Hello Z lovers,
I have owned my ZX for about 4 years and only ever did maintenance to it just to keep it all up to date (still not finished though). I've always been a huge fan of Japanese shakotan cars and I noticed an abundance of S30 Z's in this culture, but very few S130's. I guess this sparked a fire inside me to build a fine example of a shakotan 280zx, and so now 4 years later, this is where I stand!
My plans for this car are simple, I will lower the car via coilovers as soon as I have the money to do so. I'm going to do an s13 coilover conversion in the rear, and buy technotoy coilovers for the front to save time and hassle. To any of you who know about shakotan style, you know there are 3 main things that are involved:
1. It usually involves older Japanese coupes/sedans and the car has to sit VERY low to the ground.
2. The car has to sport very aggressive wheels that are usually 16" or smaller
3: the car has to show a little slice of your personality through the modifications of your choice.
So the first picture is how I got the car. Bone stock, 108,000 original documented miles. 5 speed, slick top, leather interior.
The first thing I did, is I removed all 4 struts from the car to prepare the springs to be cut for temporary low. I don't have any pictures of this, but I do how pictures of how the car sits afterwards.
I then bought some wheels. The wheels I chose measure 15x10.5 -32 on all four corners. These are some beefy wheels, exactly what I was looking for! As I was installing them, I realized the center bore was much too small for the wheels to fit in the front, along with the actual inner barrel of the wheel contacting the strut. My quick fix is to buy some of the smallest bolt on spacers I can find until I want to replace the lug studs with longer units and buy slide on spacers. The smallest ones I could find that were all the correct sizes were 1.25in wide.
I will come back and post a full parts list and build sheet soon, for now, here's a couple pictures of how the car looks as of today!