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#1 Harvey_Tim

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:34 PM

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Firstly to introduce myself, my name is Tim and I have been lurking around this site for over a year now.

I was first introduced to Mx5 ownership in 1997 when I bought my wife a standard Classic Red 1.6 Eunos Roadster. At the time as well as my daily driver (a 1.8 Ford Escort Ghia) I also owned a heavily modifed 2wd Sapphire RS Cosworth running approx. 350bhp that I used primarily for weekend blasts and track days. Although the raw power of the Cossie was amazing I always enjoyed driving the Mx5 and loved the way it drove like a go kart - I always got out of it with a smile on my face. Sadly we let the Mx5 go 4 years later when my wife was so heavily pregnant with our first child that she could no longer fit behind the wheel ... she cried when it was driven away (probably because she knew she was getting my old Escort instead which she hated). The Cossie eventually went too, to make way for a E36 M3 convertible which became my daily for a little while but that too went to be replaced by something more sensible once we got a dog, my daily is now an Audi A4 Avant (estate) diesel.


Anyway, I always hoped to get another car that I could use for weekend fun and track days and last year when I saw just how cheap MX5's were I persuaded my wife that I needed a new hobby and went on the hunt for a sub £1k Mx5 ... promising her that this would be a cheap car and that I would not spend too much money on modifying it :whistle:

After looking at a couple of rotten UK cars I decided that a Eunos would be the best bet, I didnt spend long looking and bought the 2nd Eunos that I viewed - a bog standard 1.6 Roadster with 140km on the clock, no service history, loads of previous owners, it was in very good nick bodywise with no obvious rust although the roof was not in tip top condition, interior was good and mechanically it drove well and was only £800 and had a brand new MOT. In hindsight I probably could have found better / cheaper had I waited & searched longer .... but I am an impatient bugger.

I have had the car a year now and in that time lots of mods have been done to it and more are in progress right now. I had always planned to create a build thread documenting what I did to the car and how it progressed, however I never got round to it and often didnt take photos always remembering only after the job was done. So this is the beginning of my thread a year on since I purchaed the car so its more of a finished thread than a build thread but I will try and recap what has happened so far (note that some of the pictures may not be completely in time with the story) ....

This is the only photo I took of the car as it was when I bought it in September 2011 :


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First thing I bought for it was secondhand Tonneau cover to tidy the back end up.

The first actual job I tackled was a service, with new plugs, leads, oil & filter.

Now onto fixing a few things. The car had a horrible 'rubber duck' type aerial, previous to this it must of had an electric aerial as there was a dodgy switch in the dashboard which had to go and one of the interior light covers was missing. Some searching on Ebay soon found a standard Eunos whip aerial, a dashboard switch blanking panel, a replacement interior light, a new set of foot mats and some stainless steel 'Roadster' sill trims. That was the "restoration" over with, now for some mods ....

First thoughts were to stiffen the chassis up a bit. So I returned from a trip to MX5 Parts (which is nice an local to me) with front and rear IL Motorsport chassis braces. These were an easy fit and definetely "seemed" to help reduce scuttle shake etc.

I wanted to improve the appearance of the car and make it look a bit more tough and purposeful so I thought a roll bar would be a good addition. As my long term goal was to use the car for occasional track days I decided to invest in something half decent and opted for a TR Lane GPD bar and Harness bar rather than "Style Bars". Fitting the roll bar was an easy enough job although it took me 2 afternoons to complete, I did it on my own but it would definetely be easier to do with someone else helping you - even more so if they have fitted one before !. The TRL roll bar is a very substantial bit of kit and fits with 14 bolts, it certainly looks the part and I would like to think that it would offer some genuine protection in the event of a roll (although I hope to never find out). One thing for sure is that it noticeably stiffens the chassis up even more.


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Next on the list was to improve the engines breathing a bit, so off I went to MX5 Parts again, this time returning with a Pipercross Induction Kit and IL Motorsport S/S "silenced" decat pipe and S/S single exit exhaust system. I fitted the induction kit myself but got a local garage to fit the exhaust system and whilst he had it on the ramp I also got him to drain and replace both gearbox and diff oils. The new induction and exhaust certainly sound the part and seem to have given a noticeable improvement to engine response and the way it pulls ... though how much of that is my imgaination I dont know.

