Low cost S13 Project (all mods inhouse where possible)

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  1. steady eddie

    steady eddie Member

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    Weathers crap and I can't get on so thought it's about time I shared this project with you guys.

    Feel free to help with advice and suggestions on all mods....

    Started this about a year ago so it's no quick build (just whenever I can afford to do things, money and time wise)

    Pics show most things but if you want to know why I've done something a certain way just ask.

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    Slam panel cut and engine removed:
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    Front X member repaired:
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    Tops Strengthened:
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    Front arches Tubbed:
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    Rears Cut and modded:
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    Trial fit:
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    Seat lowered to floor:
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    Cage going in:

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    Primed and painted:

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    Hydro and dash installed:

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    Engine bay ready for engine:

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    Main shell painted:

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    Extra bracing for the inner wings:

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    Rear arms....

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    Front arms....

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    cut and extended 25mm for extra track width:

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    Completed:

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    Before I go much further with the front suspension I think I need to talk to someone like "Smilybrad" about steering geometry theory after reading his thread on akerman principles.

    I've already extended the track rod arms and installed spacers in rack. I also plan to alter the front subframe to relocate the rack forward and shorten the steering arms. Which should give me all the lock I'll need and also alter the racks turning ratio. (after that things get a bit hazzzzzyyy)
     
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    fucking hell.
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    thats some pretty good "low cost back yard" modding going on there!
     
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    top work mate!!! would you be interested in making some for other people?
     
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    Making some what Bigmiker32 ??? almost everything you see I've made myself....:smash:
    Tubbs, suspension arms, underwing braces, suspension top upgrades, steering track rod arms, roll cage, handbrake brackets.

    Not all are the prettiest you can get, but I'm after practicality ;)
     
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    Naice!!! Awesome build so far, keep it up!! :)
     
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    Cheers Mr.
    Inhouse is the only way forward, if you want to keep the budget low (besides it's a little gratifying knowing you've done it yourself)

    Dont get me wrong, if I had the money it would of been completed a lot sooner :thumbs:
     
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    Corey_XR4I XR4I 24V FTW

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    Nice work mate!

    If you need any S13 parts im breaking one and im in sunderland as you know bud
     
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    looking at the cage, maybe?
     
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    xborninthefightx JZX BOSS

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    Wow that is some nice work youve done there. Man I wish I had skills like this when it comes to welding. Keep the updates coming mate.
     
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    Keep up the hard work mate :thumbs:
     
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    Ace work matey weldone to you.

    Will watch this thread closley
     
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    great work mate :thumbs:
     
  19. steady eddie

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    Although it would be great making cages unfortunately ATM it's not feasable as I dont have the proper equipment here...
    I had to take measurements and find angles then take pipework to a company to be bent into shape, return home and trial fit.... etc.(very time consuming)
    Also the cost of the pipe (to us general public at least) is very expensive.

    Bolt-in cages that can be mass produced are far easier.
    These multi point weld in jobbies take time and I have huge respect for the people that create them.

    I have seen people on here advertising their cage making abilities though, have you tried a search???
     
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    Small update......

    Inspired by Calverts steering lock at Norfolk I knocked this up today.

    Rack moved 25mm forward on front subframe:

    I can't believe nobody else has done these already....LMAO

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    While I had it all apart I decided to beef it up a little:

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    I still need to fit it and extend the steering column to reach.
     

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