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CA18DET Inline Oil Cooler (Part 2: Filling in the Blanks)

Related Links CA18DET Inline Oil Cooler (UK Factory Oil Cooler) This is a follow up post to the original (CA18DET Inline Oil Cooler (UK Factory Oil Cooler)) guide which describes how to install a US market (UK style) oil cooler onto the CA18DET. Filling in the Blanks As promised, I traveled back to the salvage yard to get the VIN number from the car and as luck would have it, it was gone...

MR2 Spyder- Permanently Mounting the ScanGaugeII

The ScanGaugeII is a small automotive computer that interfaces with the OBDII port of the MR2 Spyder.  It contains a small LCD screen that can be used to display the motor’s factory sensors in realtime.  Although the ScanGaugeII is a multipurpose device that can display a wide variety of values ranging from MPG to cost per mile most enthusiasts will use this gauge to measure up to four...

Project MR2 Spyder Part 4: Electronics

I must admit that this is a first for me. I have never installed a head unit in any car that I’ve owned because frankly, I am not an audophile. I always figure that if I am going to spend money on a car, that money will be spent on performance. However, in adding aftermarket gauges to the MR2 Spyder, a unique set of issues presented themselves that ultimately led to modification of the...

CA18DET Timing Belt Install (Part 1: The Factory Way)

(NOTE: A lot of this information is covered in the FSM. You can download the CA18DET FSM here and check out the engine mechanical section. Background Replacing the timing belt on the CA18DET is a simple, though somewhat labor intensive task that can trip up new owners of the CA18DET. This guide will explain the process as well as a couple of shortcuts that will demystify the timing belt for new...

Project 240SX Overhaul Journal (Day 26)

Related Links Project 240sx Overhaul Journal Index Day 26 and there are a lot of miscellaneous things creeping up. First, I am making a few changes to the oil system in the cylinder head of the CA18DET. Below are a few random pics and I will follow this up with a full guide that explains the method and reason to add this feature the CA18DET. (I am swamped right now so expect to see this in 2 to 3...

Archived News (July 2008)

July 30, 2008 I found this rare oil cooler for my CA18DET at a salvage yard. It is a Nissan inline oil cooler that bolts to the CA18DET block. Although these were standard on UK market CA’s, I found this little gem on a 1980’s (year unknown) Nissan Maxima. Check it out: (CA18DET Inline Oil Cooler (UK Factory Oil Cooler)) July 27, 2008 Day 22: Single Stage Oil Cooler, Cold Air Intake...

Project 240SX Overhaul Journal (Day 25)

Related Links Project 240sx Overhaul Journal Index Day 25: I used my new powder coating gun to powder coat the valve covers, front engine cover and the thermostat housing. Also, new hard lines have been run from the 2 valve cover vents to a common T which will then route to an oil catch can. Smaller lines are used on the vents as I will be adding a rear oil drain to the head which will reduce the...

Project 240sx Overhaul Journal (Day 24)

Related Links Project 240sx Overhaul Journal Index I had a change of heart on the exhaust routing and fabricated a new downpipe/uppipe that utilizes the RSR exhaust.  The exhaust now routes along the stock path and retains the high flow catco 3in catalyst.  2-1/2in pipe runs from the turbo a 3in section where the exhaust and wastegate gasses merge.  This should help quite things down and flow...

Project 240sx Overhaul Journal (Day 23)

Related Links Project 240sx Overhaul Journal Index Things are starting to wind down with project 240sx and as any project builder knows, a bunch of miscellaneous things are starting to crop up. Recently, a mount to secure the throttle cable on the top mount manifold was fabricated as well as new radiator lines for the new 3in core, custom hard lines for valve cover venting and a new downpipe that...

MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Appendix: Alternate Install)

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) This is the fourth addition to the MR2 Spyder...

Archived News (June 2008)

June 24, 2008 Part 3 of removing the power steering from the MR2 Spyder has been added. MR2 Spyder Power Steering Removal (Part 3: Disabling the P/S Warning Light) June 13, 2008 New updates to Project 240sx Overhaul Journal: Day 17: Marine Oil Cooler (Oil to Coolant Cooler) Day 18: Custom Turbo Manifold Mock-up and Turbo Placement June 9, 2008 I added a running miles per gallon chart for project...

CA18DET Dual Stage Oil Cooler

Related Articles CA18DET Inline Oil Cooler (UK Factory Oil Cooler) Preface As I mentioned in the Inline Oil Cooler Guide the inline cooler leaves room for the addition of a thermostatic switch style oil sender that can be used to add another oil cooler to the system. These senders (also called sandwich adapters) are traditionally used in front mount oil coolers. The thermostatic variant includes...

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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