RB20det swap into 1983 datsun maxima

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  1. pharcyde183

    pharcyde183 Nissan by nature

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    So here are a few pics of the couple things going on so far with my 83 maxima rb20det swap

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    LD28 bout to come out
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    size of LD28 vs RB20
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    preliminary fit

    The motor basically 'drops' in.

    In theory, you could redrill the stock mounts and just run it like that, but the shifter sits just a tad too far back so I am having spacers made to get it sitting just where I want it for proper shifter placement.

    There is a ton of space in the front so you can retain the clutch fan (which I am doing for now) or get nice electric fans, and still have clearance and space for a FMIC. (running stock SMIC just for right now)

    RB20 transmission is not big so its an easy fit in the tunnel.

    Stock driveshaft length may be correct as well... spline count is right to fit into RB.

    Should also be able to keep AC/PS no problem with just some fittings.

    Downpipe just needs to be changed out for clearance of steering, and bottom mount setup is fine with just a different downpipe. Everything else has ample clearance.

    Thanks to John and the crew at Garage Zero, we should knock this one out pretty fast
     
  2. PanzerAce

    PanzerAce Active Member

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    I thought you were going to do a 25 into it :p

    What're your plans for the LD anyways?
     
  3. pharcyde183

    pharcyde183 Nissan by nature

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    LD is going onto the shelf, no plans, sold it to the shop.
    Couldn't afford a 25
     
  4. solid snake

    solid snake New Member

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    that's tight, i never knew that old maximas were RWD. I always loved those wheels...
     
  5. Skeeter McGee

    Skeeter McGee New Member

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    I LOVE shit like this. Please post more pics of the process and details! Do you have a website or another forum you're posting the progress on?
     
  6. SwishFullOfDro

    SwishFullOfDro Prop Lock and Scrum it!

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    Maffy29 Active Member

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    This looks like a fantastic build. Please keep us updated.

    300ZX Z31 owner here.
     
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    Jujharoo New Member

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    God damn that fella to the right is MASSIVE
     
  9. Mitchj

    Mitchj OT Supporter

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    whats a 20 and a 25 worth in the states?

    both are basically boat anchors here
     
  10. PanzerAce

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    25s are worth a fair bit, RB20s are worth probably less than SR20s are
     
  11. Mitchj

    Mitchj OT Supporter

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    in dollar terms

    and id take a rb20 over a sr any day of the week

    they might be only good for 300hp without serious investment, but atleast they have some sort of aural signature
     
  12. Mercennarius

    Mercennarius Ultra Member OT Supporter

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    Very cool swap :)
     
  13. Mjolnir

    Mjolnir WHM6D > *

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    I'm not really a "jap" guy, but I like this.
     
  14. Drifter87

    Drifter87 Yippi-kay-ay, Motherfucker

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    same here :h5:
     

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