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"Shift at Will" - review
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Shift At Will - semi Automatic review.The following is my review of the ESS-Racing's Shift-At-Will (F1-style semi-automatic) kit installation and operation.Rating are out of Five (1 bad, 3 okay, 5 excellent)The Kit:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:The kit comes with a controller box, two terminal-connectors, a modified Autometer gauge, a connector cable, and two F1-paddles. The controller box replaces the Automatic Transmission Control Unit ACTU. [read more]
100,000 K Service, List of Parts
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What should be done at a 100,000km service? The following is a list of part numbers and pictures, as well as prices, from TTZ Performance of the various parts necessary for the 100k service (note: prices subject to change):   Also see what is done in this tech write up at www.ttzd.com http://www.ttzd.com/tech/60k/60kmenu.html (they call it 60k as it's 60,000miles) - Simon/ Stillen   [read more]
300ZX write-up when it was a new car
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
A New Nissan 3.0-liter V-6 Twin-cam twin-turbo Engine with Dual Intake and Exhaust Systems  Written by: K. Yamamura, M. Naramura, A. Ishii, M. Nakajima, and M. Enomoto Nissan Motor Co. Ltd  Abstracts:As a new generation sports car engine to lead the field in the 1990s a 3.0 liter 60 degree V type 6 cylinder, 4 cam, 24 valve engine (VG30DETT) has been [read more]
105km Speed Chime
on 14 Nov 2007 by admin author list
105km Speed Chime [read more]
ECU Diagnosis Table
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
ECU Diagnosis Table [read more]
ECU Harness Terminal Layout
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
ECU Identification Table [read more]
Detonation - Definition
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Detonation - Definition [read more]
ECU Identification Table
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
ECU Identification Table [read more]
Driving Lights
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Driving Lights [read more]
Main gearbox tech articles are found here
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
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Differential Oil Change
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Differential Oil Change [read more]
CAS Pinouts
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
CAS Pinouts [read more]
Australian National Exhaust noise regulations
on 30 Jan 2008 by admin author list
Australian National Exhaust noise regulations [read more]
AIV Delete by Rockchucker (Cory from the USA)
on 23 Jul 2009 by admin author list
AIV Delete by Rockchucker (Cory from the USA) [read more]
ASCD Modification
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
ASCD Modification [read more]
Autopsy of a TPS
on 05 Dec 2008 by admin author list
Autopsy of a TPS [read more]
AutoSkin-Protecting your paintwork on roadtrips
on 16 Apr 2009 by admin author list
AutoSkin-Protecting your paintwork on roadtrips [read more]
AutoSkin-Protecting your paintwork on roadtrips
on 16 Apr 2009 by admin author list
AutoSkin-Protecting your paintwork on roadtrips [read more]
Heater Core removal for beginners-Dash in by tzpark
on 04 Dec 2012 by admin author list
Heater Core removal for beginners-Dash in by tzpark [read more]
Heater Core removal for beginners-Dash in by tzpark
on 04 Dec 2012 by admin author list
Heater Core removal for beginners-Dash in by tzpark [read more]
How-to: SPL Fender Brace by Milo (SATX)
on 20 Jul 2012 by admin author list
How-to: SPL Fender Brace by Milo (SATX) [read more]
Fixing roof sensor climate control fan
on 14 May 2013 by admin author list
Fixing roof sensor climate control fan [read more]
Headlight Disassembly
on 16 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Headlight Disassembly [read more]
GETTING RID OF THE HICAS - TT PUMP MOD!
on 18 Mar 2009 by admin author list
GETTING RID OF THE HICAS - TT PUMP MOD! [read more]
How To Install A Aftermarket LSD (not for faint hearted) by Chrispy@aus300zx.com
on 19 Aug 2009 by admin author list
How To Install A Aftermarket LSD (not for faint hearted) by Chrispy@aus300zx.com [read more]
Installing higher wattage bulbs into your Z (Printabel PDF)
on 16 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Installing higher wattage bulbs into your Z (Printable PDF) [read more]
Z32 Intake piping from AFM to the throttlebodies
on 16 Apr 2009 by admin author list
This article contains a complete Intake system for the Z32 (TT) from the AFM right through to the throttle bodies) Z32 Intake piping from AFM to the throttlebodies [read more]
LED Guage Pod Conversion by JEDI-77
on 03 Apr 2008 by admin author list
LED Guage Pod Conversion by JEDI-77 [read more]
Jedi-s LED Conversion-2
on 01 Jun 2008 by admin author list
Jedi-s LED Conversion-2 [read more]
Odometer Fix Tech Article - PDF
on 16 Nov 2007 by adminhttp://www.pexcom.com.au/z32cms/e107_images/generic/bbcode/code.png author list
Odometer Fix Tech Article - PDF [read more]
Power Windows - Modifying the power supply
on 08 Mar 2009 by admin author list
Power Windows - Modifying the power supply [read more]
Power Windows - Replacing the motor unit
on 08 Mar 2009 by admin author list
Power Windows - Replacing the motor unit [read more]
Psyco Angel-Eyes Guide (Adding Angel Eyes to your headlights)
on 23 Apr 2009 by admin author list
Psyco Angel-Eyes Guide (Adding Angel Eyes to your headlights) [read more]
How to install a Series 2 PTU (Printable PDF with images)
on 14 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How to install a Series 2 PTU (Printable PDF with images) How to install a Series 2 Power Transistor Unit (PTU) By now it is common knowledge that the series 1 PTU seems to be a common point of failure.  These units were fitted to the series 1 Z32 '89 to late '93 and were recalled in Japan and the US [read more]
How to remove an NA Subframe by Chrispy
on 19 Aug 2009 by Chrispy author list
How to remove an NA Subframe by Chrispy [read more]
How to change your O2 sensors (Oxygen Sensors) printable PDF
on 03 Nov 2010 by admin author list
How to change your O2 sensors (Oxygen Sensors) printable PDF [read more]
Fixing a faulty speed sensor
on 17 Apr 2009 by admin author list
Fixing a faulty speed sensor The PDF in the link above contains the picture, below is the article text only Speed Sensor Tip I found the following article on the UK 300ZX site. All credit to JeffTT from UK. Tony (Z-FNQ) A lot of owners have issue with the speedo, power steering, auto box change etc. All of these are related in as [read more]
Detonation Sensor Relocation
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Detonation Sensor Relocation [read more]
Air Conditioner Diagnostics
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Air Conditioner Diagnostics [read more]
How Camshafts work
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How Camshafts work [read more]
Catalytic Converters (Definition)
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Catalytic Converters (Definition) [read more]
300ZX on Wikipedia
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
300ZX on Wikipedia [read more]
MAS wikipedia
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
MAS wikipedia [read more]
Safety Boost Over-ride
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Safety Boost Over-ride [read more]
Warwick megameet May 2007 Newspaper article
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Warwick megameet May 2007 Newspaper article [read more]
Measurement Calculator (.EXE file)
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Measurement Calculator (.EXE file) [read more]
1989 300ZX Z32 TT vs Corvette
on 22 Nov 2007 by admin author list
1989 300ZX Z32 TT vs Corvette [read more]
Auto to Manual Conversion (Tech article 2)
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Auto to Manual Conversion (Tech article 2) [read more]
Alternative Parts Thread (AUS300ZX)
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Alternative Parts Thread (AUS300ZX) [read more]
Battery Basics (PDF)
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Battery Basics (PDF) [read more]
Battery Service (PDF)
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Battery Service (PDF) [read more]
Coilpack Connector Replacement
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Coilpack Connector Replacement [read more]
Horsepower Calculator
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Horsepower Calculator [read more]
How the Engine Cooling System works
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How the Engine Cooling System works [read more]
300zx Window glass aerial wiring
on 09 Apr 2013 by admin author list
300zx Window glass aerial wiring [read more]
Alternator Removal
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Alternator Removal...Click to download PDF [read more]
Repairing the Fuel Pump Control Unit (FPCU)
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Repairing the Fuel Pump Control Unit (FPCU) [read more]
Changing the Rear Wheel Studs by Rob260@aus300zx.com
on 15 Feb 2011 by admin author list
Changing the Rear Wheel Studs by Rob260@aus300zx.com [read more]
Head Bolts
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Head Bolts [read more]
How to fix a Rattling Window
on 24 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How to Fix a Rattling Window [read more]
How to fix a Rattling Window
on 23 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How to fix a Rattling Window [read more]
Tectalloy Coolant Techinfo (PDF) - 2007
on 21 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Tectalloy Coolant Techinfo (PDF) - 2007 [read more]
Auto to Manual Conversion pdf
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Auto to Manual Conversion pdf [read more]
NA to TT Engine conversion
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
NA to TT Engine conversion [read more]
NA to TT Engine Swap Video (120MB WMV file)
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
NA to TT Engine Swap Video (120MB WMV file) [read more]
What is an Underdrive pulley
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What is an Underdrive pulley [read more]
What is standard boost
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What is standard boost [read more]
TWD Installation guide
on 16 Nov 2007 by admin author list
2009 TWD Install Procedure (Printable PDF) Device Overview/Specs (Printable PDF) [read more]
Front Seal
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Front Seal [read more]
Rear Main Seal
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Rear Main Seal [read more]
Squeaking Bonnet
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Squeaking Bonnet [read more]
Temperature Warning Device (TWD)
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
2009 TWD Install Procedure (Printable PDF) Device Overview/Specs (Printable PDF) [read more]
Clock repair
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Clock repair [read more]
Heater Core Removal - Dash in
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Heater Core Removal - Dash in [read more]
Wiring Harness (Auto to Manual Conversion)
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Wiring Harness (Auto to Manual Conversion) [read more]
Installing an aftermarket Air Filter
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Installing an aftermarket Air Filter [read more]
Air Filter Comparisons
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Air Filter Comparisons [read more]
Catalytic Converters (installing)
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Catalytic Converters (installing) [read more]
Coolant Temp Sensor
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Coolant Temp Sensor [read more]
Coilpack - Troubleshooting
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Coilpack - Troubleshooting [read more]
Installing boost jets (article 2)
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Installing boost jets (article 2) [read more]
NA to TT Differential
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
NA to TT Differential [read more]
What Causes Safety Boost?
