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 Post subject: Re: 1983 HR30 L28
PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:26 am 

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new tails and new low :D
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 Post subject: Re: 1983 HR30 L28
PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:05 pm 

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Looking damn good.

Lol @ FamilyMart with 'FamilyCar'. That should be your sig :D

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 Post subject: Re: 1983 HR30 L28
PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:12 pm 

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New tails look perfect. Ride height is good too.


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 Post subject: Re: 1983 HR30 L28
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:22 am 

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thanks guys! still more to go, but she's getting there :D hoping i can pick up this adthree trunk lip/spoiler and finish up the interior pieces soon. they'll need to be rewrapped since it's all different colors, but having the pieces is the hard part haha


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 Post subject: Re: 1983 HR30 L28
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:32 am 
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Yours is a weird combination of PFL and FL, (like mine is, now)

That DR30 grille is PFL (pre-facelift) and having just had to do this myself now, it's been cut across the bottom.

The replacement tail-lamps you've got on there are the proper ones for it, the previous ones are PFL.

It's got FL bumpers, etc. It's definitely a FL car, though I thiiiiiiiiiink 83 (same as mine) can go either way.

I even have that front spoiler. I just got it in from Japan a few weeks ago. ;)

I just don't have flares or RS-Watanabes. Oh and mine is a Red Panda with factory L20ET. I think I'd rather have a badass L30S though. That said, the L31S will be in the C110 so I'm not to worried about it. Nice purchase, by the way. Congrats.

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 Post subject: Re: 1983 HR30 L28
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:24 pm 

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Location: Adelaide, Australia
Every time I see new photos of this car I get really excited :)

I'd be interested to see how you go with the S13 coilover conversion, I bought a pair of adapter plates last year (basically bolt-on spacers to change the stud pattern) for running S13 coils on the rear without drilling new holes, and I think they should also allow more usable height adjustment on the rear, but I keep getting put off the idea of using them every time I read about people saying that S13 suspension just makes DR's drive poorly


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 Post subject: Re: 1983 HR30 L28
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:53 am 

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thanks kyteler! i actually didn't know a lot of that haha :oops: i never liked those all red tails, not sure why anyone would swap them over besides trying to mix up a bunch of pfl/fl stuff. the car def is a mix of various skylines :tu: cleaning it up and dialing it in has been fun. this is one of my favorite cars i've ever owned so far. it's not perfect, but i love it lol

@adam, i'm still back and forth on what to do with the whole s13 suspension thing. talked to a few japanese guys that have done it and they have nothing negative to say. my car handles fine now (besides the play in steering) but it rides like shit and the rear coilovers are way to soft. not too mention i want to get these r32 brakes on...hopefully they fit under my wheels :? i'm gonna take my time and figure out the best solution


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 Post subject: Re: 1983 HR30 L28
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:14 am 

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I wouldn't mind changing my brakes too, but I don't have a great record with that, I've had a set of NB Turbo MX5 (Miata) brakes sitting on the floor for a year and a half because I can't be bothered putting them in my turbo'd NA8

My DR30 had a MASSIVE amount of play in the steering when I got it, you could pretty much wobble the wheel between 10 and 2 without the car changing direction. I got the guys to adjust the steering box when I had it aligned because I was wary of accidentally over-tightening it, and they kept making small adjustments until it got to the point where going round a corner it would no longer self centre again (binding slightly I guess) then backed it off a bit. Its still not as good as something with a rack and pinion setup but I did two days of 1200km drives without feeling concerned about having the necessary control over the car at highway speeds, and it felt ok on the track too


I've read somewhere, and you may want to search for similar statements elsewhere to verify before doing it, that if your steering box feels quite worn, it can help to put a bit of lock on before tightening the adjustment screw. As far as I remember it was something to do with it being able to latch on to a less worn bit in there, so it might be worth a try, though I imagine it may lead you to have a bit less lock in one direction than the other? Or I may be remembering it incorrectly, we didn't have to try it on mine because it came pretty good once it was tightened


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 Post subject: Re: 1983 HR30 L28
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:27 am 

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i did tighten it a bit a few days ago. it was kind of weird. it helped, but it also seemed to increase a tram line kind of feel. i'll do it a bit more and see how it goes. maybe it was this loose on purpose from the initial builder haha.

i've read on a few rack and pinion swaps that have been done. seems easy, yet fairly complicated at the same time lol. if i can just get it a bit tighter i'll be happy enough with it. taking a turn is fine, though i'm probably just accustomed to the play. its mostly noticeable when headed straight and i almost look like i'm in a 80's movie pretending to drive haha


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 Post subject: Re: 1983 HR30 L28
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:21 am 

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throwing around the idea of making this up. gotta find the right font


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 Post subject: Re: 1983 HR30 L28
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:48 am 
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hahaha, great minds!

I'm organising getting the 2VALVE SOHC GT-TURBO as a laugh from the 4VALVE DOHC RS-TURBO

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 Post subject: Re: 1983 HR30 L28
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:40 am 

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haha yea oops! i should make that GT-CARBURETOR


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 Post subject: Re: 1983 HR30 L28
PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:25 pm 
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Looks awesome. Sticker is cool! You could use something like PPH if the were Mikini's etc etc.

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 Post subject: Re: 1983 HR30 L28
PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 3:23 am 
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GT-SOLEX

would be pretty amusing.

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 Post subject: Re: 1983 HR30 L28
PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 3:58 am 

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i have OER's :? i may switch out to webers later, but i like these. i can use both weber and solex parts :tu:


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 Post subject: Re: 1983 HR30 L28
PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:40 am 
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Maybe GT-CARBS

It shares the amount of letters so would look similar at first glance. That's the illusion I'm going for.

This is mine, btw. As of lastnight after I fitted my fresh from Japan DR30 side skirts.

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 Post subject: Re: 1983 HR30 L28
PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:29 pm 

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aww man she is looking good, ! need to fix that monster trucking thing tho ;)


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 Post subject: Re: 1983 HR30 L28
PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:26 pm 
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aww man she is looking good, ! need to fix that monster trucking thing tho ;)


Yeah, that will have to wait until next month. I'm tapped out on this month's pay thanks to getting it legal and various other costs relating to it.

I did just get the tyres changed onto the Z rims in the interim because I hated rolling on those multispokes on the back, yuck. Once I've found a few pieces I'm missing and have the money to buy new shocks, then it'll start looking a lot better. That said, I have to change the concrete ramp into my shed as if I try go in forwards it almost scrapes the front lip, once it's low I'll have no chance.

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 Post subject: Re: 1983 HR30 L28
PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:50 pm 

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haha yea being low is always fun. i actually got stuck on an incline yesterday lmao :oops: lucky i have a LSD and had a passenger to give me a little push. i can't remember the last time that's happened to me in any of my low cars in the last 13 years haha. then my exhaust got massive tugged on by some railroad tracks that had a huge dip in them for some reason...

yesterday was first day i had any real issues being low tho... besides my rear rubbing occasionally. i haven't really looked yet, but is there a rear toe adjustment?


and man! where did you find those dr sides?! i've been looking for a set since i bought this car!


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 Post subject: Re: 1983 HR30 L28
PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:44 pm 
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I'm not sure about adjustment in the rear, to be honest, the 30 is fairly new to me as far as owning and playing around with the mechanicals.

As for the sides, Yahoo! Japan. ;) just check frequently and keep your eyes peeled, I think people might have missed these ones though as they went fairly cheap. Pretty stoked. :D

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