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Old 05-11-2011, 07:37 PM
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Quick shot that someone took at Himley of my interior, really impressed now with the way it looks. No comments on the harnesses, as they are currently in for show until I get them mounted safely after using them for Curborough

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Old 05-12-2011, 12:17 AM
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This is coming along nicely now man
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Old 05-12-2011, 03:08 AM
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Looking sooo good. Well done James
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Old 06-05-2011, 06:35 PM
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Meister's are fitted. My car is now low and l love it.

I fitted them a few weeks ago, however I was testing some different springs for Jerrick on the rear coilover and that didnt go to plan. The springs didnt settle and on the lowest setting, they were higher than stock

Before - Using test springs

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My rear way too high on lowest setting. by tweedbean, on Flickr

But dont worry its all sorted now.

After - New springs

Thanks to Jerrick, who sent me out new springs next day delivery and I swapped them around yesterday and wow what a difference. A lot of people having been telling me for months to get it low, so here it is:

Front and rear tyres tucked
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The car can go lower aswell, I have followed Jerricks instructions to put zero preload however if I add more preload it can come down a few more centimeters but im happy with the way it looks and drives at the moment. .

I've suffered my first bit of damage due to my new lows Kerbs and lows dont mix. Unfortunately the car has to be parked on the kerb overnight and I have no other option, so I went a bit too straight onto the kerb and caught the bumper. Oh well its worth it as it looks ace. I've sanded it all down, now I just need to pop that bit of plastic back in, repair, filler and paint, should be done asap.

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Old 07-29-2011, 07:08 PM
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I couldnt wait so went on the hunt and found a copy in my local WH Smiths. Cant believe is a 6 page article in this months Modern MINI magazine. So chuffed, a big plug for Orranje Performance aswell. Win, Win!!! Thanks to everyone.

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Old 07-29-2011, 08:49 PM
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Looking good James, your car is always lovely.
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Old 08-22-2011, 05:42 PM
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Project Lila

After a year of the cars previous incarnation, I planned to sell up and get something with no roof and two seats. However last minute I decided I cant get rid of the S, so it was time for a change, a new look for a new start. I was after a cleaner look to the car, a bit less 'look at me' styling without being boring. Apart from ripping off all the orange there are some more subtle changes that I've done. Its certainly a different look to what I had before, some have called it boring but I think its the shock of it now shouting in your face when you look at it. All the changes were paid for by me selling the the 3 spare sets of wheels and a few other bits I had lying about.

And if your wondering about the project title, Lila is german for purple.


So here it is from the start to today:

The last picture taken of the car as it stood at the end of Project Orange and a good starting place for my new project...
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The initial idea was to remove the stripes and leave as is however as everyone knows I change my mind every 5 minutes with the 3 million photoshops I do before making my mind up.

So we began by removing the orange stripe, the plan was to keep the black ones.
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Next minute Oli and yaphets are doing this to my car:
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Finally we end up with this which pleased them immensely:
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The first shot with out the stripes which makes the headlights look very odd:
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Next came some paint work, I decided my black door handles, petrol cap and side vents were looking tired so I had these all paint in DS:
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Then I fitted a cooper petrol cap:
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Then something bad happened, when park the car on a kerb oops:

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So the front end needed repairing and painting so I thought I would get the numberplate holes filled in and brakes ducts painted gloss black. It came back like new:
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Next came the clutch change with kavs carbon clutch and MINI LSD going in aswell as new guides:

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LSD in:
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Bell housing cleaned:
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Clutch in:
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Time to start rebuilding:
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While the front end was apart I thought why not stick in some bushes:

Lower engine mount bush:
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Gearbox mount:
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Steering rack polybushed:
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BBS Wheels and new toyo tyres at the powder coaters ready to go, this is a spare set, I still have the black ones:
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Now to decide which purple to go for:
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Once chose the nod was given and a week later they arrive back, the purple really zings in the sunlight but is impossible to photograph:
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While I was there I had the m7 cai cover powder coated black and all the engine strut braces done in purple:
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Its a two tone finish:
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The rush was on as we were running out of time to get the car finished for MITP the final weekend before we still has all this to go on or in the car:

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Including these, matt black rear delete panels from Orranje Performance:
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I also sold my driftworks harnesses as they were orange so in came some black sparco harnesses fro track use only:

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The previously joey mod had to change, so apart came the headlights:
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And then back together with the new black insides:
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Off came the brembos to be painted black and replaced by stock s brakes in black for now:
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Wheels on the black brakes looked great:
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A couple of rubbish pics of the car rebuilt, will get some proper ones when I get time:

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Engine bay with purple braces etc:
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Black joey mod fitted:
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Purple
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Matt black Orranje Performance rear panels fitted:
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Some better pictures to follow once I can be arsed but the wheels zing much more in person than they do in photographs.
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Old 08-22-2011, 05:58 PM
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Love the new look James
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:54 PM
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Nice man, the new direction looks great.

Any plans to do other bits on the car with purple; brakes, mirror caps or spoiler?
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:16 PM
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Nice man, the new direction looks great.

Any plans to do other bits on the car with purple; brakes, mirror caps or spoiler?
Nope brembo brakes to go black, as with the caps and spoiler. Leaving it so if I get bored I can easily change it again rather than having to get everything repainted like I did with the orange.
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:21 PM
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Real nice!

I kinda like purple. Since I was a little boy I dreamed of having a Techno Violet BMW E34 M5 (touring). Kinda reminds me of my childhood dreams
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:25 PM
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That looks really good. i like it more than the orange version.
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Old 08-22-2011, 10:46 PM
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That looks really good. i like it more than the orange version.
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:18 PM
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Picked this up tonight, a GTT rear strut brace, to go on this weekend. Think it should go matt/satin black to match the interior as theres no chrome on my car now.

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great work! noice!
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