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Nahguavkire

Member since Aug 2008 • Last active Oct 2020

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    I've done all the jobs myself thus far save for an alternator replacement which I was too busy with work to get done myself but I've been able to schedule all of the other jobs for weekends which has been really enjoyable!

    It's really not too bad to work on although I wouldn't fancy it this time of year outdoors as there's a fair bit of disassembly required to put it into "front end service" mode and between having space to store all the parts carefully and some crawly bits to access screws and bolts on the underside it would be a lot more pleasant indoors.

    I might actually do a current projects thread for it as it's grown legs enough to make for some interesting enough reading I suppose!

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    It's going great! * touches wood *

    I've already serviced the supercharger, I still need to replace the waterpump as the motor factors gave me the wrong one when I was doing the service so I left the old one in until I'm doing the pulley.
    I've also modded the airbox and installed a K&N conical filter and an upgraded intercooler (eBay special but I have a diverter on the way for it so it will be almost identical to an Airtec thereafter).

    I've just ordered a lightweight 17% reduced pulley and cold spark plugs, I should also have a full Miltek exhaust and sports cat manifold fitted in the next few weeks.

    No disasters thus far and it's been a blast to own and drive! * touches wood again *

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    To be honest I bought the car from a former BMW Service Manager so I took a punt that it was well looked after by him but the main thing to watch out for is the 100k mile supercharger service. Other than that I'd keep an eye for strut towers mushrooming and I think that's really the two main things to watch? @NurseHolliday would probably have some good tips...

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    Honestly it's been great! The only thing that presented as a problem is the alternator let me down but I wouldn't be too upset by that in a 14 year old car. Everything else has been routine maintenance and modifications. It's not too bad to work on either though a little cramped under the bonnet but manageable.

    It's a blast to drive though. I've recently swapped the air filter for a K&N conical and also done a Davef (increased air intake from scuttle to back of airbox) airbox mod, bigger intercooler with diverter and serviced the supercharger so it's running really nicely. I've got a full Milltek exhaust to go on next and I'll swap the pulley for a 16% I think which should be very very nice!

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    I did! It was actually far less stressful than I anticipated although my holesaws were a bit agricultural and have left it in need of a bit of paint touch up around the holes so I'll do that as soon as materials arrive and then fit some black mesh behind them.

    They're genuinely functional rather than boy-racer though as the intake to the airbox is directly behind them.

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    Silver hardware.

    Waverly tuners with ivoroid buttons, cream pickup rings, I'm undecided on knobs but probably clear or amber lampshades and I've actually just been on to a machining chap I know about making me a polished alloy adjustable stop tail with brass saddles and brass screws to finish it!

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    No thank you. How about something from HRE Vintage Series or the Rotiform Porsche inspired wheels instead?

    STR

    KLU

    FUC (give them some Porsche centre caps and they're the perfect modern Fuchs. They can probably even increase the depth of the barrels to make the faces a bit smaller so they look more to scale...)

    CUP

    CUF

    They're all blindingly expensive and available with an abundance of options to custom the fit and finish...

    Meanwhile elsewhere I've been drilling speed holes in my bonnet...

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    Almost finished, a final teaser from the genius Rich.

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    Yikes. Is there any organisation that returns stuff like this to its country of origin?

    In other news I finally bought a Higonokami just like this one.

    It's great. Incredibly lightweight and very slim in the pocket, easy to leave in the back pocket and forget it's there whenever you sit down.

    I can envisage myself getting more of these and going for a spicier one with a fancy blade and handle next time as I've seen a few with damascus blades and brass, hammered or wooden handles.

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