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Hood gap after repairs , is this dangerous ?

Old 05-09-2019, 08:27 AM
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Originally Posted by AznKaos15 View Post
Here is mine for reference. Purchased new and currently at 14k miles.
Or you can Google image 350z and look for gaps on Zs with original parts.
Without a gap, the hood will sit lower than the fenders and the body lines/surface will not flow into the bumper when viewed from the side.

If you were in closer, I'd tell you to stop by the shop with the parts and I can adjust it for you. It takes 2 minutes.



A 2008 with 14K miles? Would you ever consider selling it? Asking for a friend

What a beauty man. I am officially jealous. You wouldnt happen to be in San Diego I suppose....
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Old 05-09-2019, 08:32 AM
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Ok I am losing my mind:

Found an old pic of my hood open, way before the crash.

Even the original hood did not have those bumpers, and did not have the rubber lining around the rim of the hood. WTF?? So all these years I was driving around with a completely bare hood underneath? Bizzarre.

I think the easiest course of actions like most said is just go to the dealer and get those damn bumpers and put in my self.....hoping not to make the gap even bigger
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Old 05-09-2019, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by travlee View Post
you get what you pay for......
Pretty much. I got greedy as far as repainting the whole car, but even without the entire repaint, the hood/bumper and their paint was $1500, so only $1000 less than painting whole car.

I only got like $4k from insurance when they declared it salvage, the remaining $3K i paid out of pocket.

Its tough man. I mean I like how the new paint looks for sure, but already less than 2 weeks later I see the paint peeling and cracking off around the base of the rear windshield wiper.
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Old 05-09-2019, 08:46 AM
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and the bad thing.. they didnt even paint the entire underside of the hood
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Old 05-09-2019, 08:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Evenflow80 View Post
A 2008 with 14K miles? Would you ever consider selling it? Asking for a friend

What a beauty man. I am officially jealous. You wouldnt happen to be in San Diego I suppose....

sorry, not planning on selling.
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Old 05-09-2019, 11:39 AM
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Ok so just came back from Nissan dealership. Bought the two rubber bumps for the exorbitant cost of $31. Apparently they are made out of human flesh . After installing them , I guess it's better.

Top pic is before bottom is after:



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I just have to decide if I should keep pouring money into this 2004 car. I love it, but st this point I might have to accept it's good enough for what it is.

The rubber stripping that goes in the front under the hood is about $130. Also the entire engine bay is completely uncovered at the bottom . That cover and labor is probably another $300.

I don't know....
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Old 05-09-2019, 11:48 AM
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get the zspeed undershroud...

and it does look better, i would play with it some more to get it a little more even
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Old 05-09-2019, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by travlee View Post
get the zspeed undershroud...

and it does look better, i would play with it some more to get it a little more even
Wow thanks for the suggestion! This is much better than OEM
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Old 05-09-2019, 12:40 PM
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You are getting there.
Bring up the passenger side a little more by extending the bumper.
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Old 05-09-2019, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by AznKaos15 View Post
You are getting there.
Bring up the passenger side a little more by extending the bumper.
I dont think I can... the passegner side bumper sinks into the hood due to the weight of the hood, and just settles there. In fact I am worred over it will sink in more and I am back to where I started.

However, same side near the back there appears to be another hold the same side... maybe If I remove the bumper from the driver side and move to that hole, so the sagging passenger side has two bumpers to hold it up....
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It should not sink in. Its like a big rubber screw. You turn it clockwise or counter clockwise to adjust it.
It looks something like this.

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Old 05-09-2019, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by AznKaos15 View Post
It should not sink in. Its like a big rubber screw. You turn it clockwise or counter clockwise to adjust it.
It looks something like this.

Yeah thats exactly what I have.... and it sinks in about halfway on the passenger side. The hood is just too heavy I guess.

I did adjust the driver side bumper a bit to let it sink in so slight too... and it looks a bit better
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The zspeed makes it easier for oil changes and protects the bottom end of motor some.
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Originally Posted by Evenflow80 View Post
Yeah thats exactly what I have.... and it sinks in about halfway on the passenger side. The hood is just too heavy I guess.

I did adjust the driver side bumper a bit to let it sink in so slight too... and it looks a bit better
Actually the OEM hood is lighter than most carbon fiber replacement. If you ever take one off you will be surprised how light it is
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If it's the right part in the right hole, it will not sink in or come out without you twisting it. You can stand in that bumper and it won't go anywhere.
As mentioned, our hoods are really light. It's aluminum.
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Old 05-10-2019, 07:29 AM
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Yeah this isn't working out. I thought I was getting there until I actual got in the driver seat and noticed now with the bumpers in the driver side hood is visibly below the fender liner and my OCD kicks in as I drive. Its sunk below the rim of the driver side wheel fender liner and it looks bad when driving.

I'll have to bite the bullet and take it somwhere reputable. Maybe even the dealer collusion center.
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That is dirt cheap, sorry for all the trouble you are going thru. To me it looks like the metal bracket on the driver side is off. The paint on my car IMO was worth it but everyone is different, mine isn't a factory Z color either so there is that. I just recently bought all that rubber to put on my CF hood, too expensive for a little rubber IMO but I didn't hesitate to buy it. Mind you I've spent way too much on this thing back out now lol.

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Old 05-11-2019, 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Evenflow80 View Post
I'll have to bite the bullet and take it somwhere reputable. Maybe even the dealer collusion center.
Geico report says no collusion.
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Old 05-11-2019, 01:23 PM
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How is a thread about a misaligned body part still going into a fourth page? 🤡
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