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    #871839 Daily Zenki, keeping it simple (pic heavy)

    Posted by nick_cal94 on 14 February 2019 - 06:59 PM

    Didn't realise its been almost a year since the last update  :o

    Not much is new tbh, got around to re-tuning the car with some upgrades.

    Ditched the stock turbo finally and went with a Mamba unit, a GTX billet wheel TD05-18G 8cm




    While I was at it I upgraded the MAF sensor from the stock unit to a HPX N1 from Nistune, and had it installed blow through style in the cold side intercooler piping. 

    Got it retuned at Garage 101, and was pretty stoked with the results.

    Made 311.3rwhp at about 17psi, still internal gate and with the Turbosmart boost tee. That's going to have to change in the future as boost was fluctuating quite a bit and doesn't hold till redline. Next round will probably involve electronic boost control and external gate, in which case I'll probably go high mount manifold, or maybe just a stiffer actuator spring in the mean time.


    Also picked up a set of faded Kouki tail lights, and set about trying to freshen them up. Used VHT gloss black vinyl dye on the faded areas then hit it with a few coats of Concept Paints "2K" pressure pack clear coat. Have had previous success with re-spraying the mirrors with this stuff and came out pretty good here.





    #871639 Daily Zenki, keeping it simple (pic heavy)

    Posted by nick_cal94 on 03 February 2017 - 11:28 AM

    if you want something better look at the HPX style slot sensors, or the gtr slot sensors, much better for reversion and new the prices are compatible to a z32.

    i run the nistune hpx sensor in my sr, good for something like 600rwhp in a 3inch tube and 1000 in a 4inch tube.


    Hmm that HPX kit from Nistune is looking very appealing atm, NZEfi also do one for about the same price but with an oem r35 sensor. Although Nistune state the HPX can read 100kw higher than oem R35 in a 3" tube, so I guess HPX is the way to go?


    I'll do a bit more reading on it but for the same price as a brand new Z32 from Taarks, looks like the best option, plus I guess new tech vs old z32/rb25 tech, more power support than I'll ever need, and finer tuning capability, might be a good idea to do it now, rather than in the future when/if I decide to go bigger turbo.

    #871431 Daily Zenki, keeping it simple (pic heavy)

    Posted by nick_cal94 on 26 October 2016 - 10:20 PM

    Jeez, been a while since I touched this thread and hardly anything's changed. I'll put some pics up anyway  :P

    Acquired a genuine JDM Kouki wing:




    Picked up these, STD Racing coilovers, lowered it a bit, still perfectly driveable as a daily and handles much better. 




    Got a set of Earls braided turbo lines from GKTech, took the opportunity to put in new MLS gaskets and S15 manifold to delete the EGR. Such a sheet job, do not plan on doing again anytime soon.




    Also noticed my turbo to mani gasket had cracked? I couldn't hear it leak but looks like it might have started to, at least I don't think it had much life left in it. Also had a first look at the piece of sheet exhaust the previous owners had installed... that was just a huge lump of weld at the bottom of the dump inlet, there wasn't even that much room to accommodate the corresponding dump nut.




    Exhaust was now added to the to-do list. I like genuine sheet though, so in the mean time I bought a new set of S15 floor mats from Total Nissan and a dash mat:








    Sticking with the OEM theme, I picked up a genuine JDM Kouki rear bar. I had it sitting in the shed for a few months before deciding to just give painting it a go. It went better than expected but it's far from perfect. Respray is in order anyway within the next couple of years, so I'm not too fussed about it, I'm just happy that the ADM reflector bar is gone :D



    Before and after: The colour didn't match perfectly however, it's most noticeable under white flourescent lights, petrol stations etc. Interestingly though it's the same shade of red as the wing, which I didn't paint...



    The exhaust was now rubbing on the new bumper, obviously couldn't have that so it was time to get the exhaust re-done. I had previously picked up a HKS Hi-Power catback from an R33 which was hardly used, and also a HPI stainless dump and dual front pipe off Israel a couple of months before.

