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Old 03-10-2011, 04:49 AM
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Originally Posted by MoncefA33 View Post
Coilovers FTW.

You could also consider headers, since sometimes the precats on the 5.5 gens are known to break up and get sucked into the motor and cause oil consumption. And the headers are worth quite a bit of power as well.
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welcome

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Welcome to the 5th gen, SeedyRom.
There are some good people in this section of the Org. I still don't know half of them half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of them half as well as they deserve.
Is it just me or does it look like Rochester is trying to rap
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Originally Posted by phatboislim View Post
the rear coilovers/suspension on the 4 and 5th gen are identical. i believe on the front something w/ the bottom of the mounting has to be changed/modified to work
I see. Anyone want to add to this?

Seedy, someone at the meet may be able to shine some light on this, that is IF youre interested. Search "Boss Chen" on here. VERY comfortable ride.
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I've got a possible deal in the works already but I'll add those to my research list if that doesn't work out. Getting the car in the air tomorrow so I'll know a lot more then. Thanks!
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what coilovers are you considering?
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Old 03-10-2011, 01:43 PM
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what coilovers are you considering?
A local Z guy I know has some Tein SS coils sitting in a box from his old Max. Apparently one of them has slight damage (thread issue) so I'm going to check them out. Could be a decent score.
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welcome and i hope you enjoy your stay. clean max btw
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hopefully that thread isnt messed up too awfully bad, i hope it works out for you. i know soemone else on here are selling their Tein SS coilovers as well.
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wow thats a steal man. welcome to the org and seriously, that car is soo clean.
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excellent find! welcome aboard!
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LOL I love how everyone loves to spend everyone elses money around here. It cracks me up!

Good call on the Tein SS.
I have a set coming thanks to SLIM!! You da man
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Old 03-10-2011, 07:35 PM
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welcome my maxima brotha. Dude im looking at a 02 exactly the same as yours with 87k kinda high miles for my taste..and 6spd..otherwise its exactly the same car. Would trade it up for my 00 w/ 170k miles...what do you guys think? is that a good trade up or should I just roll the 00 till the wheels fall off??

also BTW whats the mileage on the new max man?

congrats on the new blood.
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Old 03-10-2011, 08:54 PM
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Originally Posted by 2kmaxseblack2k View Post
welcome my maxima brotha. Dude im looking at a 02 exactly the same as yours with 87k kinda high miles for my taste..and 6spd..otherwise its exactly the same car. Would trade it up for my 00 w/ 170k miles...what do you guys think? is that a good trade up or should I just roll the 00 till the wheels fall off??

also BTW whats the mileage on the new max man?

congrats on the new blood.
get the 6spd!!!!
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:54 PM
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Love the comment about the last owner not having any friends...though I do have friends, I don't allow them to ride with me due to my hazardous driving.
are you the previous owner?
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Originally Posted by 2kmaxseblack2k View Post
also BTW whats the mileage on the new max man?
120k. Still just under the 15k/year average but it was well maintained. I don't need to put many miles on it thankfully so it should last a while!
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welcome and congrats on the best color out yeah i said it. SHOTS FIRED
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Old 03-11-2011, 04:25 AM
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Originally Posted by 95VQ30 View Post
coilovers are neat but i'd spend the 900 elsewhere like spacers, vias plate, cat back, sway bar, etc
Suspension is one of the first things that should be addressed on the maxima before any performance mods are throw in the mix. The second thing is the brakes.
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Originally Posted by Shift_Max View Post
Suspension is one of the first things that should be addressed on the maxima before any performance mods are throw in the mix. The second thing is the brakes.
With hindsight, I would agree that suspension mods > go-fast mods, although there's clearly a relationship between the two.

Regardless of everyone's opinion there, I'm reminded that the OP has a history with the 300Z... so he's pretty familiar with these considerations.
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Originally Posted by Shift_Max View Post
Suspension is one of the first things that should be addressed on the maxima before any performance mods are throw in the mix. The second thing is the brakes.
If you're talking about a safety perspective, that's backwards. Brakes are the first thing you should be upgrading if you want to go faster.
IMO the 5th gen brakes are insuffiecient for the STOCK 5.5 engine power, even the 5th gen power is pushing those breaks for any real hard driving.



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With hindsight, I would agree that suspension mods > go-fast mods, although there's clearly a relationship between the two.

Regardless of everyone's opinion there, I'm reminded that the OP has a history with the 300Z... so he's pretty familiar with these considerations.
Once again the voice of reason

Although, I had a 300ZX Turbo, and I'm not familiar with anything.....
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Old 03-11-2011, 12:23 PM
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damn .... where can you get such sweet prices on Maximas ? when it comes to around me , garbage is selling for 7-8k$.......

congrats for the OP ... really sweeeeeet color and car in general
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Well I got the Max into the air today and checked things out. Overall it's in great shape for 120k. Other than a slight rear main seal leak and a power steering hose that needs to be replaced, the only major thing is the front/rear motor mounts. I'll knock those out next weekend. I also confirmed the shocks are original so those will go, likely to be replaced with coilovers.

Quick question since the stickies and such are a bit chaotic. Are there any reputable, trusted Maxima parts vendors you guys can recommend or should I just wade through the old posts and see who has a decent price?

Appreciate all the input!

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Old 03-11-2011, 06:05 PM
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Cattman Performance
Exhaust and suspension parts. Call him. Don't use his website (old). Best quality exhausts for our cars, hands down.

