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Aww I was looking forward to the track footage. I've a day booked at Donnington for the 30th, praying the weather is good as I have nothing but semi slicks. How much is the mx5 day, I could be tempted if it isn't full, would be nice to have a rematch from Silverstone where your extra power just walked you away from me, lol.

Most semi slicks are really f'ing loud. What pressures are you running? I know the nankangs want about 26psi which does help with noise a little.
Yep it was annoying but never mind! For a little more money I got a full day at Snetterton instead of an evening!

Donington is run by mazda on track, there may still be space left!

Would be good for a rematch, see if my power still puts me at an advantage over your skill ????
 

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Discussion Starter · #442 ·
a set of BMW e30 alloys
get some spiggot-rings if fitting these on the 5, bit safer than hanging the wieght of the car on ~30 year old wheelstuds :blink:

they do fit a 5 well, maybe scrape an arch @ times if you're pushing but look ace B)

Rich.
I've got spigot rings with them so all good, and I think these should fit better than my rotas to be honest, exactly the same size except et24 rather than et20 so should run less than the rotas.
 

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Just took a quick drive to tesco to pump the tyres up, as my compressor is currently not worth digging out for saving 50p!

I'm well impressed with the pilot sport 3 tyres, just stuck 30psi in them as a base and as far as the driving experience it is a much nicer drive compared to the GITIs!

As you would expect it is a bit softer going not having solid sidewalls, so it is much nicer again over the bumps, and the noise from them is next to nothing compared to the GITIs!

They definitely don't have quite as much grip as the GITIs, again as you would imagine, road tyres vs semi slicks, but I think for road use they will be perfect! And then I can save the slicks for track work!
 

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so finally, I got the car on track for a whole day at Snetterton!

It just worked, everything felt great, no issues all day, temperatures stayed rock solid all day, 2nd fan was only kicking in after I had parked up after coming off the track, used no oil, and generally just worked perfectly!

the GITI semi slicks felt great, I was getting no understeer whatsoever, and only the slightest bit of oversteer after about 7 laps on the tight hairpin, probably me giving it too much out of the bend!

then packed it all up and drove home again!

it did use a lot of fuel! the morning used just over half a tank, but after lunch I found that extra bit of throttle, and when I was on the throttle, it was just to the floor! so the afternoon used a whole tank :lol:

Anyway, here is a video of my day out, including a couple of misshaps and then my best clear laps I managed!

if anyone is interested in times, best I did was a 2.31.84 according to racechrono!


roll on Donington in November!
 

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So after the success of the Snetterton, I cleaned the car up, and sat it outside my house for 2 weeks, and then it wouldn't start my own fault for neglecting it but hopefully it was just the cold and an oldish battery playing games!

i need to adjust my alternator belt as that's a little loose and I'm not sure if that's what started squeaking at the end of the track day rather than the superchager, but I will be buying a fresh belt for the charger anyway before Donnington at the end of next month just in case!

anyway for now, the official photos are out from Snetterton, and they look pretty good :thumb-up2:

50505259682_4f6a888b97_c.jpg2020-09-23_06-50-53 by Ben Hawkes, on Flickr

50505098556_8e04159516_c.jpg2020-09-23_06-44-59 by Ben Hawkes, on Flickr

50504384938_274677770e_c.jpg2020-09-23_06-44-28 by Ben Hawkes, on Flickr

50504385258_20dd6127d2_c.jpg2020-09-23_06-41-44 by Ben Hawkes, on Flickr

50505260202_371f152a1c_c.jpg2020-09-23_06-39-35 by Ben Hawkes, on Flickr

oh and a little updated photo with the e30 BBS wheels which i love!

50504387343_fb46c83c68_c.jpg20201017_170006 by Ben Hawkes, on Flickr

oh and my article I wrote for the Owners club magazine, as they were a bit desperate as nothing was going on :banana:

50505101541_fa30307e4e_c.jpg20200920_142814 by Ben Hawkes, on Flickr
 

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Nice, any videos coming?

FYI, I managed to get a slot at Donnington, called up and by chance they'd had a cancellation a hour or so prior, so will be there as well.
 

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Nice, any videos coming?

FYI, I managed to get a slot at Donnington, called up and by chance they'd had a cancellation a hour or so prior, so will be there as well.
video was shared above! but here it is again in case it was missed

and good stuff! be good to have another little battle! see what the weather is saying!
 

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so as another quick fire update, i just went to tighten my alternator belt, to find that the bolt that bolts the alternator to the tensioner block had snapped! so no wonder it was loose!

I'm not sure if mine is a a previous bodge or what, but both the alternator and the tensioner block are threaded, so as i tried to tighten the alternator against the block, it didn't actually tighten and must have just snapped the bolt!

I've made it work for now with an extra nut in the middle so that i can tighten the alternator up once the tension has been pulled on, but it seems a bit weird!

anyway, no more squeaky belt, battery is actually charging better it seems (wonder why ha!) and I just thought I would have a play with my launch control whilst out on the test drive.

turns out I had ALS turned on and set to make some big big bangs!! turned that off again as I don't need that in my life, 3250 launch rpm seemed to work well today, lower than that was starting to bog, and at this rpm it was just a little wheelspin so seems good!
 

