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 Post subject: Re: Hoodedreeper's MX5 The Purple Monster
PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:19 pm 
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Ordered some billet stalks from Freaky Roadster and they came here extremely fast! Fantastic communication and received alot of help with fitting! Would definately recommend getting some!

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I also took delivery of a set of Carbon Fibre door cups and Polished Door Handles from Carbon Miata. Marc asked me to write a review on the Stainless Door Handles.

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I had the postman knock on the door bright and early on Wednesday morning,spotting the chinese writing on the postage label,i knew exactly what this was,something i was extremely looking forward to receiving! Upon opening the package,i was expecting the handles to be quite heavy,infact they were quite the opposite!

These handles are EXTREMELY light,you can barely tell your holding them until you look down. I popped them on some **SPAM** scales and they weighed approx 70g (without the fixing screws). The finish is superb and at an incredibly high standard! The shape is simply and comfortable to grab while still looking classy with a hint of retro.

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The laser cutting of the M emblem is top notch work,it looks like it was stamped out of a sheet of aluminium! There are zero sharp edges,wobbly cut lines,everthing is cut perfectly.

Installation took less than 2minutes per side. With the old leather door pulls removed,the new bolts fixed on quick and easy with a 7mm hex key,and sit perfect in the counter sunk holes of the polished handles.

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I also fitted some Carbon Fibre door cups supplied by Marc at Carbon Miata. Again,the quality of these is extremely high,there's not a single piece of weave out of shape/line. I think they compliment the KG Works handles extremely well and helps bring in some Carbon Fibre to the interior of the car.

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Another purchase i've recently made is a set of Runabout M2 Mirrors

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I removed the door mirrors on my lunch break at work and the holes on the M2 bases don't line up with the original holes in the door. The mirrors were supplied with the rubber gaskets and a plastic block with two threaded holes.

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With the M2 mirror base on the door,they do just about cover the original holes,but the mirror mounting holes are further in,central to the mirror.

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Someone has suggested drilling two new holes and riv-nut them on. I'm taking a visit to the body shop tomorrow to see what they say :)

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 4:19 pm 
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Won some P5 Frame Rails on eBay for a good price

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After the Runabout M2 mirrors not bolting directly on,i sold them and purchased some Autoblaze mirrors from a friend that needed a refurb

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Also fitted my Ron Tribute sticker

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So payday was on Wednesday so bought (another) set of wheels! Spoke to Barry at Mazdabeat and he sorted me out an awesome deal and the new wheels were with me the following day! I booked the car in at my local STS Tyre Pros for a set of Pirelli P1 195/50/15 tyres to be fitted.

Rota RKR Front 15x8j ET0 and Rear 15x9j ET0

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The car is going into the body shop in the middle of June,gonna get the side stripes removed as they no longer go with the wheels. Also gonna lower the front abit more so its level with the back

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 4:07 pm 
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So it seems i have a little scrubbing issue on the passenger rear tyre at the moment

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Took the car to STS Tyre Pros last Wednesday to have the front coilovers lowered and also a full alignment. Now running 5* rear camber and 3* front camber. Also set the rear shocks to the hardest setting to try and stop it scrubbing.

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Fitted some new wheel nuts

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Today i noticed a collection of rubber on the arch,so its still scubbing. The only thing i can do is change the rear tyres to a 195/45 :( It seems this side wasnt flared enough when it was in the body shop last year

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Yesterday i headed to Snetterton Circuit for Modified Live. It rained all day with the odd dry/sunny period. The show itself was very quiet,despite it being local to me,i dont think i'll be going again.

I entered the car into the Show & Shine sponsored by Kleers,managed to get a good spot too

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Ended up winning Best JDM!

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My photos from the Show can be seen here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 512c18b965

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:19 am 
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I think you should use some rubber dampers to avoid scrubbing
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 Post subject: Re: Hoodedreeper's MX5 The Purple Monster
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 5:10 pm 
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Rubber Dampers?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:54 pm 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 3:30 pm 
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This update will be abit of a photo overload,what can i say? I like taking photos :P

A week or so ago i got the P5 Frame Rails fitted and undersealed. We left the rear wheel arches as the cage will be coming out to be painted at some point

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Finally got round to tiger sealing the Stainless Jass surrounds to the trims

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Friday just gone me and a few friends took a coastal drive and managed to catch the sunset

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I took another visit to the local Graffiti Wall this afternoon

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 3:57 pm 
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I also took a visit back to the old car show room,where i took the first set of photos when i bought the car. Heres a little comparison of the transformation in the 10 months of ownership

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 6:56 pm 
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Nothing to update,just some photos from the recent Mazdabeat Meet

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 10:34 pm 
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Small update :)

So it was that time of year again where the UK's finest Japanese vehicles would come together for one show,and that is JAE (Japanese Auto Extravaganza). Situated in the heart of Kettering at Wicksteed Park,the 4 day event is certainly one not to be missed!

