Thursday, November 18, 2010

Come follow me on the other side !

Friday, July 30, 2010

And so it's off !

Washed and detailed, prepared and dropped off at the shipping agent's location in Chiba on friday where it will depart on a 2-3 week boat journey to Fremantle (a port in Western Australia a few kms south of Perth).

Next post on

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Final visit to SEEKER

Today was a very, very long day !

Around midday on this HOT and STICKY day I dropped off my car at SEEKER's to have the new SPOON baffled oil pan fitted to my car.

This is more of a precautionary insurance policy against a sudden engine failure which can occur under heavy and prolonged cornering. Why now you ask ? Well having bought ADVAN A050s I expect to be pulling more G's and I just don't want to risk exposing the engine to oil starvation under such forces.

The installation itself is actually quite a feat. It requires a complete removal of the bottom engine frame, complete draining of engine oil, removal of the existing pan and then an installation of the new pan. SPOON recommend that a heat bonding adhesive is used to seal the pan to the engine instead of a typical gasket so that in itself requires precision, patience and attention to detail. Anyway it was all done by about 5pm and the end result was something like this ...
Oil pan fitted.
You can see the red bonding agent if you look in closely
Bottom engine frame removed
Before the frame went back on, SEEKER's mechanic Ko had noticed that one of the engine mounts was broken and so we had no choice but to desperately try to find a replacement one somewhere amongst SEEKER's parts. Fortunately Ryo had a single brand new Honda engine mount in stock and so we replaced it on the spot.

Here is what the broken mount looked like...You can see the rubber split on top of the mount.

Apparently these original Honda engine mounts don't last very long if you take your car to a circuit more than 5-10 times a year (in my case 20-30 times perhaps!). They tend to break quite a lot in those situations. I was lucky it was just one, the remaining 3 seemed fine. Ryo recommended using non-OEM mounts which are stronger but result in more vibration throughout the cabin. Not ideal for those sensitive drivers. Anyway MUGEN mounts are supposed to be about 10% tougher over the OEM, followed by SPOON which are even more tougher. I didn't have the luxury of choosing or waiting today so I went OEM.

And so that wraps up my day!

Before I end this post, there is one last piece of performance at last ! I'll let this picture speak for itself :)

This is none other than the brain behind SEEKER's DC5 race car !!
All mine now !!!
And here is their DC5 race car now (retired unfortunately but with a lot of history!)
Loads of appearances in HOT VERSION DVDs and VTEC CLUB DVDs !

And lastly, here are some parting shots of me and the guys !

Ryo Teraoka and I
Ko Omino and I
Thanks guys !


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

SEEKER's new website

Ryo and his team updated their website and my car got a mention !

Check out USER CAR section !
3rd car from the top. I should perhaps put in some comments about the car :)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Shipping preparations

The car's been raised up today in preparation for shipping. The additional 2.5cms all around should help it go on and off a boat ramp quite easily. Ryo from SEEKER did a swift job adjusting the suspension in a 35degree heat of japanese summer and teaching me how to undo it once the car arrives in Perth.

The guys also rolled the fenders in front to accomodate those A050s recently purchased. I must say I am going to miss watching those guys work on my car as it's always been very educational for an amature mechanic like myself.

Other than that, I splashed out on something I'd been thinking about for quite sometime, a SPOON baffled oil pan ! Unfortunately due to time constraints, it won't be fitted until this coming friday but better done in Japan than Perth !

In other news, I took it upon myself to disconnect and remove all electronics however that didn't go without a headache. After disconnecting my HKS lap timer I started getting a Check Engine Light warning and the error was that of a faulty Vehicle Speed Sensor in the transmission. It turns out that disconnecting HKS lap timer without closing the loop on the circuit cuts off the signal from the VSS sensor. Anyway this is not a big deal and i'll ship the car with the CEL on and reset it once it arrives in Perth.

So, probably one (maybe 2) more posts on this japanese blog (I think that would make it 100 in total !) before the car is shipped next week !