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Island Fugitive

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Reply #135 on: May 25, 2018, 09:48:39 PM
Need somewhere to put the electrics -

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During  ( have not got to the after yet!)  ;D





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Reply #136 on: June 07, 2018, 12:31:07 AM
Having taken most of the wires out, I need to put a few back in. Also I'd like the instruments in front of me not behind the seat...

First extended all the wires I need down the front (about 30), then squish what's left into a box along with a few relays.



Then make a nice big space for them all plus the instruments, plus a wiring loom for lights etc. that I am making up as I go along...



Nearly there. Just the handbrake to replace, N and Clutch sensor to create and a few other bits...


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Reply #137 on: June 10, 2018, 01:52:27 PM
thought maybe a bit of a rat look for the instruments





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Reply #138 on: June 10, 2018, 10:11:15 PM
No?

Oh alright then  :D



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Reply #139 on: June 12, 2018, 11:55:28 PM
New handbrake from a Megane. Re-used the VW cable clamps and spreader bar. 4 clicks and the wheels are locked solid! - I can even wire up the warning light to the MX5 dash (if I saved the right wire)..



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Reply #140 on: June 17, 2018, 07:27:13 PM
Done. Awaiting sun for test


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Reply #141 on: July 16, 2018, 12:39:33 PM
Yay. Shiny new MOT for another year.

Only 1 advisory - same as as last year though, about play in the front suspension - this time I got a good look at what was moving and had a good understanding of how it fits together as i only just took it all apart!

Basically there is a bit of movement of the lower arm in the torsion tube -as I know all the grub screws are tight it looks to me like there is wear in that new looking urethane bearing that's in there. Strip down time AGAIN!!





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Reply #142 on: July 16, 2018, 01:14:55 PM
a replacement arm may cure it the bearing faces do wear if not greased.


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Reply #143 on: July 16, 2018, 01:57:04 PM
I assume you mean a replacement bearing not arm!  Not greased sounds likely there was not a lot on there when I pulled it off recently



Probably some EMPI chunk of carp - as will be the replacement as no option!
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Reply #144 on: July 16, 2018, 02:40:16 PM
the arms wear thin where the bearings /guides  run, they can be metal sprayed and recut but feel for a ridge and look for a shiny collar, where the bearing sat. I have Never used urethane bushes  myself I prefer the original VW set up.


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Reply #145 on: July 16, 2018, 04:38:44 PM
OK Thanks. The arms looked OK when I took them off, the urethane bearings were on there when I got it - but I guess they will not wear the metal but the other way round,  unlike the metal bearings.
I ordered a new set of urethanes but looking at the arms and thinking logically there must be another set inside the tubes, off to look at the manual!
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Reply #146 on: July 16, 2018, 05:35:58 PM
You need to knock them out from the opposite side.


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Reply #147 on: July 16, 2018, 06:51:53 PM
Manual was no use, blurry drawing that looked like it was photocopied with a potato.

There does seem to be listed an inner bush that changed them from a synthetic "Micarta" material to a bronze bush "sometime" around 66 depending on who made the beam. Not only that but they don't seem to be easy to get hold of.

I am going to guess that the PO replaced the outer needle bearings with urethane ones because it's easy - but didn't touch the inner ones because they are a PITA to get out. I'll pull it all apart and if I need to I'll use a slide hammer and make a bearing remover plate.


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Reply #148 on: July 16, 2018, 08:40:37 PM
you can get full length urethane, the new micarta inners I tried were shocking quality.


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Reply #149 on: July 16, 2018, 09:08:36 PM
Thanks, I saw those, might have to go that way depending on what I find, but also would look at an Oilite bearing, cheap enough and a few mins on the lathe to make it fit.