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Set the alarm for 7.30 and was on the road within the hour. Jumped in my BMW 330Ci, drove the 220 odd miles from Bromley to Stockport, handed over my keys and a small cash supplement, and drove away in this:



Pleased?? Yep. What a car. :smokin:

Here's a little detail:
Pretty standard, 44k mile car.
Nismo 320 kph clocks
1st UK owner
R34 Suspension with lowering springs (not sure what make yet)
Standard rims
Blitz Blow Off Valve
Blitz Induction Kits
Blitz Racing Meter (Boost Gauge)
Kakimoto Racing Hyper 2000 exhaust
A rubbish CD player!
No alarm! (Yet)


Had a long yet fun drive home, and although, much to my disappointment, TomTom told me to avoid the M6 toll road on the way up there, it didn't on the way back. Woo hoo - I love that stretch of road. Well worth £3.50. I wasn't the only one who enjoyed either, so did the chap in the red Ferrari F430 Spider! This is where I learned that my fresh import was still restricted. This was prolly a blessing in disguise because when the 430 driver eventually pulled off the M6 he clearly respected me. If my Skyline wasn't still wearing its chastity belt I think I may have made myself look like a bit of a tit. No matter how fast your Skyline is, he had a brand new Ferrari. Hats off to him.

Just prior to that I stopped at the services on the M6 to grab a bite. Wasn't hungry on the way up - too excited innit?!! So I parked up in a nice open part of the car park, like you do, so I could take some pictures with my phone. Anyway, when I came out, another GTR had parked up alongside me! Nice one!! Anyone on here by any chance?

Its amazing, when I first drove the car it didn't feel like mine. The minute you get out, do something (in my case eat a Wimpy meal), then get back in, it feels like its yours. I love it.

The last thing to mark the occasion was as I came on to the M25. As I turned on to the slip road I saw a bike (R1 or R6 I think) come up behind me. I put my foot down hard as it was clear in front of me and at the same time he opened it up, popped one up, and no word of a lie was on one wheel for about 10 seconds doing what was certainly at least bordering speed limit, about a metre from the back of my car! I thought he was trying to rest his front wheel on my spoiler! Anyway, that was pretty cool!

Gave the car a quick clean last night in the dark ready for its long overdue polish today, and it came up a treat. Didn't have a great deal of available time today, so only a quick effort. Used Scratch X on most of the car which seemed to work a treat on all the swirl marks, then followed by a drop of stage 3 carnauba wax. Black cars don't half clean up well.








All in all, obviously very pleased with the car. Needs a new stereo, an alarm and a bit of paint on the front bumper/spoiler, but thats cool.

My only complaint, apart from the small petrol tank :confused: , is the noise level. Don't get me wrong, it sounds like a beast, but I intend using the car every day. This is the exhaust it has, any good? Are there any that are a bit quieter?




I'm new to the Skyline world so at the moment my knowledge in minimal. A few questions:

How do I tell if its V-Spec? Its supposed to be.
Do all Skylines have electric folding wing mirrors?
Do they all have a strut brace behind the front seats?
Do they all have what seem like a short-shift gear box?


So, advice from you guys please. What do I do next?
 

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C_h_a_z said:
Get an alarm fitted and tracker
My Clifford Matrix RXS3.5 is being delivered in the next day or two. Complete with "remote start" so I can that engine warmed up and ready for the off!!
 

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ANDY H said:
the car looks lovely mate,get an apexi exhaust valve shes noisey when you want her to be!
An exhaust valve? Does that sit inside the exhaust? I noticed there's a little hole in the bottom of the rear pipe in my one.
 

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Hi mate - lovely looking 33, well done.

