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  1. I have Sport Contact 6's on the R8 and been very impressed with them. Haven't got much experience with Michelin but I find it hard to believe they'll be worth the £318 extra. I'd imagine both tyres will be pretty similar in terms of performance and wear rate.
  2. Personally I always use OEM filters, then usually use NGK plugs and Castrol oil. As well as the engine oil & filter, air filter and plugs I'd also do the gearbox oil, diff oil, coolant, brake fluid & clutch fluid.
  3. Welcome to the forum and well done for getting a neglected zed back on the road! The radiator fans are a common failure (carbon buildup causes the motor brushes to seize) so I wouldn't worry too much about the fact it's had aftermarket replacements fitted. As Davey has said though, if it's been sitting for that long the first thing I'd be doing is getting a full service. Best to get every fluid & filter replaced, and also plugs if they've never been done.
  4. Tarmacsportz are very knowledgeable with zeds, and pretty close to you (Derby). They should be able to diagnose your problem and supply whatever replacement parts are needed.
  5. Have you got one airbox or two? DE/Revup has one, HR has two...
  6. As Alex has said, sadly with the HR Nissan somehow decided it was a good idea to locate the slave cylinder within the gearbox, so you might as well replace all the consumables whilst you're in there. However if you've got a late registered rev-up then the slave cylinder is mounted externally so it's a far quicker/cheaper job to replace.
  7. I think it's proven that you can't really beat a standard Rev-up airbox with a good drop in filter when it comes to performance. However some people swear by CAI kits, which look great but they never really appealed to me due to how much effort they are to fit and then get to the filter when it needs cleaning/replacing. Also they're a lot lower down so more exposed to water etc. The gains/losses are pretty marginal so if you're happy with the look/sound of the cone filter you've got now I wouldn't worry about it too much, just giving you more ideas to consider.
  8. If you're going to spend the money replacing the filter have you considered other options? It looks like it'd just be sucking in hot air so a proper CAI or the original airbox with a decent drop in filter would be better performance wise?
  9. With the nicer weather and longer days here at last I finally had time to clay & wax after the usual wash. I used Bilt Hamber Autoclay (medium) & Bilt Hamber double speed wax, plus I coated all the exterior glass with Gtechniq G1 clearvision. Just a single step DA polish when I get the chance and the paintwork will be up to the standard I'd like. It was MOT time on Monday. I'm always a bit nervous when it's the first one in my ownership, you never know how honest the last test was. Thankfully it passed through with no advisories and the tester even commented how clean the emmisons were, which was a nice change to the zed scraping through with it's HFCs 😅 Lastly I added some custom wind deflectors 3D printed by someone in the USA on the R8 forum. Surprising how much such a little piece of plastic does actually help with the noise!
  10. Interesting video. I've never had Michelins so would've liked to try the PS5's next time, but sadly they aren't available in my rear size (305/30R19). The Goodyear's aren't either so I guess I'll be sticking with Conti!
  11. I used to get an overall average of around 23 mpg out of mine, and bear in mind they need to run on 98+ octane fuel. It's a 20 year old 3.5L V6 so it's always going to be thirsty, especially if you have a heavy right foot. I think gallery gaskets are pot luck really, they will fail eventually it's just a matter of when.
  12. Welcome to the forum and good luck with your hunt. You're right, the tax for 2006 onwards cars is double the earlier rate (roughly £600 vs £300) so that's something to consider. If you're after a HR though they're all in the higher bracket. All 350z's are getting old now so the main thing to look out for is rust, underneath and around all the arches. Radiator fans are prone to seizing due to carbon buildup in the motors, so check they both come on when the car is running and the AC is switched on. Oil gallery gaskets on the HR seem an inevitable failure and cost about 1k to have replaced, so check this has been done. During the test drive check the clutch operates how it should and the pedal fully returns when you take your foot off, the slave cylinder can be prone to fail. It's not an expensive part but it's inside the gearbox on the HR so very labour intensive job to replace. Obviously listen for knocks etc during the drive, suspension components wear out and eventually fail just like any other car. If you can then get the car up in the air it'd be worth doing to inspect all the bushes for cracks, splits etc. That's all I can think of off the top of my head, hope it helps.
  13. I usually advertise vehicles on ebay mainly due to cost. It's £20 for a month, I think Autotrader is quite a lot more expensive. Also gumtree is completely free so worth sticking it on there.
  14. Spring cleaning time. Got it up on axle stands and removed the wheels so I could give everything a more thorough clean now that the last of the winter salt is gone from the roads (yay!). Whilst there I removed the new style R8 logos from the brake callipers that one of the previous owners decided to plaster over the originals. Doesn't look too bad in the photo but they were all peeling plus that logo isn't correct for the age of the car, so it was bugging me. It's the first time I've really been under the car and it was nice to find no unpleasant surprises. Also can't believe how clean and rust free everything is considering it's 14 years old, I guess that's the difference between German aluminium and the zed's Japanese steel.
  15. Invidia gemini is a great choice, I had one on mine, but well out of your price range as you say. Personally I wouldn't touch japspeed given their poor quality and fitment. A half system is just a catback minus the Y pipe.
  16. I think you'll struggle to get a decent cat-back system for that, unless something second hand pops up. However cobra and scorpion offer half systems for around that price.
  17. Personally I wouldn't add HFCs without a remap, so would just get the catback done first if it's not an option to just get it all done in one go.
  18. I work for JLR so can give you my opinion on the F-type. The V6 you're referring to is the Ford AJ126 engine, same block as the 5L AJ133 just with a shorter head. They're great engines and plenty quick enough, but very thirsty due to the supercharger. Lovely looking cars but the tech inside the later ones is a bit dated because it hasn't been updated much since the release. The manual box isn't great so the auto would be my choice. Personally I wouldn't own any of our cars out of warranty. Back to the R8 (happy to discuss other cars some more but please start another thread)... The 0-60 is around 4 seconds, the main difference I've noticed coming from the zed is that the handling and grip is just superb. Can't really say much about top end, apparently it'll do 180mph but I'm not willing to risk my license so I'd need to be on the autobahn or a track to attempt that.
  19. I'm in Warwick so about an hour away. I think the better weather is definitely on the way, it'll be nice for the car to actually stay clean for longer than a day after washing!
  20. Few more little jobs done. Firstly a bit of interior trim removal to locate the hidden manual boot release cable. It must've been apart before and whoever put it back together forgot to route the cable through. Hopefully I'll never need to use it but it's good to know it's there now just in case. Next up was to replace the boot poppers because the rubber on the end of the old ones had started disintegrating due to age. I was dreading how much these would cost with the "R8 tax" considering 350z ones are nearly £50 each, but was pleasantly surprised to find they were only £15 each. Lastly I replaced the standard LED entry lights in the door cards for genuine Audi projector ones, just because they look cool.
  21. Lovely looking wheels for the money, look much more expensive than they are. Good luck with the sale.
  22. Can't comment on the OEM cats (I had torqen HFCs) but I had this invidia system on my 350z for over 4 years (roughly 22,000 miles) and had no issues whatsoever.
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