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And on with the spotlights, just need to wire them up next, I originally fitted them with self tappers but the screw heads were showing through the grille so I drilled out the hole slightly and fitted some nuts and bolts
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wire them in tomorrow hopefully and maybe get the amp up and running too
 

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And on with the spotlights, just need to wire them up next, I originally fitted them with self tappers but the screw heads were showing through the grille so I drilled out the hole slightly and fitted some nuts and bolts
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wire them in tomorrow hopefully and maybe get the amp up and running too
Looking good Jimbo!👍
 

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bought myself a pair of front seats last night, sparco R100 in faux black leather from the demon tweeks sale, 10% off when you bought two, plus £18 odd cashback via topcashback website, got subframes off ebay for them that use original runners and pre tensioner brackets

hopefully ill be able to fit in them, they dont appear to be much narrower than the standard seats and having sat and just about fitted in carsandbikes narrower non reclining bucket seat i should be ok, if not its a good incentive to lose some weight!

i was going to wire the spotlights today but its snowing now, also need to get the doorcard off to sort the central locking pin
 

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Mounting plates for the seats have arrived, just waiting on some fused 3.9 ohm resistors for the airbag then weather permitting I may have a look at the passenger seat on Saturday (if it takes too long or I have issues I will still be able to use the car if I do the passenger seat first!), I’ll need to get the standard seat out and strip the runners off it to start with before securing the runners to the mounting plate then the new seat to the runners

Bought myself an angle grinder too with my work Christmas bonus high street vouchers as I will need to remove the seatbelt pretensioner bracket from the seat which is riveted on, that looks to be the most complex part of the job (hopefully)

While I’ve got the seats out I’m hoping to maybe get the rear speakers in and the wires (RCA cable and amp remote) from the dash to the back of the car and try and time permitting refit the door card on the driver side to get the central locking pin to move better

Of course all of the above depends on the weather

The only other little job I have is swapping the silver cooper S writing on the boot for a set of black lettered writing
 

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Discussion Starter #49 (Edited)
I’ve just bought myself a set of 1/2 leather seats off a 2002 car off eBay for £50 the lot to use the runners and sliders to save me cannibalising the very good condition seats that are in the car now, not getting them until saturday evening so the seat install will most likely be delayed for a week now, saying that I can do all the work away from the car after work then merely do the swap once the new seats and sliders are bolted to the plates

move also bought a Matt black jcw/aero grille for it

I was looking at the brackets I’ve got for the sparco seats which are these.....

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I was thinking maybe once fitted I could have a look at clearance between the plate and floor to see if I could cut a hole in the centre of the plate and fit a BMW under seat subwoofer under each seat
 

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I wish I could show some pics of various bits of progress with the car but I’ve not had a chance to do a thing

I have however got it in today for 4 wheel laser tracking at ABP in crewe as I’d not had it done bearing in mind Sean fitted coilovers before I collected the car 6 weeks ago

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They did the blue car the middle of last year, these are the same coilovers as were in that, be interesting to compare results
 

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Turns out the front was way out (as I suspected), I know very little mechanically but it certainly didn’t feel right before today, lots of pulling to the right under acceleration, not done many miles in it since getting it though as I’ve had lots of hire cars so hopefully the tyres won’t have had a hard 6 weeks!

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I think they said something about the front toeing out whereas it should have been in (or vice versa) anyway you can see the difference above
 

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front toe wasn't out quite as much as they're suggesting really, it had my custom settings applied just days before you first drove it ;O)

I'd reduce that front toe in, and I'd reduce that rear camber quite a bit, why didn't they touch it? I'd also reduce the rear toe again too but this is just me.
 

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Don’t know why they didn’t touch the rear camber, it does feel better now though
 

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Done a few bits today, first up I made a JCW style airbox top with a 59p drainpipe adapter from Wickes

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58mm hole in the back of the box in line with the centre vain on the moulding
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nicely lines up with the inner moulding lines, then it was in with the drainpipe adapter and gorilla epoxy’d into place, held in place with a clamp while it cured
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then an 89mm hole in the bulkhead
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and on with the top, finished

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more to follow when I get back from shopping!
 

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No, it’s a pipercross panel, and as soon as I read your question I can see my mistake!

the car isn’t being used this week at all so I’ll get myself a cone to go in it, in the meantime I’ll cover up the end!
 

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Anyway, away from that, oiled up the drivers lock and refitted the door card, the lock works much better now but still doesn’t lock off the button as I think the actuator has gone
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next up I swapped the grille for an aftermarket aero type grille

put some vinyl wrap
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I then had to cut a small piece of the vein out for the spotlight brackets
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and the finished product
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really pleased with it, I may takethe bottom grille off and black out the red body colour though

if the weather is with me tomorrow I’ll make a start on the seats, I can do it all indoors (apart from the angle grinding) then just transfer to the car
 
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