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What Causes Safety Boost? [read more]
Retrofit the Cruise Control (ASCD) by Luke (Fuzz300)
on 07 Nov 2008 by admin author list
Retrofit the Cruise Control (ASCD) to a Z32 that does not currently have the option installed by Luke (Fuzz300). [read more]
Targa Trim Replacement by Tektrader
on 14 Jul 2008 by admin author list
Targa Trim Replacement by Tektrader [read more]
Tyre Guide Calculator
on 12 May 2008 by admin author list
Tyre Guide Calculator [read more]
All Gauge tech articles are found here
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
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Adjusting a Clutch on a 90+ 300ZX
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
By Thomas Bell The process is in two parts: 1. Adjusting the clutch rod for proper travel. 2. Bleeding the hydraulic system properly. Tools needed: 10-mm and 14-mm open end wrenches, jack stands, a pair of pliers, a short length of rubber hose, one or two glass jars and at least one pint of DOT-3 brake fluid. 1. Adjusting the clutch rod [read more]
Aerial and Mast repair/replacement
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Antenna mast problems. Scenario 1 The antenna would not go all the way down, it always protruded a bit. The metal mast was sticky to touch but dry in appearance. Turn o the radio & the mast extends, so out with the Kerosene and a rag to wash the mast. It works better, all the way & down. Repeat the process a [read more]
Aftermarket Coolant Temperature Gauge
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Autometer Electric Water Temperature gauge install into Z32 This guide details how an electric Autometer Water temperature gauge can be installed into a Z32 300zx by replacing the original water temperature sender on the upper pipe from the block to the radiator hose. I've aimed to make this fairly in depth and I'm sure many of you will skip steps or do [read more]
Air filter causing car to stall
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How do I keep my car from stalling at speed? If the car will stall when the clutch is pushed in at speed to coast, the fix is simple: This is fairly common with the K&N style after market intakes, primarily with the Stillen model because the 'horn' for the filter is polished smooth. The simple solution is to tape [read more]
Air filter replacement / cleaning
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Air Filter Replacement/Cleaning:   Another of the simple DIY jobs on the Z. The air filter is the first (basically only) line of defense to keep debris from entering the engine. When it's dirty, it restricts airflow, reducing available horsepower & torque. Replacing the stock filters or cleaning the K&N style filter will regain the lost horsepower. This cleaning was [read more]
Air Guides for Rotor Cooling Installation
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Air Guides for Rotor Cooling Installation:   A little known design change on the Z32 is the addition of the front air guides to aid in cooling of the rotors. I believe the first year to have them is '93.  Part numbers required for full retrofit to make the '90-'92 have the same braking system up front as '93-'96: (yes, [read more]
AIV removal (Article 1)
on 15 Mar 2008 by admin author list
Removing the Air Induction Valves (AIV's) The AIV's are located in the wheel arches and are known to be annoying. Most Z's will develop a gurgle at idle because water builds up in one of the lines. There are a number of solutions. You can empty out the water, put in a drain hole to stop it happening again, or remove [read more]
AIV removal (Artticle 2)
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
    OK, I had to search through quite a bit of info on here to compile this. I'll attempt to break it down as thoroughly as possible. BACKGROUND (AIV): No aftermarket ECU that has been sold for years retains AIV functionality. If you have a later year Z, the AIVs were deleted altogether. The ECU compensates for lack of AIV by [read more]
Ajdustable Speed Chime
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Speed alert using VR2 settting on the speedo..>> On the speedometer there are two small blue variable resistors. VR1 is used to calibrate the speed and VR2 is used to calibrate for the speed warning chime.VR2 is a 2k ohm linear device. The formula used to calibrate the chime is as follows:VR2(ohms) = 16xkph-750Thus, for 0 resistance the lowest setting [read more]
Alternative Top Radiator Hose
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Top hose for a Holden, HT, HQ, HJ, HX, HZ, and Statesman 253 (308 5.0L) Torana LH, LX Part number, 7437639 [read more]
Annexure to Plenum Pull Water Bypass hose tech article
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Special thanks to K-Zed for technical assistance Whilst doing an under-plenum water hose bypass I found the existing tech articles for this a little vague. So, with thanks to Rob (K-zed) here are additional photos which should clarify any questions.   This photo is of the heater hose area where most of the action takes place.           - by Zed4life and K-Zed [read more]
Anti lock Brake Systems
on 11 Nov 2007 by hot300zx author list
Anti lock Brake Systems Anti lock Brake Systems If the brakes are applied too hard when driving on slippery road [read more]
Auto to Manual Conversion
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Auto to Manual Conversion PDF Tech located here A tech article located offsite here [read more]
Automatic Gearbox Alternative Replacements
on 09 Mar 2009 by admin author list
I know there is a general idea about Patrol gearboxes but for anyone unsure, the Y60 Nissan Patrol GQ (1988-1998, also known as the Ford Maverick until 1994) gearbox is exactly the same as the 300ZX. From: http://www.patrol4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1 Patrol automatic gearbox: 4-speed Automatic RE4R03A 4-speed electronic auto with lock-up torque converter and two-mode shift pattern (economy & power). Gear Ratios: 1st: 2.784 2nd: 1.544 3rd: 1.000 4th: 0.694 Reverse: 2.275 These are [read more]
Automatic Transmission Q & A
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Ask Sarah   Answers to Readers Questions By: Sarah Forst Hey Sarah, I have a 94 300ZX 2+2 with about 135K miles on it. When I am in "park", my engine would rev up as normal. But when I put it into D or any other gears (under load) and rev the engine, the engine would scream but there would be no power. The [read more]
Auxiliary Fan Operation and Diagnostic Tips
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Auxiliary Fan Operation and Diagnostic Tips:   This page is intended to assist in understanding when the fan should work and provide some diagnostic tips for checking and testing components. It is intended for the more experienced DIYer. Please read the ENTIRE page, including conclusions and the Fine Print before starting any actual work. For Z32 owners who are having overheating [read more]
Auxiliary Fan Operation and Diagnostic Tips
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Auxiliary Fan Operation and Diagnostic Tips:   This page is intended to assist in understanding when the fan should work and provide some diagnostic tips for checking and testing components. It is intended for the more experienced DIYer. Please read the ENTIRE page, including conclusions and the Fine Print before starting any actual work. For Z32 owners who are having overheating [read more]
Auxiliary Fan Operation with the Air conditioning
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Aux Fan runs with AC Hooking up your Auxilary Fan low speed to engage simultaneously with Air Conditioning operation Applications: Twin Turbo only. NA's only have a single speed aux fan which should be left to be controlled by ECU. Whilst this will still work for NA's, I don;t recommend it. Who should do this: Only absolutely pedantic, obzessive types like me who [read more]
Balance Pipe O-Ring replacement
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Balance tube O-rings - 2x 34IDx2.5mm, 1x 18IDx2mm O-rings for injectors 16x21x2.5mm & 20x27x3.5mm (6 of each) fit '90 model tt, standard injectors [read more]
Blazt OBD1 Diagnostic Connector Wiring
on 02 Dec 2009 by admin author list
Hi All In case you ever accidentally pull the wiring out of your Blazt Diagnostic Connector, here is the basic wiring layout, so you can resolder it yourself. [read more]
Boost Jet Jumpers
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Boost Jet "Jumpers" Getting welding tips (boost jets) into the vacuum hoses is a bit tough. Getting them back out when necessary is tougher. I know this has been discussed before, but the following little write-up might help those looking for something a bit more visual. If you want an easy way to change/replace/remove/test different boost jets without installing a boost controller, [read more]
Boost Jets, all you ever wanted to know - Thumper
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Factory Boost Jets ??? - Yes and No. and Controlled Boost Scenarios Enough posts have been made now that everyone pretty much knows the "FACTORY BOOST JETS" exist. Well, just to close the case, here you go. On each side of the car, there are the factory boost solenoids. A short hose from the intake/inlet pipe (to the turbo compressor inlet) connects [read more]
Boost Leak Tester
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Quick and Dirty Blow Up Tool This is a brief description of making the QAD blow up tool. With this you can place it in the intake piping where the Mass Air Flow sensor, and apply pressurised air to the engine (no more than about 20psi) to listen for escaping air around the engine bay, indicating a vacuum leak. The first thing [read more]
Boost Leaks - Thumper
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
BOOST LEAK LOCATOR GUIDEIF YOU HAVE INSIGHTS, CORRECTIONS, EXPLANATIONS, or REPAIR WRITEUPS, PLEASE email me SO I CAN MAKE UPDATES! If you own a Twin Turbo, you've probably seen a lot of talk about BOOST LEAK. And if you've ever posted a question about "lack of power" or "low boost", you've certainly had a response that reads "Do you have a [read more]
Brake Caliper Seal Replacement
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Brake Caliper Seal Replacement:   After serious use, the seals on the brake caliper pistons will wear our & start to leak. Rebuilding is fairly simple and much cheaper then replacing the entire caliper. I rebuilt the seals in my Skyline calipers but the kit is the same as the 300ZX's. In fact the pistons are also the same size, it's [read more]
Brake Pad Install
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Brake Pad Install:   One of the simplest DIY performance enhancements is changing the brake pads. A good set of high performance pads will make a huge difference in the Z's lacking brake performance from the factory. This installation of PBR Metal Master front pads P.N.: D1170M was done on my '95 TT Timing: Anytime the pads are down to [read more]
Building the Ultimate Z engine
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
  Project Nissan 300ZX: Part 4 Building the Ultimate Z Engine By Mike Kojima   In our last foray in the adventure of building the poor man's exotic killer, we did some extensive suspension and brake work to prepare the chassis of Project 300ZXTT to make it worthy for the installation of our anticipated 500-hp-to-the-wheels engine. In this installment we will actually start to [read more]
Bulb types/codes
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Globe specs in the 300ZX Can anyone confirm these bulb types? I couldn't find a list anywhere so made my own (all philips type). Anything I REALLY wasn't sure of I've put in italics, quite a lot but it's alot of best guess. Be good to get this (in [read more]
Buying and Selling tips
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
  ................... The original Nissan 300zx specialist   ........"Z SELLING ".........   1) Preparation   Ok this is where you make sure that before a potential buyer is any where near your car that all the paper work for the car is available to hand, that`s all the legal stuff like MOT`s Owner`s documents,service books and receipts etc are up to date information wise and are current.There is [read more]
Bypassing the Fuel Pump Control Unit in a 2 seater
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Bypassing the Fuel Pump Control Unit The fuel pump control unit regulates voltage to the fuel pump during vehicle operation (start-up, idling, and under boost). The varying voltage allows the fuel pump operate at different rates and send the appropriate amount of fuel to the injectors. It doesn't act to regulate the fuel pressure, but works in conjunction with the fuel [read more]
Bypassing the fuel pump control unit in a 2+2 seater
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Bypassing the fuel pump control unit in a 2+2 seater This idea came from a Twin Turbo post and we have just had opportunity to check it with MikeZ's Fuel Pump Control Unit. This mod is considered a temporary solution to get you mobile when the Fuel Pump Control Unit dies. To understand what the FPCU does, review Zeeman's tech article. If [read more]
Can I fit a tow bar to my Z32
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Installing a Trailer Hitch By Brian Duley The purpose of this page is to give the reader an ideas about installing a trailer hitch on a 1990-1996 Nissan 300ZX. I welded my hitch so I could remove the receiver when not in use and you could not tell that the car has a trailer hitch. I use mine to tow a 3 [read more]
Car Battery, What is it, and how does it work?
on 26 Mar 2008 by admin author list
Batteries Tech ArticleWith the recent spate of Battery Related threads in Z-Related, I thought it was time for a “batteries” tech article. Having contracted to a certain Roadside Assist provider for around five years now (or 25,000 battery replacements if you prefer) I thought I may be able to shed some light on the topic.Let's start with some basics….What is [read more]
Cargo Cover Repair
on 16 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Cargo Cover Repair:   Heat and excessive use of the cargo cover can yield to a split cargo cover where the handle is. The cargo cover is not inexpensive to replace. The repair method described is a long lasting, cheap, and effective fix. Tools: Black Silicon RTV (100% silicon) Approximately 25-30 standard clothes pins Paper Towels Parts needed: none Estimated Time [read more]
Cat Back Install
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Cat-Back Exhaust Installation:   The more air moved through an engine, the more power that can be produced. Generally one of the first modifications to any car is to replace the usually restrictive OEM exhaust with an after market 'cat-back' performance exhaust. Cat-back refers to replacing the mufflers and the pre-silencer, so replacing the exhaust from the catalytic convertors back. [read more]
Causes of high fuel consumption
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Three contributions in this article by Bob in Oz, K-Zed and 90TTZ (Please read all)     What can I check to reduce excessive fuel consumption? - Bob in OZ Excessive fuel consumption most likely has a cause due to an external sensor: Things to check are: 1. Coolant Temperature SensorIf the coolant temperature sensor connections are corroded, or the sensor is defective, the ECU will [read more]
Changing your Oil Pressure Sender
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
By zcar91 with some elbow assistance from chr15g This tech article explains how to change the OPS using a non-genuine equivalent unit made by VDO. The reason for this article is that the VDO unit is priced at about one quarter that quoted by Nissan for the genuine article (presently VDO [read more]
Changing your Oil Pressure Sender Unit (OPS)
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Changing your Oil Pressure Sender Unit (OPS) By zcar91 with some elbow assistance from chr15g This tech article explains how to change the OPS using a non-genuine equivalent unit made by VDO. The reason for this article is that the VDO unit is priced at about one quarter that quoted by Nissan for the genuine article (presently VDO is A$60.00 compared to [read more]
Cleaning Electrical Connectors (Injector connectors in particular)
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
I've been cleaning injector connectors today and I think this is the easiest and quickest way to do it. I've read about it on tt.net and just added my pics, some of you might find it useful [read more]
Cleaning K&N Air Filters
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
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Cleaning the filter (Automatic Transmission)
on 14 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Word document - Cleaning the filter (Automatic Transmission) [read more]
Clock repair
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Center Console Clock Repair: Most of the older Z32s have problems with their clocks. The display gets too dim, or goes out altogether. With the cost of a new OEM clock above one hundred dollars, most opt to put in a turbo timer or some other small electronics in the prime console real-estate, install an audio head unit with a [read more]
Cluster Removal
on 16 Nov 2007 by admin author list
  Remove the bonnet above the gauges cluster It's held in place by 2 screws Remove the two screw under the bonnet Remove the bonnet. Above the cluster, there are 2 screws, remove them Remove both control pods on the side of the Gauge Cluster You have to remove both control pods, the A/C and the "rear-defrost / fog / [read more]
Clutch Replacement
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
  How to do a transmission removal and clutch replacement   By Brian Duley   I. Warning: Removing a transmission and replacing a clutch is a complex and time-consuming procedure. By replacing it yourself, you alone are responsible for the safety and functionality of yourself and vehicle. If you do not want to take that chance, I recommend that you take you car to [read more]
Coil Pack - checkiist
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
