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18 hours ago, burbleboy said:

Admiral Multi car. Shame to keep her hidden away for the sake of a couple o hundred quid ;)

If it was just a couple of hundred quid mate id happily pay it, but im not paying almost £500 for a limited mileage policy as its just unreasonable. The typeR wasnt anywhere near that to insure and that was with 12000 miles a year. Insurance sucks big time! 

14 hours ago, noodels said:

They are coilovers as standard on the MBs,tell them they are just uprated gas shocks<which they are> =£10

Nothing special about them + cheeper than oem units to replace all 4 corners.

A classic insurance company also told me the Mc2 are not of the Classic type as yet btw .

Mileage wise its the same cost for me 5k or 14k PA get them to alter and compare on the phone for best results ect

ps Putting the cat back and getting another MOT on the MC as the maybe buyer has had long enough to view.

So another year to use it and get it mapped for a little better mpg, idea.gif1

 

 

That is good news......for us! Glad shes staying mate i have to say, really sweet deck that!

8 hours ago, Krzys said:

My insurance will likely go up next year, nature of the game though with the way things are, have to suck it up!

Yeah, they know they have motorists over a barrel because we have to have insurance. Licence to print money and rip us off aswell. 

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On 19/10/2017 at 5:36 PM, Dave said:

If it was just a couple of hundred quid mate id happily pay it, but im not paying almost £500 for a limited mileage policy as its just unreasonable. The typeR wasnt anywhere near that to insure and that was with 12000 miles a year. Insurance sucks big time! 

 

Yeah, the Stagea was less than £500 for the year without being able to use my NCB!

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How's it so much when she lives in a cushy little garage with heating and a bear skin rug @Dave

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3 hours ago, dr_broon said:

How's it so much when she lives in a cushy little garage with heating and a bear skin rug @Dave

Probably due to his previous crash in his rype r.

 

Mind when he didnt put his Aviator 'Top Gun' sunglasses on? Lol lol

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lol all of the above! :lol:

 

 

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Well, left it too late to go hunting for classic insurance so went and renewed it instead. Thought it would be daft to let the insurance run out when shes sitting with almost a years mot and 5 months tax. Would also mean her sitting not getting used again, meaning brakes etc would seize. So we were out and about in her yesterday, even got her carrying a load of new floorboards which have been used to creat more shelving in the roof eaves of the garage. shes now showing 600miles exactly since the mot so thats good. the Front brake has freed off a bit with the driving, but still going to strip them down.

Had a clearout in garage so got room to work now lol. in other news, Gayles focus blew a turbo hose so its back in garage getting that fixed!

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I gave Bob a good pasting at the weekend, chasing (and keeping up with) my mates 330bhp Forrester STi and Bob's front brakes were smoking when we came to a halt even after a bit of a cool-down drive :lol:

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On 10/30/2017 at 11:05 AM, Krzys said:

I gave Bob a good pasting at the weekend, chasing (and keeping up with) my mates 330bhp Forrester STi and Bob's front brakes were smoking when we came to a halt even after a bit of a cool-down drive :lol:

Drove it like ya stole it! lol

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21 hours ago, Dave said:

Drove it like ya stole it! lol

It's the only way to get around isn't it?

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All been quiet in DD's world, so other than an occasional outing on the odd weekend nothing much been happening. We did have her out more recently as the mini was out of MOT (had been driving around for 10 days oblivious it had ran out, only the road tax reminder showed it had no mot!) so carly was quickly put off the road.

Gayle kindly lent me her focus as she didnt think she needed her car for a few days.....................only to call me at work saying " daaaaaave....can I use DD?" lol Think she planned it! So Gayle used DD, which gave her a wee run. That weekend we took her on a nice long run down my favourite road, the coast road from Port Seton down to North Berwick. We stopped off in North Berwick for dinner, then headed across country along some really narrow country lanes and towards the borders, before turning off and heading back towards Gifford, Pencaitland then home. So nice long run and has got her mileage since MOT on the later side of 700 miles.

 

Drove superb (apart from the offending sticking front caliper) but has now got me fired up for what I'm going to do with her. Decided the front calipers will both be replaced as I've found that once they start binding, you're constantly stripping them down to fix them again. So that's number one job. The other is that I'm seriously considering puting her back on her standard suspension. Although I love the look of her lowered, I'm finding that on a few roads we have been on the front has bottomed out due to speed/the road undulating. The stiffness I have the suspension set at just now is really stiff compared to standard, so don't really want to go any stiffer. She never gets driven hard anyways, so thinking probably best with the standard suspension back on? If I do go down this route, I'm going to refurb her standard suspension so it all looks as new. What do you guys think?

 

So there may be a set of low miles MeisterR's coming up for sale soon!

