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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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HKS Forged Pistons and Connecting Rods for Nissan GT-R

August 6th, 2010

HKS have released their awaited forged pistons and conrod package for the VR38 engine recently as a compliment to their GT800 turbine upgrades. Designed to offer high durability, the HKS pistons are also designed to cope with much more power than standard.

Before getting too steeped in the technical specs, let’s run over the highlights of the HKS forged piston product. These pistons offer the same bore x stroke of the OEM pistons meaning the same displacement volume and that they’re a direct fit. What does change is the crown volume (concave) which increases from 4.49cc per cylinder to 8.01cc. This has the effect of decreasing the compression ratio from the standard 9.0 down to 8.7. Thanks to the forged hollow channel construction, the HKS pistons also weigh in at 25 grams less than the OEM items (420g vs 445g).

For full specs for the pistons and the conrods see the data below from HKS. For pricing, contact your HKS distributor for local pricing but expect to pay around 367,500 yen if you’re in Japan for the full set.

  HKS Product OEM
Bore x Stroke 95.5 X 88.4mm 95.5 X 88.4mm
Compression Ratio 8.7 9.0
  Gasket Thickness HKS t 0.8 t 0.80
Total Displacement (cc) 3799 3799
Piston Bore 95.5 same
Compression Height 34.30 mm same
Concave Crown Volume 8.01 cc 4.49 cc
Material Forged (hollow channel) Cast (hollow channel)
Reference Weight 420 g 445 g
Pin Dimensions 23 X 60mm 23 X 62.5mm
Rings Dimensions TOP B 1.2 mm same
Dimensions SEC B 1.2 mm same
Dimenstions OIL B 2.0 mm (3 pieces) same
Conrod Small End Dimensions 23mm same
Big End Dimensions 59mm same
Length 165.1mm same
Material SCM treated Cast Steel
Reference Weight ~722 g ~724.6 g
Weight Variation less than 1.0 g
Bolt M9 X P1.0 / 14.9T same

Link: HKS Forged Pistons and Connecting Rod Release

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HKS DCT Transmission Fluid and Transmission Oil Pan Upgrade for Nissan GT-R

July 24th, 2010

More choice is what the aftermarket is all about and it’s good to finally see some more choice opening up in the DCT fluid arena. HKS have launched two new products for the R35 GT-R’s transmission lately. The latest offerings from HKS come in the form of this great looking and functional alloy transmission oil pan. You might be surprised though to learn what HKS tout as the number one feature here however, their oil pan’s rigidity – 30% more rigid that the OEM part in fact.

HKS are saying that due to the innate rigidity of the honeycomb mesh structure they’ve built into this cast allot oil pan, the transmission casing overall will benefit resulting in lower wear on internal components. The theory being that when the transmission case flexes the internal bits rub just that fraction more than they would in a not flexed state.

This isn’t the first aftermarket company to offer parts to combat this issue but this is the first simple oil pan upgrade that has come out and said this. The HKS Transmission Oil Pan will set you back around 84,000 yen in Japan.

Next up is also very welcome, a DCT fluid that is supposedly more protecting when cold, smoother to drive every day and that is also better protecting at high temperatures. It manages to do all this and yet come out cheaper than the OEM transmission fluid fill. A 20 litre container of the HKS DCTF-I will do two transmission fluid changes (at 9.1 litres each) and set you back around 78,750 yen in Japan.

Hit up the links below for more information or speak to your local HKS distributor for local pricing…

Link: HKS DCT Transmission Fluid for Nissan GT-R
Link: HKS Transmission Oil Pan for Nissan GT-R

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HKS Kansai Rear LSD for Nissan GT-R

June 10th, 2010

First seen back in January, HKS Kansai have finally brought their rear LSD solution to market for GT-R owners. Designed to be used alone or to compliment their HKS Kansai Front LSD product, it’s also available in two specifications.

The HKS Kansai Rear LSD Spec-1 is a street and light circuit oriented diff while the HKS Kansai Front LSD Spec-2 is a competition oriented differential. Pricing is 205,800 yen for the Spec-1 while the Spec-2 is slightly more at the 249,900 yen mark.

For more information like local pricing and availability, contact your local HKS Kansai distributor…

Link: HKS Kansai Website

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Top Racing Give Us the Lowdown on the HKS F-Con V-Pro for the GT-R

May 5th, 2010

Recently a representative of HKS Japan, Mr Suzuki, came to Top Racing Hong Kong “GT-R professional workshop” to make the announcement that the release of the HKS F-con V-Pro and F-con IS is set for mid to late June.

Top Racing was given a unit of F-con V-Pro to conduct tuning tests on the R35 GT-R and were impressed with the results. The V- Pro was installed on a R35 with the HKS GT600 kit installed, and during peak power there was a 20 horsepower gained. On our dyno, we were able to achieve 619.3 horsepower, and we can see a complete power up throughout the rev range.

The F-Con V-Pro is a full computer and completely replaces the standard ECU in the R35. It is plug and play, so installation is very straight forward. At the same time, this V-Pro comes with the HKS Valcon system, it allows the tuner to adjust the engine’s VCT system, which dramatically improves the low and mid range torque. With the ability to fine tune the fuel map, allows better fuel consumption and of course improves the power throughout the RPM. It’s again one big step in computer tuning for the R35.

