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Soooooo, DD has been performing well in her daily duties, although I still cringe at how dirty she gets! Anyhoo, the snow arrived today so after clearing a space in the garage got her in to fit the winter Ghetto wheels. Took me ages, quite out of breath at times so seems I still have a way to go on the fitness thing after the heart attack. My mate arrived as I got to fitting the last two wheels so gave me a hand. A lot of faffing about as I have to drive her onto a plank of wood as the trolley jack wont go under otherwise because she's lowered, so reinforcing my idea to get her back on her oem suspension. So, fitted the last wheel (nsr) and then drove her out of the garage.

Disaster! Horrible grinding at the rear! Thinking it may have been the hanbrake/caliper seized, drover back in then faffed aboiut getting her jacked up again. Took the wheel off, and could see a line on the inside edge of the wheel where the paint had ground off. Looked at the rear suspension, and the wheel was grinding off the trailing arm. Might have got away with a wheel spacer, but A: dont have any and B: spacing them out would then probably cause em to rub on the arch (again cos she's lowered). Gutted!

So, had to swap the wheels all back to her dished Cades again. Her tyres on these wheels are needing replaced asap, as the inside edges are wearing out. Again gutted as these are Pirelli pilots or something so decent tyres, but no good if they're on there way out.

 

So now theres snow on the roads here, and DD's on her summer low profile tyres and lowered suspension. Can see me getting stuck very soon! :car6:

 

Plan B is to get the winter tyres taken off those steel rims and put them on her old OEM 14" alloys. Those have rotten tyres on them at the moment and the wheels badly need a refurb, but at leas I know these fit! Trouble is I'm skint at the moment so the saga continues!

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Jeez that's an unusual one. Must be a real big offset. How unlucky.

How much of a spacer do you think it will take?

5mm be enough?

Cheap enough to try a set?

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10 minutes ago, KiNK43 said:

Jeez that's an unusual one. Must be a real big offset. How unlucky.

How much of a spacer do you think it will take?

5mm be enough?

Cheap enough to try a set?

Think maybe 5mm, although not sure on how much travel there is in the suspension as didnt take her out on the road so 5mm might do intitially but might run into issues. 10mm I think would clear it, but then the wheels will be directly in line with the arch i think.

Tis weird indeed, as these rims are deffo not deep dished so really surprised that it was against the suspension on the rear. Massive pain in the butt but I'll need to have a look at her old alloys and take it from there. Tyres are like blooming new as well, so even more gutting!

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Road trip!! Just got DD ready for a wee trip down to Newcastle. Will be fully laden, 5 up plus lugage so stiffened up the suspension, car washed, tyre pressures done, oil and fluids done! Gayle and her two daughters and sister are off on "Boogie on the Boat" for the weekend so DD is the taxi lol. If you see us out and about, give us a wave! lol seeya.gif1

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Just back, 240 mile round trip and Gayle and Co safely away on a big boat!

Trip didnt go quite to plan! List of issues below!

  • 1:45pm Car loaded, everybody in, reversed up drive and got beached trying to get out bloody drive gates! Exhaust stuck on the wee ridge that DAVEMB2 also has trouble getting over. 1:48pm Plan B: everybody out until I get out drive! The everyone back in and off we go.
  • Stopped 10 miles down the road for macy D's. I'd already set the suspension stiff (10 clicks from stiffest setting and it has 32 clicks from soft to hard) but it even scrapped on a tiny ramp going into the car park so I turned it up to hardest setting to try and minimise suspension drop when everyone got back in.
  • Back on motorway (still scrapped ramp on way out of carpark) and it was party time as they cracked open the alcohol to get in the part mood. Tunes booming, everyone having a great time.......except it was the most uncomfortable bloody ride ever! Was amusing watching them trying to drink their drinks as we bounce over every wee imperfection in the road!
  • Lots of traffic on way down and most of it slow on the non dual carrigway bits (which is most of the way there! The A1 really badly needs upgraded!)
  • Spotted a few gaps in the traffic and went for overtakes. Have to say ole DD impressed! Might only be a 1.6 auto but hit the kick-down and she's past the legal limit in a jiffy and heading northwards (even though we were travelling south!) to an unprintable speed here. Managed to pass 2, sometimes 4 cars in one go. Not bad without vtec!
  • Stopped again half way there for a quick break. When we turned into the car park, I was still travelling pretty quick (junction came quicker than I thought!) tight left turn onto car park and bloody mudflap scraped a little on the road. blush.gif1 Break over then off we go again.
  • Arrived at North Shields at 4:15pm
  • Dropped everyone of and before I hit the road again at 4:30pm I turned the suspension back 10 clicks from hardest setting as I couldn't bear that all the way home!
  • satnav took me a detour out of North Shields as it was gridlocked on the way in for traffic heading out. Not a clue where it took me, was on A roads then B roads but it got me to the A1 pretty quickly so well impressed with that. I would have sat in the traffic for hours otherwise.
  • Drove a bit spiritedly on the way home, averaging 70mph upwards. Some stints at 50mph due to slow traffic (bloody trucks!) but got home just after 6:30pm so just over 2 and a bit hours.