It was great being back after the unfortunate loss of my previous MX5,i enjoyed the show a lot more having missed out. The event seemed quieter from my previous visit,but that didn't put a downer on the weekend. Plenty of cars to look at and drool over,and was great seeing so many familiar faces and having a well deserved catch up.

On the Saturday evening,MX5Nutz had special agreements with the Pyrotechnics of the show and they set off a 60 shot firework with some of the ashes of the legend Ron 'Tattoo Ron' Morgan,who sadly lost the fight to cancer a couple of months ago. The entire park shared a minutes silence,until the remainder of the fireworks display had continued.

It was a very emotional weekend for most,but we're all glad that Ron had the greatest send off,and it was what he wanted :)

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Here is a video taken by a GTOUK member who was next to the Nutz Stand https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EV87Kex ... e=youtu.be

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My photos from JAE can be seen here >> CLICK HERE <<

I recently won a Nardi Deep Corn steering wheel and boss on eBay,which was promptly fitted once I got home. I also received my Jass Performance Sport Gear Knob and Handbrake Lever too

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It was exactly one year today that I took delivery of the Purple Monster,oh how this year has flown by!

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And a lot of work in that year. The new steering wheel looks really nice. I may allow myself a small amount of Covetousness for that ;)

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 11:10 am 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 3:56 pm 
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I recently sold the Carbon Headlight Covers and fitted a stock and vented cover which have been colour coded.

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I also sold the Carbon bootlid and got my old Bootlid with KG Works Spoiler painted and fitted (the car is still covered in Dust from the bodyshop)

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Now for the part you've been waiting for...

The car got dropped off at H&S Performance and the engine was pulled out. The car was then dropped off at AutoDoc Bodyshop for the main work to begin. While the car was in the bodyshop,the guys at H&S Performance did a full service of the engine while it was out.

Spark Plugs
Oil/Oil Filter/Sump Plug
Cambelt & tensioners
Waterpump
Clutch
Thermostat & Coolant Sensor
Painted Upper and Lower Thermostat Housings
Painted Inlet Manifold with Throttle Body
Painted Rocker Cover
Painted Cambelt Cover
Engine Block Painted

The car was finished and dropped back off at H&S where more parts were fitted along side the re-fitting of the engine.

Clutch Slave Cylinder
Alloy Radiator
Eunos Racing Development Silicone Radiator Hoses
New Expansion Bottle
New Washer Bottle
Polished Oil Cap
Polished Plug Cover
Stainless Fusebox Cover
Painted Radiator Panel cover
Painted Scuttle Panel Cover
Countersunk Purple Washers and Bolts

Its far from finished,there's still alot to fit/change but the main bulk of changes have been made :)

I was torn between painting the bay Purple or White. White was a big gamble but I think I've pulled it off well :)

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I know there are still some parts dirty,but I was too excited to get it back together and take photos!

A MASSIVE thank you to AutoDoc and H&S Performance for their incredible work!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:12 pm 
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A small update :)

I wasn't too keen on the BMW Sparkling Graphite painted rocker cover,it looked too dark against the black Inlet Manifold and the front cross over pipe for the air box. So I sent the spare over to a local Powder Coaters. I got it back at the beginning of the week and fitted it today

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I also fitted a Polished Plug Cover,both work really well :) I also took a visit back down to H&S Performance who helped me fit a Stoney Racing Ancillary Hose Kit. These guys have been incredible the past couple of months and I cant thank them enough.

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I have absolutely no idea what the colour of the purple is. I originally asked for Candy Purple (but they only do basic Candy colours). He said he can do Cadbury's Purple,but this looks very pearlescent in direct light.

Noobie error,i forgot to clean the threads for the front oil breather hose and Coil Pack,so those aren't currently bolted down

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Heres a little video for you (PLEASE WATCH)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUHq21QhaNE





This has been extremely difficult to keep secret for the past 11 months!!