For anyone thinking of buying the MX5 Parts (IL Motorsport) exhaust system, I can say that it is great value for money and very well made, the mechanic who fitted it said it went on perfectly and was the best fitting aftermarket exhaust he had ever worked with - only down side for me is that it is pretty damn loud for general driving (I have yet to get the db measured at a track so fingers crossed for that).

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Next was a set of Carbing Style tow hooks purchased on here from JibberingLoon :

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I spent a while polishing these up using a rotary wire brush before they were fitted :

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Next was a OEM Strut Brace from Ebay followed by an impulse buy of a cheap set of 16" TSW Imola alloys rattle can painted black purchased from another MX5Nutzer, I have since refurbished them myself and they look pretty good on the car but weigh a tonne. Although I have kept these on the car for now they will be replaced by some lighter 15" alloys in the future (either Rota RB's or Team Dynamic Pro race in gunmetal or antracite - if anyone has any for sale ?).

I now had a car that went fairly well, sounded sporty and handled pretty good ... but looked like a 4x4 due to the standard suspension and ride height.

It was about now that I first met Nick Bailey (Skuzzle) when I for no real reason purchased a spare coilpack off of Ebay (just because it was cheap) that turned out to be sold by him. I collected the coilpack in person and we had a long chat about 5's and he showed me his race car. We discussed my suspension and Nick reccomended the Meister-R coilovers, we also discussed superchargers (can you possibly guess where this may end up going ?).

At this point Nick was working at Autolink and a few weeks later I had arranged for my car to have a set of Meister-R coilovers fitted, which was done by Nick himself. This is a rubbish photo but it is of the car on the morning I set out for Autolink and shows just how high the suspension was :


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And here are the nice freshly fitted Meister's :

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Now the car was lower it looked so much better and handled fantastically (although I still need to get the geometry alignment redone).

Next job was to change the gearbox shift boots, I did this myself in about 30 minutes and it definetely improved the feel of the shift :

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I then purchased some TRS 4 point harnesses and kept an eye out on Ebay for some second hand bucket seats, eventually finding virtually new condition Sparco Sprint Juniors (which are the predecessors of Sprint 5's). Fitting the driver seat was very easy as the standard runner needed just 2 additional holes drilled in them :

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However the passenger seat was a bit more awkward and needed an additional bracket to be fabricated :

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But once this was done it went in fine and they both (in my mind at least) look great and are very supportive and comfortable :

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So the car was now starting to be pretty much sorted as far as my original plans were concerned.

These pictures are more or less how it looks today (note that these pics make it look somewhat pinky but in reality it is still nice and red and looks great when freshly polished) :

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Then I bought this from Ebay : :thumb-up:

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By this point Nick had left Autolink and had opened Skuzzle Motorsports in Winchester (Tel. 023 9229 9390 or 07817 716 711) and after a few discussions with the man himself he explained how he was looking to create his own complete, high quality and easy fit MX5 Supercharger and Intercooler kits superior to anything else on the market. A deal was struck and I agreed to let Nick use my car as the prototype development mule for his new kits .... which is now work in progress but hopefully will be completed soon. I will update with pictures as soon as it is finished.

Some of you may have seen my car at Skuzzles garage in Winchester or on his facebook page :

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As well as the Supercharger and Intercooler install which is all in progress, Nick has already fitted the Megasquirt ECU, 1.8 injectors and a brake upgrade for me using 1.8 carriers, discs, pads and braided hoses. So hopefully it should now stop better as well as go like a rocket ... fingers crossed.

I wish Nick's new business every success and hope my car becomes part of Skuzzle history as no. 001 of the Skuzzle spec Supercharger & Intercooler kit. I would reccomend anyone who wants any work done on their Mx5 wether its just a service or a complete SC install to speak with Nick (Skuzzle), he certainly knows his stuff, is very enthusiastic and is an all round top bloke .... though dont too many of you go to him right now as I want my car to be finished !!!.

So thats my story so far, it has involved a lot more upgrades and money than I first planned (certainly more than I have told the wife about anyway) but no track days yet ..... hopefully these will come next year !.

