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Rusty 01-19-2012 10:52 PM

Rusty's Nismo Journal
 
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Hi all!

I bought a used '11 GM Nismo 6M in Dec of '11. Had just over 7,000 miles on it. The Nismo was on my short list of sport cars that I like. Had a chance to get a '06 Viper ACR at a really good price, but that deal fell through, :mad: and I walked away from it. Then I came across this one a day later. Well, I fell in love with it. So I bought it. :tup: And here I am. I'll update this thread as I do things to the Nismo.

New to thread.
Things that I have added to the Nismo in order.

Stock Power:
282 HP, 230 Torque.

After Mods:
334 HP, 279 Torque.

1. McGard Locking Lug Nuts, P/N 999W2-JT000, $59.00
2. Nismo Car Cover, P/N 999N2-ZWN02, $215.00
3. AAM Oil Pan Spacer, No longer installed. AM Perf. Oil Pan took it's place.
4. Z1 34 Row Oil Cooler,
5. Z1 Power Steering Cooler,
6. Stillen Gen 3 CAI
7. Jsolo Clutch Pedal Spring,
8. Tonneau Cover, P/N 84982-1EA0A, $339.29
9. GTR Start Button,
10. Z1 Stainless Steel Hydraulic Clutch Line,
11. TWM Short Shifter,
12. PWJDM Stainless Shift Knob,
13. Mich PSS Tires, Front - 275/35-19, Now 285/35-19 Rear - 325/30-19, Now 345/30-19
14. FI Exhaust, LTH's, Coated, CBE with 12" Resonators
15. ForgeLine Rims, ZX3R, Front - 19x9.5, offset +25, Rear - 19x12, offset +28
16. WeatherTech floor Mats,
17. Nismo RC Brake Ducts, Left Side - P/N 41153-RTZ40, $612.00, Right Side - P/N 41152-RTZ40, $612.00
18. Dust Collector Reducers, 4" to 2", to adapt the 4" RC duct to the 2" Stillen brake hose,
19. Stillen Brake Cooling kit,
20. ZSpeed Aluminum Under Pan Diffuser,
21. Robispec Harness Bar,
22. Modded Auto Tecknic Aluminum Tow Hook,
23. Z1 Silicone Engine Hoses,
24. Z1 Stainless Brake Hoses,
25. Hard Brakes Ti Heat Shields for front Brake Pads,
26. UpRev tuning by RT Tuning, Vince,
27. Port matched upper, lower, and head inlet ports,
28. "phunk's" Road Race Fuel Pump Kit for Fuel Starvation,
29. Nismo RC Mesh Grille Screen, P/N 62851-RTZ40, $438.89,
30. Racing Brake, 2 piece Brake rotors, Front and Rear,
31. EBC Yellow Stuff Brake Pads, Front and Rear,
32. Brake Calipers Powder Coated by Mike, in Candy Red,
33. Motul RBF 600 Brake Fluid,
34. ARP Wheel Studs,
35. GoPro Hero3 Black Edition Camera,
36. "phunk's" Fuel Pressure Gauge - Mounted on the engine,
37. SPL Front Control Arms,
38. SPL Lower Control Arm Impact Bushings,
39. SPL Lower Control Arm Bushings,
40. Hotchkis Sway Bars,
41. SPL Sway Bar End links - Front and Rear,
42. Hotchkis Billet Sway Bar Brackets,
43. SPL Rear Traction Arms
44. SPL Rear Camber Arms,
45. SPL Rear Sub-Frame Bushings,
46. SPL Rear Knuckle Monoball Bushings,
47. SPL Rear Lock out Kit,
48. AM Perf. Oil Pan from Shamu,
49. CarboTech XP10 front, XP8 rear brake pads,
50. ATI Damper,
51. Garmin Virb XE Auto Bundle Camera,
52. Z1 Finned Diff Cover,
53. MA Motorsports Diff Cooler,
54. SPL Solid Diff bushing kit,
55. Speedhut Diff Temp, Water Temp, and 150 PSI Oil Pressure Gauges,
56. Yaw Sensor Mod,
57. OS Giken Diff,
58. Z1 Brake Master Cylinder Brace,
59. TrackSpec Motorsports Hood Vents,
60. SPL Rear Upper Control Arm Bushings,
61. FE Designs Canards,
62. FE Designs Fender Vents,
63. APR Front Splitter,
64. Castrol SRF Brake Fluid,
65. Bell Raceworks Diff Brace,
66. ESPEEDER Oil Catch Cans,
67. ???


