Community Member Credit: Chris Strasser

There are also two variations of the 2nd Gen VQ35DE engine. A Maxima engine is equipped with EVT ( Exhaust Valve Timing ) and has a slightly higher compression ratio along with larger intake manifold and throttle body (75mm). The Altima engine has a slightly lower compression ratio, and is not equipped with EVT. The intake manifold and throttle body (70mm) are also a bit smaller.


  • The OBX V2 headers don’t fit with 2020 upper
  •  I used the 2020 new pan, got new headers made. It’s not a big deal.
  • I just tried to fit a 2020 Vq35 windage tray with a 2002 upper oil pan and it didn’t fit. I had to remove the 2020 one and use the 2002.
  • I used the 2014 windage tray but had to grind a few spots to make it work. It was hitting the ribs in the 2002 oil pan.
  • I believe you remove the one on the motor because the wind tray is built into 02 oil pan.
  • What is the main reason to change the upper and lower oil pans, Is it a height or sensor issue? If it’s just a height issue, can that be solved with the raiser motor mounts? Exhaust issue. Depending what headers/ ypipe you use if they are made for the 5.5 upper oil pan they might not work w the deeper 2nd gen oil pan
  • Bottom line is it’s best to have the correct oil pan that goes to the car


Credit: BestPCReviews

LED Side mirrors are a nice luxury looking upgrade for any car, well, most of cars. If you put these kinds of mirrors on an old corolla or a civic, it’s gonna look like your mirrors cost more than your car. The mirrors are pricey, but definitely better quality than $30 led mirrors you can find on eBay. Read the full review. I’ll explain you more about the mirrors, and how to install these or any other mirrors on Infiniti i35.

I’ll start by where I ordered it and how much it cost. I ordered the mirrors from , for now you won’t be able to find the mirrors in the catalog. You have to actually e-mail them and tell them what car you have, code of your car color (if you want them to paint your mirrors), and what mirrors you want. As far as I know, they have auto folding mirrors and manual folding mirrors. Manual folding mirrors are $60 cheaper and since I live in Florida, I don’t deal with traffic that much and I don’t think my mirrors will ever be hit in parking lots here. I believe auto-folding mirrors are better for cities like New York where it’s tough to find a parking spot and even if you will find one, it will be too small.

Now the prices:

  • The manual folding mirrors cost $180
  • The auto folding mirrors cost $240
  • The painting cost $50
  • The shipping cost $35

By the way, you can find your paint code on the firewall under the hood of your car.

When I ordered my mirrors, I had to wait about a month. told me that it was first time they ordered the manual folding mirrors, so I had to wait for someone to make them. I am still not sure who exactly makes the mirrors, they are not OEM and not Cefyro based on my understanding, however, the quality is good. The glass in the mirrors is great, its little blue and tinted so that you won’t be blinded from cars behind you, but if you have tinted windows, the tinted side mirrors won’t do much help, may be it will be even worse. On top of the tinted mirrors, the glass was made so that there won’t be a blind spot. Both of these functions are good, but it took me about a week to get used to them.

Turn signal and ground light are the reason why I brought the mirrors. I like the way the look, it gives the car even nicer luxurious look, however, you will not notice ground light on daytime at all. When it’s light outside, turning lights are definitely dimmer than stock turn signals on a car, but are still visible. At night the turn signals and ground lights look great.

By now you should know the price, quality, and how the mirrors look in action, so you should of made up you mind if you want those or not. If you not, thanks for reading this far. If you do, you have to install them too, and it’s not an easy installation. It took me about 4 hours, but I had to figure everything out. You will have complete installation guide with pictures, what a lucky guy or girl you are!


One of the easiest steps in the installation is to install the mirrors. The hardest part is pushing the wires around. Now you have some idea of troubles you will encounter. I’ll explain the driver’s side installation first. Open the driver’s door. You have to take out the door trim. Take out door handle, windows switch, and other parts shown in the pictures.

After all that is removed, pry out the door trim. You will have to disconnect about 3 connectors once you take out the door trim. After you disconnect them, leave your door panel somewhere to rest.

