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This is the story of a 350Z that underwent a freakish transformation. This transformation changed it from a mild mannered sports car to something of a super car. A wolf in sheep’s clothing if you will, like a chick with a d*ck, shocking and unexpected. Without further ado, this is the story of…Project Double Down.
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Chapter 1: Strippers
Ok now to the serious part. During 2005 my 350 Z was my daily driver and my track car. After the addition of the Kirk Racing 4-Point roll bar, Corbeau CR1 seats, and Corbeau 5-Point harnesses I started to think that maybe my car wasn’t the best daily driver anymore. My girlfriend was complaining that it took 10 minutes to figure out the harnesses every time and so I had to make a decision. The easy and cheap way would be to ditch the roll bar, harnesses, and seats, but no, that was out of the question. I love track racing too much and I am a safety *****. So the search was on for a new daily driver. I ended up with a 2001 Lexus IS300 and then the ideas started flowing…

Within two days my 350Z was in my garage up on jack stands. At work I was on the forums looking through the classifieds for new exciting parts, and the next weekend I enlisted the help of the NV350Z Club and a few others to aide in my “stripping party.” That weekend we tore into the car answering the question we all had in the back of our minds since we bought our Zs, “What’s under all of this plastic?”

That’s right folks, we gutted my 350Z. Everything that could be spared was gone, the carpet, the radio, the speakers, everything. After a block of dry ice and a few chisels most of the sound deadener was gone as well. All that was left was a bunch of bare metal and a pile of interior pieces…







Chapter 2 coming soon!
 

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Awesome write up! Can't wait for chapter two! Really interested to hear how much weight she lost. :yourock: :cheers:
 

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Chapter 2: The Big Decision

My car still on jack stands, but now naked, I started to order some parts for the car. I decided I needed a more aggressive coilover setup so I sold my Tien Flex w/EDFC and picked up a set of JIC FLTA-2 coilovers. This decision came after talking to a few companies at SEMA about their products. Then I knew I had to tackle the camber issue. The front was an easy decision with the Cusco A-Arms, but the rear, I had a little more trouble deciding on.

I started to think about if I was going to stay N/A or go with forced induction. My major hang up was that I didn’t like the idea of lag with turbo setups and centrifugal superchargers. So I started researching the Stillen superchargers because they offer a no lag, roots type blower. The only problem was that it wasn’t capable of much power for the price. Having to buy a new hood and strut tower brace wasn’t too appealing to me either. I didn’t want to stay N/A because then I would be Rickdogg Jr. lol. Not that that’s a bad thing Rick as you probably have the sickest 350Z I have ever seen.

While searching the forums I came across Scott at Violent Racing Technology (VRT). We got to talking and he filled me in on the JWT Twin Turbo kit. Well after about an hour and a half on the phone with VRT I was convinced. JWT was the way to go. Near instant boost and has amazing torque numbers. Both of which are awesome for the track. What made the decision even easier for me was that the guys at VRT are avid track racers as well so I knew that this setup could hold up to the abuse.

So the next day, the wheels went back on and the Z was put on a trailer headed for San Diego! Early Sunday morning I drove down to VRT with the Z in tow. I got there and was greeted by Scott and Mike from VRT. They were just as excited to see my newly stripped 350Z as I was running around their shop like a crack head……….on crack lol. (writers block). Then it was out to lunch and back across the desert. What a long day that was.

The next day I called up Scott and told him my newest decision that I thought about all the way home. I wanted a built motor. I have always had this motto; “Do it once and do it right, because doing it twice always costs more.” So true to my motto I decided the built motor was the way to go with its CP Racing Forged Pistons, JWT Cams, Pauter Rods, and much much more. Oh and of course the JWT Clutch and Flywheel will be installed as well. Before you know it I was getting these pictures in my email…





Chapter 3 coming soon!
 

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Chapter 3: While at VRT

So my car is now at VRT in San Diego and my garage feels empty even though the IS300 sleeps there while the Z is gone. So what happens when you don’t have your 350Z to drive? You buy more stuff for it! The following is what happens when you live by the motto stated in Chapter Two.

So I got to thinking, with all of this power at hand, my speeds at the track were going to be considerably faster. This opens up a whole new labarynth of things that need to be addressed. First and most important of these issues is safety. Although I already had a roll bar and harnesses, there was still MUCH room for improvement in the safety aspect. I kept having flashbacks of my last track day where I watched a brand new Lotus Elise burn to the ground. So it was off to SummitRacing.com to buy another mod that you need, but hope you never use, a fire suppression system. This three nozzle system sprays into your engine bay, cabin, and rear cabin at the push of a button. The best part, the flame retardant is clear and leaves no residue so your vision isn’t blocked while trying to get out of the car, and cleanup is a lot easier. Then I started thinking about the airbags…with the harnesses keeping me in place, all the airbags will do is come out and punch me in the face. Then I got excited because airbags are heavy and that means I can get an aftermarket steering wheel. So to Momo I went, and on my doorstep a few days later was their “Fighter” steering wheel.

