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**DATSUN FAQ** Frequently Asked Questions - Look here FIRST!

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#21 Laecaon


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Posted 16 December 2011 - 12:44 PM

I found a wiring diagram for a 81 720. Figured it might be useful for some. I ran it through photoshop quickly to mate the 4 pictures together.

Not sure what should be done with this, but I think it should be hosted somewhere more dedicated, maybe even converted into a PDF...

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 03:06 PM



So, I've been searching on info for choosing which strut insert to use in my 280ZX struts. It was hard to choose without knowing which year/model strut insert to look for. I was inspired by a post I saw at InfamousNissan. Hopefully this "Guide", will offer some insight for the people who are undecided, searching for length specifics or are unsure as to which year/vehicle combination strut and or shock to use. If you need any other info head to gabriel.com or monroe.com

Disclaimer information:

Not all companies manufacture the strut inserts and shocks the same. For example, Monroe part# 5803 is for a '71 510 shows a compressed length of 12.750". Gabriel part# 82124 also for a '71 510 shows a compressed length of 13.34" so having said that shop accordingly tongue.gif Also Monroe is kind enough to provide a strut insert body length and Gabriel gives only a complete length (top of the rod (no homo, lol, to bottom of body)

I will start with the front most common strut swap insert information:

1983 Datsun 280ZX (front) Gabriel part# G44869
Compressed Length: 15.65"
Extended Length: 21.36"
Travel Length: 5.71"

1983 Datsun 280ZX (front) Illumina Tokico part# BZ3038
Body length: 14.75"
Compressed length: 17.250"
Extended length: 24.000"
Travel length: 7.250"

1992 Toyota MR2 (SW20 front) Monroe part# 73204
Body type: T3
Body Length:13.125"
Compressed length: 13.625"
Extended Length: 20.125"
Travel Length: 6.500"

1992 Toyota MR2 (SW20 rear) Monroe part# 73255
Body type: T3
Body length: 14.000"
Compressed length: 14.500"
Extended length: 21.500"
Travel length: 7.000"

1985 Toyota MR2 (AW11 front) Monroe part# 72880
Body type: T2
Body length: 14.500"
Compressed length: 15.750"
Extended length: 22.125"
Travel length: 6.375"

1885 Toyota MR2 (AW11 rear) Monroe part# 72881
Body type: "special mount"
Body length: 13.750"
Compressed length: 14.750"
Extended length: 21.250"
Travel length: 6.500"

1982 Volkswagen Rabbit (front) Monroe part# 72878
Body type: T2
Body length: 12.750"
Compressed length: 14.125"
Extended length: 20.125"
Travel length: 6.00"

The Koni race strut insert dimensions are as follows:
(P/N - Body Length - Stroke)

Single adjustable (@ top)
8610-1436 - 11.42" - 5.63"
8610-1437 - 13.07" - 6.02"

Double adjustable (top & bottom)
8611-1257 - 11.42" - 5.63"
8611-1258 - 15.39" - 6.22"
8611-1259 - 13.07" - 6.02"

Install notes: The OD of the Koni Race Strut Insert is 1.71”. These are a tight fit into most Datsun strut tubes. If you have shortened struts, the weld absolutely cannot penetrate into the inside of the tube or the cartridge will not slide in. In some cases you may need to sand off the paint so they will fit.
Now for the rear commonly swapped shocks.

1971 Datsun 510 (rear) Monroe part# 5803
Compressed length: 12.750"
Extended length: 21.500"
Travel length: 8.750"
Lower mounting code: L1/CP3

1968 Chevrolet Camaro (rear) Monroe part# 32143
Compressed length: 11.625"
Extended length: 19.250"
Travel length: 7.625"
Lower mounting code: 7/16" sleeve ID x 1.3/8" OAL

1992 Chevrolet Camaro (rear) Monroe part# 33122
Compressed length: 11.625"
Extended length: 18.750"
Travel length: 7.125"
Lower mounting code: L1/CP1

This one was a little wierd...

Both, 1978 Ford Mustang II (rear) and the 1987 Toyota Corolla (AE86 rear)
share the same Monroe part# 32191
Compressed length: 10.250"
Extended length: 16.500"
Travel length: 6.250"
Lower mounting code (the same for both) 7/16"x1.7/8" OAL

Hope this info is helpful for you guys and gals. If you want me to ad any other strut insert that is "compatible" with the 280ZX strut PM me the vehicle info. For some of the non Datsun strut inserts a bushing of sorts might be required to help the insert fit the housing properly.

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#23 Mike_Datsun_Oregon



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 07:12 PM

So I have a 82 720. But no idea what engine is in it. Or Tranny. It's a 4spd, and it needs a new engine. The only available one I can get is a 85 Z24. Will this fit? Everything will bolt up? It'd be way easier for me to just drop in a 22r or any other 4cyl. So what will bolt up perfectly?? Sorry for my stupidity haha. I'm a full sized chevy guy all the way getting into these little trucks.

#24 datzenmike



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 07:40 PM

This is more for the frequently asked questions so if you have more, have a look at all the forum choices there are like... ENGINE  or TRUCKS (720) Maybe start a project or build thread of your own, somewhere to keep all questions and answers.
Your '81 should have a Z series 2.2 liter engine. To confirm look between the #2 and #3 exhaust side spark plugs on the top of the block where the head meets it. The engine size is stamped on that square flat spot on the left. Use a wire brush or sand paper. Should say Z22
Your transmission is an F4W71B.
Yes any Z series engine will bolt up to your transmission including the Z24 in the '85. To save a lengthy reply use your current flywheel and clutch on your Z22.
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Posted 05 March 2015 - 01:56 PM

Anyone know how to resurface plastic panelling interior parts on a 210with sun damage is even possible?