my car, introduction


was gonna be one of the first things i was gonna do here but got a bit lazy. pretty much taken from my build thread on

in 2007 around september or so was when i picked up this bad boy. first silvia ive owned, bought with the intention to have a very quick, very good handling car to make me smile, and get into drift. picked it up a bit rough round the edges, dents/scratches on most panels. but i didnt care about looks and was just keen for something quicker than my 84 volvo 240.

How i bought it

specs at purchase

– rb20det

– ebay special to4e (with fucking huge rear housing)

– tial 38mm external gate

– stainless high mount manifold

– 2.5″ straight through, with end muffler

– turbosmart bleed tap

– gtr injectors

– walbro fuel pump

– pwr intercooler and custom piping

– koyo triple core radiator and nismo thermostat

– twin 10″ thermo fans

– chipped ecu

– jic gold coilovers

– cusco rear strut brace

– veilside andrews 17×10 +38 rear 17×9.5 +43 front (with 25mm front spacers)

–  bride brix drivers seat

– cusco handbrake cover

– omp steering wheel

– hkb boss

– defi gauges

first nite i had it i got out to pump tires. went to start it up again and…no start. long story shorter, i got an rac mechanic round, and crazily enough he knew the original owner and had worked on the car a few years back  . turned out one of the ecu plugs had been kicked out and car was running in safe mode, overfueled hard and fouled the plugs. good first lesson that made me say ‘here we go’.

took it to a silvia dyno day and ran about 260hp at 15psi. little lower than expected but it was running a very basic tune.

first thing that happened was a very dodgy sand/cut/spray job of the front bar. and nightshaded the indicators/rear lights just a tad

 and because my suspension was scaryily rooted, fairly new coils were picked up second hand. hks hyper d’s 9kg fronts 7kg rears

did some skids (sorry shit sound and image)

then put in some locally made rear camber arms, dumped it a bit and got an alignment. learnt how underated a proper alignment is.

picked up a ca lip for $20 too

 the car was still running a very basic tune at this stage. so i bought a greddy profec eo-1 boost controller to replace the bleed valve, got a nistune installed and tuned and managed a 305hp@18psi (dyno said 18, boost controller set to 19, boost guage said 21)  the tuner said in response to test driving the car ‘that is the laggiest fucking turbo ever!!’ and ‘you cant drift this.’

haha took it down to a drag night after the tune. due to wiring issues car died just b4 scruteneering, but mates and fellow silvia lads came together and managed to get it running b4 the night was over. ran a 12.777 at 114.94 mph on my 4th ever run! with a 2.26s 60 foot

 a few weeks later a small, poorly placed pole hit my car. snapped a tie rod and made a nice dent on the fr fender, but managed to drive 3km to a mates house in the wet with 1 wheel steering. this was a very good excuse to buy ikeya formula tie rods.

whilst i was down there i thort smashing on some 32gtr brakes would be a nice touch

then next weekend i spotted a t3 flanged gt2530 selling for unppassuppably cheap so it was mine.

then i wanted to make the car look badass, so i painted some shit black and threw on a custom light setup (yes, the lights on the left are slightly different to that on the right, but this has since been fixed)

weeks b4 christmas things got awesome shit. copped a yellow, car isnt regoed with the rb. dam. i generally had way too much on my mind and too much going on in pretty much every facet of my life at this stage and the icing on the cake was white smoke of failure pouring out the exhaust on the way to the pits. i had managed to get the gt2530 on (put it on as its less defectable – ext gate, hard dose) but ran it without water lines. so car was pulled of the road and will be until these happen 1) turbo is rebuilt (currently getting done) 2) car has engineering for engine and 5 stud conversion 3) everythings tidied up and stock shit thrown on and taken over the pits but im over thinking about what needs to be done, and have gone back to what i want ot be done. so im possibly buying new rims. pending shipping costs, i could have some very aggressive *milkshakes* to make me happy.


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