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I'm creating this journal to share my journey of making my 370z into a weekend track car. I don't plan on doing this over night and want to do my

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Old 12-05-2017, 11:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm creating this journal to share my journey of making my 370z into a weekend track car. I don't plan on doing this over night and want to do my best to research my upgrades prior to purchase. I can already see that this forum is a wealth of knowledge and information and hope I can get some feedback from you veteran 370z owners as I progress.

I purchased my 2017 370z base model coupe on 10-13-17. I specifically bought the base model because I knew I wouldn't be satisfied with the "performance" parts that come on the other models (other than Nismo of course) and since the engines are identical in the base, Sport, and Touring models, I didn't feel it was worth the money to buy anything other than the base model.

I went with the 6 speed manual trans in Deep Blue Pearl color. I was able to negotiate a rear spoiler during my purchase but it needed to be ordered and was not available at the time I purchased the car. The dealership provided me with the Due Bill for it and called within about 10 days. My sales rep set up an appointment for me and all I had to do was drop the Z off for the morning. I'm waiting for some time to take the Z out to a nice area to get some better pics, at which time I will upload the shots with the spoiler.

I will follow up with the mods I have done in separate threads to keep everything in order.
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Default Replacing the Engine Start button

My first mod was to replace the Engine Start/Stop button with the GTR part. I know, I know.. everyone does this and it's kind of irrelevant but hey... I figured a GTR part should add at least 10 horsepower right???
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Old 12-05-2017, 11:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Replacing the incandescent bulbs with 6k LEDs

My second mod was to replace the standard incandescent bulbs in the map lights and license plate lights with 6k LED, along with replacing the map light lenses with the clear plastic instead of the white plastic. Again, I realize these are only cosmetic but I really like the blue hues from the 6k LEDs and they are just so much brighter. Plus... they draw less current which should give me another 1 or 2 hp???? (Joking of course)
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Old 12-05-2017, 11:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Side Marker Lights and Subdued Flags

Todays 370z mod was to replace the "blank" side markers on the fenders with the actual LED illuminated turn signal versions. Here's my big question.... The base model 370z comes with the blanks (badge only, no LED). The blanks have an actual receptacle for the wiring harness plug and the harness is plugged in. The receptacle even has a black and a blue wire that go into the inside of the assembly but aren't connected to anything. Now my question is... why does the blank badge assembly cost $189 each (roughly) but the version that has the LED (which I consider to be an upgrade) only cost $30????? Am I missing something here??? I did really appreciate how Nissan used the same wiring harness though and actually made the plugs so easily accessible to me when I removed the blanks.

As far as the flags go... they are pretty small black and silver vinyl stickers. I know its a Japanese car, and I am proud to own it, but the flags are just something I put on all of my vehicles.
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My next big project was to make better use of that little cubby hole in the center of my dash board. That thing seemed about useless to me the way it was. I realize it is where the GPS would be but dang.. it was so small and at a funky angle and stuff... Just didn't seem like good use of space. So.. I removed the door and installed the plastic protective cover from an otterbox defender series iPad mini case. It was very simple to install. I just used a 1/4" drill bit to drill through the case cover and through the cubby insert. I then used fender liner push pins to secure the case cover. Now I can just pop the iPad mini in and out of the mounted case cover. It is very secure and while it may not be a "custom" install, I prefer the convenience of being able to just pop my iPad in and out of it at will. I'm using a wifi OBD2 dongle to send the engine computer data to the iPad and run DashCommand with a customized Dash.

If only I could see the oil pressure... I can't believe a company would produce a sports car and not put an oil pressure gauge. Oil Temperature.. ya.. that's nice... but I'd prefer an oil pressure gauge over an oil temperature gauge any day of the week.

So, with the iPad Mini, not only do I get DashCommand, I of course get all the other benefits of having a iPad/iPod device; mp3 player, video player, etc. The iPad mini I had was an older one that had pretty much lost its usefulness. It doesn't have cellular so I can't use if for navigation or live streaming of audio from Pandora or the like. This was really just a proof of concept as far as the mounting and functionality. I'm very happy with the results though so I may upgrade to a new iPad with cellular to get more functionality out of it.

