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PollyMobiles Rebuild

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27-06-2021 BC Racing BR Coilovers

Big thanks to Mark aka bushmonkey in the forum for selling his unopened BC BR coilovers. My current BC V1 were getting 11yrs old too, so I obvously just had to immediately go for an impulse purchase a nice chap to talk to

I'm a happy boy tday with shiny car parts :love:

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phwoaa πŸ₯²

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here's a link to when I brought my BC V1 coilovers for comparison
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same pillowball camber adjustable top as the V1 except the adjustment dial is secured with a spanner rather than a knurled sleeve.

front dampers came set at 25/33 clicks (76% hard)
rear dampers set at 22/32 clicks (69% hard)

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the BR series feature bearing spring top platform so that as I steer lock 2 lock or the spring naturally twists whilst compressing, it'll move freely.

whereas on the solid fixed platform of the V1, the spring would either violently skip around the platform as I steer, or bind/resist steering, or force the whole assembly to swivel the pillowball, which wears out the spherical bearing prematurely.

so the BR pillowball should last abit longer

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the locking rings are a nicely casted & radiused alloy.

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notice the lower locking ring has a wider, flared wedging contact face, which should help it stay locked more securely

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made on July 2018

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front comes with 5kg springs

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I believe these damper markings are
T: oil threshold temp 226C
C: oil capacity 80ml

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the other side has a higher 245C temperature threshold for some reason?

the V1 in comparison has a smaller 70ml capacity and 212C oil temp threshold

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rear springs are 4kg and straight tapered

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nicely casted locking rings

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much sturdier rear damper mount

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rear damper specs:
oil threshold temperature 135c (V1 was just 93c)
oil capacity 56ml (V1 was 43ml)

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Stickers!

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usual front & rear locking ring collar spanners, allen key & rear adjuster dials

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look forward to installing & setting these up
 
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Great work as ever Paul, I'm just glad I run rally cars where I don't have to worry about the state of the paintwork, as long as its one colour and it keeps the rust a bay thats all that counts. Scratches and marks, are all 'war wounds' of competition! :)
 
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Looking great. I've just bought some BR RM coilovers and have to paint my front right wing. What sander are you using? Can't wait to try my new and improved Micra.
ooh, you got any pics of them? arent they with inverted monotubes?

it's just a cheapo Β£30 screwfix random orbital sander I'm using with 180 grit discs to flatten the bulk of the bodyfiller and then finish it off with 400grit wet sanding
 
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Great work as ever Paul, I'm just glad I run rally cars where I don't have to worry about the state of the paintwork, as long as its one colour and it keeps the rust a bay thats all that counts. Scratches and marks, are all 'war wounds' of competition! :)

it would be convenient if I could just paint it flat matte black but I've grown fond of her unique colour πŸ˜…


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painting & lacquering the drivers door and the rear passenger door went well :cool:

holding down the rattle can nozzle for ages to paint & lacquer each huge surface really really strains the fingers πŸ˜…πŸ’ͺ

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the rear drivers door had a slight disaster, I sprayed too much on which resulted in an ugly rippling paint run & slight crack & pin holes 🀬
can't laquer over this obvious eye sore πŸ™ˆ

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so I wet sanded the area down with 1200 and resprayed it. I think I got away with it 🀞
gonna lacquer it tomorrow

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lacquered the rear offside door, fitted the doors & fuel cap into the car and yess! it looks soo much better :love:
damn proud of that after 4 weeks of hard work :cool:

all the same colour & glossy finish, and will likely need a good 2500 grit wet sand to get rid of the fine orange peel

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next task is to mask, sand & paint the A pillar / roof matte black

the rest of the car really needs a good wash & buff from all this dust
 
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masked off the A pillar & roof edge

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sanded & primered

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and sprayed matte black :cool:

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reassembled all doors & front end

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the bonnet was full of half polished orange peel so I wet sanded every little dimple off with 2500 grit

