Nissan 370Z Forum  

Boost or Buy Boosted?

Love my Z and I have a few mods, but it really isn't as fast as I'd like anymore and I want to graduate to forced induction. I would appreciate

Go Back   Nissan 370Z Forum > General > Nissan 370Z General Discussions

Like Tree44Likes

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-03-2019, 06:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
Base Member
 
CMadison's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Lubbock, Tx
Posts: 210
Drives: '12 PW T/S 6MT
Rep Power: 7
CMadison is on a distinguished road
Default Boost or Buy Boosted?

Love my Z and I have a few mods, but it really isn't as fast as I'd like anymore and I want to graduate to forced induction. I would appreciate some advise and opinions alike from folks who've TT'd their Z or bought a TT Z. Should I keep my Z and TT it or sell it and buy one already TT? My current Z is a champ; I haven't had any trouble at all with it and I'm coming up on 81k miles. It is not my daily driver, either.
__________________
Berk CBE | Berk HFC | Stillen G3 CAI | Uprev | Fujimura | 322 whp

Last edited by CMadison; 12-03-2019 at 06:37 PM.
CMadison is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2019, 06:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
A True Z Fanatic
 
tvfreakazoid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: kommie kali
Posts: 1,049
Drives: 2014 Z'ed
Rep Power: 253
tvfreakazoid has a reputation beyond reputetvfreakazoid has a reputation beyond reputetvfreakazoid has a reputation beyond reputetvfreakazoid has a reputation beyond reputetvfreakazoid has a reputation beyond reputetvfreakazoid has a reputation beyond reputetvfreakazoid has a reputation beyond reputetvfreakazoid has a reputation beyond reputetvfreakazoid has a reputation beyond reputetvfreakazoid has a reputation beyond reputetvfreakazoid has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CMadison View Post
Love my Z and I have a few mods, but it really isn't as fast as I'd like anymore and I want to graduate to forced induction. I would appreciate some advise and opinions alike from folks who've TT'd their Z or bought a TT Z. Should I keep my Z and TT it or sell it and buy one already TT? My current Z is a champ; I haven't had any trouble at all with it and I'm coming up on 81k miles. It is not my daily driver, either.
Buy boosted. At least u know how your car has been driven.

Sent from my SM-G965U1 using Tapatalk
__________________
Mudders milk

http://www.the370z.com/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=1188&dateline=1232328  539
tvfreakazoid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2019, 06:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
A True Z Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Claxton, Ga
Posts: 6,869
Drives: 2013 Nismo 370z
Rep Power: 860067
Spooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond repute
Default

It is always best to TT your own car. RT Tuning has a Fast Intentions stage 1 kit for sale that is slightly used for 1000 miles. 9K You will need some more mods to go with it. If you can find one that was done by a reputable shop with the best parts for the right price it is no doubt worth looking at.
Spooler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2019, 07:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
A True Z Fanatic
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Sacramento
Posts: 2,037
Drives: 15 370Z Nismo 6MT
Rep Power: 58459
OptionZero has a reputation beyond reputeOptionZero has a reputation beyond reputeOptionZero has a reputation beyond reputeOptionZero has a reputation beyond reputeOptionZero has a reputation beyond reputeOptionZero has a reputation beyond reputeOptionZero has a reputation beyond reputeOptionZero has a reputation beyond reputeOptionZero has a reputation beyond reputeOptionZero has a reputation beyond reputeOptionZero has a reputation beyond repute
Default

It is almost always better to do it yourself than buy used thats been modified

You just don't know what someone else has done or how it was done and they sure as hell aren't gonna warranty it after you buy it

If YOU do it yourself, you pick the parts, you pick the shop, you put the plan together, its all under your control.

