Ilya's M56x Log

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Ilya's M56x Log

Postby Ilya » Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:51 am

Hey folks, this thread will be a running log of what I do to the car.

Here is the link to my first 'introduction' thread in this forum: Link

My Old 2007 M35x:

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Stock Pictures:

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Present State:

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And with new wheels:

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Overall plans for the new car:

Done:
  • LED Interior/Exterior
  • UpRev Tune
  • Upgraded D2S Bulbs
  • LED yellow fog light bulbs (decided to not go HID this time around)
  • Tint (20% all around and 50% front windshield)
  • TollboothWilley Aluminum Engine Under Tray
  • EZ Lip Universal Car Lip
  • 20" Incurve IC-S10 Wheels
  • HPS Intake Hoses/Tubes
  • Midnight Black Grille
Will happen/likely to happen:
  • BC Racing Coilovers
  • Stillen Exhaust
50/50 chance of happening:
  • V-Leds V3 Triton LED Turn Signal System (front and back)
  • Upgrade to 50w Ballasts
  • Sarona Roof Spoiler
  • SPC Front Camber Arms and SPC Rear 3 Arm Set (so I don't have the same issues, hopefully, that I did with my 2007 on coilovers)
  • Akebono Brake Upgrade
  • Intake Plenum/TB Spacer (if one is developed)
  • Strut Bar (if one is developed)
  • Front Bumper Lip (if one is developed)
  • Rear Bumper Diffuser (if one is developed)

Running list w/ dates:

11/17/14 - Swapped Wheels from Old Car
11/22/14 - Fog Light Bulbs
11/23/14 - Tint
11/27/14 - Intake
12/13/14 - Upgraded D2S HID Bulbs
2/10/15 - New 20" Wheels Arrived
2/28/15 - TollBoothWilley Aluminum Engine Under Tray Installed
7/23/15 - New tires purchased for the 20" Wheels
8/5/15 - New tires mounted on 20" wheels
10/15 - Photoshoot with friend, prior to further exterior mods
1/17/16 - EZ Lip Installed
3/29/16 - Installed iJDMToy 40w LED fog light bulbs - removed after 3 weeks - re-installed again after fixing them myself
5/27/16 - Installed HPS Intake Hoses/Tubes
1/5/17 - Car got repainted


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Re: Ilya's M56x Log

Postby Ilya » Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:52 am

Stuff done so far:
  • LED Interior/Exterior. Did most of it, just need to do the dome lights as the bulbs I had from my M35 were different than the ones in the M56.
  • Tint appointment made for November 22nd (20% all around and 50% front windshield)
  • Had the dealer transfer my wheels from the M35 to the M56
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Re: Ilya's M56x Log

Postby agoodall » Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:04 am

Very nice, almost went with the White...ended up with Obsidian Black. I regret nothing ;)

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Re: Ilya's M56x Log

Postby Ilya » Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:22 am

I did the opposite, lol.

I went from black to white. I added a pic of my old M for reference.

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Re: Ilya's M56x Log

Postby wideopn11 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:30 am

Sounds like the strut bar is on hold for the moment. I would think our engine bays are pretty identical on the M37/56. Only thing might be the clearance over the engine cover or wires and stuff in the way. I'm gonna stay on it as long as it's a viable option because I really want a strut bar for this car.

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Re: Ilya's M56x Log

Postby Ilya » Tue Nov 18, 2014 11:19 am

wideopn11 wrote:Sounds like the strut bar is on hold for the moment. I would think our engine bays are pretty identical on the M37/56. Only thing might be the clearance over the engine cover or wires and stuff in the way. I'm gonna stay on it as long as it's a viable option because I really want a strut bar for this car.
Yeah, I'm hoping it's doable. Sucks not having such a basic piece of suspension support that most after markets have. And it sucks that most of them are hundreds of dollars unlike the $50 one I had on my Maxima from EBay lol.

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Re: Ilya's M56x Log

Postby DoN_BLaZe34 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:22 pm

Surprised to hear you say you're going to do coils again after the headache they were on your 35X lol.

You're not afraid/concerned that the tint on the windshield will affect the lane departure warning system, etc?

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Re: Ilya's M56x Log

Postby Ilya » Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:28 pm

DoN_BLaZe34 wrote:Surprised to hear you say you're going to do coils again after the headache they were on your 35X lol.

