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Hi,
after all these yrs, this'll be the first time I've ever been filmed & interviewed talking about Kasandra :cool:

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even though it rained, the filming went well and was fun :) I also just realised what a pretty backdrop the local marina/boat docking bay is for filming the car, even though I've lived here most of my life haha.

this will just be a brief intro footage since it's cold & wet so we'll be filming a full length video closer to summer once it's alot drier & warming.

can't wait to see how good the finished video looks, and probably cringe at myself if I looked smug on camera lol.
Tell us more if you can, like if the film "tells" about Kassandra only or if generically tells about cars etc.
I can no wait....

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Car looks brilliant as always good luck with the full filming next time around

"It just looks like a scrotum" - Jeremy Clarkson on the K12
 
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Tell us more if you can, like if the film "tells" about Kassandra only or if generically tells about cars etc.
I can no wait....

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Jamie interviews ppl about their car along with stationary, drive-by & onboard footages and features each one on his Lets Torque Cars youtube channel & on FB.
due to the bad weather, this session is just a short intro/teaser clip to show viewers what's to come but I think we got some shweet shots.
once the weather improves we'll meetup and do a full length proper video review.
 
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Car looks brilliant as always good luck with the full filming next time around

"It just looks like a scrotum" - Jeremy Clarkson on the K12
cheers, I was rushing to thoroughly clean each wheel and wash/dry the body till the last minute we had to meet up, I think she scrubbed up pretty well :p
hopefully all the surface rust on the arch & sills will be resprayed before the reshoot
 

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cheers, I was rushing to thoroughly clean each wheel and wash/dry the body till the last minute we had to meet up, I think she scrubbed up pretty wellhopefully all the surface rust on the arch & sills will be resprayed before the reshoot
Are you going to do some of your suspension camera views again? Might add an extra touch to the video and make it stand out from other videos on the channel

"It just looks like a scrotum" - Jeremy Clarkson on the K12
 
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Are you going to do some of your suspension camera views again? Might add an extra touch to the video and make it stand out from other videos on the channel

"It just looks like a scrotum" - Jeremy Clarkson on the K12
hopefully.
the ideal best scenario is that I could afford new semi-slick tyres and then goto my local Teesside evening trackday on my birthday in April, which Jamie says he'd even pay for to film the full thing.

that way, ppl can see Kasandra doing what she was built for. both in comfort setup as a daily driver on the road in this first rainy video and then in hardcore setup for having fun at trackdays in the 2nd longer video, hopefully dry too.
 

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hopefully.
the ideal best scenario is that I could afford new semi-slick tyres and then goto my local Teesside evening trackday on my birthday in April, which Jamie says he'd even pay for to film the full thing.

that way, ppl can see Kasandra doing what she was built for. both in comfort setup as a daily driver on the road in this first rainy video and then in hardcore setup for having fun at trackdays in the 2nd longer video, hopefully dry too.
That would be class, probably up there with one of the best birthdays ever. Be perfect to get to see both sides of the cars uses. Hope it works out that way I really want to see that now haha.

"It just looks like a scrotum" - Jeremy Clarkson on the K12
 
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decided to go ahead with the teesside autodrome trackday on 16/04/18 Monday for my birthday plus Jamie is available to film too :D:cool:

so I ordered more semi-slicks for the worn fronts. post van arrived really late at 5pm, knocked on my door, I came downstairs in my slippers to open door. huh no one there? just a red van parked up?
suddenly he began driving off just as I realised it could've been the delivery guy:eek:
WAIT crap! I had to chase after him in my slippers trying to smack the van or get his attention with arms waving.
thankfully he stopped and I got the tyres, phew :confused:

time to fit the old unevenly worn track wheels (still a fair bit of meat remaining in the middle) and burn em out before fitting the new rubber :p:D

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went to the Draginville car meet at durham on saturday and met afew new & familiar friends, giving em a ride. was a brilliant night, talked all night till silly o-clock where everyone's gone and flood lights even turned off :confused:

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on Sunday we went to scarborough for the StaticRoyals meet.
arrived at a sunny 4pm, lots of cars there and ppl popping over.

