I bump into this video late last night and find it interesting that someone will actually do it on a HT81S. I had heard before that by adjusting the engine speed you can actually shift up and down without the pressing the clutch.
If you look closely to the video, the driver shift up and down when the rpm at around 4-5k hence that should be the sweet spot for the gearbox to synchronize for the gear change. I am not keen to have a try on my car but I would recommend to all to try. If possible, try to record it too and share it with me.
In addition, one of the F1driver had try this method when he was young due to he is too short to press the clutch hence he automatically realize that he can change gear without clutch when the engine rev is right.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Saturday, March 22, 2014
In addition, the parts list doesn't even list parts for HT81S. So I think Japan had decided to retire HT81S from their market, maybe in a few year time it will be a vintage car.
If you are looking for something interesting to read about, just buy a copy of this mag and spend some time marvel with the modification for ZC32 and ZC31 by the Japanese tuner.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
First impression are ot great, the engine was covered with engine oil as the head cover gasket was leaking, next the engine knock sensor had melted, the exhaust manifold oxygen sensor are bad. That is for the engine, the gearbox are slightly better but clutch release bearing are bad which resulted heavy clutch feeling, so a new clutch set are required.
The wiring are out too and while the mechanics are taking the radiator for servicing, something keep ringing in my mind. What to do with the engine ?
Lets talk to the mechanics, the first question that come out of his mouth are "Upsize to 1.8 ?"
Hmmm......that is nice! But.......
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
I can't remember where this video was capture from either from Best Motoring or Hot Version video.
It is entirely in Japanese and the website are in Japanese too. Hope you all enjoy the video!
Links to nicovideo player :-
P/S : Remember to watch the entire video until the end to have a small teaser about HT81S beating the GTR !
Thursday, January 30, 2014
I quickly went to my fridge and grab a few sweets to smooth my throat during my drive to work. After fire up my car and while cruising in the freeway, I go grab a sweets from my front pockets and with both my hands on top of my steering I unwrap my sweets.
Anyhow, my sweets make a way to freedom from my fingers and drop onto the slits between the steering column and the dashboard.
Ting! Tong! Ting! Tong! I'm thinking what had happened ?
I peek at the floor and there are no sweets on the carpet. Where the sweets go to, was the question in my mind all the way to my office. During the drive, I do occasionally try to touch and grab the underside of the steering column and the dashboard but can't feel the sweets.
Great! Now we have a AWOL sweets and with my kind of weather if it melts and stick to the wiring or plastic panel it will be an ant nest in no time.
Fast forward to the night, after park my car and grab my Maglite plus some basic tools. For those who don't know about Maglite try to google it as it is a great flash light. Maglite used by many government authorities in the USA. Back to the stories, I was looking for that sweets below all the wire and pedals but nothing there.
Where the heck is my sweets ? Next I ply open the lower tray of the dashboard and I still can't find it. That is one sneaky little sweets on the back of my mind. Next I try to open the steering column plastic cover, after unscrew it at the bottom, I try to pull it open via the location shown in the below photo.
Moral of the stories, never eat or drink or sex inside the car! That is like the recipe for disaster. Maybe just for me.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
1. Good grip and tire warm up very fast
2. Good wet traction
3. Average lifespan
4. Noisy after 30k
First impression are :-
1. Tire warm up slow
2. Good wet traction
3. Sidewall a bit soft and not that good for hard steering action
4. Very good in straights
5. Sensitive to tire pressure setting
Since I just use it for a few days, I will do another review after a bit longer with the tire.
Here is my post for my last set of Michelin PS3 :-
Monday, January 13, 2014
The above picture was taken during one fine day and I was quite surprise to see a yellow ZC32 parked beside mine when I collect my car for lunch.
Surely I need to have a peek at the grandson of my car (ZC32S is 2 generation older than the current Swift Sport). The car does look nice and it does have it charms but it lack something on the exterior. After looking at it for 5 minutes, walking around the car and the final conclusion that I got is that the car is a 4 door Swift Sport and not a 2 door version (lucky you Euro chap).
Performance wise it is a great car with MT 6 speed and better engine design however it does loose a bit of it due to 4 door design.
Many tend to argue that if you get married, you will need a 4 door car for your children etc... I beg to differ that as I had used my car to ferry my wife before and after married, time when my wife are pregnant (this is of course with coilver ... :) ) and with my children. My wife sometimes say it feel safer in HT81S than in a 4 door sedan or MPV as the rear passenger are cover entirely in a capsule and with no worries of children opening the door accidentally.
So, what say you fellow HT81S owner ? Do you share the same feeling as me?
Share with me your stories via comments below.
Monday, December 30, 2013
Hey, its time of the year to review what had happened this year and what to look for next year (2014). I was lucky enough to buy myself a set of Ohlins and managed to install it replacing my old Suzuki Sport. However there are still one thing that I didn't manage to get done this year, or maybe two things.
First, I didn't or yet to overhaul my engine. I am reaching the 300k mileage by 1st quater next year so I am thinking to upgrade it to a NA 1.8 engine. 160bhp with 20kgm similar to Monster Sport demo car. The list of item to be replace or upgrade are huge and I am hoping that my piggy bank could afford it all.
Secondly, my earlier wish to publish a magazine about swift are totally 0% progress a out of time and idea. Anyway, I will relist again my next year wish list.
So below are some links to the parts mention above :-
NX18 demo car by Monster Sport :-
P/S : Happy New Year to fellow HT81S owner around the world and if you do have parts for sale, do email me or drop me a comments here. I might be setting up a used/new parts gallery for trade and sale in the future. Cheers!