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Old 07-10-2017, 04:46 PM
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Make sure to spray the plasti-dip real T-H-I-C-K. Everyone I've known who used plasti-dip had a very very hard time peeling it off.

As for water repellent I just fill a spray bottle with rain-x and use that on the car, but I don't drive the Z in the rain anyways.
Noted! I'll go buy a few more cans then just in case. I can always return the extra's. Thanks!

That's a good idea. I've been happy with the results from Kleen Freaks. I use this one:
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Old 07-13-2017, 09:54 AM
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So I plasti-dipped my wheels yesterday. I threw my winters on while I was painting them. They came out ok. Not sure I'm in love with them, but they look better than the curb-rashed and paint fading/peeling that was going on before.














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Old 09-01-2017, 07:55 AM
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Haven't posted here in a bit, just a small update.

Installed my Nismo 380RS pedal, still getting used to it for heel/toe shifts.



Bought the Nismo GT Titanium Shift **** from RHDJapan and installed it last night. I absolutely love it
It's slightly weighted and just pops into gears so much better than my Tomei one.





I was also super impressed with RHDJapan. I ordered the shift **** Saturday and it arrived in Toronto Thursday night. It was well packaged and they provided multiple updates while it was being shipped until it arrived. Top notch work, and I will be ordering from them in the future. Faster/Cheaper than ordering out of the States!

I ordered a Z-speed Aluminum Shroud for under the engine bay from Whitehead Performance, that should be in next week and I'll install that while I do my oil change.

Cheers, Happy Labour Day Weekend from Toronto!

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Old 10-12-2017, 10:21 AM
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Happy Belated Canadian Thanksgiving! I did some maintenance I've been slacking on over the long weekend.

-New Spark Plugs
-Cleaned TB's





Got a CEL next morning, had one of the tech's reset my idle and it was all good again.



Next UP:
-Reseal/Polish Headlights
-Mount Winter's

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Old 10-18-2017, 06:27 AM
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Been busy at work, haven't had much down time to get at my headlights yet. Found a spare driver's side headlight for sale somewhat locally I'm trying to work out a deal on.

Brought the wheels I bought earlier this summer in to have the tires stripped for New Winter Tires.
Sprayed them with a few coats of wheel acid and hit them with the pressure washer and they cleaned right up!

I'm planning on ordering 4 225/45/18 Michelin X-Ice at the beginning of November for a Square Winter setup, easier to rotate etc..

I removed the centre caps, they are set aside




I didn't know or didn't remember that they had TPMS sensors. Hopefully they all work!

To Do List:
* Re-Seal Headlights
* TSB for Clicking Axles

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Old 10-31-2017, 11:29 AM
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Another update, not sure if anyone's reading these or not but

My driver's headlight was leaking. The sealant had dried up and was allowing water into the headlight. This weekend I took it apart and re-sealed it with OEM Nissan sealant. Was a bit of a bi***, but glad it's done.

Now they just need a Polish!













Ordering my winter's tomorrow, should hopefully get them mounted and balanced this week and hopefully installed before the weekend.
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Another update, not sure if anyone's reading these or not but

My driver's headlight was leaking. The sealant had dried up and was allowing water into the headlight. This weekend I took it apart and re-sealed it with OEM Nissan sealant. Was a bit of a bi***, but glad it's done.

Now they just need a Polish!













Ordering my winter's tomorrow, should hopefully get them mounted and balanced this week and hopefully installed before the weekend.
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Old 11-02-2017, 12:05 PM
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Old 11-08-2017, 06:52 AM
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Thanks to Mike ^ Carbuffguy, I was able to snag a decent deal on a set of Blizzaks with good tread life left. Hoping to get them mounted, and put on at some point today/tomorrow.








Also, found a puddle in my trunk while cleaning it out last week. I had someone spray the trunk while I looked from the inside and it appears the Trunk Air Vents are leaking at the seals. I'm going to try and take the bumper off this weekend and re-seal the vents. In the meantime I've been driving with my trunk stripped in order to keep an eye on the water




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[QUOTE=chewwyy;10925304]Thanks to Mike ^ Carbuffguy, I was able to snag a decent deal on a set of Blizzaks with good tread life left. Hoping to get them mounted, and put on at some point today/tomorrow.