First disconnect connector that goes to the mirror. On the other side of your stock mirrors, you will see a plastic wall. Pry out the wall, inside you will see three bolts. Take them out with 10mm socket. Once all bolts are removed, just take the side mirror out of the door. Take the brand new led mirror and put it in the place where stock mirror used to be. Secure it with three bolts. You will see that LED Mirror have another 2 black wires hanging outside of a plug, I contacted SpeedLine regarding that, but did not get response. I did not use the wires at all and just left them at the location.

As you can see, putting in the mirror is extremely easy, now the hard part. The new mirrors came with four wires that you need to push in the car’s interior. You probably think that all you have to do is remove the flex that goes to the car from the door, but you will be disappointed to find out that it’s not just a flex. From door to car goes a flex that turns into plug where it hits the body of a car. That’s sad, but don’t give up. You will need 10mm (I believe) wrench tool to take the flex/plug out. Do it. It will take forever, but you have to do it.

Once you take it out. Look at the body of the car where the plug was. Little further away, you will see grommet. Take the grommet out with a flat screwdriver. Don’t drop the grommet, if you, you will have to look for it somewhere close to fender, but I dropped two when I was working on it so don’t worry. It will just take a little longer to do the job if you gonna spend couple minutes getting the grommet out. Once you got the grommet, drill a hole in the middle, make sure its tight but good enough to push four wires through it.

Take the flex/plug and next to the plug make a hole with strippers or whatever you have. Make sure its big enough to push four wires. Now the tough part, find somewhere strong wire, I used 12awg wire. Put it in the flex/plug and send it to the door. Make sure the wire is long enough. Once the other side coming from the door, take the four wires for the mirrors and attach them to the 12awg wire. I used electrical tape and turned the 12awg wire so that it’s securely attached to the four wires. It’s called fish tape, if you never heard of it before. Pull the 12awg wire back so that from the flex/plug there will be four wires coming out. On the other end of the four wires there is a plug, attach it to your led mirror

Disconnect the 12awg wire from four led mirror wires and push four wires through the grommet. Once you do that, attach the 12awg wire again and push it through the hole next to the plug at the body of the car. Find the wires inside the interior and pull it all in. Close the grommet and lock up the plug. That’s it, I believe that was the hardest part.

Do exactly the same with the passenger side. Everything will be about the same, except that you will have to take the glove box out to pull the wires all the way to the driver’s side. Take out glove box is pretty easy. There are two screws under the glove box and four on top. Take it out, push all the wires through to the drivers side. By the way, you might want to take out the driver’s side wall. I am talking about the wall under steering wheel. There are two screws at the bottom, take them out and pull the wall, it should come out.

Ground light
The best place to attach the ground light is to dome light. That’s what we gonna do here. Take black and yellow wires and push them to a driver’s side pillar. Connect yellow to red/green wire and black to a red wire. After the connection, close the pillar. Your ground lights should work now.

Turning signals
Push red and white wires under the hood. There is a big grommet between drivers side and engine. If you don’t want to have messy looking connections next to your turn signals, do the following.
Ground the white wires through the battery negative terminal. Connect the red connections to the stock turn signals using Posi-Tap connectors.

That’s it. You might want to buy some type of flex and more wires because it’s not enough of red wire to go from passenger side mirror to driver’s side, then to the battery and then to the passenger side turn signal, so definitely get more wires. Also, you don’t want to push little wire around the engine, I would recommend you to buy some plastic flex and put the red wire inside.

Now, if you want to contact the seller, here is e-mail to get in touch with them

Quick update:

In case any of you did those mirrors before, if you want to wire the signals under the steering wheel, connect negative wires (white) to terminal 64 , left positive mirror wire to terminal 47 (green black), and right positive mirror wire to terminal 48 (green yellow).

There is possiblity that you will have to switch 47 and 48 around incase it will work opposite way.

That way you’ll take four wires away from your under your hood.