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was a nice evening but then at the official 6pm start time, police blocked off both ends of the road from traffic, it was eerily too quiet with no one revving or beeping or screeching.
heard rumours of afew arrests and that they'll clamp cars unless we all get lost. wtf it was messed up. reading about ppl scattering to other car parks only for police to interrupt.

we decided to head back towards teesside instead.
 
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over the years I've noticed the 20yr old PAS steering often feels abit sloppy near dead-center and clunks abit if I wiggle the steering wheel while stationary, thought it was normal.
there's abit of play whenever I rock the wheels laterally, the rose-joint outer tie rods are still snug with no play but with the steering wheel locked I did notice little play in the inner tie-rod so I ordered a new pair of rods from ebay

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but comparing the new rod (top) to the original rod (bottom) it has the wrong thread

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the old rod had an M14x1.5 thread for the PAS rack whereas this new one is an M16x1.0 and abit longer

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removing the LH tie-rod, there's been a slight leak

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the old PAS rack is beginning to wear & leak a tiny bit now, nothing major

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I was gonna return the wrong arm but then decided I could try machine it on the lathe instead of wasting time ordering another rod

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machined to match the original dimensions

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and carefully cut the M14 threads

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fit's perfectly

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reassembled, realigned, went for a test drive and omg what a difference :eek:

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it no longer clunks when I jiggle the wheel while stationary and the steering is so much more responsive & immediate now with the dead-zone feel eliminated.
so it turns out the inner tie-rod joint was abit worn then. :cool:
 
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Exciting news everyone!

Jamie from 'Lets Torque Cars' has finally uploaded the finished video that we filmed 2 weeks ago in the rain and I'm soo happy about it.
For the first time, kasandra now has a video about her on youtube amongst other legendary micra videos :D


she looks & sounds great from the road side pov which I rarely get to see.
it's soo weird & cringy watching myself on camera and my face is always like :D:D:D but the interview turned out alright. I tried to keep the spec list brief for this promo/intro video.

Jamie can't make it to my local trackday on 16/04/18 so we might instead arrange to film the full-length video at the next trackday on 30/04/18 hopefully sunny, can't wait :cool:
 

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Exciting news everyone!

Jamie from 'Lets Torque Cars' has finally uploaded the finished video that we filmed 2 weeks ago in the rain and I'm soo happy about it.
For the first time, kasandra now has a video about her on youtube amongst other legendary micra videos :D


she looks & sounds great from the road side pov which I rarely get to see.
it's soo weird & cringy watching myself on camera and my face is always like :D:D:D but the interview turned out alright. I tried to keep the spec list brief for this promo/intro video.

Jamie can't make it to my local trackday on 16/04/18 so we might instead arrange to film the full-length video at the next trackday on 30/04/18 hopefully sunny, can't wait :cool:
Great intro, I did notice Katy Perry on the stereo too near the start. Be great to see a full video of it at its limits on track, looking forward to it.

"It just looks like a scrotum" - Jeremy Clarkson on the K12
 
Great intro, I did notice Katy Perry on the stereo too near the start. Be great to see a full video of it at its limits on track, looking forward to it.

"It just looks like a scrotum" - Jeremy Clarkson on the K12
Also noticed Katy perry
Great video buddy. Wouldn't worry about the smiling, a lot of people in these YouTube videos come across miserable and can't really say much about their car as they paid someone to build it! Came across very well I thought looking forward to the full video.


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Great intro, I did notice Katy Perry on the stereo too near the start. Be great to see a full video of it at its limits on track, looking forward to it.

"It just looks like a scrotum" - Jeremy Clarkson on the K12
hehe you guys caught me out on my fabulous musical tastes :p:D

yup I can't wait to do the full film & show her potential
 
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Also noticed Katy perry
Great video buddy. Wouldn't worry about the smiling, a lot of people in these YouTube videos come across miserable and can't really say much about their car as they paid someone to build it! Came across very well I thought looking forward to the full video.


