Probably ranked second out of all the cars I have owned, the Infiniti G35 6MT provided a great blend of performance and luxury. Nothing beat the natural note of the VQ35 and just how nicely balanced everything was on the car. Unfortunately I didn't keep it for very long since I moved to California and didn't bring it with me, but while I had it I threw on a few mods to it making it a nicer daily driver. I didn't want to go overboard on the car, so it just got a nice OEM front lip, a few set of wheels including the first set of 20-inch Volk Racing GT-Cs in Diamond Black ever, and a GReddy SP2 axle-back exhaust while lowered on TEIN S-Tech springs.
Read about the rest of the build after the break.
So after selling my 1999 Honda Civic Si to good friend Dewayne, I
started looking around at cars I could afford. I looked at the RX-8, an
RS-X and I don't even know what other cars I looked at, but after
seeing the G35 Coupe in person, I knew it was what I wanted to get. I
really wanted an Ivory Pearl one back then, but there weren't any 6MTs
anywhere in Ivory Pearl and being the impatient person I was, I settled
on a silver one. I just wanted the car to be honest. I picked it up on
9/25/2003 and before I had even bought the car I scored myself a set of
clear bumper lenses just so it wouldn't have to be stock for more than a
couple of hours.
Less than a month later, I had ordered up a set of TEIN S-Tech
springs and an Injen Cold Air Intake for the coupe. I headed up to
Endless Speed & Sound in Ocala, Gainesville to say what's up to the
guys and Dewayne was nice enough to help me install the springs and
intake. I knew I didn't really want a crappy ride out of the car, and
really I didn't want to dump a whole lot of money into the car so I
opted for a cheap set of springs that rode nice and would give the car
just a lower stance than it already was.
long after, I ordered up an OEM front lip for the car since I didn't
really like any of the kits out and wanted to keep the car subtle and
clean. I knew all I really wanted after that would be a different
exhaust, but not something that would change the note of the VQ.
Shortly after the new year, GReddy had their SP2 axle-back out for the
G35 and I scooped up one of the first units to come into America. It
was perfect for what I wanted - a deeper note to the already awesome
tone of the VQ35 and it was an axle-back which made it easy to
install/uninstall... plus it was cheap at my cost.
that around March, I was fortunate enough to get the first set of
19-inch RH Pro J5 wheels ever into America. RH Pro was a spin off from
Dazz Motorsports and the J5 was one of the first wheels to really take
advantage of the 350Z/G35 wheel wells and offer a ridiculous lip size.
The wheels were lightweight and I put on a traditional silver finish.
Back then I also worked for Enjuku Racing, so we stickered up the car
and took it out to Battle of the Imports to attract some potential G35
customers. Apparently the car had won some sort of trophy that day, but
I wasn't really there to show (nor did I care) and I had left before
they announced the winners.
Tokyo Auto Salon 2004, the Top Secret 350Z sported a set of 20-inch
GT-C wheels. Back then, it was Volk Racing's first set of 20-inch
wheels and I knew I had to size up and get myself a set of 20-inch
GT-C's. When we put in the order, I asked if we could get it in a black
finish, since back then black wheels weren't very popular. Rays
Engineering liked the idea and out came the Diamond Black finish that
ended up on a lot of their wheels. These were the first set of 20-inch
GT-Cs in the nation and the first set of Volk Racing wheels in Diamond
Black finish to hit the US soil. They hit the ground on June 8th, 2004
and I was stoked to put them on the car. It was a 20x9.5 +32 in the
front and a 20x10.5 +22 in the rear.
my car was the first one on RH Pro J5's, it was fitting that we'd use
my car to throw on the new SBC coating for both the RH Pro J5 and J8.
Dazz sent a set over to Florida and we threw them on the car. On the
driver side were the J5s in SBC and on the passenger side were the J8s
in SBC. This was back in July 2004, when photoshoots were just about
the worst thing you could do out in the Orlando, Florida heat.
in September, I decided to start parting the car out since I was
considering the move to California. I put the car basically back to
stock, minus the springs, and headed to South Florida right before SEMA
2004. While I was down there, I got bored one day and did a rig shot of
the G35 which was really popular back then since few photographers
really knew how to do a rig shot.
I came back from SEMA 2004 and got the offer to move to California and
work with Modified Magazine, I started exploring options on what to do
with the G35. Transport ranged anywhere from $800-$1200 and the more I
thought about it, the more I wanted to just get a cheaper payment and to
get out of the lease. On a whim I contacted Infiniti Financial
Services and they told me it would be a penalty of just $1300.84 to get
out of my lease. Since I was already planning to spend that much to
transport the car, I gladly paid it and walked away from the lease. I
put back on the stock springs the night before the lease return, cleaned
up the interior best that I could and waited for the inspector to show
up on 12/2/2004. I was a little paranoid that he'd find all sorts of
things to penalize me on, but the guy did the fastest inspection job I
had ever seen and told me he wish every car was like this. Let me tell
you one thing, the tires were pretty bald on the inside and the interior
wasn't exactly in great shape. But apparently people had much worse
condition cars on lease returns... and considering mine was barely a
year old all that was left was to drop off the keys.
6MT G35 was by far the second funnest car I had ever owned to drive, my
E92 335 being the top of the list. But something about the note of the
G35 and just the way it handled and performed made it a really awesome
car. I always wanted one again, but after moving to California and
seeing multiple G35s on the street, I got sick of them. What were
Civics in Florida were G35s in California.
Modifications mentioned for the 2004 Infiniti G35 Coupe:
GReddy SP2 Axle-Back Exhaust
OEM Front Lip
JDM Clear Bumper Lenses
TEIN S-Tech Springs
19-inch RH Pro J5 Silver
19-inch RH Pro J5 SBC
19-inch RH Pro J8 SBC
20-inch Volk Racing GT-C in Diamond Black
Injen Cold Air Intake