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CHADbee
06-05-2012, 10:00 PM
Most of you know I purchased a 2004 Track Edition 350Z back in 2007. I owned this car for a little over a year and added some small modifications here and there to enhance the appearance and give it a little more power. After switching wheels a few times, a mild drop with some springs and full bolt-on's I just became tired of the car. It was painfully slow in a straight line compared to my previous car(410whp SRT4 Neon) and I just could not afford forced induction for the Z at that time. I ended up selling the car to another enthusiast that lived on the westside of Atlanta. As the years passed I went through a few more cars but I always missed my Z.

A few weeks ago I attended ZdayZ at The Tail of the Dragon. I was there in the Forged Performance Nissan 370Z and driving that car on that road really brought my love for the Z cars back in full force. Within a few days of being back in Atlanta I was on the search for another Z of my own. This became something that was not going to be easy....I am very picky when it comes to my cars. I wanted a 350Z that came with a factory limited slip, so no base models. I wanted a 6 speed car that had never been modified or been in any accidents. I wanted a car under 50K miles in white, silver or red. I'm not easy to please. After searching for a few weeks and looking at two different local cars that matched my requirements but just weren't as clean as I wanted I widened my search.

Last week I found a 2004 Silverstone Touring Edition with only 32k miles that looked to be in immaculate condition. The car was a one owner vehicle that had every oil change done at the dealership according the Car Fox report and was traded in for a new Challenger about a month ago. After talking to the dealership and working out a deal I made the three hour drive to south Georgia to purchase the car. Besides on very minor ding on the fender and the the holes in the front bumper from the stupid front plate holder the car was perfect. I was more than happy to take this baby back home with me!

Plans are simple but very effective: high end motorsports grade coilovers, big brake kits, light wheels/sticky tires, full bolt-on's, two very nice race seats, harnesses and drive the hell out of it. I'm really looking forward to participating in many more mountain cruises and HPDE track events in the future. Mod's will start coming quickly so please keep your eyes open for updates here.

Quick, easy shots with no strobes just to show the car in its current condition....I didn't even wash it! I will do a real shoot once I get some mods:


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7102/7158293171_739f12e003_b.jpg


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7243/7158293205_6fb6c2ed83_b.jpg


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8157/7158293197_c75f4f4235_b.jpg


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Bacon
06-05-2012, 10:25 PM
RE30s.....just sayin'

:goodjob:

CHADbee
06-05-2012, 10:30 PM
RE30s.....just sayin'

:goodjob:

I might be able to get a KILLER deal on a set of TE37's...like a deal I should NOT pass up...but if not RE30's will be my 1st choice :goodjob:

Bacon
06-05-2012, 10:34 PM
Bronze or silver RE30s. TE-37s are everywhere.

CHADbee
06-05-2012, 11:03 PM
Bronze or silver RE30s. TE-37s are everywhere.

I know :( ....but the price.....LOL.......

CHADbee
06-06-2012, 02:19 PM
Fenders rolled by the best fender modifier in Georgia, Dylan@Forged:

http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh98/chadbee123/350Z%20V2/DSC_0766.jpg

http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh98/chadbee123/350Z%20V2/DSC_0771.jpg


Shorty antenna added:

http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh98/chadbee123/350Z%20V2/DSC_0772.jpg


Removed the 350Z emblem and the dealership decals:

http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh98/chadbee123/350Z%20V2/DSC_0773.jpg

Boosted FC
06-06-2012, 02:34 PM
Looking good Chad.

SHHHH
06-06-2012, 02:36 PM
I expect good things for this car :goodjob:

CHADbee
06-06-2012, 07:48 PM
After work I installed a NISMO Exhaust I got from a friend :) It really isn't much louder than the stock exhaust but it looks nice lol

http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh98/chadbee123/350Z%20V2/DSC_0787.jpg

http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh98/chadbee123/350Z%20V2/DSC_0784.jpg

green91
06-06-2012, 08:26 PM
Car looks cherry, nice snag!

WhiteAccord
06-06-2012, 09:14 PM
Nice Pick Up.

CHADbee
06-06-2012, 09:27 PM
Thanks guys.

Vteckidd
06-06-2012, 09:32 PM
Was that you on I75 south today near Delk Road with another Red 350z that was dodging in an out of traffic? I was in the silver S2000.

It was probablhy around 2 pm?

RICER :P

CHADbee
06-06-2012, 09:35 PM
Was that you on I75 south today near Delk Road with another Red 350z that was dodging in an out of traffic? I was in the silver S2000.

