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General Skyline Discussion / Bye Bye Skylines
« on: September 24, 2009, 09:02:54 PM »
Quote from: BADHAB|T;487078
Wow thats really good mileage outta your R33! Was it reliable during those years?

Very reliable, pretty much started first time every time and never let me down... had a boost problem when I first got it, sorted with a bleed valve, water pump has been replaced twice when it got noisy, cambelt every 50k, belts usually at the same time, 3 sets of tyres, 3 sets of brake pads, new set of rotors on each corner, quite a few headlamp bulbs, maybe 4-5 sets of sparkplugs all up?

Gone for a Toyota Caldina ZT, 2.0, N/A. Hopefully it will be just as reliable!



General Skyline Discussion / Bye Bye Skylines
« on: September 24, 2009, 05:13:10 PM »
Today I traded my faithful R33 25T on a family car - it's been quite a few good years. Previously I had a R32 GTSt from 1995 through to 2000, and then traded that on the R33.

R33 had 36,000 km on the clock when I got it, and 241,000 when I traded it. Not bad, considering it's the original stock turbo, still boosting with no howl.

14 years of Skylines, was in SDU from 1999(ish?) though to 2003 ish. Good times.

Awestrucking failure is what Rob Bryan used to say

Picture Post / Post a picture of your self THREAD !!
« on: June 20, 2006, 06:52:00 PM »
Me on the tops at Nelson Lakes

Moved in here G

Off-Topic / 3 Weeks in the South Island Roadtripping and MTB
« on: June 11, 2006, 09:31:42 AM »
3 weeks of road tripping in the South Island - this will be in several parts with pictures. All pictures are clickable thumbnails.


And so it all began, I was aiming to fly into Nelson from Auckland on Origin Pacific.

Lesson #1 - the bike is included in your baggage allowance which totals 15kg. $5 per kilo for anything over. Total checked baggage (including my bike) was 35kg. I was let off $70 lighter

Just as we took off from Auckland, a child a couple of seats ahead of me threw up. The cabin was filled with a smell that terminated any hunger pangs I may have been having at the time. The rest of the flight was pretty sweet until the approach into Nelson which was very rough with a very strong crosswind - shades of Wellington style landings

After landing I gathered my gear and dragged it all over to the Air NZ terminal where the rental agencies were. No dramas getting the car sorted, but lots of dramas getting it all to fit in!

I stayed that night in a cabin at the Top 10 campground in Motueka. Top 10 campgrounds are usually pretty good with clean facilities so thats why I prefer to stay in them, less chance of getting attacked by a mutated shower curtain.

I had a quick spin on the bike around the back streets of Motueka the next morning before pointing the car inland down the Motueka Valley Highway - it was very picturesque (sp?).

After checking into the motel in St Arnaud, I put the bike together again and headed out to the Teetotal flats MTB tracks. DOC have put these tracks together around the old Teetotal road. I rode around for a couple of hours initially on the loop track, but then started following random sheep tracks. I got pretty wet fording some of the streams and swampy bits. Otherwise it was well worth it.

The next day I threw some lunch and a drink into my Pikau and headed up onto the tops for the day. The motel owners suggested driving up Mt Roberts to the top carpark and walking from there - it was a very quick way to gain altitude. The walk up through the beech forest was great, as I climbed I could see the Murchason valleys etched with fog.

Once up on the tops I headed for the ski field and the ridgeline above it. There was a fair bit of cloud around which made it pretty cold at times so I ended up wearing my Krank jacket - yet another use for it!

I sat on a mountainside with peace of mind and vision clear
walked for days with no-one near

After a great day on the tops I returned to the carpark in the late afternoon. I picked up a 6 pack of beer from the shop but was too tired that night to even drink one.

Next day I headed south to Fox Glacier. The day was one big blur of driving. I managed to get the rental car down to 9.2 litres per 100km, which was essential given the arse reaming petrol prices on the west coast.

I dodged rain all the way from Greymouth south, it was freezing cold everytime I stopped to take in a view or to have a leak at the roadside.

The next morning dawned fine and clear - I'd splashed out and booked a heli-hike on Fox glacier today and I'd been praying for fine weather.

Lesson #2 - they will let you take your own boots if you want, instead of wearing the 'loaners' they have for punters. I then wished long and hard for my Merrells which were safely back at the motel.

The helicoptor flight up the glacier was nothing short of brilliant.

