After months of delays, Steve‘s taking matters into his own hands[Not a valid template]
The New Year has been and gone, and I’ve yet to get the car on-track. The major transformation I had hoped to complete before 2015 kicked off just seems to creep further and further away as issues continue with parts not arriving on time, and sometimes not at all. A set of tyres along with lug nuts and those beautiful WORK Kiwamis I had ordered could not be shipped to the UAE after getting stuck in Qatar, meaning the entire shipment had to be sent back, repacked and re-sent from the US. Two months later, the wheels were still not here.
Finally, I received a call saying the wheels had arrived and were ready for collection. To add insult to tardiness, I was also informed the lug nuts I had ordered had ‘gotten lost’ in the shipment and I would need to reorder them.
A total of four months of constant delays and incomplete orders had me fuming., and I eventually wrote them off altogether, deciding instead that I would source my own parts rather than going through a supplier. I ordered my lug nuts directly from WORK USA, and within 15 days, they had arrived.
Ironically, I’m now having trouble sourcing the tyres I need, since Toyo R888 and Nitto NT-01 seem to be completely unavailable in the UAE and NT-05 are out of stock everywhere. I could just put another set on, but I suppose one more month of waiting won’t kill me. With changes made to the UAE Drift regulations, I will no longer be focusing on making the 350Z a multi-platform car, but instead a dedicated track day and road-going beast.
The hunt once again is on for tyres this coming month. I’m itching to get the car back out on-track with the modifications complete. Hopefully I might just be able to get it all work done on the Nissan before summer. But no promises.
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