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I am static (for now) on KW V2 coilies, pretty much dropped all the way down and I have maxton design side skirt extensions. With super low profile jack stand (I believe it is 6-7cm high) I can barely get beneath it somethimes I even have to pull the extension upwards :) so yes definitely a thing to consider if anything happens on the road you are pretty much in big 💩

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Fitted all of the recent Whiteline and vibratechnics purchases last Thursday smile.gif

 

Getting prepped:

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Vibra Subframe bush and whiteline dogbone mount:

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Front ARB compared to oem:

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Control arms, wishbones, ball joints and bushes, the wishbones were upside down at this point.... luckily a test fit haha..

 

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Then I forgot to get a picture of the end result back together, and one of the whiteline steering rack bush..

 

I desperately need a front alignement, but I can say it feels excellent to drive even without, its not harsh or no obvious increase in NVH - just feels smooth and consistent, if anything VERY smooth on the road, pot hole are hot holes so can't change those, but the driving is comfortable and feels precise and responsive all round.

 

 

Also ordered a set of fully refurbed 18Z Brembos (with fitting kit) in Yellow from SF-Tuning with some C/J Hook 350mm discs and EBC yellowstuff pads, along with a set of the same discs and pads for the rear to finish up the look. (image is someone elses set but it will be the same!) 

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I am static (for now) on KW V2 coilies, pretty much dropped all the way down and I have maxton design side skirt extensions. With super low profile jack stand (I believe it is 6-7cm high) I can barely get beneath it somethimes I even have to pull the extension upwards smile.gif so yes definitely a thing to consider if anything happens on the road you are pretty much in big

 

Someone with the experience first hand then! - I'd love side skirt extensions but I really can't be bothered with a toe/loader home if I happen to get a flat tyre somewhere as that will also lower it more! haha...



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The brake kit looks excellent


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Spoiler arrived today, need a proper prime and spray job.. probably won’t have this done for a month or two as I have other plans prior and also my motorbike insurance/MOT due in March!!

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I also received the K-Brace but the wrong colour... they are exchanging so another week wait on this one..

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Looks very nice. I take it that once painted it is just glued/ bonded over the original , or is it a bit more complicated than that ?  



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Looks very nice. I take it that once painted it is just glued/ bonded over the original , or is it a bit more complicated than that ?  

 

Yeah that should be all that is required, I did the same on my previous M140i - Used 3M tape around the edges and dotted between, then used a clear sealant on the edges to stop water and also bond.. it survived many high speed runs and plenty of motorway driving without budging once so seemed to do the trick.

 

I want their rear half bumper/diffuser now too... so much to spend on... it will have to wait unfortunately!


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I know.I did not get a reply from them via an ebay message. I suspect that using the ‘offer’ option would do the trick. However, I would also like a mill drill and can definitely not afford both . The rear diffuser of theirs is really neat, but as that also needs paint , doing both the diffuser and the spoiler at the same time makes a lot of sense, especially as that is a job I have have to pay someone else to do. My painting skills are confined to rattle cans or, if using a spray gun, odd items like calipers or bits that are not so much on show like engine bays . 


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I know.I did not get a reply from them via an ebay message. I suspect that using the ‘offer’ option would do the trick. However, I would also like a mill drill and can definitely not afford both . The rear diffuser of theirs is really neat, but as that also needs paint , doing both the diffuser and the spoiler at the same time makes a lot of sense, especially as that is a job I have have to pay someone else to do. My painting skills are confined to rattle cans or, if using a spray gun, odd items like calipers or bits that are not so much on show like engine bays .


Yeah I’d imagine the offer button will get their attention, hard isn’t it the choice between car parts or useful tools haha... like you say though both will be best to be painted at the same time so I may just keep hold of the spoiler until I buy the bumper and do a 2in1 job.. no rush, I have it now so 1/2 down...

At least you can utilise some spray skills to save some money :)

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My car is diamond black metallic. Well beyond my pay grade to get that right ! 


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K-Brace arrived - Will try to get this on at the weekend!

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Also got my 4 wheel alignment finally booked for early Saturday morning... forgot the cost of these to be setup properly 😂 another expense that I will need again after the rear subframe job!

