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Old 23rd May 2016, 20:06
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hi Craig hope this helps,the drains are plastic plumbing pipe with the metal inserts that go inside. I set the inserts into the channel and glued the pipe to it from underneath with the pipe going through the boot floor,also here are some pics of the rubber window seal
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Old 23rd May 2016, 21:40
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Thanks Ned. You are a star. Only just finished working on the car and looking at the pics on my phone. Will have a look on the laptop at work tomorrow. Cheers again mate.
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Old 23rd May 2016, 23:21
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Hi Craig

I am building my MX250 at the moment as well and come across the same problem of the front end sitting to high. I have based mine on a MK2 body and ended up cutting the corner supports off and reglasssing the corners back in at a smaller dimension so that it sat lower and also had to cut out the corner of the light support to miss the headlight buckets.
I then made a bracket to pick up the front brace in front of the radiator to bolt the front end to.

Have attached some photo's of what I have done and how low I got the front end although the last photo is upside down as I took it with my phone and can't seem to rotate it round.

Nick
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Old 24th May 2016, 03:53
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Old 24th May 2016, 20:25
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Hi Craig

I am building my MX250 at the moment as well and come across the same problem of the front end sitting to high. I have based mine on a MK2 body and ended up cutting the corner supports off and reglasssing the corners back in at a smaller dimension so that it sat lower and also had to cut out the corner of the light support to miss the headlight buckets.
I then made a bracket to pick up the front brace in front of the radiator to bolt the front end to.

Have attached some photo's of what I have done and how low I got the front end although the last photo is upside down as I took it with my phone and can't seem to rotate it round.

Nick
Thanks for the tips and pics Nick. Really neat job. Got some prep work done on the front last night - headlights and indicators cut out, first of the 3 vents cut out and shaped. Now just waiting for a full day of good weather to get the front end off, all the trimming and shaping done, front wiring and then hopefully back on. Thanks again.
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Old 27th May 2016, 18:28
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Hi folks. I am looking at changing my insurance to reflect the kit as i reckon i will be ready for a 1st drive by mid / late June. I remember reading on someones thread about an insurance company who specialise in kit cars and are doing MX250's for about 200 quid a year, limited mileage. Problem is i can't find it again - any pointers? Cheers guys.
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Old 27th May 2016, 18:32
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Start with Adrian Flux, but try google too.
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Old 27th May 2016, 19:19
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Start with Adrian Flux, but try google too.
Adrian Flux..................... that was the one.

Cheers dude!
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Old 28th May 2016, 08:37
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Mention that you are a member of the Tribute Owners Club and there might be a discount too.
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Old 29th May 2016, 22:25
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Hi guys, I have had a good couple of days on the car and things are progressing quite nicely. Front end came back off, all electrics for the front lights extended, then set about front end off, on, off, on for trimming to get the height right. Got that to where I am happy and then got the front bonded, bolted and riveted on:



I will wait for tomorrow to take the screws out, give the glue time to go off. Then will get my first skim of chopped strand on there.

In the mean time I got all the front lights wired in and mounted. Had a drama with the left hand indicators - every time I indicated left it didn't work and the wipers came on! Took me over an hour to trace the problem. I took all the heat shrink off my splicings, re-did them, still the same! Turned out to be a bad earth and the indicator was trying to find an earth through the wiper motor???? Anyway all sorted and in.



Tomorrow the forecast is good, so hoping to get a skim of filler on, the other 2 vents cut out on the front and then start shaping an filling ready for the bonnet hinges. All good!!!!

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Old 14th July 2016, 22:34
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Hi folks. I haven't been on here for 6 weeks or so for one reason and another:

1. We had family visiting from Cape Town so she who must be obeyed had a long list of stuff that needed doing - decorating the downstairs toilette, the dining room, cleaning all windows inside and out,

2. Then we had the 10 day visit of family (my family so I shouldn't complain).

3. The weather in Belfast has been awful - after a fantastic spring the weather in the last month has been s***e, barely a day without rain at some stage or another.

Having said all that I have still managed to do a bit and have the all the front lights in and vents cut:



I have some very nice windscreen washer jets in (and working):



All 3 front vents cut and a test fit of the chrome surround:



The bonnet hinges fitted (needs some filling and smoothing to fit correctly):


Really hoping it will be on the road in the next 2 weeks so I can visit some paint shops and get quotes for paint!

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Old 15th July 2016, 07:36
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Exciting times, it looks like a lot of work,I'm glad I favour the z3 options.
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Old 21st July 2016, 21:22
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Hi guys, need a bit of advice on wheel spacers. Due to being on a budget I opted for a second hand set of 16x8's. Front end are spot on (see pics), however the rears are lost in the rear arches (even with 25mm spacers). I am contemplating upping the tyre width from 195 (on the wheels when bought) for 225, but am also thinking I should go for wider spacers. Is there a max width you can go to over 25mm (safely)? And does anyone know of a stockist? Cheers.


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Old 21st July 2016, 22:22
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Smash knows about this stuff i believe
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Old 21st July 2016, 22:28
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50mm seems to be what several people have done, including me.
I got a pair from freaky parts, about 70
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Old 21st July 2016, 22:29
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50mm seems to be what several people have done, including me.
I got a pair from freaky parts, about 70
Excellent!!!! Thanks mate, appreciated. Off to look at 'freaky parts'.
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Old 21st July 2016, 23:02
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50mm seems to be what several people have done, including me.
I got a pair from freaky parts, about 70
Ordered, 90 quid (including postage). Result!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Landmann. Pictures will be up as soon as they arrive and are fitted.
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Old 22nd July 2016, 09:53
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Took about 3 weeks to come for me, but included a free Freaky Parts sticker!
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Old 22nd July 2016, 11:02
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Took about 3 weeks to come for me, but included a free Freaky Parts sticker!
Result - you cant knock a free sticker!!!!!!!!!
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Old 25th July 2016, 22:43
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Well the last week or so has been quite busy (in between LOTS of rain showers).

50mm rear spacers for the rear ordered (thanks for the pointer landmannn), however the engineer is on leave so 4 weeks to delivery.

Been working on getting the car legal ready for hitting the Ulster Kit Car Show on the 06 August as I have got friendly with a guy who is a member and is building one himself. He is nowhere near finished his and has asked me to take mine to the show:

So bonnet pins fitted, boot locking mechanism 'sorted' (more about that later).
Started thinking about getting the car water tight (although that will be difficult as Chris still owes me a rear window), so need to source some rubber sheeting to manufacture arch liners from. Started waterproofing the 'boot extension'.
Side repeaters fitted.
Changed the drivers door window (chipped it due to door shut needing shaping I forgot and had the window all the way up and swung the door shut).
Wing mirrors fitted.
Battery charged.
Confident that (weather permitting) we will be legal and water tight by the end of this weekend (less the rear window - clear sheeting and duck tape here we come).

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