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If you go to the Amayama website and locate the diagram with the W-brace part on it should also show you which bolts hold it on. I think!

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I have Torqen HFC’s, paired with an Invidia Gemini exhaust. The tester is cool with allowing me to heat up the Cats just before he puts it on the machine when I take it back.

 

In the meantime, I’m just going to remove the W brace (Torqen have said Nissan UK won’t send them out during this lockdown)!

 

Does anyone know exactly which bits to unbolt? Do some bolts hold more than just the W brace in place? Don’t want to screw this up and undo stuff that doesn’t need it!

 

I've searched online, but couldn’t find a definitive guide to W brace removal.

 

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It’s really simple to remove the W brace. The bolts you think you should remove are the only ones to remove. Nothing is bolted to it and nothing else needs to be relocated. A good wire brush and a few coats of hamerite can transform it. Just WD them for a decent amount of time to let WD to penetrate the threads to give you a fighting chance on not snapping a bolt or your going to need to drill out the broken ones and that then becomes tricky. Good luck.

 

 

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It’s really simple to remove the W brace. The bolts you think you should remove are the only ones to remove. Nothing is bolted to it and nothing else needs to be relocated. A good wire brush and a few coats of hamerite can transform it. Just WD them for a decent amount of time to let WD to penetrate the threads to give you a fighting chance on not snapping a bolt or your going to need to drill out the broken ones and that then becomes tricky. Good luck.

 

 

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Brilliant! Just what I was hoping to hear!

 

Once I’ve got rid of this Covid-19, I’ll get on it. Haven’t got the energy to anything at the moment!

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If you haven't got any WD-40 in, buy some Plusgas. It's the most effective penetrative oil, and always handy to have in as all the old nuts on Zeds are beginning to get a bit crusty.

 

A big breaker bar too, and take it steady, and the old nuts should soon be off.

Thanks. I’ve got plenty of regular WD-40, and I discovered a couple of months ago that WD-40 comes in different ‘speciality’ cans too - so I picked up some fast release penetrant too.

 

It didn’t stop me shearing a bolt and stud when I removed the exhaust, but I like to think it helped with the ones that didn’t snap! :D

 

I picked up a breaker bar in the States last year - but it turns out bigger isn’t always better, as I struggled to find enough room under the car to actually manoeuvre the darned thing - I didn’t consider picking up a smaller one at the same time, and haven’t been able to get back to Harbor Freight since!

 

I’ve found my Ryobi impact wrench to be invaluable, along with a set of wobble extensions, I can get to most places (I’d never even heard of wobble extensions until I flew with a LandRover enthusiast last year, she told me they were invaluable for working on her cars, and so they’ve proved - cheap as chips too)!

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The only thing is the bolts on the W-brace are vertical, so you could have a hundred-foot long breaker bar and have plenty of room to move it. Assuming you remove the odd garden fence or wall. :lol:

 

You'd then be rewarded again with the delightful "creak, creak, pop" noise and feeling as the offending bolt eventually loosens and begins to move.

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I gave the Zed the snow foam and wash treatment tonight, amazing how filthy it gets sat on the drive.

Anyway I'm gonna scratch the itch and take it to work tomorrow, need to have a drive 😁

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I fixed the boot opening issue (or so I thought), by moving the latch down a bit. Apparently this only fixed the problem on my drive, not at the shops :D

Also changed the padlock light for one that wasnt wrecked, and gave her the full foam gun wash treatment :)

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I managed to get the Zed cleaned yesterday - a feat in itself in full sunshine - so I decided it was the vehicle of choice in which to make my (perfectly legitimate) journey to Cheltenham today. The A417 was deserted; Chelters itself was so quiet; the 24 miles each way was a pleasure rather than the usual grind.

 

Then came payback time - my word, aren't there a lot of insects around today? (Not quite what I said when we got home, but near enough). The front bumper was a mess, the front screen looked like a shotgun target. I cleaned it all off and will now use the Juke until the critter-level has decreased.

 

And, you may be surprised to know, I had observed the speed limit!

 

No point keeping it in the garage though.

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I dove the Zed about 5 miles yesterday and covered the front with bugs, although got home tonight and found the local birds had been clearly eating something which didn't agree with them and had to get the detailing spray out.

 

Anyway, tomorrow the dust on it will turn to mud - so it will need cleaning again next weekend.

 

There seems to be two types of driver on the road at the moment calm and 100Mph+ All the idiots seem to have come out.

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^^^^^ Agreed.

