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Suspension refresh

Post by mill » Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:16 pm

Thought I’d share a suspension refresh I did at the end of last year, this was long long overdue

All metalwork sandblasted, Kephos base coated and Xylan top coated in black through Samdwell UK.
Nitron rose joints (best upgrade I did the car feels much better)
Quick rack
Adjustable anti roll bar
New bearings all round
Suspension refreshed by Meteor motorsport
Plus lots and lots of elbow grease!

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Re: Suspension refresh

Post by Rob P » Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:21 am

Lovely piece of work, also liking the ramps, where does one get hold of a set of these?
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Re: Suspension refresh

Post by mill » Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:43 am

I got mine off these guys And I went for the Dunlop as it’s fully electric and doesn’t need an air supply like most others.

https://www.gemco.co.uk/product/dunlop- ... ssor-lift/

Yes they’re not cheap, about £3.5k with free fitting and warranty but at least it won’t break down and you feel safe stood under it, not sure I’d be as reassured with some of the eBay specials I looked at.

Plus it’s Actually paid for itself by now with the money I’ve saved
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Re: Suspension refresh

Post by Rob P » Sat Nov 07, 2020 1:05 pm

Cheers, will be looking into these, as you say you need to be able to trust something when working underneath the car
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Re: Suspension refresh

Post by Dave C » Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:36 pm

Nice work Jamie

I see in the last pic most of the dash is out, what are you doing with that?

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Re: Suspension refresh

Post by mill » Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:41 pm

Dave C wrote:
Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:36 pm

I see in the last pic most of the dash is out, what are you doing with that?

More pics to follow ;)
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Re: Suspension refresh

Post by Thommo » Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:54 pm

Can't wait! Chop, chop :D
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Re: Suspension refresh

Post by Dave C » Tue Nov 10, 2020 11:08 am

mill wrote:
Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:41 pm
Dave C wrote:
Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:36 pm

I see in the last pic most of the dash is out, what are you doing with that?

More pics to follow ;)
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Re: Suspension refresh

Post by nelly111s » Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:29 pm

OOH. Digital dash?
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Re: Suspension refresh

Post by mill » Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:27 pm

Haha no quite although they do look lovely and can’t say I haven’t thought about it.

I have added a modern comfort though to help me with those long euro trip autobahns and another quirky thing that serves no purpose apart from I thought it’d be cool and well, basically because I could ;)
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Re: Suspension refresh

Post by janey300 » Sun Nov 15, 2020 3:47 pm

Nice work mate :Headbanger:

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Re: Suspension refresh

Post by nelly111s » Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:10 pm

mill wrote:
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:27 pm


I have added another quirky thing that serves no purpose apart from I thought it’d be cool and well, basically because I could ;)
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Re: Suspension refresh

Post by cdco2 » Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:11 pm

Nice work Jamie , did a similar suspension refresh on the Elise , well worth the effort and I'm guessing the dash is out to make sure there's no annoying rattles in there once the new taught suspension is on 😁
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Re: Suspension refresh

Post by mill » Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:24 pm

Certainly no rattles anymore

The dash is now black alcantara with red stitching across the whole dash including the sills and door cards

Also I’ve installed cruise control for those long euro trips and a gimmick of a keyless entry using hidden switches and a new sequence to start the car :D

I’ll try to get some pictures tomorrow and if anyone wants any information regarding cruise control or keyless entry give me a shout, I will stress though only long term members will get the keyless entry info or I at least have to know you for security reasons ;)
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Re: Suspension refresh

Post by Thommo » Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:50 pm

This ain't no rebuild: you've bought an S3 :D
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Re: Suspension refresh

Post by mill » Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:14 pm

Thommo wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:50 pm
This ain't no rebuild: you've bought an S3 :D
Lol certainly brought it into the 21st century a little bit, I actually have memory foam in the seats as well now :blink:

They are ACTUALLY comfortable!
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Re: Suspension refresh

Post by Martin 111S » Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:51 am

mill wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:24 pm
Certainly no rattles anymore

The dash is now black alcantara with red stitching across the whole dash including the sills and door cards

Also I’ve installed cruise control for those long euro trips and a gimmick of a keyless entry using hidden switches and a new sequence to start the car :D

I’ll try to get some pictures tomorrow and if anyone wants any information regarding cruise control or keyless entry give me a shout, I will stress though only long term members will get the keyless entry info or I at least have to know you for security reasons ;)
Sounds good Jamie, :)

I'm sure no one would take advantage of your keyless entry :Friends: :P :P
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Re: Suspension refresh

Post by mill » Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:11 am

Lol these cars are so easy to Hotwire it’s ridiculous :blink: at least all the wires have been moved and hidden kill switches are now around the car :P
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Re: Suspension refresh

Post by mill » Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:19 pm

Couple of pictures of the inside all put back together

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Re: Suspension refresh

Post by Martin 111S » Mon Nov 23, 2020 11:36 am

Looking great Jamie, interior upgrade :fantastic: - will be nice to see it in the flesh again, at some point :Ok2:
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Re: Suspension refresh

Post by Dave C » Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:23 pm

Interior looks great Jamie :fantastic:

You do realise that cruise control is the first step on the slippery slope don’t you? Look what happened to me :P :lol:
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Re: Suspension refresh

Post by mill » Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:27 pm

Haha cheers guys, hopefully dave that’s where the M3 takes over and keeps that side at bay :P
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Re: Suspension refresh

Post by Dave C » Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:20 pm

mill wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:27 pm
Haha cheers guys, hopefully dave that’s where the M3 takes over and keeps that side at bay :P
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Re: Suspension refresh

Post by Nathan » Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:22 pm

That looks great Jamie, will be like a new car! Who trimmed the seats out of interest?
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Re: Suspension refresh

Post by mikeydude » Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:37 pm

JUst seen this...very nice....great Garage set up as well!!
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