Thursday, April 10, 2014

Nissan GT-R (R35) Brake Kit into ER34


Pic 1: R35 GT-R Brembo Brake Kit

In previous post, I've prepared fitment on my new set of Nismo LM-GT4 wheels. These wheels with it's huge internal diameter will make my current brakes look a tad small. The solution is well, to fit bigger brakes. Ok, it's just a poor excuse to do a wild mod after a long while of idling. :P

So, in this post, I'll document the journey on fitment of Nissan GT-R (R35) front and rear brake kit onto my ER34. To fit those huge Brembo calipers with massive 380mm rotors will require new mounting brackets. 

The complete fitment brackets were procured from JDM Auto Link and consists of all required hardware to make it a plug and play fitment.

The kit consists of:-
1) Front and rear CNC machined 7075 grade aluminum caliper adapters
2) All required high tensile bolts and washers
3) Brake drum ring adapters for rear hand brake function (To be inserted into the bell housing)
4) Cone adapters for R34 fitment (14mm bolt holes). Not required for R32 and R33 fitment.



Pic 2: JDM Auto Link R35 GT-R Brake Kit Adapters 

For my install, I decided to replace the stock ER34 brake master cylinder with the bigger BM-57 unit as found on the BNR34. Basically, with the above hardware in place, it's just a quick job of taking out the old brakes and fitting these lovely R35 ones on. Everything plugs right in, the only other job that requires a bit of a task is the insertion of the brake drum ring adapter on the rear bell housing of the rotors. This makes the inner diameter smaller to suit the hand brake operation of the R34.


Pic 3: BNR34
BM-57 brake master cylinder

My biggest worry is the additional unsprung weight when I switch over to the R35 Brembos. Previously I was running BNR34 Brembo calipers with BIOT rotors. For this, I've worked out the weight differences. But in my calculation below, I decided to use the base weight on the stock BNR34 Brembo calipers and rotors as that would be more readability identifiable with most people as BIOT rotors are extremely rare.

Before:
Work Emotion XD9 - Front 10.7kg and rear 11kg each. A total weight of 43.4kg
BNR34 Brembo calipers and rotors - 43kg
TOTAL :86.4kg

After:
Nismo LM-GT4 - Front 8.2kg and rear 8.5kg each. A total weight of 33.4kg
R35 Brembo calipers and rotors  - 57.2kg
JDM Auto Link Mounting brackets - 6.2kg
TOTAL :96.8kg


Pic 4:
R35 GT-R Brembo Calipers


Pic 5:
R35 GT-R Brembo Rotors

It's quite amazing that just with a wheel change, I save up to a staggering 10kg in unpsrung weight. These allows me to plug on those heavier R35 Brembo brakes with lesser effect on my sprung weight. 

With this, based on stock BNR34 Brembos, my ER34 will have an increase of 10.4kg of unsprung weight. If I calculate it based on the weight of my BIOT rotors, it'll fall a few kilos down of course. That's basically like I'm having an extra lightweight passenger onboard. Negligible I suppose.


Pic 6: Motul Brake Fluid

Oh, of course new brake fluids needs to go into the system, and I've gotten the Motul Brake Fluid for the job. Here are some pics of the final outcome. :)


Pic 7: Nismo LM-GT4 wheels going in


Pic 8: Fitting in the front brakes


Pic 9: Fitting in the rear brakes


Pic 10: Brake drum ring adapters inserted into the bell housing for rear hand brake function


Pic 11: R35 GT-R front brakes fitted


Pic 12: A closer look up front


Pic 13: R35 GT-R rear brakes fitted


Pic 14: A closer look at the rear


Pic 15: Pretty minute clearance for the front


Pic 16: Rears have more clearance


Pic 17: How it looks now with new wheels and new brakes


Pic 18: And again from another angle

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Gloss Black Nismo LM-GT4


So I've finally decided on the colour to paint the LM-GT4s, and it is going to be gloss black. Here are some pictures of the finished wheels. I reckon with black wheels and some nice shiny gold calipers under it, it'll be smashing. 