Cheapest mods so far, but which were well worth it - repositioning the foglight into the reverse light and the 'Flash to Pass' mod.

Future plans, not too much :


15" Alloys (Rota RBs or Team Dynamic Pro Race in gunmetal or anthracite)
OEM Front Splitter (now on its way from America)
Vented passenger headlamp cover
Quick release steering wheel boss
Extra guages under the radio (boost, oil temp, AFR)
Debadge, fill and respray front end
Side mounted no. plate
New Hood
More boost .... :-)
Drive it.

I hope some of you enjoyed all my waffle, I would be interested to hear any comments or suggestions. I shall try and keep this thread updated in the future as and when the car develops..

For old times sake, here are a few pics of my old Cosworth and M3 :

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I had the Cossie for over 8 years and spent thousands on it, it was virtually mint.

I sold it to a young lad who then wrote it off just 3 weeks later :censor:

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This was its replacement ...

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The M3 was nice just because it was a soft top, but even though it (allegedly) has 321bhp it was no where near as quick as the Cossie which was just brutal !

Regards,

 
Tim

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:02 PM

Lovely looking car, only suggestion would be to get some red matched paint and cover the sills. It'll make it look much nice from the side.
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 06:39 PM

Thats not a bad idea at all. I have red in stock too if you fancy it.
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 07:05 PM

Thanks for the comment. I can't say that I had ever thought about doing that, but thanks for the suggestion, I may well consider it in the future as I think you are right.

Nick - do you have paint facilities at your place too ?. At some point in time I would like the front bumper and bonnet debadged, filled and resprayed to sort out the faded paint etc. - can you give me a quote when you get a chance please ?
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1990 Classic Red 1.6 Eunos Roadster : Rebuilt LNC engine. Eaton M45 Supercharger, TR Lane mount, tensioner, inlet and outlet, Dual Throttle Body, Alta 15% Reduction Pulley (8-9 psi), Forge Motorsport Dual Piston Dump Valve, Deatschwerks 350cc Injectors, Magnecor 8.5mm Competition HT Leads, MegaSquirt 1 v3 ECU (Dyno tuned by Skuzzle to 205bhp), BMW vtps, Skuzzle FMIC, 50mm Alloy Radiator, Mocal 16 Row Oil Cooler with Thermostatic takeoff, XTD Lighweight Flywheel, Exedy Stage 1 Clutch, Hel Braided Clutch Line, JDM 4-2-1 Exhaust Manifold (Maxim Works Copy), Mx5 Parts 'silenced' decat pipe, Cobalt Stainless Steel Single Exit Exhaust System, RamAir Induction, Meister-R Zeta S Coilovers, IL Motorsport Front and Rear Chassis Braces, OEM Strut Brace, TR Lane GPD Roll Bar, Harness Bar and Door Bars, TRS 4 Point Harnesses, Sparco Sprint Junior Bucket Seats, 1.8 "Big Brake" Conversion and HEL Braided Stainless Brake Hoses, 15" Team Dynamic Pro Race Alloys, 17mm Spacers, Hankook Ventus V12 Evo 195x50 Tyres, "Carbing Style" Front and Rear Stainless Steel Tow Eyes, OEM Style Front Lip Spoiler, Smoothed In 'Firefly XL' Ducktail Spoiler, Mesh Vent TSI's with Eagle Eye LED Side Lights & Indicators, Fog Light relocated to Reverse Light Mod, "Flash to Pass" Mod, Vented Passenger Headlight Cover, Bonnet Lifter Struts, Flocked Instrument Binnacle, Alloy Washer Tank, Sequential Shift Light, Racelogic GPS data logger, S2000 Start Button, Additional Guages (digital), Linx 1010 Tablet for Megasquirt Dashboard, Relocated 12v Lighter & USB Charger Sockets.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 08:13 PM

I;m getting better myself if that help ?
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 06:19 AM

Lovely looking car, only suggestion would be to get some red matched paint and cover the sills. It'll make it look much nice from the side.

Fit the front lip first and have a look. A black front lip with red painted sills will look wrong. I'd leave them back if I were you.

Nice car and write up :) Look forward to seeing the progress with the charger!!
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 08:32 AM

Skuzzle - lets discuss once the car is sorted.

