Nissan S14 — Blair Grib­ble-Bowring (Pro-Sport)

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Af­ter re­view­ing pho­tos and video of his runs from the first round at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr sta­dium, Blair no­ticed that the wheels were “trav­el­ling in com­pletely dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions”, which prompted a quick shift from his home-built lock kit to a Wise­fab op­tion. The S14 kit comes with bot­tom arms, knuck­les, rack spac­ers, tie rods, and top hats, and, although also pro­vided, Blair CNC ma­chined his own bil­let top hats, telling us “They’re twice as thick as the Wise­fab op­tions, so the strut tower doesn’t have to be al­tered to deal with cam­ber and breach reg­u­la­tions.”

Although set to a min­i­mal lock set­ting, the zero Ack­er­mann kit still earned him the ti­tle of En­try Boss at a re­cent event in Taupo — the first event with the new kit.

“It’s made a mas­sive dif­fer­ence … be­fore, you would turn a lit­tle bit and there would be bits where the pivot would make it turn into the lock and feel twitchy. With the Wise­fab, it’s su­per smooth the whole way around, and you have di­rect drive.”

The Fi­nal Con­nec­tion coilovers were an easy de­ci­sion, com­ing out of a Stagea that he had pur­chased — they’ve sim­ply been set and left for now. As for the rear, Blair cur­rently runs Lux­ury Sports ad­justable arms for di­alling in the align­ment but isn’t too con­cerned about up­grad­ing at this stage.

“For the power we have [303kW], we can get all the grip we need from play­ing with tyre pres­sures. So, at the mo­ment, we’re run­ning around 16psi — when there’s more power we’ll look at switch­ing to a Wise­fab rear, but that’s not go­ing to hap­pen for now.”

STRUTS: FI­NAL CON­NEC­TION COILOVERS KNUCK­LES: WISE­FAB (ZERO ACK­ER­MANN) ARMS: (F) WISE­FAB BOT­TOM ARMS, WISE­FAB TIE RODS, (R) LUX­URY SPORTS TOE, CASTER, AND CAM­BER ARMS

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