Wish List:
1. Lightweight Flywheel and Clutch set-up,
2. Z1 Motor and Transmission Mounts,
3. Coil Overs, JRZ's, Preload and ride height independent of each other. Independent adjustments for compression, and rebound,
4. Aero. Rear wing,
5. Bigger Radiator,
6. Brembo or AP Racing BBK,
7. Bride Euro II? Stradia Low Max? Stradia II Sport? Seats,
8. More Horse Power and Torque,
9. More Driving Skills,
10. Mich Cup tires in the sizes I want, 295/35-19 Ft, 345/30-19 Rr
11. '17 Viper ACR, Gumbert Apollo,
12. Hitting the Lotto,
13. List is getting shorter.

All of my Install threads. :tup:

http://www.the370z.com/brakes-suspen...uspension.html

http://www.the370z.com/brakes-suspen...on-almost.html

http://www.the370z.com/track-autocro...r-install.html

http://www.the370z.com/brakes-suspen...e-install.html

http://www.the370z.com/diy-section-d...eel-studs.html

http://www.the370z.com/track-autocro...ng-bundle.html

http://www.the370z.com/track-autocro...esh-grill.html

http://www.the370z.com/track-autocro...p-install.html

http://www.the370z.com/exterior-inte...r-install.html

http://www.the370z.com/exterior-inte...nder-tray.html

http://www.the370z.com/brakes-suspen...ml#post3825514

Rusty 01-19-2012 10:59 PM

After reading the thread in the Nismo section about the front spring spacers not being removed at dealer prep. I checked to see if mine still had them in. Yeap, mine still had 2 spacers per side installed after 2 dealers had their hand on the car. :mad: So I removed the spacers and then took the Nismo back to the dealer for alignment. The reason for going back. Is because the dealer told me that they did an alignment before I bought it. Good thing I when back. As the left rear was out.

MJB 01-19-2012 11:13 PM

Nice! What are you plans as far as future mods? What Gen Viper were you planning on buying? Also what part of PA are you from? I used to live in Hershey.

Rusty 01-19-2012 11:22 PM

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After reading about the stolen wheels in another thread. I went back to the dealer and bought the McGard locking lug nuts. Part number #999W2-JT000 for $59.00. I also read the threads about the wrong locking lug nuts being used. The reason why those locking lug nut heads broke off is. The the wheel stud pushed through the top of the nut before the cone section of the nut touched the wheel. I've seen it before. :eek: And being for two different style of wheel holes.

The pic's show both the regular lug nuts and the McGard lug nuts.

Rusty 01-19-2012 11:46 PM

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Originally Posted by MJB (Post 1499853)
Nice! What are you plans as far as future mods? What Gen Viper were you planning on buying? Also what part of PA are you from? I used to live in Hershey.

I'm south of the 'burgh, by about 30 miles on the Mon River.

I was going to buy a black '06 Viper coupe that a doctor's wife owned. He passed away last spring and the car has been sitting their basement since. A friend of mine told me about about it. And gave me her e-mail address. I got a hold of her and we talked on the phone. She really didn't know much about the Viper. I told her I would give her fair price for it, and she agreed. I went to go get the Viper with cash in hand. Got there, and she told me that the price had gone up $15,000. I asked why. She then told me that a friend of hers said the Viper was worth ALOT MORE, and she had someone else interested in it too. I laughed, turned around and left. didn't say anything else. I got an e-mail 2 weeks later asking me if I was still interested. Replied back and said that I already bought another one for the same price that we agreed on the first time. LOL My friend had told me that she is having troubles trying to sell it now.

What you see in my sign is bought and paid for. It just hasn't shown up at the house yet. As I get it. I'll update. There is some other stuff that I'm looking at right now. But no decisions have been made yet.

Rusty 01-20-2012 12:39 AM

Car Cover
 
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Because I can't get my Nismo in the garage for now. Got 2 projects going on in there. Restoring a '89 Honda CB1 motorcycle, and putting a supercharger on a '07 Honda VFR. Don't have enough space to squeeze the Nismo in there. So I bought a car cover from the dealer. Part number #999N2-ZWN02, price $215.00. Fits like a glove. :tup: No more snow sitting on it. :)

Rusty 01-20-2012 12:54 AM

Base Line Reading
 
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Got the Nismo on a Mustang dyno the other day. Corrected HP 282 and torque 230. About what I figure from reading everybody else's reports. It's running a bit rich for my liken

Click on pic for video.

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i2...deo/th_001.jpg

Rusty 01-20-2012 01:02 AM

Oil pan spacer
 
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My oil pan spacer I ordered from Z1 came. I'm now waiting for everything else to show up on Saturday I hope. :) I'll install everything at one time. This way I don't have to remove the front bumper twice.

