I didn’t a article about the Skyline but rather on a service that I have used several times with great satisfaction and which I consider to be a very good deal!

Whether you order auto parts in Japan, or manga, or clothes, video games or stuff that can only be found in Japan, you also noticed like me that the bill is sometimes quite steep between the shipping costs, customs, and VAT.

Are youe tired of this ? There is a service that will be able to reduce the bill a little… it is a forwarding service. Several exist and for my part I have been using Blackship for several months and it’s great!

 

Lien vers Blackship avec remise.

Blackship (the link in the image will grant you to a small reduction) provides you with a « normal » Japanese address, in the sense that you can (and you should!) use that address to as a delivery address for your online japan shopping.

But what is the point of going through an intermediary service rather than using your address directly?

Answers :

  • you can order from several different shops, have everything delivered to your Blackship address and ask Blackship to consolidate everything together in a single package: less shipping costs because a single package and prices negotiated with the majority of shipping companies.
  • it is also your responsibility to declare the contents of the packages you have delivered, the description of each package in a drop-down list, as well as the price (which will determine the amount of customs taxes / VAT). It can be tempting to « cheat » on the declared price, but you take the risk that in the event of loss / damage, the compensation will be based on the declared price … calculate your own risk if you choose this route. There are other forwarding services but Blackship is one of the only to make you responsible for the customs declaration.

I tested it around ten times with packages of all sizes, from bubble envelopes to packages over 80cm long and weighing 10kg. Great service.

Note that for those who wish to order auto parts, if parts are second hand (the one found on yahoo auctions for example) they must have been cleaned of any oil residue, to avoid flammable products…. if it’s new, no problem.

My regret: not having used it earlier since ordering in Japan.

The thing that bother me the very first time: the Japanese address is your address. You give delegation to Blackship to be able to receive your packages. And Blackship needs to know your identity to know who the goods are being sent to (Japanese law requires it). This is why an identity document will be required.

Blackship also has another site, whiterabbitexpress.com, which can assist you in your online purchases (either because the site you wish to order does not accept your way of payment or because you find it too difficult to order on sites in Japanese). Obviously this service has an extra cost but it is good to know that it exists. If for example you want to order from Yahoo Japan auctions, this is a good solution (don’t forget to check fees).

Whether you go through Blackship or another forwarding service, the same restrictions apply on non-exportable products (weapons, etc etc). All your questions will be answered here: https://support.blackship.com/category/343-account.

If you are comfortable ordering direct from Japanese sites like Rakuten, Amazon, Blackship is perfect with help from Google translate.

Finally, here is a sponsored link to Blackship with a small reduction (around 4 euros): https://blackship.com/?ref=JFFKX

 

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Quick article about sourcing and fitting new trunk dampers.
First two videos before/after.

You can see the before wasn’t very good as the dampers barely prevent the lid to stay open but the new dampers are spot on !
Installation is straight forward with a 12mm ratchet wrench, some thread sealant and a F-clamp : it should be long enough to slighty compress the damper. When the boot is fully open the damper remains slighty compressed. In order to remove it with damaging the thread you need to compress the damper and it’s really to hard by hand.

Steps to install :

  1. open the boot
  2. secure the boot opening so it doesn’t fall when one damper will be removed
  3. use a clamp to slighty compress the damper so the damper doesn’t put stress on the thread
  4. remove the upper bolt
  5. remove lower bolt
  6. swap the washer on the new damper
  7. put some thread sealant on damper end
  8. clamp the new damper
  9. bolt lower bolt first then upper bolt. The damper body must be attached to the lid.
  10. repeat steps 3 to 9 for the other damper and you’re done.

Below old damper on the left, new one on the right : same length and same thread diameter.

I didn’t ordered Nissan dampers. I ordered those from rakuten (two time cheaper than Nissan) and they work flawlessly : BNR34 damper set on Rakuten

If you search on yahoo.co.jp you will find another damper brand but feedbacks made me stay away from them as the pressure seems to strong resulting in a too fast opening.

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Je vous propose un petit article non pas sur la Skyline mais plutot sur un service que j’ai utilisé plusieurs fois, avec une grande satisfaction et que je considère comme un très bon plan !

Que vous commandiez des pièces auto au Japon, ou des mangas, ou des vêtements, des consoles ou des trucs qu’on ne trouve qu’au Japon, comme moi vous avez pu constater que la facture est parfois assez salée entre les frais de ports, de douane, et de TVA.

Vous en avez marre ? Il existe un service qui va pouvoir atténuer un peu la facture … il s’agit d’un transitaire de service. Plusieurs existent, j’utilise pour ma part Blackship depuis plusieurs mois et c’est top !

Lien vers Blackship avec remise.

Blackship (le lien de l’image donne droit à une petite réduction) met à votre disposition une adresse japonaise « normale », dans le sens ou c’est la que vos colis seront livrés.