It was probablhy around 2 pm?

RICER :P

Haha nope that wasn't me....I'm still a ricer though lol

Bacon
06-06-2012, 09:47 PM
Nismo wing in the near future?

CHADbee
06-06-2012, 09:48 PM
Nismo wing in the near future?
Nah I think I'm going to keep it OEM body, I don't even think I'll add a lip.

Bacon
06-06-2012, 09:53 PM
NISMO wing and lip it is then. Good thinking.....:goodjob:










:ninja:

CHADbee
06-07-2012, 03:57 PM
Bought a Sparco Harness Bar today....this will most likely be installed this fall when I do my interior.

http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh98/chadbee123/350Z%20V2/DSC_0788.jpg

WhiteAccord
06-07-2012, 04:10 PM
Picking up parts quick....

CHADbee
06-07-2012, 04:20 PM
Picking up parts quick....

Trying to get some mountain trips and/or track days in this summer ;)

SHHHH
06-07-2012, 05:26 PM
Joe(smokinlegend) down in Newnan will get that rear badge area cleaned up for you :goodjob:

He does really nice work with details.

CHADbee
06-07-2012, 05:31 PM
Joe(smokinlegend) down in Newnan will get that rear badge area cleaned up for you :goodjob:

He does really nice work with details.

I have met him before, he works with my roommate(Mike aka Mirror Detailing) sometimes. Mike will be giving it much love once I get the front bumper holes that were there from the plate folder taken care of.

EmminoDaGreat
06-07-2012, 11:26 PM
errrrrrorrrrrrrrrr no build found

CHADbee
06-07-2012, 11:52 PM
errrrrrorrrrrrrrrr no build found

LOL no build here. Build's cost a lot of time, effort and money. I just want a reliable car that is fun in the mountains and to do some track days with.

AV8ter
06-08-2012, 12:16 AM
Ballin. Forged still a Vortech dealer?!?

CHADbee
06-08-2012, 08:55 AM
Ballin. Forged still a Vortech dealer?!?

Hah yeah we are....that is something I might think about during winter.

David88vert
06-08-2012, 09:38 AM
Don't think, just make the leap. :-)

Western.
06-08-2012, 09:42 AM
Nice pickup bro, and it's looking great. Keep up the good work :goodjob:

CHADbee
06-08-2012, 10:01 AM
Don't think, just make the leap. :-)

I'm taking a massive leap today LOL just not on a blower lol

CHADbee
06-08-2012, 02:37 PM
Coilovers ordered!

Nissan Sean
06-08-2012, 10:02 PM
Good to see you back in a Z!

MachNU
06-09-2012, 04:32 PM
Man must be nice to be a baller!

CHADbee
06-09-2012, 04:50 PM
Man must be nice to be a baller!

LOL your truck is worth more than my car LOL

MachNU
06-09-2012, 08:29 PM
LOL your truck is worth more than my car LOL

SHHHHIIIIITTTTT

Franco Tirador
06-13-2012, 12:15 AM
Forged performance= nissan experts, so that car is in the right place, with the right person

CHADbee
06-13-2012, 12:20 AM
Forged performance= nissan experts, so that car is in the right place, with the right person

Yep! That is the main reason I got back into a Z! Ordering and obtaining new parts...just waiting on them to get here lol

Theothersawyer
06-13-2012, 12:27 AM
Congrats on the new ride! It looks like it is in great condition!

CHADbee
06-13-2012, 09:23 AM
Congrats on the new ride! It looks like it is in great condition!

Thanks Danny, it really is super clean. It is just so stock lol I wish parts would hurry the hell up lol

CHADbee
06-21-2012, 11:36 PM
I have been slack on the updates, just been busy but I have been making progress.

I got an intake, plenum spacer and test pipes. I'm going to have the polished intake tube and my OEM intake plenum powdercoated wrinkle black so when that stuff is done I'll install the rest of my bolt-on's.

The spring rates I ordered with my coilovers were backordered so I had to go a little stiffer, from 850 front to 900 and from 550 rear to 575....but they will be here next week...I'll post pics :)

CHADbee
06-22-2012, 09:30 AM
Got a surprise today when I walked into work :)

JRZ went ahead and shipped my coilovers! The new spring rates will be here Monday too!

