The road to competition in my top mount turbo'd s14a

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  1. 5tuk45

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    What a bid difference the over fender do to that sweet booty!
     
  2. dandadude

    dandadude Active Member

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    Cheers ye I like the back of the car more than the front I think lol.

    So swapped out the nasty mild steel fixings I had for the body kit with some nice stainless headed screws:

    46786437704_ea956e2ecc_b. Stainless fixings by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    47510244921_b2954fbbb3_b. Stainless fixings by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    40544331063_401619162f_b. Stainless fixings by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    47457472712_9e2f5a9858_b. Stainless fixings by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Ignore the window trims that is on the list of jobs to redo nicely. Put my rear enkei's back on all ready for MOT time, I prefer having the matching set on it, car passed whoop :thumbs:

    Now it just needs a few things doing ready for driftcup round 1, first job was to put some clear window film on the front windows, difficult showing the film on the window as it's clear lol. Was super cheap, less than a tenner for more than enough for the inside of both driver and passenger door windows.

    32568121657_b52d274a97_b. Enkei's and film by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    32568121827_cb6428179a_b. Enkei's and film by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Jobs over the next couple weeks are:
    Change my harnesses to wrap around the roll cage rather than clip in the seat belt mounts
    Fit bonnet pins/aero catches
    Buy fireproof helmet and boots
     
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    Bu11et Well-Known Member

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    Enjoy fitting aerocatches...urgh - horrible job lol
     
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  4. dandadude

    dandadude Active Member

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    Ha ha ye took me about 5hrs from start to finish but I am pretty happy with them!

    Before:
    40622491463_6df2456c9f_b. Aero catches by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Found the best place for the pins is on the brackets that the headlights bolt to that then bolt to the slam panel. There are 2 rubber gromets you can remove and with a small amount of drilling the pins fit nice, then made a pattern to cut around as you need to be quite exact with the aerocatches for them to fit.

    46673026235_a6a8facdeb_b. Aero catches by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    40622490223_a27871cc17_b. Aero catches by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    46864554804_e162de3b9f_b. Aero catches by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    46864555574_dde4d2187f_b. Aero catches by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    I also pulled off the Nissan badge as it had started to come loose after cutting out the latch in behind. Swapped out the black screws for stainless too, original black on the right and new fittings on the left.

    40622490163_8a23d0a2bd_b. Aero catches by Daniel Collins, on Flickr
     
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  5. dandadude

    dandadude Active Member

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    Last weekend was Driftcup round 1, crikey what a weekend! I couldn't afford the practice day on the Friday as it meant I would need an extra couple nights stay as Saturday is the unseeded drivers and i'm in the seeded class on the Sunday. This year is the first time Driftcup is split over 2 days. Making it more like the BDC so unseeded/seeded classes are used like the pro-am and pro in BDC.

    So...... Loaded up Friday night, left quite early Saturday morning as it's over 5 hrs drive from South Devon to Three sisters circuit. Got there in time to watch the unseeded class qualifying and battles, was really good to watch and gave me a bit of an idea what line I needed to take.

    47645875261_05d48971ea_b. Driftcup round 1 three sisters 2019 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Got to the track early Sunday morning so I could sign on, get my sunstrip fitted and have a cooked breakfast before the day got going.

    46921795014_3209b17e24_b. Driftcup round 1 three sisters 2019 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Lots of seat time in the morning practice so didn't feel too bad not doing the practice day. Anyway onto qualifying, first run went in way too aggressive and messed my line up pretty bad, think I scored a 40 which wasn't very good and probably wouldn't have got me top 32, pulled myself together and tried to relax on my second run, managed a 55 which was good enough to qualify 23rd. I was happy with that considering I had never drifted the track before that morning.

    46730189165_dc969f5393_b. Driftcup round 1 three sisters 2019 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Onto the Battles, top 32 battle was against 10th qualifier Tony Morgan in his 400hp s13. I had a fairly good lead run and on my chase run Tony struggled with gear changes and straightened too much in front of me so I got the win. Great to win but shame it was due to errors on his part.

    47645872961_37f091a9b7_b. Driftcup round 1 three sisters 2019 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Then onto top 16, up against Josh Payne in his m3 powered e36, done a few runs with him in the morning and he seemed pretty on it! We both done decent-ish lead and chase runs and judges went OMT. Was doing fine on my lead run until changing gear on the second half of the track and just got a neutral, clutch had started to smell throughout the day and I think this was it's last outing ( it's been in the car over 6 years mind you!) Then onto my chase and I think nerves got the better of me after knowing I had messed up the lead run and worrying about the gear changes, I was just all over the place and hardly even drifted so the win went to Josh, definitely the right decision.

