Discussion in 'Member's Garage' started by ryzan, Jun 2, 2013.
I also used to live in Emerald for 5 years in the late 80's lol. Know a few people from Bilo too.
Got it registered!
Just my luck had to get inspected at transport too.
Spent my Friday night fitting coilovers, adjustable arms and a new alternator.
Then got a mate to do a wheel alignment saturday morning. Barely made it up and down the ramps. Had to remove the exhaust for the alignment too.
Took it out Saturday night for its maiden voyage. Was pretty much as I expected, the na is underpowered and requires a lot of technique to get sideways. Loving the 2 way though, makes it nice and predictable. Biggest problem now (apart from my lack of skill) is the amount of lock I don't have. So more lock mods soon to come. :br:
Nice, glad to see it on the road! What are the alignment specs?
It certainly does require a bit more push and shove to get the back loose and to be in the peak rpm range to keep the angle. Such a fine line between running out of go go juice up high and dropping low enough and allowing it to regain traction.
As mentioned, more lock would accommodate the requirements to hold it.
Would be nice to try it with a 2 way.
Happy to see progress.
looks good man!
buy a screw in rack spacer and cut the lock stops off the lca for a good amount of lock. will probably want to move the steering rack forward eventually though, bind is a jerk
Already got my rack spacers and new inner tie rods ready to go in, just waiting on my gktech outers to throw it all in.
Also ordered a full set of gktech adjustable arms while they're on the gb discount price and got a few other bits to go in. Will report back on quality and fitment once I get them.
Went out again tonight on a fresh set of tyres. Did a lot better than my last run, but again my lack of power, lock and skill are killing it as I kept spinning out, a lot. These last steering rack parts cannot arrive soon enough as I'm keen to get back out there and just try and get better. I'm happy to finally be out there and having a go, but frustrated with these issues. As much as I'd like to blame it on all the little issues with the car I'm sure most of it lies with me at the end of the day.
I had a pretty similar experience in my Z when I took it to wakie to try out skidding, aside from low power, no technique and no lock/slow steering ratio my hand-brake was quite weak. I think a good hand-brake is a fairly effective way to learn to drift, learn to initiate and set-up a good angle then you can add power to make more angle and push up to the clipping points
More skids yet?
Nah, still waiting on a heap of parts to arrive so haven't done anything yet.
What's in the box, in the box..
Hint: they're Autech parts
Sigh, last minute zedfest prep is well and truly in full swing. Decided it would be a good idea to drop the subframe today to get a heap of things fixed for some silly reason and one thing after another seems to be going wrong. Still need to mod the rear bumper tab to stop me destroying rear tyres on the trip down and fit up some new rear tyres.
Have to agree with the other person who said she was looking very pretty. In this shot I am reminded of those 80's two tone cars
I hate the fact that your "skidder" is tidier than my pride and joy.
Reading about Ryzan skid car (drift) I wondered if there might be some tyres with harder rubber, stiff sidewall and poor grip that could make any under powered car into a skidder.
But I typed skid tyres instead of drift tyres and seems that skid tyres are something else. Solid tyres for industrial machinery and earth movers are also skid tyres.
Ha I wouldn't say that, I just take my photos at good angles and with a camera phone.
So zedfest crept up on me and was here before I knew it. A simple subframe swap a few weeks beforehand turned into a nightmare. First problem I encountered was not being able to get a rear cv out of the bearing. It was siezed in there good, took a 50 tonne press to get it out eventually, and did some damage in the process. So slapped it all back together with some spares, went to put on my new gktech arms and found that the camber arms bind on the alloy z32 knuckles. So back on went the chinese arms again. Did an oil change, fitted an engine bay splash guard and a few other little things. Then began to smash out my rear guards at 11pm (my neighbours are really forgiving, they've been putting up with me working on cars late into the night and test driving them up and down the streets). Packed up and got to bed just after 12.
Up at 4am and got on the road. Photo doesn't show it but there was a lot of fog around this part.
Also discovered a new fault, speedo doesn't always want to read right and would randomly drop to a weird speed on the highway.
Got to Isla Gorge and had a break. Probably the most fun little windy stretch of road on the whole trip and I made sure to uh 'thoroughly enjoy' going through on the return trip.
Plenty of straight roads like this, and despite being the Easter long weekend I was still going 15-20 minutes without seeing another car at times.
Show and shine.
Somehow my heap managed to get front row in the photoshoot in front of a lot of much better looking zeds.
Robbo and I sat at the back of the pack during the cruise and made sure to drive extra responsibly. I may have hit the bee-r limiter a few times when we went past some kids though..
Swapped zeds with Robbo on the return trip, was different watching my own zed on the road and had an awesome drive back, except for robbo's little clutch incident.
Somehow I even managed to win an award. Best stock engine bay. Partly because I haven't had a chance to do anything to it, and I don't think I had much competition. Got robbed on the lowrider award, but I'm more than happy with my trophy.
Home safe and sound. Did over 2000kms over the long weekend (which is more than 2x as many kms as I've driven since even getting the thing registered) and no major incidents short of a few people on the highway who shouldn't be allowed to reproduce, let alone drive.
Anyways, Rocky is having its first 'drift say' at the end of the month so starting prep for that which should be good.
The weekend after (Anzac day long weekend) I went down to Brisbane to pick this up.
Not too sure how things are going to work out yet but I'm going turbo very soon hopefully.
Managed to make it to Friday night drifts too while there (unfortunately this was the best photo of the lot)
So yeah, haven't had much of a chance to do anything since getting it back between work and getting sick. But big things are coming.
Good work mate. She turned out a clean looking zed.
Nice pick-up. Lots of goodies on that yellow Z. Look forward to seeing what you plan to do.
Fit a set of slip on spacers a few weekends back in preparation for this weekend, still working on my proper setup but at least the slip ons are better than nothing. Good mod even for street driving with very few disadvantages.
My slip ons compared to a mates 32 with a bolt on spacer and cut 'n' shut knuckles.
Made the last minute decision to throw in my Project Mu handbrake shoes on Saturday. Did new rear discs and pads while I was there. Have so say I'm fairly impressed with the shoes, locks up my 235's nice and predictably even 100+kmh.
Glad I did too, spend most of Sunday using it. We had our first 'drift' day here in Rocky. Technically it was a khanacross with drifting sessions. But hey this was big for our little town. 53 entrants which was the biggest day the local motorsport club has had in years. Also managed to place 4th in class and 15th overall in the khanacross which I didn't think was too bad for my first time.
First time really pushing it repeatedly in the middle of the day revealed a few weak spots. Coolant temps were okay, but definitely room for improvement. Power steering got really hot though and started causing problems near the end of the day. Power assistance was completely dropping out, now it's heavy turning one way but normal the other way. Anyways less talking more photos.
How hots hot? I wonder if the hose baked and a small fragment of rubber fractured off the inner hose and lodged itself in the orifice? Hence a problem with the steering one way...
Looks like a fun day.
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