I dropped into a mate’s house a couple of weeks ago to check the progress of his replacement SR install into his Kouki s14. I helped Jared pull the dead SR out a month or so ago which was a real bitch, but thankfully this time there were plenty of hands on deck & I could sit back and doing nothing (except drink his beer hahahahaha).
Anyway, Jared has some fun stuff going on the new engine including a new tdo5 spec turbo which I am eagerly awaiting the results on. I figure it could be time for a turbo upgrade on my own s14 and this is one of the cheaper turbos that are “apparently” getting fantastic results. If it is anything like what the interwebs have been saying, it should be a winner.
Ever since I had the car, it had this annoying noise coming from the power steering pump. Having gone through all the crap with my old s14 I knew it was a simple fix of tightening the power steering belt.
After scrapping my knuckles I went for a fang down to test out my hand work.. Sure enough everything was working fine until I proceed to make my way onto a major highway, when I mighty ‘bang’ followed by a bucket load of smoke started pouring from engine bay. It was about this time that my stomach dropped and I went close to crappy my dacks. The first this that popped into my head, was what do I do, who do I call??? How do I communicate with them??
While this was going though my head, I had to pull up the highway as I couldn’t see shit.. Kind of like following 5x Kuroi’s. Anyway, to this day I am not sure what the fuck all the other motorist were thinking, I. but the pricks wouldn’t let cross he lanes to try and find a safe spot to access the damage.. I started swearing and doing grumpy gaijin stuff and eventually I made it to the side..
On the way over I noticed was the power steering had gone.. Sure enough, on closer inspection the belt had snapped due to me forgetting to do up the bolt holding the pump to the block. The damn thing got locked in the pulley kind of like a stick in bike spokes.
Anyhow I drove to the closed yellow hat, played out a pantomime in an attempt to explain the part I was after, in which I was told they didn’t have.. I then tired Autobac who also didn’t have one.. Lucky I had studied the word phrase “can I order …..” the week before and the problem was solved. 4 days later I picked up the new belt & fixed the prick of a thing..
The Hitomi 2 Go days were about every month bar winter. It cost me about 10,000 yen in entry fees, 1,500 yen in toll charges, a tank of full, a 2.5 hour drive from Kobe and one big mudda fucking walk to my car park (about 1km up a mountain from my apartment)
We had to be at the track for sign in at about 7:30am so that meant I had to leave Kobe at about 5:00am so to meet Jeese in Osaka by 6am. It took me about 30 mins+ to walk to the car so I left home around 4:30. This wasn’t such a big deal, bar the fact that winter was fast approaching and the temps were getting close to zero..
The Hitmoi days were broken up so that each class from about A-H (from memory) had about 10 min of non stop drifting around Meihan.. The thing that was great about this was there was no stop start drifting like here in Oz. That meant by the end of the day I would be starting to get the hang of things. I was still rocking up the class A group which was made up of other newbie’s, so there was little to no pressure to perform. The best part of these events was the Japanese attitudes at the track.. Everyone was friendly and never gave me crap about being crap.
Another friend Jos started coming along to the track in his black s14… He was in a similar boat to me, but had a lot more driving experience than I did so he picked up the track really quickly.
Unfortunately one day he broke his car and he was kind enough to a few of my runs. Sadly this was the only video I have of me drifting the s14 at Meihan .
I was well and truly over the drag racing scene that I went through with my old s14, so I was keen to give drifting a try. I saved up my pennies (well yen), borrowed 2 spare rims from a mate Laurance from www.JDMism.com (who also organised some tyres for me) and set off on my first Hitomi Go drift day at Meihan. Laurance worked Saturdays so I meet up with his roommate, Jesse Streeter.
It was Jesse’s first time at the Meihan as well, but he already knew what he was doing (from years of practicing on the streets), so he was out with the pro’s before me (see JDMism’s mad video of Jesse here.).. About 3rd lap in, Bang into the wall!!!. I was starting to think twice about this drifting idea.
The rules were pretty simple, obey the flag marshals, wear a helmet (if you want to) and if you cash and die, it’s your own fault..
I signed some sort of document that I couldn’t read and I was out there..
Jesse came for out the first couple rounds and gave me plenty of tips which I needed bad.. Boy did I suck (even more so than now) but It was an awesome first day without any major drama’s bar being stuck like a turtle on the ripple strip. Hehehehehe
When I inspected the car at the auctions, the mod sheet said it had aftermarket suspension, a PFC ecu and FMIC.. That was it.. It looked pretty clean on the outside, had a year of shaken left, so with a bit of negotiating I had a new toy.
After doing all the necessary paperwork, the next day I picked up the car from the Rokko Island docks and surprise surprise, the first thing I notice is the clunk of a mechanical diff and the rattle of a twin plate clutch. Win!!
The s14 was an ex Gravity Tire Kan (shop) time attack car so it was setup to handle, rather than outright power which made it feel really slow in comparison to my old s14. But it was fun to drive so I was pretty pumped to get to the track.
Mod wise, it had:
Cusco front and rear strut braces
Cusco Castor Arms
Trust Exhaust system
Unknown twin Plate
Momo Sterring wheel
Carbon Fibre Bonnet
Rays Gram Light 57C rims
Aragosta coil overs