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-06 Micra 160 SR of Mika The Finn

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Some kind of trendy blog of evolution of my Micra vehicle. First time when I saw K12 Micra in 2004, I thought that vehicle is so ugly, that it actually looks nice. I was hunting red one from all over Europe for 2 years, either they were sold before I had chance to react or mileage/condition of vehicle wasn't up to my specs. This light blue one was sitting in Netherlands for over year, first dealer didn't want to sell it to me, because I wasn't living in Netherlands. Reason was too much paper work?

I can't call this as a project, it's more like customizing of vehicle to my liking. Starting point, following pictures are from Netherlands car store AutoSmeeing listing in 17 Apr 2014.
 
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First action of customizing my vehicle was tape over with amber/orange window adhesive (5.00€) those ugly clear turn signals. After 3 years outside through summers and winters, no fading on them.



 
#4
In some point clear side turn signals turned to orange/amber. I ordered Renault turn signals from eBay. Lower attaching portion didn't fit directly, known fact when ordering. Little bit of hand work & crafting and 'new' side turn signals were ready to be installed.





 
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In last autumn I upgraded original speakers to Pioneer TS-G1723i 17cm 6.5" 3-way in rear, Pioneer TS-G1722i 17cm 6.5" 2-way front ones will follow when weather warms up in here. At same time I started sound proofing of noisy rear section in these vehicles, but yearly winter season with cold weather interrupted it. So whole winter time I had tiny Micra van, cause I removed back seat and interior rear side panels in order to do sound proofing :) Miraculously spacious van, when rear seat is off.
In addition on left side under drives seat nestles Pioneer TS-WX120A Active Subwoofer 150 Watt, I made a base for it from wood and this way it stays in place with out screws. Enough of sound system improvement to my preference & wallet :rolleyes:

Under rear speakers I made anti rattle rings from 20mm plywood, old trick to get rid of rattle noises after new speakers have been installed. They reinforce speaker surroundings when speakers-thin body metal-plywood bolted all together.





 
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I used stock ones, cut off original connectors in wire harness and replaced those with ones that fits to Pioneer speaker terminals.
For Pioneer TS-WX120A Active Subwoofer 150 Watt I routed power cable trough firewall grommet covered opening to battery, of course through fuse.

Location of opening is some what difficult to see under the hood/bonnet. Standing front of the vehicle it's located on left behind strut tower.




From inside of vehicle, on left side of firewall. Yuo have to remove glove box to gain access to opening.
 
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Today's upgrade on my Micra. I changed 12V power outlet on dash to give power all the time. Instead normal way, you have power when ignition is on. Also I added to center console dual USB-outlet with voltage meter. I made spacer ring from 20mm plywood to fit it on center console, in behind there isn't enough space other vice. Unfortunately these vehicles don't have easy to view charging indicator.
=> 12V DC Motorcycle Car 3.1A Dual USB LED Charger Socket Voltage Voltmeter Panel
And the pics:






 
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John_D

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Today's upgrade on my Micra. I changed 12V power outlet on dash to give power all the time. Instead normal way, you have power when ignition is on. Also I added to center console dual USB-outlet with voltage meter. I made spacer ring from 20mm plywood to fit it on center console, in behind there isn't enough space other vice. Unfortunately these vehicles don't have easy to view charging indicator.
=> 12V DC Motorcycle Car 3.1A Dual USB LED Charger Socket Voltage Voltmeter Panel
And the pics:






I rather like that Mika, hadn't thought about putting one there :cool:
edit:- Just found this Mika, looks like it would fit in the dash, replacing a blanking plug that is currently next to the electric mirror control, no voltage indication but would look very OEM.....
 
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Sunday 070517 updates:
Blue silicon steering wheel cover with bicycle tread pattern and blue heat shrink covered Renault Clio shorter antenna.
Now days you can buy heat shrink in almost every colors :cool:





 
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And the lowering of my Micra vehicle.
Was done with => E10-63-010-01-22 Eibach Pro-Kit Federn für Tieferlegung NISSAN MICRA III 25-30mm . With original tire size 185/50-16, diameter 591mm, clearance from wheel to fender is ~45mm. For SR160 lowering is 25-30mm with linked springs, that's low enough for me on Finnish roads and speed bumps with 16" wheels. I don't need to dramatically slow down when driving to speed bumbs, drive ways/yard roads and no rubbing to inner fenders ;) ;)
And these springs includes TUV-certificate in order to pass Finnish MOT.

 
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Todays 080517 upgrade, 3rd brake light led flasher.
Little bit of safety oriented mod this time. Three times I have been in vehicle, that has been rear ended by someone. It doesn't feel nice. Hopefully this mod will prevent such incidents. Bought from eBay => 12V GS-100A Car LED Brake Stop Light Strobe Flash Module Controller Box, 1156 bright led-bulb and male/female connectors, that are same like Nissan used in Micra's, from Finnish automotive general store.









Then with little bit of tinkering I made from ingredients above module harness kit, which is easy to remove if need arises, example Finnish MOT.



Installation simply plug'n play :cool: Added bits of sound proofing foam for cushion to prevent damages to module :)



Final result => Micra 3rd brake light with led bulb and GS-100A flasher module.

