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[NSW] Cruise: Kiama - Sunday, 6/04/14

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Thanks for those who turned up at the meeting point.

 

It was great to see such a variety of Z cars.

 

Please post photos & further discussion here.

 

Thanks.

 

See you at the next event!

 

:)

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Thanks to Azura and all the organisers .   Had a great Sos Roll at Robertson Pie Shop and some great twisties thanks Craig. Good to meet some lovely Zee folk.

 

Duhhh forgot to get a Tee shirt .

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Many thanks to all for getting us together at the meet/greet point...was great to finally say hello in person to fellow Z Club members. MAD370z and us got caught up with the convoy heading back to Sydney, so we both had to make a u-turn to get back in touch with Azura and the Kiama bound convoy. We both closed the gap when we arrived in misty rain conditions at the Robertson Pie Shop. The trip through the scenic country to Kiama.

We had a white soft-top MG trying to get involved (was feeling left out) so we shared our love while we encouraged the driver to drive at the speeds we were chasing. At Jamboree he pulled over and the remaining convoy closed the gap with Azura and Craig.

We arrived at Kiama, had a number of other drivers beep us, and spotted a few spectators take photos of our line-up on the grassy-knoll opposite the Lighthouse....we left our place at 0730 and arrived back here at 2130...we had Greds caught up with us near Milperra on his way home from Narooma's Oyster Feastival...stopped at La Botte Italian Restaurant in Carlingford for a very pleasant dinner...

We got caught near Wyong again with the roof down in a downpour. Despite hammering 140km/h we still had some rain enter the cockpit...going to post all the images and videos from today's cruise...awesome day...10 May is going to be a fun cruise for us all.

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Video...sorry the file's too big to post...

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A big thanks to Azura for organising today's cruise.  It's always good to catch up with fellow Zed enthusiasts and especially to welcome some new faces.  

 

Big thanks also to those who came a long way to join us with a special welcome to Gho65t who came all the way from Newcastle.  Shame the weather was a bit damp but still had fun!

 

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Hi Craig (VTR), you mentioned to Tanya (Mrs Gho65t) in general conversation about 3 things to do with the Z...suspension for softer/improved handling in the rear...tyres? Engine tune-up? Trying to get a gist of the convo as I might have been chatting with Perry about Aerospace 303 for the soft-top protection...will look at after-market oil cooler...any readers have any ideas on which is best, please

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Hi Craig (VTR), you mentioned to Tanya (Mrs Gho65t) in general conversation about 3 things to do with the Z...suspension for softer/improved handling in the rear...tyres? Engine tune-up? Trying to get a gist of the convo as I might have been chatting with Perry about Aerospace 303 for the soft-top protection...will look at after-market oil cooler...any readers have any ideas on which is best, please

 

Hi Lloyd,

 

I tend to do big kms, (28000kms in 8 months so far) so the modifications I suggest are aimed for those who actually drive their car on real roads, not just look at it.  

When one is driving on smooth roads then the typical Japanese suspension of the 370Z is fine.  Quite a few Zed owners upgrade to stiffer, shorter springs or stiffer coilover suspension (many Zed coilovers are Japanese-made) and this is good if you are planning to track the car or drive exclusively on smooth roads.  However, stiffer suspension is actually detrimental to performance when driving on typical Australian country roads.  If you spend much of your time driving on entertaining and interesting secondary/rural roads (as I do) then you will find the Zed suspension, (both 350 and 370) is too stiff and will tend to skip (particularly at the rear) on corrugated corners, losing grip.

 

To solve this issue I have had KW V3 coil overs fitted.  I have had them set at 2 clicks softer than standard on compression (to allow more initial compliance) but maintained the standard rebound setting to ensure good control.  The coilovers also allowed a drop in height of approx 25mm, helping to eliminate the too tall "top of the tyre to fender gap" standard look of the 370Z when compared to the 350Z.  Going much lower than 25mm will lead to increased road/body contact.

 

Another way to improve the 370Z is to change to a catback exhaust.  As you know the standard sound is pretty ordinary.  I have found my Akrapovic Evo system excellent... a sweet note yet absolutely no drone (which can become tiring when doing big miles) plus revving more freely in the midrange and top end.  You will also get an approx 8-10 kw improvement in power from a quality catback (although you will see many claims for more than that!).  There are many reputable brands of exhaust... budget, workmanship  and sound quality being the main variables.  Intakes can improve the sound but make only marginal kw gains. A good dynotune from a reputable tuner can also produce some reasonable gains.

 

Be careful if upgrading to wider or 20" wheels.  Many of those available are of cast construction and much heavier than the standard, forged Rays.  Heavier wheels increase the unsprung weight and can spoil the ride/handling.  There are good quality light wheels available but they aren't cheap.

 

Good quality tyres are vital to good handling.  I can't believe how people can fit cheap, rubbish tyres to a Zed, totally destroying the great handling that the Zed has.  Many people are critical of the standard Bridgestones but they are actually not too bad. In the wet yesterday on our run I was still able to push my 28000km old RE050s quite hard on the wet, greasy roads we were on.  They are somewhat noisy however and there are grippier options available.

 

If planning to track your Zed then there are others far more qualified than I to offer advice on this.  However, at the very least you would need to upgrade the cooling (370s run pretty warm) with an oil cooler, plus upgraded brake fluid and pads as the standard pads wilt pretty quickly apparently.     

 

Hope that helps... there is plenty of good advice available on the forum.  Enjoy your Zed ride!!   :thumbsup:  

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Craig, awesome info...many thanks for replying...oil cooler, better brake pads and fluid will look at...catback exhaust sounds interesting...coil overs appears to beca must for improved ride and currently running with Pirelli tyres...track your Zd means what please?

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Craig, awesome info...many thanks for replying...oil cooler, better brake pads and fluid will look at...catback exhaust sounds interesting...coil overs appears to beca must for improved ride and currently running with Pirelli tyres...track your Zd means what please?

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Here are a few pics I took on the day.

 

Excuse the phone camera quality.

 

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Awesome pics and awesome info Craig

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Hey Mike where were you and Lees?  A note please!

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Hey Mike where were you and Lees? A note please!

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Good turn out guys. Great phone pics too.

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Here are a few pics I took on the day.

 

Excuse the phone camera quality.

 

:P

 

 

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Hi,

Who is the owner of that white 370z with Z370Z car plate?

I would like to know where he got his high rear wings.

Cheers,

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Hi,

Who is the owner of that white 370z with Z370Z car plate?

I would like to know where he got his high rear wings.

Cheers,

Go here for details.

http://www.ings-net.com/english/products/z-powerwing/

 

Try checking with one of forum sponsors like Paul from Street to Track.

http://www.streettotrack.com/

 

He'll be able to import it for you.

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What are you getting done for Motorex?

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love the variety of 350s and 370s! Hope to be able to go to one of these cruises!

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