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So, you found NICO and the Skyline forum

Postby Gold Digger » Tue Nov 07, 2006 5:04 pm

Ok kiddies, here's the deal.

Alot of us have been lusting after the Skyline for a long time, some of us not so much. Either way, that doesn't matter. Here's what I would like to do.

Give us a breakdown of your Skyline affliction; when you became interested, if you have ever driven one, if you have tuned them, etc.I would also like to know where you got your information on them and how you "found" them, be it though a magazine or even from video games. Give us your Skyline History. What is your favorite model and why. The ball is in your court. If you have articles that you want to write up or have written on the Skyline, submit them to me and I'll run them by the article gurus for thier approval. What ever it is, get it out here.

Thanks, and let's make the Skyline page GREAT!

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Re: So, you found NICO and the Skyline forum (C33LaurelRacer)

Postby Gold Digger » Tue Nov 07, 2006 5:13 pm

And....I'll start us off.

My first Skyline sighting was in 1998, when I first came to Japan with the Navy. I had heard of them, but that was from a friend, and it was about the older generations of Skylines. The Hakosuka and the KenMary, although at the time, I didn't know thier nick-names.

I was a fan of Nissans, but not near as much as I am now over the last 8 years.

When I first came here, cars were only a small part of my life, but significant none the less. My first three weeks on base was spent pretty much in an alcoholic induced blur. Shortly after that was the first time I had ever seen a real Skyline. It was a burgandy red R33 GTS25-t that a guy on base had. Beautiful car, sounded fantastic. I saw the Nissan badge and had to learn more about the car.

Over the next year, I befriended a member of the local hobby shop through a guy on my ship. I got to know most of the members of the on base/off base car club, KSCC (Kanagawa Sports Car Club). That was when I met Gus, the owner of the R33.

During that year, I had started learning the different models of the car. At the begining, telling the difference between the different sub models was difficult.

I started trying to gather as much information as I could. The racing history of the Hakosuka, KenMary and Godzilla. I loved these cars before most people, NOT ALL, had ever heard of them, and it continues today.

I have only driven two Skylines so far, but have ridden in several. The two I drove were a GTS-4 and a GTS-t four door that both had several mods on. The GTS-t was faster, but the GTS-4 handled much better.

Never have really done any work. Helped change a thermostat and alternator once, but that was about it. Although, I do get a lot of wrenching done on the RB20, but mostly just basic maintence and bolt ons, no real internal work.

So, there you have it, my "Life with the Skyline"

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Postby 95r33gtrskylineme » Tue Nov 07, 2006 10:22 pm

ill join in for storytelling of the godzilla

it all started about 7 years ago when i purchased a 97 eclipse and got into the import scene about 6 months before the explosion in the name of the fast and the furious. up until then I wasn't into cars but took them on heavy as the years rolled by i learned about the nissan skyline in the movie and learning more about the import culture i don't remeber exactly when i came upon the skyline but i knew the idea of awd and twin turbos was definetly a good thing.

since then i have lusted after the beast from the east for years and downloaded i think every internet video available. I also tried to purchase one threw a company called turbovisions at the time (getting the car from evolution imports) that didn't work out and i lost 30k

with the love for the r33 gtr i have not given up and should be getting the car of my dreams within the next month i ordered one from fast 4 wheels thru kendall and hopefully it will live up to everything i have dreamed of

i have driven a r33 gts-t slightly modded(cai,exhaust,bovs,downpipe) it was very responsive and impressive for such few mods so hopefully the gtr will live up to its name as the ulitmate


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Re: So, you found NICO and the Skyline forum (C33LaurelRacer)

Postby Count Zero » Thu Nov 23, 2006 6:45 pm

Well, despite growing up on Camaros and Mustangs, I got bit by the spo-co/import bug with the Subaru WRX. But before that, I did always love the Nissan cars, especially both versions of the 300zx turbo (my mother-in-law has an 85 Z31 turbo) and the 240sx (s13/14) has always impressed me a sporty car, if not overly impressive in stock U.S. form.

Somewhere along the way, right when I was falling in love with my WRX, I learned about the GT-R. Despite everyone going on and on about how it's too heavy and so forth (but what do you expect...it's a GT car!) I started liking them more and more.Of course, then I got introduced to the Initial D anime, and though it actually never one either race it was invovled in the show, the little techincal tid-bits the show mentioned about the black R32 got me interested in wanting to really learn about the car.