Rusty 01-24-2012 09:55 PM

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This stuff showed up on the door step yesterday. :tup:

What's in the boxes? Box number 1 is my 34 row oil cooler, and my power steering cooler. Box number 2 is my Stillen Gen 3 cai.

Thanks Z1! :D

Now I need my stuff from Tony. :D

Rusty 01-25-2012 08:01 PM

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My clutch pedal spring came today. Thank you Jsolo. :tup: Now I just have to find time to install of of this stuff. Working 12hr days is tough trying to find time to do things. :mad:

Rusty 02-02-2012 11:58 AM

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Got my tonneau cover today. Part #84982-1EA0A, price $339.29. Parts guy wouldn't cut me a break. Even after I bought him donuts. :mad: To install it was easy. All of the hooks and holes were already installed. All I had to do was put the tonneau cover it's place. :icon17:

Rusty 02-02-2012 12:06 PM

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Installed my clutch pedal spring today. Took all of 5 minutes to do it. Now I can feel the clutch engage. I no longer feel like a noob shifting gears. :icon17:

Rusty 02-02-2012 12:11 PM

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UPS and FedX was both here today. Got my GT-R Start Button, and my stainless steel hydraulic clutch line. Next I got my TWM short shifter. hopefully next week. I can start to install all of this stuff. :icon17:

Rusty 02-14-2012 10:05 PM

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Finally had some time to install most everything. Moved the motorcycles around so that the Nismo would fit.

Rusty 02-14-2012 10:07 PM

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First thing I did was to drain the oil. And install my oil pan spacer.

quagmire87 02-14-2012 10:15 PM

Looks nice!

Rusty 02-14-2012 10:15 PM

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Had my 4 legged inspector watching me remove the front bumper.
Started to install my 34 row oil cooler.
Ran into a problem with the panel on top of the bumper.

Rusty 02-14-2012 10:19 PM

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I had to trim (cut) the panel back some so that the oil lines could be connected and routed. And my tools of choice.

Rusty 02-14-2012 10:24 PM

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Started to route the oil lines to the filter plate. Then found it best to install the Stillen G3 cai first before routing the oil lines. As the oil lines have to pass in front of the air filters.

Rusty 02-14-2012 10:32 PM

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Got the oil lines routed. So next up was my RED START button. I did this along with my TWM short throw shifter. I figure since I have to take the console apart. I would do both at the same time. And to finish it off. I got a stainless PWJDM shift knob. God, is that thing heavy. I can use it for self-defense. LOL

Rusty 02-14-2012 10:39 PM

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The last thing I installed this week was my Z1 power steering cooler. Had pic's, but I think my 'puter ate them. As I can't find them. I still have to install my Z1 stainless clutch line. But I think I'm going to do this when my F.I. headers and CBE come in. I would have move room to work with.

Rusty 02-14-2012 10:40 PM

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Looks nice!

Thank you.

anthonyy 02-14-2012 10:58 PM

very nice progress! If you don't mind me asking, where did you buy the lego looking ramps?

Rusty 02-14-2012 11:19 PM

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Originally Posted by anthonyy (Post 1544599)
very nice progress! If you don't mind me asking, where did you buy the lego looking ramps?

Wal-mart. They're for leveling a camper. Since I have a 35fter. and use them when camping. I had a brain storm. Try them out on the Nismo. They work. Think I paid $29 for a set of 10.

anthonyy 02-14-2012 11:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Rusty (Post 1544618)
Wal-mart. They're for leveling a camper. Since I have a 35fter. and use them when camping. I had a brain storm. Try them out on the Nismo. They work. Think I paid $29 for a set of 10.

very cool thanks :tup:

Boost_lee 02-15-2012 12:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Rusty (Post 1544618)
Wal-mart. They're for leveling a camper. Since I have a 35fter. and use them when camping. I had a brain storm. Try them out on the Nismo. They work. Think I paid $29 for a set of 10.

:tup:

Car is looking good!

roplusbee 02-18-2012 12:52 PM

The car and the garage look pretty good. Man I need to work on getting some tools and racks for mine...............

Ni55anPat 03-02-2012 09:37 AM

Nice info!

Rusty 03-04-2012 07:16 PM

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Thanks guys. :tiphat:

Up date time. Got my new licence plate, and my tires came in. The plate does NOT spell NISMO Z. If you mail me a ticket using the NISMO Z. Some other poor soul will be getting it. :D As that plate is already taken.

