View Full Version : August 2011 Car of the Month - illinifan007's Z33

08-01-2011, 09:19 PM






ChicagoZ.com: What got you hooked to the 350Z that you ended up purchasing it?

illinifan007 (http://www.chicagoz.com/forums/member.php?u=2779): I got hooked when I saw the Z at the Chicago Auto Show in 2003. I wasn't into modding, JDM, or anything like that at the time, i just liked the car, the performance stats, and the price . There wasn't anything really like it performance wise, besides the mustang and camaro, which it was completely different from, and the RX-8 which my cousin already had and I wasn't too big a fan of. The problem I had was the fact I had just bought a brand new Dodge Durango R/T in 2000, which i loved and didn't necessarily want to get rid of. When gas prices in 2004 though hit the unbelievable price of $3 a gallon, I had to get out from under a 20 gallon tank, 10 mpg, and 52 mile commute. So I traded in the Durango for a brand new 2004 350Z with about 26 miles on it.

ChicagoZ.com: What action does your 350Z mostly see? drag, autox, road race, show car, weekend car, and/or daily driver...

illinifan007 (http://www.chicagoz.com/forums/member.php?u=2779): Action? Like sex action? It's a small, uncomfortable car, so not very much. OH, Ohh, I see.... drag, autox, etc. Not very much yet. It's pretty much a weekend car. I have aspirations to take it to a track day or autox, but for right now, its a weekend car, moving closer to show car than race car. Eventually i'll put it on the track. I already bought a helmet. LOL

ChicagoZ.com: Any performance specs? 1/4 mile@mph, whp/wtorq, track times...

illinifan007 (http://www.chicagoz.com/forums/member.php?u=2779): None really. Before I put any mods on it though, I took it to Sound Performance for a baseline dyno run. I think my best run was 248 whp, but that was with an open hood and fan in front. Before that, it was 244 whp. I need to get back there to see what my bolt-on mods have added.

ChicagoZ.com: What are your current modifications? Any future modifications/wishlist? Whether it's performance, handling, appearance, and/or sound system....

illinifan007 (http://www.chicagoz.com/forums/member.php?u=2779): Before October 2009, aside from an Alpine head unit and 10" JL Audio sub, my car was completely stock. I had never been to a meet, nor even heard of ChicagoZ.com. For some reason, I decided I wanted to install a cold air intake so I did some research online and discovered ChicagoZ.com. My first mod was a JWT Popcharger and CF intake tube. My first meet was at Fuddruckers in Schaumburg. After that the mod bug bit really hard. I followed up the intake with 19" Volk GT7 wheels, Topspeed front diffuser, Chargespeed side skirts and end cowls, HKS Hi-power exhaust, Tein BASIC coilovers, SPC camber kit, polished plenum, 5/16" plenum spacer, and a bunch of other stuff in between. Future mods include a BBK, some more bling in the engine bay, and hopefully a FI setup. It's been a fun, expensive road!!!!

ChicagoZ.com: Name one thing that you love and hate the most about your 350Z.

illinifan007 (http://www.chicagoz.com/forums/member.php?u=2779): I love the FEEL of my Z when I drive it. It's completely different from my DD, a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Jeep is high, rides real rough, and is only in my driveway because of work and winters. I hate it and what it represents, work and cold weather. The Z represents summer, fun, relaxation. It's low to the ground, sleek, fast. I love driving it around town. I don't hate anything about my Z. If I did, I would already have plans to trade it in. Instead I keep making upgrades. I plan on keeping it FOR-EV-ERRR!!!! FOR-EVVV-ERRR!!!!!!

Current Modifications:

19" x 9.5/10.5 Volk GT7
10 mm H&R Trak+ spacers, front & rear
Topspeed front diffuser
Chargespeed side skirts
Chargespeed rear caps
HKS Hi Power exhaust
Tein BASIC coilovers
SPC camber kit
Carbon Fiber air duct

Polished OEM intake plenum
Motordyne 5/16" plenum spacer
JWT Popcharger
Mishimoto radiator hoses
Pi-thon hose locks
Zee Toyz fluid caps
CF Engine cover and battery/fluid covers
NRG CF hood dampers

Kenwood Exelon DNX-8120 head unit
JL Audio 10" subwoofer
Focal Polyglass 6.5" door speakers
Project X Customs door pods
Soundstream Stealth amplifiers

Future mods:
More bling for the engine bay
FI setup

Special thanks to Sean for taking the photos. :)

08-01-2011, 09:36 PM
:woot: Congrats on the "comeback" COTM!

