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 Post subject: More DR30 goodness (madness?)
PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:45 pm 
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guess I should make some form of introductory speech as well. Hi I'm Ed and I own too many cars :lol: no, seriously, I do...

currently I have five vehicles with a sixth on its way to New Zealand, and all follow a certain trend: they have to be from the 1980s, Japanese domestic market models only, and (with the exception of one) turbocharged. I'll get around to describing the rest of the collection in due course, but so far the jewels in the crown are my twin DR30 Skyline RS-Xs.

Apologies to those of you from other forums who have no doubt already heard all this :lol:

First up is my 1983.9 RS-X coupe. It's a genuine DR30 tekamen with the factory non intercooled early FJ20ET. Skyline aficionados will know this to have the lower compression ratio and large 0.63 A/R housing T3.

was privately imported and complied in 2005 by myself, with a shade over 119,000km on the clock. the vehicle is completely stock standard except for Tokico shortened shocks and Japanese "SASS" lowering springs. The new wheels are 15x6 (F) and 15x6.5 (R) SSR "Formula Mesh" with gold centres, which were sourced from Yahoo Japan. It originally came with standard DR30 rims as pictured in the 2nd and 3rd shots.

this car is an absolute dream on the open road: comfy, quiet, nice stereo, the A/C works perfectly, and it even has cruise! About the only complaint I have is the apparent lack of power below 4500rpm thanks to the characteristics of the FJ20ET. Had the car dynoed to see what the stocker output was like, and it managed 114kW at the rear treads running a paltry 5.5psi of boost. Lazy!

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as of now I have no other plans to modify the coupe, because in October 2006 I imported another DR30, the real star of the show:

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a 1983.12 RS-X sedan, nicknamed the "squid" for its distinctive silver colour. this one came with a few extra goodies included.

First up is the huge GReddy aftermarket intercooler and piping, stealthily tucked away behind the front bumper. It also came with an oldschool Trust adjustable pressure relief valve, an even more ancient HKS blow off valve, remote oil filter setup, Cusco adjustable front strut tops, Cusco rear LSD, and some distinctive Work Ewing III deep-dish rims (15x7.5 F, 15x8 R). The exhaust system is full HKS all the way through to the humungous rear cannon :shock:

The engine seems to have had larger injectors fitted, and some form of 'lumpy cams', but I haven't been able to figure out any specifications for the latter. oddly enough given the bolt-on mods, it's still running the OEM T3 turbo - I suspect a previous owner may have swapped it back on prior to selling...

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Since the sedan's arrival in NZ I've fitted it with Tokico shocks and SASS springs (identical to the coupe), and installed my Blitz Dual-SBC spec R controller for a boost hike to 1.0 bar :twisted: Unfortunately it spent the most part of 2007 off the road due to an annoying optical ignition module failure, which was finally repaired and the car's proven trouble-free (and a boatload of fun to drive) since then.

I've also bought some 15" Watanabe rims for it, and plan to have these resprayed gunmetal with chrome lip prior to fitting... but I gotta admit, the deep-dish Ewings have grown on me.

Future plans? I recently bought a Garrett GT3071R turbo with 0.78 A/R split pulse housing, and am slowly gathering parts together for a "violent-tempered" FJ20 build with the sedan as a base. Have been offered a worked head capable of 700hp, as well as a block and enough spares to comfortably kick-start the project, so it might be a wise decision to say yes :lol:

however I have other things to get out of the way before starting on the DR30. Next year sounds like a good time as any!

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Authentic Jap plates for the novelty touch:

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:57 pm 
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Very nice! As an ex DR30 owner myself it's great to see these old warriors being appreciated for what they are :D

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jeezzeee us new zealanders are taking over. :lol:


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jeezzeee us new zealanders are taking over. :lol:


about time to :)

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Awesome cars, man. Love the IRN MSK plate. :tu:

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dirtyleppa wrote:
stagefumer11 wrote:
jeezzeee us new zealanders are taking over. :lol:


about time to :)


..there goes the neighbourhood :lol:

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Aw man, you have good taste! Thats it, June should be R30 month on JNC.

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after seeing the first shuto kousoku trial i feel in love with these skylines! i hope to someday own one of these if i ever live on the other side of the pacific.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:03 pm 
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cheers for the welcome folks.

Hopefully I will be able to do some serious stuff to the sedan next year. 500hp FJ20 shouldn't be too hard to build... right? :lol:

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nice, I really like these cars.


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Your DR30's are awesome, you should get a set of the same meshies but grey/silver for the sedan, I saw one like that and it looked very cool.


I take it you are the same Orion that sent me the pics of the decals on Skylines Australia, cheers for that :mrgreen:

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Ive always loved the tailights on these cars.

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Hey mate, I'm loving your 30s, they're both so tidy. You mentioned 6 cars, what else do you have? If they're anything as nice as these you must be one lucky guy :tu:


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:shock: I LOVE DR-30's. Clean car man.

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Phildo wrote:
Hey mate, I'm loving your 30s, they're both so tidy. You mentioned 6 cars, what else do you have? If they're anything as nice as these you must be one lucky guy :tu:

weeeellll... in addition to the skylines I also have:

- a 1985 Ford Laser TX3 4WD 1600DOHC turbo (BFMRF) that is currently undergoing a panel and engine restoration
- a 1986 Ford Laser TX3 FWD 1600DOHC turbo (BFMPF) track car
- a 1987 Toyota MR2 G-Ltd (AW11) daily driver

also currently have a deposit on a 1985 Mazda RX-7 GT (SA22C) series 3 12A turbo that's on its way here from Japan, but am no longer sure if I'm going to proceed with this purchase or not - so vehicle #6 may not become a reality :|

the two Fords are a curiosity unto themselves, being Japanese assembled in limited numbers and sold on the Japanese domestic market alongside the Familia of the time. But that's another story entirely :lol:

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YAY for the 30!!!..love the sedan..

i could only get my hands on a HR30 sedan with the poor relation L20ET..

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:55 pm 
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a small bump.

Took the sedan to an invitational dyno day last month... and as you can see from the results sheet it had some hidden problems :?

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for three test runs at differing boost levels (especially the 12psi one), above 2500rpm the AFR curve leans out and shoots off into oblivion each time :(

at this stage I suspect a fuel pressure and/or supply problem. From my understanding the injectors were upgraded at some point in the past, so it would make sense for the pump to have been changed at the same time. but as I've found out over the last few years of owning Japanese imports, the logical answer is not usually the case!

it also doesn't explain the insane amounts of fuel spitting out the exhaust during the vehicle's cold start cycle.

was planning to build a nutty FJ20 for this car next year so I may leave the problem unsolved for now, certainly if you don't boost it everywhere the car's still perfectly fine to drive. I only wish I had more time/patience to work it all out...

As for the coupe. It received its half-yearly polish this weekend just gone :) but it too has developed a problem with its TPS. Argh, cars.

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stagefumer11 wrote:
jeezzeee us new zealanders are taking over. :lol:


You'll have to excuse them. They just figured out how to harness the power of all those sheep! :)

(edit) Those R30s are sweet 'n square. Every time something really angular like a Mitsubishi Starion goes by ... my pulse quickens. I'm definitely an 80s kid! My fiance absolutely HATES square cars too - that might be something to fuel my passion. :D


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Yet another cool car I wish we had here in the states.

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