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Author:  Fred [ Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:39 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Fred's 1998 C34 Nissan Stagea 25X Four Wagon

And this afternoon I picked up a set of four matching wheels from a freight depo for 100 nzd + 80 shipping.

And tonight I found, bought, picked up, paid for, and brought home a pair of reasonable tyres to go on a pair of them.

The tyres on them were the wrong size, which might have been OK, except for the 4wd system.

https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 2430586880
https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 1195584512

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Author:  Fred [ Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:47 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Fred's 1998 C34 Nissan Stagea 25X Four Wagon

And today's efforts on the same topic:

1) Stripped flat and good-but-wrong tyres off
2) Fitted cheap used tyres on
3) Balanced with used tyres
4) Carted home and swapped around
5) Acid cleaned with NZ made Luxxio Agent X wheel cleaner
6) Sponge bath for the rest of the entire thing
7) Out for lunch and social visit
8) Dragging the Volvo caravan around with it

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https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 4015777792
https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 4597608448
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https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 0806331392

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Author:  Fred [ Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:30 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Fred's 1998 C34 Nissan Stagea 25X Four Wagon

Irony, get the car nice and clean, and the f***ing road markers come along and pointlessly repaint the stripes on either side of it and overspray onto the panels and wheels and tyres. Grrrrr. Just my luck. Especially ironic considering if it was still dirty, the paint would not have stuck, but because it's clean, it's stuck well! Arrrggghhh. Good thing it's not a minter in the first place.

https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 6382664704

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Author:  Fred [ Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:02 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Fred's 1998 C34 Nissan Stagea 25X Four Wagon

Took this for a welcome home drive last night, started straight up and settled into a silky idle just fine. The reluctance to start that it had when I bought it has gone away with some heavy use and quality oil.

Two new things:

1) Re the previous post, I bought some scrapers that don't hurt paint and do remove this hard but somewhat tall overspray: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 6859738115

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2) I bought a set of subframe locking bushes that I hope will cure some noises from the rear of the car for 60nzd + 8nzd shipping:

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Author:  Fred [ Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:07 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Fred's 1998 C34 Nissan Stagea 25X Four Wagon

The arrived the day before yesterday and look like this up close: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 5758872576

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Author:  Fred [ Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:19 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Fred's 1998 C34 Nissan Stagea 25X Four Wagon

A friend here at work recently pointed out that GTR diffs are R230 not R200. I didn't know R230 existed.

What I did know was that this car has the machined style diff input flange, just like GTRs do.

And then I found this photo which shows the R230 looking very similar with the machined flange:

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I'll have to get under there and figure it out sometime soon. Would be cool if it was big stock. Makes sense with a 1580kg car, I guess.

Author:  Fred [ Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:33 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Fred's 1998 C34 Nissan Stagea 25X Four Wagon

Installed the subframe locking bushes a few weeks back, still has a knock in the rear end, likely from the front diff bush play, I guess. Maybe trans mount or centre of driveshaft mount, though.

Changed the oil last night and discovered some gremlins: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2693&p=44100#p44100

And lightened the car a bit by removing more parts of the plastic-cover-over-engine-for-no-reason system:

https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 5047939072
https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 7767860225

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^ win. I hate that stuff...

So tomorrow night at the latest, I'll probably do the ATF flush, and maybe pull some covers off the cam belt to see if it's bad or can be tensioned out for the time being.

Need to use it in 1.5 weeks, so I'd better pull finger and get it "right" by then!

Author:  Fred [ Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:35 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Fred's 1998 C34 Nissan Stagea 25X Four Wagon

Although, I haven't noticed the surging that was happening prior to that happening again, so perhaps those locking disks cured at least one thing. Will have to try to recreate on the motorway some time.

Author:  Fred [ Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:23 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Fred's 1998 C34 Nissan Stagea 25X Four Wagon

RFB ATF MOFO changed: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2693&p=44106#p44106

Author:  Fred [ Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:06 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Fred's 1998 C34 Nissan Stagea 25X Four Wagon

Took the car apart and found that the cam belt was still in good shape. Will change it later in the year, but have the belt on hand:

https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 3179961344
https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 6615582726

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And when I filled it up with 98 RON gas the other day, I thought it had a 65l tank, but I got 69 litres in:

https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 4480293888

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But it turns out that it only has a 68 litre tank, after all:

https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 6794686464

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