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And Here's the car about a month ago on a very fine evening. This car is stock w/ 65k miles on it, except the suspension, euro lights, wheels, and a dual exaust (the previous owner is th one who put that on)

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selfwedge
Posted: 2004/6/8 9:32  Updated: 2004/6/8 9:32
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 Re: Sunset
Regarding setup and costs, the back leaves can be taken out, remove a leave if neccessary and then replace them upside down (flipping the leaves) this will bumpy the back and get it low, to get it any lower you will have to bash/ cut out the back wheel arches, not too difficult if you know what your doing, as for the front it only costs about $NZ200 to get the front shocks shortened and the springs cut and compressed thereby lowering the fronts ride height without just simply cutting, although cutting is far more easier and cheaper and adds to the rugged feeling of the car. also place the car on smaller rims will lower the car a greater amount also.

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clyons8
Posted: 2011/2/25 7:33  Updated: 2011/2/25 7:34
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 Re: Sunset
Beautiful!

I hope mine will look like this someday. I f'in love the two door sedans! in all the datsun models (B10, B110, B210, B310)

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Lobster
Posted: 2002/9/27 13:06  Updated: 2002/9/27 13:06
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 Re: Sunset
Sweet looking ride there!

What are euro lights though?

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tens_and_twenties
Posted: 2002/9/27 16:21  Updated: 2002/9/27 16:21
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 Re: Sunset
As far as "euro lights", notice how his park light/turn signals are half amber/half clear? Those are the Japanese style park lights. The US ones are all amber.

And that car is DEAD SEXY!

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tens_and_twenties
Posted: 2002/9/27 16:23  Updated: 2002/9/27 16:23
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 Re: Sunset
And I must say, whoever shot that did an excellent job!!!

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1200driver
Posted: 2002/9/27 18:53  Updated: 2002/9/27 18:53
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 Re: Sunset
thanks for the comments. i just used my roomates digital camera. they make it so much easier to take pics with!

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ddgonzal
Posted: 2002/9/28 3:21  Updated: 2002/9/28 3:21
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 Re: Sunset
A Datsun 1200 sedan "sexy"? Now I've heard everything ... though I agree this is a great looking car

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ang94541
Posted: 2002/9/29 8:23  Updated: 2002/9/29 8:23
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 Re: Sunset
I can vouch that it looks this good in person, too.

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go_the_datto
Posted: 2002/9/29 8:45  Updated: 2002/9/29 8:45
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 Re: Sunset
Wow looks great!!!

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Posted: 2002/9/29 8:45  Updated: 2002/9/29 8:45
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 Re: Sunset
Wow looks great!!!

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Lobster
Posted: 2002/9/29 12:23  Updated: 2002/9/29 12:23
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 Re: Sunset
How many inches is this lowered?

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shoom
Posted: 2002/9/29 16:24  Updated: 2002/9/29 16:24
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 Re: Sunset
what wheels on there?

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1200driver
Posted: 2002/9/29 22:30  Updated: 2002/9/29 22:30
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 Re: Sunset
hello,

my car has to be at least 4-6" lower than stock. the struts are assembled from various datsun parts to make it that low, use bigger brakes, and still use the 13" western superlights. Steve Epperly was the one to figure it all out, and i just helped put it all together. it rides quite nice in the front, but the rear is a different story. the leaf springs are a stiffer version that used to be available from datsun motorsports, but are meant for a coupe. apparently they are about 2" longer than a sedans, because the shackles are at such an angle that the springs can't pivot, and there is almost no travel. steve told me to take them apart and swap the longest leaf from this set with the stock sedan set, and we'd go from there. i'm just a bit lazy about it, so for now it bounces like a mini truck.

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Posted: 2003/2/18 7:15  Updated: 2003/2/18 7:15
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 Re: Sunset
i always thought the sedan as the not the best lookin of the 1200 but yours just looks sweet as any thing i wish some one did the same to a ute like that low i reckon it would look sweet as

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SLAM1024
Posted: 2003/7/7 12:41  Updated: 2003/7/7 12:41
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 Re: Sunset
This pic makes me think that my sedan can actually look "cool" instead of "cute"

I want to lower my 1200 down 6" like this.

