This is only intended for a providing a reference to the list of core parts used in the 7GM 6-Speed swap that was successfully completed by Gerson Flores & Sunday Ortiz. It’s not a how-to or step-by-step process. Please only attempt to do the swap if you are mechanically inclined and understand the Nissan FSM (Factory Service Manuals). If you are interested in getting the full swap professionally done, you can check out this post.
Please note that all of these items were purchased brand with the exception of a few parts (custom & discontinued parts). The total cost for all the parts below adds up to approximately $4,522.00. You may be able to find parts for much less and save money.
Both the Nissan 370Z and the Infiniti G37 calipers are the same size, simply done in different colors respectively. They both will interchange 100% with each other, and all hardware remains the same for both calipers.
I was up for a CVT fluid drain and refill on my 2009 Nissan Maxima. The car has close to 200K miles on original CVT (yeap original CVT). Upon checking the fluid, it was really dark and needed to be replaced. Typically, I use Nissan OEM CVT Fluid. Non-OEM fluid is usually not recommended given sensitivity around the CVT transmissions. But given my car is way out of warranty and I might need a CVT replacement anyway, figured I’d give the Castrol Transmax CVT a try.
Castrol Transmax CVT has good reviews and haven’t seen any reports of damaged transmissions. Also, most of the people who have had transmissions issues used Nissan OEM Fluid (so not so much of a fluid issue). Not to mention that it was on sale for only $5 bucks a quart and available locally.
Update 6/30/2018: After driving approx. 3K miles, the car is driving smooth and perfect (especially for being original CVT). So far so good and no issues.
Important Note:If your vehicle is still under Nissan warranty, and you don’t want any hassles should you have a transmission issue, don’t use this product. Not because it’s not a good product, but because it is RED just like regular transmission fluid. You’ll have a heck of a time proving that you actually used a OEM Nissan fluid.
Old CVT Fluid
Castrol CVT Fluid (As you can see it’s RED)
Part Number: 06811 / Castrol Transmax CVT Transmission Fluid
Price: $5.00 (on sale, typically it’s $9.00 or so)
Formulated with Smooth Drive Technology and premium full-synthetic base oil, is designed for most continuously variable transmissions. It is suitable for use in most passenger cars fitted with push belt transmissions, assuring peace of mind across a wide range of vehicles.
Enhanced friction durability for a smoother drive for longer transmission life
Enhanced wear protection for longer transmission life
Superior high temperature protection to effectively resist oxidation
Superior variator torque capacity that can prevent belt or chain slippage.
I recently replaced the ABS Actuator on my 2004 Nissan Maxima. Since the job requires removing the brake hard-lines, you will need to bleed all of your brakes to get all the air pockets out. Easy enough right??
Well……. I bled the brakes 4-5x times and the pedal still kept going down to the floor. Literally, no pressure at all. I started to think that I didn’t tighten one of the hard-lines properly or the calipers were bad. But I didn’t notice any brake fluid leaks or issues.
I reached out to my buddy Raul (@tuneonthego) and he asked if I bled both the inner and outer bleeder. I definitely did not do that (and totally didn’t even notice the inner valves). You are supposed to bleed the inner valve first and then the outer. I went back and did both following the standard bleeding procedure.
AND VIOLA….. brakes were solid and no longer going down to the floor. In total, you have to bleed 8 bleeder valves. Hope this helps someone who has the same issue.
Photos Courtesy of AK370z:
Inner and Outer Bleeder Valves
You can buy this nifty bleeding kit which allows you to do both bleeder valves at once. You can get itfrom Amazon for $20 bucks. I personally did it using my home-made kit, 1 valve at a time.
Standard Brake Bleeding Procedure Sequence
My Akebono BBK (Love these Brakes. Excuse the dirty wheels)
There was a time where 6-speed swaps for the Nissan Maxima were only available for 4thgens, 5thgens and 6thgens. After 2006, Nissan no longer offered manual transmission options. All new Maxima’s now come with the CVT transmission. While the CVT provides a smoother ride and improved fuel economy, it definitely takes away from the 4DSC experience.
But don’t worry. Those times have certainly and FINALLY changed. The 6-speed swap is now officially available for the 7thgen Nissan Maxima (2009-2015). We consider the 7GM 6-speed the true meaning of a 4DSC. It has a balance of power, luxury and comfort.
Many thanks to Darren from NISformance for taking initial plunge and making this possible on Dan Evan’s 7GM. Lot’s of hours and dedication to create an OEM-feel swap. Darren is no stranger to the pioneering world of Nissan Maxima’s. He created the FWD HR Swap for use in older Maxima’s and is also offering the 7GM 6-speed swap as service at his shop. Dan Evans is now a happy camper!
Many thanks to Platinum Auto Works & Gerson/Sunday for also taking on the 7GM 6-speed swap. These types of projects are the ones that fuel the community into modding their Nissan Maxima’s. The Maxima world was quiet for a few years and thanks to these guys and shops, the Maxima community is back and better than ever! So who will be swap #5? Be sure to keep us posted.