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began buffing with G3 compound followed by autoglym super resin

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inside the garage I could still see tons of deep scratches left by the 2500 but soon as I look at it outside, the sky hides all the tiny defects 😁

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hoovered the interior

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wiped the engine bay

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and of course I had to go take a few evening shots of the new paintwork :love:

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04-07-2021 Cumbria Auto Show

7am we all gathered at MaccyD in Aycliffe to convoy up to Carlisle by 9am

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it was thankfully a warm dry morning to the show, wiped her all clean πŸ˜ŽπŸ™Œ

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it was a nice big show with soo many cars to look at

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even spotted 2 other K11's πŸ˜ƒ
this was actually graffiti rattle canned satin black and looks good (something I almost would've done out of anger if I didn't solve that cracking paint issue πŸ˜…)

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occasionally there were a few very dark heavy storm clouds heading over and dumping a huge sudden wall of shower over the whole show for a few minutes, everyone running for cover πŸ˜‚β›ˆοΈβ˜”

at 3pm ppl had enough of the poor weather and simply clogged the exits lol

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I stayed back abit longer for more car pics πŸ˜πŸ“·
driving back home through the monsoon flooded roads was interesting 🌊

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A m8 needed a small adapter printed for a TPS cos the original one has broken apart

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measured the original adapter

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printed

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fits like a glove

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after work I began to wash, mask off and sand the front wing with 2500

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some bits I went too deep and briefly sanded the base coat/primer 😬
polished it with G3 compound followed by autoglym super resin.
you can see just how glossy, smooth, shiny it is compared to the rough door panels 😍😎
but the shine also highlights all the dents on the panel & bad base coat underneath πŸ˜…

can't wait to do the other panels another day

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with soo many empty rattle cans to bin, I've always wondered what's inside em so I cut em open πŸ€”

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halfords grey primer uses a single 12mm glass marble,

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the clear lacquer uses none,

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and the paint shop base coat cans use two marbles

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drove 6hrs round trip to birmingham to finally meet Stefan Navo, have a gr8 chat, went for a ride in kassandra and he kindly donated a few good spares I was after,
including a good head (my spare head was badly pitted),
nissen auto radiator (mine was previously leaking and the fins are all bent now),
reconditioned 1.3l gearbox,
GTIR MAF,
arch liner (mine's battered & melted),
and extra 5hp stickers he designed 😁

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head is better condition than my other one, so no need to spend more on skimming

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a m8 Daniel needed a meth injection kit fitted onto his audi TT.
the most logical place to fit the nozzle is this plastic pipe between the intercooler and TB but removing all the difficult clips & fasteners was a PITA

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this was the only flat surface for screwing the BPST nozzle onto and clear the cooling fans

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attached the solenoid to the airbox tray

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mounted the reservoir & pump in the boot

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the hardest part was figuring how to route the pipe & wiring neatly through the car.
there's no easy access gromet holes in the footwell or bulkhead,
routing past the door seals looks ugly and will crush the pipe/wires,
the engine loom goes up inside the scuttle panel & deep into the dash but the wiper arms are seized onto the spindles 🀬

took a lot longer than expected, as usual, so we'll have to wait another week to buy a wiper puller tool, wire it up & calibrate the pressure sensor πŸ™„
 
Got myself a cheap 1/2" impact wrench (Makita DTW285Z copy), 18v battery (came fully charged too) & fast charger (Makita DC18RC copy which amusingly plays the Mozart "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" tune πŸ˜„) from ebay for just Β£65

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before using it, I wanted to check the internals and regrease em. removed this pointless plastic shroud πŸ€”

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removed the impact mechanism cover, the spindle and impact hammer is bone dry 😬

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dismantled the impact mechanism, quite a simple but interesting system. the planetary gears have just the bare minium of grease.

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straight forward internal layout

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sealed control board

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yup thats a tiny brushless motor as advertised. I can see the cooling vent exits but there's barely enough cooling intakes at the front (may mod that someday).

