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holy shit that 180 is insane. arnt you worried that by notching the floor for a floor mount setup youve reduced the space for the exhausts to pass by the steering shaft?


looks like a really neat way of doing it from inside the cabin. im trying to figure out how to install all 3 wilwood pedals in a floor mount setup in an LS s13 with a sikky kit.

have moved the starter motor to the other side of the LS and am just worried if i notch the floor like you have done i wont be able to fit a manifold

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Well, Its been a while and like any neglected child The Rex fabrication thread is crying for His attention.


He has a few pieces so He'll try feed them through on a more, errr regular basis... ala Bran overdose.


Firstly this is Rex's little Cafe Racer He threw together literally to see IF it could be done convincingly. That statement makes more sense when you realise what the base bike actually is and just how many of the small details are completely custom.



















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So delicious.... I really want to do a... sorta cafe racer inspired project soon... Can you elaborate on the time spent/money spent/frustrations of the project? More details? :D

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Basic pod filter shield for S14. Was painted black afterwards.





Manifold for FJ20 powered 1600




Enginebay from same car. Its a strange conversion really, 1600s are small and light, FJ's are huge and heavy. Should be bullshit fast though. Required changed throttle and location, dump pipe, intercooler and intake pipework, Alternator adjuster bracket etc...







And finally a cover plate to finish tunnel cuttout.




What do you call and where do you get the black stuff you put around the edges of the filter heat shield on the s14?

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looks kind of like a pinch mould or something similar.


can usually buy by the m at places like clark rubber etc.


Happy to be proven wrong though

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you can get that stuff from auto upholsterers, i have in the past. clark rubber sounds like a good chance too

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manna13 is correct, Its 2000 model ex-Auspost CT110. This one was a pain in the arse as its possibly the most un-suitable base for a cafe racer project. He actually built it because it was so unsuitable. Basically it was a test to see if Rex had the 'eye' for the style before molesting something more valuable. After all if you can make a convincing Cafe Racer from a postie-bike surely you can do anything :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


As Rex builds the stuff the cost isn't really the issue but If you had to pay someone to do it there's about 100hrs in the stupid thing because every little thing had to be designed and built. The frame was trimmed, modified and reinforced. rear-set's, linkages, muffler, seat, clip-ons, lighting brackets, cables etc have to be built as parts from other bikes or off the shelf just don't work or are too large. Rex was about to build a tank but then came across the CB200 tank which was an absolute fluke! Then there's testing and re-jetting the carb as with no airbox and an open exhaust the tuning is waaaayy off. At first it shot foot long lean blue flames from the exhaust on over-run. Luckily the carb is a piece of piss to work on.


The amount of work building parts for the Cafe Postie makes feel Rex's CB400F a walk in the park, while someone carries you, sedan chair style...



Some more:


As Rex's mentioned before He prefers short and direct runners. After all, the less energy you lose through long twisting runners pays off with better response, earlier boost, less thermal mass, better maximum flow potential etc etc. Its also considerably easier to build, which on top of all its benefits makes it cheaper.


This is his favourite manifold design bar none. He's built this style for 4AG's for 10 years or so. However its not the most flexible design in terms of turbo location so it can't be used in every case.


A mate purchsed the old Race-Flo AE86 (which is possessed by failure) and Rex decided to see if the design was compatible with the SR20. It certainly looks like it will work swimmingly.


















T4 Single entry to suit 1JZ VVt. This one is set quite forwards as the car has the motor sunk quite deep into the firewall. This is also why runner six travels under runner 5. It's to make space that's needed for the exhaust to get past. The direction a turbo scrolls changes the manifold design quite a bit.








RB25DET High mount w/internal wastegate, and modified + extended actuator.







Basic (budget) Michael Bolt-in half cage for street Datsarn 1600. Notice the FIA spec slipper joints? if anyone tries to tell you the Cambug style tube adapters are a CAMS approved jointing method, they are talking bollocks.







More to come, fingers bleeding...

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Does Rex Kelway still sell the tub kits? Wont let me pm him, i think his inbox is full

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Just passing through.


You're right Mr James, PM message box is cleared! Should be good now...


Rex hasn't forgotten aboot this thread either. Will update in due course.

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This majority of pics in this thread by Rex are of exhaust manifolds, with the emphasis on positive pressure maybe Rex should rename his thread "Rex Kelway blows"


Or as Bart Simpson once said maybe this thread "sucks AND blows at the same time, if such a thing was possible". :P



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