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The Essence of Elegance: A Journey into the R34 GT-R’s Subtle Customization

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TEXT: 山崎真一(YAMAZAKI Shinichi)  PHOTO: 清水良太郎(SHIMIZU Ryotaro)

  • R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R owned by Yasuyuki Kamaya
  • R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R owned by Yasuyuki Kamaya
  • R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R owned by Yasuyuki Kamaya
  • R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R owned by Yasuyuki Kamaya
  • R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R owned by Yasuyuki Kamaya
  • R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R owned by Yasuyuki Kamaya
  • R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R owned by Yasuyuki Kamaya
  • R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R owned by Yasuyuki Kamaya
  • R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R owned by Yasuyuki Kamaya
  • R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R owned by Yasuyuki Kamaya
  • R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R owned by Yasuyuki Kamaya
  • R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R owned by Yasuyuki Kamaya
  • R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R owned by Yasuyuki Kamaya

Casually Customized R34 Skyline GT-R

Mr Yasuyuki Kamaya, who has been driving the Nissan Skyline for many years, has acquired his dream car, the GT-R. He uses a lot of NISMO aero parts to make it look stylish, but the front mask remains stock.

“I’m very satisfied with the performance!”

Mr Kamaya has driven only Skyline cars, including a Kenmeri (4th generation/C110 2-door), a Japan (5th generation/C210 4-door) and an R32 GTS (8th generation/2-door). He later switched to a minivan out of necessity, but returned to the Skyline eight years ago, saying, “I still want a Skyline. He chose the R34 model, the last of the second generation with the RB26DETT engine, saying, “If I’m going to buy a GT-R for the last time, I want to buy the one I’ve always dreamed of.

The car was bought in 2000, late standard. The exterior of the car was initially very stocked, with a carbon bonnet and front and rear diffusers for the V-specII fitted first, and standard NISMO side skirts, rear underbody and LED tail lamps installed. The muffler, which was “installed from the beginning”, is a genuine NISMO option and incorporates rare parts.

In addition, a rear-view camera is built into the key cylinder in the boot to both prevent theft and improve rear visibility (although it is not used since the drive recorder was installed). The rear wiper is a transplant of a Nissan Serena wiper (convenient when washing the car as the wiper can be held up without the need to support it with the hand!) ) and other small tricks.

The wheels are early RAYS TE37s, and the blue stickers that match the body color are also a favorite. The brake rotors are for the V36 Skyline and have been customized down to the smallest detail, such as the enlarged size.

One thing we wondered about is that the front bumper has not been replaced, even though it has been modified to this extent. Why didn’t you use a NISMO bumper to match the others? I asked

“I’m too old now, so I refrained from doing too much. The Bayside Blue is always a showstopper.”

He smiles.

He laughs. This is the taste of an adult, I suppose.

Although the interior is stock, the multi-function display (MFD) has been replaced with a NISMO one, and the accelerator, brake, and clutch pedals have been changed to late-model aluminum. Other modifications include a carbon rear-view mirror cover, a cigarette socket lighter with the GT-R logo, and a genuine R34-standard drinks holder in the rear of the console box. He enjoys casually adding his personal touch.

The engine compartment has a CUSCO tower bar, NISMO air intake, cooling panel, and HPI radiator. This is topped off with a CREWCH ECU to increase performance.

“I didn’t modify the engine itself, only the CREWCH ECU and intake/exhaust system for the performance system, but it runs well enough so I’m satisfied. It’s almost finished the way I want it, so I just need to keep it in good condition from now on.”

For Mr Kamaya, the GT-R is his only pleasure.

translated by DeepL

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