Laguna Seca Blue E46 Coupe - M3 JXX

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  1. 9 Aug 2016 at 11:35 AM #1
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    Hello all, decided to put all of the pictures etc of my M3 in one place and try to follow it through. Bought my LSB E46 in Feb 2015 from SAW who was (still is) a member on here.

    LSB with black interior (unheated, no armrest) - Carbon vinyl trims
    Full Milltek Exhaust
    Refurbed 19"s
    Eibach springs, std dampers
    Red stuff brake pads on stoptech 2 piece front discs/OEM rears

    Few pics from when I collected it - Met halfway in Lancaster as Steve (SAW) is from Fife and I was from Rugby - only about 370 miles! - was an 'interesting' drive back over the Penines to my parents house in Lincolnshire, snowing at the top by derwent water resevoir :eek:

    Few pics from before we met up:
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    With my old Impreza:
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    Up on top of the Penines:
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    Back home (well, in Asda at least):
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    Unfortunately the first week I had it the PAS hose split, and dumped all the ATF out, so took a day off work to rectify, after picking myself off the floor asking for a quote from BMW for a new hose, Pirtek made me a replacement for ~£50 - chuffed.

    Old - Knackered:
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    These connections were what took me all day to get the job done, could not for the life of me release the "Quick Release" collar - really close to the chassis and out on a very fragile feeling Aluminium pipe, nightmare.
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    Spent a bit of time re-attaching the 2 parts of the undertray together with a soldering iron as well:
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    New pipe:
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    (I was cold, it was dark, was beyond taking pics at this point, had a right time getting the quick connectors back together as well, dumped ATF everywhere...) got there in the end, but a testing first week :rolleyes:

    Replaced the broken passenger side mirror:
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    Fitted a set of heated seats and centre armrest from Bridger on here, lovely bloke. Unfortunately the M1 and M40 were shut on the way back due to accidents, 1.5 hrs there about 5 hrs back :mad::mad:

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    Sealed the freshly refurbed wheels with Carbon Collective Platinum Wheels and added new Centre caps and M badges:
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    The car had fairly dark tints all round, the fronts annoyed me so I removed them, like the rears and rear screen so left as is:

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    And that's about it for the first post!
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    Will post the rest in individual posts, but needed a placeholder to get my arse into gear!
     
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  2. 9 Aug 2016 at 12:07 PM #2
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    Jimbo's Laguna Seca Blue Coupe - M3 JXX

    So after a bit of a rocky start with the PAS stuff, I left the car fairly as is. Really enjoying driving it and trying to keep it clean:

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    Replaced the tired standard leather wheel with a Royal retrimmed alcantara effort in dark grey:
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    Matching gaiters:
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    Got a carbon diffuser from AJ Happybuyitnow - very good quality and paint finish (as it arrived already painted) is very good, and a good match. Spot on.
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    The carbon vinyl interior was annoying me, just didn't look right and cheapened the car I felt. It was a 2D non glossy wrap, and whilst wrapped very well, I wasn't keen. Splashed out a bit on these:

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    you can see the difference here:
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    I also replaced the knackered front speakers, which were really expensive Focal units in the doors (sadly no longer working) and some crap looking tweeters on the dash - replaced with HK mids and tweeters (and crossovers) - and re-integrated the tweeters to the door pull area as standard.

    At Christmas I was at my parents for a week, with a nice warm decent sized garage I gave it a proper clean and detail - 2 full days. Snowfoamed/washed/clayed/washed/polished twice (Autoglym SRP) and then 2 coats of HD wax, was pretty pleased when it was all done and out in the sunshine:

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    I'd also picked up some CM wheels BBS RC reps from here, complete with winters. I think I'm going to wear these tyres out this winter then refurb and run them as summers, really like the look of them (just a shame about the stretch on the back...)
     
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  3. 9 Aug 2016 at 12:33 PM #3
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    Looks good! Love lsb, I like how different it can look in different lights. I like the alcantara, I have black gear and handbrake gaiters, was thinking about getting my steering wheel done. Keep the photos coming.

    Cheers :thumbsup:
     
  4. 9 Aug 2016 at 1:06 PM #4
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    Nice looking LSB M/// :thumbsup:
     
  5. 9 Aug 2016 at 7:13 PM #5
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    Looks lovely, soft spot here for LSB. Might be my eyes (or me being critical) but that difusser doesn't look colour matched at all, my OCD would keep me awake!