St£ling - thanks for the comments. I think I agree with you, I have never really had an issue with the black sills and i was sort of aiming for a red / black theme and was planning on keeping the front lip black. Your car looks great, do you have any bigger pics on here ?
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Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:32 PM

Quick update ... have just received this in the post : :thumb-up2:

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Its a brand new OEM style front lip spoiler in PU. I am pleasantly suprised how good it is, even came with all the fixing bolts.

Just need the car back so I can fit it !
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:45 PM

Another parcel arrived today :

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Just need to spray it now, will post an update once done :banana:
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1990 Classic Red 1.6 Eunos Roadster : Rebuilt LNC engine. Eaton M45 Supercharger, TR Lane mount, tensioner, inlet and outlet, Dual Throttle Body, Alta 15% Reduction Pulley (8-9 psi), Forge Motorsport Dual Piston Dump Valve, Deatschwerks 350cc Injectors, Magnecor 8.5mm Competition HT Leads, MegaSquirt 1 v3 ECU (Dyno tuned by Skuzzle to 205bhp), BMW vtps, Skuzzle FMIC, 50mm Alloy Radiator, Mocal 16 Row Oil Cooler with Thermostatic takeoff, XTD Lighweight Flywheel, Exedy Stage 1 Clutch, Hel Braided Clutch Line, JDM 4-2-1 Exhaust Manifold (Maxim Works Copy), Mx5 Parts 'silenced' decat pipe, Cobalt Stainless Steel Single Exit Exhaust System, RamAir Induction, Meister-R Zeta S Coilovers, IL Motorsport Front and Rear Chassis Braces, OEM Strut Brace, TR Lane GPD Roll Bar, Harness Bar and Door Bars, TRS 4 Point Harnesses, Sparco Sprint Junior Bucket Seats, 1.8 "Big Brake" Conversion and HEL Braided Stainless Brake Hoses, 15" Team Dynamic Pro Race Alloys, 17mm Spacers, Hankook Ventus V12 Evo 195x50 Tyres, "Carbing Style" Front and Rear Stainless Steel Tow Eyes, OEM Style Front Lip Spoiler, Smoothed In 'Firefly XL' Ducktail Spoiler, Mesh Vent TSI's with Eagle Eye LED Side Lights & Indicators, Fog Light relocated to Reverse Light Mod, "Flash to Pass" Mod, Vented Passenger Headlight Cover, Bonnet Lifter Struts, Flocked Instrument Binnacle, Alloy Washer Tank, Sequential Shift Light, Racelogic GPS data logger, S2000 Start Button, Additional Guages (digital), Linx 1010 Tablet for Megasquirt Dashboard, Relocated 12v Lighter & USB Charger Sockets.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 11:46 AM

pop in with it Tim. I have the paint in and a spray gun.. might be easier than rattle cans ?
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Posted 15 October 2012 - 09:24 AM

Thanks for the offer Nick, but I am interested to see how well I could spray it up myself. Sometime in the future I want the whole front end of the car resprayed, so if I make a balls up of the headlamp cover it can be sorted out then.