After my safety spree the boys at VRT brought up a very good question. With all the extra speed I will have entering braking zones, will the OEM Brembos be enough to last an entire weekend at the track. Probably not, which is why I am now a proud owner of an AP Racing big brake kit.

Next came a pretty obvious decision. I need some bigger tires. The solution…18” Nismo LMGT4’s powdercoated flat black wrapped in Nitto NT01 tires, 275/35/18 Front, 315/30/18 Rear. The secret lies in the offset and the profile of the tire people. No fender mods needed.






Chapter 4 coming soon, but not as soon as 1 & 2 because chapter 4 isn’t completed yet.
 

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YAY!
AWESOME! can't wait!

"offtopic" what do they charge you for a JWT TT? "offtopic"
Pricing cannot be disclosed per Jim Wolf's wishes since the kit isn't released to the public yet.

*Hint: There is an issue of Sport Z that has the JWT TT during a turbo shootout and they list an expected MSRP. I forget what it was though. There is no guarantee that will be the price though.
 

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Very nice Mike!

I don't suppose you opted to increase displacement to 4.3 with the AEBS kit? I still want to see someone use this kit with low compression and turbos. Curious as to the power increase..
 

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Thanks guys. No I didn't do the AEBS kit. I don't really know too much about it and I figured, the numbers I should be putting down will be more than enough for me to try and get used to for a while.
 

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Ok well, I am on my way out of town and wont be back to the boards until Monday. In the meantime here is some stuff to keep you busy. Links to find info on all of the parts I have used up to Chapter 3…

http://www.violentracing.com
http://www.momodesign.com
http://www.cppistons.com
http://www.pauter.com
http://www.jimwolftechnology.com
http://www.apracing.com
http://www.nittotire.com
http://www.jic-magic.com
http://www.kinetixracing.com
http://www.firebottleracing.com

Also, whoever wants to see the finished project I will be at the following events in February…

4th & 5th - Racer Factory HPDE @ Buttonwillow Raceway (www.racerfactory.com)
I will have the passenger seat in for this event for anyone who wants ride alongs. You must bring your own helmet. Also, the project will probably only be 80-90% done at this event.

25th – Performance Nissan Meet (www.mynismo.com)
The car should be 100% done by this event.

I just thought I would give everybody some time to see if they can make it to these events. I would love to see a good 350Z presence at the track event even though it’s Super Bowl weekend.

Oh and expect Chapter 4 to be posted early next week as well!
 

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UPDATE ON WHAT HAPPENED OVER THE WEEKEND

Well this weekend the car started its final days at VRT in San Diego. They have been putting miles on the car making sure that everything works well. Friday and Saturday were taken slow while the new internals got broken in and everything else checked out ok. According to the guys at VRT it idles like stock, has no heat issues, and is really strong. They only ran it at about 7 lbs. of boost during the break in period as well.

Saturday night was its first real test drive. Scott at VRT put 350 miles on it that night! The car did awesome on long trips and had no heat issues or oil leaks. Then Scott took it to some high speeds and noticed that the back end of the car felt a little wierd. Back to VRT he went to check the suspension.

The suspension checked out fine and and then he figured it out. It was the rear tires. Earlier that day they had hand measured the rear tire width. Although the Nitto NT01s were 315s, they actually measured out to be 323s. On the 9.5" rim, the 323s crossed just over the line of stretching the tire on the rim. What was happening was, at high speeds the tire was growing taller, like drag slicks, because they were stretched so much trying to fit the 9.5" rim.

The tires did not rub at all, it was just the stretching problem. So, what we are doing is switching back to the 315/30/18 Michelin Pilot Sport Cups that I was originally going to put on the car. The good news with that is they come in a 285/30/18 which will replace the 275/35/18s I had on the front with the Nitto NT01s. So I lose a tiny bit of width in the rear, but gaining more in the front.

Check back in the next few days for Chapter 4 which will include some fun stuff!



Picture from www.michelinman.com
 

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:OMG: What a read! Amazing story so far! I like the transformation, kinda like a caterpillar into a butterfly.

Very impressive! :clap: I like the way you think things through and follow it up.
 

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:OMG: What a read! Amazing story so far! I like the transformation, kinda like a caterpillar into a butterfly.

Very impressive! :clap: I like the way you think things through and follow it up.
I couldn't have said it better. I felt like I was in a dream reading through your post! Your Z is amazing! Congrats on your build and I'm anxiously awaiting more info! :yourock:
 

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I couldn't have said it better. I felt like I was in a dream reading through your post! Your Z is amazing! Congrats on your build and I'm anxiously awaiting more info! :yourock:

:cheers: He's "living the dream".....a lot of us just wake up from in the a.m.!

:yourock: Your vision will soon be rewarded. :shiftdrive:
 

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Thanks fellas! I appreciate the kind words. Look for chapter 4 to come within the next few days. Here are some other things to keep your eye out for...

Dyno sheets
Curb weight
Road test
Track test
1/4 mile times

and a lot more pictures.
 
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