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Old 05-10-2017, 09:22 AM   #856
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ring gaps inline isnt the issue mate they rotate in the bore when in use, I stagger them on customers builds as its just good practice but i throw em on any old way on my own builds, with the exception of 3 piece oil rings, where I make sure the spring gap and scraper gaps are 180 deg apart.

have another look at the piston, particulerly between 1&2 ring. and also look at the top ring gap with the piston out the engine, if the gap on the top ring is really narrow compared to the 2nd ring, the top ring has annealed and lost its tension.

EDIT if the top ring has annealed and the ringland between 1&2 is ok them there are some fairly stout pistons!
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Old 05-10-2017, 04:09 PM   #857
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the ringland looks good, will check the ring gap. rings and liners will get replaced anyway
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:28 PM   #858
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small update on things, I've been trying to sort my dampers for a while, the gaz ones were knackered after only a couple of thousand miles so I put on some old koni's I had lying around and these were ok but not adjustable and past their best so I decided to try some protechs as everyone raves about them. Unfortunately the brand new protechs rattled on rough surfaces and although probably not noticable on a track car or loud road car it was clearly audible in mine and drove me mad so i sent them back to be inspected and rebuilt. They still rattled so protech agreed to send me another new pair to try and again they rattled, to be fair the customer service and turnaround from protech was fantastic but unfortunately we couldn't solve the problem so i returned them and they gave me a refund.
I had a few minor issues with the car including what felt like clutch judder (a new borg&beck clutch was fitted less than a year ago) and some rattles as well as the damper problem. Well i decided to fit new engine mounts as the old ones were from a scrapyard so i've no idea how old they are, I also fitted the KYB dampers and tried to fix some rattles. Usually when you have been chasing problems for a while and keep trying to fix them you expect the problem to still be there so i was pleasantly surprised when i went for a test drive and all the problems were fixed in one hit! The dampers are silent and handle fantastically - better than both the gaz and protechs, the clutch judder has gone and the car it rattle free, it was a joy to drive!
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:25 PM   #859
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Nice one
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Old 26-01-2018, 04:57 PM   #860
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I've been looking for some roof bars for a while as my roof rack is only a show rack and can't take much weight. I found these and have not seen a set like them before, I think they are 60's and french but apart from that I don't know much about them. I think they suit the mini perfectly and look fantastic, I have given them a sympathetic restoration as I didn't want to loose the patina:
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It means I can now carry all my camping gear in my roof box and my bike
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Old 26-01-2018, 05:49 PM   #861
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I like those


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Old 26-01-2018, 06:29 PM   #862
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yeah they weren't cheap but i've not seen any as nicely made, they're well engineered and all made out of aluminium so are light and have aged well
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Old 26-01-2018, 06:51 PM   #863
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Nice find, look period correct for your car too.


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Old 16-03-2018, 05:09 PM   #864
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been fiddling again. I've made the mini nice and quiet now with lots of sound proofing, a relatively quiet exhaust and induction so that motorway speeds are very comfortable. But I've been missing that raucus straight through mini sound for a while so have modified my exhaust using an electric cut-out valve. I've tee'd off a pipe before the back box that has this valve then a second tailpipe (which is out of obvious view below the valance). With the valve closed the exhaust operates as before with the added benefit of the tube acting as a helmholtz resonator - reducing noise even more. With the valve open the gases bypass the rear box for fruity sounds. The valve can be set in any position so the volume can be varied, this way I can have it nice and quiet for long/family journeys and loud for when I want to be a boy racer. I've not had a chance to re-fit the exhaust or test it yet but will report back soon
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Old 16-03-2018, 05:36 PM   #865
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Well, Iím not sure what to say!
I looked at those valves a while ago and thought about something similar, however it was going to be much more basic than that.


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Old 16-03-2018, 08:50 PM   #866
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Old 16-03-2018, 09:23 PM   #867
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What a tart!

How is this controlled? You'll have to let us know if there is any difference performance wise or just sound.
Could pass a few sound checks before being switched

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Old 17-03-2018, 02:02 AM   #868
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What a tart!

How is this controlled? You'll have to let us know if there is any difference performance wise or just sound.
Could pass a few sound checks before being switched
Problem is, on track they have got wise to this. Track side sound checks are in places of hard acceleration.

Great for getting to venues though. Well done.

I'll stick with my Cherrybomb. Get loads of people coming to me say how nice mine sounds.
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Old 17-03-2018, 08:04 AM   #869
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It's controlled by a switch on the dash, I doubt very much if there will be any performance gain, it is purely for noise. It will be left closed for track days to pass sound checks and i think after a few hours on the track it might get a bit wearing anyway.
I'm hoping it will sound a bit like a cherrybomb exhaust as it will still be going through the first box which is like a cherrybomb
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Old 17-03-2018, 09:56 AM   #870
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Could be interestsing if you were to get pulled by the police wanab's for your exhaust being to loud, leave it wide open all the way to where they are going the do a noise test then close it when you get there then it's as quiet as a mouse well nearly!
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