I'll start off with a rather late HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone reading! 2019 has been no short of an absolute BLAST with all the things ive learned, the cars ive owned, and most importantly all the good times ive had with friends! And it seems life only continues to get better as we head on to 2020! Anyways, lets get on with the usual vehicular shenanigans
If you’ve read @BigSmoke
's updates, you’ll know we went to Tsukuba twice recently. Smoke covered the full event along with everyones cars so be sure to read up on his update! For now, I’ll just cover how the M4 fared in its first real stress test
I didn’t really know what to expect when I headed out of the pits for the first time and mashed the throttle. But regardless, the results I got were pretty COOL ND NICE
Might be slightly unfair but since this car has coilovers and better tires, handling was very very crisp to say the least. Body roll has been drastically reduced thanks to the KW DDC coilovers, and the Michelin PS4S tires seemed to fare good enough!
The current main drawbacks of the car were the brakes and the power, rather obviously. They weren’t horrendous or anything of course, in fact for most people they’d probably get the job done. But since this is a sub 1500kg car, 425hp and stock non-ceramic brakes can only do so much under full load.
There was some oversteering too, but only if I did it purposedly xD I tried Jeremy Clarksons method of “Comfort steering, Sport+ everything else” on the drive selections, which he said to be the perfect setting to have some EPIC shredded tires. And sure enough, he was right! Though I only drove with those settings for like two turns because I didn’t want to fry the brand new tires already
You might be wondering what kinda laptimes I clocked with this thing. So, in this 2015 BMW M4 DCT with KW coilovers and Michelin PS4S tires, the best tsukuba lap I could set was 1:05.43! Not the fastest but definitely not the slowest either. Im pretty happy with that time considering the car barely has any mods. Though soon enough, under 60 seconds is the goal
Overall, aside from the car feeling just a bit oomph-less on the straights and the brakes feeling not up-to-par, this thing was VERY fun to blast around Tsukuba circuit! Cant wait to get some more mods in to unlock the full potential of this chassis!
The last time you saw this thing I had disassembled the body and I said I’d go for a new look. Aaaand that’s exactly what I did. I came across a part-out post of an ECR33 GTS25t just like mine, and it had a rare BOMEX body kit on. Knowing that I’d struck gold, I immediately got in touch with the guy and bought the kit!
Well when I say bought the kit, I mean just the side skirts and rear bumper. See the problem is the front bumper that guy was selling had a massive crack towards the bottom section. Repairable, but hassleful for sure. But then I remembered @Lagano
's ECR33 which we gifted to him on his birthday had a BOMEX front bumper. Also in rough shape but nowhere near as rough as that other one. So I got in touch with Lagano and we worked out a deal! We straight trade the front bumpers, me giving my old OEM S2 bumper+lip, and then he buys my OEM S2 side skirts and rear bumper too.
Of course you may have noticed there are other mods at play here too, like the S3 GTS Projection headlight retrofit, which required cutting and adjusting the S2 GTST hood a bit to fit. Then theres the ganador side mirrors which I picked up at an UpGarage not long ago, and then theres these new wheels. Which are R18 Advan RG2’s wrapped in a fresh set of Dunlop Direzzas. OH and lastly some wider Origin Labo front fenders too!
I was initially gonna leave it at this and send the car to VS garage where I have my cars painted as usual. But then AJ (@rocketbunnyS13) had a different plan. About 2 weeks ago after I finished test fitting the bodykit and wheels, he put out the idea of respraying the car together in house since we have a full fledged paintbooth on our new garage now. To which I said WHY NOT? Respraying a car was a challenge I was yet to take up and with the knowledge we’ve gathered over the years, I felt we were good enough for the job!
Fast forward to a few days ago, after a whole week of consistent fiddling around, and possibly coating our lungs in paint particles, the car is finally ONE COLOR AGAIN!
The color we picked was an OEM R33 white, QM1 to be specific. Since this is our first full respray, we figured a simplistic white would be the way to go, so in case we fuck anything up it should be easily fixable. We resprayed the whole car with the new BOMEX kit and the old Nismo rear wing too for now.
BUT WAIT, it’s not done yet! I didn’t want to leave it plain white given we now have a rather extravagant BOMEX kit. So I cooked up a sticker tune real quick and we applied that on.
Im not sure if I wanna do anything to the hood yet but as of now, I think the livery came out pretty good! And to stylize a bit more, I put on a pair of eyelids that I had laying around for ages now
I also took off some of the window stickers to clean it up a bit more. Might leave it like that, might add some new ones in. Idk, we’ll see!
With that, its safe to say the exterior is more or less finished for this car. Ive ordered a crapton of engine parts already and they should be here any day now, so that’s definitely coming next!
NEW (old) WHIP #1!
About 3 or so months ago Marc (@topy
) put out the word that he was selling his S15. The same car which was originally owned by @Ward
. He bought it as a rolling shell, all good except engine missing. Had a full Vertex Ridge widebody kit on too! Marc got it running again with a new powerplant and ended up selling it shortly after in order to fund his Evo 8 MR purchase. He hooked me up with a homie discount of just 6k V$ too!