Member Credit: Eddy

I recently installed R35 GTR Spark Plugs on my 2002 Nissan Maxima which has a 2014 Maxima engine swap. I went this route for my custom Supercharger setup. These plugs are 1-step colder are a direct fit. I paid $91.58 on eBay for all 6 shipped. I replaced them at the same time I did the Audi R8 coil packs. The gap on the spark plugs is .031″ (0.8mm).

Update 8/7/2021: These are still working great for me with no issues. 

Note: These only work for the Gen2 VQ35DE Swaps. You will also need a 9/16″ Spark Plug Swivel Socket to install these.

GTR Years: 2009-2019
Part Numbers:
NGK 93026 / DILKAR8A8 93026
Description: Laser Iridium Spark Plug
Price: Between $15-16 / Each


  • Thread Size: 12mm
  • Thread Pitch: 1.25mm
  • Gap: .031″ (0.8mm)


Article By: Eddy

I just wanted to share my experience with buying Amsoil products for my Nissan Maxima’s. Various Maxima friends have asked me where/how to get it at the discounted pricing. I’ve been using Amsoil products for about 7 years now with great results. At first, it may seem like all Amsoil products are “very expensive” but in reality, they are not.  If you become a preferred member which costs $20 (yearly membership) you can save a decent amount of money. Since I have various cars, I buy in bulk to take advantage of their $100+ free shipping offer. I buy both engine oil and transmission fluid from Amsoil. If you have multiple cars and want a quality oil for your car, the $20 membership is worth it. I usually receive all the products within 2 days from ordering (FAST SHIPPING).

If you do not want to spend the $20 bucks, you can buy through a dealer. I personally prefer getting it on my own and as I need. You can check their website on how to become a dealer as well. With the preferred membership, you can also buy for your friends and family at the discounted rated.

In addition to saving 25% on Amsoil products you also get the following:

  • Exclusive product and freight promotions
  • Free shipping on orders over $100 U.S./$130 Canada (excluding Alaska and Hawaii)
  • Points on purchases
  • Referral rewards

Without Preferred Membership – Yeap, Seems Expensive!

With $20 Preferred Membership – Much Better Pricing!

You can also track your maintenance and service intervals. It will send you alerts and email reminders which is pretty cool.

Member Credit: Kirill Savin

The air box is out of a 1999 Infiniti i30. The box has the slots for the filter and all you need to do cut the blank (non cut) cover in the front. Once you cut it out it fits like stock. The filters you need are from a 2003 Pathfinder.

This video shows the cutting that needs to be done. It’s very easy to do. Removing the dash and swappin the boxes is the hard part. 

Credit to Mijo To Wavy on this nice find. 

Price: $82.00 (Shipped)
Order Link:
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Community Member Credit: Hdnseek

Back story behind the car, I bought it in March with damage to the front end. It had sat for 8 months at a apartment complex after the owner moved away. I drove it around a few days and fixed the coolant leak from the water neck being broken from the accident. I started tearing it apart, removed the radiator support and found the frame rails were bent pretty good! Towed it out to my work and straightened the frame rails and welded in a new radiator support. Went to my local wrench n go and sourced a whole front end off of a 03 maxima! Here’s what i have for parts.

  • Hood, Front Fenders, Bumper $75.00
  • Front Crash Parts $40.00
  • Headlights $35.00
  • Wiring Pigtails Free
  • Foglights FREE

Owner: Roger McDonald
Tuner: Moncef @ AdminTuning

This is a very impressive setup. Especially for the Max enthusiasts that choose to go the 3.0 timing route.


Engine Mod List:

  • 2013 Maxima Engine on 3.0 Timing (was previously 3.0 DE-K)
  • 2016+ Maxima Upper Intake Manifold
  • 2016+ Ported Lower Intake Manifold
  • 3.5 ” Intake
  • 350z Rev-up Cams
  • Rev-up Oil Pump
  • Ralco Light Weight Crank Pulley
  • Tuned by AdminTuning on E85 Octane on Stock 3.0 ECU
  • ARP Rod Bolts
  • Manzo Headers
  • Tom Perdue Y-Pipe
  • Full Custom 3″ Exhaust w/ Magnaflow Resonator
  • OBX Muffler