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Old 07-19-2018, 07:36 AM
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ALL DONE! FINALLY!

Big thanks to the guys at Z1 for their help. I was struggling to get the lower shock mount bushings to go together flush. I called them up, they transferred me to another guy who ran to the shop and checked with one of the techs. They told me to make a couple small pie shaped cuts into the end going into the bushing, and voila! I got them together finally.

Buttoned the car up last night and took it for a drive. Feels great! I wish the whole car had poly bushings now, well worth the effort. I still think I'll need a Front Right Wheel bearing in the near future though... it never ends.
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Old 08-09-2018, 10:41 AM
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Not much new on the Z. It's filthy, I haven't washed it in awhile. The other day I was browsing Kijiji and was able to snag two SKF Rear wheel Bearings locally, $50 for both BNIB. Once I order new hubs, those will go in.

My front Passenger Wheel Bearing has been groaning pretty bad recently, so today I ordered up two new front wheel bearings, in my experience, once one goes, the other follows shortly after. I wanted to change out my diff fluid because I'm not sure when it was done last, so I ordered some Motul Diff Fluid. I put in new OEM fluids in the trans when I did the clutch last spring but I wanted to change it out for redline as I've been told it'll help my grumbling syncro's in 5th/6th and help the notchiness.

Next week will be a busy week!


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Old 08-14-2018, 06:49 AM
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Bought the Motive Power Bleeder after a small discussion in the "What did you do to your Z today" thread.
Figured it would make it much easier after I change my fluids. Might do brake fluid while I'm at it.

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Old 08-16-2018, 09:06 AM
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My bearings and fluids arrived at my PO Box Tuesday, so yesterday morning I drove across the border picked everything up, and came back and did the install. I've only ever done Front Wheel bearings on a FWD car, so doing them on the Z was a breeze! The car feels great, the whole front end is practically brand new now!



i forgot to take a pic of the freshy-fresh bearings...

Next Up: Diff & Trans Fluids. My motive power bleeder should arrive today/tomorrow.

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Old 08-22-2018, 07:40 AM
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Well, I've been keeping my eyes open for a good trade-in to use as a winter-beater/daily and I got lucky and found one. It's all mine!

2002 Honda Accord EX-L - 4cyl Auto
181KM, Sunroof, Leather, Heated Seats, A/C Works

Going to leave it until the fall then put it on the road. I'll drive it home for lunch once a week or so.



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ah a daily...time to start really gutting the Z!
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Old 08-27-2018, 06:11 AM
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Originally Posted by guitman32 View Post
ah a daily...time to start really gutting the Z!
ha ha... time to give it a rest for a bit soon. I have put almost 50,000 KM or 30-32,000 Miles since I bought it in 2017!
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Old 09-04-2018, 06:30 AM
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Here in Canada, we had our labour day weekend, this past weekend, meaning we had Monday off

I got off work early Saturday and went up to Newmarket then Barrie this weekend to visit friends and do some nice backroad drives in the Z.
I managed to snap this picture that I really like!


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Old 09-24-2018, 09:41 PM
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Originally Posted by guitman32 View Post
ah a daily...time to start really gutting the Z!
lol... ok maybe a little bit... Anyone have any recommendations on a quick/painless way to remove the leftover grit/gunk.



Also, has anyone successfully moved the amp/etc in the bottom left corner to the upper deck area behind the driver's seat?
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Old 10-18-2018, 11:07 AM
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It's starting to get cold here in Southern Ontario, the Z will be going into storage soon, but in the meantime, I pulled my RPF1's off and swapped my winter's back on for peace of mind in the sub 10 degree Celsius weather.



I noticed I wore through my rear tires pretty bad on the insides, Camber killed them

Placed an order with FDF Race Shop out of Belleville, Ontario for a set of new Front Upper Control Arms, and Rear Camber Arms.
He builds everything in his shop, good work with heim joints etc.. Looking forward to seeing them completed!
I can add them to the growing pile of parts for next spring.
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Old 10-20-2018, 08:46 AM
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I was able to scoop up a OEM 350Z cover the other day!


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Old 11-06-2018, 09:33 AM
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So, a bit of a Winter Update:

While pulling into work last week, our photographer sneaked a pic of the Z dirty on the winters. I liked it.



On the way home recently, I hit a possum


I brought it into work the next day, took the bumper off to assess the damage.
I broke the Plastic shroud behind the bumper, bent my Z-Speed Aluminum Undershroud, and of course, cracked/broke my fender liner pretty bad.

I managed to tweak it all back straight as best as I could. Looks like a new bumper & fender liners will be in the cards soon.




The day this happened, I put my Accord on the road so the Z should be taking a winter nap real soon.

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Originally Posted by Freudenthaler View Post
I go to school and work part time. Im 18 and selling my hyundai tiburon and hoping to make a payment on a 2005 350z with 50k miles for $9000, my downpayment will be about $3000. i make $500 a month, would this be a good idea making a $170/month payment on a 60 month loan period?
why the hell would you ask complete strangers this and hijack chewwy's thread? if you have to ask, no you can't afford it . jeebus
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Old 11-07-2018, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by chewwyy View Post
lol... ok maybe a little bit... Anyone have any recommendations on a quick/painless way to remove the leftover grit/gunk.



Also, has anyone successfully moved the amp/etc in the bottom left corner to the upper deck area behind the driver's seat?
I removed all that extra wiring for that amp, you should be able to move it behind the seat if you removed all the wiring from the loom and get creative. The rear speaker wire might get tricky...

But best idea would be bypassing it altogether with a new head unit and new speakers.
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why the hell would you ask complete strangers this and hijack chewwy's thread? if you have to ask, no you can't afford it . jeebus
ha ha... this must have been deleted before I got here.

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I removed all that extra wiring for that amp, you should be able to move it behind the seat if you removed all the wiring from the loom and get creative. The rear speaker wire might get tricky...

But best idea would be bypassing it altogether with a new head unit and new speakers.
New head unit and new speakers sounds like way more money than I want to invest in the stereo at this time.
I'll have to play with that wiring harness in the spring.
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Old 11-20-2018, 08:14 AM
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I test fit my car cover the other, fits/looks perfect!





I put the car away this past weekend until spring. The Z's resting place until May.


Now to keep adding to the parts Pile for the spring! I have a few small mods planned, and then I need to replace my 2 rear tires, and brakes. Been looking at the Z1 2 piece rotors, any feedback on those?
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Old 11-29-2018, 06:37 AM
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Not sure if any of you jumped on Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals, but I was able to snag myself a pretty decent deal on a helmet for next year.

I decided on the HJC AR-10 III in Flat Black. I tried it on, fit's comfortable, I'm a size M.



Comes with a light helmet carrying bag. I've been eyeing up the Nismo Helmet Bags on Z1 though..



Driver is now ready for some track days! Few more pieces needed and the Z will be ready to go!
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Cool build. I decided to check your build out after you asked me about the battery tender. Car is looking good and keep up the great work.
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