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.
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A catalytic converter can be a power-draining part of your G35’s exhaust system, not to mention heavy. Removing it in favor of test pipes will bring life back to your car with more power, torque and better fuel economy.
Of course, test pipes typically increase your exhaust’s volume, rasp and drone.
This is definitely not a Infiniti G35 modification for everyone. But if you’re taking your car to the track or have no regard for the law (hey, we’re not here to judge), this is probably one of the best value modifications you can make to your G.
A muffler shop can help you install an aftermarket test pipe if you need the help, but most of these units bolt on so easily you can do it at home.
If you’re going to remove your G35’s catalytic converters, you’ll want to replace them with test pipes that help your car the most. This guide is here to set you up with the best G35 test pipes.
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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.
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The Infiniti G35 was well received right out of the gates. It was Motor Trend’s “Car of the Year” in 2003, thanks to its great front-midship V6 engine, its rear-wheel drive layout (all wheel drive came later), and its acclaimed 52% front/48% rear weight distribution.
But performance car enthusiasts always want to push the envelope to see what a car can do. Before long, aftermarket parts became readily available.
The best G35 mods combine various aftermarket parts to enhance handling and performance.
This guide will review the best options for Infiniti G35 tuning—both coupe and sedan models—to show how you can upgrade your car’s handling, suspension, brakes, wheels and engine.
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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.
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Looking to increase the power of your Nissan 350z? Installing an aftermarket cold air intake system can be a great place to start.
Despite being a cheap modification, an upgraded 350z air intake will often increase horsepower while also improving fuel economy.
Generally speaking, upgraded cold air intakes don’t cost as much as exhaust modifications. They can however, still add a small bump in horsepower and ft/lb of torque to your car’s performance.
They’re also easier to install than most 350z exhaust systems, and usually don’t require professional assistance, which makes them one of the most affordable mods.
This article will guide you though everything you need to know about intake systems, and help you choose the best cold air intake for your Nissan 350z.
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If you want to get more power out of your zippy, Mazda Miata, your best bet is to install some form of forced induction; either a supercharger or turbocharger.
Between the two, we prefer superchargers, and we’ll go into the details below.
Superchargers are connected to the engine’s crankshaft, whose spinning motion in turn powers the supercharger. They can add serious horsepower.
Below you’ll find some intro information on the topic of forced induction, and our experiences on the topic. We outline your different options and will point you in the right direction for the best MX5 supercharger kit to suit your needs.
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The Mazda Miata, especially later generations (NC and beyond) is not known for its comfortable seats. In fact, the tough, unsupportive OEM seats can be enough to turn some drivers off from buying.
But the industry is rich with aftermarket seats that provide more support, comfort and will last longer. Companies like Recaro, Corbeau, and Sparco have spent years perfecting the best seats for Miata use.
Below we’ll talk about which seats are best for your particular MX5, and which seats are compatible with each generation. After that we’ll run you through the seats we like the most.
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There are plenty of options for roll bars for your Mazda MX5 Miata. Aftermarket parts manufacturers produce roll bars for each generation of the car.
Some of the biggest names in the business are Blackbird Fabworx, Hard Dog, OBX Racing Sports and Cusco.
A roll bar is an unsung hero of track-modded Miatas. Here we have our picks, broken down by MX5 generation. We’ll help you choose the best roll bar for your specific model.
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A standard 350z clutch is a serious unit. It’s not uncommon for a Nissan 350z owner to make it to over 100,000 miles (over 160,000) on their first clutch.
If you have been driving your 350z on the street, shifting well and not beating on your car, your clutch pedal should feel light and manageable, perfect for stop/start city driving or long highway runs.
However, if you have taken it to the track or given your Z car hell over the years, you might have felt the clutch either sticking or slipping by now.
Changing to a new clutch can completely transform the way a 350z drives. It can also give you the peace of mind that comes with picking what goes under the hood of your car.
In this guide, we’re going to show you the best clutches for your Nissan 350z, the different models available and the benefits of upgrading your stock clutch.
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