Sources for TT front clip / JRAuto.com


IMD12C4INFO
09-20-2006, 04:48 PM
I have a '93 Z convertible (I'm in minnesota), that just developed an engine problem, so I decided now is the time to do a TT swap. I found a complete 5 speed TT front clip @ www.jrautoparts.com for $2150 + shipping. Has anyone ever dealt with this company? Any other suggestions of a good source for the front clip at a reasonable price?

DeleriousZ
09-20-2006, 09:53 PM
check out speedline... they are awesome for vg's. not sure if they sell clips, but they definitely have almost any part you could want when it comes to engine stuff... http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQfrppZ25QQsassZarleyleghorn

IMD12C4INFO
09-22-2006, 06:44 PM
Any more suggestions? Every place I check into seems like a bunch of crooks when you look into them. I also checked into www.osakajdmmotors.com, & when you punch that into a search engine, you get a bunch of people saying they have no customer service. Z1 motorsports charges $3000 + shipping. I'd rather not spend that much. Has anyone done a TT swap that can say anything good about who they got their parts from? Ort anything bad? Just looking for a little guidance so I don't get screwed.

DeleriousZ
09-22-2006, 08:05 PM
speedline will not screw you, they are a very reputable company for the record

IMD12C4INFO
09-22-2006, 08:17 PM
Can you tell me speedline's website or phone number? I'm unfamiliar with them. When I do a search for speedline, there's numerous companies that do business as speedline. Thanks for the help! Brett.

DeleriousZ
09-22-2006, 08:24 PM
i think they're mostly an ebay business, but you can message them from the link i posted above and they'll give you a phone number and all of that stuff

IMD12C4INFO
09-23-2006, 12:19 PM
Thanks. I sent Arley an email, & he has a clip with 31k, but he wants $3000 for it. If I want to pay that much, I can get one from Z1 Motorsports for that price, & I would totally trust them. They'll even send you a video clip of the front clip you are looking at while it is running. How do you beat that? I did find something kind of interesting yesterday that's totally in the other direction. A DK45DE drivetrain out of an '03 Infiniti. A 4.5 v-8 with 340 h.p. before you start screwing with it sounds like fun, but that's a bag of worms I don't know if I want to open. What makes it more interesting is that it seems like the guy is asking way too little for it. $3000 for everything with 27k miles. Doesn't that sound cheap? That includes: Engine, transmission, a/c comp, alt, starter, water pump, ecm, exhaust manifolds, throttle body, p.s. pump. You would need other stuff too, but that's a pretty good start. The only part that sounds kinda scary to me is how to get working gauges, & other controls to work.

DeleriousZ
09-23-2006, 01:54 PM
http://www.freewebs.com/axepower/websalbum.htm for an idea of what a vh45de in a z32 is all about... it seems there's a growing base for this engine, a few people are starting to make custom pistons and accessories for it, but nothing near what the vg30dett has for it... and the amount of custom fabrication to get it to work might be a little above most people's levels or pocket depth...

3k seems pretty expensive from speedline.. maybe i'm just used to the et's rather than dett's...

oh and yag this link is for you buddy http://www.cardomain.com/ride/563982

IMD12C4INFO
09-23-2006, 02:21 PM
Yea, I think the 450z project is probably more than I want to bite off. I think I'll just do the TT conversion. That should be cool enough, because it will be one of the only TT z32 convertibles in existence, since TT wasn't an option on verts. I sent Arley another email asking for a better price. I suppose it will depend on how bad he wants to sell it. If he doesn't want to sell it very bad, is there any other places you would suggest checking out that would be considered "reputable"? I've heard horror stories with some of these places. I just want to get a decent drivetrain that doesn't turn out to be a pile of junk when I get it shipped here.

DeleriousZ
09-23-2006, 02:51 PM
those are the only ones i'm aware of... perhaps k3 could tell you more, he's swapped a tt into his 2+2.... i think anyway, haven't heard anything about it for a long ass time

k3smostwanted
09-23-2006, 06:21 PM
those are the only ones i'm aware of... perhaps k3 could tell you more, he's swapped a tt into his 2+2.... i think anyway, haven't heard anything about it for a long ass time

yeah about that...i ran into minor difficulties.

do NOT buy from Osaka JDM motors.

i have heard good things from Venus Auto, Speedline group, and this place in Florida but i dont remember the name off the top of my head.