Glad you like them...drive safe!
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Winter's are mounted and installed just in time! We got a bit of a dumping here in North-Toronto last night.









looks a little messy this morning after the commute in to work
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Winter's are mounted and installed just in time! We got a bit of a dumping here in North-Toronto last night.









looks a little messy this morning after the commute in to work
How's the fit/traction?
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Old 11-13-2017, 02:54 PM
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How's the fit/traction?
Well, we had discussed them being 225's, but they were 255's
No issues though, they fit fine. They are a couple years old, so a little hard, but they are fine. We'll see how they do when we get some real snow!
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Finally took my day off for the first time in a few weeks yesterday. Spent some quality time in the garage with the Z.

Did an Oil Change with Fresh Motul Sport Ester 5W-40. The Z-speed cover made it so much easier with the quick access panel. Two bolts and I could access the drain plug and oil filter.

My other issue was a leak in the trunk. I had a friend spray the trunk and noticed the leak coming from the rear trunk air vents. So yesterday I pulled the bumper off, removed the trunk air vents and found the source of the leak. The gaskets on the air vents were completely destroyed. I used some of the leftover Nissan OEM sealant from my headlights to fill the spots missing in the gasket. Once installed I sealed them with some Clear Waterproof Marine sealant.












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Old 11-20-2017, 08:55 AM
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Woke up to a snow silhouette of my 350Z on Sunday morning was kinda cool.



After I cleaned the snow off I met up with a friend at Sunset Grille for some breakfast before we opened up his dealership's shop to do some work on our cars.

He was doing some work on his dash/stereo before putting his Dynosty tuned G35TT away for the winter.




He had applied sound-deadening to his trunk over the winter and had some left-over, so I bought it off him and used the rest on my trunk before putting the interior plastics back in.










Seemed to make a bit of a difference, especially on the highway, and roads with alot of debris.
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Was able to use a shop today so I started off by putting it up on the hoist and swapping the headlight bulbs out for a set of 6000K's, the setup from the previous owner was 2 slightly different colours and was driving me nuts, my shop foreman had a set laying in his box and sold em to me cheap. Looks better.



I took advantage of the hoist and used the opportunity to do the Nissan TSB for the clicking axles.

Started off by removing cotter pin and outer 32mm nut. I made a mark with a sharpie on the axle spline and the hub for reference later. Then removed the 14mm bolts securing the inner cv.

**TIP** Most of the DIY's suggested removing the axle at this point suggesting it is a tight fit but with patience it can com out. I tried, but was concerned about tearing a cv boot or other damage.
On the driver's side I removed the upper bolt for the sway bar endlink, and on the passenger side I removed the lower bolt and rotated the swaybar & endlinks out of the way. This made a HUGE difference, and gave so much more clearance getting them in and out.

Be sure to thoroughly clean out the hub and surrounding area before re-assembling. (this is a before picture)


I put the axles in the vice and used an air wheel to clean off the rust/debris and applied the Nissan recommended Molyslip grease. I also added a little Loctite blue to the the axle splines. This was a recommendation from a friend and VW technician not part of the Nissan TSB.





Re-installed the axles and rotated them 180 degrees as per the TSB directions, secured it with a New OEM Nissan 32mm nut and New OEM cotter pin to Nissan Torque Specs as per TSB. Finished by greasing up the hubs with more Molyslip and re-assembled.



I finished it up this afternoon and drove around a little bit without hearing any axle clicking. Will keep updated

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Old 12-14-2017, 11:23 AM
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Well, my car has not made any clicking noises since the TSB, happy to say it worked perfectly!

It snowed here a bit recently, went out and did some snow drifts



Unfortunately, I started up my car at work the other day and found that the flex on the Y-pipe decided to give out, I was hoping it would last until the spring.

Trying to decide if I;
a) Patch it
b) Buy a Motordyne XYZ
c) Buy a cheap aftermarket/oem replacement
d) Replace whole damn exhaust lol...

Will keep you updated...

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This is a solid thread. Nothing crazy, but a lot of the small improvements that really improve the car. I like it.
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cheap ebay replacement with plans to replace whole exhaust
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This is a solid thread. Nothing crazy, but a lot of the small improvements that really improve the car. I like it.
Thanks alot, appreciate it! Quality over quantity is how I look at it. No need to rush it, I have no plans to sell the car.

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cheap ebay replacement with plans to replace whole exhaust
I went with the latter ha ha... Found a super low mileage Motordyne Shockwave TDX2 Catback for sale locally. I should get it on Monday. Pics to come!
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