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On 08/04/2019 at 09:00, blobbish said:

Nice Idea, but I'd be cautious of the placement of those drain pipes. A small leak would impair the front tyres.....

Thanks but no worries, they'll be hidden within the undertray once the front bumper is back on. I could catch and hold a 5cm deep oil puddle with it ;)

 

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Been a special weekend as I got my TORQEN Big Brake Kit - Xtreme [#TRQ-BBK370] delivered, Friday afternoon:

:teeth::teeth::teeth:

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Acquired a mirror-polished S/S cover for the radiator expansion tank from @RDON who has a limited stock of custom fabrication. Very happy with the quality and finish of the piece (all precision laser-cut). Many thanks buddy! B)

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I had a day off at today's fantastic sunshine and (partly) installed the recently delivered Torqen Xtreme BBK. The passenger side is done and it looks UNBELIEVABLE :yahoo:

But judge for yourself...

 

Disks Comparison:

Disks Comparison

Calipers Comparison:

Calipers Comparison

 

Comparison w/o wheels:

Comparison w/o wheels

 

Comparison with wheels:

Comparison with wheels

 

Close-ups:

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Yesterday I replaced my Mishimoto Weighted Shift Knob (363 g) with a Raceseng Contour Shift Knob (500 g). Big thanks to @Adrian@TORQEN for supplying it from USA!

While I liked the looks of the Mishimoto I didn't quite warm up to the feel of the shifting action with the stick-like shape, or maybe I grew less fond of it over time. So, I got the even heavier satin finished stainless steel knob with the optional Gate 3 Engraving and I much prefer the shift action feel it gives over the Mishimoto. The Raceseng also looks good with the OEM satin silver interior trims.

Because the Raceseng knob is much stouter and even heavier the gears clunk into place with a precise metallic feel and even shorter travel. I totally love the new shifter feel!

:drive1

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Went for a P1 service to H-Dev yesterday. Driver side turbo is leaking some oil through the compressor outlet into the intake pipe, around 10ml/100miles. Yet to be decided if further investigations, i.e. engine out job, is required.

Nice photo from the under-body:

Underbody of 370Z-TT

 

Then, the mechanic pulls her back onto the forecourt. Undramatically, though, as he's a gentleman ;)

 

By the way, my brother standing in above clip (been visiting me for a couple days) was utterly shocked by the savage forward thrust when I accelerate hard from standstill with my tires properly warmed up and good tarmac able to hook from 1st gear w/o slip despite over 400 ft lb of torque. Yes, those 305mm MPS4S are insane! He was much looking forward to experiencing my Z and he had never experienced anything this violent by a long mile (he used to own a mapped AWD Audi S3). He also said my Z is unbelievably beautiful and truly special that he never realised just from the pictures and videos he had seen. I think it finally dawned him why I'm so obsessed about and constantly dumping ££k into my Z while he's just into mobile phone gaming :lol:

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BRAUM seats have also just arrived and waiting for me to install them! :D

Braum Komodo Seats

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Replaced my exhaust tips for Quad tips. Due to the red diffusor I can, however, only fit h-style (not Y-style) and 3" inlet with max 4" outlets, and a total length of 20-25 cm. Since I didn't want to start welding but something ready I ended up after a lengthy search with Akrapovič-style quads from AliExpress. I was hesitant using the Chinese Ebay place but the quality is decent (if not perfect).

BEFORE - AFTER

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15 hours ago, davey_83 said:

Looks fabulous, will all four tips smoke? 

Yes.  Although the outer ones are straight 3” whereas the welded-on tubes for the inner ones are bent (h-shape) and a little narrower (i think 2”)

You might see it in the attachment.

 

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I saw this at Trax Donington and I thought that it was a stunning car. B)

 

I love what you have done to it! :thumbs:

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This is an install guide for my BRAUM seats, but will apply to other aftermarket seats, too.


You will loose the factory seats motorized seat control and the seat heater function
You will save 4 kg weight per seat

 

As you know, I ordered:
- pair of BRAUM Racing Elite-X seats, Red Komodo Edtion [#BRR1X-RDRT] that include dual lock sliders
- pair of Planted Technology seat brackets [#SB096DR and #SB096PA]

 

I also needed to get extra hardware (per seat):
- four M8 bolts and nuts for the Planted seat bracket
- a 7/16" UNF nut for the factory seat belt buckle mount
- a 2R2 resistor to terminate the SRS harness (that's 2.2 Ω, wattage is uncritical).

 

1) The factory seat removal procedure is found in the workshop manual page SE-71. Basically:

  • Remove headrest
  • Slide seat forth/back to unbolt 2 floor bolts behind/in front of seat (M14 socket)
  • Disconnect battery and wait 3 mins
  • Lift seat and unplug OEM wire harness, i.e. 3 plugs: SRS (yellow), seatbelt sensor (small white), motor/heater (big white)
  • Carefully take out the seat

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2) You may now test fit the seat bracket, which should line up with the 4 factory bolt holes.
Note, the Americans labelled our driver side seat bracket with 'Passenger'.
But don't install it! The seat bracket needs to be bolted onto the Braum seats, after you first installed the sliders.

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3) Turn over the Braum seat and bolt on a pair of sliders, then clamp in between a handle. The handle must face forward and release the lock mechanism by pulling up (when seated), not down!
The sliders have no easy orientation, so look closely at my photo:

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4) Use the four extra purchased M8 bolts (facing up) and nuts (facing the floor) to bolt the seat bracket onto the sliders as per photo:

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5) Undo the seat belt buckle from the factory seat and bolt onto the seat bracket, reusing the factory 7/16" UNF bolt together with the extra purchased 7/16" UNF nut:

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6) Route the seatbelt sensor harness under the seat, which I secured with the yellow factory clips.
As for the yellow SRS plug, you could splice into the factory harness before the yellow female plug (photo from step A) and terminate it with a resistor. Or, like I opted to do, cut off the yellow male plug of the OEM seat and reuse it and terminate after that:

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The termination is done to satisfy the ECU that will look for the presence of a 'working airbag', which is presumably a heater element (the SRS charge igniter) with an electronic characteristic identical to a 2.1 Ω DC resistor in series with a small inductance of 2.6 µH.
I appears, from what ppl did before, the ECU is successfully fooled by a simple 2R0 or 2R2 resistor.
I ended up ordering a 2R ±1% 3W resistor and a 2.7 µH ±20% inductor - probably overkill. (Would only matter if the ECU test signal was AC rather than DC where impedance deviates from resistance as frequency goes up. Bloody scientist in me :lol:)

 

7) Place Braum seat into car, reconnect 2 of the 3 harness plugs, bolt down the seat bracket onto the floor. Then reconnect battery if you're done here.

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If you get an SRS DTC (Airbag dash light) you can reset it with this procedure.

 

The passenger side seat installation is identical, except you have to also deal with the factory passenger occupancy sensor.

 

I’ve seen ppl transferring over the occupancy sensor buy slicing up the factory and aftermarket seats, but with mixed success rates. The occupancy sensor is a flexible sheet resistor element that changes resistance as it physically stretches when a ‘bum’ sits in the seat. But that actuation is sensitive to the placement of the sensor and the cushion type/thickness above it. It’s clearly tailored to the factory seat characteristics.

I’m therefore likely to not carry over the occupancy sensor but make up a switchable dual-resistor that emulates the resistance values for empty/child and adult occupant
~Passenger seat to be completed~

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