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  • #16
    05-06 had Rev-Up's, and they did have oil burning issues. My '05 doesn't seem have any to burn much at all though. It did have a problem with the clutch master cylinder, the pedal wouldn't come back up all the way after shifting. Apparently it's a known issue with 350Z's, I had a Wilwood clutch master cylinder kit installed when I replaced the clutch and flywheel.
    '79 Datsun 280ZX-Awaiting the day I decide to actually work on it.
    '05 Nissan 350Z Track-Weekend/track duties. Gets some of the the attention the 280ZX doesn't.
    '08 Toyota Tundra-Daily/tow rig.

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    • #17
      I'm constantly considering ditching my goals of street mod 240sx. I dont have the time or money in the near future to make my car competitive, but I just had to have the turbo in my more social college days.
      I've considered 350z but have the same dislikes of the size and weight as most of you. I usually get to the theory crafting stage of building an stx s13 coupe, or de-modding my car to stx. The hassle of finding a stock non rusted s13, and having to sell the car I've had for so long and worked so hard on ruins the idea for me. I'll probably run the car as is now while getting everything I need to try out stx, then swapping the turbo KA out when its ready.

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      • #18
        My brother owned and raced his '03 350Z Track model for years. Only mods were coilovers, Cusco UCA's, gears, Nismo 1.5way, upgraded pads for the Brembos, wheels and tires, radiator and oil cooler.

        Car ran beautifully as a daily driver/race car. He had a set of 18x10.5 RPF1's with 285/30 Hoosier A6 take-offs for Autox. The car was an FTD car with that setup. We both attended multiple track days. Drive the car to the track, race all day, put the a/c on and drive comfortably home.

        This is part of the reason I'd like to keep my S14 somewhat civil. I enjoy driving it around the street just as much as I do at the track. Driving it to meets, along the coast, or a winding back road. Once it becomes a track only car that needs to be trailored, I would lose half of the enjoyment of having it. That's how I feel about it anyway.


        IG: l_fitzhenry

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        • #19
          I love my 370 as a track car. Yes, they feel heavy on stock suspension, however when sprung correctly on coilovers, it's night and day. It is more expensive to run than a s chassis, however it's more "turn key" and generally requires less maintenance. They run hot, but I bought a good oil cooler and it has performed flawlessly thus far in SoCal heat. These and 350's absolutely rip with square wheels/tires, good LSD, and good suspension.

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          • #20
            One more thing, the clutch slave cylinder design is garage. Something you may deal with with these cars. Also fuel starvation, however I haven't personally had the problem yet. I run with a full tank

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            • #21
              So I've been thinking about an 03 just for more torque and lighter weight. If I prepare it for STU SCCA solo class, I think I can get it to survive track days no problem. I can add a big brake kit and any oil coolers I need to make it survive track days not to mention prices that are under 12k. STU SCCA Solo Nationals was won by a 03 350z last year. I can also add any LSD I like (OS Giken).
              Chicago Region SCCA SM # 688 http://www.scca-chicago.com
              TSSCC SM # 688 http://www.tsscc.org

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              • #22
                A friend of mine and I flew to Lexington, KY during July 4 weekend and bought this one. It's one of the best sounding cars I've heard personally, and def the best sounding VQ. DE, so power is ok. We drove it straight home, 39 hours :-/

                Originally posted by jpreston
                I just bought this car a few months ago as a daily driver that I could take to the track a few times a year. The previous owner built the car for that exact purpose, and he did a really good job of putting together a great dual-duty car. I've had a ton of fun with this car so far, but I kinda want to get back into a clean miata daily driver and I can't stop thinking about putting the Z up for sale. So, here it is...

                2005 350Z, Silver, Enthusiast, 6sp manual, 81k miles.

                SOLD SOLD SOLD

                The original owner owned the car from 2005 to 2012 or 2013 and did the following mods over that time:

                STILLEN cold air intake, STILLEN headers and Y-pipe, berk high flow cats, GREDDY Ti-C single exhaust. "Bumper tuck" to match the single exhaust. KOYO aluminum radiator. SETRAB oil cooler and larger baffled oil pan for 6.5 quart total. O.S. GIKEN SuperLock clutch-style differential set-up by Ben Herne of Puddy Mod Racing in Florida with NISMO finned diff cover. EXEDY Stage 2 clutch with lightened flywheel. Brakes were upgraded to 2006 Infiniti G35 calipers front and back (larger rotors from stock and a 2-piston front caliper.) Suspension mods are newest style SPL front upper control arms, KW V3 COILOVERS and (non-adjustable) NISMO rear sway bar. Sparco Harness bar and 4 point harnesses. Weds TC005 wheels in 18x8.5 and 18x10 with 245/275 Conti DW. JVC double-din touchscreen stereo with bluetooth. Hidden trailer hitch for a tire trailer.

                Valve cover replacement was done around 76,000 miles. Front end belts and pulleys were also replaced as preventative maintenance.

                Since I bought the car, I have:

                -Replaced cracked berk high flow cats with Berk test pipes
                -Replaced Stillen y-pipe with Motordyne resonated XYZ pipe (Stillen flex joints were failing)
                -I also have the optional catalytic converter for the XYZ pipe
                -Switched to 17x10 +18 RPF1s all around with 275 Nitto NT05
                -New rotors all around with Carbotech XP12 front and XP10 rear
                -2 track days on the NT05s, 1 track day on the carbotechs
                -Installed Momo Supercup seat on Buddy Club rails (pass. seat is still stock)
                -Replaced both cam position sensors
                -Replaced driver's side window regulator and motor
                -Removed harness bar and harnesses

                Pictures from Global Time Attack at Road Atlanta last weekend. It was my first time at Road Atlanta and I only managed a 1:46. I think the car could have done a 42 or better on ****** ***** with someone that knows RA in the driver seat.





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                • #23
                  ^^^ If I could like the above post I would. Nice!
                  Chicago Region SCCA SM # 688 http://www.scca-chicago.com
                  TSSCC SM # 688 http://www.tsscc.org

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                  • #24
                    I have a friend in Chicago with a revup car. It's his DD but also has big brakes and now an OS Giken diff for imaginary track days (busy guy so not out much). It's served him well as a DD and occasional DE car for about 5 years now.

                    Stewified-
                    Where you at in Milwaukee? I'm down in St Francis, with S14 garage ornament. I've done a bunch of DEs here since moving last year but no autocross, just doesn't do it for me.
                    Last edited by turtl631; 08-14-2015, 04:35 PM.
                    ~1992 240SX, SR20/Koni track day car
                    ~2016 M3, daily driver

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                    • #25
                      The funny thing is when I hear how great of street cars they are. I'd love driving one until I needed to fit anything in it.

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                      Chicago Region SCCA SM # 688 http://www.scca-chicago.com
                      TSSCC SM # 688 http://www.tsscc.org

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by eye-5 View Post
                        The funny thing is when I hear how great of street cars they are. I'd love driving one until I needed to fit anything in it.

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                        That's when I ditched mine for a truck and put in double time to get my 240 on the road, haha. Never had a car that couldn't haul a spare set of its own wheels and tires to get mounted before my 08 Z.

                        Outside of that, the car was a blast to drive!

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by turtl631 View Post
                          I have a friend in Chicago with a revup car. It's his DD but also has big brakes and now an OS Giken diff for imaginary track days (busy guy so not out much). It's served him well as a DD and occasional DE car for about 5 years now.

                          Stewified-
                          Where you at in Milwaukee? I'm down in St Francis, with S14 garage ornament. I've done a bunch of DEs here since moving last year but no autocross, just doesn't do it for me.
                          Actually live about 45 minutes north of Milwaukee now. I really only do autocross because right now the cost/fun ratio is better for me. I'd love to start doing DE's and Time Attack but I seem to always have excuses.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by turtl631 View Post
                            I have a friend in Chicago with a revup car. It's his DD but also has big brakes and now an OS Giken diff for imaginary track days (busy guy so not out much). It's served him well as a DD and occasional DE car for about 5 years now.

                            Stewified-
                            Where you at in Milwaukee? I'm down in St Francis, with S14 garage ornament. I've done a bunch of DEs here since moving last year but no autocross, just doesn't do it for me.
                            Speaking of imaginary track days - how's the S14 going?
                            '18 Chevrolet Volt - Electric fun hatch for DD duty!


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                            • #29
                              Ha, S2000 has been filling in. How's them sleeves going?
                              ~1992 240SX, SR20/Koni track day car
                              ~2016 M3, daily driver

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                              • #30
                                I love the smack talk. I actually worked on the 240 tonight after work. Although I may have been spending more time thinking about a 350 build than actually fixing the 240 lately. And this weekend I'm co driving a C Street 350z just to see if I like it.
                                Chicago Region SCCA SM # 688 http://www.scca-chicago.com
                                TSSCC SM # 688 http://www.tsscc.org

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