This is particularly true when it comes to boost and small things can lead to big problems. It rarely works out where you come out ahead instead of having to spend more to fix ****

obviously if you insist on buying used, you should demand as much documentation as possible and to talk to the shop that put it together and tuned it and make sure these people know what the **** they're doing
__________________
OptionZero Build Thread
OptionZero is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2019, 09:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
Premium Member
 
Jayhovah's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: St. Pete, FL
Posts: 3,723
Drives: 520whp Fire Breather
Rep Power: 66805
Jayhovah has a reputation beyond reputeJayhovah has a reputation beyond reputeJayhovah has a reputation beyond reputeJayhovah has a reputation beyond reputeJayhovah has a reputation beyond reputeJayhovah has a reputation beyond reputeJayhovah has a reputation beyond reputeJayhovah has a reputation beyond reputeJayhovah has a reputation beyond reputeJayhovah has a reputation beyond reputeJayhovah has a reputation beyond repute
Default

If the work was done by a reputable shop, it's hard to beat the price on someone else's build... Though I always wonder(worry?) why folks sink a bunch of time/cash into a build and then sell the car like 5 seconds after its finally finished. I love my TT Z so much you'd have to pry it from my cold, dead hands.

My suggestion:

Can you do the work yourself?
Then boost your Z - a lot of the investment is tied up in the labor costs and you will know the installation better than anyone.

Would you farm out a boosted build?
Buy a car that was built by a reputable shop and has documentation, and take some of that savings and have a reputable shop go through the install and tune with a fine toothed comb to make sure everything is in good shape.
__________________
2013 Gun Metallic Sport - Gamma V3 Twin Turbogized
First DIY Gamma V3 TT Install * Jayhovah's Gamma V3 TT Install Pic'Z and Vid'Z * DIY: Washer Reservoir for the Boosted
Quote:
Originally Posted by redondoaveb
You've got a twin turbo sound system, I think you met your audio goals.
Jayhovah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2019, 09:36 AM   #6 (permalink)
Rated Z
 
JARblue's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Austin, TX
Age: 38
Posts: 30,490
Drives: 2011 370Z Sport MT
Rep Power: 2684423
JARblue has a reputation beyond reputeJARblue has a reputation beyond reputeJARblue has a reputation beyond reputeJARblue has a reputation beyond reputeJARblue has a reputation beyond reputeJARblue has a reputation beyond reputeJARblue has a reputation beyond reputeJARblue has a reputation beyond reputeJARblue has a reputation beyond reputeJARblue has a reputation beyond reputeJARblue has a reputation beyond repute
Default

You have two good options as pointed out by Jay
__________________

2011 370Z 6MT Sport Gun Metallic | ARC | CJM | Ecutek | FI | RJM | R2C | SPL | Stillen | TWM | Z1 | ZSpeed |
JARblue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2019, 09:45 AM   #7 (permalink)
A True Z Fanatic
 
2011 Nismo#91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: NJ
Posts: 2,044
Drives: slowly
Rep Power: 16
2011 Nismo#91 has a reputation beyond repute2011 Nismo#91 has a reputation beyond repute2011 Nismo#91 has a reputation beyond repute2011 Nismo#91 has a reputation beyond repute2011 Nismo#91 has a reputation beyond repute2011 Nismo#91 has a reputation beyond repute2011 Nismo#91 has a reputation beyond repute2011 Nismo#91 has a reputation beyond repute2011 Nismo#91 has a reputation beyond repute2011 Nismo#91 has a reputation beyond repute2011 Nismo#91 has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Personally I would never buy someone else's project. Its going to be a mystery box and who knows what was done and how well it was actually done. Boosting your current car you will know exactly what was done and would know what parts were done to "that's good enough"; where as in the other situation you have no idea what good enough was for the prior owner.

Unless your current car has some issues AND you can get a good deal on the other car (enough to deal with the problems that are sure to pop up) it's generally a bad idea to buy another car.
Felix 808 and Zezus like this.
2011 Nismo#91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2019, 10:01 AM   #8 (permalink)
A True Z Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Claxton, Ga
Posts: 6,869
Drives: 2013 Nismo 370z
Rep Power: 860067
Spooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jayhovah View Post
Can you do the work yourself?
Then boost your Z - a lot of the investment is tied up in the labor costs and you will know the installation better than anyone.
We have seen a several failures in this department lately. This is especially a big problem if you try to go over 600hp. If you want that, take it to a qualified shop who has been recommended on here.
Felix 808, Jayhovah and sirnixalot like this.
Spooler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2019, 12:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
A True Z Fanatic
 
