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Thread: From donk to drift, a Q45 story

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    Default From donk to drift, a Q45 story

    Hello people of Stanceworks, Id like to introduce my y33 q45. Unlike most y33s this car isn't going to be a garage queen that gets driven on the weekend to car shows. No, this is a budget drift car.


    Maybe 6 months back I had a crazy idea, "why don't I convince my friends to all chip in and have a group drift rat?" As you might have suspected the idea didn't quite catch on as I had wanted. Thankfully my friend Paul was down for the cause, but he suggested we go another route, one thats a little bit more... unique...

    Build a dank vip drift missile and do things we wouldn't do normally to our personal cars.

    The first car that popped in our heads was an LS 400. It has a v8, RWD, LSD, and room to fit a bunch of wheels and tires for drift events. And on top of that Paul used to have a LS400 and has some parts left over from his part out. so the search for the perfect cheap drift car went on for the next month or so until he brought up a great idea. Why not an Infinity Q45? It's cheap, has a v8, and can use parts from a 240? not a week later we find a add on Craigslist for a y33 q45 for $1500, how bad could it be? so we drove 2hrs in traffic to check out this magnificent creature.

    Where do I start with this... well for starters we met the seller in a Walmart parking lot in the beautiful Pittsburg CA. The seller: was a 16 year old kid who wanted to sell the q45 to buy a dirtbike. If that wasn't enough for you he was with his mom, who was dealing with a poopy child in the back of her MDX while offering us some of the devils lettuce.

    Back to the Q45, the car was BEAT,it had *(has) terrible body repair, christmas tree of lights going on in the dash, 18" terrible fitting chrome SKRIMZZ, two 12" subs in the back (not wired up) junk in the trunk, broken power steering, and it once had a lien title. After a quick ride around the parking lot we both had decided the car was not worth the $1500. Well lets just say after 30min of negations we drove back home with a $700 q45.

    TLDR; Wanted a drift car, went in halfsies with a friend and bought a q45.


    Well heres a few cellphone pictures from when we bought it.

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    The squad looking hard AF

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    We gave away the subs to some random guy in a Starbucks parking lot.

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    Did i mention our car has a 2" lift? apparently the vehicle was lifted to accommodate some 24" wheels? this is how i picture how the car looked.�

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    so the next weekend we decided to start ruining, I mean fixing the q45. as seen by this video my friend made.





    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrSFQ83GqIk

    TL;DW: equipped "street weight reduction"

    so the time came to start making the car edgy, more "unique" so we decided to paint the car 2 tone.
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    as you can see we chose some paint with a CRAZY amount of sparkle. After we sand and wax the new paint hopefully the sparkle gets more E X T R E M E


    So the moment you've been waiting for... PARTS PARTS PARTS PARTS PARTS. Yes coilovers, toe arms, control arms, camber arms, firearms and wheels have been purchased.

    a few quick shots of how the wheels fit.

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    Yah looks like it might be interesting...

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    5x120 adapters because BMW wheels lol

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    and there we go, the finished product... Well sort of, we still have to play around with the ride height and get an alignment.

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    so with the install complete we had a pretty fun time getting out of the driveway..

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    The stock exhaust flange and the cats scraped the driveway a tad.

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    Well as you might have suspected, the stock seats might suck for skidz. So to address that we got some new seats... kinda...



    yes, we picked up some really nice condition STI seats, they don't fit too bad, and feel way better than the stock seats.

    And this weekend we threw on a personal wheel that I took off my uncles BMW 635csi, fixed up the front bumper, and began test fitting our handbrake.

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    and thats pretty much how she sits now as of today.
    Last edited by leaferiksin; 06-29-2017 at 11:50 AM.
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    Sweet car dude haha
    -Christian.

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    nice def following

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    Interested to see where this leads, count me in.

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    This is stupid cool, also the fact that it used to be a donk is hilarious keep it up
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    ohhh man, the lift kit is hilarious. im loving the two tone. im in for this build.

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    Can't tell you how many blood vessels I popped when I saw that ride height with the lift kit on it.

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    I'm Into this.

    Now just make it stupid low!

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    I like this thread, looks like you are having fun with this thing!


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    Love the idea of this. Looks like a ton of fun and a huge improvement from where it started!

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    Not bad as a start, just curious where this is going

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    Looks sick man! Nice transformation

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    Quote Originally Posted by whacka View Post
    nice def following
    Quote Originally Posted by Scape-Zs View Post
    Interested to see where this leads, count me in.
    Thanks!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dnoop_Sogg View Post
    This is stupid cool, also the fact that it used to be a donk is hilarious keep it up
    Oh man... Don't remind me its donk phase

    Quote Originally Posted by theitchybeard View Post
    ohhh man, the lift kit is hilarious. im loving the two tone. im in for this build.
    The paint itself looks like poop, I think the paint is actually for patio furniture

    Quote Originally Posted by stray View Post
    Can't tell you how many blood vessels I popped when I saw that ride height with the lift kit on it.
    Here's another... because its funny looking.



