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  1. #1
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    Sam's S15, replacing a very tired S13

    Hi guys
    Thought its about time to put a build thread up

    Picked her up September last year after an excruciating 6-8 week wait which turned out to be 5 months

    Definitely worth it though

    She's a 2002 Spec R with a chequered past, wasn't registered in Japan for 12 years and has obviously had a 'fun' life haha

    The Spec when I bought it was pretty simple
    Coilovers
    Wheels
    Some suspension arms
    Modded knuckles
    Fibreglass bonnet
    Exhaust
    Intercooler




    Once she turned up and got MOT'd (obviously by Stevie Wonder) and registered and I'd picked her up I could see what I'd got

    Engine bits:
    HKS intercooler
    Blitz Nr Spec Exhaust
    Spitfire ignition coils
    Power Enterprise Air Filter
    Tomei Reytec ECU, not fitted just under passenger seat
    S14 5 speed gearbox conversion


    Chassis:
    Tein Coilovers
    All adjustable arms on rear
    Cusco front tension rods
    Modded Front knuckles with some serious lock
    25mm spacers on front
    Very very tight Aftermarket LSD, no idea what make though
    18" TE37 replica wheels
    And a set of 17" Buddy Club P1's

    Here she is straight off the boat


    And after MOT and registered




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    So the beginning of S15 ownership was problematic to say the least,
    the O/S headlight didn't work,
    no washer system installed at all,
    no rear fog light,
    ABS Warning light on,
    no horn,
    no speedo

    But Ho hey, could be worse right?

    Then that happened
    Rear knuckle and Coilover decided to not be friends and go separate ways,
    whilst on the side of the road awaiting a flatbed also noticed a heavy oil leak from the turbo return pipe!!
    Handily nothing else was broken and it only needed a new Coilover retaining bolt and return pipe, kindly sourced by the friendly people of Cambridge Nissan Parts Department



    Whilst on the ramp at work also noticed that my wheels were fouling the front tension rods on full lock!!!
    Yet another MOT fail haha
    So Driftworks to the rescue with some linked Geomaster tension rods

    From this



    To this:



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    Then I had a play on the new wheel alignment gear at work, this Hunter gear is quite good



    Forgot to get the obligatory wheel alignment print out shot though haha

    Then it was into making a bit more power so the Tomei ECU got thrown on along with a Z32 AFM, 340lph fuel pump and some Tomei RAS fresh from Japan-land




    E85 compatible pump, because who knows what the future holds haha



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    Then thought I'd be really clever and move the Z32 AFM to my intercooler piping and run as a blow through, which didn't really work



    This seemed to open up all sorts of problems for me, leading me to replace the intercooler piping, fitting a set of 555 injectors, having a replacement fuel pump sent out under warranty and various other bits


    However all that was needed was a boost sensor/MAP Signal for the Tomei ECU, which decided one day it just had to have that
    One evening working out the pin out for the standard boost sensor for the a pillar gauge and wiring it into the Tomei she now runs amazingly!!!!!
    Also fitted my old Cusco strut brace off my old S13



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    To bring it up to date I've replaced the battery for a slightly bigger one and moved it into the boot, will remember to get some pics

    But most importantly my car now has a hat!!!!


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    Also got my slightly worn bucket seat fitted and welded in a harness bar and got my steering wheel in


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    Had a nose it this when it was down in Cornwall, looks like it has loads of potential.
    Got any further plans?

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    Cheers
    Top mounted T3, japspeed high mount intercooler, Driftworks Radiator, Tomei Cams and springs and possibly upping to 740 injectors, then possibly some exterior bits


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    Well this was a fun weekend of finding a wiring short stopping the wipers working

    All sorted now though
    Just need to get it mapped and then on with accumulating parts for a top mounted T3





    Followed by helping the missus do brake pads on her car



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    Sam's S15, replacing a very tired S13

    So update time
    Karma bit me in the Arse and on the way back from fixing my brothers car, my near side front Coilover decided it had done enough work and **** itself


    You can see all the oil left even after wiping most off, Tein UK wanted 360 a corner to rebuild!!!
    So a call into Driftworks and I had some HSD Mono Pro's on the way
    Couple hours down the unit and...



    Also while I had the fronts off I refitted the brake pipe bracket further forward to stop it catching the wheel rim on full lock

    Completely transformed the car now, noticeable even on the short drive back from the unit

    Also put on the freebie sticker, because why not?


    May have got a bit carried away with the adjustments though haha



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    Last edited by sam.wales.7543; 03-06-2016 at 23:03.

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