1 the connectors for the actual coilpack itself (not the coilpack, but the wiring leading to it)... Try wiggling it as the engine is running and try to bring on the problem.2: You may have a break/bad connection somewhere in the circuit. Here's the wiring diagram if you are so inclined... It's not that scary !The left pin of [read more]
Coil Pack Connector replacement, by ASH-SPEC
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
  I'm not sure if folks go about it this way when they replace their coil pack connectors of their EFI harness when they become [read more]
Coil Pack Connector replacement, by ASH-SPEC
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
I'm not sure if folks go about it this way when they replace their coil pack connectors of their EFI harness when they [read more]
Coilpacks
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Have you checked -------------> 1 the connectors for the actual coilpack itself (not the coilpack, but the wiring leading to it)... Try wiggling it as the engine is running and try to bring on the problem.2: You may have a break/bad connection somewhere in the circuit. Here's the wiring diagram if you are so inclined... It's not that scary ! The [read more]
Colour code name and production statistics
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Z32 Production / Color Statistics   Gold Metallic - EJ0 Color statistics by year:   [read more]
Colour Combinations and Serial Numbers
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Color Combinations & Serial Numbers: Color Combinations: These charts are from Steve Richardson @ Courtesy Nissan. Just something I hadn't seen elsewhere. Thought it might be useful for the 'What year is that?' questions... Check out the Brown Pearl Graphite Convertible in the second chart... Never seen that before!   Up to September '91 [read more]
Common offsets for aftermarket wheels
on 13 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What are some common offsets for aftermarket wheels? Rim Size Offset PCD Hub Tyre [read more]
Compression Testing - Twnturbo.net
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How do I check my compression? 1. Warm up engine. 2. Disconnect the crank angle sensor connector. 3. Remove balance tube, all coil packs and spark plugs. See [ http://www.ttzd.com/tech/sparkplugstech.html ] for more detailed instructions. 4. Attach a compression tester to #1 cylinder. 5. Depress accelerator pedal, keep throttle wide open. 6. Crank the engine for 5 to 7 seconds [read more]
Control part terminology
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Engine Temperature Sensor The engine temperature sensor, located on the top of water inlet housing, detects engine coolant [read more]
Converting pump - 2+0 to 2+2
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Simmo's Musical fuel pump Tech Article well i got stuck with another 2 seater pump, my car is a 2+2. anyways the pickups are different and with the help of Tom aka Zrated (Perth Zed Performance) we changed the pickups over with ease!!.. o have missed a couple of pics but u will get the general idea..1... remove fuel cap2. find [read more]
Coolant Temp Sensor
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
The A to Z of Coolant Temp Sensors and Detonation Sensors Coolant Temp Sensor | Detonation Sensor Firstly, get a cut lunch/coffee/alcohol to read thru my drivel and forgive me in advance for potentially insulting your intelligence by describing the fixes in very "blind freddy" fashion- I don't know your level of tech- expertise so I'm 'assuming' you know little... ok. The Coolant [read more]
Coolant Temperature and Detonation sensors
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
The A to Z of Coolant Temp Sensors and Detonation Sensors Coolant Temp Sensor | Detonation Sensor Firstly, get a cut lunch/coffee/alcohol to read thru my drivel and forgive me in advance for potentially insulting your intelligence by describing the fixes in very "blind freddy" fashion- I don't know your level of tech- expertise so I'm 'assuming' you know little... ok. The Coolant [read more]
Coolant Temperature and Detonation sensors (General Info)
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
The A to Z of Coolant Temp Sensors and Detonation Sensors Coolant Temp Sensor | Detonation Sensor Firstly, get a cut lunch/coffee/alcohol to read thru my drivel and forgive me in advance for potentially insulting your intelligence by describing the fixes in very "blind freddy" fashion- I don't know your level of tech- expertise so I'm 'assuming' you know little... ok. The Coolant [read more]
Cooling system advice by Zcar91
on 10 Feb 2009 by admin author list
Hi All, The information below applies to generally to the Z32 and in particular to the TT. I understand that cooling of the Aus-spec NA is better than the TT due to the slightly larger capacity radiator. It would be an interesting experiment to install an Aus-spec NA radiator into a TT and closely observe the temperature variations, perhaps a [read more]
Crankshaft Pulley Bolt removal - Tektrader
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
The easiest way if its an auto IS get a long handled breaker bar (they are $16 at super cheap) Take out the injector fuse from the fuse box behind the drivers side strut tower, let the handle of the bar rest on the passenger side cross member. and crank the engine quickly !! It works every time. I wouldnt pull the [read more]
Crankshaft Underdrive Pulley installation
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Underdrive Pulley Install Before you start you will need the following items: Metric socket set ranging from 8mm to 27mm 3 leg pulley puller Under drive pulley Replacement belts Breaker bar Jack and stands The first step is to remove the radiator and the process for doing this can be found here. Once that is done the next step will be to [read more]
Crankshaft Underdrive Pulley installation (Overseas Tech)
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Underdrive Pulley Installation:   The underdrive pulley is a product that is very new to the Z scene, it's been available for domestics for a long time. Basic concept for hp gain it two-fold: 1st, the pulley has a smaller diameter (1.), which is a mechanical advantage. It changes the ratios between the crank and the accessories, actually driving them [read more]
Cruise Control Modification (ASCD) 92+
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Download the article here as a Printable PDF ASCD Modification (92+) This simple modification to the cruise control circuitry allows the cruise control to be set to higher than the stock 105kph. Following the procedure here will allow it to be set to a maximum of 148kph. The information here is only applicable for 92+ Z's (maybe 93, check the numbers on [read more]
Cruise Control Modification 89-92 or click ASCD Modification
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Click here for the PDF of the ASCD Modification. The PDF has pictures ASCD Modification (89-92) This simple modification to the cruise control circuitry allows the cruise control to be set to higher than the stock 105kph. Following the procedure here will allow it to be set to a maximum of 148kph. The information here is only applicable for 89-92 Z's [read more]
Cruise Control Modification 92+
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
ASCD Modification (92+) This simple modification to the cruise control circuitry allows the cruise control to be set to higher than the stock 105kph. Following the procedure here will allow it to be set to a maximum of 148kph. The information here is only applicable for 92+ Z's (maybe 93, check the numbers on the circuit board and chip).... if your [read more]
Curing an erratic Idle (Parts one and two combined)
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
CURING ERRATIC IDLE (Part 1)   General: Erratic idle is one of the most common problems with our cars. This is caused by the number of  engine components that are affecting it, such as: IAA (Idle Air Adjusting unit), Air Regulator, Throttle Bodies, Injectors, CAS, fuel delivery, vacuum piping... This article will cover the three components mentioned first. IAA-unit: This [read more]
Cylinder Head Removal
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
For those that may remember over the last few months I have been experiencing problems with overheating. Although replacing the radiator cap solved most of the problem, what remained was this intermittent overheating in which resulted in overheating occuring after a week or more. Driving hard would also accelerate the symptoms. Perhaps it would be more accurate to state that the resultant [read more]
Dash removal with pictures
on 16 Nov 2007 by admin author list
NEW REMOVAL OF DASH TECH WITH PICS hey guys did this today and took pics on the way. i used this tech article to do the job http://www.twinturbo.net/ttnetfaq/FA...dashboard.html took me about 2 hrs, and this was taking my time as it was my first time doing it, so clearly labelling bags with were the screws go etc...ive edited the above [read more]
Dashboard Removal - Twinturbo.net
on 16 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How do I get my dashboard off? Take off the part over the gauges. There are two screws above the cluster. Take off the trim around the cluster. Remove the panel below the steering wheel to get to all of the screws. Remove it anyway, because it'll happen later. Next, remove the cluster. Be careful when removing the connectors. Take [read more]
Detailing Tips (Body / Paint)
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How to care for your Zed - Detailing tips from Zanjara - Body So you want to keep the Zed looking good...... Ok i have done alot of research as well as doing it myself over the years... I have been a fulltime car detailer for over 3 years now but started detailing bits and pieces since i was 15... The following [read more]
Detailing Tips (Glass and plastics)
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How to care for your Zed - Detailing tips from Zanjara - Glass and Plastics So you want to keep the Zed looking good...... Ok i have done alot of research as well as doing it myself over the years... I have been a fulltime car detailer for over 3 years now but started detailing bits and pieces since i was 15... [read more]
Detailing Tips (Wheels and Tyres)
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How to care for your Zed - Detailing tips from Zanjara - Wheels and tyres So you want to keep the Zed looking good...... Ok i have done alot of research as well as doing it myself over the years... I have been a fulltime car detailer for over 3 years now but started detailing bits and pieces since i was 15... [read more]
Detonation Sensor Bypass
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How to diagnose and bypass a defective detonation sensor in a 90+ Nissan 300 ZX Twin turbo. By Henri Le Hir My Z is a 1992, "Continental European" Nissan 300 ZX Twin Turbo, 2+2 (!!) (left hand drive). All the tests have been done on this car. Hopefully, this applies to all the Z32 all over the world. Special thanks to the "Jim [read more]
Detonation, How to stop it.
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What is detonation? Detonation (also called "spark knock") is an erratic form of combustion that can cause head gasket failure as well as other engine damage. Detonation occurs when excessive heat and pressure in the combustion chamber cause the air/fuel mixture to autoignite. This produces multiple flame fronts within the combustion chamber instead of a single flame. When these multiple flames [read more]
Differential Oil Change
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Changing the Differential oil (turbo & non turbo models) Steve Chong and Andy Woo Created : 980415Last updated: 991017 1) Jack up your car so that it is level. See other "How Someone ..." for suggestions of how to jack up your car. 2) Use a 3 liter (3/4 US gal) container to catch the oil. 3) Undo the filler plug. You [read more]
Differential Seal Replacement
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Z32 Differential Seal ReplacementCleanup/Paint, and ES Bushing Installation (notes) THANKS TO EVERYONE that responded to my hundreds of posts while working on the differential.Specific thanks to Musky & Spddracer This page discussed the following topics, in this order: Differential Seal Replacement (See Differential Removal Here) with Cleanup and Painting (Spiffing Up) Energy Suspension (ES) Bushing Installation and Differential Reinstallation Help Differential Seal Replacement, Cleanup and [read more]
Differential Topup / oil change
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
About a year ago, I replaced the gearbox oil with some Redline lightweight shockproof.The easiest, quickest and cleanest way to refill the gearbox is to drill 2 holes in the cap of the 4-5 ltr plastic gearbox oil container that contains the new oil and fit 2 tightfitting plastic hoses (I used the clear ones available at any Supercheap, Bunnings [read more]
Door Hinge Allignement
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Door Alignment:   After many years of use, the stock Z32 doors can begin to sag and cause difficulty in opening and closing. In the past, it was recommended to replace the hinges. I found it easier, cheaper, and just as effective to just re-adjust the door hinges. The following article was documented on a '91 5spd TT. Estimated Time Required: [read more]
Door Lock and Door Handle Removal, Disassembly, and Repair
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Door Lock and Door Handle Removal, Disassembly, and Repair:   After many years of use, the stock Z32 door handles can succumb to wear and tear. For this technical document, I had broken my lock cam preventing me from unlocking my door with the key. The following article was documented on a '91 5spd TT. Tools: 10mm 1/4" drive socket with [read more]
Earthing kit
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Ground Net:   A very inexpensive mod that can potentially add greater throttle response and cure hesitation, is adding additional grounding points to the cars electrical system. By tying various locations directly to the ground terminal of the battery it effectively increases the efficiency of the electrical system. Tools: 10mm socket Wire strippers Connector crimper Parts needed: 10 to 15 feet [read more]
Earthing kit
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Ground Net: A very inexpensive mod that can potentially add greater throttle response and cure hesitation, is adding additional grounding points to the cars electrical system. By tying various locations directly to the ground terminal of the battery it effectively increases the efficiency of the electrical system. Tools: 10mm socket Wire strippers Connector crimper Parts needed: 10 to 15 [read more]
EBC - Apex'i Super AVC-R Install
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Apex'i Super AVC-R Boost Controller Installation Typically, the first step in increasing boost to gain more HP on TTs is getting a Jim Wolf ECU and 'boost jets'. Boost jets are good for about 12.5-15 psi. However, to run higher boost levels (or to run more steady low boost levels) requires and electronic boost control. If you expect to run [read more]
EBC - Blitz SBC-iD Install
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
    I rescued this article from [ http://www.z32.org ]Whoever wrote it deserves the credit, I just added in some photos.   Installing the Blitz SBC-iD & PowerMeter-iD What are the Blitz SBC-iD & PowerMeter-iD? Simply put, the Blizt SBC-iD is an electronic boost controller which is loaded with advanced features and a unique display/interface.In addition to 4 boost presets it also has [read more]
ECU Diagnostic Error Codes
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
ECU Diagnostics:   Nissan offers CONSULT tests for a fee to pin point problems through the ECU. There are procedures to get some of the same results without a CONSULT tool from the ECU's memory.  1. Remove the passenger floor mat (1.).  2. Pull back carpet. It's held up with 3 spots of velcro (2.).  3. Remove the wooden floorboard [read more]
ECU Diagnostic Procedures (Article 1)
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
    To test for ECU codes, you need to gain access to the ECU itself. It's located under the false floor in the passenger side floorboard. Follow the steps below to gain access to the ECU. Remove the passenger floor mat.Peel the carpet back, it's only attached with Velcro.Remove the wooden false floor, it's held in place with 4x 10mm bolts.On [read more]
ECU Diagnostic Procedures (Article 2)
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
It seems to me that one of the hardest things about fixing a Z (apart from needing arms with an extra elbow) is knowing what is wrong with it in the first place. Luckily the engineers at Nissan realised that somewhere down the line people like us were going to have a hell of time getting all of the little [read more]
ECU removal and General Info + installing Boost Jets
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
ECU Swapping, Installing Boost Jets & Other Notes:   Engine Basics:  Internal combustion engines are, at the most basic level, air pumps. If you pump more air through them you will get more power.  There are some little details that get in the way of this simplistic view, but it works well for this discussion.  Turbo and Super chargers create [read more]
EGR - More information (Recommended Read)
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
    I know this is a technical post and should be posted in tech, but I also know that a large number of folks dont even bother to read the technical forum (you know who you are) and I feel that this writeup needs to reach as many folks as possible. Over the years I have had numerous incidences where I [read more]
EGR Removal/Replacement
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
EGR Valve Replacement: When optimal air/fuel mixture is attained (14.7:1), the combustion process creates several different nitrogen oxides (NOx) because the combustion chamber is operating at over 2000° F . To reduce the NOx emission, the combustion chamber temp must be lowered. So the Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) valve (generic diagram 1.) recirculates the now inert exhaust gas back into [read more]
EGR, what does it do?