    Keep the posts coming though, looks great.
     
  6. 9 Aug 2016 at 7:22 PM #6
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    Looks great love LSB, considering that's the colour of mine :)

    Exactly same steering wheel bar mine has a centre strip in blue. How much did it cost you and where did you get the carbon bits done if you done mind me asking.
     
  7. 9 Aug 2016 at 7:35 PM #7
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    Really nice car, keep up the good work.
     
  8. 9 Aug 2016 at 8:18 PM #8
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  9. 9 Aug 2016 at 9:06 PM #9
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    Haha you know what, I ordered mine with the 12pm strip in blue but Jack text me almost in tears saying he'd done the whole wheel and forgotten it. He sent me a pic and I really liked it so wasn't too fussed.

    Carbon trim was off eBay, but I can't see them anymore, they're a bit thicker than standard trims but very good quality, I waxed them when I got them and they're super smooth and shiny.

    Thanks for the comments guys :thumbsup:

    I think the first picture of the diffuser might be because I hadn't cleaned the rest of the car :p Now that you mention it though...
     
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  10. 9 Aug 2016 at 9:29 PM #10
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    So then:

    Forgot that whilst I fitted the heated seats from Bridger, it took me quite a while to find the right heated seat switch panel (car originally had HK and no blind) but after some time I got a bargain so ordered the proper seat loom (and downloaded the seat heating instructions from BMW - yes a proper retrofit guide) and installation although time consuming to get the wires routed properly, was actually very straight forward.
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    Nice toasty arses all round. As this was the first car I've had with leather, this was the one thing I noticed straightaway in winter, this was a great mod.

    also forgot when I bought the wheels I got a monumental bollocking for polishing/sealing them in the house but it was about 3 degrees outside so bugger doing them in the garage! :thumbsup:
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    When I first fitted them - really like these:
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    Love how LSB changes in different lights. This was during the mega Christmas clean:
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    2016:

    Managed to put the winter tyres to use for ONE day all winter :D:
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    One particularly wet week of commuting :eek: :
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    But (after the most careful cleaning I've ever done) it came up good again:
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    Then it flooded and I lost my number plate and ripped off the front undertray :eek: - Still haven't refitted this and haven't really noticed any change.
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    So drove round for a week or so like a 17 year old:
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    Quite liked it, but just doesn't look right to me, I was quite paranoid about getting a tug as well.

    Now, I'd fitted an OEM backbox with Euro tips (again purchased off here for a steal) sometime ago, and was pleased (hated the milltek drone and it was falling to bits when I removed the backbox - it was light and that was the only positive I found - apart from the sweet snarl on heel/toe downshifts, that was nice actually :rolleyes:) but I kept the Milltek centre as it was on the car. I wanted the rasp back, so found a supersprint non-res centre pipe cheap enough (again on here) and went about fitting that:

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    Luckily I had the use of a mates garage because it was snowing HARD, and it took me about 9 hours, was an absolute bitch. First off I had to fabricate and weld on a new bracket that someone had lopped off - luckily I know how to weld and aforementioned garage manufactures rollcages so no bother there (I don't weld often so it isn't pretty, but it's strong :))
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    Then the fun started. I got new gaskets, rubbers and some of the i6 automotive clamps and set about fitting the centre pipe.

    The Cat to centre fixing bolts were an absolute bitch due to access, and then one of the new clamps was too small. Despite having lots of air tools and grinders/belt sanders it took an age of gently fettling material away to get it to fit. Old clamps and essential tools of the trade:
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    Got it done and what a difference, lovely rasp, supercar type howl in the midrange and just 100% better all round, which I'm ****ing glad about given the absolute **** of a job this turned out to be. :thumbsup::D

    One thing that always irked me a bit was the faded HK speaker surrounds for the back speakers, they're only painted plastic (to look like brushed Ali) and I think someone had either rubbed them a bit hard or used a strong chemical on them at some point - so colour coded them:

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    Painting the black Harmon Kardon letters were tricky :eek:

    Next up: Rear subframe! :rolleyes:
     
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  11. 9 Aug 2016 at 10:29 PM #11
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    SO then, subframe and rear diff. I'd noticed a while ago that the diff input seal was leaking. Shame as that's the hardest to get to. Anyway, planned it so that over easter, 4 days off at Mum and Dad's in a proper garage, piece of piss no? All new polybushes were ordered, diff seals, rear diff cover (as it includes the bushes and I didn't want to polybush the diff itself for NVH) and a new front bush/bolts all round. Oh and that ****ing really expensive diff oil :eek::eek: Friction modified super modified plus @ £110 for 1.5 litres :eek:

    The job was long and quite arduous, but just because a few things went wrong. It's very much a case of disassembly just to get at things, nothing is very specialist. Begin with axle stands on highest setting, and make sure you're happy with where it is, it's not going anywhere for a few days!
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    Remove exhaust, driveshaft bolts and very precariously drop diff out of subframe. Admire handiwork.
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    We did it this way, as I wanted to get the diff done and sorted before I looked at dropping the subframe, so that's what we did. Input flange off (marking the locking nut/input shaft before undoing and counting the turns to remove just in case)

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    Remove rear cover and drain what's left of the oil - using firewood if you wish as a makeshift stand:
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    Examine car from odd angle whilst you have a cuppa - only cats and drunks must ever normally see an M3 from this angle
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    Remove old seals and fastidiously clean diff and internals. Inspect (i.e. poke about, not knowing what you're really doing) for several minutes, a furrowed brow and concerned humming noises are completely optional, but encouraged:
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    Realise several months later that you didn't take a picture of the new diff re-assembled which is a shame as it looked really quite good. I scraped/cleaned the two mounting faces and used grey loctite RTV for the cover to case joint. Annoyingly, you can knock the output shaft seals in too far, as I did, we kind of thought there would be a stop or shoulder but no. this will become relevant soon.

    With Diff full of world's most expensive diff oil and preening itself outside the car for a change, you become encouraged, reckless even! Off with the subframe!

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    Now one thing to note here, 2nd top tip (1st being not knocking your seals in too tight and never eating yellow snow) - if you're going to do both these jobs (i.e. diff and subframe) - leave diff in subframe and lower the two together. Not only is access better but the shape of the subframe means without a diff it's really quite tricky to lower down out of the car safely as there's a massive hole now just where your CofG is (subframe CofG).

    Onto the bushes - fnarr fnarr:
    3/4 of these were fine. Yes they were tight, I'd even say they put up an admirable effort, well done chaps but you're just not quite strong enough to withstand M14 allthread and various sockets.

    Chap nearest the filler flap (drivers side front, I think) however, jesus. He was a right bastard. The others took a bit of grunting, then popped out without issue. This one took drilling, sawing, filing, LOTs of swearing, heat EVERYTHING before it shifted. I was genuinely worried about writing the subframe off on more than one occasion. Even sawing through the outer shell didn't get it off first time.

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    This was (THING NUMBER 1) that slowed us down. Much tea was consumed during labour, and many beers were had to celebrate it's removal from the frame.

    During victory beers, lubricate and fit polybushes. Making sure to remark how you wish the old ones were this easy! Retire to fire/beer fridge to have a drink and think about how you wish you'd painted the subframe and diff casing before re-assembly.

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    Admire handiwork
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    I found out here that my car actually had Powerflex RTABs before, but I took them out to inspect/regrease them and found them dry, hole was slightly ovalised and some monkey had chobbled off a massive area inside to make them fit, so fitted my new ones as I had them.

    Refitting of all of this is the reverse of disassembly as they say, but not if, like me, you:

    (THING NUMBER 2) Go to tighten the first bolt (47Nm for the rear diff mount bolt) and find your torque wrench is shagged so have to walk down to Halfords and replace under warranty

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    (THING NUMBER 3) Find you've inadvertently damaged the drivers side damper thread in buggering about with the bush the night before. Threaded straight into the trailing arm so no chance of just obtaining a new one :rolleyes: Hence take a panicked trip to get a helicoil kit (luckily the motor industry, well my bit, takes odd easters where we work good Friday and have Tuesday off - so things are open) from Cromwell's 56!! miles away (only kit in the country :eek:)
    to repair.

