QUOTE ([Cerberus] @ Mar 22 2009, 06:48 AM)
Is it possible to use a manual box with this conversion ore are you stuck using the auto box?
I have seen a few builds doing this swap and it really sounds pretty "easy". Of course easy is relative to who is doing the work.
I am using the BNR34 Getrag 6 speed box. Its been race tested, there are aftermarket gearsets and clutchpacks etc so there is no reinventing the wheel. Same as the thrust bearing.......its tried and true so no problem with spares and setup etc. the gear ratios will be a mix of the V160 and the V161 version of the box to get the ratios close to what I'm chasing and allow cruise control and all electronics to talk to each other. I have even decided to go the hydraulic clutchpack of the R34 vs the electromagnetic clutchpack of the G35 because of the unknowns involved and shaft sizes.
When I say easy..........I have seen aftermarket engine swaps, and other fancy bells and whistles conversions that truely are a lot of work, with the chassis as well as the mechanicals. This one is a piece of cake compared. yes there is work, but 4 brackets, and a section of floorpan isn't exactly a Boyd Coddington hot rod build.
My workshop is very well equiped and everything is an arms reach away so it is relatively easy for me. If the best you have done is carbon covers, spoilers and floor mats.............you would be in trouble. A panel shop would have it out in under 2 days or a week including the rear guards and paint. (given that we now know what exactly to do)
There is a list of parts needed to carry out the conversion and I can see a saving of $20,000 (AUD) if you simply went to performance Nissan and bought the bits. Problem is in Australia.........which bits and where to speak to any coherent spare parts person who can actually comprehend what your chasing without pestering you with the eternal question ..........WHY?
You can speak to NISSAN Australia and they are barely aware that an awd G35X exists because it hasn't hit our shores. I have tried to contact the NY mob who did the auto conversion and can't raise a pulse so I decided to get a kit together to do the same thing. I rekon this should be very similar to the APS TT system, where you just get a pack and have it done at a body shop. Imagine how big a pain in the arse that would be Jetpilot718, about as simple as an APS TT setup!
Yes I realise I'm 4 years late but the cars are getting cheaper and on a colision course with modding by a different generation and this is a hobby to kill the boredom. Imagine.....you have a getrag box and you simply have to buy the kit to match it with the VQ series engine!! Well, thats what I want to provide.