IMD12C4INFO
11-04-2006, 07:55 PM
Well, I pulled the Z into the shop yesterday, & a few hours later, I have the drivetrain out, & laying on the floor. I still don't have a tt front clip bought yet, though. As I mentioned before, Arley wants $3000, which is too much. Anyone know of somewhere else that's reputable, but will also fall in the $2500 or less range? I really don't want to hit the $3k mark, because I still have shipping, & a bunch of other expenses before this job is done. If I can't come up with something this week, I guess I'll just have to do a few upgrades to the na engine, & I'll have to be happy with it. I really would hate to get this far, & end up without turbos. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Broke_as_****
11-04-2006, 09:00 PM
www.conceptzperformance.com (http://www.conceptzperformance.com/Cart/items.php?Car_Type=NIS300&car_cat=Engines/Front%20Clips&CA=59&UID=2006110418514467.168.18.148) sells clips and has a customer service record that defines spotless. They're listed as $2750, which is just about the lowest price I've seen from a well know reputable vendor. The going rate is just about $3000, which is a heck of a chunk of change but thats what they're going for.

www.noyanusa.com has been a business that many on twinturbo.net have had luck with.

IMD12C4INFO
11-04-2006, 09:42 PM
K3SMOSTWANTED had suggested Venus Auto as being a reputable company. I contacted them before, but they didn't have anything then. That was about 1 1/2 months ago. I just tried them again via email, & they apparently just got in a clip last week. They said $2200, which, of course, sounds very appealing. I'm waiting for more details. I told them I needed a manual clip, so hopefully that's what it is. Anything I need to ask about the clip that they might not volunteer?

k3smostwanted
11-05-2006, 06:03 AM
K3SMOSTWANTED had suggested Venus Auto as being a reputable company. I contacted them before, but they didn't have anything then. That was about 1 1/2 months ago. I just tried them again via email, & they apparently just got in a clip last week. They said $2200, which, of course, sounds very appealing. I'm waiting for more details. I told them I needed a manual clip, so hopefully that's what it is. Anything I need to ask about the clip that they might not volunteer?
nah...

do some research...i know for a fact that there have been a few members on TwinTurbo.net that have used Venus auto and had good success. i would double check to verify before sending any money out. i know venus auto supplies alot of the smaller companies with front clips and if i am not mistaken i think they may supply Z1 motorsports with their front clips but do not quote me on that.

as much money as i have spent on my BAD clip that i bought, i would wisely be willing to fork over the extra $800 and know that i have a sound, good running motor. but it is your money and i wish you the best of luck.

IMD12C4INFO
11-05-2006, 01:58 PM
Well, now I'm starting to get excited. I have confirmation that the TT clip @ Venus is a manual transmission. I'll be talking to them, & getting pictures, mileage, & a few other details on Monday. Crossing my fingers in hopes that I don't find out something negative with this clip on Monday.

k3smostwanted
11-05-2006, 05:59 PM
Well, now I'm starting to get excited. I have confirmation that the TT clip @ Venus is a manual transmission. I'll be talking to them, & getting pictures, mileage, & a few other details on Monday. Crossing my fingers in hopes that I don't find out something negative with this clip on Monday.

i wish you the best of luck...

IMD12C4INFO
11-06-2006, 07:05 PM
I talked to Venus Auto about this clip today, & they said it doesn't have the dash, or instrument cluster in it, so it looks like there's no way to know how many kilometers are on this clip. Should've known there would be some problem with it. I've never even seen a clip that didn't have the dash & cluster in it. Have you?

