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Old 01-06-2012   #1
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Default This 34-R build

Back in 2007, I almost killed myself riding a 32 GTS-T. I never experienced boosted or RWD cars before and after that incident something awoke inside me. Ever since then I've been buying and modifying cars. I never really forgot about the Skyline brand and at the same time I wanted to get away from R32s.

This thread will be dedicated to my 34-R build. My aspiration is to have a grippy, time attack monster.

My Skyline was built and tuned by LM24 in Long Island New York. I'm slowly fixing the mess they made and bad decisions the previous owner made.

Current modification list as of Jan 2012:

>> Engine
RB2.7DET (R33 short block/r34 head)
-CP Pistons 87mm
-Cometic head Gasket
-Eagle Rods
-ACL Upgraded bearings
-ARP head and main studs
-unkown Polished and Balanced Crank
-N1 Oil Pump
-Tomei Type-A cams
-HKS Race 60mm ex. wastegate
-RC 750cc injectors
-EBAY Fuel Rail
-Walbro 255 fuel pump
-Aeromotive Fuel Pressure Regulator
-Unknown spark plugs
-stock ignition coils
-HKS intake with custom intake box
-Sard BOV
-PitWorks timing belt
-PitWorks drive belt
-GReddy adjust cam gears
-Garrett GT4088
-unknown clear timing cover
-unknown IC piping
-unknown Intercooler
-Custom 4" downpipe
Fujitsabo Cat-Back 3.5"
OBX top mount manifold
Godspeed Radiator
Greddy oil catch can as overflow tank
Nismo Rad cap
Electric puller fan convert
Nismo T-stat
Battery relocated to trunk.
Motul 300v 15W-50
Power Enterprise MAG oil filter

>> Suspension/Drive train
R33 5MT tranny
Comp Stage 4 6 punkclutch
Unknown FW
HKS unknown series Coilovers
Nismo F/R Sway bars
Unknown (HICAS removal) stabilizer bar

>> Interior/Electronics
MOMO super Cup Racing seats
AEM EMS series 1
Apexi Turbo timer
Apexi AVC-R boost controller
GTR MFD (non-Nismo version)
Nismo Combination Metter
Works Bell BOSS short hub (air bag version)
Works Bell Rapfix ii QR
Personal steering wheel
Fortune Auto shifter

>> Exterior/ (ER34)
Tommy Kaira front bumper
Nismo rear bumper
GTR Xenon lights
stock GT-R wheels
Cheap ass Nexxen tires square 265/35/18
Nismo style JDM Auto Link LED trail lights
GTR rear fog light

Video (2011 before I started the GTR convert):
http://youtu.be/TwuU4rUptic


GT40 for now:




Haltech PPP and Boost solenoid



My Z and my 34:





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Old 01-06-2012   #2
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I've finally thought of a name for my Skyline: Beast. It's sounds stupid at first and I couldn't agree more but the story of the name actually started with a co-worker of mine.

My co-workers all know that I love cars. In the past 4 years I've bought (and later sold) appx 6 different vehicles. I suppose you can say that I was searching for 'the one.' About 1-2 months ago, one of my co-workers told me that I 'should watch a movie by Eric Bana.' I didn't think much of it but he told me that the movie was called "The Beast" and it was available via Netflix steaming video. Me, being open minded, watched the movie that weekend. The story resembled my feelings towards my R34 so what better name to have: Beast... or more correctly termed, My Beast.



Now to get down to business. Around Christmas time 2011, I installed a Nismo combination meter and a GTR MFD. I took me quite a bit of time to figure out the MFD. About 3 days later, 2 blown fuses, and a dead battery, I figured it out. Heres a vid of the Nismo meter (brief view) and the MFD:





Cooling has been a major concern of mine ever since I first drove the Skyline. The previous owner is an idiot. It seemed like he was mainly concerned about how he looked driving the car and how the car looked driving. No real attention to detail was placed on the configuration and parts selection.

Anyways, car has overheated at idle on several occasions. I had to flush the radiator and engine block with a garden hose to remove the majority of the rust-filled coolant. When I was done with the flush, I installed a BNIB Nismo T-stat and used a 50/50 solution with distilled H2O. The cooling is A LOT better but still not the best. As of Jan 2012, I've flushed the radiator and block 3-4 times and there's STILL rust in the coolant.

Nismo



The shop that tuned the Skyline (again LM24) installed a puller fan in replacement of the clutch fan AND the A/C fan (aka the overheat fan). Stupid really, since an electric fan alone isn't enough to cool off a built GTR RB engine especially since there isn't an efficient airflow path in the bay (FOR NOW). Currently, I'm in the process of setting up an efficient fan, radiator, shroud combo to combat the heat.

I refuse to go back to clutch fan even though I know it'll solve my heat problems. I've decided to go with a cross flow radiator (probably from PWR), the stock shroud, and install a pusher fan in-place of the stock over heat fan.

Anyone know if the water pump and stock shroud will work well with a crossflow radiator?

I have my eyes set on Flex-a-lite fans http://www.flex-a-lite.com/ I plan on having them controlled via my uninstalled Haltech ECU and the water temp sensor (Jan 2012). I went ahead and bought a MFD from another GTR and upgraded stock my combination meter to the Nismo combination meter. Both devices are brilliant and I have visual of practically everything going on in the engine bay. Eventually I will upgrade my MFD to the Nismo version.

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Old 02-02-2012   #4
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Looks good man, I have the 34 front on mine and was gonna go full kit but cost quite a bit haha
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Old 02-02-2012   #5
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Looks good man, I have the 34 front on mine and was gonna go full kit but cost quite a bit haha
My fault. I added another picture to eliminate any ambiguity. I have a real R34.
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Ohh haha sorry didn't read right. I'll change my answer to I wish I had one haha
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Nice work! How are guys getting around the whole RHD issue in the US now?
I hope you got rid of the suicide speakers on the rear deck!
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Old 02-04-2012   #8
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Getting around the issue? Same way Canada does.

I think I'll remove ALL the speakers from my Beast. I don't listen to the radio that much when I have to drive it besides music can get you in trouble because it motivates you to drive fast. :-)

My Z was rolling around with no speakers, no radio, no A/C so I'll mimic that configuration on the Skyline. I plan on taking a step further however and getting CF doors and lighter rear window glass. Eventually, I want to time attack or at least road racing.
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I thought there was some serious issues with importing RHD cars into the US. Or is it on a state by state case?
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I thought there was some serious issues with importing RHD cars into the US. Or is it on a state by state case?
RHD isn't an issue. I heard Canada is trying to get stricter on importing non-CADM cars. Please ask if you have questions about my car build.
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