Archive | October, 2009

If Kim Kardashian’s Hiney Were a Set of Brakes It Would be These.

6 Oct

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Big, Sexy, Expensive, Eye Catching, lusted after by men all over the world yes they both share a lot of the same qualities…

At least with the brakes they are new and not used…… OH SNAP! OH YES I DID JUST SAY THAT! I’ll be here all week folks, don’t forget to tip your waitress. Try the veal here it’s GREAT!

Ok, I’m done with my corny ass jokes. We’ve got an Endless front and rear BBK for a Nissan 370Z in stock and currently unclaimed. All you 370Z guys, time for one of you to step up to the plate.

This kit consists of a 6-pot front Big Brake kit with 370x32mm rotors, a Racing 4 rear kit with 355×30 rotors, ME20 brake pads, Endless Lines and all the necessary hardware for installation.

Contact us for pricing! Ready to Ship!

HKS 370Z Hi-Power Ti Exhaust & Genesis Intercooler

6 Oct

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HKS expanded its products offerings for the Nissan 370z and Hyundai Genesis Coupe. New for the 370z HKS developed a Hi-Power Ti cat-back exhaust, Hipermax III coilovers, Racing Suction intake, and Legamax Premium rear section exhaust. For the Genesis Coupe 2.0L Turbo HKS designed and released a Type S intercooler kit, Legamax Premium exhaust, and Racing Suction intake.

HKS 370z Products

Product: Legamax Premium 370Z (SUS304 Rear Section Only / requires modification or removal of rear emissions canister shield)
Part #: 32018-AN017
MSRP: $1110.00

Product: Dual Hi-Power Ti Exhaust (requires removal of emissions canister shield)
Part #: 32009-BN004
MSRP: $2395.00

Product: Hipermax III 370Z
Part #: 80140-AN013
MSRP: $2250.00

Product: Racing Suction Reloaded Kit 370Z (AT model not tested)
Part #: 70020-BN012
MSRP: $895.00

Product: Super Hybrid Filter
Part #: 70017-AN004
MSRP: $70.00

HKS Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0L Turbo

Product: Legamax Premium Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T & V6 (Rear Section)
Part #: 31021-KB002
MSRP: $795.00

Product: Legamax Premium Exhaust Hyundai Genesis 2.0T Coupe (Rear Section & Center Pipe) Set
Part #: 31021-KB001
MSRP: $995.00

Product: S-Type Intercooler Kit Genesis 2.0T
Part #: 13001-KB001
MSRP: $1495.00

Product: Genesis Coupe 2.0T SSQV 3 Kit
Part #: 71007-KB001
MSRP: $370.00

Product: Circle Earth Ground System Genesis Coupe (Limited Edition Red Wiring)
Part #: 48004-KB001
MSRP: $135.97

Product: Racing Suction Reloaded Intake Kit (2.0L Turbo)
Part #: 70020-BB001
MSRP: $450.00

Survey Sayssss………. NO BUENO!

6 Oct

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Sorry Shino and Dom, your companies’ high-end seats and top of the line brakes are not enough to save this vehicle from its inevitable demise.

Proof that a laundry list of high-end top dollar parts will not necessarily equate to a dope ride…

Pictures Courtesy of my350z.com

Bringing up the Rear Part IV

5 Oct

Just a few other pictures Ben sent over to me before it all gets sent to NY for install.
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The ring gear is now installed on the LSD, and both were rebalanced – it’s now within 1/2 1000’s true – pretty good 🙂