    47645873361_4a2a656ec5_b. Driftcup round 1 three sisters 2019 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    32703371477_d5d387cb93_b. Driftcup round 1 three sisters 2019 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    I had a brilliant time though and winning my first battle was pretty satisfying so looking forward to round 2!

    Got some video's I need to edit etc and more pics so will put them up over the next few days.
     
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  6. dandadude

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    Video of a half decent run in practice in the morning but was taking it quite steady on initiation to try and get the correct line.



    Pic of me getting it right on clip 1 and some others from morning practice

    33768404948_60f6269423_b. Driftcup round 1 three sisters 2019 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    33768404638_09ce0e7987_b. Driftcup round 1 three sisters 2019 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    33768404048_48d1891c40_b. Driftcup round 1 three sisters 2019 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr
     
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    One of my fav pics from round 1, cheers to Harry Adair Photography, actually got some decent tyre smoke!

    47592965692_6e3d72e55e_b. Driftcup round 1 three sisters 2019 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Last weekend I decided to swap out the clutch, end of the last round I was crunching from 2nd to 3rd quite often getting a strong clutch smell and couple times made me straighten, definitely lost me the one more time battle when I messed up the gear change in my second lead run.

    33867303298_0949540576_b. Old cc stage 2 clutch by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    47744413881_929144689a_b. Old cc stage 2 clutch by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    32800897407_2de0dd2efb_b. Old cc stage 2 clutch by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    46827720505_33516b4417_b. Old cc stage 2 clutch by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    46954954314_8d12db88ce_b. Old cc stage 2 clutch by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Look at the heat spots on the old clutch cover and flywheel! Still wasn't slipping though to be fair, I have to say for a 6/7 year old clutch the cc stage 2 kit that's done 35/40k and probably over 40 drift days it's done very well. You can see it's had its use! Managed to pick up a cheap-ish 'white bunny kit' with the higher rated paddle friction plate. Got this off a friend but only seen light use and should keep me going until at least the end of the season.

    47744548841_84cc24916e_b. Clutch and landcruiser welding by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Cannot believe how light the clutch pedal is now, only driven home in it but I need to re-learn how to drive, the old engagement was at the bottom of a super heavy peddle and now I have loads of free play and a super light peddle ha ha. Nearly kangaroo jumped out the first junction :euge: As long as it holds up to my sub 300hp clutch kicks jobs a good'un!
     
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  8. dandadude

    dandadude Active Member

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    Few small jobs done over the weekend, firstly got rid of the bonnet latch and cable as i no longer needed it with the aero-catches, just cut some 2mm steel to a T shape, then marked and drilled the holes.

    It also gave me a nice solid piece to mount the bottom intercooler bracket to, the second bolt up in the second pic, you cant really see before but I only had a wimpy bit of builders band to keep it in place. Its solid now.

    47791055851_c3cc1f79cf_b. Arch wires and latch by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    47001889044_4a23685b5e_b. Arch wires and latch by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Had a general check over and I noticed the wireing in the arch which I tucked up a good year or so ago had rubbed through in a few places. When I got home whipped the wheel off, quick tape up and cable tie and should be good to go for next weekend. I definitely need to do something a bit more permanent with the wireing in the future though. Re-route the harness through the engine bay maybe.

    47738790442_f8a625df08_b. Arch wires and latch by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    46874648725_4df3cbc31a_b. Arch wires and latch by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    47738790052_de0c1dbc46_b. Arch wires and latch by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    47738790022_1a2b79f63e_b. Arch wires and latch by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    I used a bit of old motorbike inner tube as a cover and wrapped it around before I tied it back so that should protect it a little more. Got to get myself ready for next weekend as I'm off to Norfolk for round 2 of driftcup at Adrian FLux Arena!
     
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    dandadude Active Member

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    Made the 600 mile round trip to Adrian Flux Arena last weekend. Left at 9am and got there mid afternoon in time to watch some of the battles.

    40904618553_35498efef8_b. Driftcup round 2 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Decided to join in with the evening team drifting, any extra practice was good as I had been told seat time was not great at this venue. Had a great laugh doing the team comp and we even managed to knock out another team so that was cool!

    Onto Sunday and probably only got 4/5 lead and chase runs in that morning so wasn't super confident as I had never been there before and didn't quite know how well everyone else was doing, here's a practice run from the morning:



    46954906535_35c074b4a9_b. Driftcup round 2 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Went out and done my qualifying runs and managed to get 23rd with a score of 58! Same place I got last round at Three sisters so was happy with that.

    My top 32 battle was against Nik harding in the old slide motorsport built 2jz e36. Done a practice run with him in the morning and new he was good. I think looking back I should have dropped some more tyre pressure as even though I did an ok chase run I had a slightly dodgy initiation on my lead and couldn't pull away which meant he was on my door from the first corner really. Something to think about next time but tbf he had twice the hp of my car so once he got close I was never really going to pull away! Nik won and that was definitely the right decision but we had a chat afterwards and we both enjoyed it so that's all that matters.