Engine wise, DD drove spot on, really pleased with how she handled 5 passengers and luggage for 4. But ride wise, it has confirmed my decission..........I've had enough of lowered cars so she will be going in to have the coilovers removed and her standard suspension fitted. She's my daily driver and I need her to be practical, and getting stuck on the drive was bad enough, but we were worried in case there were any big speed bumps on way into port (luckily the bumps were small)as that would have meant a long walk for Gayle and Co with their luggage.

 

Fuel wise, full tank when we left, just under half a tank now so not as good as wee Carly was on fuel that's for sure, but then she wasn't really being driven like miss Daisy either so not too bad I guess?

Couple of pics before we left

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Sooo......anyone looking for a set of MeisterR Zeta S coilovers with low miles on them?

 

 

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Been onto garage and her winter steels that didn't fit are going in on Monday to have the tyres removed and fitted to her oem 14" alloys. These have been stored outside behind the shed since October 2009 (when I bought Ruby)! They weren't covered or anything so exposed to all the elements. I was expecting them to be corroded to hell, but after getting all the moss and dirt off them, they're in really decent shape! Couple of scuffs here and there but useable for winter. Got photos of them before (eeew yuck!) and after.

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These are still holding air after all these years. D'ya think they'll pass an not? Lol

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After

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While cleaning the insides of the rims saw something that I never knew before..

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The rims are actually Speedlines! Got the "made in itally" stamped on them too. Never knew the ES and some other models wee 14" alloys were actually really decent wheels! Thought it was only the VTi and VTiS that got Speedlines, although these alloys were in the options/accessory brochure when new. Once winters past, going to also get these sent away to be refurbed. Quite chuffed!

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Winter tyres now on DD's OEM alloys, and fitted to DD.

Looks weird!

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Soooooo....this will be the last photo of DD lowered. She's currently at the garage having her OEM suspension refitted. The oem stuff is in really nice condition, forgot Dawn had got new springs fitted to it not long before the MeisterR were fitted. Looking forward to not worrying everytime I see a speed bump, and knowing no more damage being done underneath with scraping on ramps etc. Also be nice to be able to just put the Jack straight under her when working on her instead of having to faff about driving her onto bits of wood just so I can get the Jack under! Will make maintaining her much easier.

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Those wheels cleaned up alright t 8-)

Quite like the look of them... Especially with the blue h centre cap. 

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Yes mate, was really pleased how they'd survived the elements. Might still do the centre caps silver (as that's the oem colour) but still with the blue H's.

 

Shes now back from garage on oem suspension! 

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Know a few folk wont like the reverse modding, but it was needed to make her practical and also useable once the snow comes.

Just been for a drive and she is soooooo smooth now over bumps and rough roads, just a really nice comfy place to be. Actually loving it and she just laughs at speed bumps now!

 

Will also ensure her under carriage is kept in good condition. DD gonna be around for a very long time!

 

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Even getting the winter tyres on tubs' 15s makes the ride feel plush.... Being on standard suspension must make it feel like a limo! 

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Fair enough mate. A slammed daily is not ideal for sure so function over fashion in this case.

 

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15 hours ago, dr_broon said:

Even getting the winter tyres on tubs' 15s makes the ride feel plush.... Being on standard suspension must make it feel like a limo! 

Indeed! So sooth I'd actually forgot just how comfortable these cars are when standard. She has lost the sharp turn in that the Meisters gave her, but on saying that had a play last night and even on the wet roads, she was really grippy. So handling is still good which I'm glad about.

 

14 hours ago, KiNK43 said:

Fair enough mate. A slammed daily is not ideal for sure so function over fashion in this case.

 

LOL "Function over Fashion", not heard that since the old Hondatech days when it was banded about as a JDM term.  Yeah, did love the look with her lowered, looked sweet, but the function deffo needs to take priority now. Think maybe later down the line if I get another daily and DD returns to her retirement I might think about lowering. Will speak to Alex as would love to know more about the airbag suspension, see what that's like.

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Not been up to much being on lockdown cos of this stupid covid19 nonsense. Did however decide I hated those black centre caps on DD's wheels so managed to track down a set of oem ones and fitted them today. Looks way better I think

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Decided to start 2 projects on DD while we're stuck under this lock-down. First one is I'm refurbing her Cades alloys as I really want these back on her! We're not getting snow so want to take her winter rims back off. The Cades had the polished lip, but what I've noticed with polished alloys/diamond cut alloys is that no matter how careful you are not to damage them, the lacquer never has good adhesion so eventually water/crap gets under and starts to lift it/start corroding the wheel. So, decided that I'm stripping the wheels back, getting them uber smooth then spraying the whole wheel bright silver. This will mean they are easy to fix if the paint gets chipped etc (which being my daily driver now, there's more chance of that happening!) Got one wheel done and ready to go into paint but been taking ages for the paint/other materials to arrive. Will get photos of the progress once we're fully into it.

