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Hi guys, I'm Josh and I'm 24 from Essex.

I've been a Ford guy since passing my test when I was 17, but I've finally decided that I need to move onto something with a bit more character and more tuning potential.

I've been having a look around, and decided to go for an R32 GT-R. I'll hopefully be going for a fresh import and as standard as possible, but we'll see closer to the time.

I probably won't end up getting the car until mid-2014, but I thought I'd show my face and make myself known while I'm looking. I'm hoping to learn a few bits, as I'm not up on my Jap tuning!

I have a few questions. I know the answers will be on the forum somewhere, but I was hoping that someone could point me in the right direction.

I'm looking for about 400-450bhp (to begin with, I know that'll soon increase!), but I don't know exactly what will be needed. I seem to remember reading that a full exhaust, filters, boost controller and map should see me around that figure. Does this sound about right?

Thanks!

Josh
 

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Hi Josh

R32 GTR is a good choice, but I wouldn't worry about stepping a standard car straight upto 400+ bhp. I'd run it for a while, ensure the engines tip top (rebuilds on an RB26 are 10x the price of most Ford lumps) Also bear in mind they are becoming quite collectable now as well. Get the suspension and brakes sorted as well, although out the box they aren't bad.

If the power is important I'm pretty sure you might need bigger injectors and a few other bits to get that power level. The same modifications you mentioned would normally see about 370 give or take, which is still awesome fun.
 

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Power won't be upgraded immediately, should have mentioned that!

Brakes and suspension will definitely be sorted first ;)

370bhp will more than likely shock me in comparison to my old car. That was running 330, but through the front wheels it was a bit tricky trying to put that down..
 

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Hi guys, I'm Josh and I'm 24 from Essex.

I've been a Ford guy since passing my test when I was 17, but I've finally decided that I need to move onto something with a bit more character and more tuning potential.

I've been having a look around, and decided to go for an R32 GT-R. I'll hopefully be going for a fresh import and as standard as possible, but we'll see closer to the time.

I probably won't end up getting the car until mid-2014, but I thought I'd show my face and make myself known while I'm looking. I'm hoping to learn a few bits, as I'm not up on my Jap tuning!

I have a few questions. I know the answers will be on the forum somewhere, but I was hoping that someone could point me in the right direction.

I'm looking for about 400-450bhp (to begin with, I know that'll soon increase!), but I don't know exactly what will be needed. I seem to remember reading that a full exhaust, filters, boost controller and map should see me around that figure. Does this sound about right?

Thanks!

Josh
A standard car and 450bhp is not going to happen. You could see 400bhp with minor mods though.

I know all of the advice guides say buy a standard car but consider that the car will be 20 years old so I'd be wanting a rebuild in the history, especially if you plan on running more power.
 

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This is why I'm glad I've signed up on here - gives me the information I need to make a decent purchase.

Are there any buying guides on here for the R32, just so I have an idea of what to look for etc?
 

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I would honestly, depending on your budget of course, not rule out a car that has been modded and had all the work done for you.
A very good R32, with the work you required having been done already would easily be able to trace the cars history on here or other GTR forums.
If you are going to do the work yourself, fair play to you :)
If not, find a good GTR specialist and even ask them to look at the car for you.
There is nothing wrong with buying a car that has been modded and these cars need to be driven and the majority of owners do just that. Difference being they also look after the cars in such a way that it is not a problem.
Welcome to the forum.
 

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I like the idea of doing the work myself, but a car that's already been modified probably would save me money in the long run.

I'm a mechanic, so work isn't really an issue, but I'll definitely get some advice from some of the tuners for peace of mind.

I don't REALLY have a budget, I'll work to finding a decent one, and then decide on price after. I'd rather spend that bit more and have one that's been properly looked after.
 

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Def have a good check for rust - around rear arches and along sill that have been crushed & split due to poor jacking. Seen some terrible sights!
 

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Yeah I always make sure to check the common places for rust, as well as any signs of damage/repairs.
 

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As you've already said mate, check the sills, rear arches and turrets for rot. The engine should be smooth running and no rattling, the only thing you can hear chattering on mine are the injectors when its ticking over, rattling top end means its ready for a rebuild. R32's are getting on a bit and gearbox wear is common, dont be surprised if it crunches when shifted into 5th at high revs. Also dont be alarmed if the oil pressure gauge reads next to nothing, another common fault with the R32.
Deffo a good purchase though :)
 

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Hi guys, I'm Josh and I'm 24 from Essex.

I've been a Ford guy since passing my test when I was 17, but I've finally decided that I need to move onto something with a bit more character and more tuning potential.

I've been having a look around, and decided to go for an R32 GT-R. I'll hopefully be going for a fresh import and as standard as possible, but we'll see closer to the time.

I probably won't end up getting the car until mid-2014, but I thought I'd show my face and make myself known while I'm looking. I'm hoping to learn a few bits, as I'm not up on my Jap tuning!

I have a few questions. I know the answers will be on the forum somewhere, but I was hoping that someone could point me in the right direction.

I'm looking for about 400-450bhp (to begin with, I know that'll soon increase!), but I don't know exactly what will be needed. I seem to remember reading that a full exhaust, filters, boost controller and map should see me around that figure. Does this sound about right?

Thanks!

Josh

Hi Josh
My workshop is in Rayliegh, your welcome to come down and have a chat and look around.
I'm sure i can give you a few pointers
Ron
 
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