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Tokyo AutoSalon 2010: HKS Kansai’s Booth Preview

January 8, 2010 Comments off

HKS Kansai have announced they will be attending Tokyo AutoSalon in their traditional parts stocked booth. Along with their other demo cars will be the HKS Kansai R35 GT-R Black Edition. This HKS Kansai car is kitted out with the entire catalogue of parts including:

  • HKS Racing Suction Kit
  • HKS Metal Catalyzer and Front Pipe Kit
  • HKS Kansai Titanium Dual Exhaust
  • HKS Kansai Transmission Water Cooling Kit
  • HKS Kansai ECU
  • HKS Kansai Stabilizer/Sway Bars
  • HKS Kansai Front LSD
  • HKS Kansai Seat Rails
  • HKS Kansai Floor Mats Set
  • HKS Kansai Tow Hook
  • HKS Kansai Carbon Exhaust Protector
  • HKS Kansai Carbon Radiator Shroud

As well as that formidable list, the car is also decked out in a fairly comprehensive list of SEIBON carbon products such as the dry carbon aero hood, rear spoiler, trunk lid, front lip spoiler and grille.

We’ll grab the latest pics this coming Friday the 15th of January so keep checking back for our Tokyo AutoSalon coverage for 2010

Link: HKS Kansai Website

HKS Intercooler Kit for Nissan GT-R Coming Soon

December 23, 2009 Comments off

HKS continue to come up with some new ideas in the R35 GT-R parts business, especially this week in the intake air cooling arena where suprisingly few companies have succesfully ventured so far. Perhaps the standard cooling solution is difficult to improve upon? Either way the HKS Intercooler Kit for the Nissan GT-R is a shift in the right direction I feel.

What HKS has done is ditched the standard intake air guide/ducting system and replaced it with their own carbon version. This allows them to choose a longer core (400×260) and gain important surface area in doing so. Available surface area in an intercooler can mean more efficient cooling but in this case HKS went with a thinner core (65mm) to do so. What you usually end up with when doing this is an increase in pressure drop across the intercooler but, this is something that HKS have thought of in advance and they’ve tried to design this away with a new inner fin design. The thin core design also helps in lessening the effect of blocking airflow to the radiator.

The HKS Intercoolers offer all this and at a lower weight as well losing 1.6kg over the standard items. There’s no pricing as yet but we’ll let you know when we find out around January 2010.

Link: HKS Website

HKS Kansai Front LSD Upgrades for Nissan GT-R

November 19, 2009 Comments off

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Two new LSDs for the Nissan GT-R in three total configurations have been released by tuning house HKS Kansai recently. The HKS Kansai front LSD Spec 1 and the Spec 2 are available to meet different applications of the Nissan GT-R and are both 1 way limited slip differentials. With a 1 way front LSD, effects are only felt under acceleration and the aim is to improve handling when in and exiting corners under acceleration. It also improves grip when accelerating in a straight line.

The HKS Kansai Front LSD Spec-1 is a street and light circuit oriented diff. It comes in two types depending on how agressive you want it. The specifications are as follows:

  • Cam angle (accelerating/coasting): 35°/0° or 45°/0°
  • Initial Torque: 5-6 kgf
  • Friction Plates: 8 per side, 16 total

The HKS Kansai Front LSD Spec-2 is a competition oriented differential and comes only in one type. It also excels at getting you maximum traction off the line in high powered drag GT-Rs. The specifications are:

  • Cam angle (accelerating/coasting): 55°/0°
  • Initial Torque: 10-12 kgf
  • Friction Plates: 8 per side, 16 total

Whether you want the mild street, light circuit or full competition spec front LSD, the price is the same at 205,800 yen. Contact your local HKS Kansai distributor for local pricing and availability.

Updated: Corrected initial torque values

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Images/Source: GTR-World.net
Link: HKS Kansai Website

HKS Technical Factory SpecV Tuning – 730ps Turbo Upgrades

September 20, 2009 Comments off

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HKS Technical Factory in Saitama Japan have been wondering to themselves about the capabilities of the Nissan GT-R SpecV. Not so much in standard form, but with respect to how it responds to light tuning modifications. Quite well it would seem. With the HKS GT600 kit installed, the SpecV’s larger turbos are much happier with high boost than the standard GT-R’s.

This goes doubly so when HKS TF take the SpecV turbos and tweak them for further gains. They’ve made 700ps at the wheels hubs on their own SpecV measured with a Dynapack dyno.

HKS TF plan to develop these turbos and eventually bring them to market with a reasonable price tag.

Hit up the link below for specs on the turbos and more photos…

Source: GTR-World – SpecV, the best tuner car?

HKS Technical Factory Spoiler High Mount Kit for Nissan GT-R

August 19, 2009 Comments off

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Here’s something creative for those after a little something more for their track GT-R without going to the extravagance of a full blown picnic bench GT wing. HKS TF have devised a pair of handy spoiler risers that lift the rear wing up that extra couple of inches. This allows you to get that extra downforce while utilising practically all your factory hardware and retain the center brake light.

Supplied in the kit are the two risers and a center pillar manufactured in FRP. Cost is 72,450 yen in Japan but you’ll likely need to have them painted to suit.

Link: HKS Technical Factory Website

HKS Superior Spec-R Full Titanium Exhaust Available Now

July 10, 2009 Comments off

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We got our first hint about the HKS Superior Spec-R full titanium exhaust back in mid-June but had very little in the way of pricing or availability dates. Thats all changed now as HKS USA have made a press release statement regarding exactly that.