My tires are Mich PSS's 275/35-19 front and 325/30-19 rear. Got them from a small local dealer for a very good price. That's a 12" scale sitting across the tires to give you an idea on the width. :D

My rims should be here at the end of the month I hope. My complete FI exhaust should be shipped to me next week.

bboytaktix 03-04-2012 08:39 PM

damn very nice work man. Looking real good! love the garage setup you got going on too.

Rusty 03-06-2012 11:16 PM

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damn very nice work man. Looking real good! love the garage setup you got going on too.

Thanks. :tiphat: With the garage. You ever try to stuff 20 lbs of crap in a 5 lb bag. That's my garage. :shakes head: Need BIGGER! :icon17:

bboytaktix 03-07-2012 06:58 AM

^lol yeah well I don't even own my own house yet so it's definitely a step up! Soon enough though and if I could find a small house with a garage that size It would be just perfect for me and ny future Z lol

Rusty 03-15-2012 08:25 PM

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My FI cbe came today. The headers should be here tomorrow. :tup: Not often you see the inside welds ground smooth.

gurneyeagle 03-15-2012 08:38 PM

Great job Rusty! :tup:

Looking forward to further pictures.

Rusty 03-16-2012 03:04 PM

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My FI headers came today. :tup: Here's a few pic's.

Rusty 04-04-2012 08:48 AM

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Another up-date. :hello:

Got my FI exhaust on. It took longer to jack the Z up, then to remove the exhaust from the cats back. It was about 45 minutes to remove it. The right side header took another 1 hr to 1.5 hrs. to remove the stock header and cat, and to mount the FI header. The left side header was a royal pain in the a$$! That was about 5 hrs of mother-!@#$%^ the heat-shield. You have to unbolt it, turn it up side down. Then fight to remove the F@#$% piece. Once out. It becomes a little easier. Notice, I said alittle easier, not by much. I've been working on HP cars, trucks and motorcycles my whole life. This left side is tight to get your hands into. I found it easier to tighten some bolts from under the car. My hands and arms still have the battles scares on them. :eek:

Rusty 04-04-2012 08:50 AM

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Some more pic's. :tup:

Rusty 04-04-2012 08:52 AM

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And more pic's. :tup:

Rusty 04-04-2012 09:08 AM

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The only real problem I have is the traction control light is on, and my steering wheel is pointed to the left. :( I have no CEL's what so-ever. :) With the steering wheel and TC light. When you remove the stock header and cat. You have to pull the steering shaft out of the knuckle on the rack. Once the new header is in place. You reinstall the shaft into the knuckle. This is where the problem begins. If you are one tooth off. Your steering wheel is not longer straight, and the TC light is on. My problem is that the steering shaft on my Z is indexed for one position only. I can not move the shaft one tooth position because of this index. Believe me. I've tried for a week on it, with friends helping. Think I'm going to take it to the dealer soon to see what they can do. In the pic. You can see where the shaft is indexed to the knuckle.

Overall. Other then this little problem. I LOVE IT! :tup: Thanks Tony. :tiphat: I got to get a sound clip with a cold start. Talk about a beast that needs to be unleashed. :eek: Once warm, and running up through the gears. It's just pure music up around red-line. :driving:

FPenvy 04-04-2012 10:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Rusty (Post 1639206)
The only real problem I have is the traction control light is on, and my steering wheel is pointed to the left. :( I have no CEL's what so-ever. :) With the steering wheel and TC light. When you remove the stock header and cat. You have to pull the steering shaft out of the knuckle on the rack. Once the new header is in place. You reinstall the shaft into the knuckle. This is where the problem begins. If you are one tooth off. Your steering wheel is not longer straight, and the TC light is on. My problem is that the steering shaft on my Z is indexed for one position only. I can not move the shaft one tooth position because of this index. Believe me. I've tried for a week on it, with friends helping. Think I'm going to take it to the dealer soon to see what they can do. In the pic. You can see where the shaft is indexed to the knuckle.

Overall. Other then this little problem. I LOVE IT! :tup: Thanks Tony. :tiphat: I got to get a sound clip with a cold start. Talk about a beast that needs to be unleashed. :eek: Once warm, and running up through the gears. It's just pure music up around red-line. :driving:


I installed my F.I. exhaust last october and had the problem with being one tooth off when putting the steering shaft back on. honestly i forgot to reattach it in general at first lol realized it when i dropped the lift, started the car, and my steering wheel moved very easily. but luckily i put a small mark with a sharpie on the knuckle and the steering shaft so one more simple adjustment and it was right back on for me.

i never have had any problems with any dashboard lights though(CEL/TC)


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