Jan 5, 2005 update to the Nissan Sentra SE-R project car

What we did over the holidays

Red Head.. sort of.
On the scales

This past weekend we replaced the valve cover gasket. The gasket kit was purchased from the Autozone for about $33 and took about an hour to install. While the valve cover was off, we cleaned it out with lacquer thinner and then repainted it. We couldn’t find a silver that looked correct for the original finish, so some Rustoleum “Safety Red” was used from their Industrial line of rattle-can paints. The new gasket sealed up the leaks quite well.

We’ve also been surfing the net for good deals. Based upon recommendations from the SR20Forum, we purchased an intake ($43 with shipping) and a front strut tower bar ($36 with shipping) from vendors on Ebay. The word on the street is that these work fine and are a legitimate good deal. We also purchased a Luk clutch disk and pressure plate from a fellow SR20Forum member for $60. Normally retailing for $209, this clutch was installed for 1000 miles before the guy’s engine had unrelated headgasket problems. Good deal for us.

We also weighed our SE-R in “autocross” trim with 1/4 tank of gas, no spare tire or tools and no floor mats

  • Total Weight = 2436
  • LF: 766 RF: 842
  • LR: 431 RR: 396

With our editor’s fireplug frame in the driver’s seat:

  • LF: 862 RF: 866
  • LR: 536 RR: 406

Here’s a look at what we’ve spent so far.

  • $1500 car purchase
  • $252 plane ticket to pick SE-R up
  • $7 door hinges from junkyard
  • $33 valve cover gasket
  • $69 tune-up items, wiper blades, Haynes manual (it’s good for swatting flies), light bulbs
  • $99 Active Tuning rear strut tie bar
  • $36 Ebay-sourced front strut tower bar
  • $43 Ebay-sourced warm-air intake
  • $60 Nearly new Luk clutch
  • $516 Team Dynamics Pro Race 1 15x7 wheels

Total Spent: $2615

We’ve also got some new Falken Azenis tires on the way. We think those are going to be around 70-80 bucks a piece. Great tires for the money!

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