See you're getting into the swing of things already - got the Skyline grin? :D

To answer your questions:

GTR-Ad said:
How do I tell if its V-Spec?
Fins on the rear diff, A-LSD warning light in middle of Tacho (for the V-Spec's electronic Limited Slip Diff)

GTR-Ad said:
Do all Skylines have electric folding wing mirrors?
Yes

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Do they all have a strut brace behind the front seats?
If you mean behind the REAR seats then Yes :D

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Do they all have what seem like a short-shift gear box?
Dunno - wouldn't call mine short shift :confused:

As for what to do next - get rid of that limiter :smokin:

Get it serviced - Iridium plugs, new filters, good oil. Sort the ecu and push the boost up a bit. Maybe replace the downpipes, get a de-cat pipe and bobs you're uncle - Stage 1 conversion (approx. 400bhp give or take).

Oh, and don't forget to use Optimax.

Get searching and reading on here - it really helps.

Have fun,

Andy
 

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Congrats on the purchase fella, Looks like one clean machine! ;)

One tip:

These things are fast, yes, but they are also really heavy so be carefull as you can with the loud pedal on corners untill the weather sorts itself out

I'm still not used to my GTR and i've had it for about 4 months now.... waiting for the summer and possibly a trip to the 'ring.... then ill find out what she can really do! :D

Nothing has been mentioned about undersealing yet so I would get that checked out if it hasn't been already

Sev
 

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If you mean behind the REAR seats then Yes :D
Nope, I mean behind the front seats. I have one up front (engine bay), one at the rear in the boot, and one in the middle. It runs across the back of the car on the floor where your rear passengers would put their feet. :smokin:

Thanks for the kind words and advice guys. Might try and a service booked for this week. Funds are a bit stretched till I send the M3. If I use the car a minimal amount, how long can I wait till the UK service? A month or so?

I'm intrigued about my gearbox now. There is so little movement/throw between gears. Any clues?
 

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thats sounds odd having a strut brace in the middle of the car... cant see what use it would have, as they are to hold the top of the suspension from moving while cornering... post a pic of that.

your machine looks absolutley stunning! congratulations! im looking forward to that smile you have ;)
 

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If I use the car a minimal amount, how long can I wait till the UK service? A month or so?
Difficult to answer that. When and where was the last service? Do a quick inspection. An oil change would have to have been part of it, so a look at the oil should tell you something right away, if there's no paperwork.
 

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You probably have a do-luck(?) centre brace, it helps stiffen the car up. Looks very trick.

Kakimoto is the danglies. Yes it's a bit loud, but its all going out the back you wimp! You really need to hear it on full chat/high boost, makes the hairs on the back of your kneck stand up. YES I have driven with the window open just to hear it even better!

Strange that it has the 320's plus a restrictor. Is it running standard ECU? What max boost does the guage show?

Gearbox - might have a short stick shift fitted.

Subject to who, when with the car probably wise to get an oil change (Silk Pro) and a set of Iridiums put in.

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Oil's very clean, but the guy who imported it said it hasn't been serviced in the UK yet. Must have been serviced just before leaving Japan I suppose.
 

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You probably have a do-luck(?) centre brace, it helps stiffen the car up. Looks very trick.

Kakimoto is the danglies. Yes it's a bit loud, but its all going out the back you wimp! You really need to hear it on full chat/high boost, makes the hairs on the back of your kneck stand up. YES I have driven with the window open just to hear it even better!

Strange that it has the 320's plus a restrictor. Is it running standard ECU? What max boost does the guage show?

Gearbox - might have a short stick shift fitted.

Subject to who, when with the car probably wise to get an oil change (Silk Pro) and a set of Iridiums put in.

DaveG
Just taken a photo of the middle strut brace - I'll post it up in a tick. Yes, it does look trick!

The exhaust does sound great, but I'm considering others. Well, my girlfriend. If we're just poodling around town its just a bit too hardcore. I want her to like my car, not dread going out in it!

I assume running standard ECU, I'll have to check. Where is it located?
Its running 0.8 bar of boost. Whats the deal with my boost gauge by the way? It has three LEDs and what look like three buttons on the top.

Short shift gearbox eh? Cool. :smokin:
 
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