We weren’t unable to conduct any test with the F-con IS. But technically speaking the F-Con IS is a sub-computer and runs off the stock one, but at the same time also allow the tuner to use the HKS Valcon system. The only differences is that you will need to run a OSC (Oxygen Signal Computer) to run the F-Con IS, this is due to the strong A/F close loop circuit the stock eco runs.. We believe that the power output between the two comp shouldn’t differ greatly, but the F-Con V-Pro will have more potential for tuning.

Link: Top Racing HK Website

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HKS Kansai Front Lip Spoiler for Nissan GT-R

March 3rd, 2010

Designed to improve the front stability and downforce, this new front lip spoiler from HKS Kansai is also pretty good looking in carbon fibre. It’s manufactured in wet carbon so it wont hit you too hard in the hip pocket either.

It’s available now from HKS Kansai distributors for about 81,000 yen in Japan.

Link: HKS Kansai Website

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HKS Unveil New Turbo Lineup – Nissan GT-R Full HKS Turbo Kit Inbound

February 7th, 2010

HKS Premium Day was held just over a week ago now and it wasn’t all about on-track festivities. HKS also had an entire new turbo lineup to unveil. This is their new inhouse designed turbo lineup known as the HKS GTII.

Due to be released in March this year, HKS are also developing a full turbo kit for the Nissan GT-R that will utilize these turbos matched with a HKS exhaust manifold to directly compete with the current Trust TD06-20G kit that has been out for some time.

Source: GTR-World.net Special Report – HKS Turbo Unveiled

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HKS New Intercooler for Nissan GT-R Unboxed

February 3rd, 2010

Lucky owners are already getting their hands on the hot new intercooler kits from HKS for the R35 GT-R. This GT-R owner from the NAGTROC club in the US has unboxed his to find an extremely attractive setup. The cores and ducting looks like the typical HKS top notch quality.

Head over to NAGTROC forums for the rest of the pics!

For more info on the cooler itself, check out our original post on the release.

Link/Source: NAGTROC Forums – HKS Intercooler Unboxed at Jotech Motorsports

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Tokyo AutoSalon 2010: HKS Kansai Product Range for R35 GT-R

February 2nd, 2010

We’re not quite finished with the TAS2010 coverage just yet, we still have a load of photos to sort through for interesting tidbits from the show. Today we’ll cover the HKS Kansai booth who managed a huge showing again at this years AutoSalon. Most interesting this year was getting a chance to check out their lineup in the flesh. Let’s take a look then.

Up there is the HKS Kansai brake air guide system, bigger than I had expected it’s made from carbon and fits up with some nice stainless cap screws. The guide should provide some decent airflow and is probably best combined with some ducts from the front underspoiler. It’s no FIA GT ducting job but it should give you a bit of help on the track keeping the brakes cooler.

We also got a look at the HKS Kansai front mounter transmission cooler. As described a while back, this unit cools the transmission by cooling the engine coolant before it makes its way back to the transmission assembly. This is possibly one of the safest ways to cool your transmission and the quality of the HKS Kansai product is top notch. The ducting you can see is designed to take air from the front bumper to the cooler much the same way as the factor ducting does on the opposite side of the car.

Next up we checked out the HKS Kansai front and rear LSDs for the GT-R. The front LSD we had seen before in the HKS Kansai product release but the rear LSD is new to us. Again these are quality units and are made by a well known Japanese company for HKS Kansai. We’d tell you who but we’re told to keep it quiet for now. The same company makes the other items we saw actually, namely, the GT-R sway bars and adjustable control arms.

These are the first adjustable control arms we’ve seen for the GT-R so far and might be good for guys wants a bit more control over their camber at the front. We haven’t seen them fitted up yet or heard of real world results so we can’t give the specs just yet. They’re still in development for now but hopefully we see a full release soon.

For now you can read up on pricing and specs of product they have released over on the HKS Kansai website. For the new stuff, we’ll keep you posted when we know full details.

Link: HKS Kansai Website

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HKS Dual Clutch Transmission Cooler for Nissan GT-R Released

January 11th, 2010

HKS have announced their own transmission cooler for the Nissan GT-R this week just prior to Tokyo AutoSalon. The front mounted oil cooler design goes up against some already strong entries in the market, one from regional affiliate HKS Kansai. The difference here is that HKS have seemingly chosen to directly cool the transmission fluid by way of pumping it through a front mounted, 15 row, oil cooler. The core dimensions of the cooler are 220mm x 220mm x 48.5mm.

In contrast, the HKS Kansai item cools the engine coolant that the GT-R pumps through the transmission to cool it before it reaches the transmission by way of a water cooler in the same location. Which is best?

Anyways, the core is fed cold air from the front bumper by way of ducting that mirrors the ducting to the factory oil cooler, a slight modification to the standard front bar to open the airflow to this duct will be required.

In testing at Fuji Speedway, over a 15minute full on session, HKS saw the transmission temp level out at 127 degrees with the HKS DCT Cooler fitted. In comparison, with the standard setup they had to abort the run at the 11 minute mark as the transmission fluid temp hit 135 degrees celsius and showed signs that it would continue to climb.

Cooler transmission fluid temps increase fluid lifespan, offer smoother shifts on the track and decrease the chances that you’ll hit the inbuilt safety limp mode of the TCM. One other side effect of cooler transmission temps that HKS noticed while testing is that the engine coolant sees a subsequent drop in temperatures as well. I guess it’s job is made a little easier by not having to cool a 135 degree gearbox down.

Theres a few other details to note, and we should be able to clear up all the how’s and why’s on Friday at TAS.

Price is set at 262,500 yen in Japan.

Link: HKS Website

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