    I got Mettams in Morley to make a 3" mild steel catback section with the HKS muffler and mate it the HPI front section retaining the 3" cat that was on the old system. 

    Sounds heaps better, a lot deeper with a slightly different tone and also a bit quieter.

    It sat a bit low though, as you can see in the pic, and had a lot of side to side movement. I was a bit surprised to see Mettams had re-used the old rubbers on the hangers, I would have thought they'd be replaced with new ones, but oh well. 

    I have since ordered new polyurethane GKTech hangers, which brought the exhaust up slightly and also got rid of most of the side to side movement.





    Aaand that's it for now haha. This is probably a pretty boring thread compared to some, hopefully I'll start doing some proper sheet soon :P

    Plans from here basically include a bit more suspension stuff, rear camber arms and tie rod ends have been ordered which will be here in a few days hopefully, then it's just install and alignment. After that I can finally start prepping the car to be tuned, aiming to get that done by the end of the year, but still trying to suss out what I need/what I don't need, longer term power goals etc.

    Still on the hunt for Navan skirts & front bar and JDM Kouki pods, but exterior stuff along with wheels can wait a little while longer. 

    #869768 Daily Zenki, keeping it simple (pic heavy)

    Posted by nick_cal94 on 13 February 2016 - 12:27 AM

    The rocker cover gasket had been weeping very slightly since I bought the car, figured the gasket's never been replaced, so that was next. The black paint was also starting to look a little worse for wear, so I decided to fix that too.

    Pulled the cover off and binned the gasket and plug well seals, started cleaning the cover and stripping the old paint off.



    I have a thing for candy and metallic reds, so that's what I went with; VHT anodized colour coat, metallic silver base coat with a candy/translucent red top coat.



    Base coat done, moved on to the colour. Doesn't look like much here...



    This is how it turned out the next morning after a few coats of red. I did the lettering in gunmetal grey, and finished it off with a few coats of clear.

    Pretty damn happy with it :D





    All back together, new gasket and plug well seals, also replaced the pcv valve, hose and grommet.




    Also did the strut bar mounts the same colour, polished the bar a bit.



    Only bad thing is now it makes everything else in the engine bay look sheet...

    #869767 Daily Zenki, keeping it simple (pic heavy)

    Posted by nick_cal94 on 12 February 2016 - 11:53 PM

    Figured this thread was due for an update.

    Finally got an opportunity to get the manual conversion done, yep, no longer auto  :yay:



    I had PZP work their magic while I was over east for a week. Would have like to attempt it myself but time, space and resources were limiting. Plus this way the work is top quality and was super convenient being a drive in, drive out conversion. 

    So I've just been driving it anywhere and everywhere the past month, just enjoying it, it's so much more fun to drive now, fuel consumption's taken a dive but eh...

    Went with an Exedy heavy duty 5 puk clutch, definitely took a while to get used to at low speed, I've never driven a car with one of these for more than an hour before. 

    Feels awesome now though, braided line, gktech shifter bush + return springs, new shifter help a lot too.

    Seems I got lucky with the gearbox I bought too haha, no apparent issues so far.


    #869390 Daily Zenki, keeping it simple (pic heavy)

    Posted by nick_cal94 on 20 December 2015 - 06:08 PM

    Yeah just ripped the old one out, and the new one fits straight in by pressing it, didn't use any adhesive as it has a little lip that holds it in, it's actually quite hard to pull it back out once it's in.

    I'd also love to do all the other weatherseals and trims around the doors and boot, I imagine it could good pretty pricey though.

    #869369 Daily Zenki, keeping it simple (pic heavy)

    Posted by nick_cal94 on 19 December 2015 - 11:32 AM

    Thanks, well I think it made a difference  :P whether thats just me I don't know haha but I like how it feels now compared to when I bought the car. 

    I hope it stays clean too, I'll try my best  ;)

    This is pretty much where it's at for now, I just went down to Nissan a couple of days ago and ordered a new rear window trim, as the old one was split and faded. 






