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A JDM Daily driver.

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Re: A JDM Daily driver.

Postby Gojira san » Wed Jan 21, 2015 12:15 pm

that's some great advice, i only planned on the kit for the manifold, and the E-manage.

but you are right. :P a collection of bits can be put together. i have an intercooler (Mitsubishi RVR) but will prolly get a better one. my guy can make a manifold.( i will do a post on him later). there is a old hks BOV in a cabinet at a small workshop nearby for $50. or a random one from up garage. Power FC's can be had for $600 on Yahoo japan. an intake can be made from pipes & joints. - a custom setup is certainly doable. perhaps even more fun and interesting. with money left for the expensive internals. thanks. :mrgreen:

And the skyline diff swap is good to know, as there are guys around here cutting them in half and leaving the diff behind. .... sweet!

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Re: A JDM Daily driver.

Postby Gojira san » Wed Jan 21, 2015 12:25 pm

got some workshop time with my car today.
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and had a try at seeing how the new wheels fit.
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"Houston, we have fitment issues" :lol: - it looks super high because it was on an air jack, and i didn't want to drop it on the tires. just to see what i'm dealing with.
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now, i must meet the paint guy. and see what we can do to make these fit. i'm open to suggestions.. as i want to make these rims work. :wink:

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Re: A JDM Daily driver.

Postby JZZ30 » Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:18 pm

The HKS GT30/40 wont fit the greddy manifold anyway as the Greddy manifold is T2 flange whilst the GT30 turbine should be T3 flange minimum. And a manifold with a wastegate port is what you want.

@Soiled: How straight is the Skyline diff swap btw?

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Re: A JDM Daily driver.

Postby Soiled » Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:37 pm

I haven't done it personally, talked to a guy at the last track day who has a 20b turbo in his Altezza and he said it's a straight swap. I'll try dig up links to his build too.

I just use a cusco centre in the factory diff for now until that gives up.

edit: here's a link to his build on facebook https://www.facebook.com/KIMMAA/media_s ... 030&type=3

I remember measuring some up and the diff is straight swap, and the axles are slightly longer but fit fine.

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Re: A JDM Daily driver.

Postby Gojira san » Thu Jan 22, 2015 5:40 am

yeah, i wasn't worried about customing the flanges etc, just getting it working as a Turbo, then going from there. but it's all good. the mix 'n match way seems to be the way to go. as i can hand pick every part. i will look for more stuff today.

the good news is, i have a shot at a job in a breakers yard. which will give me first pick at whatever parts are available. plenty of used up drift cars to strip parts from. :D more on that later...

how much stronger is the diff? and now i'm wondering if an S14 diff will fit... aftermarket centres would be more common.

anyway, off to see a man about a stripe, wheel arch stretching, and random parts shopping. pics to come soon. :wink:

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Re: A JDM Daily driver.

Postby peter0991 » Thu Jan 22, 2015 8:37 am

Nice man! Get a hammer and make those wheels fit. Should tuck in with zero issues :wink:
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Re: A JDM Daily driver.

Postby Gojira san » Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:32 am

peter0991 wrote:Nice man! Get a hammer and make those wheels fit. Should tuck in with zero issues :wink:


Thanks for the encouragement. your car is super nice. it really sets a benchmark for others. awesome job. i really hope it works out to be minimal in the bodywork department. with as little "Tuck" as possible. a easy fit is what i pray for.

but tucking with camber? In most places, that would work. but here in Japan? no dice. due to legalities, customizing your car is frowned upon. not only by the autorities, but by a large percentage of workshops. (unless you pay them $$$ to do it) the deal is, if your wheels extend out of the wheel arch, at all. it's a fail. negative camber? fail. over fenders or widebody? pay $800 to the man. for a whole new "shaken" as a custom car. it blows big time. :roll:


it's winter now,so with snow tires on. i got some time to iron out a plan. starting with buying those parts.
almost ready to see if i can cut a deal with my paint guy, like $1,000 cash to make it right. i hope it doesn't come to that.

turboing the engine is already weighing heavy in the future money spending department. i'm looking at spending $600-$1000 a month for the next year. starting in spring. and purchasing the simpler items from now.
of course, saving money at every chance.
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Re: A JDM Daily driver.

