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New M35 Stagea Owner - Newcastle, NSW

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Hey all

Just picked myself up an M35 Stagea, bit of an impulse buy. So that's a car and a bike I've bought thanks to the excess of time during this damn pandemic. Anyway, just wanted to introduce myself and get some advice and tips from other Stagea owners. 

Interestingly, I believe this car belonged to a former SAU Victoria member judging by the stickers it had on it, so if anyone recognises her let me know.
She's been modified a fair bit. Intercooler, Intake piping, there's an oil cooler mounted behind the front bumper (not sure if stock, I suspect not), a Nismo exhaust which i know is at least catback but could be turbo-back, got a nice set of 18x8.5 Concave Concept CC02s and I haven't bothered to get in and have a look too hard yet, but I suspect a different turbo is in there too. So If you do know the owner please god let me know to save me digging around to see what's been done haha

Few little questions about the M35.
Any things or issues I should look out for? What sort of modding opportunities are there for the VQ25DET? 
Also there's a slight shuddering when on the throttle every now and then. Not all the time and it disappears as soon as you back off and get back on it. Something drive line probably, might drop the auto trans fluid anyway just as a precaution.  


Anway, thanks in advance for any help. Looking forward to learning a bit more about the M35.


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Check your rear diff bushing. If this has grease oozing out of it and looks cracked that means its time for a bush kit change. This gets rid of the well known shuddering on throttle from the rear end on all cars with this subframe (350Z etc). I recommend a whiteline or super pro bush kit which will tighten up things back there and feel better when launching or just general response. 


please check the front diff driveshaft universals while you're at it . Mine shattered completely one year and requires rebuild - PNM35 3.5L

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Two simple mods that should be done already.

Break cut mod. Stops ecu from killing power off line.

Shift kit for trans.


Livens them up a bit.

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Well ladies and gentlemen I appreciate all the help and those fixes/mods will come, but based off a phone call I got from my mechanic not too long ago those mods may have to wait a good while.

When the car was up on the hoist inspecting the rear diff bushes, they found that the bushes weren't the problem at all. Rather the 3 inch crack in the rear subframe was the issue. So looks like I'm up for a new subframe.

So do V35 rear subframes work? Or am I looking at a specific M35 AWD rear subframe? 

Thanks for the help, and may god help me haha

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On 29/01/2021 at 6:44 PM, whitestag said:

Shift kit for trans.

Anybody got a part number for the trans go shift?
Found some, but not sure what the correct one is. 

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