Gt-r Dreams: Dino’s R34 Skyline Gt-r Project

14 years. That’s a pretty long time to hold on to a car. Every time I jump in my R34 however there is always that feel of excitement, just like when I drove it for the first time back in 1999. Every time I park it I still can’t resist a quick glance as I walk away. I don’t quite know why, but the san-yon seems to have bewitched me; it’s the only car I ever wanted and the only car I would ever want to keep. It may have been well and truly surpassed in every way, but no matter how many fast and capable modern day sports cars and supercars I drive, once I get back in my GT-R I can’t help but smile. I’ve gotten to a point that I know the car inside out, I know exactly what it will do in pretty much every instance, I have developed a man-machine bond that can only happen when the car truly captivates its driver. Compared to most “R” owners I may have barely scratched the surface of the seemingly limitless tuning potential these cars have, but no matter how basic the modifications I have carried out so far may be, I have gotten a great deal of satisfaction from them. I will never understand people that drop off their cars at tuning shops and have big complete rebuilds because for me, feeling every little upgrade is what perfecting one’s own car is all about. From this month you will be seeing a lot more of my GT-R as we begin to roll out our Project Car stories, documenting our journeys with our own rides, the best part of all – getting feedback from you guys. But before I get stuck in with fitting the exciting new parts that I have been stocking up over the last year…

…I thought it would be a good time to take you through a short journey of how my car has changed over the last decade or so. For close to two years I did pretty much nothing with it. I was smitten enough with its performance that I enjoyed it as it was, limiting myself to little things like a Nismo dial cluster and Nismo clear front and side repeaters, a much needed first upgrade to any zenki R34 that came with those horrible orange ones! Thanks to a friend of mine who was also a san-yon owner I got the chance to visit Mine’s for the first time and get a hands-on experience of what a 600 HP GT-R felt like. That’s pretty much the moment I decided my attempt to keep the car stock and its warranty intact for the first 3 years of its life, rather futile. A second trip to Mine’s was booked and this time the car received some goodies…

…in the form of their stainless steel front pipes, a sports catalyst…

…and the VX stainless steel exhaust system.

The exhaust was also joined by an HKS EVC boost controller and a Mine’s VX-Rom, their reflashed ROM chip that they soldered into the factory Hitachi ECU. After a few hours of work the car came out of the workshop literally transformed, now boasting around 400 PS and an impressively responsive tune.

I ended up taking the car out to Twin Ring Motegi for a quick few laps, this was when the track was brand new, just opened a few months prior. Power wise it felt spot on out through the twisty corners of the superb circuit, but with the soft stock suspension I ended up spinning the car and ending up literally inches from the barriers. A heart attack to say the least!

It’s when I realized that I couldn’t hold off any more, suspension – and a lot more practice – were needed presto! So I headed down to Nismo Omori Factory in Tokyo and had them install their S-tune suspension kit, a street oriented set up that would tighten up the handling and…

…bring the off-road-like ride height to a more sensible level. The handling and whole dynamics of the san-yon were altered, I could now really use the newfound performance, carry more speed into the corners and get on the power earlier, much earlier in fact, taking full advantage of the catapult effect that GT-Rs are so known for.

Plus the car looked so much better sitting lower to the ground, even if it was still sitting on the stock rims with their less than aggressive offset.

Next up on the mods list was the cooling. A friend of mine was replacing his Trust intercooler with a twin entry ARC unit following a ton of work at Top Secret so I picked this barely used item up at a decent price. I spent about a day polishing it back to its former shine…

…before it was hidden behind the bumper! The design of Trust intercoolers have always been commended for their good flow characteristics and I was happy with the obvious cooling benefits this brought when driving hard, something that was easily noticeable via the intake temperature display on the MFD. However what I also did notice was a little bit more heat soak when sitting in traffic for example but that was kind of expected. The intercooler was fitted along with GReddy aluminum piping which replaced the nasty black rubber hoses.

An HKS oil cooler followed too, fitted to the passenger side of the bumper along with an aluminium housing/baffling to direct the air from the intake towards the core. This is probably one of the best mods I carried out, after this the oil temperature has always been rock solid and when driving hard does a great job of keeping it all at optimum temperature, even during Japan’s hot summers.

At one point I even got rid of the stock airbox, believing that a pair of HKS SPF filters would be a worthwhile addition. These probably stayed on about 3,000 km, as I just didn’t like them. Aside from the dubious filtering capabilities of a pair of thin oily sponges, it was also the poorly sealed edges of the pods that concerned me. Add to this the absolutely horrible induction sound they made, and I got rid of them very quickly. What was left behind was a complete mess of sludge in the intakes, oil mixed with dust and worryingly large pieces of debris that had been “filtered” (and no, not all of it was from recirculated blow-by). So on went the stock airbox once again, along with a K&N/Nismo panel filter and what I found was a better low-rpm response and a well balanced induction raw.

On the braking side of things I fitted some Ferodo DS2500 pads, Nismo braided lines and the must have Cusco master cylinder stopper, which all contributed to give a slightly firmer middle pedal and better braking performance. It wasn’t all great however, a few up and down sessions on the touge and brake fade was very much unavoidable as were smoking brake pads!

I continued to enjoy the car and driving it like was meant to be driven, taking it up in the mountains around Hitachi and Takahagi and at times finding empty countryside roads to practice the odd launch…

…trying to see how high I could get that torque split meter to go! Not surprisingly, it wasn’t long before the stock clutch had had it…

…so after much research I decided to go with what then was, and I’m talking of about ten years ago now, a very innovative clutch upgrade. To fit it I went down to my then local shop in Ibaraki, Tex Modify, which like many tuners in Japan had initially started with drag racing and had moved to drifting, building and looking after Tanaka’s S15 in D1.

The Getrag along with the transfer box was dropped…

…revealing the well used clutch plate…

…and flywheel.

It was all removed and replaced with a twin-plate ATS carbon clutch…

…along with a lightweight flywheel. What made me go for it were the countless positive reviews of how easy it was to live with and how less harsh it was on the driveline thanks to the unique friction characteristics of the carbon plates. All seemed to be true, it was – and still is as believe it or not after 25,000 km, I am still running it – almost as easy to use as the stock one but with an obvious better feel through fast gear changes. Drag-style launches became even more fun!

Some more time went by and the next upgrade I carried out were the wheels. Much like everything for the GT-R, there is so much choice out there that it takes a normal person ages to choose what brand or product to go for, even more so if you are anally retentive like myself. So, aside from the fact that I would never fit non-forged wheels to a performance car, I narrowed it down to either 18-inch Volk Racing TE37s or the then new 19-inch CE28Ns. Seeing these would be my “street” wheels it wasn’t hard to go for the 19s as after seeing them fitted to another R34 at an event they filled the wheel arches fantastically well.

So that’s what I went for, along with a set of Yokohama AVS Sports in 275/30.

Here is a quick size comparison with the stock BBS items. The 19-inch CE28s were actually quite a bit lighter than the stock rims, except that weight benefit quickly disappeared once the tyres were fitted.

Anyway, to say I was happy with the result would have been an understatement.

I still have these rims of course, I’m in the process of sort of restoring them after years of use and protecting/coating them. I’ve done two already thanks to the help of my equally OCD buddy who’s GT-R you have seen on here before. Two more to go and a fresh set of Volk Racing spoke-stickers thanks the awesome guys at Rays Engineering and they will be good as new.

I am not one to go wild on the aesthetics of a car but there have been some minor changes to the appearance of the R34 over the years, things like the Mine’s M3-look-a-like carbon mirrors…

…and a painted middle front spoiler right above the diffuser. Oh and the oldschool GT-R badge! I am actually thinking of getting rid of the mirrors and re-fitting the foldable stock ones so your opinion on this would be great.

I even ended up changing the old Nissan badge for the fancier new one but I think I may just get rid of both this and the GT-R one in the future for a cleaner look. Again, thoughts?

A few more additions were made under the bonnet too, the most important of which were the “Nismo inlet pipes” those shiny aluminum bits that replace the stock pipe with the “Twin Turbo” logo on it. These are very similar to what the Gr.A BNR32s used and transformed the throttle response and boost pick up of the engine thanks to a more flow-friendly design. In fact I had to get the HKS EVC boost controller reprogrammed as I was overboosting badly after fitting them!

I also fitted Augment hood dampers and got rid of the stock pole used to prop open the hood, a simple but nice touch I always thought.

Here is a shot of the car back about eight or nine years ago at Daikoku PA with a couple of my friend’s cars that had been heavily modified at Top Secret.