Felix 808's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Camarillo, CA
Posts: 1,033
Drives: 2011 PW/Grey T/S 7AT
Rep Power: 14
Felix 808 has a reputation beyond reputeFelix 808 has a reputation beyond reputeFelix 808 has a reputation beyond reputeFelix 808 has a reputation beyond reputeFelix 808 has a reputation beyond reputeFelix 808 has a reputation beyond reputeFelix 808 has a reputation beyond reputeFelix 808 has a reputation beyond reputeFelix 808 has a reputation beyond reputeFelix 808 has a reputation beyond reputeFelix 808 has a reputation beyond repute
Default

There are a number of times in life you can not afford to be cheap. Boosting a car is one. There are a number of supporting mods needed to do it right & reliably.
I would avoid buying a boosted car unless I knew the history / owner of said car & really knew what I was getting into. The last thing you want to do is blow a lot of $$$$$ on someone's nightmare as it will smoke any savings you had & then some to make it right.
__________________
Semper Fi

Μολὼν λαβέ
Felix 808 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2019, 01:38 PM   #10 (permalink)
Base Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Flordia
Posts: 184
Drives: Nismo
Rep Power: 3853
370zBoyz has a reputation beyond repute370zBoyz has a reputation beyond repute370zBoyz has a reputation beyond repute370zBoyz has a reputation beyond repute370zBoyz has a reputation beyond repute370zBoyz has a reputation beyond repute370zBoyz has a reputation beyond repute370zBoyz has a reputation beyond repute370zBoyz has a reputation beyond repute370zBoyz has a reputation beyond repute370zBoyz has a reputation beyond repute
Default

buy a GT-R
370zBoyz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2019, 01:48 PM   #11 (permalink)
Track Member
 
vtec to vvel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: 813
Posts: 941
Drives: 13 Z
Rep Power: 16396
vtec to vvel has a reputation beyond reputevtec to vvel has a reputation beyond reputevtec to vvel has a reputation beyond reputevtec to vvel has a reputation beyond reputevtec to vvel has a reputation beyond reputevtec to vvel has a reputation beyond reputevtec to vvel has a reputation beyond reputevtec to vvel has a reputation beyond reputevtec to vvel has a reputation beyond reputevtec to vvel has a reputation beyond reputevtec to vvel has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 370zBoyz View Post
buy a GT-R
Fail. Totally irrelevant to what OP is asking.

OP, IMO and as others have stated, I would want to do the build myself, as you will know what has/has not been done and build to your liking.

There is nothing wrong with buying a Z thatís been FI, but like others have stated, I would ask for documentation.
__________________
This Space Intentionally Left Blank
vtec to vvel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2019, 01:49 PM   #12 (permalink)
A True Z Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Claxton, Ga
Posts: 6,869
Drives: 2013 Nismo 370z
Rep Power: 860067
Spooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 370zBoyz View Post
buy a GT-R
No thanks, not my thang.... Besides, I can kick the crap out of those things. They need major money to be spent to keep up with me.
wideglideleon likes this.
Spooler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2019, 02:11 PM   #13 (permalink)
Base Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Dallas TX
Posts: 110
Drives: 2017 Black Nismo Z
Rep Power: 2454
NecioVato has a reputation beyond reputeNecioVato has a reputation beyond reputeNecioVato has a reputation beyond reputeNecioVato has a reputation beyond reputeNecioVato has a reputation beyond reputeNecioVato has a reputation beyond reputeNecioVato has a reputation beyond reputeNecioVato has a reputation beyond reputeNecioVato has a reputation beyond reputeNecioVato has a reputation beyond reputeNecioVato has a reputation beyond repute
Default

I'm curious about what people feel is the best route as well. I was wondering about the following (not trying to hijack the thread but to add to this)

- Would you guys consider buying a boosted Z if you could take the car to a reputable shop to find out what would need to be done/best to be replaced/weak points etc vs the huge costs - in particular the labor costs associated with boosting your car?

I hear that on average if you look to boost your Z and you pay a shop to do it - you're looking at anywhere between $15-20k - if i'm wrong - please let me know. If that is the case - since you can't get your money back on most mods as well as seeing some boosted Zs going for a little more than a regular Z - why not?

