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drifting a 280zx

Old 06-30-2004, 10:42 PM
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drifting a 280zx

hey ppl

just curious about drifting a 280zx, where they used in ther time?
i have found that they tend to oversteer quite a bit. so its pretty easy to lose it and do a full 360 spin
iv had a few close calls with it especially in the wet

does ne1 use them 4 drifting on any regular basis on tack or street?

just wondering
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Old 07-01-2004, 01:08 AM
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i like to practice in my Z31, but i need new suspension because the stock **** does not cut it. Becareful drifting tho. You gotta remember our cars are old and fragile. Make sure you have replaced or are ready to replace most parts on your Z lol
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Old 07-01-2004, 08:28 AM
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The 280zx definatly needs a new suspension. The Z31 isn't much better. They are fairly soft for smooth highway driving but very mushy on the autocross course. Also, by now most of the components are worn out.

Get tighter springs and new struts on all four corners with upgraded sway bars (at least on the front) and a urethane kit. Strut tower braces front and rear and then you'll be ready to see how your Z handles.
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Old 07-01-2004, 12:20 PM
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I didn't see too many Z's out at the drift spots back when I was in Japan and started getting into cars. ('96-99) From what I remember, there was a guy that used to drift his blue 280Z and he told me it was a lot harder to drift and maintain control than the Silvias and Levins that were running around.
Anyways, with some suspension work that's been mentioned above and an LSD, you'll be able to drift, just start out slow and work your way up in speed. If you have a set of pylons, they're your best friend when you're just starting out. And be ready to start servicing your tie rods, ball joints, differential and tranny quite often.
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Old 07-03-2004, 09:08 PM
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cheers guys

im not totally into drifting was just curious cause iv tried it a bit, with stock car. only problem is that around where i live there are no carparks that dont have concrete dividers between bays. so its reasonably hard to find a decent place to do it but ill keep looking.

the thing that ****** me is the hype around drifting now, think about it every kid in a silvia thinks hes the best thing since sliced bread. just gives me the ***** hey. just cause he can lose a little bit of traction EXITING a corner! OMG! he must b drifting! Real drift is getting sideways B4 the corner then steering out of it. Japanese drifting is like an art not a sport maybe thats the difference between them and the rest of the world.
sorry ppl just had a bit of a cry

all the modifications mentioned above (suspension) could they b used for racing aswell? like is that a strictly drift setup???

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Old 07-05-2004, 08:51 PM
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What i would call a drift would be getting sideways entering the corner, keeping it sideways in the corner, come out of the corner sideways and bring it back. not go through the corner and hear your tires break loose. The car must go SIDEWAYS. Just my $.02.
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Old 07-06-2004, 01:33 PM
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Haha, don't worry, I've got the same definition too. Except I was just suggesting the pylon thingy as a way to learn vehicle control until you can work up the speed to enter sideways and leave sideways.
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Yea, I understand. You have to start somewhere.
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