Benno's UR197 - Challenge Accepted

Discussion in 'Projects/Progress Threads' started by Benno, Apr 30, 2017.

  1. Sean197

    Sean197 RIP Albi :( Moderator

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    Love the smell of AF Glisten, reminds me of Cherry Coke
     
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  2. Benno

    Benno Gold Member

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    All I could think of yesterday was Battenburg cake!:tearsofjoy:
     
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  3. Benno

    Benno Gold Member

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    Haven’t been on much recently, been so busy!

    First off had a dead starter motor, replaced that and it’s been sweet....until at Snetterton. Died again prior to our last session of the day, have potentially diagnosed it being an elusive missing heat shield, following a warm afternoon of giving the car some stick on track I’m thinking it’s just overheated being so close to the exhaust manifold..

    Anywayyyyyy onto the better news. The car is very different to the one that went to Spa. Being spying on @tombate911's cage for a while, when he said he was potentially moving on from the 200 I immediately said I wanted the cage...it came off, as did a certain set of Gaz Gold coilovers...

    Took the trip up North last Sunday, meeting @Pav along the way, who promptly made my car look awful by waxing his. The shine!!

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    Had a nice chat to both Tom and Pav and after squeezing the cage in through the boot, I was on the way home.

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    Last minute chat on Sunday evening to a local guy (Ant) called ACS Motorsport and he was on his way over on Monday morning to fit the coilovers. On a Bank Holiday too...quality service.

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    Fitted, tracked and a shim on the back axle just to even out the toe slightly to within fractions of a degree. Corner weighting still to be done as the cage wasn’t in prior.

    Cut to Tuesday evening, the night prior to me heading off east for Snetterton, me and the fitter from work were fighting with the cage and eventually by 23:50, it was bolted in solid and ready to go!

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    Wednesday...enjoyed my lie in over the usual 5am start, but got up and cracked on getting the car ready to go. Headed to a wheel refurbisher to get the Rainsports fitted to @Johnny 99's Speedlines, £24 fitted rather than £80 from the garage next door to work!!

    Picked up these wheel bags on eBay second hand for less than £15 too! Perfect for storing the spare wheels in.

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    So by lunchtime everything was in and ready to go, unfortunately with the late night wrestling with Safety Devices’s top notch product I never had a chance to clean it...oops.

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    Off I went to meet up with @jamesgw200, @rupe30 and @Micah for a lovely dinner date in Newmarket. Dived into @renaultpartsdirect as always for a bottle of oil for myself and some gearbox oil for @R27WTF. Great service as per!

    We all headed over to Snetterton early Thursday morning in the pouring rain, I was thinking Spa all over again with the weather, however at least I came prepared with Rainsports this time....!

    After the safety briefing we headed out for the sighting laps - first of all, what a track. Secondly, it started to dry up quite quickly, by 10am the sun was out and we were all out enjoying it on dry tyres.

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    Stiffened the coilovers up after lunch as the weather was dry for the foreseeable, wow what a car. Stayed absolutely planted all day and James even got out after having a go saying how it made him miss his Clio - killed two birds with one stone, was keen to get out in @Big Ben's Meglio and wanted to see and hear mine on track!

    Wow and wow. Ben, please don’t sell her.

    Got to say, overall my favourite track so far. A second outing at Spa with a dry day (fingers crossed) may change that opinion, but Snetterton will be hard to beat. Want to get there again soon.
     
  4. Beany

    Beany Platinum Member

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    Looking good and turning into a proper track monster! Love the yellow cage against the red!
     
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  5. suj

    suj Gold Member

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    What a great update Ben, loving the mods mate, looks spot on!!!
     
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  6. Big Ben

    Big Ben Winner - POTM February 2018 Paid Member

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    Brilliant update mate. Lots gone into an increasingly great project.
     
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  7. ///M

    ///M Gold Member

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    Mega MEGA update mate. Bloody awesome.
     
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  8. peter

    peter POTM Winner - February 2017 Gold Member

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    that's a lot of yellow spaghetti in that car.
     
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  9. Pav

    Pav Moderator

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    my was clean but hey ho..long weekend so what to do??:sweatsmile:

    this is exactly why i love these little cars..every update like yours Ben makes me wanna go out and drive her on track..the fact that you have made lots of friends on here is a bonus too..what a great company and all..glad you are turning her into a race beast..
     
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  10. Johnny 99

    Johnny 99 Platinum Member

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    Great update Benno! Glad you enjoyed Snetterton. I did my first ever track day there & it was even wetter than Spa! Good experience though as I learned that I could push harder than I realised in those conditions. I was on Contisport 5s at the time. Haven't been back yet. Car is turning into a real track day beast.
     
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  11. Benno

    Benno Gold Member

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    Isn't the track great? Brings these cars into their element! Must say, a diff wouldn't go amiss now, certainly felt it in Matt's car this time around!

    I wasn't sure if I was too keen on it, but now it's in I don't think I'd change it!

    Might do mine tomorrow if I've got the time! Friends for life mate and lots of them. Great place to be, echoed by many over the last few days in different posts all saying the same thing about certain Facebook groups. Not much else to do now, certainly won't be touching it again this month, checked my bank account this morning...:dizzy:

    Certainly a bit different now isn't it Mes!!! But my oh my I can see why others have spent this sort of money on suspension. I was sold within 3 laps.

    @suj @Big Ben cheers boys. Been looking back at pictures over the last 13 months of ownership, I need to slow down....:laughing::tearsofjoy:
     
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  12. Pav

    Pav Moderator

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    money well spent mate..:thumb:
     
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  13. M19TNR

    M19TNR Paid Member

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    Sooooo sick mate!!

    I bet it drives even better than it looks... and it looks so good!
    I even love the McDonald’s colour scheme haha!
     
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  14. ///M

    ///M Gold Member

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    @Benno there's just no substitute for a proper set up mate. And hasn't it gone well, right place right time! :thumb:
     
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  15. Benno

    Benno Gold Member

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    For sure! Would have spent a considerable amount more buying it all new and separately and knowing Tom, I knew it would all be in really good condition. Despite the starter issues it’s been putting a massive smile on my face every time I’ve been in it since.

    Just to think....last April to now!

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  16. Benno

    Benno Gold Member

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    It really is awesome mate! Might have to get a Ronald McDonald sticker now.....
     
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  17. Beany

    Beany Platinum Member

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    You’ll get all the corsa’s Jealous
     
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  18. ///M

    ///M Gold Member

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    Zero messing about mate. Huge transformation. I know it’s going to feel so good to drive too. And that’s obviously the most important bit.

    Top work fella.
     
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  19. Pav

    Pav Moderator

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    it's always great to compare pictures from when you got it and now..the difference is unreal..:thumb:
     
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  20. Benno

    Benno Gold Member

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    Can’t beat hanging round in McDonald’s car parks with all the young ladies..:thumb:
     
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