Youtube's short demonstration about GS-100A => iJDMTOY GS-100A LED Brake Tail Light Strobe Flash Controller Demo

Fast and cheap installation of GS-100A => LSC-100A or GS-100A Brake Light Strobe Flasher Blinker Module
 
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Induction modification of my 160 SR
I removed 160SR duct a while back. It's all the way from intake to air box about 54mm in diameter. I found two intake silencers, most likely to muffle suction noise in drive by noise test, in duct. When I installed cold air induction to my Camaro, instructions told to plug or remove silencers, in order to avoid turbulence in air flow. I tough follow same principal with Micra and taped silencer openings in duct, I left silencers in place. Bigger one has mounting post for duct. There are three openings in duct, the 3rd is for sucking warm air from top of engine to prevent throttle body freezing in moist and cold environment. Two taped openings are circled with orange in pictures. This modification took about hour. I don't know is it my imagination, since something was done. But throttle response seemed to be little bit crispier... :rolleyes:













 
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Has anyone removed dash panel in picture? Any tips, hints or pointers not to damage anything? Or anything to take consideration before doing this? In case of emergency passenger airbag malfunction due panels increased strength by tape?
I have this brilliant idea to over tape it with almost same blue as exterior of vehicle. I've already checked with white tape that there isn't reflections in windshield due this panel being taped blue.

 
#19
Good looking SR
Will be following your interior painting since i like to get rid of the light/beige panels in my interior. And maybe add some color as well.

Keep up the good work

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John_D

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#21
Small details, ordered moment ago blue stainless steel torx bolts M6 x 20 for front and rear lights, this modification gives to my Micra about 0,0007km/h more top speed! :D
Linsenkopf Flansch TORX Edelstahl A2 blau M6 ISO 7380-2 Schrauben

Sorry Mika, you missed a chance of at least yet another 0.0007km/h, you should have bought these from the same seller instead.;)



The weight reduction of the anodised aluminium alone guarantees extra performance, ignoring the greatly increased bling factor! :D
 
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I like tone of blue in those that I bought, anodized is off too much. And price on titanium bolts is also off limits to my thin wallet. Regarding weight reduction of the anodized aluminum, is already compensated by self made cold induction improvement :cool:
 
#27
Fashionable & easy mod, painting of brake drums. This makes rear of vehicle looking nice, I didn't realized, before seeing with my own eyes, how big difference this makes to appearance of Micra :cool:
Like John_D says: small details ;)

Before removal of surface rust.


After surface rust removed.


Tools used.


Really easy to lift rear of vehicle from hitch.


Done, brown ugly round thing is camouflaged. I added blue 'NISSAN' decals at same time.




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John_D

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Fashionable & easy mod, painting of brake drums. This makes rear of vehicle looking nice, I didn't realized, before seeing with my own eyes, how big difference this makes to appearance of Micra :cool:
Like John_D says: small details ;)

Before removal of surface rust.


After surface rust removed.


Tools used.


Really easy to lift rear of vehicle from hitch.


Done, brown ugly round thing is camouflaged. I added blue 'NISSAN' decals at same time.




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Very nice Mika, were you not tempted to do them body colour rather than black?;)
 
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Nope, in blue they would look funny and sort of stick out and also revealing to others that 160SR isn't really 'sporty' due lack of rear disc brakes.
On the other hand now it looks like there isn't rear brakes at all :confused:
Front calibers will be blue in near future, I already have primer and paint in hand :)
 

John_D

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Nope, in blue they would look funny and sort of stick out and also revealing to others that 160SR isn't really 'sporty' due lack of rear disc brakes.
On the other hand now it looks like there isn't rear brakes at all :confused:
Front calibers will be blue in near future, I already have primer and paint in hand :)
I know what you mean Mika about the rear drums. I wonder if it is a practical modification to fit rear discs from one of the sporty Clio 3's that share the same platform?.....I suppose a complete rear axle swap would be the easiest way, which should be straight forward?
This is a Clio 172/182 axle, currently on eBay for £150.......

 
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John, Very good creative thinking from you again. It's not practical, Micra stops in normal street/highway driving well enough with standard brakes.
I send to seller question of dimensions, just in case if thought starts to envolve, would be cool to have Micra with rear dish brakes...
Dish brakes to rear =>Greek turbo kit => stronger clutch and drive shafts... :cool:
Browsing the web came to mind, same platform, would Clio's 2.0 engine fit under hood of Micra... ?
 
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John_D

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John, Very good creative thinking from you again. It's not practical, Micra stops in normal street/highway driving well enough with standard brakes.
I send to seller question of dimensions, just in case if thought starts to envolve, would be cool to have Micra with rear dish brakes...
Dish brakes to rear =>Greek turbo kit => stronger clutch and drive shafts... :cool:
Browsing the web came to mind, same platform, would Clio's 2.0 engine fit under hood of Micra... ?
Well Mika the swap from drum brake axle to disc brake axle on a Clio Mk3 which is built on the same floor pan as the Micra K12 seems to be very straight forward see HERE . Would appear to be a straight swap on the Micra........
 
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John_D

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That's really interesting, informative video! Don't seem to be nuclear science.
One thing it does show (unintentionally) is the danger of fitting drastically shortened springs to the rear without fitting shorter drop rear shock absorbers:eek:. That car is in serious danger of having the rear springs drop out on maximum suspension 'droop' like driving over a hump back bridge at speed!
 
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I copied good idea of Callum, with small modification.
Bought URBIS-badge from UK and used letters S and R to front grill. Letters are with same font and slightly smaller than in rear of Micra. I made from 5 mm thick black plastic strip a bracket for letters, drilled and threaded it. 5mm hole was drilled forto grill M5 stainless bolt that goes through grill to bracket. And now I have almost factory looking SR-badge in front of Micra :cool:












Yes, I noticed that badge is little bit crooked, will straighten it later today... :oops:

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