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  1. Thank you.  I am in the process of building a 5.3/turbo 280z and I am very interested in using a super 8.8 diff.  I am going to install the engine/trans soon and fabricating all the mounts.  I want to mount the engine/trans at a downward angle that is equal/opposite to the pinion angle, especially since changing the diff pinion angle seems much less straightforward than a solid axle.  So when using your kit, the pinion angle is -2*?  Also, how much lower is the pinion flange than the transmission output shaft?


    Also, I am very interested in raising the diff up higher into the body, to gain ground clearance for exhaust routing.  Could you highlight in pictures or a diagram of how this would be accomplished and how much clearance could be gained?  I would be willing to cut the body depending on what is gained.  





  2. I am building a 76 280z LS/turbo car.  I was planning on running 3.5" single exhaust.  I may reduce it to 3" after the trans.  I would really like to run it all the way out the back.  Upon looking under the car, this looks like it will be a sizeable challenge.  The car already sits fairly low.   I am planning on running a super 8.8 diff.   Looks like the 3 options are:

    1) run it under the diff and around the gas tank (Camaro tank).  This is probably the easiest, but would likely result with the least ground clearance

    2) run it above the axle next to the diff.  Looks really tight, maybe even tighter with a super 8.8 and beefy axles

    3) run it out in front of the rear passenger tire.  Might be room to make a 90* turn right after the passenger side frame rail and sneak it out in front of the sway bar.  Would have to cut out seat belt pocket and modify exterior sheet metal so exhaust exits right in front of tire.  This option has very limited room for a muffler and I'm concerned about noise and fumes in the cabin.


    Does anyone have any advice or pictures?  It would be super helpful.



  3. I emailed the owner a few times to ask about a super 8.8 version.  No sense in my mind to use the explorer diff.  He told me they were working on it.   He was initially fairly responsive but haven't heard anything from my last email.  Can you give more detail about the bushings and your experience?

  4. Hello,

    I cut out the seat bracing in my 76 280z so I could run different seats and put them directly on the floor.  I could weld in a 2x2 square tube back in where the forwardmost brace was.  I would weld to trans tunnel on one side and the inside of the rocker on the other.  Is it worth it?   I know these cars benefit from additional bracing but not sure if this area matters.  Car has a 5 point roll bar.



  5. Hi guys,

    From my research it appears that the Marugen shoukai ZG flares are the best quality.  I believe the only place to order is from RHDJapan.  They have 3 types: standard, deluxe and special - in order of thickness.  Does anyone have experience with any of these and would have a recommendation?  I am leaning towards the special, but the website says they have the deluxe in stock and I'm assuming this would mean I would get them much faster.  Also I'm not sure how thick is good enough.


    Has anyone used their wider ZG flares?  I didn't see any mention on the website about the thickness or even how wide they are.


    Also, someone in another thread mentioned using jessestreeter.com to order?  Any thoughts?



  6. If the area in red in my picture had a passageway, then the wires running from the front to the back wouldn't need to be in the interior space of the cabin.  It would just be a cleaner install, IMO.  Your point of the wires still being in the footwell is a good point.   I will be doing a complete rewire and won't be using the factory connectors.  It looks like if the area in red was opened up, a passageway could be created.  Maybe not though, I'm not sure what's in the way in that area.  Thought I'd ask if someone has done it or at least knows what it looks like in there.

  7. I have a 1976 280z.  When I got the car, there were no wires running from the front to the back for the taillights/etc.  I believe that the factory wires run in between the body and wheel well on passenger side.  But how do they get up to the firewall area?  It looks like they would run perfectly in the channel of the inside rocker area, but I cannot fish anything through the area right at the base of the wheel well/door area. (See picture)  How have others done this?   Pictures would be really nice.  Thanks in advance


  8. Hello,

    I am in the process of putting a 6pt roll bar in my 76 280z.  The main hoop is being welded directly over the existing seat belt pockets with kickers going down to the top of the rear shock towers.  Door bars will be removable and not installed unless at the track.


    I will be using 3 point retractable seat belts for street driving and will bolt in a harness when I go to the track.  I'm hoping others have info and/or pictures of how they may have mounted 3 point belts with a roll bar/cage.  I found a few threads but most of the time pictures don't work anymore and was hoping others could chime in as well.  




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