Dalai's 92 JDM SW20 Hardtop Turbo
I've now owned my Dec 1992 SW20 Hardtop Turbo on
nearly a year, so thought it about time I introduce it to the group. Especially since I've just finally got it back after upgrading much of the Suspension components and wheels and it's now ready to be driven!
I'd narrowed down my search to the SW20 Turbo as a fun car to set up for track days and hill climbs. I had specifically bought this car with the intention of stripping out and building a road legal track car, but on sighting the car and finding how clean and unmolested it was I realised it was too nice for this! Other than Tein coilovers, Wilwood brakes on the front and Link ECU running 14 psi (234 BHP), it was quite stock from what I could see.
Photos taken soon after its purchase and back home:
Located in a town inland from Noosa, getting there involved an red eye flight and then another couple of hours by train. The return was a long, bumpy and very hot drive back to Melbourne. Nothing like a 1900km drive through inland NSW to get to know your new car!
On the drive South, I discovered the front right coilover was shot, so first on the shopping list was a new set of coilovers. After much deliberation which is the main reason why it took so long to get back on the road I ordered a set of Fortune Auto 500's with custom spring rates of 7kg front and 9kg back. The plan is still to track it but only make changes that are easily reversed if necessary. Other changes ended up being WedsSport TC105X's 17"x8" 32 offset fronts and 17"9" 35 offset rears with 215/45 and 245/40 Hankook Ventus RS-4's, new adjustable Tie rod ends, front wheel bearings, lower ball joints, Superpro poly Caster rod bushes, stainless brakelines and Cusco Strut braces front and rear.
On now having driven it a few days, I still definitely need to roll the guards further and will be upgrading the brake pads and brake fluid to something better. Once done I will get it out for my first track day!
As the car currently stands: