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Suspension for Bill’s 350z

Filed under: 370z,Featured Cars and Projects,Performance
by Alvin G @ 6:18 pm on January 16, 2018

 

Bill C has been a long time customer of Z Car Garage. You might remember his 2007 350z as one of the first HR-powered cars at ZCG to receive a Bassani exhaust and minor bolt-ons resulting in over 300whp. That was in 2008! Over the years Bill has enjoyed his Z on fun runs and track days. He even wrote an Ebay article reviewing the 370z and enlisted us for dyno measurements!

 

 
 

The stock OEM suspension on the Z33 had always bothered Bill:  the relatively spongy ride along with ride height and wheel gap over his amazing Volk LE37 wheels had to improve.  We wanted to make sure that he had the ability to autocross, enjoy back roads and daily drive the Z. Bill picked up a very nice set of Ohlins DFV coil-overs for us to install:

 

 

Here is the Ohlins setup installed front and rear:

 

A great complement to coil-overs is our favorite sway bars from Hotchkis:

 

Sway bars installed front and rear:

 
 
 

The Z now sits with a great stance and Bill is very happy with the new suspension setup:

I love the Ohlins!!!  I got EXACTLY what I was hoping for.  Daily driver comfort (Wife couldn’t discern it from stock), but take it into some twisties and it’s a monster. Also, I did not expect my braking to improve so much from the coil-over install.  

 

Enjoy The Ride Bill!

 

 

 

 




MEDIA: Richard’s 370z in DSPORT magazine

Filed under: 370z,Featured Cars and Projects,Performance
by Alvin G @ 1:45 pm on January 1, 2018

 

We love to see our customer’s cars spotlighted in the media! Last year Richard M’s ZCG-modified 370z was featured on The Smoking Tire where Matt Farah took it for a ride, check out the video:

 

This year Richard’s Z is featured in DSPORT magazine. Grab a copy of the Feb 2018 issue on newsstands soon!

 

You can also see his Z on display at the Silicon Valley Auto Show January 4-7:

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Show and Go: Dom’s 370z

Filed under: 370z,Featured Cars and Projects,Performance
by Alvin G @ 1:23 am on November 13, 2017

 

Dom brought his modified 370z to Z Car Garage for tuning and he was referred to us by our friend and fellow Z34 owner Richard M (thank you!). Dom’s Z is a 2014 Base model with full AimGain Widebody Kit, Work Meisters S1 3P wheels, gorgeous Yas Marina Blue paint and a host of bolt-ons.

 

 

 

We put it on the dyno and went to work on the UPREV tune. We saw gains of 21hp/11tq for a total of 337hp/278tq to the wheels:

 

 

This is one of the most powerful NA 370z cars to come through ZCG. It is also another example of how dyno tuning can unlock the full potential of bolt-ons for your Z.  Dom you’ve done a great job with the car it looks fantastic!

 

 




Dennis’ Infiniti G37

Filed under: 370z,Featured Cars and Projects,Performance
by Alvin G @ 6:05 am on October 16, 2017

 

Dennis K comes from the East coast and moved to Bay Area for work. Once here he wanted to find a specialty shop to help him with his G37. He already had coil-overs and larger wheels/tires but no camber adjustment. His first visit to ZCG in October ’16 included installation of SPC F/R cambers arms and new Bridgestone S-04s tires.

 

Following a full alignment we also raised his coil-overs slightly to cope with the wonderfully smooth roads we have here in the Bay Area. Finally we added our favorite sway bars from Hotchkis, and performed some cleanup work.  As always, the performance and modifying bug kicked in. Dennis came back to us in March of this year after he had waited for his Fast Intentions cat-back exhaust to arrive:

 

A Stoptech Sport-kit rounded out the chassis upgrades. After the cat-back was installed, we change the oil, and installed several parts that Dennis had purchased online including a strut bar, grille and CF diffuser:

 

 

Stock vs new grille:

 

Stock vs CF diffuser:

 

Thank you for letting us work on your G, Dennis!




Jason’s Stillen Supercharged 370z

Filed under: 370z,Featured Cars and Projects,Performance
by Alvin G @ 12:02 am on October 4, 2017


Jason S had his 2012 370z supercharged at a performance shop in the Sacramento area. He then tracked us down to install a smaller pulley and raise the boost level followed by UPREV tuning to replace the base CAN tune.


Once we got his car into the shop we realiZed there were several things to handle before increasing the power. First, it is important to put in a colder spark plug in a car with forced induction and we used our proven GT-R units. When going from 280whp to 400whp we wanted to make sure nothing was rubbing so the following items were addressed:

All vacuum and boost lines were secured to keep them from popping off:

 
 

We corrected wiring at the ART pipes where a wire was touching the exhaust:

 
 

We corrected orientation of MAF housing:

   
 

The oil cooler lines were secured to prevent from rubbing anything on the front end:

 
 

We rectified the flaky wiring to the intercooler pump that allows water to flow into the cooler. No more on/off issues with the pump. With all of the clean-up work sorted we installed the smaller supercharger pulley and UPREV tuned the Z:

 
 

ZCG has performed many Stillen s/c kits and it’s a wonderful way to pump up your Z with minimal hassle and great power gains. Thank you Jason for letting us sort out your Z!

 




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