At the weekend I headed down to my local alignment garage to get my P10 Primera’s wheels pointing in the right direction since fitting coilovers and larger diameter wheels and tyres. As I arrived though, it was cool to see a familiar car up on the ramp…
You might remember Andy‘s S14a from my v8illuminati meet photos last year but it looked a little different when I came across it on Saturday, being straightened up ready for another summer of driving.
Andy had a bit of a mishap on some ice over the winter, with the silver lining being the perfect opportunity to give the car a refresh.
A DMAX Type 3 front bumper has been fitted, along with rear overfenders and 17″ 7Twenty Style 49 wheels. I’m not really someone who is a fan of these type of wheels but, being completely honest, I have looked at the Style49s for my C33 in the past as an alternate five spoke design to my current URAS wheels. I also think they look fantastic and perfectly suited on Andy’s S14.
The import spec OEM rear bumper remains, accentuated somewhat with the giant blast pipes.
With Andy’s alignment done, it was time to get my Primera up on the ramp to see what could be done with the OEM arms. Since lowering it dramatically, the rear toe in particular had visibly increased and, even though the car drove relatively straight, I was certain there was some front toe in/out. I didn’t really fancy chewing up the Federal RSRs prematurely, so I thought it wise to at least check the current settings.
Thankfully, the factory rear arms had enough adjustment in them to reduce the toe from negative thirty minutes to near enough zero. The front toe wasn’t too bad at all but the front camber and, in particular, the caster, weren’t too equal. There’s not much I can do about this without fitting some adjustable upper arms (these control both camber and caster), so these are next on the shopping list I think.
This S2000 belonged to one of the lads working at the shop and was parked up round the corner. It only struck me at this moment that I really don’t see many S2000s on the road any more; maybe that’s why they’re still commanding such strong prices on the used market?