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    Australia SA
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    Nissan Silvia
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    Spec S S15 Silvia
  1. S15 Grip/Street/Track build thread

    Forgot to take a couple photo's of stuff ans was out in the shed today working on the gearbox conversion so thought I'd take some snaps while I was out there. Here's a few photo's of how the boost controller is mounted aswell as the fire extinguisher. Also here's a photo of the dyno sheet after the last tune where it made 230.18kw
  2. S15 Grip/Street/Track build thread

    Doing this big update in a few parts so here's the second bit of the post! NOW FOR THE FUN PART! By fun I mean fucking expensive though. Blew way too much money on this (easy $6-7000) bit but fuck it, turned out alright in the end haha. After stockpiling parts for a while I finally had everything I needed to put the gt2871r turbo on and actually get this thing moving. It had only ever been running stock boost on a stock turbo since factory so it was gonna be alot quicker. Parts I had stocked up on were: 850cc bosch injectors Z32 AFM GT2871R turbo Spaghetti manifold Braided lines Couple fitting etc. Started pulling the stock turbo off and all was going smoothly. Got the new turbo on and I was stoked, everything was fine and keen to get it tuned. Until I started it up.... When I started it the car was all smooth and ran fine but I noticed a bit of smoke coming from the turbo. I thought I must have had some oil on something that was just burning off but after a while I realised something was leaking. Fuck. Pulled the turbo off again to find that one of the fittings didn't seem to be fully tightened in so i wrenched if down and got to putting the turbo back on again. Back to where I was a few days earlier and time to start it and see if it was still smoking... It was. Fuck. No idea what was going on now and I knew all the fittings were tight so fuck it, I'll take it to my tuner/mechanic and get them to sort it. Well, after taking the turbo off to inspect what was going on they found that the oil feed fitting was slightly wrong and was leaking from there (the one that I had already tried tightening down the second time I had the turbo off). That would have been an easy fix by just swapping over the fittings however me being a knob had somehow cracked the turbo bearing core casting by tightening the wrong fitting down too much and it had pushed into the actual turbo bearing itself. This effectively made the turbo completely seized and the entire core (pretty much the whole bitch of a thing and the expensive part) useless and un-repairable. Bit the bullet and lost the $1000 that I had spent on the second hand turbo due to my own shitty work. Bought a brand spanking new Garrett core for the thing for about $1250 if I remember correctly and got them to put that on. Least it looked pretty and they took a nice photo of it hahahaha. Well it got on the dyno eventually and started getting tuned! WOOO finally gonna make some power! But no, turns out that the cooler piping I got off a mate had about 2-3 holes in every single weld..... Meant that it all had to be yanked off and re-welded. FFS. Finally it was back on the dyno and the day that I saw a post on facebook of my car on the dyno was a fantastically happy day hahaha. Cost me more than I'll say on here but it made 230.05kw at the rear wheels in the end! Awesome figure that I was absolutely stoked with. And far out the car was a shit load quicker than before! It was actually amazing to drive and I was so happy with everything. Was almost my perfect little street car package. So what next to do but drive it properly. I have wanted to enter Mt Alma Mile hillclimb for a few years and this was the year. Firstly needed to mount my fire extinguisher and tow points as per the CAMS requirements. Made a bracket to mount to fire extinguisher to the passenger seat footwell just infront of the seat that came out perfectly. Could not have asked for a better finish on this one! I dont have a photo of how it sits unfortunately, will have to remember to try and grab one. Also made a bracket to mount the tow point to the chassis as a few very reputable people told me not to trust the factory ones. Made a bracket and bolted and welded it to the chassis. It may not look like much but I 100% trust it. It is waaaayyyyy stronger than it will ever need to be and I completely trust it to pull my car out of a ditch by. Cut a slit in the front bumper and fed the tow strap out of that. DISCLAIMER: I'm not a dickhead who runs the towstrap while driving on the street. I tuck it back in when I'm daily driving the car and only take it out in preparation for events. I'm not some honda noob who feels the need to make their stock civic look like a racecar. Next up I got new wheels and semi's in preparation for Mt Alma Mile. Got a good deal on some Genuine CR Kais and decided to go with extended wheel studs and 20mm hubcentric spacers all around to get them sitting nicely. The wheels were white when I got them but I sprayed them black cause I didn't wanna be a show pony and I really like the look of black personally. Fuck yeah, the car was looking the absolute business! In love with how it is right now, might lower it a little more but loving the look it has especially on good tyres. Running Federal 595 RSR-R in the front (215/45-17) and Nankang NS2R 120TW in the rear (235/40-17) Passed scruitineering before Mt Alma and was all stickered up ready to race! Keen! Mt Alma was amazing fun! Everything went pretty smoothly, my exhaust rattled loose one run cause of the bumps on the dirt road up the top of the climb and it was a little wet at the start of the Sunday but got some good runs in over the weekend. Ended 3rd in my class (modified RWD 2000cc-4000cc) which I was stoked about. Was struggling to launch the car off the line the whole weekend and was only just getting the feel for the track towards the end. My gearing was in a really annoying spot for a few of the corners, shorter diff ratio will really help a lot next year! Bad news though, clutch slipped a few times at Mt Alma and in about the second to last run I started hearing a massive whine from either the gearbox or clutch. Pretty sure it's thrust bearing but it happens in every gear except 4th so who knows tbh. I've decided I'll just replace everything cause I don't wanna have to pull the box twice. Am going to go brand new NPC clutch, genuine thrust bearing and Z32 gearbox conversion. Found a cheap Z32 gearbox and after dealing with the most frustrating person in the world off of gumtree finally got it and the inspection came up mint so I'm a happy man!! Found a cut and shut RB26 bellhousing to suit SR and got it bolted on when I got the gearbox inspected. So that's how the car sits at the moment. Awaiting the gearbox conversion which is coming along nicely. So keen to have the Z32 gearbox in there and will be nice having the piece of mind of having such a capable driveline in the car!
  3. S15 Grip/Street/Track build thread

