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Well, I've finally got around to it. Ordered a bunch of parts from Jeff, prompted by the Larini Group Buy.

I'd like to highlight the mods, my impressions thereon and share information on what I've done and perhaps other things I may be doing in the future (anyone care for some supercharging? :D).

Will start posting info soon ;)
 

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...supercharging

would love to know if anyone has done this on the 4.2L engine. Didn't someone here do this on a new GT?
 

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Well, there is a tuner in Germany with a kit but it's likely to destroy the transmission and clutch. I am not an expert but I can't believe that the car can take an extra 100hp+ without having to change a whole load of parts.
 

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The engine can definately put another 100hp

without any problems. It's the same block, etc.. as the new F430 scud... The clutch is the weak point, but it should be fun!!!! I know my Coupe with the ECU mods is a beast, and I mean a beast!
 

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without any problems. It's the same block, etc.. as the new F430 scud... The clutch is the weak point, but it should be fun!!!! I know my Coupe with the ECU mods is a beast, and I mean a beast!
I will get those soon, so I hope you're right mate :D


PS: I suppose one could upgrade the clutch with "stronger" parts? The supercharger would be very sexy to have :cool:
 

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We've had a thread about this before, some time back... In any case, I do believe that the stock setup will handle supercharging just fine. Quality parts, another 150hp, shouldn't kill it. There will be some premature wear but then again, you'll get the same with any car.
 

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We've had a thread about this before, some time back... In any case, I do believe that the stock setup will handle supercharging just fine. Quality parts, another 150hp, shouldn't kill it. There will be some premature wear but then again, you'll get the same with any car.
Cool :)


Well, we can talk about supercharging later, for now I need to get the other bits done first ;)
 

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Well, recently ordered the following from FD:

- ECU
- DBW
- Larini x-pipe
- Larini muffler
- Sport Air Filter
- Sport Springs


Got on order the following from a garage here in Japan:
- Front undersweep spoiler
- Bertocchi high-flow cats
- Wheel spacers and bolts


This should just about do Phase 1 of the planned mods.


Will give you guys an update with some photos and vids when I get the stuff fitted :D
 

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Well, recently ordered the following from FD:

- Sport Air Filter
How much of a increase does the air filter do?

Because I have right now on my 06 GS Spyder is:

-DBW
-ECU
-Tubi x-ost

and next week I'm picking up:

-FD Sport Springs
-FD Brake pads
-FD SS Brake lines
 

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Air Filter

The Air Filter helps a bit with exhaust mods. It's not a huge difference but noticable. It's also a lifetime filter, so either way, it pays for itself. I think it's about the same as the OEM filter in price.

One thing I will say is that if you don't remember when your last filter was changed, you need to do this. I can't tell you how many guys go to change them out finally and find them covered with debris and find a big jump in power just from running a clean filter.
 

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Yeah... When i changed mine, the wire mesh was rusting off and half missing, there were 3-4 cigarette butts, countless dead bugs, and a half of a cd rom :/
 

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Well, recently ordered the following from FD:

- ECU
- DBW
- Larini x-pipe
- Larini muffler
- Sport Air Filter
- Sport Springs


Got on order the following from a garage here in Japan:
- Front undersweep spoiler
- Bertocchi high-flow cats
- Wheel spacers and bolts


This should just about do Phase 1 of the planned mods.


Will give you guys an update with some photos and vids when I get the stuff fitted :D
Nice!

I am installing the new FD anti sway bars, DBW, X Pipe and Larini Hi Flow cats next week as well as de-packing the pre-cats. I will report also.
 

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Hi flash, keen to hear about the sway bars. I wasn't aware of them till I read on ML some people ordered them (Jeff, time to update your website!) but wonder whether they'll make everyday use of the car that much harsher. Given the ride of the car is pretty stiff already, I am a bit hesitant.

Hope you'll report positively on them :)
 

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Hi flash, keen to hear about the sway bars. I wasn't aware of them till I read on ML some people ordered them (Jeff, time to update your website!) but wonder whether they'll make everyday use of the car that much harsher. Given the ride of the car is pretty stiff already, I am a bit hesitant.

Hope you'll report positively on them :)
Hi Bigfoot,

I am hoping it isn't too stiff either. According to Jeff it is not a big change. With the new springs and the car lowered about 1.5", I find the ride right now to be a bit stiff around town when in Sport mode especially on very bad pavement. Out on the highway/ backroads though, I find the weight/ intertia of the car tends to smooth out the ride (which is good), but at the same time makes it a bit imprecise in turns when really pushing. I still feel that there is too much body roll in very high speed turns (over 100 MPH) and the car bobbs and wallows around on undulating pavement (e.g. big whoop de doos, etc.).

Quite honestly, even with corner weighting, lowering, stiffer springs and new rubber, in many ways the car still comes up short in the handling dept. compared to my other current car (an '07 Infiniti G35 with the 6MT sport package).

I am hoping the stiffer anti sway bars will correct the last of these shortcomings.
 

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That's interesting, thanks :)

I am thinking of lowering it 1cm when I get the car as I keep bumping the bl00dy front license plate already and I'm afraid it's going to get smashed up otherwise.

Keep us posted on the anti-sway bars, if Jeff makes me a good price I might go for that too ;)
 

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That's interesting, thanks :)

I am thinking of lowering it 1cm when I get the car as I keep bumping the bl00dy front license plate already and I'm afraid it's going to get smashed up otherwise.

Keep us posted on the anti-sway bars, if Jeff makes me a good price I might go for that too ;)
I get a bit of griding on some ramps but nothing too bad - I just go slow on these. They actualy lowered mine about 1" initially but the mechanic said that the springs would probably drop another 1/2" over time and he was right. The car now looks right with about 1 finger width of space between the tire and the fender. I am sure this partially contributed to the vast difference in handling (compared to the stock springs) as the car's centre of gravity is lower (crisper turn in especially on tight curves and quick left/ right type transitions).
 
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