A HUUUGE thank you goes out to my friends over at JRZ Suspension Engineering (https://www.facebook.com/pages/JRZ-Suspension-Engineering/132640020108804) for building such a high quality product. Everyone should really check out their FB page and give them a like if you enjoy because racecar type stuff!

http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh98/chadbee123/350Z%20V2/DSC_0620.jpg

http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh98/chadbee123/350Z%20V2/DSC_0616.jpg

WhiteAccord
06-22-2012, 11:14 AM
Trying to get some mountain trips and/or track days in this summer ;)

Let's Do It.... Z meet, and Moutain Run :goodjob::goodjob:

01CDMLUDER
07-06-2012, 12:08 PM
Please sell me those leather seats when you get racing ones

NewGen33
07-09-2012, 05:07 PM
Nice Chad, hope to be right behind you once this 4runner sells.

CHADbee
07-09-2012, 05:23 PM
Sorry this has been kind of slack guys. I just have been busy.

Tossed some new pads on the car Saturday morning and took a day trip to the tail of the dragon:

http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh98/chadbee123/350Z%20V2/tod.jpg

I wasn't expecting much since the car is bone stock but it did surprisingly well. I did boil the clutch fluid and lost my clutch pedal a handful of times and the brakes did fade some...but hey its a 8 year old stock car. Did manage to run down a few street bikes and had a ton of fun! Can't wait to get back out there with the JRZ's, big brake kit and sticky tires....

00CelicaGT
07-09-2012, 08:11 PM
Sorry this has been kind of slack guys. I just have been busy.

Tossed some new pads on the car Saturday morning and took a day trip to the tail of the dragon:

http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh98/chadbee123/350Z%20V2/tod.jpg

I wasn't expecting much since the car is bone stock but it did surprisingly well. I did boil the clutch fluid and lost my clutch pedal a handful of times and the brakes did fade some...but hey its a 8 year old stock car. Did manage to run down a few street bikes and had a ton of fun! Can't wait to get back out there with the JRZ's, big brake kit and sticky tires....

Probably should of flushed ur brake fluid before going up the mountains to run around, I wouldn't risk the car and my life on 8yr old brake fluid.

CHADbee
07-09-2012, 09:58 PM
Probably should of flushed ur brake fluid before going up the mountains to run around, I wouldn't risk the car and my life on 8yr old brake fluid.

I wasn't driving the car 10/10th's or doing anything that was past the cars abilities. When I felt the brake peddle getting mushy I would stop pushing the car.

MeFryRice
07-09-2012, 10:25 PM
Decide on what wheels you're going to get? You can text it to me if you want to be hush hush...

slow_hatch
07-09-2012, 11:11 PM
Sorry this has been kind of slack guys. I just have been busy.

Tossed some new pads on the car Saturday morning and took a day trip to the tail of the dragon:



LMK when you want to do another day trip. We could probably get a small group together.

CHADbee
07-09-2012, 11:22 PM
LMK when you want to do another day trip. We could probably get a small group together.

Aight! This one was planned super last minute but I want to head up again soon.

SHHHH
07-10-2012, 05:34 PM
Sounds like fun! :goodjob:

CHADbee
07-10-2012, 08:53 PM
Sounds like fun! :goodjob:

I had way too much fun for being in a stock car lol I just can't wait to get up there with my suspension, brake kit and tires ;)

jojeezek
08-23-2012, 11:50 PM
eye candy!!

CHADbee
08-24-2012, 09:16 AM
eye candy!!

Oh God, I forgot about this thread, sorry guys. I'm sure I will end up making a thread when all the mods go on but I have decided to do ten track days the way the car is, stock except for me swapping in a set of Carbotech XP10 front/XP8 rear pads and ALL Motul fluids through-out the car. This way I don't handicap my driving with a properly set-up car. A stock Z is kind of sloppy, if I learn that drive it fast the way it is then I will be that much better once it is modified. Three days down, seven to go before I can start modding lol

At Atlanta Motorsports Park a few weeks ago:

http://i897.photobucket.com/albums/ac177/sbaset/AMP%20July%202012%20Forged%20Event/DSC_3133done.jpg

At Roebling Road this past weekend:

http://i897.photobucket.com/albums/ac177/sbaset/FOM%20RRR%202012/DSC_4355done.jpg


.........where I blew up my clutch ahha! Already have a Competition Clutch Stage 2 and Ultra Light Flywheel ready to go in.

NAIZBST
08-24-2012, 10:54 AM
love the track shots!!

CHADbee
08-24-2012, 02:55 PM
love the track shots!!

