Originally Posted by eminence
That is one tight engine bay. Ever thought about front mounting that intercooler. I heard that the GTiRs overheat or something.
words like interwarmer and heat soak are common on the gtir oc message board.they dont so much overheat as jsut suffer from heat soak when moving slowly or pulling away from a standstill after a few mins of being stopped. once they get moving its not so bad.
i have front mounted my intercooler now. that pic was taken the day i got it back from the tuners with the new engine.
without a front mount it is hard to run over 300bhp and still be safe. even my silvia has a front mount and that is only running about 220bhp.
it was a poor bit of design on the gtir. that and any type or servicing.. most things are an engine out job.
e,g, starter motor
the manifold has to come off to get the alternator off etc etc etc etc
the only poor things about the R are...
top mount intercooler.. ok when moving but a pain if you have to go slow or stop
very restrictive exhaust as stock
and a gearbox that is made of chocolate. its fine up to around 300bhp but much more than that and a rebuild of your box is almost certain.. and if you rebuild it with stock parts then it wont last that long again.
my box has been swapped out for a PAR 1/2 dog leg box rated to over 600bhp the intercooler is now on the front and the exhaust was one of the first things to go.. so all sorted now
they are mad little cars and they are quite cheap now. you can get a minter for 5k-ish. 0-60 in 5.2 out the factory, 147top and 227bhp. 4wd and lots of them have abs and climate control too.
very rare are the ones with sun roofs and the dakar model. the dakar was a rally vertion. no electrics, no air con, no rear wiper, no alloys, shorter gears. all in all the dakar is 70kg lighter than the road gtir but with its short gearing it doesnt make for the best street car. also the dakar had 3 lsd's as standard but the road gtir only had 2 as stanard and the 3rd was only an option.
meh. enough of the sales pitch.. i want another perm 4 so i can mod it up.. i was thinking turbo
maybe i can stuff a scooby lump into the 33???