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    Nothing happened for a while. After a bit of a nightmare with the manifold, I'm waiting for another. Couldn't be bothered putting the standard one on to pull it all off again, so it's been sat idle for a month or so now.

    Have taken the time to clean up/replace a selection of bolts, cam cover has been sprayed gloss black and I was going to replace the HKS filter, but at over £150 I decided to clean it up. The "cage" bit was rusted and the filter minging!

    Ordered a new filter from Sumo, and cleaned the "cage" with the dremmel, looks miles better now Click here to enlarge

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    Finished

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    Old and new

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    Got Spec-R coolant and power steering fluid tanks waiting at home, no pictures yet though. And still waiting for some carbon fibre bits to turn up!

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    Got a random picture of the finished HKS filter. Much better Click here to enlarge

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    I removed the standard radiator, ready for the arrival of a new Mishimoto one

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    The standard fan is used for this, so split the rad and fan.

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    But while I was at it, decided the fan cage/housing wasn't up to standard so I'm taking it a bit futher....

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    Stripped the fan assembly down and the cage/housing will be taking a trip to the powder coaters for much a better finish.

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    Cleaned some random tar spots of the fan aerofoils

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    And these turned up, Spec-R power steering fluid and coolant tank. I planned to fit these, but was fighting a losing battle with the weather and gave up.

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    Leaving it looking like this.... very sorry for itself, but it will be worth it when everything goes back in!

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    So the weather, although slightly cold, stayed dry for long enough to fit the Spec-R tanks :coolsm:

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    And the Rad turned up

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    Coat of wax on top.

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    Powdercoaters is still shut, so fan housing still to be done. So won't be fitted for a week or so.

    Tax was due at the end of the year, and since it's now an ornament and the weathers pants I've SORN'd it and carrying on with tidying bits up here and there.

    The strut brace had bits of paint chipped off and light surface rust, so whipped it off to get powder coated, while uming and arring about what colour to go for.... I looked into replacing it with an aftermarket one. Still not sure what I'm going to do yet tbh, no rush anway.

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    Obligatory clean, polish and wax

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    Now looking like this!

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    Then this became a bit more obvious. It's been bugging me for a while and I've just never really done much about it!

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    Off it came, this picture was mainly to remind me how it went together!

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    Split it all down ready to clean it up, some before pictures.

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    Same process for all the bits, my painting/spraying skills leave a lot to be desired, I wish I was better at it. Dremmel

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    Primered:

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    I also gave the bolt heads a lick of hammerite to make them a little easier on the eye

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    And drying after lacquering. The finish isn't perfect but they're hardly on show, if they were I'd have left it to the pros, much better than before anyway:

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    wow m8, step by step you are going to finish the car, well done

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    Picked up the rad mount thingy, freshly powder coated and re-attached it to the rad

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    And also got myself a new Carbing strut brace Click here to enlarge

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    this is going to be sex on wheels ! i Like!!! lol

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    fantastic work buddy!

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    Another little addition, carbon plug cover

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    The attention to detail is awesome mate, nice work!

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    Not updated this for a while:

    Brace got fitted:

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    And this finally turned up!

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    Pulled the turbo out and mounted it. Fitted it all into place on the head to check it was going to fit properly, and guess what?! Nope, still not right! God knows what these guys use as a jig? Plastercine maybe?

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    It's now lifted the turbo from it's original position, meaning the oil supply from the head is out

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    The turbo bracket doesn't fit

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    The oil return doesn't reach the sump

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    And the exhaust is very close to the sump!

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    Majorly disappointed after the length of time I had to wait, I though it would be better than that!

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    Looked like this again

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    So the Sheepy manifold went back, totally fed up and frustrated with it. Safe to say I won't be using them again!

    Ordered a JMF one from Ross, and guess what, fitted first time, perfectly. So for the first time since October it's running, taxed and ready to go..... ish. The PAS pump is squealing like a good'en pretty sure it needs bleeding post tank change, so that'll be done very soon.

    Needs a new intercooler as it had filled with water while its been sat, all pipes were blanked so it must have a crack in it. Mishimoto replacement was been ordered. So nice to have it all back together and working just in time for summer. Still have lots I'd like to do, but for now I just want to iron out the little niggles and do some driving Click here to enlarge

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    Also fitted my carbon rear bumper extensions and heko wind deflectors:

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    Rad fitted:

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    I was having trouble getting this picture off my camera onto the laptop, apologies.

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    Unfortunately buying a house has meant the Evo has been some what neglected, as the house needs a lotta work:

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    But went down to Birmingham to collect some USDM lights and fitted them

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    After

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    New wheels, no the best pictures but the weathers been pants.


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    As the pictures show. Brake calipers are a mess. So winter plans are to tidy the arches up, which has started by ordering a set of coilies, which should be here next week Click here to enlarge

    did a rather satisfying job a few weeks ago, cleaned up the headlights which had developed a weird yellow tint. It was quite hard to picture with my phone, but does show the difference a bit

    Tape up ready to roll, used 3M ultrafina and hexlogic pad.