Let me know if you have any updates for me.
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1990 Classic Red 1.6 Eunos Roadster : Rebuilt LNC engine. Eaton M45 Supercharger, TR Lane mount, tensioner, inlet and outlet, Dual Throttle Body, Alta 15% Reduction Pulley (8-9 psi), Forge Motorsport Dual Piston Dump Valve, Deatschwerks 350cc Injectors, Magnecor 8.5mm Competition HT Leads, MegaSquirt 1 v3 ECU (Dyno tuned by Skuzzle to 205bhp), BMW vtps, Skuzzle FMIC, 50mm Alloy Radiator, Mocal 16 Row Oil Cooler with Thermostatic takeoff, XTD Lighweight Flywheel, Exedy Stage 1 Clutch, Hel Braided Clutch Line, JDM 4-2-1 Exhaust Manifold (Maxim Works Copy), Mx5 Parts 'silenced' decat pipe, Cobalt Stainless Steel Single Exit Exhaust System, RamAir Induction, Meister-R Zeta S Coilovers, IL Motorsport Front and Rear Chassis Braces, OEM Strut Brace, TR Lane GPD Roll Bar, Harness Bar and Door Bars, TRS 4 Point Harnesses, Sparco Sprint Junior Bucket Seats, 1.8 "Big Brake" Conversion and HEL Braided Stainless Brake Hoses, 15" Team Dynamic Pro Race Alloys, 17mm Spacers, Hankook Ventus V12 Evo 195x50 Tyres, "Carbing Style" Front and Rear Stainless Steel Tow Eyes, OEM Style Front Lip Spoiler, Smoothed In 'Firefly XL' Ducktail Spoiler, Mesh Vent TSI's with Eagle Eye LED Side Lights & Indicators, Fog Light relocated to Reverse Light Mod, "Flash to Pass" Mod, Vented Passenger Headlight Cover, Bonnet Lifter Struts, Flocked Instrument Binnacle, Alloy Washer Tank, Sequential Shift Light, Racelogic GPS data logger, S2000 Start Button, Additional Guages (digital), Linx 1010 Tablet for Megasquirt Dashboard, Relocated 12v Lighter & USB Charger Sockets.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 10:06 AM

nothing yet unfortunately. I called this morning but chris wasnt in, so i'll have to wait till later to get the latest
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:55 PM

Really like the car! looks very purposeful. I would leave the sills black if i were you.

Is it painted yet, like to see what it looks like with the headlight air intake on
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:37 PM

An update .... after just over 4 months of patient waiting since I gave my car to Nick (Skuzzle) for him to work his magic on and use it to develop his Intercooler and Supercharger kits he finally delivered the car back to me again last night :banana:


Without a supercharger :cry:



Sadly Nick is being messed about a bit (timing wise) by the other parties involved in the development of his new kit and I have had enough waiting, so by mutual agreement I now have the car back and I have placed an order with TR Lane for their SC kit .... which Nick will (hopefully) help me fit.

I will point out that this decision is in no way a negative slur against Nick, who as many of you know is indeed an all round great guy and Mx5 guru.

Right decision, wrong decision ??? - who knows but after 4 months without my car I was getting fed up and needed to get the ball rolling. Lets hope TRL deliver the parts within the 2 1/2 weeks they quoted me and I can get it all finished by Xmas or the New Year !

Anyway, the car is now running with a standalone Megasquirt which Nick mapped on his dyno and it certainly pulls a lot stronger than it used to do on the standard ECU especially after 4k, so thats a small bonus anyway (although there are a few minor glitches left to iron out). Ironically it also now has a intercooler fitted awaiting the SC although it currently is not plumbed in (obviously).

Now that I have the car back I can get some enjoyment out of it by driving it and I can also start fitting the stock pile of bits I have sitting here :

New wheels = Team Dynamic Pro Race 1.2's (in black so they look similar to what I have already but are hopefully a lot lighter)
OEM Front Spoiler
Vented Headlamp Lid
Various Gauges
plus some other minor bits

I will post some new pictures once I started fitting them.

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1990 Classic Red 1.6 Eunos Roadster : Rebuilt LNC engine. Eaton M45 Supercharger, TR Lane mount, tensioner, inlet and outlet, Dual Throttle Body, Alta 15% Reduction Pulley (8-9 psi), Forge Motorsport Dual Piston Dump Valve, Deatschwerks 350cc Injectors, Magnecor 8.5mm Competition HT Leads, MegaSquirt 1 v3 ECU (Dyno tuned by Skuzzle to 205bhp), BMW vtps, Skuzzle FMIC, 50mm Alloy Radiator, Mocal 16 Row Oil Cooler with Thermostatic takeoff, XTD Lighweight Flywheel, Exedy Stage 1 Clutch, Hel Braided Clutch Line, JDM 4-2-1 Exhaust Manifold (Maxim Works Copy), Mx5 Parts 'silenced' decat pipe, Cobalt Stainless Steel Single Exit Exhaust System, RamAir Induction, Meister-R Zeta S Coilovers, IL Motorsport Front and Rear Chassis Braces, OEM Strut Brace, TR Lane GPD Roll Bar, Harness Bar and Door Bars, TRS 4 Point Harnesses, Sparco Sprint Junior Bucket Seats, 1.8 "Big Brake" Conversion and HEL Braided Stainless Brake Hoses, 15" Team Dynamic Pro Race Alloys, 17mm Spacers, Hankook Ventus V12 Evo 195x50 Tyres, "Carbing Style" Front and Rear Stainless Steel Tow Eyes, OEM Style Front Lip Spoiler, Smoothed In 'Firefly XL' Ducktail Spoiler, Mesh Vent TSI's with Eagle Eye LED Side Lights & Indicators, Fog Light relocated to Reverse Light Mod, "Flash to Pass" Mod, Vented Passenger Headlight Cover, Bonnet Lifter Struts, Flocked Instrument Binnacle, Alloy Washer Tank, Sequential Shift Light, Racelogic GPS data logger, S2000 Start Button, Additional Guages (digital), Linx 1010 Tablet for Megasquirt Dashboard, Relocated 12v Lighter & USB Charger Sockets.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:11 AM