Just ten of these exquisite exhausts will be made available worldwide and at least a few of them are available now from your local vendors in the US. Lifting it’s design premise from the stainless HKS Legamax exhaust, this one is crafted in full titanium to result in a 10kg weight loss over the standard item.

Such a premium exhaust, of course, comes with a top shelf price tag, which is set at around the $5030 mark. You’re sure to maintain your exclusivity with this.

If having the premium exhaust out of Japan is your thing, you can hitup one of the links below and see about getting one of these for yourself from someone you know locally.

Link: HKS Superior Spec-R Exhaust @ MVP Motorsports
Link: HKS Superior Spec-R Exhaust @ GT-RR.com

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HKS Kansai Tackle the Brake Cooling Issue

June 29, 2009 Comments off

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Some of you who’ve spent some time getting to know the GT-R at your local race tracks may have noticed that the brakes tend to get hot. It’s not rocket science really, a big heavy car like the GT-R expects a lot from it’s brakes even if they are mammoth in size.

Nissan’s solution to brake heat issues was to throw a whole heap of money at carbon ceramic rotors and a pair of tiny air ducts in the front lip spoiler for the SpecV. HKS Kansai on the other hand have come up with a product a little more subtle and available. Simple air guides that bolt to your lower control arms and direct air towards the calipers.

Could it be this easy? Well real world results are not abundant at this stage so we’ll have to wait and see. These sell for about 39,900 yen in Japan.

Thanks to Mindlessoath for posting this over on NAGTROC.

Link: HKS Kansai Website

HKS Release More Intake and Exhaust Goodness

June 15, 2009 Comments off

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June is GT-R month for HKS as they chose to announce a few more additions to their lineup of GT-R tuning products. We saw the famous HKS “pretzel” LEGAMAX Premium exhaust almost 12 months ago now so it’s about time to see the next logical step in the HKS exhaust evolution. Naturally the full titanium version.

The HKS Superior Spec-R Exhaust is the top of the range exhaust for the Nissan GT-R. It’s titanium construction results in a 10kg weight reduction over the stock setup. It comes with a few cool features like slitted tips to lower noise output and larger diameter piping. No exact pricing or availability dates yet.

Next up is the HKS Racing Suction Reloaded air filter / intake piping kit. This twin filter kit replaces the GT-R airboxes and mounts foam type filters up front to get access to the cool outside air. It’s said to improve performance in the mid range and enhance the sound of your GT-R. These ones are already available in stock at MVPGTR.com.

Link: HKS Racing Suction Reloaded @ MVPGTR.com
Link: HKS Superior Spec R Exhaust @ SHH Proshop Blog

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HKS GT600 Sports and Racing Kit for Nissan GT-R Released

June 14, 2009 Comments off

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HKS’s GT570 Racing kit has been a huge hit with GT-R owners both in Japan and overseas. HKS have extended the kit before to suit street cars by producting the GT570 Sports package which shipped with high-flow catalytic converters to keep emissions in check. Now they’ve gone another step further and produced a second pair of packages known as the GT600 Racing and GT600 Sports kits.

The GT600 package evolves the existing GT570 kit and in fact ships with all the same equipment plus a few extras. Those include the HKS Premium Suction kit – large diameter OE intake piping replacements – a fuel regulator and a fuel pump. The GT600 kit also ships with the HKS Superior Finisher fitted with an exclusive GT600 badge. A small dyno comparison chart of all four kits can be seen below:

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The pricing for each kit has also been released, for the GT600 Racing package you get three options. The GT600 Racing base package is 882,000 yen. For the less obnoxious “Silencer Version” fitted with an additional muffler in the exhaust you will pay 903,000 yen. Finally for the LEGAMAX Premium exhaust version you’re looking at 1,155,000 yen all up.

If being street legal is your thing, then you’ll opt for the GT600 Sports package at 1,197,000 yen for the base package for 1,470,000 yen including the LEGAMAX Premium exhaust.

The GT570 Racing package base price is 598,500 yen so you’re looking at ponying up just under 300,000 yen more for the GT600 Racing kit that most buyers will go for.

Link: HKS Website / HKS GT600 Release

GT-RR Release GT-RR 570 Premium Package

April 13, 2009 Comments off

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Not to be mistaken for the “other” 570 hp kit the GT-RR 570 Premium Package comes with everything you need to get started in the GT-R tuning world at a level of quality not seen until now. Each part is hand chosen from GT-RR’s extensive range of tuning parts and is brought together into this kit to suit discerning GT-R owners with the urge to modify.

The package consists of the following parts:

  • Top Secret Titanium Hard Pipe Kit
  • Custom COBB AccessPort tune specifically for each car
  • Forge Adjustable Wastegate Actuators (with 4 interchangeable spring sets)
  • Esprit Turbo Outlet Pipes
  • Esprit Mid-Pipes (resonated, de-cat)
  • Synapse’s Blow Off Valves
  • HKS Spark Plug Set
  • HKS Super Hybrid Panel Filter Set

The kit requires you to have a Cobb AccessPort, something the guys at GT-RR can also sort out for you for a great price. All up you’re looking at $7,775 for the GT-RR 570 Premium Package.

Checkout the link below to see more detailed photos of each part and also take note of the new online ordering system available at GT-RR.com. Something that their team’s been working on for quite some time and is finally ready for customer use.

Link: GT-RR 570 Premium Package @ GT-RR.com
Link: GT-RR.com