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Old 15-04-2018, 08:23 PM
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Bringing the journal right up to date - photo links refreshed post PhotobucketGate - now using Flickr.

Coupe just needed a new pair of front tyres at MOT in December. Had an Earls braided clutch hose fitted at the same time:



Coupe looking like this now



Looking great!
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Old 16-04-2018, 04:27 PM
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Sits really well
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Old 18-04-2018, 06:25 PM
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Default Earls Braided Clutch Hose

Hi, Considering fitting the above as you have done recently. Can you provide the Earls Part Number please.
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Old 18-04-2018, 10:01 PM
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Hi, Considering fitting the above as you have done recently. Can you provide the Earls Part Number please.
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Unfortunately I don’t have it. Bought the hose from 4xhausts on here. Looking through other posts it seems that Earls are helpful if you give them a call.
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Car looked well at the show on sunday Ian. Nice to see a Coupe in the sea of Scoobies!
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Car looked well at the show on sunday Ian. Nice to see a Coupe in the sea of Scoobies!
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KW rear springs had settled quite a bit since fitting last year and car looked and felt a little too low. Installed the KW adjusters and reverted to original (thinner) spring pads. Height was now spot on however I was hearing an occasional clunk whenever the suspension unloaded (reversing and turning off my drive, going over the odd speed hump etc). Took a look and with the car jacked up and rear shock fully extended I was able to move the spring on the KW adjuster by hand - likely the source of my new clunk. Whilst I investigate that with KW I sourced some 14.5mm spring pads from BMW (e46 'Poor road package' spring pads - PN33531094754). Fitted these and v.happy with ride height and ride. No clunks so far

From L-R: original (5mm), thicker (10mm), e46 'poor road package' (14.5mm)



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Over the winter I had the roof painted and doorshuts tidied up where the plastic sill trims had rubbed and caused corrosion (some pics of this earlier in my journal). Door shuts now looking very fresh



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Very nice Ian
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As I mentioned at the ESP Cumbria show, this year I wanted to get started on a refurb of the rear subframe and generally tidy up the underneath of the coupe. Made a start and have got everything removed. Bit of a challenge with one of the brake disc securing screws and had to cut the handbrake cables but otherwise reasonably straightforward.





Underneath has some surface rust but I was pleased to see that the diff mount and boot floor all look sound. I'll clean up the surface rust, treat & protect and will replace the fuel tank straps.





Had a bit of trouble removing one of the half-shaft bolts and had to cut the head off with a grinder. Eventually managed to pry the half-shaft over it and then remove the remains of the bolt.



Diff bush had delaminated but was otherwise pretty good for 20 years - I'll replace with oem. Beam bushes had small splits so I'll replace those with Powerflex polybush items. Trailing arm bushes were fine so I'll leave those in. Diff has quite a bit of surface corrosion so I'll clean that up and paint. Same for the trailing arms and rear beam.





As I'll be fitting a thicker H&R anti-roll bar I've taken the opportunity to strengthen the mounting tabs whilst the trailing arms are off the car.





Busy month or 2 ahead whilst I get busy with the grinder and paint...
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