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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 1:15 pm
by finetrond

Had an accident in my car, so i got to loan my old R for a week. Having a more powerful car makes it seem as it needs some more power. Reading up on stage 2+ bits.
Seen some new stuff since last. Turbo muffler, is that a EA888 thing or is it for EA113 also?
A chav BOV is right up my alley too,
The car needs a serious clean, surface rust on the wheels, brown on interior parts that does not get clean by a simple wipe down at the car wash.
Headlights have a lot of surface micro cracks all over and some thru cracks in corner.
Changing the lenses seems like a difficult task, but that would allow me to paint the "chrome" rings . Aftermarket headlight assembly cost a bit, but would give a new look if selecting something different. Alas it is not my car anymore

If I could get it back I would, having it as a second car would allow some upgrades that I wanted to do before. I got a deal before you see. "No mods, and you can buy a new car that you want"

Re: Reaquainted

PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 4:11 am
by finetrond
So last day with the R this time.
Still a great drive, still a looker.
Everybody driving bigger cars here always think its just another small car for poor people that can afford the entry level SUV they are driving. So I feel obliged to leave them in the rear view mirror.

I wish the manual shift using the stick was the other way, pull back for up shift, and it was lighter with a more tactile feeling. With a little "click" at the end of movement.
Oh and the suspension is, how do you say, unforgiving. Well on uneven surface as it is for a bit of the drive to work. Back roads on the way home today???

Re: Reaquainted

PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:18 pm
by finetrond
So the rear muffler on the "el Camino" crapped out. Or rather the right exhaust valve. I got to borrow the R again. It is still a fun car, get it on boost and rev it out. I'll keep it over the weekend until the spares make their way here. So in the weekend a good clean on the plan. I've started to enjoy getting the car clean, so I can hate on Monday rain just a little bit more.
Still have to take the next step into compounding and polishing. The R will be the test bed for that adventure when it starts.

And yes, since my last drive in May the car has gotten NO love. Sat outside, bird poo and industrial fall out, inside the dash has a layer yellow crud on it. Dafuk, $2 for a clean. 20mins to sit a play solitaire. Guess we are all put together differently.

Re: Reaquainted

PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 9:36 am
by finetrond
The R is back home. Send\t it to a local paint shop to have the worst stone chips and scratches painted. 1600 wingwangs to get it done. Now that is not a lot on money. It wasn't done too bad either considering the price. Not great, but good enough for an old beater.
Ordered up a set of black badges, flat black. and some blue aluminium extended gear paddles. Badges went on easy enough, but the gear paddles. Lord and behold, they ain't the same on the old R and the facelift. Not even close. So i needs to find the right kind and return these to the seller. I was looking forward to getting then on.

104k Km on the odometer. due to change the timing belt. What else would be good to do to it while it is at the garage?
The front suspension has a noise over bumps, broken pigtail on the spring?

Re: Reaquainted

PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:23 am
by finetrond
So the drive from home to work and back is mostly county roads, up over the hills both ways. Many opportunities for some short sprints passing slower cars.
Noticed the exhaust tips are blacker than normal and gets so fast after a good clean.
Had to fill a liter of engine oil between services for the first time since new. Can't justify 5000km services on the old beater anymore.
Timing belt is about 1500 fazools + labour. Not too bad.

Next service is delayed thou, first the beemer needs servicing, thats never cheap.

Re: Reaquainted

PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2020 12:18 pm
by finetrond
Got some RE-50A's back a few years, the rears are still holding up. 70k km on the rears, front tires replaced . Not bad for 140 threadwear tires. But they are old, so I'm gonna treat the beater to some top class tires after the upcoming service. Cup2 anyone? stupid? . Well stupid is, and stupid does. Can't find PS4S in the right size here.

Hope i can explain to the service shop that I want the intake valves inspected, and If caked in sot, clean it sparking. Getting a borescope at work next year Feb/Mar. Could cram that in there to have a gander.

hope for a new year with job security, stress free work, and cash enough to treat the beater.

Re: Reaquainted

PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2020 12:26 pm
by finetrond
Not the most elegant way to share photos. But i'm not going to get a new login to a new photo sharing site.;465E608F-9F03-45EA-A21A-D6DC1320A08D

A beater does not have many beauty shots.

Re: Reaquainted

PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2021 2:06 pm
by finetrond
So the big service is done. Timing belt finally replaced. 123k Km on i. think I got my monies worth.
Also got the intake valve cleaned.
Got to replace the Goodyear Pregnancy tires. They are not well suited.

I proud to have figured out this picture in the google photos.



Some older photos
2nd place in the Fanlong cun annual Show 'n' Shine. The other car won, his family arranged it :(

On top of the world. 3500 meters up.

What I like to see on the GPS Map

First photo, collection day.

Re: Reaquainted

PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 1:41 pm
by finetrond
The RE-050A packed it in before the weekend.Big tear in the inside of the left rear tire. All good manufactured in 2015, so i suppose they were due for replacement.
Alas no CUP2 replacements, all available tires where a few years old. PS4S not available at all. A rather pedestrian set of PS4 up front. The Goodyear Pregnancy tires move to the back. No wheel spin in third anymore.