The final two upgrades I did to the aesthetics were the Nismo Z-tune front bumper which I literally fell in love the moment I saw the Z-tune unveil all those years ago…

…and the Nismo GT LED tail lights…

…almost identical to the ones that were used in Super GT R34s before they got replaced by the Z33s.

It may sound strange but I have never really taken many pictures of my car, neither have I done proper shoots on it, as I’m always waiting for it to be that little bit more complete. It is quite a vicious circle to say the least!

Upgrades in the interior have also been rather subtle. The cheap plastic center console has been replaced with a carbon fiber item from Robson Leather, while I’ve gotten rid of the stock steering wheel for a Sparco/Prodrive suede item which is great when wearing racing gloves but a bit slippery when not. For those with a keen eye you will also notice some kouki pedals, the same pedal set-up that Nissan recycled  on half of their lineup from 2001 and onwards.

More hooning around. This video was taken in 2008 when I had an R35 for a week to test and shoot.

How about this for some contrasting colors. I had that pink AE86 on loan from Newera for a week or so, and after driving and shooting it, it was sold to a certain Allen Lorenzo from Tomei Powered. Thankfully Allen has since removed the matching pink GT-wing!

One day back in 2008 Option Magazine even spotted my car on the street as I was driving on Kuramaebashi-dori in Tokyo. Option regularly does “car spotting” features where they spend a day on a busy road and document the modified cars that drive by. Apparently they liked my car for it’s sporty look. The car stayed pretty much as you see it above for a couple of years, the only thing that I added were Spoon’s Rigid Collars that got the front and rear subframes nicely aligned and introduced a newfound precision into the steering and how the suspension reacted to road imperfections.

Fast forward a few more years and back in 2011 I donated the R34 to Tomei Powered so that their exhaust wizard could develop the Expreme Ti titanium exhaust system. Here is Yamamoto-san of Tomei…

…grabbing a few catalogue shots for the underside of the car with the exhaust fitted.

I forgot how good 18-inch TE37s look…

…against a blue R34! I’ve temporarily swapped these rims with a friend for a set of RE30s…

…which you can see fitted here. This is the car at Do-Luck in Yokohama being transformed to RWD prior to an ECU tuning sessions.

That’s because if you recall back last year I had the pleasure of injecting more computing power in the R34 thanks to an advanced Haltech

…Platinum Pro ECU, a plug and play computer which helps bring the old girl into the new millennium. This has quickly become my favorite upgrade as it unleashes a ton of potential, which I honestly haven’t even begun to tap into yet.

But more on that to come this year!

Scott from Haltech and Ito-san of Do-Luck spent a few hours getting the best out of the computer…

…until the next set of modifications which will require a complete retune. Maybe then I can turn on the “soft” anti-lag setting!

With work taking up most of my free time as well as weekends, it has become harder and harder to find time to hit the track. But in summer last year Ito-san and Tarzan Yamada invited me along to test out…

…the Tarzan G-Box, a digital G-sensor replacement for the archaic stock electro-mechanical item.

It was yet another awesome upgrade in my quest to modernize the car and set up in a way that it changed not only the reaction times of the Attesa AWD system, but the amount of torque that is delivered to the front wheels.

The car feels so different now, almost like an Evo in the way that it juggles drive front/rear, allowing for an even more aggressive driving style out on track.

So this is where the car is at right now. I look forward to sharing all the upgrades and even the time I spend with the “R” with you all from now on, and will be looking at your comments carefully as I value all your feedback.

Let the fun begin!

Speedhunters Project Cars

-Dino Dalle Carbonare

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I've been coming here for several years, but I come here less and less anymore because I'm sick of all the coverage of rich guy cars that normal people will never be able to afford.  i realize the car thing is definitely not for poor people or even those with average incomes, but a little more attention to more obtainable cars would be fantastic.

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Holy hell! I cannot stand the word 'literally'. Dude, you abused this word three times in this article. It's just filler now...

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Great article. I like how your car evolved through the years, all your upgrades were done with method and taste.
Thanks for sharing the images and story of your personal ride.

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Always love seeing pictures of your car Dino, such a great example of an R34 tastefully modified. Looking forward to where you go with it next!

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Looking good Dino!  Still loving the day you met me at the station and we cruised to Nismo fest @ Fuji in this beaut!  Thanks again for that ;P
 
I think the original mirrors suit it better or some ganadors.  And for shaving off the badges I do like the idea.  Looks much cleaner and keeps it's lines better.  Looking forward to more!
 
-Tyler

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It's great to see you hold on to the R for all these years. I think the stock mirrors could look good and it's nice to change things up once in while. I am always a fan of debadged cars as well.

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@Neopolitian You literally need to calm down, or figuratively get a grip. It's literally not that serious.

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Great article. The R34 is the pinnacle of Nissan design for me as well. I've lusted after that car but will probably never own one. Good job with yours

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Great article. The R34 is the pinnacle of Nissan design for me as well. I've lusted after that car but will probably never own one. Good job with yours

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Great article. The R34 is the pinnacle of Nissan design for me as well. I've lusted after that car but will probably never own one. Good job with yours

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Dino,
 
As much as I love reading about the balls to the wall, ground up super builds that are pushing the boundaries, it is a refreshing change of pace to watch a car slowly develop. You find a shortcoming in the car, and you explain the thought process and solution behind the fix. That is much easier for the average person to emulate and relate to. I really enjoyed following along in this iterative process.I hope you continue this trend for the parts you've accumulated over the year and don't just throw a handful of parts at the car at once. Very tastefully done thus far and I look forward to seeing you continue to develop the car.
 
In my opinion, mirrors gotta go. Far too streamlined for a car so angular and "tight." Badges I'm indifferent to, nothing wrong with being proud of the Nissan heritage!

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Dino,
 
As much as I love reading about the balls to the wall, ground up super builds that are pushing the boundaries, it is a refreshing change of pace to watch a car slowly develop. You find a shortcoming in the car, and you explain the thought process and solution behind the fix. That is much easier for the average person to emulate and relate to. I really enjoyed following along in this iterative process.I hope you continue this trend for the parts you've accumulated over the year and don't just throw a handful of parts at the car at once. Very tastefully done thus far and I look forward to seeing you continue to develop the car.
 
In my opinion, mirrors gotta go. Far too streamlined for a car so angular and "tight." Badges I'm indifferent to, nothing wrong with being proud of the Nissan heritage!

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Dino,
 
As much as I love reading about the balls to the wall, ground up super builds that are pushing the boundaries, it is a refreshing change of pace to watch a car slowly develop. You find a shortcoming in the car, and you explain the thought process and solution behind the fix. That is much easier for the average person to emulate and relate to. I really enjoyed following along in this iterative process.I hope you continue this trend for the parts you've accumulated over the year and don't just throw a handful of parts at the car at once. Very tastefully done thus far and I look forward to seeing you continue to develop the car.
 
In my opinion, mirrors gotta go. Far too streamlined for a car so angular and "tight." Badges I'm indifferent to, nothing wrong with being proud of the Nissan heritage!

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Great article! Keep it clean and go badgeless and the stock mirrors!

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Great article! Keep it clean and go badgeless and the stock mirrors!

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Great article! Keep it clean and go badgeless and the stock mirrors!

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great article concept and awesome cause and effect dialogue!! there'a a lot of good insight here for those of us who prefer tweaking as apposed to hacking and sawing or simply delivering to the tuner. Looking forward to see what's in the boxes you've been hoarding since last year ;)

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great article concept and awesome cause and effect dialogue!! there'a a lot of good insight here for those of us who prefer tweaking as apposed to hacking and sawing or simply delivering to the tuner. Looking forward to see what's in the boxes you've been hoarding since last year ;)

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great article concept and awesome cause and effect dialogue!! there'a a lot of good insight here for those of us who prefer tweaking as apposed to hacking and sawing or simply delivering to the tuner. Looking forward to see what's in the boxes you've been hoarding since last year ;)

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Half the articles on here are very reasonably priced used. Especially the older ones covered. What do you want, features on beat up Ford Explorers and $1000 craigslist F bodies?

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Half the articles on here are very reasonably priced used. Especially the older ones covered. What do you want, features on beat up Ford Explorers and $1000 craigslist F bodies?

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Half the articles on here are very reasonably priced used. Especially the older ones covered. What do you want, features on beat up Ford Explorers and $1000 craigslist F bodies?

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Thanks for sharing Dino! Great article and car. IMO, keep the badges but swap the mirrors.

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Thanks for sharing Dino! Great article and car. IMO, keep the badges but swap the mirrors.