No sign of the TR Lane SC kit yet, but I shall give them a call to chase as the promised 2.5 weeks lead time is now up ...

I prepped and sprayed the vented headlamp cover and was quite pleased with the result :

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It looks like chips on the edge of the vent but its just reflections. Im quite chuffed with the finish as it was my first go at spraying anything with rattle cans (other than wheels) but the secret was definetely flatting it off with wet and dry.

This weekend I fitted my replica OEM front lip and test fitted the vented headlamp cover :

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Am very pleased with the colour match but I need to do a bit more fettling to get the headlamp lid alignment spot on, especially on the front edge. I decided not to finish the job as I need to replace the (sealed unit) headlamp as the bulb has gone and figured this may be easier without the lid so I shall order some uprated headlamps and make that a job for next weekend if its dry.

I am thinking of spraying the mesh inside the headlamp vent black instead of the current silver as I think it will go better with my black and red theme ... thoughts ?

Also want to detango the sidelights soon.

Now to call TR Lane and see where my SC kit is !
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1990 Classic Red 1.6 Eunos Roadster : Rebuilt LNC engine. Eaton M45 Supercharger, TR Lane mount, tensioner, inlet and outlet, Dual Throttle Body, Alta 15% Reduction Pulley (8-9 psi), Forge Motorsport Dual Piston Dump Valve, Deatschwerks 350cc Injectors, Magnecor 8.5mm Competition HT Leads, MegaSquirt 1 v3 ECU (Dyno tuned by Skuzzle to 205bhp), BMW vtps, Skuzzle FMIC, 50mm Alloy Radiator, Mocal 16 Row Oil Cooler with Thermostatic takeoff, XTD Lighweight Flywheel, Exedy Stage 1 Clutch, Hel Braided Clutch Line, JDM 4-2-1 Exhaust Manifold (Maxim Works Copy), Mx5 Parts 'silenced' decat pipe, Cobalt Stainless Steel Single Exit Exhaust System, RamAir Induction, Meister-R Zeta S Coilovers, IL Motorsport Front and Rear Chassis Braces, OEM Strut Brace, TR Lane GPD Roll Bar, Harness Bar and Door Bars, TRS 4 Point Harnesses, Sparco Sprint Junior Bucket Seats, 1.8 "Big Brake" Conversion and HEL Braided Stainless Brake Hoses, 15" Team Dynamic Pro Race Alloys, 17mm Spacers, Hankook Ventus V12 Evo 195x50 Tyres, "Carbing Style" Front and Rear Stainless Steel Tow Eyes, OEM Style Front Lip Spoiler, Smoothed In 'Firefly XL' Ducktail Spoiler, Mesh Vent TSI's with Eagle Eye LED Side Lights & Indicators, Fog Light relocated to Reverse Light Mod, "Flash to Pass" Mod, Vented Passenger Headlight Cover, Bonnet Lifter Struts, Flocked Instrument Binnacle, Alloy Washer Tank, Sequential Shift Light, Racelogic GPS data logger, S2000 Start Button, Additional Guages (digital), Linx 1010 Tablet for Megasquirt Dashboard, Relocated 12v Lighter & USB Charger Sockets.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:44 AM

I was just thinking 'he needs to paint that mesh black' as I was looking at the pic.
So it's a yes from me!
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:49 AM

Second vote for painting it black :P lovely looking car!
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 04:29 PM

A few updates ...

