DIY: Engine Bay Dress-Up Bolt/Washer Kits, NFSP Style (don't pay a fortune for bolts) - - Infiniti G35 & G37 Forum Discussion |
Show Your Support Become A Premier Member

    > >
  • Reload this Page >
    • DIY: Engine Bay Dress-Up Bolt/Washer Kits, NFSP Style (don't pay a fortune for bolts)

DIY: Engine Bay Dress-Up Bolt/Washer Kits, NFSP Style (don't pay a fortune for bolts)

Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old 12-18-2011, 10:08 PM
NFSP G35's Avatar
? = 2B || !2B
Thread Starter
iTrader: (22)
Join Date: Apr 2009
location: Tallahassee, FL (or thereabout)
Posts: 22,161
Thanked 842 Times in 634 Posts
DIY: Engine Bay Dress-Up Bolt/Washer Kits, NFSP Style (don't pay a fortune for bolts)

So a while back, I wanted to start replacing the ugly OEM under hood bolts with something similar to GalleryFresh or PasswordJDM style bolts, but the price-tag on those turned me away really fast (SRSLY guys? That much, for freaking bolts?!?)

So I started doing a bunch of R&D on different bolts styles/suppliers/finishes/ways to finish the bolts/etc... and came up with something I was happy with:

After seeing them, several members approached me about making some for them, which I did:

...but I'm not really into retail (and trying to be a vendor on this site is a huge PITA) and people started hounding me about wanting bolt sets but didn't like waiting (had very limited time to do these, and conditions have to be juuuust right for the paint) so I quit doing them.

Well, recently there's been a huge resurgence in interest, so in the interest of benefiting the community, here's all the info you'll need

1st - Bolts
Most of the bolts you'll need are M6x1.0 thread. Get 25mm length for most of them, and a few 16mm (some of the bolts have to be very short)

For the bolts around the perimeter of the plenum, 25mm is perfect, there are either 9 or 10... I can't remember for sure. You'll also need 4x60mm and 3x40mm and 2 M6 nuts (chrome ones look nice )
If you have a 5/16 or 3/8 spacer, add 10mm to each bolt size.
The larger ones that hold on the radiator support are M8x1.25x20mm
Also, the nuts for your strut towers are M8x1.25
Now if you really want baller status, you can get the bolts in chrome instead of stainless... and they are very shiny:
Also, these look great for the throttle body (especially if you have a polished TB and plenum) get them in 60mm and add 4 M6 chrome washers to complete the look:
Some guys use this style around the plenum, which looks good as well.

2nd - Washers
Ok, other than the flat washers (which you can find easily enough on allensfasteners) you'll also need the countersink washers.
These are the ones I got:

you'll need two sizes, because the larger ones work nice and look good down the fenders, but don't fit well in tight places like on the plenum, etc...
You can also get these at Grainger stores with the same item numbers (1NU85 and 1NU86)
If you're doing the really large ones on the radiator support, you'll want to get some 5/16th ones along with your allensfasteners order:
For the ones under the strut tower bolts, you'll have to do some experimenting, but I believe a 5/16th washer will fit, and might look a bit better or be easier/cheaper to get.
Probably be worth it to pick up a couple different styles with your order... if people update this thread with their findings, I'll add it to this post.

3rd finishing (optional)
If you just want a straight up stainless look, you don't really have to do anything

otherwise, the best looking finish is DupliColor Metalcast.

I've tried several paints, and this one is by far the best looking. The colors are transparent, so you don't want to use any primer, because you want to be able to see the reflective metal underneath.
Usually about 3 very light coats is perfect. The biggest trick is getting them even all the way around... I usually just do a quick pass from 3 different angles (120 degrees apart) and repeat that process for each coat.
Also, the weather has to be just right for this paint, otherwise it will turn hazy really quick, and you have to strip it all off and start over.
The only problem is, since you're not doing any priming, it can chip fairly easy, so your best bet is just to be really careful when you install them, and make several extras to replace any that get chipped over time.

