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datsunfreak

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Rear spoiler question

22 March 2018 - 01:16 PM

Anyone know what this one is?

 

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New tail light gasket for less than $1?

14 March 2018 - 05:21 PM

I was originally turned on to this idea from a friend who needed to make some gaskets for his tail lights that were unobtainable new, and having recently acquired some tail lights from Japan and having the same problem, I thought I'd give it a go...

 

Tools needed:

 

6mm thick yoga mat, preferably dark gray or black (got this one for $5)

Razor knife

Good scissors

Pointy tip magic marker

Hole punch

 

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I then used the scissors to make an oversized rough cut. At this size I can get roughly ten gaskets from this one mat (more if I made smaller rough cuts), so that's $1 a pair, if you don't screw up. Of course with this much material, you can screw up a lot...   :rofl:

 

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I then used my Sharpie to outline the gasket onto the mat, cut that to size, then marked the holes and used the hole punch to cut the screw holes...

 

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I then used the Sharpie to trace the inner perimeter and cut it out too...

 

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My lights only came with one gasket, but Nissan often used the same gasket for both sides, just flipped over. Notice one side says L...

 

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And one side says R...

 

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Just make sure you use one side to make one gasket and then flip it over for the other side...   :thumbup:

 

 

Thickness comparison...

 

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Notice it's a little thicker, but obviously the stock gasket has been compressed for 40+ years, so,,,    ^_^

 

All in this took about 10 minutes to do, and cost $1 to make, so I think it's a pretty cost effective solution to hard to find gaskets. Obviously if you don't have a donor gasket for a template, it could take a lot longer.  

 

The density of the foam rubber is very close to the stock gasket and should seal well. I will give it a good water spray once I install them to confirm, but the friend who recommended this said he's done it three times now with zero leakage. 

 

As you will see when you shop for a yoga mat, there are a lot of different thicknesses available. I saw them from 6mm up to 12mm thick. The real issue was finding a dark color.

 

Or go full Ratsun and get one in hot pink...    :rofl:


A disturbing new trend that really needs to stop. Like now.

17 February 2018 - 05:13 PM

Okay, I am noticing this happening more and more lately and I'm about to choke some fools...

 

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No. Wrong. Those are "fender flares", or "flared fenders". Not a "widebody". Widebody means you widen the body. Not just add flares. Stop it.. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Widebody:

 

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Flares:

 

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Installing fender flares does not make your car a widebody, you jackwagon...   :rolleyes:


Don't buy a BRE spook from Retrospec

29 January 2018 - 03:22 PM

Just wanted to give you guys a heads up on something that happened to me...

 

I ordered a BRE spook from Retrospec for a 510 I'm working on and it never showed up. Two months passed and nothing. Then they gave me a UPS tracking number two weeks ago and UPS never shows to have picked it up. 

 

I paid through PayPal, so I was able to dispute the charge and get the refund process started. And then they waited a week to even answer the email from PayPal about the disputed charge. Now they are saying "it's packaged up and ready to go, but since you disputed it we can't send it", which I do not believe for one second. 
 
Almost sounds to me like they are tying to make it sound like it's my fault that I didn't get it...   :hmm:

Carbon fiber tail light panels?

27 October 2017 - 06:57 AM

Anyone know what vendor has these? Having a bit of trouble find them...

 

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