So I started googling and searching the web for whatever I could find. The more I read, the more I liked the GT-R.Then the local performance shop got themselves an R34. Not a GT-R, but a GTS-T.....But they put a GT-R body kit on it, so on the outside it looks just like one. Seeing it and getting to sit in it totally did it for me. I fell in love and swore that "someday" I'd get one. (Dammit, why wouldn't my wife agree to move to Canada so I could get a R32? Silly woman....)

There's one other Skyline in the St. Louis area, a silver R33 GT-R. I saw it on the road once, and heard that the guy is now selling it....but asking far more than I could afford.

My absolute favorite is the R34 GT-R V-spec, in that brilliant electric blue color. I usually get a laugh when I say that I'd want one of those over a Ferarri or Lambo or even a Vanquish DB9 or Noble or Saleen S7.But that's really just a fun pipe-dream. However.....

Just this past week, an opportunity of a lifetime presented itself, and I was able to purchase an R32 GT-R. It's even one of the Motorex titled/registered/approved ones! (I know, the NHTSA pulled the import authorization earlier this year, but I looked up the Grandfather Clause for the ones already approved by DOT and they're good. The current owner also double-checked this when he heard about the NTHSA reversal ruling)

Anyway, I've not even picked it up yet, but am as giddy as a kid in a toy store with an unlimited-credit gift card! Sure, it's not a R34 V-spec, but it's as close as I'm likely to ever even see in real life, much less own!

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Re: So, you found NICO and the Skyline forum (Count Zero)

Postby Gold Digger » Fri Nov 24, 2006 3:33 am

Good luck with the 32R and welcome to NICO.

Be sure to stick around a while, and any information you have that can be a valuable resource, please feel free to add.

A nice write up on any mods you do to it could get you a featured article and a custom title (the heading under your screen name).

And one last thing.

Be sure you take good care of her, the last thing our community needs is to hear that a Skyline GT-R, or worse even, you, get sent to the big Auto Salon in the sky.

Again, welcome, and enjoy your stay.

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Re: So, you found NICO and the Skyline forum (C33LaurelRacer)

Postby Count Zero » Fri Nov 24, 2006 9:05 am

Thanks, and I definatly plan on sticking around.

My mother in law has a Z31 turbo (and her sister has a Track Edition Z33) and I know a lot of guys with 240's.

I'll post a mod list when I get the car in a couple weeks and know the specifics.It's got a boost controller and turbo-timer, I know that much. And it's got a new clutch, too. So I've always kinda been keen on Nissan's.

The guy had modded up the R32 engine so much ("1000 hp capable") that when he got the R34, he decided to keep the motor and swap the R34 motor into the R32. Yay!

And have no fear...I plan on taking REAL good care of her. I'm not rich and am stretching myself to the limit just to get it. I can't afford to risk killing it.Besides.....Damaged GT-R's make baby Jesus cry.

PS: Thanks for the nod to the Cards! The only sport I really follow, but it's been a great year for us! Brand new stadium, ushered in with a Champianship! w00t!
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Re: So, you found NICO and the Skyline forum (Count Zero)

Postby Gold Digger » Fri Nov 24, 2006 7:42 pm

You're tellin me you got a 34R motor sittin in your 32R chassis? Damn, now that's what I'm talkin about!

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Postby Count Zero » Fri Nov 24, 2006 8:31 pm

He's swapping it in this week... And yea, how's that for sweet?I can only imagine what he's done with the R32 internals that'd make him want to keep it over a R34 motor, but I'm certainly not gonna complain about it!

Gah! 2 weeks wait! It's only been 2 days and the excitement is killing me!

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Re: So, you found NICO and the Skyline forum (C33LaurelRacer)

Postby grosspolluter » Mon Nov 27, 2006 5:51 pm

C33LaurelRacer wrote:You're tellin me you got a 34R motor sittin in your 32R chassis? Damn, now that's what I'm talkin about!
Wow! Now that is nice....

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Postby skygame » Tue Nov 28, 2006 6:31 am

grosspolluter wrote:Do it..... also, I am looking to register a couple of GTR's in Cali, any leads?
grosspolluter wrote:There are states that will register them, like Florida....
Really? Anybody in Cali registering Nissan Skyline GTR's? Really interested!

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Postby Gold Digger » Tue Nov 28, 2006 3:07 pm

From what I have been told/learned, you can't get one registered in California unless it was a previous MotorEx car that the DOT approved before MotorEx went under. I am sure there are people that have done it illegally, but ask yourself one thing.

If you are shelling out that much coin for a Skyline, do you really want to take the gamble of losing that car for something as trivial as the registration?

I would be very hesitant.

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Postby Bronze MFP » Thu Dec 28, 2006 11:58 am

hi, my name is Neil and i'm a skyline junky. It all started when I saw the HKS zero 1 and another offering from greddy i believe featured in an old road and track mag (still have the article if y'all want me to scan and post it)Reading about the inline 6 beast that put out over 600hp and was street driven blew me away. The styling was to my tastes too, kind of boxy, wide fenders, evil headlights. I was sucked in. After that article i kind of forgot about the skylines until i bought the original Gran Tourismo for the ps1. remembering the old article I purchase a skyline on the game ( white r33) and modded the nuts out of it. O man i was in e-racer heaven.Now I have the heart of a GTS-T in my 240, but I still lust after a GT-R. Realisticly I could afford an r32 sometime in the near future and i would be set with that, but lets face it just about everyone wants an r34.

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Postby cyphatic » Fri Jan 05, 2007 12:14 pm

I am of the gamer generation. The first generation where it was apparently cool to be a geek, though that's something I didn't discover until I moved to the bay area at age 16. As much as a console gaming, anime watching, J-rock enjoying guy I am, I've never really fell into that whole infatuation thing a lot of my peers did about wanting to be Japanese. I'm happy being a tall white goofy gaijin. While I feel closer to my German/Arabic family and parents than my American birthright, I still love this country and many of the people in it.

However, there's a few things I've learned about cars living in the Bay Area. The first is that there's a lot of amazingly fantastic and expensive cars here with owners that know nothing about them, let alone how to drive them. Secondly, some of the best drivers I know drive cars that they have a connection with. Their vehicle defines a piece of their personality. Whether it be a Civic, a 535i, a Grand National, an S13... they love their cars just like they love driving.

There are many great Japanese cars. I was always a huge fan of the earlier Lancer Evolutions, something inline with my passion for rally cross. I discovered the Skyline as another AWD saloon from Japan. It's funny that I read much of the history and heritage before I even saw a picture. I understood how the R34 GT-R was the last Skyline GT-R, since all prospects of the not yet released V35 series having a GT-R were pretty non-existent. It was the last of the 90's style Japanese cars, sort of a change. Then I did a search for a gallery, and found one with some high resolution shots of a gray thirty four V-spec.

As a huge fan of many facets of design (digital, film, print, architectural, interior, and of course auto), every inanimate object in the world has its own personality. This car really grabbed me. It was the combination of that nose, a bit more serious than the Evo's, and those big flared rear quarter panel fenders. This thing looked mean and ugly but refined all the same, reminded me of the gentle giant look of the GTO and Grand National. For a car that was still having models produced at the time, its look reminded me of my father for some reason. An old world image of strength, intelligence, and rebellious spirit.

Godzilla? Damn right. 30 years of the GT-R's existance shows a pedigree as deep as its century-pushing competitors. Its strong potential from empirical heritage, directed by a people who really had something to prove, and they did. My german bimmer-gearheaded family knows the GT-R, they know the mark it left on the 'Ring.

I wanted a GT-R. Back then it would have been my first car. Being a fantastic research as I am, it took me all of about 2 days to discovered the huge wall of that notion, as I splatted into it. This was back when people had just started placing orders with the now defunct Motorex. So I starting going back to my original plans of just getting a classic American car that I appreciated as much. There was the Volvo PV, the 57 Cadillac, the 67 jaguar, alot of near purchases. All great cars, none of which really called out to me.

I then started looking at classic Japanese cars. The 25 year rule meant lots of possibilities. About 2 years ago was when I really took up interest in the Classic GT-R's. I had seen an Australian Datsun 240K at a local car show a while back, its style of muscle really appealed to me. I only put together how similar the 240k’s were to the C110’s not long ago, the size threw me off. I then dug out Gran Turismo 2, cause I remember an old GT-R being in it. This was of course the KPGC10. Picked up GT4 and unlocked the 1970 2000GT-R. Started fishing the net for pictures, videos, info everything. It become my greatest infatuation, but got put on the shelf when employment circumstances sort of slashed all hopes of owning such a car. Now that upcoming employment will afford me the importing of a C10 GT-X by this summer, I started digging around the net, and ended up here, of course. I’ve noticed another forum member with similar plans, plus the fact that there are a few of these beautiful cars already in the States. The current plan is either restoring a GT-X with the original L20 block, or commit the crime of finding a down and out GT, and doing a cherry restoration and conversion to a GT-R, if I can find a S20.