I decided to fit the vented lid without the intake mesh which gives the same effect as spraying it black and gives max air flow :

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I had to use the dremel to take off some of the internal fibreglass to get the front edge to fit better, but overall it sits pretty well now (although the picture below makes it look as though it sits higher) and the colour match is great.

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To be honest I am still a little unsure if I like it or not (maybe should have gone for the NACA vent) but it can stay for now ...

I also changed both the sealed headlamp units (one had blown) for new replaceable H4 bulb types sourced dirt cheap off of Ebay, when I ordered them I thought they were Lucas ones (dont know why) but they are in fact cheap Indian units ... will be interesting to see if the mirrors stand the test of time or not !

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The above pic also shows my new 15" Team Dynamic Pro Race 1.2's that have replaced the very heavy 16" TSW Imolas.

I also removed the cubby hole tray and fitted some additional digital gauges ready for when the SC is installed. I know the digital ones are not to everyones taste (my son chose them) but they actually look pretty good in the flesh :

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I have also now received my TR Lane SC mounting kit :

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Having read so many mixed reports regarding the TRL stuff I was a bit concerned how well it would fit, however the inlet fitted like a glove (just needed a tap with a rubber mallet) and the mounting bracket was also OK although its annoying that you need to use washers (supplied) as spacers for the front part of the mount, would be more professional if a proper spacer was supplied like they do for the rear :

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I was a bit suprised to find that you need to butcher the supercharger and remove one of the original mounting points in order for the TRL outlet to fit :

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As you can see bit at the top right hand side needs to be removed so that the outlet clears it when it sits flat on the SC .... out with the hacksaw then !

One thing I am not too happy about is that TRL outlet has the holes for mounting the BMW bypass valve, this valve has an integral O ring to seal it but the position of the TRL holes are not quite right and when looking from inside the TRL outlet you can see that a section of the O ring is not sealing against anything so I am worried it will leak under boost. I think I can get round it by making a little plate up for the valve to seal against and then a gasket between the plate and the TRL outlet, but first I think I might give TRL a call first to see what they say about this as it doesnt seem that it has been made quite right .... I will put a pic up later.

Thanks to Skuzzle I now have the Idler bearings for the tensioner plate and a throttle body for the SC DTB :

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Just need to remove the ISCV and make a blanking plate and give it a good clean up, then I will have most of the bits ready for the SC install - I just need a heat blanket and various odds and and ends such as extra throttle cable and cable brackets for the DTP and some pipework for the intake and filter.

Once I have all the other bits I am going to give the SC installation a go myself and then get Skuzzle to fix whatever I have done wrong :whistle: and to map the Megasquirt on his dyno ... fingers crossed it will be finished by February or thereabouts.

Will post more updates as and when there is anything to report.

Am happy to hear any comments or advice that anyone has.

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1990 Classic Red 1.6 Eunos Roadster : Rebuilt LNC engine. Eaton M45 Supercharger, TR Lane mount, tensioner, inlet and outlet, Dual Throttle Body, Alta 15% Reduction Pulley (8-9 psi), Forge Motorsport Dual Piston Dump Valve, Deatschwerks 350cc Injectors, Magnecor 8.5mm Competition HT Leads, MegaSquirt 1 v3 ECU (Dyno tuned by Skuzzle to 205bhp), BMW vtps, Skuzzle FMIC, 50mm Alloy Radiator, Mocal 16 Row Oil Cooler with Thermostatic takeoff, XTD Lighweight Flywheel, Exedy Stage 1 Clutch, Hel Braided Clutch Line, JDM 4-2-1 Exhaust Manifold (Maxim Works Copy), Mx5 Parts 'silenced' decat pipe, Cobalt Stainless Steel Single Exit Exhaust System, RamAir Induction, Meister-R Zeta S Coilovers, IL Motorsport Front and Rear Chassis Braces, OEM Strut Brace, TR Lane GPD Roll Bar, Harness Bar and Door Bars, TRS 4 Point Harnesses, Sparco Sprint Junior Bucket Seats, 1.8 "Big Brake" Conversion and HEL Braided Stainless Brake Hoses, 15" Team Dynamic Pro Race Alloys, 17mm Spacers, Hankook Ventus V12 Evo 195x50 Tyres, "Carbing Style" Front and Rear Stainless Steel Tow Eyes, OEM Style Front Lip Spoiler, Smoothed In 'Firefly XL' Ducktail Spoiler, Mesh Vent TSI's with Eagle Eye LED Side Lights & Indicators, Fog Light relocated to Reverse Light Mod, "Flash to Pass" Mod, Vented Passenger Headlight Cover, Bonnet Lifter Struts, Flocked Instrument Binnacle, Alloy Washer Tank, Sequential Shift Light, Racelogic GPS data logger, S2000 Start Button, Additional Guages (digital), Linx 1010 Tablet for Megasquirt Dashboard, Relocated 12v Lighter & USB Charger Sockets.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:27 AM