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    Some comparisons, left is done, right to be done. Really has cleaned them up a treat

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    So with the weather being so c**p I accidentally ended up under the bonnet, and after seeing a thread on the MLR I was thoroughly inspired. Trip to Halfords and £16.99 lighter I came home with a metal polishing kit.

    The hard pipes for the air system (Turbo/intake) are a bit of a mess. Scratched/pitted/dull and generally not looking their best. So instead of paying to have them done I've decided to have a crack at it myself.

    I've started with the biggest so here's where I'm at.

    Doesn't look tooooo bad from here.

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    However if we get a bit closer we can see all of the blemishes that are letting them down

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    The steps are quite simple, stage 1, 2 and 3 polishing tools. Stage one removes light marks, corrosion and sets the base for the next two stages. I did some research (aka a quick Google search) and the general jist seemed to be the more time and effort you take with steps one and two, the better step 3, and result, you'll get

    So here's some random pictures during

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    Before bottom, after top

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    And then there's this. A deep scratch, I'm guessing from a removal at some point during it's life and a big wear mark from where the original airbox was fitted (anyone who knows anything about Evo's will know the mark I mean) unfortunately I forgot to get a before picture

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    I used this to get rid of the damage as it the polishing wheel was just not abrasive enough, which left me with this


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    I then carried on with the polishing wheel, once I'd finished I came back to the two areas I'd attacked with the scotch pad wheel. I wasn't happy with the finish, as you can just about see below

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    there were still some light/visible scratched in the metal that the polishing pad just wouldn't budge. So I flatted them back with 1,200 then 2,000 grit sand paper, and re-polished which left me with just this small mark, which I can live with given how it looked earlier, it's a massive improvement.

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    All flatted back and repolished left this

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    So yeah, this is where I'm up to really.

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    Bit of long post, buts a slow process so thought I share some of the pain haha.


    I finished the upper intake pipe

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    Then got cracking with the turbo, forgot to get the before picture Click here to enlarge

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    Slapped some paint on the recirc just to tidy it up

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    Another thing that's been bugging me for ages, you can see one of the mount bolts for the battery tray, and its a rusty mess!

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    So I took the lot out and it's off to be zinc plated, with some bracket thing and the rods for the battery

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    Got the battery tray bits back. Can't really see any of it now it's back together, but I know its looking better.

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    Got the lower intercooler pipes off and polished them up, again, hardly be seen :lol:

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    Put it all back together:

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    Can't view loads of your photos m8.

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    The stuff I can view are good. Lots of time and patience gone into the car. It's come up so well since you got it.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by WesBez Click here to enlarge
    Can't view loads of your photos m8.
    Not sure why?

    I can see them all.... Anyone else having issues?

    Thanks for the comments on what you can see anyway

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    Can't see some of the first ones you posted. Above the new wheels. And a few below. Says image not found. Can see a good majority of them.

    I see you got some Goodyear eagle f1's. What do you make of them on your Evo?

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    Love the XXR's! Evo's look so good on them! Love the attention to detail with this car. Surprised you still manage to get the things done with the house etc! Fair play to you.

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    Love this car, the attension to detail and XXR's are my fav! Looks awesome, and as above, how on earth do you find the time?!

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    Thanks for the comments, I work shifts so get quite a lot of time off. When I'm not doing over time! The wheels look ace, but are rubbing on the arches Click here to enlarge, it's all well and good looking good in pictures but having ti take it easy for fear of the wheels catching the arches under heavy cornering is a massive waste of time in a car like this..... so these turned up

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    Probably raise the ride height a bit and stiffen the adjustable dampers should solve the issue. I'll fit them myself and take it to CPP (an Evo specialists) to have the geo set up done.

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    Wow!

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    Had a spare hour. Which is a rare thing at the moment so put my new carbon badges on Click here to enlarge


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    I wanted to get the brakes looking better as well as fit the Ohlins and since winter is here I've SORN'd it and decided to hit the whole of the under arches, refreshing, replacing and upgrading as I go. My drives on quite a slope so just doing rear at the moment as I'm worried it'll fall off the axel stands. Anyway, strip down began

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    Bolts went for plating, before:

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    After

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    Splash guards came off, one side got a clean up

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    The other side was cracked around all the mounting holes and got replaced

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    First batch of goodies arrived, Whiteline RARB, Ralliart bushes, new splash guard and new drop links:

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    Bits that went to the powdercoaters:

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    And after

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    Jobs left are:

    - Split the rear drums and either clean up or replace the dust covers
    - Ralliart bushes for the assist link and upper control arm (plus paint them)
    - Second batch of nuts/bolts/washers for plating
    - Get the RARB back from the powdercoaters
    - Replace a few nuts and bolts here and there
    - Clean up and re-paint fuel fill line
    - Give the arches a good clean
    - Braided rear brake hoses
    - New calipers/pads/discs (Should be here this week)
    - Clean up and paint the hubs

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    nice, reminds me of my Karuma, lol.

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    How have I never seen this thread before!? Lovely looking car mate!!

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Hxrry Click here to enlarge
    How have I never seen this thread before!? Lovely looking car mate!!
    because you were under age, lol joke, old thread

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    As always. Really good attention paid to the small details. Nice upgrade on the RARB.

    Ps eyeopen please stop spamming people's threads. "Jokes" included.

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