I’ll try to research things as much as possible before asking any noob questions, but either way, I’m glad to finally have a reason to be a member of this great little corner of the net ^^.

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Re: So, you found NICO and the Skyline forum (C33LaurelRacer)

Postby SILO-31 » Thu Jan 11, 2007 6:01 am

Hey guys! You all have some great stories... My love for the skyline is a little different. When i was about 7 years of age i was waiting at a bus stop with my father. Me and dad heard some cars revving at the lights one was a Red Holden Torana XU1 V8 (Famous for its racing history over here in Australia, left alot of cars for dead in many, many races.) The other car was a Dark Green 87'/88' Turbo R31 Skyline... the holden was revving hard and the skyline wasn't really doing anything. Dad said, "Watch the Holden eat that car for breakfast." That was when the magic happened. The R31 had some breed of launch control and was bouncing hard out off the rev limiter. I just remember seeing flames spitting out the side of it (which i now know it had a straight through exhaust). We couldn't even hear the holden. Lights went green Holden took off, hands over my ears, skylines turbo came on song and just obliterated it. My dad couldn't believe it. Other stories? watched an R32 GT-R munch a Ferrari 360 Modena. Very powerful cars guys.

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Postby superbike81 » Sun Feb 18, 2007 1:23 pm

Unlike some people here, I haven't been absolutely infatuated with GT-R's for my whole life, I always knew what they were and admired them, but I knew I would never get one, so I didn't pay much attention to them.

Then I joined the US Air Force and got stationed in Italy. Was there for about a year when a new guy got there from the UK driving a beautiful gray R32 GT-R, I saw it and was utterly amazed at the sound and look of it.

We had a little car club that did meets on Wednesday nights, and we invited him to come out. Until he showed up, I had the fastest car out there (360bhp 1995 Escort Cosworth), we were still very close in performance, he had the edge though. We became good friends, and one weekend decided to trade cars, he took my Cosworth, and I took the GT-R

This was 2004, and it's when my love infatuation began. I absolutely loved the car, he had most bolt-ons done but was still running stock turbos, it was absolutely an 11 second car, and it stuck to the corners just as good if not better than my Cossie.

Now I'm stationed in Honduras, but on my way to Japan. I'm debating on spending less money initially and buying an R32 GT-R, or spending a little more and getting an R33 GT-R. The 32 would run me anywhere from $6-$12k depending on mods, the 33 would start around $12k and go up from there. I have no desire to bring it back to the US with me, because I have no desire to go back to the US, I'm staying overseas for the next 20+ years, so I can keep my Skyline as long as I want, and not have to pay ridiculous amounts of money to import it.

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Postby Gold Digger » Mon Feb 19, 2007 5:43 am

superbike81 wrote:Unlike some people here, I haven't been absolutely infatuated with GT-R's for my whole life, I always knew what they were and admired them, but I knew I would never get one, so I didn't pay much attention to them.

Then I joined the US Air Force and got stationed in Italy. Was there for about a year when a new guy got there from the UK driving a beautiful gray R32 GT-R, I saw it and was utterly amazed at the sound and look of it.

We had a little car club that did meets on Wednesday nights, and we invited him to come out. Until he showed up, I had the fastest car out there (360bhp 1995 Escort Cosworth), we were still very close in performance, he had the edge though. We became good friends, and one weekend decided to trade cars, he took my Cosworth, and I took the GT-R

This was 2004, and it's when my love infatuation began. I absolutely loved the car, he had most bolt-ons done but was still running stock turbos, it was absolutely an 11 second car, and it stuck to the corners just as good if not better than my Cossie.

Now I'm stationed in Honduras, but on my way to Japan. I'm debating on spending less money initially and buying an R32 GT-R, or spending a little more and getting an R33 GT-R. The 32 would run me anywhere from $6-$12k depending on mods, the 33 would start around $12k and go up from there. I have no desire to bring it back to the US with me, because I have no desire to go back to the US, I'm staying overseas for the next 20+ years, so I can keep my Skyline as long as I want, and not have to pay ridiculous amounts of money to import it.
If you come to Japan, make sure you come to the mainland, and not Oki. I need a few more people in my neck of the woods. Yokota air base has a couple pretty cool members, so if that's where you are looking to go, I can tell ya who to get in touch with.

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Postby TheGoodDR » Mon Feb 26, 2007 2:52 pm

Well, here's my story.

