My R34!

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My R34!

Post by WICKSY101 » Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:43 pm

Holla all,

I'm sure some of you will have seen my A45 build, if not, please find a link below.

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This post however is about my R34 GTT Skyline. Its a 4 door! (Everybody knows these are cooler than the two door GTT.) It was originally an automatic however now has an R33 manual box in! Imported in 2014, the previous owners could have given it a little more love, not going to moan though as It means i get a great deal!

This skyline had been parked by a local Tesco for a number of years and I always drove past and saw it. My other half mentioned that the owner was a family friend (Apparently he had a thing for her too :o . I jokingly asked her to message and see if it was up for sale! I don't think she ever did.

Fast forward to Feb 2020.
Over the course of the year i kept asking. I think she got fed up and just said 'Okay, ill ask him'. What would you know? The next day I was off to view the car, 9AM sharp!

Here are some of the photo's from when I brought it!.
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The car looked in fairly good condition for a Skyline in the UK. I couldn't wait to give it a clean to see how it turned out.

The owner also had a box of goodies that they had not fitted themselves. I managed to get a very good deal on this!
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The owner did mention that the car had a misfire (Flashbacks to the A45) and it was very hesitant around the 4krpm mark under heavy acceleration. It would bog down, pop and bang and even throw a flame, once it got to 5k, it would carry on fine.

I took it home and gave it its first clean!
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It came up very well! It did allow me to spot a few bits of rust that needed sorting. Mostly around the arches and Strut tops. Back to the rust later.

It was time to figure out what was causing the misfire. I ordered some new coilpacks and spark plugs. I fit these and while it was better, it did not seem to be 100%. Next up, I thought I would pass it to somebody that actually knows what they are doing. I sent it of to Carson performance for them to take a look. After a decent amount of investigation we found a number of issues. There was multiple boost leaks and a cracked spark plug. Most of the leaks were on the intercooler piping and one on the BOV. These all got welded/sealed.

The car was finally running correctly! Next up it was time to get the tuning parts fitted. For this, it went over to The Tuning society in Basingstoke.

They diagnosed the boost control solenoid on the A45 so I assumed that it was in good hands. They were also link dealers, this is useful as I had a Link ecu. The mods installed included uprated fuel pump, injectors, Hybrid turbo and a Link G4+ ECU. Once this was all installed, the dyno run shows a nice 380bhp. I had wanted more but being my first ever RWD car, this is probably enough. Just under 100bhp difference from stock. I do plan on getting a bigger turbo and top mount manifold soonish, should bring it up to around the 500 mark.

While I had all of the important engine sensors for the ECU, there was no wheel speed sensors meaning I have no luxury of ABS/Traction control (Secretly a good thing), it's certainly different from the A45, no planting it coming out of corners!

Next up, I took off the side skirts. This revealed some lovely rust! It seems that the skirts trap the water and just keep it nice and moist. Rust is my next job to tackle.

I have included a few before and afters below but a full album will be linked at some point.

Most of the rust was simple, sand it away, treat and paint. Other bits such as the strut tops required cutting out and new plate welding in!
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Re: My R34!

Post by WICKSY101 » Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:44 pm

Rust Before!

This is nowhere near all of it but some examples. The worst was the strut tops!
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2016 FL, Cosmos Black, full spec inc Aero Kit.

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Full Carbon Wheel & Bonnet ¦ Remus Catback Exhaust¦Nortech 5" intake¦Rouge Performance Downpipe¦TPGTX Hybrid Turbo ¦ WP Charge Cooler ¦Devils Own Meth Kit¦Stage 4 tune¦525BHP

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Re: My R34!

Post by WICKSY101 » Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:47 pm

During the repairs!
Strut tops were all cut out, the rest was sanded down.
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2016 FL, Cosmos Black, full spec inc Aero Kit.

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Full Carbon Wheel & Bonnet ¦ Remus Catback Exhaust¦Nortech 5" intake¦Rouge Performance Downpipe¦TPGTX Hybrid Turbo ¦ WP Charge Cooler ¦Devils Own Meth Kit¦Stage 4 tune¦525BHP

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Re: My R34!

Post by WICKSY101 » Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:51 pm

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As you can see, most of the rust has now been sorted. I also brought a new front and rear bumper to replace the old cracked ones. They are the last bits to be painted before the car returns! (Hopefully Thursday!)
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I also have a new bodykit currently being made. Once this is finished, painted and fitted, expect more photos!
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2016 FL, Cosmos Black, full spec inc Aero Kit.

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Full Carbon Wheel & Bonnet ¦ Remus Catback Exhaust¦Nortech 5" intake¦Rouge Performance Downpipe¦TPGTX Hybrid Turbo ¦ WP Charge Cooler ¦Devils Own Meth Kit¦Stage 4 tune¦525BHP

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Re: My R34!

Post by MAFFA » Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:11 pm

Nice write up mate. I’ve been watching this on FB & can’t wait to see the final results
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Re: My R34!

Post by Notman101 » Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:47 am

Been watching this come together on the gram But enjoying the commentary of the forum so keep it up! Solid effort so far and looking forward to seeing more updates
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