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the motor has it's own 2 bearings while this bigger bearing in the housing is for supporting the impact mechanism assembly.
kinda odd how the metal outer planetary gear locks to this white plastic housing which then locks to the outer casing (probably to keep the planet gear & bearings concentric?)

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relubed it all fully with generic grease and CV grease. runs noticeably smoother & quieter :cool:

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brought a pack of impact sockets for Β£12

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imho this is mostly good for whizzing light duty or cracked-loose fasteners on/off quickly or shocking rusty fasteners,
but for high torque such as wheel nuts or suspension bolts, while it could eventually loosen em (be it slowly compared to a real Mikita), I'd still use a breaker bar to crack em loose 1st, whizz it off with the gun, then tighten em with torque wrench.

I brought it just to help speed up some of the boring processes (ie swapping wheels at trackdays) and wasn't meant to replace the breaker bar at such low cost.
proper impact toolsets that can replace the breaker bar costs well over Β£200 which I can't justify spending.
Well it took me way to long to find this post but I remember you mentioned the tune from the charger and I suspect that its a Makita unit.

Did you know you can change the tune?...

 
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took a few reflection photos whilst the suns out and pwhoa that gloss 😍 :cool:

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went to fill up and a drop of petrol hit the fresh paint and immediately melted/stained it FFS 😫🀬😧

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attempted to polish it out but nope the normal halfords lacquer definately ain't fuel resistant and has a deep chunk melted off it, easily feel the ridge πŸ™„

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I guess the next possible fix is to sand the area flat, respray it with petrol resistant lacquer, wet sand, polish again and pray πŸ˜…πŸ€ž
 

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That blows, is a really impressive finish you've got with rattle cans, so top work hopefully some tougher clear coat will help. Might be a bit of a silly question, but given the number of cans you had to buy, would it not have been similarly priced to buy/rent a compressor and do it that way?

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That blows, is a really impressive finish you've got with rattle cans, so top work hopefully some tougher clear coat will help. Might be a bit of a silly question, but given the number of cans you had to buy, would it not have been similarly priced to buy/rent a compressor and do it that way?

Craig

I'm quite happy with the overall result of the rattle cans.
yeah I'm gonna put a few more thicker layers of lacquer under the filler area to hopefully resist the solvent better.

costed a total of Β£280 to completely respray the whole car and all the empty cans are discarded without taking up any workshop space.

buying or renting all the compressor, air lines, spray gun, primer/base/lacquer, thinners, hardener, strainers & cups etc would probably cost well in excess of bout Β£400+ total and permenently take up ALL the remaining space of my tiny workshop.

yes it may give a better finish but this ain't a show car and the many drawbacks just doesn't suit my circumstances yet.
 
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the door mirrors are looking very beatened & stonechipped over the yrs.

plus the drivers side mounting has an annoying loose shake cos repeatedly folding em in/out has worn the ball&groove mechanism till it can't lock in place solidly (so I'll need a need mirror)

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stripped apart all the mechanism

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sanded em all smooth

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resprayed & lacquered

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jeezuz I forgot just how damn frustratingly fiddly it is to reassemble the sprung cable operated mechanism 🀬😀

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that looks better, matching the rest of the bodywork finish 😎

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the bumpers are the last things to respray.
this original rear bumper is now all battered, scarred & dented. the inside beam is also quite rusty and needs repairing but that's low priority.

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test fitting a spare bumper before I paint it. looks much straighter than the old one with less defects

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sanded it smooth & primered

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I'm quite happy with the overall result of the rattle cans.
yeah I'm gonna put a few more thicker layers of lacquer under the filler area to hopefully resist the solvent better.

costed a total of Β£280 to completely respray the whole car and all the empty cans are discarded without taking up any workshop space.

buying or renting all the compressor, air lines, spray gun, primer/base/lacquer, thinners, hardener, strainers & cups etc would probably cost well in excess of bout Β£400+ total and permenently take up ALL the remaining space of my tiny workshop.

yes it may give a better finish but this ain't a show car and the many drawbacks just doesn't suit my circumstances yet.