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Thanks for sharing Dino! Great article and car. IMO, keep the badges but swap the mirrors.

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Nice car, very balanced upgrades. But you need to install some Side Skirt because the profile looks un-even from the side. Lower Front Lip compare to the rest of the car. You know what I mean?

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Nice car, very balanced upgrades. But you need to install some Side Skirt because the profile looks un-even from the side. Lower Front Lip compare to the rest of the car. You know what I mean?

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Nice car, very balanced upgrades. But you need to install some Side Skirt because the profile looks un-even from the side. Lower Front Lip compare to the rest of the car. You know what I mean?

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what a beast!

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what a beast!

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what a beast!

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side skirts, stock side mirrors and keep the gtr badge. Car is a beast

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side skirts, stock side mirrors and keep the gtr badge. Car is a beast

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side skirts, stock side mirrors and keep the gtr badge. Car is a beast

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You forgot it's visit to Type One for some Rigid collars! Great article!

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You forgot it's visit to Type One for some Rigid collars! Great article!

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You forgot it's visit to Type One for some Rigid collars! Great article!

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I love your GT-R Dino and the way you go about upgrading it, you are very similar to the way I do things with my BCNR33.  I agree about the Tarzan box, Aki helped me get one out of Japan mid last year and its the best upgrade I've done so far!  Can get on the power so much earlier.  I can't wait to see your future updates!Sam

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I love your GT-R Dino and the way you go about upgrading it, you are very similar to the way I do things with my BCNR33.  I agree about the Tarzan box, Aki helped me get one out of Japan mid last year and its the best upgrade I've done so far!  Can get on the power so much earlier.  I can't wait to see your future updates!Sam

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I love your GT-R Dino and the way you go about upgrading it, you are very similar to the way I do things with my BCNR33.  I agree about the Tarzan box, Aki helped me get one out of Japan mid last year and its the best upgrade I've done so far!  Can get on the power so much earlier.  I can't wait to see your future updates!Sam

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What was going on with that RWD section?
Very very nice car though.

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What was going on with that RWD section?
Very very nice car though.

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What was going on with that RWD section?
Very very nice car though.

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You have great taste. Clean and elegant, yet also aggressive with unique touches. Great example of an amazing street car.

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You have great taste. Clean and elegant, yet also aggressive with unique touches. Great example of an amazing street car.

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You have great taste. Clean and elegant, yet also aggressive with unique touches. Great example of an amazing street car.

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Beautiful car and talk about functional in every way.  Have you thought about changing final drive ratios at all?  Or does the set, stock or whatever you have now, suit the track or tracks you visit just perfectly?
 
 
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Beautiful car and talk about functional in every way.  Have you thought about changing final drive ratios at all?  Or does the set, stock or whatever you have now, suit the track or tracks you visit just perfectly?
 
 
perpetualroad.wordpress.com

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Beautiful car and talk about functional in every way.  Have you thought about changing final drive ratios at all?  Or does the set, stock or whatever you have now, suit the track or tracks you visit just perfectly?
 
 
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@aussieANON 
 
it was converted to RWD for tuning purposes only as Do-Luck dont have a AWD dyno

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@aussieANON 
 
it was converted to RWD for tuning purposes only as Do-Luck dont have a AWD dyno

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@aussieANON 
 
it was converted to RWD for tuning purposes only as Do-Luck dont have a AWD dyno

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Awesome article and congrats on building a car you truly love. I cant keep a car longer than a few years as i start to get bored = Maybe i should go and buy a GTR?
 
Looking forward to see what this year brings. Good luck with it all Dino.
 
 
PS... Stock mirrors back on , keep the badges , lower it a tad more , side skirts to match the flow and level of the frontbar/lip & rear diffuser.

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Awesome article and congrats on building a car you truly love. I cant keep a car longer than a few years as i start to get bored = Maybe i should go and buy a GTR?
 
Looking forward to see what this year brings. Good luck with it all Dino.
 
 
PS... Stock mirrors back on , keep the badges , lower it a tad more , side skirts to match the flow and level of the frontbar/lip & rear diffuser.

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Awesome article and congrats on building a car you truly love. I cant keep a car longer than a few years as i start to get bored = Maybe i should go and buy a GTR?
 
Looking forward to see what this year brings. Good luck with it all Dino.
 
 
PS... Stock mirrors back on , keep the badges , lower it a tad more , side skirts to match the flow and level of the frontbar/lip & rear diffuser.

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Sigh...... one day.....

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Sigh...... one day.....

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@scibO I'm disappointed he missed out on the chance for some skids while it was like that.

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@scibO I'm disappointed he missed out on the chance for some skids while it was like that.

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I need a ride in it Dino.

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This is probably my favorite article.

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Sweet clean R34! Also put those stock side mirrors & emblems. :)

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personally, I would re-fit the original mirrors, and the RE30 wheels do not look as good as the CE28N... but hey, that's just my opinion ;)

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wack e36 m3 mirrors on a gtr and wack drift.

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Eternal love.

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You forgot to mention when you added the Spoon Rigid Collars to the GT-R, I rather enjoyed that article. :-)

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Good stuff Dino!
 
I remember some of these updates from your old blog, keep it up!

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@Davide Prata same here. the original mirrors fit the car's lines better

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I cant believe it was 2011 when you featured your exhaust upgrade. Sweet looking ride by the way, it has not aged abit with the subtle upgrades.

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Great read, perfect car. Thanks for sharing this with us!
 
I agree when you said you want to change the mirrors, M3 style mirrors don't look so good as they did years ago.

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While I do get your point, an R34 can be purchased for very reasonable money in Japan right now. Where I live. So while this car may be a legend or whatever in other countries, in Japan it's just a regular and very popular sports car that people buy, tune, resell.  An M3 is far more exotic for example and does fetch a premium because it's an import.  It's all relative.

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@MannyManiac  @Neopolitian Literally isn't;)

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@JuanTamad My pleasure and thanks for the kind words.

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Thanks, but as you've seen I haven't really done much :)

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Hey Tyler!  Long time!

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@iamnotemonster I might just do the mirrors but keep them just in case. I've got some ideas to "tune up" the stock ones too lol

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@MannyManiac Well I wouldn't say pinnacle, it's an angular ugly thing isn't it lol  But I love it haha

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@KLO101489 Thanks and yes I will attempt to do so, however the next set of mods are the sort of mods you have to do all in one go. But despite this, what I will be doing is still relatively simple, sort of a first real stage of taking it over the "boost-up" kind of upgrade

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@dtsan To de-badge, or not to de-badge, that is the question.  Might need to shave that ugly trunk lock too...uhmm....

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@JSequoia It's slowly all coming together :)

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@Hotcakes Thanks for the input :)

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@SuperDante Yes I do know what I mean, but I'm a picky bastard. You see the only decent side skirts I would ever consider are the Nismo ones, however they look so blatantly stuck on, like a double side skirt sort of thing. I don't know...sometimes I like them, sometimes I don't.

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Thanks!

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@Slight :)

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@andrewhake Yeah you are right I totally forgot!! I just add it now....safe!  lol ;)

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@flyingfridge It's good isn't it!  I don't think I've tackled hairpin bends quite so fast before lol

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@aussieANON  @scibO LOL I would have but the return prop shaft was fitted straight back

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@Hanma Thank you Sir!

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@izzy_ortiz I have actually, and I might actually do it eventually.  Nismo has one as well as the front LSD which after testing out on the Z-tune I liked very much.

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@scibO Maybe you do need to get a GT-R haha  Thanks for the feedback, all noted :)

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@Larry Chen 25 year rule isn't it? ;)

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@indytrucks Sure!

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Thank you!  Keep following the build

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@thejerryong You mean the old Nissan badge? uhhh no!

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@Davide Prata Mirrors are going back on, I decided!

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@Davide Prata Oh and the RE30s are gone after I kill off the semi slicks they are running now

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@lolyoufailed Not sure I follow.

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@FredricAasbo Takk!;)

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@IHCrusader It's in there now...I was trying to think so far back I totally forgot lol

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Long time follower!  Thanks man!

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@roeby Time flies uh!  Thanks:)

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@EvolveWRC Yeah the whole Mine's aura they once had as all but gone.  Uhm....

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Love reading about your 34 dino, the evolution of a project car is always fascinating to read especially when someone has had a car as long as you have. Can't have been cheap to buy one brand new from Nissan?
 
