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I bought an )% 350Z convertible back in Sept 2014. After replacing the heavy 20" aftermarket rims with nice 35th Aniv rims, I found some original Nismo 350z seats for sale. I liked the red and black cloth and the better support. While I was chatting with the seller, I noticed his front bumper was missing from his 08 Nismo 350Z #1217 . I asked where it was and he said it was in his living room. After some money changed hands, the bumper (and Nismo seats) were in my car being transported home.

When I got home, I thought it would be nice to make the only Nismo 350z convertible using OEM parts. I found a guy selling an OEM rear Nismo bumper. More cash changed hands and I had that too. There was no mesh on the rear bumper. The dealer wanted $600 FOR JUST THE MESH. Yes thats correct. Look it up. I bought mesh from Lowes for $5 and it worked great.

The Nismo 350z rear spoiler is a rather tall piece. Although it looks great on the hardtop car, it would look out of place on the convertible. I saw a picture of a convertible with a Nismo V1 rear spoiler. Its lower but still aggressive looking. I found a replica spoiler owned by a guy that I knew from my Maxima forum and I acquired it.

I also purchased an original Nismo 350z steering wheel, the front bumper plate needed to attach the bumper to the original undertray and muffler from the seller of the seats and front bumper.

I removed the front badge from the front bumper and filled the space with flexible filler and block sanded it. The rear bumper got the mesh. I also filled in any nicks. I like my 35th Aniv rims, but to complete the Nismo look I would need the gunmetal Nismo rims that came on the 07-08 Nismo 350z. They were very expensive and fairly heavy (29 lbs). I decided to buy some 350z Track edition rims and paint them gunmetal and apply the Nismo decals to replicate the Nismo rims. The Track rims weighed a scant 18 lbs.and is what should have come on the Nismo 350z.

The Nismo Z had Brembo brakes. These are also expensive and have large heavy rotors. In 06, Nissan installed larger calipers and rotors on the standard Z. These brakes are a great upgrade from the 05 standard brakes and are very cheap ($250 vs $1200+). I got a complete 06 brake set up and painted them gold with red NISSAN lettering.

Here are pics of my car:

The car when I brought it home:


With 35th Anniversary rims:


With the Nismo seats:



Bumpers being prepped:


Rear spoiler mounted:


Rear bumper with Lowes mesh:


Installing seat heaters from original leather seats into the Nismo seats:



Rear shot with Nismo bumpers installed:


Another pic with Nismo bumpers:


I also installed LEDs in place of the amber reflectors in the front bumpers. I am looking for OEM Nismo side skirts but they are difficult to find.

Let me know what you all think so far. :grin:
 

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More pics:

Nismo steering wheel with red stitching:



In order to get the radio controls to work, I need an 06+ Bose plus wire harness.

Track edition rims painted and clear coated with VHT gunmetal paint with Nismo decals:


06 front caliper painted gold with red Nissan decals:


Pic with rear spoiler, Track rims, and 06+ brakes, before the Nismo bumpers were mounted:


Front shot of Nismo bumper:


Rear shot:





Another rear shot before front bumper installed:
 

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I like it!!! I too have an '05 roadster and plan on using some of your ideas, for one, putting on the '06 brakes, great way to upgrade the brakes on a budget. One thing I did to upgrade the interior was to replace the door panels with those from an 06. This added leather panels and cup holders to the doors.

Your roadster looks supprisingly good with the nismo bumpers. Nice work and nice nismo roadster.
 

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Did you have to replace anthing other then the calipers and rotors and pads of course when you upgraded to 06 brakes?

The seat and steering wheel swap look great too!
 

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the 06 brakes were a direct swap with no modifications other than bending the thin metal dust shield away from the larger rotors
 

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Well done!
Regardless of how anyone likes or dislikes any of your Nismo "conversion",
my compliments on your focus on getting OEM Nismo stuff for your car.

I know what you mean about the cost of high grade mesh.
It is expensive. I had a similar situation fitting a Shine rear diffuser.
The mesh that came on the diffuser was pretty cheap. I did cave and
order some quality stuff.
Not seeing your Z in person, one thing I would consider doing from the photos
is to paint the mesh in the bumper a satin black.
The track wheels are great!
Just my opinion.
 

