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Part 3: Weight Reduction and Steering

We all know how important it is to define goals for any project car and from the beginning I’ve described project MR2 Spyder as a daily driven commuter that needs to have a healthy track appetite. In working towards this goal, I plan to reach a sub 2100 pound curb weight with somewhere close to 200 whp. I plan to do this while including some sort of roll-over protection and retaining...

Project 240sx Overhaul (Day 12)

Related Links Project 240sx Overhaul Journal Index I was able to a make a few last minute installs before heading out to Nopi Drift this weekend. In addition to the new tension rods, new adjustable tie rod ends were installed on the front as well as Tein pillow ball mounts. The new tie rod ends are of the self lubricating pillow ball variety and should never need replacement. The Tein pillow ball...

Project 240sx Overhaul Journal (Day 11)

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I am beginning to focus on a little bit more weight reduction on the 240sx and the vented power steering delete kit works so well on the MR2 Spyder, I decided to make a kit for the 240sx.

I will post a clearer picture later but basically, this system uses gravity to maintain fluid in the rack while allowing excess pressure to escape.

MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 2: The Vented Surge Box)

Related Links MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 1: Try Before You Buy) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 2: The Vented Surge Box) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 3: Disabling the P/S Warning Light) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 4: Summary and Final Install) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Appendix: Alternate Install) (NOTE: This guide adds to part 1 so if you...

Project 240sx Overhaul Journal (Day 10)

Related Links Project 240sx Overhaul Journal Index The front and rear suspension has been reinstalled with a few new goodies and the trunk is being prepped for the fuel cell. A new battery tray has been installed as well. These are the new front and rear adjustable control arms. A custom mount was fabricated to relocate the battery closer to the chassis’ center of gravity. The rough cut of...

New Archive March 12 2008 – April 9. 2008

April 9, 2008 Update: As far as I can tell, the forums are fixed and everything is running smoothly. I’m 99% sure there will be no more issues but if you come across anything, just let me know and I will fix it asap. The site is now fully hosted on the new server and I must say, things are much quicker. Update: I told you we would be back very, very soon. There are only a couple of hiccups...

Odyssey PC680 Lightweight Battery Install (And Relocating the Battery to the Front)

This article serves two purposes. First of all, I am replacing the factory 29+ pound battery in the MR2 with the Odyssey PC680 unit weighing in at a “hefty” 14.8 pounds, effectively creating a 14.2+ pound weight reduction. Additionally, I am relocating the new battery to the front of the car to a location in between the strut towers. Without delving too deep into the weight...

Project 240sx Overhaul Journal (Day 9)

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I finally finished my “little” test with the MR2 Spyder so back to the 240sx rebuild. Today I sanded, cleaned and rust proofed the steering rack. I also cut the power steering hard lines to make room for the new vented manual steering conversion.

News Archive (Jan – Feb 2008)

February 28, 2008 The latest install guide (240sx Solid Aluminum Subframe Bushings) is a little different. The kit I used came with a dvd install guide so instead of restating what has already been said, I simply detailed a few adjustments that I made to the install process. You may or may not need to make these adjustments so read the guide, watch the video and then decide for yourself. February...

Part 2: But Can This Thing Flex 20’s?

Ok so maybe it will. But I ask should it because this article has nothing to do with flexin’ yo’ 20’s fo da bling blang. Or in the Spyder’s case, some oversized 18″ rims. Something that I unfortunately witnessed the other day on a MR2 Spyder as it slowly crept through the left hand turn where I sat, mouth agape, contemplating whether or not I would go blind staring...

TRD Rear Strut Tower Brace Install

Unlike the front brace on the MR2 Spyder where the trim had to be cut and the spare tire lid removed, the TRD rear strut tower brace requires no modifications. In fact, a 14mm wrench and about ten minutes is all it takes to replace the factory x-brace with TRD triangulated unit. The Install The procedure for this install could be summed up in one sentence, “unbolt the x-brace and install...

MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 1)

Related Links MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 1: Try Before You Buy) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 2: The Vented Surge Box) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 3: Disabling the P/S Warning Light) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 4: Summary and Final Install) MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Appendix: Alternate Install) You’d be hard pressed to purchase a car...

Chris Simmons is a race car driver, instructor, business owner and all around gearhead. His passion for motorsport started in the drifting community over 10 years ago and progressed into wheel to wheel racing of all kinds. When off track Chris can be found training and working on a myriad of projects. After a hiatus from writing, he is back to share his passion, knowledge and experience in regard to motorsports on and off the track.

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