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Prospective GTR buyer, sorry for nooby question but..

If you were modifying a GTR, couldn't all the part upgrades of the newer GTRs be matched/surpassed in the after market? Would the changes in LC be the only thing that couldn't be emulated?

Also, what is the most popular performance route that GTR owners go? I know Switzer has some wicked options, anything else similar?
 

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I think that if you intend on substantial modifications, then the 2011 is the perfect year. If you only want to do minor modifications, I would suggest a 2012.
 

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Well, if adding all bolt-ons (or more) & a wholesale change to coilovers--'09s are hard to beat just because of the entry price.
 

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2009 for cost reasons.

Money no object 2013.

As with BpAuto, 2011 is the in-between. Most of the factory upgrades, with little of the teething problems of the 2009, and not the price pain of the 2013.

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2009 for cost reasons.

Money no object 2013.

As with BpAuto, 2011 is the in-between. Most of the factory upgrades, with little of the teething problems of the 2009, and not the price pain of the 2013.

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+1 on the above. If you are doing mods, you could be jeopardizing the factory warranty. So, the "best" strategy is to buy a car with a couple of months left on the factory warranty, so that you are protected from any surprises while you get used to the car and decide on the degree of mods. The 2012 had the expensive to duplicate aero mods. Not much difference among the '09-'11 models and what there is will likely be upgraded with mods. The first step is a Cobb (or similar) accessport so that one can get the upgraded brains. Next step is AP (or similar) brake discs (which are likely due for replacement, anyway). After that, go to Michelin PSS tires square at 285 width front and rear. After this, it's HP time
 

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if your going to modify it get a 2009 or whatever. if you like the look of a 2012 it will cost more but you get the new bumper style and the added air flow it supplies.

im assuming your going to modify the trans? or will you be sticking with light mods? older cars you may want to modify the trans or be prepared to.

Cobb and ecutek will get you any launch control you want.
 

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I would think 2009 is most cost efficient and most available.

When you do the upgrades you loose the warranty you just paid for in the later model years- that doesn't really make much sense except if you really want that body styling or certain wheels.

The number of upgrades possible for the early model years is very good and you can usually find something.

You might want to check with various tuner shops that are vendors on this site and see what common upgrade kits/ combos they often install.

I know some new owners of both used and new GTRs buy then ship or drive directly to tuning shops to install big upgrades from day one.

Overall the tuners can upgrade any GTR and make it decently good vs any stock GTR. Just try to have some sort of budget limit in mind.
 

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What were the major differences between 2009 and 2010? Wasn't there updates to the trans?
 

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Here you go Ryan

5. Production differences year by year

All changes are in comparison to the US model year immediately prior.
This concerns the US market only:

USMY2009
First year offered.

USMY2010
Color Offerings: Ivory Pearl discontinued, replaced by Pearl White
Titanium no longer offered
Exterior: Super Silver GT-Rs feature polished front bumper
Engine/Transmission: +5hp rating on the engine output
Launch Control updated (to "LC2") and warrantied
Suspension: Revised damping and spring rates
Brakes:Brembo logo replaced with Nissan logo
Stiffer brake lines used
Wheels:Black wheel package features darker finish on wheels and Bridgestone Potenza tires
Blue valve stem caps to signify nitrogen filled tires
Premium GT-Rs equipped with Dunlop Summer tires standard
Other: Fuel filler cap now 1 click type
Fuel tank capacity increased from 18.75gallons to 19.28 gallons
Side impact and curtain airbags standard on all models.

USMY2011
Exterior: Double clear coat applied to all GT-Rs
Engine/Transmission: Launch Control updated (to "LC3") and warrantied
Suspension: Revised damping and spring rates
Wheels: slightly darker center caps
Bridgestone RE070R tires replaced by RE070R R2
Other: Auto on/off headlights
iPod interface standard
VGA navigation display with upgraded nav modes and media capabilities
CF reader replaced by USB port and moved to the center console
XM NavTraffic and NavWeather features added to the nav system

USMY2012
DBA-R35 Model Update
Colors: Blue pearl added
Obsidian black replaced by jet black (metallic)
Exterior: Revised front and rear bumpers incl new rear diffuser
LED Daytime running lights
Improved aerodynamic efficiency
Engine/Transmission: Now rated 530hp/448lbft (+50hp, +14lbft tq)
Engine boost pressure increase from 10.8psi to 13.0psi
Revised intakes, red trim engine cover, exhaust piping
New ECM and TCM mapping
Launch Control "4" standard, warrantied
Fuel save "eco" mode on transmission switch
2WD mode on transmission switch for low speed 2WD use
Suspension: Revised suspension geometry
Revised damping and spring rates
Revised damper construction
Carbon composite front strut reinforcement
Reinforced chassis firewall
Brakes: Larger 15.4" Front rotors (+0.4") with new construction
Wheels: New split spoke Rays wheels (1.6lbs lighter per corner)
New Dunlop GT Summer Tires (Bridgestone no longer available)
Note: Black Edition Adds:
Recaro front seats
Spec V wheels
Red trim interior
Black roof liner

USMY2013
Colors: Unchaged
Exterior: Premium Unchanged / Black Edition retains 2012 equipment and adds hand made dry carbon spoiler (from SpecV/Egoist)
Engine/Transmission: Now rated 545hp/463lbft (+15hp, +15lbft tq)
Revised intake manifold, Intercooler duct piping, compact catalyzer in midpipe, revised valve control timing, air mixture ratio and ignition timing
Suspension: retuned with higher spring rates further reinforced chassis firewall
Brakes: Unchanged
Wheels: Unchanged
Interior: Ambient blue accent lighting in tachometer
 

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