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The Car Thread

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Productive evening. 

Got the map smoothed out a little while I wait for the correct inlet manifold I need to arrive, car feels much happier for it. Also set the secondary lambda up as a lean detetction sensor, and enabled add fuel in a lean situation. Great bit of kit this ecu. I will be adding a proper wideband sensor to accurately monitor A/F/R in due course.  

Refettled the exhaust so it’s a consistent diameter through out, though it’s now much louder than I’d like, (The youth in me does like it) I’m confident it’ll sill pass the static dB test at Cadwell next week. 

Rear seats back out and harness in. 

Gearbox oil to change on Wednesday when it arrives and it’s good to go (Y)

 

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Picked up the new car yesterday, already put over 200 miles on it - today was a fun blast out to Wales.

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Massive step up from the Golf, I love it!

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More exhaust fab today. Too loud for my liking in its current form. 

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One remade Powerflow rear silencer. The little N1 style box had no silencing qualities at all but the tubing on it promoted better flow with mandrel bends and a 2.5”id as per the rest of the system. 

The powerflows original tubing was tiny but the entry into the box was 2.5.. odd. 

A bit of measuring, cutting and welding has produced this. Much better fit, clears the ARB much better and more importantly flows freely and isn’t as obnoxiously loud. (Y) 

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Has anyone owned a Mazda 3 2.3 MPS or have any opinions on them? Still undecided on the next car choice!

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FINALLY sorted the engine idle issue. Having changed most parts, it appears the idle control valve was dead. When I look at both next to each other, the one I took off does seem to sit differently - dead spring I'm guessing.

I also fitted (most) of my new hoses:

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Sveeeeeed!

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Progress. In the form of a few pictures.

Got the engine back in. Excuse the garage mess at the moment. It is absolutely killing me seeing it in such a state.

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Voila

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I then started plugging everything in.

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Now I have messed around with the box mounts some more it's raised the gearbox up which means it's clearing a lot of things. Before the engine was resting on something.. more on that later for a lol story. The engine now happily swings on it's two mounts which is excellent news. Before when dropped in it was almost wedged.

So the next issue, the turbo being so close to the master cylinder. We all knew it was going to be an issue so just showing the issue in hand

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For reference and for those wanting to do the conversion (don't) this is how far away the turbo is to the mc. New custom downpipe required

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Plumbed more stuff in. Engine bay is looking scratty as f**k lately. Needs a clean or just to take pics without flash...

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Finally the engine is more level now compared to what it was like before. I don't have a before pic sadly. Not to hand anyway.

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Next things on the list:

Headshield for turbo. Maybe even a turbo jacket
Custom downpipe
new header tank bottle
o/s gearbox seal

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Why was the engine out dan? To swap the gearbox?

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6 minutes ago, Danny said:

Why was the engine out dan? To swap the gearbox?

Yeah Danny, also refitted power assisted brakes back again as I absolutely hated the pedal box. So now i've fitted an ABS-delete set up from a cup. 

Can't wait to have a decent pedal position again, It was horrendous before. Absolutely shocking.

 

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Bargain of the year, picking up a 1.8 mk1 mx5 for £50 hopefully sometime this week! Only issue is a small patch of rust on the sills that i can easily weld up. Then strip the car of unnecessary parts and cover the cost of the £50.

Gonna inspect the car this weekend and hopefully all is good.

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2 minutes ago, bike_dummie said:

Bargain of the year, picking up a 1.8 mk1 mx5 for £50 hopefully sometime this week! Only issue is a small patch of rust on the sills that i can easily weld up. Then strip the car of unnecessary parts and cover the cost of the £50.

Gonna inspect the car this weekend and hopefully all is good.

How did you get it so cheap?

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My guess is it's a bit tatty, MOT failure that someone decided to scrap.

Plenty of these bargains to be had, if you're handy at welding.

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FIFTY SHADES.

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Test drove her today, idling seems fine now and the hoses I fitted were apparently fitted correctly, so all round WinRAR really.

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Pretty much failed an mot for the sill the rest of the car is in really good condition even the paintwork surprisingly. My mate just wants it gone and £50 is more than scrap value.

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Bloody hooligan.

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I took out the first bit, as it was pointless, so instead, just a go and stop...

And yes, bloody hooligan indeed!

 

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Big one. 

Another great day out at Cadwell for me! Not so much for Alex and his MX5.. 

As mentioned the Civic has had a Hondata ECU fitted now with a nice map on it, but it required a different inlet manifold as against the standard EP3 one I had fitted. It turned up Thursday afternoon, the night before the track day.. never a good idea to tinker before the day but thankfully it paid off. 

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The result is a much happier car, that runs smoothly and now packs a noticeably improved punch. Certainly caught me out once or twice with entry speed being marginally higher than I was used to.

The car was faultless all day with up to a 40 minute session non stop at one point. 

Very greasy in the morning with the track being wet still so I popped on the RainSports (excellent tyre!) for the morning. Dried up, R888R on and really pressed on, too hard it seems as the brake carriers started fouling the spokes of the front wheels. Everything was checked and all tight so I can only assume heat expansion is the cause. 

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Another set of front wheels on with some 100 compound NS2R saw me out for the day and let me push almost as hard as the R888 although they seem to go off quickly. Maybe the 120 or 180 compound would be better suited to long stints. 

Bigger/wider wheels and a big brake kit of sorts is on the wish list now. I feel the car is capable of more beyond a 195 width tyre and OEM (DC2) brakes (PBS pads and ATE fluid but they’re not able to disperse the heat well enough) 

Maybe a ratio and final drive change too when the diff comes out to be re-plated. 

Unfortunately Alex’s mx5 came back in from the last session with a distinctly terminal knocking noise coming from the bottom end. Knowing him he’ll make light work of fixing it! 

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Another Queen Square meet today. Surprisingly very quiet, but still some lovely kit on show. Including my friends new Civic, which is an awesome machine - aesthetically I'm not sure, but it's an impressive car for sure.

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Another friend bought their NSX to play...

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And then, of course, my multicoloured go kart...

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Le Civic in action. 

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Seen the state of the e36 that pulled off to the right, only to be destroyed by the porsche? ended up like a compact. I really have never seen any appeal whatsoever of nordschleife, the costs horrific from any accidents caused, you know the ring owners are seeing pure $$$ signs over that crash. Didnt someone on here have a pretty bad crash there, and got bailed out by some wealthy dude?

EDIT:just opened the link and saw the e36 posted... 

 

 

EDITEDIT: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1937379992953813 
Daihatsu charade
1 litre turbo, 67k, Some Service history, Been fully resprayed a month ago, Lowered on 60mm springs.
£1300 if anyone is interested. 

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1 hour ago, TROYston said:

Seen the state of the e36 that pulled off to the right, only to be destroyed by the porsche?

I think you mean the red/maroon one that got rear ended by the sideways TT? The TT driver got airlifted to hospital. The TT looks ok but a sideways impact like that >_< 

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Might be cold but it's a good day for a drive in the whale car..

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For sale soon I think!

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Onzaboymark (Yeah that's right, you're still OBM to me):

Do you still have the guides to decent roads in Wales?

I'm heading over on either the 8th or 15th with a mate who's just finished building his Golf MK2 GTI and we are hoping for good roads to blast around and spots to stop at and get photos. I seem to recall you found some pretty sweet roads going through epic valleys, which would fit the bill nicely.

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