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Jimbo Mahoney

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  1. September meet?

    Sorry - going to have to pull out of this one now. Work is going nuts and I'm barely home these days! Maybe next time!
  2. September meet?

    I'm in! 1. KyleR +1 2. Carrie-B1 +1 3. Onthatb0mbshell (maybe) +1 4. MattyC 5. richard.hezlett +1 6. Jacks350z 7. Jimbo Mahoney +1
  3. Potential new owner - few questions if I may..

    Welcome! I'm a relatively new 350Z owner, with a 2004 GT. The only mod I felt the car needed was spacers. I went for hubcentric once from Clark Motosport - 30mm on rear and 20mm on front. I think most people go 25mm on rear and 20mm on front. Here's my (basic) build thread: http://www.350z-uk.com/topic/84642-my-2004-350z-gt-build-and-updates-thread/ As for the stubby - I just went with one from Halfords (ripspeed I think?), although at a recent meetup, everyone else seemed to use a different model, but all the same. I don't use the radio, and have modded the cassette deck to accept a 3.5mm aux connection, so I don't care if the reception is poor. Hope this helps!
  4. Why does my Zed seem to polarise reactions?

    My guess is that they drive at higher speeds than you in 30 zones. They feel you ought to be driving faster because you have a sports car, even in a 30. I actually find I drove SLOWER now in the Z in a 30 and 40 zone - I used to do what I suspect most people do, which is almost 40 in a 30 and almost 50 in a 40. Now I pretty much sit at 35 (according to the computer) in a 30, which would actually be ~33. I suspect most people would do closer to 38.
  5. Exhaust broken...

    Aye - checked under the car and it DOES have cats on, but DOESN'T have the mid-section muffler - just backbox. It also had a loose bolt, which was rattling a lot, so I got them to spot-weld it in place. There was no way the bolt was ever coming off without cutting anyway!
  6. Exhaust broken...

    Thanks guys. martin was spot-on - £40 for a bit welded in to replace the cracked section. That'll do me for now - will leave exhaust changes for when I get itchy for a change and have more funds! Shout out to Dee's Exhausts in Newtownabbey for sorting me out so quickly!
  7. Exhaust broken...

    On my way to work this morning and the exhaust decided to break just where the pipe joins the backbox. (Not sure of the terminology, but when I look under the back if the car, I can clearly see the pipe is cracked just before the single pipe from the engine joins the exhaust box). What's the best thing to do? The car is INSANELY LOUD RIGHT NOW AND QUITE EMBARRASING TO DRIVE! I'm assuming it can just be welded back together, but the problem will happen again? Is it worth fitting a new exhaust, and if so which one and why? I plan to keep the car in good working order for a number of years as a daily drive, so if it means splashing some cash to increase performance and reduce problems down the line, then so be it. Thanks!
  8. NI Larne - Portstewart meet July 2014 Pictures.

    Hopefully the forum copes with Panoramas? Let me know if it needs resized.
  9. Dealership Praises and Woes NOW inc Independants

    Just started taking mine regularly to Gary Hughes @ Hughes Autos (Nissan Repair Centre NI): http://www.garyhughesautos.com/ So far, I've had a health check, P2 service and front suspension arms fitted and VERY happy with Gary and his work. Recommended if you're in the Belfast area, although it's a little out of the way for me. Would much rather take the car to a good independent than Charles Hurst though...
  10. Clark Motorsport Appreciation Thread

    Another happy customer! So far, I've bought Superforma spacers and (sadly needed, but SO much better for it) a pair of banana arms (ouch!). They are genuine Nissan parts, but cheaper for me to buy from Clark Motorsport than the independent Nissan garage I use! Thanks Ewen & co!
  11. Northern Ireland outing - Itinerary for Sunday 20th July 2014.

    I'm in! 1. richard.hezlett (just you or +1) 2. KyleR +1 3. Mick-r1 +1 (provisionally) 4. davidard (no food) 5.Carrie-B1 (maybe +1) a 6. Coog + 1 (provisionally) 7. zroar 8. AndyZ33HR +1 provisionally (no food) 9. Jimbo Mahoney (maybe +1)
  12. Spacers

    I did 30mm rear and 20 mm front on my stock 04 UK GT. Pics here: http://www.350z-uk.com/topic/84642-my-2004-350z-gt-build-and-updates-thread/#entry1277155
  13. Welcome to our newest REO

    Grats! Hopefully see you soon!
  14. Arm replacement - Nissan original or OEM?

    [DISCLAIMER - I'm a car novice and only just learning what terms like banana arm and drop link refer to] Hi all, The Nissan garage (indy, not dealer) I'm using has recommended that both front arms are replaced, together with the ball joints and drop links. The drop links and ball joints don't concern me price-wise, but the arms cost a fortune! The main problem I'm having is that one side is VERY noisy / rattly / bumpy when driving over uneven road surfaces. Not even severe bumps like speed bumps, but just manhole covers / bumps / divets / poor tarmac. Could it be a track rod end causing this? The garage also say that one is needed and I think that's the side the noise is coming from. Originally, the garage thought they would be about £176 each (part # 54524AL500), but it seems this part has been changed (and made more expensive) at about £250 each! He also thinks this is very expensive. He says that I could get some cheaper and he'll send me an Ebay link, but I'd like your expert opinions. Are there some that you would recommend that I could buy from one of the well-known 350 parts shops? e.g. Is this what I need? http://cougarstore.c...&products_id=52 Thanks!
  15. Hello from Northern Ireland

    Hello fellow Belfastian! Might see you round at some point!