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Author Topic: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper  (Read 463 times)

Offline iceageg

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Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
« Reply #20 on: 07:10:18 AM / 10-May-18 »
Check the wheel fitment sticky thread.  It will have all the information you could possibly want.  Or at least narrow down your questions.

https://club-s12.org/forum/index.php?topic=19350.0

Of course photobucket broke many/most of the pictures but there is still a lot of good info there.
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Offline kelso840

Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
« Reply #21 on: 07:20:21 AM / 10-May-18 »
I downloaded the photobucket Google Chrome extension specifically for the wheel fitment thread. Recovers a lot of the images nicely.

That said, I am still having trouble making a decision on wheel/tire setup as well.
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Online darquizard

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Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
« Reply #22 on: 10:21:52 PM / 10-May-18 »
That chrome extension is killer, finally can browse this site without being frustrated now.


Seats are all taken apart and the foam is in really bad shape, not sure it can be restored, it isn't crumbly yet but is pretty stiff and really dark yellow/brown color all over, also some big rips in the foam almost accross the entire piece.

So - I'm not opposed to aftermarket seats as long as they're comfortable, but then the question is - how to install them. Should I hack my original seat frames up to build a seat-rail? Is there an aftermarket one I can use? So many unknowns with this car haha

Edit: forgot the customary video.
https://youtu.be/P9wBOzPJkq8 - Seats and seat thoughts.

Edit2: Haha I changed my profile to the 200sx Commercial guy, I just watched that video from the 200sx videos section and cracked up when he says 'Hey, you're talking to me'. I'm going to turn him into an air freshener.
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« Last Edit: 03:17:35 PM / 11-May-18 by darquizard »

Offline Redneck

Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
« Reply #23 on: 09:58:26 PM / 16-May-18 »
The 5 lug s14 SE wheels as well as the ford crown vic wheels are very common wheel upgrades for the s12 SE that look good and can be had for cheap. I ran the s14 wheels on my old SE before it got totaled and loved em for a basic wheel upgrade.

Upgrading the seats in the s12 seems to be somewhat of an endeavor. I haven't researched the subject extensively but from what I have gathered the rails are kind of a pain to modify. Totally doable but unfortunately just like with most things on the s12 its not like you can just pick up some aftermarket seat rails online. I'd imagine there is lots of old threads you can search regarding seats though if your more interested. Luckily engine and suspension upgrades are pretty straightforward, generally speaking s13 engines/suspension swaps over with relatively minimal modifications in that department.

Sadly the forums are pretty dead now compared to what they used to be (thank you social media) but welcome to cs12 lol.
FIrst my rims are horrible, than there ok when painted black , now my cars horrible, now my fenders are to much after i was told i couldnt do it.... Lol club s12 ftw.....  Only here have Ive been told they look like shit..... SOrry its not bone stock with crown vic rims running the stock vg making 130whp and looks generic like every other one. My car looks dope ive been told this a billion times on local forums....


Online darquizard

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Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
« Reply #24 on: 01:24:09 PM / 22-May-18 »
Not a lot of work done on the car the past couple of weeks. My wife and I got an offer accepted on a house though, so with any luck and if the VA loan goes through okay, we'll be moving at the end of June and I'll have a proper, large 2-car garage (24'x24'!!!!) to work in.

The tail lights have been wet sanded with 600, then 1200, and then 2000 grit sandpaper, and applied clear coat to them.  I am a total novice when it comes to spraying / painting. Had some really bad runs with the clear, I got the technique down towards the end so I'll need to re-do them but for now, they look way better than they did before.

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Also as I'm getting ready for paint slowly but surely. I've gotten the rubber door molding removed so I can get at the small dents and dings.

This was actually a long process, I used the heat gun and slowly removed them from the car. The trick to getting the old foam glue off is a very sharp flat razor, get a nice cut under the foam and then run the blade as far and smoothly as possible. I've got about 99% of the glue off, still needs some touch up, but I have a feeling the paint stripper will pretty much take care of the rest when it's time for that.



I've also re-hung the passenger side door, it was also starting to become poorly aligned, now that i knew how to do it - I just had to remove the passenger side quarter panel and get at the bolts, jacked it up and fixed it no problems at all.

Also the hatch shocks were replaced with MightyLift shocks, they seem to be working great and installed without any issues, the hatch opens very easily now, booyah!

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Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
« Reply #25 on: 02:10:51 PM / 25-May-18 »
Well, I had not gotten under the car very much at all since I bought it, but I found a couple of troubling things

1. The steering rack boots on both sides are torn completely, I'm not sure if there should be grease in these or power steering fluid or something, they appear to be greasy but empty. Major concern? Something that can wait a few months? Don't drive at all starting now?

2. The transmission fluid pan appears to be leaking, very very slowly. But there is bright red trans fluid on a few of the bolts, and the whole pan has a little bit of fluid on it in various places. Is this is a difficult fix? Just pop the pan off after draining trans fluid and then re-install with a new gasket? Or something more to it than that?
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Offline CzechSilvia

Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
« Reply #26 on: Today at 01:37:32 AM »
1. Finding powersteering fluid inside would be bad sign, it should only be greased. If I were you, I would clean the inside from the old grease, as it's probably contaminated with dirt or other garbage from outside, and then put some new grease in and replace the boots, they are not that expensive, the part number of the boot I used for both sides of the steering rack is 48203-05F00 .

2. Never had a car with automatic gearbox so I don't know much about that, I didn't even know they had oil pans but I'm pretty sure they should not leak, seems like you have another job to add to your TO-DO list.
But what do I know? All I know about cars I learned from youtube...