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Old 11-02-2019, 04:24 PM   #2611
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Did you have the same as mine or the earlier version that had a spring that was more straight than V shaped?


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I can't really remember - it was pre-vtec so it would have been around 2002-2004 so I guess it was the earlier version
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Old 11-02-2019, 11:11 PM   #2612
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can you post a couple images of your gear change instant custard please
it dont look like you used any swivel joints,might copy this as one off the jobs am still to do

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Old 12-02-2019, 09:10 AM   #2613
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Here some pics of my gear change, I should mention it doesnít have much throw at all and some folk struggle with the lack of movement, I personally never had an issue with it and when you want a fast gear change, then as long as you know where the gears are this is quick.
Initially going for 5th used to mean the gear lever would be pushing up against the side of my seat and youíd be punching yourself in the leg to change into 5th but I then fitted a MiniSport quick shift and that sorted that issue out, without the quick shift kit there is a bit more travel in the lever for gear changes, itís still much tighter than a MG/Rover linkage, Iím not actually a fan of how much travel and sloppiness the MG/Rover seems to feel like it has in comparison now.

On the extra bit youíll need to drill a hole through it to allow for an M4 bolt, this joint will also act as slight ďUJĒ and take up any misalignment,
The steady rod lines up perfectly with a hole on my gearbox, I have a home made subframe and you may need to put a bend or a spacer in depending on your engine position


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Old 12-02-2019, 09:46 PM   #2614
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Like an idiot, I was too eager to drop the engine place a while back, thinking Iíd be ok to fit the top arms afterwards, well, I made my life very difficult, but I swore at it a few times and got there eventually!


The other side wonít be so bad as thereís not an engine block in the way and the gearbox isnít blocking the way for the pin to slide in easily, got some stone chip to apply on the other side before I can refit the shock mount so Iíll crack on with that next then I can fit my driveshafts, but before that I really need to get under from that side and finish welding in the extra bar on the subframe for the big a cut out.


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Old 12-02-2019, 10:55 PM   #2615
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yeah i done that as well,pain in the pineapple
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Old 13-02-2019, 08:32 AM   #2616
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Iím just glad I managed to do it still without having to remove the engine.
Iíve fitted red dot cones up front and upgraded the cheap hi-loís for the proper MiniSpares homologated set.
I was going to run standard cones on the rear and I built up the rear subframe with them fitted but a pair of red dot cones came up for sale that hadnít been used, so I snapped them up because they were a bargain and now Iím thinking Iíll use those on the rear but I canít decide what would be best.


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Old 13-02-2019, 09:43 AM   #2617
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What's that big bumpstop on the top arm?
I'll be interested to see how it rides on the red dots, I considered them for mine but decided i did't want to compromise the ride for road use. I think the might be a bit harsh on the back but that depends on what ride comfort you can tolerate
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Old 13-02-2019, 09:52 AM   #2618
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Looks like a hydrolastic competition spec bumpstop. Had this on my mk2 cooper years ago. It's a progressive stop, the car rests on it constantly and helps stop pitching backwards and forwards under acceleration & braking


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Old 13-02-2019, 12:38 PM   #2619
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The big bump stop is a competition type bump stop from Mini Sport, Iíve actually toyed with swapping it for the hydrolastic progressive type and definitely planning on fitting some to the rear to help with putting the power down by controlling the pitch under hard acceleration, the front ones aid handling under braking, Iím not quite as concerned with that.


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Old 13-02-2019, 07:42 PM   #2620
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i did wonder that myself , sat thinking my stops aint anywhere near as big as that
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Old 13-02-2019, 07:53 PM   #2621
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It stops the tie bar hitting the engine
Bearing in mind thereís no weight on that at the moment


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Old 15-02-2019, 09:23 AM   #2622
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One side fully built up, Iíve used the old tie bars and bottom arms for now, I was considering getting some Force Racing Ti ones but current circumstances just donít allow it, Iíll sort that in the future!
Iíve stone chipped the other front arch in preparation, I can finish up everything on this corner then including that bit of welding and then get under the car to degrease and stone chip.



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Old 15-02-2019, 09:32 AM   #2623
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Soon have this done Dan, good work.

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Old 15-02-2019, 09:43 AM   #2624
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Iím quite pleased to see a little bit here and a little bit there get done, itís much more than what was being done previously!
In all fairness, once Iíve stone-chipped the bottom, the rear subframe is built up ready to bolt on, although I am going to switch the cones on it now but thatíll only take 10 minutes, it can go back on 4 wheels then I just have to fit the interior and make up a new front end.
The car needs repainting but I might just get the front end done for now and then get the outside of the shell done in the near future, the paint looks ok but itís not great, go near it with a polishing cloth and the cloth turns red in seconds and the door rubbers look like theyíve ďpushedĒ the paint away on the inside of the doors.


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