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brand_RR: Dual HID Headlight Conversion Debut

July 25th, 2011

After a number of years going relatively unchanged the GT-R’s headlights have now  found their first significant upgrade. brand_RR recently debuted a new headlight upgrade which replaces the high beam bezel’s halogen bulb with a  bi-xenon projector.

The headlights themselves receive extensive custom work to seamlessly adopt the secondary HID system. If no other modifications or custom painting is performed the results are comparable to what you would see on the Nissan showroom. Naturally however most people will want to do additional custom work while the headlights are under the knife. The white car shown is one such customer who optioned for nearly all of the available additions.

Aside from the bi-xenon dual HID conversion, brand_RR states that the following options are available:

– Painted inside assembly (white car shown has satin black painted assembly)
– Painted headlight surrounds (white car shown as satin black painted surrounds)
– CCFL illumination surround on each projector (not pictured)
– LED illumination surround on each projector with integrated amber turn signal activated switchback (installed on white car)
– Painted interior headlight assembly bezel (white car has our one-off carbon fiber conversion to this piece)
– LED headlight turn signal with white LED and switch to amber led when turn signal activated (not pictured)

The GT-R from the factory has a HID low beam capable of good lateral range however they are lacking in brightness and distance. brand_RR’s approach is to increase visibility by keeping the lateral range unchanged from the factory low beam HID and adding the second bi-xenon unit for straight ahead brightness and distance (and also it can switch to hi-beam mode). The photo below illustrates:

For further information the product can be found and purchased here:

http://gt-rr.com/product.html?m=brand_rr&n=ultimate_spec_headlight_-_dual_hid_projector_conversion&id=1541

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Mine’s Release Carbon Grille for 2012+ GT-Rs

June 10th, 2011

Mine's Carbon Grill for DBA-R35

Improving on the look of the new DBA-R35 is tough but Mine’s don’t back down from a challenge. Following in the path laid down years before for the CBA-R35 Mine’s have firstly tackled the grill to add a splash of carbon to the front end.

This wet carbon grille replacement is a straight fit item that will go on without modifications. It’s slightly different from standard in that it features three fins that give it a slightly aggressive appearance. It comes pre-applied with a UV protecting clear coat and will set you back around the 59,000 yen mark in Japan.

Link: Mine’s Official Website (English)

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GT-RR Debuts New Suspension Package

May 11th, 2011

The guys over at GT-RR.com have furthered their brand_RR lineup of parts with this new suspension. GT-RR has a history of working with the top producers for their projects, having also worked on collaborative projects with Amuse and Cosworth. In this case they’ve enlisted two of the leading suspension component producers to partner with them on the project. JRZ was sourced to provide the desired specification shocks for the system. Swift Springs of Japan was included to provide the 8 springs which are included (main and assist springs on each corner).

GT-RR calls this suspension their Ultimate Spec. They label it that because they’ve taken what they consider to be the best of the shock and spring world and combined it with a variable ride height lift system. The result they say is the ultimate suspension for GT-Rs which are used on both street and track. The suspension allows 3 inches of lift at the push of a button which allows for a low ride setting but for instant clearance upon demand. There is a video of their 2012 GT-R using the lift system which can be seen below.

Swift Springs out of Japan has been supplying Nissan’s official GT-R Super Taikyu team with springs and also supplies for Super GT race cars. GT-RR has told us that Swift and JRZ has both had a considerable hand in determining the final specifications of this suspension.

You can find more information on this system as well other JRZ and Swift products at GT-RR.

Link: Suspension kit

Link: JRZs on GT-RR

Link: Swift on GT-RR

 

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AMS Performance: AMS Alpha12 GT-R Updates

April 8th, 2011

It’s been an interesting couple of months for the AMS Performance crew. The culmination of a lot of hard work has seen the AMS Alpha 12 GT-R see a lot of results, especially in Texas. The TX2K11 Nationals event in March saw the Alpha 12 GT-R owned by Tim Sander’s show off it’s muscle to take the first place in the Dyno Comp GT-R Class with 1069 awhp.

In the days that followed they continued to push the GT-R to the limits and at the drag strip came away with another new record – a 9.1 @ 159mph pass. Despite the tune not being fully ironed out the Alpha 12 is still the quickest GT-R around.

There’s quite a lot of other GT-R happenings over at AMS’s blog and there’s more records lined up to fall soon. Two Alpha 12 GT-Rs are getting set to run the Moscow Unlimited event coming up in September. This year it seems the GT-R crowd wont be satisfied with second place in Moscow as it was in 2010.

