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Old 03-12-2021, 04:56 PM   #1
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After some requests to create a thread for it, I decided to make one on here for those who followed my progress on my '05 STi I sold last year.

So here it is, the thread for my R34 GT-R.

My two old cars, regretfully sold:












However, I was really a Nissan fanboi with a Subaru.

Then in 2017 I added to the garage and bought a brand new Focus ST3 as a daily, but that didn't last long; after only one winter took it off daily duties because I just wanted to take care of it. I am super particular and really like to take care of my things and keep them nice. I kept it mostly stock except for a couple deletes, wheels and a Cobb exhaust.







Then things happened in my life late in 2019 and I sold the cars soon after that for personal reasons and moved to Denver this past summer. I dearly miss those cars but I had already decided in winter of 2018 that I was going to try to do what I could to afford the absolute dream of mine....an R34 GT-R. Selling the cars made up some of the funds for the Skyline. Like I said I was really a Nissan guy with a Subaru. I got nearly top dollar for the STi at the time, and got what I asked for on the ST. It's nice to see that well-taken care of older gen STis are being appreciated and commanding good prices, because the pool of nice examples sure is dwindling.

So I made the moves and got in touch with Top Rank Importers in California and got the ball rolling. I had already started getting parts for the car I didn't even have! After waiting for things to line up, I was able to start the search in early September. I had been keeping a close eye on the R34 market for some time now and was anxious as prices have been continuing to climb with no sign of stopping near a reasonable level. Hell, if I had bought even a year ago I would have saved a load of money. It's really crazy what these are going for.....but such is the way of things, especially when there are so little in the wild, let alone examples for sale.

I kept seeing so many nice cars get away from me, and I soon became pretty pessimistic that I wasn't going to make it happen; I thought I was too late. Then one night I was looking at auction cars and saw one that I liked yet again. I reached out to Top Rank again and gave them a number I was willing to bid to. After several confirmations and messages, I gave them the green light. Then I waited. As luck would have it, I received a message a few hours later late at night that I had won. I couldn't believe it, I was just floored. Granted, my search wasn't as long as some others, I was sure that I had missed the boat budget-wise. Needless to say, that night I basically didn't sleep I was so excited. Finally....I had a GT-R of my own.

At this point, I'm still over the moon. It's a November of 2000 Series II GT-R with 95k km in WV2 Sparkling Silver. Unfortunately with US import restrictions, I have to wait exactly five years to bring it over, so it's going to stay in Top Rank Japan's warehouse until then. I do plan on going over there once or twice a year once the borders open to check in, drive it and do some modifications to it, so this is a journey that I'm looking forward to, even though it will be a long process.

It is a one owner car with no accidents. It does have some modifications, including HKS turbos(unknown which type at this time), a Trust PE Ti-R exhaust, Nismo S Tune suspension, and TE37SLs, among some other things. I plan to do a lot more to this car; it's gonna get pampered since it's my ultimate dream car. It does need some things replaced, but that will be done in time. Overall, the car is very good and was a grade 3.5B at auction. I already bought parts before I even knew I was going to have an example of my own. I'm reasonably sure about my mod path and an overall goal, however I have a lot to consider about how I'm going to get there, I'm not shooting for monster power though. Whatever comes with the mods I plan is what power I'll be happy with. Whether it be through Omori, Mine's, Midori Seibi, Garage Saurus, etc. or build myself through a stack of parts. Time will tell....but expect this car to be in Denver in five years. I have build threads on SAU, GTR Life, Skyline Owners, and GTR UK with the same moniker and on Instagram @denver_r34. Pics in posts below. Thanks for reading/looking.
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Old 03-12-2021, 04:59 PM   #2
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Old 03-12-2021, 05:00 PM   #3
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Old 03-12-2021, 05:00 PM   #4
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The obligatory Mod List!

Red
= Don't have yet, but planned/want to buy
Orange = Pending/Waiting to go on the car
Green = Installed/completed
Blue = Old setup



ECU
  • HKS FCON V Pro
  • Unknown tune

Engine
  • ARC cooling plate
  • Blitz SUS air filters and connectors
  • HKS turbos - unknown model
  • HKS oil filter
  • HKS intake piping
  • HKS intake couplers
  • Nismo oil cap
  • Nismo radiator cap
  • Unknown radiator
  • Unknown oil filter relocation kit
  • Garage Yoshida strut tower protectors
  • Nismo intake plenum
  • Nismo intercooler
  • New Nismo oil cap

Fuel System
  • Pending

Exhaust
  • Trust PE Ti-R catback exhaust
  • Fujitsubo front pipe
  • Unknown catalyzer
  • HKS Super Turbo titanium catback - 45th Anniv. Edition 1 of 20 worldwide
  • Tomei Expreme Ti test pipe

Drivetrain
  • Pending

Suspension/Handling/Chassis and Settings
  • Nismo S Tune suspension

Wheels/Tires/Brakes
  • RAYS Volk Racing TE37SL - pressed graphite - 18x10.5 +15
  • Yokohama Advan Neova AD08R - 265/35/18
  • Project Mu rotors
  • Nissan R35 brake calipers - 6pot F/4pot R
  • Nissan R35 brake rotors - 390mm F/380mm R
  • Supertec V1 conversion kit

Exterior
  • Nismo carbon B pillar garnish
  • Nismo S Tune front bumper
  • Nismo smoked front indicators
  • Nismo smoked side indicators
  • Nismo side skirts
  • Nismo rear skirts
  • Unknown rear diffuser
  • Blue Force Racing/Duratec VSpec diffuser spacer
  • CW Collective CF rear diffuser w/standard fins
  • Nismo multifunction blue mirrors
  • Nismo OEM jack plate

