One Shot: Back to Boost Update III – Wheel Fitment

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Some of you might know I’ve had this pair of mismatched Volk GR-N’s sitting in my house for quite a while now waiting for tires.  My original plan was to get some Z1 Star Specs, but think I’ll save those for a set of track wheels.  Anyway, I came across a great deal on a set of Nitto NT450’s; not a great performance tire, but perfect some occasional fun on the street.  Both wheels are 15×7 but the offset of the front wheels is +35 while the rears sit at +42.   I currently have 5mm spacers up front, and 3mm spacers in the rear bring the offset to +30 up front, and +39 in the back.

Once I press in the rear studs, I’ll be raising the car a tad and increase the offset with additional spacers.  It will eventually be +25 in the front and +34 in the rear.  As it sits now the fronts rub at full lock, which is not optimal.  I’m still in the market for a set of used TE-37’s in the same size, although I’d settle for another set of GR-N’s – these will be used on the track and will most likely be wrapped in the Dunlops.

As far as the engine goes, there hasn’t been much progress.  I took out the catalytic converter and put my test pipe in again.  I didn’t really have a reason to do that, other than to fix an exhaust leak that was bugging the shit out of me.  I’m still waiting on an ECU and some oil lines to finish up the kit and get ready for the install.  I did fab up the space in my front bumper for the EVO 9 intercooler I picked up last month.  I ended up dremelling off all the brackets and will fab up my own to attach to the bumper support and frame.

This shot was taken in the underground parking garage at my intermittent home in Westwood, Los Angeles.  I had planned on taking a 7 exposure HDR but forgot my tripod!  This was the best handheld I could get.  I’ll be back soon with some more updates after this week.  Anyone going to Nisei Showoff this Saturday?  I’ll be there, so if you go to enjoy the festivities be sure to stop and say hi.


One Shot: Project Back To Boost Update

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It’s been awhile since I posted anything on my junkyard turbo build.  I have a little free time now, so why not give you a little status update?  I gotta say, I never knew this blog would be so popular when I started it up.  Not like it’s Speedhunters status or anything, but I get hundreds, sometimes thousands of hits a day, and I’m super stoked about it.  I’m even more excited about the responses I’ve been getting about my own build.  It’s really cool to see people get involved in others projects – creates a real community atmosphere.  If you have an ongoing build, feel free to shoot me an email with some pics, if I’m digging it I’ll throw it up on the site.  Thanks again for visiting, and I know I’ve promised this before, but the merch is coming!

Anyway, here is a list:  P28 w/piggyback, manual boost controller, boost gauge, and a little magical welding.  That’s about all I need to begin the install.  When I say this is a low-budget build I mean it.  I got quite a bit of the parts from my good friend ‘OEM Addy’.  The piping, the intercooler, the couplers, and the DSM blow-off all came off of his old 240 setup.  If I couldn’t get his intercooler, I had planned on using an Evo 8 or 9 front mount.  They go for under $100 on craigslist and their core size is great for a Honda.  I’ll be using a cast manifold from God Speed; cost? $80.  I’m still a little weary about throwing the T3 on without a rebuild.  I really have no idea what condition it is in,  and there is a tiny bit of shaft play.  I’m trying to keep this at a minimum cost though, and a rebuild would be close to $200 – I’ll cross my fingers.  Next update will probably be next month when we start to mock up some piping.

The picture of the rear of my car is from when I was test fitting the GRN’s I picked up.  I’ll be using that wheel as my spare because it has a little chunk taken out of it, and it has some old ass 195 series Advan race tire on it.  The car is sitting high because of the 16’s I had on before these – the car will be a bit lower.  This pic reminds me I need to get rid of that sticker residue…



One Shot: Project Back to Boost

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Those of you who know me probably know my car as well.  Those who don’t; let me introduce you.  This is my car.  For 10 years it has gone through close to a dozen renovations.  Everything from suspension and wheels, to engine setups and interior pieces has been changed more times than I have fingers to count them on.  Which brings me to my next project – re-boosting the tired B16.  I was enjoying 14 pounds of boost daily up until the fine men in blue decided to send me to the state ref.  For years I’ve wanted to piece together another kit, but was so busy with school and work, I just didn’t have the drive.  Well, the time has come.  It will be a junkyard build with minimal costs and maximum efficiency.  I’ll follow the project on this blog, so if you’re interested stay tuned.  The car was getting a new knuckle and extended studs in this shot.   You can see Addy’s Silvia in the background.  Look for a feature on it soon.