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Old 29th February 2012, 12:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Modding regrets ?

Hello Chaps,
Has anyone regretted modding their GT-R, from a warranty, and saleable point of view, or have the mods youve made, stopped you from using all the performance, for fear of say damaging the tranny, or other components ?. Or maybe, the question should be, how is your GT-R holding up, after all your mods ?, regards, SIMON.
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Old 29th February 2012, 01:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I agonised over doing it at first (like you seem to be!). I went y pipe (v low risk) then Litchfield stage 1 (clearly higher risk but a chat with Iain gave me the comfort I needed, without ever feeling like I was being sold to), then Litchfield stage 2 (now updated to MY11 tranny software and with adjustable LC). I have had zero issues so far, although I have not tried the LC yet.

I would hazard a guess that 75% of UK R35s have been modded (this is just a pure guess, based on owners I have met), so that gives me some comfort that the used market will accept modded cars. But, I won't really know whether it's a handicap until it's time to sell. Stage 1/2 just seems to release the car's latent talent with a trivial attaching cost - you are really missing out if you don't go for it.

Having said all that, these things have to be personal decisions based on a cost/risk/benefit analysis and level of financial flexibility in case things go wrong and a warranty claim is refused.
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Old 29th February 2012, 02:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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no problems with my 650R and i have modded my car since i got it almost 2 years ago

have also used LC a handful of times at santa pod..

just look at how quickly t80's 750R car sold! just dont expect to make much £ back from your mods i guess
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Old 29th February 2012, 03:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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3000 miles and Im already up to stage 2 only regret is not ordering the full milltek exhaust! Just keep the original items, that way you can revert to standard if you want to sell. Only really works if you are not modding too far... IE. turbos, blueprinting engine, etc
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Old 29th February 2012, 03:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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3000 miles and Im already up to stage 2 only regret is not ordering the full milltek exhaust! Just keep the original items, that way you can revert to standard if you want to sell. Only really works if you are not modding too far... IE. turbos, blueprinting engine, etc
Did you go EcuTek in the end, what did it make power / torque

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Old 29th February 2012, 06:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Did you go EcuTek in the end, what did it make power / torque

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Hi Anders, my MY11 Gtr made 595bhp and 600 ft lb at SRR with Litchfield stage 1, now have stage 4 fitted so expect about 630 bhp or so and will be going back to SRR sometime soon to verify the increase.
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Old 29th February 2012, 06:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I agonised over doing it at first (like you seem to be!). I went y pipe (v low risk) then Litchfield stage 1 (clearly higher risk but a chat with Iain gave me the comfort I needed, without ever feeling like I was being sold to), then Litchfield stage 2 (now updated to MY11 tranny software and with adjustable LC). I have had zero issues so far, although I have not tried the LC yet.

I would hazard a guess that 75% of UK R35s have been modded (this is just a pure guess, based on owners I have met), so that gives me some comfort that the used market will accept modded cars. But, I won't really know whether it's a handicap until it's time to sell. Stage 1/2 just seems to release the car's latent talent with a trivial attaching cost - you are really missing out if you don't go for it.

Having said all that, these things have to be personal decisions based on a cost/risk/benefit analysis and level of financial flexibility in case things go wrong and a warranty claim is refused.

Mick,
You are quite right, i am agonising over it. I nearly bought a new MY11, last week, but the deal fell through. But even with a new MY 11, it wouldnt be as lively as a stage 2 modded MY 10 car, and i would have spent a considerable amount more buying the new car. But i could always buy another TT RS, as they are as quick as a MY 11 car these days , thanks for the replies fellas, regards, SIMON.
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I don't think there's anywhere near the 75% of UK cars modded that MickV refers to but there is a steady increase in cars being modded. The early modders were perhaps taking a much bigger risk with no history or long term testing of modded R35's, but now as people gain confidence in the great reliability these R35's seem to have and also the feedback from people with cars already upgraded, there really isn't anything to worry about.

It's still a very personal choice and warranty could always be affected but sufficed to say I don't think anyone's regretted it yet.

