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The £80 Micra

Welp, i'll look around to see what i can find. At the end, plans arent that clear at this point, just got a second facelift bumper and it comes without the fog lights cover, and people around here thinks that each cover is worth the same as the whole bumper lol. I need to administrate my money xD but thanks a lot anyway.
 
Welp, i'll look around to see what i can find. At the end, plans arent that clear at this point, just got a second facelift bumper and it comes without the fog lights cover, and people around here thinks that each cover is worth the same as the whole bumper lol. I need to administrate my money xD but thanks a lot anyway.
Haha yeah its crazy how some K11 parts hold so much value.
 
Update:

GSX600R Throttle Bodies Conversion

1.
I have started prepping the throttle bodies for the car - I have removed the upper throttle plates but that's about it, as I didn't know what else to do! (ANY TIPS APPRECIATED ON WHAT ELSE I CAN REMOVE OFF THE BODIES - I am thinking upper throttle position sensor is not needed and none of the throttle cables are needed??)
2.
I have started attempting to make a VERY ROUGH cardboard model of a plenum chamber. The idea is to have a single 3 inch (not 100% on size yet) intake pipe going from the airbox straight to the front grill with a massive Powertec cone filter on the end; these filters are steel mesh and so are a great deal less restrictive than paper/foam filters.
3. I have also now given my mechanic the spare K11 inlet manifold for him to fabricate into a manifold for the throttle bodies.

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The end goal is something like this but with a larger airbox:

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2. Hardrace Engine Mounts - I purchased some stiffer engine mounts and a drop link kit due to the crazy amount of axle tramping/torque steer/difficult gear changes etc. Will update when fitted in.

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3. Twin Reverse Light Look - As already stated, this has been fitted but never uploaded a photo until now. The driver side taillight is actually new so will take about 20 years before it goes a bit darker like the passenger side taillight... can you notice the axle shift due to lack of a panhard rod :0

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Maybe i'm missing something here, but what about the rear fog light?
Ha yes Scrubworks also brought that up.
The car only LOOKS like it has two reverse lights.
There is only one reverse light.
The driver side 'reverse light' is actually a red bulb that turns on when I turn the fog light on, as I haven't changed any of the wiring.
There is the whole issue of having a fog light which is in a silver housing but hopefully will be okay - I still have the spare light so could always change over for MOT.

Edit - have looked at the vehicle light regulations and it only implies that the colour of the light must be red, it doesn't say anything about the housing itself having to be red as well so I think I'll be okay.

Of course if anyone thinks I am wrong, please do chip in as I don't want to look like a misinformed idiot!
 
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Ha yes Scrubworks also brought that up.
The car only LOOKS like it has two reverse lights.
There is only one reverse light.
The driver side 'reverse light' is actually a red bulb that turns on when I turn the fog light on, as I haven't changed any of the wiring.
There is the whole issue of having a fog light which is in a silver housing but hopefully will be okay - I still have the spare light so could always change over for MOT.

Edit - have looked at the vehicle light regulations and it only implies that the colour of the light must be red, it doesn't say anything about the housing itself having to be red as well so I think I'll be okay.

Of course if anyone thinks I am wrong, please do chip in as I don't want to look like a misinformed idiot!
I mean, Peugeot used green housings for their blinkers, so you should be good lmao
Also, LED lights allow for clear housings all the way, so i don't see an issue there. Didn't think about red bulbs though!
 
I have finished the rough model of how the intake will look. I am aware its a shoddy job and almost like a child put it together lol but that's the whole point of a quick cardboard model.
Can probably go a little longer and wider on the airbox but I am conscious of the height of the whole set up :/

I'm also concerned as to whether a single 3-inch intake pipe will be enough to supply enough air to all 4 throttle bodies, as people tend to use this intake pipe when they just have one stock throttle body! Any advice is appreciated.

Once the throttle bodies are in, then its just a case of giving someone the dimensions of the airbox for them to make me one out of aluminium/steel.

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So actually I was thinking about making the final thing out of cardboard and I have managed to make a decent attempt, its VERY sturdy despite appearances and reasonably accurate as well. But I have overlooked the fact that its a fire hazard as has been pointed out to me by fellow MSC members.

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So actually I was thinking about making the final thing out of cardboard and I have managed to make a decent attempt, its VERY sturdy despite appearances and reasonably accurate as well.

