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Old 10-28-2018, 06:28 AM
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Hey folks I thought I would ask what the preference is these days. I see itís more or less one or the other when I search the forum. I have a new to me 350Z and Iím trying to pick up some parts that need to be replaced or are just missing. In this case my Splash Shield is not on the car and I read itís important that it is. I researched both shields and I can get them both right now for about the same amount, and I think the preference is black so it blends well?

please let me know your thoughts and experiences. I would like to order this week. So far Iím leaning to ZSpeed
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They are identical
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Old 10-28-2018, 07:47 AM
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I have the Z-Speed aluminum undershroud, and it is much better than the plastic shroud. I actually prefer the non-painted aluminum, because it makes it easier to inspect for leaks.

If your oem undershroud is missing someone may have removed it because of front bumper damage, etc.. causing the mounting holes to not line up with the shroud. This happen to me, but I was able to re-drill some holes that were not lining up, into the undershroud, as a temporary fix. So keep this in mind if you are installing it.
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I just installed one of the metal ones on my z, fit and quality was excellent.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Aluminum-En...3/151701536892

i also purchased a Engine Splash Shield Bolt Clips Hardware kit as I was missing everything.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Engine-Spla...QAAOSwB1Jas028
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thanks folks... Chihuahuamaster I was thinking about that too... I will see when I try to mount one up... but could be true. Force-FedZ have you seen the ZSpeed one or did you just order one online and fit it up? Everything i read says they are pretty much the same (as stated above)... I am torn between them and unsure if I want black our aluminum color...
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Z1 makes one also. The service panel for oil changes is larger.

https://www.z1motorsports.com/aero-a...d-p-12133.html
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Man, Iím digging the Z1 panel. Iím going that route. Now black or aluminum color
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My aluminum panel is aluminum. The Z sits so low even at stock height that you can't see the panel.
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Old 10-28-2018, 05:09 PM
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Thatís a good point. Itís not like itís visible. Iíll give the Z1 panel a try.

Thanks everyone one for helping me make my mind up.
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Originally Posted by myrddin View Post
thanks folks... Chihuahuamaster I was thinking about that too... I will see when I try to mount one up... but could be true. Force-FedZ have you seen the ZSpeed one or did you just order one online and fit it up? Everything i read says they are pretty much the same (as stated above)... I am torn between them and unsure if I want black our aluminum color...
I looked at both and just liked the look of the TBW one better. Fit well, pretty stout piece and now that I remember it came with hardware.

I did have to modify it because of the procharger intercooler mounts (drill two holes).
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Old 10-29-2018, 05:37 AM
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Originally Posted by myrddin View Post
Man, Iím digging the Z1 panel. Iím going that route. Now black or aluminum color
Post up some pics after install. I think it's a relatively new product from Z1 and, honestly, I probably would have gotten that one if I hadn't already installed the ZSpeed 5 years ago.

In hindsight, I should have gotten the black powder coated panel since you can see the shield through the grille opening of my V2 bumper, and black would have blended better with my Z since it's also black. Just something to think about if you don't have a stock front bumper.
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Hey, I got the Z1 under shroud, aluminum. It looks fantastic, and comes with all necessary hardware. As most of them, it has a back plate for maintenance.
But of course it couldn't be an easy install. One of the bolts under the radiator got broken. When removing the bolts (if you still have any), be gentle. Use PB Blaster, WD40, whatever makes you happy. Use anti seize.
After so many tries with bolt removals and drilling, the bolt piece is still there. Will deal with it next spring.

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Zspeed undershroud saved my oil pan after taking a piece of debris like a champ, so if nothing else I can attest to its durability and a must for a lowered car.
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I use TBW, Jon lives across town from me. Great guy, great company it you can't go wrong with either.
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I ordered the Z1 splash shield. Should be in tomorrow or the next day. Iíll post pics once I have ti
e to put it on. I like the fact that you can drop the back half to change oil and inspect stuff. Time will tell if I made a good choice.
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Old 11-11-2018, 06:15 PM
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My Z1 splash shield came in. Iíll be installing one day this week... Who ever has done this install before can you tell me how long it took and did you just jack up a corner to get to the bottom?

pics will follow.
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Get the whole front end up...and 15-20, maybe 30 taking your time
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Old 11-12-2018, 02:44 AM
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Old 11-13-2018, 03:56 PM
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Ok so this instal was a pain my fender liners would not line up for the two bolts on each side. I fought it for an hour and decided to give in, the rest was more or less a direct bolt on, I could see my bumper may of been very slightly sagging too (no shield on it for who knows how long) but after itís all nice and tight. All in all I like it. And Iím glad I have something back on it.






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Looks good! Do you think the issue with the fender liners not lining up was due to some type of deformation with the liners themselves, or the hole locations in the shield?

Also, it appears you just need to undo two bolts to have the service panel swing down. That will be nice when it's oil change time!
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