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The King Z?

By Nicole James

Photos taken by the owner, Mick Australian Harris

This car has appeared on countless threads, posts, pages, and forms; and is what many consider to be the ‘King Z.’ This Z has risen above the rest and caught our attention with its impressive list of modifications and awards. Mick Australian Harris is the proud owner of this gorgeous 2003 Nissan 350Z.

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Harris began his build with the simple intention of just replacing the wheels, but this quickly escalated into much more than a simple change in the appearance. Harris told CSJ he picked the Z because he loved the car when it first came out in 2003.  This Z is garage built and includes the following modifications:

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Engine:

  • 3.5L VQ35DE V6 Turbo
  • OBX Light under drive pulleys $199
  • OBX Power Tower helix throttle body spacer $50
  • OBX Silicone radiator hoses $199
  • OBX Thermal Manifold Gasket $30
  • GReddy Turbo oil pan $300
  • Cosworth Duel Plenum Manifold $1450
  • DeatschWerks 440cc injectors
  • Walbro 255 lph high pressure fuel pump $129
  • Sickspeed Catch Can $50

Transmission:

  • Fully rebuilt RE5R05A auto, will handle 700+ hp $4500
  • Transgo shift kit
  • Large valve body
  • Heavy friction plates
  • Independent trans cooler
  • 2800 Hi Stall converter

Induction:

  • Precision 6262 Turbo $900
  • Turbonetics piping $4000
  • Spearco intercooler
  • Turbonetics Evolution waste gate
  • TiAL Sport – TiAL Q 50mm BOV $259
  • Tuned by Adam Blevins of Blevins Tuning. $600

Engine management:

  • Stock re mapped ECU with Uprev’s Osiris software. $800

Exhaust:

  • HKS custom type single 3” into duel 2.5” $400
  • Badlanz 3” wireless remote controlled cut out. $300

Wheels:

  • Nessen Forged custom 3 piece S.10 $7800
  • Front 20 x 11” 5.5” Concave with 5” lip.
  • Rear 20 x 13” 5.5” Concave with 7” lip.

Tires & Suspension:

  • Hankook 255/30/20 front. $500
  • Hankook 305/25/20 rear. $810

 Suspension:

  • Megan Racing Track Series custom full coil overs $900
  • Rear duel spring set up $100
  • 32 way damper adjustment
  • 14kg front springs
  • 22kg rear springs
  • Stock spring weight is 8/6kg
  • The car is lowered about 4.5″
  • Megan racing rear lower tie bar
  • Camber -4 rear and -2.25 front

Brakes:

  • Wilwood 4 piston front $2000
  • Wilwood 4 pistonrears
  • Wilwood 14″ Cross drilled front rotors
  • Wilwood 13″ Cross drilled rear rotors
  • Braided brake lines

Headlights:

  • Thanks to Jeff at Twizted Housings for the mods $800
  • 07-09 headlights $1900
  • Blacked out housings
  • Painted Blue projector housing
  • White HID LED halos
  • White side marker LED
  • White ironman halo
  • Red demon eye LED
  • STi Lenses
  • 8000k HID bulbs

 Interior:

  • Defi boost gauge
  • AEM Wide band o2 gauge
  • 2 Din Eonon DVD/MP3 with TV $300
  • ARC Audio 1500 Watt Amp$1500
  • Pioneer Champion series 10” Sub woofer $199
  • Pyle Front Splits $50
  • Rockford Fosgate Rear speakers $199
  • Power Acoustik 1.5 farad Capacitor. $129

Body:

  • Over 200 hours in Custom Widebody set up, 4” wider then stock in the rear, 2” wider in the
  • front.  $9000
  • Custom blue pearl paint job.
  • Fully shaved body with emblems, spoiler and rear wiper deleted.
  • VIS racing AMS GT Front bumper Whole kit price $ 1600
  • VIS racing AMS GT Side skirts
  • VIS racing AMS GT custom wide rear bumper with diffuser removed
  • Seibon 07-09 VT Carbon fiber hood $700
  • Carbon fiber mirror covers $100
  • Rare JDM wiring harness cover $100
  • Carbon fiber battery & master cylinder covers $149
  • Carbon fiber cooling plate $129
  • Blacked out door handles
  • Custom LED taillights $299
  • Circuit Sports Carbon Fiber Hood Dampers $199

Total parts cost $ 43,629

Previous modifications have included:

  • Stern ST Wheels 19 x 8.5 & 19 x 9.5 with 33 offsets.
  • HP Racing Wheels 20 x 10 all round with 18 offsets.
  • 16mm spacers front 25mm spacers rear
  • N2 Nismo front Lip
  • Poly CW front lip
  • Poly V Spec front lip
  • Seibon CW carbon fiber front lip
  • INGS +1 rear bumper
  • N2 Nismo front bumper
  • VIS side skirts
  • Ebay coil overs
  • Art test pipes
  • Kinetix intake plenum
  • Ebay cold air intake
  • Carbon fiber B pillars covers
  • 06-09 used modified head lights
  • Cross drilled and slotted rotors
  • GReddy type RS blow off valve

 

Harris says his favorite mod is the rear bumper and the Turbo. However fitting the turbo kit drove him insane! When asked about the amount of time Harris has put into this car Harris replied, “Its hard to say, 1000 hours plus.” Future mods for this impressive Z include a carbon fiber roof as well as having the wheels re-coated.

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Harris takes his car out to different shows and participates in cruises. “Driving on the express way and seeing people take pics and vids every time I take it out is one of my favorite things about my car. Always do what you want and don’t listen to the hate! People that hate are often jelly of what you have. It was others that inspired me, and it is nice to know what I have done to my car is helping others get their ride to the next level.”


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