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Post by Ford » Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:53 pm

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Something like this maybe? :w


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Post by reliant-reviver » Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:33 pm

Vile.

The Goodyear efficient grip and Dunlop sport bluresponse are very similar (Dunlop is owned by Goodyear)
I have Goodyear's on mine as the Dunlop's are not MSA approved for sprinting. I would go for the Dunlop's though as slightly stiffer in the carcass.

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Post by scimjim » Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:42 pm

Awesome - do it :D


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Post by Ford » Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:05 pm

Thanks for the tips, Philip.

This is approximately the condition of the 5 of these I have.
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Wheel
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And it's tyre...Made at the end of 2004
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Tyre 1
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On the stack of wheels (note there is one at the very top you can barely see...), top one is cracked and useless, bottom one has a nail in it, middle two might be OK.
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Stack
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Front wheels are still on the car. One is the same as the top of pile and cracked, and the other one looks like this, which I don't think matches any of the others?
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Front left
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These have quite a bit of tread on them, so I need to decide whether to put old tyres onto refurbished wheels, or just spend the money getting some good new tyres.


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Post by reliant-reviver » Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:06 am

That's quite heavy corrosion. You will have surface pitting after blasting.

As for tyres. Fit new. End of story.

15 year old arrowspeeds don't belong on a sports car!

Is the bottom one a Nexen? Sad to say it but I like to try and guess tyres from their tread patterns.

Middle one I'm very unsure of. Maragoni?


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Post by Alan SS1 » Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:04 pm

Ford wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:55 pm
I spoke to a wheel refurbishing place around the corner from my house and was quoted £60 inc VAT to do the 5 wheels and remove/refit tyres.

Never having bought car tyres before, I'd appreciate any input on what would be a good choice.

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Some on the shortlist are
  • Kumho ES01 Ecowing
  • Yokahama AE01 BluEarth
  • Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance
  • Hankook Kinergy Eco
  • Dunlop Sport BluResponse
  • Pirelli P1 Cinturato Verde
£60 for five wheels, bite their hand off , it will cost you that in emery paper if you try and do it yersel!!


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Post by Ford » Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:09 pm

Ideally I'd have new tyres put on at the same time, so will be researching that later.

The Dunlop Sport Bluresponse work out about £42.50 each, others in that list are all similar price.

Are these going to be the best for the money? Trying to stick to a budget but don't want to scimp on tyres


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Post by reliant-reviver » Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:12 pm

If budget is a serious consideration, I'd be inclined to sort the rest of the car first, and watch eBay for something else to come along (14/15" 4x100 wheels in about the right offset are common as muck, and often with a set of usable tyres on).
If you are heart set on having the original KN Diamonds refurbed and are prepared to wait, then I will likely be having another batch done later on in the year and can offer them at a keener price than your local place.

On the tyres front, anything from your list would be a fair choice, and I would also throw in the Avon ZT5 as a good option. Factory fit on some Caterhams, and they were available for a time last year for just £28 inc VAT.


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Post by Ford » Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:36 pm

I've got a set of 195/65/15x6, I believe they're ET40 or 45 though, and would be up 25mm further in that standard.
I did read AndyM's thread about the MX5 wheels the other week (viewtopic.php?f=4&t=38033#p439390), but still wonder if the wheels I have would be OK to sit the car on temporarily whilst doing everything else.
(I've got a bad back so not terribly easy for me to try them on)


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Post by Ford » Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:38 pm

I didn't realise it's been 2 months since I've posted here. I've started working with a new company, and weather hasn't exactly been ideal.

I've been very gradually managing to remove the inside bolt from nearside trailing arm, and will hopefully have them ready to check over, clean, strengthen, and repaint soon.

I've also got the broken starter solenoid off. Is it worth trying to disassemble and fix the solenoid? If not, can anybody tell me a part number for the solenoid or starter assembly for me to try and find a replacement? If somebody has a spare, please let me know and I'd be interested in taking it off your hands.


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Post by Ford » Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:43 pm

Not much of an update, but here are a couple of pictures.
The backplate had extremely thick chassis paint on it, still need more work.
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Post by Ford » Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:33 pm

New bearings arrived. Different colours for some reason, but identical otherwise
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Bearings
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Waiting to get the other arm off, then will arrange to meet my uncle at his workplace to press out the old bearings and put these new ones in.

Inner bolt is finally almost out.
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Inner bolt
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Will be nice to finally have it off and be able to clean up the rust.

Regarding shock absorbers, the right hand side appears to be a Spax, and left hand side original
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Right shock
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Left shock
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In an ideal world, I'd like to have a second Spax, but in the meantime, do you think I'm better off with mismatched, or getting a set of standard one? Potentially the set on ebay for £35 total.


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Post by reliant-reviver » Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:22 pm

The standard ones are actually quite alright. I have a set here for cheap or possibly an unpaired one back in Berkshire if you can wait.


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Post by Ford » Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:05 pm

Apologies for the quality, need a new SD card for my camera so these are just from my phone.
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Arm 1
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Arm 2
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Arm 3
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Arm 4
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Backplate 1
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Drum 1
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Drum 2
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Drum 3
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Post by Ford » Thu May 03, 2018 11:46 am

Which bushes would see the most benefit from being replaced by polyurethane? The rear arm bushes are fine so I won't be replacing them, but thinking of the rear ARB and shock bushes for example.


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