A few days after I dropped the car off, and a couple of days before Nismo was getting ready to send my car to get shaken'd I got the following photos sent to me from Ochiai-san.
|Hmm looks a bit dark on one side...|
|Interesting. Didn't know light was measured not in Lumens but in Hecto Candela for Shaken purposes|
Yep, all that work to try to modernize the headlights and the right side bulb (showing a brightness of 71 hecto candela in the above photo) dies on me. Great.
Since I wasn't going to bother scrambling to find the exact replacement (Philips D2S/R bulb, 6200K, 3300lms - and no longer made!) nor was I going to pay an excessive amount of money for OEM (you know, I still have those bulbs somewhere...), I asked them to get something nearly equivalent in the aftermarket.
So they went ahead and got these.
|From: SphereLight Website|
So that's one problem (cheaply) solved. Hopefully.
Well, the HKS catalyzer. When taking your car in for Shaken, if you are running a non OEM catalytic converter, you need to have the paperwork from the parts manufacturer demonstrating that this part passes regulations. As I forgot to include this in the paperwork I left at Nismo, I had to scramble at home when I got the call and PDF it to them.
Looks like this - as you can see it has all the gas readings to show it actually reduces hydrocarbons...
|This is actually for my old Apex'i one.|
|And then photos of how it's to look when properly installed.|
The good news I got however is that the car passed Shaken and the guy didn't even bother to ask for this paperwork... oh well...
One more thing - I realized that I am getting a LOT of things done this time - but each item I have decided to do after lots of research and thinking (and budgeting, of course). So going forward, instead of showing everyone what I did when I picked up the car (which would be a very long post), I will be posting on the blog for each item I am getting done, and then when I pick up the car hopefully showing with photographs of the items on the car.
That should allow me to post more often, and in more detail! Next post coming soon!