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My Canyon Carver - Mild 350Z Build

Old 06-07-2019, 10:11 AM
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My name is Brent and this is my first Z. I am not new to the VQ family as I previously had a 2004 G35 Coupe (wife drove it) and currently have a Q50S (wife also drives it - she gets all the nice things). I picked up the Z from my brother-in-law who bought it in 2007 with 21k miles. The car is a manual with the Enthusiast package and has 184k miles on it today. He used the Z strictly for commuting, which left the car in pretty good mechanical shape given the miles. The car will be built for canyon carving and possibly autocross and track sessions thrown in. With that in mind, my mild build will be more handling and power based. I've owned the car since about November 2018 and have been driving it to work a couple of days a week and done one canyon carving shake down. Next up on the list is SCCA Auto Club Speedway track night later this month. I want to get a feel for the car before the bigger upgrades. I figured it was time to post my update thread as I am now making some progress on the car. I'll post more progress photos and info as I have them.


-Change all fluids, hoses, and belts
-New front bumper
-New headlights
-Z1 poly diff and trans bushings

In progress (updated 06/07/19):

-Z1 plenum spacer
-Z1 clutch and flywheel kit

Plans for the car:

-BC Racing coilovers
-Voodoo13 arms
-Hotchkis sways
-Konig 18x10.5 Dekagram
-285/35-18 square
-Upgraded brakes - haven't decided on stock Brembo or Akebono kit
-Shave the antennae, Z, and Nissan emblems

The car had seen better days before I got it home.

This is what 183k mile diff oil looks like.

Cleaned up the wheels with some steel wool so the Z doesn't look like I only use it to sleep in.

First canyon carving day. The Z did great.

Z1 diff bushings installed 06/05/19.

Stay tuned...
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I got the flywheel, clutch, trans, and new slave cylinder installed last night. If anyone is looking for a good time, install your transmission solo, on your back, with no trans jack. It's a gas!

The flywheel and pressure plate had seen better days, but I'm impressed with the JWT clutch.

JWT with about 120k traffic miles on it. Not bad!

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