Tomei RB26 Sump Baffle kit
Quick update over the weekend, with the HKS 264 cams fitted to the Altezza GTR engine last weekend it was time to progress onto a more important issue.
In the last five years of owning the Skyline GTR two engines were lost due to oiling issues. It's the achilles heel of the legendary RB26 engine. The first engine blew due to oil pump failure, the second due to the oil pickup running dry.
Replacing the stock oil pump with a HKS oil pump which retails over £1k may seem excessive for a 400bhp engine build, but considering an engine costs far more it's well worth it.
With the ultra low stance of the Altezza GTR thanks to the MeisterR Coilovers means lateral G forces are likely to increase and the standard RB baffle is really not up to the job of keeping the oil in the sump. Luckily Tomei have a relatively inexpensive off the shelf kit that requires a little drilling to fit.
A tip for anyone doing the conversion, the last hole that needs drilling by the transfer box, we had to weld two drill bits together, seems crude but it was a bit of fabrication or trying to source a very long 5mm drill bit.
Next mods is the drivetrain with an Exedy Carbon triple plate clutch scheduled to arrive from Japan before reinstalling the engine complete back into the Altezza body.