This is a discussion on z disappointment within the Comparison: WRX vs World forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; Originally Posted by cavallino333 Wow this thread took off fast. I thought the Z felt faster than my 05 WRX ...
Right now I'm just getting s NISMO LSD and a 3.9 final driver which is supposed to work well for people staying NA. It'll probably be a while before I get to stoker kits. haha.
Last edited by cavallino333; 05-23-2007 at 12:59 PM.
I can't wait for my THC injection. It definataly lags in the early morning.
I think if they had sold it with a higher starting price we might have seen a lighter car, it has allot of power for the money and I guess they probably had to cut somewhere to keep the cost down. It is pretty much the cheapest way to get a sports car. I think they spent allot of the money on getting the power out of the engine and getting the handling down and not allot of money on trying to use lighter weight materials. The wheels are pretty damn heavy and I've heard theres a 2lb weight in the hatch to make it easier to close.
Last edited by cavallino333; 05-23-2007 at 01:14 PM.
that'll work out nicely, though. full exhaust, intake, plenum spacer, cams, and ecu should suffice for a nicely tuned NA. when you pick cams, I got a tip for ya... go BIG! nothing wrong with a lumpy idle, right?
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Cav - good call on staying N/A, I honestly feel the same way. I'm looking forward to hearing your results with the 3.9fd.
For my own Z, I'm waiting for Cobb to release their AP. I've got a set of UR pulleys at home which were shipped to my brother on accident when he was ordering parts for his Spec-V. The parts were free, but I'm not comfortable with putting them on for such a small gain (10hp) at the price of decreasing the natural vibration damping the heavier OEM pulleys create. I would rather get the same gains from I/H/E type mods. Plenum spacer, headers, and an aftermarket catless exhaust is what I would like to do eventually. For now though, milking my 7 year/70k mile warranty(extended) for all it's worth. My car is a 2005(bought it in march 2005) with roughly 22,000 miles on it.
The 350Z is a solid car, easy to drive at 7/10th's for just about anyone. The visual design aspect of the car is a big thing, I'm still not tired of looking at it. The factory exhaust sounds great - and aftermarket exhausts don't make a great deal of power over stock while N/A. This shows how well tuned the stock exhaust system is. The car is very well balanced for it's weight, I've been in quite a few "oh shizznit" type situations where the car was able to respond to driver inputs and remain controllable even when disrupted from normal composure. It honestly reminds me alot of my 3rd gen F-body after I had modded it with a th350 trans, holley 650dbl pmpr, b&m shift kit, edelbrock intake, headers, and flowmaster exhaust. Main difference being that my Z28 liked to overheat, and was the 'fastest thing between two gas stations' at 12-14mpg - whereas my 350z gets 22mpg on average, and as low as 17mpg while driving it like I stole it, or 29mpg while driving like an old man. The only upgrade I've done to my Z is HawkHPS pads and Eagle F1-GSD3's. It's a great car stock. My WRX out performs it in nearly every possible way, but it took 12k (8k in parts/4k in labor) to get it where it is. Had I thrown the same amount of money at my Z, I'd be playing with a built TT Z. I simply felt more comfortable modding the WRX which has no warranty, as opposed to the Z which does.
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I also agree on the staying N/A thing. Boost is cool, but unless you have a lot spair cash around, it is not worth it.
The new Z's will already run consistant mid 13's and with your LSD, FDR, ECU and some bolt on's I am sure you could move that thing into the high 12's.
I am interested to see what Cobbs AP for the 350Z will do.
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