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So I've had my car for about 6 months now and I figured this quarantine would give me time to document everything about my car. So a backstory (you can

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Old 04-18-2020, 10:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I've had my car for about 6 months now and I figured this quarantine would give me time to document everything about my car. So a backstory (you can skip if you want it's a long story) of my username, what got me into cars, and why I chose the Z. When I was really young I was staying at a hotel across from a movie theater on the night of the release of tokyo drift. All these cars showed up to the movie theater and for 30 solid minutes I just watched cars pile into the parking lot one after another after another. I had never seen so many cars in my life and being a young little kid I was amazed. I ask my dad why are all these cool cars at the movies so late at night. He told me they were showing a midnight release of tokyo drift which was a movie in series that was extremely popular with car enthusiast. From that night on I loved cars and years later when I got a little older I watched that movie and for some reason the 350z caught my eye it was some how this aggressive machine that could be so graceful sliding around turns and from then on I had to have a Z. Fast forward to my first job out of college I have an amazing job and financial stability so I decided it's time to buy me a sports car. So I started looking and test driving. I test drove lots of different cars but I knew I wanted the Z even if it is outdated and underpowered compared to stuff out now. The car had something I felt every other car lacked a soul. The first time I got in it and mashed the throttle I had a smile a mile wide. A few months go by and I find one a guy is getting rid of it to buy something else and it's in fantastic condition. Less than 10k miles, one owner, regular maintenance, 10 year 120k mile extended warranty, great condition, only issue was some curb rash on the wheel. I bought it and took it home on November 16th 2019

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Dash cam
Weathertech FloorLiner
LED light swap
JDM Fairlady Z Reverse Fog Light
GTR start button
Ceramic Coating
Motordyne Exhaust
Raceseng Shift knob
Fast Intentions RHFC (Resonated High Flow Cat)
34 row Z1 oil cooler with thermostatic plate and Setrab core
Michelin Pilot Sport 4S 245 front 275 rear
Race Ramps

Parts I need to install:
SPL front sway bar end links
Z1 Subframe bushing collars

Parts I am waiting on:
Hotchkis front sway bar
DSG Special Limited Edition Fortune Auto Generation 7 500 Series Coilover (12k front/ 6k rear/ true rear type)

Parts I need to buy:
Rest of the SPL stuff
SOHO intake
Catch cans
Tune
Carbon fiber steering wheel
Workshop 12 tablet radio kit

Parts I want to buy:
Powertrix mine's spoiler add on replica (carbon fiber)
Craftsquare TCA-RF Lightweight Racing Mirrors
Carbon fiber stuff (kickplates, door handles, carbon fiber wrapped radio kit, interior trim pieces, hood, engine cover, splitter, side skirts, strut tower brace etc)
78Works headlights/tailights
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Old 04-18-2020, 10:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The first mod (done at 9,700~ miles) I did to my car was install a dash cam. Got to film those crazy people on the road and if you live in VA you know how bad the drivers are around there.
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Old 04-18-2020, 11:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The next mod I did (done at 9,700~ miles) was swapped out the awful yellow looking interior and licence plate lights for LED's. One of my favorite cheap mods for this car! It really makes it look nice and the LED licence plate lights go great with the LED's on the rest of the car.

Tip: Buy a set of plastic pry tools it makes it so much easier and they are super cheap and well worth it.
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Get the gtr clear interior light lenses, it really helps to brighten up the interior also.
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The next mod was a GTR start button. Even though it's made for the GTR I think it looks nice inside the Z.
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Get the gtr clear interior light lenses, it really helps to brighten up the interior also.
Yeah I should go and do that. I should have done it when I did the lights.
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The next mod was a GTR start button. Even though it's made for the GTR I think it looks nice inside the Z.
You can get the red outer ring and it looks even better.
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The next thing I did to my car was get it looking even better and protected. I know I am going to keep this car for a long time and wanted to keep it looking new. I had a buddy of mine do the works on the car paint correction, Gtechniq ceramic coated paint and glass, and I even had him coat the interior of the car with stain resistant stuff. He did a fantastic job and 4 months later it still smells and looks like a brand new car. Ceramic coating is awesome and I don't think I could live without it on a car now. It's easy to clean, beads water, and looks fantastic.
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I thought about it but I like the silver better especially since it goes with my silver car.
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Z looks great.
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The next mod was the exhaust (done at about 11,300~ miles). I went with the Motordyne because I liked the sound (nice and deep and exotic), the quality of the exhaust, and the minimal almost non existent drone at highway speeds. I don't know what else to say except I love this exhaust and by far my favorite mod I have done to my car. I challenge anyone who says the Tomei is the best exhaust for the Z to listen to a Motordyne it sounds incredible and really compliments the VQ tone. I wish I had more pics of the install but I didn't take that many. I did fix the crooked exhaust tip in the picture. Below is a video of my car after the install.

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Thank you very much. I still have many more mods to do but I'm enjoying the journey.
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Beautiful car! I am a little partial to the brilliant silver myself.
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Beautiful car! I am a little partial to the brilliant silver myself.
Thanks I appreciate it. Funny story I was originally looking for a blue one. I had dealers looking for me, I was looking on every car sales website within 500 miles of me, I looked everywhere. I couldn't find a blue one that wasn't beat to crap or had a million miles on it. In the almost 4+ months I was looking for one I only saw 1 decent blue one come up for sale but I passed because they wanted too much for it and I was just starting to look. I had no idea it would be so hard to find a blue one in a sport package or I would have bought it. Anyway I ended up with silver which was my second choice and I actually am glad I got silver over blue. Silver on this car looks so good! Not many cars can pull off silver but silver makes the lines on this car pop! Now I am a so glad I couldn't find a blue one.
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