Though originally thought of as an automotive manufacturer providing high quality cars at an affordable price, Datsuns and Nissans have long been modified by car enthusiasts.
While Datsun 510’s were popular in the rally scene, Datsun 240z and early Nissan Skylines were iconic in the track racing scene.
The S-chassis range, from S13 to S15 remain some of the most popular drift cars. A well-balanced and affordable platform with a huge range of aftermarket parts allowed the cars branded as Silvia, 180sx and 240sx to provide high performance and loads of fun without custom manufactured parts – everything is available off the shelf.
A homage to the earlier Datsun Z cars, Nissan’s later model 350z and 370z’s have proven to be hugely successful. In a world where front wheel drive cars have dominated recent markets, the rear wheel drive, high performance model sold huge numbers worldwide, and saw great support for aftermarket parts.
In this section of our site, you’ll find a brief history on the iconic Nissan models and our modification guides for these popular Nissans.
The difference between wheels that fit well and wheels that don’t can make or break how your Nissan 350z looks. And while shopping for 350z wheels you can be selective about the width and offset of your new rims, it’s not always possible to find the perfect combination to make your new set up sit perfectly.
For this reason, more and more Nissan 350z’s are running wheel spacers, to make sure the wheels fit exactly how they should.
Wheel spacers can help make your car look better by helping you get the perfect 350z wheel fitment. And while the difference would only be felt on the track, they can improve handling too.
Test pipes are aftermarket parts that replace the catalytic converters in your Nissan 350z.
Catalytic converters or “cats” can be a drain on power and they can choke your engine. Nissan didn’t put them on the 350z because it improve performance – emissions standards almost worldwide saw them put on the Z33.
Replacing them with test pipes is a good, inexpensive way to bring more airflow, power, and better fuel economy to your 350z.
Test pipes will usually increase your car’s sound, bringing with it a bit of rasp and drone. Sometimes the sound can get so loud that you might find yourself breaking sound ordinance laws. Some 350z owners like this, while other’s don’t.
Since you’re reading this article, we’re guessing you’re part of the crowd looking to remove their 350z’s catalytic converters for good!
If you’re taking your car to the track, or if you love the aggressive sound that test pipes offer, then this is the guide for you. Here we’ll help you find the best 350z test pipes based on price and quality.
You may not think about the motor oil that goes into your 350z very often, but it can make a real difference in the way your car performs – today and long into the future.
With the right oil in your Z, your VQ engine will be nicely lubricated and run smoothly.
Quality oil keeps engine heat down, the engine clean, and running it’s best. In many cases, you’ll also see a improvement in fuel efficiency.
If you have old or bad oil in your Z car, from leaving it too long between changes, you’ll run into a heap of problems. Dirt will accumulate in your engine and clog areas that are designed to let clean oil through. Your engine will wear quicker, and engine component failures will happen more often.
A short throw shifter helps you to change gears faster than is possible with your OEM Nissan 350z shifter.
This is called “shift throw reduction,” and it’s the main characteristic to remember when shopping for short shifters.
These short shifters move the pivot point higher up the shift rod, which means you move the shifter less distance when changing gears. A Nissan 350z short shifter typically has a height reduction as well, measured in inches, that also helps reduce the shift throw.
If you’re looking to squeeze as much power out of your Nissan 350z, before long you’ll have to upgrade your exhaust headers.
We’ve written about 350z exhaust systems, but those sort of modifications happen at the tail end of the car, where your exhaust gases are the coolest.
Generally speaking, the OEM headers are reliable and of decent quality, but tuners and aftermarket specialists have managed to make alternative designs that will give your VQ35DE or VQ35HR engine more power.
Exhaust headers are where your exhaust gases are the hottest. Getting those gases away from the engine as fast as possible will help your naturally aspirated engine to produce more power.
It’s not the easiest mod you can do to your 350z, but being a bolt-on modification, it’s something that anyone can do with some patience and the right tools.
It is one of the better ways to improve the performance and power of your car.
This guide will go over the differences between exhaust headers and exhaust manifolds. Then we lay out the best 350z headers for people on a budget, and then for people wanting to bring their 350z to the track.
Quality spark plugs are vital for getting the most out of your Nissan 350z.
If you have tired spark plugs, your engine might misfire, your car might have trouble starting up, or it could not start altogether.
That miniature bolt of lightning that a spark plug provides has a huge impact on how your car performs.
Bad spark plugs first begin to show signs of wear when you notice uneven idling, a lack of acceleration, and increased fuel consumption. Spark plugs are so cheap, you really have no excuse not to change them out regularly.
A Nissan 350z spark plug change is a straightforward job. If you’ve changed spark plugs on a car from around 1990 onwards, you’ll find it a quick and easy job.
In this guide, we will show you the best 350z spark plugs available today, by type. At the end, you’ll find our overall recommendations for replacing your 350z’s spark plugs.
If you’re looking to replace the exhaust on your Nissan 350z, there are a few things you should consider. First, what is your budget? Second, are you aiming for power gains to your engine, or enhanced sound from the exhaust?
We’ll help you decide what exhaust to replace your stock OEM with, regardless of your budget.
One of the first Nissan 350z mods that owners will do, upgrading your exhaust system will give you a better flow and efficiency of gas and exhaust, and some of them will increase your horsepower and torque.
Aftermarket exhausts are also lighter than the ridiculously heavy stock 350z exhaust system.
This guide will help break down the options into three sections based on your requirements: budget, sound, and performance.