The 300ZX we have been working on is getting tidied up! Everything is coming into place in this tight engine bay. We recently finished up a custom catch can that’s mounted front and center. Once finished, it’ll be all polished along with the power steering reservoir.
After some work on the dyno, this thing was making some serious power. The owner requested both 93 and 100 octane tunes. With just the 93 it laid down a mean 508whp and 411wtq, making it an already serious street machine. After draining the tank of 93 and pouring in some 100 octane, things got interesting. Some more straps needed to be added to the rear to keep from spinning tires on the dyno. The result, 630whp and 510wtq at 26psi! This is going to be one clean and fast Z out on the streets. This project has been in the works for a long time now, and we’re definitely very proud of the end result.
So this 350Z is going to be making heaps of power once it’s all finished up, but that power has to make it to the ground. At this point there’s no reason to leave this build with a stock limited slip, or even worse, an open differential.
The Quaife LSD was an ideal candidate for this application. It’s a gear style limited slip, so there are no plates or clutches that wear out over time. With power being put to both wheels at all times, this thing is going to be able to take advantage of all its 2JZ goodness.
This Z is going to stick to the road like white on rice with its new LSD and sticky Toyo R888 tires. This means high G-forces, which also means sloshing fuel, so the fuel system is going to get a little help from Radium Engineering. Their surge tanks are used to prevent fuel starvation when fuel is being sloshed around in the gas tank due to insufficient baffling. This tank is filled by the stock fuel tank and pump, and essentially acts as a second fuel tank that is always full of fuel. Since the surge tank will always be full, there will be no sloshing of fuel around the pump pick up during high G-forces. I’m thinking this 2JZ is going to be plenty happy with its fuel supply.
This Z32 300ZX has been here getting some maintenance and a few modifications done. External wastegates were on the to-do list for this Z. The engine bays on these cars are super tight, making it easier to just pull the engine for most types of maintenance. So that’s what we did. The engine came out, and we started fabricating the plumbing for the wastegates. Clearances were tight, but that’s why we have the best fabricators in the business. Once everything was mounted, the chassis was lowered down and the engine mounted in place.
Stock 300ZX brakes are commonly an upgrade for other, lighter cars, such as the Nissan 240SX. The Z32 is a pretty heavy chassis, so a set of even bigger brakes was in order. Z1 motorsports makes a slick kit that adapts OEM Nissan 370Z parts for use on older Z’s. The calipers and rotors are parts that you can order right from the dealer. The OEM quality will guarantee that these brakes remain reliable for years, and have ample braking power.
14″ rotors make these brakes pretty beefy. I don’t think they’ll have any trouble bring this 300ZX to a stop.
Over in the fabrication shop, there’s a lot of work going into this custom front-mount intercooler. It’s been going through some test fitting to get all the dimensions just right.
The end result of this custom intercooler is amazing. Our fabrication shop killed it on this one. Check back to see what else this Z is in for.
Some people think it’s wrong to mesh an engine from one manufacturer with a chassis from another… that’s definitely not the case here. This 2JZ swapped 350Z is sweet! It’s going to be one hell of a car once it’s all finished up. Our custom fabricated intake and exhaust manifolds both turned out amazing along with everything else. If you’re looking for a custom manifold, give us a call. Our fab shop is extensive and can handle whatever you might have in mind.The bottom end of this 2JZ is stock, but the head has been completely gone through with cams, valves, springs, retainers, etc. This setup is going to lay down some serious power once it hits the dyno.
We’re taking care of some suspension and brake work as well. Suspension is going to be dialed in thanks to some KW coilovers, and brakes are being upgraded to OEM Brembos.
And here’s a turbo pic to end the post! Check back to see more as this project comes together.
It was a beautiful day on Saturday June 22, for The Gauntlet in Wall NJ. All the competitors were getting their practice runs in early. They started at about 11:30am. The practice runs lasted for about 2 hours and the event started around 1:30pm. The competition started off pretty fierce with Darren “DMAC” McNamara and Patrick Goodin going door to door with DMAC getting the win. The rest of the top 32 was just as exciting. There were some crashes and some cars that broke. All in all it was a competitive 32.
Once the sweet 16 were decided it was time to take a little break. So I decided to go stroll through the pit area and see if I could get a hold of any cool stuff. Turns out I got a bunch of cool stuff from the vendors that were at the event. Falken Tires were giving away a Falken bag, save Japan Tshirts, and license plate covers that said “Rather be Drifting.” Team Scion was giving away a bag of goodies as well. Their bag included a Scion Racing Hat, 2 Season DVD’s, 2 scion racing key chains, and 2 scion racing dog tags. The Hankook and Falken girls were signing posters and shirts and anything else you could give them throughout the event.
About the time that the sweet 16 was about to start is when my day got a whole lot better. Ford racing had invited me to hangout in their area behind the ford racing truck so i got a killer vantage point of the track. The sweet 16 was as intense as ever with DMAC and Tuerck starting it off. DMAC took the win in dramatic fashion. Finishing out the sweet 16 were Tyler “McEnroe” McQuarrie and the rookie Marc Landerville. Landerville had a hard fought battle but in the end fell to McEnroe.
Let me jump ahead to the Final 4. This consisted of DMAC, the reigning champion Daigo Saito, Justin Pawlak, and Chris Forsberg. DMAC and Saito battled it out and Saito too the win to advance to the championship race. Forsberg fell to Pawlak caused by a minor mistake so in turn Pawlak advanced. Forsberg and DMAC went door to door until DMAC made a mistake and basically gave the 3rd place finish to Forsberg. The championship race consisted of the reigning round 4 champion Daigo Saito and the number one qualifier Justin Pawlak. On Pawlak’s chase run he went a little too hard and spun out giving the reigning champion the victory once again.
So when it was all said and done Daigo took first place, Pawlak took second, and Forsberg took third. Minus the scorching sun, crowds of people, and the outrageous food prices I had a blast and would highly recommend anybody give it a try.
Last night we had this clean Nissan 240sx in for a dyno tune and our tuner Steve worked his magic once again. As far as the car goes, it had a RB25 with a GT35R pushing about 9.5 lbs of boost. The car made 362whp on the dyno and it makes for a fun RWD car.
The other day we had Evan’s Nissan 240sx in for a dyno tune. This Nissan 240sx was rocking a stock S15 SR20DET engine with some bolt-ons. Those bolt-ons included a front mount intercooler, 3″ Exhaust, 740cc Injectors, Walbro Fuel Pump, and an Apexi Power FC. The engine had stock cams and a stock turbo but was still able to make 310whp and 348tq, which is pretty impressive. Evan’s car is one of the nicest 240sx’s we’ve seen and now it makes a good amount of power with our tune. Here are the pictures from the dyno day, enjoy!
Today we had one Mazda MS3 in for a tune that lived up to Mazda’s slogan of “Zoom Zoom”. From the start you could tell this car meant business with its growl from Cobb bolt-ons including an intake and exhaust. This MS3 was also sporting a front mount intercooler and a TB30r Turbo, but besides that the car was mainly stock. Even with it’s mainly stock motor, this Mazda was able to put down 374whp and 347tq, which is quite impressive. We look forward to even more power and updates from this car in the future.
Today at PSI PROFORMANCE we had this Dodge SRT-4 in for a dyno tune. This car was fairly stock except for an AEM intake. After the tune, the car was able to put down 296 whp and 329 tq on 18 pounds of boost on a stock turbo. Just imagine how much power it would make if it had a bigger turbo!