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Community Member Credit: Rico Rodriguez

Big shout to Rico for spending countless hours in finding a cost-effective solution to coilpacks for the VQ35DE engine. This also works on other models and years.

For those that don’t know, Audi coilpacks are stronger and better than Nissan coilpacks. They add better mpg and more HP/TQ. It works on bone stock vehicles or highly modified vehicles. Just rewire the OEM pigtails to Audi pigtails, plug it in and play!

Nissan Coilpack only has 1 coil. Audi has 2 coils as you can see in the picture below. By having 2 coils it doubles the spark output and can easily handle spark blow out that turbocharged vehicles suffer from. Because it’s outer exterior has a metal body it can dissipate heat ALOT quicker than Nissan rubber which helps with heat cycling. It’s also cheaper than OEM Nissan Coilpacks.

Audi R8 Coil Pack Advantages:

  • 50,000 volts compared to Nissans/Infiniti 30,000 volts.
    • Some measure it with Kv so Nissans coils put out 21Kv while VW coils put out 30Kv
  • Quicker Heat dissipation. (Because of its metal body construction it can quickly dissipate heat. Nissan OEM body is made out of rubber that isolates heat instead of disperses it.)
  • More complete burn of the fuel mixture compared to OEM Nissan which equals to better MPG.
  • Idle Stability Improved
  • NO CEL (Check Engine Lights)
  • BEST PART ABOUT THEM IS THEY ARE CHEAPER $$$ than Nissan OEM yet they are much better.
  • Looks 10000% Cooler than OEM Coilpacks

Now the coil packs price varies due to different name brands. They range from $132-$216 for a V6 engine. Below is the link of the coil packs below so you can see the prices and brands. Doesn’t matter which brand you use, I’ve tested them all and they all make the same exact power.

Order Link:

Reference Photos

Installed a 2003 Nissan Maxima (Credit: Altaf Rahaman)

Important Note: The 02-08 DE Manifold requires NWP spacers.

Important Note: The 2nd Gen Engine does not require spacers. Straight plug-n-play.

Adaptor Options:

You can also purchase the adapters directly from Rico. Below are the prices.

Create Connectors using O2 Plugs (Credit: Rob Tilley)

Finally got my R8 coils installed today and I must say it was definitely worth the time and money I spent. I installed them on my turbo 350z running 15psi with #7 plugs. Car runs so much smoother, especially under boost. It’s a totally different car. I used o2 plugs from a 02/03 Maxima to make the adapters for the plug. Just have to file down the alignment guide on the outside of the blue connector.

Make your Own Clean Connectors using new Plugs:

If you’re splicing directly (Courtesy of Jerome Fenwick)

Nissan OEM Coilpack vs Audi R8 Price Difference (Courtesy of EddyMaxx)

This is a popular upgrade for the VQ35DE Engine. Below is the information you need when ordering these pulleys. These pulleys fit the Nissan Maxima VQ35DE Engine from 2002-2008. Also applies to 4thgens if you have a VQ35DE Swap.

Ralco RZ pulleys are designed with a unique blend of performance and reliability. They are made from the highest quality 6061 aluminum billet. Ralco RZ pulley conversions are proven to produce maximum power gains with the performance benefits of weight reduction, which you wouldn’t receive from factory parts. Throttle response, horsepower, and torque are all increased with this great product.


  • 6061 Aluminum Billet
  • Lightweight
  • Note: Crank pulley Polished

Stock-Diameter Ralco Pulley (Part #: RZ-914924)


MakeModelYearsApplication Notes
InfinitiI352002-2003(Crank Only) (Polished Color) , Stock Size Light Weight, I35 3.5L DOHC 24V FWD Auto,Manual L31 VQ35DE
NissanAltima2002-2006(Crank Only) (Polished Color) , Stock Size Light Weight, SE 3.5L DOHC 24V FWD Auto,Manual A34 VQ35DE
NissanAltima2005-2006(Crank Only) (Polished Color) , Stock Size Light Weight, SE-R 3.5L DOHC 24V FWD Auto,Manual A34 VQ35DE
NissanMaxima2002-2006(Crank Only) (Polished Color) , Stock Size Light Weight, SE, SL 3.5L DOHC 24V FWD Auto,Manual A34 VQ35DE
NissanMurano2003-2006(Crank Only) (Polished Color) , Stock Size Light Weight, S, SE, SL 3.5L DOHC 24V AWD,FWD Auto,Manual FF-L VQ35DE

Under-Drive Ralco Pulley (Part #: RZ-914870)

  • Pulley Model: # 914870
  • Average Price: $125.00-$139.00
  • Recommended Belt Sizes
    – Alternator/AC Belt- 41.5″ (Gates K060408)
    – Power Steering Belt- 30.75″ (Gates K040300)
  • Order Link:

Stock-Size Photos:

Under-Drive Photos:


Community Member Credit: nismopc

Well, I did the STS mod today using a bolt and did not like the final version. I originally posted my results in the Free STS post, but decided this was worthy of a new post due to finding the perfect parts to make a perfect STS for less than $2 dollars.