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One of the really tricky things when doing a ring and pinion install is setting spacing of the pinion relative to the ring. Since these are machined parts, there can be some differences in tolerances between one set and another. Shims are used to equalize things, so that the pinion has the right mesh pattern with the ring. This ensures that everything runs efficiently, without making noise, and without producing uncessary heat. You apply some paint to the ring and pinion and spin the assembly, and take note of where the 2 are meshing. When I sent this batch of stuff to Ben, I included a bunch of shims that we had laying around. Nissan sells 14 different size shims for these things, so it can be a bit arduous setting it up. The shims we sent down were close, as you can see from the pattern. Ben’s the consummate perfectionist though, and wrote me “as you can see from the pattern on the ring gear I have more adjusting to do. The pattern is acceptable in most shops but, not mine, I know it can be better. I will have to custom grind a shim about 8 to 10 thousands to get it to a standard I can be happy with”. Gotta love someone who only wants things a certain way when they leave his shop! When you’re out there picking an installer for anything as involved as a rear end, or a motor, etc, this is the sort of attention to detail you want. When that project leaves the shop’s doorstep, it’s essentially being signed off as being “perfect”. If something isn’t perfect, it comes back and bites you in the ass. Picking the right parts is important, but picking the right guy to make those parts work is essential. If anyone out there needs a terrific guy to set up their rear differential and/or ring and pinion, Ben @ PuddyMod Racing is your man!

Faking the Funk

5 Oct
Fake it till you make it?

Fake it till you make it?

Longtime customer and friend Twan from TSE posted this up a few days ago in a “back in the day” thread. This was Englishtown circa 2004

Bringing up the Rear Part III

5 Oct

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Things are nearing completion on the 4.3 final drive setup. Ben forwarded me some additional pics last night. We’ll have one more to share once we’re ready to install it. Here is a quick shot of the Quaife LSD I’m going to use, after being rebalanced. You usually don’t go this far, since time doesn’t allow for it and the parts are relatively well balanced from the factory. But since this thing has been a custom affair from day 1, Ben went the extra mile to rebalance the LSD. He also microfinished and cryo’d the ring and pinion gears. Should be back in my hands soon, then we get to swap it in and try it out – I can’t wait!

Adam’s Project Z33: Racepak Dash Installed

3 Oct

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It’s done! I think we’re probably the to fully replace the factory cluster with an aftermarket unit on a street driven Z, and I’m pretty proud of how it turned out. I’ve always lusted after these all in one units from the time I first saw a Stack meter, but they had always been so expensive. Plus, being universal pieces, there was always a mess of wiring to go through. When Racepak announced this affordable unit earlier in the year, I just had to jump on it. The The Racepak IQ3 is a bargain in my opinion, especially considering it comes with the VNet cable to plug right into the Haltech ecu (which used to be over $350 itself).

Of course the install was not without it’s hurdles – but what on the car this year hasn’t been a biotch! We discovered a major hurdle a few weeks back. Apparantly Nissan in their infinite wisdom decided that the alternator should not work if the factory cluster is unplugged. Ask me how I found out! Thanfully I was able to limp it back to the shop. I turned to some buddies who race their Z for help. They are running a Bosch Motorsport cluster on their race car, so I had a feeling they had enountered this same scenario before. After working out the various wiring issues last weekend, today I finally sat down with the software and handled the programming side of things. As of now I have the dash setup to display RPM, Air Inlet Temperature, MPH, Wideband AFR, Water Temperature. The software is pretty slick. I tried snapping some screen shot pics for you guys to look at, but it;s not easy capturing it with a camera, so forgive the low quality pics. Once connected, it lets you select what parameters to display, and what scale to display them on. It also lets you select where you want to display the data on the screen. There are 4 pages total of data it will let you display. To turn the page, you either need to have the laptop connected, or you can purchase optional switches. Since my car is NA, for right now, I am doing without the switches. Should I need to access the other data pages, I’ll do it with the laptop. I left the serial cable connected to the back of the unit, and stashed it up under the dash, so connecting it to the laptop is quick and easy. Since this is primarily a street car, I have the standard display unit. There is also a version of this cluster that has full datalogging capabilities, for those doing more serious track duty. Anything I do need to log, I can do via the Haltech anyway.

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To have a real fuel level gauge, there is a separate module that you need to purchase and configure. However, I am fairly confident I can at least get it to display “Miles to Empty” as I believe this info is streamed on the CAN network. I need to get with Racepak and/or Haltech this week and figure out how to access that data though.

This would not have been possible without the awesome work of my buddy Dave from Performance Outfitters Group and Rich from NoHotWireRacingI’m glad I know you guys, otherwise I would not have been able to get this done!