nader
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New wheels and vinyl job

Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:11 pm

Here are my latest work in progress pics. I removed the chrome lip on the bumper and wrapped it with 3M matte black vinyl and also vinyled the center section of the bumper. I then wrapped the hood with 3M Di-noc CF vinyl. This stuff is crazy. It looks like dry carbon fiber and is textured. Pretty amazing stuff. It also doubles as hood protection. No clear bra here! I like the vinyl on the bumper but I may remove the hood vinyl and do the roof instead. The CF vinyl seems to highlight how short the hood is. Looks like a short nose with a long body.

I also put on some 18x7.5, 43mm offset, 5Zigen GN+ wheels with Falken 255/40/18 tires. I am not happy with the stance and have wheel spacers on order. 30mm for the rear and a 20mm for the front. The front is is a spacer with new wheel studs and the rear bolts on to the stock studs. They are basically for a 370z. I took a chance on order the front 370z kit, which has the same thread pitch (12x1.25) but I wasn't sure on the knurling of the stock studs though so I went with the what the Z uses. 14mm. I hope it's right.

I'm also looking into getting the ride height lower. I can take the coilovers a little lower but not too much as ride quality will deteriorate. Hope to have more pics with spacers installed later this week.

Oh installed some Hella H11 amber fog light bulbs too. I've always been a sucker for the the cool blue headlight and amber fog combo.

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eHelmholtz
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Re: New wheels and vinyl job

Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:21 pm

Nice! I can't tell from the photos whether you've done leather seats but if you haven't - http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=5963" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; they're great.

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Skywagon
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Re: New wheels and vinyl job

Sun Oct 09, 2011 9:18 pm

I am running the H&R 20mm spacer set for a 350z on my LEAF with my Volks and it is working great. I have had them on for 8000 miles and I checked the torque of the adapter nuts when I rotated tires recently and they were all holding torque.

nader
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Re: New wheels and vinyl job

Sun Oct 09, 2011 9:28 pm

Skywagon wrote:I am running the H&R 20mm spacer set for a 350z on my LEAF with my Volks and it is working great. I have had them on for 8000 miles and I checked the torque of the adapter nuts when I rotated tires recently and they were all holding torque.
Awesome. The 18" mazdaspeed volks?

I tried a 15mm bolt on kit but my wheels don't have reliefs on the rear of the mounting face so the stock studs were interfering. That's why I am going with replacement longer studs and a 20mm spacer up front. The 30mm in the rear is a bolt and should clear the stock studs.

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Skywagon
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Re: New wheels and vinyl job

Sun Oct 09, 2011 10:12 pm

nader wrote:
Skywagon wrote:I am running the H&R 20mm spacer set for a 350z on my LEAF with my Volks and it is working great. I have had them on for 8000 miles and I checked the torque of the adapter nuts when I rotated tires recently and they were all holding torque.
Awesome. The 18" mazdaspeed volks?

I tried a 15mm bolt on kit but my wheels don't have reliefs on the rear of the mounting face so the stock studs were interfering. That's why I am going with replacement longer studs and a 20mm spacer up front. The 30mm in the rear is a bolt and should clear the stock studs.
No, I'm running them with the TE16's (16x7), running 20mm front and rear. Volk wheels have reliefs and the bolt-on kit fits great.

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Re: New wheels and vinyl job

Sun Oct 09, 2011 10:20 pm

2 questions:
-Are you running different parking lights from stock?
-Where did you buy vinyl from and did you do it yourself?

I just got my red leaf and want to put a black vinyl strip over the chrome piece in the front. Want to know where to pick some up.
Color: Cayenne Red
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nader
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Re: New wheels and vinyl job

Sun Oct 09, 2011 10:54 pm

The parking light bulbs are 194 LED replacements in a cooler color temp. In the 5500k range I believe.

I installed the vinyl myself and purchased it from Stickercity.com After watching the install videos I figured I'd give it a try.

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johnr
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Re: New wheels and vinyl job

Sun Oct 09, 2011 11:06 pm

Appreciation. Next time I'm in Fresno if I see a tricked-out vinyl-wrapped Leaf, I'll know whose it is ;)
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DaveEV
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Re: New wheels and vinyl job

Sun Oct 09, 2011 11:08 pm

Looks good! What's your ride height now and what are you aiming for? I'd guess at least another inch lower since you appear to be going for "hella flush" fitment with the spacers - how are you going to that low while maintaining ride quality?

nader
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Re: New wheels and vinyl job

Sun Oct 09, 2011 11:13 pm

I'm running at the Tein recommended height up front and just a few mm higher in the rear. The front has room go, it's the rear that is the limiting factor at this point. I'm looking into a replacement shock body for the rear. To be clear this kit is not designed for those who want to slam the car. If you want a mild drop and a sportier ride then it's great.

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