Postby xeraptor » Thu Jan 22, 2015 1:46 pm

IMHO: Man, you live in Japan with cars being so cheap there.
Just buy a JZX100 TourerV and be done with it. You will spend much more money on 3S engine, which will not perform remotely close to 1JZ. You can even go with R34 GT-S 4 door for that much money. Why bother with Altezza?

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Re: A JDM Daily driver.

Postby Gojira san » Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:36 pm

honestly? because the Altezza was cheap. and i have recently become a father. so my R33gtst 2 door got sacrificed as a trade-in to a dealer. the benefit? my Altezza was only $2,400. with new tires, a service,timing belt,and a 6 month warrranty. apart from the previous owners neglect, it is a sound car. that will hold a baby chair in the back with easy access. a 4-door was what the doctor (re:wife)ordered. and against popular belief, really clean, desirable cars are worth dollars here.

I had a cheap TourerV in mind=sold, looked at Celsior's-too large, Legacy RSK- more upfront drivetrain repairs than i want to pay for, (subaru's are awesome, but need constant maintenance)besides, i'm a rwd driver. EVO6? too expensive, and awd. R34 4-door? rusted to the core, (a common drama with skylines)the choices were drying up. it came down to a choice between an AT mazda RX8 with no trade-in,no service, or warranty. for $3,500. or throw my rusty skyline under the bus for a sweet deal on a sound car. The Altezza. i got lucky.

Now if i have to drive a slower car than i'm used to, and a 4-door?
i am going to make damned sure it's the baddest Altezza it can be. the engine mods are because i am really going to miss having the 350+hp on tap, and buckets of torque. the rest? because this car has potential to be fun, and turn some heads. i like it a lot.- even it it's slow. :lol:

it's a new toy, and the wife likes it. thats a win, right?
let the customizing commence! :mrgreen:

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Re: A JDM Daily driver.

Postby xeraptor » Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:46 pm

I went down exactly same path for exactly same reasons.
3 years later Altezza is not a friendly daily anymore and it is for sale.
Wife has Nissan March for daily beating and I ordered an RX7 for myself. :)
Compromises rarely work.

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Re: A JDM Daily driver.

Postby xeraptor » Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:59 pm

PS.
I had ST246 Caldina GT-Four, that's a brilliant reliable family car :).

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Re: A JDM Daily driver.

Postby Gojira san » Thu Jan 22, 2015 5:44 pm

xeraptor wrote:I went down exactly same path for exactly same reasons.
3 years later Altezza is not a friendly daily anymore and it is for sale.
Wife has Nissan March for daily beating and I ordered an RX7 for myself. :)
Compromises rarely work.


My wife rolls a Subaru legacy GTB. with all replaced parts from HKS,and STI. it's an epic family wagon. and it was my gift to her for her birthday. nice to drive, but not "Fun" we have a family car.

I needed to get a toy/second car that can be a part time family car. so now for the fun. :D

I believe in getting results. i may compromise on the way, but never the outcome. i sunk $$$$$ into the legacy. now its my turn. there is $2,000 worth of parts sitting here on the floor ready to be fitted. more parts to order. i really don't expect this car to be "Friendly" when i'm done with it. coilovers, recaro/bride seats, low profile tires, and power that you can hear. it will be a bitch to drive. and that's my fun away from the comfort of the subaru. the only catch is, i need to find the money left over after family stuff.- or it would be built in a month. 350+ hp is all i ask, with the car as a whole up to my own personal standards. my limit would be 10k. over a 1-2 year period. it's not so much of a compromise, more of a different way to build a car just to enjoy building it. (and driving it hard). the choice has been made, i am comitted to this build.

Caldina's are cool. 8)

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Re: A JDM Daily driver.

Postby peter0991 » Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:19 am

Toyota Mark X :oops: Dream car, with a JZ and a manual box swap :D
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Re: A JDM Daily driver.

Postby Gojira san » Fri Jan 23, 2015 11:17 am

nice!

My dream car? 2014 Toyota Crown Athlete, in metallic hot pink.slammed, and boosted. because why not?

awwww, now i wanna paint the 'tezza pink. :lol:

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Re: A JDM Daily driver.

Postby peter0991 » Fri Jan 23, 2015 4:48 pm

I like your taste :lol:
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