Friday, July 31, 2015

zoy661 driver - yeah, you're a fuckwit.

so the nice thing about having a dashcam is that you can capture fuckwit drivers being dickheads, like this moronic cock hooning around bell st preston in his shitbox ute reg ZOY661.

racing up the side lane on the left, then virtually running into me - i brake hard to allow him in, and he reacts by giving me the finger. continues to drive like a tool crossing over lanes and using slip lanes to duck ahead of traffic.

keep driving like that mate, you'll do the world a favour by killing yourself.

Friday, July 24, 2015

nissan s15 200sx change rear wheel bearing and hub

so i needed to replace my driver's side wheel bearing as the wheel was a bit loose - after a bit of research I figured it'd be a lot easier just to swap in a whole bearing and hub, since I wouldn't have to go out to a mechanic to press the bearing in.

after shopping on facebook groups, I picked up a pair of R33 skyline GTS-T rear hub/bearings for $50 - good deal!

basic instructions.....

1) jack up car and make safe with car stands.

2) remove wheel using your impact gun (or plain old hand tools)

3) remove cotter pin from axle, and a 32mm impact socket to remove axle nut. Many other writeups have the S15 rear as having a 36mm axle nut, but mine just happened to be 32mm. It's a 2000 build ADM S15 in case that makes any difference.

4) Remove rear brake caliper - there's a couple of bolts on the back of the caliper, 19mm socket I think i was. This is a pic with the axle nut removed and caliper removed and set aside. Support the caliper so the brake lines aren't under tension. i used a brick.

5) Remove brake disc. Mine was rusted on pretty tight so I skipped to the next step...

6) Remove 4 x 17mm bolts holding in bearing assembly. It's a bitch to get back there and you need a small headed ratchet for your socket, plus you need to rotate the driveshaft to get access to all 4 bolts.

7) Everything was all rusted together, brake rotor/hub/bearing to driveshaft... so I grabbed my spare wheel, bolted it back onto the hub back-to-front (so the inner wheel rim wouldn't hit the removed caliper), gave it a few whacks from the inside with a mallet and that pulled off the hub/bearing and brake disc all together for me. It took me ages to figure this out, when it was pretty obvious from the beginning... anyway lesson learnt for next time!

8) Tap out brake rotor from old hub. Below is a pic of the original S15 hub/bearing on the left (with a bit of play in the bearing, hence the looseness), and the R33 skyline hub/bearing on the right. The extra projection with the hole is for the skyline rear handbrake line, however it's still a direct fit for the S15.

9) Reinstall in reverse order. I really should've ordered some replacement rear brake rotors as they're both a bit borderline, but a relatively easy job for next time.

10) Test drive and recheck fit of all parts. You don't want your hub falling off anytime!

So now I have one S15 hub/bearing that I can potentially refurbish with a new bearing, plus a spare R33 hub/bearing - two spares if/when the other bearing goes.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Motorkhana test July 5

so finally managed to get the silvia out for a bit of fun the other weekend.

motorkhana = autocross = solo for those of you not in australia.

did a little prep beforehand - oil and filter change, installed a cusco front strut brace and nismo rear strut brace and a spare recaro seat.

beautiful day out at the toyota factory where the motorkhana was being held.

best thing about motorkhana is that horsepower often isn't the deciding factor - you dont need a supercar or even a fast car to have fun here. one of my favourite cars was an old honda civic ED hatch that was getting up on 3 wheels at every cone and pulling mad handbrake corners. other favourite cars was a purple onevia that was totally sideways every opportunity, as well as an old soarer that was fluttering and boosting every second. there was another S15 there which had plenty of power - my times were a second or two behind (and sometimes in front) so i'm reasonably happy with that.

had a gopro mounted for this event, will see if i can be bothered uploading a huge file to youtube. my main problem? too much grip on sticky bridgestone RE003s on the rear tyres, so I've grabbed some old S14 wheels with crappy tyres on them to make the next event a little more... fun... sideways.

unfortunately i need to replace a rear wheel hub/bearing for the next event as it's really starting to let go. i've already sourced a couple of R33 rear hub/bearing combos that i need to swap in, just need a big 36mm socket to get the axle nut off - this is next weekend's project.

wish i had a bigger garage... you can barely fit two silvias in it :(

left one is my pewter spec r, right one is my brother's blue spec s. his specs? 240kw at the wheels, big turbo, front mount intercooler, exhaust, powerfc, ebc, pump, injectors etc. can't wait for us both to get sideways on the track :)