case. Decided to add in a taxi bar for the harness mounts was the neatest option.

20131209_170631_zpsbfa1b38b.jpg

 

Nice and meaty.

20131209_170650_zps095f967d.jpg

 

Extinguisher bracket tiged up. Was fun trying to operate the pedal for the first time while Mitch was being a contortionist and welding inside the car. Also made up some tiny plates to be welded over the rear seat belt holes in the arches.

20131214_094453_zps86453ded.jpg

 

Taxi bar notched to fit.

20131213_110423_zpscf6c3434.jpg

 

20131213_110441_zpsbeda4933.jpg

 

Couldn't have asked for a much better fit.

20131213_110406_zpsf2a5bd4c.jpg

 

Zap

20131213_114909_zpsc9be23e9.jpg

 

Surprised at how well it turned out with me operating the pedal for him under voice command. :)

20131214_094345_zpscb789ea5.jpg

 

Pulling the motor out while we had the hoist on hand so the interior engine bay and body can be painted over the xmas break.

20131213_130646_zps081c0a94.jpg

 

The donk.

20131213_131705_zps2a3aae65.jpg

 

Took it to the panel shop to get the passenger sil back to some sort of normal shape.

20131214_092939_zpsc011b8ea.jpg

 

CE's do a pretty good job of filling the guards at the back could sit a tiny bit further out.

20131214_093019_zpsf9e393a6.jpg

 

What it was like to start with some squish provided by a previous owner.

photo12_zps28f38bd2.jpg

 

Paint off with the whizzer.

photo1_zps316a4c8c.jpg

 

Munted

photo22_zpse7b2c027.jpg

 

Welding a bolt on and plate in different spots to attach the slide hammer.

photo33_zps596696f8.jpg

 

Loud.

photo13_zps5ce305e7.jpg

 

Almost back into shape.

photo43_zps6a8e463f.jpg

 

Skimmed and rubbed back.

20131215_114210_zpsf6dd97ac.jpg

 

With some primer over the top. Can also see the new jacking point on the bottom which will sit much closer height to the new skirts making it alot easier to jack and get on/off hoists more easily when its lower.

20131215_123413_zps0ab17c14.jpg

 

Big thanks to Jimmy, James and Nick who pulled a last minute Sunday morning to get the sill fixed up.

 

Car is off to Bodyform this week for Pete to touch up afew things before we start on paint prep next week.

 

More soon!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So the end result is that I have a brand new Sparco Pro2000 seat which I've sat in three or four times and fitted into the car twice on two different rails. I paid $750 for the seat looking for a quick sale at $650 its still in the sparco plastic bag.

 

New model looks like this. Please PM me if your interested.

PRO2000%202012%20GRP%20NR.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Those rails arnt very low profile! Looks like you could cut 25-30mm out of them - looks like a rail issue not a seat issue to me. You just wanted a Bride seat you fanboy! haha

I think I can see a pinprick of light at the end of the tunnel on this build mate!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I dont think you can get anything lower off the self which isn't a fixed rail?

 

Going fixed would be lower defiantly. But yeh I cant say I dont prefer the bride I just dont prefer the price of the bride lol. I suppose they'd be a lot closer to the Sparco price if you weren't adding shipping costs for a single seat from Japan on top. :P

Edited by CaBS

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nah, my cheap ass mounts from Johnny had the slider basically sitting on the seat rail at the front and I think below the stud on the transmission tunnel at the back. I could just fit a finger between the carpet and the bottom of the seat at the back.

Looking at your pics of the Bride mounted I would say my seat sat 50mm lower than that!

Still have them, if you want to borrow them?

Edited by dollar80

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

interesting the zeta sat that much lower... smaller cushions?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nah, my cheap ass mounts from Johnny had the slider basically sitting on the seat rail at the front and I think below the stud on the transmission tunnel at the back. I could just fit a finger between the carpet and the bottom of the seat at the back.

Looking at your pics of the Bride mounted I would say my seat sat 50mm lower than that!

Still have them, if you want to borrow them?

 

This might be to do with how forward the seat is on the rails? Yeh might be an idea to try them!

 

interesting the zeta sat that much lower... smaller cushions?

Yeh that and maybe the mounting holes being slightly higher up the seat.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Have been reading this thread over the last 3 days between split shifts taking a yacht across the Atlantic, an awsome build with fantastic: attention to detail, ideas, fabrication, knowledge of parts (even if you do change your mind a lot), patience and taste. This thread will save me lots of time figuring certain stuff out for myself so thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Have been reading this thread over the last 3 days between split shifts taking a yacht across the Atlantic, an awsome build with fantastic: attention to detail, ideas, fabrication, knowledge of parts (even if you do change your mind a lot), patience and taste. This thread will save me lots of time figuring certain stuff out for myself so thanks.

 

Thanks bud, there has been some part flip flopping trying to keep it to a minimum though! :)

Should stop looking like a shit box once it gets some paint over the next few weeks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So this car went off to bodyform for a solid 11 hours of work on Monday cause there was no room for it inside. I picked it up in the middle of the night. Big thanks to Pete fitting me in without much notice and getting it done.