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bless ya, thanks m8 that's nice to hear, me just being myself :cool::D:D
 
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Nice work those inner tie rods are well known for not matching what you can buy as spares...
thx Matt, didn't know that. thought all the micra racks used the same rod but seems there's different types for PAS, non PAS, & year?
good thing I was able to machine it instead.
 
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gave her a wash & repainted her tyres for the weekend car meet :cool:

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ever since last weeks drama of councils/police shutting down car cruising down scarborough, the car scene's prob abit edgy.
everyone was simply told to gather up at teeside and the secret venue was only gonna be annouced at the last minute, was abit of a covert operation :D
once it was annouced online, everyone made a mad dash to the venue like a cannonball run lol

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arriving at the car park behind some industrial estate, it was advised that ppl should simply park up, engines off and no anti-social behaviour like what scarborough went through.

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things were ok for a moment as we walk around looking at cars parked & meeting up with friends but it was inevitable that soon the trouble makers would soon be speeding, skidding, smoking their car/vans around the place like eejits and a bloke even held out a 'Burnout' sign to encourage drivers showing off as the crowds gather :rolleyes:

it's quickly turned from a polite safe car meetup with families around into a yobo scene. me m8 matthew was soon uncomfortable with the situation, that there's gonna be an accident or authorities will storm the place like scarborough and we wouldn't wanna be involved in that so we left for some food elsewhere instead and went home.
 

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gave her a wash & repainted her tyres for the weekend car meet :cool:

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ever since last weeks drama of councils/police shutting down car cruising down scarborough, the car scene's prob abit edgy.
everyone was simply told to gather up at teeside and the secret venue was only gonna be annouced at the last minute, was abit of a covert operation :D
once it was annouced online, everyone made a mad dash to the venue like a cannonball run lol

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arriving at the car park behind some industrial estate, it was advised that ppl should simply park up, engines off and no anti-social behaviour like what scarborough went through.

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things were ok for a moment as we walk around looking at cars parked & meeting up with friends but it was inevitable that soon the trouble makers would soon be speeding, skidding, smoking their car/vans around the place like eejits and a bloke even held out a 'Burnout' sign to encourage drivers showing off as the crowds gather :rolleyes:

it's quickly turned from a polite safe car meetup with families around into a yobo scene. me m8 matthew was soon uncomfortable with the situation, that there's gonna be an accident or authorities will storm the place like scarborough and we wouldn't wanna be involved in that so we left for some food elsewhere instead and went home.
Exact reason I rarely go to shows, usually full of idiots. Car looks well nonetheless

"It just looks like a scrotum" - Jeremy Clarkson on the K12
 
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Exact reason I rarely go to shows, usually full of idiots. Car looks well nonetheless

"It just looks like a scrotum" - Jeremy Clarkson on the K12
yeah with free, unregulated public car meets there's always least 1 lad who wants to show-off and cause trouble.
whereas officially organised & paid gatherings/shows are much more relaxed & safer.
 
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the T1Rs wearing nice & evenly

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the front pads still has alot of meat, the LH inside pad sometimes squealing probably cos of dust trapped in that groove

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so with a set of track wheels with worn outer shoulders but still lots of tread on the inside, I washed off the cob webs and went to the countryside for some fun obligatory "burnout the old tyres before fitting fresh ones" :D:D

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managed to get the 0-60 down to 7.3s on the last launch run :cool:
 
Hi Paul, I've just caught up with your video interview, impressive stuff! You came across well, better than the other guy if you ask me. Me, I hate being on the wrong side of the camera. Oh, nice car too.
 
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Hi Paul, I've just caught up with your video interview, impressive stuff! You came across well, better than the other guy if you ask me. Me, I hate being on the wrong side of the camera. Oh, nice car too.
heya thanks V much Tornado, that's a relief to hear :D yeah it's weird & stressful being filmed on the spot and answering tricky questions, but cos the subject is about my car I just visualise the layout and explain each major component like a presentation.
 

