The axles are pure Honda axles. Sounds simple, doesn’t it. Believe me when I say that there is nothing simple about this build and the axles are by far some of the most complex work. The Nissan’s knuckle was modified to accept a Honda hub, which required modification itself to properly seat with the Nissan’s knuckle. I know that this is not the detail that you want as it is intentionally obsure, but AES Auto and myself agreed that this information is going to be hidden. The use of the Honda hub allowed for the use of Honda axles. The plural use of axles was intentional, as this stock Honda axle is far from stock. The inner axle piece is a typical RSX unit while the hub component is from an Integra and, on the passenger side the centre shaft is from another Honda. It was a jigsaw puzzle that was a true test of AES Auto’s creativity. This was further complicated as the right combination simply couldn’t be found until we removed the Nissan lower control arms and installed the custom Octotat control arm units (B13/SR20 enthusiasts will remember the excitement on the forums when it looked like these custom arms were going to be built – unfortunately just a handful were built) that hadn’t been on the car in six years. I don’t think that more than a dozen of these LCA’s were made and me getting a set was a long wait and a long story. These arms change the distance from the transmission to the hub and the correct combination of authentic Honda axle parts was then more easily sourced (easily isn’t really the correct adjective, as nothing about this swap was easy). The advantage of this is that it is all Honda parts that are easily accessed plus they’ll easily handle the horsepower that the NX K24 will be putting down. Eventually I’m having a second set built – just to be safe. First we want to put some mileage on the car to be sure that everything with the axles is just the way that we want. The disadvantage is that if you want the specific details, then you’ll need to talk to AES Auto about getting your car into one of their work bays. AES is not interested in building sets to mail off for you to struggle with – as the likely end result of a B13 swap is that the axles and the motor mounts will be a challenge. The process is not mine to publicize – you have to respect that. In fact, Paulo has looked at me a few times and said, “Frank, One of One!”, as in he’s not doing this again. This project was fraught with more challenges than either of us expected.
Three years ago I installed an ECUmaster Classic to be the heart of the SR; that EMU system is now powering the K24. This ECU is very dependable and has all of the features, maybe more, than I require.