After checking out the top ice fall and the spectacular Victoria falls we landed on the ice and joined the rest of the heli-hiking groups that had been ferried up the glacier. We were given crampons and an alpenstock (stick with a spike on the end) and instructed how to walk.

The woman in front of me was one of those people who never listen to instructions so I spent much time waiting while she got stuck climbing up ice steps and falling down holes. At the first chance I jumped ahead of her and instead got to follow a pretty South African woman. Much better.

We saw ice caves, crevases, waterfalls, cracks, ice, and ummm ice. All in all it was an awesome way to spend a couple of hours. Talking to the guide later he was saying that very few New Zealanders go on these trips (I was the only kiwi in the trip of 33, made up of 3 groups with a guide in each group) It was so worth it!

The flight off the glacier was less spectacular - flying down the other side of the valley back to Fox township. Back at the motel I put the bike together once again and went out for a lazy spin down the road. I was rewarded with some great views of the glacier and southern alps.

The rest of the story with heaps more pictures at



Moderator Forum / Mod's/Admins sign in here!
« on: June 04, 2006, 04:42:35 PM »
hehe I'm not all that fit! Over the past 9 months or so I tried to ride a couple of times per week, approx 20km each time. I built endurance rather than power. The one thing that helped me was to think that fitness wouldn't help me power up hills faster with less effort, but be able to recover from hill climbs quickly. Main thing is to pace yourself and enjoy it!



Moderator Forum / Mod's/Admins sign in here!
« on: June 01, 2006, 09:28:36 PM »

Off-Topic / why is it...
« on: April 13, 2006, 10:16:19 PM »
I've copied it over to the tutorials section and 'stickied' it.

Very well written by the way - it's been years since I got my hands dirty with an engine and it made very interesting reading.



General Performance / Over revving...a lot of damage?
« on: April 13, 2006, 09:55:13 PM »
Maybe reset the ecu if you are running the stock ecu?

Worth a shot and it wont cost you anything.



Moderator Forum / Mod's/Admins sign in here!
« on: April 13, 2006, 08:54:23 PM »
Another thing that was a laugh:

Over on another forum I frequent, it's a highly customised php bbs

Certain users who piss off the admin get some kind of a custom script where their post gets replaced with random song lyrics - everyone can see it except for the victim - the victim still sees the text they typed in when they read the forum. Man its funny.

The thing is that most of the people who read and post on the forum are not aware of the script and it's devious work, and just think the poster is a tosser for posting random song lyrics in a thread.

It's comedy gold when it occurs :)



Moderator Forum / Mod's/Admins sign in here!
« on: April 13, 2006, 06:09:33 PM »
Quote from: darkness
Yes he is.

Now owns the black Nur previously owned by Amerikiwi.

Ah that GOLD! His comments about keeping speed for the racetrack are funny given his own driving habits - I'm waiting to see that car planted into a tree. I see it heaps on the backroads and it's always been going very fast.

Quote from: VJ33
Skyline GTR 4Door (Wreakless driver) your profile says it all. You're typical of the sort of person i'm talking about and should be banned from owning anything over 50cc until you can prove you can actually drive without killing people around you.
You own a skyline not a GTR - Most GTR owners respect their cars and other road users, my R34 GTR cost well over $100k, has over 700hp and although i like to drive fast on occassion i do not feel any inclination to show off, drop wheelies or drive dangerously around other people.  But thats the difference between and enthusiast and an idiot!

hehe.... pot... kettle...


Moderator Forum / Mod's/Admins sign in here!
« on: April 12, 2006, 07:30:18 PM »
Is VJ33 the guy who bought the NUR34 that was owned by the American guy in Auckland?

Moderator Forum / Mod's/Admins sign in here!
« on: April 10, 2006, 06:41:37 PM »
Lets kill Injected.. now there is a plan

Off-Topic / inconsiderate tosseres
« on: March 22, 2006, 07:06:33 PM »
At Westgate one day I saw a SUV towing a boat try to park - the boat trailer clipped a parked car and opened up the rear guard like a can opener - driver jumps out, checks out his trailer and then takes off. I follow them a couple of hundred meters until they park up in a different part of the car park - this time the whole family gets out to have a look at their trailer. I took down their rego and left a note on the ripped cars windscreen. They didn't even check out the other car at all. Hope the insurance company ripped them a new fart port for their trouble.

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