Friday, February 23, 2007

Trust/GReddy Oil Cooler Kit arrived from Japan !!!

The ER34 oil temperature was running kinda high on prolonged high speed runs and also on enthusiastic driving with constant high revs. An oil cooler kit was one of the top priorities on my to-do list when I got the ER34. I have been clocking about 115 degrees Celsius on my 180km/h runs along the highways (yea speed are still limited until I fix my brakes!) and also on 'enthusiastic' drives along the local hill roads.

Overheated engine oil (which lubricates and cools the engine) has adverse effects as the temperature rises. Its efficiency decreases and breaks down the engine internals. Unless the temperature is properly managed, not only the engine oil breaks down faster, it is also a contributing cause of engine failure/blows.

Pic 1: The package via EMS from Japan.

Pic 2: Inside the package has two more boxes. The left box houses the cooler and the right box has all the hoses and fittings inside.

Pic 3: Errr....ok. I will not use it on the street. :P

I ordered the Trust/GReddy Oil Cooler Kit direct from Japan via air freight and it arrived last Friday. It got detained in Malaysian Customs and I only got to clear it out today. Why a week later? Well I was away from the country in Hatyai, Thailand for a couple of days; and it's the Chinese New Year week for God's Sake!!!

Speaking of Hatyai, boy did I had fun there. Chinese New Year celebration over there was splendid. They had dragon dance and lion dance along the main streets EVERY evening accompanied by deafening firecrackers. Later at night, fireworks lights up the sky. Can't say the same about our dear old Kuala Lumpur. Why is it that I'm beginning to like every other place I go to except where I am now? Sigh.......

Pic 4: Dragon dance along the streets of Hatyai

Pic 5: Chinese New Year night markets with lots of yummy food for sale. Heck they even sells fried insects. Nope, did not try 'em. :P

Pic 6: Hatyai City

Oh darn, SORRY strayed off topic a wee bit....

So ANYWAY, if you are wondering about taxes from Customs, well lets say I got that covered. Hehehehe :)

The Trust/GReddy Oil Cooler helps to maintain the engine oil temperature which is stabilized with high heat dissipation characteristics of the oil cooler design and lower pressure loss. The Kit comes with the below:-

Trust/GReddy Oil Cooler Kit (NS1310G / Part No. 12024629)
1) 1 X 13 rows Trust oil cooler
2) 2 X EARL'S steel braided hoses with EARL'S fittings
3) 1 X Plastic heat shealth
4) 1 X GREX sandwich block
5) 3 X Mounting brackets
6) 5 X Nuts
7) 4 X Oil seals / o-rings
8) 4 X Zip ties
9) 9 X Bolt and nuts
10) 1 X Instruction manual

Pic 7: Trust/GReddy Oil Cooler Kit

The best part is the steel braided hoses and its fittings. It's from EARL's, EARL'S is the supplier of high-quality military aircraft specification hoses and fittings that supplies to a spectrum of motorsport including F1, F3, A1GP, Indy, Touring Car, British Superbike, Sidecar and World Rally teams. In short, quality motorsports proven stuffs.

Pic 8: EARL'S hoses and fittings with a plastic heat shealth

Pic 9: EARL'S fittings

The sandwich block has a built in termostat to open/close the valve that leads to the oil cooler depending on temperature. If and when the engine oil is cold, the valve will close and engine oils will NOT flow to the oil cooler. It will re-open only when the temperature rises. Excellent! Wish I had one of those last time when I used to ran an ATF cooler on my previous ride, Project 8110.

Pic 10: GREX sandwich block

The Trust/GReddy Oil Cooler Kit measures 299mm X 185.4mm X 50mm and are mounted right in front of the radiator behind the front bumper. It will sit flush near the drivers side headlights. It has 13 rows as opposed to the other alternative of a 10 rows version. Well I figure 3 more rows would be better isn’t it? Well no harm to be on the extra precaution side eh? :P

Pic 11: Trust 13 rows oil cooler

I'm expecting my oil temperature to hover around 90 degrees Celsius even on all out hard driving after the installation. Actually I have also considered other alternatives before deciding on this unit. Among them are the HKS Oil Cooler Kit (Part No. 15004-AN008) and ASR Inductive Ceramic Coated Oil Cooler.

But at the end, nothing compares to the Trust/GReddy Oil Cooler Kit. :P

Pic 12: Nuts and o-rings

Pic 13: Nuts and bolts & zip ties

Pic 14: Mounting brackets

Monday, February 12, 2007

Drive It Like You Stole It #01- Frasiers Hill

Well the new year of 2007 brings to me new excitements in the way I approach driving enjoyment - just like a couple of years ago during Project 8110. :)

I had slowed down tremendously for the past two years or so.... BUT now, with the ER34, guess I can safely say I'm back to incorporate my weekends with 'drives'. Well, after some thought, I came up with a name for it and decided on "Drive It Like You Stole It" or DILYSI for short. :P

Anyway, the very first DILYSI for 2007 was none other than up my favorite route, Frasiers Hill.

For this drive, there were 2 ER34, 1 WRX Sti Ver.8 V Limited, 1 SGTi, 1 RX-8 and a dorifto HCR32. The usual route was taken, that is:- Batu Caves - Ulu Yam - Kuala Kubu Baru - Batang Kali - The Gap - Frasiers Hill

We pushed off at 7:30am sharp on a fine Saturday morning on 10th February 2007. This is a first time I'm organizing a morning drive on a Saturday. Guess it throws the term 'Sunday Drive' out the window. Hahaha....

