Time for another periodic update.
Big news, I FINALLY know where the military is taking me next....back to my first base in Tucson, Arizona!
I'm both bummed and excited about it. I really wanted to stay overseas, like I would have sold my left nut bad, but on the flip side I still have lots a good friends in Arizona. Plus between Cali, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada, I'm spoiled for choice on tracks. Can't complain about that.
So since I knew where I was finally going, I got to searching for a daily for myself. Stumbled across this great looking FB on craigslist. Turned out to be very close to a friend of mine and I had him check it out. Long story short, it's now mine! '85 GSL-SE which looked to be in good shape for it's age and mileage.
I wasted no time buying parts for this thing. Currently I have a set of 16x7 +25 16X8 +25 Watanabe's ordered and on the way to the car. Along with a Koyo radiator, Racing Beat silicone hoses, and Project Kics R40 lug nuts to compliment the Wat's.
Back to the Cosmo.
I finally snatched the 13B diff out of the junked Cosmo that was being parted, and had a local shop install the LSD for me. Pictured here is the 13B diff on the left, 20B on the right.
On the outside, they're identical, but on the inside is where things chang. The output shafts on the 13B are smaller than the 20B's, allowing me to use a Mazdaspeed 2-way made to fit a FC or FD's diff. The gearing is also shorter, giving a small bump in acceleration versus the longer ratio on the 20B diff.
I haven't properly driven the car hard with the diff in yet, but fooling around a few times trying to get used to it, it feels great ofcourse having a true LSD over the "meh, I'll lock when I feel like it" VLSD that was taken out. Also the Mazdaspeed 2-ways seemed to have a reputation of being more street friendly and less chatty than say a Kaaz or Cusco, and so far I can reconfirm those statements. I added some of Amsoil's Slip Lock Gear Additive, which is designed to quit down chatter, and so far it works like a charm.
Also managed to find a good deal on spark plug wires to rid of myself of the tired and ugly stocks ones.
I know I've got some severe color clashing going on, but I will eventually redo the grounding cables in a more neutral color, and change my radiator hoses, as I originally ordered them in black!
With my impending departure from Japan, I decided I needed to pick up the pace on converting my interior to black as I know shipping would absolutely destroy on me on some of the bigger items.
So far, I've gotten the center console and entire rear seat set delivered, along with a few odds and ends that I'm waiting to install when the dash shows up. I've got the center console and back seat in, I'm just waiting on door cards and the dash to be delivered.
Hard to tell form this picture, but the rear seats compliments the Recaro's a million times better. The beige interior was very gentleman like, but this black leather is so classy! Unfortunately it's damn hard finding black carpet and black headliner and such for this things. So looks like i'll be rocking a super sweet black and beige interior for a bit, cold be worse!
Lastly, went to a get together tonight which is usually the huge end of the month meet, but the weather was garbage. A group of us round eyes got met up in an arcade parking garage. Here's a video one of the GT-R guys took of the meet, I'm in there a few times. Enjoy!