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Old 03-05-2010, 03:59 PM   #1
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Some shots of my new ride - 02 Maxima...

I took delivery of a 'new to me' Maxima on January 9th. With all the snow we have gotten in the Washington DC area, I have driven it all of about 500 miles in 2 months. But it was nice out today so I cleaned it up and snapped some photos.

These photos are untouched and not altered. I am taking a photography class and they ask us not to butcher them up!

Anyway here are some specs...
2002 Maxima GLE Sterling Mist. I have taken off the chrome exterior handles in favor of the body color from the SE.
H-Tech/Illumina Suspension
FSTB
Megan Catback
TE wheels
5k HID Fogs
Stillen Front and Rear Aero Kit (I have the sides just need to get them painted)
35% 3M tint
Fully optioned minus factory NAV (Meridian Package etc..)
Pioneer Nav unit
JL 10w3 strapped to a JL 500.1 amp
SE gauges
TE 'Maxima' sill plates
00/01 SE tails
Debadged
6th gen Big Brake Kit
6th gen engine cover
Blacked out and cleared headlights
Black grille

For all intensive purposes this car is a GLE transformed to a Titanium Edition SE. Only think left from a GLE model is the woodgrain trimming. Normally I am not a woodgrain guy but this is dark enough that it suits my taste.

The car rides nice. The 3.5 provides ample grunt and its an auto so its comfortable, which is what I was looking for in this car. As many of you know I also have a 4th gen which had been modded pretty extensively, so I just wanted a sporty cruiser out of this one. This car was super clean when I bought it (hence why I bought it). There are only minor blemishes on the exterior and in the interior is immaculate!

For whatever reason, I have never been a fan of the 'clear' sidemarkers for the 5th gen. I took them off in favor of the stockers and LOVE it.

On with the pics!










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I couldn't decide which style wheel I wanted to stick with. In the end I think the TE wheels suit the Sterling Mist best. Somehow brings out a shine to the paint...

Which ones you guys like best?

Stock finish SE wheels...??


Flat Black SE wheels...??


or the TE wheels...??
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Old 03-05-2010, 04:40 PM   #4
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titanium wheels for sure. Nice ride man.
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Old 03-05-2010, 06:26 PM   #5
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i like all of the rims, the car is so clean it dont even matter
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Very nice looking car. I like the TEs as well
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Old 03-05-2010, 09:17 PM   #7
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Definitely like the TE's. Also looks great with the black tails.
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Old 03-05-2010, 11:39 PM   #8
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TE's FTW!! post up more side shots of the car, i want to see how the tints look like, im getting mine redone and im undecied between 35% and 20% im leaning more toward 35% because 20% is too dark especially with my black interior,like yours.
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nice and clean. TE's wheels look best IMO
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Very nice man.TEs definately imo.
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Old 03-06-2010, 05:55 AM   #11
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TE's FTW!! post up more side shots of the car, i want to see how the tints look like, im getting mine redone and im undecied between 35% and 20% im leaning more toward 35% because 20% is too dark especially with my black interior,like yours.


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I can't even see the black wheels in the pic.
It's still clean as hell tho. You goin for MOTM again?
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car is really clean! looks awesome man nice work
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nice, my vote goes for the TE wheels. i want to sell my 4th gen and upgrade to a 5.5...
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congrats on the new ride...looks super clean
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Lookin good Paul

I vote for TE wheels.
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^+1 looking real good Paul. TE wheels set it off.
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Glad to see you back in the Max, Paul! Look for to seeing what your plans are for this one. Nice pickup!
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Car looks great! Nice tasteful mods.

Was it hard to change the door handles? I want to get rid of the chrome on my GLE also. Any write ups?
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Thanks for the positive responses guys!

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Was it hard to change the door handles? I want to get rid of the chrome on my GLE also. Any write ups?
Its a tad tricky, no write up but basically you have to pull the door panels and reach your hand inside the door frame and unscrew 2 nuts on each handle and reverse to put the new ones on. On some of the doors there are access holes in the door frame to gain access to the nuts, but for the others its just a matter of reaching in there and getting them out.

