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  1. #1
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    Red S15 Spec R Project

    So after many years of Japanese car ownership Iíve finally saved up enough for an S15!
    After many months searching I finally found one I really liked with a massive spec list! After viewing the car a deal was made and a couple weeks later I collected the car with my friend Jamie.

    IMG_0252 by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    I was extremely happy with it however after driving it home something didnít feel quite right with the suspension and it needed to be raised as the roads on the Isle of Wight are shocking. During adjusting the suspension all the pre loads on each corner were different and the camber adjustment on the front left was completely loose and the right side wasnít done up that tight either! With the suspension sorted it was now looking like this!

    IMG_0265 by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    Iím not a fan of stretched tyres so while the suspension was being adjusted my friend and I worked out the tyre size and spacing that would allow them to fit correctly. I noticed the rear wheel studs had been cut in order to fit 20mm spacers so I decided to order ARP extended wheel studs to allow correct fitment of the wheels.

    IMG_0327 by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    The 235 front tyres and 255 rear tyres were ordered as well.

    IMG_0398 by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    So what turned from wet sanding the headlights turned into thisÖ haha! All the headlight wiring was shortened and re-routed.

    IMG_0604 by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    The intercooler piping was removed and checked over and given a quick polish. Also worked out what silicone hoses were needed, Iím not a fan of the red ones and some were pretty bodged together so a whole set of black samco ones have been ordered. When putting it back together I made sure to tighten the hose clamps down properly as they certainly werenít done up much when I was pulling it apart!

    IMG_0847 by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    The wet sanded headlights look a lot better!

    As sad as it sounds I had collected a few stickers to put on so they were put onÖ haha!

    IMG_0673 by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    I then set about fitting the extended studs on all 4 corners. When fitting these I also got the Hardrace rear camber and toe arms fitted.

    IMG_0859 by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    IMG_0860 by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    The tyres were then put onto the wheels. Safe to say Iím a lot happier with the spacing and look of the wheels now!

    IMG_0865 by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    I then took the 15 to the Goodwood Super Car Breakfast meet. Found Seen Through Glassís car so thought it would be rude not to get a photo together with it haha!

    IMG_0897 by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    When I was driving back to the Isle from the meet I noticed a slight exhaust leak. After driving for a couple of more short journeys to see the misses it soon turned into a major exhaust leak from the mani to the turbo!

    I set about stripping it down. When undoing the bolts to the mani etc. I found that all of them werenít done up nearly tight enough! My friend came round to help me pull the mani and turbo out while I was undoing the final bolts underneath, he pulled the mani expecting the turbo to come with itÖ just the manifold came away! The nuts had worked themselves loose and werenít even present anymore!

    With it all out I was left with this!

    IMG_0980 by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    I decided to give the turbo a good looking over and clean up while it was off, would be rude not to haha!


    IMG_1012 by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    The previous owner had included a tubular manifold that had cracked. I went round to my good friend Joes and he welded up making sure to beef all the welds up significantly. We also added some bracing from each flange to try and help prevent cracking again. Hopefully this will sort the problem, if not I will just go back to the standard mani. I gave it a quick clean up, not perfect but so much better than it was!

    IMG_1029 by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    Iíve got a stainless turbo elbow on order and the downpipe has been taken off the car ready for a clean-up and heat wrapping.

    Today my Splitfire coil packs have turned up so theyíll be fitted this eve!

    IMG_1044 by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    Iíve got all my servicing fluids on the way as well as booking it in for a 4 wheel alignment in a couple of weeks. Hoping by the time all this is done it should feel like a different car!

    Still plenty more work to do, but who likes spare time anyway!

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    Looking good mate! was that car imported from Irland?

    And I approve of the Sticker choices! #zillalife
    zillalife
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    So last week I had a week off work and may have got a bit carried away with doing some jobs on the S15 haha!

    Untitled by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    Untitled by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    Untitled by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    So with the coilovers off, body kit off and exhaust off the chassis was then prepared for protection. All the arches were wire brushed back to bare metal, any rust treated, zinc primer applied and then a nice thick layer of stone chip applied. I then got a bit more carried away and decided to do a wire tuck on the passenger side for now. I will do one on the other side but I want to drive it again soon haha!

    Untitled by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    Untitled by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    This was the dirt that came out the bottom of the front fenders, it had just been sitting there! It wonít ever be like that again haha!

    Untitled by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    The same was carried out behind the rear bumper.

    Untitled by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    I then painted the brakes black, I hate red calipers with a passion! I will sand the Nissan back to bare metal once the paint has hardened enough. You can also see the coilover covers I fitted to keep them in mint condition.

    Untitled by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    I then fitted my exhaust to keep moral up haha! Much happier with this, still yet to find out how it will sound! It needs modifying to sit further out once the bumper and rear lip is on, this will happen in time.

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    While the front suspension was off I noticed that the outer tie rods looked a bit worse for wear along with the bump steer tie rods. So another package from Hardrace was delivered haha!

    Untitled by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    I got sent a picture of my replacement cam cover after being sprayed the other day. So pleased with this compared to the horrible one thatís on there. Think it will transform the engine bay.

    Untitled by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    I also re-assembled the turbo setup, I might have over engineered a few bits, but I donít want the gasket leaking again haha!

    Untitled by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    Untitled by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    So now I am just waiting on my black Samco hoses (should be here this week) and it will all be put back together then off for a 4 wheel alignment!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tooley View Post
    Looking good mate! was that car imported from Irland?

    And I approve of the Sticker choices! #zillalife
    Yeah the paperwork I have shows that it was imported into Ireland.

    Haha! I thought you might somehow!

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    Itís all back together now, I couldnít wait for these blaady black silicone hoses any longer so the red ones went back on for now! The engine feels so much stronger now, donít know if itís the manifold, the Splitfire coil packs, or just the fact itís all tight now ahaha! But it feels smoother, pulls better and there is definitely more power up top now!

    Still need to get the alignment done but itís all booked in for next Friday.

    Got the cam cover fitted last night, looks so much better, canít wait to sack these red hoses off!

    Untitled by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    The manifold is going nice colours now as well haha!

    Untitled by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

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    Red S15 Spec R Project
    @Sealedperformance
    Top work! I tried to buy this when it was for sale in Ireland but it had already sold.

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    Red S15 Spec R Project
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    Spotted your car at the Goodwood super car meet, looked really nice mate!


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    Thanks for the picture! Didn't know I had been spotted haha!

    Glad I've sorted the bumper fitment now, when I look at that now it really bugs me haha!

    My black hoses have finally arrived after 6 weeks! I'll get the intercooler ones on this eve and do the radiator ones at the weekend. I'll do all the fluid this weekend as well!

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    Finally got my alignment done, drives so much nicer! Itís got just under 3 degrees negative on the front and 1 and a half degrees on the rear. It still spins the rear wheels up even with 255s haha!

    Made up a bracket to hold my air filter in placeÖ Not that interesting but I was pretty happy with it haha!

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    After winning a passenger seat rail off eBay the other day, I moved the driverís Bride to the passenger side and put my Zeta bucket in the driverís side with a Driftworks rail. Love the driving position even more now!

    Untitled by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    Untitled by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    After changing the diff fluid I lowered the rear slightly more, much happier with the ride height now. Only couple of jobs left now are a transmission fluid change and a coolant flush and change!

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    So I finally got round to a pointless job last nightÖ But it does look cool haha!

    The bonnet came offÖ

    Untitled by Josh Jennings, on Flickr

    Then I put this on haha!

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    I ran of tape so could only get those bits done, will order some more and get the rest of it done soon!

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