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Opinion on arches...

Discussion in 'S30 (240Z,260Z,280Z) General' started by Tony 260Z, Nov 26, 2017.

  1. Tony 260Z

    Tony 260Z
    Z Club Member

    Here's one to polarise opinion...

    S30 body... 10x15-32 wheels... louvres front and back... lowered a bit...

    Wide ZG arches or D. Brinkworth kit???
  2. Dave B

    Dave B
    Z Club Member

    Wide ZG's, the D Brinkworth kit seems to look good on their car, but every other car I've seen with it on look like sh1te. What about the Carbonsignal moonbeam kit if you're going wide?
  3. uk66fastback

    Z Club Member

    How about neither ideally!

    But if you're asking, the ZG flare over that Brinkworth stuff, god that's ugly imo!
  4. johnymd

    johnymd Active Forum User

    I've always liked the clean look of a standard body shell but grown to like the zg arch look too. I think your brown car will suit the zg look but it such a shame to cut good arches. I could never bring myself to do this. I do not like the other arch kits as you lose the classic appeal. It is your car though Tony so it's ok do to choose what YOU like.
  5. Turn & Burn

    Turn & Burn
    Z Club Member

    ZG arches for me too, I think the Brinkworth kit is a step too far for us conservative Brits!
    I’m having a similar dilemma whether to arch or not, problem is there’s no going back once you cut. Tough decision for you!
  6. johnymd

    johnymd Active Forum User

    I've taken the easy option and bought a 240z with zg arches already fitted :)
  7. Tony 260Z

    Tony 260Z
    Z Club Member

    I'm leaning towards the wide ZG looks - it's more natural. The Brinkworth kit does look good on their orange show car but sometimes not quite right on others. Moonbeam is lush (imho) but a bit too radical and even more megabucks than the Brinkworth. I'm thinking ZG arches and put the rest of the money into suspension or engine. But... but... that orange Brinkworth car!!!
  8. vipergts

    Z Club Member

    I fitted ZG archibalds, cutting into my perfect pimple free metal was not nice but, hey, who cares, that's the look I wanted

    The chance again, I'd leave it std body. Lower it and squeeze the widest 15" wheels I could under there. I much prefer this look now.

    So do what you feel but opinions are deffo ZG. I put 10x15" all round and its a pig on the only rubber available in that size R888's
  9. tel240z

    Z Club Member

    you know you want to Tony

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  10. Tony 260Z

    Tony 260Z
    Z Club Member

    Damn that looks good Tel... I do love those arches and I think they'll stand the test of time and fashion better than the Brinkworths. How do you find those tyres? I know they're road-legal trackday tyres - will the car try to kill me every time I take it out at this time of year?
  11. atomman

    atomman Forum User

    They are Toyo R888's , been replaced with th R888R now which has a different tread pattern and doesn't look as good in my opinion , but you can still get them in some sizes,

    I had them on mine and i really liked them, they do tram line a bit but the grip is awesome and i even drove on them with heavy rain up to north wales and they were ok-ish
  12. johnymd

    johnymd Active Forum User

    I've never had a problem with these in the wet. You just have to be a little more careful.
  13. franky

    franky Active Forum User

    A full proper ZG is a great looking car, It'd be good to see some, nicely done ones with a nose and flares.

    I quite like the brinkworth kits, its a fresh look.
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  14. Dougs260z

    Z Club Member

    I contacted Brinkworth this summer to get an idea of the price as it seamed more affordable than Pandem and It was, however the question is should you.

    As long as there has been Z cars there has been body kits the early ones were the G nose, and ISMA these were meant for racing but undoubtedly found there way onto the street on Japan and USA. Fender flares like ZG have been around as long as the hills also but modern twist is some are made from carbon fiber and this can be matched with carbon fiber bootlid and carbon fiber rear bonnet.

    The style in the UK has always been on the modest resto mods, large body kits may date quickly, but the lines of a classic historic car always lasts. My option is that if the car is badly rusty, you could consider it for a bit of fun with kits, but if the car is good perhaps a historic restoration is more appropriate. I think as the 240z is a small car its too small for a large kit, it just looks wrong the longer wheelbase of the 2+2 may suite a larger kit and as the members on this forum are less sensitive over the 2+2 perhaps an easier proposal to swallow.

    Please bear in mind that Brinkworth flares will require 10.5" wide fronts and 12" rears, these are expensive, these will require power steering and they will destroy the handling.

    240z's do bounce fitting large tires will turn it into a trampoline without making significant adjustments to suspension and dampers. As the center of tire has pushed out your wheel bearings will take an absolute thrashing on the outer edge and likely to need replaced every few ten thousands of miles or so.

    Also consider how may times you will be pulled by the local police for them just to check you out, and every local ned in their corsa wanting to drag race you from the lights.

    It is likely that if or when you resell the new owner will wish to change it back to stock and reduce the price accordingly, this can be seen from a car that was prepared for a TV show where they spend £60k and put on ebay and the highest price was just over £10k.

    If you are looking for a street car and you have considered the above, and you are looking for a bit of fun and can afford to lose the money please carry on, but post photos on your progress.

    I think mine will end up looking very similar to the Gas monkey 280z, I would like to use 16x9" works CR01's with toyo r888r tyres. I was considering a paint job similar to the old 240z pace cars which were blue and white rather than red and white race cars, but perhaps I'll chicken out and go for the original metallic blue.

    There are countless options and I would suggest you do plenty of research. Perhaps another option is to adapt fenders intended for another car?

    I have never done this or hear for anyone who has but I understand FRP can be adjusted. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FRP-FIBE...680563?hash=item3d24e03d33:g:QIEAAOSw9IpXzl8R

    I am sure there are more knowledgeable users on the forum who have more knowledge and I defer to their knowledge and corrections.
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  15. vipergts

    Z Club Member

    Do the R's perform any better in terms of tramlining?

    What size tyres are you running?

    I have 235/50/15 and struggle with the steering sometimes pulling it violently out of my hands.Maybe I can change the tracking to help
  16. Tony 260Z

    Tony 260Z
    Z Club Member

    I think the Toyo r888/r888r's are the only tyres in 235/50/15 now. I couldn't find 245's and 225's are a bit skinny for 10x15 wheels which is what i've got.
  17. atomman

    atomman Forum User


    RIDDLER New Forum User

    Hard to answer a question which basically asks: In what way should I spoil the look of my beautiful classic sports car?
  19. Woody928

    Z Club Member

    I think you need to broaden your horizons further, I still think these kits look epic! ;)


    For the record I love the stock lines of the S30 and couldn't cut mine up however If I got another I'd love to do something like these. The Fugu Z for example looks awesome, the purists will never get it though.

    Ultimately its your car do what YOU like!
  20. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Membership Secretary

    If you are going to put arches on go wild!

    Given me ideas for the Sam. ;)

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