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The lower links are supposed to be exactly level at the proper ride height? I didn't know, it's interesting for a quick visual check.

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Apparently so @Giniw - the different measurements within the book are for different wheel and tyre sizes. This chap really seems to know his stuff since it’s his passion. He actually said he didn’t need the set dimensions in the book since it’s defined by a few things geometrically on the chassis, hub and balljoints in relation to each other - but he did confirm the numbers in the printout I gave him to be correct. 

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26 minutes ago, Barrykearley said:

the different measurements within the book are for different wheel and tyre sizes.

As far as I remember the S4s measurements are quoted explicitly in the workshop manual? (and for the S4 and I think the Sport 300 too)

26 minutes ago, Barrykearley said:

He actually said he didn’t need the set dimensions in the book since it’s defined by a few things geometrically on the chassis, hub and balljoints in relation to each other

Mmm honestly that seems suspicious to me, at least to set it up precisely. But I am far from a specialist in that subject, it's just that I did a few geometries myself already (with a 80's tool) and it needs to be quite precise.
On the other hand recently I had a look at the numbers given in the workshop manual of a mid 90's Nissan Micra and the tolerance is almost shocking. I think it's about a degree or even more (not sure, I am talking from memory but it's just another world from the Lotus cars from the same era and even Jaguars from the 50's-60's)

Anyway, as I said I am really not a specialist in that subject (I just do what the manual says) so I would say as long as what your mechanics did matches the workshop manual and you are happy with it, there is no issue at all obviously. And you are lucky to have such a specialist in your neighbourhood!

 

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There really are days when I simply hate esprits.

The washers have packed up. Covid 2nd jab this morning - so I’m having a lazy day. Thought I’d have a quick look at them. The pipes are full of a jelly like shite substance. Blow through the one way valve with the air line - cleared that. Then there’s just the jets to clear. The old pin trick simply wasn’t cutting it.
 

Don’t be tempted to simply hook up the air line to the hose under the bonnet - as that will invariably blow off the Tee piece that’s been hidden somewhere under the dash and helpfully cabletied deeper than an elephants cervix.

Jets now cleared - some new hose pulled through - and washers work again.

Now all I need is some mounting hardware for the Led units I’ve got for the headlights.

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Bargain as well

£78.22 for the headlights

£87.96 for the carriers frames

£6.10 for some foam.

paint was on the shelf - and about a dozen or so rivets 

Now some elbow grease, effort and fabrication was required - but that’s a whole lot cheaper than the off the shelf job.

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On 17/07/2021 at 21:10, Barrykearley said:

I’ve had some boxes in the garage for a while with some led headlights in.

I got round to ordering the mounting frames for them a couple of weeks ago - and they’ve arrived Friday.

so - operation rip pods apart - plenty of angle grinder action. The back plates modified massively - mounting nuts welded into place - all cleaned of rust, primed and satin blacked.

all now back together

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Low beams will be modified tomorrow so they are dual headlight. 
 

Next up is @johnpwalsh to do his 👍

I may just be a little while Mr Kearley. I have an engine to remove, an interior to rebuild, brakes to do, suspension to rebuild. All before I start on the fancy lights I put you onto.

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Poor mini trying to be a lotus with its fibreglass front, I saw one tear it’s wheels off on Wiscombe last year looking very similar to that one.

How did you get on results wise or did you just go for a bit of fun?

Dave :) 

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Do or do not, there is no try! 

 

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All non competitive and not timed. 3 runs up the hill - was great fun.

now at swimming with Danny and there’s a strange bit of long double straight fencing alongside the pitches at the sport center I’ve never understood what they were about. Just watched the final of the whippet racing 🤪. 160yard drag race between best Bitch and Dog of the day.

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The garden is looking damn fine. A buddy of mine is up doing a load more fencing - which frankly seems like a never ending task these days.

lm chuffed with the grass 😬

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