Y33 Suspension - 2019 edition

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Y33 Suspension - 2019 edition

Postby Sapofeo » Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:36 am

Greetings all,
vehicle is a 2000 Q45 AE
I'm just a few weeks into my Q45 voyage and I've hit my first wall. There is a good bit of information on suspension but most of it as at least 2 years old. The OE parts are long discontinued and unavailable by now so I'm looking for options. I really do not want coilovers as I really love my cruiser. Has anyone tried replacing the struts with the non-touring ones that are still available? Do they fit? Do they cause a permanent CEL? Has anyone tried struts from another Infiniti/Nissan like a Maxima or QX4? Since this is a consumable, we're all going to face this issue going forward.

Thanks in advance


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Re: Y33 Suspension - 2019 edition

Postby BadQ45t » Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:53 am

Yup, there are very few choices..and coilovers are going to be a rougher ride. I have BC's on my 97' and it handles like a slot car but expansion joints can be brutal!

What I would do is call up a dealership parts counter or go there. I recall that this had some electronic function in yours and there may still be replacements. Then you can call everythinginfiniti.com guys who are really Scottsdale infiniti and get the parts for 25% cheaper than your locals and no tax (shipping is very reasonable).

The other thing that I heard about the BC's is that can ask the factory for a more mellow setup. I didn't know this and if I had I would have take 25% of the stiffness out, my car ZERO body roll and you can completely toss the car around. It cost me $1700 installed for hte BC's which is probably cheaper than OEM parts will cost. There are no other options left out there unfortunately.

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Re: Y33 Suspension - 2019 edition

Postby Sapofeo » Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:04 am

Fantastic. Thanks for the information. Hopefully I find a solution.

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Re: Y33 Suspension - 2019 edition

Postby BadQ45t » Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:51 am

You can all the BC factory, they are back east somewhere and also call the guys at Scottsdale for assistance. If I had it to do all over again I would have bought 2 sets of the KYB SR Specials that I bought from a guy importing them. They were really the ideal setup but I blew one of them and there were no replacements.

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Re: Y33 Suspension - 2019 edition

Postby MowgliCSM » Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:54 pm

If you can find non touring struts you can use them. You just can't reinstall the damper adjusting actuator on the strut tops. Keep them plugged in but zip tie them out of the way. BC does offer custom linear spring rates and valving for their coilovers. So you can tell them what you want and they will do it (within reason).

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Re: Y33 Suspension - 2019 edition

Postby Sapofeo » Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:27 am

I spoke with BC and it seems the best I can do is a 1" drop (which isn't bad). They currently sell them for $995 which is a few hundred cheaper than even the non-touring struts that I've found. I don't want to stiffen the ride at all but it may be the better option long term. I've really fallen for this damn car and would like to keep it for several years. I really appreciate the help, thanks.

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Re: Y33 Suspension - 2019 edition

Postby BadQ45t » Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:28 am

The B/C's are high quality and if I'd known they could dial in the ride I would have done and made my ride a little softer, but not much softer. The stock ride for my touring was pretty mushy out of the factory, I replaced the stocks at 50k (rear was leaking) and got KYR SR Specials and Tein springs, that was a great setup, but the friggin' SR Specials blew out and couldn't find a replacement for it, thus the BC's for the last 25k.

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Re: Y33 Suspension - 2019 edition

Postby F50SEE'MA » Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:47 pm

https://autoparts.beforward.jp

Try this site , it helped me source a couple items for my F50 CIMA. Good luck with your search

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Re: Y33 Suspension - 2019 edition

Postby BadQ45t » Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:26 am

These are used parts and you'd need to look for Cima and import. Dude, BC's are you best bet.

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Re: Y33 Suspension - 2019 edition

Postby MowgliCSM » Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:33 pm

Anyone looking at used Cima suspension parts should know that the caliper bracket bolts are different sizes on the V6 vs. V8 models. 12mm V6, 14mm V8. If you get V6 stuff, you will need to drill them out.

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Re: Y33 Suspension - 2019 edition

Postby BadQ45t » Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:11 pm

And touring and non-touring are different brake mounts as well, I ran into this issue buying Megans and found out they wouldn't fit the hard way with my car taken apart!


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