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#4228481 Coilovers For Comfort - Am I Crazy??

Posted by BEN99W on 06 July 2017 - 07:14 PM

I've got GT1s on my NB. I am quite fussy about ride quality because I used to test drive lots of different cars in a previous job. I also had expensive Nitron dampers on a previous Westfield for the same reason.

Both the Westfield and the MX5 being light cars can really suffer a harsh ride on poor surfaces. However in both cases the high end suspension could be tuned to give a very compliant ride whilst still delivering the handling one would want from a sportscar. So I disagree with the statement about sportscars never being comfortable. I've twice toured Scotland in the mx5 and took the Westfield to le mans 5 times too. Comfort has never been an issue.

The GT1s are great and I have no reservation in recommending them. I also liked the fact that they're at least partly developed in the UK (by Black Art Design in Essex).

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#4006658 Mk1 Front End On Mk2? Possible?

Posted by BEN99W on 22 January 2017 - 07:43 AM

It's not uncommon for people to put the mk2 dash and seats into a Mk1 if wanting to make it more modern. That would certainly be easier than making a Mk2 look like a Mk1.

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#3895370 What Have You Done To Your Mx5 Today?

Posted by BEN99W on 27 October 2016 - 07:12 AM

What else has a 1.8iS have that a bog stick doesn't, apart from the above AND central locking, which I fitted to mine?

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Take a look underneath. It should have more substantial bracing too. The rear brace has a couple of cross members added, there's an extra bar that crosses between the seats and a cross bracing panel that goes towards the gearbox area. My NBFL didn't have any of this until I added it.

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#3616193 Mx5 Nb 2.3T

Posted by BEN99W on 22 May 2016 - 09:09 AM

Great choice of engine and good work. Bet that goes like a rocket and so much potential should you feel you need more.

But snapped prop shaft? Yikes! That could have cut the car in half and take a lump out of the road. Glad you appear to have had no problem with it.

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#3543449 What Have You Done To Your Mx5 Today?

Posted by BEN99W on 19 April 2016 - 07:34 PM

Today I fitted Jass frame rails. I've seen people imply this is a 45 minute job, but I must be mechanically retarded because it took me 4 and a half hours.

I also removed the hard top and finally located a rattle that has been annoying me since I got the car 9 months ago. It sounded like it came from my right shoulder, so in the past I've had the door to bits and the seatbelt tower, but today tracked it down to the bit of fibreboard that sits above the battery.

Anyway this evening's drive was a revelation. I've previously fitted a hard dog roll bar, door bushings and sport underbody braces, all of which made a slight difference, but the frame rails really tighten things up. No rattles, no shimmies. And that was with the hard top off too. Well happy.

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#3069641 Ratchet Spanner Thoughts Please

Posted by BEN99W on 26 October 2015 - 08:52 AM

I picked up a set in aldi with hinged ratchet. They were so cheap I thought I'd give them a punt. Ive been surprised at the quality - they appear to be german made and so far I can't fault them. The hinge is definitely useful, and while it might add a weakness, as already indicated, these aren't for big torque loads, but certainly make working in areas of limited access far quicker.



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