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Understanding Exhaust Gas Recirculation Systems Posted 11/5/1997 By Henry Guzman Exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems were introduced in the early '70s to reduce an exhaust emission that was not being cleaned by the other smog controls. Oxides of nitrogen (NOx) are formed when temperatures in the combustion chamber get too hot. At 2500 degrees Fahrenheit or hotter, the nitrogen and [read more]
Engine Bay Cleaning
on 23 Nov 2007 by admin author list
K-Zed's engine-bay cleaning tips >>> Based on personal observations & reinforced through discussion at Tech days, my thoughts & recommendations below:- 1. Corrosion & oxidisation of electrical connectors in the engine bay may be a caused by a./ steam cleaning upon import b./ degreasing & washing of engine bay by subsequent owners/dealers/detailers & c./ other means of water-moisture ingress ... 2. [read more]
Engine Detailing
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Easy Engine Bling.. (with pics) Hey to all my fellow Zedders.. On Saturday i finally when out and got the rest of the stuff i needed for a bit of cheap bling.. i know people say that there is nothing cheap for a Zed but this is a rare exception. i decided i would redo the the cam covers and [read more]
Engine Oil Change
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Oil Change:   One of the simplest DIY maintenance chores is changing the oil. Why spend money to have someone else potentially ruin your Z over something so simple? Timing: Every 3,000 miles [read more]
Engine Removal (Article 1)
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Engine Removal:   This is an advanced TECH page, I'm not going to go into super detail on the simpler items. If you can't figure it out just by doing it, this whole job is probably over your head. A lift makes this easier, although it's not a requirement. Observe all proper safety procedures, jack stands etc. This is obviously [read more]
English translation for Cabin Fuses
on 01 Jul 2008 by admin author list
Please click one of the following two links for an English translation of the Cabin fuse box (Drivers side kick panel). You can cut the translation out, it fits neatly inside the fusebox cover. Word document version Adobe PDF Version [read more]
Example of an Automatic transmision diagnostic and basic fix
on 14 Nov 2007 by admin author list
The Overview: My car is a 1990 Japanese spec Nissan 300ZX twin turbo, auto, 2 seater. I bought it in June, 1999 with an indicated 75K on the odometer. The condition of the car suggested to me that the reading was probably correct - overall it was in excellent condition. It is well maintained and in the last 18 months has [read more]
Fitting a fuel pump relay kill switch
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Security Modifications:   remote fuel pump kill switch install This list of instructions illustrates the process to install a switch which will cut power to the fuel pump when desired for extra security. I received some new information from a Z32 owner who did this install and had some advice concerning the install and positioning of a fuse. Revised sections are in [read more]
Fitting an external Transmision Fluid Cooler
on 23 Nov 2007 by admin author list
This should be a mandatory mod for ALL auto-Zeds, TT & NA alike due to harsh summer ambient operating temperatures. The good news: it's relatively cheap and easy to install. Q: "Why install aftermarket? My Zed already has a cooler built-in to the radiator" A: The radiator performs a reasonable job of cooling transmission oil, although a separate aftermarket cooler not [read more]
Fixing a failed Power Window
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Fixing a failed power window Fixing power windows (driver side only) failure by TheZed, (special thanks to Wyyked) This article is intended to help those who have trouble with specifically their driver side power window. While this article is not a "fix all" as there may be other causes for the problem, it is relatively simple to do, so attempting this first [read more]
Fixing the "Lights" warning light
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
  Fixing the "LIGHTS" warning   This warning light is pretty annoying in my view, it is designed to monitor the resistance in the rear light assembly and if a bulb goes out, the resistance is reduced/increased and the "LIGHT" comes on on the dash when you brake. Usually, the main brake lights are fine, but the 4 little lights in the middle [read more]
Fluid Capacities
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Click here for fluid capacities [read more]
Flywheel Lightnening - Twinturbo.net
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Is going with a lightened flywheel worth it? I was torn between whether or not to get a lightened flywheel and did a bit of research before I finally decided to get mine. As part of this research, I did surveys and talked with several reputed people on this topic. I'll try to make this short. Survey Results: I sent [read more]
Flywheel Replacement
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Clutch Replacement: As a regular wear item, eventually the clutch and other relevant parts will have to be replaced. OEM parts work fine for an OEM powered car. Stage III will overpower the stock setup in no time (my clutch lasted all of 2 days). Part of the modification pathway is keeping the car well rounded. Beefy brakes for more [read more]
Fog light re-wiring - Twinturbo.net
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How do I rewire my fog lights?? The way I have my switch wired just results in the fogs and lows staying on when you turn on the high beams as long as the fog light switch is on. So then you have the following setup:       SWITCH POSITION        FOGS       LOWS       HIGHS           Off   Off        Off         Off        Parking  N/A        N/A         N/A        Lows [read more]
Front bumper bar removal
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Front bar removal Removal of the front bar is not as difficult as it first appears, and is only tricky really because of a few hard to find and hard to get to bolts. Once you've done it once it is very simple, and considering how long it takes to remove, much time can be saved when doing other jobs that [read more]
Front Guard (Fender) removal
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How do remove my front fenders? To remove the panel (this is to remove the passenger side fender specifically): Tools:  - Medium Phillips Screwdriver  - 10 mm socket wrench (a "deep" socket may be necessary)  - 10 mm socketdriver (ie screwdriver with socket end)  - Flashlight 1. Open the hood. There are 4 or 5 10mm bolts holding the panel in [read more]
Front Main Seal Tech Tips from zcar91 Workshop
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
By IB and Zcar91 zcar91 and I have done many timing belt changes but up to now we have avoided changing the front main seal. This task is daunting because the crank sprocket is very difficult to remove. There is no room behind the sprocket to get a puller on and the sprockets tend to seize on very tight. Since new sprockets [read more]
Front Tension Rod Install/Replacement:
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Front Tension Rod Install/Replacement:   Eventually it happens to all Z32's. The silicon bushings on the tension rods start leaking resulting in poor handling. Usually pulling to one side during braking, or nose-diving in corners. Replacing them with OEM tension rods will cure the problem temporarily, but they will fall to the same fate eventually. The ultimate solution is a [read more]
Fuel Economy guide (TT) - PEXZED
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Z32 Fuel Economy There is always a lot of conjecture about the fuel economy of these cars.Some people seem to get 200 km per tank around the city, others get 550km, and most get somewhere in between. There are of course many factors that will affect your fuel economy. Some but not all are listed here:- A heavy right foot (Driving Style) Faulty, [read more]
Fuel Filter Replacement
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Fuel Filter Replacement:   Another of the simple DIY jobs on the Z. A clogged fuel filter can cause a lot of problems from simple hesitation to cratering an engine. When there's not enough fuel for the air being brought through the engine, detonation will occur from running too lean a mixture.  Timing: The service manual never gives a recommended [read more]
Fuel Pump replacement - Twinturbo.net
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Fuel Pump Replacement:   The stock Z32 fuel pump is good for up to 750 HP, so there is no real need to go with aftermarket units once it breaks down. However, the pump can go bad, especially if it has more than 80.000 miles on it. Symptoms of pump going bad are:  - buzzing noise, under load, from the gas [read more]
Fuel smells/leaks (Petrol Cap)
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How can I stop my fuel cap from leaking.  I smell fuel when I turn right.The filler neck on all imported Zeds is replaced, as part of compliance, with one designed to suit the smaller unleaded nozzles used in Australia. Not all importers take enough care in sealing the replacement and there have been a number of incidences of them [read more]
Fuel Tank Capacity
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What is the capacity of the Z fuel tank? The fuel tank capacity of all Z's (coupes, convertibles and 2+2's) is 72 litres. There is a low fuel warning light which comes on with approximately 15 litres of fuel left... it is an orange globe behind the fuel pump icon itself on the fuel gauge. It is not uncommon for this globe [read more]
Fuses inside the cabin
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
The following is the Japanese -> English translation of the fuse box found behind the driver's side kick panel. For the fanatical, here is a Word document you can print out and stick to your fuse panel for easy reference. (Thanks to Cashie). [read more]
G4 8 piston brake review
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
G4 8 piston brake review This is something I wrote for Skylines Australia but I've had some Z people also ask me about this product so here is a copy and paste of the post. This is obviously for these brakes on my Skyline, but this IS Z related as the brakes are very similar for the two cars, and [read more]
Garret Turbo Tech Article (Expert)
on 14 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Turbo Tech 103 (Expert) This article is a bit more involved and will describe parts of the compressor map, how to estimate pressure ratio and mass flow rate for your engine, and how to plot the points on the maps to help choose the right turbocharger. Have your calculator handy!! 1 Parts of the Compressor Map: ? The compressor map is a [read more]
Getting the Zed onto Ramps - Make your own by BlueZ
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
At the last tech day I brought out a rough pair of ramps that I knocked up from some left over timber. Anyway, I've had a few requests for the sizes so here's the info.The ramps are low enough and long enough to get under the front bar. Once up [read more]
Glossary of terms
on 09 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Glossary300ZX, Z32, Z31: The Whole Reason You're Here, Aint It Cool! A/T: Automatic Transmission AAC: Auxiliary Air Control ACC: Air Conditioning Compressor Clutch AFC: Air Flow Converter AFM: Air Flow Meter AIV: Air Injection Valve AVC: Actuator Valve Controller (Boost Controller) BCM: [read more]
Goose Honk
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Goose honk can be heard on Twin Turbo models, where the factory recirculation valves are still installed. As these valves age, air can leak past the reed valves when it is not supposed to, resulting in a honking noise. This will typically occur above 2000rpm, and at light throttle (just into positive manifold pressure). It can occur outside of this area depending on [read more]
Grinding gears 4th and 5th - Manual Transmission
on 14 Nov 2007 by admin author list
My transmission grinds from 5th to 4th, anything I can do? The 4th gear grind is a common problem and it is caused by the soft metal that the syncros are made of. The rest of the trans parts supposedly are made of a harder metal. Nissan supposedly acknowledged this according to a post a long time ago here, but [read more]
Gurgling coming from the front fenders
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
The AIV's are located in the wheel arches and are known to be annoying. Most Z's will develop a gurgle at idle because water builds up in one of the lines. There are a number of solutions. You can empty out the water, put in a drain hole to stop it happening again, or remove the AIV's completely. [read more]
Hatch Rubber Stops (paint protector)
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
As a few of you know, a while ago my Zed got driven into by a Rodeo in the left hand side :sick:, which resulted in a left door and rear quarter panel replacement, and an all over respray. What used to irk me every time I opened the hatch was that the little round piece of clear adhesive plastic [read more]
Head Temperature Fan / Sensor repair
on 11 Nov 2007 by hot300zx author list
Tech Fixing the climate control fan near the interior light Some Z owners have started to hear [read more]
Headlight chime
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Usually the "lights on" warning chime will only chime when the lights are on, the door is open and the engine is off. This is a problem when you have a turbo timer as the engine is running when you open the door, so it doesn't chime. This modification changes that so it chimes when the engine is running. The time [read more]
Headlight Removal, Parts 1 and 2
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Part 1 Removal of the headlights on a Z is surprisingly difficult (it's a familiar trend isn't it? considering there are only 2 nuts and 2 bolts actually holding them in. Contrary to popular belief, this can be done without removal of the front bumper on both an NA and TT (I've even done it here with larger intercoolers). [read more]
Headlights Chime
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Usually the "lights on" warning chime will only chime when the lights are on, the door is open and the engine is off. This is a problem when you have a turbo timer as the engine is running when you open the door, so it doesn't chime. This modification changes that so it chimes when the engine is running. The time [read more]
Heater core replacement
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How to remove the heater core without removing the dashCan you remove the heater core without removing the dash? Yes, the process is listed below, however also read the comments by John and Paul at the bottom before you decide to take the leap. Removal First remove the 2 heater hoses from the heater core pipes on the firewall side under the [read more]
Heater Core Replacement (Broken Pics) - Twinturbo.net
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Heater Core Replacement Performed by yt nitram on a 1991 NA w/ driver airbag and auto climate controlSpecial thanks to PerlZTT, clarkj, Whoa, and Steve91TT for help during the process When: Is coolant gushing at the feet of the passenger and/or driver? Do you smell a sweet smelling fluid and are your windows fogging up? Your heater core has most likely [read more]
HICAS Diagnostic
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
HICAS Diagnostic:   Turbos come standard with High Capacity Actively Controlled Suspension, a fancy way to say 4 wheel steering. There's a visual diagnostic mode to check for problems in the HICAS functions. The 90-93 TTs have hydrolic HICAS running off the power steering pump, where '94+ utilizes electric actuators to handle the rear steering chores. Their codes are a [read more]
HICAS Diagnostic
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
HICAS Diagnostic: Turbos come standard with High Capacity Actively Controlled Suspension, a fancy way to say 4 wheel steering. There's a visual diagnostic mode to check for problems in the HICAS functions. The 90-93 TTs have hydrolic HICAS running off the power steering pump, where '94+ utilizes electric actuators to handle the rear steering chores. Their codes are [read more]
HID Complete Retrofit (H.I.D.)