If you pm me the size of the washer you need ( ie ID, OD and thickness) I'll have a look for one in my 'spacers' bucket and if I have a suitable on will send it off to you
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Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:50 PM

Gser - thanks mate but I have found a suitable spacer.

I have now assembled all the bits for the SC (minus the DTB ISCV blank) :

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And today I did a test fit in the engine bay :

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I am now starting to understand why the TRL design gets so much flack ...

The oil dipstick interferes with the DTB :

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and there is very little room behind the DTB to fit the inlet hose which is going to clash with the heater hoses :

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It would seem to make much more sense for the inlet itself to incorporate the 90 degree bend before the TB flange.

I shall move the washer bottle (am thinking of getting one of Mx5 Dans alloy ones) which will allow more room for the inlet hose, not sure if I am going to put the cone filter in that corner or route it closer to the vented headlamp cover.

If anyone reading this has the same TRL kit then I would be very interested to know how you overcame the dipstick issue and if there was any issue with the inlet hose not fitting due to the heater hoses ?

Next job is to fit the tensioner plate, not looking forward to this but hopefully it will be straightforward (?).
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1990 Classic Red 1.6 Eunos Roadster : Rebuilt LNC engine. Eaton M45 Supercharger, TR Lane mount, tensioner, inlet and outlet, Dual Throttle Body, Alta 15% Reduction Pulley (8-9 psi), Forge Motorsport Dual Piston Dump Valve, Deatschwerks 350cc Injectors, Magnecor 8.5mm Competition HT Leads, MegaSquirt 1 v3 ECU (Dyno tuned by Skuzzle to 205bhp), BMW vtps, Skuzzle FMIC, 50mm Alloy Radiator, Mocal 16 Row Oil Cooler with Thermostatic takeoff, XTD Lighweight Flywheel, Exedy Stage 1 Clutch, Hel Braided Clutch Line, JDM 4-2-1 Exhaust Manifold (Maxim Works Copy), Mx5 Parts 'silenced' decat pipe, Cobalt Stainless Steel Single Exit Exhaust System, RamAir Induction, Meister-R Zeta S Coilovers, IL Motorsport Front and Rear Chassis Braces, OEM Strut Brace, TR Lane GPD Roll Bar, Harness Bar and Door Bars, TRS 4 Point Harnesses, Sparco Sprint Junior Bucket Seats, 1.8 "Big Brake" Conversion and HEL Braided Stainless Brake Hoses, 15" Team Dynamic Pro Race Alloys, 17mm Spacers, Hankook Ventus V12 Evo 195x50 Tyres, "Carbing Style" Front and Rear Stainless Steel Tow Eyes, OEM Style Front Lip Spoiler, Smoothed In 'Firefly XL' Ducktail Spoiler, Mesh Vent TSI's with Eagle Eye LED Side Lights & Indicators, Fog Light relocated to Reverse Light Mod, "Flash to Pass" Mod, Vented Passenger Headlight Cover, Bonnet Lifter Struts, Flocked Instrument Binnacle, Alloy Washer Tank, Sequential Shift Light, Racelogic GPS data logger, S2000 Start Button, Additional Guages (digital), Linx 1010 Tablet for Megasquirt Dashboard, Relocated 12v Lighter & USB Charger Sockets.

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