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Ultimate DD commuter build (Turbo Auto)

I love me some FWD SR20.

This build has has been quite a struggle. The goal a lofty one, a reliable Auto turbo with decent MPG.

I commute 35 miles one way daily. I have a 370z 6mt for that manual fun. I wanted an auto for convenience while sitting in Houston traffic. I started with a 99 KR4 Auto Touring model. This car was beat up, but it served a purpose. As I got the Mod bug, one thing remained clear I was not interested in engine performance. As I accumulated parts for the KR4 I got to the point were I wanted to do body work. This is where one story ends and the Ultimate DD commuter begins. I purchased some nice seats for the KR4 from Jon (Turbo91SER) and we got to talking about my goals. He offered up this 99 AR2 Touring model with no Engine or tranny. A car that had been labeled as "Cursed". This car was a northern car (unknown at the time). Sometime in 09 (Stabone) turned a stock 99 G20t 5 speed, into a GT2871r equiped W11 DET 6-speed beast. The car was later sold to (piezoman1) who did a full interior swap from Tan to black. The car flipped hands again when (I FastR) got a hold of it. He bought a 350z and stopped driving it so he sold it to Jon (Turbo91SER). And finally she found her way to me. When she came to me she was a heartless bitch with no drive, just scars from a time when she was quick, nimble, and agile. This build was going to be different, I just didn't know how different. I wanted a reliable auto turbo g20, The heart would be a W11 BB equiped DET, the tranny would need to be reliable.

Like everything else in this build the Trans would be an adventure too. I could not justify the $4500 cost of a new Levelten Auto Trans, it would have been more than the rest of the car. During my research about Levelten equipped Sr20's I came across an old friend from the SR20 mailing list days. Lionel had at some point put a levelten into is 94 Classic SER. I had helped put his DET in back in 2000/2001. After reaching out to Lionel on FB we got to talking about the status of his SE-R. Yes he had it, no he does not drive it, yes he would sell it to me knowing I would do something good with it. So for a fraction of the cost of a levelten trans I have a 94 Auto SE-R turbo. (A car that my Dad & I are building into a beast) I pulled the legs (RL4F03V) out of the 94. The Levelten trans was mine. This trans was from a 92 NX2000 Built by Lee Koloszyc. It is not an electronically controlled RE trans but a RL4F03V. I thought to my self, this is awesome no electronic TCM to worry about. But as your going to find out if you have read this far is that I was unprepared for the task. I had a 99 G20t Manual that at one time had a 6 speed swap and I was going to attempt to put a 92 RL4F03V Levelten Automatic transmission in. Something I did not anticipate was the wiring, Going from an Auto to Manual is pretty much cake, you just don't use some plugs. On the flip going from a Manual to an Auto your actually missing stuff. Even If the Trans is a manually controlled (kick-down cable) transmission you still have a PNP switch, OD solenoid, Torque Converter Lock-up solenoid, and reverse switch. To make matters worse I found a 2001 Auto shifter from a scrap yard. To give you an idea of the trouble I will attempt to convey a scenario that required 5 different FSM to troubleshoot wiring. For the OD solenoid I had a 92 trans from a 94 B13 going into a 99 manual wired p11 (need auto too) car controlled by a 2001 shifter (different than 99 :throwup:). After all the wiring I went through I gave up on the Cluster Tree. I did get a 99 Auto cluster, but when I found out that I was missing all the wires from the PNP switch all the way to the cluster I opted out of making the home runs, something I may go back to later. I did put the Pigtails for the cluster in the back of the cluster. The mounting of the 92 trans was a challenge as well, I had to pull out the 6-speed mount, do some repair, and custom install the b13 trans mount.

New Items or purchases for build
NismoTronic Step down harness
UNISA JECS FMIC kit (modifications required due to AUTO)
Guages (6 VDO)
A-pillar pod (3)
Dash pod (3)
Gspec crank pully
Gspec W/P pully
Nismo (genuine) Rad cap
Nismo (no) Oil cap
TDMImports Fender washers (2 packs)
TDMImports Battery tie down
Kicker Battery terminals (2)
Focal Components (front)
Focal 2 way (rear)
Infinity Kappa 100.9w sub
Autotek Mean Machine 1400.4 & 2500.1 amps
Amp 0 guage wiring kit
1 farad cap
I'm sure I'm missing a ton of small items like a new Windshield washer cap and plug wire holders ect.

\,,/(◣_◢)\,,/ A few pictars 5/8/17 \,,/(◣_◢)\,,/









\,,/(◣_◢)\,,/ The Finished project 4/28/17 \,,/(◣_◢)\,,/


\,,/(◣_◢)\,,/ The State of project 3/15/17 \,,/(◣_◢)\,,/






\,,/(◣_◢)\,,/ The State of project 2/24/16 \,,/(◣_◢)\,,/



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The shell

Additional parts I got with the car from Jon (Turbo91SER)
3" d/p back exhaust.