    Quote Originally Posted by FunfGang View Post
    I'm Into this.

    Now just make it stupid low!
    Next update it'l be a tad lower... hopefully.

    Quote Originally Posted by cblock406 View Post
    I like this thread, looks like you are having fun with this thing!
    This this is a blast! Its awesome to have a car that you don't care about.

    Quote Originally Posted by _shim View Post
    Love the idea of this. Looks like a ton of fun and a huge improvement from where it started!
    Soon its going to get weird hahaha

    Quote Originally Posted by DawsonLiri View Post
    Not bad as a start, just curious where this is going
    Downhill... fast.

    Quote Originally Posted by TWM Performance View Post
    Looks sick man! Nice transformation

    But wait there's more... soon.

    - Renato
    Thanks for all the positive feedback, This weekend well be messing around with the car trying to get more angle and setting the rear ride height. And possibly some more "performance" oriented mods.

    To hold you all over here are some more random pics and ideas for later.




    Rear fitment with surprisingly no rubbing.





    Maybe?




    I LOL whenever I look at this from the back


    Tune back on Monday for more carnage.
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    shoulda kept the lift and slammed the coilovers. a drifting donk would be very unique
    very interested, craigslist here i come

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    Dat wing tho. That sweet sweet wing

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    I have never heard of the Q45... shitting bricks realizing that theyre freaking cheap, rwd, and v8. Now i can hoon and take my siblings to school
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tate View Post
    Dat wing tho. That sweet sweet wing
    I wanna slap it on, but we'll probably throw it on after we bash up the car and throw a body kit on it.

    Quote Originally Posted by CDeez5 View Post
    I have never heard of the Q45... shitting bricks realizing that theyre freaking cheap, rwd, and v8. Now i can hoon and take my siblings to school
    TBH I never payed any attention to the q45... until we decided to chop one up and use for drifty things.

    Quote Originally Posted by Motoman325 View Post
    shoulda kept the lift and slammed the coilovers. a drifting donk would be very unique
    very interested, craigslist here i come
    And it would confuse people even more!


    UPDATE #2

    jk...


    Well, I know there was supposed to be an update on the Y33. But Paul's B5 decided to do B5 things like burn oil/ kill turbos. SOOOO probably an update next weekend, who knows.. keepin it casual tho

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    All the way in for this. ALL THE WAY

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    UPDATE #3: one step closer




    Alrighty, so after that short delay (pauls B5 dying, 2 track days at thunderhill, work/ school), we can start working on the car again. We ran into some issues last time we worked on the car, mainly the front swaybar/ tie rod ends were preventing us turn lock to lock without hitting something. so our solution, probably not a good one... was to remove the front swaybar and get 300zx tierod ends. That gave us more angle than expected!







    After all that we decided to play around with the ride height.






    and well, if I figure out how to embed some videos i'll post up our first ride impressions... hahaha


    well next time well be putting on some tint, a detail, and fixing the ride height hopefully for a local car show at Shukai in DT San Jose.

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    Imma need a more complete picture of this on the ground.

    I have filled out the appropriate forms in triplicate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tate View Post
    Imma need a more complete picture of this on the ground.

    I have filled out the appropriate forms in triplicate.
    I see your request for a picture and add you two videos.





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    sick whip bruuuh. mad skrapez and skidz nam sayin'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by snugglekins View Post
    sick whip bruuuh. mad skrapez and skidz nam sayin'?

    C0m3 thru thiz w33k3nd and snap s0m3 piks plz
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    UPDATE #4


    So its been a little while. been pretty busy with work and some random track days. for instance we stopped by Sonoma Raceway to watch Naoki Nakamura drift.



    Also ran into our friend Dylan, who i think was the only one crazy enough to drift a miata there.



    and a few other random crappy ipad pictures from that night.










    Alright now on to our "progress"

    We needed to do some maintenance to the car since we had no idea when the last time it was serviced... since you know... sketchy $700 car...



    doesn't seem that bad.



    we also were "inspired by Noriyaro's Dajiban video and bought a "Specter" intake. we had to slightly modify our MAF/ intake to accommodate the new intake filter. Notice our fine craftsmanship. and an intake box full of water.







    Next up we were worried that with the 12 miles that we drove this fine automobile at this "low ride height" that we may have rubbed the wiring harness. And well we had started to. So with no idea what to do we tucked it up in the fender.









    And with that we started on our new window tint. But not with out a "nice" and "refreshing" Kombucha.







    So that about it for now. The battery was so dead that it killed the alternator, when we tried jump starting the car it wouldn't even hold idle and it would just backfire from the intake and die lol. So after we get the alternator/ a new battery the car should run. After that all thats left is an alignment, exhaust, and to plumb the handbreak!

    And one last shitty picture of this bucket before I get back to work.














    I lied

    Last edited by leaferiksin; 12-09-2016 at 08:18 PM.
    99 GS 400
    85' 190d
    99 Q45 (slightly nicer)
    97' q45 (rip)
    ig: erik.docx

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    Keep it going!

    Now, I want to know everthing about that 2002, looks soooooo cool!

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