Project Slowboi

Thread in 'Project Cars and Builds Threads' started by Bilbo, Jan 8, 2019.

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  1. Bilbo

    Bilbo New Member

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    Yo.

    So after 5+ years on MX-5 forums I decided I needed to find another place to post my car related stuff, now being an IS owner.

    Had a couple of mk2 5s in the past, then had a Eunos, which was my favourite of the bunch.

    Got it looking pretty good at one point, had HSD DualTechs, JBW Superlight 13s, stainless exhaust, decat, Sparco Sprint, side mounts, dished wheel, Randall Cowl intake, and a Speeduino standalone ECU:

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    After all that I decided to go lifted:

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    Yeah, bit weird but was fun and could go over mini roundabouts at 40, which was a laugh. Pretty shortlived, stripped it back to fairly standard and sold on.



    Great car, but anyway after years of just owning 5s I decided I need some cheap 4 door vibes. So in late October I ended up with an IS200:

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    Picked it up pretty cheap, and while it had 152,000 miles everything works pretty well with just a few bits needing sorting for MOT in late Jan.
     
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    A week after buying the radiator decided to go pop, so grabbed a new one for 50 quid off Ebay and got it sorted in a multistory with a mate:

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    Job done.

    The car was basically silent, so went down to local Powerflow and got a straight pipe backbox made up:

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    Looks a bit nicer with the new shiny tip (giggidy), but with pre-cats, main cat, and centre silencer it's still a really subtle sound, so I'll be sorting that soon.

    I then got some cheap interior LEDs from Ebay and fitted in the footwell:

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    I do have a bit of a soft spot for all things neon to be honest! #2001called


    So anyway main thing we all know other than how slow these are, is how crap those rear lights look these days, very dated!

    Bit of masking:

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    Bit of tint spray:

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    Half done:

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    Sorted:

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    Much better!


    That's about it so far, sorted a couple of other bits, it had some horrible HID lights in the non-projector IS200 housings which are both shit and illegal in equal measure, plus you get flashed constantly at night on country roads, so I ripped those out and refitted halogens, set of Osram Nightbreakers. Much better.

    Quite a few plans for it, just need to get it through MOT this month, only thing I can see is an exhaust blow, so fingers crossed will pass after that.

    Plans are as follows:

    Change number plates, currently on pressed German style aluminium plates, not really my thing. Bought some replacement import square plates but annoyingly ordered wrong size, so still waiting on those.
    Coilovers (currently on 30mm springs fitted by PO but not a fan of springs and the drop isn't all that)
    Decat (either manifold pre-cats, or main cat, not sure which yet)
    Wheels (R33 GTR wheels look decent, or something else Japanese)
    Fit Sparco Sprint

    After that I'll just see where it goes based on budget, decent car so far though!
     
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    I liked the Eunos. I've literally just picked on up and will be throwing it on 13s. Were they 13x7 et-7 yeh?
     
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    Cheers man, was a good car! Yeah they were JBW Superlight 13x7 ET -7 with 185/60/14 Falken ZE914. Can't fault that setup, I think the wheels were 5.4kg without tyres, not really light, but still fairly light compared to some other aftermarket wheels. You have to run quite low to pull it off, but 13s on a mk1 look amazing.

    Is yours a 1.6? I only ask as you'll struggle fitting 13s over 1.8 brakes.
     
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    Nah it's a 1.8, but a guy I skid with has the exact setup and it's fine, maybe a 5mm slip on. He has run that set up for ages and I think the only issue was the calliper needed a slight shave once new pads were put on.
     
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    Ah fair, depends on the wheel used as well. Some 13s do fit 1.8s, but I know some styles you'd struggle. Just make sure the wheel weights aren't stacked too high haha. I had about 5mm gap to caliper on mine with 1.6 brakes.
     
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    1.8 import 13x7 et-7 wheels the same as yours. Fits spot on! 17545235_10155173337394836_1357293094282451855_o.
     
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    Well I never would have thought they would fit, but fair play! Also fair play for drifting on 13s, you have to be really quite low to achieve a good look with them.
     
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    Neither did I, but he has run them for years now with no problem. I guess it's just internet rubbish - a pair of 13s didn't fit for one guy so now everyone avoids 13s.
     

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