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
HID retro fit complete (With lots of pics) A couple of members expressed interest when I mentioned I'd be doing a HID retro fit. So I offered to post some pics, here they are...Here is the Hella ballast without it's mounting case Hella ballast with case and Philips bulb in packet Close up of Philips D2S HID bulbBosch projector Custom brackets Projector with alignment [read more]
High Beams stay on
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Why are my high beams constantly staying on? In this case you will probably find that your headlights, parkers, foglights and taillights don't work either - very awkward and embarrassing driving at night. Go to the fuses in the drivers footwell area (to the right of the accelerator pedal). You will probably find the "Clearance Lamps" fuse blown - this is on [read more]
High Beams stay on
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Why are my high beams constantly staying on? In this case you will probably find that your headlights, parkers, foglights and taillights don't work either - very awkward and embarrassing driving at night. Go to the fuses in the drivers footwell area (to the right of the accelerator pedal). You will probably find the "Clearance Lamps" fuse blown - this is on [read more]
How a thermostat works
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Thermostat Thermostat   Description A thermostat is a part of an engine cooling system. The thermostat helps to maintain the engine coolant temperature within the normal operating range.How it works:When the engine started cold, the thermostat is closed. The engine coolant (antifreeze) does not circulate through the radiator (see the pictures). Instead it returns back into the engine through the by-pass tube. [read more]
How a thermostat works
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Thermostat Thermostat   Description A thermostat is a part of an engine cooling system. The thermostat helps to maintain the engine coolant temperature within the normal operating range.How it works:When the engine started cold, the thermostat is closed. The engine coolant (antifreeze) does not circulate through the radiator (see the pictures). Instead it returns back into the engine through the by-pass tube. [read more]
How Blow Off Valves work
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
All you ever needed to know about…   Blow off valves: What is a blow off valve and how does it work? What is the Stealth FX?Download Clip A blow off valve goes under many different names such as dump, bypass, recirc (short for recirculation), diverter, and pop off valves. No one term is correct, the lingo just tends to change in different [read more]
How Brakes work
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
A Short Course onBrakesby Charles Ofria The modern automotive brake system has been refined for over 100 years and has become extremely dependable and efficient. The typical brake system consists of disk brakes in front and either disk or drum brakes in the rear connected by a system of tubes and hoses that link the brake at each wheel to the [read more]
How do I adjust the headlights?
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How do I adjust the headlights? There are 4 screws which can be used to adjust both the main beam and high beam of the headlights. They can all be adjusted from the engine bay. Note US spec Z's do not have all of these adjustments. - Blipman [read more]
How does an Intercooler work
on 16 Nov 2007 by admin author list
An intercooler or charge air cooler is an additional component that looks something like a radiator, except air passes through the inside as well as the outside of the intercooler. The intake air passes through sealed passageways inside the cooler, while cooler air from outside is blown across fins by the engine cooling fan. The intercooler further increases the power [read more]
How to adjust the Handbrake on the Z32
on 07 Aug 2009 by admin author list
If your handbrake (e-brake for our USA friends)needs adjusting, here's a basic rundown on how to do it: Loosen wheel nuts Disengage handbrake (handbrake lever should be down) and back off the tension on the cable from the adjustment point on the handbrake lever jack up rear of car and put on stands Remove wheels Remove rear caliper and rotor and inspect the handbrake [read more]
How to adjust timing
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Timing Tweak: There has been a lot of discussion and interest in adjusting the timing of the TT to gain horsepower (I have not done this on a NA, but it could be done).  First off, a disclaimer, Jim Wolf does not recommend adjusting the timing, if anything, he suggests setting it at 13 degrees (stock TT is 15 degrees [read more]
How to clear your OEM corner lights
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
  - How to fully clear out your Japanese OEM clear corners - .   This guide applies to the Japanese OEM clear corners and NOT US stock lenses.You must first get the Japanese lenses to achieve this look. There's really not much to this so we'll get right into this. There are probably alot of ways to clear your lenses, but these are [read more]
How to install Blow Off Valves
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How to install Blow Off Valves (BOV's) Background: In a turbo charged car, when the throttle is closed after high boost, air that was going to enter the engine hits the throttle butterfly and bounces back through the turbo charger, slowing it down (and reducing its lifespan) resulting in more lag when you get on the throttle again (the most frequent example [read more]
How to make the low beams stay on when the high beams are activated
on 16 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Low beam + high beams on at the same time modification OK,The reason this modification is handy, is in particular for those of us with HID low beams.  When HID low beams turn on from cold, they take a few seconds to come up to full brightness.  As a result, if you use your high beams for long enough for your [read more]
How to Modify the Japanese Spec Z32 Headlight to take H3 Bulbs in the Low Beam
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How to Modify the Japanese Spec Z32 Headlight to take H3 Bulbs in the Low Beam If you have an Australian delivered Z32 (2+2 NA) read no further, Nissan has already done this modification for you. My previous headlight tech was the method used by an auto electrician when I blew a low beam globe back in 1998. The main problem with [read more]
How to properly adjust your clutch pedal - Speciality Z
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How To Properly Adjust Your Clutch Pedal When upgrading to a heavier duty pressure plate in any vehicle, the pedal from the factory is not set for enough travel.  This page will provide you with the information you and/or your mechanic needs to know when properly installing a high performance clutch.  If you are experiencing a new clutch slipping or if [read more]
How to replace a Broken Wheel Stud
on 13 Nov 2007 by admin author list
(source Twin turbo.net) How do I replace a broken wheel stud? I've done this on a front wheel. I suspect the rears will have the same design. 1. Break the rest of the lugs free on the wheel with the broken stud. Jack up the car and place on jack stands as required. [read more]
How to replace the driveshaft centre bearing
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How to replace the driveshaft center bearing This is a task that any zed owner with basic mechanical skills and a few tools can accomplish and hopefully this write up will encourage you to have a go. There are 2 available replacement units, the genuine Nissan unit and an aftermarket alternative from Drive-Pro (cheaper). Tools required: Car stands and/or ramps 8mm allen key [read more]
How Turbochargers Work (basic)
on 14 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Link to "How Stuff Works Website" - Turbocharger Basics [read more]
I-Dial Install and Callibration
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
The Installation of the I-Dial Indiglow gauges is broken up into three parts (see all parts below)   Part 1Removal of the cluster  Part 2Installation of the gauges Tools required: 1x small Phillips head screw driver 1 pair of cloth glove liners Thin double sided tape Drill After removing the instrument cluster from the dash, separate the cluster from the clear cover and black [read more]
IAA Repair - twinturbo.net
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
  OK, I'm feeling generous today and thought I'd make a faq for anyone that feels they might want to save about $300.There isn't a day that goes by that someone doesn't post about an idle problem so here you go. This post will compliment the R&R post already in Tech: [ http://www.twinturbo.net/ttnettech/iaa/iaa.html ] Also review these 2 pages directly from [read more]
IAA replacement
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Idle Air Adjusting (IAA) Unit Replacement:   Background: The dealer had already isolated my erratic idling (750-1800rpm when warm), so instead of paying the two hours labor for the dealer to replace my IAA unit, I decided to try my luck and found out it wasn't as hard as I thought. The IAA is made up of the IACV-AAC (Idle Air [read more]
Idler pulley (Part of the 100,000k service tech)
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Timing Belt Replacement: The largest part of 60k maintenance is replacing the items on the front of the engine: timing belt, water pump, seals, etc. Not really a hard job, but very time consuming. I made this guide a little more detailed then most, hoping a few people that normally wouldn't tackle a project like this will dive [read more]
Illumnated Rear Centre Panel
on 16 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Illuminated Rear Panel Modification: Let me start off by saying this is a time consuming and delicate project. If you don't have patience or the understanding/approval of your significant other to use their kitchen, don't try this. Pay someone to do it for you. I broke two panels before I got this right and spent a lot of time that [read more]
Injector Connector replacement
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
In response to many requests from members, here is information on a very good alternative to using OE parts to replace the EFI injector connectors. I sourced this from Quikcrimp in Glenorchy, Tas, but you may be able to get them from elsewhere. They are packaged in a Quikcrimp container, and made in Taiwan - no other source details. The Quikcrimp [read more]
Installing an aftermarket Pod filter
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
For this job you will need the following; Phillips head screwdriver 8-12mm Socket set (used instead of driver if nuts to tight) 8-10" shifter. Time required ranges from 30-45 minutes. The procedure is the same for both TT and NA, and should be applicable to pretty much all brands of aftermarket pod filter. I would advise you to go for a short [read more]
Installing Dump Pipes
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
By BlackiceTT Decided to finally install my Tune Agent Dump pipes form the group buy today. I did it with out having to tilt the engine/or/remove the brake booster.  Took a bunch of pics as I went along of how I went about it.  Tools needed,   13MM Ring Spanner 13MM Ring Spanner but cut in half 10MM Spanner, a long and a stubby one, [read more]
Installing Headers (NA) - Twin Turbo Zs of Dallas
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Stillen Header Installation for NAs:   Probably the toughest bolt-on performance upgrade for NAs is the Stillen header set. Headers try to allow each cylinder to be 'equidistant' from the collector right before the flange to the rest of the exhaust system. (1.) Where the stock manifolds allow cylinders 5 & 6 (the rear two) to have the shortest path [read more]
Installing Headers (NA) - Twin Turbo Zs of Dallas
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Stillen Header Installation for NAs: Probably the toughest bolt-on performance upgrade for NAs is the Stillen header set. Headers try to allow each cylinder to be 'equidistant' from the collector right before the flange to the rest of the exhaust system. (1.) Where the stock manifolds allow cylinders 5 & 6 (the rear two) to have the shortest [read more]
Installing Intercooler Water Spray
on 16 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Installing IC spray pumps and nozzles Installing the water bottle Part I | Part II | Part III The following is not so much step by step instructions on how to do this, but more an example of how someone else has done it and may give you some ideas. There are a million ways to do this with a number of factors [read more]
Installing VVT Springs
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Install JWT VTC Springs. My Experiences HOW TO :: Install JWT VTC Springs. My Experiences Difficulty : EASY! Time : 30mins give or take if done properly. Tools : Quarter inch socket with a 7mm socket / Allen key New Springs, come as a pack of 2. First off you need to remove the timing belt covers, using an Allen key. To remove [read more]
J-Spec AIV removal
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Full AIV Removal For JapSpec Non-Turbos by DJ_Party_Favor I finally did the deed today and removed my AIV system from my zed. Coming from someone who has never done anything mechanical i think i did a pretty good job on the removal and i thought id write up [read more]
Jack Points
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Points for Garage jack & Car jack When using the Genuine Zed jack I use thes3 points... When using a Garage jack I use these points... [read more]
Knock Sensor Information
on 16 Nov 2007 by admin author list
A faulty Det Sensor or det sensor circuit causes the ECU to go into safety map (retarded timing and rich mixture= poor performance, bad fuel economy and in twin turbo's reduced boost). It's (whilst a simple device) stuck down in the bowels of the back of the motor and really needs the plenum (intake manifold) removed to fix = many hundreds [read more]
Leak Down Test
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
A leak down or "cylinder leakage" test is similar to a compression test in that it tells you how well your engine's cylinders are sealing. But instead of measuring pressure, it measures pressure loss. A leak down test requires the removal of all the spark plugs. The crankshaft is then turned so that each piston is at top dead center [read more]
Leaking Power Steering return Line
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Leaking Power Steering return line - Click for a Word Document [read more]
LED Gauge Pod Conversion - Jedi-77
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
  My LED conversion.... This weekend I did the LED conversion on my dash and associated side pods. Some of the globes had blown so what better chance to get in there and spruce it up a bit. The job wasn't difficult as such, just time consuming and fiddly because you're dealing with tiny components..The LEDS I bought from http://www.superbrightleds.comFor the [read more]
LED Gauge Pod Conversion - Twinturbo.net
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
    LED Pod Conversion for those interested       Posted by Mick300ZX(NJ) on March 04, 2006 at 8:53 PM   This message has been viewed 2960 times.             Message LED Gauge Pod Conversion This was done on my car 90-NA (without electronic climate control) Difficulty from 1 to 10 (10 being the hardest) 3 Time @ 15 minutes each pod. This is what you need:9 – 3mm White (or color [read more]
Lifters
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
    "Nissan Lifters, Guaranteed to Tick Everytime.." I've done this to my personal engines when I've built them and it works very well. The hydraulic lifters used by nissan are just like any other hydraulic lifter in terms of its function and design: By using the engine oil as a cushion for valve control action, you have a zero-lash, self adjusting [read more]
Links for the Z32 Service Manual
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Download link number 1 http://www.shopmonkeys.com/Z32%20manual%201.pdf Download link number 2 http://www.fortfoster.net/Z32Manual.zip.torrent Link to the manual hosted on the UK Website http://300zx.co.uk/cgi-bin/manual.cgi Link to the manual hosted on the USA Website http://300zx-twinturbo.com/cgi-bin/manual.cgi Link to the Australian site (Searchable PDF) Searchable PDF 160 MB ------------------------------------ How to use the manual How to read wiring diagrams General Maintenance [read more]
Locating and Fixing Fuel Leaks - Twinturbo.net
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Locating and Repairing Fuel Leaks:   If the smell of fuel comes from the air vents it's probably originating from the fuel damper, fuel pressure regulator or loose interconnecting hoses. Other parts could be at fault such as the fuel filter connections or fuel injectors. Disclaimer: This is a combination of my experience and what I've read from the service manual. [read more]
Loose Passenger Window Switch
on 16 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Got fed up with people saying 'your window switch is loose'. I bet I am not the only one that has a switch with the little plastic hooks broken off.  Fix:  Take a simple electrical double spade connector (See pic) Drill out a small hole in the spade end. Unscrew the existing screw behind the switch and fit the connector.(see pic) Bend the connector at an [read more]
Making a short throw shifter
on 14 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Click here to view PDF - Making a short throw shifter [read more]
Making your Aerial operate properly with a turbo timer (Article 1)
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Antenna mast problems. Scenario 1 The antenna would not go all the way down, it always protruded a bit. The metal mast was sticky to touch but dry in appearance. Turn o the radio & the mast extends, so out with the Kerosene and a rag to wash the mast. It works better, all the way & down. Repeat the process a [read more]
Making your Aerial operate properly with a turbo timer (Article 2)
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Fixing the aerial that stays up with a turbo timer The problem: Some people have found that upon installation of a turbo timer, their electric antenna does unusual things, and in particular stays up when the car is turned off when used in conjunction with a turbo timer.   The solution: The solution is quite simple: you will need to cut a signal wire to [read more]
Master Cylinder Brace Inatstalled pic
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Misfire testing
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Word Document - Click Here [read more]
Moulding replacements
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
  I replaced all the exterior body moldings on my 1992 300ZX Twin Turbo with new, OEM pieces.  These included the long pieces on the sides of the windshield, the two short little roof pieces behind the T-tops that are just a few inches long, the long door pieces that sit on the outside edge where the glass goes in and out [read more]
Moving the PTU - Option 1
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
It would seem, by the number of reports of problems with it, that the PTU is the "Achilles Heel" of this otherwise brilliant car. Nissan realised this, and in mid 1993 replaced the PTU with a more reliable unit. This article is therefore only of use to pre 93 PTUs; if you have the newer version it should not be [read more]
Moving the PTU - Option 2
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
As you are probably aware by now, the PTU in the Z32 is a problem. The belief is, due to the heating and cooling of the PTU during it's life, the electrical connectors become stressed and break. You may be lucky and have some hesitation for several weeks or months before it stops working all together, or it will just [read more]
Moving the PTU - Option 3
on 23 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Moving the PTU Here is a simple explanation of how to re-locate the PTU to the nose - in front of the radiator. Please read methods one & two full write-ups, for background detail. This location entirely satisfies the main criteria for relocating the PTU in the first place, namely heat & vibration degradation. In this location, not only does the PTU run [read more]
My HICAS light stays on
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Why is my HICAS light on? The most common cause of the HICAS light coming on is low fluid in the power steering reservoir. This needs to be filled with Automatic transmission fluid almost right to the very top. This is sometimes easy to diagnose, as the light will be on when the car is cold, but as the fluid warms [read more]
My HICAS light stays on
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Why is my HICAS light on? The most common cause of the HICAS light coming on is low fluid in the power steering reservoir. This needs to be filled with Automatic transmission fluid almost right to the very top. This is sometimes easy to diagnose, as the light will be on when the car is cold, but as the fluid warms [read more]
My HICAS light stays on
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Why is my HICAS light on? The most common cause of the HICAS light coming on is low fluid in the power steering reservoir. This needs to be filled with Automatic transmission fluid almost right to the very top. This is sometimes easy to diagnose, as the light will be on when the car is cold, but as the fluid warms [read more]
NA to TT Diff - Twinturbo.net
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
  I dunno if it can be altered in any easier way, but this is what *I* used and seemed to need to convert: 1)the main subframe (nothing attached, needed parts listed)2)BOTH axles (NA are different diameter)3)bearing housing (since axles attach with their different diameter) (tip:easyier to pick up whole knuckle so no pressing needed)4)driveshaft (front AND rear halves including the [read more]
O2 Sensor Diagnostic
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
O2 sensors monitor the amount of oxygen present in the exhaust gasses and adjust fuel mixture (slightly) within preset maps to give the best trade between performance and economy. O2 sensors do fail from time to time and can result in poor fuel economy (not exclusively, just one of many causes!) They are located in the exhaust manifolds just after [read more]
O2 Sensors, how do they work?
