So I was in a quandary. Did I go to a six speed setup and change virtually everything in the front end? Stick with what I had and endure being fast on the straights and painfully slow in the corners? Go with a Phantom Grip and see if that would help? An email to Phantom Grip gave me a response that they could not support my Infiniti transmission. While I thought it might work, that was enough to stop me moving further down this path. Then on May 30, 2013 I sent a seemingly random email inquiring about the used Nismo LSD. Obviously, to the person with the used Nismo LSD that I had contacted a year and a half earlier. I had not heard a thing about it from him, the forums, or from my network of friends. June 3, 2014 I got an email with a phone number. Shortly after Chris Scarpulla and I were chatting about the Nismo LSD that was now out of the car and ready for a new home. There were a few discussions that I had to have with another good Nissan friend, who was also interested in this product. And then on July 1, 2014 I had possession of a Nismo LSD!
Then on FaceBook I saw that my buddy, Terry Martin, who has bought parts from me and I have returned the favour, was posting that he had a B15 transmission for sale. I jumped at the chance and picked up this beast. Common thought is that the Infiniti G20's taller gearing is better for a turbo car. I do not question this thinking, however, even though the G20's first gear vanishes before you can blink – I have an idea. That is to have an awesome track car. If the car’s major usage was stop and go traffic, the G20 would be the transmission of choice. However, my car is a dual purpose street and track car. Apart from my very first session with my SR20DET on the back straight at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (aka Mosport) where I had to lift at Turn Seven because I was surprised at the speed the car was attaining (remember, I went from 88 whp to probably 200 whp to the current 300 whp), I have been looking for more speed. On the uphill Andretti Straight at CTMP my data indicates consistent top speed of 205 KPH with a few 206 KPH thrown in. That is 128 MPH for my American friends. It still pulls in fifth gear, but I have always wondered what would happen if I had the shorter gearing of the B15 transmission. Soon I will know. More aggressive gearing in third, fourth, and fifth should be inspiring!
As I am far from the MotoIQ headquarters I will not be able to take advantage of their new facilities. My task for the summer is to replace the turbo which lost a bearing, install the Nismo LSD in the B15 transmission and then install that in the NX, and then upgrade the first generation Go Fast Bits electronic Boost Controller with their GFB G-Force II model. Most of this will likely take place in my garage which, while cramped and somewhat uncomfortable, has been the home of many projects for my 1992 Nissan NX1600. Stay tuned. I found the proverbial needle in a haystack – now to make effective use of it. Hopefully the next article about the car will be to report on the success of the upgrades!