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A little progress following my Scooby. Never done a thread like this before but with the Scooby I'm hoping I will actually have something to show at some point. It's not going to be updated that often as I spend a lot of time away and don't get as much chance to play with it as I really would like, but hey it pays the bills

 

So anyway a few pics of when I first picked it up in january this year

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It has a Ninja 2 back box, turbo smart dump valve fog covers and tints, still pretty standard.

 

First thing I wanted to do was tint the rear window as for some reason the back 2 sides were already done. Maybe the last owner wanted to be able to see when he was reversing at night  ;) If I ever get them redone I will have them Lighter so its not so much of a Limo/drug dealer look

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the astra in the background is my trusty workhorse btw

 

First job on the list was the headlights, imo they looked a bit weedy. It's hard to explain but I didn't get along with them. So for the huge sum of £10 I purchased the supplies to go from this

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to this

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If anyones interested and wants a write up let me know  but basically it involves sticking them in the oven

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pulling them apart

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painting them putting them back together. I fitted some chromed indicator bulbs so there is now no orange at all.

 

In the future I have thought about completely changing the layout of the lights just to be different but will have to wait and see and get my fire extinguisher topped up first. B)

 

Waiting to be fitted is a turbo back double decat de res centre with 3 different backboxes to choose from so I can get the sound just right

 

Future plans are

STI Rear Wing

Front Winglets

Front splitter

alloys

Current alloys to be powder coated dark grey/charcoal and used as winter wheels

Head unit

Power mods to sub 300bhp

 

Be gentle...

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Looking good - and some off-roading there as well ;)

 

the lights do look a lot better de-tangoed IMO so a simple but effective mod - dont worry about how long it takes, we have no plans for disappearing just yet :)

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Wow talk of annealing takes me back to my days of training. Don't think ally would anneal at 180C but definitely think if there were micro fractures beforehand it would stress them as the metal expands under heat and amplifying weak points in the wheel. Think ill stay clear of powder coating these wheels then and will just spray them instead.

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wrt the powder coating wheels - I have done car and bike wheels with no problems, I certainly wouldn't have risked a wheel failure on my bike - If I was running wheels purely for the track I would paint them to save weight but I have always have the work done at specialist wheel refurb and powdercoat places.

 

Does it seem a bit more of a coincidence that it appeared to be the same type of scooby wheel that failed??

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I never thought about the effects on the metal, but having seen failures happen, to me it is a concern.

 

I'd rather warn someone so they can make their own decisions, rather than not say anything and have an alloy fail

 

have you read the links in the thread?

 

I bet most are 'over engineered' but those designed with strict tolerances could be affected with the heat treatment

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That's a fair comment and absolutely the right thing to do -

 

yes I read all the threads in the links, that's where I saw the commonality of failures on the particular Subaru wheel style, the one type seemed to have examples of failures over others

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here is some info from not just wheels in Nottingham - basically if you dont know how your wheels were made or have any doubts dont do it

http://www.notjustwheels.co.uk/index.html

Powder Coating or Wet Painting Wheels

In short, Powder Coating alloy wheels should not be an option.


In certain wheels, powder coating could be dangerous


For one,
unless you know what your wheels are entirely made of you should not
expose them to temperatures of up to 400°F as this can alter the
strength the wheel affords at the molecular level. Forged aluminium
wheels should especially, as these will almost certainly lose much of
their strength. Re-crystallisation can begin at around 300°F depending
on the make up of the alloy compound.


Powder coated wheels chip easily


Powder Coat
is very tough indeed, but this is its greatest downfall when used on
alloy wheels or anything else where is is subject to possible stone
chips. Powder coat is simply too brittle and chips when subjected to
high speed stone chips. This side effect can easily be compared to that
of an old army issue enamel mug.


Impossible to repair without a having full refurbishment again


You can’t
buy touch up paint to match the colour of your wheels, you’d have to get
the closest colour to it which probably wouldn’t be quite right. If you
curbed your wheels again after a powder coat refurbishment you are
forced only to go to the refurbishers who did them before and hope that
they haven’t discontinued your colour. If they went out of business or
moved away you’d be guaranteed not to be able to find anyone else to
match that colour as these are normally ‘stock colours’.


Limited range of finishes


Most wheel
powder coat refurbishers can only offer a range of between 10 and 20
different finishes. Here at Not Just Wheels you can choose from over
40,000 different colours which you can look at on our colour swatches,
we’d never expect you to look through all of them so, let us know before
you visit us what you’re after and we’ll get a few suggestions ready
for you.


Can’t match to manufacturers OEM colours


If you
require OEM matching Powder Coat Wheel Refurbishers might apply a coat
of base coat and lacquer to match them to your current standard colour,
this will certainly be more expensive than their standard prices and
just from a cost point of view you might as well have had a professional
refurbishment by Not Just Wheels in the first place using the same
process the manufacturers have used since alloy wheels became popular.


Lots of Orange Peel


Unlike
spraying paint, it is impossible to control the finish of powder coat
as it simply sits as it dries in the oven, you will still get a glossy
finish but nowhere near as glossy as with paint. We have 2 Devilbiss GTi
Pro paint guns, one of them set up specifically for applying the base
coat to ensure even cover of the metallic flakes, the other gun is set
up to apply the clear coat lacquer in the most even possible manner,
massively reducing the orange peel effect.

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Fitted this yesterday

Did some research and 99% sure its a H&S system either way it cost me £80 was an absolute bargain and sounds fantastic. So much character so happy with it. The tip suits the car so much more than my old ninja 2 as well

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Today had a play with my choice of backboxes bottom one is fitted middle is my old ninja 2, this lost a lot of the character and just made it a bit droney and the top one was similar to the bottom one so decided i preferred the look of the bottom one

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