 

The end result is this a pretty subtle change but really makes the guards look a lot better than before in my opinion. You can barley call them origin guards anymore though. The line still needs Jimmy to spend some time on it.

20131217_140957_zps3ebf441a.jpg

 

A similar lip has been put on the front guards to help tie everything together as this was something which was bugging us.

20131217_140946_zps0db01195.jpg

 

This is 10.5+3 (15mm spacer)

20131217_141320_zps7b980224.jpg

 

This is max low with these springs 10.5 -7 (+25mm of spacers) and is sitting about where I'd like them to end up.

20131222_125002_zps5b487cb6.jpg

 

Garage 88 busted arse and got my Zeta III here in under a week. Its December 13 build date on it and still smells strongly of fiberglass resin. Doesn't get much fresher than that. Thanks to Dom I'll defiantly be happy dealing with these guys again. :)

20131222_111919_zps977c8e0f.jpg

 

FG rails arrived at the same time. I got these for the passenger side as well can hopefully get another bride seat later on next year.

20131222_112152_zps09095382.jpg

 

Happy I went with the black happy with my choice.

20131222_115057_zps442ff37a.jpg

 

Need to loose a few kg to be comfy in the seat but 40degree days and sandpaper should help with this. :P

20131222_120459_zps75bc0a08.jpg

 

What all of the materials required look like piled up at the same time. After having to pay for all of this I'm not sure how some places do full resprays as cheap as they do when labor still needs to be put on top of that.

20131222_111353_zps428ceed3.jpg

 

20131222_111411_zpsaeb45d5f.jpg

 

How the front guards turned out.

20131222_110747_zpsb90cdc6c.jpg

 

Into the dirty stuff.

20131222_124954_zps4aef37bc.jpg

 

Doors, bars, bonnet and lights off. The hatch can come off soon as well.

20131222_133637_zpsa29f42f3.jpg

 

Unleashing NFI on the interior with a buzzer.

20131222_122716_zpsa4807905.jpg

 

Should end up being a bare metal respray by the time hes done. :P

20131222_133713_zpsbcf41fd4.jpg

 

Engine bay started sanding aswell.

20131222_133652_zps5c0395f8.jpg

 

More soon!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't know how you have the patience to do everything so thoroughly. I'd just slap it together so I could drive it, pretty much what I do on my car...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Looks like it's coming along very nicely

 

Any reason why you went with FG rails?

 

I believe the FG rails are 50mm lower than stock and there's another LF rails which are 80mm lower

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't know how you have the patience to do everything so thoroughly. I'd just slap it together so I could drive it, pretty much what I do on my car...

Yeh part of me wants to just do that but it bugs me later if its not done properly. I guess a big part of the enjoyment from owning the car is having everything done realky nicely.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

f**k i wish i had a bunch of mates helping me with mine haha. going to look mint with some colour

 

Yeh it definitely makes all the difference with progress and making it fun to do!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Looks like it's coming along very nicely

 

Any reason why you went with FG rails?

 

I believe the FG rails are 50mm lower than stock and there's another LF rails which are 80mm lower

Thanks man, just cause FG had the zeta III listed as fitting and the LF don't have it listed. If they fit I'll happily move to those you know of anyone running that combo?

Edited by CaBS

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have fg and a zeta and it's mint for me.

 

I like sitting low!

Edited by frenchie1001

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have fg and a zeta and it's mint for me.

 

I like sitting low!

 

Yeh its ok for me as well but I wouldn't mind going slightly lower either.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks man, just cause FG had the zeta III listed as fitting and the LF don't have it listed. If they fit I'll happily move to those you know of anyone running that combo?

 

My bad, it does look like the LF rails only fit the Low max series!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Spent another day prepping the engine bay and interior all the heater piping holes now permanently deleted and holes filled in with a thin skim of bog.

20131226_135904_zpsf500748a.jpg

 

Front ready to go.

20131226_135921_zps7d314a58.jpg

 

Alot more work done on the interior floor its almost finished just need to do the boot floor and then work up to the inside of the roof another few hours and it should be done.

20131226_140013_zpsefcafadf.jpg

 

Lots of bare metal now.

20131226_153241_zps937c6d5e.jpg

 

The depth of the line through the rear quarter changed making it look abit odd so we filled it with bog and then sanded it out again. It looks much better now.

20131226_140034_zpsf28fd525.jpg

 

Somewhere near where the rear offset will be ending up with some more low.

20131226_140827_zpsfe0172cf.jpg

 

Dropped the front end out and wrapped it in plastic in preparation for spraying the high fill.

20131226_153202_zps4d8083c8.jpg

 

Masked up ready to go.

20131226_153912_zps7d3abc07.jpg

 

Metal primer cause the high fill isn't designed to stick straight to bare metal.

20131226_155153_zps7eddf974.jpg

 

Completed.

20131226_155442_zpse6dc9f6f.jpg

 

Mostly done first coat of high fill.

20131226_155800_zpsf8ed4443.jpg

 

Multiple coats of high fill completed and left to dry. Ready for a thin coating of GMH black and much elbow grease before we can can get some colour down.

20131226_162816_zpse277b615.jpg

 

More soon!

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

Sign in to follow this  

×