    Also, as I mentioned above, the cat to centre section bolts are a real pain to do, so we tried lowering the cat sections. One bolt here was seized solid, so I redid it and just accepted my future contained a lot of grazed knuckles and profanity. I also forgot to re-install the pre-cat exhaust gas temperature sensor (THING NUMBER 4!!) I also discovered at this point, far too late, it's possible with the M3 exhaust clamps to 'time' your centre pipe, and by that, I mean time it's position. Time it in fact so perfectly that it's resting on the V brace without you realising. That was a ****ing loud journey home. :eek:

    When you've finished and managed to clean 4 days worth of oil and grime off yourself, and thanked your Dad for his efforts :)thumbsup::thumbsup:) and packed all your tools and things and bits/bobs/girlfriend into the car - just ask yourself - did you refit that EGT sensor? Nope? Back you go skippy! :mad:

    To be fair, I have no idea to this day why I thought about that, I'd test driven it, thought it was a bit loud but it was only when I sat down to have a last cup of tea before driving home I just thought "EGT sensor!"

    Anyway, remember I said I knocked a seal in too far? Yup. All that nice new expensive diff oil is now decorated all up the passenger side boot floor and smelling lovely as it burns off the exhaust... ****.

    So the next weekend after not driving it for a couple of days waiting for the seal to arrive, and hours before we flew off on Holiday I was on the drive re-doing the passenger side :mad: It would have to be the side with the exhaust, V brace in the way etc etc...
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    You can see here that the seal (black rubbing on seal face) was only 5mm or so too far in, ARSE! :(

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    No nice big warm clean garage here, no, just a newbuild garage you struggle to get a HotWheels in for a big plastic wheel change

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    I found that with it being the longer output flange, you have to not only line it up with the passenger side splines in the diff, but also the drivers side. As it's a fine spline this can take some time and buggering around, as I found out.

    Got it done, and then it was time for an oil service (I don't mean it took me that long that it timed out, just a coincidence :muttley:)

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    And then recently my Exhaust cam sensor packed in, well, I changed it recently, the engine light had been on for a few months but it drove fine (just kangarooed a bit more cold and fuel economy down a smidge I thought) but the new one really made a difference, much smoother. I was hesitating on getting it as it's £120 odd, and I couldn't be sure if it was this or the VANOS. Fitted it and straight away the engine light stayed off and the car was much smoother. I did write a DIY, but in reality it's quite easy (the Yanks all seem to struggle if you read on the American forums, must be all that soft beer they have.)

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    And that my friends, is about it, mechanically. For now.

    The VANOS needs attention and I'm beginning to wonder about the bottom end, might refresh the bearing shells...
     
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  12. 9 Aug 2016 at 11:15 PM #12
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    The subframe and diff jobs were all in preparation for a Nurburgring trip a colleague and mate of mine organised. We went out for a 4 day weekend, with Friday night TF, and Sat/Sun all day. I have been out there a couple of times working in the pits at VLN races, including a class win for our team in the 2012 24hr in D3T class (and first Diesel overall :D) but only been once for pleasure and that was in my E30 318iS 10 years ago (almost to the day)

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    First of all got some new tyres fitted as the rears were low - Goodyear Eagle F1 Assymetric 2's - just rolls off the tongue. I was replacing Falken FK452s which came with them, having done the fronts previously, really like these.

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    They're slightly wider than the Falkens as they have a kerbing lip (which if you look close I could have used ages ago!) which I think looks much better, no stretch here.

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    After a nightmare journey stuck in traffic around Belgium, Eurotunnel delays and breakdowns we finally arrived Friday night - missed the evening TF, but was fed up of driving by then!
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    With my mate's E36:
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    The next day, driving from Adenau up to the 'Ring itself, view from another mate's 350z:
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    Parked up at the JLR testcentre (as we all work for JLR, left bags etc here for the day)

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    And then spent two days lapping the best track in the world! Conditions were awesome, just a shame my brakes fell off after about 1/3rd of a lap, lots of juddering and no confidence thereafter meant that a 9:27 was the best I managed. Very pleased with lines etc, just want to see what decent brakes might net me. (ignore my mate Rich rabbiting on!)

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    Parked next to an amazing beast of an M3 at the end of Saturday:
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    My German is schiebe, his English was not good but the message was clear "lots of nights im der garage!" Full E92 running gear, real aero, properly sorted bit of kit.

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    All the necessities:
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    Really good trip, will definitely be back again soon. Also met some cutters, Tomcat who was celebrating his Birthday out there, and some other chap who's name escapes me in a Topaz convertible, hello! :thumbsup: I also had lots of people coming up and having a good look at the car, with some nice comments. Notably an american chap who has just ordered an F82 in Laguna Seca, had a nice long chat, it's the kind of place you can lose hours talking to like minded car enthusiasts, love that. :cool:

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    Next Steps then...