08-01-2011, 10:21 PM

08-01-2011, 11:52 PM
awesome, congrats

08-02-2011, 12:28 AM

08-02-2011, 12:28 AM
Car looks great bro. Congrats. And woot woot to cotm

08-02-2011, 07:48 AM
Thanks for the kind words everyone. I added "thank yous" to my text, but the changes weren't included, so here they are...

Thanks to:
Sean - for taking some awesome pics with little to no help from the other mods. what a bunch of JERKS... LOL! Seriously, the pictures look great. Yo skillz r cummin along nicely brah....

Project X - for putting up with my million questions. My car wouldn't look like it does without their help. Thanks for your patience, suggestions, and sharing of knowledge.

John & Khanh - for your help with DIY installs and suggestions on potential upgrades.

ChicagoZ Community - my gf hates you guys, but I enjoy meeting new people, seeing your cars, and talking to fellow car nerds. The shows, meets, etc. are always fun. Thanks for posting pics, sharing information, and generally being a fun, open place to come and comment on cars, society, and whatever else comes to mind....

08-02-2011, 08:17 AM
Congrats! Car has come a long way!

08-02-2011, 08:55 AM
LOL, congrats again! Have to say that some of the pics don't do this car justice. Have to see it in person to see how low and clean this thing is :cheers:

I Phantom I
08-02-2011, 09:32 AM
Congrats... I remember your first meet! :D

08-02-2011, 10:31 AM
You're welcome, Hector.

Your Z deserves to be COTM.

Congrats again. :)

08-02-2011, 10:58 AM
Congrats on making COTM Hector!!!

08-02-2011, 11:33 AM
congrats, z looks good.

08-02-2011, 12:13 PM
what an awesome interview! and great looking Z...love your lips too..lol

08-02-2011, 08:33 PM
Oh snap, look what's back!

Congrats neighbor!

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never gone
08-02-2011, 09:03 PM
Very nice and well deserved!

08-02-2011, 09:23 PM
Beautiful ride COTM is well deserved

08-03-2011, 08:12 AM
Congrats dude! Car looks great!

08-03-2011, 08:31 AM
congrats on COTM :cheers:

08-03-2011, 11:45 PM
welcome to the COTM club...well deserved!

08-04-2011, 07:09 AM


08-04-2011, 11:44 AM
very nice, congrats. love the CF lip with decent drop. be careful out there!
and also congrats to comeback of COTM. hope I can make it to COTM some day..sigh..

08-04-2011, 01:00 PM
Honcho, your car looks great these days!

08-05-2011, 07:06 AM
So clean!!!!!

08-05-2011, 07:32 AM
Congrats....hancho? Lol

08-05-2011, 09:40 AM
Your Z looks awesome! Congrats!

08-05-2011, 09:56 AM
Congrats....hancho? Lol

that's Head honcho to you sir....

thanks for the kind words everyone. if my car is finished in time, there will be a couple new mods to show off at FNL and Another Level this weekend. :cheers: :fingerscrossed:

08-05-2011, 10:50 AM
Gratz bro

08-11-2011, 05:21 PM
Congrats the stanceof your car is awsome

08-12-2011, 07:51 AM
Congrats... I remember your first meet! :D

Hector: Wait, hold up, hold up. Look at this snowman right here, man
Hector: [walks over to Enrique] Sweet ride! Whatcha runnin' under there, man?
Hector: [Enrique grins] You're gonna make me find out the hard way?
Enrique: Hell yeah!
Hector: You're brave! You're brave! They call me Hector. Gotta last name too, but I can't pronounce it.


I Phantom I
08-12-2011, 08:43 AM

08-12-2011, 12:14 PM
Congrats man. Car looks great

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08-14-2011, 08:51 PM
Nice! Congrats!

Peter E. C. Dalton
08-15-2011, 10:43 AM
Richly deserved COTM. Congrats.

08-15-2011, 04:52 PM
Nice wheels.. Congrats.

05-28-2012, 06:36 PM
Love the wheels, love the plates

03-09-2013, 12:51 AM
those wheels look great

01-19-2014, 05:43 PM
Those wheels are sick