Back in October 2017, we traveled to Japan with our friends Drift Team Animal Style – to document them drifting at the Super D Cup at Sportsland Meihan. What was special is that 3 members of the team shipped their own personal drift cars from the United States to Japan to drive with their icons and heroes at the event. We will be releasing a short form documentary looking at the event and why Meihan and the style of drifting it evokes had such a large influence on a group of drifters from another country. Also exploring the parallels between Julian Jacobs and Naoki Nakamura – two drifters whose love for driving consumes their lives. Coming some time later in 2018 to be announced. Filmed by Brandon Kado and Will Roegge.
Special Guest Larry Chen takes Keep Drifting Fun’s Will Roegge to Wisconsin to visit Kelly Moss Road and Race to drive their Porsche Carrera 4 Safari conversion on a frozen lake! Will adapts to the All Wheel Drive setup and gets the Porsche backwards and sliding well. Larry gets comfortable enough to start doing big slides in third gear at higher speeds. Watch Will and Larry have an all time experience in a crazy supercharged Porsche 911.
Joshua Herron replaces his broken SR20DET starter with a new one from ISR Performance. Even though its only a couple steps, sourcing an affordable new starter can be a challenge. Joshua takes us through it and gives some insight into his s14 240sx. Let us know if you would like to see more of this car!
Will Roegge drives at a Slide Factory event – gets a ton of seat time and shares his progress on extended handbrake entries. This is a great episode to watch if you are working on your entries in an under powered or low powered car. Hopefully you can pick up a few things and make your own checklist of things to improve the next time you drift.
Brian Scotto of Hoonigan had us come to the Donut Garage to talk about Keep Drifting Fun and the origins, adventures, and future of our videos. Because it was Daily Transmission Tangents and because we also go deep on tangents in conversation – the episode is all over the place. However it will give you a good idea of how Joshua “Hobo” Herron and myself Will Roegge joined up to make the Keep Drifting Fun documentary. Which spawned a movement, stickers, this website, and all of the new tech/drifting videos we are making recently on our YouTube Channel. Thanks to Hoonigan for having us on the show and allowing us to go off subject repeatedly.
Will does 3 steps of modifications to the Street Project s14 to gain more steering angle. The first step is the easiest and results in the most gains – a slide on steering rack spacer. The second step is a bit of a correction of the first, put also depending on the tie rod end – could yield a bit more travel: installing new performance inner and outer tie rods. The third and final step is grinding down the bump stop on the knuckle itself for more range of motion. With each step, Will measures the total amount of leading wheel steering lock angle. To give a measurement to the amount of angle gained from each change. As with any steering modification, an alignment was necessary afterwards to correct the changes.
Also known as how to improve your drifting from your desk chair. Seat time is expensive, every time you’re at the track it costs money to drift. Tires, Fuel, Wear on the car, Track fees, and the time spent in transport to/from the track. It’s usually the culmination of several days of preparation to drive – mounting fresh tires, checking over your drift car, and planning the trip to the track. All that being said, an inexpensive way to make the most of the drift days is to review your driving at home after a track day. You can study your runs, notice things you would like to improve upon and things you might already be doing well. Making an actual list or mental notes of techniques or corrections to your existing habits.
In the Drifting and Crashing at Adams Motorsport Park video – I made a list of techniques I wanted to try the next time I drifted:
1. Snappy Entries – Feint/Weight Transfer
2. Earlier Entries – extending with the handbrake
3. Clutch Kick Transitions
4. Keeping Revs up while clutching in
It was cool to do earlier entries and clutch kick transitions – while the other two techniques I still need more practice and focus to implement them into my driving. Thanks for watching this episode!
Will installs his old White Bunny Competition Clutch onto Hert’s Simple Seat Time S13 – while the KA24DE is out of the car. He also replaces the throw out bearing and removes an extra alignment dowel pin from the transmission.
As s14’s start to reach 19-23 years old (1995-1998) the odds of them having leaky hoses and worn lines increases. Luckily, ISR Performance created a power steering kit to replace all the rubber steering hoses with stainless steel lines. Also replacing the hose clamp connections with AN compression fittings. On the Project Street s14, the reservoir feed line to the power steering pump was leaking. Because it joined the plastic reservoir with the metal pump it was a rubber line with hose clamps on both sides. Once the reservoir side plastic was weak, the hose clamp wasn’t doing much to stop the flow of leaking power steering fluid.
