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  1. Well this seems definitive! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiqOLRJi7nU http://youtu.be/aiqOLRJi7nU
  2. Hi Folks, Did anyone here go to this? I went along with some local friends and there was one amazing example of an Amuse, AAM Twin Turbo 370Z with custom interior, featuring Braum seats. Whether you were there or not, I thought some of you may enjoy seeing a little of the day... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yMJ89zOGuw
  3. Hi everyone. Hope you're all keeping well and safe! As we've been in lockdown and to celebrate hitting 1000 subscribers, I've put together a video detailing all the mods made to our 370z Nismo so far: KW HLS 2 Hydraulic Lift Coilovers KW V3 Coilovers HKS intake filters Cobra High Flow Cat EcuTek +30hp tune EcuTek Connect + App Tarmac Sportz V2 Short Tails YattCar carbon fibre 2015+ rear spoiler-lip EVO-R Carbon B-Pillar EVO-R Carbon Mirror Covers Hope you enjoy...
  4. Last Saturday, with a lockdown imminent, my son and I decided we wanted to do one last drive through London to see some sights and supercars. It was eerie, the streets were empty compared to usual but we still managed to have a ton of fun, even squeezing in a quick tunnel run! Hope you enjoy...
  5. Tarmac Sportz now have a new version of their resonated short tails for the 370z. Available for standard 370Z and Nismo versions. I had the V1 versions before. In this vlog, I test the new V2 versions (and get to check out some awesome 350Zs along the way). Thought you'd find my thoughts on these interesting if not entertaining :-)
  6. I took a friend on his first car meet and tunnel run. It happened to be with the German vs. Japanese Owners Club sister meet... "Surrey 350z and 370z Krispy Kreme Car Meet & Tunnel Run" A really friendly bunch. Sign up to their group page on FB if you want to hear about the next one... This was my experience...
  7. Had the Ecutek Tune from Abbey Motorsport with variable traction control, plus got the Ecutek Connect App and tried it all out at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground... (If you haven't already, make sure you check out the install video) The Abbey/Ecutek Traction is my default now. I switch off stock-traction routinely once I've started the engine. The Abbey/Ecutek TC is far less intrusive than the stock traction control. On the maximum TC setting, it's like it gives you a bit of trust that you know what you're doing (until you give it the first hint that you don't). It leaves you with just enough slip to maintain momentum. The less TC you have, the more hooning you can do... And that's exactly what we put to the test in this video... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MICEfKZe8Eg
  8. My son and I took a road trip towards the end of the summer and along the way, we went to the Brecon Beacons to check out some of the roads there. These are roads that are the staple of Top Gear, Fifth Gear, The Grand Tour and numerous magazine shoots. We are looking for the UK's ultimate driving roads and the Brecon Beacons seemed like a great place to start... youtube.com/watch?v=CgHoLU4C4a8
  9. I've just had the KW V3 Coilover Kit + HLS2 (Hydraulic Lift System) fitted to my 2018 370Z Nismo and I have to say, I love it!! Images below! Main features: Height AdjustableBump & Rebound AdjustableFront axel lift system at the touch of a buttonAuto-drop on turning off the engineIntegrated button, illuminating while in operationCompact hydraulic pump, fully concealable in the boot/trunk. Huge thanks to Abbey Motorsport on this build! We're not aware of anyone else in the UK with this full kit but if you know someone who has it, let us know. We also couldn't find any examples online of such a 'factory' install as the one they achieved. Brief I wanted to drop the Z as low as was practical to still have the ability to lean on the tyres in corners without rubbing and to minimise bottoming out under compression. I like to drive my Z. I didn't want it just for show. It was important to me to have a top-quality coilover kit with the ability to tune the damping to my preferences. I like a taught feel with a balance between responsive handling and mechanical grip. To this end, by also ensuring we could get the right camber settings, an Eibach/SPC camber kit was fitted. Mark at Abbey helped tune the bump and rebound settings for me and I've very happy with the result. I'm going to drive it as is for now and see how I feel. Initial feeling is I could go a little harder on bump and rebound settings but it feels so much more planted now! I also wanted to make it over speed bumps... Enter the KW HLS2 system. HLS = Hydraulic Lift System. 