I've only got a 34 GTT myself, and aim to get a 34 GTR when I can afford the upgrade. Unfortunately all my money at the moment goes on my Pulsar GTi-R project so it could be a while yet haha

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Simply awesome story, Dino! I love seeing how cars progress like this over the years. I hope you'll keep enjoying it for a long time!
 
Regarding your mirrors, why not just paint them body color? I don't dislike the shape but the bare carbon draws more attention than is really necessary, in my opinion. I'm not in love with the vintage GT-R badge, either, but it's your car,  not mine! Everything else is great- keep up the good work!

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I think you should keep the mirrors, ditch the front GT-R badge, and replace the hood with a painted carbon fiber Spec-V Nür item. Keep it simple ;)

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I think you should keep the mirrors, ditch the front GT-R badge, and replace the hood with a painted carbon fiber Spec-V Nür item. Keep it simple ;)

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Love the mirrors and everything on the car :P I'd personally ditch the old school GT-R badge though. Absolutely LOVED this article and love your taste in modifications :) Can't wait for the next article!

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" because for me, feeling every little upgrade is what perfecting one’s own car is all about." 8000000 TIMES THIS
for me, having a relationship with my car, and knowing how things would affect it, was always wayy more important than having a fast car or a car that looked nice
 
because of that i'm not going to suggest anything for you car, 1 because it's already at the point where i'd be happy with it and would stop, and also 2 because i don't know what your car wants or how it acts, so i have no position to actually tell you anything. if you want any tips on what to do to an '85 mazda 626 then i'm who you talk to though (better gear ratios and much smoother induction)

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* meant ADD better ratios and ADD smoother induction, not my car has better of those things than yours

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Finally get to read about ur R34. Nice! Looks better on the RE30s.

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I think it looks perfect. Showing your passion for this car makes me miss my car that much more.
 
How bout some copper-colored te37s?
 
Thanks for this,
 
Al

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I'm a fan.

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Amazing post Dino, well done sir! More than fun to read and follow the story of your man-machine bond love. Can't wait to see more of the upgrades you do with the Godzilla in the future! This is where I hope in very soon time I'll be with a Supra JZA80, getting it to be a well balanced ride, exactly like what it came out from Toyota back in the days!

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Good post. I do like the backs of the skylines debadged and i think the carbon mirrors are a good touch. It's sad that half these mods are illegal in california for no good reason. Nice car.

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Love it! I'd keep the badges if it were mine but its your car bro! Either way its beautiful. As for the mirrors? Both look cool do what you please =]

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Ever considered looking at the all mighty Skyline GT-R LM for ideas?

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Nicely  (and not over-) done. Looking fwd to read more of yr GT-R, but pls get rid of those M3 Mirrors ,even on a BMW they don´t look good.Greetz from GER

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Bellissimo reportage Dino! Auto fantastica e io adoro il Giappone!

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You drive my dream car. but nah keep the m3 mirrors i think they look dope. and id stick to 18's (specifically those te37's) other wise your frame sits mile high but that just my preference, each man has their own build.

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@speedhunters_dino  @Larry Chen  Yeah but for those of us living in California, im sure the state will find something to prevent it from coming here. "News Alert! 25 year old grey imports are the cause of global warming, promote gun violence and are not organic grown. More at 11"

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Can I have your life? Or anyone's life who works for Speedhunters. Seriously.

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Dino amazing article on your car. Very appreciated. About the mirrors, yes please remove them. Your car is very mint.! I also like your flat bottom floor. Keep up the good work Dino.
 
Have a great time ;-)
 
Regards

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Dino amazing article on your car. Very appreciated. About the mirrors, yes please remove them. Your car is very mint.! I also like your flat bottom floor. Keep up the good work Dino.
 
Have a great time ;-)
 
Regards

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Hey Dino, Awesome car its beautiful one of the cleanest more badass Skyline GTRs ive ever seen!. about the mirrors get rid of em, not really the style of the car imo. i would remove the badge from the back only (the Nissan symbol) since it would give you a cleaner rear end as you wanted the one at the front is perfect now that you have it to one side. And ... PLEASE get back those Black TE37 are perfect fit for that car much better than the ones you have now. of course just an opinion hehe.
 
 
Nice work keep up!!

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Hey Dino, Awesome car its beautiful one of the cleanest more badass Skyline GTRs ive ever seen!. about the mirrors get rid of em, not really the style of the car imo. i would remove the badge from the back only (the Nissan symbol) since it would give you a cleaner rear end as you wanted the one at the front is perfect now that you have it to one side. And ... PLEASE get back those Black TE37 are perfect fit for that car much better than the ones you have now. of course just an opinion hehe.
 
 
Nice work keep up!!

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She looks stunning dino, I say keep the mirrors and at least keep the GT-R badge on the rear

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She looks stunning dino, I say keep the mirrors and at least keep the GT-R badge on the rear

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Great to read and see a write up on your 34 Dino. I like to read your articles as you always seem to get other 34s in ;) I am only in my infancy in owning a 34 (2yrs) compared to your 14yrs and yours looks like it could have rolled out the factory last week. I like the touchs you have done to it, prefer your te37s to your other choices but I am biased as I have the Rota version on mine. The oil cooler baffling is a neat idea and is something I might look into when I fit one to mine. For me if I was in your shoes I'd keep the Mines mirrors and possibly add the Mines taller spoiler legs and the rear boot lip spoiler they do. Agree with your fans suggestion of some sideskirts but then again the Mines and MCR 34s dont have them. Look forward to your follow up articles and would like to see some more videos as I bet your Titanium exhaust sounds beautiful!

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Great to read and see a write up on your 34 Dino. I like to read your articles as you always seem to get other 34s in ;) I am only in my infancy in owning a 34 (2yrs) compared to your 14yrs and yours looks like it could have rolled out the factory last week. I like the touchs you have done to it, prefer your te37s to your other choices but I am biased as I have the Rota version on mine. The oil cooler baffling is a neat idea and is something I might look into when I fit one to mine. For me if I was in your shoes I'd keep the Mines mirrors and possibly add the Mines taller spoiler legs and the rear boot lip spoiler they do. Agree with your fans suggestion of some sideskirts but then again the Mines and MCR 34s dont have them. Look forward to your follow up articles and would like to see some more videos as I bet your Titanium exhaust sounds beautiful!

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Awesome car.  The Z-tune bumper, off set front badge, led brake lights all look great.  I would go for the black TE37s or the bronze CE28s.  It looks a bit like the Fast and Furious R34 (minus the hood) with the silver RE30s.  Mirrors: stock.  looks fresh that way.  I would remove the rear nissan badge and keep the 'GT-R' and 'V-spec' logos.  sideskirts:  dunno.  research.  looks odd that the front, middle and rear sides don't line up.  just too much air under the cabin.
Looks nice.  I'm sure it runs and sounds great too with that Expreme Ti exhaust.
Your car, your choices.  And that's my opinion.
Keep up the good work.

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Awesome car.  The Z-tune bumper, off set front badge, led brake lights all look great.  I would go for the black TE37s or the bronze CE28s.  It looks a bit like the Fast and Furious R34 (minus the hood) with the silver RE30s.  Mirrors: stock.  looks fresh that way.  I would remove the rear nissan badge and keep the 'GT-R' and 'V-spec' logos.  sideskirts:  dunno.  research.  looks odd that the front, middle and rear sides don't line up.  just too much air under the cabin.
Looks nice.  I'm sure it runs and sounds great too with that Expreme Ti exhaust.
Your car, your choices.  And that's my opinion.
Keep up the good work.

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@speedhunters_dino  @scibO do get GT-R badge on, and mirrors, rest is perfect!

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@speedhunters_dino  @scibO do get GT-R badge on, and mirrors, rest is perfect!

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@speedhunters_dino  @scibO do get GT-R badge on, and mirrors, rest is perfect!Badge... a diffrent, the grille should be more defined but still subtle, so the GT-R badge is futher out, but it must look natural :)hard thing to do, I've been searching for subtle mods for like 2 years now, and I still have issues finding what I want :P

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@speedhunters_dino  @scibO do get GT-R badge on, and mirrors, rest is perfect!Badge... a diffrent, the grille should be more defined but still subtle, so the GT-R badge is futher out, but it must look natural :)hard thing to do, I've been searching for subtle mods for like 2 years now, and I still have issues finding what I want :P

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Great stuff Dino! I'm really happy you mentioned the mirrors and the gt-r badge. I love everythig about your r34 but those two things were something that always annoyed me haha Anyway keep it up! Super clean GT-R and great inspiration - not to mention the fantastic shots and write-up.

