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Hi, I've spent MANY hours on the forums trying to determine what way forward with regards to what type of shock absorber I should get for my S14. A number of similar themes kept reoccurring in my search. One being that if you are able to afford Bilstein, do so. I have rung Bilstein's contact in Australia, and they have said they do not do a shock absorber for the S14/S15. I even gave them a part number that I found on the internet, but still no success. I've tried to find out if the rumours about 300sx and EVO Bilstein shocks fitting S14/15 are true, but unable to get certainty on that. I know that there is a Bilstein shock that fits the S14/15, - as SYDNEYKID a few years ago on the forums developed/made/sold a suspension kit for some Skylines and S13/S14/S15's. I've driven a few Silvias with these shocks and setups, and I felt they were quite good. A number of quality posters have recommended quality springs and shocks over coilovers to people in my situation. For my application, I agree. MY CAR: S14 ADM, was completely stock and 1 owner till when I bought it 3 years ago. POWER: stock turbo, basic powermods(FMIC, Walbro, 3", hiflow cat etc) 174rwkw CHASSIS: Quite a few custom chassis strengthing mods, including power brace, welded on fender braces, rear subframe brace etc etc, and strut brace. SUSPENSION/STEERING: S15 stock struts with stock but 35mm lower front springs (yes, cut..... I know). Solid rear subframe bushes, whiteline front swaybar. I also hade some custom castor/camber tops made to suit struts, NOT Coilovers. This being another reason wanting to stick with struts and not coilovers. The rollcentres and bumpsteer have been corrected close to stock after lowering. As it stands, I'm OK with the mild power, and the chassis/geometry changes make it easy and safe to drive. I just want to get rid of the somewhat floaty feel of the shocks, and help it stick better, but still having a compliant and gentle ride. (I sold my racecar to buy this car as a livable daily driver, spending a fair bit of time in the car each day). Keen to hear what shock/spring combos other people have used, and their reviews of them. I have had KONI shocks in my racecar, and when adjusted, where OK. But again haven't found info on this with regards to the S14/S15. Thanks in advance, Rob
CaBS posted a topic in Members RidesWe figured it was time I brought those interested up to date on the car. I know I promised a while ago to put pictures up. Here they are. =) As many of you know the car has served nfi pretty well but he'd decided it was time to create something a bit more hardcore that was lighter, had more grip, looks the part and is much more rewarding to drive. Its still going to be registered and fully engineered... In fact it already is So its a bit of an all rounder at the moment but I guess pretty much directed at the track. Figure we'll let the pictures do the talking since thats what everyone wants to see. This sound deadening was the worst job to remove. On s13-s14 they use a sound deadener that is easily removed with dry ice simply cracking off. The stuff in the s15 was really bad... dry ice barely helped, you it left a dirty residue that was stuck to the floor and was really hard to get off. The big job started.......... I reckon removing the sound deadening and getting to the clean pics you see later on took 3 people on average working on it at any point in time about 70-80 hours all up. The SXD180 we did recently by comparison would have been lucky to have taken 15-20 to completely finish. Note the fan as the thinners we were using were making some of us cross eyed. Having a car with nothing wrong with and then getting it to this point was a bit depressing. Looked seriously bad. First set of new rims. 18x10 +12. I could believe how light these were even with R comps on them. Pete from Bodyform builds out the body and then seals it all with urethane. His attention to detail is awesome. =) One of the many tow trucks the car has been on in the last 4 months. This was from Bodyform to where the chassis work was done. This was obviously pre roll cage. ( http://i60.photobuck...2.jpg%5B/IMG%5D ) ( http://i60.photobuck...w.jpg%5B/IMG%5D ) Borrowed rims.... I reckon these look tough. This is actually just before the cage was finished. There is also 1 cross bar on the main hoop so I could get a cams certificate. The parcel shelf had yet to be cleaned up and finished off neatly and then seam welded. More soon!
MILK-13 posted a topic in Members RidesHey guys, I thought I may as well chuck a thread up here, Firstly, let's be clear...this will never be .Rone spec clean or any kind of extreme drift/Dyno machine I just want to use this to document what I hope will be a well rounded, practical street car that rides/handles well, looks decent, doesn't attract defects like a magnet, and share some of my experiences as well as gather advice along the way...while having somewhat of a reference/diary of it's progress. I will probably edit this 100 times as well so don't be surprised if it changes a little as I remember things I've had plenty of cars before, but always been a bit wary of their ability to turn into money pits...My first love was a VH BT1 commodore that consumed 16K of mine and never turned out to be anything special, followed by stints with a VP BT1, VL Turbo which came with an RB25DET and I spent a bit of time getting the paint and driveline/brakes sorted. This one I was more careful with and had learnt a couple of lessons, but ultimately had to sell uncompleted when lack of money and frustration at how my $2000 paint job turned out, among other things, got the better of me. I've also had an Aristo & some S13s, which I moved on when I realised I again getting in too deep. I've realised that I have 2 ideals that badly clash - to restore and improve my daily driven older cars to a standard that I'm happy with (I drive 300Ks a week to get to and from work) and to not waste too much of the modest amount of money I get from work on a car that is only going to deteriorate/depreciate. As a result, 3 of the last 4 S13 purchases have been made with the sole purpose of making a little bit of cash...that way, I could essentially start with pure profit and not feel too guilty about spending a bit of money this time around. I got to a point where I was $6000 ahead, and after trying to find a CLEAN, UNMOLESTED Manual turbo SR20 Sil/180, I gave up and bought my current car... I bought this around april 2011 from an old couple who's son had imported it around 2004 and passed it on to his parents a short time later. The only mods were an aftermarket headunit, alarm, the wheels, and for some reason, the amber bits on the parker/indicators was blacked out and the globes pulled out Note the "I love dolphins" Sticker. I drove around for a couple of weeks until I got around to removing it It had two major flaws - No manual and no turbo...but more than made up for it in the other areas I had deemed important -Clearly not thrashed -SR20 -Non cracked dash and generally mint interior -No evidence of major crash damage -Non Hicas -Non ABS -Non Sunroof -Clean paint -The right price -Reasonable (and believable!) Kilometers I had some S14 seats and an MDF parcel shelf left over from the previous car I had parted out, so apart from a thorough service, they were the first things to change. I had the parcel shelf recovered beforehand and it also came loaded with some nice Soundstream component 6x9's. I also had some new bushes put in the castor rods which fixed the wobble I was getting over 70-80Ks. Got Pedders to go over it and they couldn't find anything else apart from a split steering rack boot so I was happy. Over the next few weeks I: -Made some new brackets for the front speakers I had bought and fitted them, -Removed mud flaps and rear spoiler -Fitted some SR20DET front brakes with new slotted rotors -Replaced the shitty A/M bar indicator on the passenger side with a genuine one I had sitting around, and polished both sides -Removed the black paint from the parker/indicator assembly and polished them -Polished up the standard Grille (no more yellow!) Better, but WTF was with this wheel?? Parcel Shelf. The stock back seat REALLY needs an update now. I am trying to find a type X version Here's a pic of the brakes...and the pair of GT-C's I had for a short while. Should've kept them and continued my pursuit of another pair, but needed monies Plus a couple of randoms... Few pics of old cars of mine for shits and giggles