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  • #46
    June 17, 2017:


    Update:

    I got the car aligned. Everything was pretty much dead on after I installed all the parts. it just required a little tweak here and there to make it perfect.

    The brakes...oh...the brakes.. they squeak like a banshee. Warm, cold, wet, dry. I went through the seating process numerous times with no improvement. I read on EBC's website that their brakes may squeak for 3-500 miles. Not impressed with that. Other than that, the brakes grab well. The speed bleeders were worth their weight in gold. It took more time to walk to each corner of the car, than it did to bleed the brakes. I definitely missed the speed bleeders when it came to the ABS unit. I wonder if a pair of those would fit in that...

    The Powertrix coilovers are great. They were easy to install and set up. I have them set to the "road course" setting. The roads around here are definitely putting them...and the fillings in my teeth to the test. I may go with a softer setting. I am finding the rear of the car is easily upset over choppy pavement.

    The only issue I ran across was adjusting the ride height with them installed on the car. Their video shows it is "easy" because the entire assembly can turn. In theory this is the case. After about 100 miles, neither front coilovers wanted to do this. I had to take them both off of the car to make adjustments. The lower jam nut also gets caught up on the ABS wire/hose. When it was all said and done, the wheel gap from front to rear was evened out.

    I re-installed the trunk panels. I haven't finalized it with the rubber trim around the holes for the strut tower bar. One of my panels is cracked, so before I put the finishing touches on it, I would like to see if I can get a new one, if not a set.





    I also manged to score a new door vent!





    Now.. current squawks:

    1) My washer bottle leaks through the pumps. I tried last year to seal it up, but the washer fluid pissed out in minutes. So, I have the annoying yellow washer light on all the time.

    2) The engine splash shield pretty much dissolved in my hands when I took it off. I'm looking at one of the metal replacements.

    3) My passenger side window goes up and down with the passenger side switch. The driver's side switch will only roll it down. So I can put both windows down from my seat, but to put them back up, I have to reach across the car. So undignified. I hate diagnosing electrical gremlins.

    4) My third brake light has started to crack. What a stupid design that is. A thin clear plastic trim piece is the handle for the trunk...seriously. I have an ionic dynamics 90-93 replica spoiler, brand new and unpainted in the garage. The Kuruma spoiler looks better to my eye though. I am in two minds as to whether or not I should paint and install the ionic dynamics spoiler, or ell it and get the Kuruma one.

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    • #47
      Now.. current squawks: (carried over from June 2017)

      1) My washer bottle leaks through the pumps. I tried last year to seal it up, but the washer fluid pissed out in minutes. So, I have the annoying yellow washer light on all the time.

      Haven't touched this yet. Partly because I don't want to spend the money on those two little pumps, and, if I did, I'd have to take the trunk paneling apart to get to it. I'll do it eventually.

      2) The engine splash shield pretty much dissolved in my hands when I took it off. I'm looking at one of the metal replacements.

      I didn't run one all last summer, and, I had no issue. If I can find one on sale, perhaps. It's not at the top of my list.

      3) My passenger side window goes up and down with the passenger side switch. The driver's side switch will only roll it down. So I can put both windows down from my seat, but to put them back up, I have to reach across the car. So undignified. I hate diagnosing electrical gremlins.

      This is still a pain. I dread the thought of possibly having to take the door panel off again. Again, I am being lazy.

      4) My third brake light has started to crack. What a stupid design that is. A thin clear plastic trim piece is the handle for the trunk...seriously. I have an ionic dynamics 90-93 replica spoiler, brand new and unpainted in the garage. The Kuruma spoiler looks better to my eye though. I am in two minds as to whether or not I should paint and install the ionic dynamics spoiler, or ell it and get the Kuruma one.

      I was going to sell the new in primer ionicdynamics spoiler I have, and put the money towards one of these. No one ever showed up to buy it. So, I guess I will paint it, and, install it.



      Spring, 2018:

      A friend of mine, who works with electronics, installed the socket in my ECU, so that could use that SZ chip I bought last year. I wasn't expecting much for the price.

      Initial impressions: It ran A LOT smoother. My car had a chuggy sort of idle before, but, now it purrs like a kitten. It is very smooth. Not quieter, just smooth, and, even.

      Driving: The car feels more linear now, when going through the power band. There are no flat spots, and, it no longer feels...tired. It steadily builds power through the rev range, until you run out of RPMs. Power-wise, it isn't like going from an NA to a TT, there is a subtle difference, but, not neck snapping power. It just runs a whole lot nicer.

      I would still like to do a TT swap at some point.


      This past winter wasn't very eventful for Maggie, she had all of her heavy work done last year, when I rebuilt the suspension.

      I did, however find it was time to adjust the parking brake, as the handle was almost 90 degrees when fully engaged. Turns out, I had to do both the starwheel adjustments, as well as the handle adjustment, it was so out of spec. Now, six clicks and, it won't move, even on my ski slope of a driveway.


      I finished up the installation of the Winfactory hood struts. I had only one installed, because the passenger side strut was interfering with the battery. I was intending to get a new, smaller red or yellow top (I can't remember which one off the top of my head), but, upon inspection, I found that my current battery could be slid to the left about half an inch, which then allowed the strut to fit without bowing the hood (when closed). Everything looks quite happy under there now.


      Another job I decided to tackle was the headlights. They were terrible at night. At a crawl, I was over driving them. I found a Hoppy (Hopkins B4A) head light aiming kit for sale, and, well... being a sucker for old/unusual tools, having the Z32 "JDM breast pump/flux capacitor/suction cup holders/[insert played out FB group thread name]'s", and, knowing how to use the Hoppy's, I set to work aiming the lights.

      I found they were both completely bottomed out. In fact, the Hoppy units themselves, due to their length had a pronounced droop when I initially installed them. I thought the suction cups were letting go.

      I was really concerned about the nearly thirty year-old adjustment gears on the head lights, which I have read, love to grind themselves to dust when they are called upon to work. Fortunately, they worked flawlessly, and, were free in their movement. I thought they would have been pretty stiff, or even seized.












      Now I can finally see where I am going at night. I was going to get an HID kit, but, now I am thinking it won't be necessary. The headlights do get a bit of condensation inside them, when I wash the car, and, the glass has distinct dried water spots on the inside of the lens, so I am probably going to take them apart and, re-seal them. ...or throw them in the dishwasher with some jetdry to so I get a spot free finish :rofl:

      Obligatory night shot:




      I had some spare time, so I removed the leftover glue from the dash pad the previous owner installed. It was attached with velcro squares, that they glued to the dash. I didn't care for the look of it, so I removed it. Then I was left with these awful looking black squares. I removed those, and, I was left with brown glue that looked like...feces. I used a little bit of Goo Gone, and, a lot of time, but it got rid of it. After a nice detail, including conditioning the seats, shifter, boots, and, the wheel, I think it looks pretty good for a car older than someone I would date.







      One thing I would like to do soon is replace the carpet. It looks good for it's age in most areas, but, there is a spot right under the driver's door speaker that is worn completely bare. I don;t know how that was achieved, but, it annoys me. I have seen a couple of companies that offer carpet kits, but, I am not sure which to go with. If anyone has any recommendations, please share them.

      After a winter of driving the luxoboat-feeling SVX, it is exciting to be back in the Z again. It's like driving a go kart.

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