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How does the oxygen sensor in a car work? Every new car, and most cars produced after 1980, have an oxygen sensor. The sensor is part of the emissions control system and feeds data to the engine management computer. The goal of the sensor is to help the engine run as efficiently as possible and also to produce as few [read more]
OEM Boost gauge fix - Robo
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
      If the stock boost gauge on the dash stops working, but the car still feels like it's boosting, then the problem is probably a cracked or split boost hose at the boost sensor.  The black box next to the blue arrow is the boost sensor.  The hose can look fine, but when it goes bad, it's usually cracks where it attaches right at the box.   [read more]
OEM Temperature gauge accuracy
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Compare for yourself... one minute after idling starts three minutes four minutes five minutes seven minutes After running 100M After 2kays   Morale of the story? "Normal" location for a properly warmed up engine is just below half to half. Any more than that and you can see you could be overheating... You don't get much warning... What can you do? Read this article about overheating.   regards mark zed4life [read more]
Oil Change - Manual Transmission with pictures
on 14 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Changing the manual tranny fluid By Steve Chong and Andy Woo Created : 980415Last updated: 980608 1) Jack up your car so that it is level. See other "How Someone ..." for suggestions of how to jack up your car. 2) Put a 4 litre (4 quart) container under the transmission.     3) Undo the fill plug that's on the right hand side of [read more]
Oil Change / Top up - Manual Transmission
on 14 Nov 2007 by admin author list
by Peter (OZ-300) on Aus300zx.comAbout a year ago, I replaced the gearbox oil with some Redline lightweight shockproof.The easiest, quickest and cleanest way to refill the gearbox is to drill 2 holes in the cap of the 4-5 ltr plastic gearbox oil container that contains the new oil and fit 2 tightfitting plastic hoses (I used the clear ones available [read more]
Oil Pressure
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What values should the temp and oil pressure guage read? The oil pressure guage usually sits above 4 when the engine is cold and the oil thick. Once things warm up and the oil gets a bit more viscous it sits below 4, and if at idle for a while drops even lower. The oil pressure sender unit commonly goes on [read more]
Oil Pressure gauge reading Zero
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
My Z suddenly has 0psi of oil pressure! A very common problem on Z32s, although not nearly as bad as it sounds. Generally it's a failure of the oil pressure sender unit: The sender is the thing with the orange dot on it in the picture next to the oilfilter. Just pull off the rubber boot and unclip the [read more]
Oil Pressure Sender FAQ
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What values should the temp and oil pressure guage read? The oil pressure guage usually sits above 4 when the engine is cold and the oil thick. Once things warm up and the oil gets a bit more viscous it sits below 4, and if at idle for a while drops even lower. The oil pressure sender unit commonly goes on [read more]
Oil Pressure Sender Replacement - Twinturbo.net
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
  My Z suddenly has 0psi of oil pressure! A very common problem on Z32s, although not nearly as bad as it sounds. Generally it's a failure of the oil pressure sender unit: The sender is the thing with the orange dot on it in the picture next to the oilfilter. Just pull off the rubber boot and unclip the [read more]
PCV Valve replacement
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
PCV Valve Replacement: The PCV valve was the first of the emission system components to be put into production vehicles. They recirculate gasoline and oil film impregnated air from inside the engine block into the air intake system after the throttle bodies. This air is combined with fresh air entering the air intake system to be then burned in the [read more]
Photo Database
on 23 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Photo database The photo database is designed to help out with technical explanations in the forum, where you can use photos from the db to aid in explanation to others certain concepts or areas of the car. It also may be useful to those pulling apart their car who wish to be armed with some prior knowledge, or look at a [read more]
Photo Guide to the Z32
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
A AAC valve AC compressor AC condensor AC [read more]
Pillar mount gauges
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Boost Gauge Installation:   The factory gauge cluster boost gauge might be satisfactory for stock twin turbos, but when the modifications start getting added, an accurate measurement of intake PSI is a must. A performance boost gauge can offer measurement in PSI or Barometric pressure (BAR) depending on model. One of the easiest & best looking places to install the [read more]
Plenum Pull with Coolant bypass
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Plenum Pull and Water Hose Bypass Procedure This is a copy of NytWolf's article from Twinturbo.net Plenum Pull and Water Hose Bypass Procedure NOTE:This procedure was written by removing the plenum off of a VG30DETT, and assumes all other emissions controls systems are intact. Although there are few differences, the procedure for the VG30DE is very similar.   In order to properly remove a [read more]
Plenum Removal (Article 1)
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Plenum Replacement/Injector Replacement: This TECH page covers much more then just replacing the injectors. When the injectors are being replaced for performance reasons (or just need to be replaced), there are a lot of other things that can be [read more]
Plumbing or re-routing PCV hoses
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
someone wanted pics of my PCV relocation I cant remember who it was, but seeing as my engine is out, I took some pics of it basically I've just got a couple of right angle brass fitting threaded on one side (1/4 bsp from memory) and 10mm nipple of the other ran 10mm fuel hose under the plenum round the back and [read more]
Pod Filter Comparisons
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
aus300zx.com disclaimer by Wykked: "We cannot confirm the source of this comparison as being done an independant party. People should not take it as gospel. We have seen the pictures and results on a number of different websites over the last 5 or so years. Originally it was supposed to have been a test that was actually carried out by "independant [read more]
Power Steering Pump Modification / HICAS removal
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
GETTING RID OF THE HICAS - TT PUMP MOD! Here's one for the TECH Section guys. This is how you mod modify a TT Power Steering Pump so that you can continue to use it once the Hicas rear steering unit and all the line have been removed. [read more]
PROFEC B II - Installing
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
GREDDY PROFEC B II Installation (will be updated upon completion - need to get hoses set up to control solenoid)Thanks as usual to TT.net and it's members for responses and archived, searchable posts : ) Installing the Greddy PROFEC B II on a 300zx is really quite simple and the Profec is also among the most simple of EBC's -- it gets [read more]
Profec-B Spec-II - Setting up
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
    things one must know about how the boost control system works and how one would go about controlling it to understand the parameter settings in the profec BC. Make sure the controller is in psi mode. Refer to the manual on how to switch to psi from kilopascals. When you turn the car on and turn the knob, there will [read more]
PRVR Removal (Article 1)
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
  I did not originally recommend this as a routine procedure.  My [Fuel] Pressure Regulator Vacuum Relief (PRVR) solenoid went bad which caused some starting issues.  Took me forever to isolate the problem.  My car would chug terribly for about a half a minute during a warm (not cold, not hot) start.  Once I bypassed the solenoid, my car ran and started perfectly so I never [read more]
PTU Testing
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Clicky for the test procedure [read more]
Racelogic Traction Control System Installation
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
See printable PDF here RaceLogic Traction Control Install: [read more]
Radiator and thermostat removal
on 28 Sep 2008 by admin author list
1) Make sure the engine's nice and cold..... dealing with hot fluids and metal isn't going to be fun for anybody 2) Drain the radiator fluid by either undoing the drain plug, which is accessible through a panel under the car near the lower driver’s side corner of the radiator, or by pulling off one of the hoses. Also remove the [read more]
Radiator and Thermostat removal.
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
1) Make sure the engine's nice and cold..... dealing with hot fluids and metal isn't going to be fun for anybody 2) Drain the radiator fluid by either undoing the drain plug, which is accessible through a panel under the car near the lower driver’s side corner of the radiator, or by pulling off one of the hoses. Also remove the [read more]
Radiator and Thermostat removal.
