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Old 05-15-2018, 07:16 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I have had both Stillen Supercharger and currently running the BP kit.

Hands down BP wins in my book! Bang for the buck, install, maintenance, and best of all lost zero drivability! Of course that had a lot to do with the tune. Haha
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Old 05-16-2018, 01:55 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I need more info on the modified steering rack. I'd LOVE to have the wheel closer.
I searched the internet for a good option for quite a while, but couldn't find anything off the shelf.

Sho this is what we made, it moved the whole column closer to the driver. Just needed some new brackets.

I'm really happy with it, it improves my position behind the wheel for 200%!



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Alright, so when i got the 370z it had been "hand washed" for about 7 years. This seems to be done with the same sponge for all those years as the paint condition was terrible.

Now the magnetic black is an amazing colour that can really pop the metallic, but in order to do so the paint has to be immaculate.

I spent one day detailing the Z, doing a one stage polishing treatment. To achieve perfection i should do at least 2 or 3 stages, but I wanted to go for the "quick wins" first and finish the entire car in one day.

Swirl removal on the hood:


The front bumper was in very bad condition:


The side pillar also improved by 90%:


Reflections....





A close up of the wheels. I had them powdercoated in the original NISMO colour:


And the final result:
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Much better. Fellow magnetic black owner, I feel your pain. It's the best color when it's clean. Which is for approximately 45 seconds after you just finish detailing it. Then it attracts every bit of grime and dust within a half mile radius.
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I believe these are my current FI options.

Things to take into account for me:

-GTM kit is a used kit sold by a reputable shop.
-Both topgunz and boosted performance deliver a proven kit, are in business and have great communication
-SOHO just released their topmount kit, proven record on the VQ35 engines.
-RJM misses a hood solution, so I'm leaving that one out.

Tried to create one overview for costs and parts wise for the entire project:

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Personally I'm not a fan of any top mount turbo. It's flawed placement. There's already enough heat in the engine bay and the piping is a clusterf*ck. The best place for a big single is where BP puts it, and that's still imperfect. It's just the best compromise.

Also, go bigger on the oil cooler. You're going to be blocking it with an intercooler, so it's not getting ambient temp air. Add a turbo blanket and some fire sleeve for wastegate lines. If you ever want to upgrade the motor mounts to poly, now's the time. It'll be a much bigger PITA once there's a lot of extra piping in the way. I'd also go with the RJM (not the supercharger guys, the original RJM) upgraded master cylinder instead of OEM, and pair it with his clutch pedal (although the pedal can be done later).

Last, try and get the clutch done well before you do the rest of the install so it can be broken in properly, not just thrown on the dyno and beat on.
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Personally I'm not a fan of any top mount turbo. It's flawed placement. There's already enough heat in the engine bay and the piping is a clusterf*ck. The best place for a big single is where BP puts it, and that's still imperfect. It's just the best compromise.

Also, go bigger on the oil cooler. You're going to be blocking it with an intercooler, so it's not getting ambient temp air. Add a turbo blanket and some fire sleeve for wastegate lines. If you ever want to upgrade the motor mounts to poly, now's the time. It'll be a much bigger PITA once there's a lot of extra piping in the way. I'd also go with the RJM (not the supercharger guys, the original RJM) upgraded master cylinder instead of OEM, and pair it with his clutch pedal (although the pedal can be done later).

Last, try and get the clutch done well before you do the rest of the install so it can be broken in properly, not just thrown on the dyno and beat on.
+1 on the turbo placement under the hood. I think it looks amazing, but deffinately will create more heat. I've been in touch with SOHO and they have been answering my questions very well - but at this moment in time I don't see a reason why I should go for their kit over the BP one.

Regarding a heat blanket: yes, i'm also heatwrapping the exhaust manifold and piping there to keep heat radiation as low as possible.

Upgrading motor mounts: I have a bad experience doing this on other cars, in a sense that it's still a road car and definitely not a track car. I didn't like the extra vibration you felt through the subframe. Any specific reason to do this on the Z? (is it a known weak point or anything?).

Final word: it's either about spending a lot of money, or spending a whole lot of money. Currently my preference seems to go to BP.
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There's no real need on the motor mounts other than gaining space which becomes pretty handy on the BP kit. The only reason I brought it up was to tell you that it's now or never since you'll have to disassemble a bunch of crap if you want to do it later on down the line.
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Thanks, I will see if i'm able to inspect them whilst working on the install of a kit. Will pull the trigger this week.
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I noticed you put the CJM fuel system on the BP kit list of things and not required on the other kits

It's not required on the BP kit but always a plus to have.
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I noticed you put the CJM fuel system on the BP kit list of things and not required on the other kits

It's not required on the BP kit but always a plus to have.
Good feedback. I heard this from more people and will put it on my list to add some safety also.


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Im currently running the K-Sport Kontrol Pro coilovers, they came with the car. I like that they are adjustable in height and stiffness (36 clicks), but am not completely satisfied. The car is quite low - i really like the way it looks now . Im quite happy about cornering, but its not dealing well with high speed bumps in the road (as of speeds north of 40-50 mph). It feels like its too soft and the car scrapes or one time the rear coils even maximum compressed *ouch*. Also, it feels like it launches you from your chair sometimes. Problem is when i adjust the settings and increase stiffness, the car starts to "bounce around".

I guess that what i'm missing is "finesse".

Ill start reading on coilovers here on the forum, found the HKS Hipermax IV GT. I don't daily the Z and migh ocassionally do a trackday (once or twice a year, nothing serious). With my plans for increased power i want a good compromise between comfortable and still firm/sportscar ride so that I can put 450-500 wheel horsepower to the floor with confidence and stability.

Suggestions always welcome :-)

edit: Im willing to pair this purchase with a set of suitable swaybars too.
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I retrofitted a backup camera on my Z yesterday. Was quite some work to pull out all the trim, but overall it's a straight forward job. I'd rate it 2/5 for difficulty

Only problem I have now is that the screen goes bad when I start the car or apply the brake pedal. Perhaps a faulty ground? Will try a new ground later today.

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I am currently running an Invidia cat back exhaust with original cats. It provides a nice sound, but for a sportscar I just miss a deep rumble and a louder sound top end. Also on the downshifts I want to "feel" the sound better. With the invidia I have 0 drone, but miss that throatier (is that a word?) sound.

So I just purchased a Fast Intentions TDX system with 12 inch resonators. It comes with test pipes, so I hope after reading many reviews that this will really help open up the Z's audible potential - without sounding boy-racer and staying classy

Anyone has experience with the 12 inch vs 18 inch resonators? I guess the 18 inch keeps the drone even more from from the cabin, so why does FI offer a 12 inch? Is it much louder?

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I just ordered the Stage 2 "easy street clutch" from Joe @ Zspeed. Great experience dealing with him so far. Quick and complete in his communication. Tracking number in my mailbox within 10 minutes from order. Will install it myself when I change the exhaust.
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I just ordered the Stage 2 "easy street clutch" from Joe @ Zspeed. Great experience dealing with him so far. Quick and complete in his communication. Tracking number in my mailbox within 10 minutes from order. Will install it myself when I change the exhaust.
Joe's customer service and knowledge is top shelf.
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