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pollyp talk so much that time the mc dougals was gonna employ us a night staff hahahahahhahaa. and poor mum was in the pollymobile all that time.shout out "HI MOM" !!!!
 
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pollyp talk so much that time the mc dougals was gonna employ us a night staff hahahahahhahaa. and poor mum was in the pollymobile all that time.shout out "HI MOM" !!!!
we talked till my battery went flat and u had to jump start me lol
 
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catch can had caught 180ml after 1155 miles

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recently there was a faint annoying rattling in the rear.
only rattles going over shallow rough roads (short high frequency suspension travel) but doesn't knock or rattle over bigger bumps like speedbumps or ramps. it also rattles less when I apply the handbrake (caliper assembly held steady under the strain, handbrake cables stiffen up under tension, braking torque loading up the trailing arm bushes) but still rattles under hydraulic braking.

all the trailing arms, dampers, fuel filler, sway bars & panhard rod are snug tight but noticed I can jiggle the rear calipers cos the guide pins are wearing loose and I prev forgot to fit the pins that feature a rubber collar to absorb vibrations, therefore it's prob been rattling metal-metal

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machined some o-ring grooves on the guide pins to take up the slack

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rattles slightly less but it's still there annoyingly

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also found these fuel lines rattling against the tank/chassis so I ziptied em and nope it still rattles :mad:
the joys of finding the mysterious knocks/rattles :rolleyes:

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after a few days of fun trying to burn out these front semislicks, they hardly wear much being so durable :confused:

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the fronts still have alot of tread left while the rears are getting thin at the Min mark and was debating do I keep the thicker but compromised front pair and replace the very worn rears?

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decided to replace the compromised front tyres cos I don't fancy risking a blowout at high speed with the amount of exposed canvas near the sidewall.
for the thin rear tyres they hardly experience any wear or loads anyway so I'm gonna swap em over left to right so the thicker tread is on the outside.

off to the tyre shop to replace the front pair and swap over the rears

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and now afew days of scrubbing-in these fresh rubber with lots of twisty countryside driving before mondays trackday :cool:
 
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finally traced the loose rattling noise down to the panhard rod where the solid plastic & steel bushings I machined had a slight gap.
so without any elasticity, the steel & plastic bushes basically rattle against each other during rough tarmac, sending the noise up the panhard and into the LH chassis mount where I heard the noise.

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machined some grooves on the bush for o-rings to dampen the vibrations

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reinstalled and OMG for the first time ever, she has no rattles or knocks or vibrations at all :eek::cool:
wow it's soooo nice to drive quietly, except for the loud exhaust & insane road noise of course :p

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replaced the rusty exhaust clamp

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painted the semi-slicks after alot of weaving in the countryside to scrub-in the new rubber ready for monday :cool:

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15/04/2018 Clevelend Cruise Scene trip through Yorkshire Moors


CCS arranged a little group drive to the Lion Inn pub in the Yorkshire moors, it'll also further scrub these semi-slicks for mondays track night.

so a few of us gather near middlesbrough

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then drove to the next meetup point at the Birk Brow Car Park awaiting more cars. Frankies K11 with straight pipes was insanely loud to follow behind even though I was wearing ear plugs :p

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drove through the moors on a sunny day to the Lions Inn for a little drink and fixing frankies MAF issue

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on the way back we took an alternative detour route which went up/down some amazing steep & sweeping B-roads but going past Westerdale we came across this river that passes across the road :eek:

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I'm thinking WTH? how we suppose to cross that, that looks insanely deep, no way I'm driving through that fearing it'll flood kasandras electrics. :eek:o_O
then frankie in his low k11 went through it, oh crap it's a steep single lane hill and another car behind me so there's no turning back, I'll have to go through with eyes closed :confused:

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she made it and still runs but whole engine bay & chassis was soaked and steaming away with water :rolleyes:

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continued on towards redcar for food

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and then finished at the regular Cafe car meeting point in Boro on sundays. a fun day

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Teesside Autodrome - Evening Trackday 16-04-2018

Arriving about 4pm on a quiet, dry, sunny evening. unpacked tools and setup the car to the prev configuration.

