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lowrider last won the day on April 28 2018

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  1. I've been following along for a while now, and I love the build thus far! Might I make a few suggestions? First, I would recommend to re-measure the crank journals with a micrometer instead of calipers. The cheaper plastic calipers aren't exactly known for their precision. Another thing to take into account is the taper of the journal, which the micrometer would be able to better measure. Out of curiosity I tossed your measurements in a spreadsheet and calculated a 0.078mm out of factory spec condition with the main journals and a 0.177mm out of factory spec condition with the rod journals based on the info you provided. Personally, I would have the crank checked and the journals turned 0.010" along with having them check the straightness of the crank(especially if it has indeed been riding around in the back of a truck in Thailand). I would hate to have spent so much time and money building this engine for it to have issues. IMO, it would be cheap insurance! I'll have to dig out my "how to modify" book to see what the max acceptable "race" clearances would be but I'm not sure I would risk it if I were in your shoes. I'm looking forward to the updates and progress!
  2. The later S30's used 3/4" slave cylinders. I always had issues with my clutch setup engaging at the very bottom of the pedal stroke, and like you, didn't want the TO bearing touching the PP all the time. I made the switch to a 11/16" slave from an '89 240sx and it corrected the issue. My clutch now disengages/engages in the middle to upper end of middle of the pedal stroke. I would confirm what size slave cylinder you have, and then size it a little smaller.
  3. Those that are disbelieving that the exhaust liners break and come out, I have experienced it personally. I originally started my turbo journey with a stock F54 flat top bottom end and a P79 head coupled with a Z31 T3 Turbo. It ran well for quite a while but ultimately I broke the rings/ringlands due to inexperience tuning. However before I broke the pistons, I had one exhaust liner break apart and lodge itself in the exhaust wheel of the turbo. Thankfully it was at low speeds and didn't wreck the turbo, it just wedged itself into the fins of the turbine and kept it from spinning. I pulled the single liner and re-assembled everything (I was broke and in college lol); the motor lasted for a year or so after that before the pistons/rings gave up the ghost. I swapped to a stock N42/P90 combo not long afterwards and have had that combo (multiple bottom ends) in various iterations of the setup over the past 10 or so years. I can say that I miss the off boost response of the higher compression flat top combo though.
  4. That's correct, I am the owner of milkfab engineering. I can understand your skepticism and welcome it! By no means am I making claims of this axle setup living behind 800hp or even the 800lb-ft of torque that the FEA (finite element analysis) for this adapter design was performed at. Most aren't interested in or don't understand the technical details, but I am more than happy to provide them. Below is a screenshot of the FEA that was performed in Solidworks when designing the parts. A 5000N load was applied tangent to the center axis to each of the 6 axle mounting holes, which are radially 40mm away from the center axis. The mounting holes that attach the adapter to the stub flange were held as a fixture point. Granted in a properly clamped configuration, the mounting holes are not going to be seeing the entire load like modeled. 5000 N x 6 (mounting holes) = 30,000 N 30,000 N x 40 mm = 1,200,000 N-mm 1 N-mm = 0.00074 lb-ft 1,200,000 N-mm x (0.00074 lb-ft / 1 N-mm) = 888 lb-ft As you can see from the screenshot below the FOS (factor of safety) is 2.59. As for the axle testing I have done no formal lab testing. I just have my word and the testimonials of several customers. I have had the setup on my personal car for the better part of 7 years like I said above. Within that time it's been subjected to numerous hard launches, burn outs, and a few runs down the local drag strip on street tires. I have not found the breaking point of the axles yet, but we all know that usage is the determining factor. If I were taking to car to the drag strip every weekend on radials they are more likely to break than if I am launching on a street tire on an unprepared surface. As for the power claims of the old worn out L28et in my 260z I recently had the car dynoed this past spring on a local dyno dynamics dyno. Going into the session the shop made it clear that the dyno was a "heart breaker" and read similarly to a mustang dyno. I am not a huge fan of using the dyno to produce quantitative results when compared to other dynos, but according to varying sources the dyno dynamics dynos read on average 10-14% lower (take that with a grain of salt) than the more common dynojet that most use as a baseline. The car made 317.3 hp / 351.8 lb-ft in 86.5F weather. Approximate a 12% lower rating than a dynojet and you're left with roughly 394 lb-ft of torque if the car had been ran on a dyno jet. That is why the website mentions ~400 lb-ft. There are also other customers that are in/around that same power area and running without issues, a simple Facebook (I hate refering people there) search in any of the large Datsun groups with pull up the posts. Here is the dyno sheet for your reference as well. I apologize for being so long winded. I try my best to be as transparent as possible when it comes to the development of the products I provide. FWIW, these adapters/axle setup were designed for my personal use with no intention of being sold. It wasn't until there was interest some 5 years or so later that I considered making them to sell.