    47871093241_6a75366a87_b. Driftcup round 2 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Will post up more pics and video's when I get 5 mins.
     
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    dandadude Active Member

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    Haven't updated for a month or so but last weekend did some drift demo's with Driftoutlaws at BHP fuelfest at Westpoint near Exeter. It's quite a big car show but only a small group of drift drivers who share the stunt area with some moto x riders etc. Seat time was pretty good and lots of photo's and video's have come through which is cool.

    Was an awesome day and the guy who organises it Matt Chiappa is a top bloke, will definitely get involved with the Outlaws crew again!

    48116286787_b8776448e3_b. BHP drifting by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    48116192281_6ae2d1fdda_b. BHP drifting by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    48116222443_50a2327a4f_b. BHP drifting by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Done quite a lot of lead and chase driving and we even had some 3 and 4 car trains at times!

    48116446736_e163463005_b. More bhp by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    48116477928_fafdbf8f6e_b. More bhp by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    48116222453_56cc265271_b. BHP drifting by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    All was going well until the last session of the day and Hugo (in the green s14) spun in-front of me, we were drifting quite close and I had already initiated in the same direction so as he over-rotated I didn't have anywhere to go and went sideways into the front of his car. Second time I've had a green s14 spin in front of me in the past year lol.

    48116193301_8d1530a4b1_b. BHP drifting by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Bash bar shaped dent in my door lol.

    48116224228_b98accf751_b. BHP drifting by
    Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Hugo's car was ok just the bumper and light broken, after a quick check over we carried on til the day was done.

    Time to sort another door before driftcup round 3 at Teesside!
     
  11. Bu11et

    Bu11et Well-Known Member

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    Ohh fuckkk - same as me hahahahah

    Mate I think we need to invest in spare doors ey?!
     
  12. dandadude

    dandadude Active Member

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    I know typical eh! Ye I've done 2 drivers doors in this car since i've owned it, definitely do with a stock pile ha ha, hoping to pick up another this week, pull the front wing off and straighten it out and should be good to go, lucky I hit him pretty square on and the rear quarter, side skirt etc are still pretty good nick!
     
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    Soo managed to pick up a door within a couple hrs drive so cracked on and picked it up last night. Started stripping my car down on my lunch and gave the wing a little bash back straight-ish:

    48134528198_81068ee41f_b. Door by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Got it all fitted after work:

    48134589362_7c7ff2a4a9_b. Door by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Not perfect by any means as the door hinges could do with a bit more exact adjustment but wanted to crack on and get it back together as was driving it home. Got 2 more drift days next month so no point going too crazy with fitment, might have to swap it out again wink. !
     
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    Here's the on board video from BHP fuelfest and includes the crash I had with Hugo, not my smoothest driving but was trying to keep as close as possible and most of the time also had someone chasing behind me. Awesome fun running 3 - 4 car tandems though. Got a few little bits to do and I will be (sort of) ready for Driftcup round 3!

     
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    Had a few jobs I wanted to do for Driftcup round 3 at Teesside, I try to keep the engine temps as cool as possible and always notice just how much heat is held in the engine bay when queing up the second I open the bonnet so decided that some bonnet vents/louvres and some better ducting on the front bumper/under tray to force the air through when moving wouldn't do any harm. Didn't get many pics of the prep work but I made some cardboard templates and cut out the perspex ducting with the jigsaw and drilled a few small holes to allow me to cable tie it together. I also made a small undertray between the front tension rods.

    48293819662_7f0b390503_b. Driftcup prep and damage by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    48293821887_22566c0e2d_b. Driftcup prep and damage by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    48293818597_936fa5f9a4_b. Driftcup prep and damage by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Then moved onto the bonnet vents, only had time to do one so went for the side above the turbo as that is probably the most heat intensive area. Took me about half hr to decide where I wanted them but here they are loosely sat on the bonnet:

    48293721136_2fcf68bc9b_b. Driftcup prep and damage by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Decided to move them back a bit more and then cracked on and masked up the bonnet and marked out where I needed to cut, out with the grinder!

    48293819007_68f33bfdf5_b. Driftcup prep and damage by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    48293719261_93b5c46d45_b. Driftcup prep and damage by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    48293719896_7bebbd1b13_b. Driftcup prep and damage by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    48293719861_3114dbb40e_b. Driftcup prep and damage by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Also used some sealant on the underneath of the bonnet just to help keep it in place. The finished result:

    48293720251_a2fcb8353d_b. Driftcup prep and damage by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Will update about driftcup in the next post.
     
