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 Post subject: Replica body panels
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:29 am 
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I got an inquiry from a potential Spec Z racer for next year regarding replica body panels. He wants to put replica nismo parts on since they are 1/6 of the cost of the OEM. From my understanding of the rules, it says must be OEM, so I dont think this is allowed. I know you can interchange among different models and years,etc. If replicas are not allowed, does anyone think they should be allowed?

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 Post subject: Re: Replica body panels
PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:13 am 
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OEM!

I understand wanting to save money. However, if there's an advantage gained by using a replica part, everyone will be forced to buying them.

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 Post subject: Re: Replica body panels
PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:17 am 
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if they're same shape, size, and weight where is the advantage?

Or if NISMO wants to help out some racers on the parts prices I'm sure they wouldn't mind that either :wink: :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Replica body panels
PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:07 pm 
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We don't know if they're the same and I don't really have time to investigate all of the replica parts on the market. NISMO does offer racer pricing on body parts.

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 Post subject: Re: Replica body panels
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I say allow aftermarket. The OEM parts have a CLEAR aero advantage and eventually when the series gets competitive enough everyone will be "required" to buy the ultra expensive OE parts.

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 Post subject: Re: Replica body panels
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Came across some used v3 nismo parts, likely due to salvage cars from water damage in the Northeast. (hurricane sandy) The parts are still pricey and I was wondering if the aero advantage versus the extra weight/drag was worth it. I noticed just the front bumper and splitter v3 on some spec Z's, maybe to help understeer at speed? Any thoughts?


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 Post subject: Re: Replica body panels
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A couple of us in NASA-SE installed OEM NISMO front bumper covers...Dayum they look good! :mrgreen:

Not sure what / if any performance increase I got...but Dayum they look good! :mrgreen:

Also should make it easier to install the front brake ducting...that is my next project.

I do plan to do a HR hood, and the rear bumper cover and wing as I can get them at decent pricing.

I know this stuff helps with performance, but it hasn't been a night & day deal for me so far.

but Dayum they look good! :mrgreen:

Oh yes, Fans and Sponsers love the NISMO look!!! 8)

What kinda pricing are you seeing?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:01 am 
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laze1 wrote:
A couple of us in NASA-SE installed OEM NISMO front bumper covers...Dayum they look good! :mrgreen:

Not sure what / if any performance increase I got...but Dayum they look good! :mrgreen:

Also should make it easier to install the front brake ducting...that is my next project.

I do plan to do a HR hood, and the rear bumper cover and wing as I can get them at decent pricing.

I know this stuff helps with performance, but it hasn't been a night & day deal for me so far.

but Dayum they look good! :mrgreen:

Oh yes, Fans and Sponsers love the NISMO look!!! 8)

What kinda pricing are you seeing?


I found the V3 Front Bumper for 549.00 -- do you have an avenue for less?
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 Post subject: Re: Replica body panels
PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:17 am 
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2008 nismo, $2000 for the entire rear clip, front has damage and isn't repairable. I started to bid on a complete car with undercarriage damage but it sold at $8900, too much for a car that is bent. The Nismo parts are hard to come by used...


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 Post subject: Re: Replica body panels
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B Esquire wrote:
I say allow aftermarket. The OEM parts have a CLEAR aero advantage and eventually when the series gets competitive enough everyone will be "required" to buy the ultra expensive OE parts.


There certainly needs to be a more cost effective alternative than dealer parts or the overpriced (and extremely rare) used parts - a good racer price from Nismo would be great but all my inquiries to the racer parts program have never seen a response (that's a whole different topic)...

It would be one thing if this was a "low risk" part but bumper covers? I can buy just about every other body part cheaper than the Nismo plastic bumper covers (ask me how I know :shock: )


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