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Old 18-07-2018, 03:22 PM   #76
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You can buy replacement foam seals but they stick to a plastic retainer that clips on to the steering rack (the white plastic you can see behind the foam seal in the first of my bulkhead pics) but I've never seen those on the parts diagrams and they don't appear to be available. I see you got the MGF donor, if you still have the shell it might be stuck on the shell when you dropped the front subframe.


I binned the whole shell early on after stripping didnít even think to look.

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Old 18-07-2018, 09:04 PM   #77
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Off topic.....but sound some pics of the XE!!!





Poor old thing haha that was 6 ish years ago???

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Old 21-07-2018, 05:53 PM   #78
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3 hours today.....

Shortened shafts. Well, they were right length to start with.....the cvs both got stuck on bent circlips!! So they were 35mm away from clicking in! But I found that after I shortened them! So now theyíre 35mm too short!! 🤬 oh well, Iíll leave them with my mate this week as I have to work away for s couple nights!

Finished exhaust manifold but didnít wrap it all as I have to weld the flange for the wastegate in soon as itís here (maybe Thursday?)



Turbo flange..



Turned out well! Still need to make a bracket to hold the turbo, to prevent manifold cracking with weight. Nothing else gonna be getting done this weekend as got a local steam fayre tomor!

Have a good weekend guys/girls.

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Old 26-07-2018, 09:59 PM   #79
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Only quick update.....

Exhaust parts turned up, wastegate turned up too!

Started making the turbo back, just waiting on a box as I ordered the wrong size!! Not much room to work in 63mm, so the exhaust will have to exit the tail gate rather than the fuel filler hole!! Think the screamer pipe will come out at the bottom of the rear quarter.



All mandral bends. Smaller ones or for the screamer.





Happy with it, the box will then fit onto the cross brace, everything sits nice and level, central etc! The pipe comes up slightly from the turbo and then down from the rear quarter, just in case water etc enters whilst parked up, it canít get to the turbo. Thatís the theory haha. Really truth be known itíll just stop on the mid box.



38mm 8psi sprung wastegate.

Thatís all til maybe Sunday eve/early next week!!

Oh.....and has sorted the shafts, just gotta weld them back up! Iíll make sure Iím right this time first!!



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Old 10-08-2018, 08:27 PM   #80
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Three hours in the garage, nice and cool to work now the hot weather has finished for a bit.







Iíll be trimming the exhaust so it just pokes outta the tailgate. And the screamer pipe will be tear dropped and out of the passengers rear quarter.

Got some new seats too......again!!!! 3rd lot now



Might have to stagger them slightly as theyíre tight in there!! Runners will be fixed anyway, so they wonít be moving!! And no one will be getting in the back haha

Thatís all.

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Old 10-08-2018, 09:04 PM   #81
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Bloody loving this.
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Old 10-08-2018, 10:15 PM   #82
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Old 11-08-2018, 08:10 AM   #83
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Forgot to post pics of my wastegate and the manifold wrapped......





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Old 12-08-2018, 02:32 PM   #84
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Would it not be good to have a bit of flexi in the exhaust rather then it being solid, or did I miss that?
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Old 12-08-2018, 08:43 PM   #85
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Would it not be good to have a bit of flexi in the exhaust rather then it being solid, or did I miss that?


Hi buddy. No point really, I have rubber mounts for it (like cotton reels) and still have to make a bracket to hold the turboís weight (like on a car). Bikes donít have flexis or barely any have rubber mounts even. The engine is solid mounted, only flex it will have will be the rubbers where the subframe mounts.

I used same setup on the smart car and had no issues. But cheers for the comment

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Old 12-08-2018, 08:45 PM   #86
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Made screamer pipe today, just waiting for a piece of 42mm stainless bend to cut the rear drop tip from. You can see where it will exit



Just need to add all the rubber mounts be supports as mentioned above

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Old 13-08-2018, 05:55 AM   #87
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Would it not be good to have a bit of flexi in the exhaust rather then it being solid, or did I miss that?


All night been thinking bout a flexi.......I might put one in! Kept thinking that if thereís a bit of give on the rubber mounts, the exhaust itself canít flex with it!!

Iíll see.....and thanks for the input tho

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Hi buddy. No point really, I have rubber mounts for it (like cotton reels) and still have to make a bracket to hold the turboís weight (like on a car). Bikes donít have flexis or barely any have rubber mounts even. The engine is solid mounted, only flex it will have will be the rubbers where the subframe mounts.

I used same setup on the smart car and had no issues. But cheers for the comment

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See your point, but motorbike exhausts are shorter and have less bends than what you have here.
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Iíll see.....and thanks for the input tho [emoji1360
Wasn't meant as a criticism just thinking the engine is going to have to move greater weigh which I think may mean it will try to move a bit more than in a bike, If it's all virtually solid mounted with only millimeters of flex then I think over time something will give.I could of course be completely wrong I often am as my wife takes great pains to point out.
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Wasn't meant as a criticism just thinking the engine is going to have to move greater weigh which I think may mean it will try to move a bit more than in a bike, If it's all virtually solid mounted with only millimeters of flex then I think over time something will give.I could of course be completely wrong I often am as my wife takes great pains to point out.
no critiscm taken not in a bad way anyway.

I have the rubber mounts to fit hopefully tonight, and the screamer pipe will be on a mount to the main pipe where its close, and also the turbo will have a big bracket holding it solid. I guess the only real test will be when its running.

I have a lot of evening work on this week, but the mrs is out all Saturday, so i'll try and crack on then!! really need to get on to the seat mounts and front end!!!!

its getting so exciting! I can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel
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