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







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





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








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 :)

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.



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.




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







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





Before bottom, after top



Before



After



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



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






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



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.







All flatted back and repolished left this



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






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


I finished the upper intake pipe





Then got cracking with the turbo, forgot to get the before picture :angel:





Slapped some paint on the recirc just to tidy it up





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!



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



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





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









Put it all back together:





Coilovers next :)
 

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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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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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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 :(, 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





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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Had a spare hour. Which is a rare thing at the moment so put my new carbon badges on :)













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





















Bolts went for plating, before:





After





Splash guards came off, one side got a clean up





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



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



Bits that went to the powdercoaters:



And after



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

Then put it all back together :)
 

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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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Update time

RARB powdercoated red:



Lower control arms re-bushed with Ralliart and OEM bushes:





Upper control arms replaced due to a crack, to protect them I painted them silver and gave them a coat of lacquer:









Brand new drop links and nuts, also painted silver with hammerite and lacquered.



Assist links cleaned up, repainted and new ball joint nuts. I would have replaced the bushes unfortunately you can't get new bushes alone, you have to replace the whole link which just wasn't necessary, looking much better anyway :)







Brake discs cleaned of rust and painted:





Then since there was nothing left bolted to the crossmember I thought that may as well come off and get some TLC:











Then the moustache bar (diff mount) was off, I thought that could join club clean. Ralliart bushes coming:







Fuel filler neck is a mess, was originally going to have it powdercoated but made the choice to replace now, new one will be here on Tuesday:



Driveshafts painted:






Every nut, bolt, washer and screw that's been removed has been zinc plated ready to get re-fitted, kudos to the guys who replace them all, they're f**king expensive and easy to spend hundreds on fasteners alone. I want to use the car and not be so scared of getting it dirty I never drive it so, plus theres nothing actually wrong with them (Stiff nuts were replaced cause I smashed the s**t out of them to split the ball joints) So plating it was.



Old vs new of fuel filler pipe:



Diff mount bushes pressed in, with an old vs new for comparison between the OEM and Ralliart bushes.





And lastly the callipers. I could have sworn I took a load of before pictures before I sent them away, but alas, I can't find any, so I only have this one unfortunately. However it gives you a pretty good idea of the state they were in:



Sent them to Godspeed Brakes, couldn't be happier with the service/quality of work. 100% would recommend them to anyone!









I was hoping to put everything, or mostly everything back on this weekend but unfortunately the diff mount bolts aren't back from plating :(
 

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Thanks mate, running 400/400 with switchable pops and bangs
Nice one pal. I'm currently waiting to collect my Ruri Blue FQ320. Longest wait of my life! :(
Think I'm going to do the same with mine with the maps, when i get it :lol1: love the pop and bang maps haha
Have you got a full spec list on MLR?
 
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