And placed in the boot for size, fits perfectly and as I’ve used thin ply it will bend ever so slightly to allow me to secure it flush in the top corner, I’ve ordered some dark grey vinyl to cover it with and once done the amp will screw onto it
On the opposite side I’ve gone back to the same design I did in the blue car and will mount the box upside down to sit under the plastic shelf
In other news the Tein coilivers arrived today, cleaned them up and will see how they go when Sean fits them for me, hopefully no problems with them and will raise the car a bit
The vinyl arrived to cover the panel but it’s too light, I’ve ordered a sheet of anthracite instead to see how that look
meanwhile a late night trawl of Amazon warehouse deals bagged me this nice centre console
keeping on the interior theme, it’s a sparco one
which loosely placed looks pretty good in my opinion and at £13 a damn sight cheaper than a used factory fit one off eBay!
the Mounting bracket covers the rear cup holder Which is a shame as my front ones are useless since I dropped the heater controls for the double din, I suppose as I’m on a diet it will stop me putting maccy D fizzy drinks in there! I can mount it in front of the holder but it may be too far forward that I’ll catch my arm on it while changing gear, I’ll have a proper look on Sunday when I’m day off
also farmed from the warehouse deals this morning was a K&N panel filter for the Cooper S for a princely £20, I may pop it in instead of the pipercross one currently fitted
Got home from work an hour early so decided to make a start on preparing the car to fit the rear speakers and run the rca cable down to the boot
As it happened it didn’t take as long as I thought and the job I planned for tomorrow I got done too!
first up was strip the seats out, boy this makes getting to the rear speakers so much easier!
and in with the speakers
I then ran the cables down the side of the car, I had the foresight when I put the head unit in to bag up the cables behind the dash!
I also removed the pedal boost chip while the dash was down as after the trip to 1320 this coming Thursday I was told I wouldn’t need it
then I put the car back together and fitted the leather rear seats, by now it had gone dark so the pics aren’t fantastic, I’ll get some better ones tomorrow, I’m really pleased with how they have come out
note the sparco arm rear too
tomorrows job is swap the pipercross filter with the k&n, position the amp board and wire up the amp (I will have to remove it again to retrim though), secure the armrest, change the heating controls and secure the headunit USB connector in the glovebox, then maybe give it a wash
also got speakers and an under seat sub to fit to my wifes touareg, annual leave this coming week so hopefully get that done too
and onto the boot build, first up was fitting a quick release clip in the pocket so if I need to remove the amp quickly for whatever reason I just unplug the one piece and the rca leads
I was going to do the side panel in grey vinyl but I found some red carpet from the convertible boot build so i thought I’d try something different, also found a spare in line fuse holder that I thought I could
and trimmed the box to match
then fitted the amp panel
Emptied the boot and fitted the side panels to the amp
just waiting on a new Rockford Fosgate dual voice coil sub arriving in the week which I’ll wire to 4ohm so I should get a nice bit of noise out of it!
A last minute trip to carsorbikes house today, tein coilovers and R56 brakes fitted, I’ve left the car with him as I’ve been asked to work tonight and he still had a bit more work to do on it (only one side is complete so far)
first impressions of the fitting of the coilivers on one side is it’s sitting about 20mm higher than the bilsteins with them wound right off compared to the bilsteins which were 2 or 3 threads from the bottom so there is scope to drop the car lower but it’s not looking too bad as it stands and the drive shaft judder had gone too so it will probably be ok as it is, will have to see how it looks and rides when completed, Sean has set the damper stiffness to about 30% too so hopefully playing with that setting may help it feel less trashy than the bilsteins
Picked the car up from Sean this evening with the teins fitted, all i can say it’s like chalk and cheese compared to the bilsteins, doesn’t feel crashy over bumps at all, corners well (it’s not aligned properly yet though) it was a pleasure to drive back without worrying about my fillings falling out over the bumps
it’s currently sitting about the same height as when it had its sports suspension + fitted, I’m going to give it time to settle before reviewing it, I may look at taking them down by 10mm or so, as it stands now the drive shaft judder has gone completely and I no longer scrape the drive edge when driving up it in forward or reverse!
the new brakes are spot on too, certainly stops a lot better than it did, and that’s reusing the discs and pads that came with it, really pleased with them too, I took a chance on both parts with them being used off eBay, let’s hope in the long run trying to save a few (hundred) quid will pay off
I’m still thinking maybe drop it another 10-15mm if it doesn’t effect the driveshafts but as it stands it looks pretty standard and a bit of a sleeper!
the bass speaker turned up too, fitted that as well, sounds pretty good
All set for the trip to 1320 tomorrow, bytronik remap, new snoot boots as they are starting to split and 550 injectors going in (also new gasket on the tomcat joint as it was noted as blowing on the MOT last week)
Initial run on the dyno and it’s underfuelling at bottom end and over fuelling at the top, currently having the injectors swapped, new snoots and inlet pipe replaced as I noticed it was split yesterday
watch this space to see what happens after the tune!!
They have had an issue with the bitronik server and it’s caused a problem with my ECU which can’t be rectified until they hear back from the USA so Tom has had to fit a piggy back ECU to the car to get me home as my ECU has locked up!
I’ll have to come back next week to have the remap done properly onto my ECU, been one of those days today with another small problem with the car needing attention too but at least now it has the injectors and inlet pipe fitted and exhaust blow sorted etc
blowing exhaust gasket
Split inlet hose, impossible to see when fitted
he piggyback ecu map is giving me 191bhp at the wheels (221 at the crank) and of course it’s fuelling properly, once my ecu goes back on and is mapped tom says I will have pretty much the same figures which I’m happy with, was expecting somewhere around 220-230 mark
Took the car to seans straight after 1320 to have a look at the suspension and take him for a spin in the car, he has dropped it 10mm for me, still no driveshaft judder so all good, I think I’m going to leave it at that level as it does look a touch lower and it’s still drivable!
unfortunately on the way down the motorway a 4x4 in front of me kicked up a stone and smashed my windscreen, one of those chips that has gradually got longer on the journey home so no doubt I’ll be wasting my day tomorrow having a new screen fitted!