W11 BB DET



92 RL4F03V Levelten Automatic transmission

Additional parts I got with the car from Lionel (94 B13)
JWT OBD1 Turbo Auto ECU
AIR HORN!!











Brembo BBK


Gauges






FMIC



Stereo


Makin pretty

Powder coated parts
FMIC piping
MAF
B13 trans mount bracket
Fuel rail
Valve cover
FSTB mounts
Radiator support mounts
Painted turbo Heatshields (ceramic black)





Parts from the KR4 going on this AR2




JDM Duals retrofitted Low beam projectors with HID
5 lug swap w Charlie's (UNISA JECS) rear spacer & ABS rings
Brembo's BBK
Powerstop x-drilled & Slotted Rotors
Hawk HPS pads
18" Axis Decades
KYB AGX w/Tein (now B+G)
entire rear beam (ES bushings, QT-Link)
UCA (Superpro)
LCA every Bushing Charlie (UNISA JECS) makes + ES
Front 3rd links with New bearings
ES Steering Rack bushings
ES Front Swaybar bushings
Rear Addco Maxima Sway
Many Many Many Nuts & Bolts, Did i mention this car was a northern car.
Kenwood DNX 9140 Head unit
Redtop Optima battery

Future
install and paint TE-V front Bumper
 

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I am supposed to receive pins and a seal from Courtesy Nissan parts Tomorrow, once I replace the Transmission Manual Shaft (there is a pic of the 2 side by side) I will be able to test drive this weekend. Then next week have the A/C flushed and charged. Then I can finally start commuting with it and not my Z. The stereo system is going to take a while and I will probably do it by the end of summer. I will post up some new pictures once its on the road. Thanks for taking a look.
 

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Damn thats a lot of work. Hope it works out!
 

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I bought the Radiator Cap from Greg @ GSPEC, It took a while as not very many want to spend the coin for a NISMO. As for the Oil cap.. its a nock off and It was either e-bay or Amazon. I did some image searches for a Genuine NISMO cap, and this one was the most authentic looking one I could find.
 

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Loving the build; especially the fact that you have a goal that most would not even think about starting.

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I have a 370z 6mt that is my "fun" car. But when you super comute like I do the idea of putting 25k miles a year on a car you want to take to a track dose t work out well. That's where this build comes in to play. I want my cake and eat it too. I have taken the car out around the neighborhood and there are alot of quirks to work out but the struggle up the hill is over and now it's just "minor" stuff.
 

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New tires, and full size matching spare, installed aluminum hucintric rings and front 7mm spacers, got an alignment, got a new Magnaflow muffler and cat. Figured out why my trans temp was not reading right... ground. ABS light was on... fuse. Adjusted timing because my egt was h o t... need AC work and I can start daily driving her.
 

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Update... BOOM



So this W11 DET is trash.



I did get the AC done, and it is working well. I did make 1 trip to work and back, but had to pull over because of overheating. Life is an adventure. Found water in oil, Got a VET headgasket with new Head Studs, replaced it in the car.. that was a PIA. Then once I got it running again, water in #1 cylinder... so I'm guessing a cracked head.. NEW DET on order, swap in 2 weeks. so close...







new DET on the way

 

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Why is the oil pan tapped like that? Is it for a oil temp sensor? Looks like a pretty clean W10 engine. Make sure you do a compression and leak down test before install.
 

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Why is the oil pan tapped like that? Is it for a oil temp sensor? Looks like a pretty clean W10 engine. Make sure you do a compression and leak down test before install.
I imagine thats why, thats where I tapped my pan for Oil Temp as well, best place to read from.
 

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my research lead me to taping it there.



yes this motor will be fully checked before going in. it is supposed to be a w11, the motor it is replacing is a w11, and I will be swapping some parts as well. No sense in re taping the Exh Mani for EGT, the Water outlet for Water temp, or the Oil pan. so I will swap those parts with the motor coming out of the car. Motor is supposed to be delivered on 9/9.
 

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Looks like a W10 distributor, hard to see in the pic... The W11 has 1x 8 pin plug that faces the radiator kinda like VE distributor plugs.
 

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It may be a w10, I'll just put the w11 turbo on it when I swap. I'm more interested in a clean, well taken care of motor. I will know as soon as I spin the turbo. It is too bad the info on w10 vs w11 is full of guesses and people saying facts. I know that only definitive way is checking the turbo part number. The blownotor has the WA200 turbo.
 
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