Heres what the car looked like
But you may be wondering, why am I showing this thing now if I bought it 3 whole months ago? Well that’s bc it went straight to VS garage for a bodywork switch-up.
I left it there and told them to take their time with it, and they ofc stripped the car down for the most part. and we toyed around with many color and bodykit ideas. But soon enough we agreed on an exterior style and a whole 3 months later, I finally got to pick it up
Say hello to the new S15 Silvia Spec-R project!
I traded in the old Vertex Ridge kit for this OEM style setup that you see right now. We’re rocking a full OEM aero kit, Top Secret front fenders, some minimal rear overfenders they had laying around at VS garage, Ganador mirrors, and these sick custom made clear taillights!
As for the paint, like I said I wanted to respray it smth else at first, but then I figured I wanted to rock the white for a while before doing so. It had some rough spots here and there from usage so the guys at VS garage gave it a full touchup and detail
As you may have noticed, the old Work Emotion XT7’s are currently off the car too. Im keeping those as spares and replaced them with R18 Advan RC2’s in gold! Definitely a very underrated wheel this (maybe bc its kinda rare)
That should be it for exterior, lets talk about the rest of the car bc this thing is packing quite some heat rn. It has R34 GTR brembo brakes all around and KSport Kontrol Pro coilovers. But that’s not really what I mean t by heat. The heat comes in under the hood
Yup, you’re looking at an SR20VET NEO VVL powertrain. An interesting engine this, since it powered @11000rpm
's SR-E36 (u an OG if u remember that car). It originally came out of an A32 Nissan Cefiro, so NA block. But 11k built it up to what is rn. VVL head, Garrett GTX2871r turbo kit, aftermarket injectors and all the necessary supporting mods. It made about 350hp back in his E36, which is a pretty healthy number considering its still a stock block! Later down the line he ended up selling the E36 project, and the engine got sold separately. Marc got it and transplanted it into this S15 and yada yada yada, I have it now. So yeah, the engine of this car went from A32 Cefiro to E36 320i to S15 silvia, and the car itself went from @Ward
to me. Quite a family tree innit
Interior wise its pretty much average condition, and stock for the most part. Just has the Apexi PowerFC ECU module on the air vent there
And these Bride Zeta 3 seats too
All that being said, the car does have its issues too. The biggest one being, the Garret turbo seems to have a bad amount of shaft-play, so that’s on its way out. The clutch has some slippage, and I think it needs an oil and coolant change. Its also missing an air filter and the straight pipe exhaust seemingly has an obnoxious leak. Just these small issues here and there. Other than that its ready to rip!
And speaking of ripping, I failed at holding myself from dumping the already failing clutch on the way back to the garage. I DO NOT CONDONE DRIFTING CITY CENTRAL AREAS
NEW WHIP #2!
RECOMMENDED TO READ @FranklinAnderson
's UPDATE FIRST!
Right, if you’ve come from his update, you’ll already know about this car.
Say hello to new project number 2, a BCNR33 Skyline GT-R VSpec! One that was yet another unexpected and probably unnecessary gift from a collective amount of people (seriously I don’t know what ive done to deserve this)
A GT-R of any gen has been another bucket list car for me, just like the Porsche 911 which I fulliflled recently. Though I didn’t plan on buying one rn, Franklin hooked me up with a deal I pretty much couldn’t refuse. Or at least I thought so. I literally had the cash ready to buy the car, only to find I got EPICLY pranked
Coming from Franklins update, you should know this car was originally a wreck. Franklin managed to pick it up from auction for an absurd cheap price, and then everyone, including me, chipped in to repair it together to how it is right now. Big props to @FranklinAnderson
, and @Nightkid
for getting this thing up and kickin’, and then handing it to me free of charge (Again, idk why y’all did this and idk how to thank you for it fr)
Lets get into car details now shall we. It’s a 1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R VSpec. Originally had 110k ish km’s on the clock before it got into the bad front end wreck. Its currently sprayed in Deep Marine Blue, which is an OEM BCNR33 color
During the group restoration I threw in some mods as well. I serviced the RB26 top to bottom before adding some new Nismo spark plugs, HKS cone air filters, OEM radiator and intercooler replacements, and an HKS Exhaust
Suspension wise it has some Tein coilovers that @Benny
had laying around. And for wheels, it may look like TE37’s, but these are actually Hyperdrive Shoguns. Essentially TE37 replicas with some design changes. Courtesy of @Nightkid
Interior wise it had popped a few airbags on the dash, steering wheel etc. @BigSmoke
was in charge of that and he replaced all of it with OEM parts. Interior as good as stock now!
All in all, the total rebuild cost including car price was around 12k for this thing, i was told that i'd be buying it for exactly that price but oh well, who knew i was about to get absolutely bamboozled for new years. Yet again, Big THANK to everyone who contributed to this build. Especially @FranklinAnderson
for the whole idea. I truly love y'all nohomo
Build plan wise, im not sure what I wanna do with this thing rly. Lets just see where time takes us!
ANYWAYS, that’ll be all for now. I guess we’re off to an EPIC start for 2020!
Also, I now officially own 10 (T E N) cars! Not sure if this is a good thing or if im out of my mind
regardless, thanks for stopping by as always!