 

Project 2 is one that I have had on my shelf in the garage for years! I bought one of the UTCOMP displays that member Mike Photo had fitted to his MB2. It's basically the same thing as the trip computers modern cars have built in nowadays. I had originally intended to fit this into Ruby, but never got round to it. I still had the 2 spare centre consoles that I bought, so have started modding one of them to fit the display into. I've removed the crappy OEM clock, and fabricated a new plastic filler piece to go into the hole that's left. I'll then cut out a hole in this to fit the display, which will take up the entire space that the oem clock did. For an idea of what I'm doing, have a look at Mikes mb2 interior. I'm also planning to do a Double din conversion on DD too, which again is why I had bought the two spare consoles. 

The display itself os OLED and has miltiple configuations for displaying Clock, MPG, miles left in tank, outside temp, inside temp, speed, etc. It's a mega lot of wiring to do, absolute spaghetti of wiring but I love a challenge. Most of the pick ups will involve tapping into her ecu wiring so needing to get wiring diagrams of that. Will probably get the display unit mod done first the do the double din further down the line as both these mods will involve her spending some time off the road. 

 

Again, will get some photos of things and what I've done so far. Might even try and put together a how too for this as it may be something other members are interested in fitting to their civics to bring them right up to date. :geek:

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I've been looking at doing something with clock aswell Dave. As stereo has a clock right below it anyway.  

Was thinking tyre pressure monitor. But will have a look at trip computer aswell.

Good idea 

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8 minutes ago, KiNK43 said:

I've been looking at doing something with clock aswell Dave. As stereo has a clock right below it anyway.  

Was thinking tyre pressure monitor. But will have a look at trip computer aswell.

Good idea 

I'm almost positive the UTCOMP can display tyre pressures too Alex. Have a look o their website https://www.reveltronics.com/en/ and also in their forum too, lots of info, diagrams and what sensors are available. Deffo better than that wee pissy clock we have there as standard! lol Plus the bulbs gone on DD's clock so I'm damned if I'm taking the radio etc out just to change it, might aswell go all in and fit a nice new display! 8-)

 

Oh, and I've just got the UTCOMP-3, but there's also a UTCOMP-Pro version now which has more ports and a choice of screens

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I've had a look Dave. That's exactly what I need.

Me and my brother were trying to make something similar with an Arduino but gave up. 

So glad you've put me onto this. Thanks.

In fact I could have not Installed gauges.  Just ran this instead. OEM look and all that

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I've sourced the English version of the installation manual (was in the middle of translating it from Polish to English then though ah ta hell with this, there must be an English version somewhere! lol) blush.gif1 

 Doesn't look to bad to wire up to be honest, pretty straight forward so going to be ordering up all the neccessary rolls of cable I'm gonna need. Going to take a while as stuff ain't arriving quick and will need to take DD off the road to do it all but will be sweet once done!

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Will be cool. I remember when Mike did his, and you're right, it did bring it up to date. 

 

I had to take my clock out and used the space to fit my phone holder. The clock was always going of sync with the one on my radio and my ocd couldn't cope. 

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2 minutes ago, dr_broon said:

Will be cool. I remember when Mike did his, and you're right, it did bring it up to date. 

 

I had to take my clock out and used the space to fit my phone holder. The clock was always going of sync with the one on my radio and my ocd couldn't cope. 

Haha! know that feeling!! They must change minutes at precisely the same time or it will cause you to crash! Least that's how my ocd see's it! lol Going to do a how to guide on this too so be easy for any members to do the same 8-)

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Haha funny you should mention that as I gave my lad the task of waiting for the radio to change minute and pressing the clock minute button at exactly the same time when we went out for a blast earlier. Lol.

 

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Update: Started to refurb her Cades alloys (DD's posh shoes) The rimes being polished were in a terrible state tbh, and I accidentally kerbed one a while back. Glad to hear that all 4 have now been sanded, repaired, prepped and the the first one is now into paint. So far had 2 coats of etch primer, two coats of high build primer and now onto the silver (1 coat so far). Was going to make a video on this, but because we were in the middle of moving house all my camera gear is packed away including tripods etc so can't. Will however get photos up asap!

 

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So, some photos. This was after 2and coat of silver (now just finished 3rd coat)

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And one of the other wheels, sanded, wet n dried and waiting for paint.

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Finished! Masking tape etc off (and not a single bit of paint/overspray on the tyre!) 

Have defo learned that proper automotive masking tape is key, and makes an amazing difference.

 

Wheel has had 4  coats of laquer, no runs anywhere so haven't lost my spraying skills! 

 

Will get another done tomorrow then the other two on Monday.

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