2 = two wheels (front only). This is the only option on the Z as the system needs coilover suspension and the rear has a separate vertical spring / diagonal damper setup. Watch a video of it in action on our Instagram page. UPDATE: We've posted the experience in our Vlog: (Note - The HLS kits can be retrofitted to both KW and select alternative coilover brands. Contact Abbey Motorsport for more information, letting them know you saw this via "Sprint7 of SportZnTouring's write up on the nissanportz forum".) If you like this, and want more on the latest developments of what I do with the car, follow @SportZnTouring on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook (Subscribe now to our upcoming YouTube channel). So, why not air? While air has come a long way, it was all about driving dynamics, plus, if any part of this lift system fails, it falls back to just being a static suspension system. For me personally though, the HLS pump is so compact it can be hidden away from sight completely, as if it was factory fitted... Plus, the sound the HLS pump makes it relatively unobtrusive. It's brief for the duration of lifting the car and has a kinda cool whine to it. Much better when compared to the grrrrrrrrrrrrrr of air compressors. The compactness of the HLS pump and the sound is also why I didn't go for air-cups + coilovers. The Build... Lowered... Raised by the HLS system... The system raises and lowers at the touch of a button... The button flashes red while raising and goes solid red once the cycle is complete. This takes a few seconds. Similarly, when you press it to drop it back down, it flashes until the cycle is complete. If you've just pulled onto your drive you don't need to press the button to lower it. Just park, switch off the engine and it automatically drops. For the button, we considered various placements and decided to mount this where the left-hand drive starter button would go. In terms of it actually fitting in the space, it was the best option. It's within reach and the best placement aesthetically. Plus, the lock icon looks a bit rubbish and I rarely ever look at it... The Hydraulic Lift is mounted on the front coilovers... And the guys at Abbey found the best spot to mount the hydraulic pump, both in terms of it being hidden and best placed for routing the piping and wiring... This meant trimming back some of the boot moulding and moving the tyre compressor... Loving the ride height and improved handling. It really is noticeable. It feels so much more planted in the corners. Starts to slide in a beautifully balanced way and gives me even more confidence in the twisty country lanes and fast roundabouts. Just feels effortless. Thanks again to Abbey Motorsport! Again, give us a follow @SportZnTouring on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook (Subscribe now to our upcoming YouTube channel).
  10. I've been meaning to post this for a while! If you are picking up or have picked up a new 370Z, especially the Nismo, double check: 1. Transport suspension blocks have been removed! 2. Towing eye cover is fitted. These are among the things that are supposed to be done during the Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) but seems several dealers have overlooked both. I've been seeing Nismos that sit a little high at the front... This is because of the suspension blocks that are fitted to the springs to stop the car bouncing around on the transporter. If the suspension is really stiff – like really really stiff – then have a look under the arch. The blocks clip into three coils (see image below). The dealer I bought mine from took me out for a test-drive and the blocks were still on the car! I had no idea... just thought the Nismo suspension was really stiff... I didn't mind as I was planning to replace the suspension with the KWs. Little did I know it was that stiff because of the blocks. I didn't find out until about a week into owning the car - had it up on a ramp at Tarmac Sportz for a new exhaust and the guys spotted them and took them off for me. I also haven't seen a recent Nismo with the towing eye cover fitted! None of them in the show room had them and I thought that it must be how the front is... Mine came with both these issues... Luckily, Jim Hoskins – service manager at Glyn Hopkin North London – knows what he's doing... I took the car to him to double check everything after the suspension blocks were spotted and that's when he highlighted the towing eye cover was missing. Whichever site he is at, that's where I get my Zs serviced (for the last 10 years). He runs a tight ship! These are the transport blocks (click to enlarge): This is what the towing eye cover should look like on the grill (click to enlarge):
  11. Hi All, I've been recording my 370z Journey (among other adventures) and will soon be posting these on YouTube. Watch the trailer on YouTube. As my son and I have just started the channel, we need 100 subscribers to have our channel name as the URL... It would be great if you could give us your support by subscribing here. Watch the trailer now...
