Hey everyone! I've been a member of these forums for damn near as long as I've owned my 350z. These forums have helped me tremendously throughout the past 10 years. In 2007 I was actually shopping for a volvo s60r and i was unable to find one with the ground effects and manual transmission in my price range. The girl i was dating at the time suggested I look at the 350z. I wasn't a huge fan when they first came out as I felt they were a little feminine. That changed drastically when I test drove one. I instantly fell in love!
I was 19 when I purchased my 2003 Performance edition 350z. I had no idea what made it a performance edition when I bought it but I know it was the fastest car I had ever driven. The first thing I did was purchase an axleback exhaust (greddy spectrum elite) then I added some HR 350z wheels. This is about one year after I bought her.
I was hooked on modding this car but didn't really have the funds to do it. I knew one day I would build the dream car I've always wanted. A few years later I picked up some Racing Hart J5 wheels for $500 on the Mid A marketplace. I also picked up some BC Racing coil overs for a decent price. At this time I wanted to make a major change so I purchased a replica Amuse body kit. I went to a local body shop and had everything installed by a close friend of mine. Here is what it looked like about 4 years ago.
At this point I started getting bigger into shows and meets. I met a local car club called National G Club and I started going to every event I could find. NGC really opened my eyes to how big the car scene really was in the Mid Atlantic. I knew I had to step it up if I wanted to place in anything beyond local shows. I picked up a set of Volk GTC 20's from a fellow NGC member and had them refinished. I then had my car wrapped Avery Bright Blue Metallic. I noticed my stock brakes were hideous so I upgraded to the 370z brakes. I also installed airlift V2 air suspension with performance struts. Here is what my car looked like a little over 1 year ago.
At this point I realized I've gone too far to stop now. I had Hills garage install a Vortech V3 kit and the car made 436whp on the 3.33 pulley. Below are two pictures from this past show season.
This is my current Mod List:
Motordyne 5/16” Copper Iso Thermal Plenum Spacer
Vortech V3 Supercharger Kit
Weapon R Coolant Reservoir
Wrinkle Black Powder Coated Intake Manifold
PPE Racing Long Tube Headers
Motordyne XYZ Pipe with Resonator
Tomei Expreme TI Titanium Y-Pipe back Exhaust
ACT Street Lite FLywheel
Exedy Stage 1 Clutch
Uprev Tune By Frank Hill from Hills Garage making 436whp
Suspension & Brakes:
Cusco Front Strut Bar
Akebono 14” Big Brake Kit
SPL Rear Camber Arms
SPL Front Upper Control Arms
GTSpec Rear Lower Tie Brace
Airlift Performance Struts
Airlift V2 Management
Powerhouse Amuse Front Bumper
Powerhouse Amuse Side Skirts
Powerhouse Amuse Rear Add On
Shine Auto Project Front Diffuser
Shine Auto Project Muffler Guard
INGS Rear Duckbill Wing
Ambit Winter Wheels
Pioneer Touch Screen Head Unit
JL Audio 6” Speakers
2 Kicker 10” Subwoofers
500W Kicker Amp
Custom Sub Box under Strut Tower
Tomei Shift ****
Nismo Floor Mats
As of today I am loading up on car parts for the next phase of my build. I have Do Luck wide body fender sitting in my basement. I have brand new AG F221 19" wheels, Braum Seats and harnesses, Graffiti Motorsports Harness Bar, Side Splitters, and I'm sure a few other things I'm Forgetting about to go on. We peeled the wrap and this is how it's currently sitting waiting for the wide body to go on.
If you would like to follow my build I post everything on my Instagram @amused350z
I am also open to answering any questions you guys may have. It's time I give back to this community that has shown me so much love over the past 10 years!