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Nissan BE-1 Suspension options

Thu 03 Jul 2008 07:58:30 PM
Hi Guys. I've got a 1987 Nissan BE-1. I've squeezed 18's on it but want to lower it. I have no idea where to start looking for suspension or if the BE has the same suspension as any of the newer micras. If someone can give me some advice that would be super awesome!
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Re: Nissan BE-1 Suspension options

Thu 03 Jul 2008 10:24:35 PM
thats awesome! where'd you get that thing from??

doubt the BE has the same suspension as our k11 models if its based on the K10, as we never got K10's here

you may get lucky with k10 march front cuts but even that a long shot at a 20 year old car

best bet might be to jump on the UK forums, cool as your car is, i think getting parts would be an absolute nightmare, one of the main reasons i haven't gone for a K10 superturbo..

post some pics up of your car! love to know where/how you got it etc
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Re: Nissan BE-1 Suspension options

Thu 03 Jul 2008 10:56:35 PM
i believe the suspension is the same as the k10 superturbo, and they also share the same gearbox? :( about all i know..
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Re: Nissan BE-1 Suspension options

Sun 06 Jul 2008 06:01:54 PM
Actually made me think of the PAO K10... It might be worth looking up to see if cusco make or made coilovers for the K10. They do for the K11 but it's worth a look.

I don't know which one the PAO has but here it is anyhow (scroll down to see the coilovers):

http://www.kustom-pao.com/body/body.htm

The PAO was mentioned in a thread a while back, here. Your best bet for aftermarket gear is Yahoo Japan.

Edit: Oh, and this is just my personal opinion, but anything over 15" wheels is too big for a K10/K11. Small diameter but wider wheels are the way to go ;)

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Re: Nissan BE-1 Suspension options

Sun 06 Jul 2008 06:31:15 PM
deNs WROTE:

"Actually made me think of the PAO K10... It might be worth looking up to see if cusco make or made coilovers for the K10. They do for the K11 but it's worth a look.

I don't know which one the PAO has but here it is anyhow (scroll down to see the coilovers):

http://www.kustom-pao.com/body/body.htm href="http://www.kustom-pao.com/body/body.htm" target=_blank>http://www.kustom-pao.com/body/body.htm

The PAO was mentioned in a thread a while back, here. Your best bet for aftermarket gear is Yahoo Japan.

Edit: Oh, and this is just my personal opinion, but anything over 15" wheels is too big for a K10/K11. Small diameter but wider wheels are the way to go ;)

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yeh, + 1 for don't go bigger then 15's, i've got 16's on one of my cars.. its ok but slows it down a touch.. would probably help if they weren't cheap n heavy as fuck

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Re: Nissan BE-1 Suspension options

Sun 06 Jul 2008 06:35:06 PM
I would only put 16's on if your turboed,if you've got a car thats NA i would not go bigger than 14's.
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Re: Nissan BE-1 Suspension options

Sun 06 Jul 2008 06:57:42 PM
Tony WROTE:

"I would only put 16's on if your turboed,if you've got a car thats NA i would not go bigger than 14's."


or if you don't like the gay hyundai look of 14's :P
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Re: Nissan BE-1 Suspension options

Sun 06 Jul 2008 10:01:47 PM
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"or if you don't like the gay hyundai look of 14's :P"


You mean 16's, right? I like 15's solely because tyre choice is opened up so much more compared to 14's and they do fit the huge brakes (for a micra) under them for the most part, but if I could i'd stick with 14's and have infinite tyre choice I would.

