The R33 GTS-T is without a doubt the best bang-for-the-buck in the Skyline world. The R32 GTS-T was not even close – the RB20 is a ticking time bomb that has even more problems than the R32 GT-R RB26. It was SR20 power with RB20 drama. But if you’re like me and like to throw your car a little bit sideways every once in a while the R33 GTS-T is a great choice.
What makes it so great?
The RB25 motor is awesome. A few bolt on upgrades and you’re good to go. On top of everything, the fact that you can pick one up front door 20-gram titled and out the door makes it a bargain. The powertrain is really pretty flawless and has almost no darkside. In my opinion the [...]
With the R33 becoming federally legal and far more easy to acquire in the near future, there’s been a lot of speculation about how far R33 prices will rise. Will they go up dramatically like the R32 did? Right now you can get an R33 GTR for about $29,000. That’s only a few grand more then a top-of-the-market R32. The R33 is far more difficult to acquire as it’s not reached the Magic 25-years number yet – but that’s not the issue.
The R33 has a vastly superior powertrain to the R32. The crankshaft is better, the turbochargers don’t blow apart. So why does everyone just jump over the R33? Why does it seem like the whole market either wants an R32 or an R34? I think the answer is simple: the car just looks like a [...]
Over the years we’ve gotten a lot of emails and questions about the most used vehicle in the Black Ops Performance family. I’m talking about our 2001 Toyota bB open deck. Or as we call him, “Dave”.
We found him a few years ago hidden in the back of a warehouse at a performance shop in California, called ‘N1 Concepts’. The battery was dead and there were a few scratches. With the help of a few of our friends in California we were able to get him running and shipped back to our home base in Florida. We’ve done a lot of research on him and found that the open deck version of the bB is incredibly rare. It’s so rare that even the representatives at the LA Auto Show were unable to [...]
“The guys over at Black Ops performance made it simple and hassle free when purchasing my skyline. They answer all of my questions and were straight forward and honest from the very beginning. Not to mention their prices are extremely competitive in this market where alot of other importers are trying to make top dollar. All of their vehicles are in excellent condition from top to bottom. I was truly impressed with the condition of my skyline when I saw it. They took care of the title process and registration for me and even delivered it to me in Miami. I couldn’t ask for better service. Thank you Black Ops Performance!”
We get asked a lot about the differences between an R34 GTT and an R34 GTR.
R34 GTR comes in a few different variants. The base model is the most common one you see. The V-Spec which features a more aggressive four wheel drive system and four wheel steering system along with a few display differences on the car’s MFD. There are two different versions of the V-Spec: V-Spec and the V-Spec II. The only difference is the year of the car V-specs are 99 and any V-Spec car built after that is a V-Spec II. Then you get into the incredibly rare versions like the V-Spec Nur Z tune S-Tune, M-Spec and so on. These are mostly just rare, limited edition versions of the V-Spec II.
When it comes to the GTT model it’s a little simpler. [...]
Some of us have been in the JDM world for a long time.
Back in the day, we used to have to sneak cars across the Canadian border and wait weeks for parts we needed to come directly from Japan. Now there’s an entire industry that supports the Skyline lifestyle in the US. Companies like Raw Brokerage stock almost everything you could possibly want. But some of the Skylines are becoming harder to find – the issue being quality, not quantity.
Back when the R32 was allegedly difficult to get, there were still plenty of decent cars to choose from. Now, people are scrambling to get anything they can and paying twice the price for it. Before the R32 reached 25 years old and became as easy as ordering some take-out pizza, it was rare in America.
Full article originally posted on CarBuzz http://www.carbuzz.com/news/2017/1/30/The-Nissan-GT-R-Has-A-Baby-Brother-You-Might-Not-Have-Heard-Of-7737564/by Jared Rosenholtz
The Nissan Skyline GT-R is best known among American enthusiasts as the illegal beast the US market was never lucky enough to get. When the GT-R finally came to the US for the 2008 model year, it dropped the Skyline name and completely ditched the model that it had always been based on. Even though the GT-R is the top-dog model for enthusiasts, there are plenty of lesser-known Skylines that are actually pretty neat to own. Like the Nissan GT-T.
We spoke with John, owner of Black Ops Performance in Orlando, Florida, and JDM expert who helped us pen our guide for buying a JDM car in the US. Black Ops doesn’t just focus on importing GT-Rs, but normal Skylines as [...]
As you might have noticed we at Black Ops Performance don’t really talk too much about the R35. There’s a good reason for that, we despise that car. Much like the new NSX, it’s not a worthy successor.
The R35, or as we like to call her “the fat-girl”, has always been a big disappointment. What do you want with a car whose body was designed by the guy who did Gundam Wing (and I like Gundam Wing!). The interior is designed like a video arcade — like it was designed by the guy who did Gran Turismo.
I know what you’re going to say, they’re fast! You can make them run tens easily! And on and on. The problem isn’t that it was the first disappointing Supercar (by definition), but it’s a super car with an automatic — [...]
Full article originally available on CarBuzz http://www.carbuzz.com/news/2016/9/6/Here-s-Everything-You-Need-To-Know-About-Importing-A-JDM-Car-Into-The-US-7735196/
by Jared Rosenholtz
If you’re buying a JDM car in the US, there are really only three ways that you can do it. You can buy it from a private seller, import one yourself, or go through an importer. There are advantages to the first two options, but we’ll explain why going through an importer like John is probably the best choice. Unlike buying a normal car, it is very unlikely that you will be able to inspect a JDM vehicle before you purchase it. Unless you’re willing to fly to Japan to look at several vehicles, chances are you will be buying one sight unseen. Most importers have someone that they trust to inspect the cars in Japan and recommend which ones to buy and which ones to avoid. [...]
We get asked all the time why we don’t sell more R32 Skylines, since they are federally legal to import. The answer is simple: we sell what our customers want. The R32 Skyline is relatively easy to procure, anyone with a computer can find an example and import it with little effort. The challenge however, is in finding a good one.
The main problems with the R32 Skyline are as follows:
Powertrain design issues that can cause catastrophic engine failure
The general quality of cars still available, with problems such as rust, damage repairs,and lack of proper maintenance long after the 100,000Km mark
Turbos are known to throw their ceramic turbines with no warning.
Many of the cars available today require a full restoration in order to meet our clients high standards and [...]