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Old 10-04-2014, 12:02 AM   #41
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Old 10-04-2014, 05:01 AM   #42
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I would look for 06+ headlights. These will attract attention. .....but the wrong kind!
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Old 10-05-2014, 12:08 PM   #43
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the lights don't fit so I did not buy them. Apparently they are for non hid 350 Z's.


nismo steering wheel installed:

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Old 10-05-2014, 05:35 PM   #44
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The car Gods stepped in on those lights. Seriously. I think you would be very disappointed with those cheap lights. If ANYTHING get the DEPO knock off OEM ones. I have em and they are a good alternative to spending $500-1000 on 06+
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Old 10-06-2014, 10:59 AM   #45
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Look for someone selling OEM Nismo suspension, It happens occasionally and would go well with your setup. There is also a pair of Nismo wheels for sale on the market place for 1100 i believe which is a steal and would complete your Nismo look.
Not sure if you have the Nismo specific under tray for the front bumper, but you will need that. If I were you I would pick up a pair of front mud flaps as I thing they do a decent job of tying the front Nismo bumper to the stock sides.
The radio on Zs are pretty crappy and are a good bit of work to get a worked out.
With the auto (barf IMO) at least take a look at the transgo shift kit that will really help liven the shifting up. If you come across a Nismo exhaust or bassani/Borla, all of those sound relatively stock but even better.
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Old 10-07-2014, 04:38 AM   #46
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I have seen the nismo suspension for sale but it seems overpriced. I saw a nismo muffler on ebay but it was like $650. Ive noticed a clunking in the suspension when I go over good sized bumps. Any idea what this is?

I have the original undertray so I guess ill need a nismo tray.

I found some mesh in the garage for the rear bumper.
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Old 10-07-2014, 04:39 AM   #47
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its a bushing somewhere, prob lower control arm
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Old 10-08-2014, 09:44 AM   #48
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its a bushing somewhere, prob lower control arm
Thanks trav, Ill check it out.
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Old 10-08-2014, 09:56 AM   #49
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Pic of the mesh:
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The mesh is just primed. It should be a bit more visible when I paint it. Ill be applying a second coat of paint to the bumpers, probably the weekend after next, since Ill be out of town.

The rear spoiler is going to be a bit of a pain to install. The trunk appears to have to come off and an inner plastic panel needs to be removed.

Im looking into paddleshifting. I guess there is a Bell Works Paddleshifter. Any other Paddleshifters?

Will mudflaps fit with Nismo bumpers and side skirts? (Still looking for factory sideskirts.)
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Old 10-08-2014, 10:54 AM   #50
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ugh put it on already...lol

if you don't have OEM V3...I think the V2 somewhat flows with the V3 front and rear?

keep it up
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Old 10-15-2014, 10:44 PM   #51
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I decided to take a crack at installing the heated seat pads from my original leather seats into my nIsmo seats. first I started with my passenger seat because I felt like it. I took apart the leather seat and removed the pad that contains the heating element by slitting the pad with a razor. After I got both pads out I took my nismo seats out and removed just enough of the seat cover and slipped the heated pad underneath the cloth and used fabric glue to keep it in place. I put the seat back together plugged them in to my existing wire harness and I now have heated Nismo seats.
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Old 10-16-2014, 10:03 AM   #52
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Here is a pic of the heated pads from the original leather seats:

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Removing the pads entails taking the seat out of the car, unbolting the lower frame from the lower seating area, and then removing a bunch of hog rings to separate the cover from the cushion.

Here is a pic of the heat pads and wiring removed from the original leather seats:
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The wiring has to be removed so it can be plugged in to the original wiring of the car. Much of the wiring is not needed but I left it anyway and tucked it under the seat.

This pic shows where the heat pad will be positioned underneath the cloth cover:
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The seat back heat pad was placed on the lower part of the seat back...same place as the original leather seats.

I tested the pads before I inserted them into the seats. On the short drive to the office this morning, the seat was nice and toasty. I noticed that the seat bottom is much warmer than the seat back...not sure why.

I have been contemplating upgrading the brakes to Brembo, in conformance with making the car as "Nismo" as I can. The problem is that its hard to justify spending $1000-1500 for Brembo calipers, rotors and lines. I considered a 300ZXTT conversion but nixed that idea. I think I will go with an 06+ 350z caliper and rotor swap. This seems to be done for under $500 and gives a larger front rotor and two pistons up front. If I paint the caliper red, it will give it a nice sporty look.

The bumpers need to be color sanded and a second coat of paint and then clear coated and all that.

Spoiler still needs to be installed.

Im working on finding a way to utilize the audio buttons on my steering wheel. I think an 06+ Bose CD6 radio with wiring harness is the way to go. I cant find anyone who has done this.

I found a guy selling original 2007-2008 Nismo Z rims. They have the TPMS sensors and everything with near new tires. He wants around $1800. Seems a bit high to me. I really like my 35th A rims. Any thoughts here?

I may buy an original Nismo Z muffler. The original tips are gone though. I could always have 4" chrome tips welded on.

Repairs:
I need to fix the passenger door handle still
The headlights need to be aimed upward. I have to use the brights most of the time
The fuel sending units need cleaning since the gauge is totally inaccurate.
I need TPMS sensors
The top still wont go up.
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Old 10-19-2014, 07:45 PM   #53
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I can get some 350z Track rims with tires for 600 bucks. I was thinking about doing some local autocross and using these rims. What do you think?
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I got some 06 rotors and Im waiting for my 06 calipers and lines. Also have an original Nismo Z muffler from an 08 Nismo Z on its way but the Nismo tips were cut off and those colored tips were added. Anyone know where I can get Nismo tips?

I color sanded the front bumper. I still need to color sand the rear bumper and add another piece of mesh. Then its ready for the second coat of paint and two coats of clear, which will hopefully be this weekend.
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Nice write up on switching the heater pads!
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Thanks. Im enjoying the seat heaters!!

I received the Nismo muffler. Half of it is nice polished stainless steel (I think??) and the other half has "Devils spit" (rust spots). The seller cut off the Nismo tips and welded on that burnt blue look. Ill likely have 4" chrome tips welded on as the OEM muffler originally had but there wont be a "Nismo" etched into it. I started polishing the muffler to try to restore it to its former shiny self. I used 120 for the really tough stuff and then worked up to 220. Ill go up the grit ladder until I polish it....lots of work ahead. I believe this muffler is necessary when using the OEM Nismo rear bumper because the Nismo muffler hangs lower than the non-Nismo muffler.

I also picked up some 350z Track edition wheels. I plan to do some local autocrossing and I figured the very lightweight Track wheels will help out.

Im waiting for my 06 calipers. Work continues on the bumpers...sanding mainly. The indentation area where the NISSAN emblem went on the front bumper isnt perfectly smooth so I have been working on that area. I sanded it down and have been repriming.
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good luck on the project, get 06 headlights though
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Old 10-31-2014, 09:02 PM   #58
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I installed the nismo v1 wing. I love the look. Was hard to install. Im still working on bumpers. The 06 brakes will get painted gold and then installed. The nismo z muffler is polished and ready when rear bumper goes in.
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Pic of the wing installed:
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Curb rash on my Track rims:
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Curb rash filled and primed:
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06 350z calipers:
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06 calipers sanded smooth, primed and painted gold:
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Update..... been in hospital recovering from a burst appendix and a blood clot in the lung so I have not been able to proceed on this project but hopefully next week I will make some progress
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