 

Fred I - 350Z 2007 Gunmetal. 6 CD changer, full leather, reverse sensors. SOLD.
Fred II - 370Z GT 2011 Gunmetal. Premium connect. GT spec. Seriously un-modified. See-through windows, and a wheel at each corner. Sold 13 July 14. Gone.
Fred III - 2014 facelift 370GT. Magma red. Reversing sensors. Invidia Gemini CBE. Sold 2 April 2016.
Fred IV - 2016 Daytona Blue 370Z GT. Reversing sensors. K & N panel filters. Invidia Gemini CBE. Full front wrap - Ventureshield II.
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I managed to get the Zed cleaned yesterday - a feat in itself in full sunshine - so I decided it was the vehicle of choice in which to make my (perfectly legitimate) journey to Cheltenham today. The A417 was deserted; Chelters itself was so quiet; the 24 miles each way was a pleasure rather than the usual grind.

 

Then came payback time - my word, aren't there a lot of insects around today? (Not quite what I said when we got home, but near enough). The front bumper was a mess, the front screen looked like a shotgun target. I cleaned it all off and will now use the Juke until the critter-level has decreased.

 

And, you may be surprised to know, I had observed the speed limit!

 

No point keeping it in the garage though.

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Just drive it with the cover on and a little spy hole tomorrow.

 

 

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I managed to get to a jet wash. Managed to get a contactless wash, will have a polish at the weekend

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Who said the 370Z wasn't practical? This is a large frame (60cm) road bike in the boot with both wheels without having to take apart the handlebars or take out the seat post. One wheel is in a wheel bag behind the driver's seat. I only had to detach the tonneau cover which I didn't realise is only kept in pace by spring loaded mounts, so it only takes seconds to detach and slide under the bike frame.

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Impressive!

 

I have often 'overloaded' the boot height-wise. The retractable cover is a lot longer than you think and will stretch over the contents of the boot easily. The biggest worry is smashing the rear screen with something too high poking through it!

 

Also, watch out for 'pointy things' because they can wear a mark or even a hole into the cover over a long journey.

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I've completely detatched the cover from its mount. The ends of it are spring loaded holding it in place, so just pushed them inwards then the 'roller blind' assembly drops out of its mount so you can store it elsewhere if you need to.

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I've completely detatched the cover from its mount. The ends of it are spring loaded holding it in place, so just pushed them inwards then the 'roller blind' assembly drops out of its mount so you can store it elsewhere if you need to.

Not a fan then mate? Or just needed the extra space with it gone?

 

I've always thought it a design fault that it sits behind the silver bar across the car and prevents you pushing taller objects all the way to the back of the boot space. It would have been far better if they had combined the 2 IMHO.

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I only removed it to make a bit more space to fit the bike in the boot, otherwise the bike frame was pushed a little too high meaning I couldn't close the boot lid fully. Normally it stays in there with the cover extended and clipped to the boot lid.

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You can definitely get a lot in if your imaginative. I used to put my Cevelo P3 TT bike in mine, before i got the Seasucker!

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Been a busy week for the 370Z as it's approaching the 3rd anniversary since purchasing - MOT was due at the end of this week, so booked it in for Monday as that was most convenient, but noticed while I was away that one of the front tyres had a bit of excess wear and borderline illegal, so booked some Pilot Sport 4s for the front for fitting Mon AM and rescheduled the MOT for the afternoon. Tyres fitted and was on my way to test centre (not exactly the closest to me but very sympathetic to loud exhausts - either that or the tester is deaf). On my way over got a call from the garage to say the ramp had broken so could I reschedule for Friday. Duly done I headed home and just thought I'd check MOT expiry to see if I could drive it in the days before MOT and found sometime withith the previous couple of weeks after the last time I'd checked I'd been given an extension til January! MOT duly cancelled. Rear tyres are getting low but as doing very little miles at the moment they'll probably be good for another month at least.

 

Then we get on to the insurance. I had a renewal notice which had gone up from last year, not by much but seemed a bit off as we all know one insurance company who gave a token refund as car usage has been well down over last few months and until I went away my car has done little more than a handful of miles over last 4 months. So I did the usual comparison check and a number of places were over £200 quid cheaper, so gave notice to current insurer that I didn't want to renew. The missus took a call from current insurer while I was away and without even knowing what my renewal quote was, (missus couldn't remember), knocked £200 quid off. So why didn't they do that in the first place? I know it's a common ploy to try and shaft existing customers but on principle with seemingly such blatant profiteering, insurance company changed.

 

Finally when I got the car serviced after taking off SORN in March the report said the front disc pads were getting low. As I'm now startring to drive it a bit more and after consulation with my head mechanic - google, I've decided I may try and tackle these myself. So a question, is it as straightforward as it looks? Second question is it straightforward enough for someone with a complete lack of car mechanical ability to tackle it ie: Me? I do have a trolley jack, mainly for clearing the foreign objects collecting under my W brace! And the other tools required all looked pretty standard, comments welcome. Apologies for the slighlty long post.

