Latest Project 350Z Articles

Project 350Z - Testing AEM's Short Ram Air Intake

by Mike Kojima

When we first got Project 350Z as a well used and beat up car, one of the mods the car came with was an Injen Cold Air Intake.  Since Injen intakes have a pretty decent rep we simply left in on the car.  However, when we installed the intake manifold spacer, we noted that the manifold was full of dirt and that our engine was a little low on compression for the amount of miles that it had.


 

Project 350Z - Finding More Power with MotorDyne Engineering

by Mike Kojima

In looking for more low hanging horsepower fruit for Project 350Z, we decided to try an intake manifold plenum spacer from MotorDyne Engineering.  The 350Z's VQ35DE engine has a very thin intake manifold plenum that slopes toward the front of the engine to clear the low hood line.  Although this is good for styling, the engine would prefer more plenum volume and the flow to the front most cylinders is somewhat choked off due to the low overhanging plenum wall.


 

350Z - Boosting Power With DC Sports and Berk Technology

by Mike Kojima

In the past installments of Project 350Z, we took a look at getting the car's suspension and brakes up to snuff.  With the car handling and stopping well, we turned our focus to freeing up some more power.  Since the car is mostly a budget track day beater, we decided against forced induction options for now because making a high power forced induction motor reliable under continual hot lapping conditions is a somewhat expensive proposition.

To keep a decent budget balance, we decided to focus on some good bolt on's to see what we could get from our 350Z.  For our first step we decided to free up the exhaust side of things with headers and an exhaust from DC Sports and free flow cats from Berk Technology.


 

Project Nissan 350Z- Making the Chassis fully Adjustable and Getting Rid of Flex with SPL and Whiteline

Project Nissan 350Z- Making the Chassis fully Adjustable and Getting Rid of Flex with SPL and Whiteline

By Mike Kojima

We had last left our Project 350Z with much improved braking at the track with a big brake kit and other parts from Stoptech.  After her last on track foray at Buttonwillow, Sera reported to us that her 350Z was having trouble laying down power out of the turns.  On the gas her car wanted to drift immediately which was limiting how hard she could apply the throttle on corner exit.  The corner exit drift was not smooth but twitchy as well.  When drifting with stock tires, her car was not so bad but with the forces generated by big sticky NT01’s the suspension’s bushings were getting overworked causing toe changes, hurting the car's stability.


 

Project 350Z- Improving the Brakes with Stoptech

Project 350Z- Improving the Brakes with Stoptech

By Mike Kojima

In our last edition of Project 350Z, we upgraded our Wheels and Tires to Motegi TrakLitesand Nitto NT01’s.  When Sera went back to the track she reported much more grip and good basic balance, which complemented the Whiteline Swaybars and KW Clubsports we had previously installed. Now it was time for a Stoptech big brake upgrade.


 

Project Nissan 350Z: The Birth of our Motegi Trak Lite Wheels with Nitto NT01 Tires

Project Nissan 350Z: The Birth of our Motegi TrakLite Wheels with Nitto NT01 Tires

By Mike Kojima

Our Project Nissan 350Z needs some new shoes.  The stock Nissan alloy wheels had developed a crack rendering them unsafe and the worn generic tires that the car came with were on their last legs.  It was time for an upgrade.  Since we wanted a specific offset and width for this medium powered car we called upon Motegi Racing to provide us with a set of their TrakLite wheels.


 

Project Nissan 350Z Part 2 - Installing KW Clubsport Suspension and Whiteline Sway Bars

 By Mike Kojima

When we last left off with our Project 350Z we had installed a WPC treated Nismo LSD, an ACT clutch and lightweight flywheel.  Since the purpose of our build is to create an all around fun and practice car for our friend Sera who is a professional stunt driver our next focus is going to be on the suspension.  Sera uses her Z to practice her stunt driving which includes everything from drifting to NASA HPDE’s.  Thus her car has to be adjustable and not too specialized for either drift or grip driving.

 

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Project Nissan 350Z Part One: Installing an ACT Clutch and a Nismo LSD

By Mike Kojima

Our friend Sera is a stuntwoman by trade who does a lot of driving for movies, commercials and TV.  If you see a woman driving in a car commercial, chances are it's Sera. She also does track days with NASA and is into drifting.  She had bought a Nissan 350Z to use as a car to do some track days and also for her to practice her stunt driving and drifting.  The trouble is as soon as she hit the track, she encountered some problems.


 

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