It all started back in January when i was at Autosport International. I was surrounded by Forced Induction on the MX5Nutz Club Stand,staring at the display of Turbo and Supercharged cars for 3 days started the urge.
At the time,the Interior was booked in to be done in March,and aesthetically the car was pretty much done which only left the engine bay. Having gone the Turbo route with the previous MX5,i thought i'd head down the other path and try out a Supercharger.

So it seems the Eaton M45 from a Mini Cooper S was the popular choice to fit,so the search for one began. Having just missed one on eBay that had covered 25k and being the later generation with teflon blades,it went for £450 delivered. At least i knew this was the kind of money region i was looking at for a unit.

Then i happened to stumble across a For Sale advert on Facebook for one. I dont think i could have sent a message to the seller quick enough! After a few messages back and forth,i had managed to secure myself a Charger that had only covered 19 delivery miles (yes,you did read that correct). It was removed due to a damaged pulley,which by looking at the photos was some-what repairable anyway. Included was a second throttle body with blanking plates and dual cable throttle wheel,all for the sum of £140.00 delivered!

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Amongst the vast amount of research i found Aran and Taffylude's build threads on Nutz,who both kindly documentated everything including where to buy it and the costs. This was the perfect Guide for a novice like myself! Massive thanks to them both!

So i took the Charger to work to give it a good clean,removing the PTO and making a blanking plate. At this point i also cut the mounting lug off and blanked the breather port next to it.

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RX8 420cc Injectors purchased,these worked great on the turbo build and will help give me some extra ponies. These were sent off to BLiNK Motorsport to be cleaned/flow tested/new seals. They did an incredible job and had a very fast turn around,highly recommend them!

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AEM Wideband from Dan at Fast5

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As the weather was good,i got some painting done. I wanted a pretty basic looking engine bay,almost OEM,so i went for the classic Wrinkle Black finish. I ended up painting the Inlet Manifold,both Throttle Bodies,Radiator Slam Panel,Wiper Scuttle Panel and Thermostat Housing. Sadly i've only got a photo of the Throttle Body at the time (the rest can be seen in the engine bay photos above)

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TR Lane Kit ordered,this was one of the most expensive items and took approx 6 weeks to be made.

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It didnt matter that the original pulley was damaged as it was being replaced with a smaller one. I went for a 15% reduction as i wanted it reliable and i had read smaller pulleys could lead to potential belt slip. I ordered one along with a modified By-Pass Valve from 1320.co.uk

I knew removing the pulley was going to be a major task,so i left that in the capable hands of an Engineering company around the corner from mine. It took them a few days to do,but it came off clean which is the main thing

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I made some gaskets for the TR Lane inlet and outlet and bolted them together. The charger received a coat of Wrinkle Black paint too

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In the mean time i was getting ready for the engine bay work to be done,which saw alot of new gaskets and bits and pieces ordered,aswell as new nuts,bolts and washers for various things for the build. Luckily i got majority of the parts from MX5 Parts when they had their discount on!

This then brings me to last week,i had booked the week off so i could fit it. With the turbo build i had to get alot of help from various people as i was pretty clueless with what to do and how to fit it.

I managed to fit the kit on my own! Doesn't sound alot to most,but its pretty achievable on my part (yes,i admit i had to get a second opinion on a few bits,but i'd rather be 100% sure!)

Here are some various photos from the fitting stage:

Radiator Fan moved into the centre,brackets made and the fan wiring extended

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Intercooler Pipework Mock Up (Driver's Side)

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Manifold removed to fit the Wideband Sensor (its at a stupid place and was easier to remove the Manifold)

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I got the Charger mounted in the Engine Bay (knowing it would need adjusting at a later date). Also got the Tensioner Bracket on and the Intercooler all plumbed in

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Nice and Stealthy!

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IAT and Idle Speed Valve hose fitted to the Intake hose

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RX8 Injectors Fitted (after several issues with a crushed O-Ring!)

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Belt fitted and tensioned. Air ducting and Pipercross Foam Filter fitted too. Megasquirt 2 V3 had also arrived and was fitted

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And there we have it! Supercharged in 7 days :)

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BMW E36 Variable TPS and the adaptor plate from Cerberus

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Fitted some Purple LEDs to the RevLimiter Stirling Gauges

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I took the car to have a Power Run to see what she's producing

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Here is a short video i put together

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEg6vRTBcTs

181.7bhp
164.4lbft

Hoping to get some more mapping done early 2015 to smoothen out the AFR,hopefully should see a increase in power too :)

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Update!

