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  • Chris' R34 Skyline GTT

    My previous project was a 1992 Mazda MX5 which I purchased stock. Over the next 5 years the car went through various changes and styles. In May 2018 I made the decision to strip the car to a bare shell and sell everything to fund my dream car. The original plan was to enjoy the car until September when the insurance and MOT expires, then begin the search for the new car. I found an extremely tidy example for sale in June and went to view it and ended up coming home with it.

    Nissan Skyline R34 GTT Series 2
    RB25DET NEO 6
    Manual Transmission

    Imported in 2016 by IBE Cars in Huddersfield
    Resprayed in original Pearl White in 2017

    Stock except custom de-cat exhaust and HKS air filter

  • #2

    First thing to do was to have a full service including all fluids. The suspension was swapped for some Meister R coilovers and the stock wheels swapped for a set of 17" A-Tech Monoblock alloys refurbed in bronze

    Oil Change
    Spark Plugs
    Fuel Filter
    Japspeed Radiator
    Drive Belts
    Cambelt & Tensioners
    Coolant change
    Gearbox Oil change
    Diff Oil change
    Brake Fluid change

    Meister R Zeta CRD Coilovers
    Shorter front drop links
    Wheel arches and suspension turrets undersealed


    • #3
      Why buy aftermarket clear side repeaters when you can just remove the orange lense yourself for free!

      As much as the Series 2 front bumper wasn't my favourite thing to begin with, I did start to like it as time passed. But it was time to find an Altia bumper,this seemed abit more tricky than i first though. Luckily i found one only a couple of hours away, and it was en route on my holiday to Cornwall, bonus!

      While down in Cornwall we took a trip over to Devon and visited the guys and girls at Torque GT. They had the HKS SSQV Blow off Valve on offer, so would have been rude not to grab one while i was there.

      The first of many packages had arrived from Japan, my replacement OEM steering wheel. This is fantastic condition compared to the one fitted to the car. The only problem was (and i didnt notice until i took the photos) was its actually from an Auto car, i didn't originally see the buttons in the advert on Yahoo Auctions,oops!



      The other half bought me some LED tail lights for my birthday in August. fitting didn't take too long :P

      Finally got the Altia bumper painted and fitted, along with some clear indicator units and chrome bulbs. Its transformed the front end and looks alot better! I'm glad i decided to colour code the centre bar and not left it black.

      The factory ceramic turbo doesn't like a bar of boost, most say around 11-12psi max is safe. After some research i decided to go for a Greddy Profec OLED boost controller to up the current boost a tad. Also hoping it'll come into boost smoother as its a little bit 'choppy' (see what i did there :P)

      I didn't like the mount that's supplied so decided to make something


      • #4
        I ordered a new set of wheels as birthday present to myself. I wanted a set of these for the MX5 but they don't make them wide enough in a 15. So i'm very happy to be able to have a set on the Skyline

        Choosing a wheel design was difficult enough, let alone deciding which fitment to get. I decided on 18x8.5 ET30 and 18x9.5 ET30, playing it safe due to the arches are original and mint, would be a shame to ruin them because of the offset being lower.

        I believe Nismo recommend this fitment for the GTT, so that was some reassurance

        Colour choice was also another challenge, the current bronze wheels look awesome against the pearl white and I had my head set on that. But then i saw the GT Silver was an option and can see from the photos that i made the right decision (or did i?)

        With the bodywork being in mint condition (except the difference in colour on some panels due to the pearl) my attention would be under the bonnet. I can't afford a full forge build,top mount turbo etc so went for a cheaper route. I've been collecting parts for a couple of months and now I'm at a stage where i can post about it.

        Stock Turbo Stage 3 Hybrid (spec below) (Rebuilt by Universal Turbos)
        Genuine Gasket Set
        Apexi Power FC
        Z32 MAF
        R35 GTR 570cc Injectors
        Walbro 255 Fuel Pump
        Blitz FMIC
        NGK BKR7E Plugs
        Splitfire Coilpacks
        Competition Clutch Stage 2 (supplied by Conceptua Tuning)
        Lightened Flywheel
        Braided Clutch line

        Re-Profiled Compressor Cover
        T38 Compressor Wheel
        360 Degree Thrust Bearing
        T3 Billet Backplate Modified
        T3 Bearing Housing Modified
        Hi-Temp Turbine End Piston Ring Seal
        T38 Turbine Wheel
        Re-Profiled Turbine Housing
        Ported Wastegate and Larger Poppet Valve
        1 Bar Actuator
        Up-Rated Actuator Bracket

        My aim is 400hp,would be over the moon if it was more

        I also have a Tomei turbo elbow on order through Nengun Performance


        • #5
          The new tyres for the Work wheels arrived and i didn't waste any time getting them mounted and fitted to the car. The front ride height is left untouched from the 17s, the rears were raised 20mm (its still veeeery close to the arch lip)

          I think playing it safe with the offset of 30 was a wise decision, it may not be the 'fitment' that kids nowadays wanna see, but i think its perfect

          Not long after purchasing the car, i already had a vision of what i'd like the car to look lilke. My very first car/project was a red Nissan Micra K11, one of the things i loved about that was the Nismo livery. That car taught me alot of cars in general especially thinking outside the box when it came to modifying. I knew the livery would work well on the R34 so it had to be done.

          Last edited by hoodedreeper; 02-01-2019, 05:00 AM.


          • #6
            Some Autumn photos

            My Tomei Exhaust elbow arrived from Japan via Nengun. The quality and workmanship on this is incredible!

            I found these on Yahoo Auctions and JDMParts Rupewrecht arranged the purchase and delivery. Originally they had a 2-3 week production time as they're made to order. But these were ready to be shipped within a week!