    Well it's been about 8 months since I've updated this. Oops... hahaha Lots has happened to the car and lots has been modified or changed. This is gonna be a big post hahahaha Ok in time order the first thing that happened was fitting up an AEM Tru boost and Walbro 255 fuel pump. The electronic boost controller was simple to fit and hides away nicely in the glovebox in a little guage holder I bought for about $5 off of eBay. The Walbro install was easy aswell apart from the fact that I snapped one of the quick connect fittings on the top of the fuel tank bulkhead. I read that this is a common issue but was a pain cause a new bulkhead was close to $100 if I remember correctly! Next I did a couple of visual things to the car just to get it looking the business and cause it was all cheap and I was saving to get some more power out of the bloody thing cause god it was slowwwwwww!!! First thing was I got a set of D-max style taillights second hand pretty cheap and whacked them on. After that I got a hole-less boot off a mate and decided to try and give it a lick of paint and see how it looked. I've always been a massive fan of wing-less S15s and loved it when it went on even if my painting is terrible and the colour match was slightly off hahahaha. I don't care though, it's no show car, I bought it to drive it. Finally I grabbed the JDM front badge and whacked it on. Call me a wanker or whatever for running the 'S' badge on an ADM car but idgaf it looks better so who cares... Now enough boring visual shit, lets do some real mods. I bought a second hand but only 1000km old Garrett GT2871R to go on the car. Turbo came with Earls braided lines, spaghetti manifold, turbosmart wastegate actuator and a dump. Sold the dump and stockpiled the turbo and stuff for future fun. Here are some pics of the car cause I had them lying around... BAD NEWS! We had a massive hail storm around where I live at the start of the year and it was while I was at work and the car was parked on the street. Car isn't too badly damaged but probably has about 10 dents over it in really annoying places like the roof, bonnet, rear quarters and boot. Pretty much everywhere... FUCK. Oh well though, nothing I can do about it and maybe one day I'll get it fixed but for now I don't really notice it when I walk up to the car so whatever. Here's the size of the hail we had... Soooo I got new wheels cause they came up bullshit cheap. They were a set of genuine BBS forged wheels and I've legit never lifted a wheel so light. From memory the sizing was a 17x8 +38 so I whacked 20mm spacers on all around and got them sitting alright. I liked them on the car alot.
  4. S15 Grip/Street/Track build thread

    Was $275 in leather with whatever colour and style stitching I wanted
  5. S15 Grip/Street/Track build thread

