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I've been putting off starting one of these threads for too long. So, off we go...

HOW I ENDED UP WITH MY Z

In April of 2012 I pulled into a Royal Nissan in Baton Rouge, LA in my 350z to take a passing look at the 370z out of pure curiosity. I ended up test driving a black automatic. I was pretty impressed. The only thing I didn't like was the paddle shifters. Unfortunately, at the time they didn't have a sport model with a 6 speed so I wasn't able to try one out.

A few days later, I decided to try another dealership to see if I could find one to test drive. I found one at another dealership so I decided to stop in and drive it. That's where I first saw the gunmetal color and I fell in love. They didn't have the sport model on the lot so I drove the manual gunmetal I saw.

I felt like a complete newb trying to drive it but after a few minutes I got the feel for the clutch and I was hooked.

I decided to see what I could get for my 350z. To my surprise, this other dealer offered me 18,000 for my 350. That's almost $2k more than I paid for it so I was interested. I told them if they could find me a gunmetal manual with the sport package, I'd buy it. Within a couple of days they actually found one in New Orleans.

Long story short... they gave me the runaround on the pricing so I pretty much gave up on the whole idea of getting a 370z.

Then I spoke to my friend who worked at Royal Nissan. He said he could get the car the other dealer found for me. So, we sat down and worked on a deal. I ended up agreeing to a deal to get the exact Z I wanted for $300 over invoice.

I bought the car on May 5th, 2012 and took delivery on the 6th. Here's a picture of my old baby and my new baby side by side on pickup day.



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  • Tommy Kaira Hebi Bebi Shift Knob
  • Pioneer AVH4400 BT
  • Zenclosures 10" Speaker Box
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  • Polk Audio DB 6501 Component Speakers
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The first thing I did was install my spacer from my 350z on my 370. I think I had around 100 miles on it at this point.



Then it was on to the tinter... 40% is the legal limit in Louisiana so that's what I went with on the sides. The back window you can do 12% so it's nice and dark back there...

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The next thing I did was get a decent stereo with Bluetooth put in. I just can't live without a good sound system. I settled on the Pioneer AVH4400 BT. Plus I picked up a Proclips iPhone mount to go along with it.



Then it was on with the real mods...

After listening to about 857 YouTube videos, I decided I couldn't live without an FI exhaust. I watched the member used parts forum religiously for weeks before I found one from Mr. Squeeze $950 shipped. It was non resonated but I ended up swapping mid pipes with KaienZ34 to get a 12" resonated midpipe. I was happy and all was good with the world.

I hand polished the scratches out before I got it installed. It took a couple of days but it was worth it. It looked like brand new when I got it installed.

My usual installer did the dirty work...



Once I had it in, I made the comparison video I wish someone else had made before I bought one...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIkQSwuwolo
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Next, I picked up a set of Swift Springs and Berk HFCs. I actually never installed the Berks and ended up selling them a couple of months later.



Since I'd spent pretty much every penny I had at this point, all I could afford was a can of Plastidip so I got down to business with backing out the emblems and door handles...

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Next it was back to the sound system. I had some sound deadening put in along with a Zenclosures box for a single 10" woofer, a 400 watt JL audio amp and a Boston Acoustics 10" woofer.

No pictures of this stuff but trust me, it sounds awesome!

At this point, I really started missing the Tommy Kaira Hebi Bebi Shift Knob I had on my 350z so I started looking for a decent price on one. As you may have guessed, that never happened. I said screw it and bought one anyway. I got super lucky and found one online that was in stock. I ordered it and had it a week later.

After tearing my stock shift knob into tiny pieces in the process of taking it off, there it was in all it's glory...

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Then a few weeks ago, I convinced myself that my car absolutely must have new wheels... MUST HAVE!

After a very long search... I mean seriously, I probably spent 2 weeks looking at wheels every day for hours... I found the Work Emotion CR Ultimate and fell in love. I ordered a set from Rav Spec with some extras cash I had from a side project I had just completed. I just got them installed on Monday 6/17... damn I love these things...







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I thought the screen name looked familiar from 350zmotoring... looks good br0, awesome upgrade.
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I thought the screen name looked familiar from 350zmotoring... looks good br0, awesome upgrade.
Hey stogey! How've you been?
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Once I had it in, I made the comparison video I wish someone else had made before I bought one...

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Best vid ever. TY!!!
sigh. Love the deep notes on the FI.
Mad money toward tires this summer, next: mad money for FI

Just FYI: we had simultaneous buy dates....only i took mine home w me on May 5 2012!!! Awwww! We are kinda like siblings!!!
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Been good br0, I see you've been busy
Looks good, how low is the drop with the swift springs?
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