Hey Hugo, Yeah it's literally just getting rid of it. I guess it's not for everyone but my reasoning was...
Some people do this to clean up the engine bay or reduce parasitic draw on the crank but to me it was just 20kg of weight doing nothing.
I think I'd struggle to give it up - even in a convertible.
If it wasn't working totally makes sense though and if you want it, you're not really any worse off.
Just don't get into the whole "shaving the 'bay" thing!
You make me really want an mx5. My mum had one back in the day. It had been custom painted a porsche yellow that was a bit like the volvo yellow.... An absolute fucker to clean and paint match.
Ultimately it had to go because of the extreme part theft and vandalism :(
Such brilliant little cars and so underrated at the time.
I've never owned a car with working/AC so probably don't know what I'm missing. On wire tucking the engine bay I have just ordered a cam cover breather filter, but in my defense the oem pipe was cracked and needed replacing. I do heed your advice honestly!
Now would be a good time to get one, summer's over and good MK1's won't stay cheap forever ;)
AC is useful to stop convertibles smelling damp - with a fabric roof they need help keeping the interior dry, especially in winter and the drying effect of AC helps here.
With a hardtop that's less of an issue, but humid air is a bugger for steaming up your windows in colder temps, also a benefit of having the AC.
Of course, cost, complexity and weight all mitigate against it.
If it worked I'd be pretty smug and have definitely kept it. Reminds me I need to keep an eye out for a cheap mohair roof come the spring to replace the vinyl one.
Cant believe it still but black is mine ;))
Yeah i wont sell the originals even if i get a 2nd set.
I guess the reason i want a new set is 100% vanity. I simply think the 17" wheels on the blue car (original wheels from 95 n forward) looks really good.
Yes ive also thought about that, figured i could possibly pick a wheel that dident have the "cheapen" effect if i did som research. However seems to be hard to find wheels that fit. The center bore seem to be 67.1 or similar and volvo usually smakler dia which means i would need to drill them? That doesent sound cheap nore like the best solution. Hmm not many options at all actually. Guess thats why i can barley find pics of these cars with other wheels.. well one or 2 but most seem to be stock.
Wheels on yours look so much better...
Another vote for leaving the wheels - they look fab.
I personally like both look but perhaps im somewhat caught up in trying to exchange them for the sake if doing that. Will take a step back and think through.
Guess part of it is i also want larger width tires in hopes of keeping the rear a tad more planted as its currently want to breakfree bit to easy and if im buying expensive rubber might aswell do it on a rim i know i want to keep. Hmm
Another +1 for keeping the original wheels
It's your car of course, but I too think the wheels you have are much nicer than the later ones.
How old are the tyres and are they a good brand?
You might get a decent benefit just from new grippy tyres of a decent brand if you can get them in your size.
It's not his car now he's posted it here, it's all of ours.
And if we all think the current wheels look miles better then he must keep them.
@badboybjorn - they do and you must.
Hahah point taken. Will reconsider and not do anything hasty for now. Thx for your opinions!
Going against the grain here, but totally understand why if you have these rims
you are looking to switch them.
Hi, long time lurker, I thought the blue one was yours and you were after the wheels off the black one, which made sense. Other way round? Nah, yours looks sweet.
Well the forum have spoken.. hugo u are just inline with the rest. Anyone else say the same i will just do the switch in "spite"
Isent that a seinfeld episode? ;)
The forum hath spoketh. 😎
Crisis averted guys. At ease
Isent that a seinfeld episode? ;)
The Opposite? That's my favourite episode, George at his best.
Haha yeah thats one is great but not the one i was thinking of. Tho perhaps would have been a better reference .)
"spite" was actually not a valid reason for Jerry to return his blazer at a posh store in a different episode that i cant recall the name of. Gotta love Seinfeld. The other day i called someone with george answer machine message picking up, almost forgot about that one (golden).
Can I just please also state the utmost #rep for @badboybjorn
Lets go back to the station house...
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