Next step is to cover it in black paint to make it waterproof and reinforce it with a **** ton of celloptape.

To all the people who are thinking - is he actually serious about making it out of cardboard, yes I am, cba paying £150-£200 for a custom one (these are the sort of quotes I have been getting...which is more than what I paid for the throttle bodies!).

If I was going for Jenveys, then fair enough on paying a few hundred for a custom airbox, but what I am doing is a proper budget setup so it has to live up to expectations, so please don't make fun loool...

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I swear this isn't any kind of joke or whatever, i'm 100% serious;

My K11 subwoofer box is made out ofaround 4 rolls of kitchen paper, 1.5kg of glue, and some reinforcement foam. I truly believe you might be able to reinforce this to a point it can stand well. Fire hazard is another story tho, but i can say i have a subwoofer box made of a composite lightweight material :p

P.D. please don't put inflammable things on your engine. Cardboard on a potentially inflammable environtment as is a throttle body (where oil and gasoline vapours can get in). I don't want to see a burnt K11.
 
I swear this isn't any kind of joke or whatever, i'm 100% serious;

My K11 subwoofer box is made out ofaround 4 rolls of kitchen paper, 1.5kg of glue, and some reinforcement foam. I truly believe you might be able to reinforce this to a point it can stand well. Fire hazard is another story tho, but i can say i have a subwoofer box made of a composite lightweight material :p

P.D. please don't put inflammable things on your engine. Cardboard on a potentially inflammable environtment as is a throttle body (where oil and gasoline vapours can get in). I don't want to see a burnt K11.
How does one make cardboard fire resistant? :0

It’s just when I googled ‘diy airboxes’ I saw some of them were left as cardboard so it got me thinking but maybe I should learn how to weld tbh
 
How does one make cardboard fire resistant? :0

It’s just when I googled ‘diy airboxes’ I saw some of them were left as cardboard so it got me thinking but maybe I should learn how to weld tbh
You might be able to use this cardboard model as a mold for another material like fiberglass. It's fairly cheap, but very toxic, so be sure you work on a ventilated environtment
 
Update:

GSX600R Throttle Bodies Conversion - Plenum Choice

Option 1
- ask my mechanic tomorrow to make me a steel/aluminium plenum chamber based on the Pipercross PX600 Air Box. If he can do it for a decent price, great. If not, then option 2.

Option 2 - just buy the bloody Pipercross PX600 Air Box! Can then get 4 holes cut out of the blank base plate to suit the GSX600R bodies. They offer two inlet sizes - 75mm or 100mm. Or....



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Update:

GSX600R Throttle Bodies Conversion

Okay so I am going down a slightly different airbox route.

Option 1 - ask my mechanic tomorrow to make me a steel/aluminium plenum chamber based on the Pipercross PX600 Air Box. If he can do it for a decent price, great. If not, then option 2.

Option 2 - just buy the bloody Pipercross PX600 Air Box! Can then get 4 holes cut out of the blank base plate to suit the GSX600R bodies. They offer two inlet sizes - 75mm or 100mm. Or....

Option 3 - buy this https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Portable-Gasless-MIG-Welder-130-Amp-Auto-Flux-Wire-Feed-Welding-Machine-240V-Kit/202348099378 and learn how to weld and then a DIY airbox based on the PX600. I always thought welding equipment would easily go into £500+ but this seems to have a lot of good reviews and a high number have sold as well.

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To be honest, learning to weld would be an excellent skill to have, especially as you will inevitably need to address corrosion issues at some point on your K11 if you keep it long enough. Only thing I will say, although that welder is a very attractive price, I wouldn't get a gasless MIG. They do fundamentally work, but they are messier to use, and the welds they produce are not as good visually or structurally as a gas MIG. Gas ones are not ridiculously expensive (mine was around £200) and you can rent a gas cylinder fairly cheaply.

Failing that, I'd say buy the airbox off the shelf. It looks like a fairly complicated shape to create by hand out of steel and the cost of doing so would probably be more.
 
To be honest, learning to weld would be an excellent skill to have, especially as you will inevitably need to address corrosion issues at some point on your K11 if you keep it long enough. Only thing I will say, although that welder is a very attractive price, I wouldn't get a gasless MIG. They do fundamentally work, but they are messier to use, and the welds they produce are not as good visually or structurally as a gas MIG. Gas ones are not ridiculously expensive (mine was around £200) and you can rent a gas cylinder fairly cheaply.