  12. Hi there, I am selling a set of 19" Rays from my 370Z. They are chrome and in near perfect condition. They have never been refurbished, touched up or molested in any way. As you can see from the pics they have 4 good tyres( Bridgestones). I am looking for about £750 for the set. If you want them it is collection from near Nottingham or you can arrange your own courier. I cant upload any more pictures as it keeps telling me they are too big so if you want any more photos then pm me your email address and I will send some through. I am a bit of a techno Luddite so I hope this works. Cheers Steev1962.
  13. The wipers on my Zed are the originals and I thought it's about time I changed them - they've recently been less efficient at clearing the screen. I started looking into the alternatives and it all got a bit confusing (and expensive). The single bendy blade type aren't cheap! My Nissan dealer quoted me £31.93 for the drivers' side and £24.72 for the passenger side - and you need to add VAT on that! In the end I ordered a set of blade refills from Nissan for £12. I'll let you know how I get on fitting them when they arrive. For reference, the driver side is 21" and the passenger 19". Out of interest, has anyone else replaced theirs and what with? Edit: See here for info on Bosch AeroTwin blades on your 370Z
  14. I've just had a play with my prototype for a reverse camera kit for those with a 2009 370Z which has the factory (not Connect Premium) Nav. Good news! It works! The control box works just like the NavTool unit i.e. it gives you a reverse camera input which automatically switches when you put the car into reverse, as well as second composite video input that is manually switchable should you want to wire in a screen cam, forward facing camera, DVD, etc. My solution has some advantages over the NavTool: It's cheaper!It doesn't require you to modify the NavTool loom to make it work on UK cars - I will have already done that for youThere is no need to pull the dash apart or run a wire down the centre tunnel because it all wires into the Nav in the bootJust like my other kit it's 100% plug and play and fully reversible so you can return your car to standard. I don't have a price yet as I need to work out the figures. Unfortunately, it will be more expensive than the Connect Premium solution because I need to buy in the control box and there is a bit more wiring to do. However, it will be cheaper than importing the NavTool, camera, etc. and without all the hassle associated. I will get the first production kit made up early in the New Year so if anyone wants one then send me a PM. If you have any questions then please ask away OK folks, I have put up an official For Sale thread here.
  15. https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201807128395086?sort=distance&advertising-location=at_cars&radius=10&postcode=al23dg&seller-type=private&onesearchad=Used&page=1
  16. Ok, like the 350z before it - it seems the 370 can have a clicking rear axle. As per the post raised by squeaky here: I could only hear it when the windows were open, but coming on and off the accelerator - there was a click, also going into reverse. Looking on the web it seemed to point to two possibles - brakes and drive shafts. I tried the usual to clean the brakes up, but it didn't fix it, and reading the web some people seem to have driven like this for 30,000 miles with no issues, But thought of metal hitting metal sounded expensive and needed fixing. I booked it in and the Master Tech was on site today, so could look at it. They started by exploring the rear brakes and cleaned them up, that didn't fix the problem, but I saw the pictures and that was a worthwhile exercise anyway, think I will have the fronts done at the next service. Then moved onto the Drive Shafts, when they got into it they could see the reason, so they were cleaned up and re-greased - sure enough knock gone. Also I noticed although wasn't sure the back end felt tighter on acceleration, Only slightly and didn't affect acceleration. It now feels freed up again. Total cost £90 inc VAT - did a brilliant job very pleased. My Baby is back to good order again. They did both sides at the same time as they had part of the exhaust off. Description on Invoice : "Cleaned Up Rear Brakes and Drive Shafts" So if anyone else gets this (and its likely) - that's a good starting point. Thanks to squeaky for his initial post which was actually one of the best on the net and accurately reflected my issue.
