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  • #31
    We all went out the Ridge this last weekend too. Here's Chris' car shooting flames lol


    • #32
      Late 2021 update -- finally doing z32 trans prep.

      Gonna pull the motor this weekend and start bolting some parts on finally.

      OSG twin plate, Mazworx intake manifold, 1000cc top feed injectors, gen2 GTX2867 (so I keep all my current hotside setup which has proven to be reliable...), and z32 trans with Alpha Omega adapter kit.

      Finished getting the z32 trans prepped today -- z1 short shifter, plus the rest of their kit.


      • #33
        Updates for the ether:

        Got everything back in the last couple days. Really impressed with this kit and how well it all went together. I didn't get the driveshaft from Alpha Omega because cost + shipping so I ordered the Mazworx z32 driveshaft, which fit perfectly (not surprising, but hooray).

        Never installed a twin plate clutch before, but I'm glad I had a cut up input shaft to align stuff instead of the plastic tools.

        New (old lol) turbo:

        I did new Stage 8 locking nuts with this setup, and again welded the gate shut and tapped the compressor housing for boost reference.

        Transmission went right on, took about 30 seconds, so I guess I did something right (we'll know soon once it fires). The clutch pedal feels fine and seems to actuate just fine after bleeding. I also replaced the stamped steel clutch fork with a cast one from a 350z and chromoly pivot from Z1.

        Can't emphasize how much I love this lift:

        Shifter placement is pretty solid -- I was nervous that the stock rubber inner boot wouldn't work but it actually does:

        And pretty much stuck there until some parts show up -- waiting on some fuel line fittings, a piece of 2.75" aluminum pipe and a couple of new couplers to connect to throttle body, a couple of pigtails to make an extension harness for the speed sensor (this is z32 na trans/sensor so theoretically the speedo will work and be more or less accurate).

        The only things that really changed was having to cut one of the 3 legs off the downpipe that was interfering with the crossmember and building a new bracket that holds the back of the downpipe (connected to trans mount). Also I was running a Peak Performance poly transmission mount with a cut up stock bracket for the brace, but that won't work now. The z32 and s13 trans mounts are the same, so I have an OEM one in it right now with a Nismo trans mount on the way.

        Pretty pleased with how everything has gone, and excited to get it going.

        Oh also the Drive by Wire is all wired in and calibrated, so hoping that works in the car as well as it did on the bench. Using a 350z pedal (same pattern as s13) but spaced 1" out from the bracket. Gonna have a buddy make me a block/spacer piece that moves the pedal up 1/2-1" and spaces it out 1". Should be simple.

        Pretty much all of this was a waste of time and money but fun project to tinker on the last few weeks after a couple years of collecting parts.


        • #34
          I'm usually good about not having scope creep, but here we are. I bought GKTech front lower control arms after finding a bad ball joint (might as well upgrade!). Then I ended up buying the GKtech grip/drift knuckles and trying to get those in.. Turns out with the short ears on the MCS struts, there is not enough clearance to the spindle. Rather than chasing it, I'm just going to have MCS make me new strut housings this coming fall/winter. I put it back together with my old Logr spindles and FLCAs so they can do another year on the car.

          On the drivetrain front: I got the car fired up and idling a bit before I decided to redo the whole harness and ECU setup.

          Decided to cash in a few a favors with my friend Mark Panic of PanicWire. Decided to rip the bandaid on a G4X XtremeX wire-in ecu with an all new harness.

          Took a couple extra months to sort it out, but just finished installing and hoping to have this thing fired up in the next week again.

          This is way overkill with how many extra inputs/outputs I have but my goal is to get working cruise control with the new DBW setup #oldman.


          • #35
            Nice! DBW is awesome from what I've gathered. I have a bosch TB for my VE setup (that's sitting on the shelf for some time, lol). Not surprised on the GKTech stuff though. I had to grind and drill out my knuckles to get them to fit my Feals. They are poorly manufactured. I ended up selling them anyway, as the defsport kit didn't fit (older version, and before I switched brake setup). Make sure to swap out the QA1s on there as well!

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            • #36
              This is just a BRZ throttle body, I think it's 5mm bigger than stock s13 SR20, they're $50, and work fine. Friend machined me a flange for the throttle body and I had that welded on. Same friend made me a conversion/spacer block for the 350z pedal which positions it well. Both are cheap and seem to work just fine.


              • #37
                That's awesome! Got to love having friend's with useful talents.

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                • #38
                  Harness looks nice! I've looked into DBW before but don't really want to ditch the OEM manifold. I've been working on building my own harness for a Elite 1500 / iC7 install. Hoping to have it started this weekend.
                  SM 63 KA-t 470hp 480tq G30-660 A2W IC


                  • #39
                    Finally tuned -- 330whp @ 14psi, 380whp at @20psi. Pretty much as expected. The manifold lost some in the middle for sure but over 6k comes on fine. Mostly ho-hum about it, as the wastegate flange cracked from the manifold on the only 20psi pull. It's survived 8 years and many many heat cycles on track so it's sort of the cost of doing business. I'll get it fixed this week.