Got the BMW VTPS fitted and calibrated,me and Law managed to squeeze in some quick road tuning too

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Saw a photo on Facebook of a airbag turned into a Gauge Pod,so I started to make my own. I've never used filler/fiberglass so I don't have much hope this will turn out any good.

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Since those photos,the pods have had two layers of fine surface filler and have been rubbed down. Shape is pretty much done,just some minor areas to finish :)

Ordered some Aerocatch Bonnet Pins,once the initial drilling into the Carbon Bonnet was over,i overcome the fear of cocking it up.

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1.8 Dimpled & Grooved Discs,Ferodo Pads and HEL Stainless Hoses fitted (just need to get the rears fitted)

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While shopping for some cleaning products,i saw these and couldn't resist ordering some!

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Gave the 'ol Gal a clean (she hasn't been washed since September,oops!)

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Managed to grab this photo of the Runabout Type II fuel lid covered in frost from the other morning

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Small Update:

Finally got round to getting the hose take off and IAT bung welded onto the Intercooler pipe

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Which resulted in the IAT wires breaking off at the plug,managed to get around it but potentially made it worse. It'll be fine for now,but at 10:30pm in very cold conditions,i didn't want to be out there for much longer

Fitted the stainless Fuse Box cover that's been sitting about for a couple of months

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Purchased an Alloy Washer bottle

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And fitted :) Got the Alloy Scuttle Panel machined to allow access to the cap

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With the original bottle removed,the air ducting was in a much better positioned and shortened

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Gave the engine bay a good clean too,as it hadn't been cleaned since it was painted

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The car scene in this area is pretty poor to be honest. Theres a lot of modified cars and only one or two big-ish groups.

Just before Christmas a very close friend of mine became very ill and was in and out of Hospital. Just before Christmas he was diagnosed with Lung Cancer,how long he will be with us,a month? two months? a lot longer I hope!

So the car community pulled together last night and organized a meet in honour of his friendship,his hard work as a Motorsport Photographer and for being THE most kind,caring and thoughtful man that will grace this earth.

These types of meets NEVER happen around here,and I think last night proved that the car community is still a huge family and we can work together to keep the passion alive.

The local Papers,local news,The Big C Charity and Adrian Flux were there to show support for Mark. We find out the total raised on Wednesday :)

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Update time :)

So this week I embarked on a road trip to go visit Nick at Skuzzle Motorsport to have the car mapped.

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Nick worked his magic and was incredibly speedy in mapping her! Thinking it would take all day,infact only took him till Lunch time.

When I had it dyno'd a few weeks after it was charged,it was 142hp @ the wheels and 180hp @ the flywheel.

She's now a healthy 170hp @ the wheels and 204hp @ the flywheel! Its a lot smoother to drive and less punchy,Nick said he can adjust it to bring back some of the punchy-ness,but I'd have to sacrifice some Torque which I didn't want to do. The fueling is a lot better,she doesn't flame any more,but Nick kindly demonstrated how to change that in Tuner Studio. He did adjust it so it pops and burbles nicely at 4000rpm now :)

Overall,incredibly happy and pleased with the results and the work/service by Nick! Cant recommend him enough!

So me and Mrs Reeper spent another day in the area and then headed home. Needless to say,after a 577 mile round trip,the Monster is in need of a bath now

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I'm sure everyone on here has dreamt of owning a particular car/car part. Ever since I've been involved with modified cars,i've always fallen in love with one particular alloy wheel.

I promised myself that one day I hope I could be so lucky to own such a wheel. So I bit the bullet and ordered them,knowing they're custom made to order,the waiting time would be an absolute killer and it seemed a lot longer than it actually was.

So after a 12 week wait and numerous emails sent bugging Rich at Driftworks,i finally took delivery of them today!

//WORK Meister S12P 15x9j ET0 in Gloss White

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Mrs Reeper bought me some Wide Arches for Christmas. So i'll need to wait to have those fitted before the Works can go on.

I'll be wrapping them in 205/50 Rainsport 3 tyres. They seem to have a very good review and they're pretty good price wise.

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