So as I hinted in my previous post,
Nismo Omori Factory technicians have now begun focusing their attention to the outside of the car - among other things, the wheels and tires!
And that's why the car has been on "borrowed" wheels and tires for the last few weeks. Although I have to admit, those NISMO LMGT4s look VERY nice on the car...
|So I wonder what suspension the car was on while the Ohlins were being serviced...|
The Ohlins DFVs, from what I understand, were removed from the car almost immediately after I dropped it off, and sent to Labo Carrozzeria
to be rebuilt with the same specs as before. A few years ago they let me tour their factory and I did a blog post to show how they do a rebuild
So the coilovers came back quickly, in about a week... what took time were the TE37 wheels that were being refinished, fixing up some minor curb rash and the usual scrapes that come when you actually drive your car.
|Damn. Gorgeous! And yes, a glass coating has been applied - both outside AND inside...|
You may also have spotted the odd looking/colored valve stem. That's because they are a non-Nissan/Nismo part that Nismo Omori Factory actually agree to install - an aftermarket Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). In fact they had an aftermarket one (made by Orange Electronic
) designated a "sports model" (to allow for high inner tire temperatures) in a box when I visited, and were even kind enough to open it up for me to show me how it worked. Unfortunately the screen display was a bit large and I've already got enough stuff (Blitz exhaust valve, Do-Luck DTM-2, ETC card reader, boost controller, heads up display controls) in the car already so I wanted something stealth.
So a few internet searches later I stumbled on this - a TPMS where the display is an app you download to your smart phone (either iPhone or Android). I've actually already used an aftermarket one on my Lexus, but this displayed its output on a small screen that had to be installed in a blank switch location
Of course, I have no idea if these work yet. Of course once I test them out, I will post the results! Fingers crossed...
Back to the wheels and tires... I was surprised when Ochiai-san sent me the following photo. I had always thought that Nismo Omori Factory had tire changing equipment on premises, but for whatever reason they outsource to this guy who arrives with all of his equipment on a truck!
|Look closely and you can see my name on the tire...|
I know mobile tire fitters aren't a new thing (and in fact I need to find one to do the tires on my Lexus...) but I wonder how Nismo does the tires on their racing cars? And yeah, I ended up going with the Michelins, the price was TOO GOOD to pass up...
And talk about attention to detail! Or maybe they know me a bit too well...
|Yep, blackened wheel weights so they don't stand out.|
Oh and yes that missing ashtray? A long time ago I think I broke it like this when I tried to drill a hole in the back... I was experimenting with LED lighting of the ashtray and tried to get it to light up via the LED I had attached to the cigarette lighter ring. This was during my pre-Dremel days. Buy the right tools, people!!
But guess what - new stock still exists for this part! So a new pristine one on the way! Cannot wait to get back into a car with an "OEM" look dash!
So what next? There is one more item I asked them to take care of but I haven't received any photos or messages on that yet. I'm also curious about whether we can get an alarm shop out to Nismo to help remove that crap alarm. I'll keep you all posted of course...
I think you NEED those Nismo LM-GT4 wheels! lol~
Agree. I run the Omori Factory spec gloss ones on my R33 GTR and absolutely love them. The TEs do look great though, so I don't think there's a wrong come between the 2!
I tried to find a post with your full review of the DTM-2. Would love to hear your thoughts on the results. I'm planning on upgrading. Any reason to do the standard Tarzan G-box instead?
The reason I upgraded to the DTM2, was to have maximum flexibility/programmability. The Tarzan G-box is very good too, but it is set only to what Tarzan Yamada believes should be the "right" setting. The DTM2 has that, and more! But either way, a substantial improvement on the old analog g-sensor.
Thanks for the response, Aki!
Sadly, it looks like Do-Luck has discontinued the DTM2. It looks like they are only selling the digital G-sensor with the dip switch controls.
On a related topic, have you looked into a digital yaw sensor replacement like the Midori Seibi for the R34? Wonder if that would work for the R33 V-spec...
Well truth be told, that dip switch one might make sense, as after I set mine up I haven't really looked at it. So a one time personalized set up might make sense.
And yes, I actually asked Ochiai-san about it the other day but he said the best thing would be to call Midori Seibi. I may do that eventually... I suspect it might work, but then again given the differing wheelbase length in the 33, it may act more slowly than required? Hmm something for me to look into... yes I am intersted too!
Well, the fun of buying an GT-R stateside...
While switching my Nismo Quick Shift kit back to stock, I discovered that I have the Midori Digital G sensor. So, guess I'll keep that for now.
Really appreciate all you have done/do for the community.
Derek, that is a nice surprise! And sir you are too kind!
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