SILVIA: Bounce, Light It Up, Party Time

Suspension wise, I asked Dave (Spools) how the Cusco Zero 1's felt daily driving on his R32. I was informed they were harsh and not ideal to drive on everyday. Although he did tell me that if he were to have that choice to choose again, he'd purchase some Section Silkroad coilovers. I had jumped online and read some articles on forums, most of which were positive reviews. At that time, our dollar was on par, or just a bit higher than the Japanese yen. I contacted Streeter to have him purchase them for me and after a three month long boat ride, they had shown up at my door step.
The S13 has a MacPherson type strut for the front suspension and a multi-link independent rear suspension. The Silkroads that I purchased were the RM/A8 model - now discontinued, with 8kg front springs and 6kg rear springs. Not "too" harsh for daily driving and will be good enough for some occasional track work.

The front coilovers have camber top adjustment with an elongated hole on the lower mounting bracket for that extra bit of camber if needed. There is also an eight stage dampening adjustment dial at the bottom of the coilover for easy access with a turn of the steering wheel. They are also base height adjustable, meaning that you can just loosen the bottom locking collar and turn the actual strut to decrease the length of the coilover - more low, low is a lifestyle.

Rear coilovers are also base height adjustable, dampening dial on the top of the strut rather than the bottom like the front coilovers.
I had pulled apart the casing for the RGB shift knob light to have a look if there was a way to make a cleaner install without having the wire running from the 12V cigarette socket. This button above determines which colour will be lit with just a simple push.
I bought a 30A LED illuminated rocker switch from my local Jaycar Electronics. The reason for buying this switch was to wire up the shift knob light to it. Instead of being plugged into the cigarette socket, the light will be hard wired to the switch and turned on and off with just a simple flick of my finger - like a booger. On the back of the switch, there are three pins - accessories, positive and negative.

There should be two wires that come off the circuit board of the light, one should be a positive wire and the other a negative. The positive wire from light should be wired to the accessory pin of the switch, both negative wires from the switch and light can be joined together and mounted to the chassis/earthing point. Positive wire from the switch can be spliced into the cigarette lighter socket wire for a source of power. Make sure you have some spare fuses lying around if it's your first time dealing with wiring.
Originally, the casing for the lights was chrome. But being a bit too eye catching, I grabbed some Satin Black, masked off what didn't need to be sprayed and had my way with it. Nice, simple, subtle. The casing has some double sided tape making it easy for joining the light and shift knob together.
There were many mounting positions that I had in mind for the switch to go. Firstly, inside the centre console; secondly, in the ashtray and last but not least, on the radio facia. I decided to mount the switch on the facia, due to having enough free space back there for the pins to not short out anywhere. Choose a drill bit with a diameter a touch bigger than the switch and started drilling away at the plastic. On the back of the switch, there is a locking ring which secures the unit to the facia nice and tight.
There are seven different variations you can choose from, with the image above being my most favoured. Party time with a flick of the switch.

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