I had never owned a Nissan or a turbocharged car until 4 years ago. I was in a used car lot in Vancouver looking at an old Toyota Tercel when out of the corner of my eye I spot what would be the first Nissan I would ever own. Covered in leaves, dirt, floor mats and a tarp was a 1985 200sx turbo. "What is that?" I say. "Hmm, it says turbo on the side" I say. Hmm, it's RWD with independant suspension and a five speed standard. I fell in love. I drove the car for two years and loved every minute of it. Until I blew up the engine. So I went searching for an engine to replace the anemic ca18et. This is where my Skyline comes in.

I was searching a local Nissan forum for an engine to buy when a member PM's me and says he has an FJ20ET for sale. With one catch, it's still in the car. So I did some research on the FJ, knowing mothing about them, and realized I should scoop this thing up post haste. At this point he hasn't even told what car the engine is in, and I didn't care. Until I saw it, that is. The 1983 DR30 Skyline that was to be the second Nissan I would own. 80 thousand kilometers on it, rust and dirt free and too good of a deal to be possible. I bought it on the spot. I pop the hood and find a turbo the size of a dinner plate and half the Trust/greddy and HKS catalogues in there. I've had it ever since and have big shiny fire breathing plans for it.

That's what helped fuel my obsession with the Skyline and Nissan performance cars in general.

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Postby tmiller42085 » Fri Mar 23, 2007 2:30 pm

Ok, here goes nothing. I am stationed in Japan with my first tour almost up, and everyone I know either had a Skyline, Silvia, 240, or some car that looked as though they put it togather on the weekend (and most sounded crappy or didn't run right.) And so I never gave it too much thought. Being my first base and first time having green lined pockets, I went the safe route up untill a few months ago and decied on selling my Mark 2 and geting a friends Skyline to take with me to Germany. From there, it started, finding out about the mods, the parts, the body kits, everything. It's only been about 2 weeks, but I can say that I'll be keeping this skyline for a long long time. As soon as I get it back to base, I'll post the parts and mods, but it looks clean as hell. Not bad for 1G.

Oh, I almost forgot, my first Nissan experance was in a 180, my cousin drove up to my aunts house which was about 4 hrs or so away, and eveything about the car just blew me away.

PS. C33LaurelRacer how much do you pay for JCI??
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Postby Gold Digger » Sat Mar 24, 2007 4:28 am

JCI...ha ha. You must have me confused with the Military. I am former Navy, stationed in Yokosuka, but I am a civilian.

I paid $1300 for my Sha-ken back in October.

By the way, if you are at Yokota, do you know Grant? Has a Stagea.

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Postby tmiller42085 » Sun Mar 25, 2007 8:51 am

Prolly, is he a SP? LOL on the JCI, I thought it was a whole Japan thing and didn't think it was just for military.

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Postby N4kedSquirrel » Fri Jul 20, 2007 3:05 pm

Hi Guys!I am originally from the bay area of California. I was 12 when I saw my first skyline. A white R32 roaring by in downtown San Francisco. I didn't actually know what it was until I could get to a computer several hours later.

My first car was a 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST. I loved it (awesome first car).I don't think I could ever own a non-turbo car again, at least not for long.I still have my Eclipse but I felt myself longing for a Skyline so I began researching what it takes to get one. I found out... Money. Lots of it.

Needing a Nissan immediately. I set off on this forum and found my 1993 Nissan 240SX Coupe. I can't say enough good things about this car. It's getting an RB25DET as well as a Right Side Drive conversion next year.

A Skyline is no pipe dream for me. I will certainly have an R34 GT-R V-SPEC II someday. In the meantime I will have a Skyline powered S13.

I love how informative, and free of elitist BS these forums are. I plan on being a member for a long time. I have already begun pulling my S13 apart, and as soon as I know more about this magnificent car I will start sharing my knowledge.

Now. Prepare to be jealous. Until a month ago, I had never actually touched a Skyline, and had only seen 2 in real life. For my 21st, my friends planned a suprise for me. We drove up to a house with an open garage with an R32 GT-R in it. I met the owner, talked for awhile, fired it up, and he took me for a ride in it. 400whp running rich as hell. He pulled into the turn lane, stopped, looked at me (a person he had just met today) and said, "your turn." And so began the greatest day of my life. I am still friends with him and he is helping me with my RB swap. LIFE IS GOOD!