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Long time no post!!

As I keep saying, I will try and keep this updated again!

quite a lot has happened in the last year, only one major update with the MX5 though.

I have come to the conclusion that I have essentially ruined the mx5 for road use, even with rubber bushes and a sensible ish ride height, bumpy back roads fill me with dread!

I drove the car maybe 600 miles on the road this year, and about 300 miles on track, all I was doing driving it on the road was thrashing it to work and back, using loads of fuel and probably verging on losing my license.

and with the government announcing the change to towing licenses, I have decided to take the mx5 off the road for the foreseeable future and keep it as a dedicated track car.

Spending £600 a year on tax and insurance, and the hassle of getting it through MOTs, all for not really enjoying driving it on the road made a compelling argument, especially as I now have a nice big e39 525d touring to tow it to track days!

For now, here is the latest video from Donington last month! excellent track day, mx5s only too which was great fun!
and later on this afternoon ill start writing up a proper update about the car going full track mode!


make sure you watch it in 1080p! hopefully the next trackday will be shot in 4K as I have just bought the latest hero 10 black!!
 

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So work has been going well on the mx5!

Before the Donington track day I stripped as much stuff as possible out of the car that I didn't need, fully expecting to tow it to Donington!

But then I had to drive it to Donington fully stripped and it was awful 😂

So my interior currently I've removed everything apart from the dash, so that is

Door cards
Carpets
Soft top
Centre console.
All the plastics
Sill plates
Stereo
The metal covers from the parcel shelf.
Sun visors.
Seats
Seat belts

Then fitted a pair of sparco sprints, one an older style, and just recently a second hand but never used new style one, with 4 point harnesses.

I made myself some seat rail adaptors for £10 of steel as I wasn't playing the price for the jass ones!

I've then also removed everything from the boot that isn't required, but left the engine bay un touched!

The last few weeks I've started to strip bits out of the engine bay and make some changes!

So headlights and motors are gone.
The entire power steering system had been removed and replaced with a non power steering rack. With new track rod ends!

Still need to remove the washer bottle and pipe work, and also remove the second throttle body on the supercharger, don't need it quiet anymore for road use!


I've also stripped off the inlet manifold and fuel lines.

This is so that I can fit a oil filter relocation kit and oil cooler! Then while it's all apart I'm going to fit all new fuel lines throughout the car.

Oh and replacing the last of my silicone hoses back to rubber, whilst also removing the old thermostat neck and all the small coolant lines.

I'll update this with photos once I get them uploaded, and also add my list of weights as I've weighed everything I have removed so far apart from the seats if anyone has a weight for mk2.5 heated leather seats 😉
 

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Discussion Starter · #455 ·
right then, nit of a photo dump of the last bits of work I have been doing, and a few from the last trackday!

20211117_092450 by Ben Hawkes, on Flickr

20211117_163456 by Ben Hawkes, on Flickr

these are the seat rails I knocked up for a passenger side Sparco sprint onto standard sliding rails

20211215_191852 by Ben Hawkes, on Flickr

20211215_192257 by Ben Hawkes, on Flickr

20211215_192954 by Ben Hawkes, on Flickr

looks better with two seats in there, even if they don't match!!

But I managed to get the newer sprint for such a bargain It doesn't really bother me! hopefully at some point ill get another one and match them up!
 

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then went about removing the rest of the coolant lines, and then decided it would be a good idea to remove the old thermostat neck as its now not needed at all and was starting to leak, so one thing led to another and here we are!

20220210_221352 by Ben Hawkes, on Flickr

and managed to find one of the oil leaks while im in there!!

20220210_221357 by Ben Hawkes, on Flickr

luckily Shadowraven was kind enough to drop around a spare new seal so that will be going in soon, just need to order some RTV

20220210_221357 by Ben Hawkes, on Flickr

old heater matrix seals

20220210_221411 by Ben Hawkes, on Flickr

new ones!

20220213_174135 by Ben Hawkes, on Flickr

much better, hopefully stop a bit more of the engine noise ans fumes coming though into the cabin, not that it matters too much any more!

fitted a nice core plug in the front of the engine!

20220213_185643 by Ben Hawkes, on Flickr

just need to make up a little plate to go over it, its not necessary apparently, but better to be safe than sorry, especially on a bit you cant really see once its all reassembled!

and finally mocked up the new 'headlights' for track days, just going to wire them into full beams for flashes if needed, not that I think they ever will be!

20220202_223028 by Ben Hawkes, on Flickr

and that is me up to date now as of tonight!

got a few more bits on the way, hose clamps etc for the coolant lines and plugs as i want to go back to spring clamps everywhere, then fix that oil seal and the plate over the core plug so I can put the top of the engine back together
 

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A little bit more done last night..

Made a little plate to go over the core plug, fitted it with a little RTV just for good measure!

20220215_202122 by Ben Hawkes, on Flickr

Then as I was about to stick the cam gears back on and the belt slipped a tooth on the crank pulley! So off that all came and re did the timing belt properly.

20220215_211309 by Ben Hawkes, on Flickr

So yeah took a bit longer than expected but got those bits done! Ready to put the cam cover back on and stick everything back together!
 
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