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Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it? Prior to getting my Z, I had a 2011 G37xS that was paid off and had nearly every bolt-on with an Ecutek tune. At the time, I had no plans of getting rid of my G. I'd purchased my last two vehicles from The Toy Barn here in Dublin OH, and would periodically check their site to see what was on the lot. While browsing, I discovered a 2015 White Nismo 370Z and instantly fell in love. The price was pretty high at ~44k, and after doing the math, I found that I could swing it, but it was a bit outside of my budget. So, I took no action for 4 days. On the 4th day, I decided to call them and setup a test drive. While speaking with a salesman, I was told that someone was already there test driving the car. He told me that if the guy didn't buy it, he'd ring me back and schedule a test drive. I thought, if someone is there to test drive that specific car, there's no way that they'd not purchase it. Turns out that I was right... The guy ended up buying it. I was a bit deflated, but bitten by the bug. I couldn't stop there. I began searching the internet in a 500 mile radius for another Z. My local dealer had one, but it was an automatic. I found one in Minneapolis, but was skeptical about how it was stored during the winter months. Further searching lead me to a dealer in Indiana that had exactly what I was looking for, only not in white. I decided to take a chance on it and gave them a call. To my surprise, it was still on the lot and even better, it was a dealer car. I would technically be the first owner! That was great because I didn't have to worry about any potential mods. The asking price was 32k (18k miles), and the math checked out for my budget after factoring in the trade of my G. We scheduled a test drive, and I made the 3 hour trip to happiness! It rained like hell that day, but it didn't stop me. During the test drive, I was focused on the sounds, smells, and dynamics of the car. I paid attention to everything, looking for anything out of the ordinary. I found none. Aside from the rear tires needing a replacement, all else appeared to be in proper working order. It was manual, had the tech package, and was simply stunning! I continued with the deal and drove off in my new Z!! Describe the modifications you've made. Where did you start, what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it? So far, I've added the iJDMToy rear brake/reverse light that replaces the factory reflector, replaced all internal bulbs with Diode Dynamics LED's, and self-modded my headlights with Starry Night RGB+Chasing quad halos. I've also replaced the factory projector lenses with ST-R clear ones. I've ordered the Fast Intentions TDX CBE back in February, and am still awaiting its arrival (ETA, June 2017). Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck? At the moment, the Starry Night Halos are the best mod, as I've saved over 1k by doing it myself. You'll see that 180 Customs and Lightwerkz both charge quite a bit to mod headlights. It's those costs that pushed me to mod the headlights of my G37, and now my Z! How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? My Decision for Starry Night over Morimoto and NeoPrism was due to functionality and the accounts of others experience with them. As for Fast Intentions, I had their exhaust on my G and loved everything about it! Though I admit, I had a difficult time choosing between FI and ArmyTrix. What are you planning next? Intake (installed!), Oil Cooler, EcuTek tune (done!!), 6-piston front and 4-piston rear brake upgrade, and eventually the Fast Intentions TT kit. What’s been the biggest challenge with this build? Saving money for parts!!!
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