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Re: My Skyline Love Story (N4kedSquirrel)

Postby Sechsterlo » Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:40 am

N4kedSquirrel wrote:Hi Guys!I am originally from the bay area of California. I was 12 when I saw my first skyline. A white R32 roaring by in downtown San Francisco. I didn't actually know what it was until I could get to a computer several hours later.

My first car was a 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST. I loved it (awesome first car).I don't think I could ever own a non-turbo car again, at least not for long.I still have my Eclipse but I felt myself longing for a Skyline so I began researching what it takes to get one. I found out... Money. Lots of it.

Needing a Nissan immediately. I set off on this forum and found my 1993 Nissan 240SX Coupe. I can't say enough good things about this car. It's getting an RB25DET as well as a Right Side Drive conversion next year.

A Skyline is no pipe dream for me. I will certainly have an R34 GT-R V-SPEC II someday. In the meantime I will have a Skyline powered S13.

I love how informative, and free of elitist BS these forums are. I plan on being a member for a long time. I have already begun pulling my S13 apart, and as soon as I know more about this magnificent car I will start sharing my knowledge.

Now. Prepare to be jealous. Until a month ago, I had never actually touched a Skyline, and had only seen 2 in real life. For my 21st, my friends planned a suprise for me. We drove up to a house with an open garage with an R32 GT-R in it. I met the owner, talked for awhile, fired it up, and he took me for a ride in it. 400whp running rich as hell. He pulled into the turn lane, stopped, looked at me (a person he had just met today) and said, "your turn." And so began the greatest day of my life. I am still friends with him and he is helping me with my RB swap. LIFE IS GOOD!
There was naught I could do to prepare for the jealously. Cool story though, welcome to the board.

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Postby R32MS » Wed Aug 22, 2007 6:44 pm

When I was in the military and first moved to Japan back in 1998 I had seen several Skylines but it wasn't until I got out of the service a few years back and took a job as a Federal Government employee that I really had the free time and money to become a Nissan enthusiast. About 4 years ago I bought my first skyline a 1990 R32 GTE which as I discovered was on the low end of the skyline tree as far as performance with its RB20E engine that made little power, and I decided to opt for a RB25DE engine from an ECR32 I picked up cheap. I wanted to do the swap and I was pointed to the direction of my now good friend Rod. He informed me that it would be cheaper to buy a whole different car than do this mod, so that is what got me started into Nissan cars. A short time later I bought with the help of Rod a 1991 HCR32 GTS-T Skyline for a cheap 2500$ I then became obsessed with mods and the drifting scene what started as a cheap quick little car turned into a 20000$+ 400+HP drifting car with enhancements to all aspects of the vehicle. I also have since bought a heavily modified 180SX with an extremely quick SR20DET engine which also is far from stock. I enjoy drifting on the area tracks and will be entering my first D1 competition at the end of next month.

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Re: So, you found NICO and the Skyline forum (C33LaurelRacer)

Postby phastas98 » Sat Aug 25, 2007 9:06 pm

Well my story goes like this: I swore i'd have a Skyline if it killed me...So I figured the only way i would ever get one was if i was living outside the U.S. Well it just so happens that my wife is from Panama,I had been there a few time's in the past....so i figured what the hell, I'll move there and get myself my Skyline.

So last September I found one on a auction web site in Japan, a beautiful silver 1999 R34 GTT. I paid 10,800.00 for the car and had it shipped to Panama, and let me tell you it was worth the move. I Love that car and it's the only one in the whole country,and does it turn the heads,

Now i just have to figure out how to get it back to the states...I HATE THIS PLACE!!!!!!

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Re: So, you found NICO and the Skyline forum (C33LaurelRacer)

Postby superspikky » Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:12 pm

ADDDED BY MOD: Good story, but a hard read. I'll clean it up a bit so it doesn't seem like a run-on sentence.

My Skyline story.I have always loved skylines. It's been one of my favorite cars since as long as I can remember. I was introduced to what a Skyline was back when GranTurismo came out for Playstation. I was in middle school, and having dominated the game with the Skyline, I looked more into them.

After that, I fell in LOVE with Skylines. I've loved cars all my life. I became a technican because of my love for cars. But then theres my love for the Skyline.

I maynot know EVERYthing about them, but I researched everyday about. Then I used to educate my peers on them, anoucing them as the BEST CAR in the world and had facts and stories to prove it.

