Monday, October 21, 2013

BNR34 V-Spec II Nur Steering Wheel

The old steering wheel on the ER34 is starting to get a bit worn out due to age and usage. Now I am not a fan of plastering GT-R emblems on the car or to convert it to look like a GT-R but this is perhaps too good of an opportunity to let go.

Via JDM Auto Link, I've got this literally like-new steering wheel removed from the BNR34 V-Spec II Nur. It's like exactly how it left the factory! It definitely have only seen very limited mileage as there wasn't a single blemish on it. The Nur steering wheel differs from the normal GT-R with it's silver stitching instead of red ones on the GT-R.

This steering wheel plugs right in and certainly feels much better than my old worn unit. Yeah, I have a GT-R logo on the car now, nothing much I can do about that unfortunately. Aftermarket wheels are not an option as I would like to retain the airbag function. So I guess this will do just fine. :)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

124,000km Service


It's time for a service again but this time round, it's a lot more hurtful to the wallet. Besides the obligatory Torco SR1 10W-40 and a Nissan oil filter (Part No. 15208-53J00), I got the HKS GT-RS turbine rebuilt as well. It well sort of uhm ..... blew up. 

So it was removed and sent to an authorized Garrett distributor to be looked into. A new Garrett CHRA GT2871R was ordered and in it went into the HKS GT-RS housing. That certainly put a huge dent on my wallet but at least it's now as good as new, literally. 

With my new Tommy Kaira Digital Meter Cluster, the mileage now actually reads 108,000km. Will be using this reading from my onwards.  

Sunday, October 06, 2013

SplitFire Super Direct Ignition System

Pic 1: SplitFire Super Direct Ignition System 

Most Skyline owners upgrade the factory coilpacks to better aftermarket ones. Usually the brand of choice would either be Splitfire or Yellow Jackets. Both are equally good in terms of performance. Splitfire is from Japan where as Yellow Jackets are from Australia. The Australian product is slightly cheaper but offers the same performance.

My ER34 have been running the stock coilpacks for a long time with no issue whatsoever. I always have had a spare set of mint pre-owned Splitfire coilpacks lying around so finally I thought why not just install it already.

The SplitFire Super Direct Ignition System replaces the original equipment coilpacks with a direct ignition coil on plug system. This will:-

- Increases horsepower at the top end of the RPM band 
- Ensures and maintains maximum energy supplied to the spark plugs 
- Reduces incomplete combustion caused by misfire 
- Eliminates RFI (radio frequency interference)

Fitment of the coilpacks are kind of troublesome as a lot of pipings need to be removed in order to access it. But aside from that, it's as easy as unplugging the stock ones and plugging in these Splitfire. Purely plug and play. This should give the ER34 better sparks. :)

Pic 2: Removing the stock coilpacks

Pic 3: SplitFire Super Direct Ignition System installed

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Tommy Kaira 25R Digital Meter Cluster

Pic 1: Tommy Kaira 25R Digital Meter Cluster

Ever since I got the ER34, I've been looking for the Tommy Kaira 25R Digital Meter Cluster. It's basically a stock meter cluster but embedded in it is the speedometer in digital format instead of an analogue dial. In addition, it also have warning lights to indicate "Peak Torque" and "Shift Up Point".

As you can imagine, this meter cluster is as rare as hen's teeth! These were only found in Tommy Kaira 25R. And only 163 units were ever made. From this number it is again divided in to automatic transmission and manual transmission version. During the course of these few years, I've managed to track down a couple of automatic transmission meter cluster but not the manual version until now. And boy does it cost me! Paid mighty good money for it.

Pic 2: Tommy Kaira 25R Digital Meter Cluster

Actually I've also gone to the extend of requesting Tommy Kaira to produce the meter but they rather not entertain my request unfortunately. 
Anyway, when the Tommy Kaira 25R Digital Meter Cluster arrived, I got it fitted onto the ER34. Looks good but one major issue. The calibration is totally off. It's reading perhaps around 4 times the actual speed. And I hit the speed limit of the meter cluster easily, at a speedy 400km/h. :P

There are some work around ways to this after consulting a mate in Australia that have had the same issue. I'll need to sent it to a instrument specialist. They will hook up the meter cluster to two devices called SINE Wave Electronic Ratio Box. One each for the speed reading and  the odometer reading. 

Before I courier down my meter to those guys in Australia, I looked around my part of the world and thankfully, a friend here can get it done for me. And I do not need those SINE Wave Electronic Ratio Box. The Tommy Kaira 25R Digital Meter Cluster will be worked on directly. The meter cluster was disassembled and long story short, I got it back after a couple of months. It's working great!

Pic 3: Tommy Kaira 25R Digital Meter Being Worked On

Pic 4: Tommy Kaira 25R Digital
Meter Being Worked On 

Here is how it looks fitted in.

Pic 5: Tommy Kaira 25R Digital Meter Cluster Fitted In

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