So being bored on this wet Sunday evening, I went to Lowe’s and found the exact part I needed for a DIYer STS.

My original STS was done by drilling a 5/16 hole through the shifter arm and then cutting off the threaded part of a long 5/16 bolt and drilling a small hole for the cotter pin. It was a OK job, but I noticed the bolt allowed for a lil too much play with the shifter cable. Not pleased.

I picked this up from Lowe’s. It is a 5/16×2 Clevis Pin. Just a slight bit bigger in diameter than the bolt and a perfect match to the factory shifter cable connector. Perfect match!

Part Name: Hillman 2-in Clevis Pin
Item: 138646
Model: #881076
Description: Clevis pin – adjustable 5/16 x 2 1pc/bag Adjustable

Here is the Clevis Pin installed from below. I had to tap it in place from under the car due to a very tight fit from surrounding items. Look at how it is the same exact height as the factory pin.

Here is the final install with factory pin in place. I originally was gonna use a cotter pin but decided to use the factory one instead. Easier to remove if needed.

Additional Reference via trooplewis

Thought I would share some additional hints if you haven’t messed with stuff like this before, and post a few pictures.

First step, get rid of all the air intake plumbing!

You need to loosen the hose clamp around the pleated rubber that connects to the throttle body, you need to remove the breather hose where it connects to the block, you need to pinch the clip and pull off the MAF connector, and then you need to remove 4 screws to take out all the air intake plumbing.

That takes 5 or 6 minutes if you have not done it before.

When that plastic crap is off, this is what you will see. The area you are going to be working in is in the lower right of this photo, under that red electrical connection you see. Speaking of which, watch your drill, make sure the chuck is not spinning against it. You don’t want to mess up the wires or the connector there.

The hole you are going to drill is DEEP, I don’t think anyone mentioned that before. It is about an inch of metal you drill through. I used regular 30-wt motor oil to keep the tip of the 5/16 bit cool, putting a few drops into the hole every couple minutes. I just took my time, running the drill at a slow speed with moderate pressure on it. If you drill on high speed, you better have some really nice bits or you are going to destroy them. Take your time.

Drill a pilot hole first with a 3/16 or 1/8 inch bit, but then you can use a sharp 5/16 to go all the way through. You do not have to drill the hole twice with 2 bits, just get your pilot hole set so the 5/16 doesn’t “walk” the surface metal. The drilling took about 20 minutes.

I got the same clevis pin at Lowes, but it didn’t fit neatly into the new hole, as there were burrs on the holes in the pin. I had to put it in a vise and take some crocus cloth to it to smooth it down, then it worked OK.

Here is a photo of the location where I put the hole. NOTE in this image the pin is upside down, just there for the purpose of seeing the location. You have to install the pin from below.

OK, I don’t know if anyone can put the clevis pin in from above the car; not enough area to get your hand into. I jacked up the front of the car (be safe!) and crawled under, still could not get my hand with the pin in my fingers up into that area.

I ended up using one of those long magnetic flexible things you use to get nuts and bolts out of hard to get places that they fall into. I put the clevis pin on the magnet and got it up through the hole then an assistant grabbed and held it while I got out from under the car.

I used needle nosed pliers to hold the lower part of the pin while I slid the linkage back over it, and installed the factory lock clip. You can see the end result in this photo.

Nothing binds, everything works well, and the “smile factor” is definitely there. I don’t think this mod affects the side-to-side movement of the shift knob, but it has a big impact on the up-down travel of the shift handle. Way shorter throw, I did not notice a change in ‘notchiness’, but it is a lot of fun.

You will notice I did not re-install the factory washer, I could not get it to fit under the hole the lock pin slides through. I don’t think that will have any effect on the shifting of the car or the life of the bushing in that location.

Took me about an hour and a half from the time I popped the hood to the time I drove out and tested it.

If you need OEM flywheel bolts, below is the information you need. It’s best to buy them in larger quantities due to the overall shipping costs. You will need a total of 8 bolts. These are honestly best to get from your local Nissan dealer to save on shipping.