NWP Engineering
Phenolic intake spacers and engine brace. Awesome guy.

CourtesyParts.com
Great online database, and pretty good prices for OEM parts

SouthPoint Nissan
Dave B. gives the best prices for OEM parts, bar none.

Rock Auto
Huge selection, good prices and good rep.

CustomMaxima.com
BWA HA HA HA HA!!! Drop-ship slight-of-hand. AWOL customer service. Junk products. Caveat emptor.
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Old 03-11-2011, 06:18 PM
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Excellent, thanks! I already have Courtesy on speed-dial thanks to my other Nissan but I'll add the rest to my list.
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The good thing is, it's not a 300ZX so you won't NEED them on speed dial. Just your address book should suffice
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Originally Posted by TunerMaxima3000 View Post
The good thing is, it's not a 300ZX so you won't NEED them on speed dial. Just your address book should suffice
Haha, fair point!
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No frickin way! I was on tt.net a few years back. My screen name was $traub(chicago). You had the baddest white 2+2. Then the maroon TT. This should be intresting! Welcome buddy!
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No frickin way! I was on tt.net a few years back. My screen name was $traub(chicago). You had the baddest white 2+2. Then the maroon TT. This should be intresting! Welcome buddy!
Ah yes, I remember! I don't think you were a heavy poster but being one of the few with a special character in your name sticks out

Small world Nissan crew is!
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:31 PM
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Ah yes, I remember your name. I don't think you were a heavy poster but being one of the few with a special character in your name sticks out

Small world Nissan crew is!
Nissan's are the way to go. They have won me over for realiablity.

Yea, houses cost alot! I sold my Z in April of 04. Had a 3 series for a few years after that, and then ended up with the Infinti. Great Car!

And mods are way cheaper.

Nice find by the way! $4500 is a great deal. Looks clean. I actually found a 02 Jeep Cherokee Limited blk/blk with 72k for $5500 on Craigslist back in September. Its a great truck, and a steal at $5500.

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Old 03-13-2011, 04:57 PM
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And mods are way cheaper.
You weren't kidding! Did my first "mod" today which was a set of those $88 '01 tails off Ebay that others recommended in another thread. I was pleasantly surprised at how good the quality/shipping was. They even included the tar roll to seal it. I wouldn't have had the ***** to order them without the assurances given here

So if anyone needs a set of good condition '02 tails, shoot me a PM. Otherwise they'll go into Classifieds soon. Anyway, here's a quick before/after shot.

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That looks real good on merlot.

Merlot is one of those colors that can pull off any of the lenses: black, clear, red.
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That looks real good on merlot.

Merlot is one of those colors that can pull off any of the lenses: black, clear, red.
No doubt! I spent a lot of time debating on the all red versus the black because I think both would look great. Heck, even the chrome looked good but I'm just a fan of a more muted/darker look, which is why I'm going to black out the front grill too.
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That looks real good on merlot.

Merlot is one of those colors that can pull off any of the lenses: black, clear, red.
Yeah Merlot can pull of anything except the silver grill. Everything else just looks good on it!

Nice work so far OP, I'm looking very forward to some more mods from you, seems like you've got the right plan of attack so far, and definitely some modding wisdom under your cap.
I can tell we won't see any twin-loopz out of you.
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You know what I think is amazing? You took what look like two identical photos; one with the clear tails, and one with the black tails. But if you look again, it's obvious that the car moved to another similar parking spot.

And yet, the exact same height, distance and frame in the shot. Granted, it's eye-height, but still... impressive.
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You know what I think is amazing? You took what look like two identical photos; one with the clear tails, and one with the black tails. But if you look again, it's obvious that the car moved to another similar parking spot.

And yet, the exact same height, distance and frame in the shot. Granted, it's eye-height, but still... impressive.
What's even stranger is that I was just noticing that myself and when I refreshed the page, you said the same thing Even the reflections of the parking lines in the paint match nearly perfectly. Total coincidence being a few days apart!
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That looks real good on merlot.

Merlot is one of those colors that can pull off any of the lenses: black, clear, red.
Not sure how well sandstone metallic (or whatever my color is called) pulls it off. Looked great on my grey lustre 5.5.
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Not sure how well sandstone metallic (or whatever my color is called) pulls it off. Looked great on my grey lustre 5.5.
I Believe you have "Sterling Mist"
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Originally Posted by TunerMaxima3000 View Post
Nice work so far OP, I'm looking very forward to some more mods from you, seems like you've got the right plan of attack so far, and definitely some modding wisdom under your cap.
I can tell we won't see any twin-loopz out of you.
^+1 LOLL .......

Welcome OP ! Merlot is a "hard to find/sick" color. Have fun !
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I Believe you have "Sterling Mist"
Mine isn't really silver though, almost like it has tan flake at some angles. Really odd.
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Mine isn't really silver though, almost like it has tan flake at some angles. Really odd.
You should know your own car color.

As a general association, clear tails work with the lighter colors, and the various silvers; (Pearl White, Sterling Mist, Sheer Silver, Sunlit Sand, Polished Titanium). The black tails work with the darker colors; (Super Black, Majestic Blue, Mahogany Pearl, Grey Lustre). And the reds work with the richer colors; (Mahogany Pearl & Merlot, Pearl White).

It's unfortunate that Nissan applied tail-light lenses based on the model and year, instead of offering the consumer an option to color-match.

The Mahogany Pearl (5.0) & Merlot (5.5) colors have cross-over appeal.

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