    #869328 '94 180sx - First S Chassis - Modding my Way (Pic Heavy)

    Posted by nick_cal94 on 15 December 2015 - 04:49 PM

    Yeah woops, meant to say I should have gone, recognised Cody's civic so figured the pic was from last night. 

    #869270 Help Please 180 won't start

    Posted by nick_cal94 on 10 December 2015 - 09:04 PM

    might be worth checking the fuel pump wiring as well, especially if the previous owner installed it themselves, have seen dodgy wiring connectors being the cause of an apparent dead pump...

    #869265 Daily Zenki, keeping it simple (pic heavy)

    Posted by nick_cal94 on 10 December 2015 - 04:46 PM

    Build to Date:



    - DBA T2 rotors with QFM HPX pads front, Project Mu pads rear

    - HEL brake lines

    - STD Racing coilovers

    - Hardrace front swaybar

    - Hardrace tie rod ends

    - Hardrace rear camber arms

    - Hardrace rear toe arms

    - Hardrace steering rack and rear swaybar bushes and links

    - GKTech rear eccentric lockout kit



    - Nistune ECU

    - Mamba GTX TD05-18G 8cm

    - HPX N1 MAF sensor

    - Denso "Audi R8" coil packs

    - Greddy Easy cams (256/264 10.5mm lift)

    - Nismo 740CC injectors

    - Walbro 255 fuel pump

    - Turbosmart boost tee

    - Greddy Type 24LS Intercooler kit

    - Replica Garage Defend carbon fibre cooling panel

    - HPI engine damper

    - GKTech catch can

    - GKTech poly engine mounts

    - Nismo gearbox mount

    - 3" HPI dump and dual front pipe, 3" mild steel catback to HKS Hi-Power muffler

    - Manual conversion by PZP, S14 5 speed with GKTech shifter springs, GKTech clutch line and new OEM shifter



    - Genuine Nissan weathershields

    - Genuine Navan front bumper

    - Genuine Kouki JDM rear bumper

    - Genuine Kouki JDM wing

    - Genuine front and rear S14 Silvia badges

    - KMAK Aero Navan style side skirts

    - JSAI Aero Kouki JDM style rear pods

    - Kouki rear tail lights

    - Work Rezax I 17x9+18, 225/45/R17 Sailun ZSR

    - S15 floor mats

    - Pioneer single din headunit with carbon triple gauge plate, Prosport Evo oil pressure, water temp and wideband AFR gauges

    - Nismo duracon shift knob, shift plate and brand new OEM shifter.



    Hi all, figured I should come out of the shadows and post a bit about my S14 Zenki.

    I picked this up 6 months ago after searching for about 3 years for a nice S1x. Eventually settled for a 2000 N15 SSS in the meantime, which was actually an awesome little daily and I really want another one haha. But after 4 months of owning the SSS, I couldn't resist the turbo any more, and picked up the stockest S14 I'd ever seen. I picked it up for just over $5k, with 116xxxk's on the clock and I'm the third owner from new. It's a 95 sr20det auto, and was completely stock bar a 3" mild turbo-back exhaust. The auto is soooo boring, but makes a good daily, which is it's primary purpose, either way it's being ripped out soon in favour of a manual box. Anyway, pics are needed:






    ^driving it home, note lame as frack reflective door protectors and monster truck spec wheel gap, what even are speedbumps...




    ^still probably my favourite photo I've taken of the car.

    #867213 New Member Introductions

    Posted by nick_cal94 on 22 July 2015 - 03:06 PM

    Hey guys, been lurking on here for a few years now, never made an appearance though as I didn't own a Sil, that has changed recently as I've acquired one the stockest, most granny spec S14's I've ever seen. Will have to chuck up a thread for it, lots to be done!

    I love Silvia's but I have virtually no experience working on them and reading only gets you so far, so I'm looking forward to making some meets and getting to to know everyone.