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So, I'm currently a contractor in Afghanistan and I'm trying to sell my '10 Jeep Wrangler before I return home to a "new" 370Z. Purchasing the Z is still in

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So, I'm currently a contractor in Afghanistan and I'm trying to sell my '10 Jeep Wrangler before I return home to a "new" 370Z.

Purchasing the Z is still in the works, then again, I have until April '12 to make the purchase.

Here is a list of the goodies I want on hand before I get home so I can get to work:

The 370Z: Touring, honestly, probably on eBay. White on white (or persimmon, if I can find it). Manual.

Power: Stillen Supercharger or Greddy Tuner Turbo Kit.

Exhaust: open to suggestions, need advice here.

Intake: is an intake suggested when adding a turbo/supercharger?

Suspension: open to suggestions, need advice here.

Body:
- Amuse Vestito Body Kit (front+sides+rear...still deciding on the wing)
- GTR Carbon Fiber Hood by Seibon
- Other areas swapped with carbon fiber

Wheels: so many to choose from; what's "popular" and what's "good"?

Keep in mind, I'm going from modding Jeeps to modding a 370Z, so I could use all the advice I can get. I know there are tons of threads out there that could answer my questions, just looking for some knowledgeable people who can catch me up to speed on Z-mods.

BOTTOM LINE: I've wanted a Z for quite some time, I want to make it faster, I want a suspension that will compliment it, I want a kit that can reduce weight. End-state: "simple".

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By your bottom line you do not want an Amuse kit then as it will add weight.
Many kits will add weight because they extend farther or wider than the stock body pieces, though with boost it really does not matter.

Stillen/Greddy/GTM kits come with all you need basically for the intake side. The Greddy kit will require you to purchase separately a few items like fuel system and injectors I believe. Hood looks good, other carbon fiber pieces, anything specific here? Again a lot of carbon pieces add weight because they are fiberglass CF wrapped and most of the body panels are already fairly light weight from factory. Now if you are going for the CF exterior look then that will work (look at UAM or CarbonSignal for fenders).

Wheels: Volk, Advan, SSR are all popular JDM brands that are lightweight and reliable

Suspension: Daily driver here? If so I would look at maybe KW3 as it provides a smooth ride but works very well on the track or canyon carving. If you want to go farther extreme you can look at TEIN Monoflex.
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By your bottom line you do not want an Amuse kit then as it will add weight.
Many kits will add weight because they extend farther or wider than the stock body pieces, though with boost it really does not matter.
Is the amuse kit even CF?

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Stillen/Greddy/GTM kits come with all you need basically for the intake side. The Greddy kit will require you to purchase separately a few items like fuel system and injectors I believe.
Greddy seems pretty damn expensive (when compared to Stillen, haven't checked out GTM, yet) already as it is, and then you have to add more parts on top of that, really hate that. Are the gains worth the squeeze (Greddy to Stillen/GTM)?

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Hood looks good, other carbon fiber pieces, anything specific here? Again a lot of carbon pieces add weight because they are fiberglass CF wrapped and most of the body panels are already fairly light weight from factory. Now if you are going for the CF exterior look then that will work (look at UAM or CarbonSignal for fenders).
Negative to the CF look. Other CF meaning: trunk, doors, etc. Is there anything that does not REALLY need to be replaced (e.g. side view mirrors doesn't seem like a lot of weight, etc.)?

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What are the typical wheel/tire sizes, front and rear?

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Suspension: Daily driver here? If so I would look at maybe KW3 as it provides a smooth ride but works very well on the track or canyon carving. If you want to go farther extreme you can look at TEIN Monoflex.
DD. Option A, I'll take a look at B.

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Here is the going list of finished builds with details and links to the more specific info: Forced Induction Finished Builds
The original Amuse kit is not CF, the replica kits can be partial CF. The gains depend on what you plain to do, the Greddy kit allows you to do what you want giving you the option to build certain pertains yourself if you ever want to expand your build though Stillen & GTM offer the same package but they offer full turn-key solutions that are very solid.

Standard wheel sizes are 18x9 (F) & 18x10-11 (R) for track, 19x9-9.5 (F) & 19x10-11 (R) for everything and 20x9 (F) & 20x12 (R) for everything. I am not an expert on offsets so someone with more detail can share based on your wheel width will determine your offset.

On the CF parts, a lot of parts currently for our car do not save any weight, your best option would be your body kit (Amuse/Zele/etc.), forced induction, weight reduction (remove items in the rear, battery), hood.

Also, another item to look into your build are gauges to monitor the car, you can go with 3 gauges and replace the existing 3 above the cubby or you can with a digital system like the HKS Camp 2, Blitz.
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Keep the Jeep, There are lots of days when I wish I still had my Jeep. I love the Z but couldnt afford both. Well, I wasnt patient enough to pay the Jeep off and then get a Z.
sounds like you can afford both.
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i suggest you get the Z and enjoy it as it is and then decide what you want to do to it.
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Keep the jeep, the Z is not going anywhere.
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i suggest you get the Z and enjoy it as it is and then decide what you want to do to it.
Been thinking about it too. And as far as your previous post goes, I know a lot of ex-Jeep owners that feel remorse for selling off their Jeeps. Honestly, I am sick and tired of 13mpg and not being able to go over 70mph in 5th. I'd rather not re-gear it and drop to 11-12mpg. One vehicle will be good for me, the wife has a Tacoma, if I get the urge for a lifted vehicle, I'll just lift her truck.

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Keep the jeep, the Z is not going anywhere.
True about the Z, true about the Jeep too. I've owned an '01 and a '10, both lifted. Still own the '10, paid off, hoping to not have to own two vehicles.

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