All in all, your materials, paint, and shipping should all be way way WAY less that what pretty much any custom bolt kit out there will cost you, and the results are always a big hit at shows

The Following 30 Users Say Thank You to NFSP G35 For This Useful Post:
04 Blue G35 (04-28-2012), anthony636 (01-01-2014), avieux (07-22-2012), BallerOnaBudget (12-19-2011), calcul8 (12-19-2011), CandlestickPark (12-18-2011), DGCoupe310 (07-29-2013), dofu (01-06-2012), DTRUONG_112 (08-14-2012), DVG (02-08-2012), g35man04 (12-23-2011), G35Papa (12-20-2011), ishiftinheels (12-19-2011), Jake The Snake (01-27-2016), JDM_Cain (12-24-2011), keen1801 (04-17-2012), lsmooth81 (12-20-2011), My Key (12-19-2011), NATH_19 (12-23-2011), OSKIRE (04-30-2015), Ouija (01-28-2013), Project (12-18-2011), redpearl99 (12-19-2011), SDGenius (12-18-2011), serges (09-23-2012), Shanes_G (03-09-2012), spades_03 (12-26-2011), thegreatkwijibo (09-08-2013), thescreensavers (12-20-2011), XiN (01-08-2012)
Old 12-18-2011, 10:13 PM
djfarhan's Avatar
Registered User
iTrader: (6)
Join Date: Aug 2009
location: Dubai, UAE
Posts: 14,247
Thanked 315 Times in 274 Posts
Old 12-18-2011, 10:19 PM
chink-ah-saur's Avatar
Registered User
iTrader: (13)
Join Date: Jul 2010
location: AsiaSF,ca
Posts: 2,942
Thanked 297 Times in 242 Posts
Its about damn time
Old 12-18-2011, 10:20 PM
GreenGoblin's Avatar
The goblin resurrection
iTrader: (66)
Join Date: Oct 2006
location: In my garage
Posts: 25,862
Thanked 184 Times in 92 Posts
Very nice brotha.
Old 12-18-2011, 10:29 PM
NFSP G35's Avatar
? = 2B || !2B
Thread Starter
iTrader: (22)
Join Date: Apr 2009
location: Tallahassee, FL (or thereabout)
Posts: 22,161
Thanked 842 Times in 634 Posts
^Oh and just fyi... allensfasteners also hast those same bolts in a matte black that would look killer with some lime-green washers, IJS...
Old 12-18-2011, 10:38 PM
Swivel's Avatar
iTrader: (13)
Join Date: Jan 2007
location: Calgary, AB, CANADA
Posts: 19,676
Thanked 157 Times in 119 Posts
Did someone say green? Great stuff, Ash, I will be looking into this.
Old 12-18-2011, 10:42 PM
ilovez33's Avatar
Registered User
iTrader: (3)
Join Date: Oct 2009
location: Orlando, Florida
Posts: 4,618
Thanked 115 Times in 87 Posts
Sweeeeeeeeeeeetness.....Thanks for this Ash.
Old 12-18-2011, 10:46 PM
SDGenius's Avatar
VRH Equipped
iTrader: (15)
Join Date: Jan 2008
location: Oside, SoCal
Posts: 12,810
Thanked 910 Times in 608 Posts
good man
Old 12-18-2011, 10:48 PM
NFSP G35's Avatar
? = 2B || !2B
Thread Starter
iTrader: (22)
Join Date: Apr 2009
location: Tallahassee, FL (or thereabout)
Posts: 22,161
Thanked 842 Times in 634 Posts
Originally Posted by SwivelHips View Post
Did someone say green? Great stuff, Ash, I will be looking into this.
Indeed... although on EM, the duplicolor metalcast green would probably look better than lime green...

