| Should You Buy An R32 Skyline GT R
| Should You Buy An R32 Skyline GT R RB26DETT
| You owning an R32 GT-R is easier than it's ever been, but that doesn't mean it's cheap. Plan on spending upward of $25,000 for an already-imported and totally legal specimen. Look for something with lower mileage, in a rare color like Grey Pearl Blue, for example, or anything with NISMO, N1, V-spec, or V-spec II badges, and plan on paying a whole lot more, and that's if you can even find one.
| The RB26DETT isn't exclusive to the R32 GT-R, but it's what makes it so special. Where else are you gonna find a 2.6L, inline engine with a couple of turbos and individual throttle bodies?
| The hood and aluminum fenders up front are prone to corrosion and the steel ones out back can rust, both on their trailing ends near the ground where debris is often kicked up. Remove the rear spats to look for potential damage.
| The firewall-mounted chassis plate reveals all sorts of important information, including the car's original color, what interior and drivetrain it's supposed to have, and whether or not it's even a GT-R. For example, here, KG1 tells us that this GT-R was originally Jet Silver Metallic, and the BNR32 tells us that it is, indeed, a GT-R. If you suspect this plate's been tampered with, don't even consider buying that car.
| It isn't foolproof, but sometimes that rear-mounted GT-R badge can reveal a paint job. Look closely and you'll notice that these badges aren't die-cut, and that there's a specific one for every color.
| Instead of trusting the mileage on the instrument cluster, look to wear items like the turn signal indicator, the pedals, or the seat bolsters.
| Morris says bubbling of the dash isn't uncommon. Look for signs of it on the passenger side, just in between the air vents along the crease.
| If you plan on swapping steering wheels, Morris wants you to know that there are two different styles, later ones (left), of which their mounting slots are positioned straight up and down, and early ones (right) with mounting slots positioned at an angle. Install the wrong one and you'll disable HICAAS.
| It isn't uncommon for either of the RB engine's MAF sensors to fail. According to Morris, you'll know it when you hit what feels like a 2,500rpm rev limiter. Lucky for you they can be cut open and, with a bit of soldering, made good as new.
| Like any car going on 30 years, the RB's ignition coils won't last forever. Before replacing them, though, Morris says to check their plastic electrical connectors, which can often fail.
| The RB engine's camshaft trigger is what tells the car's ECM information like camshaft position and, therefore, crankshaft position. According to Morris, they don't typically fail until you start fooling around with it, like when removing the upper timing belt cover to expose the cam gears and not properly spacing the sensor away from the head.
| Not everybody cares about Nissan's four-wheel steering system, HICAAS, and just because it's been ditched doesn't mean you shouldn't be considering that GT-R. Its components make getting to the oil filter a challenge, which is why remote-mounted setups like these make for a good investment.
| Remove the restricter leading to the pressure solenoid and watch boost go from 9 psi to around 14 psi. Morris says that most of the time the restrictor's been removed and that as long as premium fuel's used, it's not an issue. On a similar note, the chances of you finding an unmodified GT-R are almost zero.
| Aside from the main shaft, the R32 GT-R's and Z32 300ZX's transmission internals are quite similar. When it comes to the R32, however, there are early style and later-style transmissions, which means you sourcing the right replacement parts can get a little hairy. For example, if you've got a later-style gearbox, you can get away with replacing a single gear set; if you've got an older transmission and you plan on using Z32 parts, you'll need to replace almost all of its internals.
| The clutch slave cylinder can shed some light on whether or not you've got an early style or a later-style transmission. Push-style slave cylinders like these can be found on early style and later-style transmissions, but you'll only find pull-style slave cylinders on later-style gearboxes.
| Both the engine and the front differential share the same oil pan. Send a spider gear out the front of it and you won't just be replacing that differential, you'll be plucking that engine out just to swap a pan into place.
| Failure points are few when it comes to the R32 GT-R's drivetrain. Aside from the front differential, torn axle boots are about the extent of your worries. Also, notice the brake calipers; according to Morris, aside from larger front rotors, the GT-R's and the Z32 300ZX's brake systems are identical.
| Out back there aren't many points of failure. According to Morris, you've got to be in the 900hp range before that rear end or its axles will decide to fail.
| Should You Buy An R32 Skyline GT R