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Old 10/27/2013, 09:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Daniel Shawfe's 96 240sx

HEY! Haven't posted in a VERY long time, I've missed everyone here, I'm pretty sure I already made a post for my S14 but I can't find it anywhere.
So I figured I would just make a new one.
After owning this thing for a while and wanting a new engine very badly I keep thinking about getting another car for a daily, I want to get another 3g eclipse because I miss my old one so bad. I'll probably end up getting a truck though.
ANYWAYS, My S14 has come a long ways, I've never dumped so much money into a car. I also have access to a lift every day at Nissan to work on it, with all my tools and things to use.
Drifting it is still a challenge, I'm getting better but I still can't clutch kick without spinning out or not being able to hold it.

When I first bought it she already had Megan Racing coil overs all the way around, a VLSD from a J30, a cold air intake, headers, a three inch straight pipe, battery relocation, changed interior leds, some off brand suspension arms, launch control, solid diff bushings, 300zx brakes, 300zx master cylinder, and that's it.
I realized ALOT of work needed to be done after I put it on a lift.

The first day I got it.

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Later on I went on a mountain run with my local group, I was super happy with how she handled.

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Later on I found a steal for some XXR 522s 18x9.5 all the way around with 245/40/18 new Dunlops on them, so I picked those up and slapped them on.
The fronts scrubbed the coil overs so I needed spacers, and one of them was badly warped so I had it fixed...

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Doing work at my parents house, was painting the XXRs white, it turned out horrible.

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I always admired the Zenki front ends on the S14s but the Koukis were just so much meaner looking. So I acquired some Kouki parts for stupid cheap and slapped them on.
I had no high beams at the time because the harness was different, and I didn't get the bumper until later. Still saving for a front lip which is twice as much as the damn bumper.

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The rear subframe bushings definitely needed replacing because my subframe was bouncing around and making driving a task. So I bought some ISIS solid bushings and while I was at it I bought some Tein hardened tie rods with rack spacers.
Installed those and did a quick alignment, surprisingly everything was in spec!

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That same night I went on a drift session at a warehouse with a bunch of other drift buddies, It was super fun and we had a 400 hp KA-T S14 along with an S14 with an Rb20 in it.

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We ended up drag racing the RB20 against the KA-T, I was riding in the KA-T when the hood popped open at 120 mph, big ass headache resulted.

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I bought a bumper from Nissan with my employee discount and made a garage door lip for it, It was ripped off when I clipped a curb though..

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Much later I stripped down my horrible white wheels with the intentions to polish and clear coat them. That was so much work though so I just sent them off to get powdercoated.

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I bought some reinforced poly motor mounts, I do not regret these at all, the response is amazing. I also bought an Isis short shifter, no pictures of it.

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Shortly after I won some LED tail lights on EBAY and got rid of my horrible cheap looking stock ones, I had to fix some condensation problems but they're awesome.

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At work with some co-workers, we always park here.

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On a side note our weekly car meet was shut down.

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Finally I got my wheels back from powdercoating, they looked crazy bright and I was ecstatic to get them on, lime green with a metallic flake.

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Working in the apartment parking lot for the win!

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Oh, and to say sorry for the long post here's a slammed Nissan Leaf I worked on.

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Old 10/27/2013, 10:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 10/27/2013, 10:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome back Daniel I occasionally see your car around whenever i'm at home in Gwinnett, it looks good

Why'd the Thursday night meet get shut down?! I always go when i'm off from school during the holidays or over the summer
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I freak in' love that color combo! Sick ride.

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Good job on the kouki front end swap, and I seen your old eclipse for sale a couple of times on craigslist being sold by the new owner.
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Old 10/28/2013, 11:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone! Its still a big work in progress, my rear main just started leaking along with the front main. I also still need a kouki core support which is $400 give or take.
Oh, and for my birthday I bought myself a custom grip royal steering wheel with an NRG hub, NRG quick release to come soon.
I have seen my eclipse on craigslist, I would kill to buy it back but for the right price.

With the car knowledge I have now I'm sure I can do a lot more..
I just keep remembering the days when I struggled getting my headlight bulbs out.
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Old 12/29/2013, 04:05 PM   #8 (permalink)
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A few small updates, I need to be a little more active on here, I miss everyone, ha ha.

Anyways, I bought a lip for my kouki front end finally, already tore it up though when I understeered into a curb. My whole front end folded up underneath my car and a damaged a wheel in the process.
Surprisingly nothing cracked, hooray for OEM quality bumpers!

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This is what happens when you have a crappy battery box with no battery tie down and you go drifting...

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Temporarily fixed!

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Picture of my new Grip Royal wheel with NRG short hub and quick release, LOVE this thing. I always get funny looks when I'm seen carrying it around.
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Bought a new ISIS aluminum radiator with silicone hoses and two e-fans, cleaned up the engine bay nicely. Also pulled ALL of the coolant from the engine, glad I did because it needed attention immediately.

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I was also curious as to why the car had launch control so I pondered the idea that I might have an aftermarket ECU. I was wrong but I found that the ECU had already been tuned.
I'm glad I only ever run 93 octane, ha ha.

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Took off my XXR wheels and put the stock ones back on, it's much easier to slide on 205s than it is on 245s. I also have to relocate my engine harness that runs under my driver side wheel well, the XXR wheels were rubbing through it very slowly..

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On a closing note I finally attended my first drift event! It was a blast and I was actually able to connect the whole course about 50 times with my underpowered four cylinder, This car is full of surprises!
I ran into a few issues and finally at the end of the event I broke my actual clutch pedal, I adjusted it enough to where it would get me home.
I recently bought a new one from Nissan and replaced it.



You can see me drifting from about 1:30 to 2:00. Tell me what you think!
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