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Old 16-10-2017, 01:07 PM   #586
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big oxy torch is a bit awkward in there a small gas welding torch will do enuff to help,
or touch a ark welding rod on it and make it stick and get someone to turn ark off,
is it diferant to mini hilo?
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Old 16-10-2017, 01:34 PM   #587
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Probably just best to pull the top arm pin and remove it that way the you can work on it on the bench to free it up. I find for things like that to use Silicon Grease as it is inert so wont cause corrosion due to the dissimilar metals.
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Old 16-10-2017, 02:51 PM   #588
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If you compress the cone with a compression tool, will that give enough room for it to drop out?
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Old 16-10-2017, 04:14 PM   #589
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If you compress the cone with a compression tool, will that give enough room for it to drop out?
He's using Watsons inboard coil springs, not rubber cones unfortuantely
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Old 16-10-2017, 04:24 PM   #590
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He's using Watsons inboard coil springs, not rubber cones unfortuantely
Ah, OK, I have coils myself too. No easy way to compress those.
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Old 05-11-2017, 07:40 PM   #591
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Had an issue with the engine cutting out every time it was at idle. It wouldn't start without pressing the gas pedal. It would drive ok but had to hold the gas pedal at every junction.

I have swapped the idle control valve. The bottom two screws are a pig. It instantly solved the problems.

Still not done the Hi Lo. Not sure it is needed as is ok where it is set now.
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Old 17-01-2018, 04:19 PM   #592
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Just been quietly using Phoenix and not had any major drama.

Decided to use it to get to work last night. First snow test for the Quaife since fitting it a year ago. I can confirm it works really well. I wish I'd put my Go Pro on but not usually "good fun" driving to work. Anyway, I got up some very steep hills with about 2" of snow cover. I was up there with the 4x4's! All good until I reached this.



I sat in traffic for over 2.5 hours meaning I was late for work (a very rare occasion). The slope in the distance on picture causing massive issues for modern cars. I'd just come up one 3 times that gradient. Phoenix just sat happily keeping me nice and warm and never missed a beat.

Overall, happy with the Mini. Not happy with the council/traffic.
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Old 17-01-2018, 04:23 PM   #593
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Nice one, I'm glad you're enjoying Phoenix again after all the issues with the other one.

Rwd could have been fun though??!

My northern friends have been getting stuck a lot this last couple of days, no snow down here though!
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Old 17-01-2018, 04:30 PM   #594
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This is why I don't want to start chasing power with Phoenix. It just works. That's what it was built for. To use, all year round.

Scorpion was a nightmare even before I bought it. I have the turbo engine built for it and have considered fitting it into Phoenix but quite honestly, the extra power would so rarely be used it's a waste of time and money.
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Old 17-01-2018, 04:57 PM   #595
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Cool in more ways than one! If it was snowy more often 2 ski nny steels and mud/snow tyres would help out
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Old 17-01-2018, 06:00 PM   #596
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spot on Andrew, I'm using mine as much as i can, not afraid to use it in snow and rain either and it just keeps going, the vvc makes such a good usable, reliable (very fast) road engine.
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Old 15-03-2018, 03:45 PM   #597
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Been quiet in this section so I'll post even mild dramas.

Was using Phoenix for work last night when one of the lads said you have a tail light out and number plate light not working.

Got home number plate light was just filthy! Quick wipe, sorted.

Tail light is a mk2 type. Wasn't the best unit when fitted and has now got worse. Screws were stuck. Philips heads are almost round. Struggled but got them out. Bulb had blown. It was black. But it was stuck. WD40 and a bit of careful persuasion, got it out. Spring wasn't working. More WD40 and I did get it working ok. Fitted replacement bulb. All works fine again.

Drop of oil on screws and fitted lense back on.

It all works fine but not the best of units. I'm sure it will pass MOT like that so is ok for me.
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Old 15-03-2018, 03:51 PM   #598
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I live in a world of snow and salt, so I fill all of my sockets and plugs with dielectric grease - never have a problem .
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Old 14-04-2018, 05:43 PM   #599
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Chasing rust again.

I bought a replacement door off eBay about 18 months ago but haven't got round to fitting it. It's been taped up for MOT last year but is getting worse. So finally got round to fitting it today.



Usual fitting issues, adding packing etc but got there in the end.

Had fun with the catch. Someone has been here before and lost the small circlips holding the bars to the catch. So a blob of weld on the top secured them.



Had to grind that off then replaced with a nylock nut and bolt.

All fitted but needs a full car painting session...

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Old 28-05-2018, 05:53 PM   #600
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Finally got round to painting Phoenix. Got the Poundland rollers and paintbrushes out and got cracking.









I also raised the rear for Wales but think I got a bit carried away. Think I'll drop it a bit.
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