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Neil, Frankie, Hayley, Dave & Nigel soon arrived after briefing.

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16:56 Warm up lap
10/30 dampers
60/40 brake bias
95% fuel
2.5/2.4bars cold pressure


weaving & braking to get heat into the brakes & tyres.

17:05 Session 1
10/30 dampers
60/40 brake bias
95% fuel


since it takes afew laps to get the brakes & tyres upto working temps I decided to go straight out into the 1st run.

Lap times:
1:08 traffic
1:05 traffic
1:01 traffic

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Remark:
3:00 out-braking the Impreza
4:00 had to under-take the MX5
- handling felt smooth & progressive
- less body roll
- rear wheels lock up less with the 60/40 bias
- still understeers at the long 180deg bend
- fresh brakes biting hard

17:32 Session 2 with Hayley
10/30 dampers
60/40 brake bias
90% fuel
2.6/2.65bars hot pressure

it was Hayleys bday so I took her for a ride onboard. the 1st session had now warmed up the tyres to working temp.

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Lap times:
0:58 traffic
0:58 traffic
1:05 traffic

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0:57

Remarks:
2:50 overtake peugeot 306
3:15 almost rolling on 2 wheels from hitting inside kerb
3:30 allowing Neil to pass
3:50 passing black Civic
4:00 Neil spins from braking hard into 180deg bend
5:50 random misfire at WOT down the straight
- slight hint of oversteer from the 1st corner
-tyres have now heated up to 2.7/2.8bars

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18:06 Session 3 with Hayley
10/30 dampers
60/40 brake bias
80% fuel
2.6/2.7bars hot pressure


Lap times:
0:59 traffic
1:17 traffic
1:07 traffic
0:59 traffic
0:59 traffic

0:56
0:56
0:59 traffic

Remarks:
5:50 undertaking black MX5 again
8:30 Hayleys seat belt locking clip loosened

18:50 Session 3
10/30 dampers
60/40 brake bias
70% fuel
2.6/2.7bars hot pressure

going out by myself to see how all the little mod changes compared to last years times.

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Lap times:
0:57
0:56
0:57 traffic
0:57 traffic
0:59 traffic

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Remarks:
4:20 overtaking black MX5 which exited corner too wide
6:20 out-braking the white bmw E30
7:20 overtake peugeot 306
 
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19:20 Session 5 with Hayley
10/30 dampers
60/40 brake bias
55% fuel
2.6/2.7bars hot pressure

took Hayley out one last time before it shuts.


Lap times:
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0:58
0:56 traffic
0:59 traffic
0:59 traffic
1:00 traffic
0:58 traffic

Remarks:

5:40 held up behind orange MR2
10:00 pulled over by police during cooldown up the road

whilst just cruising down the public road after my in-lap to further chill my brake discs & turbo before parking up, a coppa spotted us still wearing helmets + x-brace + sporty wheels and pulled me over.
explained I was just coming from the track to further cool down my brakes as a precaution to prevent warping the discs if I used handbrake to park in the sloped paddock.
the guy said if I was having to cool my brakes on public road then they must be too hot to operate if there was an accident therefore defective & dangerous? :rolleyes: sigh

the fella simply couldn't understand the difference between "overheating brake fade" you get from pushing normal low-temp pads and simply cooling high-performance brakes from peak operating temp (not the pads overheating temp) down to ambient temp to "prevent warping/damaging the disc" incase I had to apply handbrake on the sloping paddock.

tried to include that these are upgraded high-temp pads designed to work between cold and much higher temps but again he simply confuses that as any brakes get hotter they are less effective? o_O
technically it's quite the opposite whereby the higher/hotter the pads are within their operating temp the better/harder they bite.
it's only once they exceed the Max or Min temp of the pads that they don't work.
these pads have never ever faded on me, even at the fastest track.

couldn't be arsed to correct the eejit or elevate the situation so just smiled & joked on :D
 
