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Stagea - the Skyline wagon / 6-Speed in 260RS?
« on: November 13, 2008, 10:21:14 AM »
Hi there,

Probably not the right place to ask, but if I wanted to put in the R34 6-speed gearbox in my 260RS, I take it it would just go in ok?

Also, is the gearing such that the extra gear is an extra gear, or is the end ratio the same as the R33 5-speed box?

At the moment mine does around 2500rpm at 100Ks, would the 6th gear take that down to around 2000rpm is really my main question?


Off-Topic / It's Dunlop NZ Targa time again!
« on: October 16, 2008, 11:02:43 AM »
Hi all,

Labour Monday marks the start of the Dunlop NZ Targa.  This year is the return of finishing in Wellington, rather than in Hastings.

On the Labour Monday, Manukau City Centre will be hosting all the Targa cars, so the spectators can see all the cars up close.  Also there will be two runs at a short prologue stage around the rear of the Manukau City Centre, through the carparks and buildings.  This is due to kick off at 2pm I believe.

The big news is that Tony Quinn has parked up the Porsche, and is running the new Nissan GTR in the Main Targa lineup (seen here in Targa Rotorua during the Narva Tour).

Joe McAndrew is back defending his title in the R34 GTR, so should be an interesting contest.

See the latest NZ Driver magazine for full details and maps, or for up-to-date results during the week.

As per usual, will have all the photo's online a week or so after the event.


General Skyline Discussion / Spotted: Nissan GTR on Targa NZ
« on: June 04, 2008, 03:47:34 PM »
Was down in Rotorua on the weekend photographing the Dunlop Targa Rotorua, and came across this in the Narva Tour part.

Apparently it belongs to Tony Quinn, of VIP Petfoods fame, it's brand new, and is going to be racing in the Main Dunlop Targa NZ field at the end of October.  Looks like he's had enough of his Porsche... and wants to go one better than Joe McAndrew's R34 GTR :)  Should make for some exciting racing...


General Skyline Discussion / Anyone seen this collection of Nissans?
« on: November 09, 2007, 10:39:13 AM »
Just got this sent to me in an e-mail... a rather large Nissan collection... including a couple of "only 1 in existence" items :)


General Skyline Discussion / Dunlop Targa 2007 Photo's Now Online
« on: November 07, 2007, 03:57:22 PM »
Hi all,

We've just launched our new website with the Dunlop Targa 2007 photos.

Found at

Skyline's in action are Car 510, 598, 900 and 951 (below).

As probably mentioned elsewhere, Joe McAndrew and Sue O'Neill (Car 951) took out the overall win.




Stagea - the Skyline wagon / Ok, spending more money...
« on: October 18, 2007, 03:53:55 PM »
What are the better front slotted discs and brake pads please for the 260RS?  Just for street use, and the occasional once a year track blat.


Stagea - the Skyline wagon / Anyone got a Series 1 260RS ECU?
« on: October 05, 2007, 11:12:31 AM »
Hi there,

I'm still having some issues with an Apexi Power FC install, just wondering if anyway has to sell, swap or borrow a standard Series 1 260RS ECU please?

Just trying to figure out whether a shuddering problem is ECU or engine based.

My standard ECU has had a Mines chip installed in Japan.


General Skyline Discussion / Apexi Power FC (R33 RB26DETT) Problem
« on: September 20, 2007, 02:24:31 PM »

Hopefully placing this forum is okay/correct, but I have an issue I'd like to know if anybody else has come across it.

I purchased a Apexi Power FC (for R33 RB26DETT) from Redline Performance in Auckland not even two weeks ago, and have had it installed and tuned by Robin at Torque Performance out West Aks.  Everything was fine as far as the tuning was concerned on the dyno, however it now has picked up a stutter or shudder when crusing (ie. no aceleration or deceleration conditions).

For example, driving on the flat at 105 in fifth gear, holding the throttle steady it does this shuddering thing (that's the only way I can describe it really).  Took it back to Robin, and they checked wiring and hardware on the motor, couldn't find anything.  I should note the knock sensor reading on the Apexi read's low as well (i.e. thershold should be 60 or something, but readings of up to 45 are only capable).  Again Robin couldn't find anything in the tune or hardware.

The standard computer does not have any of these problems, esp. this shuddering.

Redline are wanting to unit back to send away to Japan for a month, and don't seem to have a spare to test with.  Obviously these things aren't cheap, as is the tune, so alot of money has gone out of the pocket for what seems to be so far a defective device (until otherwise proven).

Has anyone come across this before, or can give some suggestions?  

Any help appriciated.


Stagea - the Skyline wagon / Honest opinion - GTR badge
« on: August 20, 2007, 10:46:49 AM »

I've been thinking about putting a GTR badge on the back of the 260, good idea or bad?

I know James has one on his, and I've seen another one with it on, and it look does good.  Although, it does tell people what it is (if they don't already know).

What do you guys think, should I or shouldn't I?  

If the answer is yes, who know's where to get them from (at a good price)?  This one is quite expensive yes?

Thanks in advance

PS: When the heck  is there going to be a Stagea cruise? :)

Stagea - the Skyline wagon / PODs for RB26
« on: June 13, 2007, 12:20:44 PM »
Hi there,

Are these a good buy money wise, and are they are good thing to get please?


Off-Topic / V8 Supercar Photo's online
« on: April 30, 2007, 11:13:54 PM »
Hi all,

Just gone online today the photo's I took from the V8 Supercar weekend down at Pukekohe.  Covered were Aussie V8s, NZ V8s, Toyota Series, Mini's, Formula Fords, GT3s, and Production Cars.  See them at

Check out Car 8 from the NZ V8s, as you can see below, it got rather warm for him.


Stagea - the Skyline wagon / So... finally picked up my 260RS!
« on: April 30, 2007, 10:13:45 AM »
Well, I must say, I am quite impressed with what Autech did to the old Stagea wagon.  Picked mine up on Sat, went away for the weekend up north, and was mighty impressed!

No wonder everyone else is buying them, or converting their automatic ones into manual as well.  

I'll take some photo's soon too... but it's pretty much the pearl white standard S1 Autech looking one anyway, I guess everyone know's what they look like :)


Stagea - the Skyline wagon / 260RS anyone?
« on: April 02, 2007, 04:14:52 PM »
There seems to be a slight influx of 260RSs at the moment.  About 3 or 4 on TradeMe.

Anyone else upgrading?

Off-Topic / NZ Targa 2006 on TV
« on: January 25, 2007, 05:00:03 PM »
Hi all,

Finally it's been shown on the tube this weekend.

PRIME TV - THIS SUNDAY 28TH FROM 4:30PM, all rounds of the 2006 Targa New Zealand Events.


Stagea - the Skyline wagon / Series 2 Autech 260RS?
« on: December 24, 2006, 09:29:48 AM »
Anyone seen this on TradeMe?

This is a rather nice one in black.

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