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Old 10-02-2011, 07:17 AM   #181
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Dan must battle his long lost twin brother on color choice before they both go in for a respray.

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Old 10-02-2011, 08:08 AM   #182
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Old 14-02-2011, 10:11 AM   #183
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So, i borrowed a guard roller, as my rear guards rub with weight in the rear on hard cornering - which isn't often, but enough to be annoying.

Figured i'd test it on the Astina Wreck - i didn't care if i ****ed up the guards on that LOL
And i thought i'd see how far i could flare the guard at the same time - to also see how it looked, as i've always wondered.

So, lets start. It's got a folded lip of about 9mm, and as you can see it's already rubbed the paint away on the tyres.






And here's the end result on the Wreck, with it flared as much as possible without damaging the paint. Pretty impressive!





I then did the Wrecht, but just folded the lip up - no flare for me.



While i was at it, i figured i'd testfit one of the 17x9 MS-02 rims....and yeah, that's not going to happen. I'd need a 8-10mm spacer (making it a +28-30mm offset) to make them fit as currently they're not going to clear the struts, and then i dunno if they'd be in the guards. Maybe not! Haha

on the car:



with 2 x 3mm spacers:



Yeah...no. Shame though!



Next Project: Swapping over the handbrake cables.

I'm a bit skeptical of the tightness of mine ever since last year, and it's adjusted as much as it can be (at the adjustment screw in-cabin), so i figured i'd rip them out and compare them to the ones in the Wreck. They're attached to the rear trailing arms, bolted just in front of the fuel tank, and then circliped just behind the handbrake, where they combine into the one unit to go to the actual handbrake.

So i pulled all four out, and discovered that there was two that were slightly shorter that mine, Maybe only 3mm, but obviously that's enough to make a difference. But i reckon the first part has stretched as well - this bit:



This is where the two combine, and the sheathing is cracked in a few places, plus there's more of a gap to the end of the cable than on the other one, They were both much the same length though.

The plan is to get it shortened by about 10mm, that'll decrease the amount i have to lift the handle (which is a high amount). Looks like the end in the bracket will have to be drilled out and repositioned, which apparently isn't too hard.



Next project of the day: Swapping the rear suspension

The V6 Astinas have a fair few upgraded parts ofer the I4 version (which is what mine was...once). The rear suspension has much beefier tubular trailing arms compared to the C-section of the 4cyl.

And a few months ago i got some Whiteline poly bushes to go in them, so i figured i'd kill two birds with one stone.

Comparo of the V6 vs I4 trailing arms





There is a slight weight penalty - the I4 ones are about 1150g, the V6 ones are 1360g. Not a lot, and i figure the strength benefit is worth it.

Removing the bushes was fun - i tried burning one out but that was a waste of time. In the end, brute force was the winner. Hammering them out with a rubber mallet look a couple of minutes each end. These are the new poly bushes - 2 part ones, with grease and new collars. Easy to assemble, and liberally coated with the supplied grease.



Plus i then realised i might as well put in the adjustable endlinks hanging around for months (...again)

Comparo of the stock vs adjustable ones.




...and then i ran out of light to finish it all off
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Old 16-02-2011, 03:43 PM   #184
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So, last night i had 15 minutes, so i installed the adjustable swaybar endlinks, and also the trailing arms with the Whiteline bushes. I noticed i need to loosen the rear swaybar mounts though, as it's slightly off-centre. has probably been like it for ages! I'll probably put some clamps on it to keep it in position, too

Trailing arm on the right.


And endlinks:


You wouldn't think the Whiteline swaybar was blue under all that dirt
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Old 16-02-2011, 04:32 PM   #185
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How come it is blue? Mine was painted grey.
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Old 16-02-2011, 05:32 PM   #186
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Mine's from all the way back in 2001-2002, that's why
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Old 16-02-2011, 09:44 PM   #187
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Ah i have a blue one too!
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Old 24-02-2011, 04:19 PM   #188
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Saw your car, on youtube by accident, with a wing and different rims, and at heathcote pulling 14s. pretty cool rupe.
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Old 24-02-2011, 04:58 PM   #189
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:15 AM   #190
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I love new toys.

I took a gamble on this pair a while back...and it didn't really pay off :laughing:



They're Mazdaspeed MS-01S.
Made by Rays, and basically the same as Nismo LMGTs, but with less concavity, fewer stud holes, and a different molding in the centre.

They were supposed to be a 17x8...but they're a 17x8.5 +40. Oh well, just means some 10-15mm spacers

Now i just need to find another single or a pair to match! There's a single on the auctions at the moment, so i'll either have a matching spare if i get another pair, or i can hope that someone stuffs one up due to drift damage and sells the other one singly!
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Old 13-04-2011, 03:15 PM   #191
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Lazy update:

Picked up the spare super-gearbox (with straight-cut 3rd, 626 5th gear etc) from Benincas, who dropped in the MFactory LSD and new bearings (again...). So that can sit around gathering dust for a little while.
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Old 20-06-2011, 10:14 AM   #192
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Finally got around to doing a bit more to the new dash, and showing the gauge in place. Also decided to make the RHS switch are match the smoothed-off lHS bit where the Wolf buttons go, so that's delayed the flocking again.





Also fixed up one of the rear skirts that got broken a while back, so remaking that. They still need a bit of bulking up in a few spots, and i'm not 100% happy with the shape.

Oh, and i do have a full set of MS-01S in 17x8.5 now once this latest container clears....but since i actually cleaned the MS-02s i've fallen in love with them again So i'll probably put the MS-01S up for sale soon
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:49 PM   #193
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Hey rupe did you get your car engineered?
if yes where did you get it in VIC?
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:54 PM   #194
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if yes where did you get it in VIC?
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Yeah it's engineered. Was by Ceedra Services back in probably 2002.
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:07 PM   #195
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Yeah it's engineered. Was by Ceedra Services back in probably 2002.
ah they are in keysborough..
thats like 10 mins drive from my place..

Might be hard to get my one engineered if they are too picky..
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:23 PM   #196
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He's a funny one - he was picky about my custom dials in conjunction with the silver gauge rings, but didn't care about the coilovers.

He'd actually stopped doing cars for a few years, but looks like he's back doing it judging by his website.
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:35 PM   #197
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I got nothing modified, only chunk in a turbo with STINGER EMS ECU and FULL TURBO BACK EXHAUST.

If he does emission test, might fail loool

I need to open a thread somewhere in this forum for my car i think lol
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Yeah, insta-fail with an aftermarket ECU.
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Old 07-07-2011, 03:07 PM   #199
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so, if you intstall an aftermarket ECU it fails automatically OR becuase of the fact the ecu will allow more power to be produced (by adding fuel) this results in an insufficient result to satisfy them?
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so, if you intstall an aftermarket ECU it fails automatically OR becuase of the fact the ecu will allow more power to be produced (by adding fuel) this results in an insufficient result to satisfy them?
In Vic, you need to be running an ECU that was fitted to the car or a variant of the manufacturer of a similar age/engine. If you have an aftermarket ECU, it needs to be tuned to be compliant, emissions tested ($3k+), and then 'locked off' so the settings cannot be changed at all.

Unless you're running straight LPG, then they don't care, or it's pre-1976.
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