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Installing R34 Headlights on a 97 Maxima

I have created a video showing some of the steps I took in order to get the R34 aftermarket head lights installed on my 97 Maxima.These headlights look great however they are inexpensive aftermarket items that usually need some fine adjustments to install correctly. In this particular case they sent two left side brackets that are needed, I had to modify one of them to work on one side. Another note is that the rubber seal around the lights tend to detach easily; they can be put back with glue. Overall I like the lights a lot, they are a great improvement to the original lights I had. These lights could be bought on eBay or on amazon here: https://amzn.to/2LPeB1t ...  Continue Reading

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How to rear mount turbo your car. Part 2

Stock VQ35DE Broken Rod compared to an Eagle H-Beam Rod

Rear Mount Turbo VQ35 Swap

After racing the VQ30 a lot I eventually needed to replace the head gasket. Since this was my first experience tuning a car, the engine spent a lot of time knocking initially. I wrote an article about my tuning experience here. Over time I noticed that at 10psi the coolant reservoir would over fill, this meant that the head gasket was starting to fail. I then replaced the gasket and continued pushing the VQ30 passed 10psi. The engine started to also develop additional blow-by because the rings were not sealing properly. I believe these failures were due to my tuning experience, I am not upset nor do I regret this as this was part of the learning experience for tuning a turbo car.  ...  Continue Reading

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Crank Pressure

DIY PCV Vented Catch Can with a 1/2 Barb.

From my experience VQ35’s tend to have excess crank pressure. Think about it, how many 3.5’s do you hear about that are constantly knocking even with 93 octane fuel and nearly stock with little to no modifications. Part reason is because the inside of intake manifold is coated with oil that comes from the valve cover. Oil in the combustion reduces octane and causes buildup. Why are there so many 3.5’s that leak oil; there are even jokes and meme’s about it. Well, to understand let me take the opportunity and go over the PCV system and solutions.  ...  Continue Reading

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What is Engine Tuning?

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4-Stroke-Engine.gif: UtzOnBike (3D-model & animation: Autodesk Inventor)derivative work: Cuddlyable3 at en.wikipedia [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This is a topic that a lot of people tend to avoid. They find it difficult before sitting down and trying it or looking it up; its treated like math in a way. I’d like to give an overview of what engine tuning is in layman terms. I will go over an engines mechanics, fuel, timing, sensors and tuning devices.  ...  Continue Reading