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Thread: 03 infiniti fx35 w/all the toys, add a carpc too? oh yeah... :)

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    I come back and look at this thread often. I just want to mention we appreciate you sharing the details of your work with us. Most would shrug us off with just the results showing and not how they came from point A to point B. Thanks for all the detailed photos and tips.

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    I think it is awful, it looks way better in person. Come on, dont stop now.

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    ah, thomas, you know I can't stop ok, you asked for it, again, not pc related, but anyway...



    after riding around for a while with the lower profile wheels the fx looks kinda high again to me... less tire sidewall makes the wheel gap look larger, & the fact that I went from a 30.5" overall diameter wheel to a 29.5" diameter wheel don't help this any either...

    I already did the H&R lowering springs before, already cut 1/2 a coil in the front & removed about 1/2" from the rear spring spacers, but she's still just too high...

    guess we've all seen the kids in the riceburners that just keep chopping the springs till they get the height they want, the fact that the car now rides like a pogo stick though is a reason why I wouldn't want to take this approach of course... I need this thing to ride better than stock, not worse... & I sure don't want all 4 of my wheels pointing in 4 different unknown dirrections too, the way some guys drop some cars is just rediculous...

    there is nothing else available to lower the fx really that I can buy, so I started looking at the suspension & the mounting points & thinking of a way to bring her down some more without killing the ride...

    I came up with a plan to modify the struts & modify the lower rear control arms to give me more drop without sacrificing ride quality... I did modify my struts, & I did modify my rear lower control arms. another big problem with a large drop on a dual wishbone non parallel rear suspension is that the wheels will camber in pretty bad, not only that, but even if you were able to correct the negative camber & get it to within specs at static alignment after the drop, it still wouldn't be so great cause you are ruining the suspension geometry by going that low, you are increasing the camber curve, in other words now, for evey 1" of suspension compression you will have more added camber than it should, so just getting the camber right at static ride hieght is not really the best all around solution.

    I'm the kind of guy who analyzes & overanalyzes things like this, & in doing so I winded up modeling the suspension & seeing exactly why this is happening & what could be done to correct this. in my testing & calculating I came up with a way to not only correct the camber at static alignment after the drop, but to also alter & correct the geometry for this new ride height & correct the camber curve to where it should be. I winded up relocating the pivot points of the upper rear control arms & believe it or not this cured the problem 100%, the rear now has the correct geometry even at this much lower height & I was able to align it to spec without even having to use aftermarket camber bolts or make any modifications to the factory adjustment range at all... she took an alignment like a champ & everything is perfect

    I had to use shorter shocks in the rear, & I was able to source an apropriate shock that is also an air shock, so now I can increase the spring rate in the rear & add compression dampening with this too, as well as now have a levelride system. long story short, I sware my fx has NEVER ridden or handled as good as it does now, better than stock & better than just lowered... I can't say enough good things about how it rides & handles in this configuration... it rides like a big performance sedan... I altered some of the alignment specs to be more appropriate for the height & wheel travel I have now, winded up going more towards the alignment specs of a g35 instead of a fx35... it just drives amazing...

    everyone who has driven it is very impressed, I even had an infiniti tech forman drive it, just handed him the keys & said drive it & tell me what you think.... most will look at it this low & almost expect it to ride like a pogostick, got that sarcastc "yeah right" look & he got in it & said oooookkkkkk... but no, it rides amazing... the infiniti tech came back after driving it & just said WOW, it really rides like a g35... I always hated the way the fx35 handles bumps & just bounces all over & gets unstable, but this one don't do that, it's way more comfortable & stable feeling than a bone stock one... feels great.... I'm very pleased with the outcome of this mod... fx handles like it's on rails... very hard to even get it loose at all, almost feels like a vette... amazing honestly...


    so what does a 3" suspension drop look like on an fx? counting the shorter tire the fx body is actually dropped a total of 3 1/2" from stock.... hers a few shots, & I still don't think it looks too low, looks right to me :















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    Thanks for the added pics. Looks very aggressive (stancewise). If you have any inclination to take anymore pics please do the interior. There are a lot of fans! Maybe even some of the headlights.

    By the way, what kind of projectors and ballasts did you use?

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    oh yeah, I redid my dash bezel too , I wasn't 100% happy with the first version, it served me well for a while, but it was still less than pefect to me & I never really liked the longer oval vents either really... it just wasn't as crisp & perfect looking, looked good but not 100% to me & the fit around the factory buttons was a little off from me trying to use a more curved switch panel on a straighter bezel... I changed the design a little, so now it's not as smooth & flowing on the bottom, the bezel has a little curve at the bottom but this was necissary for me to get a perfect fit. I also made room for the electric shifter controls that'll be going in soon, eliminating the giant shifter in the console & switching over to an electric push button shifter for P-R-N-D... these buttons will go under the left ac vent on the bezel too... have to make room for my next project that will take up a lot of space in the console

    I don't have any good pictures right now but I'll put better ones up soon... oh yeah, & all the upper still needs to be switched out to black now from the tan for the new interior too...
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    josiah, I used oe fx projectors & ballasts...

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    ok, I just realized too that I never showed you guys how I did my overhead console either... came out really cool I think, I decided that the stock screen will stay permanently where I have it overhead, so I wanted to finish that area off instead of just having the screen hanging in a hole, added a wideband & multifunction gage too & matched the illumination to my dash with an amber & a yellow film transparency filter , so here's what I did... kinda a mini tutorial in my thread, just like old times



    been meaning to make a thread for this new material I've been using... you gotta try this stuff for fabrication from scratch, it's awesome stuff, you can make almost anything from it.... I did my overhead console & also my main dash bezel has some of this in it's construction... I use this stuff for grilles & stuff, it's excellent to repair smc composites... I really need to put it up in a thread by itself but heres my console... started the framework with aluminum picture frame stock...

























































































































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    clear work i like Goodluck

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    I just found TurboCad6's work....it's amazing. Do you know anyone in Arizona that does work like yours?

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    ha, sorry man, don't know anyone in arizona that does this type of work really, sorry

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