Dash Data for Mitsus?
Re your article "In-car Dash Data"... Do you know of any similar
products (hardware or software) that work with Mitsubishi engines - specifically
grey imports such as the FTO?
The only plug-in ECU data reader we’ve
seen for Mitsubishis is suited to the early 4G63 turbo engine (eg Galant VR4).
This system uses a PDA or laptop to display ECU data and has been discussed at
I have seen many turbocharged vehicles with enlarged openings in the front
bumper (to feed cooling air to the front-mounted intercooler). It’s difficult
not to notice the reduced cross-section of the bumper – would these vehicles
still pass government frontal crash tests?
BTW your site is a great source of technical automotive info. If there is a
site that can cause a subscriber/viewer to wear out a printer, it is this one!
It is well worth the price of the subscription.
Good point. Cutting small sections of plastic from the
bumper probably has no major effect on crash properties, but we have seen some
real hack jobs which remove metal reinforcement that would certainly have an effect. Note that the intercooler
core itself also has an effect on crash properties - as stated by Ford Australia (in the article The XR6 Turbo According to Ford - Part Two.)
Import Turbo Guide?
Just a suggestion for an article... I read your comparison of intercoolers from
Japanese turbo cars The World's Biggest Intercooler Comparison - Part One and
thought that a similar article on used turbochargers might also be of use. It
would be great to have detailed specs, flow maps, flange measurements, etc.
Good suggestion. It would be virtually
impossible to obtain OE compressor maps, but we would certainly be able to put
together a handy guide for Do-It-Yourselfers. We’ll get onto it!
I was about to buy a Honda V6 but your report (New Car Test - Honda Accord V6 Luxury)
is a little off-putting. I would be grateful if you would comment on other cars
in this price range. I was going to buy another Ford Fairmont (I have had two in
the past) but I prefer a smaller and more economical car.
Have a drive of the Holden Vectra (New Car Test - Holden Vectra CDX,
New Car Test - Holden Vectra CD Sedan,
New Car Test - Holden Vectra CDXi.
These are great cars.
You might also be interested in the
new Nissan Maxima - Nissan Maxima Ti Road Test
The Mitsubishi Magna AWD is also an
exhilarating drive, even though the design and engine are now relatively old.
(See Mitsubishi VR AWD Test)
We also have an up-coming test of the
base BA Falcon and, remember, the coming new-engine’d Commodores might also be worth
Over the last three months I have been lent a Nissan Silvia Q (5 speed
manual) by my father. It has been a number of years BK (Before Kids) since I
have driven car as much fun.
Although gut-less, I found the cornering ability of the car fantastic
compared to my Falcon (with modified suspension). I find myself now wanting a
manual car that can go around corners, while doing the following...
Fit the two kids in the back (bit hard in the Silvia)
How do the Zeds and Skyline compare to the Silvia? (I have two VG30DET motors
in the shed for another project!) I know both of these cars are designed for
different markets, but is their handling compromised due to size and weight? Any
A lot of the ‘chuckability’ of the S13
Silvia/180SX comes from its relatively compact dimensions. The R32 Skyline is
the best next-size-up option, but it doesn’t feel quite as nimble. The Z32 300ZX
is another step away from what you’re after. Both offer good power in turbo form
but note that none of these Nissans offer great rear space.
Have a read of Pre-Owned Performance - Nissan Skyline R32 GTS-t,
Unknown Warrior - Skyline GTS4,
Nissan 180SX SR20DET
and Silvia Surprise
Oh, and the 4-door Cefiro also fits
the bill perfectly. The Cefiro Alternative
Get test driving!
I thought I might give you the URL of a very informative website in relation
to nitrous oxide systems and a whole lot more... http://www.diy-nitrous.fsnet.co.uk/
At Nitrous Notes Rob Madden said,
"Really, we don’t want people to start playing again – if that happens we might
return to the days when nitrous had a bad name." While I would not try it
myself, I see what he means - a few rotten bananas can spoil the bunch and why
give away information you have worked so hard for? But, having said that, saying
you do not want people to start playing again - with it coming from someone in
his industry - does sound a bit su$$!
I’ve got a G11 Daihatsu Charade turbo with the stock CB60 carby turbo and I
am looking to upgrade to an injected turbo engine. I am hoping for some advice
on what is the best way to go.
I am really, really impressed with the Daihatsu YRV engine (K3-VET) and was
wondering if you guys have had any experience with them. Would it be at all
possible to fit one into my G11? I know most people go the CB70 twin-cam turbo,
but I want some thing a little more aggressive. Do you know of any other engines
I can drop into this thing - like an Isuzu or Starlet EP-82 engine? Overall,
what would you suggest as the best set-up in the car and what would go the
hardest? Can you also help by telling me where I can get my hands on these
The K3-VET is a pretty rare engine in
the import yards and we have no idea if it would be possible – or worthwhile –
to put one into a G11. We’d suggest sticking to the CB70 from the Japanese G100
GTti. As you say, this conversion has been done quite a few times – and, yes, it
can give very “aggressive” performance. Adelaide Japanese Dismantlers
(http://www.adelaidejap.com.au/) usually have CB70 engines in stock.
You might be able to fit a more
powerful engine from a different vehicle, but you’ll also need a gearbox and
driveshafts that can handle it. Considering the ample power
you can screw out of the CB70, we wouldn’t bother.