Newsletter 38

20 September 2006




It has become the time of year again where a healthy amount of work comes my way. Either re-tuning previously botched jobs or helping somebody in need.

But WHY do people never cancel their appointments ?

If I canít plan, how am I supposed to run my shop ?

Also why canít people just be honest and tell it like it is ?


Quite often we are given jobs, where I wonder if we were not to serve as a scapegoat.

Look at the pictures of some foreign object wandering through the motor, talking out 6 valves in the process.


Enough of this and letís get to the point. This Newsletter is going out due to the frequent emails I get going something like ďI would like to know if you do similar upgrades as SAC:

Stage One Ė Ē.


SAC, van der Linde, Nickís Racing, Roger Taylor etc. are all just trade names like Checkers, Gucci, Oom Piet se Biltong shop etc.

What we produce and how we produce it is up to the proprietor/management.


Firstly compare apples with apples.

Some produce for the masses while others do handcrafted individual creations.

Some are Bargain priced while others only cater for the connoisseur.

It goes without saying that some shops are better than others while some are really hot on certain models while producing so-so results on others. Looking at the wiring at the left, I doubt it being a strong point. Seeing that it was on a shiny 4500 Cruiser makes you think.

There are many different ways to come to a similar result, choose who you are comfortable with and what makes sense.


It is up to the Customer to first define his or her need. No, do not listen to the advertising boffin who only wants to sell, sell and then sell some more.

Then start shopping around and compare prices and quality.

When you have found what youíre looking for make contact and try to find out how au fait the person is with your vehicle.

Once you choose your supplier, stick by him.

If you are unhappy, tell him and if he runs a quality shop he should sort it out for you. Letís face it we all cook with water.


We all have our Business principles and associated morals, so maybe it is worth you finding out what they are before doing business with that particular shop.



To elaborate on one point made above, please do compare different products !

A branch is not a branch like all others. Clearancing can be a problem (who wonít forget the Nissan v6 Headers that you needed to remove to get at the oil-filter).

The photo of the left showed the downpipes being to close to the oil-pressure sending unit.

Apart from the fit also look at quality and reliability.

A cheaper item can cost a lot in the long run, so do not be afraid to ask questions regarding these salient points.


Unless the salesperson was not honest or withheld information, it is only you who can be held responsible for choosing incorrectly.

Therefore I have set up a comprehensive Website for my prospective customers, where I try and define my objectives.

If you contact me Iíd tell you what Iíd do to your vehicle if it were mine.

Since I am quality conscious (who wants a breakdown alone in an Angolan desert) I try to make my work as good and if possible better than the factory.

Since I am not Mr. Madeofmonney, I look at value for Money and that is how my Stages of modifications are comprised.




Thanks for your feedback:

Hi Nick

Could you do the under-mention for a Mazda Drifter 2.5 Diesel Turbo with 12, 000 km on the clock and what do you quote!

The current power is standard 80 kW and 257 Nm!

What will it be after the upgrade?


1. Free flow exhaust                                 

2. Diesel pump calibration & optimization 


Can I rate this newspaper!

This is my first one and I am really impressed!

**** out of *****


I do not like touching Diesels.

If I make a mistake on a Petrol Engine, the result is immediate and spectacular, also I am responsible.

On diesels the mistake can be costly in the long run, overfueling causes ringwash and advancing the timing will retain too much heat in your engine.


On this Car I would recommend:

K&N filter as the increase in Air availability can only benefit you.

Larger intercooler 5000 N$ incl installation. This improves performance while increasing reliability.


A larger exhaust helps a little bit and for the Calibration and Injector rebuild talk to Erhard 061-217297


Thanks for the compliment.


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Sweet and shortÖ


Do you race the Hyundai? (Or someone else, you just tune it?) Iíve seen it at your premises more than often and the car really looks cool and of racing material. My guess is you only use it for rallyÖ?


Great newsletter, keep the good work up!



I believe that neither the Team-owner nor crew chief (myself) should EVER race their car.

It gets far to emotional that way.

Actually I should be the engine builder becoming the chief Whisky pourer at the track, but sadly my job seems to be to hold the can (as they say in the movies).

We have a professional racing for us and I quite like that set-up.


It looks like that car was used by Hyundai Motorsport for Road racing, then converted to Rallying and finally butchered for oval-track use.

If I tell you all the mistakes that have been made on this car, you'd either cry or call me a liar.

So now it only gets used for organised road racing.

I would test it in Namibia, if we still had road-racing.


Thanks for the words of encouragement.


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Hi, how much will power increase in flow onley.Is it worth wile and must you port aswell?
Generally I prefer doing the cam with the head as that makes the most sense.


Gasflowing is another name for Porting.

or rather Gasflowing means testing the CFM of Air flowing through the head at a given valve lift before & after porting (similar to Dynotuning and also a good way to baffle the customer)


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Hi Nick

I have a 1995 Mercedes Benz E320 A/T.

The car is very much standard, but is a bit expensive of fuel consumption giving me 5.8 KM/L.

If I reach a steep hill it is very lazy. I also experienced a problem with the temp. gauge as it sometimes move

from normal to high and once I drive a long stretch it started to normalize.

I use to drive gravel roads once every 3-4 months.

It also has a button near the gears where you could shift it from E to S.

If I put it in S all I experience is more pertrol consumption.I think it is having a sports suspension.

Can I also do a dynotest on my car.If it is a very hot day in town driving my car sometimes became a nightmare cause it operates so slow.I think a can do with a bit more torque.Last weekend I clocked it 210 km/h and there is still powerunder my feet but have realized that my tempt.gauge moved up a little bit.

What could be wrong? Is it wiring harness or air intake or what?




NB! You have a lovely site. Just upload more photos of parts and cars that you have tuned.

Dear Herbert


Thankfully I do not do fault finding.

Seriously, you have some problem that an Expert should look at. I would suggest either Orion or Eros.    Tell them I referred you.


When I Dynotune a Vehicle, I expect it to be in a "factory tuned state" and then improve on that.

Faultfinding takes time and sometimes specialized equipment. Both I do not have, as I have a lot of people wanting their fuel consumption reduced and the 2'nd I find unnecessary for a "speed shop".


The 320 AT should be sporty vehicle, so I am sure it needs some factory adjustment.

Once it is back to normal we can do a few things to it such as a K&N, Exhaust, UNICHIP etc.


Has your vehicle always done that or did you buy a lemon ?


If you don't come right, talk to me


Thanks for your kind comments








Everyday is a victory when you think positive."