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AussieQ
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - MNC - Updated 18/12/2011   Sun Dec 05, 2010 6:42 pm

Like vantce said   Looking good....
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - MNC - Updated 18/12/2011   Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:59 am

AussieQ wrote:
Like vantce said   Looking good....

Hey guys,

cheers for the comments. at the mo theyre just sitting round home collecting dust and leaves lol.

I semi did some work on the kit i want to use, so far just the front lip is on. couldnt wait to paint it the same as the van but i really like the satin black so will do the rest of the kit like it lol, kinda looks tough imo.... what you guys think?

by the way, any of you guys know if whiteline make suspension stuff for our vans? was thinking of thicker sway bars but mines apparently got the thickest factory made item being 25mm....

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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - MNC - Updated 18/12/2011   Wed Dec 08, 2010 4:25 am

Well another quick update......

Wanting a chrome grill fror the van for a while and had been looking for one with no luck...after reading on here somewhere that there was chrome underneath the factory item, it got me thinking. SO....this is how i went....

Tested a bit of paint stripper on a little section to confirm this finding......and what ya know....bingo!




Knowing that there was bling under there somewhere, i quickly got to work.....

Pulled the corner lamps out and started brushing on the paint stripper.....Please note that the corner lamps are plastic so it pays to either be really carefull when applying the stripper or mask it up.


Leave the stripper on there for a good 5-10 minutes or as instructed till the paint bubbles and lifts from the chrome



When ready to wipe it off, i used hot soapy water (washing detergent) and a good bristled brush.
You wont get it all off in one go so just repeat the process.

Once you have most of it off, use autosol and a rag to take off any blemishes and shine it up.

Before


After.....BLING! lol
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - MNC - Updated 18/12/2011   Wed Dec 08, 2010 5:46 pm

Damn, big diff hey....well done
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - MNC - Updated 18/12/2011   Wed Dec 08, 2010 7:11 pm

yeah big diff, i hope the thread helps others who are thinking of doing the same :-)
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - MNC - Updated 18/12/2011   Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:34 pm

Just come across this thread, did the same to mine but used thinners to remove the bronzey gold. Very Happy

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Are you happy that those 91 tyres are ok for the weight of your van? Surprised They're only for a MAX of 615 kg per corner - think of that when your loaded with people and hit a pothole.......... Surprised

If you'd these in the UK and anything happened involving your insurance, they'd tell you to take a hike....................
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - MNC - Updated 18/12/2011   Mon Dec 13, 2010 2:52 am

Pretty fussy here in Aus as well. Anything to get out of paying Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - MNC - Updated 18/12/2011   Mon Dec 13, 2010 6:40 pm

dandywarhol wrote:
Just come across this thread, did the same to mine but used thinners to remove the bronzey gold. Very Happy

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Are you happy that those 91 tyres are ok for the weight of your van? Surprised They're only for a MAX of 615 kg per corner - think of that when your loaded with people and hit a pothole.......... Surprised

If you'd these in the UK and anything happened involving your insurance, they'd tell you to take a hike....................

Looking good there man, havent seen that colour scheme before.
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - MNC - Updated 18/12/2011   Mon Dec 13, 2010 8:22 pm

Thanks - just had it resprayed in a Peugeot colour - really freshens it up I think and I LOVE the bling grille Very Happy

I just didn't get on with the bronzy gold and 70s 5 stripes Mad
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - MNC - Updated 18/12/2011   Tue Dec 14, 2010 4:08 am

Im thinking of upgrading the turbo, front mount an intercooler and run an aftermarket ecu to see what i can get out of it. I noticed that you have a mitsi turbo....how does it go?
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - MNC - Updated 18/12/2011   Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:03 pm

Mine is a 2.8 with an aftermarket turbo fitted - goes well, cruises at 110 kph all day - but not as nippy as a 3.0 EFI I guess.

Here's some pics of the conversion....

Lower pipe is intake from the airbox, upper to the inlet manifold, stub on left goes to camcover breather



View looking forward from exhaust downpipe



Another view from rear looking forward



Another side pic with wastegate pipe.

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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - MNC - Updated 18/12/2011   Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:19 pm

awesome pipe work, any noticeable power gains? after market ecu?
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - MNC - Updated 18/12/2011   Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:09 pm

Yep - recently had a drive in a non turbo 2.8 and was so pleased I bought this one, unwittingly - I hadn't realised mine was a turbo until I lifted the driver's seat lids!