Interior
  • Defi controller
  • Defi gauges - exhaust temp, AFR, water temp, oil temp, oil pressure, boost, Stepmaster
  • HKS EVC 4
  • Nismo white Duracon knob
  • Nismo white 320kph cluster
  • Panasonic Carozzeria head unit
  • Unknown satnav/lap timer
  • Mine's Alcantara shifter and handbrake boots - red stitching
  • Mine's Alcantara center armrest cover - red stitching
  • Mine's Alcantara/leather steering wheel - red stitching
  • Mine's titanium FB shift knob
  • Nismo black 320kph cluster
  • Nismo GT500 black shift knob
  • Nismo black Duracon knob
  • Nismo mid-logo silver 4-pt harnesses by Willans

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Old 03-12-2021, 08:30 PM   #5
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Super Epic!
Congrats. Thatís going to be a long 5 year wait to get it here but well worth it.
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Old 03-12-2021, 10:08 PM   #6
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Thanks! Yes, long time. But a lot of time to save for parts and trips abroad.
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Old 03-13-2021, 03:31 AM   #7
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That thing is stunning. I gave you major props because as patient as I am, I don't know if I'd be able to wait 5 years to finally drive that thing on my home turf. At least it's yours for certain now though and you can bet that in 5 years that thing will be worth even more than what you've already paid for it - not that it sounds like you'd ever sell it, but still nice to know you have something that will only go up in value for the foreseeable future.

Congrats again!
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Old 03-13-2021, 06:39 AM   #8
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Yeah thank you! It'll be a long wait and will be hard, but nothing worthwhile comes easy. It will for sure be worth more by the time it can come here, but I don't ever plan on selling, so no biggie. Definitely an investment though.
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Old 03-13-2021, 10:37 AM   #9
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So freaking awesome. Just followed you on IG
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Old 03-13-2021, 01:14 PM   #10
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Thatís so awesome ! Congratulations and excited to see what you do ***129305;***127997;
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Old 03-13-2021, 04:39 PM   #11
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Thanks guys!

Thought I'd share a few pics of just some of the ever growing stock of parts I have ready to go on the car:

Nismo intercooler straight from Omori


Black Nismo cluster. I paid a little over MSRP for this, but someone I know recently sold one for $4K! They were discontinued in December and prices went through the roof.


HKS Super Turbo titanium 45th Anniversary Edition - 1 of 20 worldwide for the R34








'til later

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Old 03-14-2021, 04:42 AM   #12
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Super nice!
That's crazy that you can't bring it home for 5 years!
We're so lucky where I live that we can see these so commonly, and import them as we wish (to a point).
I'd be itching to fly to japan as soon as I could if I were in your situation!
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Old 03-14-2021, 04:51 AM   #13
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Yeah US import law is ****ing stupid, but it is what it is. Man, New Zealand eh? Yeah you guys love cars there and you have all the great stuff with great roads, hillclimbs, etc. Yes I think about my inevitable Japan trips all the time. Currently learning the basics of Japanese
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Old 03-14-2021, 02:03 PM   #14
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Good on you for doing it right! Too many people circumvent the import laws and think its fine, but all theyre doing is making it harder to import anything without raising some eyebrows

Car looks amazing!
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Yeah, unfortunately people far ahead of me already ruined the importing of these cars :|

Thank you! Yours is damn cool too.
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Yeah, unfortunately people far ahead of me already ruined the importing of these cars :|

Thank you! Yours is damn cool too.
Yours is nicer than all three of mine haha. The R34 GTR is my ultimate dream car, but the cost means itll always be out of my reach.
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Old 03-15-2021, 12:18 AM   #17
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Yours is nicer than all three of mine haha. The R34 GTR is my ultimate dream car, but the cost means itll always be out of my reach.
Yours is still cool by my standards at least.

Yeah on one hand I was lucky to get in when I did because of the pricing, but on the other I was unlucky because of the pricing haha. Coulda saved a boatload of money had I been able to make it work sooner in the year.
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Old 03-28-2021, 03:51 PM   #18
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Mine's parts came in earlier than expected:










I also scored two sets of Willans Nismo harnesses from back in the day. These are the mid-logos from late 90's-early 00's. Very rare and found on Yahoo Japan. The most recent new logo harnesses were discontinued in 2016 and cost even more than the ones I have, when they come up for sale that is.


'til later.

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Old 03-28-2021, 08:23 PM   #19
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From Omaha, Ne?

Iíll try to look for your car on the road this summer lol . Sweet ride.
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I no longer live there.

Car can't come to the US 'til 2025.
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Old 03-29-2021, 02:10 AM   #21
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The body styling of the Skyline looks really nice. I dig the seats also.
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Old 03-29-2021, 02:53 AM   #22
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Yeah it's great. I think it's the best looking Skyline made. However it looks the most like the hakosuka and I can't afford one of those, so I got the next best thing.
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I approve of the steering wheel and belts very much so.
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Old 03-29-2021, 02:26 PM   #24
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Thanks! I am excited to have them.
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Old 04-11-2021, 03:07 PM   #25
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Hey all, back with another post about parts. I got the last VSpec front lip that Terra Firma had right when it went to Heritage Program, aka discontinued outside of Japan. It is now double what I paid for it. Yikes.


The CW Collective diffuser I placed an order for in December finally showed up last week. This thing is nice. Can't wait to mount it on the car.


Put a deposit down on an R35 brake set and a Supertec conversion. Gonna be awesome. Also have a Nismo intake plenum arriving from RHDJapan sometime this month. My wallet hates me and probably won't speak to me for years now.

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