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Nice that DD has been oot again! Calipers are the scurge of Honda :(

 

My Accord sat for 10 days and o/s/f caliper sticking slightly. Freed off and all ok. But i had washed the car then parked it up for the 10 days so that was likely the reason. Still pish. Back driving it until sold to keep 'fresh'. My dad ain't complaining as he has my BMW! (my dad is 72 and a petrol/diesel head)

 

Ref coilovers on DD. Standard suspension is just too crappy IMO. Raise her again slightly and find the happy medium. Even raise to standard height and stiffen to give some feel at least? Shame to de-modify her just for a few scrapes during a few hundred miles a year.....just my 2p worth! :)

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4 hours ago, burbleboy said:

Nice that DD has been oot again! Calipers are the scurge of Honda :(

 

My Accord sat for 10 days and o/s/f caliper sticking slightly. Freed off and all ok. But i had washed the car then parked it up for the 10 days so that was likely the reason. Still pish. Back driving it until sold to keep 'fresh'. My dad ain't complaining as he has my BMW! (my dad is 72 and a petrol/diesel head)

 

Ref coilovers on DD. Standard suspension is just too crappy IMO. Raise her again slightly and find the happy medium. Even raise to standard height and stiffen to give some feel at least? Shame to de-modify her just for a few scrapes during a few hundred miles a year.....just my 2p worth! :)

Haha, same as my Dad. It was because of him I got so into cars, used to love watching him fix them when I was a kid. He did everything, mechanics, welding (he was a professional welder to trade for the NCB!) bodywork etc. Used to repair other peoples cars too. Hence why I've loved cars all my life. Bet your dad is loving "playing" with the BMW! :D And I thought it was you I saw drifting it round that roundabout the other day.....lmao

 

Get what you say about the coilovers mate, I'm just kinda stuck with what to do. They are up as high as they can go,just can't seem to get the balance I want. Like I say, all we do is cruise in DD now, so handling isn't really a priority. Just want her to be as comfy over the bumps as she can be and no more scraping. Gonna see a guy I know who has a wee garage with a 4 post ramp so I can get her up and have a good look underneath. Hoping to get the underneath all re-undersealed to keep her good.

 

Would adjusting the springs maybe help, as they are just set as they came from MeisterR?

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Ive always been into cars when younger but my dad was never good with fixing them, only driving them fast etc! That's what got me hooked also! 

 

You can adjust the actual spring to make softer/higher if you wanted. The added benefits of being totally adjustable. Nut under spring. Done that with my civic, tinkered until i got my perfect setup. Im sure a garage that knows suspension will be able to do this....i certainly learnt alot through a decent garage (took me three attempts to find one that knew what they were doing).

 

I dont see how DD can be bottoming out on certain roads, my civic was low but never really scrapped the road, except the undertray, on memorial run up that mountain as an example. Just take the slight scraping as part of the modification world, im sure the damage would be minimal. If you seriously cant handle it (being old and brittal...you not the car) then choose decent roads!!!!!!!!!! ;)

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10 hours ago, burbleboy said:

Ive always been into cars when younger but my dad was never good with fixing them, only driving them fast etc! That's what got me hooked also! 

 

You can adjust the actual spring to make softer/higher if you wanted. The added benefits of being totally adjustable. Nut under spring. Done that with my civic, tinkered until i got my perfect setup. Im sure a garage that knows suspension will be able to do this....i certainly learnt alot through a decent garage (took me three attempts to find one that knew what they were doing).

 

I dont see how DD can be bottoming out on certain roads, my civic was low but never really scrapped the road, except the undertray, on memorial run up that mountain as an example. Just take the slight scraping as part of the modification world, im sure the damage would be minimal. If you seriously cant handle it (being old and brittal...you not the car) then choose decent roads!!!!!!!!!! ;)

Ah, so maybe uncompressing the springs (not sure of the term) would soften the ride and allow the shocks to be set stiffer? So would avoid the front end diving, but keep the ride comfy? Don't think there's anywhere around here that would have a clue on setting the suspension up mate so may need to look further afield.

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Just back from another wee run in DD and had the strangest thing happen! As she got really dirty during the run last week, she got left like that in the garage. So took her to a good car wash near here (I know, cardinal sin and goes against what I usually do which is always handwash her. But I've been ill again since Thursday so not got the energy to do that at the moment). We were half way through, and Gayle screamed "There's water dripping onto my feet!" . I thought instantle it was the drain tubes are blocked, and as the car windows were misting up realy badly put the fan on full blast (to the windscreen) with the aircon on. Didn't seem to clear it at all, and Gayle said the fan was still blowing at her feet. Checked (still halfway through the car wash at this point!) and it felt like either the pipework for the vents or the cover for where the pollen filter sits had popped open. Could feel the air being blown out through it. quickly clicked it shut and water stopped and windscreen cleared quickly. A fair old bit of water had got in though and soaked Gayle and the car mat. Took it our once were were out of there and luckily the carpet underneath the mat was bone dry (just shows the quality of oem Honda civic Mats!) so now got the mat outside drying off. Never had this happen before so not sure what had popped open or why. Again, as I'm not well at the moment, couldn't really check any further today but will have a look once I'm better.

