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    If I were starting again I'd look seriously at a hydramat. The way I see it now, I can probably do the relocation for next to nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guido View Post
    If I were starting again I'd look seriously at a hydramat. The way I see it now, I can probably do the relocation for next to nothing.
    Ah, well as long as the pump from the fuel cell to the surge tank is always primed it won't matter that the surge tank is higher.

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    And finished the bonnet latching. The front 2 brackets were a little more tricky due to guard/bonnet curvature and concourse/symmetrical panel gaps...

    Under manufacturer recommendation I've used a traditional pin for the middle front, made up a little spacer so it's wedged in tight. This took a bit of adjustment to get just right because of the original dzus bracket height and it's proximity to the bottom of the bonnet.

    I had to remove the rear bonnet posts (pictured) as they were making it very hard to remove the bonnet. Every time you gave the bonnet a slight lift to release the latches the opposite side latches would click back in. By removing the posts you can lift and slide from the front of the bonnet a lot easier.

    But removing these posts means there's little to no support at the back of the bonnet. So I made up some brackets out of aluminium angle so the bonnet doesn't sag in the rear corners.The rear corners may well vibrate a little, so may put another couple of quick latches there, but will try it first as, really, the car is hardly the last bastion of NVH quality.

    Over all I'm very happy with how it's turned out, the bonnet is far easier to remove and put on and is rock solid once down in a way that it never was with the dzus clips. Win!
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    Reorganising the garage today and giving it a good clean out. Have to admit, cracked a bit of a smile when this small loose version of me camped out and started cracking around the garage floor with his favourite cars.
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    Love this pic taken at the last round.
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    I can understand that.
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    Just had some very good used 260/610/16 Hankooks fitted onto the fronts. I'm moving from 290/625/16 and 310/650/16 Dunlops to 260/610/16 and 280/650/18 Hankooks front and rear respectively. While I'm giving up 30mm in width the tyre quality is night and day, these Dunlop's are really an 80s design tyre. Not very quick, fall off a cliff after a few heat cycles and spendy. Have had two mates now who are 2.5 seconds quicker on the Hankooks than fresh Dunlops. Oh, they're cheaper to buy and hold on to performance a hell of a lot longer.

    Bit more stretch on the 10" fronts, but I don't think the bulge of the dunlops was beneficial.
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    Interesting. Same grip but less drag would even be a benefit.
    Lots of minis & mokes including a G13b powered Sports Sedan, a couple of Swift Gtis, a Goggomobil, Porsche 928S, Polo Gti, BMW 540i, a WRX and a few others.

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    I decided to wrap the exhaust side intercooler and inlet piping in heat reflective tape. I'd like to spend a bit of time over the break on the heat management, some ducting from the front of the car to the wastegate (it's up the back behind the strut tower, gets no air flow and I've had 1.5 failures here), fire proof sleeve on the oil lines, wiring and vacuum lines. While I do want to go to a turbo beanie, I might see if I keep this turbo or upgrade it first.

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    With the cracks welded up in the plenum/runners and the new CAS the car seems to be idling so much crisper and cold start is awesome given E85 & no ICCV. So it needs to go back to Scott to tickle the tune now as it was messed with when there were cracks in the inlet. Quick walk around vid, car hadn't been started in a week.

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    Weíve had a couple of wastegate diaphragm failures that could well be attributed to the gate being behind the strut tower at the back of the bay, ie zero airflow. Iíve been perving at more and more turbo circuit car engine bays and noticing many are ducting cool air to the gate. Pretty good idea I thought so Iím now picking up cold air from the grill through the high temp ducting straight to the gate body.
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    Getting the exhaust manifold ceramic coated my also help control the heat, Sam:

    http://www.racecoatings.com.au/coatings/

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    Hey mate, manifold was done a few years back. After many hours on the dyno itís just discoloured. Iíll probably wrap the dump pipe and gate dump and will get a turbo beanie.
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    What compound Hankook's are you using ..............

    I'm on a similar (front) setup 295/625R18 with SS12 compound and was looking at alternatives. Hankooks in that size come in 3 compounds - C3, C5 and C7 - which did you use ??

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    What compound Hankook's are you using ..............

    I'm on a similar (front) setup 290/625R16 with SS12 compound and was looking at alternatives. Hankook's in that size come in 3 compounds - C3, C5 and C7 - which did you use ??
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    The medium compound, C5 from memory. Need to buy some rears before I head out.
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