ReplicaR's daily/AutoX build thread Ver. G37S

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  1. ReplicaR

    ReplicaR Well-Known Member

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    Well I’ve had the car for about a month, so I have decided to write a small update. The way I came to owning the car was pretty simple. I needed to replace my outgoing daily driver, which was 2005 Acura TSX with around 200k miles, and a lot of issues. I was looking to spend 15k tops, so I posted here, and quite a few of you have suggested G37. After doing a bit of searching, and driving TL Type S for a week (borrowed from a friend), I decided that I wanted to find a G37S Sedan. The regular trim car just wasn’t doing it for me, the wheels and bumpers looked too plain, and Sport model comes with a lot of bells and whistles, so for once I was going to treat myself. I ended up spending a bit more than original budget, financing $18.5k after the trade in, taxes and license costs, but it was very much worth it, because I got exactly what I wanted. What did I get then?


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    The good: The way the car feels when it drives. When I jumped in it, I felt at home immediately, which is usually a very good sign. The car is smooth, fast, has excellent transmission, and suspension tuning is really nice as well. The car feels pretty neutral in the corners, it’s a real joy to drive. The brakes are excellent, probably as good as my race car, which is pretty funny to me. The sound system is pretty good as well, came with Bose speakers. The seats are superb, comfortable and supportive. The car overall is really clean, no issues at all. When I got the car, it still had a bit of extended warranty on it, so I took it to the Infiniti dealer, and they fixed a leak in the rear of valve cover, replaced power steering pump and changed the moon roof assembly since it was binding up a little bit, absolutely no cost out of my pocket. It’s such a relief to drive a car without any issues, where you’re not nursing any mechanical issues.


    The bad: Some of the interior quality is questionable for the price of the car when it was new. There is one piece of chrome trim in the whole interior, and it’s pealing. This is ridiculous for a car with 50k miles and no other interior wear otherwise. I knew coming into this that Nissan / Infiniti cars aren’t exactly known for quality interior, but I didn’t expect this. Due to hard Sport suspension, the interior also has a bit of a rattle somewhere, but it’s not bad really. The automatic lights a bit sensitive, which will turn them on for as much as a rain cloud in the sky in the middle of broad daylight. Final bad is the gas economy. If I’m being very easy on the throttle, I can get 18.5 MPG combined. This is about 4 MPG worse than my old TSX, but considering the fact that I get extra 130 hp in return, it’s a pretty welcome trade. I still managed to get 30 MPG on highway, cruising at about 75 mph.


    The ugly: I really wish the car was styled more aggressively, or perhaps with harder lines. For the most part the lines are very soft and feminine, but at least that can be remedied with some factory aero pieces like the front lip and a carbon fiber chin spoiler I found on ebay. The wheels however… there is no getting around the fact that they are not a good looking set of wheels. The rears look ok due to being a wide wheel with good offset, but the fronts are killing the whole look. I may be looking into either powdercoating them black, or replacing them all together to hide the ugly. On top of that the dealership that sold the car, placed some terrible tires on it, totally killing the point of sport package. The car still handles great, however I can only imagine what it will be like, once I install some Max Performance Summer tires on it, like it was meant to have from the factory.


    The conclusion: Overall I’m very satisfied with the purchase. The car is rumored by many to be extremely reliable, it feels great to drive, and it’s generally a nice place to be behind the wheel. I kinda wish it was a bit more aggressive looking, but that’s something that could be fixed with a little bit of money. I am not planning to do much to it at all other than cosmetic stuff here and there, and perhaps a set of sport mufflers and Eibach swaybars.
     
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    ReplicaR Well-Known Member

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    Well, I ended up getting 3M VHB tape from Lowes, and it worked great. The spoiler came with 3M tape on it, but was really weak, and didn't really work for mounting. I ended up scraping all of the old tape off, and applied the 3M VHB, which worked like a charm.


    And now, the shitty picture of my dirty car with carbon fiber spoiler.


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    ReplicaR Well-Known Member

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    Small changes are coming...


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    I was able to find a clean set with new gunmetal powerdercoat for about 800 shipped on ebay. Not a bad deal, considering that someone recently sold a curbrashed set for about 700.