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8 hours ago, Dave said:

Ah, so maybe uncompressing the springs (not sure of the term) would soften the ride and allow the shocks to be set stiffer? So would avoid the front end diving, but keep the ride comfy? Don't think there's anywhere around here that would have a clue on setting the suspension up mate so may need to look further afield.

Spring pre-load mate. I can't remember exactly, but fairly sure that if you make spring longer (turn spring nut downwards) it softens spring but actually lowers it I'm sure. I was surprised when it happened. So you may need to raise it again once spring is 'unloaded' slightly. 

 

Strange for water ingress mate during the wash! 

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As an old boy that likes his comfort I'd recommend you go back to stock springs and uprated shocks......selling the Meisters means you can fund the new callipers without the open wallet surgery. 

Your severe ingress of water should be easy enough to resolve whereas minor leaks are a pig to trace....so good luck on that score.

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7 hours ago, Gel said:

As an old boy that likes his comfort I'd recommend you go back to stock springs and uprated shocks......selling the Meisters means you can fund the new callipers without the open wallet surgery. 

Your severe ingress of water should be easy enough to resolve whereas minor leaks are a pig to trace....so good luck on that score.

Now hadn't thought of that, would save me loads! Yeah, I'm with you on the comfort side of things Gerry, although not really looking forward to stripping the suspension all off again. Mind you, was going to renew the trailing arms etc so would make sense to swap in the oem suspension at the same time. Want to fit a new set of tyres at some point too, cos although the tread is fine on the current ones (think they're Perreli or Michelins) the tyres areover 5 years old now so have slight concerns about degredation. Suppose the sale of the Meister's would help with that too. B)

 

Water ingress stopped after clipping whatever it was back in place so hoping nothing more to do on that front. Just found it a bit strange that it happened, never come across water coming in there before on any of my previous Civic M's.

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My car has healthy stock springs and dampers but no ARB so handles like a boat......doesn't worry me because I rarely get past 40/50 mph here in congested London.

If sedate cruising is the norm from now on who cares about pin sharp handling ?

 

Once your car is back to standard ride height and general spec you'll find it'll get a lot of attention from the purist brigade.

 

He he I'm no different when it comes to tyres i.e. I'm about to replace my rear tyres for the exact same reason as you.

 

Look after DD ....she's worth it :)

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As Al said, wind off the spring preload to zero, usually set at something like 5 or 10mm and you'll also need to adjust the height to compensate.

 

Not forgetting the damping adjustments you can make too. Shame to swap suspension for once or twice a year because you're getting too old for it @Dave :lol:

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6 hours ago, Krzys said:

As Al said, wind off the spring preload to zero, usually set at something like 5 or 10mm and you'll also need to adjust the height to compensate.

 

Not forgetting the damping adjustments you can make too. Shame to swap suspension for once or twice a year because you're getting too old for it @Dave :lol:

So if I wind out the springs, will I need to adjust the height higher or lower? think the way they are just now, they are probably set as high as they can go? With the springs unwound, will I need to then stiffen the dampers or should they be fine with what they are just now? Never mucked about with the springs before so want to make sure I don't faff it up!

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Taking preload out will actually lower the car, so you'll need to compensate by raising it.

 

I'm pretty sure they go to almost stock ride height. Damping you set to whatever you like, that's the bouncy part of the ride.

 

I learned all this while fettling with it on the VTi-S I had, took me a month to dial it in and work out how I liked it.

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Not much been happening in DD's world, but she's been off the road for almost a year now so thought it was about time to get her ready for the road again! 

Took her for her MOT on Wednesday and she failed on offside front caliper seized solid. To be fair, she was taken off the road because of the caliper so kinda expected that but wanted to see what else she would need. Turns out that's all she failed on!

Had a chat with the tester about how she looks underneath and he said really clean, although she has started rusting in both front foot Wells where the seem is from the bulkhead. Said it wasn't serious, but left unattended it will rot. So got her back home and all jacked up. First job, off with the buggered caliper, then got the rusty bit cleaned up with the grinder. Slapped on some rust treatment stuff so it will stop anymore rust, and bought a tin of underseal. Have left the rust treatment to dry out for a few days so plan is to fit new caliper today then underseal the part i treated. Rest of the underseal/underside looks sound, although i am now going to get under her with the grinder/wire brush attachment and give her a good going over front to back, then fresh coat of underseal. Also gave some of the front suspension a brush up and going to respray them with satin black to freshen it all up.

Was a bit of a shock seeing that rust. With her being lowered, i never see underneath her now unless she's jacked up, so again thinking maybe better going back to standard suspension so i can keep a check of things easily.

Still, £36 for a caliper plus mot fee.......not bad for an old 20year old girl eh! 

 

On another plus point, im getting back to being able to do more work on the cars now. Still find it tiring but being able to do more each time which is making me happy.

MOT for DD this wednesday then she's back on the road. Shes also getting put into daily driving duties fir the summer/autum. Will take the mini off the road and let DD get some miles under her belt.

Next up, mot now out on Mindy our MX5! 

 

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Will get some photos of the rusty bit and then all treated and of the new caliper fitted.

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