  5. The torque limit of the milkfab setup really depend on usage. The adapters themselves were designed to hold more than the ~400lb-ft torque threshold stated on the website. Not taking into account shock loading from hard launches, a static FEA of the adapters showed there was a safety factor of 2.5 at 800lb-ft of torque. Will the axles hold at that? It's yet to be seen and really wasn't the intended market. For context, the milkfab adapters with 280zxt axles have been living behind my ~380lb-ft L28et for the better part of 7 years with no problems besides a torn boot. I had issues with breaking u-joints in the half shafts prior to the upgrade due to drive-line angles and torque. Even the power-force (or was it brute-force) grease nipple less u-joints weren't holding up. The main reason why the stated torque is~400lb-ft on the site is that it has been thoroughly tested at those power levels.
  6. You are correct in your assumption that one leg is the signal ground and the other two pins are the high and low signals. There should be continuity across the common pin to the low pin at its switching temp as well as the high at its switching temperature. If you aren't getting continuity across any of the pins it might be fair to say the sensor is bad.
  7. Check out: https://milkfab-engineering.com/shop/ols/products/240z260z280z-cvaxlekit
  8. If you have the dimensions from the original it would be fairly easy to look up a comparable o-ring from some where like McMaster Carr.
  9. Why not run an electric vacuum pump instead of tying all of the runners together? I did a Mikuni bike carb swap on my 610 station wagon and ran this vacuum pump for the master cylinder and other vacuum driven accessories. I pulled mine from a Volvo in the local pull-a-part and paid next to nothing for it. I have it connected to switched power via a rely and inline fuse with an inline vacuum switch to activate the relay. Whenever the vacuum level drops below the switch threshold it will run for a few seconds then shut off. It's been working great for several years now!
  10. The mounting bold diameter for the rotors is correct at 103mm. The rotors don't slip over the wheel mounting studs like in newer model cars they bolt to the rear of the hub. The mounting bolt pattern to attach the rotor to the back of the hub is 4x103. Source - I produce brake kits for the S30 and have personally measured the rotor mounting bolt diameter.
  11. I made a radio block off a while back that houses 3 52mm gauges. Here are the dimensions. I'm not sure what filament you plan on using, but I don't suggest PLA.
  12. It's great to see some more people from East TN getting into the Z family. We have quite a few experienced Datsun guys in and around the Knoxville area. Chassis wise there are a few considerations. The 280Z chassis is touted as being stiffer than the earlier chassis'. An earlier chassis can be stiffened, but it involves more work/funds. Personally I would choose the starting point/chassis that would be in the best shape your budget could afford. The least rusted car you can find/afford the better off you are in the long run (IMO). I have my 260Z is setup for cruising/mountain driving/to be well rounded. I doubt it would be competitive in any of the local autocross events but it would certainly be fun. If you'd like i would be happy to get some of the guys together and have a sit down with you. If anything, you would have a few Datsun contacts in the area then.
  13. I still have my stock head unit, but it is simply a place holder. I have a Bluetooth module feeding directly into a 1200W 4 channel amp and a "spare tire" sub in my spare tire well. Up front I have 5x7's under the fronts of each seat and 2-1/4" tweeters/mids in the dash vent pockets. In the rear I have two 6" speakers in the factory locations in the plastic side panels. The sound distribution is pretty good and the spare tire sub provides just enough bass.
  14. Take a look at the RPM gauge in Tuner Studio when you attempt to start up. If you have a tach signal the RPM gauge should show ~400 RPM while cranking. Are the PIP and SAW signals hooked up correctly to MS? If they are swapped, the MS wont see an rpm signal.
  15. I don't have a lot of experience running E85, however from what I've researched it has the tendency to absorb moisture from air after a period of time if the gas tank is left vented to atmosphere. This can cause some issues with corrosion in various areas of the fuel system in this case it could cause rust to form in the tank. I wouldn't be terribly concerned with it as long as the E85 isn't left in the tank unused for extended periods of time. I would also look at replacing the vent and fuel filler hose to an Ethanol compatible material. As for the Walbro 255, depending on the power goals of the car you might find that it wont provide enough flow due to needing 30% more fuel with Ethanol in comparison to Gasoline. It may be something to take a look at.
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