So given that the Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3 (Zenki, Chuki and Khoki) R33 GT-Rs are fundamentally the same car, in modifying and keeping this car running, I am usually not a stickler for different part numbers for the SAME PART - the only difference seemingly being that my car is a Kohki car (with some part numbers containing a 98U00) and not a Zenki or Chuki (with part numbers often containing 24U00). Usually I am happy if I find something in better shape regardless of the year car it came off of. Of course, if it's brand new that is great too...
Sure, some parts like the Kohki Xenon headlights and red accented interior, I get. Having different parts numbers for those very distinct parts makes sense. But how about this:
Other than the Mine's speedometer, what's the difference? Why did I just find and buy the old scratched up gauge cluster on Yahoo Auctions?
Well, the clue is in the numbers:
|My gauge cluster on top, the Yahoo Auction special on the bottom.|
So yes, my cluster appears to be from a Zenki or Chuki car while the bottom scratched up one is from a Kohki car. And yet, my car is a Kohki so what's going on?
Well, I didn't realize until this incident that I think when I installed the Mine's speedo, I kept the 24U00 unit it came in (only replacing the V-Spec tachometer for the one that came in my car originally), and so I must have sold off my OEM 98U00 unit.
So why am I making a big deal about this now? Well... as you may know the Kohki cars have a standard rear fog lamp:
|Rear red fog lamp on the right side only.|
|Bulb lit up here|
|Lamp off, Bulb off.|
|Surprisingly, the newer 98U02 unit was dirtier! Although the black surround looked cleaner, yes.|
|Top is mine, the backing is blue and looks newer and cleaner. The newer one on bottom looks more green and somehow older even though it has the 98U00 series number|
|The amount of rust on the screw!|
|98U00 number! Fog lamp indicator!|
|The ABS indicator is different on the Kohki cars!|