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Arvy’s 350z

Filed under: Featured Cars and Projects,Performance
by Alvin G @ 12:35 am on March 7, 2017

 

Arvy B had PPE long tube headers installed at another shop. From the pictures below you will see that these headers were installed with missing nuts and bolts and the pipes were touching the driver’s side underbody. It was unbearable to drive:

 
 
 

In the engine bay a factory fuel hose that went above passenger side had been replaced with a fuel vapor hose. This is dangerous as only a factory, high pressure fuel hose should be used:
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Scott’s 300zx Convertible

Filed under: Featured Cars and Projects,Maintenance,Performance
by Alvin G @ 3:04 pm on January 27, 2017

 

Scott N visited ZCG because he felt the suspension on his 1994 Z32 ‘Vert could be improved.  The Z33 Rays wheels look sharp on this 300! We installed TEIN coil-overs and a few other goodies:


Here are the existing shocks and the new TEIN street coil-overs going in front and rear:


Z1 upper control arms:

 

SPL tension rods so we could fully adjust camber up front:

 

The rack bushings are vey common problem on z32s so we replaced them. In the back: the aftermarket adjustable upper control arms were making noise so we replaced them with OEM parts and performed a full alignment.

Scott is super happy and Enjoying The Ride!

 

 




Mike’s Vortech Supercharged 350z

Filed under: Featured Cars and Projects,Maintenance,Performance
by Alvin G @ 2:05 am on January 11, 2017

 

Mike W has been a Z Car Garage customer for many years and he decided it was time to go forced induction on his 350z with a Vortech supercharger kit. It is very important at ZCG to offer packages that are proven and a customer can count on us to do the homework for them. All they need to to is enjoy the ride…

 

We installed a V3 supercharger kit with JWT S1 cams, Bosch EV14 1000cc injectors, Aeromotive 340 fuel pump, DC Sports headers, ART pipes, and Stillen oil cooler:

 

 

We also added a few ZCG refinements including our cold air intake kit,  silencer bypass (quiets the race gate from Vortech), and a ZCG heat shield to protect fuel lines from header heat.

 

On the dyno we UPREV tuned using a GT MAF and saw gains of 169hp/98tq for a total of 419hp/341tq to the wheels:

 

Even though Mike’s Z is a 2003 it only has 30,000 miles!  While the car was at the shop we performed 30k services including replacement of all fluids, drive belts and going over the entire suspension and brakes. We also performed a fender roll:

  
 

DEFI gauges were installed in the dash:

 
 

Mike wanted us to take care of a few things that were bothering him like a failed passenger side window motor. This is common in Z/G35s and we have fixed it many times. Thanks for letting us work on your Daytona Blue Z33 Mike. Volk SF Challenges are sweet.  Enjoy The Boost!

 

 

 




Z CAR RACING: Patrick Chio’s 350z Wins!

Filed under: Events,Featured Cars and Projects,Performance
by Alvin G @ 1:06 am on January 7, 2017


Our friend Patrick Chio has been racing his Nissan 350z competitively for several years and we’ve had the pleasure of helping him tune/maintain the car for events.  Last year he campaigned the Z in the USTCC (US Touring Car Championship series) with impressive results.

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The final race of the season was a double header weekend at Thunderhill Raceway and Patrick won both! The last race on Sunday was won by just a bumper:

 

Congratulations Patrick we are proud of you!

 

For past updates on the Z and Patrick’s race results please follow the links below:

Time Attack

Vortech Supercharger

USTCC Round 3

 

 




Stay in the Seat: Michael’s 350z

Filed under: Featured Cars and Projects,Performance
by Alvin G @ 7:48 pm on January 1, 2017

 

Michael C is a new Z Car Garage customer and he came in for track day prep on his 2005 Z33. To keep him planted in his seat and focused on driving we installed and a Graffiti Motorsports “K” Harness Bar and Corbeau Racing LG1 seats:

 
 

The harness bar installs cleanly and the design allows for full seat travel:

 

Stock vs Corbeau:

 

We also installed a Stoptech Sport Kit to handle track duty and a fresh set of sticky Bridgestone RE-71R tires.

Michael is stoked because the combination of harness bar, seats and 3″ 5-point harnesses all help keep a keep him in place instead of constantly fighting lateral forces. Let us know how we can help you with track prep on your car!

 

 




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