            The quality is very good, the pieces are quite thick so not thin and flimsy like some carbon/FRP parts. They've certainly got some weight to them!


            • #7
              It was a very nismo christmas this year! The other half had spoilt me rotten by buying me a Nismo speedo cluster

              I also treated myself to some Nismo goodies from Nengun and Yahoo Auctions

              Spent Boxing Day afternoon fitting it all

              Which brings me to my next mini update, engine cover stickers!

              Keeping with the Nismo theme, i purchased an R33 strut brace with brake stopper on eBay. The brace had certainly seen better days so i started to refurb it.

              And heres the finished item

              Another little change I made was to swap the bulb in the ignition barrel to an amber one, to help match the red/orange illumination in the cabin


              • #8
                We headed over to Blickling Hall here in Norfolk, they had an arrangement of lights for the festive period which was a great photo opportunity

                The LED lights had produced an intermittent fault. The first set, the outer tail light ring was missing half of the LEDs and the second set of lights had an issue with the brake light occasionally not working. Driftworks accepted a return and arranged the refund very quickly, I can't fault them for that. The OEM lights were refitted, i think i prefer them lol

                Although the interior was clean looking and stock, I felt it needed a lil bit more. I had a Nardi Deep Corn steering wheel stored away from the MX5, Driftworks supplied a HKB boss kit and the Nardi was promptly fitted.

                Upon fitting the boss kit and testing it, i noticed something on the floor mat. I had only gone and snapped the locating pin on the clock spring....****! I removed the hicas fuse to temporally disable it until i could sort it. I had a couple of options, replace the clock spring and potentially have it happen again or delete the hicas.....which brings me to my next update

                Driftworks Hicas Delete

                H&S Performance took care of fitting the kit and aligning the car, as always they've done a fantastic job!

                Last photo of this update is one i took this evening as the sun was setting, no real reason just a random photo. Its also the first using my new photography watermark teaming up with

                Modificata Culture


                • #9
                  Wow! What a difference.. that front bar looks WAYYYYY better! Actually a big fan of the decals too, they work really well. Accentuate the lines of the car and whatnot.

                  That car is super clean, it should do you well. Great pics too mate keep up the good work.


                  • #10
                    Thank you for the kind words Fod


                    • #11
                      Very nice ride, can't wait to see someone build a pro street drag style R34 RWD hey! R34's just grow on ya (love em)


                      • #12
                        Small update

                        Fitted a tsurikawa and a hannya omamori to the 34

                        I've finally got fuse box diagram sticker fitted, it finishes off the carbon a treat

                        While the camera was out I couldnt help but take a few more photos


                        • #13

                          After reading up on a Speedhunters article by Jordan about his RS4 audio upgrade, I was that impressed I decided to bite the bullet and treat myself to one too.

                          The DMX7017DAB is a double din mechless unit with a large touch screen display. The minimal buttons along the bottom edge gives it a more modern look without distracting you much.

                          It has the bells and whistles you expect to find on a modern aftermarket stereo like DAB, Bluetooth, rear USB, steering controls etc. What drew me to this was a couple of things. The first being the integrated dash cam.

                          With the dash cam plugging into the back of the unit, you can view the Camera aswell as play back recorded footage and photos. The camera has a built in shock sensor, a message promptly appears if the car has been hit in your absence, and you can review the footage straight away.

                          The second feature that I loved was the ability to mirror what my phone does. For Android an app called Android Auto is required. This allows you to mirror Google Maps/Waze onto the stereo, while still being able to listen to Spotify/Google Music and make/receive phone calls! Very handy for those road trips or convoys to car shows

                          Another feature the Kenwood unit has is a reverse camera. You can pick up a generic camera off eBay or Amazon for not a lot of money but I didn’t want the extra grief of splicing and hoping the built quality would last. So I went with Kenwoods unit and I’m glad I did. Direct plug and play and all I had to do was splice into the reverse light loom

                          I finished the install when darkness fell so I’m eager to see the quality in the daylight

                          The rear speakers have been crackling for awhile so this was one job that needed addressing more than anything. I didn’t know what I was letting myself in for until I was half way through it…

                          The rear seats, door cards and trim had to be removed before I could touch the parcel shelf. The parcel shelf area was covered in a black dust, thinking it was the parcel shelf material disintegrating, I was wrong.

                          As you can see, there wasn’t much left of the stock Clarion speakers, no wonder the sound quality was so poor! The new speakers dropped in a treat and I managed to reuse the original fixings. At the point I wished I had bought the wiring adapters but nevermind.

                          With the rear interior put back together it was time to tackle the front speakers. This was ALOT easier, a few trim clips and screws and access was easy. Luckily the front speakers already had the adapters (weirdly enough) so that was plain sailing.

                          I did buy some sound deadening pads to put on the inside but space is limited and daylight was becoming less and less. I’ll tackle this at a later date.

                          The last thing on the list was to install the slim subwoofer. I was hoping it would fit under the seat, but upon removing it I didn’t realise the centre is humped and tapers down. So I decided to put it behind the seat instead.

                          The wiring is a lot simpler, all of the wires go into a single plug, none of those nasty terminal screws we had ‘back in the day’. The hardest part was routing the live cable through the bulk head (wheel and arch liner off and it’s straight forward from there)

                          So there we have it, a full multimedia upgrade! I still need to play around with the equaliser, then I’ll get a video sorted


                          • #14
                            Nice work, it's a fantastic looking R34! The Nismo decals do look well and suit it perfectly.


                            • #15
                              That's a really nice all in one radio man, wauw! Does the reverse camera also double as a rearfacing dashcam or no?