Pic 1: First RV point, The Gap Rest House

Anyway, the traffic was surprisingly just as scarce as a typical Sunday morning.


Billy in his RX-8 was a first timer in this sort of drives thus we started out on a slightly slower pace than usual. The pace was gradually picked up and think we were doing about 8th tenth on most stretches up Frasiers. Ariff was having fun doing some drifts going up hill as well.

Pic 2: The trek

It was interesting to have our dear friend Mun Kit in his SGTi keeping up to pace (and giving them a run for their money!) with the more powerful cars. As Billy says, the car is not important; it's the person behind the steering wheel. Totally agreed!

There were however some casualties. Jason's Sti had its check engine light on, Ariff's HCR32 had a 'stuck' throttle body, any my navigator vomited quite a bit. :P

Pic 3: Breakfast in Frasiers Hill

Pic 4: 10:45am and it's time to head downhill

Thanks for the great drive guys and gals. Those that pull out last minute due to work commitments, ensure you are available for the next DILYSI #02! It will be to Kuala Kelawang, Negeri Sembilan via the trunk roads.

Stay tuned for it after Chinese New Year.

Can't wait ....................

More pics below:-

Pic 5: Touge roads are fun!!

Pic 6: HCR32 charging downhill

Pic 7: Sti Ver. 8 in its natural habitat

Pic 8: HCR32 when its not sideways. LOL

HKS Turbo Timer Type 1 in the ER34

Pic 1: R-Spec Turbo Timer on the ER34

The ER34 comes with a R Spec Auto Turbo Timer that worked really well except that at times I can't figure out the full functionality of it due to not having a manual and unable to source one online as well.

Pic 2: R-Spec Turbo Timer removed

Well since I have a HKS Turbo Timer Type 1 lying around in my parts bin, why not use that? This unit was removed from my previous ride (Project 8110) and I loved its functionality. Below are the specifications of it.

Pic 3: HKS Turbo Timer Type 1

HKS Turbo Timer Type 1 Specifications
Auto / user preset Turbo Timer
Speed Meter / Speed Peak Hold
Speed WarningRPM speed meter / RPM Peak Hold
2 stage RPM warning with shift light and audible beep
Quarter Mile Time (Section Time) / Acceleration Interval Calculation
- 0-100m, 0-200m, 0-400m, 0-100km/h, 0-150km/h, 0-200km/h, 50-100km/h, 100-150km/h
Stopwatch / Lap Timer
Battery Voltage / Voltage warning

Pic 4: HKS Turbo Timer Type 1 'living' below the TCS button

Got the R Spec unit removed and installed the HKS Turbo Timer Type 1 in the ER34 with much satisfaction. I placed it below the steering column just right underneath the TCS ON/OFF button. Everything worked well and dialed in my settings for my 2 stage shift warning. The funny thing is that the auto turbo timer function seems to idle the car for a waaaaay shorter time as compared to the R Spec unit.

Hmmmm.....perhaps I'll just fixed it to 60 seconds and leave it as it is.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Leaky Teins and new damping rates

Well much for the infamous Teins. First it produces groaning sound over speed humps, now it leaked at the rear. Specifically, the rear right hand side of the vehicle.

Pic 1: Leaky Tein Super Street

I send it back to the distributor to take a look and they were quite surprised at it. They thought I abused it but I have never tracked the car (yet!) nor drifted in it (ho hum!). Well if I do, it's supposed to withstand the 'abuse' anyway.

But regardless, they took in my case. Got the leaked suspension removed, cleaned, o-rings changed, oil and gas replaced FOC. :P

Pic 2: Squeaky clean and serviced Tein Super Street

New Damping Rates
Well, since I'm at it, I've decided to re-adjust the damping rates. The previous adjustment of 17 out of 26 clicks in front and 20 out of 30 clicks at the rear are totally WRONG!!!

The Tein Super Street should only have 16 point adjustments front and rear. Found out that the CORRECT way of adjustment is to dial it clockwise to the max, i.e the hardest setting and reduce the damping rate from there onwards to a minimum of 16 clicks. Anything more than 16 clicks does absolutely nothing!

So what’s the new rate? Decided to dial 6 clicks down, thus its 10 clicks out of 16 clicks all round. Initial impression is that it's a tad too stiff. Perhaps the rear should be 2 clicks softer else any passenger at the rear will bound to vomit after some enthusiastic driving. LOL :P

On the positive side of things, the ER34 corners much better now. There's noticeable improvement in roadholding now.

Cool, can't wait to take it up some touge roads....

Friday, February 02, 2007

Why silicone hoses must be blue in colour? happened again. My boost sensor hose has split its ends. This time round, I decided once and for all to get replacements instead of trimming and reusing the current hose.

Went searching around for tougher silicone hoses from the local speedshops. Found those offerings by SAMCO and SARD but all of them are blue in colour! Why must silicone hose be blue in colour? Can't it be black like what a hose is supposed to be like? Aren't blue a bit on the riceboy side of things???

Anyway, since there's no silicone hoses in black, I got the normal black rubber hoses and replaced mine.

Now my boost meter is back in function. :)
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