Friday, September 29, 2006

The drifter in me does not exist....

Well, today was feeling kinda below the wind (upset la), thus while driving decided to do something to bring a grin to my face (read as stupid). While approaching a sharp u-turn, I turned off the TCS (traction control system) and did a flick into the corner.

The tail swung out wildly and I'm oversteering to the curb on the left side of the road. Countered the steering and now I'm heading to the right curb. Basically, the car went from left to right to left to right and back to the left again before it manages to finally go straight. My heart beat goes to like 100 beats per minute during that time, a little longer and I just might have a cardiac arrest. :P

The above is called Choku-Dori (yes it's Japanese) which is a slow side-to-side feint like drift where the rear end sways back and forth down a straight road. In my head, I was already begging the almighty to save this poor soul's ride from suffering a broken bumper, a dent rim and a possible dent suspension arm. :O

Thank god I did not hit anything and the car 'escaped' unscratched. Phew......what a relief.
*wipes off cold sweat*

After that, needed some calming. Pop in my Fish Leong CD for some good tunes for the rest of the journey home. :P

Drifting? Nah, maybe not for me. Or I just plainly suck at it. Hahahaha

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Boost Pressure Sensor Hose Fixed!!

If you have read my post dated 15th September 2006 (here) on the boost pressure sensor hose, it had split at its edges and dislodged from the inlet to the sensor housing. Sigh.....

Pic 1: Boost sensor housing with angle spanner

Finally I got it fixed via a RM 5.00 (USD 1.30) angle spanner. :P
Firstly, I trimmed out the split edges via a scissor. Then the bolt that holds the boost sensor housing in place is removed. Slot in the hose back into the housing and for good measure, I zip-tied the hose to give it some extra hold/strength.

Pic 2: Zip-tied the hose for extra durability

Hopefully, this will not re-occur else I'll have to get the darn hose replaced. Anyway, now I have a functional boost meter back.

* Beams with joy * :D

Monday, September 25, 2006

In Car Entertainment in the ER34

Pic 1: With new ICE installed

Well, finally got to change the sound system that came with the car. The stock unit is adequate but not good enough. The worst part is that in Japan, the FM broadcast band is 76 to 90 MHz, unlike what we have here in Malaysia that goes from 87.5 to 108.0 MHz. Without a FM Booster installed, the radio is practically useless to pick up radio stations locally.

In stock form, it comes with the below:-
1) Nissan branded CD Player with 6 disc changer
2) Nissan branded Casette Player (Geez...who uses casette anymore?!?)
3) Sanyo 6" front speakers
4) Sanyo 6" rear speakers

From my parts bin salvaged from my previous ride, I installed the below into the ER34:-
1) Eclipse E7703AVX – Head Unit
2) Eclipse 8052 5" Mid – Fr Speakers
3) Eclipse Passive Crossovers
4) Eclipse 3/4" Tweeters
5) Epsilon ESQ 75.4 4 channel Amp 75W

Pic 2: Eclipse E7703AVX

Pic 3: Eclipse 8052 5" Mid

Pic 4: Eclipse 8052 5" Mid

The head unit is capable of playing CD, DVD and mp3. It even has a slot for the Sony Memory Stick. Kinda cool eh? :P
As I like my dash to be practically clean and OEM looking, decided to mount the tweeters under the dash hidden from view. How come I never thought of this when it was in my PV6??? Damn!!

Pic 5: Eclipse tweeter under the driver side dash

Pic 6: Eclipse tweeter under the passenger side dash

As for the Epsilon Amp, it's slotted under the drivers seat while the Eclipse Passive Crossovers are tucked under the front passenger seat. Yea, all hidden from view and most importantly left my boot clean and tidy. I dislike my boot to be cluttered with bass tube/box and amplifiers. I like it void of unnecessary items...... :)

Pic 7: Epsilon ESQ 75.4 4 channel Amp 75W under the drivers seat

Pic 8: Eclipse Passive Crossovers under the front passenger seat

I left the rear speakers intact as it is until I can find the budget to change it to something better. Now with the above installed, I can finally listen to radio stations and play my favorite tunes on my CDs. The only downside is that the stock rear speakers can't take the load and the sound quality is kinda flat. I need more BASS!!!

Sigh....anyone got any good set of 6" for sale??? :D

Friday, September 15, 2006

Boost Pressure Sensor Hose

Last whole week I was in South Korea for a business trip. Spent time in Seoul, Asan and Jeju Island. A week away and it's amazing that I don't really miss the ER34. Hmm.....perhaps the trip was kinda nice and enjoyable. :P

The moment I got back, the urge to start the ER34 up was too great. Went to look 'her up and took it out for a drive. Arghh.........simply heaven to power it around town. BUT wait a minute, 15 mins into my drive noticed that the boost meter was not moving. Oh darn it. Parked the car, popped the hood and ...............??

The turbo pressure sensor hose has split at it's edges and dislodged from the inlet to the sensor housing. This is the second time this has happened and it's beginning to irritate me. Hmm.......I think I'll just trim away the edges and continue using it rather then getting those high end silicone hoses as replacements. Hope it'll last me this time round.

Now I'm having trouble inserting in the hose. Can't get the hoses in without removing the sensor module. And I can't get the darn sensor module removed, not enough space to remove the freaking bolt.
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