Anyone got any ideas how I can do it best?
Just take some length out of the shocks or get a whole new set-up?

What do you guys think?

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SLAM1024
Posted: 2003/7/7 14:43  Updated: 2003/7/7 14:43
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 Re: Sunset
someone answer before it goes off the recent discussions

1200driver, tell me exactly what parts you used, that car is sweet

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ddgonzal
Posted: 2003/7/7 19:51  Updated: 2003/7/7 19:51
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 Re: Sunset
To lower the 1200 is simple: cut the front coil spring (1-1/2 turns) and put 2" lowering blocks on the back.

Now, there are other ways to do it, but this is quick, and is legal in the US. Many say it is safer for the back to have the leaf springs "re-arched" instead of using blocks.

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SLAM1024
Posted: 2003/7/7 21:26  Updated: 2003/7/7 21:26
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 Re: Sunset
thanks dude,

I hope one day my car can look good.. and not green

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1200driver
Posted: 2003/7/7 23:17  Updated: 2003/7/7 23:17
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 Re: Sunset
Hello,

although the method ddgonzal already mentioned will lower a 1200, this is definitely not going to get your car to ride the best, or drop it down as low as mine. the front of my car has shortened strut assemblies that match the length of shock that will work at this heigth. if you just cut the springs to get your car down this low, you will completely bottom out your shocks, and that sucks. the spring perch has also been lowered down the strut a little, and the springs are shorter than stock. to make it drive well, you should use bump steer spacers for sure. this brings the control arm back down to a good angle.

in the back, i have had to put shorter shocks to go along with the nissan motorsports springs. they are thicker, and very de-arched. these springs actually make to car so low if you use the stock shackles, that you will surely have tire rub on the inner fenders. i have lengthened rear shackles in my car to bring it back up a bit. the rear springs were too stiff, so i took the bottom leaf out.

the stuff in my car is very similar to what is shown in the 1200 competition suspension catalog that i have. (rear spring part # is in there) i believe that there is a copy of it downloaded onto this site.

i am not running the traction bar setup, and i don't have a rear sway bar on it yet.

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ddgonzal
Posted: 2003/7/7 23:31  Updated: 2003/7/7 23:31
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 Re: Sunset
Yes, there are different steering knuckles with different angles as well ... Pitroad suspension tech

As a quick and cheap alternative, I hear that there are shorter strut inserts (from Honda or Toyota?) that will fit in the stock 1200 struts.

Lowering blocks on the back do not affect the shock travel, as the spring location is not changed.

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1200driver
Posted: 2003/7/7 23:57  Updated: 2003/7/7 23:57
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 Re: Sunset
Mine are out of a volkswagen cabriolet late '80s in the front. i don't remember the application for the rear, just looked through a demension guide in the back of the shock catalog, and that was that.

using lowering blocks in the back is indeed easier and cheaper, but lends itself to increasing spring wind up since the axles has more leverage to twist the springs being farther away and all. this might not be a huge problem now, but when you add some horsepower, as everyone seems to plan on doing, the problem will magnify.

dd, are you ever not on this website, or what?

are you going to shasta?

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ddgonzal
Posted: 2003/7/8 1:43  Updated: 2003/7/8 1:43
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 Re: Sunset
I plan on being at Shasta Friday and Saturday. Are you going?

Yeah, I had to quit my job since it was interfering with quality time on this site. Now I'm able to spend more time here ... just kidding.

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no
Posted: 2003/8/2 21:51  Updated: 2003/8/2 21:51
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 Re: Sunset
What will it take to be put in your will?! Please contact me first if you ever sell her! Pure perfection.

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levey
Posted: 2011/2/25 9:53  Updated: 2011/2/25 9:53
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 Re: Sunset
Super sweet, love it!