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Re: Nissan BE-1 Suspension options

Sun 06 Jul 2008 10:31:38 PM
no.. i mean 14's look gay.. the tyre side walls make it look 4wd spec. 15's are ohhk.. didn't think 14's had that much choice in tyres..
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Re: Nissan BE-1 Suspension options

Wed 09 Jul 2008 07:57:53 PM
deNs WROTE:

BR>
Edit: Oh, and this is just my personal opinion, but anything over 15" wheels is too big for a K10/K11. Small diameter but wider wheels are the way to go ;)

---dens"


Yeah on the BE though 15's look too small (will post pics with 15's and with 18's) the wheel arches on them are huge! The 18's fill it out nicley. Only prob is 7.5" wide wheels rub on the torsion? bars at the rear. Might need a slight mod to ge them to fit nicley. I'll up some pics of the be with 18's tomorrow - for some reason I dont have pics of it and it's too dark to take them now. Also on the BE with 1 ltr motor you don't really notice any decrease in performance when running bigger wheels ;) haha

I got the BE in Brisbane from an importer. Just happened to find it when I was shopping for my S2 Stagea. It's very straight, with a few bits of rust starting to bubble the paint around the doors. The plan is to respray it shortly before the rust makes itself at home. Apart from the wheels the car is standard. I rebuilt the motor after buying the car though, just so I know where I stand with everything. I also have a stereo running 1000w RMS totoal which is just over kill I know, but is from my previous car. Tis good fun and get heaps of looks in it because of the wheels and the stupid browinsh yellowish vomitish colour. People love it :D

Thanks for everyone's help with the suspension info. I think the gear box is the same as the escargo. Well the auto box is anyway. Really bad gear ratios.

Will up pics for everyone for the weekend.
Thanks again.

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Re: Nissan BE-1 Suspension options

Mon 21 Jul 2008 08:20:11 PM
Hey guys heres the pics. Bit late I know, but when i went to upload them the micra forum was down. anyway heres the be on 18's.

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Re: Nissan BE-1 Suspension options

Mon 21 Jul 2008 08:20:53 PM
and another. this also shows the reason new suspension is needed ;)
 

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Re: Nissan BE-1 Suspension options

Mon 21 Jul 2008 11:08:13 PM
haha just awesome!! can you turn the front wheels more than a few degrees???

i think it needs the k10 superturbo engine with a manual conversion eh :D
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Re: Nissan BE-1 Suspension options

Tue 22 Jul 2008 05:50:24 AM
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i think some of our k10 guys have put k11 front suspension/brakes on theirs (the U clamp on the back of the wishbone rubber is bigger tho, iirc).
and k10 rears are coilover anyway are,nt they ?

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Re: Nissan BE-1 Suspension options

Thu 24 Jul 2008 09:46:34 AM
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i think some of our k10 guys have put k11 front suspension/brakes on theirs (the U clamp on the back of the wishbone rubber is bigger tho, iirc).
and k10 rears are coilover anyway are,nt they ?

frank"



Not sure about the rear. Not the smartest when it comes to this sort of thing. Was thinking of just getting it bagged. Would prob be same sort of money and save alot of hassle.

I'd love to put the super turbo motor in it, but it would prob cost more to do that then the car is worth. Plus I sorta like that it's gutless. Funny as hell when reving to redline and its going nowhere :D
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Re: Nissan BE-1 Suspension options

Thu 24 Jul 2008 06:47:59 PM
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yeh, the rears are coilover (i,ve long been tempted to fit a k10 axle in mine).
just match your rear spring with a lowered one, and fit lowered k11 fronts eh

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Re: Nissan BE-1 Suspension options

Thu 24 Jul 2008 06:49:01 PM
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Re: Nissan BE-1 Suspension options

Thu 31 Jul 2008 12:47:49 PM
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yeh, the rears are coilover (i,ve long been tempted to fit a k10 axle in mine).
just match your rear spring with a lowered one, and fit lowered k11 fronts eh

frank"


Thanks alot Frank. Those pics are great. i'll see how I get on with it all.

Anyone know of some good places to buy lowered k11 fronts?

Thanks :D
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Re: Nissan BE-1 Suspension options

Thu 31 Jul 2008 01:20:34 PM
nissan micra spare parts thread...
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Re: Nissan BE-1 Suspension options

Thu 31 Jul 2008 11:21:50 PM
hey frank, are k10 shocks two bolt or three bolt at the top of the towers? i swear i saw a k10 with only two on there... cause k11 is three bolt, is the suspension that different between the two?
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Re: Nissan BE-1 Suspension options

Thu 31 Jul 2008 11:57:28 PM
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i think they,re all (edit, k10,s and k11,s) 2 nuts innit ? (just angled different)

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