February 7, 2017 TFRyan

Project Update: KA-T S13 Drift Build Part 2

Back on track with the KA-T S13 drift build, the engine was mostly tied up and assembled in the first part of our build documentation (Check that out HERE). What was left on the engine was waiting for the turbo to arrive, tap the oil pan for the oil lines to the turbo, and modify the S13 intake manifold. Chassis wise, we’re going to be installing the hydraulic e-brake, coilovers and installing the engine!

 

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The S15 T28 ball bearing turbo sits nicely on the Tomei Expreme manifold!

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Zu Tu Tu Tu Tu!

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We ordered a fresh oil pan from Nissan for the perfect fit, then welded this bung onto it for the oil return line for the turbo!

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Everything lined up!

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Prepping the S13 intake manifold for a bit of welding!

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If you didn’t know, the S13 KA24DE manifold has butterfly valves built in it to help with low end torque. When the S14 rolled around and replaced the S13, they opted to get rid of the butterfly valves. Instead of us getting another manifold from an S14, we decided to convert the S13 manifold and weld the holes in the runner closed.

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Fire!

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All clean!

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Battery relocation to the hatch area!

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Done!

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The back of the S15 T28 turbo.

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The whole assembly.

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Running the hydraulic e-brake cable through the driveshaft tunnel, and up to the final location!

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Fresh drilled/slotted rotors matched up with Wilwood calipers will have no problem locking up the rear for e-brake entries.

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Mounted up the axle back section of the TOMEI Extreme Titanium exhaust! The mid section of the exhaust will be installed once we fabricate a resonated test pipe.

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Our clutch choice for the KA-T power was a 6 pad ceramic Stage 4 clutch from our friends over at Competition Clutch!

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All bolted on.

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All that remains is to bolt on the transmission and then the engine will be ready to be dropped in its new  home!

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We transferred over the Z32 TT calipers that were on the original shell, only to find out they were completely seized. Rough! So we used them as cores to get a set of fresh re-manufactured calipers.

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Fresh and clean!

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Project Kics R40 lug nuts use a rotating tapered edge that will not damage the wheel it is tightened upon.

RAL_7096The engine is in! Along with the intake manifold, we replaced all of the vacuum lines underneath the manifold with new hoses as well as brand new NISMO 550CC injectors.

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Something about a brand new oil pan… it’s just great.

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The oil lines from the turbo to the oil pan clear the steering shaft assembly perfectly.

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Looks nice and tidy!

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Mishimoto oil sandwich plate adapter to be ran with a Koyorad oil cooler!

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Oil return line to the mint oil pan!

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You can see the coolant line to the turbo, and also the fresh vacuum lines.

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ATI Super Damper for KA24DE.

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Here’s the line splitter that is a part of the GKTech hydro e-brake line kit!

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The split runs a line to either side of the car.

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The car will be sitting on Stance XR1 suspension, with inverted monotube front dampers for extra strength for the MacPherson style suspension on the front.

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With MacPherson style suspension, the shock sees side load during use.  Inverted monotube dampers are used because the shock body/casing is much stronger and can withstand the forces, while a non-inverted/ upright damper would be putting all that force on the piston shaft and seals, which can bend from excessive force from Gs or hitting chicanes/curbs/potholes etc. Also, the main body of the damper isn’t enclosed in the threaded damper casing which allows heat to dissipate more efficiently and perform more precisely than conventional upright dampers. It’s a no brainer!

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Circuit Sports 50/50 tail lights installed!

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Nameless Performance e-brake handle with a Wildwood reservoir installed in the car,!

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That’s all for part 2 of the KA-T S13 build, check back next week for updates on part 3!

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