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Great stuff Dino! I'm really happy you mentioned the mirrors and the gt-r badge. I love everythig about your r34 but those two things were something that always annoyed me haha Anyway keep it up! Super clean GT-R and great inspiration - not to mention the fantastic shots and write-up.

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Think you should replace the mirrors with the same Ganador Mirrors a la Smoky Nagata Style!

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Think you should replace the mirrors with the same Ganador Mirrors a la Smoky Nagata Style!

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Loved the TE's on it! Nice feature!

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Loved the TE's on it! Nice feature!

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I like the mirrors honestly and the re30's lol. If it had some subtle skirts it would look even better, looks like a weapon though very cool !

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I like the mirrors honestly and the re30's lol. If it had some subtle skirts it would look even better, looks like a weapon though very cool !

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@JohnehGTiR Thanks man!  GTi-R is a potent little car when done right!

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@JohnehGTiR Thanks man!  GTi-R is a potent little car when done right!

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I never thought about painting them, however I will be honest here, they aren't really that high quality, the black section now is rough and uneven and will look terrible if painted blue.  Stock ones it is after I fit a little upgrade to them

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I never thought about painting them, however I will be honest here, they aren't really that high quality, the black section now is rough and uneven and will look terrible if painted blue.  Stock ones it is after I fit a little upgrade to them

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@Amemiya I can't believe not so many people like the old GT-R badge.  Ok how about this then.  A lot of second gen GT-R owners (R33/33/34) are fitting new gen R35 GTR badges to both the front and rear. I've never really liked it but it is an option too...de-badge or modernize & re-badge. As for the V-spec II & V-spec II Nür hood (it's the same on both cars)....I actually was going to do this, until I realized how poorly these were made from Nissan.  They all seem to have the top layer loose rigidity and sag over the underlying structure creating a very uneven surface.  I've seen some cars (that have maybe been kept outside most of their lives) where the surface looked terrible with visible little squares across the whole hood. So no, won't be going this route.  Also people assume these are very expensive so put them up on Yahoo Auctions for stupid money.  Add a bit more and you have a Nismo R-tune carbon bonnet which is 10x better quality and far more functional both for aero and heat dispersion

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@Amemiya I can't believe not so many people like the old GT-R badge.  Ok how about this then.  A lot of second gen GT-R owners (R33/33/34) are fitting new gen R35 GTR badges to both the front and rear. I've never really liked it but it is an option too...de-badge or modernize & re-badge. As for the V-spec II & V-spec II Nür hood (it's the same on both cars)....I actually was going to do this, until I realized how poorly these were made from Nissan.  They all seem to have the top layer loose rigidity and sag over the underlying structure creating a very uneven surface.  I've seen some cars (that have maybe been kept outside most of their lives) where the surface looked terrible with visible little squares across the whole hood. So no, won't be going this route.  Also people assume these are very expensive so put them up on Yahoo Auctions for stupid money.  Add a bit more and you have a Nismo R-tune carbon bonnet which is 10x better quality and far more functional both for aero and heat dispersion

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@CrisCiunganu Thanks for your input Cris!

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@CrisCiunganu Thanks for your input Cris!

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@ComJive haha thanks man, glad to hear you think along the same lines I do!

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@ComJive haha thanks man, glad to hear you think along the same lines I do!

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@LouisSoon You like the RE30s? That's a first.  They do have very weak offset - I don't like the color either

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@LouisSoon You like the RE30s? That's a first.  They do have very weak offset - I don't like the color either

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@ALrxeit You mean matte bronze?  Everyone has those!

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@ALrxeit You mean matte bronze?  Everyone has those!

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@VecTT Sounds cool!  What mods do you have planned?

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@VecTT Sounds cool!  What mods do you have planned?

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@Rotary Everything is illegal in California! lol

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@Rotary Everything is illegal in California! lol

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@xracer6 Even if I remove them they will be a fresh few strips of double sided tape away :)

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@xracer6 Even if I remove them they will be a fresh few strips of double sided tape away :)

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You mean the race car or the road car?

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You mean the race car or the road car?

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@Riddlah lol

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@Riddlah lol

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@CarmeloCosta Grazie Carmelo!

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@CarmeloCosta Grazie Carmelo!

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@zamm333 The way I've always seen it is 19s for street, 18s for the track.  All I need is height adjustable suspension to vary the height when swapping wheels

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@zamm333 The way I've always seen it is 19s for street, 18s for the track.  All I need is height adjustable suspension to vary the height when swapping wheels

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@Dekro It's not all glamour trust me ;)

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@Dekro It's not all glamour trust me ;)

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@GregoryStr Thanks!  You mean the rear diffuser?

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@GregoryStr Thanks!  You mean the rear diffuser?

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@RodrigoVivo See Aki?  The wheels need to come back!!  Take your RE30s already lol

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@RodrigoVivo See Aki?  The wheels need to come back!!  Take your RE30s already lol

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@JoshuaWhitcombe Thanks!

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@JoshuaWhitcombe Thanks!

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@Surcalation Ah a 34 owner!  lol  Yeah I do tend to get carried away at times in adding the odd innocent R34 pic in my posts, it's hard to resist at times!  Sorry to all non R34 owners out there.  Rotas?  Seriously?  Don't do that to your car man, I'll even help you find real second hand TE37s!  Don't support companies that copy other products!  Thanks for your input!

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@Surcalation Ah a 34 owner!  lol  Yeah I do tend to get carried away at times in adding the odd innocent R34 pic in my posts, it's hard to resist at times!  Sorry to all non R34 owners out there.  Rotas?  Seriously?  Don't do that to your car man, I'll even help you find real second hand TE37s!  Don't support companies that copy other products!  Thanks for your input!

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@t_atchley Yeah the skirt thing has always been a tough one. I'm surprised not many companies like Nismo out there have actually made skirt replacements that are taller in design and replace the stock ones, not just bolted on under them.  As for the exhaust, it sounds awesome!

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@t_atchley Yeah the skirt thing has always been a tough one. I'm surprised not many companies like Nismo out there have actually made skirt replacements that are taller in design and replace the stock ones, not just bolted on under them.  As for the exhaust, it sounds awesome!

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@Radek B Thanks Radek!

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@Radek B Thanks Radek!

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@emmanuelirizarry1 Sorry to say that 1) I really do not like the Ganadors 2) I've never really liked Top Secret's style.  Each to their own of course, that's only my opinion and I have nothing against Smoky :)

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@emmanuelirizarry1 Sorry to say that 1) I really do not like the Ganadors 2) I've never really liked Top Secret's style.  Each to their own of course, that's only my opinion and I have nothing against Smoky :)

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@1013mm Thank you Mr. millimeter

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@1013mm Thank you Mr. millimeter

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@K's Damn again with the skirts!  Sounds like I have to get this sorted soon!

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@K's Damn again with the skirts!  Sounds like I have to get this sorted soon!

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@K's Damn again with the skirts!  Sounds like I have to get this sorted soon!

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I would change the mirrors back to stock, honestly they don't seem to fit the style of the R34. As for the rear badges, I would remove the Nissan badge in the middle and replace it with the GT-R one. It was a fantastic read and I cannot even find the words to explain how jealous I am.

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I would change the mirrors back to stock, honestly they don't seem to fit the style of the R34. As for the rear badges, I would remove the Nissan badge in the middle and replace it with the GT-R one. It was a fantastic read and I cannot even find the words to explain how jealous I am.  Also another thought/question, would you consider putting wheel spacers on it? Are they safe?

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such an awesome car!! been waiting for you to give a feature ofyour own car!!
as for the mirrors i would probably also go back to the stock items, to me they dont "look" right, however im loving the small subtle asthetic changes that youve made...keep it looking nice and clean!

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Great article on a great car. I have been following your work since the GT-R Blog days, I even remember some of the mods you did. I recall you used some stainless bolts that were a tad too short for your front splitter and it ended up coming loose and flapping at speed....lol correct me if I'm wrong.
I think your car would look better with the stock mirrors (the M3 mirrors are little too round for the R34 shape imo) and back on those black TE37's!

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Dino, its time for some real man's power
:)

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Absolutely fantastic feature on your very own R34 GT-R, Dino. Personally, I am not a fan of any of those rims. I have always loved Work Meister S1's on GT-R's. However, that is personal taste. As for the mirrors, I say stay with the stock items. And the GT-R badge, stick with the stock item aswell! All of the above aside, it's great to see how your GT-R has changed over the years. I have always wanted to buy one, however in West Australia they still fetch $55-$60,000 for a low-km accident-free V-Spec II. Thanks for the great feature Dino :)

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@speedhunters_dino  @emmanuelirizarry1 That is ok. So, you must stay with the current mirrors. They look supercool even if they are not Ganador. I hope one day I can live the dream of owning a R33 or an R34 GT-R.
 