Well my first in-person encounter with one was an R32 GT-R at a HOT IMPORT NIGHTS in Dallas, Texas. I had my nicely modified Accord in the show, and, there in a spot all by itself alone, was like a dream. Gunmetal gray, sitting there silently. I stared at that car for about 2 hours till my friend had to pry me away, saying the judge was scoring up my car and I should go there and talk it up; you know, score some points. Reluctant, I walked away.

After that moment, I made it my LIFE goal to obtain a Skyline by ANY means. A year goes by, and I see another Skyline at a local car meet. An R33; looked to be a GT-R, but could have been a heavly modified GTST. This time i was able to see the car ALIVE, and it was a beutiful sight. The guy gave me a ride in it and i felt like a giddy school girl. Thats when I pushed to get my career going, in the hopes I could afford to own one one day.

Well, 3 years later, I am proud to say I can walk out to my garage, walk by my girlfriends 1986 nissan 300zx, walk past my infamous 01 Accord coupe, and get in to my very own 95 Nissan Skyline R33 GTST, and eveytime I do, I cry a little.

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Re: So, you found NICO and the Skyline forum (superspikky)

Postby AtownGT-R » Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:30 pm

Hello I just Joined the Forum Ive hovered around it for a few months. I finally registered last night. I Figured id make my first post a good one

Any way

My Skyline story is an extremely long one. Ive liked em since I was about 5 years old. Ive always been obsessed with racing and cars in general. So naturally I had every racing video game and video that involved cars that came out. Even my little 5 year old brain could see that the skyline was an amazing car.

Then when i got a computer my obsession grew. I looked up all the stats about the car, and found out all this stuff you could do to them to make them even more amazing. About the only other car I liked more then the skyline was the FD rx7, and that was because of the rotary engine.

Any way fast forward about 8 Years. At this time The import scene had hit pretty big. Fast and the furious had been out for awhile and the 2nd one was just coming out. I never really liked the movies but it did make the scene around here a lot bigger. Any way my dad found out around time that he had terminal cancer in his liver, and that it had already started spreading. The doctors said there was nothing they could do. So after freshman year of high school was over. My dad told me that he was buying me a car. It didnt matter what kinda of car it was as long as it was under 20K. Then we were going to modify this car as like a father son thing. So Naturally I first looked for a skyline, but Motorex was charging way more then 20grand for any skyline worth having. So I got a 1995 FD RX-7 for $15,500. That summer Me and my dad did pretty much everything that was available at that time to do to the car. It had 99spec turbos, full turbo back exhaust, Apex-i intakes, Apex-i front mount intercooler, Apex-i power FC, and Eibach Sport Line springs with tokico struts. Then we sent it off to the paint shop to get a new paint job, and put some 18in Chrome racing heart rims. It was an amazing car, and way to fast for a kid who was just to get his license that September.

October of that year my dad died. My whole family was devastated. I was forced to drop out of school in april of that school year, because they were going to expel me for missing to much school. They gave me a choice to drop out or be expelled and have to retake that year of school. So i dropped out and got my GED.

A little over a year went by. I was staying up all night and sleeping all day(didn't need a job because I got about 200 thousand dollars when my dad died). The month before i turned 18 my uncle gave me a call from japan. Told me my mom was worried about me, and he said that i should come live with him for awhile. So about a month later i was in japan living with my uncle right out side of Tokyo. He worked in Tokyo, and Me being out of school all I did all day was screw around on the computer. On occasion he would have me ride into the city with him and i would mess around in random shops and stuff until he got off work and we would meet somewhere. One day when i was walking around I saw a Black 1992 GT-R for sale for 1,180,000 yen ($10,480.00 American dollars). As soon as I saw it i had to have it. I couldn't even wait for my uncle to get off work I ran home and Got the money and bought it. Drove it to my uncles house. A couple days later I got a International Driver's Permit, and I was in heaven.

About a month after that while flying down the road in skyline heaven the timing belt broke. After I got the car towed to my uncles I had to make a decision. Either put a new stock engine in it, or Modify the hell out of it. Naturally I went with Modify the hell out of it. So i bought a 2002 Rx7 that had bad turbos for 950,000 ($8,400.00) and bought new turbos for it, and used it to drive around until I could get the skyline going how I wanted it. About 3 months went by and it was around Feb. of 2006. Finally every part that i needed had arrived and they were all sitting around my uncles house. lolSo First I sent the car off to be painted with a fresh coat of black after i put the Trust ground effects on it. Then I assembled the engine, and Mated it to the Exedy triple plate clutch, and the PPG 5 speed dog box. Installed the Apexi- power fc and boost control, and got it tuned good enough to drive and be safe on the engine. After that it was back to skyline heaven! only better lol

