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S13 5-Lug Swap
Q I drive a 1992 Nissan 240SX Hatchback. I was wondering how could I change my 4-lug wheel setup into a 5-lug setup?
A Since you have a ('89-92) S13 240SX, the swap is a bit more work than on a S14. On a ('95-98) S14 240SX, it's simply just swapping in the OEM S14 SE 5-lug hubs and rotors. Since the S13 never came 5-lug, you have two options for parts. For a complete OEM compilation, you can use the S14 SE front hub, in which you'll need the S14 upright/knuckle and ball joint as well. Another option is to just buy a set of aftermarket 5-lug hubs for the S13 (i.e. Circuit Sports, Peak Performance, Ichiba and Attain). Either route you go with, you will retain your factory brakes but will need the 5-lug S14 SE rotors. For an OEM rear install, you can use the S14 240SX SE 5-lug rear hubs or some from a ('90-96) Z32 300ZX non-turbo. The turbo 300ZX uses a different rear hub and isn't compatible. But if you don't care to use OEM parts, you can always go with aftermarket rear hubs (rear hubs are offered from the same brands mentioned earlier). Just like the front, you'll need some 5-lug S14 rotors to finish off the conversion for the rear.
Q I come forth with queries about Nissan's famed VQ family of engines. Was there ever a VQ37DE or did they move straight to the VQ37HR? Since they'd be in the same engine family, would the internals be interchangeable like the ubiquitous Honda B-Series?
A Sorry, Nissan never did a VQ37DE. When the VQ35DE changed to the VQ35HR, there was no need to make anymore DE engines as the HR was far superior. Although both are of the VQ family, there are not many parts that are interchangeable. Everything from the block, head and transmission from the HR are all different and will not bolt up, on or in to the DE.
V6 Datsun 240Z Swap
Q Just want to start off saying I love the mag, been a reader for years. I recently bought a 1973 Datsun 240Z which I am going to restore. I want to do a modern V6 engine swap, but I'm on a budget, was thinking 350Z. Any advice would be much appreciated.
A Many people are opting for the RB25DET swap (turbo inline six-cylinder) from the Skyline. The cost is a bit less than a V6 swap, but if you really want a modern V6 engine from Nissan, you could do the VQ35DE swap (350Z and G35 V6 engine). Whether you choose the split-six or the straight-six, McKinney Motorsports (mckinneymotorsports.com) offers mount kits for either engine. They even have a mount kit for the SR20DET. The SR20DET is only a four-cylinder, but it's rather inexpensive and can easily make enough power to push your 240Z. Good luck, and let us know how it goes. We love seeing modified Z-cars.
Integra Brake Upgrade
Q I've been working on my '95 Integra RS for over a year now, still running the stock B18B motor. The swap will come in due time, but like my previous project car (DA Integra), I started with suspension and brakes. My question is, is there any other OEM brake upgrade for the Integra other than the ITR and NSX? My car will be doing double-duty as a daily driver so I need something that will be able to handle LA traffic while also being beaten on at the track. Can you guys point in the direction for a suitable upgrade?
A Suspension and brakes are definitely the right foot to get started on. Power won't be important until you've pushed the car to its limit and need more power. As for an OEM upgrade, the only options are the ITR (1-piston), NSX (2-piston) and the Legend (2-piston). But honestly, on such a lightweight FWD you don't need much more braking power. Good pads, rotors, fluid and stainless steel lines are all you really need for a long time.
Q I need to know where you guys got those exhaust pliers in your issue of Project Car with the Subaru!
A Those particular exhaust hanger pliers of ours are from the Blue Point line of tools, available from Snap-on.com for about $42. All you really need is WD-40, a pry bar and some man hands and you will get the job done. Not something you really need unless you do a lot of exhaust removals/installs or are just baller like DC Sports Will.