Looking forward to hearing more as the Alpha12 gets closer to fully tuned. You can find out more from AMS at the links below!

Link: AMS Alpha GT-R Website
Link: AMS Performance Website

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Widebody GT-Rs Part II: Abflug

April 7th, 2011

In the last post, we brought you the new widebody aero from Axell Auto.  In this next installment of GT-R Blog’s feature on widebody GT-Rs, we have the second wide aero kit that debuted at TAS 2011.

This second kit comes from Abflug, a Japanese tuner renowned for their creative and revolutionary aero designs.  Their GT-R kit keeps that reputation alive with its large-mouth front bumper, wide blister fenders and R8-style ducting in the rear bumper.

The “kit” is currently being sold piece-by-piece, with FRP and carbon variations, depending on the part.  Also available is a new high-mount rear wing that replaces the OEM wing, but retains the side base mounts.

For more photos of the car and information regarding all the individual pieces, please visit Abflug’s website.

Link: Abflug Website

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AAM Competition Release R-Maf Upgraded Airflow Sensors for Nissan GT-R

February 11th, 2011

AAM R-MAF for Nissan GT-R

Anyone who’s ever tuned their turbocharged cars and relied on the stock airflow sensors knows that most OEM’s supply MAFs purpose built for the power the car delivers in stock form. Deviate too much from this and you’ll very quickly run out of resolution making tuning problematic.

On the GT-R the problem is worsened by the protective ECU which can throw codes to further complicate matters.

AAM Competition know this problem well and have come up with a solid and permanent solution for those GT-R owners making significantly more power than standard.

AAM’s product description says it best:

AAM Competition, LLC’s new R-MAF Meter is a welcome and important addition to any GT-R making over 550hp with factory air boxes, 625hp with 2 ¾” intakes, or 700hp with 3” intakes (500awhp, 575awhp, and 630-650awhp respectively). A direct bolt-in upgrade with no splicing of any wiring required and a factory functioning air temperature sensor, the R-MAF Meter is engineered to provide stock like idling and low-throttle drivability while doubling the range of the factory MAF sensors. The R- MAF’s extended range allow them to be used with engines with as much as 1,500hp with upgraded tubes.

  • Benefits of the AAM Competition R-MAF Meter: Performance, accuracy and quality
  • Direct replacement to the original MAF sensor & wiring harness (no cutting or splicing, drops and plugs right in)
  • Approximately 2 times more range that the factory sensor
  • Extended range allows it to be used with engines capable of making as much as 1,500 horsepower
  • Calibrated so that their range slightly exceeds that of the intake in which it is installed, so the sensor cannot “peg” yet still has excellent resolution
  • Factory like low-load characteristics, which keep the GT-R’s computer happy, allows the transmission to shift properly, and eliminates limp modes
  • Cures the P0700 Code issue frequently experienced on high power GT-R’s
  • Can be used in almost any intake system configuration (including blow through intake systems)
  • Comes with R-MAF calibration files (including fuel multiplier/tuning recommendations for different power levels)
  • Every sensor is repeatable within OEM specs

The sensors retail at the $429 each mark but if you head over to their website now you can see their currently discounted quite a bit.

Their available for shipping right now but get in quick…

Link: AAM Competition Website

AAM R-MAF Dyno Chart

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TAS 2011: Axell Auto Producing Wide Body GT-R Kit for AutoSalon

December 28th, 2010

Axell Auto Wide Body GT-R

In what is becoming a tradition, January’s Tokyo Auto Salon will debut another wild wide body kit for the Nissan GT-R, this time from Axell Auto. After spending 2010 clothed in the Tommy Kaira Ebrezza-R full aero kit, Axell Auto decided to get even more extreme with the GT-R than their contemporaries have so far.

While it’s not completely finished yet, the concept drawings can give you a sneak peek at how they expect it to look when it debuts in January at Auto Salon. The guys at Axell look to have the proto kit in the finishing touch stages before assembly and paint judging from these workshop pics.

The kit will have pumped front fenders, rear fenders, a completely new front and rear bumper and chunky side skirts. The GT-R’s rear wing will be replaced with a taller stylized wing as well.

What else Axell Auto will do to the GT-R isn’t clear yet but we’re looking forward to seeing the finished product, even if it may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

Tokyo Auto Salon runs from the 14th to the 16th of January 2011 at Makuhari Messe in Tokyo Japan.