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front tyres wearing evenly by 0.25mm

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rear tyres hardly worn

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fresh front brakes wearing at a normal pace

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rear pads wear very slowly as normal

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21-04-2018 Kurusa UK car meet

met up with Dave & Frankie at the services before heading up to dragonville park in durham for a car meet

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was a lovely sunset evening :cool:

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spotted Kevin, Jack, Lewis & few more micras so we gathered up for photos :)

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22-04-2018 Road trip to Yorkshire Dales & E85 car meet

Kim arranged a little group road trip to the yorkshire dales with Hayley, Dave, Peter, Matthew, Tommy, Nigel, Chris & Tim.
we stopped at Tennants auction house for food, spotting afew classic motors, but restaurant was fully booked

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so we popped to a chocolate cafe nearby for some sugary goodness brekky :D

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resumed trekking through the lovely hilly twisty Dale roads

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finished at this pretty lake spot for afew cool photos :cool::cool:

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headed back towards dragonville Durham for the E85 car meet which was jam packed full :)

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twas a good day
 
I've been meaning to ask...
Did you get any further with modifying the rear roll centre? I think last time we were thinking of moving the upper mount for the panhard rod upwards in the chassis.
 
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washed her sparkly clean before the next local car show

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29-04-2018 Great North Air Ambulance Show
Gathered with afew car m8s for a sunny local car show full of classic - modern - unique cars :cool:
had a seat in the tight cockpit of a burgandy V8 drag car, which was also very loud once started :D

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georgina in the audi TT locked her keys in the boot somehow, so the AA arrived and they eventually managed to get it open

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catchcan got 113ml per 1000miles, seems the warmer days are reducing their efficiency slightly

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noticed this year that kasandra sometimes develop a random occasional misfire/hesitation whenever I go WOT at high rpm & full boost, especially with everything hot during trackdays.
thinking perhaps the fuel filter is slightly clogged for max loading and it's also 1yrs old due replacement, so got a cheapo filter from parts store

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inside the old filter looked fine and no rust particles this time

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recorded all the sensors & gauges during afew WOT runs to verify she's running ok and yup she no longer misfires at full boost on the road throughout revs on a cold day. we'll see if she stays stable on the next trackday.

 
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the cat was choking the high-end of the rpm on trackdays so I swapped over to the de-cat for the next time

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the honeycomb cat appears all intact, clear and normal

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the decat makes such a noticable difference, she pulls really hard at the top end now :cool:

tday was such a Gorgeous sunny warm day with clear sky and very calm cool breeze, perfect for a good cruise around the quiet roads while everyone's at the beach and I couldn't resist a few beauty shots at the middlesbrough transport bridge :cool::cool:

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the cat was choking the high-end of the rpm on trackdays so I swapped over to the de-cat for the next time

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the honeycomb cat appears all intact, clear and normal

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the decat makes such a noticable difference, she pulls really hard at the top end now :cool:

tday was such a Gorgeous sunny warm day with clear sky and very calm cool breeze, perfect for a good cruise around the quiet roads while everyone's at the beach and I couldn't resist a few beauty shots at the middlesbrough transport bridge :cool::cool:

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Happy days out & about when the sun is out, perhaps that’s what it’s all about? :)
 
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Happy days out & about when the sun is out, perhaps that’s what it’s all about? :)
yup nothing quite like the freedom of simply driving ur car anywhere, anytime, in perfect conditions and for no reason other than the joy of driving :cool:
 
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went to teesside autodrome to watch the drifting practice sessions

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spotted this really pristine beetle parked nearby :cool:

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having a nice evening chat with Dave at kfc

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we removed the rear bumper off his civic to check the corrosion underneath

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after abit of prodding, yup that'll need some welding :D

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cleaned the car ready for tomorrows North East Auto Show

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checking the plugs, all look the same white ash of burnt oil but the gap's worn from 1.10mm to 1.25mm which may have contributed to the recent WOT misfire on track. reduced em back to 1.0mm

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compression is stable and all exactly the same 10bar :cool:

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