    So. Passed regency the second time easily. Cost a bit to fix some of the things on the list they gave me though. After the exhaust I went about replacing the worn bushes which all went smoothly. Then I went about fixing the steering wheel. As opposed to trying to fix my ADM steering wheel I had always wanted the JDM wheel so found one for $80 in pretty ratty condition and got it re-upholstered in brand new leather which looks absolutely amazing. So happy with the outcome, has really made the interior a nice place to be. Took the car round to my mates workshop and had a look at the "worn rear universal joint" on the tailshaft according to regency. Was 100% mint. Decided to simply paint it with a fresh coat of black paint and get a paint pen writing "S15" on the side of it so it'd look like I'd been to a wrecker and got a second hand one. Worked perfectly, the guy at regency the second time didn't even bat an eyelid at it hahahha. Then it was just the brake clips for $1.80 from Nissan and bam. Done and dusted at regency, car is back on the road!! So, what do you do the day you get through regency? Take the car off the road and start putting the fun bits back on. First up was taking the baffle plate out of the exhaust that made it quiet enough to pass regency haha. Then I swapped intercoolers with a mate cause he was putting an S15 back to stock to daily it. So front mount and battery relocation kit time! Sorry I'm being so in depth with my thread but I want a recollection of everything I've done to the car so I don't forget anything. I know it's all stuff thats been done before and it's probably not all that interesting but I'm using this as a sort of personal record of the car.
  6. S15 Grip/Street/Track build thread

    I pulled the transponder out of my old key and put it in the non-ripped one
  7. S15 Grip/Street/Track build thread

    Yeah a mate recently picked up an S15 and has the same problem as well which made me think it was a common thing. Here's the eBay link I bought from: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NISSAN-TRANSPONDER-KEY-FOR-PATHFINDER-SKYLINE-S15-X-TRAIL-PATROL-PULSAR-NAVARA-/301335992657?hash=item4629065951&_uhb=1
  8. S15 Grip/Street/Track build thread

    Quick update. Failed regency. Failed for worn castor arm bushes, exhaust upswept (kept the blast pipes and he didn't like them), steering wheel foam not properly secured, worn rear uni joint on tailshaft. Fixed the exhaust that night. Made a new catback system for it cause I cbf trying to keep modifying my old one. turned out pretty well. Also got some weather shields cause why not. And finally, my old key has been ripped since I got the car but Nissan quoted $345 for a new one cut and coded. Bought one off eBay for $18.20, got it cut for $8.50, pulled my old transponder out and put it in the new key. Done. Saves $318.30 and took about 5 minute work. Ridiculous haha.
  9. S15 Grip/Street/Track build thread

    So been a while since I've updated this and a bit has happened. First thing that happened since last update was that I got new wheels. Picked up a set of Volk Racing CE28N that were originally on an Integra Type R so the offset was a bit fucked but with the 20mm spacers they sit pretty well in the front and the rears are also pretty good really. The sizing is Front: 17x7.5 +42 (and a 20mm spacer so effective offset +22) Rear: 17x8.5 +30 (I think around 30 but I might be wrong) After the wheels I started looking for some more power so first things first was to get it breathing better. Bought a second hand 3" turbo back exhaust but it didn't fit properly so had to hack it up and extend it and then this is how it sat hahahaha! Definitely had to get that cannon out of there so I made up some stainless blast pipes and put them on but it was then straight piped and stupid loud. Took it for a drive to go and see what it sounded like anyway regardless of how stupidly loud it was and guess what.... undercover cop pulls out behind me and pulls me over. Got defected for exhaust and wheel spacers on literally the first time I drove it with an aftermarket exhaust hahahahaha. Just my luck! So yeah, there she sits at the moment, not much I need to do to get it through regency though so should be off defect in a week or two. Current list is put a muffler or 2 in the exhaust, swap back in the standard suspension and just a bit of small stuff like globes, cut down the blast pipes, fix my starter motor etc. Nothing major and shouldn't take too long.
  10. S15 Grip/Street/Track build thread

    Yeah looked at that but all the sliders were well greased and not stuck at all, re-greased them regardless but I believe it was due to a warped rotor in this situation as I had been feeling brake shudder prior to changing them.
  11. S15 Grip/Street/Track build thread

    First track day in the Silvia 16/7/16 Car ran fully stock except for the R34 wheels with some Federal 595 SS tyres (not bad but nothing great) and good brakes (as above and running Motul RBF600 fluid) Was a great day out and had no mechanical issues! Ran every minute of every session and the only thing I'm worried about is the brakes cooking as they were smoking after coming in every session but never actually had fade so should be fine. Fastest time of the day was in the last session when I was getting some clear track because most cars didn't last the whole day and I ran a 1:30.2 which I'm super happy about for a full stock car. I decided not to mod the car before the first track day as I wanted to set down a base time to work from. Here are some of the better photos from the day: Sunday the day after the track day I put the coilovers in and realised I had an issue fitting the R34 wheels with the coilovers. I had to run spacers so put some 8mm slip on spacers on for the day cause I had some floating around. Went and bought some 20mm bolt on spacers on Monday cause I find slip on spacers dodgy and don't like driving with them on. Got a pair of 20mm GKtech for $110 and some wheel nuts to suit for $35. Makes the front fitment with the R34 wheels awesome and I actually really like how the car is sitting at the moment. Also rolled the guards today in preperation for some new wheels I'm looking at on the weekend!
  12. S15 Grip/Street/Track build thread