What about the badges?? I suggest  OEM GT-R in the front grill and R35 badge on the back and remove the Nissan badge.

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Dino, its time for some real man's power.  May I suggest the new Full Race twin 6258 EFR kit?
 
:)

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i like it with the black rims, anyway great car nice GTR congratulations for your sweetBlue

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@speedhunters_dino Just wondering, how much does an R34 cost in JDM land?

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Clean functional car, I like it a lot don't sell it grow old with it. I think stock mirrors fit the car's lines better, those black mirrors look small and move up from the car's line. ECU remapping is by far one of the easiest modifications I have done to my old civic and the one that has put the biggest smile on my face. Great post!

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Always nice to read about a man and his machine journey....

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I say you should add wings to the car so it can fly.

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These are my opinions on what you should do with it: In my opinion the CE28's looked the best on it so far (but I guess you want to back track, back to those). I definitely agree with you on going back to the stock mirrors. As far as the badges I'd lose all but the rear OEM GT-R one. That Z-tune bumper looks AMAZING! Never get rid of it! As for rubber I'd slap some Potenza RE-11's on. But first get some skirts on her! Stop making her go around in her underwear! Haha but seriously it could use some skirts. I'm not sure what I'd do about livening up the sides a bit but it needs it (A vinyl maybe?). I really have NO idea what to do about performance. That's up to you. Well those are my thoughts. I appreciate that you took the time to read them.

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Actually I do have an idea for suspension. Try some D2 Racing stuff they make some pretty sweet GT-R stuff

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well done mate! :) i really like the old school badge in the grill, its a nice touch. one thing i would do to this is look at some aftermarket skirts to bring it down to where the front bar is and give it a more personalized feel.

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@DanteGonxhja I'd put spacers on my street car but not on the GT-R, especially not on S-tires when it can pull 1.4+ G of lateral accelerations on track

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@Nikhil_P Thanks!

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@DanteGonxhja Oh and thanks for your input :)

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@speedhunters_dino  @Surcalation
 Thanks for the offer on helping me find some second hand te37s, but if I was going to stick to the genuine articles then you would also have to help me find me a 2nd hand GTR ;) My car still wears blue and white GT badges to give you an incling to how it started its life. Don't apologise to the none R34 owners, you need to take more pictures :) Keep up the good work!

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@RyanKuan Haha yeah that brings back memories!  It wasn't the bolts but the spacers, they were a tad too small and the metal too soft and they bucked when I did a sneaky top speed run on the highway. Not had a problem since after going back to the stock ones:)

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@JasonVlahos Thanks Jason!

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@black bnr32 Would you care to elaborate? Link?

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@Silveti Thanks! And I too like the black TE37s very much!

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@kokotorrio Forgot to mention, my favourite thing about the mine's mirrors is the awesome visibility, that's why I've been reluctant to change them. But this seems to be pretty unanimous lol

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@LouisYio That is an interesting idea, but I'd rather mount them upside down and get some downforce ;)

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@that4AGsound I run RE-11s on the CE28Ns, and RE-55S on the RE30s. Thanks for the comments :)

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@envyxf Thanks! It's either the Nismo or Do-luck skirts. But before I add pointless painted plastic there is much work to be done on the oily bits ;)

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forgot to mention before....
 
stock badges in stock positions, be proud of the R!!!

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Nice story Dino - and very clean and nice R34 GT-R setup.keep the badges!
One of my colleagues has only a great evo build here's the link to his blog. You will also see the car scene here in Manila, PH through the blog. enjoy!
http://15norukumi.blogspot.hk/
Some of the links of his build (more in the blog)
http://15norukumi.blogspot.hk/2011/07/evolution-of-lancer-update_17.html
http://15norukumi.blogspot.hk/2012/04/new-home-for-happy-lemon-vannitec.html

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Great Car-Owner Story! very nice and clean R34 GT-R you have. leave the badges IMO
Btw, one of my colleagues has a great evo himself. you will also see the car scene here in Manila, PH. I hope you will be suprised with quality of cars you will see in the blog.
http://15norukumi.blogspot.hk/
some links of the evo build
http://15norukumi.blogspot.hk/2012/04/new-home-for-happy-lemon-vannitec.html
http://15norukumi.blogspot.hk/2011/06/evolution-of-lancer.html
http://15norukumi.blogspot.hk/2011/07/evolution-of-lancer-update_31.html

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@speedhunters_dino well, visibility is more important than looks then. maybe they would look better in blue like the car.

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Stock GTR badge in the front,
shave nissan emblem in rear,
leave mirrors,
2-step vid with new ecu,
TE-37's give it a drag look which is cool,
then you could drop it an inch,
carbon diffuser,
maybe try some tint on rear windows with a brown on the windshield,
wallpaper...?

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Stock GTR badge in the front,
shave nissan emblem in rear,
leave mirrors,
2-step vid with new ecu,
TE-37's give it a drag look which is cool,
then you could drop it an inch,
carbon diffuser,
maybe try some tint on rear windows with a brown on the windshield,
wallpaper...?

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Stock GTR badge in the front,
shave nissan emblem in rear,
leave mirrors,
2-step vid with new ecu,
TE-37's give it a drag look which is cool,
then you could drop it an inch,
carbon diffuser,
maybe try some tint on rear windows with a brown on the windshield,
wallpaper...?

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@that4AGsound I would weep if Dino put D2's on his GT-R. Such bad "coilovers".

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@that4AGsound I would weep if Dino put D2's on his GT-R. Such bad "coilovers".

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@that4AGsound I would weep if Dino put D2's on his GT-R. Such bad "coilovers".

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Car is looking great Dino! Aki has also been a great help to me since I imported my R33 GT-R Vspec...really knows his stuff! The R34 is looking great...as for improvements, all I can suggest is to get back to the stock mirrors, I find the carbon "M3 style" to stick out a bit too much with it's colour but perhaps painting would make it look more subtle. The styling is great on them and painted with a folding option would be perfect! Really love the car though, I'll be following a similar mod-route when it comes to my engine and cooling. The 19's suit the car very well and i've been considering a set of the same CE28N's but in silver. Along with the Project Car stories, it would be cool if you had a Reader Rides post. I'd really love to showcase my car with the Speedhunters community...anything to get R33 GTR's some more attention! Looking forward to the updates.Cheers,Kunal

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Car is looking great Dino! Aki has also been a great help to me since I imported my R33 GT-R Vspec...really knows his stuff! The R34 is looking great...as for improvements, all I can suggest is to get back to the stock mirrors, I find the carbon "M3 style" to stick out a bit too much with it's colour but perhaps painting would make it look more subtle. The styling is great on them and painted with a folding option would be perfect! Really love the car though, I'll be following a similar mod-route when it comes to my engine and cooling. The 19's suit the car very well and i've been considering a set of the same CE28N's but in silver. Along with the Project Car stories, it would be cool if you had a Reader Rides post. I'd really love to showcase my car with the Speedhunters community...anything to get R33 GTR's some more attention! Looking forward to the updates.Cheers,Kunal

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Car is looking great Dino! Aki has also been a great help to me since I imported my R33 GT-R Vspec...really knows his stuff! The R34 is looking great...as for improvements, all I can suggest is to get back to the stock mirrors, I find the carbon "M3 style" to stick out a bit too much with it's colour but perhaps painting would make it look more subtle. The styling is great on them and painted with a folding option would be perfect! Really love the car though, I'll be following a similar mod-route when it comes to my engine and cooling. The 19's suit the car very well and i've been considering a set of the same CE28N's but in silver. Along with the Project Car stories, it would be cool if you had a Reader Rides post. I'd really love to showcase my car with the Speedhunters community...anything to get R33 GTR's some more attention! Looking forward to the updates.Cheers,Kunal

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@speedhunters_dino For starters I'll keep it fairly stock engine-wise as you did in the begging, would probably do only Basic Upgrade Package or BPU for short, as how it's known. Going to get a cold air intake (Blitz SUS Power Air Cleaner) with aluminum piping all around to replace the rubber ones, downpipe (custom made with a restrictor ring to not overboost the stock JDM turbos), full decat exhaust system (Blitz Nur Spec Type R), boost controller (Greddy Profec B Spec 2), boost cut controller (Greddy BCC), uprated fuel pump (Bosch 044) and injectors (Sard 650 or 800cc), better spark plugs (NGK Iridium) along with an ignition amplifier (HKS Twin Power DLI). Boosted at 1.2 bar (17-18PSI), alongside with the VVTi 2JZ-GTE it should make for around a good ~450HP, give or take, with a very nice and fat torque curve for both daily driving and racing it. Also going to get some nice suspension parts for making it stick to the road better and putting the power down like HKS HiperMax III Coilovers, Carbing solid one-piece aluminum front and rear strut bars, some lightweight forged wheels and sticky tires to go with them (still haven't desided here yet), also going to get an aftermarket LSD (OS Giken Super Lock), upgraded clutch (OS Giken Twin or Triple Plate), and a nice shifter for the Getrag 6spd (C's short throw shifter). Eventually will look into Cams and an aftermarket full standalone ECU also, for going all-out full BPU+, but that will be after all the other stuff gets done. All in all, it should make for a pretty beastly and balanced daily driver/racer. It should have no problems at all catching and giving a run for their money (even beating) some of those pesky Skyline GT-R's, Om-Nom-Nom, lol. A never ending JDM battle. :) Thanks for the attention Dino, would be glad if you have some time to check out the stuff I wrote (sorry for the wall of text, lol) and give a honest opinion, thanks!

