Replacing CV boots - Keeping her well maintained

This Saturday saw typhoon Hagibis hitting a large area of central Japan. Many areas saw flash flooding namely Nagano Prefecture and along the banks Tama River in the West end of Tokyo.

Luckily my area being quite inland and in a hilly area saw minimal effects of the typhoon.

I hope most everyone and their cars got out relatively unscathed.

The following day saw clear blue skies. I had booked my car in at Best R after noticing some grease splattering on the front passenger side wheel from a split cv boot (hub side).

Upon inspection Konishi-san came back to get me to show me that the driver's side cv boot (hub side), part no. C9BDB-05U8H was not completely split in half as was the case with the passenger side but had developed a shallow split.
Previously I had replaced the inner boot on the drivers side.

With the front axles you can remove both boots in one go for a one time cost of labour so if the age of your boots are unknown it can be an idea to change both while you are at it to helo save some cost.

However this time as the inner boot on the passenger side looked alright and as I was removing/replacing both axles which cost you x2 the labour cost I didn't do the inner passenger side.

Went over to the kombini across the road to get my morning coffee/ withdraw some extra cash for the unforseen extra labour + cv boot cost. GTRs and coffee in their dealership floor.

This was also my first time getting work done since the consumption tax hike from 8% to 10% for all items/services except groceries here in Japan.

This Series 1 (zenki) BCNR33 caught my attention for having the test car front grill and the Nismo dash cluster with the central screen.

A much covered option I was surprised to learn that this dash cluster is unlike the MFD of the BNR34 and is simply just a screen with an aux input. Usually customers when they speced their car would plug in their navigation aux output.

Alternatively as the previous owner of this car had done was plug in a then popular HKS computer with various sensors mounted in the engine bay (ala. defi) which then displays on the central LCD which is operated using a infa red remote.

The HKS system is really showing it's age and is of the period with a visible refresh rate and pixels. One amusing and also period correct feature in the menu was there even was a mini 'Tamagotchi' like game inbuilt where you can care for virtual tropical fish!

Back to the car surprisngly the car was fetching quite a handsome price for a 135k+ kms car. This was almost entirely due to the freshly built Reimax engine under the bonnet. Goes to show how valuable constructor workshop engines add to the car outside of driving experience.

The car was shortly done after that and after chatting with Konishi-san abit more I headed out to Tokyo for a nice chill afternoon drive.

(First time seen a 720S driving on the road. In a lovely red)

Skylines/GTR can be enjoyed and are accessible to more but they do still need to be maintained and keeping up with this is something I always try to emphasize as we all see many neglected examples across the globe. Yes they are not cheap but certainly always rewarding and well worth it every time we hop in behind the wheel.