matmidgley

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I had ordered lowering springs and was planning on upgraded the shocks also, but the shocks were out of stock so sold the springs and these arrived yesterday

 

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also changed the practice wrap inside from blue to black

 

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and wrapped the mirrors also

 

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plan is to wrap the roof next.

 

the car is booked in for beginning of next month to have the coilovers and braided brake lines fitted

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crappy pictures but you can see it looks much better, i may go lower yet but it was pre set at 40mm drop on front

 

coilovers now fitted along with braided lines well 3/4 of them, 1 was faulty and waiting on a replacement from scoobyworx

 

took it in for alignment today and even tho its now on coilovers and camber bolts added he said it was all straight only the toe on the front was out. so he sorted that.

 

and after reading all the scare stories about coilovers were going to shake my bones to pieces I can defo say they feel so much better than oem, I only notice its stiffer when going over speed humps. am very happy so far. :)

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done a few more things to it since the last post but have not taken any pics yet.

re did the centre console and mirrors with black plastidip with glossifier over the top. I think it looks really nice more OEM.

I also added tinted repeaters, reverse cam, dash cam, added a android stick for my appradio so thats permanently on now so no more needing to plug in my phone, blue wheel nuts, upgraded to rear whiteline droplinks and rear whiteline adjustable arb and added a front strut brace.

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Cracking looking car mate! How hard was it to fit the boost gauge? I am considering doing one exactly like yours but the part that puts me off is wiring the power to it :D

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Its been a while since posted here, car developed ringland few weeks ago with 1 cracked ringland. The amount of time and effort I have put in getting her like I want I decided to rebuild.

Its currently with Andy Williams at WMS being forged.

Along with a few other mods:

Forged Build

Scoobyworx 3 port boost solenoid

Omni 4 Bar map sensor

Precision turbo 5530

Sti intercooler

Exedy Pink Box Stage1 Clutch

cant wait to get it back, next on the list will be 6 speed upgrade

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I gave in, bought 6 speed upgrade. Simtek ecu for maffless, al and launch control, 750cc Injectors and RCM 340lph fuel pump. All getting fitted this week coming and booked in for mapping on 19th :)

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Project creep kicking in nicely then 😊

Nice choice of engine builder and parts too 😎

Just be careful of simtek,  as the aftermarket updates and care have slipped recently. 

If yours is drive by wire throttle ? Afaik the standard ecu with ecutek software will do multi maps ,launch control and flat foot shifting 😉

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I was going to stick to opensource which could of enabled those afaik but he said id be limited to 400bhp

Just went with simtek as all the parts are being put back together from Rich at fflat4 via wms and they use Steve simpson for mapping and is what they recommended.

Should of planned it better from the start tho lol, bought new clutch n flywheel for 5 speed as was gonna chance it for a bit. And then abandonned that idea. So will be selling them.

Also bought a VF48 before ringland failure as was gonna map and never used that either.

What started as a 5k budget got smashed and then some....

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Don't get me wrong the simtek works , just not many mappers use it due to the lack of support but if your local tuner does , it will do the job .

Just thought I'd mention Ecu tek as its licensed ,not open sourced and has better tech support than open source software like esl ,Cobb, rom raider ect .

Sounds like your gonna end up with a tidy scooby by the end of it ..... who ever said  "money can't buy happiness "  obviously never owned a modded scooby 😉

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Too true lol. Cannot wait to get it back haha. Will be very different from when i sent it.

Fyi my ringland symtoms were nothing like I had seen online, no oil use, no smoke, running nicely. I thought it was head gasket as it was overflowing from coolant expansion, but no other symtoms. Once stripped he confirmed 1 cracked ringland.

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Well, had it back since about september.

Has not been smooth sailing, had a few problems which should not of been with a well rep builder.

1st up had it overheat about 2 weeks into getting her back, coolant was not returning to the turbo tank. luckily I noticed before damage was done. After investigating I found that the wrong radiator cap had been put back on. (mishimoto rad installed by builder, mishimoto 1.3bar cap on top tank but the header 1.1bar was put on the radiator instead of the 1.37), then found loose clamps on hoses and leaks from coolant system.

After that there was a weep from the turbo feed oil hose which quickly turned into a cloud of smoke from the scoop (this was also supplied by them) after trying to nip it up a few times with no luck, i removed to find a home made badly drilled banjo. Have since replaced that and the hose and the leak has gone.

But now it seems I am having it randomly fire on 3 cyl and missfires, I think it may be a leaking injector (also supplied and fit) as can smell fuel on passenger side. Oil on the dipstick smells strongly of petrol changed twice in 4k miles.

Beginning to wish I had gone elsewhere.

Did not make the numbers I expected after buying everything suggested, after first mapping session started to run lean and stall. took it back and made slightly better and no longer stalls but not quite right. could now be running too rich...

I have picked up a fmic and will get a short ram induction next and hopefully see better numbers.

Made just under 390/430

will try bob rawle mapping next, i think he does it near me.

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Bob Rawle does have a great reputation - shame your investments have not given you a proper return - but I know that feeling

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Sounds like you've been a busy boi then mat 😎

I've only ever heard good reports from Andy's work , hopefully it will be sorted out though .

I wouldn't get too caught up in numbers , a well set up and well balanced car makes for a much better drive than some laggy pub figure imo . Nice to hear you've been busy ,keep us posted on how you get on chap 👍

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