It is something that is often overlooked. Planning your performance project right from the get-go is key to success. The biggest thing to stress throughout a build of this magnitude is cleanliness and organization. If this is your first time getting elbow deep into your car, label EVERYTHING. It’s easier to over-label connectors, hoses, and lines, than it is to return to your build and not have a clue where they all go. It’s all about the little details that make a swap come together in the end. Organizational storage bins, magnetic trays, and even a ziplock bag with a sharpie can turn out to be some of your best friends.
As we begin disassembly of our project G35, the first thing is to drain all fluids. This will prevent you from getting a coolant bath or being doused with oil right in the middle of a task. On average, if your concentration is broken on a single task, it takes the average person 12-15 minutes to regain the focus to the point where you left off. Add more time if you need a change of clothing, etc. whether you are maintaining or upgrading, drain those fluids. Fluid changes only help with longevity of a vehicles systems, and are a part of regular maintenance anyways, so this is a double benefit really.
We will be removing the entire drivetrain. For this reason, we opted to remove the entire front crash support section to open up the engine bay and give us unobstructed access. Use your best judgement in this case, and disassemble to the point required to complete the task.
Come back next week where we’ll be removing the entire driveline and supporting components.