Can't wait to get it fitted on the car. Hopefully I'll be able to get it done within a week. 








Friday, January 17, 2014

Painting the Nismo LM-GT4 Wheels


Here's some pics of the Nismo LM-GT4 Wheels being prepped up for paint. Extra care is done to make sure that the original decals inside the wheel aren't painted over.






Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Nismo LM-GT4 Wheels for the ER34


It's unbelievable but I've been keeping this set of Nismo LM-GT4 wheels for the past 8 months. In these 8 months, it just sat there in the corner of my office and I was uncertain to actually use it for my ER34 or to sell if off. 

The major hesitation of fitting these wheels on is that it'll make my brakes look small. My BIOT 345mm rotors up front and BIOT 322mm rotors filled up my current Work Emotion XD9 wheels perfectly. Nismo LM-GT4 wheels are designed to clear huge big brake kits hence it have ample space which inadvertently makes my brake kit look puny in the sea of space inside. On the other hand, these wheels looked pretty awesome! Pretty tough decision which took 8 months for an execution .....

It's pretty hard to find Nismo LM-GT4 wheels especially in GT-R offsets and also this FR offset. I got this set shipped back from the land of the rising sun way back then. The set I have measures 18" X 8.5J+30 for the front and 18" X R9.5J+38 for the rear. As evident in this picture, it's finished in the original white colour. Now, white wheels on a white car isn't exactly my taste so it's got to be in another shade. I've talked and dreamed about funky colours like TE37 Mag blue, TE37 Purple and LM-GT4 Gloss Black.

It's now time to put it to good use and I'll be updating soon on what I'm gonna do with the wheels. :)

Friday, December 27, 2013

Carbon Fibre 10cm Wing-Up Kit

 
Pic 1: Carbon Fibre 10cm Wing-Up Kit

Just got these amazing looking carbon fibre wing up kit for the BNR34 rear spoiler. These raises up the wing by 10cm. Procured these from Japan and it's rare as hell to get one. This kit is basically bolt-on. One has just got to remove out the wing and screw on these extensions on top of the wing stands. 

 
Pic 2: Carbon Fibre 10cm Wing-Up Kit

 
Pic 3: Stock Factory Wing Stands

 
Pic 4: Wing Blade Removed

 
Pic 5: Carbon Fibre 10cm Wing-Up Kit Installed on Wing Stand

 
Pic 6: This is how it looks like installed

 
Pic 7: This is how it looks like installed

 
Pic 8: This is how it looks like installed

 
Pic 9: This is how it looks like installed

 
Pic 10: This is how it looks like installed

 
Pic 11: This is how it looks like installed

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

BNR34 AC Control Panel and AC Vents

Pic 1: BNR34 AC Control Panel and AC Vents stacked up together

The AC Control Panel and AC Vents of the ER34 have this plasticky rubbery feel to it. And it gets especially sticky if left under the hot sun. Needless to say, it's terrible and pretty annoying to to the touch and more so if soft material like tissue paper were to come in contact with it.

However, the BNR34 are equipped with the exact same part but comes in better black plastics that does not get sticky at all. Surely, the cost savings aren't that significant to warrant a two part system. Anyway, I got hold of the BNR34 items and fitted them onto my car. 

Both are identical bar that the BNR34 AC Control Panel comes with an extra function called AMB built into the temperature adjustment knob. When depressed, it shows the outside temperature. Well, not that it's particularly useful here anyway.

Here are some pictures to highlight the differences.


Pic 2: BNR34 AC Vents

Pic 3: BNR34 AC Control Panel

Pic 4: AMB function on the BNR34 AC Control Panel

Pic 5: Comparison between ER34 and BNR34 AC Control Panel (ER34 top, BNR34 bottom)

Pic 6: Comparison between ER34 and BNR34 AC Vents (ER34 top, BNR34 bottom)

Pic 7: BNR34 AC Control Panel and AC Vents fitted





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