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Chris Duncan last won the day on January 5 2014

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  1. Looking for a 5th gear set for a 1983 ZX 5 speed, tooth count 26-44 Or a complete 5 speed from any ZX (if you're in the PNW)
  2. Broken Extended Wheel Studs

    5/8" wheel spacers? 90 ft-lbs is a little high, the FSM for a '76 280Z shows 58 to 65 ft/lbs. Typically a 12mm lug stud can be torqued to 75 ft/lbs. 80 ft/lbs max.
  3. Broken Extended Wheel Studs

    Do a visual inspection of the other studs, you can also feel if they are necked down from overtorque, the diameter will be smaller at the place where they are stretched. If you find some other ones stretched then you have your answer. Visually you may see more space between the stretched threads. The one in the pic almost looks damaged, the break is really jagged. Have you had it in a shop where they took the wheels off for some reason? I've seen techs take a test drive with the lugs loose and it will cause damage. what is your offset and are you running spacers would be the other questions?
  4. Mfactory R200 LSD

    Update on this diff in our Chumpcar endurance racer 280Z with the J30A1 swap. Still going strong after six races of 7 and 8 hour duration. Oregon Raceway Park, Sept 2016, Sat 5th, Sun 1st Laguna Seca, Nov 2016, Thur 21st (blown clutch), Fri 1st Sonoma (Infineon), Feb 2017, Sat 3rd, Sun 1st.
  5. Any metallurgists on here? Input about breakage

    Looks like the design is flawed, the material is weak and possible manufacturing problems this piece should be an off the shelf rod end, one on the stronger more expensive end of the range. Probably a 5/8" dia thread at least. It looks like a fabricated piece and it's too long so it has too much leverage. If you use a rod end threaded straight into the end of the arm then it's hard to adjust so it looks like they made this one with opposite threads to ease adjustment. Normally this is done with a opposite threaded sleeve and regular rod end so it doesn't have too much length and thus leverage.
  6. Rebuilding engine and want to hear your opinion on rods.

    Just make sure they are a matched set from the same engine because they are balanced from the factory.
  7. Need 5th Gear

    that looks usable to me PM'd
  8. Pricing help needed

    Here's a reman for $243.00 http://www.zcarsource.com/crankshaft-240z-260z-280z-280zx-300zx_8_55202.html they general don't show any wear until after 150K So guessing like $300 to $400 for a new one
  9. Need 5th Gear

    Looking for a 5th gear set for a FS5W71B from a ZX, the short tailshaft trans? The 0.745 ratio 5th Broke some teeth and don't want to buy a whole trans.
  10. Honda V6 Swap

    J-SWAP SUCCESS!!! Week before track day first start up. Huge vacuum leak from the EGR passages, apparently when you flip the lower intake it opens up the passage, had to tap the plenum and put a pipe plug. The EGR will be re routed externally. A bad main EFI relay from the 200K mile parts car kept the fuel pump from running at first. Night before the track day, drove it for the first time, no windshield or hood at 10pm (wearing goggles) (the dash wiring is easier with the windshield out). Only minor problems, a seeping brake line from where they were re-routed and a rad hose seep. The RPM Systems modded stock ECU works normal with no limp mode (big sigh of relief). Drove 1.5 hrs to the track, did a track day and drove back, no problems. It's not an LS1 but it's still scary fast and seems to be less nose heavy than the stock setup. Wider powerband, way more torque, better gas mileage due to the VTEC. Pulls hard all the way to the rev limiter (which will take some getting used to). Haven't had time to set up an electric fan, it got up to 200F but didn't overheat in stop and go traffic up a long hill (low 90's ambient). It seems to cool a lot better maybe due to the aluminum block. About 8 months working part time and approx $1500 Don't know if I'll ever do a kit, it would take another year or so of development. May just write up the plans and a how-to. Will do a more complete post and parts list when there's time. It's already tempting to step up to the J32 and that might be more desirable as a kit. The J30 was just chosen because of the race series the car runs. The J30's are down to $100 at some wrecking yards. Now I have to name the thing. Datsun J30Z? Datsun 300HZ? Datsun V-TEC-Z?
  11. Mfactory R200 LSD

    Did a track day at the Ridge Motorsport Park with this diff installed. No more one tire spinning. Consistently faster coming out of the slow tight corners, especially the hairpin. No noise from this thing, didn't even know it was there aside from the lack of any wheel spin. Ran the Redline 75-W-140-NS
  12. Trailer Experiences

    They make straps now with a sliding D ring on one end so you can loop the strap around whatever and connect that way
  13. Which car would you buy to upgrade from your Z?

    In no particular order S2000 FRS BRZ (w turbo or super charger) Z06 Vette with LS7 R32 Skyline (imported from Canada) Z32 twin turbo
  14. Coilover Leveling Issues

    Best guess is your upper strut mounts are not straight. The easiest way to check short of paying a frame shop would be with a Bosch laser level. About $100. You could get away with a string level but it's very tedious/ time consuming and not as accurate. First level the car using probably the jack points, then check the level (height) of the A and D points in this chassis spec sheet. You don't need to get an exact measurement like the diagram you are just comparing right to left to see if it's level. To level the jack points you would set the laser up underneath and measure upwards. To level / measure the upper A, D strut points you would measure down from above with the laser projecting from a ladder or similar item. The other suspect area would be the struts although you say it was like that before with different struts on all four corners? The different front springs is a pretty good sign it was like that before.
  15. Mfactory R200 LSD

    From MFactory FAQ's Maintenance: Oil: Regular 75w90 Synthetic Oil for Street/Spirited use. Heavier 75w140 for Race Applications. Recommended brands include Torco SGO and Redline NS. Limited-slip Friction Modifier must NOT be used, as Torsen (helical) style LSD's rely on friction in order to function.
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