Euro S14 Cluster

I received my S14 Kouki cluster from the UK in today. The European clusters are nice because the gauges have a lot cleaner look to them Instead of E and F on the fuel gauge there is just a red line at empty. The temp gauge is similarly styled. They’re clusters also went up to a higher speed and the UK is of course in MPH which is nice.

S14 UKDM Euro cluster with Aluminum Trim.

I found a set of Aluminum trim rings for the gauges which I think really improves the look of the cluster. These rings are made of polished aluminum. I’m not 100% sold on the shiny look  I’m tempted to go over the rings with some steel wool to give them a brushed look… I’ll see how I like it polished for a while first.

For reference (not my cluster, but exactly like it) this is what my current cluster looks like:

S14 Zenki Cluster

…I’d say the new setup is way more classy.

I also noticed that the Euro cluster has the interior brightness adjustment right on the cluster, this means I’ll be able to remove the button in my dash which is quite nice since I was considering relocating it so that I could use the spot to mount the ambient temp sensor for the Digital Climate Control system.

If you want something done right…

>rear drum brakes had problems.
>rather than replace them I decide to upgrade to disc brakes.
>disc brakes don’t support an e-brake.
>I buy disc brake parts (a couple hundred bucks).
>I buy the disc brake adapter kit (a couple hundred bucks).
>and I buy a transfer case mounted e-brake kit (a couple hundred bucks).
>e-brake kit doesn’t support my transfer case (even though specs said it was compatible).
>decide I’ll have to throw out most of the kit and build custom to make it work.
>remove old drums destroying them in the process.
>calipers and rotors need to be modified to work (this is normal; part of the installation).
>install disc brake adapters and hardware.
>everything seems to be going well.
>surprise, the calipers wont fit under my wheels (even though the specs said they would).
>calipers wont even fit under the larger wheels I have.
>decide this is bullshit so I start taking measurements and doing research.
>buy completely different disc brake parts based on my research (a couple hundred bucks).
>mock up install and wheels have clearance for days.
>take additional measurements and design my own adapter kit.
>my design would be cheaper to manufacture.
>my design will be easier to install.
>my design requires less expensive brake parts.
>my design doesn’t require modification of the brake parts.
>my design is more appropriately proportioned for the truck.
>oh yeah, and my design clears the wheels with room to spare.
>this isn’t the first time I’ve spent over a grand buying specialized parts to save myself time and engineering.
>I sent my LS1 engine mount kit back 4 times before I finally gave up and just modified it to work.
>this time I didn’t even bother trying to send it back.
>apparently I can’t trust people design these things properly.
>if you want something done properly you have to do it yourself.

Dimensionless Caliper Bracket Drawing

Speaker Color Change White to Black

3 Years ago I got a deal on some Cambridge SoundWorks S305s to help round out my 7.1 surround sound system. Normally they sold for $300 a pair but I got them for $100 a pair on clearance. Part of the reason they were so cheap was due to the fact that they were the less desirable white color.

They’ve been sitting in the box since… I finally go around to painting them and re-upholstering the grills.

New Steering Wheel

Well, not “new” but newly installed. As part of my goal to accomplish at least 1 thing on one of my cars every weekend I finally got around to installing this steering wheel.

S14 Kouki JDM Momo Steering Wheel

This is a steering wheel from a Japanese market “Kouki” Silvia with the Autech Sports Package (Which also included an Autech Spoiler, Autech Grill, Special Badging and  “Silvia” Logo seats). The only one of these I’ve ever seen for sale I bought as soon as I saw it.

This bolts right up and plugs right in but I did need to swap on a JDM clock spring, as it’s significantly different than the US model. I also recently picked up a digital hanging scale so I can compare weights of the various items I swap out on the car. The original Wheel weighed 9.48lbs while the Momo wheel only weighs 7.78bls … 1.7lbs isn’t a huge savings but it’s nice to know that I’m going in the right direction with these changes.

Rake

Rene wasn’t the only one upgrading their suspension today…

Thanks to Rudy I got a new torque wrench and was able to finally install my Nismo suspension. it took longer than expected since I decided to sand and paint all the hardware and mounting brackets with a rust inhibitor. Also I discovered that the brake line bracket on the Silvia is backwards from the 240sx so I had to make a small modification to the brake-line  to make it mount to the bottom of the strut housing.

I only did the front, so I’ve got a nice rake going on… I’m not sure if I’m going to do the rear too or just leave it like this.

Today’s Productivity…

… finished building a Tube Based Headphone amp for Jeff

I F*CKING HATE MICE…

This is the bird seed and insulation “nests” I pulled out of the headliner and side panels of my car today…

at least I had new seats to put in front and rear.

Lug Nut Key

Bought new lug nuts… key doesn’t fit the lugs … not happy

More Kouki than Zenki

The conversion is nearly complete, I’m waiting for a couple of brackets (which will hopefully arrive by Thursday). then I can install the bumper. The only other thing I’ll need to do is convert the headlight wiring

if you’re wondering, this is what the car used to look like:

Z-Edition Rear Lip

I picked up a replica Z-Edition Rear Lip for the S14, it’s designed for the European bumper so it will need to be modified. Anyone have experience with fiberglass that would be willing to help modify it?