Thanks, I will try and post a few more. I'm headed back to AMP in two weeks for another day.

tdurr
08-24-2012, 05:02 PM
I wish my car was track ready, and i had the fee for track days lol. Keep up the good work man! Im excited to see the progress

CHADbee
08-24-2012, 05:10 PM
the fee for track days

THAT^ haha.....tracking isn't cheap and it is hard on the car. It is a lot of fun though. I'd rather have an hour on AMP with my Z than an hour on the street in a 1000whp GT-R.

NAIZBST
08-24-2012, 06:37 PM
Thanks, I will try and post a few more. I'm headed back to AMP in two weeks for another day.

that's cool.. can't wait to drive mine at AMP when she is done!

may have to get you to take some track shots of heR :boobies:

tdurr
08-24-2012, 06:57 PM
THAT^ haha.....tracking isn't cheap and it is hard on the car. It is a lot of fun though. I'd rather have an hour on AMP with my Z than an hour on the street in a 1000whp GT-R.Lol i kno, a guy from forged i ran into at a gas station said only 450 for a day at AMP

CHADbee
08-24-2012, 08:34 PM
that's cool.. can't wait to drive mine at AMP when she is done!

may have to get you to take some track shots of heR :boobies:
Come out to an event that I'm at and I'll get a few for you.

Lol i kno, a guy from forged i ran into at a gas station said only 450 for a day at AMP
Most events there are like 500 for the weekend.

B18c1Turboed
08-24-2012, 10:01 PM
I got the full brembo brake off a 05 g35 I have everything needed for 1400. Calipers,rotors and all :)

CHADbee
08-24-2012, 11:26 PM
I got the full brembo brake off a 05 g35 I have everything needed for 1400. Calipers,rotors and all :)

We had a customer at the shop that was going to sell him OEM Brembo calipers for $600 but I decided to wait because I'm still deciding between doing a stoptech kit or OEM Brembo + Carbotech XP12's.

tdurr
08-28-2012, 01:19 AM
I prob heard 450 more then i have

eraser4g63
08-29-2012, 09:22 AM
Chad are you going to barber coming up with tracks unlimited I need someone to chase, lol

CHADbee
08-29-2012, 09:38 AM
Chad are you going to barber coming up with tracks unlimited I need someone to chase, lol

I won't be :( I'll be at the Znationals car show and dyno day at Z1 that day.....then I'll be at Barber the next day for the Znationals event, but I'll be doing photos and video so no track time for me :(

I will be driving AMP this Saturday(member day) then AMP next Saturday and Sunday for this event....you really need to look into it, me and a friend are splitting the cost ;)

Hooked On Driving at Atlanta Motorsports Park Sept 8 & 9 | Atlanta Motorsports Park (http://www.atlantamotorsportspark.com/events/hooked-on-driving-at-atlanta-motorsports-park-sept-8-9/)

Elbow
08-29-2012, 09:55 AM
I wish my car was track ready, and i had the fee for track days lol. Keep up the good work man! Im excited to see the progress

You can always get a small fix or get your feet wet with SCCA PDX at Road Atlanta. $100, any car can run as long as it passes a basic tech inspection.

eraser4g63
08-29-2012, 10:21 AM
I'll be at amp in November. Thinking about hooking up with bmwcca since technically my cooper is a BMW.

CHADbee
08-29-2012, 10:25 AM
I'll be at amp in November. Thinking about hooking up with bmwcca since technically my cooper is a BMW.

Yep! I'll be there driving with CHIN 10th/11th then again with Tracks Unlimited on 17th/18th :goodjob:

eraser4g63
08-29-2012, 11:46 AM
Yep! I'll be there driving with CHIN 10th/11th then again with Tracks Unlimited on 17th/18th :goodjob:

It will be my first event there so ill be running green group for a bit, from what I've heard while it is a technical track its not a fast as they initially made it out to be.

CHADbee
08-29-2012, 12:53 PM
It will be my first event there so ill be running green group for a bit, from what I've heard while it is a technical track its not a fast as they initially made it out to be.

It isn't fast at all, my max speed in my Z is like 90-ish but it is a very fun and technical track. The blind corners and elevation changes are a blast.

CHADbee
09-01-2012, 09:53 PM
AMP member day today :)

http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh98/chadbee123/350Z%20V2/DSC_4398done.jpg

CHADbee
09-16-2012, 10:53 PM
There has been a massive improvement in my driving, I got into the 30's today at AMP with a 139.9! LOL! Barely but I got there. Still stock besides carbotech pads and still on all seasons!

Here is a video of me playing with Porsches ;)


https://vimeo.com/49570970