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Steve Glassen
Why Drive By Wire?

Why Drive By Wire?

So why would you want to change to DBW? In this post we'll explore the positive and negative aspects of DBW as well as dispel some common myths regarding electronic throttle control. Here's a list of the benefits of DBW: "Point and Shoot" idle control. Literally you can program what you want your idle speed to be and the throttle will work automatically to maintain that idle speed. Eliminates the need for aging, dirty idle air control valves that can be a costly to replace and a nightmare to tune properly. Eliminates air leaks and "throttle sticking" that can be...

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Steve Glassen
The RB25 Manual Gearbox: Converting Pull Type to Push type

The RB25 Manual Gearbox: Converting Pull Type to Push type

The RB25DET had two different versions of manual Gearbox. First was the push type 5 speed manual found in the R33, second was the pull type 5 speed manual found in the R34. Both have similar internals however it is rumored that the R34 variant has stronger synchros than it's predecessor. Other than that, the main difference between the two was the clutch engagement type. The R33 is push type and the R34 is pull type. Push and Pull type refer to the action required to manipulate the clutch. A Push type clutch does just that, it pushes against the...

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Steve Glassen
Th4t5 N0t a GtR!! - PART 1

Th4t5 N0t a GtR!! - PART 1

It's no secret that us Outsiders get a rap for not having a GTR. However there are also many who just don't know the difference. Nowadays, almost every non GTR model has been fitted with a GTR kit, so sometimes, to the uneducated eye, it can be difficult to tell. So what exactly are the differences between a GTR and a non GTR model? For the purpose of this article I'll just focus on outwards physical appearance. The biggest physical difference in the body style between GTR and non GTR is the width of the body. GTRs have much wider...

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Steve Glassen
Why does everyone hate the OEM RB oil pumps?

Why does everyone hate the OEM RB oil pumps?

It's no secret that Nissan's RB engine gets a bad wrap for oiling issues. Some consider the OEM oil pump design to be the Achilles Heel of an otherwise fantastic engine. Why is this?  It all starts with the crankshaft. RB oil pumps are driven by a flat section machined into the crankshaft that rotates the oil pumps' drive gear. Sounds pretty simple right? The crankshaft turns and so does the oil pump -- So what's the problem? The problem is that Nissan thought that it only needed about half the area of the crank that actually engages the oil...

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