NX GTi-R – The Search For Traction: Finale
Track season has begun in Southern Ontario and at the end of April, my NX GTi-R was still not ready for the season. My list of updates included swapping transmissions, getting tires mounted onto rims, changing the wheel bearings (on the rear at least), changing out the rear stainless braided lines, new brake fluid, engine oil and tranny fluid change … All in all a very reasonable list. It was also big enough that I volunteered to help my good friend, Dave Schlueter, move all of the wood working tools out of his home mechanic shop so that there would be room for my car. Unlike mine, his shop is heated, has awesome air tools, and even if I said that I could handle it on my own – which in this case I could not – Dave would always be right there to help out. He has been an incredible support throughout the development of this car.
The transmission was the first item on the agenda. This was the 2001 Sentra B15 transmission, into which I had a used Nismo LSD installed. This transmission is known as the strongest B series five speed, and I am also looking forward to the shorter final drive and how it pulls in fifth gear on long straights. Of course, the Nismo LSD is the holy grail of Nissan transmissions. Especially front wheel drive transmissions. I have literally searched everywhere for one – and now it is in my car. Of course, this spring I have seen a few on the market. Figures, now that I have one they are showing up everywhere!