instant noodle
10-03-2007, 02:55 PM
Hi. I'm not sure if you want to buy your motor or parts from Venus Auto in Sacramento, because I've had a very bad experience buying a motor from them. I bought a front clip from them about 4 months ago and before buying the owner of Venus Auto, Ronald, said that it was in good condition and that the compression was great on all cylinders. :shakehead When my clip came it was all banged up, rusted and looked like crap. I quickly checked the motor and found that it was rusted inside and the compression numbers were way off from what he told me. Then I called Ronald back and said that the motor was rusted and he told me that they all have some rust because they all old and I can't expect the condition to be good since the price is cheap. But what can I do with a rusted motor. I ended up not getting any type of reimbursement back and got stuck with a crapped out clip and bad running motor. DON'T BUT FROM VENUS AUTO. SAVE YOUR MONEY AND A HEADACHE.

ultra-yellowZX
10-03-2007, 10:53 PM
I have a '93 Z convertible (I'm in minnesota), that just developed an engine problem, so I decided now is the time to do a TT swap. I found a complete 5 speed TT front clip @ www.jrautoparts.com (http://www.jrautoparts.com) for $2150 + shipping. Has anyone ever dealt with this company? Any other suggestions of a good source for the front clip at a reasonable price?
I'm Thinking of buying a front clip from them to there location is only 15 miles away from me I seen the engine & It looks good I see no rust on it the engine look's clean I the guy tolled me that he could star the engine for me befor I buy it.

vicmtzmtz
05-19-2008, 04:06 PM
Do not buy from speedline!!! Its a bad nightmare with Arley. He sold me a bum engine with no oil pressure, and his reaction was that I was taking up his time. He wanted me to send back the engine, of course me paying the shipping for the both the replacement and the bummed engine. Lets not leave out the fact that I had to pay a mechanic to do all this work. My 300zx is still dead, but this time I'm saving the money for conceptZperformance. Do not waste any money/time with Arley, save it and go with the proven.

IMD12C4INFO
05-19-2008, 04:45 PM
Do not buy from speedline!!! Its a bad nightmare with Arley. He sold me a bum engine with no oil pressure, and his reaction was that I was taking up his time. He wanted me to send back the engine, of course me paying the shipping for the both the replacement and the bummed engine. Lets not leave out the fact that I had to pay a mechanic to do all this work. My 300zx is still dead, but this time I'm saving the money for conceptZperformance. Do not waste any money/time with Arley, save it and go with the proven. Did you put a new oil pan on the engine before you installed it? If not, that is almost certainly why you don't have oil pressure. 99% of the Japanese import engines you buy have been sitting on the floor on their oil pan. That dents the bottom. The oil pump is very close to the oil pan, & when the pan get dented, it keeps the pump from being able to suck in oil. Install a new oil pan & you will almost certainly have good oil pressure.

Tach_it
06-01-2008, 01:24 PM
There are many places you can risk spending your money on a clip that you are not 100% sure of the condition. There are some clips that are slightly better than others (every clip is not going to have every component in excellent condition) what I am trying to say is that you are dealing with half a vehicle from overseas so there is always some risk in not who it's previous owners were. My advice to you is to get as much detailed information as possible. As an employee of Z1 Motorsports I can assist you in recieving a good quality clip and reasonable price, for you pay for what you get. If you spend 2,000$ on a clip yeah it is more likely to have problems. If you got any questions ask I would be more than willing to help because I can't stand people who practice bad business and like to rip enthusiast off. You can email me at nick@300zx.com and I can give you more detailed information or we could talk on Monday. Either way shoot me a line, I always like to help a fellow Fairlady owner.