    I was thinking about which wheels to get, because stock ones made the car look like an Altima too much. The choices came down to the typical selection of stance wheels (with questionable quality), and OEM wheels from Z/G cars. After seeing the G37S Coupe wheels on sedan, I fell for that look. After a bit of searching, I found what I was looking for. The plan is to run 245s in front and 275s in the back.


    Here is a picture of what these wheels look like on a sedan.


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    ReplicaR Well-Known Member

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    Stock Sedan Sport wheels by Enkei... Not the prettiest in the bunch.


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    Stock Coupe Sport wheels by Enkei... Much better looking, than what came on the sedan. These were powdercoated gunmetal grey by the seller. Since the wheels are actually wider than the sedan wheels, I decided to step up in tire size as well, instead of keeping it to OEM size. The fronts are 245/40R19 and rear is 275/35R19.


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    g36 monkey Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    Those wheels are definitely much better! Looks sharp! I am interested to see how you make it more aggressive.

    And yes, Nissans interior quality is terrible. I have dealt with it in several vehicles for friends. The peeling is normal. Most of the interior plastics are usually painted as well. Sometimes cleaning them rubs the paint off. That really sucks.

    But just be gentle and it should be alright :)
     
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    Nice wheel choice, that makes it look a lot more aggressive
     
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    white95 BNR32 or bust Staff Member SN95 Supporter

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    Subscribing, I like the direction you're taking this sedan.
     
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    Nice rims!
     
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    So, a bit of an update. The new tires really made a difference in the way the car grips. I’ve had oversteer issues before it seems to be a lot more balanced now. I attribute most of that due to tires being the same make and model now, whereas before they were different front and back. On top of this the stagger between front and back got a little bigger, because I went from 225 Front 245 Rear to the new size of 245 Front 275 Rear.

    The tires are pretty sticky, even though the tread wear indicated that they might not be. I was expecting something along the lines of medium performance tire, but honestly, I feel like they have the grip of max performance tire. I haven’t had them to the point where they started to get screechy on me, that’s how much the performance has been elevated from the tires that were on there before. The ride didn’t change that much more the 18s, it’s a bit stiffer, but that’s not THAT noticeable. What is noticeable is that the car is feeling the heavier wheels and tires. I’m trying to gage exactly how much this will affect the gas mileage, but it’s hard to tell right now. The cornering speed is a very good reward for the slight performance I have to give up in straight line.

    I will try to get it out to the AutoX sometime later this year, and see how the car will do then. Hopefully by then I will have some lowering springs in there as well, and see if the balance changed at all. I think it will be for the better. Oh and this time around I think I can mount a proper challenge to [MENTION=19482]B.mad[/MENTION], particularly because I wasn’t that far off his pace last time. Last time we went to the autoX, I told him that if I beat his time in my daily drive on all-season tires (what it had the time), I will never let him live it down. I only ran the car 3 times, fastest run being 39.1 and completely out of control. He did beat me, running fastest 38.2, or so I thought. When [MENTION=19482]B.mad[/MENTION] posted his videos, I’ve noticed that he would skip a cone, which is easily a 1 second penalty on that course, so looks like I was faster after all due to technicality. I know he’s been improving the car since that time, following my advice to do something about his very low front end and terrible camber settings, but now I’ve got a lot more traction, so we’ll just have to see if we can really throw it down.
     
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    Looks good! New wheels definitely make it look a lot better :)
     
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    Bring it.
     
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    I totally will. Next event I'll leave mustang at home, and will solely run the G.
     
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    Bring it!!!
     
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    You'll probably still beat me, but ill give you a run for your money.
     
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    ^ And vids of the run(s) when you do. Or it didn't happen ;)
     
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    Lol Callin B out bwahaha.
     
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    Well, the G is a very capable car in stock form. I managed to address all the issues I had last time , which was low grip and poor balance, with this tire package. I'm thinking the springs might help as well, but that will have to be seen. I'm very confident that the car will perform well, and if I actually spend some quality time, instead of 3 fun runs, I can be comfortable with it too
     
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    One things for sure, it definitely outclasses our cars in stock form in the handling department. Well, in just about every department lol