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  1. For real. I'm at 224/280 on my coilovers. It is miserable on the street over bumps. 280z with L28ET. It would handle great on smooth track, but over potholes/bumps, I feel like I actually lose out on handling because it bounces me to the other side of the road.
  2. I also wish I had positive offset (+10?). I have XXR 527's in 16x8.25 +0et with 225/50/R16 and coilovers. Tires stick outside fenders just barely. IDK how nothing rubs. It is a miracle that I haven't had to roll/trim anything. I'm lowered about 1/2". Here is how well those fit. I wouldn't quite call them "flush" with the fenders:
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    Great color. I'm going to be repainting mine this winter. I feel like I could debate the color for months though... but I really like this.
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    New widebody kit design

    TBH I thought I was on the 370z part of the forum for a sec lol
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    HybridZ PNW Auto-x Day

    I'm located in Bellevue, WA. My car I have only owned for half a year but I did just finish suspension replacement with coilovers. Can I attend? I have only put on maybe 300 miles on my Z and I have no experience with this kind of stuff. Any special requirements for your car to be able to run this course?
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    New Feal Coilovers

    They look good! I just installed stance with 4k front and 5k rear. VERY stiff. Hope they break in a bit or something.
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    Seats - Sparco R100 vs OMP

    There is a race shop near my place that has a TON of seats. I went and sat in every single one of them lol. Body shapes/dimensions/preferences vary so greatly that it I think the only way to know is try it out unfortunately...
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    Electric Power Steering Information Compiled

    Ah, I didn't even think of that. I have an 1982 L28ET in mine (swapped by previous owner). If the pump is already there, it seems like a no brainer! When most people do the engine swap, what do they do with the old power steering? Do they just drain the power steering fluid and seal up the hoses? To get it working again, would I have to do any "reconditioning" first?
  9. I have those XXR 527 wheels in "Black Chrome" with 225/50/R16. Kinda wish I went with 205/50/R16 as the 225s are super meaty. Just put everything on. The wheels are actually 16 x 8.25. I haven't done anything to get them fit. I am on coilovers, but I am only about 0.5" lowered from stock height. Same as you, I have a fiberglass front air dam that I need color matched. That thing is gorgeous! I also have the BRE rear spoiler as well. It takes some prep to paint it. Mine came with scratches/gouges and was unprepped. If you really want to be flawless, you will likely have to do some fiberglass repair to make it nice and smooth unfortunately. I didn't go that far. I just sanded, primed, and painted. I couldn't find a good color match without doing a custom mix so I just decided to go with black. Will probably get everything vinyl wrapped pretty soon here anyway.
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    BC coilover ??

    Man, cutting those towers was nerve racking, especially in the rear! I don't like getting metal dust all over the inside of the car. I installed coilovers with the camber adjustment at the strut tower and adjustable control arms at the same time. It made alignment pretty easy for the shop. Everyone does their camber plates differently. I have Stance coilovers. I liked them because it is a no-weld solution. TBH I was very concerned about strength as well because you have to cut away a LOT of material, but the new plates that you bolt/weld onto there add that rigidity back in. I haven't had any problems in the 30 miles I've driven it... haha. This car is light, and most of us (if not all of us) are not jumping their Z in the desert, so there isn't as much vertical force as you think at each corner.
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    Electric Power Steering Information Compiled

    Why would you go with hydro over electric? Cost? "ZPowerSteering" is a lot of money but at least you know everything fits/works! That is good for someone like me :) I wonder why people say "hydro is better than electric". It seems like electric is very adjustable, so you should be able to get it close to your liking. Now that I have completely swapped suspension and gotten stickier 225mm tires, I think power steering would really help me. I find I take turns at <30mph (e.g. like turning left at an intersection or onto a side street) pretty wide when I take them at speed because I don't crank enough lol
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    New here with a question.

    I"ve been wrestling with the same problem... honestly most of the parts I wouldn't mind giving away for free. I hate to just throw them away, but I don't need them and I'm not about to hoard old pieces for years. I have no idea.
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    Weld in Camber Plates Cover

    I just finished my coilover installation and have only driven it a few miles. Already it sounds like the entire trunk has been ripped off even with all doors closed, since those rear strut tower tops are completely open with the camber plates. You can hear all the wind/tire noise even at like 30mph. I don't want a "race car". I would love to insulate against some of the sound. I haven't tried to put the plastic covers on yet, but I imagine they won't be enough. I will experiment with what I can stuff over it to muffle the noise. This is probably the biggest (and only) negative to my coilover installation so far. For some reason I don't have a pic of the back, but you can imagine it looks a bit like this for now:
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    Just Vinyl Wrapped my 240z... Here are my thoughts

    That is a very good price. $1500 is totally worth it to me. I was hoping that you had a front air-dam on there so I could see what you did. I have a urethane one now (haven't put it on yet) but I'm thinking vinyl will not stick to it. Might sell it and go with fiberglass if I am gonna wrap.
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    Just Vinyl Wrapped my 240z... Here are my thoughts

    Thanks for the review! I've been thinking about Vinyl for my car. It seems like a much simpler option than going through all the paint prep and it looks just as good or BETTER! Yours went from "scrapyard look" (no offense haha) to a Z that looks damn near perfect! Plus it seems cheaper. Although, I am not as brave as you and don't think I would do it myself haha. Glad to know it seems reasonable though. I'm thinking of a mirrored chrome look, or like a mirrored dark blue... not sure yet