That June I sold the rx-7 because it hadn't moved since the skyline ran. After that I used the money from that to spruce up the interior of the r32 a bit. I bought some bride seats and floor matts, and ordered a Alpine cd player speakers and subwoofers. The Rest of that year was pretty uneventful. In the spring of this year my uncle decided it was time to move back to the states. So as much as i didn't want to I sold the skyline for about 4,650,000 ($41,000) which i spent about $57,000 on it so i guess i didn't loose to much money, and Moved back here to Indiana in July. I started College at ball State In August. Since then I've been working to bring a skyline here 100% legally, needless to say its not going to be easy, but i have gotten some idea of how to do it it will just cost about 75 grand to get it done LEGAL

Heres the Specs on the skyline b4 i sold it

Engine

OS Giken rb31 stoker kit with 87mm pistonsBrand new Nissan rb26 head that i sent to Laskey racing here in the states to have portedHks Valve springsHks step 1 camsNismo Intake ManifoldHKS GT-SS turbos (ran at 1.8bar)Mines Titanium DownpipeTomei Exhaust Manfiolds and turbine outletsTRUST PETi Titanium ExhaustInfinity q45 90mm throttle bodyCustom Front mountHks ssqv bovNismo MAFsNismo engine mountsTomei 276L fuel pumpNismo FPRSARD 1000cc InjectorsInline 300L fuel pumpApex-i power fc with boost controlHKS twin power igntion

Drivetrain

PPG 5 speed dog boxExedy Triple Carbon CluctchNismo 1.5 way front diffCusco 2 way rear diffNismo Short shifter

Interior

Bride Stradia SeatsBride Floor mattsNismo Gauges Nismo Shift knobAlpine stereo speakers and subwoofers

Exterior

Trust Ground Effects kitVolk Le28n 18" wheels

Suepsnsion

Tien super street coiloverscusco sway bars


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Re: So, you found NICO and the Skyline forum (C33LaurelRacer)

Postby JDM IMPORTING » Sun Dec 02, 2007 8:11 pm

A pipedream becomes an obsession, becomes reality. And reality becomes a kick in the nuts when a divorce forces you to sacrifice your dream.

Nothing compares to the real thing. Definately has to be the R32. It is an iconic vehicle, ridiculous potential, and the most fun thing I have ever driven.

I have never driven or owned anything that made me feel so "connected" to the road. Own a GTI-R, lotta' fun but not the same. Already parted with my Sil-80, loved that damn car. One of my customers is proudly enjoying it. But the most incredible sensation is just running through the gears until you run out of road. Bone stock, every bit of 300hp to the rear wheels, dynoed consistantly. Very ***-happy if you jump on it, no problem overpowering the ATTESSA. But if you're going straight, it just squats and launches. You feel the road through the wheel and the pedals like you are reading Braille. It's not harsh, or sloppy. Run it up to 6 grand in every gear, and it begs for more. Not hard driving RHD, shift pattern and pedals are the same. You just need time behind the wheel, so if something goes wrong, you don't react "left-hand". Stock seats are very narrow and are not really that comfortable on long drives. Was stiff after driving to NOPI National 06'. Yes, drove it down, did a little exhibition drifting, and sat under a bridge for 10 hours in S.C. with a broken HICAS tie-rod. Glad that thing didn't bust on the track, that would have been ugly.

Never give up on your dreams...


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Re: So, you found NICO and the Skyline forum (JDM IMPORTING)

Postby Gold Digger » Tue Dec 04, 2007 2:51 pm

Hey man, I went to your myspace page, saved your picture, and uploaded to our photo hosting page, then edited your post so the pic would show up. Nice lookin ride, man.

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Postby kev-bo » Thu Dec 06, 2007 6:54 pm

oh my god i am SOOOOO happy i found this fourm you guys rock i love skylines and i hope all of you have lots of info to give me for my gts-t progect !!!

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Postby HxC_Nismo » Sun Jan 13, 2008 9:43 am

i fell in love with the R33 skyline GTR when i saw my first one in person at a car show in southern california when i was 17, im now 23. ever since then ive wanted an r33 skyline gtr but since motorex closed and they all went to prison i lost my chance to buy a legal one, so i went with the second best thing and i bought my 98 240sx and swapped an r33 rb26dett into it and love it to death. when the time comes when i can afford one i will get a r33 skyline gtr because there is nothing like the real thing.


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