Failing that, I'd say buy the airbox off the shelf. It looks like a fairly complicated shape to create by hand out of steel and the cost of doing so would probably be more.
Thanks for the honest review of the welder - its looking more like I will buy the ready-made product.
 
Update:

GSX600R Throttle Bodies Conversion

I showed my mechanic this photo today and he instantly said he'll make me one up for dirt cheap, so job done. Now it's just a waiting game until I receive the 'cut n shut' inlet manifold and custom plenum from him. I've been told to wait until the 20th.

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So I recently made an account on this even though I've been looking at the MSC for quite a few months now.

I bought my first car in June 2016 for £80, yes £80! Its a 2002 Micra 1.0 S at 60000 miles.

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Lovely car!! Looks like my twin (almost). Mine is the "Activ" variant. (no idea what the difference between variants are to be honest).

At 80 quid a steal. I had mine given to me In January this year!! (2019) from a very kind friend, at the time it had only done 24897 miles. I have now passed my test, was having lessons in the Micra as well as professional lessons In a Hyundai. (Passed July 2019) and took the clock to 28582 miles (At the time of posting). Has all the optional extras colour coded mirrors and interior, A/C and reverse sensors and electric windows.

Fantastic car and drives perfectly. I am hoping to do a few little tweaks in the summer. and your list is a great guide for me to give me an idea on where to start and what to do.


I absolutely love the car.
 
Lovely car!! Looks like my twin (almost). Mine is the "Activ" variant. (no idea what the difference between variants are to be honest).

At 80 quid a steal. I had mine given to me In January this year!! (2019) from a very kind friend, at the time it had only done 24897 miles. I have now passed my test, was having lessons in the Micra as well as professional lessons In a Hyundai. (Passed July 2019) and took the clock to 28582 miles (At the time of posting). Has all the optional extras colour coded mirrors and interior, A/C and reverse sensors and electric windows.

Fantastic car and drives perfectly. I am hoping to do a few little tweaks in the summer. and your list is a great guide for me to give me an idea on where to start and what to do.


I absolutely love the car.
Lucky you the Activ has the cool optional extras and 25k is so low!

Its a bit of a hidden gem in the normal world as to how quick these cars can be with little money ESPECIALLY if you can do the labour work yourself.

Best of luck with the summer tweaks, hope to see a blog!
 
Lucky you the Activ has the cool optional extras and 25k is so low!

Its a bit of a hidden gem in the normal world as to how quick these cars can be with little money ESPECIALLY if you can do the labour work yourself.

Best of luck with the summer tweaks, hope to see a blog!

Wish I could do the work myself, I have no idea what I am doing, but I have a friend who is a very good and time served mechanic, who I will be asking for a lot of favours. I am not sure what exactly I will be doing yet as there are so many options and different opinions on what works/doesn't but I will be throwing a few pics on when I get chance.

I saw in your list that you changed out the original airbox, for the GA16, is this as simple as taking off the original and replacing it with the GA16 or am I oversimplifying and missing something?
 
Wish I could do the work myself, I have no idea what I am doing, but I have a friend who is a very good and time served mechanic, who I will be asking for a lot of favours. I am not sure what exactly I will be doing yet as there are so many options and different opinions on what works/doesn't but I will be throwing a few pics on when I get chance.

I saw in your list that you changed out the original airbox, for the GA16, is this as simple as taking off the original and replacing it with the GA16 or am I oversimplifying and missing something?
It is as simple as that. The original airbox is just held on by a couple of screws and a jubilee clip.

If you are looking for a GA16 airbox, I will most likely be selling mine once the bike throttle bodies go on...
 
It is as simple as that. The original airbox is just held on by a couple of screws and a jubilee clip.

If you are looking for a GA16 airbox, I will most likely be selling mine once the bike throttle bodies go on...
Brilliant, thanks, please bear me in mind. What sort of price? You can easily PM me with info. I am in Lancashire, not sure how far away you are. What sort of difference would the box alone make? I would be happy if it just gave the noise a boost lol.
 
Finally washed after several months...

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Also in case people didn’t know (as I didn’t), you can actually get the more modern and smarter looking flat windscreen wiper design for a K11 Micra, as seen in final photo.
 
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