    After the Nurburgring I was really pleased with the car, balance felt good, enough power, nicely adjustable up to the limit, the only thing letting the whole experience down was the OEM brakes. I'd fitted new discs previously (about a year ago now) as the old Stoptech 2 piece Ally hats corroded and basically fell apart, not very impressed.

    Armed with a bonus from work, some heavy man maths and an idea in the back of my head about looks (I know, shouldn't be high on the list for brakes but I'm a sucker for shiny new bits) I ordered these from Martin at Racebitz :D

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    - D2 356mm 6 pot kit with fixed discs

    Also uprated the pads and went for Bluestuff NDX, had these on my old Impreza, was very impressed with them. Apart from a bit of Delay on D2's end just because the yellow's weren't in stock I couldn't have been happier with Martin, even emailing me answering daft questions I had in the evenings, great bloke to deal with.

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    Messing about with them, the discs are simply huge!
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    All protected and sealed with Carbon Collective Platinum Wheels, they're ready to go on - I've had them out the box a few times just to ogle them. Also appear to not need redrilling for the wheel hub spigots anymore!

    Quick check they fit under the 18"ers, plenty of room for caliper as well.
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    Alas, the car is at the bodyshop right now...

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    The bonnet had some strange lacquer peel from when I bought it, which had slowly grown. Now it wasn't this bad, Mark (painter) has chipped the old lacquer off here, but it let the car down and I'd wanted it sorting for a long while. Also had the usual stonechips on the front so this will tidy the car up no end.

    Rubbed down:
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    Aaaaand primer!
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    The OEM rear spoiler (which I've since found isn't OEM at all and made in CF!) had some awful paint blistering and was coming right off in places. This had always irked me, and the general paint on the boot wasn't good. So a LONG time ago now, I bought a fibreglass CSL boot from Tomcat, who I ended up bumping into in May at the Nurburgring, anyway, quality seemed good, I just didn't know a local painter at that point, so it sat in my garage for ages, until now...

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    Being Fibreglass it took some fettling (I had it on to check fitment shortly after I got it and was pleased with the fit) but as ever it wasn't flat so Mark has had some decent work to do getting the profiles right, he's a real perfectionist and I think it will show:
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    In Primer ready to rub down:
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    Super super excited to get the car back (which sadly won't be in time for Gaydon) and get the brakes fitted as well :) I bought a front plate plinth a while back and modded it for the narrower front plate, but didn't do a very good job, will get another and send to Mark for a proper job when I get the front bumper/wings done.

    But first my credit card needs a rest! :rolleyes:
     
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  14. 11 Aug 2016 at 9:33 PM #14
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    Looks awesome! Love the yellow D2's, will look great on lsb. Liking the body shop work, bet you are excited to get it back with the Csl lid. I am going to do a body shop visit through the winter for some tlc.

    Cheers :thumbsup:
     
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    Thanks Frazer :)

    Yes I almost went for the K sports in orange, but my OCD wouldn't play well with grooved front/drilled rear discs :rolleyes: and having seen the yellow now I'm really pleased I stuck it out and waited for them.

    I've seen Mark's work on an Alpine GTA he's just done a full resto on, was beautiful. Good work comes at a premium though so just bonnet/boot for now (with front bumper/wings next) :)
     
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    Thought I recognised this, Whitley right?
     
  17. 11 Aug 2016 at 10:29 PM #17
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    Yes mate, long long time ago I think we chatted in the carpark when I was in my Impreza because I said I wanted an M3... :D

    You know Mr.Eaton don't you? he's just down the way from me in Engines.
     
  18. 18 Aug 2016 at 12:00 PM #18
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    Had these through from the painter last night, can't wait until Sat morning when I pick the car up :D :D

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    Really happy with these (though I haven't seen it in person) - I'm just convinced now that the bumpers and wings will want doing sooner rather than later as this will show them up now!
     
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  19. 19 Aug 2016 at 7:43 AM #19
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    Nice car mate - but I would say that :p

    Doing all the right things to it and keeping it very tidy indeed. Will keep an eye on the progress.

    PS, I'm from Falkirk, not Fife. That's like saying you're from Wales ;)
     
  20. 19 Aug 2016 at 12:38 PM #20
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    Lol I remembered it starting with F at least!

    Thanks mate, I had a read through your old thread the other day and think I'm doing all the bits you wanted to do :D
     

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