1990 : 150km
HKS Blow off Valve
Bought it just after a rebuilt engine, bearings and seals etc.. were all replaced (All OEM) Covered 30 miles since the rebuild i am told.
ACT clutch and flywheel fitted the same time
Full Mongose exhaust (I think)
Short Shifter (unknown make)
16" Rota Fighters
Well to start off the car is brilliant, I love the look of it, i love the acceleration and love the retro interior. It is such an odd and rare car makes it even more appealing. However there are a few issues with mine.
The arches are rusty (as expected).
The abs light is on,
The exhaust would wake the dead (I don't have a problem neighbours do)
The gear selector does not recenter back to neutral. (Missing shifter spring?)
The Aircon has been removed (But have all the parts to put it back in)
I plan to get all these bits done in time but only have weekends to do it!
I am comparing my Pulsar to my 355 bhp Integra DC5 through out all my thoughts/opinions here.
On first driving it, I actually found it very heavy and clunky, much harder to drive than the DC5. It could be cos I have driven my own car for 7 years, but my second thought is it could probably be due to the 4wd system and diffs etc. The new clutch engages very quickly and the car just bounces off the line it seems, plus I found that I needed to rev it higher to get it rolling. The steering seems heavier, there is a lot more manual work involved in driving it. Once I get used to it though I reckon it will become second nature to driving it.
Performance wise for me it is all about the launch, I don't know the car well enough to rev it to 5k and pop the clutch so for the moment, i have not launched it while in boost but i have rolled into boost in 1st and when it kicks in it really goes. It would destroy the DC5 with the grip off the line. But once rolling I do think the DC5 would pull it in and breeze by it around the top 4th gear. rolling out of a round about in 2nd or 3rd i also think my DC5 would have it (depending on road conditions of course).
When i heard it was on D2 shocks i was not sure, but to be honest I was very pleasantly surprised, I thought they were supposed to be utter tripe but when going over a bumpy roads they were very smooth and comfortable so i am thinking I will leave them on for a while and see how it goes.
The biggest problem with my car is the brakes. The ABS light is on, when on boost there pedal is hard and only when off boost does it start to compress. When the car is idling and you push the brake it starts revving up and down. This leads me to believe it is an air leak somewhere. The previous owner gave me a brake booster but it looks like a nightmare of a job to replace it!! Any opinions on this? It does fit the symptoms but should the ABS light be on also? I spotted i have 1 braided brake line also!!
The rust I don't think is too bad. The inner and outer arches do need to be done, the rear part of the bumper under the vents needs to go, but my inspections seems to be that is all. I was able to jack the car up on the sills so that must be ok. Maybe 4 or 5 thump print sizes of rust around the doors and windows which hopefully are only suface at this stage.
That is the worst arch on the outside
I didn't get a chance to check the handling cos could not get up any real speed on backroads with them brakes! But with the coilovers on it I will get the fast road done according to the "very good all round settings" posted by GTI-R US. Will then compare it to the DC5 in this area!
I like the interior, I got an awful wheel with it, but already replaced it with an original OEM (1st mod) I also have some aftermarket drivers seat, but again I already have the oem seat to go back in! I am also missing / need to replace a few interior bits.
3 air vents
oem stereo and stereo surround / cover.
Also need a OEM gear leaver and booth.
There is a fag burn in the passenger seat. The rest of the interior is in good condition, carpets matts rear seats and boot are excellent condition and very little scratches on any of the plastics.
Exterior, some small penny dents here and there, few scratches, had a front splitter i removed, also had no badges and an aftermarket front grill. I will need to replace all these. Maybe eventually get a respray.
So that is it. I will get more pictures next weekend again as i was very busy this weekend, doing things but managed to change the oil. I bought plugs but was told they were the wrong ones. They were very cheap though so no harm done NGK BCR8ES.
Anyway I will put it out there on here if anybody is breaking a pulsar I am after the following bits in a bulk order
1) Quiet exhaust
2) Rear Badges
3) Front grill and P badge
4) Upgraded brakes / discs / braided lines (Evo/Clio or wilwood)
5) Gear knob and gater
7) Radio facia
9) Air con top pipe
If ye have managed to get through all that you may realise i am not looking for a 400bhp monster more like trying to get it back OEM spec apart from the current engine mods, even if it means losing a bit of power, however hard that is to believe.
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