Originally Posted by SDGenius View Post
good man
Mark! GOLD PLATED!!! do it NOW!
The Following User Says Thank You to NFSP G35 For This Useful Post:
Swivel (12-21-2011)
Old 12-18-2011, 10:50 PM
Registered User
iTrader: (4)
Join Date: Sep 2010
location: San Diego
Posts: 301
Thanked 21 Times in 17 Posts
Nice write-up very tempting
Old 12-18-2011, 11:29 PM
CandlestickPark's Avatar
ill Sedan

iTrader: (87)
Join Date: Jun 2007
location: Long Beach, SoCal
Posts: 23,261
Thanked 2,670 Times in 1,441 Posts
Awesome Ash! Thanks for sharing this info.
Old 12-19-2011, 12:35 AM
calcul8's Avatar
Tap, Rack, Bang
iTrader: (4)
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,687
Thanked 888 Times in 684 Posts
Excellent thread, thank you!
Old 12-19-2011, 10:22 AM
Registered User
iTrader: (7)
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 366
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Major propz sir.
Old 12-19-2011, 11:28 AM
BallerOnaBudget's Avatar
Registered User
iTrader: (2)
Join Date: Nov 2011
location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 101
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
What a great mod and a way to save some cash..that's what I'm talking about!
The Following User Says Thank You to BallerOnaBudget For This Useful Post:
blaccG35 (05-14-2012)
Old 12-19-2011, 11:42 AM
ishiftinheels's Avatar
Teh Redhead Moderator
iTrader: (5)
Join Date: May 2008
location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 9,367
Thanked 242 Times in 174 Posts
Oooh pretty. I'd like a blue set for the blue car and a pink set for the black car plz kthx

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
WTB: looking for HR style Y-Pipe nervseele Engine - Exhaust 4 01-17-2016 02:02 PM
'04 G35 sedan w/ 65K '06 engine for $5,500? vmcarbuyer Buying, Selling & Leasing Discussion 3 08-01-2015 04:05 PM
Wanting to Buy a G35 (350GT) my events Karnicle G35 Sedan V35 2003-06 1 07-23-2015 06:08 AM
Finally got her Ninjay16 New Members Check In 6 07-20-2015 02:21 AM

bay, bolt, bolts, buy, cheap, diy, dress, dressup, engine, fender, g35,, infiniti, kit, kits, smoothing, washer
Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:59 PM.

Copyright ©2002 - 2017, All Rights Reserved. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

Related pages

diagram of camshaft position sensorbosch iridium spark plugs reviewfrs vortech supercharger 0 60dash command app18x9.5 enkei rpf115 inch l7lightweight tuner wheelsobd2 software for pcturbo kit for 350zobd ii ebayoil in the spark plug chambereline brakes reviewz1 motorsportsuas air bagscamshaft position sensor a bank 1jdm side markersbosch ev14 injectorsyokahoma yk580jenny chu galleryreplace shocks costvertini wheels for salecar stereo mississaugaenkei performance lussog37 sedan turbokicker kx850.2volk racing stickerwhat happens when wheel bearings go badrefinishing rimsaftermarket projector headlights reviewsmy car shakes when brakingfirestone eden prairiebi amp crossovercoolant mixed with oilheater blower relaytemporary tags ncnismo 350z intakebfg g forceoil changing rampsebay brakesg37 oil coolerinnovative lc-1bg frigi cleang35 stock exhaustt3 t4 hybrid turbo3 ton jack searsnismo lmgtinfiniti brake light on dashresurface rimshow to prep a car for plasti dipmodified car insurance ontarioleaking steering rackred top optima batteriesadvan rsdpo456 codelucas oil vs royal purpleviper 791xv remoteg35 jdm tail lightsbeck arnley parts any goodhonda accord glove boxbbs rims canadamemphis audio ampsozium deodorizerinfiniti m35 0-60infiniti g35x 0-60nissan altima transmission fluid changeinjen canadapaint splatter wheelsbose speakers no soundinfiniti g37 exhaust6 speed maximag35 coupe intakelil jon okkkvalve tapping noiselease infiniti g35valvoline synpower 5w30 reviewbasani exhaustg35 accessoriesalpine iva w200 for saleaudio playground sioux falls sdgood mechanic calgaryhow much horsepower does a cold air intake add