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
1) Make sure the engine's nice and cold..... dealing with hot fluids and metal isn't going to be fun for anybody 2) Drain the radiator fluid by either undoing the drain plug, which is accessible through a panel under the car near the lower driver’s side corner of the radiator, or by pulling off one of the hoses. Also remove the [read more]
Radiator Coolant Level Indicator
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Chewy's cool water level device Credit goes to JetZX for retrieving this article!  I made one for about $30 using a VDO water level sensor. It has a resistance value when water is around the sensor and then it's an infinite resistance when no water is around it. So a simple comparator circuit is all that was needed. Water Level Indicator Mini-TechAfter [read more]
Reading the Timing Marks Correctly
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How do I read the engine timing marks correctly? It's very easy to misread the timing marks. First, lets cover what's up here... On the crank pulley, there's a mark corresponding between #1 cylinder 0 degrees, top dead center (0TDC) and a timing indicator with hash marks on it in degree increments to the upper left of the pulley. The [read more]
Rear Main Seal
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Clutch Replacement: As a regular wear item, eventually the clutch and other relevant parts will have to be replaced. OEM parts work fine for an OEM powered car. Stage III will overpower the stock setup in no time (my clutch lasted all [read more]
Rear Wheel Bearing Replacement
on 13 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Source - Twiunturbo.net When I changed my rear wheel bearings on my TT, there weren't any good pictures so here are some pictures. I also had some questions-maybe your questions will be answered here. The L&R TT rear bearings ARE almost identical and can be swapped with a modification. A driver's side bearing can fit a pass side hub if you [read more]
Refrigerant replacement/recharge (Broken pics)-Twinturbo.net
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
    Older Z32 cars used R12 Freon system. Now there is no R12 to buy in order to recharge the system. But there is new product called Freeze12 which is suposed to be R12 replacement. Freeze12 goes for $8 at Pep Boys. Z32 AC system requires 2 cans to be charged(0.75kg) slightly lower than original R12 refill.I pressurised the system with [read more]
Reinsertion of Power Steering pump pivot bolt
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
First of all, if you follow the 60K Tech writeup EXACTLY, you'll never need this information. Loosen the locking nut (1 x 12), the adjustment bolt (1 x 12 mm) & the pivot bolt (1 x 14 mm through the pulley's hole) on the power steering pump. That said, I loosened my pivot bolt all the way. As anyone that [read more]
Removing the Door Trim
on 16 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Tools required: 2 and 3 mm phillips screwdriver blade screw driver 14 mm and 10 mm socket or ring spanner small mirror Time required: 1 - 2 hours When your power window stops working, there are a couple of things that could be the cause. If you're lucky it will be a blown fuse or bad electrical connection. The less fortunate may [read more]
Removing the Heads (Engine in car) - NA
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Cylinder Head Replacement, without removing the engine<?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = O /> 1990 Nissan 300zx NA + 60K Service, Fuel Injector/harness replacement, and other recommended procedures during a rebuild   Nissan VG30DE: 3.0L DOHC 24v 60-degree V6, iron block, aluminum heads, variable intake valve timing, direct ignition       Download a slideshow of the rebuild here(~15Mb) – this is a virus-free EXE made with FotoAngelo slideshow software. It [read more]
Removing the Rear Seat
on 16 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Tools needed:10mm nut driver/runneror10mm socket and wrench1. Lift up on the seat hooks on both sides at the same time and let the seat down. 2. Pull back the carpet backing. these are attached by velcro and plastic fasteners that just pop out. be careful they might break off. 3. Use the 10mm socket or driver and remove the 2 bolts on [read more]
Repairing a lifting dashboard
on 16 Nov 2007 by admin author list
  Repairing a "peeled up" dashboard   A very common problem on the Z32 is that the dashboard around the defroster comes loose and peels up. So how do we fix this ? Remove the plastic defroster guide by using a flat screwdriver Put some very strong adhesive (preferably 2 component epoxy) in the opening (white arrow) NOTE: Before doing this, you might want [read more]
Repairing Power Window Switch Illumination
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
    About 3 years ago after first getting my Z - I realized that the window button switch didn't glow when the dash lights were turned on. It wasn't easy to find that switch during nightime driving! I decided that a nice ultra bright blue LED would be a good fix. Did the mod and things worked well ever after... Flipping [read more]
Replacing Springs and Shock Absorbers
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
At 134000 Kms, the rear end felt strange on washboard surfaces, and after a near lose at 120km/hr I examined the rear shocks. The left had apparently been leaking over a long time, as the road dirt covering it was black with oil. Choice of shocks: I had (in Hobart) choices of Pedder, Monroe, Gabriel or KYB. I've had good experiences [read more]
Replacing subframe and suspension bushings
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
  WARNING: This tech is not a do-it-yourself process for the inexperienced mechanic. I would rate the difficulty as a little bit above changing out a clutch. It is a very time consuming process to change out the bushings... most of the time is spent removing the old bushings. It took me about 70 hours to do this using air tools. [read more]
Replacing the Power Window Motor Unit
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Replacing the Power Window Motor Unit Tools required: 2 and 3 mm phillips screwdriver blade screw driver 14 mm and 10 mm socket or ring spanner small mirror Time required: 1 - 2 hours When your power window stops working, there are a couple of things that could be the cause. If you're lucky it will be a blown fuse or bad electrical [read more]
Replacing the Start Motor Relay
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Starter Relay Replacement:   For several months, my car had been hesitating about half a second after I turned the key before the starter reacted. Finally one morning, it wouldnt quit spinning after the engine cranked. The relay had stuck in the closed position. Sometimes the car just won't turn over at all. The starter relay needs to be replaced to [read more]
Replacing your coolant the easy way. (for those using corrosion inhibitor concentrates only)
on 31 Mar 2009 by admin author list
It is important to ensure all your old coolant is expelled from your system before any new additives are mixed in. Firstly, you want any rusty water out of there, and some coolant types are incompatible if you are changing brand. Also, Coolant additives have a lifespan, so even if your old coolant looks OK, it still needs to be flushed out. Here [read more]
Running Wires through the Firewall
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How to run a wire through the firewall Ok, this is how I threaded the hose for my boost gauge through the firewall, going through the grommet for the bonnet release cable. Note this is for a right hand drive vehicle. Tools required: Screwdriver Coat Hanger Strong tape Firstly you need to remove the kickguard in the drivers footwell by removing the 4 [read more]
Safety Boost Indicator - Zed4life
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Safety Boost Indicator 1: Easy Safety Boost Indicator (SBI) -Approx $10 in materials2: Manual Boost Controller (MBC) 1:Easy Safety Boost Indicator (SBI) The idea for this came from both Gonzales and Maciej but I wanted a circuit anyone (even a hack like me) could follow and I wanted a little more control over the way it worked. What is Safety Boost? This is [read more]
Seatbelt retraction
on 27 Apr 2008 by admin author list
As a lot of us know, the seatbelts in the zed can stop retracting properly with the result of the latch plate getting caught in the door and causing damage. Ive found that this is not just a problem with the 300ZX but most Nissan cars and there is a repair kit available from Nissan. The problem is with the D [read more]
Self diagnostics alternative links - Automatic Transmissions
on 14 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Alternative Link 1 (Zedworld UK) Alternative Link 2 (Twinturbo.net) Alternative Link 3 (Nissan Performance Magazine) Alternative Link 4 (AMZTECH.NET) [read more]
Self Diagnostics for Automatic Transmissions
on 14 Nov 2007 by admin author list
To begin a diag it is best to take a short drive 2 or 3 miles to ensure full working temperature has been obtained first.and then switch OFF the engine With overdrive switch in on position and lever in P switch on ignition but do not start engine,the A/T lamp should lit up for about two seconds then go out. Switch off [read more]
Series 1 PTU repair
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Introduction This article concerns the Type 1 power transistor unit (PTU) that is installed in the Nissan 300ZX (Z32) motor vehicle. This model PTU is manufactured by Mitsubishi and is prone to fail without notice. Unfortunately, I understand that it is not a matter of if the PTU fails but when it will fail! The most typical symptoms of a PTU failure [read more]
Shift at Will - Automatic Transmission
on 14 Nov 2007 by admin author list
When to do it Anytime as the job is inside. Installation Time: About 4 – 6 hours as I was extra careful and double checked each move against the manual. Prior to purchase Contact Maciej at Ess-racing via his email (link on the site) and confirm that your Automatic Transmission Control Unit (ACTU) is compatible with the SAW. As I had an Australian spec [read more]
Shift Points - Manual Transmission
on 14 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What are the best shift points? I spent a lot of time reading stuff on the web about hp vs. torque. I think I have it all figured out now. Although I could be entirely wrong. Here's my current dynochart for my mods: Here's the short & sweet. If I wanted to do what *feels* best, Like getting [read more]
Shifter Bushing Replacement - Manual Transmission
on 14 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Shifter Bushing Replacement:   After manual transmission Z's reach 60,000 - 70,000 miles, they have a tendency for the shifter to become loose when in gear. This is primarily due to the wear of two rubber bushings that fit between the lower arm of the shifter and the transmission linkage. By replacing these two bushings 99% of the "loose shifter" [read more]
Short Shifter Installation - James007
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
-=300zx Short Shift Kit Install Guide=- This is for those involved in my short shift group buy. Introduction: First, let's clear up some misconceptions running around the 300ZX world about short-throw shifters. Seems a lot of folks are installing shortened stock (or aftermarket) shifters and calling them a "short-shifter." They are not true short-throw shifters?they reduce the shift travel by lowering [read more]
Slipping Clutch
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
My clutch is slipping, do I need a new one? It's most likely (99%) the clutch pedal adjustment! I had a Clutch Masters Cyclone 3.5 installed and it slipped like hell, especially after warming up. It was down to the fluid going hydroscopic when the clutch pedal was adjusted too high! (Basically it means the fluid got hot and expanded [read more]
Smoke / Smoking at idle
on 26 Mar 2008 by admin author list
OK so here goesPlease don't doubt this theory in public as unless you have seen it work you may be costing members thousands by sending them off changing seals and turbos etc when there may be no real need.I purchased a TT Z32 over six years ago, the engine and turbos were very tired and smoked a little - not [read more]
Spark Plug Diagnostics Article 1
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
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Spark Plug Diagnostics Article 2
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Fault Diagnosis This section identifies some common faults associated with spark plug wear, incorrect applications and general problems with engine running conditions. The condition of the firing end of a spark plug is a good indicator of the general health of an engine.     Appearance Possible cause/resolution NormalLight brown, tan or grey firing end. A good indicator that the plug is functioning correctly and general engine [read more]
Spark Plug Replacement
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Spark Plug Replacement:   Another of the simple DIY jobs on the Z. Either as routine maintenance or as a performance upgrade, changing the spark plugs is easy to do. When adding more horsepower performance mods, changing to a 'cooler' plug can [read more]
Speed sensor, Neutral switch and reverse switch on a manual transmission
on 14 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Speedometer & Power Steering - speed sensor signal Repair
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Description of the problem  If ... Speedometer is working perfectly RPM gauge is working perfectly Both odometers (total & trip meter) do NOT work or are intermittent HICAS is working The steering is NOT heavy then ... This is NOT the right Tech Article for your problem ! See here instead  However, if ... Speedometer is NOT working acceptably The HICAS is NOT [read more]
Speedometer & Power Steering - speed sensor signal Repair
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Speedometer & Power Steering - speed sensor signal Repair Description of the problem  If ... Speedometer is working perfectly RPM gauge is working perfectly Both odometers (total & trip meter) do NOT work or are intermittent HICAS is working The steering is NOT heavy then ... This is NOT the right Tech Article for your problem ! See here instead  However, if ... Speedometer [read more]
Squeaking Bonnet
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What's that squeaking noise coming from the front of the car? Squeaking of the bonnet is usually the source of squeaking sounds at the front of Z's, caused by the front bonnet latch rubbing on the tounge of the bonnet. This can be greased as a temprary fix, however the better solution is to adjust the rubber bonnet stops (pictured). By twisting [read more]
Stainless Steel Brake Line Install & Brake Bleeding Procedure
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Stainless Steel Brake Line Install & Brake Bleeding Procedure:   Another performance improvement for the Z braking system is a set of Stainless Steel braided brake lines to reduce pedal 'mushiness' under street/racing conditions. Coupled with a high quality brake fluid like Motoul 600 to re-fill the lines with, the pedal stays firm under even the most extreme conditions.  This [read more]
Starter Motor Relay Bypass
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
The common indication of a bad starter relay is a clicking sound that appears to come from under the dash area on the driver's side. This is a fairly common problem. The typical warning sign of impending relay failure is a momentary delay in starter turning when starter switch is actuated. The following procedure will let you to test for [read more]
Steering Rack Removal
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
 Steering Rack removal     Many people on here say that it's not possible without having to remove the crossmember and using a hoist to hold the motor, or by removing the engine. Well, I did it with everything in as I try to avoid pulling the motor for whatever reasons. I don't know how different the TT rack is. I did a [read more]
Stereo Wiring Legend
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
The following are the wires and their corresponding wires to wire up a new stereo head unit. Ground - black Accessories - red Permanent battery - yellow Rear right positive - brown Rear right negative - black/red (2 of these!) Rear left positive - blue Rear left negative - black and white Front right positive - orange Front right negative - [read more]
STUD PATTERNS - VEHICLE WHEEL FITMENT GUIDE
on 21 Jun 2008 by admin author list
STUD PATTERNS VEHICLE WHEEL FITMENT GUIDE MAKE MODEL STUD PATTERN "PCD" ALFA 75, 90, GTV 5 X 98 145, 146, 155, 164 4 x 98 156, 164 5 X 98 166 5 x 108 AUDI A3 5 X 100 A4, A6, A8, TT 5 X 112 Q7 5 x 130 S3 5 x 100 S4, S6 5 x 112 BMW E30 4 X 100 E36, E46, E49 5 X 120 CHRYSLER 300C 5 [read more]
Switched power modification to injectors
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
    After a reading a lot of posts, a few attempts, de-splicing an old wiring harness, and much frustration; the wait is finally over. I figured out how to rewire the earlier wiring harness so that power is only applied to the injectors with the key in the ignition turned to "on". Est. time: 10mins Tools needed:10mm socketsoldering ironsoldervolt/ohm meterelectrical tapeand [read more]
Switched power modification to injectors
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
After a reading a lot of posts, a few attempts, de-splicing an old wiring harness, and much frustration; the wait is finally over. I figured out how to rewire the earlier wiring harness so that power is only applied to the injectors with the key in the ignition turned to "on". Est. time: 10mins Tools needed:10mm socketsoldering ironsoldervolt/ohm [read more]
Tail Light Clearing (Tech 1)
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Clearing tail-lights Things you will need before you start ! Diffuser from a fluorescent light A grinder A hair dryer Two NARVA amber dyed HSV Commodore flasher bulbs part No. 47384 Approx $2.50 each. Alternately, take your old clear globe to an Aurobarn or such and ask them for an orange globe equivalent. Note: You will need to carefully grind or file [read more]
Tail Light Clearing (Tech 2)
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Hey guys, on the weekend got busy and we did a tail light conversion.Have a read through this first, and then read this to do this alternative way which will give you a much better result, but also takes more time.http://www.aus300zx.com/tech/taillight/taillight.htmI am starting this tech at the point that the light is totally pulled apart including the grey plastic border [read more]
Targa Vinyl Replacement
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
after seeing many zeds with tired and cracked targa vinyl,i thought i would redo mine while kathy was wiring up the new stereo system.its easy and here is a step by step for anyone interested,step 1:this is how alot of them lookstep 2:remove targastep3:unscrew both endcapsstep 4:take out centre plastic with a philips screwdriverstep 5 : remove old trimstep 6:rip [read more]
Terminal re-tensioning
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
The A to Z of Coolant Temp Sensors and Detonation Sensors (Pinging)
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
The A to Z of Coolant Temp Sensors and Detonation Sensors Coolant Temp Sensor | Detonation Sensor Firstly, get a cut lunch/coffee/alcohol to read thru my drivel and forgive me in advance for potentially insulting your intelligence by describing the fixes in very "blind freddy" fashion- I don't know your level of tech- expertise so I'm 'assuming' you know little... ok. The Coolant [read more]
the A-Z of Overheating by Zed4life
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
the A to Z of 300zx overheating The A to Z of If your zed has ever overheated, you'll know that instant panic feeling when you either see the temp gauge skyrocket up or you see steam rising from the hood. The zed engine bay is probably as cramped as you can get and this combined with an inaccurate temperature gauge [read more]
The Crank Angle Sensor (CAS), What does it do, how to fix?
