Mission Tough & The Street To R31 Home


If you happen to’ve been maintaining with Mission Tough‘s progress over the previous few months, you’ll know I dialed within the suspension with the assistance of Frank at Tuner Idea and the group at GKTech, discovered how you can do a correct wheel alignment at dwelling, after which set about maximizing the potential of the Shibatire Revimax R23 efficiency tires I fitted.

I then took Mission Tough to Sports activities Land Yamanashi to place it by its paces, and every part went higher than I might ever have imagined. Your boy was on cloud 9.

For a number of days at the least…


Following my time on the monitor, the excessive strain line on the ability steering pump determined to leak. A lot. 

It wasn’t the kind of catastrophic failure the place you make a number of turns and the pump jettisons your complete reservoir, however a considerably regular drip was sufficient for me to park my ER34 Nissan Skyline (but once more) and attempt to type issues out.

No worries although, as I used to be capable of finding a used alternative pretty fast on Yahoo! Auctions for an honest value. ‘Skyline Energy Steering hose C34 ER34 C35 Laurel’ learn the itemizing. Cue foreshadowing…

Earlier than getting caught in, I made a decision to look over the alternative and ensure it was certainly a direct match, as I had an odd feeling that one thing was not proper. Certain sufficient, the alternative was for an RB20, not an RB25. Sh*t. I partially dodged a bullet by checking, however I nonetheless wanted a repair. I dropped by my native Nissan dealership they usually quoted slightly underneath ¥50,000 (approx US$350) for simply the excessive strain line and ¥30,000 (roughly US$210) for the opposite one.


Within the midst of getting ready a sob story for my spouse on why I wanted to spend an entire lot of cash on ‘some hoses’ to repair Mission Tough, I remembered that whereas visiting R31 Home’s components yard a number of years again, that they had a number of R34s in inventory. Fingers crossed, I despatched Shibata-san a message asking if he nonetheless had the Skylines, and if that’s the case whether or not they’d have the components I wanted.


Shibata-san’s reply was not the one I needed to listen to: “I don’t have any R34s, Ron.”


I didn’t must dwell on that unhealthy information lengthy although, as a result of a minimum of a few hours later, my cellphone rung. It was Shiba-san, this time with some nice information.

I discovered them!” he exclaimed. “They [the R34s] ought to have the half you’re on the lookout for. If you happen to’re OK with the half getting used, then you’ll be able to have it. Actually, you’ll be able to come and take any components that you simply like in your automobile!”

‘Are you positive?’ I requested, gobsmacked. “After all, simply come to the store and you may take no matter you want!”


It was at this level that the gears in my head began to show…

Seeing that it had been a number of years since we final paid R31 Home a go to, I figured an replace story was due. I knew attempting to cram every part into someday was going to be not possible, so Shibata-san and I determined to put aside a whole weekend.

I didn’t count on Shibata-san to have the ability steering hoses eliminated for me, so I put collectively a listing of instruments that I would wish to seize these and some other elimination/refit work I might presumably do within the R31 Home yard.


All of it match reasonably properly on this outsized picnic basket.


With Mission Tough loaded up, I hit the expressway with the navigation set to R31 Home in Gifu.

On a visit like this, I’d usually take the backroads and touges because the expressway could be a bit dreary (to not point out costly), however since Mission Tough was nonetheless leaking energy steering fluid I didn’t wish to danger one thing taking place in the midst of nowhere. I simply needed to get to R31 Home as quickly as doable.


To my shock although, the route there was really fairly beautiful. With my coilovers set to ‘smooth’ and my air conditioner blowing ice chilly, it was fairly an pleasing cruise.


If you happen to ever have to take a break whereas driving on Japanese expressways, the various service areas alongside the best way are an absolute deal with. The smaller ones will at the least often have a comfort retailer inside, however the bigger ones have meals courts and areas devoted to promoting omiyage – the act of shopping for a present (often some type of snack) for buddies, co-workers or relations.


Shockingly, I arrived at R31 Home with none drama. Digital camera in hand, I used to be able to hit the bottom operating to maximise the weekend.

It was instantly clear that lots had modified since our final go to, however earlier than I might start, Shibata-san had yet another shock for me.


“Do not forget that factor I promised you 5 years in the past at Tokyo Auto Salon, Ron?” Keep tuned for Half 2 of this story…

Ron Celestine
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