For instance there is a YT vlogger that came across this which honestly would be hard to pass on:
https://youtu.be/sGk3RAxwrCE
NecioVato is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2019, 05:03 PM   #14 (permalink)
A True Z Fanatic
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Sacramento
Posts: 2,037
Drives: 15 370Z Nismo 6MT
Rep Power: 58459
OptionZero has a reputation beyond reputeOptionZero has a reputation beyond reputeOptionZero has a reputation beyond reputeOptionZero has a reputation beyond reputeOptionZero has a reputation beyond reputeOptionZero has a reputation beyond reputeOptionZero has a reputation beyond reputeOptionZero has a reputation beyond reputeOptionZero has a reputation beyond reputeOptionZero has a reputation beyond reputeOptionZero has a reputation beyond repute
Default

i wouldn't touch a youtube car with a ten foot pole

the real issue is:

are you looking to save money (up front) or do it right and not worry?

Again, when YOU pick the parts and YOU pick the shop and YOU work with the tuner, YOU know what if any problems may arise and YOU pick the solutions

There are very few people who will properly document their build sufficiently to allay those concerns

The ONLY way you should do it is you KNOW the shop that did and they're willing to vouch for it by putting their money where their mouth is and putting some guarantees in on the work. MAYBE this would work if the car in question were a shop car built for a show or event and they no longer needed it, so they're going to let it go to recoup part of their investment

i mean, if Fast Intentions and Specialty Z built a turbo car to show off at SEMA or ZDays and decided to sell it, i'd feel pretty good about buying it (Esp if you're within driving distance of them and they can walk you through it)

but some no-name shop you've never been to and can't come back and visit? hell naw
__________________
OptionZero Build Thread

Last edited by OptionZero; 12-04-2019 at 05:06 PM.
OptionZero is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2019, 06:46 PM   #15 (permalink)
A True Z Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Claxton, Ga
Posts: 6,869
Drives: 2013 Nismo 370z
Rep Power: 860067
Spooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond reputeSpooler has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by NecioVato View Post
I'm curious about what people feel is the best route as well. I was wondering about the following (not trying to hijack the thread but to add to this)

- Would you guys consider buying a boosted Z if you could take the car to a reputable shop to find out what would need to be done/best to be replaced/weak points etc vs the huge costs - in particular the labor costs associated with boosting your car?

I hear that on average if you look to boost your Z and you pay a shop to do it - you're looking at anywhere between $15-20k - if i'm wrong - please let me know. If that is the case - since you can't get your money back on most mods as well as seeing some boosted Zs going for a little more than a regular Z - why not?

For instance there is a YT vlogger that came across this which honestly would be hard to pass on:
https://youtu.be/sGk3RAxwrCE
You don't know squat about that build. I watched the video. A car lot has it and they are not where you would want to buy such a car. Looked like a very very basic AAM kit. That is not what you want. It depends on how many mods you already have while pricing out a TT kit. No mods that you can use at all, you are looking at around 25k to TT a Z with a quality TT kit and using a quality shop. Lots of junk builds come out of Florida. They were done piss poor from the get go. If a car was on here and everything was posted about the build and it was high quality. Folks will fight over it and you are not going to get it cheap. Cheap low quality TT builds are a dime a dozen done by no-name shops.
MZ DAIZY likes this.

Last edited by Spooler; 12-04-2019 at 06:54 PM.
Spooler is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wtb boosted Z Runawayray Cars for sale (Private Classifieds) 3 01-07-2019 08:50 AM
[FOR SALE] [BNIB] Innovate SCG-1 boost controller/afr/ boost gauge PongSanity Parts for sale (Private Classifieds) 8 08-16-2017 11:01 AM
Boost gauge not reading boost Dante2009 Forced Induction 15 03-15-2017 02:49 PM
Boosted and afr##? YzGyz Tuning 0 02-28-2017 08:26 PM
Has anyone gone from boosted S2000 to boosted 370Z? Moddiction Forced Induction 22 02-03-2014 11:29 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:23 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2