Source: Jon Sibal’s Blog
Link: Axell Auto Website
Axell Auto Wide Body GT-R

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SouthSide Performance Transmission Cooler for Nissan GT-R

December 24th, 2010

SSP Transmission Cooler for GTR

Another cool product from South Dakota based SSP is this R Spec Race Transmission Cooler for the R35’s GR6 transmission. The guys at SSP have tried a lot of various solutions on the circuit and finally decided on this three part solution. Originally released earlier in the year, it’s now been re-released at a lower price point with updated availability.

On the track they were able to gather enough data to say that this is the ideal solution for keeping your trans fluid temps in check. During 10 lap sessions in 85 degree heat they saw average fluid temps of 220 – 225 degrees.

The kit comes with everything you need for a quick easy install, is available now and sells for around the $2399 mark including a 1 year warranty on parts. Hit up the link below for contact details for SSP.

The price may be going back up in the new year so check it out soon if this is something you’re looking into…

Link: SouthSide Performance Website

SSP Transmission Cooler for GTR

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Willall Racing Launch GT-R Rear LSD Upgrade Kits

December 16th, 2010

Willall Racing WR35DS

Here’s another good idea from Aussie workshop Willall Racing. Instead of ditching the entire rear LSD assembly for a fancy aftermarket job they’ve decided to beef the stock one up to the task. With the goal of making the OEM LSD good enough for circuit abuse they reckon they’ve achieved it with as little as their new WR35DS Rear LSD Super Lock Kit.

Given that the stock diff is a high quality, well machined 1.5 way item with solid steel assemblies to begin with – it made sense to at least have a look in this direction.

This series of hardened and heat treated differential shims is installed to adjust the pre-load on the factory diff to the owners liking. You can go from “mild” to “wild” depending on how many shims you use.

The end result is significantly more grip and an end to the inside wheel spinning during cornering. A good result for the price of just $395. Click the link below for more info…

Link: Willall Racing Website

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HKS GT800 Turbo Kit – Installed and First Impressions

December 2nd, 2010

HKS GT800 Kit for GT-R

After hearing about the development of the HKS Turbo Kit, one particular GT-R owner closely involved with the GT-R community was privvy to some early information on this kit. As a member of NAGTROC forums, his enthusiasm for the GT800 kit brought him in contact with other GT-R owners, HKS pro dealers and HKS USA. Having been satisfied with the quality and results that HKS had seen, “Se7enGTR” was on the edge of his seat waiting for the final release of the kit.

When the day finally came, the HKS pro dealers were able to spill plenty of information over on the NAGTROC forums. They were confident that this kit would back all claims made by the HKS promo video.

Eugene from SP Engineering shared his visual comparison of the HKS GT800 kit vs the competitor’s kit and said, “The HKS GT 800 turbos seem to be capable of multiple things after simple visual comparison. This kit with proper combination of the tune and parts is capable of upto 900 WHP with quick response on our mustang dyno.”

Sean from Iveytune said, “Coming from my experience with the HKS 7640R turbos, I can assume the kit is easily capable of 800+ whp with very quick spool. These turbos have sweet spots after 24 psi. Each turbo flows 52 lbs/min and will max out around 500whp depending on the dynos. We will be testing our kit with shop car soon and will share the result with NAGTROC.”

Jotech Motosports built and delievered 2 kits to customers. Kenny@Jotech said, “We will let the customers to see the results with the kit and comment.”

Lastly, independant tuning company (i.e. not a HKS dealer) T1 Race Develpoment/InjectorDynamics, said, “As we tuned and saw the base result(600 whp 600 wtq just @ 19 psi on race gas) from one customer’s HKS GT800 GTR, we think there will be a lot of impressive results coming from these HKS turbo kits. These turbos are very responsive…”

Driving impression from the owners and the dealer testing will follow soon.

For more info on the HKS GT800 kit, please, contact the HKS prodealers at the forum:

Link: Iveytune: http://www.iveytune.com/
Link: Jotech Motorsports: http://www.jotechracing.com/
Link: ISP Engineering: http://www.sp-power.com/

Editors note: This is a guest blog from Se7enGTR, we’re pretty excited to see this HKS GT800 kit and Se7en has it fitted to his own GT-R. He supplied us with this excelent background piece but also this truckload of photos and we’re looking forward to hearing how he goes with it. – Kris

HKS GT800 Kit for GT-R

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