Tag Archives: 350z

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

26 Dec

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As wonderful and robust as a 350Z is, like any other car, it’s got it’s share of quirks. The very early cars has transmission issues (solved by Nissan with later revisions), some of the interior stuff is easily scratched. Revup engines are widely known for oil consumption issues. So it goes – every car has it’s faults. One area that is of particular concern for Z33 drivers are the front bushings. The stock bushings are a soft compound rubber, designed for comfort vs longevity. Even on bone stock cars, they are known to start going bad in the 30k mile mark. Add in lowering via springs or coilovers, stiffer spring rates, and wider, heavier tires with lower offset wheels, and the weak factory parts become even more taxed.

The compression rod bushing is an area of particular concern for the 350Z and G35. This horshoe-shaped, aluminum rod makes up part of the front suspension, sitting between the front crossmember and the hub. It features a bushing on one end, and a ball joint on the other. The balljoint is quite strong, and hasn’t proved problematic. The compression rod bushing is another story altogether. Nearly every G35 customer we’ve got has replaced these at least once. 350Z guys also have this part fail over and over. For some reason, Nissan sells a replacement compression rod bushing on the Infiniti side (via part # 54570-AC70A), but not on the Nissan side. Some claim this bushing is “revised” from Nissan. We’ve never found any tangiable evidence that that’s true though. In the aftermarket, for the longest time, the only offering was SPL’s solid compression rod bushing kit. A terrific piece indeed, but really more suited for track use vs street use, as it can be sort of noisy because of the location. Not to mention, so many people have already replaced their lower control arm bushings (inner and outer) with the Whiteline Urethane pieces, that fitting a solid bushing isn’t exactly a perfect match from a stiffness standpoint.

NISMO does a version of these as well, but each time we check, they are not available – sort of perpetually backordered. There is another brand, called Armstrong, which is unique in that it’s a solid urethane design. Have not had a chance to try those as of yet. The Whiteline is more of a sandwich approach so installation is simple, though removing the factory ones does require a press.

Last year, Whiteline introduced a urethane Compression Rod Bushing Kit. We’ve sold quite a few, but never had a chance to do a direct comparison vs. stock. We think the picture speak for themselves. The Whiteline bushing is so much more solid vs the sloppy factory unit. It’s also a considerably higher durometer, but not so overly stiff that it isn’t very comfortable on the street.

Twincharged Z

25 Dec

While not a huge fan of the Stillen S/C, it’s a unique build for sure. Will be interesting to see what it is able to put down once the bottom end is fortified, fuel upgrades installed, and it’s tuned.

Mishimoto Oil Cooler 350z/G35

13 Nov

New from Mishimoto is their bolt on oil cooler kit for the 350Z and G35.

Comes as a complete kit, ready to install on either manual or auto cars.

Reduce oil temps by up to 25 degrees. Available with an optional thermostat for those who live in seasonal climates.

Contact is for introductory pricing!

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Bark and Bite for your 350Z – 5Zigen Spec VES Exhaust

28 Oct

A brand new exhaust design from 5Zigen Japan for the 2003-2008 350Z. The Spec VES stands for Variable Exhaust System. This system uses a wastegate-like valve that is electronically and vacuum activated to alter the sound and flow of the exhaust. The valve is actuated via a supplied wireless remote. It was originally announced end of 2011, and production is now starting.

First Video is the exhaust with valve closed

Next, valve opened

Another with the valve opened

These can be shipped to any part of the world direct from 5Zigen’s factory, as they are made to order.

No pricing has been set as of yet, but contact z1sales@z1auto.com to join the notification list, or, check the blog, and we will update as soon as these details are released.

Track Toy + Daily Driver

21 Oct

Pic submitted by one of our customers down south. Shown at Barber Motorsports Park at a recent track day, this car is also his daily driver

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Have you Heard This? True Story

2 Oct

Jay Leno Datsun Fairlady

Not big on blogging stuff other blogs do, but this is a great video, and Leno’s site always has cool stuff on it

Enjoy!

Simple

22 Sep

The right combination of parts really makes a Z stand out. Not too sure how I feel about the hood but LM’s on anything always catch my attention

New Booty

22 Sep

Garage Mak has been hard at work developing new aero for the 350Z. Interesting rear bumper, but what I really dig is that ducktail spoiler

Sinister

9 Aug

Never been a big fan of the whole matte black look, but this car speaks to me on many levels. Courtesy of Garage 4413

Taking it Back

29 Jun

Not too far back, just to 2004. The economy was on the rebound, new tuner friendly cars were on the streets in the form of the GD chassis STi, the Evo, the 350Z and G35. Nissan (Japan, of course, why should we get the cooler stuff?), had begun a full on tuning program centered around the newest Z car. This included participation in global motorsports, as well as development of street tuner models for their home market. One such car was the Type E. Only 5 models were produced, part of the homologation requirements needed for Super GT racing. The car featured various NISMO developed upgrades, most notably, the front and rear bumpers, which were extended long nose/tail versions. This general design concept eventually found its way on the NISMO/380RS versions that came in later years in a restyled form. In 2005, NISMO made a few more ( in the form of the S Tune GT, and to help celebrate the previous years performance in Super GT racing. This car was limited to just 20 units per month during that year, and was the who’s who of the NISMO parts catalog. A special S Tune version engine, with the full NISMO parts bin (cams, headers, ecu), full NISMO suspension, NISMO seats and steering wheel, and a host of other goodies added up to a nearly $60,000 US price tag.

Scaled Down

22 Apr

Pretty cool when you can build a 1/10th scale radio controlled version of your actual car.

The model:

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And the full size version:

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Guess which one runs lol. One of these days I’ll get the real one back on the road. As with most projects, lack of time/money. Ran great, insanely fast, but ran out of injector at 16 psi on a T66. A series of “might as well” changes ensued, and well, I never it finished the changes, as this took over:

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Solid Differential Bushing Kit 350Z and G35

5 Apr

Click the picture for details and pricing.

Torque Solution continues to push the limits of high performance aftermarket products with our “NEW” Nissan 350z & G35 Differential Mount. This system was designed to reduce movement of the rear differential. This helps to improve transmission feedback when shifting, and gives the car a more solid feel under hard acceleration. By replacing the OEM rubber with these solid billet pieces you are able to get rid of the unwanted slop and flexing of the stock units which allows for the power to go into rotating the tires, instead of flexing the rubber. Giving you better feedback, sharper response, more predictability on throttle input, along with eliminating annoying clunking during hard shifts.

– Improved 60fts / e.t’s
– Reduced Wheel Hop
– Eliminates excessive rearend slop
– Reduces rear end float under acceleration
– Solid feeling gear changes
– Street and track torture tested
– Anodized Black 6061 Billet
– Bushing Driver Tool Included to Ease Install
– Lifetime Warranty
– Made in USA

Urethane Exhaust Hanger Set 350Z/G35

21 Mar


These urethane exhaust hangers replace the factory soft rubber units found on the 350Z and G35 coupe. They are a direct fit, and will limit the movement exhibited by the stock hangers. These are great for those running true dual exhausts, or for those who’s factory mounts have become worn due to age or high mileage. Sold as a complete set. Priced at $54 shipped in all 50 states. To order just shoot us an email to z1sales@z1auto.com

More Light = More Faster

3 Mar

Thew new RS05RR lightweight wheel from Enkei Japan undergoing testing, netted a .05 second lap improvement on the 350Z test car. No word on exact specs or sizes/prices yet, but stay tuned.

On the ‘Ring Again

6 Feb

Shot of one of our customers cars on the Nurburgring.