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#1 matt_tottenham

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Posted 23 July 2020 - 10:26 PM

So hopefully picking up a standard 2004 mk2.5 tomorrow or Saturday if all goes to plan.

If it does, I will have about £1500 to spend on it. What would you do? Not including servicing, as that is already factored in seperately.

Would you spend big on suspension and tyres? Cheaper suspension, wheels, tyres and exhaust? Any other mods/improvements you want to throw into the pot. Etc...

I'm not trying to create a track animal, just improve handling a bit, I like to be able to hear my cars, and if the looks get better then all well and good.
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Posted 24 July 2020 - 08:40 AM

I would check chassis rails etc before spending on goodies, then it would be good suspension and wheels


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#3 Quinvy

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Posted 24 July 2020 - 09:29 AM

I agree. Make the bodywork the number one priority. Chassis rails, rear arches and sills. Once perfect add some protection in the cavities and underside. Then change all the fluids, filters and the gearbox upper rubbers and nylon bush. If the radiator is yellow, change that.
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#4 matt_tottenham

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Posted 24 July 2020 - 12:10 PM

Haven't seen it in person yet, but according to the advert it is rust free (as an mx5 can be) sills have been done, so have chassis rails. Assuming the advert is right, I'll buy it... Thanks for the tips
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1983 Austin Mini 1000
1981 Mk1 VW Polo
1984 Austin Mini Sprite

1993 Rover Mini Cooper

1991 Austin Mini Neon
1999 Mazda mx5 10th Anniversary

2006 Mazda RX8 231PS

1999 Aprilia RS125

2002 Mazda mx5 1.8


#5 Mr_Sukebe

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Posted 24 July 2020 - 09:43 PM

Get it checked first, then if it's in reasonable nick, get the chassis rails replaced and undersealed.  That'll take most of your budget, but will add to the value of the car and allow to drive it and enjoy for a good few more years.


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#6 Shadowraven

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Posted 26 July 2020 - 07:31 PM

A good set of coilovers will set you back about £800, a full set of semi slick nankangs will be £300, a full alignment for £150. That'd leave you a little left for a nice set of used aftermarket wheels, exhaust, or some track time? Could even get a roll bar?


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Posted 26 July 2020 - 10:39 PM

Not just rear arches and sills but also check the front chassis legs. If it's a MK2.5 it will invariably need some help.

 

After that, if you wanna go faster. Coilovers and a brake refresh.


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