Monday, March 23, 2009

URAS Super Single Drift Clutch

Pic 1: The Uras Super Single Drift Clutch

Ever since I got the ER34 2 years ago, I know that the clutch will have to be replaced. It works fine but I'm not sure how much longer it will hold. I've been slowly upgrading the rest of the car but always fails to neglect this important portion. Yea shoot me! :(

I try to keep an eye on any good clutches that came my way but they are just too costly. My dream will be the set from ORC; the ORC409D. Clutches from ORC, NISMO and HKS costs a lot. Way beyond my budget. Used clutches are not cheap either. Factor in the fact that they could have been badly abused by the previous owner and/or have not been handled properly (plates could be bent), it's not a path that I'll like to take risk on. Oh and most if not all the used clutches I come across have huge amount of rust on 'em. God knows how long they have been left in the elements.

Pic 2: That's how it looks like packed

Pic 3: Open sesame ...

Pic 4: Packed in anti-corrosion paper

Late last year, I came across clutches by URAS. URAS makes clutches?!?!?

Yeap, that's my initial thought too. Little known to many URAS did come out with clutches for the SR and RB engines. I tried to scour online forums from around the world but little or no information can be had for the URAS clutch. Guess they are pretty new (and rare?) in the market.

Pic 5: The Uras Clutch!

When I got hold of URAS to get more info ..... it turns out that URAS together with ORC have produced a drift clutch capable of handling 400PS with minimum pedal effort and maximum bite. Apparently, it is the same as the ORC 409 series single plate but with a slightly different friction plate, this makes more daily driver friendly as drifters tend to use their cars as daily drivers and take them out at night for play. Well but I'm no drifter. It's a dampler-less clutch thus the bite should be great. So anyway .... by looking at the clutches side by side, they are of the same. Blitz and URAS clucthes are all made by ORC. They all tie in with each other with only branding changes. Check out the below picture and you'll notice how identical the ORC and URAS clutch are.

Pic 6: ORC 409 series Super Single Clutch

The clutch is a high performance unit made of very high grade steel, therefore, it should make that 'shing' noise on start up much like ORC ones. I call it the 'cash register shing' sound. :P

Well, I think I've dragged time long enough. I've just 'forced myself' to get a set and thus now there's this URAS clutch waiting to be installed into the ER34. The URAS super single drift clutch comes in a set with a lighten flywheel. But I'll have to source for a pull to push conversion kit to convert the pull system of the ER34 to a push system in order for this clutch to work.

Now I'm thinking whether it's worth the effort? Should I just sell off the clutch or go hungry for the next 30 days? :(

Anyone interested in this? :)

More pics....

Pic 7: Shiny green eh?

Pic 8: Another view

Pic 9: Side view

Pic 10:
Even the logo positioning is the same are ORC ones

Pic 11: This is how it looks like at the rear

Pic 12: The underside

Pic 13: A closer look at the 'fingers'

Pic 14: Another shot of the clutch

Monday, March 16, 2009

New oil change

Pic 1: Time for an oil change

It's time for the ER34 to undergo its next oil change. Believe it or not, my last oil change was 6 months ago in September 2008. Yea man, even though the ER34 is driven everyday it still takes quite a while for me to reach 5,000km. Daily driven but low mileage? LOL :D

For this 80,000km service, without a doubt I use back the Torco SR-1 5W-40 Engine Oil with Nissan Oil Filter (Part No. 15208-53J00). Here are some pictures of the service.

Pic 2: Torco SR-1 5W-40 & Nissan oil filter

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Nissan clutch sleeve and clutch bearing

I just bought the below two items.

Nissan Clutch Sleeve (Part No. 30501-1C104)
Nissan Clutch Bearing (Part No. 30502-14601)

Pic 1: Nissan Clutch Sleeve (Part No. 30501-1C104)

Pic 2: Nissan Clutch Bearing (Part No. 30502-14601)

I haven't tried them yet but they better fit the ER34 or else I'm gonna be pissing mad. LOL :D
Eh, why out of sudden the purchase of these two items?

Hmmm....what do you think is brewing in my mind .... ?

Pic 3: Nissan Clutch Sleeve

Pic 4: Nissan Clutch Sleeve

Pic 5: Nissan Clutch Bearing

Pic 1: Nissan Clutch Sleeve & Nissan Clutch Bearing both together

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Bling wheels on a BNR34?!?!

This is good example of what not to do with a BNR34. Spotted this bling-ed out wheels on a BNR34 during my visit to Sandakan, Sabah last week.

Those wheels are hideous. They don't even look good enough to be in a VIP styled MPV.

One word. Fugly!

Pic 1: What wheels not to have in a BNR34

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Seremban to KL via Kuala Kelawang *grins*

Pic 1: ER34 looks at the beginning of the route back to KL. 120km from here onwards...

Yesterday I had a meeting in the town of Seremban. After my meeting, I thought what the heck, why not depart back to Kuala Lumpur via the old roads. Been wanting to do this for quite a while each time I am in Seremban but never really got to do it until now.

From the town of Seremban, one can get back to Kuala Lumpur via the old roads passing by Pantai, Kuala Kelawang, Petaling, Titi, Pekan Batu 14, Hulu Langat and then out to Ampang, right to the heart of Kuala Lumpur City Centre. The whole journey is about 120km from Seremban to Ampang. Yeah it's not that near.....

Pic 2: Kuala Kelawang!!

Driving alone on these roads would not be too wise of a choice as some stretch does not have mobile phone coverage. And the roads are pretty much deserted except for the occasional villagers plying these routes. If your car breakdowns here, sure you'll be in deep shit. LOL :D

I didn't particularly pushed too hard as am not familiar with the roads (last trip here was March 2007!) and to add to that, some parts were quite sandy. Even the TCS went off a couple of times mid bend due to sands.

Next DILYSI here, boys???

Here's some pics that I've managed to snap.

Pic 3: Parked here for a quick photo

Pic 4: Long flowing roads

Pic 5: Some of the corners

Pic 6: Pretty deserted roads here

Pic 7: Hey...nice mountain view too

Pic 8: Sharp off camber bends

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Datsun 280ZX Project Car?

Pic 1: Datsun 280ZX

Anyone interested in starting a project car with a 2nd generation Datsun 280ZX (1978 to 1983)? This pristine mint condition would be a great start in restoring this beautiful classic.

If so, what's the price you'll put out on this babe? If got really interested buyer, I'm contemplating to send this car back. :)

Plonk in a RB25DET and this will be a storming ride!

Pic 2: Side view of the Datsun 280ZX

Pic 3: Rear shot
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