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USDM Inspired Daily/Drift Z33

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Hi guys,

 

So bought my 350Z about 6 months ago, with mods commencing within the last 2 months. Felt it was about time to start a little thread to document stuff. So little intro, I'm Nate (Nathan, either is fine) I'm 21, live in a small village called Byfield near Daventry, Northants. I currently work for JLR & spend most of my weekend doing car stuff with mates & playing/watching football. May as well do a little car history as well, seems i've had more cars than most people my age haha!

 

My first car was a yaris 1.0, sick little car, but didn't get modified so not worth posting! I went on to buy a 1.6 civic sport at 18, loved this thing and spent far to much money on it.

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Got properly into Honda's (if you hate honda's you need to re-evaluate your status as a petrol head, you'll understand when you drive one hahah!) so ended up swapping my civic for a red DC2 Type R. This was probably my favourite car I've owned so far, just a lot of hassle to daily/maintain so I had to get rid, plus I wanted to get into drifting after driving up to Driftland for Finalboss.

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This is where it doesn't make so much sense, I got a lot of weird comments on this! So basically I wanted to buy an S13 200sx, but didnt want to daily it. So I bought another blue EP2 civic as a daily, the first one was awesome, why not?! Again, spent far to much money on it, but it was good on fuel & looked cool so why not? I also bought a red 200sx S13, it was shite, broke down a lot, did a bit of drifting but generally was very depressing owning it.

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So then I sold both of those. Lost money on the S13, nearly broke even on the Civic (I have no idea how, someone paid me £3150 for a 100hp civic! XD) Basically wanted a daily drift car instead, something reliable enough to be a daily would mean I wouldn't be breaking down every time I drove to a track for skids! Wanted an S15 Spec R initially but was a bit out of my budget for a decent spec one, plus I'm not sure it'd be that great as a daily. Always been a big fan of 350's so started looking around to see what I could get for my money, budgeted around 6500 from the sale of my two other cars...

 

This first post is long, wasn't planning on it being this detailed haha. I'll continue onto the Z part in the next post.

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So yeah. Was pretty set on a black Z, didn't mind paying the extra money for the right colour! Eventually found a nice condition 55 plate DE.

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Cleaned it, drove it, enoyed it. The my dream wheels came up for sale on driftworks, for a stupidly low price! Thankfully I got in quick and managed to go down the next day to collect some 18x9.5 Work Meister S1's, midnight purple centre's with polished lip. Won't give away how much I paid, but if ever want to sell them I will be making a tidy profit :)

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Gave em a clean up when I got home and they came out even nicer! Lips need a refurb at some point (probably when i take them off for winter) but it doesn't bother me for now. Once I got these on, I knew i needed coilovers pretty asap to kill the dire arch gap.

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Considered air briefly, but not seen a massive amount of people drift on air so not something i wanted to look into yet.

Mate works at Driftworks so got him to hook me up with some HSD dualtechs to get it lowered.

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Here is some pics after lowering. Will do another post shortly with some more recent pics and bit of an overview of my inspirations as well as upcoming drift days.

Comments appreciated, fair play if you read it all! haha

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Nice looking EP2's and the S13 actually looks pretty good too, ...even if it wasn't the most reliable for you.

 

Hope the Zeds a good one and there are a fair few drifters on here so I'm sure they'll give you some inspiration for mods/ideas to do to your Zed. ;)

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Nice car. Those wheels where on my list as well but never came up when I was looking.

 

Where abouts are you from ?

 

Paul

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mines was a daily

 

then i started doing this

 

 

now it sits on my Drive as its horrible to drive daily with all the mods done to it i only use it for events

 

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Nice looking EP2's and the S13 actually looks pretty good too, ...even if it wasn't the most reliable for you.

 

Hope the Zeds a good one and there are a fair few drifters on here so I'm sure they'll give you some inspiration for mods/ideas to do to your Zed. ;)

Thanks man, yeah seen the odd thread about!

 

Nice car. Those wheels where on my list as well but never came up when I was looking.

 

Where abouts are you from ?

 

Paul

Cheers! Near Daventry (first post ;))

 

mines was a daily

 

then i started doing this

 

 

now it sits on my Drive as its horrible to drive daily with all the mods done to it i only use it for events

Nice one! Any tips regarding drifting 350's? Any little tricks i should know?

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So yeah. Little explanation of my inspiration and plans for the car. Basically I'm a big fan of the Japanese/US low & stylish drift cars so that's the kind of look I'll be going for. I'm sure you guys probably know most of these cars already but they're awesome so I'll post them up anyway! :D

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I've got my first drift day in the Z coming up shortly so there will be plenty of images/video's from that hopefully coming soon!

Also got more photo's from a little shoot I did the other day which I'll post at some point :)

Feel free to follow me on insta btw - @nathanpoole

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Get a good diff and the z is a very capable drift car, tk and Dougie are some good drifters on here using the Z I'm sure they will give there opinions

 

Where is your first day ?

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Just a quick few images from a few weeks back to show how the car sits currently, got a few more things planned to get it looking how I want it though.

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Also a couple of pictures from my drift day at rockingham!

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Will try and emulate some of my favourite cars & keep it mostly JDM or quality parts on the car, no cheap/replica stuff (Sorry everyone who has Rota's/JR's etc!).

At the time of writing i was a bit drunk and i am only saying cos I have rota's lol, keyboard warrior coming out past few days lol,

Looking good so far anyway, liking the nardi wheel?

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Will try and emulate some of my favourite cars & keep it mostly JDM or quality parts on the car, no cheap/replica stuff (Sorry everyone who has Rota's/JR's etc!).

At the time of writing i was a bit drunk and i am only saying cos I have rota's lol, keyboard warrior coming out past few days lol,

Looking good so far anyway, liking the nardi wheel?

 

This is the problem when people make a statement of no cheap/replica stuff, it seems a common statement by a few in the stance game but then you find out they run replica bodywork or Budget coilovers etc

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To be fair I did say mostly but fair point, the only reason I don't see the point with bodywork is that it gets smashed up during drifting so cheaper to replace ;)

 

Also as far as i'm aware, this bumper isn't available from Amuse as a "genuine" part for the 350z? Correct me if i'm wrong...

Fairly surely this style is just based on the 370z Vesisto bumper with certain company's making copy's that fit a 350z. Hard to buy a genuine version of a bumper if it doesn't exist no?

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Update time :)

So if you watch the above video it fills in some gaps, essentially I crashed at a drift day so took it as a chance to refresh the looks of the car. The bumper is the AMS GT. Fairly sure it's basically a Z34 bumper that has been modded to fit a Z33 (read as moulded not actually modified).

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Not had the car back long when I got a chance to do some more drifting with rest of the Stylecase lads at rockingham. Car was sweet, my driving was average at best but the weather was awesome and had a lot of fun!

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After the drift day, I lowered the front a bit more and fitted a rubber underlip to try protect the bumper & generally get some more fake lows haha (I think it sits like 10mm off the road but thats sorta why i got it, rubber takes some abuse!) Also threw in some recaro's and my Up-Garage mats I got in japan :) Plan is to just enjoy dailying the car again and get along to some more skid days!

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I'll probably do a full mod list at some point as people keep asking about specific parts that I've not really mentioned in this thread. I have some cool little things that I picked up in japan :)

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been umming and ahhing about this bumper for a while but i think youve just sold it to me :lol:

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On 24/07/2016 at 11:36, Nate said:

 

 

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What steering wheel is that?  
 

Is that the Mishimoto gearknob? 
 

Where's the roof spoiler from? 

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