Pointing the Prius
We have the same experience as Allen Madrik (Response)
re his Toyota Prius.
As Allen Madrik wrote, the steering on my '04 is very stiff. The wheel won't
return to neutral when I turn it a small amount (like making small corrections
on the highway).
Does anyone have a solution to this? Toyota doesn't!
The Toyota regional rep drove my
car and agreed with me about the steering problem. The only suggestion he had
was to increase the caster (which you can't on a Prius!). I drove another Prius
and it did the same thing. Is this ‘normal’? I don't see any posts on this from
other owners, so I have to assume that it isn't normal.
Can any readers help out?
Turbo Fanned Amp!
Regarding your article on upgrading amplifier cooling
("Amplifier Cooling Upgrade").
I think you've missed an obvious, yet Fully Sic upgrade option - the Turbo Zet!
And for extreme amplifier performance, the Twin Turbo Zet!
Get a Chaser!
Why don't you do a test on the Toyota Chaser JZX100 Tourer with a 2.5 VVT-i
single turbo? They are in Australia now
and selling at a few import places in Sydney and
Perth – Japlink Motors has a couple.
I own a JZX90.
We’d love to – we just haven’t had the
opportunity to do a test! Thanks for the leads – we’ll chase them up next time
we’re in Sydney.
Fishing for a Z
I want to buy a Nissan 300ZX – a 1991 - 1992 model probably. I was wondering
what the most common problem is, and is it easy to fix? Also, I am in Western
Australia so are
parts easy to get or do I have to import them?
If it’s a naturally aspirated version
you shouldn’t have a problem with parts – the NA 300ZX was sold by Nissan in Australia.
The twin turbo version – which was
never officially imported to Australia– requires some harder-to-get parts. Nissan
dealerships probably hold servicing parts but major engine components will be
more difficult to source. A complete second-hand Japanese import engine is
probably the way to go.
It seems the NA 300ZXs are quite
reliable – the engines and transmissions last well. On the other hand, we’ve
several 300ZX TTs with expensive cooling system problems and blown head gaskets.
I just finished reading that amazing article on the Japanese import Toyota
Corona GT-T (Kick-Ass Corona!)
and I would love it if you could send me some more information on it. Any info
you could give me would be just great – anything.
We gave you all the information we
have! Contact Yahoo Motorsport re importing more of ‘em – we’ve seen 2 door
versions as well!
CSL Blueprints Wanted
I am a designer in the 3D field and am looking to produce a 3D model of a BMW
3.0 CSL - either the standard version or Batmobile. I have read your paper about
the CSL (Classic Performance - BMW 3.0CSL)
and liked it a lot. It seems you have got some good media of the CSL and I was
wondering if you were in possession of blueprints for the car. They would
greatly aid me in my 3D reconstitution of this legend. Standard blueprints
usually consist of the top, front, rear and side views. If you have information
on where to find these (very rare!) blueprints I would be forever in your
PS: I am working on a "family" portrait of BMW vehicles, the 3.0 CSL, E30 M3,
E30 M3 Race Car, E46 M3 and E46 M3 GTR. I am only missing the reference
(blueprints) for the 3.0 CSL.
We don’t have anything more than was
supplied in the article. Maybe somebody can provide a lead?
Any ideas on reattaching side protection strips on my Legacy would be much
appreciated. They are black and tend to lift off in places in the hot sun -
bloody unusual where I live though, I must say...
We had problems with the mud flap
mouldings coming off on our LibertyRS – Selleys Liquid Nails did the
I - along with a friend of mine - am in the process of giving the suspension
setups in our Subaru RS Turbos a bit of a make-over. We have purchased a
combination of Whiteline and King products and now just need to purchase some
new struts. Our choices have been narrowed to Monroe GTs and Pedders
SportRyders. We were wondering on your opinions on these products. Our
respective cars only see the track a couple of times a year so AUD$800+ for a
set cannot be justified. The Pedders have been quoted to us for AUD$640 and the Monroes for AUD$380 for a set of 4.
(The Monroes we can get through
We haven’t driven a RS turbo with
either of these set-ups so we can’t say. However, we have driven a late-model
WRX with Whiteline 40mm struts (note that the late-model Rex weighs almost as
much as the LibertyRS). We were very impressed by their balance
or ride comfort and handling. See MY03 With Poise
Awesome VL Conversion
Compliments on a great online mag!
I am interested in doing an engine conversion in my Holden VL Commodore – I
want to go from the NA RB30 to a
Toyota1UZ-FE. I am wondering if you
know of anyone who might have attempted this conversion. The 1UZ-FE, as you
probably know, comes with 3 different sump configurations – front (Crown),
middle (Majesta) and rear (Soarer). All of these engines seem to be readily
available for about AUD$2500 in half-cuts. Which one do you think would be
suited to the aforementioned conversion? Also, do you think the VL diff would
cope with the power? I’m not look to go racing - just some good torque for
towing, cruising, etc.
We don’t know anyone who’s done the
conversion and we’re not sure what the best approach with the sump is. Maybe
some readers can offer some advice?
A 4 pinion LSD from the VL Turbo
should be up to the task and give good traction.