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@speedhunters_dino For starters I'll keep it fairly stock engine-wise as you did in the begging, would probably do only Basic Upgrade Package or BPU for short, as how it's known. Going to get a cold air intake (Blitz SUS Power Air Cleaner) with aluminum piping all around to replace the rubber ones, downpipe (custom made with a restrictor ring to not overboost the stock JDM turbos), full decat exhaust system (Blitz Nur Spec Type R), boost controller (Greddy Profec B Spec 2), boost cut controller (Greddy BCC), uprated fuel pump (Bosch 044) and injectors (Sard 650 or 800cc), better spark plugs (NGK Iridium) along with an ignition amplifier (HKS Twin Power DLI). Boosted at 1.2 bar (17-18PSI), alongside with the VVTi 2JZ-GTE it should make for around a good ~450HP, give or take, with a very nice and fat torque curve for both daily driving and racing it. Also going to get some nice suspension parts for making it stick to the road better and putting the power down like HKS HiperMax III Coilovers, Carbing solid one-piece aluminum front and rear strut bars, some lightweight forged wheels and sticky tires to go with them (still haven't desided here yet), also going to get an aftermarket LSD (OS Giken Super Lock), upgraded clutch (OS Giken Twin or Triple Plate), and a nice shifter for the Getrag 6spd (C's short throw shifter). Eventually will look into Cams and an aftermarket full standalone ECU also, for going all-out full BPU+, but that will be after all the other stuff gets done. All in all, it should make for a pretty beastly and balanced daily driver/racer. It should have no problems at all catching and giving a run for their money (even beating) some of those pesky Skyline GT-R's, Om-Nom-Nom, lol. A never ending JDM battle. :) Thanks for the attention Dino, would be glad if you have some time to check out the stuff I wrote (sorry for the wall of text, lol) and give a honest opinion, thanks!

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@speedhunters_dino For starters I'll keep it fairly stock engine-wise as you did in the begging, would probably do only Basic Upgrade Package or BPU for short, as how it's known. Going to get a cold air intake (Blitz SUS Power Air Cleaner) with aluminum piping all around to replace the rubber ones, downpipe (custom made with a restrictor ring to not overboost the stock JDM turbos), full decat exhaust system (Blitz Nur Spec Type R), boost controller (Greddy Profec B Spec 2), boost cut controller (Greddy BCC), uprated fuel pump (Bosch 044) and injectors (Sard 650 or 800cc), better spark plugs (NGK Iridium) along with an ignition amplifier (HKS Twin Power DLI). Boosted at 1.2 bar (17-18PSI), alongside with the VVTi 2JZ-GTE it should make for around a good ~450HP, give or take, with a very nice and fat torque curve for both daily driving and racing it. Also going to get some nice suspension parts for making it stick to the road better and putting the power down like HKS HiperMax III Coilovers, Carbing solid one-piece aluminum front and rear strut bars, some lightweight forged wheels and sticky tires to go with them (still haven't desided here yet), also going to get an aftermarket LSD (OS Giken Super Lock), upgraded clutch (OS Giken Twin or Triple Plate), and a nice shifter for the Getrag 6spd (C's short throw shifter). Eventually will look into Cams and an aftermarket full standalone ECU also, for going all-out full BPU+, but that will be after all the other stuff gets done. All in all, it should make for a pretty beastly and balanced daily driver/racer. It should have no problems at all catching and giving a run for their money (even beating) some of those pesky Skyline GT-R's, Om-Nom-Nom, lol. A never ending JDM battle. :) Thanks for the attention Dino, would be glad if you have some time to check out the stuff I wrote (sorry for the wall of text, lol) and give a honest opinion, thanks!

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next year ill be looking into an R32 once the 89 has turned 25, and this summer i will be applying for colleges abroad, australia! so hopefully i will get my hands on some GTR one day, im waiting to own some godzilla!!

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next year ill be looking into an R32 once the 89 has turned 25, and this summer i will be applying for colleges abroad, australia! so hopefully i will get my hands on some GTR one day, im waiting to own some godzilla!!

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next year ill be looking into an R32 once the 89 has turned 25, and this summer i will be applying for colleges abroad, australia! so hopefully i will get my hands on some GTR one day, im waiting to own some godzilla!!

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Yes including the rear diffuser too.! @speedhunters_dino

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Yes including the rear diffuser too.! @speedhunters_dino

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Yes including the rear diffuser too.! @speedhunters_dino

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Thanks for sharing Dino, this was a great article. I was a little confused why you were switching the car to RWD for the Haltech / Do-Luck tuning, but I reread the old article (Do-Luck only had a 2WD Dyno), which helped explain a lot. 
The mirrors are fine. They are distinctive enough to recognize your car in a group, but not glaring like a massive wing (not a shot at the time attack people at all). You should get those CE28N's back though, as they are perfectly balanced with that car.
 
As to impact, the best thing I can take away from your article is that you inspire people to take the time to make the changes clean, and not rushed. I find whenever I've made big changes to my car, I can't tell what change had the biggest impact, where you clearly notice every step along the way.
 
Well done, and if I were to change anything, it would be the peacock blue lug nuts... I know other people probably like them, but I would rather match the brake calipers (gold - bronze might not work with the CE28N's, but it would with the TE37's) or the body colour. That's it though... I wouldn't airbag the suspension, or bloat the turbo. I would fully exploit the Tarzan G-Box before doing the next upgrade.

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@flyingfridge Noted.  How about the new-gen R35 GT-R badge?  Looking at that right now...

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@flyingfridge Noted.  How about the new-gen R35 GT-R badge?  Looking at that right now...

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@flyingfridge Noted.  How about the new-gen R35 GT-R badge?  Looking at that right now...

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@flyingfridge Noted.  How about the new-gen R35 GT-R badge?  Looking at that right now...

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@flyingfridge Noted.  How about the new-gen R35 GT-R badge?  Looking at that right now...

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@flyingfridge Noted.  How about the new-gen R35 GT-R badge?  Looking at that right now...

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Evo 6, the real last Evo!  Awesome!

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Evo 6, the real last Evo!  Awesome!

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Evo 6, the real last Evo!  Awesome!

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Evo 6, the real last Evo!  Awesome!

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Evo 6, the real last Evo!  Awesome!

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Evo 6, the real last Evo!  Awesome!