You're not afraid/concerned that the tint on the windshield will affect the lane departure warning system, etc?
The coils weren't bad, I just sucked at adjusting them (for some reason I don't understand the concept of raising/lowering a car and adjusting the collars, preload, etc.). Once I got a shop to set them properly, for the most part they were okay. For some reason the sway bar links kept going though...which may or may not happen on this car (since it's a different car/chasis). I just don't think a static drop will be low enough so I'll have to deal with small things like blown sway bar links, etc. I want to make this car look like a white version of Da Mayor's (just maybe a half inch or inch higher since he's LOW). I don't think springs will do that.

I'm going to have my guy cut the tint out for that system. As far as I know, the only camera for that is right above to the left of the mirror. Shouldn't be noticable unless you know to look for it. Similar to how the factory 'tint strip' goes around that area.

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Re: Ilya's M56x Log

Postby DoN_BLaZe34 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:31 pm

Ah ok...so you're planning on getting the front sport bumper and the aero skirts like he did?

I hear you on the coils..your "issues" plus the clunking noises everyone keeps mentioning makes me go back and forth about them...maybe when the weather warms back up..

I thought you were doing the entire windshield...sounds like you're just doing the strip?

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Re: Ilya's M56x Log

Postby Ilya » Tue Nov 18, 2014 1:09 pm

DoN_BLaZe34 wrote:Ah ok...so you're planning on getting the front sport bumper and the aero skirts like he did?

I hear you on the coils..your "issues" plus the clunking noises everyone keeps mentioning makes me go back and forth about them...maybe when the weather warms back up..

I thought you were doing the entire windshield...sounds like you're just doing the strip?
Oh, I didn't know he had the aero skirts. Interesting. I just think the aero bumper is way too BOOM IN YO FACE lol. It's freakin huge IMO. Looks like Jay Leno's chin, sticking all forward and stuff lol. I haven't seen Kenny around on any forums for a while (I actually got to know him on a Maxima forum years ago). Do you know if he had to do anything with his fenders? Did he have to roll them. I dont' plan to be exactly as low as him, but his car is my inspiration.

Yeah, the 'clunking' goes away as soon as I put new sway bar links in. Problem is, the links go bad after 5,000 miles lol. I tried alignments, wheel balances, wheel rotations, etc. to no avail. I'm hoping, since this car is technically different, that it might be better. Also, I plan to do this car 100% right and not cut corners, so that may include getting the proper control arms, etc.

I am doing the whole windshield minus two areas:

1) Where the registration/inspection stickers go, I did the same on my M35. The premise behind this is that when a cop drives by, his attention isn't grabbed by very dark stickers making it look like my car is normal. Although, I was pulled over many a time for my side tints and they never even mentioned/asked about my windshield tint. I KNOW they noticed (due to the cutout).

2) The center part of the top where the camera for the lane system is and where my E-ZPass is. It would look something like this lol:

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Re: Ilya's M56x Log

Postby wideopn11 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 1:23 pm

I like the sport front bumper also. I wish there was at least a good lip/chin splitter to add as an easier/cheaper option to replacing the bumper.

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Megan racing offers a camber kit, traction arms and toe arms for the M's now.
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Re: Ilya's M56x Log

Postby Ilya » Tue Nov 18, 2014 1:57 pm

wideopn11 wrote:I like the sport front bumper also. I wish there was at least a good lip/chin splitter to add as an easier/cheaper option to replacing the bumper.

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Megan racing offers a camber kit, traction arms and toe arms for the M's now.
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Postby DoN_BLaZe34 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:09 pm

I hear ya Ilya. And yeah Kenny def had the aero sides and sport front bumper. Hahahahaha at "boom in yo face". I dunno man, I have the sport bumper on mine and am about to change it out for the Aero front. I think that kit really makes the car, just my opinion.

I had my front windshield tinted on my old Mazda back in the day and did the same thing, left the inspection stickers untinted. It'll look great.

I pulled the trigger on the camber and toes pieces for the Megan kit. I'll post up whenever I get around to installing them.

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Re: Ilya's M56x Log

Postby Ilya » Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:15 pm

DoN_BLaZe34 wrote:I hear ya Ilya. And yeah Kenny def had the aero sides and sport front bumper. Hahahahaha at "boom in yo face". I dunno man, I have the sport bumper on mine and am about to change it out for the Aero front. I think that kit really makes the car, just my opinion.

I had my front windshield tinted on my old Mazda back in the day and did the same thing, left the inspection stickers untinted. It'll look great.

