Category Archives: Z Upgrades

Finally a cosmetic enhancement, upgraded 300ZX to G35 wheels

My wheels arrived in a very timely manner and I have installed them on the Z.  I think it gives the car a much more updated look.  When I was deciding what wheels to get I wanted something that was upgraded but didn’t appear to be upgraded.  I get that there are some wheels that people put on cars that are meant to draw attention but that’s not what I was going for.  I just wanted them to look better than stock and like they belong, I call it mission accomplished.  The great thing about these is they are made by Nissan and the Z center cap fits them perfectly so this swap should not offend most Z purists, well, it doesn’t offend me anyway.

As with everything it seems that I’ve gotten into with this car (I have a few more blogs I need to enter at some point about the fuel injector install and timing belt) there is always something unexpected that I run into and even a simple wheel/tire swap is no exception.  When I got the G35 wheels all put on I realized there was very minimal clearance between the front passenger tire and the front fender-well, I couldn’t even get a finger between them but could get 2 fingers easily on the driver side.  Therefore that tire rubs while turning and that’s not ideal.  I am positive it has to do with the previous owner replacing the fender himself after a minor collision, it’s never been lined up correctly.  So before I can drive it and show off my new wheels to the world I need to take all of that off and try to put it back on properly.  If history tells me anything there will be some parts broken or missing and I’ll be spending some ca$h with Z1 motorsports or Courtesy Nissan to get those replaced.

At any rate, the car looks better now I believe, the lighting in the before picture wasn’t as good with the sun still beaming but you should be able to get the idea.

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After:

New G35 wheels for my Z

Well, I finally got to spend some money on something for the Z that wasn’t related to just bringing it back to workable condition, an actual ‘upgrade’ if you will.  A while back I was having a tough time deciding what kind of wheels I wanted to eventually put on my Z but then by chance ran across photos of this guys Z:  http://www.nissanzsite.com/2010/07/16/nissan-300zx-upgrades-and-modifications/300zx-g35-base-17-wheels/ that helped me make my decision.  Anyway, back to the point of this post, I purchased a set of the 17″ G35 staggered coupe wheels the other day and they should be on the way shortly!  I had been shopping off and on since I got the car for a set of these wheels, preferably with decent tires already mounted but never could find any cheap enough or close enough to where I could pick them up and shipping was always adding $200 or so to the price.  I was Googling for this set up the other day and ended up getting redirected to eBay where I found a clearance sale on a set that included 4 Bridgestone Potenza tires with about 80% of their life left.  The kicker on this is that they were just $587 and that included Free shipping.  I couldn’t pass up that deal.  I look forward to getting the set here and getting them on the Z to see if it gives an updated look to an already timeless design.

 

This is exhausting

Lately I have been feeling like maybe my search for the right 300ZX is coming to an end.  I think I have reached a deal on the white one in Kentucky and will most likely be flying out there next week to drive it back unless something falls through.  With that being possibly done I have started to focus some of my thoughts on what the first upgrade that I will do is.  I need to find out what kind of exhaust it currently has.  I think it just has single tips on each side which is a look I don’t necessarily like for the Z32.  If it is that style of exhaust and it’s obnoxiously loud I’m going to have to move that up to my first priority.  I was doing my daily checks on craigslist last night for 300s just in case something better comes along and ran across a Labree exhaust for sale.  I had never heard of this brand before so I started checking on it and it was definitely the one with the tips that I like the most.  I then did some checking on YouTube for videos of the exhaust to see how it sounded.  I ran across videos that gave a good example of it and I thought it sounded pretty nice, I did read through some forums as well though and saw some folks talking about them “droning”.  I’m not real sure what that means but I’d guess that it means they are too loud while you are driving the car.  Since I plan on driving the car daily for the most part this probably won’t work but they do sound nice.



Once I decided those probably wouldn’t work I read in some more forums to try to find out what the quietest exhaust that still gives performance and a little meaner than stock sound. I’m not sure that I’ve found any answers in regard to which exhaust system that is yet so my search continues. I’ve tried to search for a Magnaflow exhaust for the 300ZX but I guess I’m confused because all I can seem to find from them is a catalytic converter. It seems Flowmaster makes one as well and I’ve seen people talking about B&B. I’m hoping that the exhaust on the one that I buy is to my liking and has a few miles left on it so that I have time to decide because it is very apparent to me that there are many things that I don’t know about when it comes to the available exhaust options for the 300ZX.