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I think I need new shocks. my first thought is Tokico d spec because they are adjustable but seem like they would be good for the street also. There are tons of threads and information on shock absorbers and everyone has an opinion but for my application where I do not want to lower the car and just want a slightly firmer ride then stock I'd like your suggestion
 

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I bought an )% 350Z convertible back in Sept 2014. After replacing the heavy 20" aftermarket rims with nice 35th Aniv rims, I found some original Nismo 350z seats for sale. I liked the red and black cloth and the better support. While I was chatting with the seller, I noticed his front bumper was missing from his 08 Nismo 350Z #1217 . I asked where it was and he said it was in his living room. After some money changed hands, the bumper (and Nismo seats) were in my car being transported home.

When I got home, I thought it would be nice to make the only Nismo 350z convertible using OEM parts. I found a guy selling an OEM rear Nismo bumper. More cash changed hands and I had that too. There was no mesh on the rear bumper. The dealer wanted $600 FOR JUST THE MESH. Yes thats correct. Look it up. I bought mesh from Lowes for $5 and it worked great.

The Nismo 350z rear spoiler is a rather tall piece. Although it looks great on the hardtop car, it would look out of place on the convertible. I saw a picture of a convertible with a Nismo V1 rear spoiler. Its lower but still aggressive looking. I found a replica spoiler owned by a guy that I knew from my Maxima forum and I acquired it.

I also purchased an original Nismo 350z steering wheel, the front bumper plate needed to attach the bumper to the original undertray and muffler from the seller of the seats and front bumper.

I removed the front badge from the front bumper and filled the space with flexible filler and block sanded it. The rear bumper got the mesh. I also filled in any nicks. I like my 35th Aniv rims, but to complete the Nismo look I would need the gunmetal Nismo rims that came on the 07-08 Nismo 350z. They were very expensive and fairly heavy (29 lbs). I decided to buy some 350z Track edition rims and paint them gunmetal and apply the Nismo decals to replicate the Nismo rims. The Track rims weighed a scant 18 lbs.and is what should have come on the Nismo 350z.

The Nismo Z had Brembo brakes. These are also expensive and have large heavy rotors. In 06, Nissan installed larger calipers and rotors on the standard Z. These brakes are a great upgrade from the 05 standard brakes and are very cheap ($250 vs $1200+). I got a complete 06 brake set up and painted them gold with red NISSAN lettering.

Here are pics of my car:

The car when I brought it home:


With 35th Anniversary rims:


With the Nismo seats:



Bumpers being prepped:


Rear spoiler mounted:


Rear bumper with Lowes mesh:


Installing seat heaters from original leather seats into the Nismo seats:



Rear shot with Nismo bumpers installed:


Another pic with Nismo bumpers:



I also installed LEDs in place of the amber reflectors in the front bumpers. I am looking for OEM Nismo side skirts but they are difficult to find.

Let me know what you all think so far. :grin:
The side skirts would really balance out the front and especially the rear bumper which does seem a bit heavy on a roadster.OEM skirts may be hard
to find,I agree.THere are replicas available that look pretty darn good.
Design wise,I've always had a problem with the shape of the top on the roadster.Top down it looks great.for sure.Wish the ends at the rear could be extended at angle much like the BMW 8 series.The top on the 370 fixed this a bit.
 

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Thanks. If I get brand new skirts, it would cost around $1000 and then I would have to paint them and the only place to get them seems to be Z1. Replica skirts cost about $300 plus paint. I could buy replicas and paint them, but if I then find used oem skirts and paint them, I may as well have bought them from z1 because my overall cost would be the same.

I think the rear skirt may look a little bit heavy on my car because I don't have the big 19 inch rims that come on the original nismo. I'm very pleased by using the very lightweight track edition rims and making them appear like the original nismo rims in color and with the decal.
 

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I decided to order side oem Nismo side skirts from Courtesy Nissan in Texas. It will take about 12 days to arrive. They cost $721 and paint will be about $200. Pricey but it means Ill have a complete OEM Nismo body kit on a convertible.
 

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While Im waiting for the OEM Nismo skirts, Im considering updating my center console and interior to the 06+ interior. Ill keep you posted.
 

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Im going to try and swap the big automatic shift knob for the smaller nicer gtr (r35) shift knob. Anyone know if this can be done?
 
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