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
CAS:The Crank Angle Sensor informs the ECU about the current position ofthe crank shaft (pic 5).The most common reason for it affecting the idle is the connector getting dirty, although if the CAS connection is completely broken the car won'tstart at all. The best way to examine CAS is to pull it out completely.Be sure to mark its position so [read more]
Throttle Body Cleaning
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Tools required: Aerosol can of Throttle Body or Carby Cleaner @ approx $5. Blade screwdriver Old toothbrush Clean rags Time: Approx 30 minutes Preparation:  To assist drainage from the Throttle Bodies during cleaning, vehicle should be parked on a slight slope, and securely chocked OR parked on a level surface with rear jacked up.  Not essential, but it helps. 1. Remove rubber intake [read more]
Throttle cable Adjustment
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Throttle Cable Adjustment: During the course of driving, the throttle cable may gain some slack and will be in need of adjustment. This is particularly important for those vehicles equipped with automatic transmission since this may affect the shift points of the transmission. Tools Needed: An allen wrench set to remove the hex bolts on the throttle [read more]
Timing belt replacement / 100K km Service (60K Miles)
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Timing Belt Replacement:   The largest part of 60k maintenance is replacing the items on the front of the engine: timing belt, water pump, seals, etc. Not really a hard job, but very time consuming. I made this guide a little more detailed then most, hoping a few people that normally wouldn't tackle a project like this will dive in [read more]
Timing belt replacement / 100K km Service (60K Miles)
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Timing Belt Replacement: The largest part of 60k maintenance is replacing the items on the front of the engine: timing belt, water pump, seals, etc. Not really a hard job, but very time consuming. I made this guide a little more detailed then most, hoping a few people that normally wouldn't tackle a project like this will dive [read more]
Timing belt replacement / 100K km Service (60K Miles) - Alternative Tech
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
90+ Nissan 300ZX Timing Belt Replacement [Thanks to Joe Fabbre for his contribution in this scarey task. Car shown is his 91 300ZX NA. Andy 9705][Thanks to Steve Chong for his comments and suggested changes (based on his own experiences with his 90 300ZX NA), which Joe agreed with and therefore have been blended in with Joe's procedures. Andy 9707] [read more]
Timing belt replacement / 100K km Service (60K Miles) - Alternative Tech
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
90+ Nissan 300ZX Timing Belt Replacement [Thanks to Joe Fabbre for his contribution in this scarey task. Car shown is his 91 300ZX NA. Andy 9705][Thanks to Steve Chong for his comments and suggested changes (based on his own experiences with his 90 300ZX NA), which Joe agreed with and therefore have been blended in with Joe's procedures. Andy 9707] [read more]
TPS Adjustment
on 24 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Throttle Position Sensor [TPS] adjustment A TPS setting of .45v at closed throttle is essential for correct tuning & operation of your Zed NB: The TPS signal affects injector/fuel mapping & auto transmission gear change. Tip: After checking/resetting TPS it will be necessary to reset base idle, as below.Checking the TPS setting may be achieved by use of [read more]
Transmission fluid change - Automatic Transmission
on 14 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Changing the Auto Tranny fluid (turbo & non turbo models) By Steve Chong Created : 980501Last updated: 980519 1) Jack up your car so that it is level. See other "How Someone ..." for suggestions of how to jack up your car. 2) Place a large pan, at least 2' X2' wide under the tranny to catch the oil. Up to [read more]
Transmission grinds from 5th to 4th.
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
My transmission grinds from 5th to 4th, anything I can do? The 4th gear grind is a common problem and it is caused by the soft metal that the syncros are made of. The rest of the trans parts supposedly are made of a harder metal. Nissan supposedly acknowledged this according to a post a long time ago here, but [read more]
Transmission Oil Change
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Changing the Auto Tranny fluid (turbo & non turbo models) By Steve Chong Created : 980501 Last updated: 980519 1) Jack up your car so that it is level. See other "How Someone ..." for suggestions of how to jack up your car. 2) Place a large pan, at least 2' X2' wide under the tranny to catch the oil. Up to [read more]
Tuning A-Z
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
ECU Tuning for VG30DETT       Generate ECU map tracing using ConZult by Petri Karjalainen Special thanks to all who have contributed in this area: Devin for initiating and writing the ECU tuning info and revision.   Petri for contributing the ConZult tracing info. Check ECU download page for the latest downables.     Message Board   Forum       ECU Tuning by Devin (Z from Japan)   To start off with I will first [read more]
Turbocharger Lubrication
on 14 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Turbocharger LubricationWritten by Mitchell Wilson Providing proper lubrication for an engine is vital in ensuring its "survival" throughout its lifespan. Engines built with performance keys are more dependent on oil spremecy as well as oil safety. On turbocharged applicated engines, oil goes through very tough and unfavorable conditions that can lead to catastrophic engine failure or turbo failure. Turbochargers rely on [read more]
Turbocharger replacement
on 14 Nov 2007 by admin author list
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Turbocharger selection
on 14 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Turbocharger Selection [read more]
TurboTech
on 19 Nov 2007 by admin author list
How to install a Turbotech Manual Boost ControllerTurboTech (Printable PDF) [read more]
TWD - Temperature Warning Device
on 24 Nov 2007 by admin author list
2009 TWD Install Procedure (Printable PDF) Device Overview/Specs (Printable PDF) [read more]
TWD Details
on 16 Nov 2007 by admin author list
2009 TWD Install Procedure (Printable PDF) Device Overview/Specs (Printable PDF) [read more]
TWD Installation guide
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
2009 TWD Install Procedure (Printable PDF) Device Overview/Specs (Printable PDF) [read more]
Twin Pod (twin POP) air filter
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Twin POP Installation:   The more air you can get into the engine, the more potential horsepower to be gained, just like being able to flow more air on the exhaust side. But only to a point, Jim Wolf says the twin POP really isn't very beneficial until the engine is producing more than 600hp (flywheel) to take advantage of [read more]
Tyre size and rotational diameter chart
on 13 Nov 2007 by admin author list
The following is a table of tyre sizes and their overall diameter. 225/50/ZR16 is the stock Z tyre. Having a greater diameter will mean your speedo is reading less than your actual speed, having a smaller diameter will mean your speedo reads more than your actual speed. Tyre Size Approved Rim Width Overall Diameter (mm) Revolutions per 1km 225/50/ZR16 6.0 - 8.0 632 529 225/45/ZR16 7.0 - [read more]
Under Bonnet Fuses
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Under bonnet fusesPassenger side (LHS) Drivers Side (RHS) [read more]
Under Drive Pulleys (TTZ of Dallas)
on 14 Nov 2007 by admin author list
document.hide.ref.value = document.referrer;   Underdrive Pulley Installation:   The underdrive pulley is a product that is very new to the Z scene, it's been available for domestics for a long time. Basic concept for hp gain it two-fold: 1st, the pulley has a smaller diameter (1.), which is a mechanical advantage. [read more]
Upgraded Intercooler Install
on 16 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Intercooler Install: Somewhere along the upgrade path, the stock intercoolers are going to have to be replaced. The stock intercoolers are very small and rather cheaply built with plastic endcaps. Aftermarket intercoolers are substantially larger and are fully aluminum (1. & 2.). Like the injectors, they do the job well for a stock car, but after a few mods, they [read more]
Upgrading the Fog lights and Clearance lights
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Upgrading the Fog and Clearance Lights Upgrading the fog lights is even easier than changing the low beams.  The fog lights also use the H3 bulbs.  The standard ones are 35 watts.  For my upgrade I chose to go to 55W bulbs.  I would be cautous about installing higher wattage bulbs than 55 because the wiring is not particularly heavy and [read more]
Vacuum hoses & associated components guide
on 13 Nov 2007 by admin author list
VACUUM HOSES & CONNECTED COMPONENTS GUIDE Below is a complete checklist of devices connected to vacuum along with Nissan diagrams (slight aesthetic/readability modification). You should be able to follow the vacuum lines in your car pretty effectively with these diagrams. Note that ANY OF THESE devices or their associated hose/clamps could be defective/loose esulting in VACUUM/BOOST LEAK! Refer to your engine [read more]
Vacuum Leak Tester
on 13 Nov 2007 by admin author list
This is a brief description of making the QAD blow up tool. With this you can place it in the intake piping where the Mass Air Flow sensor, and apply pressurised air to the engine (no more than about 20psi) to listen for escaping air around the engine bay, indicating a vacuum leak.The first [read more]
Wastegates
on 14 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Wastegates Article 1 Wastegates Article 2 [read more]
What are the differences between the TT and NA Z32
on 06 Jul 2008 by admin author list
ENGINE1. The cylinder block castings and main caps are the same. They both have oil squirters that direct oil towards the underside of the piston, but they point at different angles. The oil squirters on the TT direct oil straight into an off center hole on the underside of the TT piston, which leads to a hollow area inside the [read more]
What are the Pros and Cons of Front Mount Intercoolers
on 16 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What are the pros and cons of Front Mount Intercoolers (FMIC's)? When upgrading intercoolers, you can go for bigger IC's in the same location, or go to a Front Mount Intercooler. FMIC Pros:FMIC can be made bigger than side IC's and therefore provide better cooling Cons:FMIC blocks air flow to radiator, air con, air filter and oil cooler (some can be moved to [read more]
What causes hesitation
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
300ZX Fuel injection Diagnosis- by Steve Chong Part 1 Introduction Every couple of months a Z car owner somewhere cries out "Help, my car is suffering from hesitation/stumble: what could be wrong?" . These types of problems can be a pain to track down, and if the problem is an intermittent one, it can be months before the cause is found. With my [read more]
What Colour is my Z
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What color is my Z? First, for the sake of recognition, here are the "common" names for some (not all) of these "official" names: Exterior: Cherry Red Pearl, aka burgundy Glacier White Pearlglow, aka pearl white or off-white Charcoal Pearl, aka gray Platinum Mist Metallic, aka [read more]
What does the ECU monitor and do?
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What does the ECU monitor and do? The ECU takes in quite a few signals from the engine - Engine coolant temp sensor - O2 Sensors - Mass Airflow Sensor - Knock Sensor - Fuel Temp Sensor - Exhaust Gas Temp Sensor (93+) - Crank Angle Sensor - Throttle Position Sensor - Throttle valve switch for Soft/Hard Idle - Neutral Position Switch - Speed Sensor - Ignition Switch - A/C Switch - Battery [read more]
What is it, what does it do?
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
MAS: Mass Airflow Sensor (pic 6) tells the ECU how much air is entering the engine which in turn gives the information about how much fuel needs to be supplied. Check the MAS by looking through it to see if the hot-wire is damaged or clogged by dirt. You can gently clean the hot-wire by spraying it with a contact cleaner [read more]
What it does / How to test
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Automotive mass airflow sensors A mass airflow sensor is used to determine the mass of air entering an electronically fuel-injected engine. The air mass information is necessary for the engine control unit to calculate and deliver the correct fuel mass to the engine. Air changes its density as it expands and contracts with temperature and pressure. In automotive applications, air density [read more]
What Type of Headlight Bulbs to Buy?
on 17 Nov 2007 by admin author list
What Type of Headlight Bulbs to Buy? The light bulb brightness is measured by its intensity in Lumens (abbreviation: lm), not by the power consumption which is measured in Watts (abbreviation: W). According to the Bosch/SAE Automotive Handbook (4th Ed.), a H3 bulb running at 12 Volts and 55 Watts should produce 1450 lm or Luminous flux to meet legal requirements. [read more]
What's that funny light on the instrument cluster "Box with squiggly lines" (Cat temp sensor)
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
A funny looking light on my dash has come on, what is it? The light which most people can't figure out from the icon alone is the cat over temp warning light, as shown here: The cat over temp warning light is triggered by the two sensors just after the catalytic converters when they read a temperature which is too high. This [read more]
Where to buy Spare Parts for your Z32
on 15 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Courtesy Nissan   Latvian site/Concept Z   Microfiche   TTZ   UAS   CazRacing   Perth Z Performance [read more]
Window Wiring diagram codes
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
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Windshield/T-top/roof trim removal writeup (LOTS of pics)
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
    OK, figured I’d take a lot of pics and add another writeup to the TTnet database for removing trim pieces. This will cover windshield side trim, T-top trim and the short roof trim behind the T-tops. Yes, my Z is dirty. I'm in the process of thoroughly cleaning it, so please no comments on that. To start with I'll go [read more]
Wiring harness
on 18 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Wiring Harness    I noticed a lack of specific directions on what to do with wiring when converting to manual. I keep seeing post saying that you need to change the alternator harness. This is not necessary. The only difference at the transmission end is that the manual harness has a back-up lamp switch, and a neutral switch connector. Reverse Lights The [read more]
Working out your actual date of manufacture
on 13 Nov 2007 by admin author list
VIN / Date of manufacturePDF File Other clues to your date of manufacture [read more]
Z32 Buyers Guide
on 20 Nov 2007 by admin author list
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Z32 Terminology
on 10 Nov 2007 by admin author list
Engine Temperature Sensor The engine temperature sensor, located on the top of water inlet housing, detects engine coolant [read more]