The Road to World of Speed Part 5: From Bearings to Bones, We are Unstoppable

by Chuck Johnson

Each year before Speed Week, it seems like we face some serious obstacles in our speed week preparations. But each year, the team pulls together and manages to cheat Murphy’s Law of its satisfaction. This year has been no different.


We’ve run into some hurdles along the way that could justifiably qualify as complete disasters and show stoppers. This is the first of them. When we pulled the oil pan so that John Kuchta of Specialty Cars could weld a bung on it for the AEM oil temperature sensor this is what we found, a pan full of bearing material.


Upon closer examination, we could tell that the debris was most likely material from a damaged thrust bearing.

Needless to say, we immediately yanked Project 240SX LSR’s SR15VET from its engine bay and handed it off to 5523 Motorsports to begin the tear down. Upon disassembly, 5523 Motorsports discovered that one of the thrust faces on the crankshaft had begun to breakdown demolishing a thrust bearing along with it.


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Monday, September 08, 2014 12:51 AM
Awesome, How much boost will this bad boy finally receive ? 370 kpa ? (0=vacuum)
Monday, September 08, 2014 3:17 AM
Keep kicking Murphy where it hurts, and show us how fast this thing can go :D
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 6:46 PM
1st of all it is the raddest looking 240sx i have seen in years (really, because of the simplicity and functionality!)

2nd, can i ask for you to put up the title picture (on the main page for this series, the pic at the top) and the title picture for this chapter as higher res (1920x1080?) for use as wallpaper? those two pics are too awesome to miss!
Chuck Johnson
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 3:54 PM
@mbretschneider This might work, not sure.

Chuck Johnson
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 3:55 PM
Guess not. Try those links and if that doesnt work just email me at chuck@motoiq.com and I'll send them your way.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 8:24 AM
Chuck, those form tags don't work but properly formatted html does. Something like the below but with a (less than <) character in the front.

img src="http://photos.motoiq.com/MotoIQ/Project-Cars/LSR-S13/i-Cg5Mp8w/1/X3/IMG_3526_hr-X3.jpg" style="width:600px;">
Thursday, September 11, 2014 8:32 AM
Coffee still kicking in but I realized you wanted to link the image so I added the anchor tag also.

Looks like the second image isn't working.
Chuck Johnson
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Thursday, September 11, 2014 5:34 PM
The second photo is all fixed! Thanks Aaron.
Friday, September 19, 2014 9:22 AM
Damn, power stays strong like bull all the way to redline. Given any thought into revving higher?
Thursday, April 07, 2016 1:43 PM
wait so what valvesprings did you end up using? and are you still revving beyond 8k with no issues?
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