Little update, just put on the new (to me) wheels and taken it for a quick run. Wow, what a difference in ride quality and handling!
7j Et30 is a nice fit, car looks so much more purposeful now.
Toyo R888r are definitely not civilised for road use, very noisy but lots of fun when warm.
I’m changing them for some more road bias tyres, not sure what to go for as not a huge amount of choice in 205/50 16, would have liked some Michelin PS4-s but they’re not available. Any recommendations? Looking at Avon zv7, I had zv5 on a previous car and they were decent in all conditions. Toyo have released a new tyre the TR1 not to be mistaken with the old t1r that have been around for years.. tempted to try a set.
Please ignore the car, it’s filthy and will be dealt with ASAP
I've been using Federal 595RSRs for summer, they're quite comfortable to use day to day compared to more track focused stuff but still have plenty of grip. Something like a Pilot Sport would be good for year round use but the choice in 16s isn't great.
Thanks guys. I’m seriously impressed how much better it feels, I had 16s on my last r53 but they still had run flats fitted but even so was shocked how badly this one jumped about the road and the way crashed over every bump sending shudders through the cabin on 17s.
I’m thinking more normal road bias summer tyres on these, taking it back to the Nurburgring and the weather is mixed across a lap sometimes so would prefer something that can handle some rain etc, I know how sloppy it can get after being involved in a shunt as a passenger last year. I plan on getting a set of hairpins or something to put the r888 on for track days, which would see some federal rsr or similar when these wear out.
I used the 595RS-R's for years all year round, for the money, the dry grip performance even in colder months was more than impressive, and on track again for the money they perform extremely well really, predictable tyre that can be heavily leant on, I only came off them to use AD08R's for something slightly better in the wet on track and general road although I missed the 595's immediately, the AD08R on the road just isn't quite the same really in the dry, and for track I'll just take AR1's in the boot to fit there, but think I may just go back to Feds for the dry option just in 225/45r17 at half the cost with really most of the performance, instead of 215/45 I've always used to date.
It's such a long time since I drove with conventional rubber that I'd actually quite like to try it haha, especially in these bigger sizes, although it's unlikely.
Thanks for the suggestions, I’ve never been much of a fan of Continental tyres really.. what sort of mileage do you see out of a set of federal rs-r? I worry about excessive wear on long trips and don’t really fancy carrying a second set of wheels to the Nurburgring lol.
Small update, I saw a post on here by cars of bikes (thanks) regarding slop in the gearstick when in gear. I was able to move the stick around 30mm while in gear. Air box out and checked the little cube bush on the selector..
Around 2mm had worn so whipped it off and spun 45 degrees.. it hasn’t completely fixed it but it is much better. I found some play in the shift cables but I can live with it for now.
Taken it out for a spin again this afternoon, I know I keep going on about it, but I’m blown away with the difference the wheels and tyres have made to the car. If your on the fence about lighter wheels and non run flats just do it.
So it’s been a good while since my last update here. I got around to getting the mini in the garage way back in august but lots of other things seem to have gotten in the way of getting on with it..
Over the last week I have completed a supercharger service with 15% reduced pulley.
Top service from orranje! Puller delivered within 48 hours with a couple of free stickers on top of what I ordered.
The charger was immaculate inside and both ends had good levels of oil no metal filings or anything, all of which has led me to believe it potentially has had a charger at some point. The rotors inside don’t look like they have done 104k.
Whilst I was at it, I fitted a new thermostat, new waterpump and replaced the fan resistor as a precaution. Happy I did the fan resistor because as soon as I touched it, all three wires fell off!
Finished it up with an oil and filter change and some fresh coolant. Replaced spark plugs with BCR8ES, seems ok on these time will tell. I think next up is a new set of tyres that I never got around to doing, and some suspension.
Edited to add- the interference for pulley was perfect, chucked in over for 15 mins at 250 degrees, welding glove, charger in kitchen (Mrs not impressed) straight out of oven onto shaft and it grabbed within a few seconds so you must get this bit right first time!
Pulley has made quite a difference to the way it drives, brought the whole torque curve down the Rev range, car feels smoother and quicker but also more drivable. I’m impressed!
Thanks guys, I was pleasantly surprised at the condition of it after reading horror stories about them. I’m pretty convinced it’s had a new one at some point, which is a massive bonus. I forgot to mention I’ve got some r56 brakes to fit still too, although I’m still undecided on what pad to run as the car is mostly going to see fast road and maybe a couple of track days next year.
Just given it a quick wash this morning as it was looking really sorry for itself. Bad update really and not great pics but it’s nice to see it actually resembling a car for once and not a garage ornament. Obviously it chucked it down while I was in the middle of it lol.