IMD12C4INFO
06-02-2008, 12:12 PM
There are many places you can risk spending your money on a clip that you are not 100% sure of the condition. There are some clips that are slightly better than others (every clip is not going to have every component in excellent condition) what I am trying to say is that you are dealing with half a vehicle from overseas so there is always some risk in not who it's previous owners were. My advice to you is to get as much detailed information as possible. As an employee of Z1 Motorsports I can assist you in recieving a good quality clip and reasonable price, for you pay for what you get. If you spend 2,000$ on a clip yeah it is more likely to have problems. If you got any questions ask I would be more than willing to help because I can't stand people who practice bad business and like to rip enthusiast off. You can email me at nick@300zx.com and I can give you more detailed information or we could talk on Monday. Either way shoot me a line, I always like to help a fellow Fairlady owner. Hi Nick. I started this thread in September 2006, so I bought a clip long ago & it's in the car & working perfect. Nobody doubts that a Z1 clip will be a good clip, because you run them to be sure. The main reasons I didn't buy one from Z1 was 1) The price is at the top of the range for Z32 front clips 2) On top of the price of the clip, add $500 plus, to get it shipped to you. 3) Z1 removes everything from their clips except what is necessary for the conversion, & sells it themselves. I imported one from Japan myself. It took 2 months to get here, but it was winter & I had time to wait. I paid $2500 including shipping via container ship & train all the way to Minnesota, so $2500 was the total price. I got everything with it, including the hood, fenders, headlights, speedometer cluster, front bumper, brakes, suspension, ecu, t-bodies, & everything else that Z1 doesn't include with their clip. Selling the parts that I didn't need from the clip helped finance the project. That probably reduced the cost down to around $1000. Taking all of that into consideration made the Z1 clip very expensive. Granted, what I did was much more of a risk, but around $1000 versus more than $3500 made it worth taking a little risk. I have bought many parts from Z1 & have always been satisfied with the parts & the service I received. But if I was buying another front clip today, I would definitely look for one that comes complete with all of the parts.

Tach_it
06-02-2008, 01:19 PM
I guess I didn't really look at the date, but I am glad you were able to get a clip a reasonable price. I can't agrue some one finding a better deal, for the main reason of the high cost of clips is probaly due to the increased difficulty of importing front clips and dealing with increased restrictions on customs. Either way I am glad for you to have some real power, and if you ever need help locating some new or used parts drop me a line at nick@300zx.com.
By the way have you had the car on a dyno?

IMD12C4INFO
06-02-2008, 03:09 PM
I guess I didn't really look at the date, but I am glad you were able to get a clip a reasonable price. I can't agrue some one finding a better deal, for the main reason of the high cost of clips is probaly due to the increased difficulty of importing front clips and dealing with increased restrictions on customs. Either way I am glad for you to have some real power, and if you ever need help locating some new or used parts drop me a line at nick@300zx.com.
By the way have you had the car on a dyno?I have had it on the dyno twice. Last year, shortly after completing (most of) the TT conversion, it did 443 rwhp on stock intercoolers on a 93 degree day on 16 psi boost. Then, over the winter, I added Z1 Side mount intercoolers & a few other things. I turned the boost up to 20 psi, added 111 octane race fuel, & switched the Ash-Spec program to the "race fuel" setting, & it only did 455 rwhp on a 55 degree day. It should have been much higher, which means I have a boost leak, or something else going on. I will have to do some checking into what's going on. A little background on the car's mods, many of which came from Z1 Motorsports: JWT Sport 700 turbos, Stillen ported & polished exhaust manifolds~Power Enterprise 850cc fuel injectors~Ported & Machined lower plenum with bosses cut for new style fuel rails~New style oem fuel rails ~ Z1 front mount intercoolers~Ash-Spec ECU with 2 programs (1 for pump fuel & 1 for race fuel)~Walbro hi flow fuel pumpDoolz dual pop intake with 2 JWT performance power intakes~JWT performance street clutch & pressure plate~3", stainless steel 5 bolt downpipes ~ 3" exhaust all the way back W/ Random Technology high flow cats ~ Greddy Profec B Spec 2 boost controller ~ Stainless steel clutch line~ASP under drive pulley~One piece driveshaft ~ Z1 short throw shifter ~ Kaixen HID headlight conversion~17 5 spoke alloy wheels ~Michelin Pilot Sport tires. 255-40-17's rear & 225-45-17's front

IMD12C4INFO
06-02-2008, 03:12 PM
I guess I didn't really look at the date, but I am glad you were able to get a clip a reasonable price. I can't agrue some one finding a better deal, for the main reason of the high cost of clips is probaly due to the increased difficulty of importing front clips and dealing with increased restrictions on customs. Either way I am glad for you to have some real power, and if you ever need help locating some new or used parts drop me a line at nick@300zx.com.
By the way have you had the car on a dyno? By the way, what kind of new difficulties are there in dealing with customs? Not planning on importing another, just kind of curious what kind of new crap they came up with to make everyones life more difficult.

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