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CaptainJoe87

1980 280zx

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Thanks guys, I thought so too. I did not roll the fenders and shouldn't need to but I probably will just to be safe. I took it for a drive and learned that I might have a steering issue. When I stopped at the gas station my passenger side front tire was all chewed up from the fender, but it was the only one. When I looked at it the wheel was tilted out a little bit when the other one was still straight. I hit a curb playing in the snow a while back and never noticed it till now. Good thing is I haven't driven it much. So, I've gotta jack it up and see if it is something I can fix myself or if its something I need to take to a shop. 

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Not camber, I'd be fine with a bit of camber. Tilted out as in the drivers wheel is straight and the passengers wheel is pointed slightly to the right. The car pulls to the right a bit but every now and then it drives straight which is leading me to believe I broke something. So, I'm gonna jack it up and check things out. If I can't see anything I'm going to take it to a shop once the frame is done.

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You have toe. That's not good. I bet the mount for your control arm is bent, if not the frame. I'd try a new crossmember if possible. Toe destroy tires 100x faster than camber. I had it on my 260z after one of my wheels fell off from someone trying to steal them. My tires lasted like 3 months.

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i have it in the shop right now getting the frame and floors fixed. When I get it back im planning on going with EMUSA coilovers for s13 with adjustable dampers, only $550 and going through the front end to see if I cant fix the issues while I have it all pulled apart. That's the plan for now.

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Damn, really? I've read a lot of people talking about them and it seemed like the only people talking bad about them were people that didn't own them. A bunch of guys on the 240sx forums have had good things to say about them. A couple guys have been riding on the non damper adjusting ones for a couple years. Which ones did your friend have, adjustable or non?

 

Anyways, I'm still waiting on the body shop and trying to plot my next few moves with the rest of the money in my car savings. hahaha

 

Question, my 2nd gear synchro is going bad, could I use the one from the spare 4 speed I have to replace it? Everything I have read says the gears are all the same, I just have a 5th gear overdrive.

 

I'm also back on a wheel hunt hahaha I want something closer to 16x10 and am throwing the idea around of stretching tires once I do coilovers and lowering the car a good bit, but that's gonna be a while. I want to get the suspension and everything under the car sound before I sond more money on wheels. The ones I have arent that bad.

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He had the non adjustable, and this was a few years ago. Maybe the quality improved.

 

As for the synchro. If you know how to tear it apart and put it back together, go for it. They are the same. I would never do that even if I could because the price of a new tranny altogether is relatively cheap. 

 

Only problem with a 16x10 is tires. If you can find some 245's then go for it. I think 225 tires look fugly when they are that stretched. 

 

What do you need to know about balancing the tires? Just hand them to a tire guy, or if you have access to a machine do them yourself.

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I mean if you really need coilovers, then I guess these save you money over megans. They are cheap Taiwanese crap. 

 

 

http://forums.hybridz.org/topic/88915-coilovers-emusa-vs-megan/

 

and I don't know where you found good info on them. Zilvia jsut says they are crap and only good for lowering a car. 

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Not sure if you're in the market for coilovers yet, but I saw a set of used Godspeed coilovers for $320 on zilvia. Just put up an add for some cheap coilovers and you'll probably find a set. No use in modifying new ones (for the most part).

 

edit. Also try and use a cut rubber hose or something around the circle where the intake goes through the rad support. If it bounces around a lot it could crack/wear away at it faster than you expect. Happened to me so I just bought another rubber boot.

Edited by BluDestiny

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Ok, because overtime I get to do exhaust and coilovers sooner than I thought. So wheel paint goes on the back burner because it is only cosmetic. So now I have a question, I have two sets of headers. One set is from a 78 I think and the other is for my car. One has round ports and one has square. I have a p79 head, but I remember someone saying either round or square headers could go on any port head and the other one couldn't. Does anyone know which is which and if so have any recommendations as to which headers I should use on.the car?

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P79 is round port, so you can use either round port headers or square port headers. Are the 78 headers the 6-1? because then they won't clear the steering rack, 

 

Honestly I'd use the one for your car, since it kinda makes sense. Why would you use the other one over the one made for your car?

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