Yeah fair enough, can't complaint too much with a Β£300 respray! I CBA take my mirrors apart when I sprayed them, didn't get a great finish... I've probably got a spare unit knocking around if you need one?

Wouldn't worry too much about the bumper bar - I replaced mine with a couple of carriage bolts, weights a lot less and makes removal a bit easier too.

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Yeah fair enough, can't complaint too much with a Β£300 respray! I CBA take my mirrors apart when I sprayed them, didn't get a great finish... I've probably got a spare unit knocking around if you need one?

Wouldn't worry too much about the bumper bar - I replaced mine with a couple of carriage bolts, weights a lot less and makes removal a bit easier too.

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does the job ;)

I just brought a spare 1999 facelift drivers door mirror on ebay for Β£11

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although this later design is different, with the bare metal folding mechanism screwed to the all-plastic base plate (whereas on the preface, a metal frame & mechanism is riveted to the plastic outer housings) and it only folds forward whereas the preface can fold forward & backwards

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it's a bit more flimsy so I dunno if I'll use it.
oddly after painting & assembling these mirrors, the drivers mirror no longer shakes as much? so I guess there's no need to replace it anymore (y)
 
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after sanding the grey primer flat, I sprayed 2 layers of base coat

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and then 2 layers of lacquer

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after drying overnight & reinstalled it in time for the wednesday car meet.
the raw finish is a bit more satin but it'll soon be sanded & polished the same as the other panels

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noticed the rear quarter has this annoying trapped bubble under the paint. I tried popping it with a pin but it retains its shape :(
nothing I could do except leave it alone or respray that section in future πŸ™„

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with just over a week to go till JAE, it's time to finish spraying the front bumper and correct the wonky headlight mounts on the wings

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begin sanding and hmm there's sooo many deep dimples from years of stonechip impacts, this is gonna take awhile to do on my busy schedule

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reinstalled the X-brace for the show

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didn't like the rear speaker enclosure I made, which was heavy, bulky & didn't improve the speakers anyway.

I'm gonna buy a powered subwoofer next for the low-freq & let the 6.5" speakers deal with the mid-high end,
so I stripped the enclosure apart.

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the wheels are covered in months of orange iron oxide so a few hours of polishing with G3 compound brought back the bright white :cool:

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kassandra is now all resprayed & polished, ready for JAE 2021 πŸ‘Œ:cool:

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Vibe Edge EDB10A Powered Subwoofer

Just before JAE I decided that after 15yrs of flat tinny 6.5" speakers it was time to get a dedicated sub for the low freq and won't have to push the smaller speakers towards distortion.

the Sony headunit outputs a peak of 55w x 4 = 220w

I saw halfords was selling this Vibe Edge EDB10a for an affordable Β£79. has an integrated amp and puts out 250w RMS, 750w peak

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it's a class AB amplifier running bout 50% efficiency so it'll need at least a 10awg power cable.
I ordered some 10awg copper cable kit online but didn't turn up in time, so I quickly brought some cheaper halfords CCA cables along the way to JAE so I had something to do at the show and check it all worked :p

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after JAE, the 10awg copper OFC cable kit from halfords arrived

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CCA vs OFC cables

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the bass reflex tube is just a card tub stuck on

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here's the amplifier

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small patch of wool near the inside port opening

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some plastic trim around the speaker

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a look at the speaker & internals

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temporarily strapped it in place and wired up. ooh it's soo nice to finally have some bass with no distortion 😎

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the bare speaker is quite exposed so I brought a cheap 12" grill from ebay

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the feets have a deep offset so I'll trim them flush

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now that's a lot better 😎

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JAE 2021-08-12

Car filled up with E10 for the 1st time, cruised down to Norwich with no issues and did a normal 48mpg.