  16. dandadude

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    Me and the misses went on the not so short trip to Teesside in Milddlesbrough last weekend for Driftcup round 3, 350miles each way! Left in good time and went straight to the hotel as had been on the road for a while. Hotel had a pool and was nice to relax for an hr before having food and a good nights kip.

    Onto Sunday morning, got to track in good time, unloaded and went to briefing, track was ran the same as the year before (pretty much only layout other than when they have done it backwards on very rare occasions for bdc etc) off into practice, it was a bit slippery for the first couple runs as it had rained over night but soon dried up. Was all going well until I got a bit keen on one of my last few runs and took out half my rear bumper dirt dropping. Anyone that hasn't been there needs to go, going into the south bank corner flat out from the start line is awesome.

    48303093392_9565eba3e1_b. 2019-07-17_12-48-27 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Then was qualifying, didn't run as good a line as I did in practice but managed a 53 point score which put me in 26th, through to top 32 so that was all that was needed. I have now qualified in the top 32 in 4 out of the last 5 events which is quite nice.

    My battle was against Marcus in his 650-700hp skyline, hell of a car and good driver. I was chasing first as qualified lower, I kept with him as best as I could but unfortunately I made a mistake slowing down into the second corner which meant I under-steered and then briefly straightened which I think gave me a zero. Then we swapped around, even though I then ran the best lead line I done all day it was too late as my mistake from the first run overturned the score and Marcus also chased me well. I was pretty annoyed at myself to be honest as hadn't made a mistake on that corner all morning in practice but that's drifting for ya.

    48303057266_e311c5da9b_b. driftcup round 3 Teeside 14-07-19 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Got a bumper to fix and then i'm off to the local Autofest event this weekend at smeatharpe banger track for some fun local skids and a mini comp, might be giving out passenger rides too so if your local come along and say hello!
     
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    Went to a local show called Autofest that was having a mini drift day/comp. Cable tied the rear bumper back together and I was ready to go:

    48376057251_982dcbde4b_b. Autofest and crash by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    First practice runs I got a bit keen and tapped the wall (it is a banger track so completely surrounded by non moving metal barriers) this destroyed the rear bumper and smashed a light so not great but could carry on still. It surprised me the amount of grip considering it had been raining the night before and it's probably had a lot of fluids spilt over it from other races. Someone managed to get a picture of me running the wall lol:

    48399281281_33c91102e3_b. Autofest 2019 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Done a few more practice sessions and didn't feel too bad, done a couple runs getting really close to my mate in his 2jz bmw but didn't get any video or pics unfortunately. Then they done a qualifying session and this is where it all went wrong, went through the first corner spot on then went to flick the car the other way and it seemed to go straight on. Boom! Hit the wall.... That was my weekend over, bent the drivers side lower arm and tie rod, smashed in the wing, light brackets, bent the bonnet up a little and broke my oil cooler. After checking the car at work on the ramp the rear subframe bushes have pulled through and i think thats what pushed me straight on.

    48376060386_91d31bc942_b. Autofest and crash by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    48376197292_9229044545_b. Autofest and crash by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    48376057601_8c1daa8539_b. Autofest and crash by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Plan is to get the car back together as best possible in probably a multi coloured fashion, make up some new extended arms and tie rods, look at the rear poly bushes and fit the body panels I have managed to obtain over the past week. Hopefully be a reasonable state ready for Driftcup round 4 at Three sisters!
     
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    Must be a headache doing all the work you have done then the damage happens. Joys of drift a guess
     
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    As an S14a fan boy, this thread breaks my heart, that S14A has been through the wars lol.

    Good to see you're enjoying it though, that pic of you running the wall is a belter.
     
  20. dandadude

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    Ye I was annoyed at myself at the banger track as car was still looking pretty reasonable before then, nearly felt like throwing in the towel!! I think i've been a bit unlucky due to most drift days I go to now i'm always trying to twin/stay close to people as practice for comps and sometimes push a bit hard whereas at the beginning when I first started I was just happy linking a track lol.

    Ye I like that pic too cheers, and ye that's half the reason I have kept the car, no point buying another 14 and smashing that one up too lol. May do one day but most things can be repaired if you can be asked to take the time to do it.

    Here's how work on the front end has gone so far, straightened the corner of the bonnet and pushed the wing mount/inner arch out enough for it to all fit:

    48408433562_0726e93a19_b. 2019-07-29_10-22-31 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Rear end coming along too:

    48425899186_70a0eeee72_b. IMG_20190726_182827 by Daniel Collins, on Flickr

    Also warmed up and straightened the arms enough that I could actually move the car as with the bent arms I struggled to even move the car to get it onto the trailer. More to come soon.
     
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