    So my front bumper had pretty stuffed paint and I decided to give it a crack fixing it myself cause I had most of the stuff I needed sitting around at home. Considering I only had to buy $15 worth of paint and everything else I already had I figured why not. Here's the bumper before I started. Had hundreds of paint chips all through it and a hole from where it looks like a towball had gone through it. Using a heatgun I warmed the bumper and pushed out the hole to try and make it look a little better. I then got a soldering iron on the backside of it and melted the bits together so it wouldn't come apart again. I sanded the whole bumper and knew the finish around the hole wasn't going to be great but I plan on getting an Aero kit so wasn't too fussed with how this came out as I was happy with any improvement over how stuffed it was before. Gave it a lick of paint just out of a colour matched rattle can because it was easier then setting up the paint gun and again, wasn't going for perfection here. Pretty happy with how it came out though, can still see the damage but a massive improvement over what it used to be. Here are some photos of how it turned out The finish on the clear is a little different to the rest of the car. I think with a good buff though it should come up fine though as it seems to just be heavy orange peel. Definately stoked with how it turned out though for the minimal effort and money it cost me
  13. S15 Grip/Street/Track build thread

    Needed new wheels badly but nothing I liked has come up for sale yet so I thought I'd get a temporary upgrade on the 15. Picked up some R34 GTT stockies which are a 17x7.5 +40. The tyres on them are cooked but for $70 I can't complain. Test fitted them this afternoon to see how they'd look and safe to say I'm actually surprised with how much I like it. For a temporary upgrade I couldn't be happier with how they sit on the car. Makes it need some low though for sure. Also gave the car a full service with ULX110 oil, new oil filter, fuel filter, checked everything over and cleaned the cabin filter. The car always smelt a little with the airconditioning turned on so I knew the cabin filter was a little dirty but holy shit it was so much worse than I thought when I took it out and cleaned it. Here's a photo if it midway through being cleaned. Look how black it made the water.
  14. S15 Grip/Street/Track build thread

    So yesterday my short shifter arrived. I ordered a Cube short shifter last week from the advice of a friend who says hers is awesome. Opening the box it's obvious that it's a very well made piece and all the parts for install are there aswell as a well detailed installation manual. Installed it this morning, was super simple and straight forward, took about 15-20 minutes. I can safely say that the difference is night and day between the two shifter feels. So much notchier and satisfying changing geas and coming from an MX5 background which has a great feel from factory I couldn't stand the Silvia gearshift. I 10/10 recommend this to anyone as I've driven a bunch of silvias and this makes it feel so much more complete to drive and like a much better put together car. Not heaps planned for the car for a little while, tax time is coming up soon so saving for some wheels then I'll put the wheels and coilovers in after I've done atleast one track day stock to get a baseline laptime. There's a track day on the 17th of July that I'm looking to make it out to. Only thing I want to do before then is new brake fluid to try and stop brake fade as Mallala is harsh on brakes and there's alot of time to be made there.
  15. S15 Grip/Street/Track build thread

    A couple of interesting things I forgot to mention previously about the auto to manual swap. 1. The auto ECU had to be used as it didn't start off the manual ECU. 2. The bellhousing bolts that I posted above were wrong and only a few suit the 5 speed SR20 box, most of the auto ones were re-used though. 3. The auto and manual have the same rear section of the tailshaft so if you you only actually need the front section of an S15 6 speed tailshaft if going 6 speed and front section of S14 tailshaft if going 5 speed. 4. Even after trimming the plastic interior surround the 5 speed shifter still hits the interior console. Trimmed as far as I could under the shift boot and it hits the silver plastic that you can see still so a short shifter is needed. 5. Auto and manual sandwich plate is the same so you don't need a new one for the swap Now I have a question about the Auto S15 ECU. Does anyone know if the Auto ECU runs a different map in Neutral as it does in drive? I ask this because my brother has run into issues with the same sort of thing before and the S15 feels different to drive now in manual, the engine does not seem as smooth and seems to run a little rough around the 2000rpm mark. It still runs fine but just seems a little rougher. So because the neutral wires were shorted to make the ECU think it's in neutral so that it can start, does this effect the tune in the ECU at all?!?!?!?!???