OEM Part Number: 12315-8J100
Total Quantity Needed:
8 Bolts
Price: $1.99 – $2.50 (each)

Torx Size: T55
FSM Torque Specs: 61 to 69 ft lb

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Owner: Rene Saran

Year: 2002
Model: Maxima
Color: Black
Trim: SE
Engine: Gen2 VQ35DE
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual

Build Upgrades

Official Dyno Numbers (385 WHP / 315 TQ @ 7PSI)


Mod List:

  • Engine and Trans Built by Cam Wilson at RX-Tuning and Performance
  • 2014 Gen2 VQ35DE Engine
  • 96mm 9.5:1 Wiseco Pistons
  • Manley Rods
  • Custom RIPP Vortech Supercharger Kit from 00-05 Mitsubishi Eclipse
  • Vortech V2 Si Trim Blower
  • 3.25″ Pulley (~7PSI)
  • eBay Altima Headers
  • GESI EPA Cat
  • Custom Y-Pipe and Exhaust
  • Intercooler Piping Setup from @centerlinems
  • AEM 320LPH
  • Deatshwerks Fuel Pump Relay
  • Racetronix PTFE Fittings and Line
  • Custom Return Fuel System
  • Bosch EV14 550cc
  • Aeromotive FPR
  • 94 Octane
  • 350z Haltech Platinum Tuned
  • Factory 4.1FD HLSD Trans with Synchrotech Carbon Synchros
  • Competition Clutch Stage 4 6-Puck
  • JWT Flywheel

Owner: Felix Lespérance

Year: 2003
Model: Maxima
Current Color: Silver
Transmission: Automatic to 6-Speed Manual HLSD Conversion
Trim: GLE

Dyno – 283 WHP / 243 TQ

Due to low engine compression, the car did not make its expected horsepower.Once resolved, this car will make 340WHP+.

Mod List:


  • Gen2 VQ35DE 2010
  • ACL Racing Bearing (Main/Rod)
  • ARP Full Setup (Rods,Main,Heads)
  • EPS Gallery Oil Gasket
  • JWT C2H Cam Set (i 263deg /.470” lift) (e 262deg /.456” lift)
  • JWT Spring kit
  • Nisformance (boundary) High Volume & High RPM Oil Pump
  • Nisformance Headers
  • Nisformance Fuel line adaptor
  • Nisformance 3.5” CAI
  • GTR Injector 550cc
  • Slot Style MAF Conversion
  • Head Port & Polish (Gasket Match)
  • Lower Intake Port & Polish
  • Oil Cooler Grassroot Kit + Upgrade Setrab Susa Sandwich Plate
  • Walbro 255 Gaz Pump
  • 3” full Custom Exhaust (Megan Racing M-TD Turbo/ Magnaflow 12641)
  • OEM Oil Cooler Delete
  • Energy Engine Mount Bushing Front-Rear


  • Rebuilt (05/05/17)
  • V1R Race Spring
  • V1R Detent Spring Kit
  • JWT Clutch & Flywheel
  • Nisformance Stainless Steel Clutch Hose
  • Energie Cable Bushing kit


  • Haltech Platinium Pro Harness System
  • Haltech Dual Channel Controler (O2)
  • External Gm 2 bar
  • PerfectTuning universal Gauge 52mm(Haltech Plug-In)
  • Nisformance Swap Kit + Cam Inverter v2


  • Tein Coilover Advance Street Damper
  • Rear Progress 22MM Sway bar
  • Megan Racing Front Strut Bar
  • Energy Suspension Full Kit
  • Red Lion Subframe Solid Bushing


  • Infiniti M35 18” wheel (245/45/18 indy 500)
  • Rear AE Lip
  • Stillen Front lip
  • Ionic Dynamic Roof Spoiler

Owner: Joey Edwin

Year: 2003
Model: Maxima
Current Color: White
Transmission: Automatic to 6-Speed Manual HLSD Conversion
Trim: SE

Joey is a high-school 17-year-old true passionate Nissan Maxima enthusiast. He works on his own car and built it with his uncle CJ. He shares his progress with the community.

Mod List:

  • 2014 Gen2 VQ35DE Engine Swap
  • Gen3 Upper Intake Manifold
  • 6-Speed Spec-v Transmission
  • OBX Exhaust
  • OBX Headers
  • CG 3″ Intake
  • 350z MAF Upgrade
  • Nisfomance Stage 3 Clutch
  • JWT Lightweight Flywheel
  • Nisformance Clutch Line
  • Nisformance Fuel Line
  • Nisformance Reflash Tune w/ Advanced Features
  • NRG Quick Release Steering Wheel
  • Cloth Interior to Black Leather Swap
  • 350z Front Seats
  • Infiniti i35 Cluster
  • Megan Coilovers
  • OG Clear Taillights
  • Custom Headlights and Fogs
  • Stillen Lip Kit