Modification History

Air Filter



Engine Management

Boost Controller


HKS Downpipes
Nismo Clutch 

Cat Replacement 



19" Wheels

Uprated Springs


Alloy Intercooler

Roller Bearing Turbos

Turbo Extension Pipes


Larger Fuel Injectors
Fuel Computer

Larger Fuel Pump



Uprated brakes


HKS Hard Pipe Kit


Nismo Replica Splitter

Digital AFR Display







Stage 1 : Breathing Improvements

After hearing from several sources about the effect on the standard car of  changing the Exhaust and Air Filter components for performance replacements it simply had to be the first step.

                               Replacement Blitz Exhaust                                                                   Replacement Blitz Air Filters

The improvement was very noticeable, no longer did the car respond badly at the lower end of the rev range, it was much more lively and fun to drive without having to keep it high in the rev range all the time.  The exhaust without the extra silencer insert was quite loud in the car below 3k rpm but above this the droning goes and a good sporty note is present.  The air filters produce a lot of suction noise at lower revs when the turbos start to spin up which changes to a high pitched whistle once the car is on song.  When you back off you can get quite a lot of popping from the exhaust and the internal recycle dump valves of the turbos can be heard.  The car now feels much quicker to 100mph than before.  And impresses the crowds from a distance. :o)


STAGE 2 : Engine Management

Off to DP Motorsport for an APEX AVC-R digital boost controller (the closest I can get to a R34 dashboard).  While fitting this it is discovered that a Mines VX-ROM ECU has already been installed by the previous owner in Japan :o)   


As the car already had a new ECU fitted it was able to run more boost safely,  during setup it managed a stable 1.25 bar of boost without any signs of detonation.  The only concern is that if the turbos have not been uprated to metal turbines instead of the ceramic ones then there is a possibility that the ceramic turbines will shatter.  Because of this the boost is being kept under 1.2bar which is higher than the recommended 1 bar max for the ceramic turbos, just hope that they hang together until they get replaced.  I have yet to test the actual performance of the car 0-100 and 1/4 mile, but it feels well rapid now (when the clutch doesn't slip that is).  The standard clutch should be able to cope with up to 400bhp so either the clucth is knackered or i'm now running over 400bhp.  Hopefully will be able to get into the 12's this year at USC in August.  


STAGE 3 :  Nismo Clutch & HKS Downpipes

Again installed at DP Motorsport, the Nismo clutch/backplate and also HKS downpipes as the standard ones looked a bit small once removed.  Have removed the CAT as well.


Upon driving the car (no, I mean stalling the car) for the first time I immediately notice that it is now like driving a racing car with a switch for a clutch, still it is not too bad once you get used to the sharp responce.  However on the good side there is now no slip at all when driving and you can launch happily above 5k rpm spinning all 4 wheels off the line.  The addition of the HKS downpipes and removal of the CAT seems to have increased the bottom end response and the turbos are able to produce more boost as I have had to lower the setting on the AVC-R boost controller to compensate.  


STAGE 4 : Wheels & Suspension

The Image 19" 3pc Split Rims with 275/30x19 Contisport tyres are now fitted and look much better than the standard rims, but the car needs to be lowered now to look the business.  Springs should be arriving in the next couple of weeks, but not in time for the Doncaster car show as I had hoped.


First impressions are that it doesn't seem to have affected the ride quality a great deal, will have to wait and see if the same can be said of the Blitz spring kit.  

The Blitz springs finally arrived and I have fitted them, my first impressions were that they hadn't lowered the car enough.  However once they had settled it has dropped by approx 30mm and looks much better.  The ride over the small bumps has actually improved on the standard setup, but if you hit some larger ones you feel the full effect of the hard springs (the M42's a git on the concrete bits).


Stage 5 : Intercooler & Turbos

I decided on the street intercooler from HKS as the race one was far too expensive for me and only really required at over 600bhp, so this one should suffice for a while yet.  

On the road the difference is not really that noticeable at only 1bar (which shows how good the standard equipment is), I would expect it to have a more dramatic effect on the track or 1/4 mile.  Once the boost is increased I suspect it will also be more effective.

I have fitted the new HKS 2530 roller bearing turbos and HKS turbo extension pipes, the smoothness of the car at low revs / boost seems to have improved noticeably.  


The lag before the 'real' boost kicks in seems to be slightly worse than the standard turbos at around 3500-4000 compared to between 3000-3500 before, however the boost is held between the gears much better.  The exhaust note has also deepened and loudened.  I will have more info on the overall power feel after having an a/f meter fitted to monitor the mixture to (hopefully) avoid a meltdown.  The car produced 430bhp @ 1bar of boost at the Tuning Japanese Dyno Day, the dyno sheet is available for viewing in the Picture Gallery.


Stage 6 : Injectors, Fuel Management & Fuel Pump

Finally time for some 600cc injectors and a PowerFC to control it all.  These parts were installed and set up by Abbey Motorsport.  Abbey also fitted an adjustable fuel pressure regulator.  I installed the HKS pump before taking the car to Abbey.  I replaced the Mines VX-ROM ECU as it meant having it reprogrammed and then reprogrammed again if I did any more modifications.


The car now produces 496bhp @ 1bar and 515.5bhp @ 1.15bar.  The difference is quite noticeable on the road as it now pulls from a lower rpm and holds the acceleration right up to the 8000rpm redline and beyond if you dare to go there ;)  I look forward to the next 1/4 mile day and the top speed shootouts scheduled for this year to see how it compares.  The dyno sheets are available for viewing in the Picture Gallery.


Stage 7 : Uprated Brakes

Eventually got round to getting some new brakes as the originals were really useless, especially after finishing them off at the Skyline group test at Rockingham.  The fronts were replaced with some Sejoc Grooved Discs / Pagid Black pads, the rears were replaced with stock discs and DS2500 pads.  I also added a Cusco brake stopper as the bulkhead flexes quite a lot under braking, also the brake line were replaced with Nismo braided hoses..


I can actually stop again now :o) as before even coming off the motorway was a bit of a worry as you didn't know if the brakes would work enough to stop at the end of the slip road.  The only problem is that the Pagid pads really squeal a lot, i'm hoping this will go away once they have bedded in properly.  The Cusco brake stopper has improved the pedal feel a lot, you no longer have any pedal travel caused the the bulkhead flexing.



General Upgrades

HKS Hard Pipe Kit - Should stop the expansion/contraction of the stock rubber hoses during high boost/vacuum moments and increase throttle response (I haven't actually noticed any difference but it looks nice all the same)


HKS SSQV - A shame that these really good looking bits of kit are stowed away in the front bumper where they can't be appreciated, they make a good sound when lifting off under boost but as they dump to atmosphere the ECU does tend to make things a little rich while they are open. 

Nismo Replica Splitter -  I got really bored with the stock black front splitter as the front end just doesn't look aggressive enough, now it looks a bit more mean.

TechEdge Wideband AFR Meter - To keep an eye on the A/F ratio I have fitted a wideband A/F ratio meter, this assists when attempting to map the car after increasing the boost/flow of the engine.






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