Posts Tagged ‘TOKICO’

Z32 300ZX TWIN TURBO POCONO RACEWAY HPDE AUDI CLUB OF NJ SPL SUSPENSION ZTUNER ASHSPEC

Photo Credit: Ryan Grae Photography

Almost two years ago to the day I stood in the grandstands of Pocono Raceway, watching my first high performance driving event. As the cars whizzed by, I couldn’t help but wish I was out there.

Last Saturday, that dream finally became a reality.

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Hard to believe over a year has past since my first “Suspension – Part 1” post, but here we are. The good news is I’m back at it with the new Z (and a straight chassis this time). So this post is a little rehash of what was installed last year (on the white Z), with a bunch of new parts thrown into the mix.

If I’m honest, when I first picked up the red Z, I was a little disappointed with the car’s handling. All my previous Z32’s had been Twin Turbo versions with the factory adjustable suspension; I had never owned a 2+2 before (or an NA for that matter), so I assumed the lack luster handling had a lot to do with that. I was also concerned that the 2+2 chassis might somehow be less stiff than the 2+0, as the car really squeaked and rattled while driving around town.

Thankfully, 98% of that came from the very tired 132K mile factory suspension. With the new SPL, Ground Control, and Tokico parts installed, the car literally transformed into a tight corner carver with far less body roll and tendency to “push” through the turns. So follow along and see just how I did it.

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This week I took a break from metalwork to start on the suspension. If you remember from the Racing Is Expensive! (Got Used?) post, I picked up some suspension bits from a Z I stripped a few months back – including Ground Control coilovers, Tokico Illumina (5 way adjustable) struts, and Stillen (gen 2) front upper control arms.

Today we’ll look at installing these along with a new 300 Degree Camber Kit. The rest of the Z’s suspension is on order from SPL Pro Suspension.  Sean over at SPL is a supporter of the project and agreed to become a sponsor! (More on SPL and their top quality suspension products in future posts). But for now, let’s get started!

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