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Old 07-05-2011, 02:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default My fairlady....

I picked up my second 280zx Turbo in November of 2009. I figured it was time to start a thread so the progress can be tracked.
So far I have replaced the starter, clutch slave, plugs, wires, air and fuel filters, dizzy cap, and pcv valve. I know its been parked for
sometime but I am finally getting back to working on her. On order are the Tokico lowering kit. ;D Today I have taken off and de-
gunked the front torsion bars, stabilizer bar and control arms. Planning on taking the control arms into work tomorrow to press
bushings. I have the master bushing kit and plan on doing the rears after. I also have a complete gasket kit which kinda scares me
since I'm definitely learning on the fly. Yes I do have the FSM (came with the car) and love the information I find on this site.

Anyways I'm excited about my project and am very much bitten by the Z-Bug!!!
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Old 07-06-2011, 01:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Today at work I changed out my bushings on front control arm. I tried a few methods with no luck. Then I used a couple sockets and bench vice to push out the bushing and inner sleeve. Then i used a perfect fit socket to push out outer sleeve. I was very surprised at how well this method worked. No hammering involved.
After I got home I put the front suspension parts all back together. The bushings in the master bushing kit I got from Z Car Parts seems to be a lot less flexible and slightly bigger then the rubber ones that were on the car. I had to fight to get the torsion rod in place after and chose to put the old stabilizer end link back on since the old bolt seems slightly too short for the whole set up. A battle to fight another day :-\
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Old 07-10-2011, 03:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I know another person that has a few Zeds up in Edmonton if you ever have any questions.
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Old 07-14-2011, 02:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I know another person that has a few Zeds up in Edmonton if you ever have any questions.
Thank you Skittle. It's good to know there are people around here that can help. I'm also gonna join the Edmonton Z car club. My Tokico lowering kit should arrive tomorrow and I'm very happy with the deal ProAm auto parts out of Texas gave it to me for. I still have the rear bushing to do and am still looking how to get the front stabilizer bar endlink bushings to fit?!
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Old 07-21-2011, 02:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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finished installing the Tokico lowering package today.
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I measured the distance between the center of the hub cap and the bottom of the fender before and after I installed the kit. Before the kit was 14"3/4. After the kit was 13"1/2. So in total the tokico kit lowered my car evenly 1"1/4 around all 4 corners.

I added this other picture because I lucked out when I picked up my license plate. The cost of a custom plate was too high but this plate was available for the taking. I had to scoop it up.
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Old 07-25-2011, 03:52 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I'd like to see a side picture of the lowered kit, assuming the first one was just after you got the car. Go to autozone and pick up a SL90 bushing. I used these for my sway bar bushings. The rod is too long so use your old one. Seems like I also had to shave a little off of each one, but they were beefier than what came with it and not as easy to malform. Also, they were only $3-4.
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Old 07-26-2011, 09:46 AM   #8 (permalink)
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The first picture is before I lowered it when I first bought the car. The second picture is after I installed the lowering kit.

I live in Canada and we don't have an Autozone here. But the bushing kit I bought from Zcarparts.com should work fine for the sway bar.
I looked at the SL90 kit on autozone website. They look like they are rubber... correct? Anyways, I think I will use my urethane ones although
my old rubber ones are still in decent shape If I leave them on for a while.
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Old 08-02-2011, 01:23 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Did a lube job today. Swapped engine oil, transmission oil, and differential oil. The only change I did was try out Royal Purple 10W-30.
Now my car must be faster.............
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:27 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Today I took the car to a local muffler shop and had them replace my muffler with an Xlerator. Also had to replace the piping between the cat and the muffler. Rust had been the reason for both swaps. I decided to cut out the cat also since there is no emission testing here. I went with the 2 1/2 for the piping. Would have liked to have gone with 3 inch but had to work with what I could afford right now.

Also I could not see the light blinking on the ECU for the oxygen sensor so I replaced the sensor as well. All good now.

Next will be addressing my oil leak..... something to do with the turbo or power steering, not sure where yet. I wonder if this will call for pulling the turbo or just maintenance on the feed/return line. It seems to originate up near the turbo housing......


I tried uploading pictures but for some reason would not work.. Something about no data sent from site after uploading was complete :-\
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