Another area that needed addressing on Project Street s14’s steering were the steering rack hard lines. Which got pinched by the transmission bell housing the last time I pulled the KA24DE engine. ISR also makes a set of replacement stainless steel rack steering lines – which are made from braided hose and won’t dent or crimp like the stock hard lines.
We get to see the Adams Motorsport Park day from Hert’s perspective as the 5th episode of UnProfessionals UnSeasoned shows the drifting from that day! Julian Jacobs (Animal Style), Hert, and Keep Drifting Fun’s Will Roegge get some serious seat time on the karting track. Be sure to watch the other episodes of this mini season.
Will preps and re-sprays the half shell helmet he bought in Japan to make it a little more loud and Bosozoku style. The helmet was a quick purchase while in Osaka to allow Will and Brandon Kado to do ride alongs at Meihan during Super D Cup. It has seen a couple drift days and the gloss black paint never really looked right. So Will masked off the lid and bottom section, scotch bright scuffed the old paint, and then resprayed the helmet with some rattle-can Krylon candy purple metallic paint with a touch of pink metal flake.
Hert tells the origin story of his love of RX7s and driving Rotary engines. He also explains why there has not been a 2nd season of UnProfessionals yet on Hoonigan. Plus gives an inside look into the Chevrolet LS removal and initial build of his Mazda Rotary engine with Angel Motorsports.
Julian Jacobs asked me if I wanted to come test Adams Motorsport Park with him – as a potential venue for Super D Matsuri. Having always wanted to drift Adams – I said “yes!”. Hert had just purchased a 1991 s13 hatchback and was ready to come drift his Simple Seat Time Stallion as well. Add Brandon Kado into the mix – for some exterior footage and we had quite the crew. I learned a lot from Julian and could see the improvement in my driving from my early laps to the end.
Will installs a Recaro Pole Position bucket seat into Project Street s14. The stock Nissan 240sx seats don’t provide much lateral support while drifting. Luckily Will was able to steal one out of the black s14 240sx and put it into Street Project s14. The seat install is super easy and one of the best support/tangible upgrades you can do in a drift car. Let us know what we should upgrade or modify next!
This week Will removes his leaking s14 sunroof and replaces it with an Aluminum LRB Speed Delete Panel. The old sunroof wasn’t working with the Project Street s14 switching to more drift duty – especially with the limited headroom it creates. Will had tried to repair it in the past with some epoxy and a new seal – but that didn’t hold together because of cracks in the fiberglass retainer. So it was time to look for an alternative. The cheapest and best option looked to be the LRB Speed Sunroof Delete Panel. It was easy to install and made in the USA. Check out the video for the process.
Got together with some friends to drift at Grange Motor Circuit a couple weeks ago. It was a great opportunity to test out the stock KA24DE setup on the purple Street Project S14. It quickly became apparent that the engine wasn’t putting out maximum power (you need all 130hp) and a missing knock sensor became the culprit for the power loss. It was a big learning opportunity and I figured out how to link the inner part of the track – plus run it in the opposite direction (counter clockwise). Thanks for checking out this episode and visit our YouTube channel for more episodes of Street Project s14 in the future. Including a couple install videos and a trip to Adams Motorsport park.
The purple s14 240sx gets a Fuel Pressure Regulator upgrade – as Will installs an ISR Performance Fuel Pressure Regulator. The new fuel pressure regulator will help to control the fuel flow from the upgraded Walboro 255 Fuel Pump and prepare the KA24de for turbocharging. Be sure to watch the Coilover install video for more from this project car build.
We’ve started a new effort called Easy Spirit. Which will serve as a more personal look into the two filmmakers behind Keep Drifting Fun: Joshua “Hobo” Herron and Will Roegge. In this first episode, Hobo visits with Rainer aka Raysfactory and checks out his current projects.
Sorry for the ridiculously long wait. Here is Sharking Lot 3 with Drift Team Animal Style. Filmed by Brandon Kado and Will Roegge.
Take a ride-a-long with Hert in his 1989 Mazda RX-7 FC at Horse Thief Mile at Willow Springs. Enjoy. Maybe spin the tires?