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TheLaughingCow 3rd January 2014 12:57

Quote:

Originally Posted by oxford1360 (Post 50200)
If they are not from a BMW 2002 then I am a Dutchman.......

clearly you are not a dutchman!

Well spotted!

Got them off FleaBay for 65 the pair, the great thing with these lights as apposed to the mk1 granada lights i was considering is the reversing lights are built in saves me having to fit a seperate reversing light, keeps the back end tidy.

oxford1360 3rd January 2014 13:01

They are very neat and pretty, and suit the car perfectly. They are very "un-kit"

landmannnn 3rd January 2014 19:09

I bought my spacers, 50mm from memory, from freaky parts for about 90 (I think). Had to wait a few weeks.

TheLaughingCow 3rd January 2014 19:55

Thanks, I'll check them out
:typing:

TheLaughingCow 3rd January 2014 20:08

That's exactly what I need,

Scottie22 4th January 2014 07:29

Well done with those rear lights, that's the cleanest look I've seen yet!

Very neat.

Tribute Automotive 4th January 2014 18:05

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Originally Posted by TheLaughingCow (Post 50190)

That's fantastic progress in 3 weeks!

You have beaten us to it with the BMW rear lights, we have 2 pairs in the workshop waiting to be used.

TheLaughingCow 4th January 2014 21:20

Thanks Chris

They say great minds think alike!

I was considering sticking a red bulb in one of the reversing lights to use as the fog light,
But I think it has to be a set distance from the tail/ brake lights to make it 100% legit,

I did take it for a brief blast up the road today, I seem to have some slight rubbing due to the increased wheel size, will probably need to cut back the inner arch fillers, might as well wait til I have the rear spacers.

Hopefully I'll have some workshop space available later in the week so I can tackle the wipers, boot lock and bonnet latch,

Until then I'm going to eBay a few items to try and generate the money for the spacers and wipers.

landmannnn 5th January 2014 09:23

I didn't get much from selling the spare bits off. The hood complete was the only worthwhile bit at 90. Things like the boot lid, rear lights etc I just got a few pounds each so hardly worth the hassle of posting or waiting for people to collect.

zagmad 5th January 2014 11:05

has your mx5 been lowered at all. whats the diameter of the tyre your running. I quite like the combo. bin looking 16x8 and 16x7 and then what tyre to fit . 23inches ish maybe.

TheLaughingCow 6th January 2014 13:54

I believe the overall diameter of the wheels i. A shade under 27 inches
the suspension is completely standard, before I fitted the wheels I was planning on lowering, looking at it now, that won't be possible or necessary.

Running wheels and tyres this big will cause the speedometer to be fairly inaccurate ( about 7mph at 60mph) other than that it's just a matter of clearance
I'm fitting a double din Sat nav stereo which will help me keep an eye on my speed

TheLaughingCow 6th January 2014 13:57

The tyres are 215/55/16 - big and bouncy
wheels are 16x8 et20 offset all round, rears will be spaced 50mm each side

TheLaughingCow 6th January 2014 14:03

I've been looking at a few other builds, has anyone managed to use either the original bonnet or boot latch to latch the bonnet? I notice there's not a lot of room, so I would be cutting into the metal in front of the rad.

Most builds seem to use bonnet pins, I'd quite like to use the original bonnet release lever/cable

Mister Towed 6th January 2014 17:44

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheLaughingCow (Post 50356)
I believe the overall diameter of the wheels i. A shade under 27 inches
the suspension is completely standard, before I fitted the wheels I was planning on lowering, looking at it now, that won't be possible or necessary.

Running wheels and tyres this big will cause the speedometer to be fairly inaccurate ( about 7mph at 60mph) other than that it's just a matter of clearance
I'm fitting a double din Sat nav stereo which will help me keep an eye on my speed

You might find your speedo is actually more accurate with the larger tyres. Most speedos over read by about 10% so you're typically travelling at about 54mph when it reads 60.

You can check how much difference your tyres will make to the speedo with this handy tool -

http://www.kouki.co.uk/utilities/vis...ize-calculator

Just enter your original and new tyre sizes and it'll tell you the difference. So long as the error isn't much more than 10% slower than actual speed you should be fine. Check it against your sat nav speed and you might be surprised.

zagmad 6th January 2014 18:42

er kouki says 30mph on dial you actually be doing 35.9 same nock on affect with 60 actual is 71. same amount of turns 19%further distance travelled. something like that. I think i'll need a gps thing too

Mister Towed 6th January 2014 18:55

Quote:

Originally Posted by zagmad (Post 50372)
er kouki says 30mph on dial you actually be doing 35.9 same nock on affect with 60 actual is 71. same amount of turns 19%further distance travelled. something like that. I think i'll need a gps thing too

Hmm, that's quite a big difference that could land you some unwelcome points.

There are companies that will recalibrate speedos, for a price, but I know one Sammio builder who just checked with a GPS and marked the speedo glass with a chinagraph pencil at the relevant points. Works for him...

scimjim 6th January 2014 20:18

I use http://www.willtheyfit.com which seems to think that 215/55x16 are 643mm dia (a tad over 25") but it's always best to use the tech spec of the tyres rather than the generic size as they can vary quite wildly.

TheLaughingCow 16th January 2014 15:20

Update time!

Finally i managed to get a mornings work done on the MX250

The petrol tank filler is extended, The shiny aston petrol cap is for the classic mini, about 15 from huddersfield spares

http://www.minispares-online.co.uk/c...-classic-mini/

it fits perfectly, requires slightly longer M4 grub screws than it is supplied with but it allows the original mx5 cap to be used inside. A modified mini fuel tank rubber is used as well so the neck can be fitted from above with countersunk screws but remain hidden under the rubber seal.

I also have a dummy filler neck which ive modifiel to allow it to fit to the original mx5 neck extension, this allows a locking mini cap to fit inside the aston cap, i'll fit this if / when someone robs my petrol!

http://www.minispares-online.co.uk/d...-classic-mini/

http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/y...ps3c4e04e3.jpg

TheLaughingCow 16th January 2014 15:28

Wiper arms arrived yesterday from www.motoringclassics.co.uk

http://www.motoringclassics.co.uk/wiper-arm/p2104

The 16" stainless blades came from ebay (boltonbits) who i have used a fair bit with mini parts and always send items quickly and can't be beaten on price..... not bad for 15 a pair

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/16-Stainle...ht_1813wt_1161

i will need to remove all the brightwork to get it polished before i wrap the car, the wipers are a little dull for my liking and could do with a few minutes on the polishing wheel!

http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/y...ps7177ba0d.jpg

TheLaughingCow 16th January 2014 15:31

The washer jet is an ajustable aftermarket stainless classic mini one. They come in pairs but have twin jets so i only fitted one

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CLASSIC-MI...#ht_272wt_1161


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