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New to NICO, but not to Nissans!

Postby 95maxrider » Sun Feb 01, 2015 1:35 pm

Hi everyone,

My name is Nick, and I've owned Nissans for the last 15 years or so. I first got a 1995 Maxima (automatic) when I was in high school, but sold it after two years to pick up a stick shift 1996 Infiniti I30, which I've had ever since. I started out doing drag racing, but later moved on to auto-x and road racing. As such, the car has been heavily modified to be as competitive as possible for a 20 year old FWD family sedan.

Here's my article!

http://www.nicoclub.com/archives/featur ... oject.html


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Re: New to NICO, but not to Nissans!

Postby numbnuts240 » Sun Feb 01, 2015 9:08 pm

very cool. welcome to the club.

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Re: New to NICO, but not to Nissans!

Postby frapjap » Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:11 am

Welcome to NICO!

That is a cool freggin' car! Are you kicking a** and taking names at the local course?

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Re: New to NICO, but not to Nissans!

Postby 95maxrider » Mon Feb 02, 2015 12:49 pm

Thanks guys!

Well, compared to a lot of cars a local auto-x events I do pretty well, but up against well prepared Cobras on 335 Hoosiers in XP, I don't really stand much of a chance. Still, it's quite fun when guys with 911 Turbos come up to me after events and ask why my car is so fast!

I almost forgot one other unique mod to my car- the 2J Racing Scott-Russel linkage to panhard rod conversion. As far as I'm aware, I'm one of 3 Maximas that has this mod. It was totally worth it!

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Re: New to NICO, but not to Nissans!

Postby frapjap » Mon Feb 02, 2015 12:52 pm

That is pretty cool!

Where is your exhaust dumping? Or did it happen to be off in that photo on the lift?

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Re: New to NICO, but not to Nissans!

Postby 95maxrider » Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:05 pm

frapjap wrote:That is pretty cool!

Where is your exhaust dumping? Or did it happen to be off in that photo on the lift?
I can't find any pics of the panhard actually on my car, so I pulled those pics from Google. My exhaust exits normally at the rear from a G35 sedan muffler (2.5" inlet and pretty quiet).

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Re: New to NICO, but not to Nissans!

Postby AZhitman » Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:24 pm

Nick, that is one sexy i30 - I always loved that particular style, and yours is subtly wicked.

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Re: New to NICO, but not to Nissans!

Postby float_6969 » Wed Feb 04, 2015 7:22 am

I love this! Atypical builds are my favorite!!! How did the rear suspension change affect the handling?

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Postby 95maxrider » Wed Feb 04, 2015 11:53 am

float_6969 wrote:I love this! Atypical builds are my favorite!!! How did the rear suspension change affect the handling?
I got the panhard rod installed when I was still on Konis/Eibachs (before the BC coilovers) so I'm guessing its effect was more pronounced than it would be now with the stiffer spring rate, but from what I remember it made the rear of the car stay flatter through corners, similar to a RSB (which I also have). The ends of the bar are a little noisy, but it's a fair trade off. I would do it again given the chance.

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Re: New to NICO, but not to Nissans!

Postby numbnuts240 » Mon Mar 23, 2015 6:40 pm

bump for an awesome article about an awesome car. i actually never even knew i30's were offered in a manual. i'm loving everything about this car, from the quality mods, to the performance, all the way to the passionate owner. kudos, brother. glad you found your way to our, and hopefully your new, home.

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Re: New to NICO, but not to Nissans!

Postby vonscorpio » Wed Sep 09, 2015 12:57 pm

Sorry to resurrect a few-month-old post, but I saw your write-up featured on the front page of NicoClub...

I really enjoyed the write-up and bravo on putting an I30 into the spotlight!

I really like your headlight mods and was wondering where can I find ones like those?

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Re: New to NICO, but not to Nissans!

Postby 95maxrider » Wed Sep 09, 2015 5:41 pm

vonscorpio wrote:Sorry to resurrect a few-month-old post, but I saw your write-up featured on the front page of NicoClub...

I really enjoyed the write-up and bravo on putting an I30 into the spotlight!

I really like your headlight mods and was wondering where can I find ones like those?
Thanks for bumping it :biggrin:

The actual headlight housings are just regular/base Cefiro pieces that are slightly blacked out when you buy them. I sent mine to a guy on another website who did the projectors on both them and the fogs. He also painted the housings completely black while he was in there. You can buy Cefiro headlights that come with a projector already installed, but it's not a very good projector, so I got all my stuff through The Retrofit Source instead.

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Re: New to NICO, but not to Nissans!

Postby vonscorpio » Wed Sep 09, 2015 6:23 pm

Thank you 95maxrider!

I've seen them on pictures online but no one would divulge where they came from. Knowing that the Cefiro light is an exact fit is a tremendous help!

Now I just need to acquire a pair of those lights and start modding!

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Re: New to NICO, but not to Nissans!

Postby 95maxrider » Thu Sep 10, 2015 7:10 pm

vonscorpio wrote:Thank you 95maxrider!

I've seen them on pictures online but no one would divulge where they came from. Knowing that the Cefiro light is an exact fit is a tremendous help!

Now I just need to acquire a pair of those lights and start modding!
These should do it :)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Infiniti-I30-Ce ... a1&vxp=mtr

http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Black-Chro ... 3d&vxp=mtr

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Re: New to NICO, but not to Nissans!

Postby AZhitman » Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:40 pm

^ Spectacular.

I'm a fan. :)


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