I'm thinking about milling some type of panel that can snap into the defender case cover when I don't want to run the iPad there. I have a cnc and am thinking about using some type of 1/4" acrylic or something and possibly CNC'ing a Z logo into or something... haven't decided yet. I almost always run the iPad up there unless I'm just going out to run a quick errand or something.
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Default Engine Splash Shield

So after doing some research, I decided to upgrade the engine splash shield prior to deciding on what splitter or lip I am going to get. I ordered the ZSpeed 370z V2 aluminum splash shield. I'll post again when it comes in and I get it installed.
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I purchased my 2017 370z base model couple on 10-13-17. I specifically bought the base model because I knew I wouldn't be satisfied with the "performance' parts that come on the other models (other than Nismo of course) and since the engines are identical in the base, Sport, and Touring models, I didn't feel it was worth the money to buy anything other than the base model.
Sad to say i bought a older model base with the same mindset. Youre going to see the crutch that is an open diff, and the dinky brakes as soon as you drive it with some authority. Neither of which are cheap to deal with for the most part.

However I am curious to see how you play this out! Ive had my 09 for a little under 6 months now and have it progressed relatively far from being a POS from the prev owner.
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“Weekend track car.” Should change your title to “Parking lot hero.”
not sure what you mean with that comment. I'm not rich but work hard for a living and am just trying to enjoy what I have and what I can afford. I don't see anything wrong with trying to get a car ready for track driving even if it is on a budget. I'm not trying to race the 24 hours of Daytona or anything. Maybe I just don't understand your post.
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Sad to say i bought a older model base with the same mindset. Youre going to see the crutch that is an open diff, and the dinky brakes as soon as you drive it with some authority. Neither of which are cheap to deal with for the most part.

However I am curious to see how you play this out! Ive had my 09 for a little under 6 months now and have it progressed relatively far from being a POS from the prev owner.
I want to get out to one of the advanced driving schools with the car as stock as it is so I can really understand how the upgrades I will eventually be doing affect the car's power and handling. I think it will be fun to see how the car progresses, knowing what it was like in the beginning.

From the feedback I have been getting so far and the reading I have been doing I think my first real performance upgrade will be wheels and tires. I know a LSD will be in the future for sure along with brakes and brake lines.

Good luck on your build. I had an 05 Corvette that I had bought used and I know your pain when it comes to trying to get a used car back up to a higher standard. I ended up trading the vette in for the new Z instead of continuing to chase other peoples abuse and misuse issues. The 05 vette parts were hard to find and expensive when i could find them.

Your Z looks good and parts are plentiful and reasonably priced. I'm looking forward to following your thread and seeing your progress.
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I want to get out to one of the advanced driving schools with the car as stock as it is so I can really understand how the upgrades I will eventually be doing affect the car's power and handling. I think it will be fun to see how the car progresses, knowing what it was like in the beginning.

From the feedback I have been getting so far and the reading I have been doing I think my first real performance upgrade will be wheels and tires. I know a LSD will be in the future for sure along with brakes and brake lines.

Good luck on your build. I had an 05 Corvette that I had bought used and I know your pain when it comes to trying to get a used car back up to a higher standard. I ended up trading the vette in for the new Z instead of continuing to chase other peoples abuse and misuse issues. The 05 vette parts were hard to find and expensive when i could find them.

Your Z looks good and parts are plentiful and reasonably priced. I'm looking forward to following your thread and seeing your progress.
Believe it or not just a basic autocross or track day is all you need, just make friends with people out there and you will learn a lot.

Thanks! The car had a matte blank paintjob and the headlights were SUPER YELLOW. Now its got a gloss and clear lights after a full weekend of buffing and fun.

Wheels + Tires definitly make a huge difference. I got a sponsored deal on mine and from the base 225/245, 275/285 made the car handle waaay better. Get the sport calipers off rock auto for like $500. People hate that theyre reman'd but they work all the same. Just no shanzzy colour. Some agressive pads and either high carbon blanks or 2 peice rotors. IMO stay away from RBF600 if you get brakes and get Castrol SRF. Much better fluid, pricey, but worlds better.

LSD is on my list, but 2k is a lot to spend on a budget, so we will both suffer there

Although only thing i can say, which is a personal belief. Go back and do the tiny decor mods later. The 100$ or so youve spent on the gtr button and lights is half the price of some adjustable SPL arms. Im a firm believer of a pretty track car, but make it ride right before making it pretty :P
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