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Did a couple of very minor mods to my Touring this weekend just to get the bonding going. I posted here because they didn't really fit anywhere. Any how, I took of the front and rear Nissan badges and put on the Z emblems from Courtesy Nissan. I like them much better. I got the satin finish emblems so they look really good with the chrome silver color of the car.

I also put on the diffusers like the track models have. It's hard to believe that those 2 seemingly insignificant pieces of plastic actually do anything. According to Nissan they knock off .01 of the cd number from .30 to .29. Now does that really mean anything. Propably not, but for $72 what they heck. It gave me an easy 1st mod to get me started.

Lastly I through in a K&N drop-in filter since I don't think any short ram or CAI is really worth it given the efficient design of the Z's airbox and straight-thru tube design.

Now I will have to give some thought to what I want out of the car beyond stock. I would like to get her to 300HP at the flywheel. Maybe a Nismo cat back and plenum. Whatever I do I don't want to make the car noisy as I did with my last car in the quest for NA power. By the time I finished, I couldn't stand driving it everyday, hence my trade to the Z.

So keeping the daily drivability (aka quiet) issue in mind any advice to get her to 300 to 305HP at the flywheel is well appreciated. All I want is to compensate for the 5AT power loss compared to the 6MT.
 

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Actually I mentioned fly wheel in the paragraph above but forgot to indicate it in the last paragraph. I will edit. It should read 300 to 305HP at the flywheel not wheels.
 

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I don't think most people have measured horsepower at the flywheel beyond stock. So it's hard to tell you what will get you those gains. If all you're trying to get is an extra 13 horsepower, a CAI would actually make that easier, even though you don't think it's worth it
 

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If you want to stay N/A with your mods I would definately suggest high flow cats or resonated test pipes paired with a plenum in the near future. These are two mods that have worked well for the Z. Exhaust will not give you much of a power difference in the Z. Exhaust should be bought more for the sound that you like it to have. Different exhausts will give different sounds depending on your taste. I love the way Nismo sounds. kinda deep and throaty. Borla sounds great too. Gives it more of a v8 sound.
 

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Originally posted by toykilla@Aug 31 2004, 08:43 AM
yeah the stickers are a dyno proven mod.. 5hp on a stock z and even more on a heavily modded one...

I dyno'd 7 extra hp with my sticker. Maybe if I put one on each window I can get 14hp??
 

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I already have the "K&N" sticker that comes with the drop-in filter. That gives 5 to 25 HP depending on placement. I have right at the front edge of the filter box so it gets plenty of air. I must be getting the max effect from it, so I may already be at my goal!
 

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I picked up about 10 hp from each of my two Tech stickers, and about 15 hp from each of the K&N stickers that came with my CAI. That's an extra 50 hp at the wheels! Who knew a few small stickers could be so effective!
 
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