If you've been keeping up with Project STurdteen, you know that there are some pretty extensive changes that needed to be made to transform the turd into the beautiful, performance-based s13 we all know it can be.
I had initially purchased this vechicle from a friend who had a small budget for the build. Rather than buying an off-the-shelf steering angle kit, he had cut and extended some knuckles in an attempt to increase steering angle. Although was more angle than an OEM setup, it was still pretty horrible. The steering oftentimes binded while I was drifting because of these mods. Since I'm trying to get more serious - even with the missle car - I figured it was time to upgrade my steering angle and suspension overall.
Hopefully, you've been keeping up with the steady progress of transforming my STurdteen into a reliable and worthy demo drift car. Powered by an SR20DET and with all of the new goods going into this build (see the new Turbonetics setup I went with here), I needed an adequate engine management system to handle engine control duties. The search for the perfect EMS didn't last very long because I soon discovered what I consider the best solution out there - the AEM Infinity Plug and Play EMS.
While my S13 was serving as a POS missile car in the past, I had zero intentions of changing the stock 4-lug setup. However, as a part of polishing the turd I knew I had to start off by getting a good set of wheels that are good looking, light, and durable enough to withstand the tribulations of drifting. At that point it was a no brainer to go with the Gramlight 57Xtremes that have been on a few Formula Drift competition cars.
In Part 1 of Project STurdteen we discussed some of the future plans of the car as a purpose-built entry-level drift car that can be used for competitive purposes in ProAm. One of the big issues I experienced previously had to do primarily with heating and cooling issues. We decided to go with a complete Koyorad cooling system, which incudes a radiator and oil cooler. We also included a power steering cooler to address steering pumping up issues \i had experienced in the past once the car would get hot, which is a common complaint in many drift cars.
A few years ago, this ridiculous trend swept the drifting community after the introduction of what us drifters call a “missile car”. During a track day a few months ago I was doing some tandem runs in my missile car and ended up getting hit after I spun out and went off course by the follow car.
If I hadn’t already proved it to you after Part 1, drifters destroy everything – side skirts, fenders, doors, bumpers, and more. Unlike other forms of racing, it isn’t necessarily about the lightest, most aerodynamic parts – it’s about the most durable parts! For that reason, I decided to go with KBD Body Kits, owned by parent company American Plastic Technologies.
Rathyna Gomer is MotoIQ's sales manager but in her other life she is a Pro-Am drifter. We are in the process of rebuilding her 350Z competition car and due to its complexity the process is taking a while. In order for her to have a ride for the 2016 season, we decided to do some upgrades to her practice car, an S13 with the venerable SR20DET. For a practice missile car, her S13 is pretty decently built but since it is a missile car, it has seen better days. The car has been worked over by a conveniently placed practice lot pole and by doing tandem with a random on a drift day. That and Rathyna's habit of doing body repairs by backing her car into the wall at balcony has left the old S13 in a state of ugly.