Me, I'd get a decent MY10 and go Stage 1/2 and you wont look back (unless you blow it up ).
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Did you go EcuTek in the end, what did it make power / torque

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Not gone ECUTek yet, still deciding honestly. Im at SRR tomorrow at 12 if anyone fancies joining


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I don't think there's anywhere near the 75% of UK cars modded that MickV refers to but there is a steady increase in cars being modded. The early modders were perhaps taking a much bigger risk with no history or long term testing of modded R35's, but now as people gain confidence in the great reliability these R35's seem to have and also the feedback from people with cars already upgraded, there really isn't anything to worry about.

It's still a very personal choice and warranty could always be affected but sufficed to say I don't think anyone's regretted it yet.

Me, I'd get a decent MY10 and go Stage 1/2 and you wont look back (unless you blow it up ).
Thats what I did... MY10 on a 11 plate running panels, ypipe and Cobbs... Standard she ran 499.5bhp at SRR so should be interesting to see what she up to, before I go for stage 3/4.
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Hi Anders, my MY11 Gtr made 595bhp and 600 ft lb at SRR with Litchfield stage 1, now have stage 4 fitted so expect about 630 bhp or so and will be going back to SRR sometime soon to verify the increase.
Nice result, I'm having mine remapped by Ryan on 21st March at SRR.

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Not gone ECUTek yet, still deciding honestly. Im at SRR tomorrow at 12 if anyone fancies joining

Thats what I did... MY10 on a 11 plate running panels, ypipe and Cobbs... Standard she ran 499.5bhp at SRR so should be interesting to see what she up to, before I go for stage 3/4.
In a meeting, or would have come down. Does Ryan do Cobb and EcuTek then?

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In a meeting, or would have come down. Does Ryan do Cobb and EcuTek then?

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Put some panel filters in and then we can compare MY10 VS MY11
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Put some panel filters in and then we can compare MY10 VS MY11
I'll have trouble fitting K&N drop ins, the OEM airboxes are being replaced with GTC intakes
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Looking back I am disappointed I did not mod sooner...I wasted a whole 6 weeks from new i think with a stock car

Never had a problem with my car at all...never launched it and not sure if I will...I did the gearbox clips for some extra warranty and peace of mind but other than possible low risk there never batted an eye about modding.
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I'll have trouble fitting K&N drop ins, the OEM airboxes are being replaced with GTC intakes
Is that the only additions?

As my list is now:

Injectors
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Remainder of the exhaust
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Forge header tank - hate that stupid plastic bucket that is there!!

Hopefully, then I can call it a day
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Hopefully, then I can call it a day
No chance you will never be done...i started out saying i was not going to touch this car...more than fast enough standard
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Is that the only additions?

As my list is now:

Injectors
Intakes
Remainder of the exhaust
Circlips

Forge header tank - hate that stupid plastic bucket that is there!!

Hopefully, then I can call it a day
Nope here's my full spec

Litchfield 1100cc injectors
Litchfield twin fuel pumps
GTC 3" intakes with K&N filters and pre-filter
GTC cast downpipes
AMS front mount
Dodson sump magnets
Swap to FFL4 transmission oil
Probolt stainless under tray bolts
Forge Header tank
Ryan G EcuTek map & data log cable

Keeping the stock exhaust and seeing if it limits power, I think the stock downpipes are more the limitation

Might do a GTC carbon engine cover, but need to see one in the flesh

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No chance you will never be done...i started out saying i was not going to touch this car...more than fast enough standard
I said that before buying... now its "I will stop at 650" - I really hope I can stop besides brakes, ARBs and suspension...... oh yes, wheels and tyres.... AAARRRGGGGG!!!!
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Nope here's my full spec

Litchfield 1100cc injectors
Litchfield twin fuel pumps
GTC 3" intakes with K&N filters and pre-filter
GTC cast downpipes
AMS front mount
Dodson sump magnets
Swap to FFL4 transmission oil
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Ryan G EcuTek map & data log cable

Keeping the stock exhaust and seeing if it limits power, I think the stock downpipes are more the limitation

Might do a GTC carbon engine cover, but need to see one in the flesh

Anders

Hahaahaa!! So much for standard!!! Longer list than mine.... thankfully!!! What should that lot give you?

I like the standard engine cover... but will go carbon if I can find the same make of covers for engine and header tank, otherwise its the Forge option.
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