6pm arrived at JAE, found our MSC stand at the far end of the field near the dodgems and after a 2yr lockdown it's soo nice to finally see james, chloe, alan, sebastian & ben there with the gazebo set up πŸ€—

surprisingly I'm the 1st micra to turn up? :unsure:

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me, chloe & alan assembled the new BBQ whilst james & sebastian erected the new overhead perimeter lighting which is a brilliant new upgrade. plus an overhead lamp heater inside the gazebo was handy for the colder nights.
Harlen soon arrived in his R33 skyline followed by Faith in her Honda Del Sol πŸ€—

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the perimeter lighting definately works well for lighting the only micra on the stand πŸ˜…

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was a relaxing 1st night, ordered pizzas, few drinks, watched harlens famous wheeler dealers episode bout getting his skyline

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we even had a Zoom call with Max all the way from USA 😁

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JAE 2021-08-13

the next morning I washed all the bugs off Kassandra and had to take a few schenic photos of course πŸ˜…

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Nikki, Paul, Jo & Lee arrived on friday (y)

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lol @ james new banner

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that afternoon, I went with alan, harlen, sebastian for some local'ish go-karting.
forgot to bring a drink or brekky so I was quite dehydrated, hungry & exhausted afterwards but it was damn good fun πŸ˜ƒπŸ€ͺπŸ‘Œ

back at the show, we got the yummy bbq & drinks going 🀀

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it was a nice 8pm sunset, walking around the show especially with the skyline club smashing their pops bangs loudly, getting into trouble with security and everyone wondering over like a moth to flame πŸ˜…

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the group playing a few games on the projector and chilled out :cool:

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JAE 2021-08-14

Saturday being the main show day, harley in his nice K10 arrived πŸ˜€
overall it was a relatively small 1/2 capacity show compared to yrs ago but at least I wasn't the only micra there. I counted 2 k10 and 2 k11 πŸ˜…

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thanks to chris hooded reaper for these pics

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olly with the 20min spray job & red neons on the japcar stand next to us

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a nice blue K10 behind our spot

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chloes plush luxury Cube

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nikki's glossy civic

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a few more beauties from the show

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lol @ the wheel clamp

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later that evening we played on the dodgems. there was a brief fancy dress crowd and nikki decided last min to dress as Spyro πŸ˜„
best outfit imo 😎

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Represent 🀘

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pose with the lovely chloe πŸ‘Έ

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throwing frisbies while I chill in back of kassandra πŸ˜…

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poor alan was absolutely shattered :ROFLMAO:

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a few MSC group photos 😎

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9pm fireworks

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that evening coming back from the toilet, I was surprised by Tom and everyone who were in the middle of taping some LED lights under kassandra :D

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omg it was recently on my mind and I love it, so I helped out tom with taping it on neatly and the end result is phwoar awesome! :love:

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he had another spare reel of lights so I surrounded the car to highlight the body curves and the effect is amazing 😎

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good thing I cleaned the whole wheels cos it also lit from inside them.
so thanks to tom for planting the seed I'm definately underglowing the car :p

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I was also delighted to be awarded the Best in Show πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜πŸ₯°πŸ€—
thanks james & the MSC family πŸ˜‡

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this DIY copper cable ends I made 10yrs ago is about to snap off 😬

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so I dremelled it off

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brought a few 50mm2 teminal ends & crimper tool from ebay

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crimped it on

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brought a spare dash gauge to replace mine with the blown airbag light πŸ˜…

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and some 10m of white LED for underneath the car 😜

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spotted this cracked headlight since JAE

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so I brought this brand new headlight off ebay for Β£45, even came with fresh oem bulbs & fasteners πŸ˜ƒ

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comparing the 25+ yr old headlights with the crystal clear new ones 😎

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old indicators are getting a bit hazy so I'll use the new ones

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you can definately see how the new drivers headlight has a sharp clear lense whereas the old passenger side has a hazy scattered beam where the light hits all the micro fractures within the glass from years of heat cycling

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