No ECU - just a dead simple bolt on turbo Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - MNC - Updated 18/12/2011   Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:58 pm

Oh yup, no ecu as not efi? Looks good and glad your happy with the power gains.

Ill have to do abit more research into what sort of turbos are good for the 1kz motors and if there are differences i need to know regarding petrol vs diesel turbos....
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - MNC - Updated 18/12/2011   Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:29 am

Hey all,

well its been a while since ive posted anything.....but i have had a pretty productive weekend so heres some things ive done.

First.... I fitted some Cobra Low springs in the van...pics below.

Cobra low springs


Jack up and place axle stands under the diff - I used 3ton axle stands and a 3ton jackunder the diff head for extra safety and support


Using a 22mm 1/2" tube socket with strong arm, undo the bolt, once lossened i placed the jack under this arm to relieve pressure from the bolt and using a hammer, i used another bolt the same length and tapped it through.



Once the bolt is free, you can drop the arm under using the jack in a controlled manner.


Comparisons of the original spring and the new Cobra Low spring


When putting it back together, make sure the springs are in their locators and assemble in reverse order.

i didnt manage to take pics of the torsions for lowering the front but this was reasonably simple. located just rear of halfway of the van. 2 nuts are holding the torsion bars,1 of which is a locking nut. using a 22mm tube socket, separate the two and completely take off the locking nut. passengers side you will have to take of the stone guard to have better access to the torsion bar. To make things easier, jack up the side you are lowering to relieve pressure off the torsion bar and to ensure you do not strip the bolt. I wound down till there was 10 threads left as a base to work from. once i had sone this, i measured on a flat surface from the ground to the bottom of the guard arch on the rear arch to see how much i needed to lower the rear and compared. Go for a little drive to let the torsions settle and re-measure on a flat surface. Keep doing this and winding till you get the desired height and that your happy with it. It will be alittle more bumpy but hey thats the sacrifice, imo, worth it. Always use the measure method and not go by the threads as this differs.

Tips:
- I have brand new shocks in the front so i was sure that i did not have one soft shock and so on.
- Make sure you have the same psi in tires to get a true measurement.
- Strong arm, tube sockets, Good jack and axle stands are a must.





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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - MNC - Updated 18/12/2011   Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:34 am

I also completely re-wired the 4 rear speakers and pulled the entire van interior apart to do this, pics to come soon.

next on the list is the replace the dash lights as some have blown that i just havent bothered to replace but have now had a look to see what bulbs are needed.....until then.... Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - MNC - Updated 18/12/2011   Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:38 am

In the new year, ill be getting a front mount intercooler on and doing the EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) mod, which is a matter of getting rid of the pipe the feeds exhaust gasses back into the intake.....block off both ends where the pipe is plumbed into.....stupid from factory to have such a thing, aparently instant power gain so will soon see....
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - MNC - Updated 18/12/2011   Sun Dec 18, 2011 6:54 pm

Great pics from both, good thread
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - MNC - Updated 18/12/2011   Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:37 pm

Remember to have the suspension at the natural height in the vehicle before tightening up the suspension pivot bolts/nuts - otherwise you'll tear the bushes (if tightened up with the axles unsuspended on stands)
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - MNC - Updated 18/12/2011   Mon Dec 19, 2011 8:05 pm

Cheers man.

Keeping an eye out over the next few weeks and re-measure to see how the settlement goes and re-tighten everything.
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - MNC - Updated 18/12/2011   Mon Dec 19, 2011 9:03 pm

Don't just retighten - slacken off everything first then retorque - if you tightened them up "hanging" in the first place - otherwise ignore this rambling ol' fool.....................
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - MNC - Updated 18/12/2011   Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:11 pm

wow, loks awesome, so now have you got one sc or two?
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - MNC - Updated 18/12/2011   Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:05 pm

cheers man. Just got the one mate, the other there is the above user dandywarhol.
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - MNC - Updated 18/12/2011   Wed Dec 21, 2011 3:44 am

ah rite cool, the front black lip of your van follows aroun to th step, mine is just at the front, any ideas where i can get somethin like your from
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - MNC - Updated 18/12/2011   Wed Dec 21, 2011 3:44 am

by the way, how do i paste images in the text the way you did?
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