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Been a busy week for the 370Z as it's approaching the 3rd anniversary since purchasing - MOT was due at the end of this week, so booked it in for Monday as that was most convenient, but noticed while I was away that one of the front tyres had a bit of excess wear and borderline illegal, so booked some Pilot Sport 4s for the front for fitting Mon AM and rescheduled the MOT for the afternoon. Tyres fitted and was on my way to test centre (not exactly the closest to me but very sympathetic to loud exhausts - either that or the tester is deaf). On my way over got a call from the garage to say the ramp had broken so could I reschedule for Friday. Duly done I headed home and just thought I'd check MOT expiry to see if I could drive it in the days before MOT and found sometime withith the previous couple of weeks after the last time I'd checked I'd been given an extension til January! MOT duly cancelled. Rear tyres are getting low but as doing very little miles at the moment they'll probably be good for another month at least.

 

Then we get on to the insurance. I had a renewal notice which had gone up from last year, not by much but seemed a bit off as we all know one insurance company who gave a token refund as car usage has been well down over last few months and until I went away my car has done little more than a handful of miles over last 4 months. So I did the usual comparison check and a number of places were over £200 quid cheaper, so gave notice to current insurer that I didn't want to renew. The missus took a call from current insurer while I was away and without even knowing what my renewal quote was, (missus couldn't remember), knocked £200 quid off. So why didn't they do that in the first place? I know it's a common ploy to try and shaft existing customers but on principle with seemingly such blatant profiteering, insurance company changed.

 

Finally when I got the car serviced after taking off SORN in March the report said the front disc pads were getting low. As I'm now startring to drive it a bit more and after consulation with my head mechanic - google, I've decided I may try and tackle these myself. So a question, is it as straightforward as it looks? Second question is it straightforward enough for someone with a complete lack of car mechanical ability to tackle it ie: Me? I do have a trolley jack, mainly for clearing the foreign objects collecting under my W brace! And the other tools required all looked pretty standard, comments welcome. Apologies for the slighlty long post.

Brake pads are quite easy to do and you don't need many tools. I'm sure I did a write up somewhere in The Garage area.

 

Give me a shout if you want to talk through it mate :)

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Mine went in for a service yesterday. This is the first year I didn't do an intermediate oil change - mostly because I've done so few miles :(

 

The service was described as a 90K one, but I've barely reached 85K. I supplied my own oil and filter and was charged £190 for the service. Considering it included the Nissan 1yr RAC cover I'm happy with that. It was also a good excuse to have a good chat with the dealer.

 

They mentioned they tyres were very low (I knew, more on that later) and the only other issue was a slight coolant leak which I wasn't aware of. It looks like a hose is on its way out so I need to decide if I'm going to do it myself or pay someone else to do it. Last time I checked my local recycling centre doesn't take used coolant so it might be that decision is made for me, but I'll look into it. It's a shame the blinkin' stuff doesn't evaporate!!!

'A standard limited edition Yellow 370Z* with a plethora of minor bespoke mods'

*one of 40 don't you know!

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From another post:

 

 

I've just bought:

 

2 x Michelin Pilot Sport 4 245/40 R19 Y (98), Reinforced, Asymmetrical
2 x Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S 275/35 R19 Y (100), Reinforced, Asymmetrical
For £630 delivered (not fitted) from Black Circles. They are doing a "£20 off 2 (code 2MICH20)" / "£40 off 4 (code 4MICH40)" Michelin deal at the moment.
I don't think I'll get them fitted for another month or 4 as my current tyres aren't that tired(!) and the Z isn't doing many miles right now.

 

 

As mentioned above - I needed to get these fitted because all of a sudden my Z is charged and has fuel in the tank!

 

My local dealer has always been keen to put tyres on wheels for me at a good price but it turned out they have a new tyre machine and it can't handle 370Z wheels now (WTF?!)

 

So they recommended a place and to do it but when I turned up they said there is a new company policy that they no longer fit tyres they don't supply. And that goes for a lot of garages in Ashford now it turns out.

 

Because of the hassle of driving the car, and then transporting the tyres to a garage I looked into mobile tyre fitters. The first one 'had' to charge an emergency call out fee even if I said they can come any time between other jobs and wanted over £220 for the privilege :yikes:

 

In the end I opted for a non-so-local firm that drove 45 mins to me and fitted the new rubber for £90 and took the old tyres away. Overall, the price worked out OK considering I got the tyres at a decent price. It would have £40 better if my dealer hadn't 'upgraded' their tyre fitting machine :rolleyes:

 

Anyhoo, here are the Honey Monster's new boots:

 

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As you can see, the wheels need a blinkin' good clean and then I have to apply some new pinstripes - it looks odd with new boots and no laces!

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