The drivers door was the trickiest because there is also a nut for the door lock. I found it best to take off the two mounting nuts from the inside and do the door lock from the outside of the door.
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Alright I'll keep this in one thread but I took the 4th gen out today and snapped some photos of it. The thread in the DC section inspired to me drive around and find some nice vistas. I am still new to this SLR camera and composition so they probably aren't the best. Also I picked up a polarizing filter today and threw it on to see how it worked. Creates a little different shot, colors are more saturated it seems. Still no doctoring or touch ups on these. Anyway here they are...










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Little Pony came over for a look!





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This is beautiful
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Damm i miss my 4th gen i had basicly the same one as you
here is a pic of mine.


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Very clean car, nice buy...
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Old 03-12-2010, 09:52 PM   #26
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This thread came up on a search I did for Stillen body kits because I wanted to see what it would look like with stock wheels.....ironically the max I'm picking up Friday is an 02 SE sterling mist. Looks great man!
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Forgot to add, I know you said it had clear side markers but you took them off. Do you have any pics of them with them on by any chance?
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Forgot to add, I know you said it had clear side markers but you took them off. Do you have any pics of them with them on by any chance?
Don't have any great shots since I took them off right away, but here is one.



I'll have some pics up when I spray the Stillen sides. Which should be soon since the weather is clearing up for spring!
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i like the TE wheels best bro. either way that car is sick looking. good job
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Paul!

The TE or regular stockers look good, just not the flat black ones.
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Alright did some updates recently. Sound deadened the entire car using Raam Mat. Nice stuff, road noise and rattles have been minimized greatly. Need to probably go back over the parcel shelf behind the rear seat again. With the volume turned up the deck still has some rattles.

Also picked up some G35 Rays 19s and put on Continental Extreme Contact DWS tires. I do have a 5mm spacer on the rear. I have a set of 10mm on my 4th gen that I might throw on to see how it looks. No rubbing with the 5mm and it looks like the 10mm might not rub either. Hopefully not. You'll also notice that the wheels are sporting Nissan center caps!!

Was all set to pull the trigger on some new Tein SS coilovers but my fun money budget got shot when my fence blew over in a wind storm we had here in MD. So I ended up using that dough to put a new fence in. But I ended up getting a set of Tein S-tech springs instead. Just a tad lower than the H-techs and the ride isn't that much different in my opinion. Maybe down the road I will revisit the coilovers, but for now these will do. From my experience on every set of springs I have installed they tend to settle so they may end up a little lower than what is shown since I put these on just the other day.

I have had the Stillen side skirts painted up and ready to go for a couple months now but was reluctant to put them on because the stock sides looked decent enough. But now with the Rays on I think putting them on is a necessity. And I also can't decide if I want to keep the 00-01 SE tails on or go back to the stock 02-03 tails. With the wheels on the tails just kind of stick out now.

Anywho, on with the updated pics...







Let me know what you think!

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Looking good Paul! G35's look pretty nice on the whip!
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Looking good Paul! G35's look pretty nice on the whip!
Thanks Albert...when are we going to see yours??

Got tired of the stock sides pretty quickly, threw on the Stillen sides to match the rest of the aero kit. Its a subtle difference but I am loving it so far! Took some quick pics, car is filthy sorry.





Let me know what you think.

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Dayum......sides make the car look totally totally better. Looks sick!

Oh and looks damn clean to me...
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That house in the back looks very familiar. I feel like ive been there before
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new updates to the ride look sick...stillen sides > stock sides also
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looks great Paul...makes me miss mine.
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Looks awesome Paul. Kinda makes me want a A33 now but 6speed. Also keep the SE tails, it looks better then stock tails imho.
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g35's are nice and classy. can you post some more pics of the headunit install?
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Looks awesome Paul. Kinda makes me want a A33 now but 6speed. Also keep the SE tails, it looks better then stock tails imho.
Thanks Wally! The interior on the 5.5 is so nice!
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