I pulled the trigger on the camber and toes pieces for the Megan kit. I'll post up whenever I get around to installing them.
Is your bumper the same as mine? Or is the 2014 slightly different from the 2011? If it's the same, consider me having dibs on your sport bumper! I can't find them anywhere but the dealer. Is there anything involved in switching or is it straight bolt up? I know on the Y50, going from 07 to 08 required some work.

Definitely do a HowTo/report on the Megan pieces. You bought all three or only two of the three? They all look the same...are they just different names or three distinct separate things?

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Re: Ilya's M56x Log

Postby DoN_BLaZe34 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:19 pm

No, mine is different because I have the sport package so mine has the sport bumper instead of what I call the non sport, non aero bumper. I can't imagine there's any difference except you'll need a sport grille instead of the non sport grille.

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Postby Ilya » Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:31 pm

DoN_BLaZe34 wrote:No, mine is different because I have the sport package so mine has the sport bumper instead of what I call the non sport, non aero bumper. I can't imagine there's any difference except you'll need a sport grille instead of the non sport grille.
That's what I meant...is it for the same 'frame/chasis' car. I have the non-sport bumper, I want the sport. So, if you are too part with it, let me know. I'll likely take it off your hands. I plan to get the midnight grille, so I think that'll take care of that as well.

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Re: Ilya's M56x Log

Postby wideopn11 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:57 pm

Midnight Black Grille
Part Number: F23101MA00
Enhance the sporty and aggressive appearance of your Infiniti with a custom grille. fits all trim levels except S.

Not sure how the grills are different...

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Postby DoN_BLaZe34 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:58 pm

The bumpers are interchangeable across both chasis. I'll let you know if I part with it.

I've heard and seen that the midnight grille doesn't fit the sport bumper... I've never had it confirmed but if you look up the part it does exclude the Sport M/Q70's...

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Re: Ilya's M56x Log

Postby Ilya » Tue Nov 18, 2014 4:43 pm

Oh. Good to know guys, thanks. If I get the sport bumper and can't use the grille, I'll just plastidip that bidness. lol.

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Postby coolchuck » Tue Nov 18, 2014 8:51 pm

Man thats good start and a nice list of stuff. I think you will need different fogs with the sport bumper.
I was looking at Kennys build last night too, trying to get an idea of wheel offsets.

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Postby Ilya » Sat Nov 22, 2014 10:25 pm

11/22/14 - Replace stock halogen fog light bulbs with yellow 3k halogen bulbs

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Postby Ilya » Sat Nov 22, 2014 10:27 pm

11/23/14 - Got the windows tinted. 20" all around and 50% on the windshield (all of it).

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Postby AlphaSnacks » Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:59 pm

IlyaKol wrote:
wideopn11 wrote:Sounds like the strut bar is on hold for the moment. I would think our engine bays are pretty identical on the M37/56. Only thing might be the clearance over the engine cover or wires and stuff in the way. I'm gonna stay on it as long as it's a viable option because I really want a strut bar for this car.
Yeah, I'm hoping it's doable. Sucks not having such a basic piece of suspension support that most after markets have. And it sucks that most of them are hundreds of dollars unlike the $50 one I had on my Maxima from EBay lol.
Hold on a second...are you the same IlyaK from Maxima.org and NYCMaximas!? You used to have a Sunlit Sand 4th gen?

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Postby Ilya » Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:03 pm

The one and only, "The Golden One" lol.

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Postby AlphaSnacks » Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:10 pm

LOL. This is Arnold, I was one of the founders of NYCMaximas, if you recall. I used to have a Sterling Mist 5th gen and later got a Daytona Blue 350Z and a slew of other cars.

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Postby Ilya » Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:14 pm

I vaguely remember...haven't been to that place in a long long long time. Not even sure if it's still around?

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Postby AlphaSnacks » Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:16 pm

Not sure myself. I haven't been to either forum in at least...7 years? Probably not since I bought my Z, or sometime shortly after. The whole forum got crazy ghetto.

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Postby Ilya » Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:17 pm

That's what happens when the car becomes older...younger less established folks can afford it lol.

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Re: Ilya's M56x Log

Postby coolchuck » Thu Nov 27, 2014 4:48 am

Youre making nice progress with the car. Feel like I'm slacking on my modding.

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Re: Ilya's M56x Log

Postby Ilya » Thu Nov 27, 2014 2:30 pm

coolchuck wrote:Youre making nice progress with the car. Feel like I'm slacking on my modding.
Thanks.


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