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Well after a long stint of trying to save money and my driving record by driving a disgusting boat (300C), I have returned to the world of auto enthusiasm with

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Old 02-28-2011, 08:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well after a long stint of trying to save money and my driving record by driving a disgusting boat (300C), I have returned to the world of auto enthusiasm with my new 370Z! I was absolutely blown away by how amazing this car is. My past rides included a heavily modified WRX that ran 375 whp on pump gas, and a Supercharged VW R32 which made about 330-340 bhp. I do know one thing is for certain, I will be keeping my Z all motor. It's so incredible stock that in terms of power output, I just wanted to enhance what it can do across the powerband without making huge modifications. I know the 3.7 would have no trouble spooling twin turbo's running low boost, but it's just a matter of personal preference for me. Even on road courses there's not enough long straightaways to really get into a 500+ hp car.

From what I've seen looking at other members' mod lists, with a G3 CAI, HFC, and CBE with Uprev tune I would be looking at around 330 rwhp which is plenty for my purposes (weekend road courses, occasional AutoX). I've been down the road of heavy modding with my previous cars and although they were a ton of fun, they were a lot to always worry about in terms of daily driving (moreso with the WRX) and reliability. I don't want to have to be replacing fuel systems, clutches, and worry about transmission/bottom end reliability. At this point I really want to avoid a CEL issue but it seems that it's a crap shoot depending on the installation. I would add an aftermarket header to my mod list but I think the car would be a bit too loud for my liking. Does anyone have any tips to avoid pitfalls in the above mentioned mod list? I know theres some dremel work needed on the G3 CAI and CEL issues with the HFC's, but anything else? Last time I checked it appears that Stillen has fixed the fitment issues with their CBE.

Anyway, just wanted to say hi and glad to be back!
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Congrats. Nice mod list to start with. Headers are really not worth it IMHO. And they would make the car louder for sure. But I love that. For I had them on my 350. I'm not sure you can see 330whp.
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Congrats! I believe you are on target with what you have in mind.
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Congrats. Nice mod list to start with. Headers are really not worth it IMHO. And they would make the car louder for sure. But I love that. For I had them on my 350. I'm not sure you can see 330whp.
Yea I know 330 is a stretch even with an uprev tune. It's certainly not a target for me. I just wanted to let the car breathe a little better and improve the sound. Driving it around town I can literally feel how choked it is with the stock exhaust on it. That being said though I must say that being at track events showed me that above and beyond the best investment anyone can make in a car (for those who are competition driving enthusiasts) is to take driving lessons. The vast majority of folks out there with fast cars can't handle them on a track. At one of the pocono track events I went to my driving instructor took me for a lap in his miata with basic mods and we were beating modded z06's by a mile. Even in a Gt-R with all of it's futuristic electronics and awd, it requires a very skilled driver to get the most out of that car.

Thanks for the warm welcome!

Oh and after searching the boards yesterday I definitely will not be going with an aftermarket header. Too expensive (both in price of the part and the install) for the power gains. FI is still the best mod in terms of hp/$ but the overall price is much higher and it's just not what I'm looking for. Those FI Long tubes do look sexy tho!
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