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Neat brace. I did not appreciate that the inner wing towers would be fit from extra bracing as they only have to deal with damping forces, but I guess anything that contributes to shell stiffness is a good call. A bridge too far for me as my race bike would no longer fit in the back with one of those in place. However, I do have a plan to stiffen up the rear end ........I am looking forward to seeing it in place when you drop round for a rear subframe. Oh. Rivnuts. Used them loads in many car builds, and they are great for brackets , supports etc, but , if you can, I would be tempted to use m10 nuts and bolts  The Rivnut is not clamped as tightly as a nut and bolt , and I fear that the junction between the brace and the inner wing will flex slightly using them, which would rather defeat the purpose of the brace . However, the manufacturer has recommended them , so I imagine they will have done some testing and decided that Rivnuts are suitable



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Neat brace. I did not appreciate that the inner wing towers would be fit from extra bracing as they only have to deal with damping forces, but I guess anything that contributes to shell stiffness is a good call. A bridge too far for me as my race bike would no longer fit in the back with one of those in place. However, I do have a plan to stiffen up the rear end ........I am looking forward to seeing it in place when you drop round for a rear subframe. Oh. Rivnuts. Used them loads in many car builds, and they are great for brackets , supports etc, but , if you can, I would be tempted to use m10 nuts and bolts The Rivnut is not clamped as tightly as a nut and bolt , and I fear that the junction between the brace and the inner wing will flex slightly using them, which would rather defeat the purpose of the brace . However, the manufacturer has recommended them , so I imagine they will have done some testing and decided that Rivnuts are suitable


Thanks for the info Andy I’ll bear it in mind when I go to fit it :) if I’m honest I fancied a brace even if it’s not 100% required... more of an impulse buy as I should have really bought the UR strut brace or under brace for a better bracing benefit all round... :P

Had the alignment done now and it drives much better although a slight metallic clink from the rear when I set off, can only be heard when the window is down so I need to check clearance with the ARB/bolts and springs to make sure nothing is rubbing or catching now it’s all adjusted to tolerances...

I’ll PM you soon regarding the subframe to arrange the day :)

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So after a little time away from here for various reasons I'll be a little more active but not much progress apart from the below will happen for another 2 months due to a recent house move soaking up funds making the final touches... needs must and all that haha...

 

Added a set of nice and cheap sequential smoked mirror indicators from AliExpress which look and work well... and sorted the rear wiper delete - Quality kit from KillAllWipers, just long wait times but well worth it.

 

I installed the K-Brace - But do not have many photos from after I properly trimmed the boot foam/floor carpet:

 

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Plug refresh a few weeks back:

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The Brembo 18Z were fitted with Mtec C-Hook discs and EBC Yellow Stuff pads (front and rear disc/pads) plus HEL Lines and a fluid refresh.

 

I had to remove my Whiteline Balljoints.... they portuded a little too much at an angle for the larger discs which meant they would rub.. so these will be up for sale soon, probably only covered 300 miles at most - had to go back to oem ones for this BBK setup.

 

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Then a couple shots of how it sits at the moment after its recent wash, wax and seal:

 

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Overall the brake pedal feels fine, still responsive, it was a little spongier than I recall when I first had them done but unsure if the pads have now settled or not but it bites well and only needs a light press to engage some good braking - Luckily I have never had to give anything firm as of yet, other than a quick test... safe to say they work well biggrin.gif

 

 

I will be collecting the rear sub from Andy soon, which will be off for sand blast/powder coat, polybushed and then put onto my car with new rear arms and wishbones etc (which will also be powdercoated)

 

I've noticed my front right wheel bearing which did hum around 70mph is now worse with the BBK, you can hear it a little more so I will get both front bearings replaced and whilst its off will powdercoat the hub/knuckles too along with a Stud conversion so the discs/spacers are held up when you take off the wheel smile.gif

 

I'll update more as I progress!


Edited by Benzz, 30 April 2021 - 10:25 AM.

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Looking really good. The brakes look great though the wheels and yellow works so well with the blue . 






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