  17. For sale - all you need to install a reverse (back up) camera to your 2009/early 2010 UK and German Nissan 370Z. This works with the first batch of Nissan 370Z cars that have a Sat Nav and pre-date the Connect Premium cars. The rear facing camera is automatically selected when you put the car into reverse. However, this kit also allows for an AUX video signal to be displayed on the Nav screen (selectable by a switch) for use with forward cameras, DVD players, iPod, etc. The kit contains the connection loom that plugs into the Nav unit, a video converter, the rear camera (that replaces a number plate light) and all the wires that go between: Installation is very easy (all within the boot area) and requires no cutting of wires, and is fully reversible should you wish to return your car to standard. Here is the latest version of the installation instructions: 2009 370Z NavTool Reversing Camera Installation Instructions V4.pdf The instructions continue to be updated as more people suggest improvements. The cost (delivered to the UK) is £210 for 'Users' and £200 for paying nissansportz 'Members'. This thread is locked, the discussion thread for the kit can be found here. PM me
  18. Can anyone help source some FRONT drop links for the 370Z? I have some Whiteline ones for the rear and they do the trick - not a bad price too! However, there seems to be a real shortage of front ones. I've found some SPL Pro Suspension ones which look like this: http://cdn.splparts.com/large/SPLFEZ34_1.JPG But they aren't cheap and I don't think there is a UK seller. Also, I don't see how these can be adjusted when they are on the car. Or am I missing something? Any help would be appreciated
  19. Hi everyone! Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Jakov from Zagreb, Croatia, and I'm a new, proud owner of a 2011 370Z. Bought it just recently from my father's good friend who babied it, kept in a pristine condition and under 30k kilometers, after I had a great, three year long run with my Mini R56. Zs are fairly rare cars here in Croatia and there isn't any kind of a Nissan, or in fact any other car enthusiast group available close to me locally, so I am more than proud to be a part of yours!
  20. Hi all, I'm having a clear out and want to get rid of my stock exhaust off my 370z. Car had only done 25k when I put an Nvidia system on so the old one has hardly done any work. Free to anyone who wants to collect it. It is in one complete piece though, so it will need a van or a decent size estate to get it in. I'm in Shropshire. Please message if you want to know more
  21. Here is a little guide to show the differences between the 2 reverse camera kits I make for the 370Z. 2009 / 2010 wiring layout 2010+ Connect Premium wiring layout As for which kit to choose? You don't have a choice as it depends which Nav unit you have! 2009 / 2010 kit available here 2010+ Connect Premium kit available here Paul
  22. I had an unexpected walk home from the station tonight. Ever since the steering lock failures came to light I've been keeping a very close eye on the warning signs. But I had none. It was fine this morning, and it failed tonight. Still, it could have been a lot worse. I was only a few miles from home (1 mile from the dealer!) and the car was left in a safe place. I followed my own advice and took the opportunity to call Nissan Customer Services whilst I was walking home. I've got a reference number from them and emailed my dealer tonight. So we'll see how this one progresses. The clock has started ticking and I'll keep you all updated
  23. Hi everybody!! At last I have a 370z; waited a while but the wait was worth it. Love this car; a car you have to really drive, a car you have to meld with (wax lyrical). Everytime I take her out I smile all the time; who needs happy pills? Not new but low mileage and looked after. Now the fun begins.
  24. It's only taken me 2yrs of research, searching, headaches, and expense but I am very happy to say I have cracked stage 1 of my new project. My goal is to fit an in-car PC to give me cheaper / free map upgrades (with postcodes!!!), speed camera alerts, and all my MP3's available at any time. I also wanted to keep the old Nav so it didn't get complicated removing bits that work and I like such as the whole stereo system with integrated heater displays, Bluetooth, etc. This little gadget converts the RGsB video display to CVBS (composite) and S-Video. That means I can install a Lilliput 7" touchscreen for the new PC, it will take care of my reversing camera (I will be selling on the NavTool) and I can switch to the old display too. Ignore the laptop in the picture above, it's just that I don't have a screen with the correct inputs to try out the video converter. Obviously there is a whole lot more I can do with the PC once it's installed such as ODBII stuff, internet, video recording and playback, etc. but that will grow once I've got the thing installed and working. So now I have proved the thing will work I need a new shopping list
  25. Hi all Picking this up Sundy from Plymouth and can't wait. Looking forward to sharing the experience, on the site and hopefully meeting other members. Jim
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