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2-step vid with new ECU?  What is that?  Carbon diffuser - you mean front one?  No thanks! I can buy another car with what companies like Mine's charge for that. If you mean the rear one, it's there already.  Tint, not legal in Japan, only for the rear and rear-side glass so will have uneven look.  Wallpaper....when it's shot properly ;)

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2-step vid with new ECU?  What is that?  Carbon diffuser - you mean front one?  No thanks! I can buy another car with what companies like Mine's charge for that. If you mean the rear one, it's there already.  Tint, not legal in Japan, only for the rear and rear-side glass so will have uneven look.  Wallpaper....when it's shot properly ;)

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2-step vid with new ECU?  What is that?  Carbon diffuser - you mean front one?  No thanks! I can buy another car with what companies like Mine's charge for that. If you mean the rear one, it's there already.  Tint, not legal in Japan, only for the rear and rear-side glass so will have uneven look.  Wallpaper....when it's shot properly ;)

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2-step vid with new ECU?  What is that?  Carbon diffuser - you mean front one?  No thanks! I can buy another car with what companies like Mine's charge for that. If you mean the rear one, it's there already.  Tint, not legal in Japan, only for the rear and rear-side glass so will have uneven look.  Wallpaper....when it's shot properly ;)

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2-step vid with new ECU?  What is that?  Carbon diffuser - you mean front one?  No thanks! I can buy another car with what companies like Mine's charge for that. If you mean the rear one, it's there already.  Tint, not legal in Japan, only for the rear and rear-side glass so will have uneven look.  Wallpaper....when it's shot properly ;)

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2-step vid with new ECU?  What is that?  Carbon diffuser - you mean front one?  No thanks! I can buy another car with what companies like Mine's charge for that. If you mean the rear one, it's there already.  Tint, not legal in Japan, only for the rear and rear-side glass so will have uneven look.  Wallpaper....when it's shot properly ;)

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@Kunal Arneja Hi Kunak, thanks for the comments.  Interesting idea for the readers rides

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@Kunal Arneja Hi Kunak, thanks for the comments.  Interesting idea for the readers rides

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@Kunal Arneja Hi Kunak, thanks for the comments.  Interesting idea for the readers rides

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@Kunal Arneja Hi Kunak, thanks for the comments.  Interesting idea for the readers rides

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@Kunal Arneja Hi Kunak, thanks for the comments.  Interesting idea for the readers rides

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@Kunal Arneja Hi Kunak, thanks for the comments.  Interesting idea for the readers rides

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@ELxTORO Oz?  But boy isn't everything mega expensive down there!

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@ELxTORO Oz?  But boy isn't everything mega expensive down there!

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@ELxTORO Oz?  But boy isn't everything mega expensive down there!

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@ELxTORO Oz?  But boy isn't everything mega expensive down there!

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@ELxTORO Oz?  But boy isn't everything mega expensive down there!

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@ELxTORO Oz?  But boy isn't everything mega expensive down there!

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I really like this, not because of hp, or that it's a GTR, but because I love seeing the time and thought that was put into this. It's such a huge difference from your typical magazine feature with as many bolt-ones from sponsors that in the end serve the sponsors and not the driver.
Any thoughts on the more recent has 3 layer mushroom filters? I've had one for a while and seems to be a lot better than the old ones.
I do have one question though; you said at the start you don't get how people can drop off their cars at a shop and prefer to do the work yourself, yet you dropped off the car for work at numerous shops? I don't think there's really anything wrong with taking a car to a shop, even though I do all my own work, but if you paid someone to tune, install a clutch etc, I don't think you can take credit for that. There's a lot of guys quick to take credit for a build when they just paid the bills... I don't tell people I built my house when all I did was change the furnace filter...

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I really like this, not because of hp, or that it's a GTR, but because I love seeing the time and thought that was put into this. It's such a huge difference from your typical magazine feature with as many bolt-ones from sponsors that in the end serve the sponsors and not the driver.
Any thoughts on the more recent has 3 layer mushroom filters? I've had one for a while and seems to be a lot better than the old ones.
I do have one question though; you said at the start you don't get how people can drop off their cars at a shop and prefer to do the work yourself, yet you dropped off the car for work at numerous shops? I don't think there's really anything wrong with taking a car to a shop, even though I do all my own work, but if you paid someone to tune, install a clutch etc, I don't think you can take credit for that. There's a lot of guys quick to take credit for a build when they just paid the bills... I don't tell people I built my house when all I did was change the furnace filter...

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I really like this, not because of hp, or that it's a GTR, but because I love seeing the time and thought that was put into this. It's such a huge difference from your typical magazine feature with as many bolt-ones from sponsors that in the end serve the sponsors and not the driver.
Any thoughts on the more recent has 3 layer mushroom filters? I've had one for a while and seems to be a lot better than the old ones.
I do have one question though; you said at the start you don't get how people can drop off their cars at a shop and prefer to do the work yourself, yet you dropped off the car for work at numerous shops? I don't think there's really anything wrong with taking a car to a shop, even though I do all my own work, but if you paid someone to tune, install a clutch etc, I don't think you can take credit for that. There's a lot of guys quick to take credit for a build when they just paid the bills... I don't tell people I built my house when all I did was change the furnace filter...

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I really like this, not because of hp, or that it's a GTR, but because I love seeing the time and thought that was put into this. It's such a huge difference from your typical magazine feature with as many bolt-ones from sponsors that in the end serve the sponsors and not the driver.
Any thoughts on the more recent has 3 layer mushroom filters? I've had one for a while and seems to be a lot better than the old ones.
I do have one question though; you said at the start you don't get how people can drop off their cars at a shop and prefer to do the work yourself, yet you dropped off the car for work at numerous shops? I don't think there's really anything wrong with taking a car to a shop, even though I do all my own work, but if you paid someone to tune, install a clutch etc, I don't think you can take credit for that. There's a lot of guys quick to take credit for a build when they just paid the bills... I don't tell people I built my house when all I did was change the furnace filter...

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I really like this, not because of hp, or that it's a GTR, but because I love seeing the time and thought that was put into this. It's such a huge difference from your typical magazine feature with as many bolt-ones from sponsors that in the end serve the sponsors and not the driver.
Any thoughts on the more recent has 3 layer mushroom filters? I've had one for a while and seems to be a lot better than the old ones.
I do have one question though; you said at the start you don't get how people can drop off their cars at a shop and prefer to do the work yourself, yet you dropped off the car for work at numerous shops? I don't think there's really anything wrong with taking a car to a shop, even though I do all my own work, but if you paid someone to tune, install a clutch etc, I don't think you can take credit for that. There's a lot of guys quick to take credit for a build when they just paid the bills... I don't tell people I built my house when all I did was change the furnace filter...

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I really like this, not because of hp, or that it's a GTR, but because I love seeing the time and thought that was put into this. It's such a huge difference from your typical magazine feature with as many bolt-ones from sponsors that in the end serve the sponsors and not the driver.
Any thoughts on the more recent has 3 layer mushroom filters? I've had one for a while and seems to be a lot better than the old ones.
I do have one question though; you said at the start you don't get how people can drop off their cars at a shop and prefer to do the work yourself, yet you dropped off the car for work at numerous shops? I don't think there's really anything wrong with taking a car to a shop, even though I do all my own work, but if you paid someone to tune, install a clutch etc, I don't think you can take credit for that. There's a lot of guys quick to take credit for a build when they just paid the bills... I don't tell people I built my house when all I did was change the furnace filter...

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@Kirk_B Thanks!  Wheel nuts...yeah I don't actually like them but that's all they had when I got the wheels.  Need to get a set of simple black ones!  No airbags that's for sure...I'm thinking something a bit more serious next

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@Kirk_B Thanks!  Wheel nuts...yeah I don't actually like them but that's all they had when I got the wheels.  Need to get a set of simple black ones!  No airbags that's for sure...I'm thinking something a bit more serious next

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@Kirk_B Thanks!  Wheel nuts...yeah I don't actually like them but that's all they had when I got the wheels.  Need to get a set of simple black ones!  No airbags that's for sure...I'm thinking something a bit more serious next

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@Kirk_B Thanks!  Wheel nuts...yeah I don't actually like them but that's all they had when I got the wheels.  Need to get a set of simple black ones!  No airbags that's for sure...I'm thinking something a bit more serious next

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@Kirk_B Thanks!  Wheel nuts...yeah I don't actually like them but that's all they had when I got the wheels.  Need to get a set of simple black ones!  No airbags that's for sure...I'm thinking something a bit more serious next

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@Kirk_B Thanks!  Wheel nuts...yeah I don't actually like them but that's all they had when I got the wheels.  Need to get a set of simple black ones!  No airbags that's for sure...I'm thinking something a bit more serious next

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Thanks! What I meant to say is not that dropping off a car at a shop is wrong, but the fitting of a ton of parts at the same time is wrong, as you don't know/can't feel what each specific part brings to the car.  Hope that makes sense.
 
As for filters. Let's not kid ourselves here. If you want to clean air efficiently nothing will touch lightly oiled cotton filters. That's what I will always use on my car and I have always preferred the use of an airbox too. The stock one will have to do for now.

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Thanks! What I meant to say is not that dropping off a car at a shop is wrong, but the fitting of a ton of parts at the same time is wrong, as you don't know/can't feel what each specific part brings to the car.  Hope that makes sense.
 
As for filters. Let's not kid ourselves here. If you want to clean air efficiently nothing will touch lightly oiled cotton filters. That's what I will always use on my car and I have always preferred the use of an airbox too. The stock one will have to do for now.