Mais quel intérêt de passer par un intermédiaire plutôt que de directement mettre votre adresse en France ?

Réponses :

  • vous pouvez commander de plusieurs boutiques différentes, tout faire livrer à votre adresse Blackship et demander à Blackship de tout regrouper en un seul colis (la consolidation) : moins de frais de ports car un seul colis et tarifs négociés avec la majorité des transporteurs.
  • il vous appartient également de déclarer le contenu des colis que vous faites livrer, le descriptif de chaque colis dans une liste déroulante, ainsi que le prix (qui déterminera le montant des taxes de douanes/TVA). Il peut être tentant de « tricher » sur le prix à déclarer, mais vous prenez le risque qu’en cas de perte/dommage, l’indemnité sera basée sur le prix déclaré … calculez bien votre prise de risque si vous choisissez cette voie.

Je l’ai testé environ une dizaine de fois avec des colis de toute taille, de l’enveloppe à bulle jusqu’au colis de plus de 80cm de long et pesant 10kg. Super service.

A noter que pour ceux qui souhaitent commander des pièces auto, si ce sont des pièces d’occasion elles devront avoir été nettoyées de tout résidus d’huile, ceci pour éviter les produits inflammables …. si c’est neuf, pas de problème.

Mon regret : ne pas l’avoir utilisée plus tôt depuis que je passe des commandes au Japon.

Le truc qui m’a rebuté : cette adresse japonaise est votre adresse. Vous donnez une sorte une délégation à Blackship de pouvoir réceptionner vos colis. Et Blackship a besoin de connaitre votre identité pour savoir a qui sont expédiées les marchandises (la loi japonaise l’exige, contrairement à la France par ex). C’est pour cela qu’une pièce d’identité vous sera demandée.

Blackship dispose aussi d’un autre site, whiterabbitexpress.com qui permet lui de vous assistez dans vos achats en ligne (soit parce que le site ou vous souhaitez commander n’accepte pas vos moyens de paiements ou parce que vous trouvez trop laborieux de commander sur des sites en Japonais). Évidemment ce service à un coup supplémentaire, mais il est bon de savoir que cela existe. Si par exemple vous voulez commandez sur les enchères de Yahoo Japon, c’est une excellente solution.

Que vous passiez par Blackship ou un autre transitaire, les mêmes restrictions s’appliquent sur les produits non exportables (armes, etc etc). Toutes vos interrogations trouveront leurs réponses ici : https://support.blackship.com/category/343-account (c’est en anglais, traduction google ici : https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=en&tl=fr&u=https://support.blackship.com/category/343-account)

Si vous êtes à l’aise pour commander directement sur des sites japonais comme Rakuten, Amazon, Blackship est parfait, avec l’aide de Google pour la traduction.

Pour terminer, voici un lien sponsorisé vers Blackship avec une petite réduction (environ 4 euros) : https://blackship.com/?ref=JFFKX

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I’ve had to service the gearbox recently and thus had to make an oil change.
As many owners of a Skyline with a Getrag gearbox (same as the 6 speed Supra TT aka Getrag V160) it’s been almost impossible to get the recommanded oil.

Depending the manufacturer of the car it’s Nissan Mission Oil BNR34 special or Toyota V160 fluid (see https://wardiz.org/blog/2014/03/28/les-huiles-a-utiliser-lors-de-lentretien/) or simply put Esso ATF D-21065.

One (but not the only one) most suitable oil was the Castrol Transmax Z. While I was looking for the best replacement I managed to order this :

Esso ATF D21065

Yes, that’s the original product !! It’s like it’s been put back on production and it’s cheap. Well actually it’s normal price compared to similar product : around 10 euros. Cheap compared to Nissan or Toyota products.

A couple of places where it can been ordered :

I noticed a small improvement in gear change since I put this oil like more smooth. But that’s subjective.

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In a previous article I detailed the installation of new MeisterR GT1 coilovers : https://wardiz.org/blog/2017/10/29/new-coilovers/

After I setup everything I wanted to remain close from original ground clearance (approximately 14cm). But the front bracket of the coilovers won’t allow this setting as they are too short. This meant the ground clearance became 11cm and that was somehow no longer pratical. 13cm would have been nice, even 12cm but not 11cm.
I contacted MeisterR to explain the issue I had and it occured they already take care of that problem with longer front bracket on new GT1 coilovers.
All I have to do was to order the new brackets and they arrived fast. Here are the old and new brackets side to side (old on the left, new on the right) :

MeisterR_longer_bracket

As you can see the new bracket is 30mm longer so it provides more height adjustment. Fitting is super easy (thanks to my impact wrench,a Makita DTW285 : 400Nm to loose bolt needless to say it’s on of the best tool I have for mecanical work. I bought it because I already have a Makita tool. Price is fair on amazon).

Once fitted it was easy to adjust the ground clearance to 13cm !